ABC, CBS and NBC ignore ‘mystery’ warming plateau in favor of alarmism about sea levels, allergies, weather.
By Mark Finkelstein | | June 25, 2013 | 8:41 AM EDT
Another day, another bizarre blooper by Joe Scarborough regarding the trial of George Zimmerman.
We reported yesterday that Scarborough—ignoring the rule against double jeopardy—claimed that the absence of African-Americans on the jury would subject a verdict to immediate appeal. Today, the Morning Joe host curiously claimed that the prosecution had a big hill to climb because "you don't know who fired the shot." What? Zimmerman has admitted from the beginning that he shot Trayvon Martin, albeit in self-defense. When Al Sharpton [who has actually been more circumspect in his remarks about the trial than Scarborough] pointed this out, Scarborough quickly changed the subject. Scarborough also claimed that he, Sharpton and "everybody" think the same as to what was in Zimmerman's mind. Really? View the video after the jump.
By Noel Sheppard | | June 25, 2013 | 8:09 AM EDT
Jay Leno continued his comedic attacks on the White House Monday.
The NBC Tonight Show host said during his opening monologue, “President Obama got some good news today. The IRS ruled he can write off the first half of his second term as a total loss.”
Eight Years Later, the Kelo Eminent-Domain Lawsuit Site Is Still Barren, As Is National Press CoverageBy Tom Blumer | | June 24, 2013 | 11:19 PM EDT
How ironic it is that, as Kyle Drennen noted today at NewsBusters, that NBC's David Gregory was so vocal in advocating that "Government Playing a Bigger Role" in the economy, given that yesterday was the eighth anniversary of the Kelo vs. New London decision, a monument to colossal government failure if there ever was one.
A 5-4 Supreme Court majority, believing that the Connecticut city of New London had "carefully formulated a development plan ... (with) appreciable benefits to the community," violated the plain language of the "public use" clause of the Constitution's Fifth Amendment which was clearly designed to limit government eminent-domain takings to true public projects (e.g., roads, bridges, etc.). They instead decided that "public use" really means "public purpose" (i.e., anything the government wants to do, including condemning property so that it can be transferred from current to new owners in the name of some higher good).
By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 10:52 PM EDT
Famed rock group the Rolling Stones played the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Monday, and according to numerous fans reporting on Twitter, lead singer Mick Jagger took a shot at the current White House resident and his recently revealed domestic surveillance program.
Self-described progressive @MikeCarvalho tweeted during the show, "I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in.' - Mick Jagger":
By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 9:36 PM EDT
One of the lawyers for George Zimmerman on Monday actually began his opening remarks with a knock-knock joke.
Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Monday, famed attorney Alan Dershowitz said, “I would be furious at my lawyer unless the lawyer told him he was going to open with that joke. In fact, I would ask my other lawyer to make a motion for a mistrial to start all over again.”
Imagine If He Were Tea Party: FBI Says Leader of 2006 Immigrant March in Dallas 'Hit 19 Banks Since New Year’s Eve'By Tom Blumer | | June 24, 2013 | 9:07 PM EDT
A longtime but recently inactive Hispanic leader in Dallas has been arrested and, according to the FBI, is the "Mesh Mask Bandit" responsible for robbing 19 banks since New Year’s Eve."
Imagine if a recent Tea Party leader of the stature of Luis de la Garza (as named at his Wikipedia page; the linked story at CBS 11 in Dallas uses "delagarza" as his last name) were arrested in similar circumstances. First, it would become prominent national news. Second, his or her fellow activists wouldn't be offering up the pathetic excuses readers will see after the jump -- or if they did, the ridicule would justifiably be never-ending (bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 8:22 PM EDT
You may not be familiar with EchoLight Studios, but the producer of faith-based family films named former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum as CEO Monday.
The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday:
Abortion or Bust! Pro-Choice Extremism Doomed 10-Point 'Women's Equality Act' in New York; NYTimes Places Story on A16By Ken Shepherd | | June 24, 2013 | 7:13 PM EDT
A stubborn, doctrinaire insistence by hard-line abortion rights advocates that a bill titled the Women's Equality Act must not pass without language further liberalizing the Empire State's abortion laws doomed the bill to failure in the New York State Assembly, the New York Times's Thomas Kaplan reported today. Even so, the Times did its best to shield the abortion lobby -- groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood -- for blame for the death of legislation with "widespread support" that would "strengthen the state’s laws against sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence and salary discrimination."
In his page A16 article article in Monday's Times -- blandly headlined "All-or-Nothing Strategy on Women's Equality Legislation Ends With Nothing" -- reporter Thomas Kaplan noted that:
By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 7:03 PM EDT
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for President Obama Monday in the wake of Russia and China's handling of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Appearing on Fox News's Special Report, Krauthammer said, "If there's no element of respect or fear - and you saw it in the summit with the head of the United States and head of Russia and China within the last two weeks - they care nothing for what Obama says, and they know that when he makes a threat, it carries no weight behind it."
By Kyle Drennen | | June 24, 2013 | 5:41 PM EDT
Moderating a Google+ Hangout of gay rights activists on Monday afternoon in preparation for upcoming Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell threw in some advocacy of her own, noting that the effort to push gay marriage was "taking longer than anyone would want, but it's moving in the right direction."
By Matt Hadro | | June 24, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT
Once again, CNN welcomed liberal comedian Bill Maher despite the vitriol he has spewed about conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Maher, an Obama donor, actually guest-hosted for CNN's Piers Morgan last summer during the presidential campaign.
New host George Stroumboulopoulos let Maher bash Fox News viewers and the GOP in Friday night's interview. Maher implied that Republicans are "knuckle draggers" and lambasted the ignorance of Fox News viewers. Stroumboulopoulos then accepted that premise by asking what could be done about their "intellectual impasse." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
By Brad Wilmouth | | June 24, 2013 | 5:14 PM EDT
On Saturday's Melissa Harris-Perry show, host Harris-Perry called the rhetoric from abortion opponents "villainous" as she fretted over Tennessee Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn being a woman who is pushing a House bill banning abortion.
And panel members Irin Carmon of Salon.com and Aisha Moodie-Mills of the left-wing Center for American Progress both saw "misgyny" in the measure. After a clip of Rep. Blackburn promoting the bill, MSNBC host Harris-Perry responded:
By Andrew Lautz | | June 24, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT
NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd had some tough words for President Obama on Monday’s Morning Joe. Todd, anchor of MSNBC’s Daily Rundown and a frequent critic of Republicans on network’s programming, scolded the president for running a “leaderless Washington,” and for failing to “rally the world” to a “solution in Syria.”
Todd’s critique was in reference to a Saturday op-ed in the New York Times, in which conservative columnist Ross Douthat berated the Obama administration for promoting policies of little importance to most Americans – in lieu of an aggressive jobs agenda.
By Matt Vespa | | June 24, 2013 | 4:57 PM EDT
As I mentioned last week, ABC’s "news" program “What Would You Do?” features scripted actors dramatizing so-called “real life” events, which call out for ordinary Americans to intervene. The program's producers love to gin up scenarios, which apparently are designed to bring out bigotry and racism from fellow Americans who are supposed to identify with the actors portraying the absurd scenarios. Most often the scenarios are played out in the heartland of America, in "red-state" locales where apparently ABC thinks it can find racists, xenophobes, and/or folks willing to gay-bash.
Well, for the program's June 21 broadcast, the network continued to troll for bigoted Americans across the Midwest. This time the focus was a Hispanic mother and daughter at a restaurant. The mother, an actress, can’t speak English well – and that irritates one racist patron -- portrayed, again, by an actor. The scenario is completely fabricated.