Appearing on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday night, Nina Burleigh of Newsweek crudely joked that Republicans who defended Pence and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act were experiencing “premature intolerance ejaculation.”
Following five straight days where the network evening newscasts slammed Indiana for passing its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Arkansas joined the barrage of criticism on Wednesday after Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson requested the legislature make changes to its own version. The CBS Evening News failed to mention how a small Indiana pizza parlor has been forced to at least temporarily shutter after receiving violent threats while NBC Nightly News only said that the shop closed after “so much criticism online.”
On Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow heaped praise on liberal Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren during an exclusive interview in which the MSNBC host deemed her a “political juggernaut.” In introducing Warren, Maddow beamed at how she took on “one of the most powerful corporations in the country on the floor of the Senate.”
On Wednesday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley devoted a few moments after a news brief on the Iran deal negotiations to explaining the centuries-long divide between the Shia and Sunni branches of Islam and, in the process, also took time to reflect on President Barack Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo. After noting that the negotiations are taking place “against a backdrop of a disintegrating Middle East,” Pelley fretted that, for Obama, “this isn’t what he had in mind” following the speech where the President had “declared a new beginning for the Arab world.”
While all three of the major broadcast networks covered the indictment of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez (N.J.) on Wednesday night, the CBS Evening News chose to largely downplay the news by spending just 22 seconds on the story and hailed Menendez as someone “who often seems to relish a fight.” Additionally, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all made sure to mention that Menendez is a Democrat, but stopped there and declined to label him a liberal or progressive.
After several slanted stories seemingly designed to cripple the nascent Scott Walker for president campaign before it has even been launched, the New York Times descended into utter silliness in its latest snipe at the Wisconsin Governor: He’s allergic to dog dander. That was the actual subject of a front-page Times story on Wednesday by political reporter Jason Horowitz.
All three networks on Wednesday rushed to defend Trevor Noah, the newly announced Daily Show host who has been attacked for making anti-Jewish, anti-Israel comments. ABC’s Good Morning America avoided quoting the tweets. Instead, George Stephanopoulos summarized that Noah is “in the hot seat within online critics saying some of his tweets are sexist and anti-Semitic.
The Washington Post sounded just like a Democratic Party rag, getting out a hanky at the news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won’t run for re-election. The front-page headline was “Reid laying down gloves after 28 years in Senate: From hardscrabble childhood, he rose to pinnacle of power.” Inside, the headline was “Democrats’ master of manuever will not seek reelection in 2016.” Post congressional correspondent Paul Kane tenderly eulogized Senator Reid as if he’d already passed away.
Kelly O’Donnell touted Harry Reid’s “reputation for mastering the tactical side of politics” on Friday’sNBC Nightly News, after the Nevada Democrat announced that he is not running for a sixth term. O’Donnell quickly added that “that skill includes quickly endorsing a successor.” However, the correspondent failed to mention that the politician had a significant role in exacerbating the partisan bickering in Congress in recent years.
On Sunday, This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos interviewed Indiana Governor Mike Pence and repeatedly pressed him for defending his state’s religious freedom bill, and touted the argument that it was an anti-gay law. Throughout the combative interview, the liberal ABC anchor repeatedly wondered “if a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?”
On Saturday and Sunday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks vigorously condemned a new Indiana law that would protect private businesses from government infringement on their religious freedom. Rather than provide balanced coverage of the Indiana bill, the networks eagerly trashed the legislation as opening “the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.”
Despite having savaged Republicans two weeks earlier for voicing opposition to an Iran nuclear deal in an open letter to the totalitarian regime, on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suddenly realized such a deal would be a bad idea.
A day after CBS avoided using the “Democrat” label for the scandal-plagued Jesse Jackson Jr., the network on Friday made sure to identify “Republican” Aaron Shock for a story on the resignation of the Congressman. Guest co-host Vladimir Duthiers informed, “The Republican compared himself to Abraham Lincoln in his farewell speech.”
Despite decisively winning reelection, NBC Nightly News sustained its badgering and excoriating of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the fourth straight newscast with Thursday’s show including an interview Netanyahu gave to Andrea Mitchell that featured numerous, obnoxious questions, ranging from chastising him for promising that he would be opposed to Palestinian state to wondering “[w]hy President Obama should trust you.” Mitchell made no effort to pin the strain of the U.S-Israel relationship on the President.
Starting off her interview with newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell acknowledged his win – then told him how bad it was: “Prime Minister, congratulations on your victory. But – there’s always a but – critics and analysts here and around the world are saying, ‘At what cost?’ Your hard turn right on the Palestinian issue, what you said about the Arab voters coming out in droves, they say, are costing you, costing you support around the world.”
The morning after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprisingly easy victory against left-wing opposition, the New York Times was still sore. Columnist Thomas Friedman: “It is hard to know what is more depressing: that Netanyahu went for the gutter in the last few days in order to salvage his campaign — renouncing his own commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians and race-baiting Israeli Jews to get out and vote because, he said, too many Israeli Arabs were going to the polls — or the fact that this seemed to work.”
According to Katie Couric, “plenty of politicians” use private e-mail for work and it’s not a big a deal. The veteran journalist interviewed Mitt Romney for Yahoo on Thursday and pressed the 2012 Republican nominee on why Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail system is a source of concern.
Thursday’s NBC Today seized on President Obama’s seeming advocacy for mandatory voting in the United States during a town hall event on Wednesday, with fill-in news anchor Tamron Hall declaring: “The President said the U.S. should be making it easier to vote, not harder. He says if everyone voted, it would completely change the political map.”
ABC and CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning ignored Democratic Senator Dick Durbin’s smear that Republicans are keeping attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the “back of the bus.” NBC mentioned the liberal politician’s attack, but featured no critical analysis or questioning of the remark.
During his Thursday monologue, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon turned to the Obama administration for the source of his current events jokes as President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and even the scandal-ridden Secret Service each saw a few jests sent their respective ways.
Unlike ABC and CBS, the NBC Nightly News dedicated a full segment on its Wednesday show to the continued reaction concerning the letter signed by 47 Republican Senators and sent to Iranian leaders. Predictably, the segment took to scolding the GOP by promoting a tweet from Hillary Clinton on the matter as well as a petition which calls for charges to be brought against the signers under the Logan Act.
To its credit, Wednesday’s NBC Today actually brought on Republican Senator Rand Paul to react to Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday press conference regarding the email scandal. However, co-host Matt Lauer used the second half of the interview to parrot Clinton’s attacks on the GOP: “…she talked about this open letter that you and forty-six other Republican senators wrote and then signed and sent off to the leaders of Iran during very delicate negotiations over this nuclear deal. She said that you and the others were either trying help Iran or undermine…the commander-in-chief.”
In what may be the beginning of a move by networks to bury Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir ignored the story in its Wednesday night broadcast with the CBS Evening News following close behind with only a 20-second news brief. Over on NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell updated viewers on the scandal in a full segment, including news of a report by the State Department’s Inspector General (IG) that revealed droves of e-mails from State Department employees were not properly archived.
According to View co-host Nicolle Wallace, supposedly the “conservative” voice on the show, members of the media “hate” Hillary Clinton more than “my party.” On Wednesday, Wallace offered a bewildering analysis of the likely 2016 Democratic candidate: “The media, they hate her the most, okay? More than my party. They hate her.”
Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell blamed the press coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 1990s for why she created a wall of secrecy. Mitchell also complained about having to cover Hillary’s self-inflicted e-mail controversy instead on a women’s rights report: “The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation report on the no ceilings report was very important and had a lot of data in it, and I wish we had been working on that, frankly.”
On Wednesday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the Obama administration’s decision to drop their proposed ban on ammunition that is commonly used in the AR-15. After the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored the bullet ban reversal during their Tuesday night broadcasts, CBS’s Charlie Rose devoted a mere 20 seconds to the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (ATF) to not ban the specific type of ammunition. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether.
On Monday, NBC Nightly News featured a full report on the letter signed by 47 Republican Senators to the leaders of Iran concerning its negotiations with the Obama administration over its nuclear program, but took the step of describing the letter as one that “patronizes Iranian leaders.” In addition, the report by NBC’s Peter Alexander gave three times the airtime to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Obama than Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton (who authored the letter).
CNN’s Carol Costello badgered Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Monday’s CNN Newsroom over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Costello played up how “some say the relationship between Israel and the United States has become partisan for the first time ever,” and asked Mayor Barkat if he agreed. The anchor later asked her guest, “Couldn’t you argue that Benjamin Netanyahu is being used by the Republicans in the American Congress?”
During Monday’s NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell hit Hillary Clinton hard over her email scandal and the millions the Clinton Foundation had received from foreign governments, but still found time to fawn over “a path-breaking speech” Clinton gave “in Beijing 20 years ago” on women’s rights and her “extraordinary” levels of support among Democratic voters.
The Indianapolis Star reported on Monday that it had obtained emails from an employee at the Indianapolis VA hospital who mocked returning combat veterans who were facing mental health issues and committed suicide. On Monday night, both the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and NBC Nightly News failed to cover this story.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, longtime Democratic operative and Clinton adviser James Carville bizarrely claimed press coverage of the Hillary Clinton email scandal was just part of some right-wing plot: “All of this is just the same cockamamie stuff that we go through. The [New York] Times gets something from some right-wing talking points, they print the story….It’s all about nothing.”
The media’s decades-long love for all things Kennedy continued on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O’Donnell reported from Japan to fawn over U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Previewing an upcoming 60 Minutes story, O’Donnell enthused, “She’s almost greeted like a head of state here in Japan. Incredibly popular.”
A week after getting his face on screen for three seconds as host of a cable TV program showing on a TV in a restaurant in a scene on CBS’s Madame Secretary, Bashir earned six seconds on Sunday night’s episode. Bashir is infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013.
The New York Times on Thursday sounded a hopeful tone about oral arguments regarding ObamaCare, yet again in the Supreme Court. The headline for the Adam Liptak story trumpeted, “At Least One Justice Is in Play as Supreme Court Hears Affordable Care Act Case.” After noting that “the court’s four liberal members voiced strong support for the administration’s position,” Liptak hyped, “In a pleasant surprise for the administration, however, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was in dissent in 2012, made several comments indicating that his vote was in play.”
On Thursday night, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News neglected to mention video that had surfaced earlier in the day of Hillary Clinton attacking the Bush administration in 2007 over their supposed email practices. Instead of mentioning this latest example of hypocrisy by a Clinton, CBS touted a Democratic Congressman who lamented that this story is merely “in the realm of presidential politics” while NBC’s Andrea Mitchell pushed a Clinton-camp talking point and dubbed the scandal as just “fuss.”
Politico reports that Kathleen Matthews, wife of liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews and former news anchor for WJLA-ABC 7 in Washington, DC, is likely to run for Congress as a Democrat. Matthews will seek the seat being vacated by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who plans to run for U.S. Senate, replacing the retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.
Martin Bashir, infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013, popped up — for a mere three seconds — on this past Sunday’s episode of CBS’s Madame Secretary. His role didn’t take much of a stretch: He played a cable TV news host whose show could be seen on a wall-mounted television in the background during a scene set in a restaurant.
Sad news today (Tuesday) that M. Stanton Evans, newspaper editor, founder of the National Journalism Center, conservative leader and author who wrote ten books, passed away at age 80. In 2006, Stan rewarded the Media Research Center and our audience, at the 2006 MRC Gala and DisHonors Awards, by accepting in jest, on behalf of Rosie O’Donnell, the “I’m Not a Political Genius But I Play One on TV Award.”
Following up on the Tuesday post, “Witty Remarks By Stan Evans, RIP, at the MRC’s 2006 ‘DisHonors Awards,’” video of the late M. Stanton Evans serving as Master of Ceremonies a few years earlier for the Media Research Center’s very first “DisHonors Awards” in 1999. Evans, who sadly passed away on Tuesday at age 80, delivered humorous reflections and quips about the politics of the time as host of the MRC event.
Introducing a one-sided report on Monday’s NBC Today that featured no criticism of President Obama, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived ahead of a controversial speech to Congress tomorrow. And that visit at the invitation of Republicans is threatening to further strain the Obama administration’s relations with Israel.”
Following a morning in which NBC’s Today offered only criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his visit to the United States, Monday’s NBC Nightly News continued piling on the denunciation of Netanyahu for creating a“storm of controversy” during “a tense and critical moment” in U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations. Fill-in anchor Savannah Guthrie proclaimed that a “storm of controversy” was brewing “as the Israeli Prime Minister arrives in Washington to deliver a warning to America.”
On Tuesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows all covered a New York Times report exposing how during her tenure as Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton conducted all government business with her personal email account, and when asked by the State Department to turn over the emails her staff “decided which ones to turn over.”
On Monday, only NBC’s Today mentioned the “important news” that the Supreme Court was set to hear a case that could potentially dismantle ObamaCare. In a news brief in the 7 a.m. ET hour, anchor Natalie Morales reported: “…the Supreme Court is gonna hear this week a challenge to President Obama’s signature health care policy that could deal it a crippling blow.”
The Monday editions of ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News aired news briefs on the announcement that Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski will retire. They both failed to label Mikulski a liberal and heaped only effusive praise on her. On ABC, anchor David Muir hailed the announcement as “the end of an era in Washington” for the 78-year old “longest serving woman in Congress” who was “the daughter of a grocer.”
The major broadcast networks all ignored on their Monday night newscasts reports that a federal judge ruled earlier in the day that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had lied to Landmark Legal Foundation in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and warned the agency to cease discriminating against other conservatives. In a 25-page opinion, Washington D.C.-based Judge Royce C. Lambreth declared that the EPA’s conduct was “suspicious” and showed “apathy and carelessness”in carrying out the multi-year FOIA request.
CBS This Morning on Monday exposed the difficulty of firing derelict government employees, even ones who watch porn while on the job. Journalist Don Dahler also highlighted the bullying, harassing individual who threatened coworkers, but hasn’t been terminated. Dahler began by observing, “In the private sector, if you’re caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you’d probably be fired immediately.”
On Monday, all four co-hosts on ABC’s The View eagerly mocked Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for appearing on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week with a snowball to illustrate his skepticism surrounding climate change. The segment began with Rosie Perez bashing Inhofe and insisting that “[w]hat was very upsetting to me is that a man of his stature, a man of his age, doesn’t understand what climate change really means.”
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." -Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged