There was major negative economic news on Oct. 4, when the International Monetary Fund released its latest World Economic Outlook, but the broadcast networks paid no attention that night. The group issued new estimates for global economic growth and particular countries. Bloomberg reported that “forecasts for U.S. growth were cut to 1.6 percent this year and 2.2 percent in 2017.”
By Clay Waters | | October 6, 2016 | 9:32 AM EDT
The New York Times cynically used “the children” to advance Hillary Clinton’s election prospects (and the Democrats' attempt to take the Senate) in Wednesday’s edition, trashing Trump as a bad role model for children on the front page, while hailing Hillary as an anti-bully heroine inside. Jennifer Steinhauer’s Wednesday front-page story was headlined: “Trump as Role Model? Ayotte ‘Absolutely’ Has Second Thoughts.” While Matt Flegenheimer used children again for another attack on Trump in “Clinton’s Call to Girls: Stand Tall and Be Proud.”
Media Research Center Launches a Website to Uncover How Wealthy Foundations Drive Liberal Ideology through Nonprofit JournalismBy NB Staff | | October 6, 2016 | 9:03 AM EDT
RESTON, VA — Media Research Center (MRC) Vice President of Business Dan Gainor issued the following statement announcing the launch of Buying Bias, a new website that exposes the web of funding behind billionaire foundations and nonprofit journalism outlets, which have insinuated themselves into traditional media outlets.
By Edgard Portela | | October 6, 2016 | 7:45 AM EDT
Despite the prominence of both the Catholic and Evangelical Christian faith among the nation’s Hispanic population, so far during this general election campaign season the efforts by the presidential candidates to engage voters from a faith perspective have been almost entirely absent from the news coverage of the two leading Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo.
By Karen Townsend | | October 6, 2016 | 2:19 AM EDT
NBC’s Code Black joined the latest Hollywood social justice craze of inserting random transgender characters into storylines to promote acceptance from its viewers. The same pop culture activism that helped normalize gay marriage has now taken up the transgender cause big time.
By Justin Ashford | | October 6, 2016 | 2:11 AM EDT
Wednesday's episode of Blindspot, “If Beth,” took a rather liberal bent with an environmental message laced throughout the hour. The NBC drama began with a conversation between Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and her brother Roman (Luke Mitchell) at a lake where he attempts to justify the tactics of the terrorist group Sandstorm that he's trying to bring her back into. He explains to her to how a plant supposedly leaked chemicals for years causing many inhabitants around the lake to suffer various ailments, while elected officials did nothing to stop it.
Ex-Newsweek Pundit: Hillary’s ‘Been Lied About More Than Anyone in American Public Life in the Last 25 Years’By Tom Johnson | | October 6, 2016 | 12:51 AM EDT
As a rule, liberals think that most criticism of Hillary Clinton is invalid. Michael Tomasky has dared to put a number on “most.” In a Tuesday column, Tomasky wrote, “I’d say that around 80 percent of what you’ve read about [Hillary] over the years is simply false. It didn’t happen the way it was presented, or a lot of the time it didn’t happen at all. And she has long since even stopped trying to correct the record in many cases, figuring it’s just no use.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | October 6, 2016 | 12:25 AM EDT
During the opening monologue to MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday, host Lawrence O’Donnell went on a tirade bemoaning how far the institution of presidential debates have fallen, and how it was all Donald Trump’s fault. “I've been fighting Donald Trump's lies for five years on this program, but I haven't touched more than 1 percent of his lies,” O’Donnell whined, “Now a presidential debater or a vice presidential debater can take the stage and lie throughout the debate, including provably lie about what he himself has said in the past on video.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | October 5, 2016 | 10:11 PM EDT
It seems to have taken a poor debate performance by Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine to finally get ABC to cover former President Bill Clinton’s critical remarks about ObamaCare. The network finally reported on the comments Wednesday during World News Tonight, roughly two days after Clinton described the program as a “crazy system.” Out of the 3 minutes, 12 seconds set aside for his report, ABC’s Tom Llamas spent 1 minute, 10 seconds on the debate itself before moving on to Clinton’s comment.
By Brad Wilmouth | | October 5, 2016 | 8:37 PM EDT
If you watched most of Wednesday's New Day show on CNN, one thing that was clear is that co-host Chris Cuomo is just itching to see GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence challenged from the left on gay rights as he repeatedly brought up the issue -- mostly in the first couple of hours of the special four-hour edition of the show -- commenting on the topic six times in all. Perceiving Governor Pence's conservative views on the issue as a "significant weakness" with people who have an "open mind," Cuomo first brought up at 5:19 a.m. ET the absence of the issue from Tuesday's vice presidential debate due to Donald Trump being a frequent topic of discussion: "And yet the flood of 'Trump says,' Jackie, actually helped Pence out in two cases. One, he got a pass on LGBTQ last night which, you know, is going to be a significant weakness for Mike Pence with a big chunk of the independent and center electorate, any of those people who are open mind."
By Curtis Houck | | October 5, 2016 | 6:56 PM EDT
President Barack Obama spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon on the Paris climate change agreement and, almost on cue, NBC’s Ron Allen connected global warming to Hurricane Matthew set to bear down on the Bahamas, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was "what the president was talking about as the threat that the planet faces and this is what this whole climate agreement signed by 190 nations and now ratified by 60 or so is designed to stop."
By Randy Hall | | October 5, 2016 | 5:58 PM EDT
While speaking at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, singer and activist Cher not only slammed both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, she also attacked the GOP presidential candidate's sons -- Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump -- for posting an online picture of themselves holding a dead leopard they killed during a hunt in Africa.
Referring to the photograph, Cher declared: “I think that when that kind of message is sent from people who are influential, it’s the exact wrong message” even though the singer took a different view of the value of life in August of 2012, when she declared: “May God take my voice if I stop promoting abortion.”
By Scott Whitlock | | October 5, 2016 | 5:14 PM EDT
According to a new report by the Washington Free Beacon, Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given the questions in advance to a not-exactly grueling Steve Harvey interview back in February. The interview included childhood pictures of Clinton as a young girl and her thoughts on Chicago style pizza.
By Tom Blumer | | October 5, 2016 | 4:30 PM EDT
On Sunday, I posted on the saga of Andrew Spieles, a member of the Young Democrats at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia who admitted to submitting fraudulent voter registrations for 19 dead people, and the national press's virtually complete disinterest in covering the story.
Spieles' activities, which have gained the attention of but not yet prosecution by law enforcement, represent child's play in comparison to the horrible findings reported Friday by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) and the Virginia Voter’s Alliance (VVA) after an investigation relating to only a small portion of the state's voter-registration rolls.
By Katie Yoder | | October 5, 2016 | 4:28 PM EDT
This November, Olivia Wilde is casting her vote for “reproductive rights,” something she defines as a “basic human right.”