Katie Couric, who was accused of deceptively editing a gun documentary to make pro-Second Amendment individuals look bad, has a history of employing this tactic. According to the Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski, the edits for the 2014 obesity film Fed Up were also misleading.
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The excitement among journalists over Hillary Clinton’s coming nomination is just getting started. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King hyped the “pure joy” on the face of the Democrat as she won California and became the presumptive nominee. Just like on ABC, the show’s reporters also pushed the idea of an all women ticket.
With Hillary Clinton on the verge of officially becoming the Democratic nominee for president, outlets such as the Washington Post and U.S. News are not holding back. “It’s Hillary; it’s History” and “For a generation of women pushing against the limits, a singular triumph” are two examples.
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday could barely contain himself as he gushed to Nancy Pelosi about the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Stephanopoulos, who previously worked for Bill Clinton, wondered about Hillary: “You were the first female Speaker of the House.... What does it mean to have the first female nominee for a major party?”
The weight of Hillary Clinton’s history-making campaign reduces some women to tears, according to a “question” from NPR White House reporter Tamera Keith on Monday. As though she were doing PR for the Democrat, Keith gushed, “Secretary, last night when you took stage in Sacramento, there was a woman standing next to me who was absolutely sobbing. And she said, you know, ‘It's time. It's past time.’”
Every time Donald Trump makes what is perceived as a gaffe or a controversial comment, the networks don’t hesitate to cover it. Yet, when Hilary Clinton on Sunday refused to agree that the Second Amendment is an individual right, the comment was ignored on the evening newscasts and Monday’s morning shows.
Yahoo certainly seems to have a strange definition of “news.” The website on Thursday placed in its news section an op-ed by a hard-left website. Writer Tom McKay used the most hyperbolic language possible for an article entitled, “Sinister Extremists Are His Dark Legacy From 2016.” He slimed, “2016 came to bury Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, not to praise him. But the evils men do outlive them.”
It didn’t take long for ABC to go back to ignoring Hillary Clinton’s growing e-mail scandal. A day after all three networks covered a “scathing” new report accusing the Democrat of violating federal rules, Good Morning America on Friday totally avoided the subject. In contrast, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both stayed on the story. But the two networks couldn’t agree whether Clinton was going on “offense” or staying on “defense.”
If you were confused by the recent announcement that iconic character Captain America has been a secret Nazi all this time, Time magazine and Marvel have another puzzler for you: It relates to the 2016 presidential election. Talking to a Marvel Comics editor on Wednesday, Time writer Eliana Dockterman noted that the Nazi-aligned Hydra talks about “criminal trespassers” who “make a mockery of America’s borders.”
According to Gayle King, no one at the party she was at on Wednesday night cares about Hillary Clinton’s growing e-mail scandal. Talking to John Dickerson, the CBS This Morning co-host tried to minimize the damage with anecdotal evidence: “Put it in perspective. How big a deal is this, really? I was at an event last night and both Democrats and Republicans were quoting Bernie Sanders saying, ‘I'm sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.’"
“Scathing.” “Stark.” The network morning shows on Thursday used troubling words for Hillary Clinton as her evolving e-mail scandal has reached a point where even ABC, CBS and NBC find it hard to minimize. All three morning shows trumpeted the news that a State Department inspector general report found Clinton violated federal rules by using a private server.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs could barely contain his outrage over the latest examples of the media spinning for Hillary Clinton. Regarding a new MRC analysis that found the networks in 2016 have spent less than five minutes on the scandals engulfing the Clinton Foundation, Dobbs sputtered, “You’re talking about, basically, ten percent of that money going to good causes. That’s a hefty administrative charge and it makes you think, immediately, this is worthy of great inspection [by journalists].”
If there’s any question that Hillary Clinton will have considerable help from celebrity liberals in the media, it was dispelled yet again on Wednesday. Ellen DeGeneres wondered if she could be Hillary Clinton’s vice president in a segment for the daytime TV show. Clinton’s appearance came as even the New York Times described the host as an open “political ally.”
When liberal MSNBC provides more balanced coverage than NBC, you know there’s a problem. On Monday night, Nightly News completely ignored the gaffe of Barack Obama’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs comparing wait time for medical treatment to that of lines at Disneyland. On Tuesday, the Today show, a four hour-long program, allowed a scant 35 seconds on the controversial remarks. Yet, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell actually grilled Secretary Robert McDonald.
After a firestorm of outrage over liberal bias, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would change how trending news topics appeared on its social media site. According to Bloomberg, “The company said it will no longer require stories to appear on sites considered news leaders, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, as that requirement could lead to bias.”
Journalist and Hillary Clinton fan Cokie Roberts on Tuesday insisted that women will be “upset” if Donald Trump continues to highlight Bill Clinton’s past affairs and mistreatment of women. Talking to former Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, Roberts huffed, “Women will be very upset if they think that another woman is being blamed for her husband's infidelities.”
The journalists at NBC on Monday searched for a “silver lining” for Hillary Clinton’s sagging poll numbers and suggested it was just “hand-wringing” to worry about a potential November loss now. Today's Willie Geist hoped, “How much of this is hand wringing in May, five and a half months ahead of the election?”
The networks have not shown a great interest in holding the Obama administration accountable for the Veterans Affairs scandal, but will they notice a gaffe by VA Secretary Robert McDonald? According to the Washington Examiner, on Monday he compared long wait times for veterans to those at Disneyland rides.
Gun-grabbing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper enjoyed softball questions on Monday as the co-hosts of CBS This Morning uncritically hyped his gun control moves in the state and talked him up as a potential vice president to Hillary Clinton. Attempting to spin Hickenlooper as a moderate, Charlie Rose touted, “What's the difficulty in explaining, on the one hand, that certain kinds of guns you don't want people to be able to get, you want certain procedures and at the same time saying you do not want to do away with the Second Amendment?”
Despite the fact that an overwhelming amount of Native Americans do not find the Washington Redskins team name offensive, Bob Costas thinks he knows better. The liberal sportscaster on Friday talked to the Washington Post and ignored the impact of a new poll finding 90 percent support for the moniker.