On Thursday, the web site of The Atlantic magazine published a column one would have in saner times expected to see at a misandrist outfit like Jezebel. Chimamanda Adichie's rapturous praise of Hillary Clinton claimed that those who loathe Mrs. Clinton do so because she "offended the old patriarchal order," that her "congenital liar" label has stuck only because "she was a first lady who refused to be still and silent," and that "Because Hillary Clinton is a woman, she is judged too harshly for doing what most politicians do."
Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been with NewsBusters since December 2005. Along the way, he's had a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development.
On Friday, a Virginia jury determined that Rolling Stone magazine defamed former University of Virginia associate dean of students Nicole Eramo when it published, and then refused to fully retract, its 9,000-word November 2014 "A Rape on Campus" story — and that the magazine did so with malice.
A Wednesday column at Vanity Fair by former National Public Radio CEO Ken Stern started on a promising track, but ended up in the same place as the rest of the establishment press: Donald Trump must lose, even if the press has to abandon all semblance of fairness and objectivity to accomplish that task. Stern observed the obviously unbalanced presidential race coverage at the Washington Post with its "incredible array of (Donald) Trump-phobia" and "virtually no mention of Clinton or any other candidate." But then, as will be seen after the jump, he basically justified it all.
A decade ago, the press burned through tons of newsprint, hours and hours of broadcast time, and huge amounts of Internet bandwidth obsessing over the possibility that Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's closest adviser, would be indicted in connection with the alleged revelation of the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame.
At the New York Times Monday evening, Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers reported that "none of the (FBI) investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government."
When the outrageous remarks about women Donald Trump made in 2005 became known just before the second presidential debate, the press compiled exhaustive lists of Republicans far and wide who would no longer support the Republican presidential nominee.
Will the press compile similar lists of those who won't support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in light of new developments during the past several days relating to her use of a private server and private email accounts for government business? Will they even ask anyone the question? It can now be reported that the won't-vote-for-Hillary list — and it certainly has more than one person, even if not yet admitted — has a member whose relationship with the Clintons goes back over two decades: Democrat pollster Doug Schoen.
Monday morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, a mortified Mika Brzezinski went after Democrats who are now treating FBI Director James Comey as the devil personified, and came perilously close to delivering a mea culpa for her harsh criticisms of Republicans who support Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The press, as would be expected, is swallowing Michelle Obama's pose as being intensely offended by the alleged offenses of Donald and as a passionate defender of Hillary Clinton, showering praise on her as "Hillary's secret weapon" at seemingly every turn.
What a crock. Mrs. Obama has directly criticized the Clintons' conduct as First Family and its matriarch; instead of taking it back, she and her husband Barack have claimed that we couldn't understand the words she plainly spoke. Her willingness — arguably eagerness — to indulge "musicians" who are among rap's most notoriously misogynists makes a mockery of her claim that the allegations against Donald Trump have "shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted." Naturally, the press is completely uninterested in exposing her hypocrisy.
They can't help themselves. For Democrats, the Clinton campaign, and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, everything reflecting negatively on them must be cast in a partisan light — even something as petty as the party affiliation of the congressional addressees of a letter from the FBI. At yesterday's press conference, reacting to James Comey's letter to Congress indicating that the bureau has “learned of the existence of (Hillary Clinton) emails” which he concluded must be reviewed “to determine whether they contain classified information,” Hillary Clinton twice created the impression that the FBI Director had deliberately communicated only with Republican members of the House of Representatives, and had deliberately cut Democrats out of the loop. Her contentions are blatantly false. Of course, the pliant establishment press is not reporting those portions of what Mrs. Clinton said.
FBI Director James Comey's letter to Congress indicating that the bureau has "learned of the existence of (Hillary Clinton) emails" which he concluded must be reviewed "to determine whether they contain classified information" has led to all kinds of people declaring the move an "unprecedented" October surprise. Even some people who should know better have called it the "Mother of All October Surprises." Perhaps it ultimately will be, but as things currently stand, it's not even in the running for current champion.
Thursday, Dan Sewell at the Associated Press worked hard to create something out of almost nothing in Southwestern Ohio, where I happen to live.
Sewell's work oddly appeared only as a very short squib with no follow-up at the wire service's main national site, while the AP published his full story at its "Big Story" site. The theme: "Hillary Clinton campaign's hopes are rising" in the Buckeye State because of "Donald Trump's provocative rhetoric and his treatment of women," leading to "indications that ... (she) is pulling more support than usual this year among suburban Republicans."
On Wednesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Washington to formally open the new Trump Hotel in Washington. This set off a media chorus of, "Oh my gosh, he's taking time off from campaigning! How can he do that when he's behind in the polls?" Meanwhile, Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton's public appearance schedule during this 2016 campaign has been among the lightest of any major-party candidate going back at least to 1964. During that time, I don't recall any candidate leaving the trail for several days prior to each of three debates, as Mrs. Clinton did in late September, early October and mid-October. Given Mrs. Clinton's light schedule, CNN's Dana Bash cluelessly questioned Trump over why "you're taking time out of swing states to go do this."
Joe Biden appeared on MSNBC's Hardball on Tuesday, and claimed that "You never heard me criticize the tea party." Millions of people with decent memories and the ability to hear know that this is not true. Those with longer memories know that Biden's strident criticisms of the Tea Party movement, its members and its political candidates and officeholders go back over six years.
On Sunday, Hillary Campaign Manager Robby Mook dodged a question from Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union about indications that black turnout for the former Secretary of State in North Carolina during early voting has not been strong. Meanwhile, a black Trump supporter, who the press seems to believe can easily be turned into an object of ridicule, continues to run circles around them in interviews.
Obama administration officials, their designated flacks, and even President Barack Obama himself have spent the past several days defending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Tuesday afternoon, Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who simply let his guest say what she wanted to without answering his questions, spouting half-truths and falsehoods in the process.
Monday night, Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted that NBC Nightly News failed to cover steep price increases averaging 25 percent being imposed next year in Obamacare plans purchased through the program's national exchange.
Among the WikiLeaks documents recently released is a 2008 email with an attachment running to dozens of pages telling Democrats how to "maximize what we get out of our media polling." Fox & Friends covered this story Monday morning. Very few other online and broadcast outlets have. A popular excuse, which even people who should know better are swallowing, is that this advice is for candidates and their campaign managers.
I hope I'm right when I contend that most people in Oregon aren't as dumb as the writer of a photo caption in an article found at Oregon Live, the web site of the Oregonian, apparently is (or, one hopes, is only pretending to be). The caption's writer, commenting on a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax — not an income tax, but a tax off the top on sales — claims that "One question Oregonians have about a corporate tax measure on the November ballot is whether it would increase costs for consumers." He further notes that grocery stores "are one industry that could raise prices to cover the cost of the tax."
Friday morning, Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo had a tense one-on-one interview with Ezekiel Emanuel, one the two major architects of Obamacare (the other one is the infamous Jonathan "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage because of the stupidity of voters" Gruber).
Thursday evening, Venezuela's Bolivarian Socialist government arbitrarily suspended the recall effort against "President" Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating beyond any doubt that the South American country now functions as a dictatorship. Given its gravity, this news, described in coverage at the Wall Street Journal as "a crisis of democracy," is not getting the visibility it should be receiving.