National Journal senior columnist Ron Fournier, a former Washington bureau chief for Associated Press (and an AP reporter in Little Rock when the Clintons ran the place), is very upset Donald Trump won't match the "precedent" of releasing his tax returns. This means war, he suggests in The Atlantic, and deserves an unprecedented media crackdown: ban him from TV interviews until he cries Uncle.
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Liberals are unhappy at this point that Hillary Clinton isn’t trouncing Donald Trump, so there must be an obvious culprit: Sexism. Especially among white males, the most likely Republican voters. On Thursday night’s PBS NewsHour, they interviewed their own correspondent Daniel Bush on their question “Does gender bias explain why Hillary Clinton has fared so poorly with white male voters?”
Bush wrote an article for the NewsHour website titled “The hidden sexism that could sway the election.” He interviews people who say they can’t trust her, citing the fiasco in Benghazi. Bush isn’t convinced. Say she’s not trustworthy? It’s because she’s a woman.
For more than a year, the cable-news networks have feasted on Donald Trump, covering him live, day after day, for hours and hours. Republican contenders couldn’t hope to get a fraction of his TV time. Now that Trump’s secured the nomination, is it possible that the networks will “suddenly” lose interest in every Trump speech?
It certainly looked that way when Trump spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. CNN gave Hillary 19 minutes of live coverage. Trump got zero. They promoted Democrats while he was talking.
The shocking Wikileaks e-mails wrenched from the Democratic National Committee added more weight to something we already knew: Democrats and the "objective" media closely coordinate and cultivate a joint set of images and messages.
But that's not all. Supposedly nonpartisan, independent "satirists" in late-night TV have been the darlings of the Left, but pretended to mock both sides. Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a "Rally to Restore Sanity" in 2010 that pretended to endorse more civility and compromise. But now all the ironic distance has vanished, as anyone can see from observing Trevor Noah, Stewart's replacement.
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer put on his media-critic hat on the GOP.com blog on Thursday to complain that ABC, CBS, and NBC gave several hours more live coverage of their conventions, largely the overflow into the local-news hour at 11 pm Eastern time. The GOP says across the three networks, it drew 47 minutes of overtime, compared to 261 minutes for the Democrats.
Our own research on the Thursday nights show Trump spoke longer, and drew slightly more overtime on the three networks, 119 minutes to 112.
Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday was a test of the media’s honesty. If you presented the speech itself as a wonderful oration, then you’re clearly reading from the DNC press release. If you’re acknowledging, hedging, that Hillary is no Obama-raising-the-oceans orator, then you’re acknowledging the political reality outside the DNC-staff bubble.
CBS stayed inside the bubble on Thursday night, and the laugh line of the night trying to turn Hillary into some kind of Rambo came from CBS anchorman Scott Pelley, who suggested at one point, “she mentioned Trump and stared into the camera with a look so menacing it probably stirred Trump's Secret Service detail.”
Someone suggested the news media offer the “first draft of history,” but at Democratic conventions, the “first draft” loses all historical perspective in the romance of the moment. When Obama speaks, liberal reporters sense a harmonic convergence of the planets and start putting this president on Mount Rushmore.
NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell won Quote of the Day hands-down for Wednesday by insisting we’ve never had a president “save Lincoln, who is great a speechwriter as this man.” This not only carves Obama into granite, it assumes no one helped him write this speech. She needed Keith Olbermann to say “Steady, steady....” as he did as Chris Matthews announced the thrill up his leg.
As Tuesday began, the liberal-media site PolitiFact confirmed for their media pals that the RNC was correct in asserting that not one of the 61 Democratic convention speakers on Monday had breathed the word “ISIS.”
But perhaps since that was identified as a Republican talking point, none of the networks found that worth a full news story. There was no wondering out loud how this kind of an oversight could happen, or what it says about how out of touch the Democrats are in the wake of a very violent year. NBC didn’t touch the gaffe on their newscasts. ABC and CBS each covered the news on Tuesday night for less than a minute.
The liberal-media adoration of Bill Clinton never ends. You can easily tell by all of the embarrassing facts they always leave out: the impeachment, the disbarment, the rape charge, the Clinton Foundation cronyism. The televised debates after his speeches seem to center on whether he is the greatest orator of our time, or the greatest orator of all time.
Tuesday’s Quote of the Day goes to ABC Hillary-beat reporter Cecilia Vega, who toed the DNC spin line precisely by hailing Slick Willie as “telling a family story at a bar, or around the dinner table at a holiday.” She also recounted their antiquated “secret weapon” spin (what’s secret about it?) that the Clinton camp used to employ the other way about Hillary. She should ask for a gratuity for that service.
The Washington Post awarded associate editor David Maraniss front-page real estate in Wednesday’s paper to gush over Bill Clinton’s speech and reminisce about the Clintons and their, well, “inimitable and tumultous partnership.” That’s code for “a marriage wracked by admissions of sexual harassment (and accusations of sexual assault), adultery, and a lot of lying about it.”
The headline in the paper was “Only the Clintons: Bill delivers the speech no one else could.” Online, it was gushier: “Only the Clintons: Bill’s speech was unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”
The radical leftist collective known as Wikileaks tried to ruin the Democratic convention by posting a trove of Democratic National Committee e-mails that easily proved that party leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff shunned neutrality in favor of pushing Hillary Clinton’s nomination.
The media paid some attention to that, especially when Mrs. Schultz was quickly ousted from her job. Guess what else was confirmed which the media largely skipped over? The evidence in the emails that revealed great chumminess and coordination between Democrats and the supposedly “objective” national press.
As we select a Quote of the Day for the Democratic convention, it will be useful to compare the two conventions. On our Monday contest last week, Tom Brokaw spoke for many liberal journalists by declaring “as you look at the message, even with Mrs. Trump saying what she said, it's a pretty divisive message. There was no attempt to really pull the country together.”
On this Monday night, Tom Brokaw celebrated the president as “remarkable” and the Obama family as “exceptional.” Michelle was “pitch perfect.”
They had a Baghdad Bob moment on MSNBC this morning in the 9am hour (Eastern time). The Lean Forward network's screen graphic read "WASSERMAN SCHULTZ RECEIVES CHEERS AT FLORIDA DELEGATION BREAKFAST," while it was very plain to viewers that she was being booed relentlessly.
Anchor Stephanie Ruhle must have heard the boos in her earpiece, and said “She actually walked in to cheers and a lot of support from the crowd.” That's odd. All the audience saw and heard to match that graphic was booing and heckling.
Michael Warren at The Weekly Standard notes that somehow, the staff at CBS News doesn’t have a nose for news. The hottest breaking story – the Wikileaks posting of DNC e-mails proving they were tilted toward Mrs. Clinton and plotting to damage the Sanders campaign – got left on the cutting room floor Sunday night.
Does anyone believe that CBS News isn't capable of realizing this e-mail portion of Scott Pelley's interview was the hottest, and editing it in instead of out? It almost makes one wonder if CBS felt they had to clear it with the DNC or the Hillary campaign before including it. This exchange was all over the news today.
Political reporter Philip Bump of The Washington Post just had to dip into the yellowed pages of media history so he could post this headline on Saturday: “In 1927, Fox News Service filmed Benito Mussolini telling immigrants to ‘make America great’: Every word of that is true.”
The Washington Post isn't good at being subtle when it comes to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It's quite easy to figure out which one is the Democrat, simply from the photos and photo illustrations they chose on the last two Sundays. While Trump was shamelessly pictured as so dangerously prone to anger that he had a mushroom cloud where his brain belongs, Hillary was presented in softer focus, as an "expansive thinker" who so deserves the prize she seeks.
The Washington Post demonstrated its tendency to act as Democratic advertising in an article headlined “‘A Pope Francis Catholic’: Now that Tim Kaine is Clinton’s VP pick, will his faith matter?” How can a legislator with a 100-percent score with abortion advocates and LGBT czars be a “Pope Francis Catholic”? He's as Catholic as the Pope? The Post needs to put its "Fact Checker" on this for a Pinocchio score.
It’s not a compliment when New York Times TV writer James Poniewozik summarizes Ailesgate with the tweet “On Roger Ailes, the J. Edgar Hoover of TV news.” When every other broadcast and cable TV network leans to the Left, somehow it’s Fox News that represents unaccountable and overweening political power?
Apparently, having almost every other news outlet tilt toward the liberals means they’re somehow more democratic and accountable as they all echo each other like an enormous blob of public relations. No, it’s Fox that manipulates the "lizard brains" of a dangerously stupid group of conservative white people. That’s the echo of this thesis:
The e-mail The Washington Post sends out from its opinion page came with a screaming headline: “Saturday’s Opinions: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy.” Post critics on Twitter have suggested this is the kind of language often reserved for national-security threats, like terrorists. This came a day after the staff editorial headlined "Donald Trump: The candidate of the apocalyse."
The Republican convention’s rowdy chants about Hillary Clinton -- “Lock her up!” – have caused liberal journalists to get extremely distressed. In their lead editorial on July 21, The Washington Post fulminated that Team Trump’s “descent from standard red-meat partisanship to unprecedented accusations of criminality displays contempt for the rule of law and a startling disinterest in fact and reason.”
That’s strong brew. It’s too bad for them that it’s completely false. Somehow, the Post writers are acting like they were born yesterday, or slept through the last Republican presidency. They’ve chosen to overlook that their liberal friends in news and entertainment were active participants in an eight-year anti-GOP hatefest.