Appearing as a guest on Wednesday’s Hardball, The Root political editor Jason Johnson told his fellow MSNBC panelists that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the biggest winner of 2016 because he succeeded where Mikhail Gorbachev and the late Fidel Castro couldn’t in “[taking] over the United States” via a “coup” through “Manchurian candidate” Donald Trump.
By Matt Philbin | | December 22, 2016 | 2:53 PM EST
Yes, it’s GQ. And yes, they don’t stand a metrosexual’s chance at a tractor pull of getting you to care who they think matters or not. Still, the glossy “men’s” magazine’s jokey annual list of the Least Influential People, written by Drew Magary, is instructive.
By Tom Blumer | | December 22, 2016 | 2:30 PM EST
In the aftermath of Monday's Christmas market attack in Berlin which killed 12 and injured nearly 50, Geir Moulson at the Associated Press seemed to be more worried about Angela Merkel's political future than the dreadful mayhem perpetrated by the truck-driving attacker. This puts the reporter in the same camp as MSNBC's serial fabulist Brian Williams and a host of other establishment press members.
Moulson's feelings about the matter were quite apparent in one over-the-top paragraph found in the Tuesday afternoon dispatch.
By Tim Graham | | December 22, 2016 | 2:27 PM EST
Poynter’s James Warren (a former Chicago Tribune managing editor) has turned to the next press horror under President Trump: “What will the White House correspondents’ dinner look like under President Trump?” Warren admitted “It seems way off — April 29, 2017 — but the election of Donald Trump is already raising questions and some fears among [White House Correspondents] association members.”
"This is unchartered territory," said a former WHCA board member who's discussed the matter with board members.
By Kyle Drennen | | December 22, 2016 | 2:03 PM EST
Teasing an upcoming report on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer hyped fears that security measures in New York City for Donald Trump were driving local shops and restaurants out of business: “Up next, is increased security for the President-elect around Trump Tower bankrupting nearby businesses?”
By Kristine Marsh | | December 22, 2016 | 12:51 PM EST
Dan Rather, the longtime news anchor whose own “fake news” story got him ousted from CBS News now feels like it is his new role to fact-check others. In a Facebook post Wednesday evening, Rather lectured conservative climate change skeptics as “reality deniers” on the issue of global warming.
By Kristine Marsh | | December 22, 2016 | 10:52 AM EST
In another example of the media’s double standard, ABC went after Donald Trump today for not holding a press conference in months, but didn’t seem to mind when Hillary Clinton went nearly twice as long without a press conference. Thursday on Good Morning America, correspondent Cecilia Vega bashed Trump for only talking to the press for “seconds,” hyping Trump’s lack of availability since becoming elected. However, ABC didn’t press Clinton when she was running for ignoring the press for 277 days.
By Matt Philbin | | December 22, 2016 | 10:09 AM EST
Finally, something sticks! After months of flinging just about every accusation they could think of against Trump et al, media lefties have hit on a charge that’s demonstrably, undeniably true: The Trumps have bad taste in art.
By Sarah Stites | | December 22, 2016 | 9:57 AM EST
If any ensemble sums up 2016, it is the pantsuit—a sartorial statement representing power and progressivism. Hillary Clinton’s own rainbow array of suits inspired think pieces, Instagram accounts and even a highly popular invitation-only Facebook group called “Pantsuit Nation.” But on December 19, the pantsuit became a form of protest.
By P.J. Gladnick | | December 22, 2016 | 8:27 AM EST
Bill Maher is on a hiatus from his HBO Real Time show until January. However, that doesn't mean he isn't still providing a bit of humor even if it's inadvertent. And Maher's latest bit of unintentional humor comes in the form of a presidential endorsement for 2020. What his endorsement reveals is how laughably shallow the Democrat field of potential candidates is.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | December 22, 2016 | 12:20 AM EST
The liberal media had been trying to make a lot of hay out of accusations that the Trump family had tried to sell access to themselves and their president-elect father. So far such concerns seem to have little merit since all of the instances pointed to by accusers have not actually happened. But that didn’t stop it from being a topic of conversation on CNN’s OutFront on Wednesday. “This has been a stumbling block for the Trumps,” argued fill in host Poppy Harlow, “Why even open yourself up to this criticism?”
By Melissa Mullins | | December 21, 2016 | 11:15 PM EST
Transgender, cisgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, or whatever name you want to call it, this “fluidity” seems to be the trending topic covered in the media these days – and although it may appear an unlikely outlet for such a topic, National Geographic is the latest to jump on the bandwagon by featuring a nine year old transgender girl by the name of Avery Jackson on the cover of its upcoming issue. If you are unaware of the aforementioned names, no worries – the upcoming issue comes complete with a glossary of more than 20 terms redefining gender.
By Matthew Balan | | December 21, 2016 | 10:59 PM EST
The Washington Post and The Daily Beast targeted the dogma of the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary of Nazareth, mere days before Christmas, the holiday where Christians mark this central tenet of their faith. Ruth Everhart claimed in her December 16, 2016 item for the Post's Acts of Faith site that the Christian churches have turned Mary's story into an "idol of sexual purity." Heterodox scholar Candida Moss followed two days later in a Daily Beast article that touted the question of whether or not Jesus's mother was actually a virgin.
By Tom Johnson | | December 21, 2016 | 8:48 PM EST
The affinity of some American conservatives for Vladimir Putin was a minor phenomenon well before Donald Trump ran for president, and for obvious reasons it’s still grist for the mill of punditry. Liberal blogger and columnist Waldman delved into the topic in a Monday piece for The American Prospect. Waldman mused that maybe Republicans “are just now realizing that Putin is a leader after their own hearts,” explaining, “An avatar of anxious masculinity, [Putin] finds democratic constraints inconvenient, rules with an iron hand, and has a habit of having his enemies killed.”
By Jack Coleman | | December 21, 2016 | 7:31 PM EST
Perhaps it would help if they rescheduled the show and named it Much Later in the Morning, Joe. Syndicated columnist Mike Barnicle, a regular on MSNBC's Morning Joe, struggled yesterday not just with the pronunciation of Electoral College but with a Civics 101-level understanding of how it works.