The big question the Meet the Press panel tackled on Sunday was, as moderator Chuck Todd put it, “Is the gun debate changed this week?” Todd believed it had, explaining how Democrats have read the GOP’s play book on getting legislation passed, “And Democrats, for the first time, decided to merge terrorism and guns together and run with it. And it did change the rhetoric of the Republicans.”
By Tom Johnson | | June 19, 2016 | 2:20 PM EDT
A few days ago, Vanity Fair reported that Donald Trump is “considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States.” Jonathan Chait thinks such a venture “makes sense” since there’d be a “numerically large” ready-made audience for its fare. “Perhaps [Trump] grasps a truth the official Republican Party has refused to acknowledge: The conservative base is a subculture,” wrote Chait in a Thursday post. “It is a numerically large subculture, but a subculture nonetheless. It rejects the moral values of the larger society and wallows within its own imaginary world."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 19, 2016 | 1:06 PM EDT
In a shocking development in the push for gun-control Sunday, Senator Chris Murphy, who filibustered for 15 hours regarding the issue, admitted on ABC’s This Week that his proposals would not have stopped any recent mass shooting. “Your proposal would have done nothing in the case of Orlando, it would have done nothing to stop the killing in San Bernardino,” stated ABC’s Jon Karl, calling out Murphy, “And in fact, it was unrelated to the killing in Newtown.”
Rolling Stone Writer: NRA the ‘Greatest Threat to Our Homeland Security’ and ‘Paved the Way For the Orlando Attack’By Tom Johnson | | June 19, 2016 | 6:27 AM EDT
Omar Mateen claimed at various times to be aligned with terrorist groups including ISIS, Hezbollah, and the al-Nusra Front. Tim Dickinson does not consider any of those bloodthirsty outfits “the greatest threat to our homeland security today.” That description, Dickinson argues, best fits the National Rifle Association. “The NRA's unhinged gun advocacy,” he wrote in a Wednesday article, “has created a soft underbelly to our homeland security that radicals are exploiting to inflict mass murder...Make no mistake: The NRA paved the way for the Orlando attack.”
By Brent Baker | | June 19, 2016 | 1:33 AM EDT
Rejoicing in Hillary Clinton becoming the “presumptive” Democratic presidential nominee, Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning, came up with a new name for a demographic group – to which she belongs – who are excited about Hillary Clinton.
By Dylan Gwinn | | June 18, 2016 | 10:44 PM EDT
Just when you thought Hall of Fame Dodgers announcer Vin Scully couldn’t possibly be any more awesome…he goes ahead and delivers this gem during the Dodgers game against the Brewers on Friday night.
By Tim Graham | | June 18, 2016 | 6:15 PM EDT
The Catholic Church is always good for a laugh on Catholic-subsidized National Public Radio....not so much your local mosque. On their game show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, host Peter Sagal inaccurately presented as breaking news a “bold scheme to make money” in Oakland. That’s not quite right. But you can see the punchline potential in putting a vineyard next to a graveyard:
By Clay Waters | | June 18, 2016 | 4:04 PM EDT
After the murder of a British Parliament member while she was on the street meeting with her constituency, New York Times reporter Steven Erlanger used the front page to smear conservative supporters of Britain leaving the European Union (known as the “Brexit” movement) as anti-immigrant paranoids and “Islamophobic,” in “Growing Dread Over Ugly Tone of ‘Brexit’ Vote.” The online headline to the Saturday edition story really pointed fingers: “Britain Asks if Tone of ‘Brexit’ Campaign Made Violence Inevitable.”
By Jeffrey Lord | | June 18, 2016 | 4:00 PM EDT
Well this was a disaster of a week. Another Islamic radical attack on America leaves 49 dead and 53 wounded. And like clockwork there go the bitter clingers of the media - bitterly clinging to myths about guns and Christians. The “bitter clinger” phrase, of course, originated with candidate and Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign when he was captured on audio tape at a San Francisco fundraiser.
By Melissa Mullins | | June 18, 2016 | 3:24 PM EDT
Just a day after declaring presumptive GOP candidate Donald Trump would be banned from his show, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers is now offering Trump his own show if he drops out of the race for the White House.
By Scott Whitlock | | June 18, 2016 | 2:15 PM EDT
The website Deadline on Tuesday reported that Steven Spielberg is considering making a biography of famous CBS journalist Walter Cronkite. Deadline writer Ali Jaafar explained, “The project will focus on Cronkite’s relationship with the Vietnam War and the role that America’s most trusted newsman played in turning public opinion against the increasingly un-winnable conflict.”
By Tom Blumer | | June 18, 2016 | 2:14 PM EDT
On May 1, the Washington Post's Jackson Diehl warned: "We ignore Venezuela’s imminent implosion at our peril," noting that the South American nation of 30 million "has descended into a dystopia where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce." Given the dire humanitarian crisis which has enveloped that country, broadcast media coverage during the ensuing seven weeks, particularly on the Big Three networks, has been sparse to non-existent.
Yesterday, as Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Milwaukee Brewers in LA, legendary Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, in a 20-second monologue between pitches, did more to substantively educate his audience about the tragic reality in Venezuela than most of the U.S. press has done in months (HT Twitchy):
By Clay Waters | | June 18, 2016 | 12:18 PM EDT
Showing the continuing conflation of big-time sports journalism and liberal activism, Howard Bryant's “Ali Everlasting” tribute for ESPN Magazine used the boxing legend as a tool to condemn American racism and inequality Meanwhile at Sports Illustrated, lefty journalist Charles Pierce bashed the former Cuban embargo for "shredding" the Cuban economy:
By Christian Toto | | June 18, 2016 | 11:30 AM EDT
Weiner began as a comeback story and ended up a profile in total humiliation. That isn’t the biggest takeaway from the documentary capturing Congressman Anthony Weiner’s precipitous fall from grace. It’s a damning portrait of modern journalism, the kind that reminds you why so many people don’t believe reporters. They trust their collective gut. And they’re right.
By Kyle Drennen | | June 18, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT
On Friday’s NBC Today, hapless NBC reporter Kerry Sanders followed a team of Alligator trappers in Florida: “There’s a saying in Florida that if there’s a fresh body of water, just assume that there’s a gator in it....Last year, licensed contractors, the trappers who go out for the state, captured 7,513 nuisance gators, and this is how they do it.”