Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter relayed that a representative of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research challenged Disney CEO Bob Iger at a shareholders meeting about the network’s liberal bias. Iger insisted that former Clinton publicist George Stephanopoulos – who didn’t help any attempt to appear nonpartisan by donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation – was unbiased.
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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).
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The “Reliable Source” gossips at The Washington Post were oozing over Obama again on Thursday, hyping a clip from The Hollywood Reporter that producers have picked actors for a new movie about “a young Barack Obama trying to find his way in 1981 New York City,” his Columbia University years.
The film, simply titled Barry, will be directed by Vikram Gandhi, a correspondent for Vice magazine. It will star unknown Devon Terrell as Obama, and Anya Taylor-Joy as a fellow Columbia student. (A composite white girlfriend?)
Evan Gahr of the Daily Caller notes that The Washington Post and their race/gender reporter Janell Ross falsely claimed on Tuesday that Donald Trump “failed on national TV to resoundingly reject the support of David Duke," ignoring a Tuesday morning phone interview on ABC where Trump clearly disavowed Duke and other white supremacists.
Brian Flood of The Wrap boasted “We might have found the Kanye West of cable news.” MSNBC doesn't care about black people??
He was referring to fired MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry unleashing a series of tweets on Tuesday bashing MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, touting her own show’s record of racial and gender diversity, and apologizing to former minority colleagues Toure, Karen Finney, and Martin Bashir for not resisting the network’s “culture of fear.”
The Hill newspaper carried this headline on Monday: “Poll: Only 15 percent say they have benefited from ObamaCare.” Sarah Ferris reported just 15 percent of people say they have personally benefited from ObamaCare, although more than one-third believe it has helped the people of their state, according to an NPR poll released Monday, while 26 percent said they have been personally harmed .
That's not at all the way NPR reported its own poll on Monday.
For many years now, the liberal media have lamented that our democracy is badly compromised by a rapacious band of billionaires manipulating government policy and elections and frustrating the will of the people. Just four years ago, the networks became a megaphone for the “Occupy Wall Street” argument that the “99 percent” were tired of being dominated by the “One Percent.”
So when Donald Trump, America’s best-known brand name for rapacious billionaire, decided to run for president, one might have expected these Occupier sympathizers would clearly wonder if his entire campaign was a grand conspiracy by the so-called “ruling class.” But these supposed opponents of “Big Money” dominating our democracy have spent month after month giving the lion’s share of their political coverage to the billionaire reality-TV host.
When MSNBC hired black leftist radicals as program hosts and regular pundits, one could have seen the writing on the wall. If their shows were ever cancelled, it would be ascribed to some kind of racial purge. In the wake of the Melissa Harris-Perry meltdown, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi asked Tuesday “Is #MSNBCSoWhite? The departure of Melissa Harris-Perry raises the issue.”
Farhi knows the hashtag is meant to sting, but not to reflect reality. He noted the increased focus on news also meant more air time for minority reporters like Ron Allen and Kristen Welker. Tamron Hall still hosts an hour. But this story was mostly a gripe session in print for the leftists who got the boot:
Penny Starr at CNSNews.com found an appalling example of journalistic fawning over the Castro brothers of communist Cuba on All Things Considered, the evening newscast of taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio.
Ramon Castro, the older brother of Fidel and Raul Castro, died last week at age 91, and she recounted how he kissed her cheeks three times, one for each Castro brother. "It was kind of like getting the blessing of the Holy Trinity."
The Washington Post opinions section is doubling its MSNBC host contingent. In addition to a monthly column from Rachel Maddow, the Post is adding Joe Scarborough, who spent the last x years writing a column for Politico.
The Post PR team lays it on thick on how “influential” Scarborough is, ignoring his actual morning ratings (no room for "routinely whacked by Fox & Friends"), and leaving it to liberal magazines like Time and Vanity Fair to tout how influential he is:
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon was one of those rare Americans who watched Rev. Al Sharpton’s Sunday show on MSNBC. Naturally, a black Democratic congresswoman was complaining Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wasn’t authentically black, and that blacks haven’t been represented on the court since Thurgood Marshall retired.
Sharpton told ultraliberal Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) that he’s heard talk of Obama nominating attorney general Loretta Lynch to replace recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.
Paul Farhi at The Washington Post reports: “MSNBC intends to part ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network's treatment, insiders at MSNBC said.”
On Friday, The New York Times reported that Harris-Perry refused to report for work Saturday after her program was pre-empted for campaign coverage and made it a racial matter. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head."
Walter Annenberg was a billionaire publisher and philanthropist, a pal to Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, whose biggest enrichment came from selling TV Guide to one Rupert Murdoch. But today, after his death, a school bearing his name is ripping Hollywood to shreds from the hard left.
The Associated Press breathlessly reported that in “one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in Hollywood,” The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California put out a new report slashing at the “whitewashing” of our movies and TV shows. It’s howling against an “epidemic of invisibility” for minorities (both racial and sexual) and declaring an “inclusion crisis.”
Just how leftist is PBS? When late-night host Tavis Smiley interviewed the Democratic candidates for president, he read them both a jeremiad attacking the Clintons from The Nation magazine claiming that welfare reform and the crime bill of 1994 “decimated black America” and the Clintons failed to stand up to "the right-wing demagoguery about black communities."
This may be the harshest set of questions Hillary Clinton has allowed to be spoken in her presence in this cycle.
In an act of protest or perhaps a temper tantrum, The New York Times is reporting MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry said she was refusing to go on her show on Saturday after several weekends of having her show pre-empted for campaign coverage. She said in an e-mail she felt “worthless” in the eyes of NBC News executives.
“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”
Recently, we noted The Washington Post published an anti-Trump column comparing the New York businessman to Charlemagne, who ordered a massacare of more than 4,000. But in a completely panicked lead editorial in Thursday’s paper, the Post editorial board decided to compare Trump instead to the murderers of millions: “He would round up and deport 11 million people, a forced movement on a scale not attempted since Stalin or perhaps Pol Pot.”
This came two sentences away from decrying how “He routinely trades in wild falsehoods and doubles down when his lies are exposed.”
Once again, Team Obama can't keep itself out of the annual Academy Awards show. The White House announced Thursday that Vice President Biden will appear to introduce Lady Gaga singing an Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault.
Biden, hailed as the shepherd of the "Violence Against Women Act," voted against both the perjury and obstruction-of-justice counts in the Clinton impeachment trial, despite Clinton settling with his sexual harassment victim Paula Jones for $850,000.
Vogue magazine published a typically gooey piece on Hillary Clinton in their March issue, typical because Vogue editor Anna Wintour has hosted two fundraisers for Hillary in this cycle, one in the Hamptons and one in Paris. Vogue writer Jonathan Van Meter interviewed only inside the Hillary bubble on this one, which included journalists like MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and NPR’s Cokie Roberts.
The racial self-loathing of white liberals is one bit of evidence that points to the Donald Trump phenomenon. The Los Angeles Times published a breast-beating self-denunciation – Two Minutes of Self-Hate? – by author Jim Grimsley, who insisted against the black president and all other evidence that “I have found that black people are all too aware that progress on racial issues has hardly moved forward at all, while white people are nearly as blind to their racism as ever.”
President Obama may be a lame duck, but the press never tires of celebrating him as the first black president. They ran President Bush’s poll ratings into the ground as his term ended, but here in Black History Month, they are promoting Obama like it’s still 2009.
On NBC Nightly News, anchor Kate Snow played video posted on Facebook of a four-year-old black girl crying and distraught that Obama’s time in office will soon be up.
Jackie Strause at The Hollywood Reporter relayed that Hillary Clinton visited the set of the ABC drama Scandal on Monday while she was in Los Angeles for the usual Tinseltown fundraisers, her seventh Hollywood trip in this cycle. Strause's story avoided all the obvious jokes, given Hillary's trainload of scandals, including lying about presidential adultery, which is also at the center of the ABC show. President Fitzgerald Grant had a hot affair with lead character Olivia Pope.