The “big three” networks continue to refuse to report on the US State Department’s manipulation of archived video, even after Secretary of State John Kerry publically demanded answers. The State Department has since announced that it is expanding its investigation into who ordered the video edited. “The state department is reversing course, saying it will investigate who ordered a cut to a 2013 state department briefing,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reported Wednesday on Special Report.
By Curtis Houck | | June 8, 2016 | 11:36 PM EDT
The Good Wife star, far-left actor, and Hillary Clinton supporter Denis O’Hare joined MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews Wednesday night to join the pundit in extolling Clinton as “an amazing success story” who had “no problems” while secretary of state to become “one of the most qualified candidates we’ve ever had.”
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | June 8, 2016 | 11:26 PM EDT
Lifetime’s second season of UnReal premiered this week and it is an all-too-real, sad commentary on our culture. The scripted drama shows a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat making of a The Bachelor-type reality dating show called Everlasting where producers go to extremes to manipulate cast members for ratings.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 8, 2016 | 10:53 PM EDT
On Wednesday evening, both Fox News and CNN held interviews with presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and they really held her feet to the fire. The ‘Golden God’ also allowed the “big three” network broadcasters to interview her as well, but in stark contrast their interviews were slow pitch softball games. In what seemed like a scene out of Disney’s The Lion King, ABC’s David Muir led Clinton over to a window to show her the excited crowd below.
By Randy Hall | | June 8, 2016 | 9:32 PM EDT
Jake Tapper, host of a Cable News Network afternoon program, took part in a raucous debate on Tuesday in which the anchor of The Lead asserted that it would be easier to make a case for the media to be tough on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if that same standard was applied to his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
“Would the argument of reporters,” he asked, “not be stronger if those ridiculously sycophantic questions that were asked of Hillary Clinton yesterday about “I get so teary when I think about a woman nominee” and “Congratulations.”
By Brent Baker | | June 8, 2016 | 7:48 PM EDT
FX’s The Americans, the under-watched but very compelling drama about husband and wife undercover KGB spies in suburban Washington, DC in the early 1980s, concludes its fourth season tonight. This season the program showed a side of the Soviet Union rarely, if ever, seen on U.S. television: the method and speed in which the Soviets killed those who helped the U.S. and how Soviet technological incompetence almost led to a nuclear attack on America.
By Curtis Houck | | June 8, 2016 | 7:42 PM EDT
Each of the “big three” networks conducted interviews with Hillary Clinton that aired on their Wednesday evening newscasts, but they dramatically fell short in providing any sort of challenge in contrast to hardball questions from CNN’s Anderson Cooper and the Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier that they fired off in their interviews.
By Edgard Portela | | June 8, 2016 | 7:39 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton’s securing of the delegates necessary to obtain the Democratic Party nomination for President was the subject of fawning coverage on the nation’s top two Hispanic television networks, Univision and Telemundo.
By Tom Johnson | | June 8, 2016 | 6:28 PM EDT
Conservative Paul Ryan and liberal Lithwick agree that Donald Trump’s recent digs at Gonzalo Curiel were racist, but disagree about their significance. Ryan considers the attacks peculiar to Trump, while Lithwick sees them as of a piece with the Republican party’s “wider assault on the judiciary in the Obama era.”
Lithwick even wondered rhetorically, “Do Trump’s smears of Judge Curiel differ all that greatly from Senate Republicans’ refusal to even hold a hearing for Merrick Garland…? Sure, nobody on the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling Garland a biased Mexican. But the baseless, one-sided campaign to discredit a respected federal judge they once praised as moderate and well-qualified is just as damaging as Trump’s personal vindictiveness.”
By Kyle Drennen | | June 8, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT
During live MSNBC coverage of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in the 3 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday, NBC correspondents Ayman Mohyeldin and Martin Fletcher took turns blaming Israel’s “right-wing” government for Palestinian “frustration.” Mohyeldin ranted over “...the shift of Israeli politics, including now the current government, more to the right, to what has been described by Israelis as even more of an extreme right-wing government."
By Tim Graham | | June 8, 2016 | 5:09 PM EDT
The TV networks are heavily promoting the word “historic” in Hillary Clinton’s presumptive-nominee status – and “historic” is correct. This surely is a first. “Historic” can be a factual adjective, but in the hands of the networks, it often carries a highly positive ring, often attached to liberal victories. By contrast, consider the historic nature of Mitt Romney’s nomination in 2012. On May 29 of that year, Washington Post reporters Sandhya Somashekar and Jason Horowitz reported Romney was the first Mormon major-party nominee.
How did the networks cover that? Most didn't. ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and Fox didn't report it. CNN was the TV exception.
By Curtis Houck | | June 8, 2016 | 3:53 PM EDT
Part one of ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir’s exclusive Hillary Clinton interviewed aired on Wednesday’s Good Morning America and, to the surprise of no one who visits this site, Muir bowed down the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as he faithfully shepherded her to a window so she could oversee the massive crowd as was about to address.
By Kyle Drennen | | June 8, 2016 | 3:49 PM EDT
During a political panel discussion on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer bemoaned Bernie Sanders not yet conceding the Democratic race to Hillary Clinton: “...Bernie Sanders didn't give her, her moment last night. He didn't urge his supporters to get behind her. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd noted how Democrats wanted to “give Bernie Sanders a little bit of space, give him a little bit of respect,” but advanced potential political threats
By P.J. Gladnick | | June 8, 2016 | 1:52 PM EDT
Imagine someone who is completely dead on in the accuracy of his predictions. Would you not want to analyze why this person is correct and listen very carefully to any future predictions he makes? Of course. That is what Jake Tapper of CNN has done but if you are Amanda Marcotte of Salon, being accurate is completely besides the point. What matters is that the winning predictions were made about Donald Trump. And who is guilty of the thought crime of politically uncomfortable prognostications in the eyes of Marcotte? Dilbert creator Scott Adams whom she labels as a fascist in the very title of her highly laughable article: 'Dilbert has gone fascist: The strange unrequited love Scott Adams seems to have for Donald Trump.' Tossing aside any interest as to why Adams has been so amazingly correct in his analysis of why Trump is winning, Marcotte accuses Adams of dangerous thought crimes:
By Samantha Cohen | | June 8, 2016 | 1:38 PM EDT
Wednesday on Morning Joe there was a surplus of Hillary super-fandom in the wake of her latest victory in California, as she became the presumptive Democratic nominee. One by one they shared their anecdotal accounts of last night’s events, as Joe Scarborough drooled over her “frame-worthy” Daily News cover and Mike Barnicle idolized her as a “woman who is finally free.”