Roughly 30 minutes after (perhaps appropriately) ripping into the media for their labeling of ISIS terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud the “mastermind” of Friday’s Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris, MSNBC’s Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell struck out against Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Tex.) for engaging in “predictable, childish bluster” by responding to President Obama’s denouncement of his stance on Syrian refugees.
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | November 19, 2015 | 4:46 AM EST
On the South Park episode "Sponsored Content," PC culture is upended when a student with a disability uses un-PC language. PC Principal is on the warpath to find out who printed a headline with the non-PC word "retarded." The culprit? Jimmy, the principled Editor-in-Chief of Super School News, who has cerebral palsy.
By Erik Soderstrom | November 19, 2015 | 1:09 AM EST
Last night’s Law and Order: SVU, “Depravity Standard,” deviated slightly from its procedural playbook, dropping its usual investigation to focus almost entirely on the trial of a depraved child murderer. The episode opens when Lewis Hodda (Tom Sizemore), who had previously confessed to the crimes, fires his attorney and rejects the plea deal he had negotiated, instead deciding to take his chances in open court.
By Tom Blumer | November 18, 2015 | 11:45 PM EST
Over two years ago, even the Secretary General at Interpol, an outfit one might expect to be unreceptive to individiuals' right to self-defense, said that one approach to the problem that terrorist groups are more frequently choosing to attack any place that people may congregate is "to say we want an armed citizenry."
By contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky clearly isn't interested in giving potential terrorist victims a chance to defend themselves. She's more interested in using the Paris attacks as a springboard for advocating stricter gun laws. The press is failing to report what opportunists like Schakowsky are saying, likely because they realize that most of the American people are strongly opposed to such efforts.
By Tom Johnson | November 18, 2015 | 11:25 PM EST
Almost two years ago, in an interview with The New Yorker’s David Remnick, President Obama drew one of the worst sports-related analogies ever when he likened ISIS to a JV team. Last month, Obama sat for an interview with an actual sportswriter, Bill Simmons, who pretty much pitched batting practice, thereby minimizing the chance of presidential gaffes, sporting or otherwise. The Q&A appears in the new issue of GQ.
Simmons, the former ESPN and Grantland personality who’s developing a show for HBO, set the highly deferential tone in his introduction, declaring that Obama “carries himself like Roger Federer, a merciless competitor who keeps coming and coming, only there’s a serenity about him that disarms just about everyone…He casually compared himself to Aaron Rodgers, and he wasn’t bragging. Obama identified with Rodgers’s ability to keep his focus downfield despite all the chaos happening in front of him. That’s Obama’s enduring quality, and (to borrow another sports term) this has been his ‘career year.’”
By Curtis Houck | November 18, 2015 | 10:40 PM EST
Following the Wednesday morning newscasts in which ABC, CBS, and NBC praised the “outraged” President Obama for “slamming” Republican wanting to restrict Syrian refugees, the “big three” were back on the case Wednesday night in spinning for the President. However, CBS and NBC did make time to include how polls now show a majority of Americans want to put a moratorium on refugees for the time being, but ABC's World News Tonight ignored the sentiment.
By Mark Finkelstein | November 18, 2015 | 9:35 PM EST
I took some flak awhile back for saying that--his liberalism notwithstanding--Chris Matthews had a patriotic streak.
More evidence for that notion on this evening's Hardball, as Matthews twice derided President Obama's response to ISIS as "dainty," and kvetched that "I don't see us doing anything."
By Ken Shepherd | November 18, 2015 | 9:33 PM EST
When your most worshipful devotee in the liberal media thinks you're acting in an unpresidential manner, you know you've gone too far.
By Curtis Houck | November 18, 2015 | 8:54 PM EST
Amidst their ongoing coverage Wednesday night of the terror attacks in Paris, the major broadcast networks failed to report on news that five Syrians had been arrested in the Central American country of Honduras with stolen Greek passports and intended to travel to the U.S.
By Brent Baker | November 18, 2015 | 8:14 PM EST
Demonstrating there’s no space between liberal politicians and major media figures – once they feel free in retirement to express their true views which guided their news judgments during their careers – long-time ABC News correspondent and anchor Charlie Gibson on Wednesday afternoon dismissed the relevance of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails or Benghazi: “I don’t think there’s anything to Benghazi and I don’t think there’s anything to the e-mails.”
By Randy Hall | November 18, 2015 | 6:22 PM EST
During an interview in the Nov. 17 edition of the New York Times Magazine, Cable News Network anchor Don Lemon stated that if he wasn't a journalist, he “would probably be an activist” like Malcolm X, who was considered an advocate for the rights of blacks during the early 1960s.
The self-proclaimed “black gay” reporter made the comment after Anna Marie Cox asked him: “Do you have any idea what you would be doing if you weren’t a journalist?”
By Ken Shepherd | November 18, 2015 | 5:54 PM EST
Pulling an Officer Barbrady, the Reuters news wire this afternoon essentially told us all to "move along, people" as regards news of five Syrians caught in Honduras bound for the U.S. with fake Greek passports.
By Katie Yoder | November 18, 2015 | 4:43 PM EST
Love can be about giving up one’s own life, but it is never about making someone else die.
On Wednesday, abortionist Willie J. Parker penned “Why I Provide Abortions” for the Opinion Pages of the New York Times. While he at first morally opposed abortions, Parker later decided that performing abortions fulfilled his call to be the “good” Samaritan. Today, he insists, abortion “respond[s] to our patients’ needs” and therefore expresses “the deepest level of love that you can have for another person.”
By Kristine Marsh | November 18, 2015 | 3:58 PM EST
On Wednesday, this audacious headline and image which lumped together law-abiding gun-owners with Islamic terrorists – complete with a gun superimposed over the ISIS flag – appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News:
By Ken Shepherd | November 18, 2015 | 3:47 PM EST
Leave it to a Daily Beast writer to ride to the rescue of members of the world's oldest profession.