The Huffington Post is complaining there's a problem with the new comedy Bridget Jones's Baby -- she never talks about killing it. Laura Goldman -- a freelance producer for ABC's Good Morning America -- wants a "braver path" for Hollywood, where it's "2016, not 1950," and a middle-aged woman with a surprise pregnancy can't just talk about throwing that "fetus" away like a bad memory.
By Brad Wilmouth | | September 17, 2016 | 9:34 PM EDT
For much of Friday evening, CNN viewers could witness various on-air personalities of the news network put in the awkward position of trying to repeatedly argue that the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2008 had nothing to do with promoting anti-Obama birther conspiracy theories, even while news was breaking that accused close Clinton confidant and advisor Sidney Blumenthal of personally trying to push birtherism into the media during Clinton's campaign against Barack Obama in 2008.
By Jeffrey Lord | | September 17, 2016 | 4:00 PM EDT
Ahhh the birther issue and the media. You just have to love the double standard. In the middle of all the Donald Trump birther ruckus, there is one small detail that seems to be going unmentioned. Here is the story as headlined by none other than the New York Times on February 28, 2008.
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi: ‘Nation of Idiots’ Might Elect Trump, Who’s ‘One of the Dumbest People on the Planet’By Tom Johnson | | September 17, 2016 | 12:26 PM EDT
Liberals often allege that the media are too tough on Hillary Clinton and not tough enough on Donald Trump. Taibbi is left of center and anti-Trump, but he thinks the quantity and quality of those complaints are “getting ridiculous,” and that the main problem isn’t bad campaign coverage -- it’s dopey voters. “We are less than two months from the possibility of one of the dumbest people on the planet winning the White House,” wrote Taibbi in a Friday piece, “and it seems that all anyone's talked about this week…is the lung capacity of Hillary Clinton…That sucks. But it's not all the media's fault.”
By Christian Toto | | September 17, 2016 | 12:02 PM EDT
There may be some Texas cliches a new gun control comedy missed. You could probably count them on one hand, though. Is That a Gun in Your Pocket? is less a satire than a tirade against Second Amendment devotees. It’s not preaching to the choir. It’s inviting the choir into its home, cooking it a three-course meal and rubbing its collective feet.
By Clay Waters | | September 17, 2016 | 11:46 AM EDT
New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro, perennially hostile toward Republicans, led Saturday’s edition with 700 words of seething hostility against Donald Trump under the guise of a “news analysis”: “Trump Gives Up a Lie But Refuses to Repent – No Apology After 5 Years of Nurturing ‘Birther’ Issue to Undermine Obama.” Maggie Haberman and Alan Rappeport offered a related story that also categorically denied any Hillary-birther connection: “Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Claim but Offers New One: Clinton Started It.”
By Tim Graham | | September 17, 2016 | 11:41 AM EDT
The self-loathing of the media came to a head after Donald Trump’s come-to-Barry admission that he was born in Hawaii after all. “Trump plays media for fools – again,” was the headline in The Washington Post. On the front page of Style, media columnist Margaret Sullivan lashed into the networks for treating this like a tremendously significant live event:
8 Years Late, McClatchy Finally Reports Investigating Blumenthal-Inspired Obama 'Birther' Rumors in KenyaBy Tom Blumer | | September 17, 2016 | 10:42 AM EDT
Friday night, yours truly detailed the latest evidence demonstrating that the Hillary Clinton campaign and a close confidant of Mrs. Clinton herself were involved in early 2008 in spreading the “birther” rumors, i.e., that then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. Despite this news and other longstanding items, the Associated Press and others still insist that there is "no evidence" that Mrs. Clinton was connected with the rumors' initiation.
Concerning the Clinton confidant, former McClatchy Washington Bureau chief James Asher tweeted early Friday morning that Sidney Blumenthal “spread the Obama birther rumor to me in 2008, asking us to investigate.” What he didn’t say is that Blumenthal’s urgings actually caused McClatchy to investigate the matter, even sending reporter(s) to Kenya, where Blumenthal had “told me (Asher) in person Obama (was) born."
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | September 17, 2016 | 8:05 AM EDT
Any American who has sought refuge from politics by escaping into the world of sports realizes now there is no escaping politics. In the last few months, it has become completely impossible to follow sports without being lectured about the oppressive ways of the United States and its failures to achieve the highest of today’s cultural goals: “inclusion.”
Leave that word in quotation marks, because in the guise of “inclusion,” people will be most righteously excluded. In the name of “tolerance,” those condemned for intolerance will be boycotted and punished unless they genuflect to ever-evolving “anti-discrimination” dictates.
By Tom Blumer | | September 16, 2016 | 10:36 PM EDT
The press continues to ignore reality by insisting that it's a settled matter that Hillary Clinton and conpany were never involved in fomenting and promoting the Barack Obama "birther" rumors. Even today, with damning new evidence that a campaign apparatchik started such an effort, and that a confidant whose relationship with the Clintons goes back to Bill Clinton's presidency pitched the story to a former journalist at the McClatchy news service, reporters Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire at the Associated Press insisted, as if it's an undisputed fact, that "there is no evidence" that "the 'birther movement' was started by Hillary Clinton."
By P.J. Gladnick | | September 16, 2016 | 10:29 PM EDT
Don't be so modest, Bob. You have an amazing power. Any presidential candidate who you either work for directly or declare to have won before Election Day is doomed to fail. That power that you are so reluctant to brag about is known far and wide within political circles as the "Shrum Curse." We saw the latest demonstration by Bob Shrum of that power on With All Due Respect on September 2 as chronicled by your humble correspondent who anticipated its effects in this Newsbusters article, WADR: Will Shrum Curse Doom Hillary's Campaign?
By NB Staff | | September 16, 2016 | 5:25 PM EDT
Appearing on the Friday edition of the Fox News Channel’s Your World, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and host Neil Cavuto hammered the liberal media for their refusal to cover Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s latest lowering of American discourse as he used the Senate floor to declare Donald Trump to be “a human leech who will bleed the country.”
By Scott Whitlock | | September 16, 2016 | 4:30 PM EDT
The superficial Nightline, a show that found time this week to cover the dilemma of pudgy pets, made time to fact check Ivanka Trump. This is the same program that has ignored ObamaCare (and all its problems) for nearly three years. On Thursday night, after a segment about extreme athletes who rock climb and surf, Dan Harris concluded, “Finally here tonight, Ivanka is supposed to be the calm, collected Trump. How she is now creating controversy tonight.”
By Curtis Houck | | September 16, 2016 | 3:24 PM EDT
Speaking of the hysterical outrage machine being turned up to a 10 after Donald Trump’s birtherism statement Friday morning, the pathetic behavior by the media continued into the afternoon as CNN host Ashleigh Banfield and media reporter Dylan Byers worried that Donald Trump and his supporters could undermine the media to the point that the country would look like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
By Callista Ring | | September 16, 2016 | 2:56 PM EDT
Should public schools teach sex-ed? How about masturbation? Actress Shailene Woodley votes yes, and The Huffington Post argues, “She’s got a point.” Ardent Bernie Sanders supporter Woodley advocated educating young girls about masturbation in an interview with The Edit, claiming “if masturbation were taught in school, I wonder how [many] fewer people would get herpes aged 16, or pregnant at 14?” Somehow, devoting education resources to teaching teens to pleasure themselves will lead to fewer STDs/pregnancies? Not quite sure how that works, but liberals will go for anything that promotes sex education in schools.