Category | Political News

Stephen Colbert Gives Nancy Pelosi Platform to Pitch ‘Middle Class Jumpstart’

Posted on 22 July 2014

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert did Nancy Pelosi a solid by giving her a platform to promote her effort to energize Democrats to come out in force this November to return the Speaker&rsquo…

CBS Notices Boston Marathon Bombing Conviction; ABC, NBC Out to Lunch

Posted on 22 July 2014

Monday’s CBS Evening News was the only Big Three morning or evening newscast to cover the conviction of Azamat Tazhayakov, who was found guilty of obstructing the investigation into the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jurors also convicted Tazhayakov of taking part in a “conspiracy with his off-campus roommate to hide incriminating evidence in the days immediately after the attack,” as reported by the Boston Globe on Monday.

Anchor Scott Pelley gave a 19-second news brief to the conviction of the former student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

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MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Fawns Over Nancy Pelosi

Posted on 22 July 2014

The July 22 edition of Morning Joe boasted an exclusive interview with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But before Pelosi came on set, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts featured his own slobbering interview with the politician in their shared hometown of Baltimore. Much to co-host Mika Brzezinski’s delight, Roberts delved into “Pelosi’s political roots” which “run deep.”

The segment featured Pelosi quipping with aging Baltimore residents because, Roberts explained, “Pelosi still recognizes the power and charm of retail politics.” According to the Way Too Early host, being “the only daughter of one of Baltimore’s longest serving mayors, Thomas D’Alesandro,” it was “Pelosi’s childhood, answering the door at her family home, trying to help the people who came to see her dad that proved to be her political training ground.” [See video below. Click here for MP3]

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CNN’s Costello Hits Obama For West Coast Fundraising Trip, Immigration Crisis

Posted on 22 July 2014

The mainstream media has largely deflected criticism from the President on a number of recent crises, but CNN’s Carol Costello hit Obama for his frequent fundraisers in a discussion about his ability to prioritize the immigration crisis, Ukraine, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Leading off the segment on the July 22 edition of CNN Newsroom, Costello questioned the White House’s logic that they can “walk and chew gum” at the same time: “But let’s face it, he’s got five, count them, five fundraisers in the next two days on the west coast. Wouldn’t you agree at the very least this is an example of bad optics?” [MP3 audio here; video below]

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Brian Williams Grills Netanyahu, Then Touts Hamas Calling Him A ‘War Criminal’

Posted on 22 July 2014

In an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu aired on Monday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams hyped how the Israeli Prime Minister was “under increasing fire for the civilian deaths we’ve seen in Gaza” and proceeded to hammer Netanyahu on the topic: “Last night our network aired scenes of the largest hospital in Gaza having to turn away dead bodies at the hospital morgue. There was no more room….How does it strike you as a father, as a human being?” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Following the tough questions to Netanyahu, Williams didn’t bother to bring on a Palestinian official to equally grill, instead, he simply read a statement from Hamas terrorists: “Hamas tells NBC News in a statement tonight, quote, ‘It is Netanyahu and his army of war criminals that have targeted and continue to target innocent and defenseless civilians. As for Hamas, every single Israeli killed by its fighters or its rockets except one have been soldiers in uniform, on duty, fully armed and on the battlefield.’”

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ABC, CBS Ignore Upcoming VA Secretary Confirmation Hearing; Will Networks Cover News Tonight?

Posted on 22 July 2014

ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning both ignored the news Tuesday morning that President Obama’s nominee to become the next Secretary of the scandal-ridden Department o…

The View Crew: Stop Trying to Shame Hillary with Bill’s Mistresses!

Posted on 22 July 2014

The women of The View are sick and tired of people using Bill Clinton’s mistresses to get in the way of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. At the top of Tuesday’s show…

Dungy a ‘Pathetic’ ‘Homophobe’ for Saying He Wouldn’t Have Drafted Gay Player

Posted on 22 July 2014

These days, if a former NFL coach makes a vague statement about an openly gay sports player who was fawned over by the media, he can expect to be called a “homophobe” and “bigot” for not getting aboard the pro-gay train.

Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current NBC sports analyst, told The Tampa Tribune, “I wouldn’t have taken him [Michael Sam]. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.” 

Dungy elaborated, “It’s not going to be totally smooth…things will happen.” For this cautious statement, Dungy was attacked by the media as homophobic and discriminatory. 

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ABC Derides Perry’s Border Move: ‘Not Needed’ and Comes With a ‘Hefty Price Tag’

Posted on 22 July 2014

All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry’s “controversial,” expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, “But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws.” 

Avila also highlighted that Operation Strong Safety comes “with a hefty price tag of $12 million per month.” The journalist continued his critique, deriding, “The head of the border patrol telling ABC News he has other needs. It’s not about detaining the child immigrants. They’re giving themselves up.” An irritated Avila added, “It’s about where to put them and neither Governor Perry or the Guard has offered any help with that.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

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Washington Post Magazine Revives Anti-Vaccine Hysteria with Sympathetic RFK Jr. Profile

Posted on 22 July 2014

The media just won’t let anti-vaccine nonsense die, as evident by the July 20 issue of Washington Post Magazine and its cover story about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s “Lonely Cru…

Here We Go: WaPo’s Chris Cillizza Says ‘It’s Virtually Impossible’ For a U.S. President to Succeed

Posted on 22 July 2014

It never fails. When the regime of center-right political leader with executive authority begins to implode, the focus is on how and why that person is failing — as it should be. When it becomes clear that a leftist mayor, governor, or president is entering the failure zone, it’s because the job is impossible, or the city, state, or nation has become “ungovernable.”

We’re entering the excuses phase with President Obama (with an important qualifier to be explained later). At the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog yesterday, Chris Cillizza, in a post titled “It’s virtually impossible to be a successful modern president,” had a trio of cop-outs at the ready:

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Zbigniew Blames ‘Disgustingly Destructive’ Netanyahu

Posted on 22 July 2014

The man who suggested that the US shoot down Israeli airplanes is at it again.  Surveying the Israeli/Hamas conflict, Zbigniew Brzezinski couldn’t summon up one word of condemnation for Hamas’ intentional targeting of Israeli civilians with thousands of rockets and mortars.

Instead, Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser had harsh words for only one person: Benjamin Netanyahu. Appearing on today’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski said he didn’t include Netanyahu in the category of leaders man enough to negotiate, accusing the Israeli PM of having “scuttled” peace efforts–again without a word of criticism for Hamas. Zbigniew ended his anti-Israel tirade by decrying that “the ideologues, hard-liners, the ones that promulgate confrontation are in charge, and that’s what’s so hard and so disgustingly destructive.”  Any disgustingly destructive hard-liners in Gaza, Zbig?  View the video after the jump.

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S.E. Cupp’s ‘View’: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ Against CNN and NBC Reporters With Anti-Israel Bias

Posted on 22 July 2014

Appearing as a guest on ABC’s The View on Monday, CNN Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp – who is reportedly in talks to join the daytime talk show – told the hosts it was justified for CNN correspondent Diana Magnay and NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin to be removed from reporting in the Gaza Strip after both expressed Anti-Israel bias. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump

After Cupp noted the social media comments made by Magnay and Mohyeldin, she observed: “Look, you’re a reporter and your job, no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings, your job is to be objective.” Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked: “So do you think it’s okay for them to lose their job?” Cupp replied: “You know, discipline was necessary. Yeah, it was.”

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Hypocrisy Watch: White House Spokesman Josh Earnest Faces a ‘Minor Media Revolt’ After Dissing Anonymous Sources

Posted on 22 July 2014

Allahpundit at Hot Air enjoyed mocking the White House spokesman for disdaining the media’s use of anonymous sources….as if the White House never delivers information anonymously. What a rookie mistake. It doesn’t make him look….earnest.

The Business Insider summarized: “The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, faced a minor media revolt at his daily press briefing Monday after he criticized a Washington Post story for its reliance on anonymous sources.” They accused him of being a hypocrite, even within the day’s news cycle (see video):

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NewsBusters Win: WashPost Admits It ‘Should Not Have Sent’ Fiercely Anti-Israel Intern to Cover Protest

Posted on 22 July 2014

Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit reported a win for NewsBusters on Monday night. Yesterday, we noted The Washington Post published a story on anti-Israel protests written by a transparently anti-Israel graduate student (and apparent Post intern) named Britain Eakin. The Post now admits this was a mistake, and that it wasn’t aware she was trashing Israel in fierce editiorials for al-Jazeera America and the leftist website Counterpunch.

Although Post spokesman Kris Coratti did not send us a statement, an editor’s note was appended online:

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Politico’s Coverage of Obama’s ‘LGBT Executive Order’ Ignores Left’s Withdrawal of Support for ENDA

Posted on 21 July 2014

President Obama signed an executive order on Monday which will force many religious organizations and their members to sever their service and business ties with the federal government if they wish to stay true to their beliefs.

The EO adds “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the bases upon which contractors cannot discriminate if they wish to continue doing business with Uncle Sam. Jennifer Epstein’s coverage at the Politico blithely assumed that everybody knows what “LGBT” means. The acronym is in her headline and content, while none of the four words comprising its meaning — lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — appear anywhere in her writeup. Epstein also erroneously contended that “LGBT” advocates are still shooting for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), when the fact is that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, they now oppose it. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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WashPost’s Sally Quinn Insists Selfish Sarah Palin Needs a ‘Long, Long, Silent Retreat’

Posted on 21 July 2014

Sally Quinn founded the “On Faith” section of The Washington Post, and she’s shown a repeated pattern of loathing conservative Christians, especially Sarah Palin.

In Satur…

Lefty Blogger: Only Way 2016 GOP Presidential Nominee Can Win ‘Is By Not Running as a Movement Conservative’

Posted on 21 July 2014

Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman laid it on the line (actually, the headline) on Sunday: “Movement Conservatism is Dead as a National Ideology.”

Longman argued that &ldq…

NBC Ignores Gov. Rick Perry Sending National Guard To Border

Posted on 21 July 2014

On Monday, July 21, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he was deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to help deal with the ongoing crisis of thousands of illeg…

‘Hardball’ Panel Carps About ‘Blame Obama First’ GOP for Whom Politics Doesn’t Stop at the Water’s Edge

Posted on 21 July 2014

During the Bush era, the Left were wont to remind us that “dissent is patriotic” and being intensely critical of the president was a hallmark of a vibrant democracy, especially on matters of foreign policy and national defense. But in the Obama Era, especially in a crucial midterm election year, well, not so much.

On the July 21 Hardball, guest host Steve Kornacki brought on Mother Jones magazine writer David Corn and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart to grouse about how Republicans who have been critical of President Obama’s handling of Russia vis-a-vis the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Moscow-backed political unrest in Ukraine. “There was a time when politics stopped at the water’s edge. That disappeared, apparently, on January 20, 2009,” Capehart whined in a segment entitled “Blame Obama First.”

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‘Big Three’ Ignore IRS Official Saying Backup of Lois Lerner’s Emails May Not Exist

Posted on 21 July 2014

On Monday, IRS deputy associate chief council Thomas Kane told the House Oversight Committee that he is unsure whether or not backup tapes of the lost Lois Lerner emails exist.

Despite the p…

Column: What America Needs Now

Posted on 21 July 2014

Forty-five years ago, there was a day like few others that rallied Americans and changed America forever. Yet I could find but one or two news stories about that momentous occasion and triumph. Do you remember what it was? It’s the type of event that America needs now, maybe more than ever before.

If you’re old enough, you remember July 20, 1969, when 123 million of roughly 200 million Americans were riveted to their televisions, watching astronaut Neil Armstrong 240,000 miles from Earth. As he stepped off the Eagle — the lunar landing module — to become the first human to walk on the moon, Armstrong’s words were heard by over a billion people around the globe: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Column: Mrs. Obama’s Operation VA Scandal Distraction

Posted on 21 July 2014

Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team. He blames everyone else for his problems. She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn’t deserve and distracts public attention from his avalanche of failures with endless feel-good photo-ops.

While the shirker in chief golfed and grubbed for money at closed-door celebrity fundraisers this week, his East Wing flak-catcher provided him cunning cover on the still-festering VA scandals.

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MSNBC Contributor: Media Is ‘Disgustingly Biased’ Against Palestine

Posted on 21 July 2014

MSNBC has truly outdone itself. On the July 21 edition of Ronan Farrow Daily, the MSNBC host invited Eli Lake from Huffington Post and Italian-Palestinian journalist and MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal onto the show to discuss how Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-air comments about Israeli operations in Palestine revealed a gap between “American officials’ public versus private thoughts when it comes to Israel.”

When Farrow asked Jebreal, “Why can’t American leaders be more honest?” she responded that because of “AIPAC and because of the money behind it and because of Sheldon Adelson and because of all of us in the media,” American political leaders are forced into a pro-Israel stance. [See video below. Click here for MP3 audio]

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Networks Ignore: As Chaos Breaks Out, White House Claims Obama Has Brought ‘Tranquility’

Posted on 21 July 2014

The week of July 13 to 19 saw increased violence between Israel and the Palestinians, an act of terror as a plane was blown out of the sky in Ukraine, and simmering tensions between Mexico and the United States over a boarder crisis. With that as a backdrop, the networks skipped White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s July 14 claim that Barack Obama has “improved the tranquility of the global community.” 

The journalists at NBC, CBS and ABC, so far, have ignored the remark, offering no skepticism. NBC viewers wouldn’t have known about the comment if they watched last week’s Nightly News or Today. Yet, if they stayed up to 12:37am on July 16, they would have seen Late Night host Seth Meyers mock, “Yesterday, White House Press Secretary said that President Obama has brought tranquility to the global community. And that’s good, Josh. You should always open with a joke.” [See below for video of Earnest's original comment and Meyers's joke. MP3 audio here.]

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