Disgraced journalist Brian Williams on Thursday anchored Barack Obama’s response to a Supreme Court defeat, lamenting the “sad and frustrated” Democrat. During NBC’s live coverage, Williams also reminded viewers, in case they forgot, that Obama is the “first African American president” in this country’s history.
By Mike Ciandella and Rich Noyes | | June 23, 2016 | 3:54 PM EDT
The point of a publicity stunt is to reap publicity, of course, and the daylong gimmick of House Democrats seizing the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a sit-in was generously rewarded with hours of free airtime on CNN and MSNBC — but much less on the Fox News Channel. Looking at cable news coverage from noon to midnight on Wednesday, MSNBC was by far the most excited by the Democratic protest, giving it a total of 4 hours, 27 minutes of airtime. CNN followed with 2 hours, 32 minutes of coverage, while Fox News provided a grand total of 14 minutes of coverage through midnight.
By Remso Martinez | | June 23, 2016 | 3:12 PM EDT
In typical liberal fashion, the hosts of CBS This Morning provided a friendly forum to the Democratic National Committee Chair and and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, while covering the House Democrats and their protest over gun control legislation. In a fashion that made it appear as if the hosts supported the Democrats’ childish behavior, co-host Gayle King took on a more conversational and supportive tone with the Congresswoman, instead of doing her due diligence as a journalist.
By Maggie McKneely | | June 23, 2016 | 2:59 PM EDT
Congress can’t stop the actions of crazy mass murderers, but Lady Gaga’s signature on a magazine cover sure will. In the latest chapter on Hollywood’s outreach to the low information masses, Billboard music magazine collected the signatures of over 180 music industry leaders who support tighter gun-control, or in liberal speak a “sane and safe end to gun violence.” This petition will grace the cover of the July 2nd issue, along with an open letter to Congress.
By Karen Townsend | | June 23, 2016 | 2:27 PM EDT
On Wednesday night’s episode of NBC’s The Night Shift, “Three-Two-One,” a riot breaks out in response to a verdict about to be rendered on a 45-year-old white man charged with shooting and killing a black man as he waited roadside for a tow truck. The accused man’s story was one of self-defense but the Black Lives Matter crowd of protesters isn’t having any of it. The hospital staff at San Antonio Medical is pulled into the ruckus when the accused is brought in after collapsing in the courtroom and the entire episode is racially tinged.
By Elliot Polsky | | June 23, 2016 | 1:56 PM EDT
The New York Times pro-abortion propaganda strikes again. Journalists Donald McNeil and Pam Belluck have written another stunningly one-sided piece – this time about abortions in countries affected by the Zika virus, which according to research, threatens to cause severe birth defects in new children.
By Tom Blumer | | June 23, 2016 | 1:37 PM EDT
Though their report covering Donald Trump's Wednesday speech criticizing presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton's record has undergone subsequent revisions, the coverage of that speech by the Associated Press's Julie Pace and Jill Colvin has stuck with two common themes. One is that prospective Republican nominee Donald Trump has "struggled with the transition to a general election race, getting bogged down by self-created controversies." The fact is that the "controversies," especially the one over Trump supposedly claiming that President Barack Obama was, in media-speak, "involved" with the June 13 terrorist massacre of 49 in Orlando, Florida, are almost entirely press-invented creations and distortions of what Trump has actually said.
The other AP theme which has survived frequent revisions is the idea that criticisms of Hillary Clinton, especially if made by Trump or other opponents, can be readily flicked away if they have been "widely questioned," meaning in practice that a few Clinton acolytes can merely say that "these people are wrong," and that's the end of it. The double standard could hardly be more blatant.
By Kyle Drennen | | June 23, 2016 | 12:32 PM EDT
On Thursday, the network morning shows were beside themselves with enthusiasm over Democrats taking to the House floor to demand gun control with an all-night sit-in. On NBC’s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander was particularly swept up in the excitement and declared the partisan political stunt to be “Truly one of the most dramatic demonstrations on the House floor in modern American history.”
By Scott Whitlock | | June 23, 2016 | 12:28 PM EDT
All three networks on Thursday gushed over the possibility that Barack Obama might have an ownership stake in a basketball team after leaving the White House. NBC opened the Today show with naked excitement. A graphic cheered, “Full court Prez!” Co-host Savannah Guthrie enthused, “Does President Obama have his sights set on owning a team in the NBA after he leaves office? What the White House is revealing about the Commander in Chief's hoop dreams.”
By Sam Dorman | | June 23, 2016 | 11:48 AM EDT
Just before the UK’s vote regarding whether it should remain in the European Union (EU), National Public Radio aired three stories on Brexit on one program. All the stories were biased against leaving the EU.
By Maggie McKneely | | June 23, 2016 | 11:43 AM EDT
Meet Supergirl’s newest side-kick, Madame President. The CW’s Supergirl is the antidote to cries that there’s not enough estrogen in the superhero industry. The title character is Superman’s biological cousin and, like every good superhero, uses her powers to save the world from imminent peril.
By Kristine Marsh | | June 23, 2016 | 11:13 AM EDT
On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case.
By Karen Townsend | | June 23, 2016 | 11:08 AM EDT
The premiere episode of HBO’s new weekly sports talk show hosted by Bill Simmons debuted Wednesday night. The 46-year-old blogger, podcaster and ESPN talent now hosts his very own talk show on HBO called Any Given Wednesday where he is free to allow guests to swear like sailors and he can have fun bashing Republicans.
By Elliot Polsky | | June 23, 2016 | 10:58 AM EDT
Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award winning actress, Helen Mirren, travelled to Israel to host the Genesis Prize, which is colloquially called, “the Jewish Nobel.” According to Haaretz, she “has visited Israel several times, and has been a vocal critic of pro-Palestinian activists who have called for a cultural boycott of Israel.”
By Melissa Mullins | | June 23, 2016 | 9:46 AM EDT
Last week the New York Daily News thought they would try to make a bold statement by donning a picture of a U.S. Marine dressed in military fatigues and holding a big bad “assault rifle” on the front cover with the following headline, “No civilian should own this gun.” In addition to such a blasphemous news cover, the editors of the paper snarkily added, “Hey, NRA: This Marine served in Iraq and says assault rifles should be banned. Does that make him a gun-grabbing commie, too?”
"This Marine" was a liberal Democrat congressman from Massachusetts