Catching up with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman: He is definitely on Team Hillary, and on his nytimes.com blog unleashes contempt usually reserved for Republicans upon a segment of supposedly angry, sexist, web-trolling Bernie Sanders supporters, who Hillary’s feminist fans have taken to calling “Bernie Bros," making for an interesting internecine fight on the Democratic side.
By Tom Blumer | February 9, 2016 | 2:54 PM EST
The headline at Nathaniel Friedman's Monday column at Salon.com is unmistakably clear: "Racist vitriol pours down on Cam Newton: Single-minded haters rush to judgment after a rough Super Bowl." Naturally, I went there expecting a long series of hateful tweets, social media references or other comments.
Friedman's column content, however, has no reference to "racism" at all — or to "racists," or even to "race." Perhaps the far-left website expected the writer to cover that topic, and then he didn't. Or perhaps the money-bleeding operation just wanted to put a clickbait headline out there to garner traffic. Regardless of how or why it happened, the headline's presence is irresponsible, as Friedman didn't even look at the criticism of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's relatively poor play and post-game conduct through a racial prism at all.
By Mairead McArdle | February 9, 2016 | 2:47 PM EST
You know the saying: “Too much of a bad thing …” CBS abruptly cancelled its run of TV series ‘Angel From Hell’ only five episodes into its first season. Less than halfway through the 13-episode series, CBS pulled the show rather mysteriously from its weekly time slot.
It may be just as well for the crass parody of the religious belief in guardian angels, which enjoyed modest ratings among adults 18-49.
By Kyle Drennen | February 9, 2016 | 1:37 PM EST
After sitting down with the President and the First Lady on Sunday for a friendly chat before the Super Bowl, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King was not finished with her sycophantic fawning as she followed Obama into the Oval Office for a one-on-one exchange highlighted by her asking what “cool things” he was carrying in his pockets that day.
By Kristine Marsh | February 9, 2016 | 1:07 PM EST
On last night’s CNN Tonight, Don Lemon sat down with former governor of Michigan (and adamant Hillary supporter) Jennifer Granholm to discuss why younger women were supporting Bernie Sanders instead of Clinton for Democratic nominee. Lemon brought up former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright’s recent comment that young women deserved “a special place in hell” if they didn’t support Hillary for president, a comment which Lemon found condescending but Granholm said was misunderstood.
By Kyle Drennen | February 9, 2016 | 12:04 PM EST
Discussing the New Hampshire Democratic race at the top of MSNBC’s 10 a.m. ET hour on Tuesday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suggested Bill Clinton provided “diminishing returns” on the campaign trail for wife Hillary and “struggles being a surrogate for her on the trail.”
By Mairead McArdle | February 9, 2016 | 11:15 AM EST
The progressives at Salon ask, “Why is religion so obsessed with sex?,” yet they themselves cannot seem to write enough articles on the idea that it is.
Last week they blamed the “old men running the Vatican” for everyone’s “sexual hangups.” Now they’re going after Christianity in general with an excerpt from a book titled “The Illusion of God’s Presence.”
By Melissa Mullins | February 9, 2016 | 11:09 AM EST
The Huffington Post – which considers itself a reputable news source – has started an “Islamophobia” tracker. This little side project on its site tracks anti-Muslim remarks, harassment, intimidation, bigotry and acts of violence against Muslims. Why? Because the Huffington Post feels a severe phobia about Muslims has taken over America in recent months.
By Dylan Gwinn | February 9, 2016 | 10:46 AM EST
I wouldn’t normally write about this, except that it’s become so exceedingly rare and unusual. Especially with shows primarily built on sex and irreverence. But The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had a scene this week, in an episode titled ‘That Text Was Not Meant for Josh!’ involving a priest and religion. And it actually went…well.
By Mairead McArdle | February 9, 2016 | 10:45 AM EST
It is pretty clear now that requiring boys to dress as boys for school is sexist, Mic.com says.
A co-ed group of students at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Ca. responded to the Clovis Unified School District’s decision not to change its dress code by cross-dressing. Girls wore men’s collared shirts, and boys wore dresses with thin straps.
By Kristine Marsh | February 9, 2016 | 9:43 AM EST
Just before the Superbowl, pop star Beyonce released a Black Lives Matter themed music video set in New Orleans called “Formation”, in which she gives the double bird to the police, among other things. Of course, this was prime fodder for MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who finds race in everything from from Star Wars to the term “hard worker.”
By Mairead McArdle | February 9, 2016 | 9:42 AM EST
That Beyonce released her politically charged song, “Formation,” over the weekend is one thing. That the NFL allowed her to perform it at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday was quite another..
The singer used the Super Bowl, the most watched TV event of the year, as a platform for her controversial message: that racism against blacks in the United States has led to white on black violence, especially by corrupt law enforcement.
By Brad Wilmouth | February 9, 2016 | 9:25 AM EST
As Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz -- who has endorsed Marco Rubio for President -- appeared as a guest on Monday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer repeatedly questioned Rubio's fitness for office, with seven out of his first nine questions and setup statements challenging the Florida Senator on issues ranging from his repetition of lines during Saturday's debate, to his level of experience and number of missed votes in the Senate. Blitzer suggested that the Florida Republican's debate performance "could be a Rick Perry 'oops' moment."
Not News: January's Actual Payroll Job Losses, Seasonally Adjusted to Look OK, Were the Third-Worst on RecordBy Tom Blumer | February 9, 2016 | 8:56 AM EST
On Friday, in its January Employment Situation Summary, the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics served up a stack of lemons disguised as lemonade. President Barack Obama declared in a tweet that "We've recovered from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s," and the press dutifully fell in line.
The BLS reported that the economy added seasonally adjusted 151,000 payroll jobs and that the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. As has been their habit for years, business reporters failed to label either key data point as "seasonally adjusted," even though they routinely apply that label to most other government data in their dispatches on the economy. The business press almost never looks at the raw (i.e., not seasonally adjusted) figures in any area. If they had looked at last Friday's raw jobs data, they would have wondered how the BLS could possibly have reported such a large number of additional seasonally adjusted jobs.
By Rich Noyes | February 9, 2016 | 8:45 AM EST
A Media Research Center study of ABC, CBS and NBC evening news coverage finds Ted Cruz has actually received a negative bump in the week since Iowa, garnering fewer minutes of total TV news airtime (16 minutes, vs. 21 minutes before the caucuses) and a significantly smaller share of GOP campaign coverage than he had in the week leading up to the caucuses (17.8%, vs. 24.8% earlier). Not only did Cruz take a back seat to Iowa runners-up Marco Rubio and Donald Trump in overall coverage, much of the attention the Texas Senator did receive was negative.