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.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | February 5, 2016 | 4:49 PM EST
Joe Scarborough held a fiesta on Friday’s Morning Joe and Senator Marco Rubio was their piñata. The host let his panelist take several good hits on the presidential candidate on the topic of his alleged inexperience. “So after the campaign had all day to figure out what his big accomplishment was, what was his big accomplishment? What did he come up with on the list?”
By Tom Blumer | February 5, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST
Five items found at the Politico filed late Monday or early Tuesday reported that supporters of Bernie Sanders at the Iowa caucuses, while watching a live feed of Hillary Clinton's speech late Monday evening, began chanting "She's a liar!" The chants grew until they "took over the room," and didn't stop until Sanders campaign officials cut off the live feed being shown.
This is barely news in the rest of the establishment press, which has obsessed over the Ben Carson-Ted Cruz-CNN controversy, devoting an obviously inordinate amount of time to it and, as Cruz himself has shown, getting it wrong in the process.
By Katie Yoder | February 5, 2016 | 3:39 PM EST
After an uproar on Twitter, Cosmopolitan deleted a tweet Friday lamenting an increase of babies born in Texas. But the women’s magazine kept the tweet’s accompanying article up – and it’s just as bad.
Complete with a sad-face emoji, the Cosmo tweet Thursday read: “Texas women are having more babies since Planned Parenthood was defunded.”
By P.J. Gladnick | February 5, 2016 | 3:39 PM EST
Many of you have probably seen the ABC miniseries, Madoff, about disgraced Wall Street investment manager Bernie Madoff who in reality ran a massive Ponzi scheme. How accurate was his portrayal by actor Richard Dreyfuss can be up for debate but what is not debatable, but now mostly forgotten, is that Madoff invested heavily in the campaigns of mostly Democrats. Just after the Madoff scandal broke in December 2008, the extent of his political contributions to Democrats was revealed by CNN.Com:
By Kyle Drennen | February 5, 2016 | 3:20 PM EST
All three network morning shows on Friday celebrated Hillary Clinton’s Thursday night debate performance as if she was a champion prize fighter. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in their most contentious debate yet. Clinton accusing Sanders of running a, quote, ‘artful smear,’ against her.”