April Ryan has been a frequent subject this year at NewsBusters, given her proclivity to see racism where there is none, her failure to understand the difference between a person's annual income and their net worth, and her criticism of center-right news sites allowed into White House briefings as "fake news peddlers." Naturally, Ryan's next move after that final item was to join serial fake news perpetrator CNN as an analyst. Three months into her new gig, she has embarrassed herself several times, perhaps never moreso than on Monday, when she first tweeted her belief that a Trump administration official had made up the term "stagflation," and then pathetically tried to claim she had been joking.
Last week, the New York Times published a sympathetic profile of Marwan Barghoutti and his wife Fadwa, who have been separated for 15 years. In 2002, Marwan was convicted of and imprisoned for the murder of five Israeli civilians as part of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. The headline was "Fadwa Barghouti is the unflappable voice of a jailed Palestinian freedom fighter."
Instead of covering the news of the day, CBS News Sunday Morning chose to lecture their viewers about why it was a bad thing to call someone a “snowflake.” “It's the political putdown of the moment: snowflake. And to its fans, Faith Salie has one word of advice: chill,” hyped host Jane Pauley as she led into the segment. A measured tone for a segment that freely smeared conservatives.
The Washington Post published an extensively detailed investigative report on Monday that documented the ongoing and accelerating FBI probe into the alleged bank fraud of Jane Sanders. “A federal investigation into a land deal led by Jane Sanders, the wife and political adviser of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has accelerated in recent months,” they wrote. But the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had no interest in sharing the report that’s highly damaging to the socialist Senator. Instead, they focused on smearing President Trump and Senate Republicans.
As Saturday's CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield devoted a segment to the issue of women becoming more politically active after Donald Trump became President, CNN's Jodi Enda never applied a "liberal" label to the left-wing causes supported by recent women protesters even as she asserted that the current Congress is "quite conservative."
NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham appeared on Monday night's Risk & Reward show on Fox Business to discuss Monday morning's CNN interview with Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump. Graham hammered Russia-obsessed CNN for a little historic hypocrisy, noting CNN was founded by Ted Turner, who in the 1980s made an embarrassingly sappy documentary called Portrait of the Soviet Union where his narrator proclaimed the Kremlin was the "home of the people."
William C. Rhoden once wrote award-winning sports columns for The New York Times and he authored the book Forty Million Dollar Slaves. Writing for The Undefeated, a subsidiary blog of ESPN, he claims slavery is alive in America, but freedom is not, as evidenced by the plight of Colin Kaepernick.
Sifting through Sunday night’s premiere of CNN’s The Nineties, the television episode included a segment on the news business and, aside from nothing about the media’s far-left bias that exploded in the 1990s, one ironic observation was that the film makers turned to Marvin Kalb and fake news master Dan Rather to lament the negatives of media expansion.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday conducted a fawning interview with environmental activist Bill Nye. Rather than offer any hard questions, Charlie Rose offered softballs such as asking, “Are other countries more curious about science than we are?”
Diane Stopyra attacked the new phenomenon of gender-reveal parties for pregnant women in a Sunday item for Cosmopolitan. Stopyra contended that such celebrations are "potentially damaging to said tiny humans," and that they exclude "a cross-section of the population out, adding to a culture of trans and intersex shame." The feminist writer also took aim at baby showers in general, and claimed, "We'd be better off showing the little girls in attendance that changing the world is every bit as much a female prerogative as bedazzling onesies."
Throughout the 2016 election, journalists were technically correct and yet unrelenting in their criticism of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s reliance on the accuracy of entirely insignificant and unscientific surveys that reflected well on his candidacy and debate performances. On September 27, for instance, CNN posted a “fact-check” article, arguing that Trump “[misled] people by citing unscientific, unrepresentative Internet polls” in the wake of the first presidential debate in the general election. The Washington Post similarly argued that “the online polls are, again, garbage,” and impugned Trump for mentioning them in his speeches.
Is someone trying to save the CNN app from embarrassingly bad reviews? In the wake of the cable network appearing to threaten a Reddit user who produced a video of Donald Trump punching the CNN logo, the average of Apple reviews for the CNN app plummeted to a one star rating. Now, the average has mysteriously disappeared. In place of the ratings is this note: “We have not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of this application.”
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's MSNBC Live, MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh fretted over Ivanka Trump wearing a "girlie" dress while sitting in for President Donald Trump in a meeting of the G-20. The left-wing The Nation correspondent suggested that the dress made the President's daughter look like "property" -- reminiscent of "patriarchal, authoritarian societies" -- and bemoaned that Ivanka's behavior in the White House is "frightening."
The New York Times posted eight revisions over a 23-hour period to its Saturday and then-Sunday story about U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the process, the paper's headline went from an original "Russians Call Trump Meeting Putin a Win, but Doubt Concrete Gains," to a more certain "Russians Call Trump Meeting Putin a Win," to a celebratory "Russia Crows Over Putin’s Trump Meeting."
It was a marathon July 10 interview chock full of fireworks on CNN's New Day that ran into overtime to almost 36 minutes. What set it off was host Chris Cuomo's obsession with the latest Trump-Russia nothingburger. Cuomo's ire could have been set off by guest Kellyanne Conway's mockery of Cuomo's sacred issue that CNN has hung its reputation upon. However, one has to wonder if Cuomo's desperately energetic attitude came in part as a response to the revelation by his assistant producer, Jimmy Carr, on a recent Project Veritas video that much of his New Day crew hold him in very low regard.