The obvious joke is it's a lateral move from Air America radio and MSNBC to a Kremlin-backed show for Russia Today. CNN's Dylan Byers reports Schultz will host the simply titled News with Ed Schultz at 8 p.m. weeknights, where he will "focus on exploring issues that most affect working Americans, particularly within the context of the upcoming US presidential election," according to a press release.
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If you’re not a Democrat who thinks Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are titans whose visages should be sculpted into a cliff, you might want to avoid taxpayer-funded PBS and the Charlie Rose show. Both leaders were adored live in the 11 pm hour on the East Coast in the afterglow of Obama's final State of the Union address.
Early on, Rose said Obama's listing of four arguments the country needed to have were "very worthy," and then it slipped into how Bill Clinton was a great president like Jefferson, or FDR:
New York Times columnist David Brooks poses as a moderate who never stoops to being crabbily doctrinaire. He is the very model of a PBS/NPR “conservative” – defining conservatism in a very 1950s way, as wearing dreary gray suits and liking Ike and Dick Nixon. Go along, get along with the liberal elites.
But as conservatives know all too well, people who pose as “moderates” – politically and rhetorically – have a way of losing their sweetly temperate nature when conservatives seriously challenge the liberal order of things. David Brooks is clearly not a moderate or temperate man when it comes to Ted Cruz. Just the thought of this man triggers a spontaneous combustion.
Rush Limbaugh ably mocked this Politico headline from State of the Union Day: “Obama struggling to get attention for the State of the Union.” White House reporter Sarah Wheaton pretended that Obama somehow wasn’t the toast of cable news or the recipient of a boatload of Today coverage on NBC live from his executive mansion.
The White House strategy also includes another round of interviews with twentysomething YouTube stars, including one who talks about his frequent dreams about setting a cop on fire with a Molotov cocktail.
Ted Cruz and his father have “satanic” tones. That’s what you get from the taxpayer-subsidized PBS NewsHour, established so somewhere on TV, people are civil and don’t....insult each other as Satan?
Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks has a swelling, itching hatred of Senator Cruz, and it was time to scratch as Cruz begins to surge in the polls:
CNN host Jake Tapper set himself apart from the rest of CNN and the wider liberal media by devoting two segments to Juanita Broaddrick and other accusers of Bill Clinton. In a panel segment with Weekly Standard editor William Kristol and former Clinton staffer Donna Brazile, Tapper even asked about how feminism struggles against the Broaddrick allegations of a rape in 1978.
Brazile took that question and twisted it into an Orwellian pretzel, as Clintonistas do. Raising Bill Clinton's past is the "real misogyny," she insisted.
Bill Clinton can be shameless in his political life because he has thousands of enablers, just like Hillary. They’re the Democratic Party and the liberal media. Take Al Hunt, for many years the Washington Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal and a certified member of the Pundit Elite. On Bloomberg View, he wrote a piece headlined, “Yes, Bill Clinton Still Has It.” Magic, that is.
Hunt began: “Does Bill Clinton still have his political magic? How much of it can he transfer to his wife? The answers: Yes and not much.”
On Friday, New York Times entertainment reporters Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes lamented “the dreaded Oscar-season truth squad. Once again, confrontations between an expanding field of reality-based movies and a growing pack of watchdogs, mostly of the armchair variety, have been turning the annual awards ritual into a brutal game of ‘gotcha.’”
The indictment of Bill Cosby for sexual assault could play an important role in the 2016 campaign. On Comedy Central, leftist “fake news” anchor Larry Wilmore said even if Cosby isn’t convicted, a trial is a good thing. “For too long, the women who have accused him of this crime were not being listened to, because they were being silenced by a powerful man and a complicit culture. And, now, finally, regardless of what happens next, they're being heard.”
A powerful man, a complicit culture: sounds like Bill Clinton – except the real “news” media will never turn on him.
The New York Times should earn some kind of dubious award for its story in Friday’s newspaper on Obama’s CNN “town hall” event. While other liberal media outlets stressed the back-and-forth with Obama’s critics, Times reporter Michael Shear’s article resembled a press release stuffed with quotes by Obama and his top aide Valerie Jarrett. Only two paragraphs out of 17 focused on critics – in this case, the non-participating National Rifle Association.
Shear’s idea of dividing the quotes was offering five quotations from Obama – two CNN statements, one from Obama’s New York Times op-ed, and two from Obama’s East Room remarks from Tuesday. Other liberal outlets displayed feisty critics.
On the front of Friday’s Style section of The Washington Post, writer Michael Cavna asked editorial cartoonists to “mull what’s changed” since the terrorist shootings at Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris a year ago. What resulted was more outrage against “Islamophobia” than radical Islam.
Somehow, while Cavna and his interview subjects discussed how ISIS must be separated from the everyday Muslim, they did not discuss comparing Republican candidates to ISIS, like this recent “Jihadi Don” outrage from Steve Benson at the Arizona Republic:
Conservative journalists simply won’t play by the liberal media’s bizarre rules about being vague on Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct – especially when asking him a question. On Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Daily Caller’s Kerry Picket asked the former president directly several times how he felt about “Juanita Broaddrick’s reemergence.” He refused to utter a word.
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked in a much vaguer way if his “past” would hurt Mrs. Clinton. David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon reported while MSNBC aired Picket’s questions live in mid-afternoon, MSNBC played by Clinton rules and sliced Picket out in re-airings:
In 1992, late-night TV host Arsenio Hall made a bad joke comparing the Pat Buchanan for President campaign to black-and-white Nazi footage. In 2016, the target is Ted Cruz. Alex Nazarayan, a writer for the shell of a publication branded as Newsweek, caused a Twitter frenzy when he compared Cruz to the Nazis, as captured by John Nolte at Breitbart:
"Ted Cruz has a strong ground game in Iowa," Nazaryan tweeted over a picture of Nazis marching with their Swastika flag.
Network news outlets conduct their own polls. They also bury the poll results when they don’t like them. On PBS on January 1, liberal pundit Mark Shields brought some very bad news for the Left. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 73 percent say they want the next president to take a different approach from President Obama's.
So NBC, both the creator of the poll and a relentless cheerleader of Obama, chose not to air that bombshell. Instead, they buried it deep in an article on the Meet the Press website. “This will become a high hurdle for the Democrats at some stage of the 2016 election," Democratic pollster Fred Yang declared in that piece.
MSNBC knows who listens to NPR. For years, they’ve advertised their programming on the NPR website. But in a new listing of “What Mattered in Media 2015,” NPR TV critic Eric Deggans dissed the Lean Forward Network. It was a big story when Brian Williams “got sent back to the minors."
At the very end of 2015, The Washington Post dumped a socialist columnist – Harold Meyerson, winner of this year’s “Ku Klux Con Job Award.” The reason? Low readership. It sounds like his audience may have been pretty limited to Bernie Sanders die-hards and conservative media critics looking for wacky quotes.
Hadas Gold at Politico noted Bernie Sanders tweeted out "There are few progressive voices in corporate media. @HaroldMeyerson is one of the best. His insights will be sorely missed by Post readers.” New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin beat his breast: "Hope this is not true. @HaroldMeyerson is a well-sourced, deeply-read liberal voice."
CNN announced Sunday it’s granting President Obama an hour of air time on Thursday to have a town hall on his gun-control agenda with Anderson Cooper. The 8 pm special is simply titled Guns in America.
The makeup of the questioners will determine just how much of a favor CNN is granting the president, but the usual pattern – to judge from say, Christiane Amanpour’s town hall with Hillary Clinton – is to stack it with friendly liberals. CNN’s own article on this gift makes it clear they’re helping him mount a “final pitch” on the issue:
At the end of his Rand Paul interview on Sunday, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked a bit of a softball. Was Paul frustrated with the media’s obsession with Trump? No kidding, Chuck. Sen. Paul said “I do have a frustration....that we’re being led by the nose and the news media is led by the nose to think that somehow Trump is going to win this because of these polls.”
The Drudge Report notes the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times carries panic that all 20 best-acting Oscar nominees are going to be insufferably white again.
Glenn Whipp began: “As Motion Picture Academy members cast their ballots for Oscar nominations this week, the biggest issue for many voters isn't about who might be nominated but about the diversity of this year's acting class. Their fear: The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite will be trending on social media again.”
It was a new year, but the same lament from MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. The leftist agenda to curtail gun rights has been frustrated. On Saturday morning, the weekend host and weekday professor treated guns (not people) as the killers as she pleaded for young blacks to have a “separate kind of legal construction to address the violence that they might perpetrate in the world because they're living under this kind of mental constant threat and belief of death. Not even primarily at the hands of police, but at the hands of guns generally.”
Guns don’t have hands. People have hands. From there, as Derek Draplin reported at the Daily Caller, Harris-Perry tried to explain to fellow professor Jon Shane that confiscating "perfectly legal" guns would mean less husbands shooting their wives: