In the first few minutes of his return to MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon after his wife Kathleen finished a distant third in her Maryland congressional race, Hardball host Chris Matthews branded himself quite the hypocrite as he repeatedly harped on the fact that Ted Cruz running mate Carly Fiorina “is a three-time loser” in her political career and thus “pathetic.”
By Scott Whitlock | April 27, 2016 | 5:14 PM EDT
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry battled with Whoopi Goldberg on Wednesday as The View co-host demanded to know if the Republican agreed with “nasty” Ted Cruz on the issue of gay rights. The segment grew uncomfortable as Goldberg demanded, “Ted Cruz has made also some very — if you're gay — really uncomfortable, nasty things.”
By Tim Graham | April 27, 2016 | 5:05 PM EDT
One obvious sign liberal journalists are already missing Obama? Celebrating him as a comedian. Washington Post gossip Emily Heil is a big fan of his comedic stylings, as the headlines proved. The cover of the Express, the free commuter tabloid, was gushy: “HE’S A REAL STAND-UP GUY: As he prepares for his final White House correspondents dinner, Obama has already demonstrated his knack for edgy, self-aware humor.”
By Kyle Drennen | April 27, 2016 | 4:53 PM EDT
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning agreed that the Republican primary race was “over” and openly mocked Donald Trump’s opponents. On Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie asked: “So Trump is calling himself the presumptive nominee. Is he right, is this over?” Political analyst Nicolle Wallace relied on pop culture to declare an end to the nomination contest: “Yeah, there’s a line in Sex and the City where Carrie says to Mr. Big, ‘It's so over, we need a new word for over’...”
By Curtis Houck | April 27, 2016 | 3:43 PM EDT
Almost on cue when it became clear that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz would announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate, MSNBC and host Erica Hill brought on EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock for a round of softballs to viciously smear yet another conservative woman as “a photo-op” versus an opponent like Hillary Clinton who has been “a champion her entire life for women and families.”
By Katie Yoder | April 27, 2016 | 3:23 PM EDT
ABC’s relationship with actress Kerry Washington is only getting started.
ABC Scandal star Kerry Washington signed an “overall deal” with ABC for her new production company, Deadline first reported Tuesday.
By Sam Dorman | April 27, 2016 | 2:37 PM EDT
Progressives kowtowed to the Pope after he commented on climate change and homosexuality. But one liberal activist in the entertainment industry thought he left an important cause unplowed: cow poop.
Russell Simmons, the so-called “godfather of hip-hop” and CEO of Rush Communications, urged the Pope to speak out against animal agriculture, in part, because cow manure produced greenhouse gas emissions.
By Matthew Balan | April 27, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT
CNN's senior social media director, Samantha Berry, made an unsurprising admission about her network on Tuesday: "We're no longer a TV news network." Instead, Berry touted CNN as a "24-hour global multiplatform network" during a presentation at the annual Collision conference in New Orleans.
By Tim Graham | April 27, 2016 | 12:17 PM EDT
One way The Washington Post builds disgust toward Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is quite predictable: seek out Muslims who accuse them of “destabilizing” the self-esteem of Muslim school children.
On the front of Tuesday’s Metro section came an article headlined “Election-Year Lessons: Muslim educators are using presidential candidates’ attack on their faith as a teaching tool.”
By Scott Whitlock | April 27, 2016 | 12:09 PM EDT
Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday continued his role as a Hillary Clinton surrogate, hyping criticism of Donald Trump as “sexist.” The former Bill Clinton operative singled out the businessman’s comment that “if Hillary were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.” Stephanopoulos demanded, “What exactly did you mean by that? It struck a lot of your critics as sexist.”
By Tom Blumer | April 27, 2016 | 12:08 PM EDT
Just in time for tomorrow's first-quarter economic growth announcement from the government, Bloomberg Businessweek's Economics Editor is telling readers: "Don't Sweat America's Upcoming Microscopic GDP Growth."
Besides, Peter Coy writes, people need to get used to the supposedly inescapable fact that "Normal growth for the U.S. economy is just a lot lower than it used to be." Americans shouldn't worry, even if tomorrow's GDP figure shows a small contraction (perhaps indicating that Mr. Coy has been tipped to the fact that it will be). The key, the glib Mr. Coy contends, is to understand that "Happiness is all a matter of lowering expectations."
By Mairead McArdle | April 27, 2016 | 11:57 AM EDT
The Huffington Post’s ever vocal “Queer Voices” section featured a piece last week requesting people not to view transgender identities as comedy anymore.
Author and activist Tory Smith, who prefers the pronoun, said “they” “await[s] the day that transgender identities are no longer used as comedy,” and hopes “pregnant men are no longer seen as irregular, but are recognized and given access to the care they need.”
By Kyle Drennen | April 27, 2016 | 10:58 AM EDT
On Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, while co-host Gayle King noted that “a petition against the retail giant Target is gaining a lot of momentum” over the company’s transgender bathroom policy, financial contributor Mellody Hobson dismissed the protest: “You know, it's very hard for these kind of boycotts to work. We haven't seen real success since the civil rights era in the 1960s.”
By Clay Waters | April 27, 2016 | 10:32 AM EDT
The New York Times still has the racially hostile, bathroom-bigoted state of North Carolina on its mind and in its political crosshairs. Tuesday’s full-court front-page press coverage of the ongoing LGBT-rights and bathroom-access controversy was joined by some hand-wringing about a recent GOP court victory that will tighten previously loosened voting rules, an action that liberal groups (and the Times) consider racially motivated. The Times had a similar outburst earlier this month, with reporter Richard Fausset throwing around the “far right” label against North Carolina conservatives.
By P.J. Gladnick | April 27, 2016 | 10:21 AM EDT
This time it really is the end of Trump. Really.
That was the title of the E.J. Dionne's column in the April 3 Washington Post. It was so spectacularly wrong in its prognostications that it really does deserve an award. Really. If only Dionne's column had been published two days earlier he could at least save some face by claiming it was just an April Fools joke. Unfortunately for Dionne, he doesn't have that out and will forever be known for perhaps the most hilariously wrong political predictions now and forever unto the end of time. It wouldn't be so bad for Dionne if his column had been merely a very tentative set of possible unfavorable outcomes for Trump. Instead, Dionne declared Trump to be flat out finished in a manner just oozing with smug arrogance as was reflected in his column title: