Media BiASS: And They Breed….

ABC Skips Own Poll on ‘Record Low Support’ for ObamaCare

 

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, support for ObamaCare is at a “record low” level. Yet, viewers wouldn’t know that from watching the network. Journalists on Sunday’s World News and Monday’s Good Morning America failed to cover the poll from their own network. According to the Washington Post, “The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago.”

Networks Fail to Notice Obama Attacking Supreme Court Ahead of ObamaCare Ruling

 

The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all refused to mention on Monday night comments made by President Barack Obama earlier in the day in which he attacked the Supreme Court for taking a case regarding ObamaCare subsidies and warned them not to rule that they’re unconstitutional. They remained on the sidelines as FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier worked to once again fill the void with not only a full segment, but also a discussion of it with the show’s “All-Star Panel.”

MSNBC Reporter Asks Rubio About Traffic Tickets: ‘Do You Have A Lead Foot?’

 

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, the network’s political correspondent Kasie Hunt touted a clip of her pressing Florida Senator Marco Rubio over a handful of traffic tickets: “I have to ask you, there was a New York Times report about your collection of speeding tickets. Do you have a lead foot?”

NY Times Reporter: Rubio Traffic Ticket Story ‘Why People Don’t Run for President’

 

As part of the Fox News Sunday political panel, New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg attempted to defend her paper’s hit piece on Marco Rubio but instead seemed to confirm the backlash against the Times: “When you run for president, every aspect of your life, and even your spouse’s life, is open to public scrutiny….So this is kind of the game, right? This is what happens, this is why people don’t run for president.”

 MSNBC.com Hits ‘Sellout’ ‘Mythical Creature’ Ben Carson

 

Given that Ben Carson’s popularity among Republican primary voters has risen since his formal presidential announcement, it seems logical that MSNBC.com would publish a hit piece entitled “From idol to ‘sellout’: How Ben Carson is losing his legacy.”

ABC Devotes Over Six Minutes to Shilling Mrs. Stephanopoulos’s Book

 

Less than a month after being forced to apologize for a conflict of interest, George Stephanopoulos’s Good Morning America on Monday devoted almost seven minutes of air-time to aggressively promoting the new book from the journalist’s wife. Co-host Robin Roberts interviewed Ali Wentworth for six minutes and 39 seconds. In contrast, the latest details on the massive hack from the Chinese government against the U.S. warranted a scant 21 seconds.

NBC Spins for Obama at G-7 Summit after ‘No Complete Strategy’ Comments on ISIS

 

Following President Obama’s comments at the G-7 summit on Monday about the United States still having “no complete strategy” for fighting ISIS, NBC Nightly News went to work in spinning for the President by touting his reasoning and neglecting to mention that he uttered similar remarks back on August 28, 2014. In contrast, ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News noted the similarity in Obama’s remarks on Monday and in August with multiple doses of criticism for the commander-in-chief

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Media BiASS: No News, Nothing But Crap….

Hopeful NYT: ‘A Pleasant Surprise’ for Government That Kennedy Might Flip on ObamaCare

 

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.”

 

CBS and NBC Omit Video of Hillary Clinton Hitting Bush Administration in 2007 Over E-Mails

 

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.”

 

Wife of Chris Matthews ‘Likely’ Running for Congress as Democrat

 

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 Returns to TV In Prime Time on CBS

 

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.

 

Witty Remarks By Stan Evans, RIP, at the MRC’s 2006 ‘DisHonors Awards’

 

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.”

 

More Humor from Stan Evans, RIP, Including His ‘Evans’ Law of Inadequate Paranoia’

 

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.

Loretta Lynch Needs to Come Clean — Or Be Defeated!

Loretta Lynch Needs to Come Clean — Or Be Defeated! 

 

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Loretta Lynch — nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder — is making the rounds among Senators.  She is schmoozing them and trying to win their votes with sugary one-on-one private meetings in which she says nothing.

But we know the drill.  Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan did the same.  In the case of Sotomayor, Kagan, and now Lynch, they had a limited paper trail on guns, and professed to believe in the Second Amendment.

Then, the day after they were confirmed, they became our worst enemies.  And it became pretty clear that they hated us — and the Second Amendment — all along.

There’s no absolute way to weed out lying anti-constitution nominees.  But we need to do a better job than we’ve been doing.

For this reason, Gun Owners of America is asking Senators to force Lynch to go on record with respect to the legality of anti-gun actions by the Obama administration.  Not to determine whether she agrees with the President, but to hear her views on the legality of his actions.

For instance, in some parts of the country the ATF is routinely copying all dealer 4473’s and bound book entries in connection with its routine annual inspection — thus creating ade facto national gun registry of law-abiding gun owners.  And make no mistake about it:  If regionally held records can be accessed in Washington by the push of a keystroke, it’s a national gun registry — prohibited by federal law.

Does Lynch believe this process is unlawful?  If not, her disregard for the law makes her unqualified to serve as attorney general.

The Obama administration has tried to outlaw the importation of shotguns and ammunition.  And it is being urged to ban the import of semi-autos, thus circumventing Congress’ decision to reject that ban.  In the case of shotguns, the administration has argued that they have no “sporting purpose.”  Huh??!!

Irrespective of whose signature was on that ban, we know the real “mover” was Eric Holder and the ATF.

And then there’s Operation Fast and Furious.  Does Lynch have a problem with that?

Does she favor semi-auto and magazine bans?

What about ATF’s illegal efforts to register multiple sales of firearms?  Or the administration’s efforts to financially strangle gun dealers and manufacturers by labeling them as “risky businesses” under Operation Choke Point?

All of these questions need to be answered.  And, if Lynch refuses to answer them or answers them wrong, she needs to be opposed.

What about the argument that the defeat of Lynch keeps Eric Holder in place — given that he has said he would serve until she was confirmed?

It’s not an easy problem.  But we see no moral way that Senators can vote for Lynch if she refuses to say whether she would abide by the law.

And, while Holder’s hatred of the law has pretty well discredited him, Lynch could still use the lame-duck Attorney General gig as a stepping stone for the Supreme Court.

ACTIONContact your Senators.  Ask them to vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch unless she fully and satisfactorily states that she will uphold the Second Amendment and gun owners’ rights

GOA: Sen. Harry Reid Falls from His Throne; House Reinforced with Pro-gunners

Sen. Harry Reid Falls from His Throne; House Reinforced with Pro-gunners

Dear Kevin, 

As you have no doubt heard, Republicans successfully took control the U.S. Senate last night, and in the process, dethroned one of the most anti-gun Majority Leader’s in the history of the Upper Chamber. As of now, the Republicans hold a 53-seat majority, although they may gain another seat in Louisiana.

Voters across the United States stood against President Barack Obama’s policies and, in doing so, have elected candidates who will stand up for the Second Amendment.

We now have more new pro-gun Senators and Congressmen heading to Capitol Hill to aid as reinforcements in the battle to protect our right to keep and bear arms.

GOA’s Political Victory Fund was proud to endorse a number of these new pro-gun Senators — men and women who will stand up for the Second Amendment and for the freedom of firearms ownership.

Alaska, Montana, Colorado, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska Get New Pro-Gun Senators

Dan Sullivan defeated anti-gunner Mark Begich in Alaska after a tight race in which many thought Begich was sure to win.

Dan received an “A” rating from GOA because he supports good pro-gun legislation such as the right to carry — and opposes gun control measures like the so-called “assault weapons” ban and universal background checks.

Former Sen. Mark Begich was “D” rated with GOA.  Among his many anti-gun votes were his support for anti-gun Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Both are rabidly anti-gun and are now serving permanent positions on the Supreme Court — thanks, in part, to Begich.  Many Court watchers expect that over the next two years, there will almost certainly be at least one new Supreme Court Justice nominated by President Obama.

In Montana, former Rep. Steve Daines cruised to victory, easily beating his anti-gun opponent, Amanda Curtis, by a margin of 57—40. Anti-gun Sen. John Walsh decided not to run for reelection after he was caught up in a plagiarism scandal.

GOA endorsed Steve early in his campaign and worked closely with him during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has proven himself to be a staunch Second Amendment supporter, and he will bring a much needed pro-gun vote and leadership to the Senate.

After spending months being trashed in the media and being told he had no chance at winning, Rep. Cory Gardner defeated Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado, as the residents of the Centennial State fired their one term incumbent.

As Senator, Udall joined other Democrats by voting for the anti-gun Sotomayor and Kagan as Justices to the Supreme Court. Not only that, he voted with anti-gun President Obama 99% of the time and was endorsed by the anti-gun (former) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In contrast, Cory Gardner has been a stalwart defender of the Second Amendment while serving in Congress, and now that he is serving in the U.S. Senate, Colorado gun owners have one pro-gun Senator they can depend on.

In Arkansas, anti-gun Senator Mark Pryor tumbled to defeat as the voters in his state threw their support behind Rep. Tom Cotton. Tom has been a Second Amendment advocate in Congress, co-sponsoring national concealed carry reciprocity and H.R. 35, which would repeal the gun free school zones ban.

During his tenure in the Senate, Mark Pryor consistently voted against the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  For example, he voted for a veteran’s gun ban (in 2013) that would send a person to prison for 15 years for selling a firearm to a veteran, without realizing that he was one of the 175,000-plus military veterans who was put into the NICS system for PTSD.

Tom Cotton ran on constitutional principles and on his sound voting record, which helped him defeat the heavily-entrenched Pryor by 17 points.

When longtime anti-gunner Sen. Tom Harkin decided he would not seek reelection in 2014, Second Amendment advocates breathed a sigh of relief.  Although, most pundits assumed that his equally anti-gun House counterpart, Bruce Braley, would crush any competition in the race and become Iowa’s next Senator.

But State Senator Joni Ernst threw her hat into the ring and emerged out of a crowded primary field earlier this year. Boasting a pro-gun voting record while in the Iowa State Senate, Joni used the last two months of the campaign to steadily gain ground on Bradley, eventually taking the lead in the polls and winning by 8.5 points.

In Nebraska, Ben Sasse comfortably defeated Dave Domina by more than 30 points once the race was called. GOA endorsed Ben early on in his primary, given that he has put forward a strong pro-gun message.

After cruising to victory on Election Day, Ben will now head to Washington, D.C., to join fellow pro-gun Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer in the fight to protect our God-given Second Amendment rights.

Victory in the House: Pro-gun Message Carries Candidates to Success

Victory wasn’t limited to the U.S. Senate only. GOA also endorsed numerous non-incumbent candidates running in open seats or against anti-gun incumbents.

These new pro-gun U.S. House members include:

Ken Buck in CO-04

Jody Hice in GA-10

Dave Brat in VA-07

Alex Mooney WV-02

Rob Blum in IA-01

Steve Knight in CA-25

Frank Guinta in NH-01

Lee Zeldin in NY-01

Many, many other pro-gun House incumbents also won their reelection campaigns, and GOA looks forward to our continued relationship with their offices.

It is paramount that solid constitutional Members maintain a strong presence in the House to keep Speaker Boehner and the Republican Leadership accountable. Gaining these eight new pro-gun representatives will provide much needed reinforcements to the pro-Second Amendment congressmen who are already there.

After spending millions of dollars spewing lies to the American public, Michael Bloomberg and the gun control movement lost heavily this election cycle.  (His one notable victory took place in Washington State, but even that battle showed the weakness of the anti-gun movement.)  The myth that running a campaign supporting the Second Amendment evaporated at the polls.

Anti-gun incumbents repeatedly were met with defeat as their pro-gun counterparts crushed them, often times by double digit percentage points.

GOA will now focus efforts on holding these men and women accountable as they serve the citizens who sent them to Capitol Hill to protect this country and uphold their constitutional oath.

GOA Once Again Enters the Fray in Important Court Decision

GOA Once Again Enters the Fray in Important Court Decision

“The DC registration law [is] in violation of the Second Amendment [and] undermines the primary purposes of the right to keep and bear arms — to resist tyranny and to defend self, family and property.” — GOA amicus brief in Heller III


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Gun Owners of America submitted a vital amicus brief in Heller v. DC on Tuesday — in a case that is otherwise known as Heller III.

This case has national implications, as the courts continue to chip away at the Second Amendment and the DC v. Heller decision from 2008.

Gun owners remember that year well, as it marked the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which struck down the draconian gun ban in Washington, DC. The Court correctly noted that the right to keep and bear arms is one that “belongs to all Americans,” and is a right that “shall not be infringed” or denied, thus allowing citizens to better “resist tyranny.”

GOA was involved in the original Heller case — in what is now known as Heller I.

After DC lost this decision, the city council crafted registration and licensing regulations so onerous as to technically permit possession of handguns in the home, but in effect making it so difficult and expensive that many people found it impossible to legally acquire a firearm.  The District also banned so-called “high capacity magazines” and so-called “assault weapons.”

When Dick Heller, the plaintiff from Heller I, brought suit to challenge these new restrictions in 2010, GOA again came to his defense in what is known as Heller II.

But given the anti-gun animus of DC’s District Court, it was not surprising when the judge completely disregarded the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller I, and used a “balancing test” to pit gun owners’ rights against the need for public safety.

Never mind that the Second Amendment completely nullifies such balancing tests, saying that the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

And never mind that all legitimate studies — both private and government — show that guns actually make people safer!

Regardless, the district court judge rejected every single pro-gun argument … rejected every single pro-gun study … all of our data, and every bit of expert testimony.

Not only that, the judge gave maximum weight and full credence to every bit of evidence put on by DC’s anti-gun lawyers.

So this is where we now stand.  Based on that subjective “balancing” of hearsay evidence, it is no wonder the district court judge found every one of DC’s registration regulations to be constitutional.

GOA’s amicus brief (in Heller III) reminds the DC Circuit Court of Appeals of the first principles articulated in Heller I that DC judges have consistently abandoned, and we take the District Court’s opinion to task for permitting sociology and statistics to trump constitutional rights.

Again, this case is important for gun owners around the country, as GOA works to ensure the courts are upholding the proper understanding of the Second Amendment.

Media BiASS: Ignorance is bliss…

ABC, CBS Ignore SCOTUS Ruling Against Unions and New V.A. Chief Nomination

 

On Monday, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to labor unions seeking to obtain more control over public employees who do not want to join the union. Despite the setback for union bosses, only the NBC Nightly News bothered to cover the ruling on Monday evening. In addition, President Obama nominated Robert McDonald to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs and fix the troubled agency yet ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley were nowhere to be found on this story either.

 

NBC’s Alexander Ponders With Wasserman Schultz: ‘What Should the Administration Do Now?’ About Conctraception

 

On Monday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, substitute host and NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander gave Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz the floor to sound off on the rulings from the Supreme Court on religious freedom and public employee unions. Not surprisingly, he refused to challenge the DNC Chair or even play devil’s advocate. Nor did Alexander bring on a Republican or conservative guest for the opposing perspective both before or after the segment.

 

NBC Ignores One of Israeli Teens Killed Was U.S. Citizen But Does Highlight Obama’s ‘Outrage’

 

On Monday, it was revealed that the three Israeli teens, one of whom was a dual Israeli-American citizen, who went missing two weeks were found dead, likely the victims of murder from the terrorist organization Hamas. While all three network evening news shows reported on the deaths of the three teenage boys, NBC Nightly News only provided a news brief and completely ignored that one of the boys, Naftaly Frenkel, was in fact a U.S. citizen, Anchor Brian Williams did find time to highlight how “President Obama was among those who expressed outrage over the killings.”

 

CNN Plays Up ‘Tough Year’ for Obama White House in Wake of Supreme Court Rulings

 

On Monday’s This Hour, CNN’s John Berman underlined that the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate was “another setback to the administration, in what has been a difficult year for this White House.” Berman later asserted that “this has to be very frustrating for them. They feel blocked politically, legally, foreign policy-wise. Pretty much, everywhere they look now, they’re getting blocked.”

GOA: Good News … and Some Bad News

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Good News … and Some Bad News

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We start with yesterday’s bad news.

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Abramski case was a lawless decree imposed by liberal judges who are way out of step with the American people — as nearly 75% of them agree that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own and sell guns.

Gun Owners of America filed two amicus briefs in support of James Abramski, a former police officer who was eligible to own firearms and who bought a handgun for his elderly uncle who was also eligible to own firearms.

Both men passed a NICS background check, yet ATF claimed that Abramski lied on his Form 4473 when he claimed he was the “actual buyer” of the firearm.

This case involves one of the greatest instances of regulatory and prosecutorial abuse that we have ever seen.

The concept of a “straw purchase” is a “doctrine” created by ATF and the courts, rather than a “crime” enacted by Congress.

ATF argued that Abramski’s statement was “intended or likely to deceive” the Federal Firearms Licensee (“FFL”), even though he specifically asked two FFLs who both told him that he was following the law.

Click here to see the analysis of the Abramski decision by Gun Owner’s legal team.

The Abramski decision throws gun laws into great confusion. After all, even Sarah Brady has admitted — on pp. 223-224 of her book, A Good Fight (2002) — that SHE BOUGHT a hunting rifle for her son for Christmas one year.

She did exactly the same thing that James Abramski did, who has been viciously prosecuted by an anti-gun Obama administration!

Maybe the Obama Administration should now open a case against Sarah Brady, who is the founder of the Brady Campaign — an organization which is, ironically, championing yesterday’s Supreme Court decision.

They should prosecute her, too, but don’t hold your breath.

This just shows the importance of this year’s elections, when voters will have the opportunity to take the gavel out of Senator Harry Reid’s hands. The Senate Majority Leader has been busy packing the courts with far-left judges who don’t respect the Second Amendment, and now the “chickens are coming home to roost.”

Now that two anti-gun judges have been confirmed to the Supreme Court under Obama’s presidency, we have an anti-gun decision authored by Justice Kagan — who was supported by Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), among others.

Click here to see if your Senator voted for Justice Elena Kagan — and let them know your displeasure if they voted to confirm her.

Two Things to be Happy About

First, the impact of the defeat of Eric Cantor on the anti-gun amnesty bill, which would have created over 8 million anti-gun voters.  We reported on that election last week, but didn’t discuss its ramifications.

But there was every evidence that, once Cantor had passed his primary, he intended to bring up immigration amnesty in July and slam it through the House with Democratic votes.  The notion is that Cantor would have thumbed his nose at Republican conservatives, who would, in Cantor’s mind, not have been able to do anything about his perfidy.

Now that is much less likely to happen.

Pundits of all political stripes spent election night last week throwing dirt on the grave of immigration amnesty, which had been the central issue in David Brat’s defeat of Cantor.

National Review Online has not exactly been the biggest opponent of amnesty.  Yet, last Wednesday morning, NRO columnist Jonah Goldberg said that amnesty has had “a stake driven through its heart; it was drawn and quartered; it is dead; the earth was salted.”

Goldberg went on to observe that anti-amnesty Americans could not have sent a stronger message if “the Potomac turned to blood and frogs rained from the sky.”

Final victory for this year will happen only when Congress adjourns sine die.  But an attempt to ambush us appears to have been headed off at the pass.

Second thing that will make your day:  Also last week, Barack Obama was asked what was the biggest frustration of his administration.  He replied:  “My biggest frustration is that society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage.”

Obama went on to claim that the difference between the U.S. and countries like Finland is that, in the U.S., “these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses and that’s sort of par for the course.”  [Of course, 1968 Gun Control Act regulated ammunition, but the 1986 McClure-Volkmer Act deregulated it.]

This tells us a lot about Barack Obama, who has been open about his intent to implement universal background checks, but now has made it clear that he sees this as a stepping stone to regulating and banning ammunition as well.