After four seasons, ABC’s country music drama Nashville seems to have found only one coherent theme: country music fans are violent homophobes. On the flipside, “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt” was an apropos title for an episode that shamelessly pounded messaging instead of focusing on good storytelling.
By Matt Philbin | | May 19, 2016 | 10:57 AM EDT
Several years ago, The Washington Post decided it didn’t like the Redskins for the name of D.C.’s NFL franchise. A gaggle of sportswriters and columnists at the paper decided to be offended on behalf of American Indians, and set out to convince the Indians they should be offended too. Along the way they picked up support from others in the media, and Democratic lawmakers and a chunk of the federal bureaucracy. Everybody but, well, American Indians.
By Katie Yoder | | May 19, 2016 | 10:19 AM EDT
Miley Cyrus couldn’t be prouder to represent Planned Parenthood and abortion, according to the singer herself.
On Tuesday, late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon invited the 23-year-old celebrity on the Tonight Show as a guest.
NYT Relays Grim News: School Will Honor Justice Scalia, 'Defying Pleas By...Students and Faculty to Reconsider'By Clay Waters | | May 19, 2016 | 10:11 AM EDT
When George Mason University announced plans to rename its law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the outrage in liberal academia (to be redundant) was unconfined. The Times followed up Wednesday, with reporter Nicholas Fandos relaying the grim news that Scalia's name would stay. Right from the lead sentence, Fandos really made the libertarian-leaning university sound like the heavy in this story, deaf to the pathetic pleas of students and faculty.
By Edgard Portela | | May 19, 2016 | 7:45 AM EDT
You wouldn’t know it from watching the major English or Spanish-language television networks, but while campaigning in Puerto Rico this week the socialist candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, announced that if elected he would pardon Oscar López-Rivera, a man convicted for constructing bombs and training others in how to build and use them during a Marxist-inspired terrorist campaign that sought independence for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
By Tom Blumer | | May 19, 2016 | 7:11 AM EDT
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton believes we're supposed to be impressed by the idea of putting her husband Bill, in the Associated Press's words, "in charge of revitalizing the economy." Yep, the old "2-for-1" offer from the early 1990s is back.
In 1993, President Bill put First Lady Hill in charge of health care. Fortunately, nothing tangible resulted, but we did get an early lesson in the extremes of Clintonian secrecy and stonewalling. This time, a President Hill would put "First Dude" Bill — as the AP's Lisa Lerer and Catherine Lucey, brazenly stealing Sarah Palin's description of husband Todd while she was Alaska's Governor, prospectively described him on Monday — effectively in charge of the economy. Here's the big problem the press is virtually certain to ignore: Bill Clinton guaranteed in 2012 that the economy under a reelected Barack Obama would not need revitalization by now.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 19, 2016 | 1:20 AM EDT
While most people would evaluate a Supreme Court pick by their history as a lawyer and/or judge, ABC and Telemundo evaluated Donald Trump’s SCOTUS picks by the color of their skin. “Donald Trump revealed the names of 11 judges that he’s considering to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, if he makes it to the White House,” reported Telemundo’s Maria Celeste Wednesday evening, “What stands out is that no Hispanics were included.” ABC’s Tom Llamas expressed a similar concern during World News Tonight.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 18, 2016 | 11:59 PM EDT
In a rather surprising move, both ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC’s Nightly News reported on Hillary and Bill Clinton’s astronomical speaking fees Wednesday. Unfortunately, both dedicated less than 20 seconds to the topic during each of their respective reports. “A total of almost $1.5 million in just three months,” reported NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, a known Clinton fan.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 18, 2016 | 10:37 PM EDT
Major conservative leaders convened at Facebook headquarters Wednesday to discuss the recent scandal of suppressing conservative trending topics. But you would never know it if you were watching ABC’s World News Tonight or NBC Nightly News. Kudos to CBS’s Evening News for not only mentioning the highly anticipated meeting, but giving it a full segment to boot! “Facebook held a summit of conservative leaders today to address allegations that the world’s leading social media website has a tendency to face left,” stated Anthony Mason kicking off their minutes long briefing.
Matthews: Hillary Must Pass ‘Test of Leadership’ with Bernie Supporters Unlike GOP Cowering to BirthersBy Curtis Houck | | May 18, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT
Closing out Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews suggested that Hillary Clinton must pass “a test of leadership” to take the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and become the next U.S. president that has nothing to do with any number of the scandals she’s involved in but simply whether she can corral Bernie Sanders supporters without capitulating to them.
Bozell on Meeting with Facebook: ‘Very Productive First Meeting’ Addressing ‘Serious Issue of Trust’By NB Staff | | May 18, 2016 | 8:48 PM EDT
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell was invited to participate in today's much-anticipated meeting with the nation's top conservatives at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. This evening, he emerged from the gathering and was pleased with the conversation. Further, he was hopeful about a restoration of trust after allegations that Facebook suppressed trending conservative news topics.
By Matthew Balan | | May 18, 2016 | 5:49 PM EDT
On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello hounded Bernie Sanders supporter Charles Chamberlain over the chaos at Nevada's Democratic state convention between the supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Costello accused Sanders's director for delegates of "egging things on in Nevada." She later wondered, "How are these supporters for Bernie Sanders different from the supporters of Donald Trump...they also think that the system is rigged, and they're accused of violence." Meanwhile, the anchor tossed softball questions at a Hillary Clinton supporter.
By Scott Whitlock | | May 18, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT
It’s hard to imagine a network journalist repeatedly grilling Chelsea Clinton over her father’s sexual misconduct and poor treatment of women. But co-host Norah O’Donnell hammered Ivanka Trump on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. O’Donnell highlighted the New York Times piece investigating Mr. Trump and reminded, “It says many of the women interviewed, quote, ‘reveal unwelcomed romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct.’”
By Curtis Houck | | May 18, 2016 | 4:43 PM EDT
Doing a less than admirable job trying to come off as a Democratic precinct captain, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers blasted transgender bathroom laws early Wednesday as akin to Jim Crow laws creating white and black bathrooms and suggested that supporters are Disney villains like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
By Maggie McKneely | | May 18, 2016 | 4:20 PM EDT
Iranian authorities arrested a Christian pastor who converted from Islam for the third time on Friday, May 13. But Americans won’t hear that from the traditional news media.
According to U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and his wife, alongside three other church members, were detained late last week after authorities raided their home.