The United Nations voting again to punish Israel -- with the assent of the Obama White House -- put Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer is a sour mood. On Monday night’s Special Report, substitute host Doug McKelway pointed out that Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted the U.S. government shouldn’t fund the UN until this vote is reversed.
By Sarah Stites | | December 27, 2016 | 4:12 PM EST
Hyperbole has run strong this election cycle. Do you agree with these media predictions for the coming months?
By Kristine Marsh | | December 27, 2016 | 4:00 PM EST
Monday night, FNC’s The Kelly File aired a program dedicated to Donald Trump’s relationship with the media. During the one hour special, host Megyn Kelly spoke with correspondent Howard Kurtz, New York Times columnist Jim Rutenberg, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik and The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway about how the media didn’t anticipate Trump’s election win. Rutenberg brought up how the media were taken aback by Trump’s “blacklist” against certain media outlets. Kelly shot back that Trump wasn’t the only candidate to ignore the press.
By Curtis Houck | | December 27, 2016 | 2:03 PM EST
Providing more reasons why it was an abomination he was allowed to moderate a GOP presidential debate, CNBC’s John Harwood took to Twitter on Tuesday where he offered Republican opposition to ObamaCare and racism as reasons why President Obama’s Democratic Party lost so many seats nationwide during his administration. Part of one tweet: "Obama's race amid white fear of cultural change."
By Tim Graham | | December 27, 2016 | 2:00 PM EST
On Sunday's Face the Nation, host John Dickerson reviewed the year 2016 with CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert. The comedian admitted they planned their live election-night Showtime special but "prepared nothing...on purpose" for an obvious Trump victory, since Team Colbert thought that was highly unlikely, and "if it happens, we're going to be doing a show for a group of people who have been hauled into a Chilean soccer stadium to watch people executed. "
AP's 'Top 2016 Stories' Poll: Cop-Targeting Killings (#6) Not As Big As Deaths of Castile, Sterling (#3)By Tom Blumer | | December 27, 2016 | 1:30 PM EST
Evidence that leftist bias has deeply infected local and regional news coverage arrived in the form of the "Top Stories of 2016" poll results at the Associated Press last week. In an exercise performed since 1936, the AP's "annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors" asked participants to identify the top 10 stories of 2016. "Black Men Killed by Police," referring to the controversial killings of two black men by non-black cops, made it to Number 3. "Attacks on Police" (note: not "Murders of Police"), which took "at least 20 lives," only got to Number 6. Rising crime in the U.S., including an increase exceeding 50 percent in homicides in Chicago, didn't make the list, and appears not to have even been a close runner-up.
By Kristine Marsh | | December 27, 2016 | 12:04 PM EST
On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, the panel completely downplayed President Obama’s actions to withdraw support for Israel during a recent United Nations vote. On top of that, CBS went out of their way to bash Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and report uncritically on President Obama’s controversial decision.
By Rich Noyes | | December 27, 2016 | 10:02 AM EST
As 2016 comes to a close, this week NewsBusters will be recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of the year. Today’s installment: the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons, including Barack Obama’s “keen intelligence,” the “fundamentally honest” Hillary Clinton, and the “tremendous sense of pride” Cubans supposedly feel for their dead dictator, Fidel Castro.
NYT Hails Snopes, ‘Last Line of Defense’ of Fact-Checking Against ‘Fake News,’ Bashes Conservative Media CriticsBy Clay Waters | | December 27, 2016 | 9:12 AM EST
Snopes is having its time in the spotlight in Monday’s New York Times, as reporter David Streitfeld pumped up the famous “fact-checking” website on the front of Business Day. Snopes’ profile is rising with its new relationship with Facebook, but as the site has waded more into politics, it’s getting a liberal reputation and allegations of hypocrisy have been raised. But Streitfeld dismissed any concerns as desperate conservatives lies, in “Bigger Fact-Checking Role for Snopes Brings More Attacks." And his fellow Snopes-fawner, colleague Jeremy Peters, accused conservatives of crying "fake news" to discredit the mainstream media.
By Tom Blumer | | December 26, 2016 | 10:46 PM EST
Nate Silver has been the establishment press's designated polling hero since 2008, when he correctly predicted the outcome of that year's presidential contest in 49 of 50 states. He also had a great year in 2012, predicting all 50 states' presidential preference results.
This year's election? Not so much. Donald Trump won, and Silver is not handling it well. In fact, he's violated one of the cardinal rules of far-left media members, which is to never directly betray your fever-swamp biases and the breathtaking ignorance which can be inferred from them until you either retire or migrate to public broadcasting.
By Melissa Mullins | | December 26, 2016 | 6:05 PM EST
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made the rounds on a few shows last week where she expressed her worry that a Trump administration will have a serious and negative impact on the profession of “journalism” -- it may "crumble" -- and that “just got different” under the incoming administration.
Last week Maddow was on NBC's Late Night with host Seth Meyers, who asked her if liberals had any reasons to be optimistic about the new administration. Maddow hesitated before responding: “I have bright red shoes, which is very festive. … I have a family I love and nice dogs.”
By Tim Graham | | December 26, 2016 | 1:38 PM EST
Nobody expects objectivity from The Huffington Post – not after a presidential campaign in which every Trump story carried a nasty “disclaimer” that Trump “regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther.” But now they’re warning Trump not to touch federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.
“Senior politics reporter” Laura Bassett acts as the abortion conglomerate’s publicist in a story headlined “Some Trump Voters Will Be ‘Pissed Off As Hell’ If He Defunds Planned Parenthood.”
By Tom Johnson | | December 26, 2016 | 1:30 PM EST
Aaron Hanlon thinks anti-conservative bias at colleges and universities is a molehill that a lot of people try to make into a mountain. To the dismay of Hanlon, a professor of English at Colby College, some of his fellow liberals are among those who, in his opinion, exaggerate the problem and thereby bolster the right’s case. Last Thursday in The New Republic, Hanlon went after New York Times pundit Nicholas Kristof for three 2016 columns critical of the leftward lean of America’s campuses.
By Tim Graham | | December 26, 2016 | 7:03 AM EST
Here’s another little piece of evidence that the Murdoch family buying the National Geographic Channel isn’t turning it into a right-wing property. A forthcoming special Sea of Hope – debuting January 15 – includes footage of President Obama visiting a Hawaiian island to meet with “legendary scientist” Sylvia Earle as she shows him a new tropical fish species named after him.
By Tom Blumer | | December 25, 2016 | 10:53 PM EST
The latest media person to fail to think and count to ten before hitting the "Tweet" button is Matthew Dowd. Once a Democrat, Dowd came over to the Republican Party in 1999, and was George W. Bush's chief campaign strategist during the 2004 campaign. He became an independent in 2008 and is currently a Chief Political Analyst at ABC News. He also claims to be Catholic, but clearly has a politically twisted understanding of the first Christmas.