When one imagines the fabled William Wallace it typically involves a man with long dirty hair and blue face-paint, fighting for his people’s freedom. Ari Melber, on Monday afternoon’s MSNBC Live, said he imagines a man that wants to restrict people’s right to bear arms and dictate the size of people’s sodas. “We like a reluctant warrior, in war. It was important in Braveheart, right. Mel Gibson didn’t initially want to fight.” The man Melber is describing is Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City.
By Tom Blumer | January 25, 2016 | 5:28 PM EST
Over the past several months, economics reporters at the Associated Press have told us time and time and time again that the U.S. economy is "largely insulated" from adverse economic developments overseas.
So why is the AP's Martin Crutsinger going along with the now-shifting conventional "wisdom" that Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve may have to defer implementing additional interest-rate increases for quite some time because of what the wire service headlined as a "darker global economy"? The obvious answer is that the U.S. economy is also weak, and the business press simply won't admit it.
By Brad Wilmouth | January 25, 2016 | 4:44 PM EST
As Ken Cuccinelli of the Ted Cruz presidential campaign appeared as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, host Costello spent her first several questions hitting Senator Cruz over his "likeability" in the U.S. Senate and his unwillingness to negotiate as she debated her GOP guest over the Texas Senator's fitness to be President. Cuccinelli finally hit back at the CNN host, charging that she is the "left-wing media" and that she was "really pollut[ing] the discussion."
By P.J. Gladnick | January 25, 2016 | 4:26 PM EST
The first month of the year isn't even over yet and as people in the Northeast are digging their way out of one of the biggest snowstorms in recorded history, Time magazine has a message for you: "2016 Expected to Be the Warmest Year on Record." Yes, they couldn't even wait for the temperature readings to be evaluated in the months to come to make that prediction. Just as much of the mainstream media have already declared 2014 and 2015 based on highly questionable evidence, they are already declaring 2016 to be even hotter based on absolutely no evidence other than pretending to read future temperatures.
Time was so eager to dive into their "hottest year on record" shtick they couldn't even wait until 2016 started to issue their proclamation. It was actually made on December 17, 2015:
NYT Plays Politics Under 'Cover' of Criticism: Book Review Cover Dominated by Anti-Koch, Anti-Conservative HostilityBy Clay Waters | January 25, 2016 | 3:56 PM EST
The New York Times often uses its book review to make liberal political statements under the cover of criticism, whether by praising books by liberals that bash conservatives, or eviscerating books by conservatives that attack the left. Sunday brought the first kind, summed up by this online teaser: "Dark Money argues that the Koch brothers and a small number of allied plutocrats have essentially hijacked American democracy."
By Scott Whitlock | January 25, 2016 | 3:40 PM EST
CBS This Morning journalists on Monday uncritically promoted Bernie Sanders’s plan to make college “free” and that his contention that such an idea isn’t “radical.” The segment allowed no contrasting voices. Instead, co-host Norah O’Donnell hyped, “In Iowa, Sunday, he highlighted his plan to lower student loan interest rates and make public colleges tuition free.”
By Kyle Drennen | January 25, 2016 | 2:35 PM EST
On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Monday, host Andrea Mitchell teed up correspondent Rehema Ellis to blast New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the blizzard clean-up effort in the state: “Tell us about the clean-up, because Rehema, we've already seen that Chris Christie, the governor, flew out early yesterday saying all was fine there. How is it in New Jersey?”
By Tom Blumer | January 25, 2016 | 2:29 PM EST
The Des Moines Register likely broke new ground when it endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday. The Register may be the first major newspaper to endorse a major-party presidential candidate under investigation by the FBI at the time of the endorsement.
The time stamp at the editorial's link is currently and inexplicably this morning, but pundits and bloggers have been commenting on it for two days, and Google News says the endorsement is from "2 days ago." This time disconnect seems fitting, as it reflects how disconnected from reality the Register's editorial board had to be on so many levels to make its endorsement. Let's look at just one of them, namely Mrs. Clinton's admitted use of a private email server to conduct government business when she was President Barack Obama's Secretary of State.
By Alatheia Larsen | January 25, 2016 | 1:53 PM EST
Calm down, climate alarmists; the weather events taking place are nothing new.
Climatologist Patrick Michaels said that recent droughts, warmer temperatures because of El Nino, and the blizzard of 2016 were “business as usual.”
By Kyle Drennen | January 25, 2016 | 12:07 PM EST
On Monday, all three network morning shows hyped the possibility of former New York City mayor and liberal activist Michael Bloomberg entering the 2016 presidential race. However, only NBC’s Today made any mention of Bloomberg’s nationwide anti-gun crusade as a stumbling block for him.
By Matt Philbin | January 25, 2016 | 11:51 AM EST
Salon hates Catholicism the way vegans hate meat – loudly and ad nauseum. It’s latest anti-Catholic screed comes courtesy of one Valerie Tarico, who lists “15 Sexual Hangups we can Blame on the Catholic Church.”
By Tim Graham | January 25, 2016 | 11:50 AM EST
Politico’s Glenn Thrush was granted a 30-minute interview with President Obama, perhaps because the dominant issue was gauzy nostalgia over how awesome Obama was on the trail in 2008. It carried the flavor of the “Chris Farley Show” skit on Saturday Night Live. “Remember when you said you were Hope and Change. That was awesome.”
Thrush told the president that covering Hillary Clinton wasn’t great: “I was with her for 18 months in 2007 and 2008. It was the Bataan Death March.” He and other reporters had “candidate envy,” because Hillary’s events weren’t as dazzling.
By Scott Whitlock | January 25, 2016 | 10:52 AM EST
Given CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s long history of liberal spin, viewers of Monday’s town hall forum with the Democratic candidates shouldn’t have high hopes. After all, this is the same man who admitted that reporters “encouraged” socialist Bernie Sanders to enter the race. Cuomo, the brother of New York’s current Democratic governor and the son of another Democratic governor, has also acted as a journalistic shield for Hillary Clinton.
By Julia A. Seymour | January 25, 2016 | 9:42 AM EST
2016 was supposedly the “point of no return” for taking action on global warming, according to former Vice President Al Gore. His tipping point received widespread scorn on the right, resulting in an “Armageddon” clock posted on Rush Limbaugh’s site -- that turns zero Jan. 27.
But don’t expect the liberal news media to remind anyone of Gore’s hyperbolic claim 10 years later.
After all, the media spent those years embracing Gore’s climate agenda, promoting it and him repeatedly. At the same time, they ignored critics, errors, failed predictions and his hypocrisy. Just as they will likely ignore that Gore’s time is up.