There’s the entertaining kind of irascible old guy (e.g., Grampa Simpson) and there’s the scary kind, which several liberal pundits thought they beheld Monday night as they watched Rudy Giuliani speak at the Republican convention. Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall remarked that “ever since the late and great Molly Ivins quipped that she thought Pat Buchanan's speech at the 1992 GOP convention sounded better in the original German it's been sort of a parlor trick to compare a 'hot' Republican speech to one from this or that fascist dictator. But this speech was really febrile and unhinged." Fred Kaplan of Slate claimed that Giuliani “spew[ed]…rank nonsense” and “delved into the shallowest realm of Trump’s attack on Obama’s (or Obama-Clinton’s) counterterrorism policies—the refusal to call our enemy by their name."
By Clay Waters | | July 20, 2016 | 12:56 PM EDT
Playing on long-established stereotypes of the melanin-challenged Republican Party, New York Times coverage of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday put racial controversies front and center, accusing speakers (particularly Rudy GIuliani) of lecturing and moralizing to blacks about law and order as an all-white crowd lapped it up. The paper led with Melanie Trump's speech with this wishful thinking headline: “How Speech for a Trump Stumbled Toward Ridicule – As G.O.P. Nominates the Businessman, His Wife’s Oration Shadows Convention.”
By Kyle Drennen | | July 20, 2016 | 12:53 PM EDT
Ahead of Mike Pence accepting the vice presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, NBC’s Today made sure to warn viewers about the “conservative” and “controversial” Indiana governor. Correspondent Andrea Mitchell proclaimed: “And as governor, he has proven to be a staunch social conservative, signing controversial legislation, including a religious freedom bill that came under fire from gay rights groups.”
By Mira Ebersole | | July 20, 2016 | 11:45 AM EDT
Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is part of the latest anti-salmon farming campaign with an organization helmed by a man who has argued that the global population should be reduced by several billion people. Anderson, already on the board of directors of the radical Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, partnered with them to investigate the supposedly secretive world of salmon farming and film a PSA about alleged health and environmental risks.
Quote of the Day for Tuesday: Matthews Imagines Christie 'Kill Her Now!' Speech from a Gladiator MovieBy Tim Graham | | July 20, 2016 | 11:33 AM EDT
Tuesday was the second night in a row where Republican convention speakers launched strong criticism of Hillary Clinton, which the Hillary-boosting media cannot stand. Anything that's negative is cast as hyper-negative. The quote of the day came from MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who wildly re-imagined Chris Christie's speech on her terrible foreign policy mistakes as some kind of gladiator movie where the crowd would root for Mrs. Clinton to be eaten by lions or something.
By Remso Martinez | | July 20, 2016 | 11:24 AM EDT
In an interview with former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, CNN's New Day co-host Chris Cuomo repeatedly tried get the prominent Donald Trump supporter to backtrack on his RNC speech in which he linked Hillary Clinton to known radical Saul Alinsky. Carson made the link by discussing the long friendship between Clinton and the Fabian-Socialist, who dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer.
By Maggie McKneely | | July 20, 2016 | 11:07 AM EDT
Here’s the latest in biological news coming at you from liberal Slate magazine! According to Slate writer Chase Strangio, (yes, Strange-io), it’s “factually wrong and dangerous” to describe a person as being “anatomically male.”
By Samantha Cohen | | July 20, 2016 | 10:50 AM EDT
Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-host Mike Brzezinski had a field day attacking Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. While she declared Manafort is “the most negative, kind of harsh person I’ve ever seen” she proceeded with an onslaught of her own negative criticism, referring to him repeatedly as “Lurch.” Even after multiple failed attempts by co-host Joe Scarborough to quell her name-calling, Brzezinski could not be stopped.
By Sarah Stites | | July 20, 2016 | 10:27 AM EDT
In a biting review of Tuesday night’s GOP speeches, film critic Frank Scheck called the convention a “hatefest” and the “world’s largest lynch mob.”
The article, written for The Hollywood Reporter, spared no insult in individually ridiculing Republicans. Scheck’s snobby, smarter-than-thou takes ended up caricaturing him as a typical effete coastal elitist. So maybe the GOP got something right on Tuesday.
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 20, 2016 | 10:04 AM EDT
On Wednesday's New Day, during a discussion of Chris Christie's speech at the Republican National Convention and audience reaction, CNN panel members used words like "vitriolic" and "pretty ugly" to describe the GOP gathering. Co-anchor Chris Cuomo warned that Republicans are helping Hillary Clinton by "going too far," and also worked in a rationalization of his claim from Tuesday that Clinton did not send classified information by email "in any real way." And there was also some jabbing at "the conservative media" for allegedly spreading misinformation through "repetition."
By Kyle Drennen | | July 20, 2016 | 9:30 AM EDT
Following night two of the Republican National Convention, Wednesday’s NBC Today kept up its portrayal of the event being filled with “inflammatory rhetoric” and “raw red meat” as correspondent Peter Alexander declared: “Still, the night was heavy on harsh rhetoric, much of it directed at Hillary Clinton....Delegates repeatedly calling for Clinton to be thrown in jail.”
By Jorge Bonilla | | July 20, 2016 | 8:00 AM EDT
Seldom will you see such a clear case of advocacy journalism as this: Jorge Ramos pitching comprehensive immigration reform to the father of a young California man murdered by an illegal immigrant in 2008, just three doors down from his home. But this is exactly what Fusion viewers saw last night as part of the Univision affiliate's coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
By Tim Graham | | July 20, 2016 | 7:21 AM EDT
HBO star Bill Maher is unleashing his usual sleazy insults on Twitter during the Republican convention, and the targets this time are Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric, that they "look like the date rapist in every after school special ever."
By Karen Townsend | | July 20, 2016 | 2:41 AM EDT
In Freeform’s (formerly the ABC Family channel) horror drama Dead of Summer, the backstory of the character Drew (Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams) is fleshed out and we learn that Drew is a transgender boy who was named Andrea. The story of “Drew” is written into the series so that the show’s creator can promote his pet social cause – a friend is dealing with the issue. So, in true leftist form, we must ALL be made to deal with it.
By Curtis Houck | | July 20, 2016 | 2:09 AM EDT
NBC’s Tom Brokaw and CBS’s Bob Schieffer appeared near the conclusion of the hour-long Republican National Convention (RNC) specials on their respective networks and after they whined about the “dark” and “divisive” first night, they went off the rails to complain about Republicans “work[ing] up a big hate for Hillary” and “accused of everything from who'd a thought it to the diphtheria epidemic.”