Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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"Blow-by-blow coverage that gives disproportionate attention to one or two candidates. Some getting short shrift or gratuitously negative coverage. A press obsession with tactics and strategy that outpaces policy differences and leadership characteristics.”

“Sound familiar?” asked James Warren, chief media writer for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, when describing a Harvard University study regarding the 2016 presidential primary campaigns.


During a lengthy interview with a reporter from the Adweek magazine and website, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel discussed several topics, including the fact that he will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21 because he thinks the event will be “boring.”

When asked why he believes that, the host of the top-rated weeknight news program -- The O'Reilly Factor -- for the past 16 years responded: “Hillary's going to get up there, and she's going to be coronated. Maybe there'll be some Bernie fans, and he'll get his night to speak.” However, he noted "the big story” of both the Republican and Democratic gatherings will be who is selected vice president.


Less than a day after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey’s announcement that
Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges for her private e-mail servers scandal, Fox
News Channel's Dana Perino went on “a bit of a rant” on Twitter about the fact that the
Democratic presidential candidate will apparently face no legal consequences as a result of the
investigation.

Perino, who serves as a co-host on the channel's weekday afternoon program entitled The Five,
tweeted that “when you work for the federal government and at the WH (White House) in particular,
you work for THE PEOPLE. Your sense of self is erased.”


Every July, members of the Kennedy family get together at their compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Independence Day holiday with food, drinks and a wide variety of decorations.

This year, however, the gathering featured an unusual item: a blue-suited, golden-haired piñata resembling Donald Trump so each member of the family got to “bash” the Republican presidential candidate …  literally!


Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a crossword puzzle in Tuesday's edition of the New York Times, which had the clue to 31D as a “decidedly non-feminist women’s group” and the answer was the word “harem.”

According to an article by Sarah Fisher on the Truth Revolt website, even the Times' puzzle “isn't safe from charges of sexism." “That little joke has some people outraged. People on Twitter denounced the clue as 'hateful,' 'clueless' and somehow dismissive of victims of sex slavery.”


During a press briefing on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi openly thanked people in the news media for creating an “echo chamber” that provided extensive coverage of the Democrats' “sit-in” seeking legislation to promote stricter gun control even though the Senate didn't approve a similar measure. “Thank you all,” the California Democrat said. “I never saw the gallery so full,” she stated before noting that her staff “gave me six pages today. Six small-print, full pages listing of newspapers around the country where the sit-in was on the front page. I thank you for that. Thank you all.”


During the 26 hours the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives conducted a “sit-in” in an unsuccessful attempt to force Republican leaders of the chamber to allow votes on oppressive gun control measures, one group received effusive praise from the officials for the coverage of the situation.

Not surprisingly, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina started his remarks by saying: “Let me begin by thanking the media,” which led to whoops, cheers and a standing ovation from the Democrats who were still in the chamber even though the Republican leaders had turned off all microphones and cameras.


Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.


According to a report by Carol Costello of the Cable News Network, a theme park called the Ark Encounter that is being built in rural Williamstown, Kentucky, is generating controversy because the openly Christian facility has received $18 million in tax breaks from the state government. This is an inappropriate clash of religion and state, Costello claims, especially since employees at the park are required to sign a “Statement of Faith” disavowing same-sex marriage, premarital sex and adultery. They must also believe in Genesis and Jesus Christ.


With all this year's preliminary political events concluded and the Republican National Convention set for July 18-21 in Cleveland, Georgetown University professor and former MSNBC analyst and guest host Michael Eric Dyson declared last Wednesday that Americans have a “moral obligation” to protest presumptive GOP candidate Donald Trump as a “racist demagogue for president.”

The tumult began when Dyson wrote an article for the New Republic's website entitled “We Must March on Cleveland,” where “we must begin to take our stand against Trump and the malignancy he represents” since the candidate is “the worst of the American political mind and soul.”


On Thursday morning in Shanghai, Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger and “a phalanx of Chinese Communist Party officials” cut the ribbon on the $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort, the company's first theme park in mainland China.

The celebration included fireworks over the resort's castle -- Disney's "largest and most technologically advanced castle in the world” -- a dancing Mickey Mouse, dignitaries and messages of support from two presidents. "This is one of the most exciting and important moments in the history of the Walt Disney Company," Iger proclaimed.

However, according to an article by Patrick Brzeski of the Hollywood Reporter website, the Disney executive “drew gasps of surprise from the mostly Chinese crowd as he began reading a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama,” who has taken a far more lenient stand on gay rights and same-sex marriage than China's government.


Anderson Cooper was sharply criticized on Wednesday about an interview he did the afternoon before with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. She stated that instead of discussing ways people can help victims of the Sunday massacre in Orlando, the Cable News Network anchor spent most of the time challenging her status as “a champion” for gay people.

The host repeatedly charged that in court, Bondi claimed that same-sex marriage could “impose significant public harm” on citizens of the state. The official responded that she was sworn to defend the state constitution, which she did in that case.


Just one day after Fed Up, the 2014 documentary on obesity and the food industry produced and narrated by Yahoo! Global News Anchor Katie Couric was criticized for “deceptive editing,” the Weinstein Company – which is the film's distributor –  called for two interviews to be taken down from the YouTube website where the movie is available for viewing.

According to an article by Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon website, Yahoo lists the “takedown” request as “manually detected” even though the news site “initiated a counter-notification requesting that the videos be reinstated on fair use grounds since the videos are the subject of a news report.”


Jake Tapper, host of a Cable News Network afternoon program, took part in a raucous debate on Tuesday in which the anchor of The Lead asserted that it would be easier to make a case for the media to be tough on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if that same standard was applied to his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.

“Would the argument of reporters,” he asked, “not be stronger if those ridiculously sycophantic questions that were asked of Hillary Clinton yesterday about “I get so teary when I think about a woman nominee” and “Congratulations.”


It came as no surprise that when reporting on this year's playoffs to determine which team will be crowned the National Basketball Association champions, MSNBC host Tamron Hall instead focused on two players who are “prominent Democrats” and engage in community events when not on the court.

“Tonight, politics will hit the basketball court with the beginning of the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Hall noted at the start of the segment. “Stephen Curry is going up against LeBron James, both of whom are prominent Democrats who’ve supported the Obamas in major social media campaigns.”


Joy-Ann Reid, host of the new weekend morning program AM Joy, has yet to pay off a $4,948.15 tax warrant that drew a great deal of attention during 2015. The same is true for fellow MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton, who owes nearly $600,000 for two tax warrants listed by the New York state government.

According to an article posted Tuesday by investigative journalist Evan Gahr of the Daily Caller website, they join former MSNBC hosts Touré Neblett and Melissa Harris-Perry as “huge tax delinquents” who have been “in the hock with the Empire State for thousands of dollars.”


Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump have been feuding for the past 10 years, with the latest salvo taking place on Wednesday, when the lesbian comedian launched a profanity-laden attack on the Republican presidential candidate by stating: “I'm depressed because I f**ing hate that orange piece of s**t.”

As usual, the 54-year-old celebrity confused vulgarity with comedy, stating she'd rather “give birth to a flaming iguana while taking a s**t” than have contact with Trump. “I hate him. I hate him," she exclaimed while most of the crowd at a concert in New York City featuring '80s pop singers Boy George and Cyndi Lauper cheered her on.


During Monday evening's edition of The Kelly File on the Fox News Channel, host Megyn Kelly clashed with DeRay Mckesson, an activist with the Black Lives Matter movement, over the decision handed down that morning finding Officer Edward Nero “not guilty” in the death of Freddie Gray.

Mckesson first noted: “What we know to be true is that Freddie Gray should be alive today, and what the judge said today was that Officer Nero was not found criminally responsible.” Kelly later asked her guest: “Don't you see a danger to the community if we start locking up cops for making a bad judgment call?”


Idina Menzel, the woman who gave voice to Queen Elsa in the blockbuster animated movie Frozen, stated that she supports a campaign to give her character a female love interest in the film's upcoming sequel. In an article posted earlier this month on the Entertainment Weekly website, reporter Joey Nolfi asserted: “When it comes to the idea of Frozen's Elsa having a female love interest, some fans have not been able to 'let it go,'” a play on the wildly popular tune the character sang in Disney's billion-dollar blockbuster.


In an online column posted on Wednesday, Joy-Ann Reid from the liberal MSNBC cable television channel behaved as a Democratic Party apparatchik by calling for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to “level with your dreamers” that his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has won the primary contest despite the fact that the socialist candidate made the contest “a hard-fought race.”

Reid, who is the anchor of AM Joy, which airs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays, began her article by stating that Sanders “must stop indulging his people’s fantasies, tell them the truth about the math -- and get them to stop with all the nasty about Clinton.”