Two recent opinion pieces in the New York Times, one by a veteran reporter turned columnist, another featured in the Times' Sunday magazine, launched viciously hard-left attacks on Republicans on the issues of immigration and refugees. Timothy Egan's column, "Donald Trump's Police State," went so far as to compare Republican attendees at a Trump rally to "rabid brown shirts in Dockers" and that his deportation proposals "would prompt a million Hispanic Anne Franks -- people hiding in the attics and basements of Donald Trump’s America." Meanwhile, novelist Laila Lalami compared ISIS's rhetoric to that of President George W. Bush:
Speaking as part of a panel about presidential books during Sunday’s Face the Nation, author Doris Kearns Goodwin couldn’t help but devote a few moments of her time to heaping praise on the “ambitious” man who she first worked for in politics in then-President Lyndon B. Johnson from the 1960's.
Washington Free Beacon culture editor Aaron McLean scrunched as many book recommendations as one might expect in a single article – 66! But it might seem odd that such a 2015 Favorites list for conservatives would leave out a top seller this year – Mark Levin’s Plunder and Deceit.
It might seem possible for book reviewers to see the author is a popular talk-show host and not read further. But Levin’s books are deep explorations of public policy and political philosophy.
Viewers tuning into Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week witnessed matters getting awkward towards the tail end of Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s interview with co-host Martha Raddatz as Kasich attempted to flatter her by insisting that she condemn Donald Trump and half-heartedly telling her he wished “you were in the race” for President because he’d support her.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “too smart for the room.” Penn State professor Sophia McClennen thinks that Stephen Colbert is too smart for America, or at least a huge chunk of it, and that consequently he’s fallen to third place in late-night television’s ratings race. In a Monday Salon piece, McClennen argued that even though Colbert has “moved his satire into a more centrist mode” since joining CBS, that hasn’t increased his appeal to conservatives, since their dislike for his comedy has as much to do with form as content.
“Satire,” wrote McClennen, “uses irony, sarcasm, and parody to encourage critical thinking…[I]t is the sort of humor that is much less likely to appeal to Republican viewers because it depends on questioning beliefs and criticizing the status quo…[I]t is not just a question of who Colbert targets in his joke; it is also a question of how he makes the joke itself. Nuance, irony, and layered thinking may be…the problem.”
Far-left The Nation editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel was still exhibiting signs of Bush Derangement Syndrome on Sunday's Reliable Sources as she appeared on the CNN show to discuss Donald Trump's claims of seeing thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheering on the 9/11 attacks.
Vanden Heuvel not only used the controversy to rehash the war in Iraq as she complained that the media before the Iraq War did not press former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney for alleged "lies," but she even accidentally called Trump "Bush" twice, without even catching her flub the first time.
Appearing on November 29's Fox News Sunday, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina slammed President Barack Obama and his allies as “delusional” for continually pushing the notion that climate change is a chief national security threat for the United States and the world at-large.
When Univision News President Isaac Lee held his infamous talk at UT Austin earlier this year, he reiterated the network’s commitment to covering only one side of certain issues by smearing ideological opponents via Nazi comparisons. Lee’s godwinning was once again evident this past week, in Univision’s regurgitation of the AP’s climate propaganda, proof positive that Univision is systematically committed to a left-wing agenda that goes far beyond immigration.
Secular fundamentalists on the Left scowl when Fox News hosts like Bill O’Reilly suggest Christmas isn’t really a religious occasion when public schools host Christmas concerts. Certainly, Christians shouldn’t proclaim Christmas is anything but the celebration of God the Son arriving on Earth in the humblest way.
Katy Perry's new Christmas song -- which doubles as a commercial for the reasonably priced teen fashions at H&M merely has cartwheeling elves, a shirtless Santa, and a lyric about you...basically worshipping you.
It was one of those stunning live-TV moments revealing the seamier side of TV news. Pat Brown is a criminal profiler who has taken a principled stand on media appearances about mass murderers. She will not discuss individual criminals, their motives, etc., believing that to do so only increases the number of mass murders.
But when Brown appeared on CNN's New Day this morning, co-host Christi Paul immediately tried to engage her in a discussion of Colorado Springs shooter Robert Dear's possible "anti-government" views. Retorted Brown: "I'm a little disturbed because I made an agreement with CNN to appear this morning only under the condition that we do not talk about the particular shooter, use his name, or show his face." Undeterred, Paul tried to lure Brown into a discussion of the shooting investigation, but again Brown rebuffed it There the interview ended, but co-host Victor Blackwell came on to claim that the agreement had been honored because neither Dear's photo nor name had been used. Didn't use Dear's name? Really? Have a look at the screencap, Mr. Blackwell.
Ed Schultz should stick with his shtick as perpetually irritated working-class hero rather than ridicule others for their alleged ignorance of American history while at the same time displaying his flimsy grasp of it.
Since ending his radio show last year and getting shown the door at MSNBC in July, Schultz has taken to venting in a daily podcast he calls "Ed Schultz News and Commentary" that is accessible through YouTube and his website.
The brazenness of the double standard is increasingly stunning.
This time around? The dustup began as an offshoot of Donald Trump’s allegation that Muslims in Jersey City cheered as the towers fell on 9/11.
Washington Post political reporter Ben Terris is a fresh-faced writer who just graduated from Brandeis in 2008. So surely he enjoyed writing a story for the front of the Style section on Thanksgiving with the snarky theme "Marco Rubio is just the guy to win the youth vote. Or so the old folks think. "
This is an interesting wisecrack, considering the same thing could be said about the old folks at newspapers trying to capture readership among millennials. Check out those fossils trying to appeal to the youth who speak in Tweets!
The truth about this year's Thanksgiving and Black Friday store and online sales is out there. It's just that Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, wasn't interested in clearly revealing all of it.
Instead, the AP economics writer told readers about the dollar amount of this year's and last year's Thursday and Friday store sales, but failed to quantify the increase in online sales. People who don't follow the economy closely likely don't know that an increase in online sales is quite unlikely to offset a decrease in brick-and-mortar store sales. The way Rugaber wrote up his piece ensured that news of the economy's continued malaise will remain elusive for low-information news consumers and, ultimately, low-information voters.