On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher repeatedly used crude name-calling to go after GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. After calling both Cruz and fellow candidate Donald Trump a******s in the opening monologue, Cruz was implied to be a "slimy, burrowing, repulsive animal" during a joke campaign ad attacking groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. And, in the regular "New Rule" segment near the show's end, Maher lambasted Cruz for the way he kissed his wife, comparing the Texas Senator to a space alien reptile.
By Matthew Balan | February 6, 2016 | 11:33 AM EST
Washingtonian magazine hyped how "the Catholic Church is selling Northeast DC to developers" in a story in its February 2016 issue. Jeffrey Anderson played up how "Church organizations have been profiting by developing or selling their properties" in the area near the Catholic University of America over the past several years. However, Anderson failed to give any background regarding the Church buildings that are being redeveloped, and oddly included a property that hasn't been owned by a Catholic organization since 1984.
By Scott Whitlock | February 6, 2016 | 10:14 AM EST
Barack Obama will once again be inserting himself into the Super Bowl on Sunday. This time, CBS has chosen Gayle King, a donor, supporter and family friend to the president as the interviewer. Considering that King has partied at the White House, viewers of the pre-game show shouldn’t expect tough questions from the CBS This Morning co-host. Obama has done an interview before each Super Bowl, and many of them have included softballs, but none of the previous journalists have been such ardent and open supporters of the President and Mrs. Obama.
By Tim Graham | February 6, 2016 | 9:01 AM EST
In April of 2004, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller stood up at a press conference with President Bush and uncorked this question: “Two and a half years later, do you feel any sense of personal responsibility for September 11th?”
Oh, the irony: Now that Bumiller is running the Washington bureau of the Times, she won't take any responsibility for the paper shamelessly low-balling this year's March for Life into the "hundreds" when other newspapers at least said "thousands."
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | February 6, 2016 | 8:00 AM EST
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song “White Privilege II.”
He raps: “White supremacy isn't just a white dude in Idaho. White supremacy protects the privilege I hold. White supremacy is the soil, the foundation, the cement and the flag that flies outside of my home. White supremacy is our country's lineage, designed for us to be indifferent.”
By Matthew Balan | February 5, 2016 | 10:52 PM EST
NPR's Mara Liasson went after ABC News on Fox News Channel's Special Report on Friday over their decision to not invite Carly Fiorina to their upcoming Republican presidential debate: "It's inexplicable. I don't know how they can stand up and explain why the only woman in the race — who placed above some of the people who are on the stage and has a delegate — is not there. I can't even imagine...what the explanation would be."
By Tim Graham | February 5, 2016 | 10:47 PM EST
Fox Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz wrote MSNBC was wrong to use opinionated Rachel Maddow as a moderator at their Thursday night debate.
"Rachel Maddow did a pretty good job in questioning Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at MSNBC's Democratic debate last night. But she shouldn't have been on that stage as a moderator, sitting next to Chuck Todd," Kurtz wrote. "Imagine the reaction on the left if the Fox News moderators at a debate were Bret Baier and Sean Hannity, an unabashed conservative. The criticism of Fox for fielding such a team would have been intense."
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | February 5, 2016 | 9:57 PM EST
Maybe ABC got a message from the higher ups that the show Last Man Standing was getting a little too conservative and anti-Obama for their liking. This week for the first time this season, in the episode "Home Sweet Loan," when Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) gave a great line mocking Obama, his hippy-dippy liberal son-in-law came back with a rejoinder defending him.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 8:59 PM EST
¡Muchas gracias, señor Matthews! If Bernie Sanders becomes the Dem nominee, the GOP might wind up having to pay royalties to Chris Matthews . . On this evening's Hardball, Matthews aired what he himself said could be an anti-Bernie Republican ad, cobbled together from clips of various radical statements Sanders has made over the years.
In Chris' commercial, Sanders is seen saying he's a socialist, confirming he's not a capitalist, admitting that he applied for conscientious objector status, indicating that he would raise taxes to somewhere between 50 and 90%, and preaching political "revolution." Workers of the world, unite behind Bernie!
Blogger: Since Political Correctness ‘Is About Being a Decent Human Being,’ It Annoys Racist, Sexist ConservativesBy Tom Johnson | February 5, 2016 | 8:42 PM EST
Daily Kos writer Mark E Andersen makes political correctness sound healthy and utterly bland -- the ideological equivalent of plain oatmeal. “Political correctness is nothing evil,” declared Andersen in a Sunday post. “It is not a liberal plot…It is about being a decent human being—period.”
Andersen hinted that some non-decent, anti-PC human beings (i.e., conservatives) are concealing racist and sexist agendas: “Why is it that so many on the right have a problem with this? Is it because they think ‘bimbo,’ ‘nigger,’ ‘kike,’ ‘wop,’ ‘beaner,’ and other slurs are appropriate for everyday conversation?”
By Brad Wilmouth | February 5, 2016 | 8:35 PM EST
Appearing as a guest on Friday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein gushed over Bernie Sanders, comparing his political movement to that of 1968 Democratic presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy, as he theorized that Hillary Clinton "could be a very capable President," but lamented that she is a "terribly flawed candidate" with "ethical baggage." The CNN commentator went on to assert that Clinton is in "terrible, terrible trouble" if she is unable to produce transcripts of her meetings and highly paid speeches with business groups that have been attracting criticism.
By Matthew Balan | February 5, 2016 | 7:04 PM EST
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ranted against the media's supposed "double standard" against Hillary Clinton on Friday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. Dean asserted that "there is nothing to the e-mails" controversy, and went on the attack: "When is the media and when are her opponents gonna stop attacking her personally?...I think it's wrong; and frankly, it really burned me up...I am really going after the media. I think what the media has done to this person on the campaign trail, who's gonna be the next President of the United States, is enough already."
By Bruce Bookter | February 5, 2016 | 6:43 PM EST
There are many awful analogies made in the world of sports. Among them Dan Hampton saying that the Vikings were going to hit New Orleans “like Katrina,” and Nick Saban likening Bama’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 6:10 PM EST
With all due respect, indeed! On the Bloomberg TV show of that name that he co-hosts with Mark Halperin, John Heilemann today reported that the current and former governors in the GOP field--Bush, Kasich and Christie--think Marco Rubio is a "punk."
Clarified Heilemann: "when I say 'punk,' they have the same view that Hillary Clinton had of Barack Obama [in 2008]: line-cutter, punk, man of no accomplishment." It's hard to imagine the dignifed Jeb calling Rubio a punk, but in his interiew on CBS today, Jeb did flatly assert that Rubio had accomplished "nothing" in the Senate. Readers will also remember that yesterday, Joe Scarborough grilled Rubio-endorser Rick Santorum, who struggled to name a Rubio accomplishement in the Senate.
By Randy Hall | February 5, 2016 | 5:06 PM EST
Many people distrust information included in articles of The New York Times due to the newspaper's obviously liberal slant, but pranksters this week went a step further and distributed 10,000 copies of a false edition of the paper, which stated on its front page that Hillary Clinton had quit this year's presidential contest.
An article written by Madison Margolin for The Village Voice noted that the copies also “proclaimed that Congress would debate U.S. aid to Israel” and “were handed out across Manhattan -- at Penn Station, Grand Central, Times Square -- as well as at the Barclays Center.”