Liberal HBO host John Oliver sneered that he won’t let the “viscerally horrifying” Donald Trump ruin the creativity of his show. Talking to USA Today on Wednesday about the upcoming season of Last Week Tonight, Oliver complained, “I always believed he was going to do what he said, which is why I was so against him becoming president. That doesn’t make it any less viscerally horrifying.”
By Katie Yoder | | February 8, 2017 | 3:23 PM EST
One abortionist is revealing his abortion religion – and one New York Times writer couldn’t get enough of it.
By James Powers | | February 8, 2017 | 2:31 PM EST
CNN Money tried to have it both ways on “Trumponomics,” blaming bad currency news on the new president the same day it refused to credit him for any positive impact on the jobs report. On Feb. 3, CNN Money blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for a weaker dollar, but ignored the possibility his rhetoric positively impacted jobs in January. Maybe, that’s why Trump and others have dubbed CNN “fake news.” Both stories were labeled “Trumponomics.”
By Clay Waters | | February 8, 2017 | 12:25 PM EST
New York Times Scott Shane pushed back against Donald Trump’s claim that the media was not adequately covering Islamic terrorism on Wednesday’s front page: “Terror News Underplayed? Many Say No.” But Shane, the paper’s intelligence report, does not have much credibility on that issue given that his reporting has taken great pains to downplay the terror threat from radical Islam. Less than two weeks ago Shane was featured on Sunday’s front page, approvingly quoting a silly batch of stats that attempted to quantify the terror threat down to nothingness
By Kyle Drennen | | February 8, 2017 | 12:24 PM EST
On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer feared that President Trump was only focused on pleasing his supporters rather than reaching out to “the entire country.” Political analyst Nicolle Wallace voiced similar concerns and urged the Republican to move left.
By James Powers | | February 8, 2017 | 12:22 PM EST
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor called out the media for their “PC” coverage of radical Islamic terrorism. On Feb. 7, Gainor appeared on Intelligence Report with Trish Regan, and analyzed Trump’s recent comments blasting the media’s “very dishonest” coverage of terrorism around the world.
By Tom Blumer | | February 8, 2017 | 12:12 PM EST
At the Associated Press, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III and six other formerly despised Republicans and business leaders have suddenly become "GOP senior statesman." What accounts for this instant transformation? The group is pushing what it calls a "Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends.” In a Tuesday evening Wall Street Journal op-ed, Shultz and Baker advocated "a gradually increasing carbon tax" accompanied by massive redistributions of income. The AP's headline writers and reporters Catherine Lucey and Julie Pace could barely conceal their glee. In the process, they massively misrepresented the results of the Obama administration's efforts to build up "renewable energy from sources like solar."
By Scott Whitlock | | February 8, 2017 | 11:27 AM EST
All three networks on Wednesday sympathized with Elizabeth Warren, lamenting that the uncivil Republicans on Capitol Hill “silenced” her as things got “nasty.” ABC, CBS and NBC focused less on the Democratic Senator’s smear that Republican Jeff Sessions is a racist and more on the affront against Warren being cut-off mid-speech.
By Kristine Marsh | | February 8, 2017 | 10:45 AM EST
Wednesday morning on MSNBC, a panel led by Stephanie Ruhle discussed Senator Elizabeth Warren’s stunt on the Senate Floor Tuesday night attacking Trump cabinet nominee Jeff Sessions. After colleagues determined Warren had violated Senate rules by attacking another senator’s integrity, House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Warren she had lost her speaking privileges. Liberals were outraged by the decision, and the media has spun the story from their side. MSNBC used the incident as another way to attack Republicans as sexist racists.
By Matt Philbin | | February 8, 2017 | 9:23 AM EST
CBS has ordered a new pilot called Living Koranically. It’s about a “modern-day man who, at a crossroads in his life, decides to live life according to” the Koran. The comedy will revolve around the main character’s bumbling attempts at honor killings and conversions by the sword even as he tries to get his mother and sister to don burqas and convinces himself that Jewish acquaintances are apes. One running gag will focus on his unsuccessfully trying to lure a gay neighbor to the roof of their apartment building so he can hurl him off. The jokes just write themselves!
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | February 8, 2017 | 3:14 AM EST
The fifth and final season of Freeform’s Switched at Birth has the fingerprints of Social Justice Warriors all over it. The second episode, which aired on Tuesday night, “This Has to Do With Me,” provided a “ripped from the headlines” storyline based on the Black Lives Matter campus movement that began sweeping schools and chilling free thought at universities in the fall of 2005.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | February 8, 2017 | 12:42 AM EST
Things became awkward during CNN’s The Future of Obamacare debate Tuesday night, as Senator Bernie Sanders appeared to become a little irritated with a small business owner who admitted to him that she was not providing health care for her employees. Texas salon chain owner La Ronda Hunter explained to the senator that because of Obamacare’s mandates she could not expand her business and could not pay for their care. Sanders’ reaction was tantamount to him saying ‘too bad so sad.’
By Tom Blumer | | February 7, 2017 | 11:53 PM EST
Given its usual tendencies, I suppose we should be grateful that the Associated Press deigned to fact-check federal judge James Robart at all. The AP's Eric Tucker reported on Monday that the Western Washington District Court judge's claim — that no arrests of foreign nationals have occurred since 9/11 from the seven countries which had been subject to President Trump's temporary travel ban before the judge halted it — was "wrong." So far, so good. But Tucker later seriously watered down that evaluation to "not quite right," and he never genuinely quantified how incredibly wrong Robart really was.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | February 7, 2017 | 10:40 PM EST
Time magazine has singled out White House strategist Steve Bannon for their Darth Vader cover treatment, with a picture of Bannon looking like a Marvel Comics villain and the title “The Great Manipulator.” Bannon had dared identify the liberal media as the “Opposition Party.” and Time took offense – and in so doing demonstrably proved him right.
By Tom Blumer | | February 7, 2017 | 9:38 PM EST
At the Media Research Center, the unhinged infamy of Nina Burleigh, who now toils at Newsweek as its national politics correspondent, goes back to years before NewsBusters began. Burleigh's most recent childish move is something one might expect from an unsupervised freshman writer at a high school newspaper. She has created a "Trump Warning System." It includes four icons, three of which are well-known current and former totalitarian dictators, as shorthand to categorize Donald Trump's presidential actions. It's every bit as pathetic it sounds.