Appearing as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, CNN political commentator and Daily Beast editor in chief John Avlon used praise for Ted Cruz's ads and social media campaign to take an underhanded swipe at the GOP presidential candidate by suggesting that, unlike the ads, he is not "effective" or "charming." His jab at Cruz inspired laughter from host Costello as she mildly chided him for being "harsh."
By Matthew Balan | February 11, 2016 | 2:34 PM EST
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, longtime Obama admirer Douglas Brinkley trumpeted the President's speech earlier in the day at the Illinois State Capitol: "Barack Obama is really preaching the gospel of civility right after Donald Trump won New Hampshire. There's a contrast of styles between Trump and the President there. I thought that it was a historical moment for the President — a journey down memory lane." Brinkley asserted that Obama is "deeply disappointed that he's not been able to...make public discourse less poisonous, as he put it. I think he thinks that's the most failed part of his presidency."
By Tom Blumer | February 11, 2016 | 2:27 PM EST
As Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential effort has weakened, many on the left in fairly prominent places have begun releasing years of pent-up frustrations about her, her husband, and their record. At long last, the long knives are beginning to come out.
Many of these missives are unhinged, but one which isn't, and deserves a closer look, comes from Camille Paglia at Salon.com. Given that Paglia's views don't neatly check off all of the far-left boxes, the fact that Salon has Paglia back for biweekly commentary on "the presidential race, the culture world, and everything in between" after a four-year hiatus is quite telling. Meanwhile, readers can count on the establishment press hanging on to Hillary as long as they can, while ignoring the mostly excellent points Paglia strenuously made early this morning.
By Tim Graham | February 11, 2016 | 1:43 PM EST
James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal posted a definitive takedown of obsequious, corrupt pro-Hillary press behavior in his Wednesday "Best of the Web" column. J.K. Trotter of the website Gawker obtained a treasure trove of e-mails from Hillary's longtime flack Phillippe Raines, and his newest article is headlined "This is How Hillary Gets the Coverage She Wants."
By Scott Whitlock | February 11, 2016 | 12:55 PM EST
Offering a window into just how journalists view their power, MSNBC’s Gabe Gutierrez on Thursday suggested that reporters may “punish” Marco Rubio for not admitting, quickly enough, to a bad debate performance.
By Julia A. Seymour | February 11, 2016 | 10:05 AM EST
Warning of imminent danger from man-made climate change wasn’t enough for climate alarmists. Now, a new study has warned of 10,000 years of destruction or more if action isn’t taken against fossil fuels.
Left-wing site Common Dreams and The Guardian promoted the study published in Nature Climate Change saying that policy actions “in the next couple of years will have ‘profound impacts on global climate, ecosystems and human societies’ for the next 10,000 years and beyond ...”
By Mairead McArdle | February 11, 2016 | 9:58 AM EST
The third “Purge” movie will continue its tradition of using American imagery to bash America and its values.
The trailer for the politically charged dystopian thriller was released on Monday and featured creepy, clownish murderers wearing American flag and colonial paraphernalia as “God Bless America” plays in the background.
By Tim Graham | February 11, 2016 | 7:21 AM EST
The Hollywood Reporter provided Bill Maher with a platform for an op-ed hoping for a little clickbait, complete with a headline promising "Bill Maher Pens Blistering Essay." That's not quite accurate, since at the bottom it says "As told to Seth Abramovitch."
On Bernie Sanders, Maher claimed "We haven't seen a true leftist since FDR, so many millions are coming out of the woodwork to vote for Bernie Sanders; he is the Occupy movement now come to life in the political arena."
By Mark Finkelstein | February 11, 2016 | 7:18 AM EST
On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough forcefully sought to refute the notion that Chris Christie's takedown of Marco Rubio in the last GOP debate was an unprovoked attack. Scarborough painted a very different picture, one in which by dint of his town hall work, Christie had been steadily climbing in the New Hampshire polls--until Rubio unleashed a wave of negative advertising on Christie that drove his numbers back down. It was only then that Christie counter-attacked, suggested Joe.
Scarborough said pundits were either "ignorant" or "lying" to their readers if they portrayed Christie as "mean" for having exposed Rubio as he did, or that Christie's poor performance in New Hampshire was the result of a backlash against his attack. Noteworthy was Scarborough's statement that the funding for Rubio's attack ads against Christie was "dark" money. At one point, Scarborough called it "dirty" money, before correcting himself and repeating "dark" money.
By Curtis Houck | February 11, 2016 | 2:24 AM EST
As part of his post-New Hampshire analysis on Thursday’s Nightly Show, Comedy Central personality Larry Wilmore used a clip of Senator Marco Rubio telling supporters he failed them in Saturday’s ABC debate to also argue it could be used as an admission that he had erectile dysfunction.
By Dylan Gwinn | February 11, 2016 | 2:01 AM EST
So, Blackish was in rare form on Wednesday night, in an episode titled ‘Sink or Swim,’ wasting no time at all before diving into a historical recap of the stereotypical notion that African-Americans are no fans of swimming.
By Karen Townsend | February 11, 2016 | 1:42 AM EST
Emmy winner Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily Bridges play father and daughter in the episode titled ‘Hail Mary’ of CBS’s Code Black that aired Wednesday night. Pete Delaney (Beau Bridges), a high school football coach, becomes ill en route to a Valentine’s Day charity luncheon honoring a former student, N.Y. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who plays a better version of his real life self.
By Dylan Gwinn | February 11, 2016 | 12:09 AM EST
“It takes one to know one…” as they say. Which made it especially humorous on Tuesday’s edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd when Cowherd, who is an avowed lefty, sounded off on the torrent of criticism Cam Newton encountered for his behavior after the Super Bowl.
By Tom Blumer | February 10, 2016 | 11:56 PM EST
If you're a couple of reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, it's one thing to be personally disappointed and even upset at yesterday's move by the Supreme Court to grant a stay to states challenging the "Clean Power Plan" regulation issued by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency last October.
It's quite another thing to falsely portray what occurred and the related impacts, which is what AP reporters Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel most certainly did early Wednesday morning. The nature of their dispatch, which emphasized the administration's defiant reaction, likely contributed to TV networks' decisions to ignore or downplay what the Court did, choices which Julia Seymour at NewsBusters noted earlier today.
By Curtis Houck | February 10, 2016 | 11:05 PM EST
On Wednesday night, ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News failed to note the role that Hillary Clinton’s near-unanimous disapproval among Granite State Democratic primary voters concerning her honesty and trustworthiness played in her massive loss to socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. Instead, the pair (plus NBC Nightly News) largely pointed to Clinton’s losses among young voters and women and spun for her that voters in the future primary contests are more likely to break favorably for her than Sanders.