On Wednesday, CNN's New Day touted Donald Trump becoming the apparent Republican presidential nominee, but quickly spotlighted many of the most controversial components of his campaign. David Gregory trumpeted the "incredible accomplishment for Donald Trump," but soon added that the billionaire is "an incredibly divisive figure — huge negatives, toxic policy proposals." The Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich later asserted, "I don't think Donald Trump ditches the ridiculous. I don't think it's in him to cast aside conspiracy theories, because...it plays well to the people that like him."
By Daniel Garza | | May 4, 2016 | 3:43 PM EDT
An opinion piece labeled as ‘news’ written by none other than Fusion’s News Director, Kevin Roose, has pronounced the Republican Party dead. Betraying his own glaring partisan/ideological prejudices, Roose ascribes the “terminal decline” of the GOP to the “2009 formation of the Tea Party” before going on to attack Donald Trump as “the illness that led to the Party’s demise.” The problem with Roose’s fanciful take on the state of the GOP, which is dripping with venom against not only Trump, but also several of the rest of the 2016 Republican presidential contenders, is that the facts tell a different story.
By Clay Waters | | May 4, 2016 | 3:26 PM EDT
Strange new respect for law enforcement in Wednesday’s New York Times: Campbell Robertson and Timothy Williams teamed for a story from Mississippi, “States Widening Gun Rights Lose Longtime Ally: Police.” This is the same newspaper whose reporters are waiting impatiently for convictions of the Baltimore police officers indicted (and possibly railroaded) in the death of Freddie Grey. The same paper that has made police shootings of black suspects, like the Tamir Rice case in Cleveland, a subject of intense coverage. Yet now the Times is rushing to defend the credibility of law enforcement, enshrining them with moral authority the paper never credited them with previously, now that they’re a potential ally in favor of limiting gun rights.
By Tim Graham | | May 4, 2016 | 1:40 PM EDT
In a LevinTV video made publicly available, conservative author and talk-radio host Mark Levin slammed Fox News for allowing Donald Trump to spread the bizarre National Enquirer smear of Ted Cruz’s father Rafael, suggesting that he was “caught on camera” standing next to John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans in 1963. Borrowing a turn of phrase from Sarah Palin, the Enquirer said Cruz’s vather was “palling around with the man who murdered America’s 35th president!”
By Scott Whitlock | | May 4, 2016 | 1:14 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night went down to defeat in Indiana. This is her 18th primary or caucus loss to Bernie Sanders. The former Secretary of State has won an unimpressive 23 times against the aging socialist. Yet, ABC and CBS largely glossed over Clinton’s string of losses and insisted the important part is that she’ll win the nomination.
By Scott Whitlock | | May 4, 2016 | 11:38 AM EDT
Good Morning America’s Matthew Dowd on Wednesday offered a weird analogy for the status of Donald Trump: He’s like a Greek god from Mount Olympus. The network analyst blurted, “It's almost as if this is out of Greek mythology, right?”
By Kyle Drennen | | May 4, 2016 | 11:08 AM EDT
During an interview with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose gleefully held up a copy of the Daily News and read the mock obituary on the cover of the left-wing tabloid: “...it says, ‘Republican Party 1854-2016; Dearly beloved, we're gathered here today to mourn the GOP. A once great political party killed by epidemic of Trump.’”
By Tom Blumer | | May 4, 2016 | 8:30 AM EDT
The establishment press seemingly never misses an opportunity to smear a conservative's or businessperson's reputation upon their death. For those who need reminders, see how the Associated Press went after Tony Snow in 2008 and how the New York Times treated Cracker Barrel founder Danny Evins in 2012. Today, the AP took matters a step further, using the occasion of a soldier's death to smear his late grandfather.
Charles Keating IV is the Navy SEAL who died in Iraq on Tuesday. His grandfather was the late Charles Keating Jr. Given the elder Keating's historical prominence, the wire service would have been remiss if it had failed to note the family lineage. But in both its early breaking story, and in a later more detailed writeup, the AP treated what Charles Keating did decades ago as more important than a soldier who died yesterday.
By Tim Graham | | May 4, 2016 | 8:21 AM EDT
Leon Wolf at RedState notes that CNN is touting that it has beaten Fox News in the primetime ratings in the key age demographic of 25 to 54 in five of the last eight months. In all-day ratings in that demographic, CNN used to have less than half of Fox's overall viewership, but they now are behind Fox News by nine percent.
Wolf says Trump-boosting is eating into Fox's numbers:
By Edgard Portela | | May 4, 2016 | 7:45 AM EDT
A federal appeals court ruling upholding Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s authority to enforce Arizona state law that makes it a felony for unauthorized immigrants to use stolen identities to obtain work has been bitterly denounced by the hosts of Telemundo’s morning show, Un Nuevo Día.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | May 4, 2016 | 6:30 AM EDT
Politico’s bi-monthly magazine published their third annual “Media Issue,” complete with polls of reporters – who are perhaps the most resistant to being polled, fearing how they might reveal which viewpoint is ideologically dominant in the press.
But the media’s true tilt might be implied from the question “Knowing what you know now, who do think will be the next president?” It wasn’t close. Among campaign reporters, 86 percent said Hillary, and 10 percent Trump (three percent said Sanders). Among the White House reporters, 88 percent picked Hillary, and 11 percent said Trump.
By Dylan Gwinn | | May 4, 2016 | 2:12 AM EDT
Michelle Obama made a special appearance on NCIS Tuesday night. The episode, titled ‘Homefront,’ centered on a military family that was being stalked, and had their house broken into. In her scene, Obama hosted a discussion at the White House about how much the Administration cares about veterans and their families.
By Curtis Houck | | May 4, 2016 | 1:19 AM EDT
Lacking any self-examination whatsoever, failed McCain campaign head and MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt lashed out late Wednesday evening on Mark Levin as the embodiment of “narcissism” and “self-aggrandizers” who have created a “cancer” that’s led “the demise of the conservative movement in the Republican Party.”
By Erik Soderstrom | | May 4, 2016 | 1:08 AM EDT
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D opened tonight’s episode by attacking the American natural gas industry. Just minutes into “Failed Experiments,” S.H.I.E.L.D. agents zero in on a south Wyoming ghost town that was deserted after oil companies responding to the natural gas boom supposedly contaminated the local population’s groundwater.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 4, 2016 | 12:07 AM EDT
Senator Bernie Sanders scored a major victory in his fight against the Clinton political machine Tuesday night in the Indiana primary. Even with that victory the Hillary Clinton friendly media is still calling for Sanders to suspend his campaign and drop out of the race. “Staying in this race, aren't you effectively making it harder for the Democrats to beat the man who you say would be so bad?” inquired CNN’s Dana Bash to Sanders over the phone.