The website Deadline on Tuesday reported that Steven Spielberg is considering making a biography of famous CBS journalist Walter Cronkite. Deadline writer Ali Jaafar explained, “The project will focus on Cronkite’s relationship with the Vietnam War and the role that America’s most trusted newsman played in turning public opinion against the increasingly un-winnable conflict.”
By Tom Blumer | | June 18, 2016 | 2:14 PM EDT
On May 1, the Washington Post's Jackson Diehl warned: "We ignore Venezuela’s imminent implosion at our peril," noting that the South American nation of 30 million "has descended into a dystopia where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce." Given the dire humanitarian crisis which has enveloped that country, broadcast media coverage during the ensuing seven weeks, particularly on the Big Three networks, has been sparse to non-existent.
Yesterday, as Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Milwaukee Brewers in LA, legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, in a 20-second monologue between pitches, did more to substantively educate his audience about the tragic reality in Venezuela than most of the U.S. press has done in months (HT Twitchy):
By Clay Waters | | June 18, 2016 | 12:18 PM EDT
Showing the continuing conflation of big-time sports journalism and liberal activism, Howard Bryant's “Ali Everlasting” tribute for ESPN Magazine used the boxing legend as a tool to condemn American racism and inequality Meanwhile at Sports Illustrated, lefty journalist Charles Pierce bashed the former Cuban embargo for "shredding" the Cuban economy:
By Christian Toto | | June 18, 2016 | 11:30 AM EDT
Weiner began as a comeback story and ended up a profile in total humiliation. That isn’t the biggest takeaway from the documentary capturing Congressman Anthony Weiner’s precipitous fall from grace. It’s a damning portrait of modern journalism, the kind that reminds you why so many people don’t believe reporters. They trust their collective gut. And they’re right.
By Kyle Drennen | | June 18, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT
On Friday’s NBC Today, hapless NBC reporter Kerry Sanders followed a team of Alligator trappers in Florida: “There’s a saying in Florida that if there’s a fresh body of water, just assume that there’s a gator in it....Last year, licensed contractors, the trappers who go out for the state, captured 7,513 nuisance gators, and this is how they do it.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | June 18, 2016 | 8:13 AM EDT
The mass shooting in Orlando really infuriated liberals all over again about the lack of gun control -- including liberal journalists and comedians. "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt blandly promoted how "late-night hosts have once again found themselves straddling the lines between comedians and consolers."
But they weren't consolers. They were agitators for the liberal agenda. On "The Daily Show," host Trevor Noah sympathized with Obama: "He's hosted 12 state dinners, but he's had to give 16 mass shooting addresses." And none of those apparently ever reflected badly on Obama's leadership on terrorism?
By Bruce Bookter | | June 18, 2016 | 12:01 AM EDT
So, riddle me this: how does a company edict, that requires employees to not wade into political matter of an inflammatory nature, change from a sternly enforced rule, to all of a sudden becoming, no biggie?
By Tim Graham | | June 17, 2016 | 11:39 PM EDT
The massacre at the gay nightclub in Orlando drove NPR to ask the big questions about homophobia: Isn't it time to classify that as a mental illness?
On Wednesday night's All Things Considered, openly gay anchor Ari Shapiro interviewed professor Gregory Herek, who operates a blog called "Beyond Homophobia." Herek urged caution on the early reports that the Orlando mass murderer might be gay, but was willing to entertain NPR's theory that societal "stigma" could have played a role in the shooting:
By Karen Townsend | | June 17, 2016 | 9:47 PM EDT
In “Trump Mania & Kegal Exercises,” Netflix’s Chelsea used three Mexican teenage girls – ages 14-16 – in her quest to regularly bash Donald Trump. The attack ended with Chelsea hoisting a piñata made in the likeness of Trump in public so a crowd would gather and help the teens smash it. Talk about overwrought aggression!
By Elliot Polsky | | June 17, 2016 | 8:52 PM EDT
On Wednesday, comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj spoke at the 72nd Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner attended by both politicians and the media. After using jokes to call all conservatives, the GOP and Fox News employees blood-loving racists, Minhaj—in all seriousness—accused Congress of being complicit in the deaths of “thousands of Americans” for the sake of NRA bribes. And that’s just some of what he said.
Daily Kos Writer: Only ‘Idiots’ Think Failure to Say ‘Radical Islam’ Makes Any ‘Goddamn Difference’ In Fighting ISISBy Tom Johnson | | June 17, 2016 | 8:52 PM EDT
In a Monday piece, the writer who goes by Doctor RJ dismissed opponents of the PC agenda as “white conservatives” who believe they’re being victimized by “a thought-policing left,” whereas in reality “this is not a situation where people are being silenced from expressing an opinion.” As the Doctor sees it, “When we break the political correctness argument down, it’s really about idiots wanting to say stupid things and do it without anyone pointing out their stupidity.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | June 17, 2016 | 6:37 PM EDT
In spite of CDC statistics documenting the dramatically higher rate of HIV infection among homosexual males in contrast with the general population -- so much so that more than 60 percent of AIDS patients are homosexual men -- CNN host Anderson Cooper and medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 seemed befuddled at why the Obama administration FDA would bar homosexual men from donating blood in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub terror attack.
By Clay Waters | | June 17, 2016 | 4:40 PM EDT
On the front of Friday’s New York Times, reporter Damien Cave profiled the city victimized by an Islamic terrorist through the eyes of a Muslim trauma doctor who helped treat the victims. Cave, hypersensitive to alleged racism on the part of Republicans, allowed his heroic Muslim doctor subject to attack both Donald Trump and American intolerance. And Max Fisher made a second attempt to explain why talking about “radical Islam” is misleading: "Why do some consider it offensive? Over time, 'radical Islam' has taken on darker connotations. Mr. Trump, according to Mr. Hamid of Brookings, 'invested these words with new meaning.'"
By Kristine Marsh | | June 17, 2016 | 4:04 PM EDT
On his show last night, CNN’s Don Lemon lashed out at Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany for accusing the media of turning the Orlando shooting into a gun control platform. Despite evidence to the contrary from his own network, Lemon insisted that the media was not pushing an anti-gun narrative. “No, the media’s not trying the make this about guns,” he repeated twice after the McEnany said it, shaking his head.
By Maggie McKneely | | June 17, 2016 | 3:52 PM EDT
Don’t know how to teach your kids about Trump’s racism, the evils of the 1%, or the importance of gun control? Don’t worry, Netflix has got you covered. The Netflix original children’s series, All Hail King Julien, is based on the popular Madagascar movie franchise and will soon debut its third season. The series will include an episode dedicated to mocking Trump.