On Thursday’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the host played a clip of Carly Fiorina pushing back at a voter criticizing American Muslims by insisting “We judge people as individuals.” Even as O’Donnell thought she was providing a lesson for Donald Trump, former MSNBC host Alex Wagner wanted to deny her any credit as long as she's somehow comparable to George Wallace (a Democrat) and still might gain support from “a dissatisfied, xenophobic, and nativist group of voters.”
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.
Graham is co-author with MRC president Brent Bozell of the books Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How To Prevent It From Happening Again in 2016 (2013) and Whitewash: What The Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will (2007). He is also the author of the book Pattern of Deception: The Media's Role in the Clinton Presidency (1996).
Graham is a regular talk-radio and television spokesman for the MRC and has made television appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and the Fox Business Channel. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, and other publications.
Graham left the MRC to serve in 2001and 2002 as White House Correspondent for World, a national weekly Christian news magazine. He returned in 2003. Before joining the MRC, Graham served as press secretary for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) in 1988, and in 1987, he served as editor of Organization Trends, a monthly newsletter on philanthropy and politics by the Washington-based Capital Research Center.
Craig Shirley has already written two terrific history books about Ronald Reagan, chronicling the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns. Now he has delivered the trifecta: Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan.
After spending considerable time at the Reagan Library and conducting interviews with those who knew Reagan best, Shirley presents a narrative about Reagan’s heart-breaking descent into Alzheimer’s Disease and the national mourning that took place after his death on June 5, 2004, ten years after he wrote the nation about the lonely road ahead.
Just a few weeks ago, comedian Margaret Cho ranted on Twitter in defense of Planned Parenthood that “God created abortion” and “It's not a child -- it's a bunch of cells. And the definition of 'child' is not yours to decide. It's the woman's.”
But in the October 25 edition of People magazine, Cho expressed her desire to kill molesters and animal abusers like Michael Vick, the NFL quarterback who served 21 months in prison for his involvement in a dog-wrestling ring:
Associated Press media reporter David Bauder revealed Friday that CBS has refused to accept any advertising for Truth, the Dan Rather-defending film “that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record.”
Sony Pictures Classics sought a multi-million dollar ad buy to promote the film on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes, but was turned down, said Sherri Callan, president of Callan Advertising, the company that places ads for Sony.
Socialist Bernie Sanders traveled to Hollywood for several fundraisers, including a small-dollar event for hundreds at the Avalon nightclub, where Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane endorsed Sanders for President.
MacFarlane said that he was particularly impressed by a response that Sanders gave at Tuesday night’s debate. Asked what was the country’s greatest national security threat, Sanders answered climate change:
Don’t tell actress Olivia Wilde that Hillary comes across as an ice queen. That means you’re a sexist pig. In an interview with Marlow Stern at the Daily Beast the former House cast member unleashed.
“It’s pure sexism,” she says. “This [BS] about her not seeming ‘warm’ enough is pure misogyny. It’s ridiculous. I think she’s one of the loveliest, most personable politicians I’ve ever met — much warmer than other politicians, in fact. That’s pure sexism.”
We've been waiting for the media attacks on Ben Carson to begin. To this point he'd been (relatively) untouched: he wasn't viewed as a credible threat. But his numbers aren't receding. They're growing. So he's now in the crosshairs.
The "news" networks have spent several days manufacturing outrage over Carson, saying that if he were in a mass-shooting situation, he would want to fight back. “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”
While the pundits wonder how the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal will be raised by CNN moderators tonight, it’s worth noting the networks have been skipping out on two AP scoops on the e-mail scandal since Thursday.
NBC and the PBS NewsHour are missing in action. On CBS This Morning, Face the Nation host John Dickerson vaguely mentioned today’s AP story in passing.
CBS News may not be in the habit of celebrating wedding anniversaries on its Twitter page. George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush celebrated their 70th anniversary in January (didn't find a tweet or online article from CBS News), but it celebrated Bill and Hillary Clinton's "rocky union" today. CBS also posted both husband and wife’s sappy anniversary tweets from Sunday.
Tom Tillison at BizPac Review reports that CNN is being targeted by the hard left for having no progressive analogue to Hugh Hewitt in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
The group Roots Action has started a petition for “basic fairness and balance” demanding an “unapologetic progressive” as one of the moderators:
Planned Parenthood is delighted with Rolling Stone magazine. They’re sending around a link to the hippie rag. Andrea Grimes penned what might be the most deluded clause of the year: “the myth that Planned Parenthood is a baby-killing behemoth persists, despite all evidence to the contrary.”
That makes as much sense as the magazine's false tale of gang rape at the University of Virginia.
At the NBC-owned black website TheGrio.com, Lincoln A. Blades suggested he has a “police officer friend,” as in “some of my best friends are cops,” but he was “sick to his stomach” over a simple “Blue Lives Matter” billboard as “racist b—s—“ “propagating white supremacy.”
The headline was “Blue Lives Matter billboards don’t honor fallen officers, they discredit black humanity.”
The radical lefties at The Nation magazine are panicking about MSNBC. They posted an article titled “I Want My Progressive TV! What If MSNBC Dumps the Left? The cable answer to Fox News is slowly shrinking from the fight.”
Between MSNBC firing Ed Schultz and other hosts and Jon Stewart retiring from The Daily Show, they're more than a little worried.
USA Today tried to start a squabble on the top of Wednesday’s front page with the headline “Grammar slammers: Dems crush GOP.” Paul Singer’s article began: “Yes, these are fighting words, but here goes: Republicans mangle the English language at twice the rate of Democrats.”
Here’s the interesting part: the ratings were calculated by measuring positive comments – and filtering the negative ones out. Then they took a random sample of comments, looking for errors like bad punctuation or misspellings. Another grammar website denounced Grammarly as a terrible grammar hammer.
In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October, the NBC Universal in-kind contributions really kicked in: a star turn on Saturday Night Live, a Sunday morning interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, and a Monday town-hall meeting on the Today program.
The Daily Beast was blunt in a headline: “Saturday Night Live Premiere Basically a Hillary Clinton Campaign Ad.” Writer Kevin Fallon documented how the aid and comfort for Mrs. Clinton wasn’t just in the skit where she played a bartender to the show’s Hillary impersonator.
Recently retired CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer won a lifetime achievement award from the Poynter Institute on Friday night, and was asked about his thoughts on the 2016 presidential race. Donald Trump could be the GOP nominee, he said, “We’re a long way from the nominating parties...But I do think it’s conceivable.”
Current CBS reporter Margaret Brennan also asked Schieffer about the Democratic race for 2016, honing in on whether the attention Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has received is justified. He said her campaign was terrible, even "astonishingly inept."
Variety reports CBS News is hopping mad about the forthcoming Dan Rather-lionizing movie Truth. They hoped it “would come and go quickly in limited release. But [Cate] Blanchett is generating Oscar buzz as a best actress contender for her tour de force performance as [Mary Mapes,] the hard-charging producer swept up in a firestorm of partisan politics and media scrutiny of her work.”
"It's astounding how little truth there is in Truth," proclaimed CBS in a statement. "There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom. That's a disservice not just to the public but to journalists across the world who go out every day and do everything within their power, sometimes at great risk to themselves, to get the story right."
The forthcoming Rather-phony-documents movie – shamelessly titled Truth – is the latest occasion for Rather to claim (to The Hollywood Reporter) "We reported a true story....There wasn't any doubt then, and there is no doubt in any reasonable person's mind now, the story was true."
Rather does sound more like a wounded dog than usual after his two-hour interview. "I have a lot of flaws and a lot of vulnerabilities," he says at the end of the two-hour interview. "I've made a lot of mistakes. I have a lot of wounds, some of them self-inflicted, some of them still partially open. But I'm a fighter."
We’ve reported several mysterious media aversions to the mention of God in the last few days, so we should note the opposite. On ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on Monday night, a couple danced to “Amazing Grace.” Boy-band member Carlos PenaVega of the group Big Time Rush testified about finding God and his wife Alexa in one week’s time.
In January, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if an unborn baby at 20 weeks is a human being. She shot back that when she was a new member of Congress, someone quipped, “Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the pope.” She added, “Yeah. That would be true.”
That same smarter-than-the-pontiff feminist arrogance unfolded again on October 1, a few days after Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards testified to Congress regarding that group’s fetal body parts-for-profit scandal. Sam Dorman of our news outlet CNSNews.com asked Pelosi a very simple and pertinent question. “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”