Tim Allen's character Mike Baxter on ABC's Last Man Standing is well known to be right of center. He spends most of his time taking swipes at Obama and the Clintons, but tonight he took a BIG hit at Donald Trump.
By Matthew Balan | | April 8, 2016 | 11:00 PM EDT
On Friday, the Big Three networks' evening newscasts gave a collective yawn at the latest development in the Obama administration's Fast and Furious scandal: the White House "turning over to lawmakers thousands of pages of records" related to the gunrunning debacle to a committee. ABC's World News Tonight actually used the "Fast and Furious" phrase at the top of the program, but not in reference to the controversy. Instead, they mentioned it as they teased a one minute and 30-second segment on the latest police chase from Los Angeles.
By Tim Graham | | April 8, 2016 | 10:38 PM EDT
While the networks have largely avoided providing any updates in the ongoing investigation of Hillary’s private e-mail server while she was Secretary of State, Time explored the case for four pages in the April 11 issue. Time’s Massimo Calabresi explored Comey’s role in probing both Democrats and Republicans over the last 20 years.
But the Republicans were presented as the more aggressive partisans. In the controversy over his e-mailing of classified information, Time asserted “Republicans have repeatedly alleged, without proof, that in the process she destroyed incriminating evidence about her handling of government matters.” That's what destroying or denying evidence does -- insure the reporter will write Clinton foes are "without proof."
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 8, 2016 | 9:46 PM EDT
Drive around outside at about daybreak and it is not an unusual sight to see men leaning against the outside walls of convenience stores chugging from cans wrapped in brown bags. Most often the brew of choice among such men is Colt 45 malt liquor. However, don't be too surprised if among such early morning Colt 45 fans, you spot Jake Tapper, host of CNN's The Lead, taking a chug from this brew and, perhaps, handing it off to his colleague, Wolf Blitzer. Such a speculation is not totally off the convenience store wall since Tapper seems to have embraced the image of an enthusiastic Colt 45 drinker as can be seen in his tweet below.
New Yorker Writer: Republicans’ Ideal Candidate Like a ‘Maximally Crazy’ Wrestler Who Delivers Chair ShotsBy Tom Johnson | | April 8, 2016 | 9:19 PM EDT
In professional-wrestling slang, a bad guy is a “heel,” and in a Tuesday piece, Adam Gopnik likened Republican politicians to heel wrestlers who aren’t completely up-front about how nasty they are: “You’re supposed to be maximally crazy, but you’re supposed to pretend to pay attention to the referee…You’re supposed to hit your opponent over the head with a chair, but you’re supposed to pretend to hide the chair you are about to hit him with.”
Gopnik hinted that another similarity between GOPers and grapplers is that both groups routinely engage in hype and theatrics. As for Republicans specifically, he wrote, “We know that even the most passionate believers in forced birth don’t actually believe that abortion is really like murder, and have no real desire to treat it as such; they just want to do all they can to make abortion once again difficult, dangerous, and heavily stigmatized. They are for torture, but they are ashamed of it, too, and would rather it were done far away and in secret.”
By Matthew Balan | | April 8, 2016 | 9:14 PM EDT
On Friday's The Lead, CNN's Tom Foreman hyped how Hillary Clinton had a "bumpy ride" and a "rough start," as she "opened the door for a lot of first ladies to do a lot of different things." Foreman only vaguely referenced the Whitewater scandal and Vince Foster's suicide as he noted that her role in Bill Clinton's win in 1992 "spurred scrutiny uncommon for a president's spouse — over her ties to the legal profession, a real estate deal — even the suicide of a family friend." An on-screen graphic reenforced this superlative: "Uncommon Scrutiny For An Uncommon First Lady."
No Liberal Bias Here: NYT Embraces Vulgar Mockery of IN Abortion Law, Plugs Door-to-Door Transgender PersuasionBy Clay Waters | | April 8, 2016 | 6:47 PM EDT
Last week the New York Times, proving its social liberal bona fides, crowned North Carolina as the home of bathroom bigotry against transgenders. On Friday, it was Indiana’s new abortion restrictions that were up for vulgar mockery. Yet the same day, the Times also showed how to sell people on transgenderism, door to door. Reporter Mitch Smith celebrated feminist activism in the form of a rain of coordinated hostile tweets sent to Indiana’s Republican governor Mike Pence after he signed pro-life legislation: “Women Irked by Abortion Law Make Governor the Butt of Social Media Ridicule."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 8, 2016 | 5:45 PM EDT
With only a few months left in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama is rushing to cement her legacy of “healthy living.” To aide in this endeavor NBC’s Al Roker joined her to help promote her nationwide garden tour. If his report Roker presented all of the good looking fluff and none of the ugly controversies on Friday’s Today.
By Randy Hall | | April 8, 2016 | 5:08 PM EDT
“Words matter,” Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said during a “Common Sense” segment in which the managing editor of business news for the channel criticized Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for accusing fellow candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz of being “worse than a puppet” and “a Trojan horse” for the GOP establishment.
When Cavuto stated “comments like that … risk making you look more like a horse's ass,” he was taking part in an ongoing controversy among the people of the Fox News Channel regarding how to treat Trump during coverage of the 2016 presidential election.
By Kyle Drennen | | April 8, 2016 | 4:13 PM EDT
In a stunning moment on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer actually pressed liberal actress Kerry Washington – starring in HBO’s new film on the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings – on whether the biopic was really just a piece of “political propaganda.”
By Kyle Drennen | | April 8, 2016 | 3:09 PM EDT
After teeing up Hillary Clinton to dismiss her e-mail scandal as a Republican fantasy at the top of Friday’s NBC Today, during a live town hall with Bernie Sanders in the 8 a.m. ET hour, co-host Matt Lauer invited the socialist senator to blast the GOP: “In a recent interview, you said that the GOP civil war that we're all watching right now could lead to a real dissolution of the Republican Party as we know it. As a revolutionary on the other side, do you take some joy in that prospect?”
By Tim Graham | | April 8, 2016 | 2:27 PM EDT
At a Hollywood Reporter event honoring the most powerful media figures in New York, it became clear the Wisconsin primary is shaking up the conventional wisdom about this election. CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell projected “it might witness the breakup of the two political parties.”
Her CBS co-host colleague Charlie Rose weirdly offered overt praise for Hillary Clinton’s skills as a politician. “Hillary Clinton – very, very good politician – looks at a very competitive Bernie Sanders.” Earth to Rose: if she was “very, very good,” why has she just lost seven of the last eight?
By Kristine Marsh | | April 8, 2016 | 1:38 PM EDT
On MSNBC’s The Place for Politics April 8, a panel discussion about Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s fighting devolved into one MSNBC journalist praising Hillary Clinton as “qualified” as Thomas Jefferson to run for President. Joy Reid: "If you look at Hillary Clinton's qualifications, I mean, my God, since the Founding Fathers, has anyone tried run for president with more on their resume?"
By Scott Whitlock | | April 8, 2016 | 12:42 PM EDT
On the same night that CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin smeared Ted Cruz as anti-Semitic, Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera on Thursday did the same thing. Regarding the Texas senator’s claim that Donald Trump represents New York values, Rivera slimed, “Aside from the stinking, anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole New York values money and media coded message that he put out there.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 8, 2016 | 12:20 PM EDT
The Washington Post today published an interesting photo essay about the small number of people who are still members of the Ku Klux Klan in Tennessee and Maryland. The photos reveal them to be mostly a bunch of pathetic outcast losers. However, the real reason for this essay wasn't to demonstrate what we already know about the Klan. Just after the introductory paragraph, the true purpose of this entire photo essay was revealed...to slam Donald Trump.