Phew! That was close. It looked for a moment that Americans might be denied the trenchant political observations of Lady Gaga during the Super Bowl halftime show. The Huffington Post had reported that the NFL ordered Gaga to shut up and sing.
By Clay Waters | | January 18, 2017 | 8:59 AM EST
If its frantic anti-Trump post-victory coverage hasn't given it away, a new internal report from the New York Times made clear the journalistic organization has failed to learned anything from Trump’s election victory. While the 8,700-word report and an accompanying memo from the brass emphasized the need to improve the race and gender diversity of the paper (but with fewer editors), it said nothing about the ideological groupthink that enabled the entire paper to be blindsided by the Trump phenomenon. “ Reporter David Chen tweeted: “NYTimes recommends fewer editors, more visuals, more diversity.” There was plenty of nuts-and-bolts criticism offered, and some warning signs for conventional reporters and editors, but nothing to suggest that the paper needs to expand its political vision to encompass more of America.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 18, 2017 | 12:58 AM EST
On Tuesday, disgraced MSNBC journalist Brian Williams had a very poor outlook for the week of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. “There is a kind of a dark mood surrounding this week for a lot of people,” he whined on The 11th Hour, “The approval rating of Donald Trump is at 40 percent, it's the lowest of recording polling.” Williams was venting to Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude, who had his own scheme for inauguration day.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | January 17, 2017 | 11:04 PM EST
Michelle Obama made her last public speech as First Lady. The networks lined up with a 21-handkerchief salute. Nothing will ever be the same.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell proclaimed the speech was “one of hope and empowerment for the young people she has championed for eight years....her unique voice rejecting the racial overtones of 2016." She was a "once-reluctant political wife, fighting an early caricature as an angry black woman… Now, a political orator in a class of her own.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | January 17, 2017 | 10:51 PM EST
Late Tuesday afternoon the White House announced a list of 64 convicted criminals they planned to pardon, including 209 others whose sentences were being shortened. “The Obama presidency is ending on a note of forgiveness,” declared anchor Scott Pelley at the start of CBS Evening News. One of the most controversial sentence commutations was that of Private Chelsea Manning, who stole and released thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The network most excited by the development, by far, was NBC, but none dared to cover the release of an unrepentant terrorist.
By Melissa Mullins | | January 17, 2017 | 9:57 PM EST
Reverend Al Sharpton is back to making outlandish statements, this time, praising President Obama for his “accomplishments” while in office, even going so far as thanking God we “lived in the age of Obama.”
Sharpton used his airtime on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” to gush about the Messiah of the liberal left, just days away before he leaves the White House for good.
By Curtis Houck | | January 17, 2017 | 7:29 PM EST
In the moments after President Obama commuted the sentence of convicted criminal Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper, host of The Lead, vocalized this disconnect between the White House’s actions versus how they felt when Manning first handed over stolen government documents to WikiLeaks.
By Tom Blumer | | January 17, 2017 | 5:57 PM EST
Because he was the "singular 2016 (GOP) presidential contender never to fall in line behind Trump," Ohio Governor and two-time former presidential candidate John Kasich now has the Associated Press's deep respect. This largely explains why the wire service has been all too willing to ignore the fact that Kasich alone owns Ohio's impending budget problems.
By Katie Yoder | | January 17, 2017 | 5:25 PM EST
In anticipation of the upcoming Women’s March on Washington, celebrities from Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep to Jennifer Lawrence are celebrating the nation's largest abortion provider: Planned Parenthood.
By Callista Ring | | January 17, 2017 | 5:16 PM EST
The second episode of HBO’s The Young Pope, which aired January 16, had Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law) further reveal his corrupt self amongst an even more corrupt Vatican City.
By Scott Whitlock | | January 17, 2017 | 4:37 PM EST
The shuttering of the Clinton Global Initiative in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s brutal election loss hasn’t resulted in any interest from the three networks. ABC CBS and NBC have skipped the news that the division of the Clinton Foundation will lay off employees and close in April.
By Jorge Bonilla | | January 17, 2017 | 4:22 PM EST
Univision drops a major media bombshell just two weeks after the FCC approved an amendment to the foreign-ownership rule, which enabled Mexican media giant Televisa to acquire a larger stake in the network.
By Sarah Stites | | January 17, 2017 | 3:46 PM EST
If any black entertainers perform at the inauguration, they’ll have rapper Snoop Dogg to deal with. And from the sound of things, it won’t be pretty.
By Matt Philbin | | January 17, 2017 | 2:51 PM EST
Here’s a question nobody is asking – at least, no sane person: “When straight men kiss, is it good for LGBT equality or a step back?” That’s the actual title of a Washington Post article Jan. 17. Apparently, actors Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield kissed during the Golden Globes. Why? Who knows? But it upset The Post’s David Oliver, and not in the way it would upset most guys.
By Alatheia Nielsen | | January 17, 2017 | 2:29 PM EST
After the election of Donald Trump, liberal groups are banding together to document hate crimes. At least ones that impact liberal victim groups. ProPublica, a left-wing nonprofit media outlet funded by George Soros, just launched a brand new project called “Documenting Hate.”