Many Americans think the economy is going to be great again. A new CNBC poll indicated record high optimism about the the economy under President Donald Trump. CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman told Squawk Box viewers on April 12, that 40 percent of respondents said “the economy is good or excellent right now.” Liesman added that was “the highest in our survey history.” He also reported high levels of economic optimism. “But the amazing part about this, and I mean truly amazing, is the optimism inspired by President Trump,” Liesman said. The poll showed “some of the highest numbers we have seen in the ten years of this poll's existence.”
By Lindsay Kornick | | April 12, 2017 | 5:05 PM EDT
ABC’s Imaginary Mary is…well, you can just judge by the title and the concept of a grown woman with a cartoon imaginary friend how dumb it is. The show is about Alice (Jenna Elfman) trying to adapt to a relationship with a man, Ben (Stephen Schneider), who has kids. What has so far been a lame late-season blended family sitcom sunk even further with one of everyone’s least favorite modern subjects: feminism. This time, it’s in the form of a student-written high-school play which, so far, has never in history made anything better.
By Curtis Houck | | April 12, 2017 | 5:04 PM EDT
Speaking to a packed audience at Washington’s The Newseum, Washington Post reporter and new Pulitzer Prize winner David Fahrenthold proclaimed that the Trump era has yielded “a time of extraordinary power for the media in Washington and that — I mean that, power.”
By Clay Waters | | April 12, 2017 | 3:36 PM EDT
Next Sunday’s New York Times Sunday Magazine will feature a long essay by left-wing historian Rick Perlstein: “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” Approach with caution, warn two prominent conservative writers. National Review's Jonah Goldberg warns: “Perlstein’s essay offers a really good insight into how the Times has jettisoned so much credibility in the age of Trump.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 12, 2017 | 2:56 PM EDT
When is the best time to get something written by liberals resembling the truth about a liberal politician? The answer is after, and only after, that liberal politician has lost the final campaign of his or her career. Such is the case with authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes who in 2014 wrote a mushy book about Hillary Clinton called HRC. Of course, back then Hillary was looked upon as the heir apparent for the Democrat nomination in 2016 which resulted in a book chock full of cheerleading for the anointed one.
This was in sharp contrast to their new book due out on April 18, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, which finally reveals much of the truth about Hillary's character previously hidden by their waving pom-poms in their 2014 book.
By Melissa Mullins | | April 12, 2017 | 2:31 PM EDT
Social justice warriors are at it again, this time taking aim at the popular United Kingdom game show University Challenge because not a single female made it to the final. A game in the mold of Jeopardy, University Challenge airs on the BBC that features college students from the UK’s top schools.
By James Powers | | April 12, 2017 | 1:59 PM EDT
New York State’s newly passed 2018 budget included a provision that will pay for the tuition of residents who attend public colleges in the state. The liberal media praised the government handout and found progressives who still considered it insufficient.
Slate senior business and economics correspondent Jordan Weissmann called the new program “pretty lame,” and immediately focused on the lefties “trashing” the plan. “In the eyes of free-college advocates, however, the program leaves a lot to be desired. Which is why you may have noticed some progressives trashing the thing on Twitter,” he wrote.
By Geoffrey Dickens | | April 12, 2017 | 1:28 PM EDT
Wow! USA Today columnist Michael Wolff came out and said what every liberal journalist probably thinks of the Donald Trump administration and said it to Kellyanne Conway’s face: “You’re the darkness.” At Wednesday’s Newseum “Press and the President” forum, Wolff recited the Washington Post’s new slogan to Trump’s White House counselor and admitted what the Post was really driving at: “I’m gonna tell you, when they say ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness,’ you’re the darkness.”
By Scott Whitlock | | April 12, 2017 | 12:44 PM EDT
Sean Spicer’s Hitler gaffe on Tuesday was dumb and embarrassing, something he’s since admitted. Yet, that wasn’t enough for the journalists at CBS This Morning, Wednesday. They hyped attacks from an organization that smeared the White House press secretary, calling him a “Holocaust denier.” The Anne Frank Center, which famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz has derided as “tiny” and phony,” also called for Spicer to be fired. This neatly ties in with what Nancy Pelosi is demanding. Of course, CBS also touted her remarks.
By Katie Yoder | | April 12, 2017 | 11:58 AM EDT
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin fully supported the use of her Christmas song, “Silent Night,” in a TV abortion scene, according to the show’s creator. In anticipation of the 100th episode of ABC’s political drama, Scandal, the creator and cast spoke with The Hollywood Reporter. During the interview published Tuesday, the stars disclosed details on an abortion scene in season five, which happened to the tune of Aretha Franklin’s “Silent Night.”
By Kristine Marsh | | April 12, 2017 | 11:41 AM EDT
American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent and newly minted CNN analyst April Ryan played the race card yet again in an interview on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon Tuesday night. Not only that, but she laughably denied that she was a Democrat or partisan in any way.
By Clay Waters | | April 12, 2017 | 9:03 AM EDT
Hiboko Tabuchi of the New York Times wrote a supposed news story lamenting the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. It was presented both in headline and tone as an editorial: “What’s at Stake in the Cuts Proposed for the E.P.A.” The photo selection really rubbed in the emotional aspect of the administration’s brutal (proposed) cuts: the large set of four pictures include one showing a man with a hard-hat that spells FLINT, his face downcast, holding a young girl on his shoulder, right above one of a fleet of black security cars for new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Poor vs. privileged?
By Tom Blumer | | April 12, 2017 | 8:30 AM EDT
Now that Facebook and more recently Google have designated it as one of several approved "fake news" identifiers, the profile of Snopes.com, a website which has been using “fact-checking” as a shield to advance a left-supporting, right-bashing agenda for over two decades, has risen. Its quality certainly hasn't. Recently, the website shamelessly used the same sensible argument others have used for decades about the gender-based "pay gap" myth to defend Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who rejects that very same argument.
By Dawn Slusher | | April 12, 2017 | 2:07 AM EDT
Tuesday night’s episode of The Middle, “The Confirmation,” could have turned out very badly given the subject matter. Parents Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) send their son Brick (Atticus Shaffer) off to “Wilderness Jesus Jam” camp to help him brush up on his knowledge of religion in preparation for his upcoming confirmation.
By Tom Blumer | | April 12, 2017 | 1:26 AM EDT
After Tuesday night's special election, a Republican will continue to represent the people in Kansas's Fourth Congressional District. Democrats and their apparatchiks in the press want people to believe that their party achieved a moral victory because their candidate only lost by seven points.