In CBS’s Madam Secretary episode titled “The Detour,” Madam Secretary’s husband, Henry (Tim Daly), is brought into an FBI investigation of a Christian doomsday cult called The Covenant of John. Raided by authorities in their operation in Bolivia while he was there, Henry has knowledge of the militia group and sets out to determine if Rex Mayfield (James McCaffery), a cult member now living in eastern Virginia, is the bomb-maker responsible for selling the bomb used on an Illinois coffee shop attack on orders from ISIS leader al-Mutaya.
By Lindsay Kornick | | January 16, 2017 | 12:54 AM EST
One can be forgiven for considering reality stranger than fiction these days, but nothing will remind you how ridiculous political shows can be like the 6th season premiere of Showtime’s Homeland. If this episode is any indication, get ready for a new season of political correctness, terrorism edition.
By Tim Graham | | January 15, 2017 | 11:05 PM EST
PBS Newshour analyst David Brooks broke the liberal mold on Friday. While most media elitists poured praise on Rep. John Lewis for suggesting Trump was illegitimate, Brooks dissented: Whatever happened to "when they go low, we go high?" Brooks asserted a rather typical fair-play centrism, that the bias in our election system ought to recognize the winner as legitimate, unless someone can produce evidence to back it up.
By Tom Johnson | | January 15, 2017 | 9:10 PM EST
Esquire’s Pierce readily concedes that Ben Carson (“an elite neurosurgeon”) and Mike Pompeo (“graduated at the top of his class at West Point”) are smart guys. In a way, though, they’re also tragic figures, he suggests, since they’ve “had to tailor their politics and their public personae to cater to the anti-rational, theocratic, anti-intellectual Id of modern conservatism…This means that both Carson and Pompeo have long histories of saying and writing things that sound like transmissions coming through their molars from Planet X.”
By Clay Waters | | January 15, 2017 | 7:33 PM EST
If first lady Michelle Obama and losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton want salve for their sorrow at Trump’s election victory, they can peruse the front page of the New York Times Sunday Styles section for consolation. Fashion writer Vanessa Friedman started with a tribute to the political significance of the first lady's sartorial elegance, “How Clothes Defined Her – No first lady understood the role of fashion, and the potential uses of it, better than Michelle Obama.” A college of Michelle Obama in various stylish outfits took up the top half of the page. Also featured: The royal treatment losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is receiving in her spiritual home of Manhattan:
By Christian Toto | | January 15, 2017 | 7:00 PM EST
Local newspapers often toast natives who make it big in Hollywood. Only The Denver Post took a decidedly different approach to former resident turned Supergirl, Melissa Benoist. The Littleton, Colo. native, who stars in the CW series Supergirl, spoke to the newspaper to promote Patriots Day, her latest project. The film recalls the 2013 terrorist attack during the Boston City Marathon which killed three and left dozens severely wounded.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 15, 2017 | 3:32 PM EST
Congressman John Lewis’ infamous interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, smearing the president-elect as illegitimate, was the first segment covered during Meet the Press on Sunday. What’s apparent from the video is that not only did Lewis stick to his accusation, but Todd failed to push back at all. In one point he asked the congressman, “You're a man of action. You have been your whole life. You believe this president is not legitimate. What would you tell young folks, young activists to do?”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 15, 2017 | 12:41 PM EST
ABC had clearly picked sides in the fight between President-elect Donald Trump and Congressman John Lewis, who claimed Trump was an “illegitimate president,” during their Sunday morning programming. The network spent that time slamming Trump for his counterattack on the congressman, even tying it to Martin Luther King Jr. “You know, just five days before the inauguration and one day before MLK day,” noted Paula Faris on Good Morning America, “President-elect Donald J. Trump is doubling down in his war of words with the civil rights icon."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 15, 2017 | 9:45 AM EST
Things got messy on NBC’s Saturday Night Live as they demonstrated that BuzzFeed’s salacious claims of Russian blackmail were a hit piece against the President-elect. The show’s cold open was a recreation of Trump’s press conference from earlier in the week, with fake reporters asking ridiculous questions such as: “I would like to ask you about your big Russian pee pee party.” And it only went downhill from there as they took up Democratic Party talking points and targeted Kellyanne Conway’s looks.
LA Times Writer Falls Overboard Praising Obama’s Oracular Oratory: 'Moral and Political Transcendence'By Clay Waters | | January 15, 2017 | 8:13 AM EST
Jeffrey Fleishman, arts and film writer for the Los Angeles Times and its former Cairo bureau chief, waxed insufferably eloquent about the departing President Obama’s oratorical skills in a pandering panegyric: "Obama’s legislative legacy may be in jeopardy from President-elect Donald Trump, but the grace of his prose will endure....His sentences soothed and stung, coaxed and challenged, drawing fits from his critics while urging his supporters to seek moral and political transcendence..... But the soul of his sentences -- the resonance, depth and musicality -- hark back to Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., with a bit of Nelson Mandela’s sparse stoicism stirred in..."
By Tim Graham | | January 14, 2017 | 11:25 PM EST
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple praised Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a "dynamite discussion" -- Smith sounding like he thought he was an MSNBC anchor again. On his Friday afternoon program Shepard Smith Reporting, Smith pushed Chris Wallace to accept the liberal-media spin: “What is your take on the Trump strategy to delegitimize the reporters and the news organizations whose goal for the American people is to hold truth to power?”
Liberals like Smith can't seem to accept Trump's approach. It doesn't matter if you're the press or a business competitor. If you attempt to delegtimize him, he will offer you a healthy dose of what you are offering him.
By Tom Blumer | | January 14, 2017 | 10:52 PM EST
There are predictable signs that after eight years of giving the problem inadequate attention and occasional ridicule, the business press has decided that federal budget deficits and the national debt are going to start to matter again. Gosh, I wonder why? The Associated Press's Christopher Rugaber was relatively subtle about it in a report on Uncle Sam's December and year-to-date budget deficits on Thursday. As would be expected, Paul Krugman wasn't subtle at all in his latest New York Times column.
By P.J. Gladnick | | January 14, 2017 | 8:50 PM EST
Help! Donald Trump has taken over my body and he won't get out! Politico reporter Annie Karni wrote an inadvertently hilarious story about how a Hillary aide worked so intently to acquire the personality of Donald Trump as part of debate prep that now the President-elect is still lingering inside his soul to the extent that he can channel him. The extreme lengths to which Philippe Reines went to become Donald Trump is the stuff of which comedy movies are made. In fact, Reines could not only write the script from first hand experience but he could also conjure up his inner Donald Trump to negotiate the movie deal. Even the title of the Politico article could also serve as the movie title, The Man Who Became Donald Trump:
By Karen Townsend | | January 14, 2017 | 5:55 PM EST
In Friday's episode titled “Explorers” of ABC’s Last Man Standing, the men at Outdoor Man decide to use the preparation for their annual colonoscopies as a bonding experience – they were drinking the liquid prep together as they enjoyed a game of poker during the store’s after hours. Naturally, this led to some inevitable bathroom humor.