On Friday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom complained that prosecutors did not "have the guts" to make an issue of race in trying to convict George Zimmerman. She began:
By Scott Whitlock | | July 15, 2013 | 3:30 PM EDT
Liberal Current host Bill Press on Monday demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder ignore George Zimmerman's acquittal on Saturday and pursue the Florida man. On his radio show, (which is simulcast on Current TV), Press fumed, "The whole thing, it can’t stop here. It just can’t stop here."
Press lobbied, "We’ve gotta join the NAACP...and put some pressure on. God, Eric Holder, man, he’s disappointed us so many times. He’d better come through here." The outraged liberal insisted, "File the case against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights." [MP3 audio here.]
By Howard Portnoy | | July 15, 2013 | 2:58 PM EDT
Despite the fact that she obsessively covered the George Zimmerman murder trial, it would seem that Nancy Grace, the left-wing former Georgia prosecutor who has become an HLN television host, missed a few things in the actual courtroom proceedings.
Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell notes that on Saturday, moments before the verdict in the trial was read, the hilariously named Grace uttered the words “f--king coon” slowly and deliberately on air. Network censors either failed or elected not to bleep the words.
By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 15, 2013 | 2:31 PM EDT
When it comes to the subject of abortion, the folks at MSNBC fail to show any sense of objectivity or desire to offer viewers different points of view, standing clearly on the side of abortion rights absolutists. Take for example a July 15 discussion in which liberal MSNBCer Thomas Roberts brought on two pro-choice activists to lambast Republicans in Texas and North Carolina for passing new safety regulations for abortion clinics.
Roberts began his slanted segment by lamenting that, “2013 that shaping up to be the worst years for reproductive freedom since abortion was first legalized in this country.” Roberts then groaned that abortion clinics might close under the new laws:
The claim that raising the bar for clinics will increase women's health and safety. However the reality is all but five abortion clinics in Texas shown on the map created by Stand With Texas Women would be shut down. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]
By Katie Yoder | | July 15, 2013 | 2:16 PM EDT
Tired of feeling "outdated" and "old-fashioned" in relationships, ladies? Try a dose of Cosmo advice: hook up on date one.
Women's magazine Cosmopolitan has unleashed its "Sex on the First Date" piece bashing the waiting rules for sex. "Along with not wearing white after Labor Day (seriously?) and waiting for a guy to ask you out (eff that), you can add 'Don't have sex on a first date' to the list of rules that are now considered one hundred percent outdated."
By Tom Blumer | | July 15, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT
On ABC's This Week yesterday, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer -- who resigned in 2008 when caught dead to rights illegally purchasing the services of prostitutes but was never prosecuted because, as announced two days after Election Day in 2008, the Department of Justice decided that "the public interest would not be further advanced by filing criminal charges" -- called the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial "a failure of justice."
Of course, Politico's Juana Summers provided none of the background yours truly just did while only referring to Spitzer as "the former Democratic governor of New York who's now a candidate for New York City comptroller." Another statement Spitzer made on the same program deserves further scrutiny, which will arrive after the jump:
MSNBC's Jansing: 12-Year-Olds 'Crawl[ed] Into Bed with Their Parents... Out of Fear' After Zimmerman AcquittalBy Ken Shepherd | | July 15, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT
MSNBC's initial -- not to mention its ongoing -- reaction to acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of second degree murder and manslaughter was predictably heavily focused on race and laden with melodramatic hand-wringing.
But it may be anchor Chris Jansing who took the cake in early Sunday morning coverage when she asserted that pre-teen boys were "crawling into bed" with their parents in fear that night as a result of the verdict:
By Scott Whitlock | | July 15, 2013 | 12:21 PM EDT
ABC has officially announced that one of the vacant spots on The View will be filled by Catholic-bashing, anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Jenny McCarthy. In a statement, creator/co-host Barbara Walters gushed, "She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View." Last week, token conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck departed the show for Fox News.
The former Playboy model wrote a book in 2012 deriding Catholicism, complaining that it "has pervaded my life since birth and confused the f--k out of me for about the same time" and whined that "I had to give up giving s--t up for Lent." She has derided Jesus Christ as nothing more than a "Justin Bieber" phase in her life.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 15, 2013 | 12:19 PM EDT
On Monday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie suggested to MSNBC host and National Action Network president Al Sharpton that the trial of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was not racially charged enough: "Do you think the prosecutors missed an opportunity there, that they didn't explicitly make this case about racial profiling?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
In response, Sharpton pushed his effort to get the Justice Department to charge Zimmerman with civil rights violations: "I think they did, but it also sets up a federal case because you can't say it's been tried, because it wasn't tried. So there is no double jeopardy here because they specifically said this is not about race, which opens the door for the federal government to now investigate..."
By Kristine Marsh | | July 15, 2013 | 11:58 AM EDT
Celebrities continue to promote vaccine-autism link in face of science.
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 15, 2013 | 11:53 AM EDT
On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took exception with one of his guests, attorney Seema Iyer, who proclaimed that "there should be" riots if George Zimmerman were acquitted.
The normally far-left Hayes found himself in the position of having to pull his panel of guests back a bit from the far left:
By Matt Hadro | | July 15, 2013 | 11:16 AM EDT
CNN's senior legal analyst reacted to George Zimmerman's acquittal on Saturday by tweeting that Trayvon Martin "got the death penalty for buying Skittles in a hoodie."
"I understand it, but still..." CNN's Jeffrey Toobin enigmatically added. He was joined by CNN host Piers Morgan in outrage. "I find it very hard to accept that it's 'lawful' to shoot an unarmed 17yr-old boy dead as he walks home," Morgan tweeted Sunday morning.
By Noel Sheppard | | July 15, 2013 | 10:38 AM EDT
Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Roddy White made some disgraceful tweets Saturday in response to the George Zimmerman verdict.
On Sunday, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren smacked White down writing, "Do You Think He Watched the Entire Trial? Or Did He Just Take Sides?":
Politico's Haberman Lets Bloomberg Rant About 'Shoot First' Laws Which Were Not Involved in Zimmerman CaseBy Tom Blumer | | July 15, 2013 | 10:12 AM EDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was predictably unhappy with Saturday's verdict in the George Zimmerman case. He used it as an opportunity to go after what he calls "shoot first" laws, which people in the real world refer to as "stand your ground" laws.
It was an irrelevant rant, as Politico's Maggie Haberman pointed out: "In the Zimmerman case, neither the defense nor the prosecution ultimately used “Stand Your Ground.” Zimmerman’s attorneys ... presented a conventional self-defense strategy." Problem is, Haberman waited until her final paragraph to note that, and gave readers every impression that the case was about "stand your ground" up until that point (presented in full for fair use and discussion purposes; bolds are mine):
By Noel Sheppard | | July 15, 2013 | 9:56 AM EDT
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman takes positive glee in attacking Republicans on almost a daily basis.
In a piece published Monday entitled "Hunger Games, USA," Krugman disgracefully said the GOP "takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable":