In what could be a preview of things to come, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee failed to have any voices in his corner on the latest round of Sunday talk shows broadcast by leading U.S. Spanish-language television networks Univision and Telemundo.
By Scott Whitlock | | June 7, 2016 | 4:21 PM EDT
With Hillary Clinton on the verge of officially becoming the Democratic nominee for president, outlets such as the Washington Post and U.S. News are not holding back. “It’s Hillary; it’s History” and “For a generation of women pushing against the limits, a singular triumph” are two examples.
By Sam Dorman | | June 7, 2016 | 4:19 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton made herself look like the out-of-touch elitist she is often criticized for being, but rather than reporting that, broadcast networks hyped her “historic” nomination. When Clinton spoke against income inequality during a April 2016 speech, she wore a jacket, reportedly costing $12,495, from high-end designer Giorgio Armani. The New York Post reported on the jacket and its price on June 5, 2016, but none of the broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- picked up the story.
By Matthew Balan | | June 7, 2016 | 3:36 PM EDT
MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday finally mentioned the controversy over the misleading edits in Katie Couric's recent documentary, Under the Gun. Joe Scarborough blasted the production as "one of the most stunning things I've ever seen...just a complete hit job on a group of Americans." The host prompted his panel for their take on the "purposely biased" documentary. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and Chris Cillizza revealed they hadn't seen the relevant segment, but still condemned the edits.
By P.J. Gladnick | | June 7, 2016 | 3:29 PM EDT
Hey! It's all over! Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive Democrat nominee. So declared the Associated Press last night to much media acclaim. However, amidst such celebrations, a sour note from the left has sounded. It comes from spoilsport Glenn Greenwald who poured some cold water upon the party with some very apt observations via The Intercept where he is one of the co-founding editors.
By Tim Graham | | June 7, 2016 | 3:14 PM EDT
Time.com posted a eulogy to Muhammad Ali from Comedy Central Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore. It’s titled “Muhammad Ali Embodied Unapologetic Blackness.” Somehow, Wilmore repeatedly implied converting to Islam equals blackness. So then, Christianity is...the white man’s religion? Someone never told Martin Luther King.
By Samantha Cohen | | June 7, 2016 | 2:40 PM EDT
Monday evening on FNC’s The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly and senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano eviscerated the media for their most recent line of “questioning” for Hillary Clinton. While Clinton claimed she has done more than 300 interviews in 2016, she has not held a single press conference in 2016. Her most recent Q&A lasted for eight short minutes. What was missing? A single substantive question.
By Scott Whitlock | | June 7, 2016 | 12:06 PM EDT
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday could barely contain himself as he gushed to Nancy Pelosi about the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Stephanopoulos, who previously worked for Bill Clinton, wondered about Hillary: “You were the first female Speaker of the House.... What does it mean to have the first female nominee for a major party?”
By Matt Philbin | | June 7, 2016 | 11:23 AM EDT
The Washington Post’s Anthony Faiola is worried about Germany. Actually, he’s worried about the thousands of Muslim refugees inundating the country and “testing the national will to protect minority rights adopted after World War II.”
By Tim Graham | | June 7, 2016 | 10:45 AM EDT
Seth Lipsky of the New York Post found a dramatic contrast on swimming pools and religious orthodoxy on June 2 (and additionally mocked Monday by James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal). Call it Islamic privilege. The Times can't stand Orthodox Jewish women having sex-segregated swimming hours in a public space....but lauded it for Muslim women in February.
By Clay Waters | | June 7, 2016 | 8:25 AM EDT
The front of the National section of Monday’s New York Times featured two race-and-ethnicity-charged reports from Minnesota and Virginia, one trying to corrode confidence in three Islamic terrorist convictions of Somalis in Minnesota, the other on a “Racially Charged Fight” over granting blanket voting rights to felons in Virginia, a move expected to benefit the Democratic nominee in November. Reporting from Minneapolis, reporters Jack Healy and Matt Furber’s story gave credence to far-left conspiracy theories right in the headline in “Fair or ‘Conspiracy’? Trial Divides Somalis in Minneapolis," while Sheryl Gay Stolberg happily followed a felon-turned-voting rights activist around Virginia helping enroll Democrats to vote.
By Tom Blumer | | June 6, 2016 | 11:59 PM EDT
Taking a cue from the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger in March of last year, two Los Angeles Times reporters told readers on Monday that the economy is about to complete a seventh year of expansion. No it's not, at least not if historical benchmarks for determining expansions are consistently and properly heeded.
Reporters Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee couldn't even keep their own standards for expansion straight, as seen in this damning sentence: "The economy has been growing for 84 months, a stretch that is well above the 58-month average post-World War II expansion." No it hasn't, and no it isn't.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 6, 2016 | 11:44 PM EDT
In an embarrassing take down for Hardball host Chris Matthews Monday, Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver invoked the failed congressional campaign of Kathleen Matthews. When asked when Sanders plans to release his tax returns Weaver parried, “I think we should follow the example, perhaps, of yourself when your wife was running for the Congress in Maryland recently. You guys didn't release any tax returns.”
Daily Kos Writer: GOP’s ‘Rhetoric, Policies, and Goals’ Are ‘Disturbingly Similar to Those of…the Ku Klux Klan’By Tom Johnson | | June 6, 2016 | 9:35 PM EDT
The right’s widely varied response to Donald Trump’s presidential bid may be the political story of the year so far, but many liberals have ignored it in favor of arguing that Trump’s worldview is a pure product of conservatism. For example, in a Sunday article, Chauncey DeVega claimed that Trump is “the logical result of at least five decades of Republican political strategy” and defined Trumpmania as “a mass political temper tantrum on the Right caused by a potent mix of authoritarianism and racism.”
“Much of the rhetoric, policies, and goals of the Republican Party and Donald Trump in 2016 are disturbingly similar to those of…the Ku Klux Klan,” declared DeVega. “This should be no surprise. The Republican Party is the United States’ largest de facto white identity organization. Conservatism and racism is now one and the same thing in the American post civil rights era.”
By Tim Graham | | June 6, 2016 | 8:47 PM EDT
Last Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported the latest on the San Bernardino shooter: he obtained two life insurance policies through his employer for more than $250,000 listing his mother as a beneficiary. Now the government is trying to stop Syed Farook’s family from cashing in.
Media coverage? Not much. NPR noticed, and the New York Daily News. The Washington Post put it late in a related story on Thursday (we saw it Thursday in a brief in the Post commuter tabloid Express). A Nexis search of network and cable news found only two anchor briefs on CNN’s Early Start (between 4 and 5 am).