Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote margin continues to be a compelling news story for some, including Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, who believes that the Electoral College should vote next month for Clinton because she was “the people’s choice.” Even though The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman thinks Lessig’s view is “nonsense” and that Donald Trump’s loss of the PV is trivial under our current rules, he also wants the Electoral College to choose Clinton. “What Lessig should have argued,” wrote Longman in a Friday post, “is that the Electors should plainly judge Trump a menacing incompetent and reject him with extreme prejudice...Trump is already demonstrating his unfitness for office in many ways.”
By Randy Hall | | November 29, 2016 | 7:24 PM EST
A Cable News Network panel discussion about President-Elect Donald Trump's habit of expressing his opinions on the Twitter website degenerated into a fiery clash on Tuesday morning between liberal and conservative guests despite the best efforts of anchor Carol Costello to prevent it from happening.
After Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the Republican victor's transition team, asserted that Trump received a mandate because he won the Electoral College with 306 votes, fellow guest Maria Cardona charged that the GOP victor has no mandate because Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote by more than 2.3 million ballots.
MSNBC's Scarborough: ‘Mainstream Media Has Been Reporting Fake News Over the Past Year and a Half…They Need to Step Back – Press Reset!’By Kristian Kafozoff | | November 29, 2016 | 6:01 PM EST
The liberal hosts and pundits on Tuesday’s Morning Joe discussed once again the role of the mainstream media in the post-election stage concerning the Trump transition’s relations with the Republican Party as well as the future of the Democratic Party. MSNBC commentator Mike Barnicle stated that: “it saddens me to say this, but the media took a bigger hit in this year's election process, and over the past two years than any one of the political parties” as host Joe Scarborough added: “…and they deserved it!”
By Tom Blumer | | November 29, 2016 | 5:28 PM EST
In an extraordinarily selective move which reeks of political motivations, the Associated Press has issued "usage" and "boilerplate" guidance relating to the "alt-right" which it clearly expects its "1,400 U.S. daily newspaper members and thousands of television and radio broadcast members" to follow. The AP is essentially demanding that journalists henceforth define the beliefs of the "alt-right" as the wire service defines them, and specifically insists that those alleged beliefs be identified "whenever 'alt-right' is used in a story."
By Scott Whitlock | | November 29, 2016 | 4:33 PM EST
ABC’s Nightline, a program that has covered such non-stories as “bootleg butt injections” and “cat poo coffee,” actually complained about “fake news” websites. Co-anchor Juju Chang on Monday huffed that “established media outlets are built on accuracy” as she wondered if scam websites resulted in Hillary Clinton losing.
By Karen Townsend | | November 29, 2016 | 4:16 PM EST
The CW’s Jane the Virgin went the predictable crooked, corrupt Catholic Church route on Monday night.
By Kyle Drennen | | November 29, 2016 | 4:11 PM EST
On her MSNBC show on Tuesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell decried President-elect Donald Trump’s “controversial cabinet nomination” of Georgia Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, warning viewers that he has been “a fierce critic of ObamaCare and has been a major proponent of overhauling entitlement programs like Medicare.”
By Curtis Houck | | November 29, 2016 | 4:06 PM EST
On Tuesday afternoon, CNN Newsroom expressed discomfort and promptly went into spin mode for Planned Parenthood as host Brooke Baldwin and two panelists shouted down Trump supporter Steve Cortes for alluding to the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal and expressing support for the Republican push to defund the abortion provider under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
By Matthew Balan | | November 29, 2016 | 3:45 PM EST
On Tuesday, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spotlighted abortion giant Planned Parenthood as part of the annual #GivingTuesday effort on Twitter. Miranda re-Tweeted a follower's post that sang the praises of his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, for her service on the national board for the left-wing organization. The celebrity added, "Working on this...," and included the Giving Tuesday hashtag.
By Scott Whitlock | | November 29, 2016 | 12:57 PM EST
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose again reported from Cuba on Tuesday, trumpeting the “legacy” of the “thunderous” Fidel Castro and the “anguish” over his death. Aside from one passing mention about the dictator’s violence, the focus was entirely on praise for Castro. Talking to one person, Rose recounted, “Many were overcome, either by the heat or by grief. ‘He is living eternally now,’ this man says.”
By Kristine Marsh | | November 29, 2016 | 12:50 PM EST
Tuesday on ABC’s The View, the panel opened by discussing Donald Trump’s recent tweets that threatened to jail or revoke citizenship to people who burned the American flag. While the whole panel agreed that this punishment would be a violation of the First Amendment, co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg went out of her way to defend the action of flag burning in the first place. When co-host Paula Faris stated that people who did this “hated” our country, Whoopi leaped in to make this brainless defense. “[T]hey don’t hate the country. Stop saying that!” she argued with Faris.
By Kyle Drennen | | November 29, 2016 | 12:10 PM EST
In an article for The Daily Beast on Friday, entertainment writer Matt Wilstein eagerly touted the newly released film Miss Sloane as the latest barrage in Hollywood’s crusade against gun rights. He promoted how the political thriller “focuses on a battle-hardened female lobbyist who gives herself the Herculean challenge of taking on the gun lobby."
By Clay Waters | | November 29, 2016 | 11:57 AM EST
The New York Times has treated the passing of Cuba’s Fidel Castro less as the death of a dictator than the dying of a revolutionary dream. Former Miami bureau chief Damien Cave’s off-lead story from Havana on Monday interviewed three generations of Cubans, but only came within glancing distance of the truth of the tyrannical leader, treating him more as an eccentric relative than a man who has jailed harassed and left impoverished three generations of his countrymen. In the past Cave has obsessed over hypothetical "income inequality" in a more capitalist, freedom-embracing Cuba.
By Brad Wilmouth | | November 29, 2016 | 11:34 AM EST
On Tuesday's New Day, after co-host Chris Cuomo argued that Donald Trump was "lying" by claiming there were millions of illegally cast votes, CNN political commentator Errol Louis brought up former President Ronald Reagan and smeared him as having made up a story about "welfare queens." Even though liberal sources like Slate and NPR admit that the "welfare queen" Reagan spoke of existed, the CNN commentator claimed Reagan "had all kinds of, you know, sort of, fables about welfare queens who did all kinds of things, and he never justified any of it."
By NB Staff | | November 29, 2016 | 11:18 AM EST
Now that a liberal third party candidate could potentially help Hillary Clinton, journalists have suddenly discovered her. That’s the message Brent Bozell delivered as he appeared on the Fox Business Channel, Tuesday, to blast the networks for only caring about Jill Stein when she could aid Clinton.