On Tuesday, the owners of the Empire State Building honored ABC's The View by lighting the famed skyscraper "in light blue, teal and orange in celebration of 20 years" of the daytime program. However, the same company rejected a tribute in lights for the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa in 2010, which was requested by the Catholic League.
By Kristine Marsh | | September 7, 2016 | 12:17 PM EDT
On Wednesday’s The View, the panel discussed the upcoming presidential debates and what the roles of the moderators should be. The discussion started with agreement that moderators should fact-check each candidate throughout the debate and how that was helpful for viewers who may not be “political junkies.” Behar then brought up 2012 debate moderator, Candy Crowley and insinuated that she was punished for fact-checking Romney.
WSJ Doesn't Disclose Structuring of January's Multiple Payments Covering $1.3B More Paid to Iraq in CashBy Tom Blumer | | September 7, 2016 | 11:53 AM EDT
In early August, the Wall Street Journal reported that "The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran." Two weeks later, the administration acknowledged that the cash "was used as 'leverage' to gain the release of American prisoners" — that is, in layman's terms, the cash payment was ransom.
Make that "cash payments" — plural.
By Kyle Drennen | | September 7, 2016 | 11:22 AM EDT
Today co-host Matt Lauer is set moderate NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum Wednesday night, where he will quiz Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the most pressing national security issues facing the United States. However, given Lauer’s bizarre antics on the network’s morning show, one wonders if NBC couldn’t find someone with a little more gravitas to host the presidential campaign event. Viewer warning: The following images are quite disturbing.
By Scott Whitlock | | September 7, 2016 | 11:07 AM EDT
After aggressively ignoring alternatives to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for months, CBS on Wednesday not only featured Libertarian nominees Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the show’s hosts quizzed them about the problem of big government. In a segment that last almost six minutes, CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose offered a question not seen much on network television: “Ronald Reagan said government is not the solution, government is the problem. Is government the problem?”
By Brad Wilmouth | | September 7, 2016 | 10:47 AM EDT
The name "Hillary Clinton" and the words "one of the most honest politicians in America" are definitely not words one would expect to see someone use in the same sentence together, but liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones managed to do just that as he appeared as a panel member on Tuesday's CNN Tonight. Responding to a question about a recent CNN/ORG poll finding abysmally low numbers of Americans find the Democratic presidential nominee "honest and trustworthy," Jones leaned on unnamed "fact checkers" to boost Clinton.
Stephanopoulos Actually Asks If It's 'Appropriate' for Ailes, Accused of Sexual Harassment, to Advise TrumpBy Kristine Marsh | | September 7, 2016 | 10:15 AM EDT
On Good Morning America Wednesday, ABC anchor, longtime Clinton Foundation donor and former Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos grilled Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on a laundry list of topics before asking this embarrassingly obtuse question: Is it ‘appropriate’ for Fox News’ Roger Ailes to advise Trump, after he’s been accused of sexual harassment?
By Curtis Houck | | September 7, 2016 | 1:35 AM EDT
Following a spectacular downfall from NBC Nightly News anchor to disgraced and suspended serial liar to MSNBC breaking news anchor, Brian Williams was handed the keys on Tuesday night to a show all his own on MSNBC for the first time since that fateful February 2015 evening when he admitted to being less than accurate about a story from the Iraq War.
By Karen Townsend | | September 7, 2016 | 1:26 AM EDT
In Tuesday night’s premiere double episode of FX channel’s Atlanta, “The Big Bang; Streets on Lock,” lead character Ernest (Donald Glover) is arrested for participating in a shooting with his wanna-be rapper cousin, Alfred.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | September 7, 2016 | 12:51 AM EDT
Donald Trump’s past political contributions came back to haunt him Tuesday, as it came to light that back in 2013 he illegally donated to Pam Bondi who was running for Florida Attorney General. “In 2013, the Donald J. Trump Association donated $25,000 to a super PAC tied to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi as her office was considering a fraud investigation into Trump University,” reported Katy Tur on NBC Nightly News. NBC was the only network to report the story, and in their rush to slam Trump they omitted some important details.
By Tom Blumer | | September 6, 2016 | 11:27 PM EDT
Since most of the truth about the Clinton Foundation hurts the candidacy of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her campaign appears to have adopted the strategy of having Tim Kaine, her hapless running mate, lie about its activities and decisions to local reporters, while hoping that nobody outside the local viewing area gets wise to the tactic. With New Media and partisan monitors on the alert, that's a risky strategy — but not so much if the outlet deceived doesn't fully correct the record. Kaine, when asked by WEWS-TV reporter John Kosich whether the Clinton Foundation's ability to received donations up to Election Day won't cause a last-minute rush of favor-seekers, claimed that "I think it's now, foreign donations as of now" (are not being collected). That's not true, Tim.
By Bruce Bookter | | September 6, 2016 | 11:16 PM EDT
ESPN’s The Undefeated invited Georgetown Sociology Professor and frequent MSNBC guest Michael Eric Dyson to write an article on Colin Kaepernick. Because, after all, what the heck is the difference between ESPN, Georgetown Professors, and MSNBC anyway?
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | September 6, 2016 | 11:10 PM EDT
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd began his pundit-panel segment on September 4 by remarking: “‘Nobody cares about the damn emails.’ That's what Bernie Sanders famously said. I couldn't believe when I looked at the time stamp, October of 2015...We are now at September of 2016. Somebody cares about them.”
Apparently the political director at NBC News isn’t in that “somebody” camp. When it comes to Clinton scandals, he has what Donald Trump calls “low energy.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | September 6, 2016 | 11:06 PM EDT
Recent news out of the Persian Gulf paints a picture of continually raising tensions between US and Iranian naval vessels as once again US Naval vessels were subject to harassment. “We’ve learned at Fox that Iranian ships have harassed another American vessel in the Persia gulf,” reported the new host of On the Record Brit Hume, as he discussed the scenario with former US Ambassador John Bolton. Even as the number Iran’s alarming provocations increase the “Big Three” networks kept it out of their morning and evening news programs Tuesday.
By Curtis Houck | | September 6, 2016 | 9:49 PM EDT
As many news consumers and political junkies know by now, longtime Fox News Channel (FNC) Greta Van Susteren departed the network on Monday (while CNN’s Brian Stelter suggested she was forced out after a dispute over her desire to leave) and so the classy, steady journalist and former Special Report host Brit Hume was appointed to oversee her On the Record program from Tuesday through Election Day.