On Wednesday, Barack Obama conducted his final press conference as president and journalists demanded accountability... from his Republican successor. While just one question was asked about Obama’s decision to pardon Chelsea Manning, there were five queries worrying about what Donald Trump will do when he’s in charge.
By Sam Dorman | | January 18, 2017 | 4:24 PM EST
Buzzfeed showed its lack of journalistic integrity last week by publishing an unverified dossier accusing President-elect Trump of communicating with Russian operatives. After BuzzFeed published the document on Jan. 10, even liberal news outlets including The Washington Post, the Atlantic and Vox criticized Buzzfeed’s choice. But ProPublica President Richard Tofel sided with Buzzfeed, giving it “kudos” on Twitter.
By Brad Wilmouth | | January 18, 2017 | 4:20 PM EST
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's New Day on CNN, Georgetown University professor and former MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson likened police actions against black Americans to terrorism as CNN's Chris Cuomo argued that many voters were motivated to vote for Donald Trump by non-race-related issues like terrorism from ISIS. Dyson griped: "Color-neutral and ISIS? Many African-American people said, 'Look, we were introduced to terror long before 9/11. The vicious police forces of America that have victimized us and the way in which white supremacy operated.'"
By Matthew Balan | | January 18, 2017 | 3:39 PM EST
On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo ripped a proposal to let health insurance companies compete across state lines. Cuomo pointed out to Matt Schlapp that Rep. Marsha Blackburn cited "one of my favorite bills — let's open up the state lines, and let all the companies compete....not only do we have some of that in the system already, but there is no proof...that that would guarantee access for everyone." He wondered, "Is that the best answer they have right now?" However, Cuomo left out that Rep. Blackburn also disclosed possible other components of ObamaCare replacements.
By Curtis Houck | | January 18, 2017 | 3:33 PM EST
Prior to President Obama’s final press conference, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley seized the opportunity to gush that Obama “will be leaving the presidency in less than 46 hours and he is not going gently into that good night.”
By Katie Yoder | | January 18, 2017 | 3:18 PM EST
Don’t be surprised if The View crew shows up at the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. At the end of their show Wednesday, all five View ladies appeared either wearing or holding signature pink hats (“pussy hats”) in support of the march.
By Jorge Bonilla | | January 18, 2017 | 3:01 PM EST
Congressman Luis Gutiérrez penned an astounding op-ed for El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico) in the immediate aftermath of the commutation of convicted terrorist Oscar López Rivera's prison sentence. And there is a fascinating lesson within.
By Sarah Stites | | January 18, 2017 | 2:52 PM EST
When Abigail Breslin posted an Instagram photo with Tiffany Trump, the actress did not realize she’d get so much hate in response.
By Jackson Richman | | January 18, 2017 | 2:49 PM EST
On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Tuesday afternoon, NBC News senior politics editor Mark Murray discussed the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that 45 percent of Americans support maintaining Obamacare, touting the health care law's favorability as "higher than it has ever been."
By Curtis Houck | | January 18, 2017 | 2:23 PM EST
On Tuesday night, the panel on FNC’s Special Report tore into President Obama’s “bizarre” decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence as “an absolute disgrace” that “does tremendous damage going forward because it incentivizes leaks.” This was in contrast to CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, who reported that “[t]he Obama presidency is ending on a note of forgiveness” and “mercy.”
By Sam Dorman | | January 18, 2017 | 2:03 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency faced legislators on Capitol Hill as his confirmation hearings began Jan. 18. At the same time, celebrities spewed vitriol about him online. Comedian and television show host Jimmy Kimmel slammed Trump’s cabinet pick, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, in a tweet saying, “Put simply, Scott Pruitt is a piece of shit. If you care about the outdoors, stop him.”
By Tim Graham | | January 18, 2017 | 1:59 PM EST
Jack Shafer, a longtime media critic now with Politico, wrote an article on Monday with the wisecracking headline "Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again." In short, he argued since Trump is so hostile to the press, it's reinvigorating journalism and making it relevant. He doesn't seem to catch that he's also saying, by contrast, that Obama was then a bad thing for journalism, since everything was cozy and unchallenging. This is a "war zone," proclaims Shafer. "It's time to circle behind enemy lines."
By Tom Blumer | | January 18, 2017 | 12:44 PM EST
Apparently, those employed as political reporters at the Associated Press never have to acknowledge the existence of their errors, let alone say they're sorry. They're also free to make major changes and corrections to the text of previously-filed reports without disclosing what they did to readers. The AP's reporting on the fight John Lewis picked with Donald Trump — and yes, Lewis started it by saying he won't attend Trump's inauguration and by questioning the legitimacy of Trump's general election victory — typifies the wire service's total lack of, or even apparent interest in, accountability.
By Scott Whitlock | | January 18, 2017 | 12:35 PM EST
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday agreed with Barack Obama: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is a good looking man. This not-so confrontational assessment came as Earnest bragged about the importance of “friction” between any White House and the press corp. Reporting live from the briefing room, co-host Charlie Rose touted Obama’s praise of Earnest: “He's just got that all-American matinee good-looking thing going. That's helpful, let's face it, a face made for television.”
By Kristine Marsh | | January 18, 2017 | 12:35 PM EST
On Wednesday’s The View, co-host Joy Behar had a meltdown about America’s “democracy” being under threat because there was no longer any “checks and balances” for Donald Trump as President since Republicans were in the majority in both houses of Congress. Behar called the situation “sad and upsetting,” apparently not realizing this type of scenario has happened dozens of times before.