Esquire columnist and frequent MSNBC guest Charles Pierce on Monday assailed Marco Rubio for attacking Barack Obama. Regarding the Republican’s assertion that Obama isn’t incompetent, but is intentionally changing America, Pierce raged, “He's saying Barack Obama is undermining the Constitution. That's an impeachable offense. You don't say that about a sitting president!”
By Brad Wilmouth | February 9, 2016 | 9:10 PM EST
Speaking to CNN's Brianna Keilar at a campaign rally for Bernie Sanders, actress and Sports Illustrated model Emily Ratajkowski -- best known for her appearance in Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video -- bizarrely suggested that Hillary Clinton's politics are too "extreme" to the "right" for her as she explained why she supports Sanders. Ratajkowski: "I think that my initial response to Hillary was a positive one, but, you know, depending on your politics, if you don't agree with some of the things that, you know, I think are pretty extreme and very, very, you know, to the right of where I'd like to see the party headed. It's really that simple to me."
By Curtis Houck | February 9, 2016 | 9:07 PM EST
In dual network special reports at the top of the 8:00 p.m. Eastern hour, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and NBC’s Chuck Todd expressed their amazement at the “political earthquake” by the New Hampshire primary victories from Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump that will serve as “a shot across the bow at both political parties” despite the polls long predicting this very result.
By Scott Whitlock | February 9, 2016 | 9:03 PM EST
During live coverage of the New Hampshire election returns, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews bizarrely asserted that socialist Bernie Sanders comes across as “non-ideological.” The Hardball host blurted, “Bernie is so much better in the room with 200 people than on TV. He's too effusive on TV. He’s too hot. But in the room, he's logical and non-ideological.”
Matthews: Reagan Got Into Politics In Middle Age; Nope, He Was Active in Politics Since Hollywood DaysBy Ken Shepherd | February 9, 2016 | 8:23 PM EST
Chris Matthews, for all his faults, has a rather encyclopedia knowledge of modern political history. So it's rather puzzling that during MSNBC coverage this afternoon he insisted that Ronald Reagan, like 1952 New Hampshire primary winner Dwight Eisenhower and likely 2016 New Hampshire primary winner Donald Trump, didn't get into politics until middle-age.
While it's true he didn't seek elective office until he was in his 50s, Reagan did, in fact, have a long history of political involvement from his days in Hollywood, particularly his work with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
By Curtis Houck | February 9, 2016 | 6:29 PM EST
Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw provided a history lesson on the New Hampshire primary during the 4:00 p.m. Eastern hour of MSNBC’s political coverage and when describing the situation on the Democratic side in 1992, he claimed that then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton lost the Granite State “amid rumors of womanizing” despite the fact that such claims were proven true.
By Ken Shepherd | February 9, 2016 | 5:36 PM EST
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle insisted this afternoon that Marco Rubio suffered "more than a Muskie moment" on Saturday with his repetitious exchange with Gov. Chris Christie because the moment "went viral on YouTube."
By Matthew Balan | February 9, 2016 | 5:16 PM EST
Roxanne Jones sang the praises of Beyonce in a Tuesday op-ed on CNN.com for her "perfectly timed, bold, Black Panther-inspired halftime tribute." Jones touted how the "pop icon used her star power to shine a light on the problem of race in America," and how the Super Bowl halftime show forwarded "a vision of an America that I aspire to live in one day." She later attacked the singer's critics for not only being "out of touch with a lot more than sports," but also being "out of touch with America. They act as if....systematic racism doesn't exist in America."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | February 9, 2016 | 5:03 PM EST
MSNBC continued to push the narrative of Marco Rubio being the robotic GOP candidate on Tuesday, the day of the New Hampshire primary. During the network’s live coverage of the state’s primary, host Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd performed their rendition of 1980’s classic Mr. Roboto by the band Styx. “Domo arigato, Marco Roboto.” The hosts sang in unison.
By Tim Graham | February 9, 2016 | 4:53 PM EST
Senior citizens remember the Associated Press as a pithy, objective wire service, not a shop that sounds like a Starbucks circle of liberal editorial writers. On Sunday, AP ran a story headlined “Cruz embraces supporters on fringe of GOP.” Even as socialist Bernie Sanders wanders the hustings polarizing our politics by saying Wall Street is “based on fraud,” AP reporters Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples devoted an entire dispatch to Cruz’s kooky backers:
By P.J. Gladnick | February 9, 2016 | 4:26 PM EST
It is the love that dares speak its name over and over and over again. Yes, the New York Times "house" conservative David Brooks has returned to loudly proclaiming his eternal love for Barack Obama. His love letter in the form of a paean disguised as a column might sound very familiar since his declaration that "the Obama administration has been remarkably scandal-free" is almost word for word the same blind love he professed last May.
First let us show the most recent love burst from Brooks followed by his earlier profession of blind love. However, a warning. Cupid's obvious influence on Brooks is so profound that his syrupy words of Obama love might necessitate an emergency paper bag on standby alert for those among you with weak stomachs.
By Katie Yoder | February 9, 2016 | 4:05 PM EST
News outlets rushed to cover recent charges out of Houston against the Center for Medical Progress. But will they cover the Center’s latest video? Doubtful.
On Monday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new undercover video in an effort to further expose the abortion industry’s role in harvesting aborted baby parts. The video captured National Abortion Federation (NAF) representatives calling money for tissue a “win-win” and expressed relief that CMP could rid them of aborted baby leftovers after trouble with other “disposal services.”
By Clay Waters | February 9, 2016 | 3:04 PM EST
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.