Twice in the last few days, MSNBC hosts have allowed guests to hyperbolically make unfounded claims of bigotry against White House advisor Steve Bannon, with former MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard calling him an "avowed anti-Semite" on Wednesday's Hardball, and current MSNBC contributor Howard Dean calling him a "white supremacist" who "hates Jews" on Saturday's AM Joy. AM Joy host Joy Reid went along with Dean's smear, and Hardball host Chris Matthews, who initially seemed skeptical of his guest's claim, then backed off and let it go.
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 8, 2017 | 1:20 PM EDT
It was the interview that went horribly off the rails for CNN's Brooke Baldwin on the April 7 edition of Newsroom. Her guest via Skype from Syria was a 2013 chemical attack survivor Kassem Eid who two days earlier pleaded for help from President Donal Trump on her show. He returned yesterday which is when he went way off the CNN message by not only heaping effusive praise upon Trump for his missile attack response but also strongly rejecting the premise inserted by Baldwin in a prepared Hillary Clinton clip that the president was hypocritical because of his refugee policy.
By Tom Blumer | | April 8, 2017 | 12:45 PM EDT
The establishment press, even as it works to censor known but inconvenient facts and shout down or constantly interrupt guests who attempt to present them, continually lectures new media, particularly center-right media, about the need for evidence before reporting or even discussing anything in print or on the air. There's hardly a better illustration of what a hypocritical stance this is than Lawrence O'Donnell's wild theory, recklessly speculated on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday, that Vladimir Putin "might have orchestrated what happened in Syria this week" to benefit "his friend in the White House," Donald Trump.
By Christian Toto | | April 8, 2017 | 12:15 PM EDT
Is this the most outrageous Trump-related Tweet to come out of Hollywood so far? The #resistance has no greater friend than Joss Whedon. The director of The Avengers is one of Hollywood’s most vocal critics of the Trump administration. He did all he could to stop the real estate mogul from becoming president.
By Alex Nitzberg | | April 8, 2017 | 11:15 AM EDT
As many media outlets jettison journalistic standards by blatantly promoting and celebrating the LGBT movement, NBCNews.com’s pro-LGBTQ propaganda arm “NBC OUT” recently announced that it will create a “#Pride30 List” for “Pride Month” this June.
By Dan Gainor | | April 8, 2017 | 9:13 AM EDT
In a week where we’re getting a new Supreme Court justice, the alt-left has been supremely insane. They have moved into a complete panic about the world, blaming the end to their filibuster on divisive Republicans. Somehow they seem to forget a bit of the Supreme injustice they’ve inflicted on various right-leaning nominees. Does the term “Borking” remind you of something?
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | April 8, 2017 | 8:01 AM EDT
The president’s daughter answered Gayle King on CBS This Morning like a politician: “If being complicit means wanting to be a force for good and wanting to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Hours later, CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert pulled out a dictionary and read the “illegal/wrongdoing” definition and mocked Ivanka, that it’s like saying “If being a Nazi means fighting for civil rights, then yeah, I’m a huge Nazi!”
In response to the idea that Ivanka will be her father’s “eyes and ears,” feminist TBS host Samantha Bee cracked that the First Daughter will be “spending a lot of time staring at her own boobies.”
By Tom Blumer | | April 8, 2017 | 1:26 AM EDT
As evidence that Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and then his transition team, were under surveillance by the Obama administration for political reasons continues to mount, the stubborn refusal by CNN's Don Lemon to acknowledge this reality is turning into a national joke. Thursday evening, Newsmax's Christopher Ruddy got so exasperated at Lemon's deep state of denial, that he asked: "Don, are you drinking Kool-Aid tonight?"
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 7, 2017 | 10:52 PM EDT
On Friday's regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on PBS Newshour, New York Times columnist David Brooks -- the supposedly more right-leaning half of the pairing -- oddly seemed to wish for some sort of "apocalypse" to beset the Donald Trump administration as he theorized and predicted that some scandal or "grievous blow" to the White House might inspire more bipartisanship in the aftermath. After host Judy Woodruff was surprised by his prediction of an "apocalypse," he only walked back his bizarre choice of words slightly: "Well, I -- that word came out -- I should have stuck with 'acidity.' That would have been a better word."
By Tim Graham | | April 7, 2017 | 10:11 PM EDT
The New York Times surely warmed the hearts of Trump voters if they caught this headline from their Women In The World confab: Samantha Bee to Hillary Clinton: ‘You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you’.
The subheadline gushed: "The comedy virtuoso brought the house down at the Women in the World Summit with her exuberant introduction for ‘Hillary Rodham Beyoncé Clinton’."
By Jay Maxson | | April 7, 2017 | 7:47 PM EDT
In the shallow minds of left-stream reporters, accusations of racism are relative to skin color and political identity. Whites and Republicans are assumed to be inherently racist in their DNA. It’s a different story when a member of a minority group utters racist comments.
By Kristine Marsh | | April 7, 2017 | 7:00 PM EDT
What a surprise, yet another news program using kids to advance their anti-Trump agenda. MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin recently visited a Washington D.C. elementary school to get fifth graders’ opinions on President Trump, for his political roadshow on Showtime called The Circus. As you would expect, nearly every answer sounded like it came from a liberal activist, (albeit more polite.)
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 7, 2017 | 6:41 PM EDT
In his most recent article, The Root politics editor Jason Johnson -- a frequent guest on both CNN and MSNBC who does political analysis -- fretted the failure of black voters to deny re-election to the "whitesplaining, cop-coddling" white mayor of black majority Ferguson, Missouri. Johnson lamented that many black voters were willing to vote for white, instead of black, candidates, and he accused whites of being willing to vote for candidates who would "uphold white supremacy."
Lefty Writer: The Country’s in Trouble Because So Many GOP Congressmen Believe ‘Garbage Conservative Media’By Tom Johnson | | April 7, 2017 | 5:01 PM EDT
Fusion’s Alex Pareene seems to think that America’s biggest problem isn’t any of the usual suspects (e.g., deindustrialization, terrorism, health-care costs) but rather the popularity of conservative media among conservative politicians. For a long time, contended Pareene in a Wednesday piece, “the conservative movement peddled one set of talking points to the rabble, while its elites consumed a more grounded and reality-based media.” Then, however, “Congressional Republicans went from people who were able to turn their bullshit-hose on their constituents, in order to rile them up, to people who pointed it directly at themselves, mouths open.”
By Jorge Bonilla | | April 7, 2017 | 4:54 PM EDT
Univision's coverage of the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court managed to weave a grand tale about the fearsome nuclear option, while entirely omitting any mention of the partisan Democratic filibuster against Miguel Estrada.