In a desperate attempt to downplay chaos in the Democratic Party following leaked Democratic National Committee e-mails and the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, on Monday’s NBC Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck actually tried to spin the controversy as a positive: “Look, the only piece of good news out of this for Democrats, Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders's campaign manager, told me yesterday the best thing for Democratic unity is her resignation and that actually could calm the waters today.”
NY Times Hails Obama as Prime 'Character Witness' for Hillary, Can't Decide if Kaine is Centrist or LiberalBy Clay Waters | | July 25, 2016 | 12:04 PM EDT
Monday’s New York Times highlighted Democratic “discord” on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, as outrage about the contents of a massive email leak from the Democratic National Committee, showing the DNC colluding to scuttle the insurgent campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. That led to the announced resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the promise of something less than brotherly love among Democrats in Philadelphia this week. But a “White House Letter” from Julie Hirschfeld Davis was more congenial to Democratic feelings: “Obama: A Character Witness and a Prominent Clinton Convert.” Meanwhile, the Times can’t decide if Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine is a liberal or a centrist (sometimes he’s both within two sentences).
By Maggie McKneely | | July 25, 2016 | 12:02 PM EDT
A gospel music conference, featuring Jesus and…adultery? R&B artist Kelly Price performed her hit rendition of “As We Lay” at the Indiana Black Expo. The song, which is about a woman’s one-night stand with a married man, is one of Price’s best-known hits. The problem? She sang it during the event’s gospel music section.
By Tim Graham | | July 25, 2016 | 11:25 AM EDT
Michael Warren at The Weekly Standard notes that somehow, the staff at CBS News doesn’t have a nose for news. The hottest breaking story – the Wikileaks posting of DNC e-mails proving they were tilted toward Mrs. Clinton and plotting to damage the Sanders campaign – got left on the cutting room floor Sunday night.
Does anyone believe that CBS News isn't capable of realizing this e-mail portion of Scott Pelley's interview was the hottest, and editing it in instead of out? It almost makes one wonder if CBS felt they had to clear it with the DNC or the Hillary campaign before including it. This exchange was all over the news today.
By Kristine Marsh | | July 25, 2016 | 11:12 AM EDT
To kick off the Democratic National Convention, ABC had an enthusiastic Clinton fan and biographer, Gail Sheehy, as a guest on their morning show. If you remember last week, Good Morning America took a decidedly different approach when they brought on a liberal anti-Trump guest on the first day of the Republican National Convention. Anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts sat enraptured as Sheehy described the Clinton marriage as some sort of epic romance out of a Hollywood love story.
By Julia A. Seymour | | July 25, 2016 | 10:11 AM EDT
They call it a comeback.
It is true, the U.S. economy is no longer in the depths of what has been called “The Great Recession.” But, in many ways the economy remains “weak.” Overall economic growth remains “subpar” and labor force participation rates remain shocking, not far from 38-year lows.
Then of course there’s poverty, food stamp use, weak wage growth and household income struggles. The average household is still making thousands of dollars less than they were before the recession. Those indicators tell another side to the story, one the broadcast networks haven’t said much about.
By Elliot Polsky | | July 25, 2016 | 10:00 AM EDT
YouTube’s ad for its new music app portrays a typical American consumer… in the eyes of paranoid leftists, who think everyone is a minority oppressed by straight white men.
By Rich Noyes | | July 25, 2016 | 9:58 AM EDT
The real test for fair and balanced coverage isn’t the amount of airtime, but the spin reporters employ in reaction to the speeches and events at each convention. Using media coverage of last week’s Republican convention as a template, here are five ways the media can prove they’re not biased by treating the Democrats in a similar fashion.
By Sarah Stites | | July 25, 2016 | 9:34 AM EDT
The stars have aligned … with Hillary Clinton.
According to reports by Entertainment Weekly, ABC and CNN, the Hollywood Hillz fan club is coming out in full force for the DNC next week. Actresses Lena Dunham, Chloe Grace Moretz, America Ferrara and Debra Messing, actor Tony Goldwyn, The View host Star Jones and basketball pros Jason Collins, Jarron Collins and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will all speak at the convention. Singers Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato as well as actresses Elizabeth Banks and Eva Longoria will also be present.
By NB Staff | | July 25, 2016 | 9:15 AM EDT
Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell issued the following statement announcing the MRC’s plans to blanket Philadelphia with signs and ads exposing the leftist media’s love affair with Hillary. From billboards to mobile building projections to sidewalk graphics to taxi TV ads to taxi tops, everywhere convention attendees in Philadelphia look, they will see the MRC. The on-site activities will be complimented by round-the-clock monitoring of the convention by a massive team of analysts in Virginia and around the country.
By Melissa Mullins | | July 25, 2016 | 6:50 AM EDT
Teen Vogue published a completely lopsided article on a 16-year-old transgender student from Wisconsin who's suing her school because she wasn't allowed to use the boys' bathroom.
"Not being able to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with made Ash anxious and upset, even leading to migraines and dehydration when he cut down his water intake to avoid having to pee at school."
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | July 25, 2016 | 3:04 AM EDT
CBS’s sci-fi political dramedy BrainDead is back with another battle pitting Maryland’s two senators, Democrat Luke Healy (Danny Pino) and Republican Red Wheatus (Tony Shalhoub), against each other. But you’ll never guess which one is portrayed as a heartless wacko… Kidding! Of course, it’s the Republican!
By Tom Blumer | | July 24, 2016 | 10:41 PM EDT
In Munich on Friday, 18 year-old Ali David Sonboly gunned down nine people, seven of them teenagers, and injured 35, before killing himself. Though there appears to be no direct connection to nationalist or Islamic groups, witnesses said he screamed "I'm German" and "Allah Akbar" during his killing spree.
The previous paragraph tells readers far more about the massacre than certain news outlets have been willing to report. Two egregious such examples include the Associated Press, which, over 48 hours later, won't even reveal the killer's first or last name, and the BBC, which, until called out by critics, originally scrubbed his first name.
By Clay Waters | | July 24, 2016 | 8:48 PM EDT
Liberal journalists may be spending the weekend gnashing their teeth over the New York Times Public Editor’s promise to analyze why people think the paper has a liberal bias. Liz Spayd recently became the paper’s sixth Public Editor, and she quickly got provocative in her second column for the Sunday Review: “Why Readers See The Times as Liberal.” The text box provided the flavor: “The danger of bias. Or even just its appearance.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 24, 2016 | 8:42 PM EDT
In a pre-recorded interview with President Barack Obama aired on Sunday's Face the Nation, CBS anchor John Dickerson started to press the President modestly on Hillary Clinton's email and whether her behavior was consistent with Obama's 2008 promises of "transparency." Dickerson soon wondered, however, if "honesty" was even an important issue: "FDR and Lincoln were both talented at letting both sides of an issue think that they agreed with both of them. Is honesty overrated as a presidential quality?"