On Friday's At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, CNN co-hosts John Berman and Kate Bolduan repeatedly pressed Ted Cruz campaign national chairman Chad Sweet about whether Senator Cruz believes transgender men are actually "men pretending to be women" as the two began the segment focusing on a Cruz campaign ad attacking Donald Trump over the North Carolina bathroom bill.
By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 11:54 PM EDT
In a Fox News Sunday interview so painful to watch readers are advised to consider taking headache medicine before viewing, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to make the case that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails containing sensitive and classified national security information and her use of an undisclosed private email server is a "distraction," and that the idea of even raising it as a campaign issue is "ludicrous."
Show host Chris Wallace was particularly perturbed when the DNC chair claimed that Mrs. Clinton was "using private e-mail in the same way that previous secretaries of state have," and forced her to admit, "Other than the private server":
By Tim Graham | | April 24, 2016 | 10:19 PM EDT
New York Times columnist Nick Kristof sounded angry in a headline to his Sunday column: “Debunking the ‘Crooked Hillary’ Myth.” Online, they spit out some of the venom, merely asking: “Is Hillary Clinton Honest?”
Kristof’s column concluded: “She’s not a saint but a politician, and to me this notion that she’s fundamentally dishonest is a bogus narrative.” He even dismisses fellow Times columnist William Safire who called Hillary a “congenital liar” in 1996: “this narrative goes way too far.”
By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 10:02 PM EDT
On Meet the Press today, host Chuck Todd asked Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders what he thought of the idea of a consumption tax on soda. Sanders' answer, laded with his standard "massive wealthy inequality" argument, led Todd to believe that Sanders might also be against cigarette taxes.
No, those taxes are fine, Sanders said, but given that "cigarettes are causing cancer ... and other diseases ... there's almost a question as to why it remains a legal product."
By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 4:44 PM EDT
Things must be getting grim on the Obamacare front if the Obama administration feels it must send "Zeke the Bleak" Emanuel out to defend it.
Though he was on relatively good behavior compared to previous interviews he has given, Emanuel, rather than visibly losing his cool, kept on using Stuart Varney's first name in his responses during a Fox Business interview this week to the point where it nearly came off as an attempt at parent-child condescension.
By Clay Waters | | April 24, 2016 | 3:57 PM EDT
Class war returns to the front page of the Sunday New York Times, with business reporter Nelson Schwartz’s long jeremiad against special cruise ship packages which surely represent a new Gilded Age, “In New Age of Privilege, Not All Are in Same Boat." On the list of lamentables was a special $10,000 cruise option "hidden" on a ship offering less expensive choices. Yet for a paper which seethes at such Dickensian injustice, it doesn’t have a problem with sponsoring cruises to Japan that cost a minimum of $9,595. The paper has a history ofhypocrisy in slamming rich people while also avidly catering to its rich liberal readership.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 24, 2016 | 3:50 PM EDT
It seems as though Chuck Todd and folks at NBC have had enough of Republican efforts to stop their beloved Donald Trump from getting the nomination. To kick off his political discussion Sunday on meet The Press Todd equated the Republican election cycle to the five stages of grief. Todd stated that the party had already gone through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. And all that is left to do is for #NeverTrump to roll over and accept it.
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 24, 2016 | 3:15 PM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources, as CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein exonerated longtime parts of the dominant media like the New York Times, the Washington Post and his own CNN of being biased sources, he accused Fox News of being biased and blamed consumers of news for wanting to see "information to reinforce what they already believe."
By Tim Graham | | April 24, 2016 | 2:23 PM EDT
The New York Times reported that Anand Gupta, the former executive vice president for finance, field a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Manhattan alleging he was denied a promised promotion and salary increase due to racial discrimination. But the newsworthy part was his financial claims.
In the network’s first year on the air in 2013, the suit asserts, citing tax returns, it had a net operating loss of $250 million, and in 2014 it lost an additional $335 million.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 24, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT
It’s rare for Charles Koch to do interviews with the media, so ABC and George Stephanopoulos did what they could to hype their exclusive interview on This Week on Sunday. And it didn’t matter what Koch said to reporter Jon Karl because Stephanopoulos bent it to mean whatever he wanted it mean. Even going as far as to say Koch would support Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and used it to help hype division in the Republican Party
By Tom Johnson | | April 24, 2016 | 1:02 PM EDT
George H. W. Bush pooh-poohed “the vision thing.” Bernie Sanders wouldn’t have a presidential campaign without it. True, the Vermont senator is not known for his grasp of policy minutiae, to which Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas says, in effect, so what?
Kos implied that Sanders has caught a lot more flak for his vague answers than Republicans do when they routinely “promis[e] the world to their voters, like banning abortion, getting rid of The Gays, liberating the oppressed from the Obamacare FEMA concentration camps, finding Barack Obama’s true birth certificate, etc. No one asks those assholes how they’re going to accomplish any of it.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 24, 2016 | 12:59 PM EDT
The most entertaining part of CNN's State Of The Union is often the tail end when host Jake Tapper presents cartoons he has drawn to illustrate stories in the news. And today he did not disappoint with an interesting angle on the death of Prince, namely the Tipper Gore connection. He reminded us via his illustrations that Tipper Gore's once notorious Parents Music Resource Center came about in reaction to Tipper and her daughter listening to a Prince album.
By Clay Waters | | April 24, 2016 | 11:20 AM EDT
New York Times reporter and reliable Democratic Party defender-Republican attacker Jackie Calmes valiantly defended that most reviled organization, the Internal Revenue Service, from unfair Republican attacks, under a battle-tinged headline in Friday’s edition: “I.R.S. Supporters Fight Back Against Republican Offensive.” She played the “reduced budget” card as an excuse for agency incompetence. Calmes even downplayed the IRS snooping into Tea Party nonprofits during an election year.
By Scott Hogenson | | April 24, 2016 | 8:59 AM EDT
Chris Matthews’ admission that, “I felt this thrill going up my leg,” upon hearing Barack Obama speak in 2008 is nothing short of legendary in the annals of media bias. His remark set the stage for what was to become the nearly evangelical fervor among liberals for the president.
The word ‘evangelical’ will be dismissed by some as hyperbole but there may be medical evidence that, at least in Matthews’ case, his love for President Obama truly is evangelical.
By Tim Graham | | April 24, 2016 | 8:07 AM EDT
Buyer beware: Not all studies of media bias and favoritism are equal. The liberal site Vox recently ran this headline. “Study: Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, gets the most negative media coverage.” The only problem? No human actually read the media coverage. They dumped thousands of stories into a computer algorithm, and got answers within minutes.