By Mark Finkelstein | May 2, 2016 | 9:13 PM EDT

Chris Hayes has established a new standard. It is henceforth fair game to say on national TV of any parent who has spanked his child that such parent "hits his kids." Hayes employed the inflammatory formulation on his MSNBC show this evening. Hayes played a clip of a child in a Cruz audience telling him "you suck" and Cruz responding "in my household, when a child behaves that way, they get a spanking." Proclaimed Hayes portentously: "I should note it's a matter of public record by Ted Cruz that he hits his kids."

Okay then, so Hayes has equated a spank, which can be more symbolic than real, with a "hit." Would Hayes encourage the next reporter who interviews Hillary to ask if she ever spanked her daughter, or was ever spanked herself, and in any case how she views the issue? What about Barack and Michelle Obama? This is absurd--and despicable. 

By Nicholas Fondacaro | May 2, 2016 | 6:57 PM EDT

With the Indiana primary a day away the liberal media is franticly pushing the narrative that Ted Cruz is going to lose and Donald Trump is destined to be the nominee. “It's hard to think of Ted Cruz as a human being in the same week when Boehner called Lucifer,” smeared Nicolle Wallace on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect. Co-host of the show John Heilemann declared Indiana was the end of line for Cruz, “this was the last stand for the Never Trump movement.”

By Brent Baker | May 2, 2016 | 5:57 PM EDT

New on May 2: CNN political commentator Sally Kohn charged that “most” of Donald Trump’s “supporters are only voting for him because he’s a white guy.”

By Matthew Balan | May 2, 2016 | 5:34 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo hinted NewsBusters was an Internet backwater during a panel discussion segment with contributor Jeffrey Lord. Cuomo wondered if Donald Trump's "use of the phrase, 'China is raping us'" would become "a cause for concern in building a bigger tent." Lord replied by citing his Sunday piece on NewsBusters "that points out...[how] liberals feel free to pillory [Sarah Palin] as an idiot...there is a strange silence about sexism on the left." The anchor retorted, "Where is your column? NewsBusters...is where it is? Boy, oh, boy! No one wanted that one, huh?"

By Kyle Drennen | May 2, 2016 | 5:18 PM EDT

On Monday, NBC’s Today hyped liberal outrage against conservative Christian actor Kirk Cameron for daring to adhere to a traditional Biblical view of marriage. Teasing the story at the top of the 8 a.m. ET hour, co-host Matt Lauer declared: “Kirk Cameron controversy. The Growing Pains actor under fire after saying women should be submissive to their husbands. What he's now saying about the growing backlash.”
 

By Curtis Houck | May 2, 2016 | 4:33 PM EDT

CNN's Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter dedicated much of his Sunday show to the aftermath of the White House Correspondents Dinner and included far-left New York public radio host Bob Garfield tearing into media members like Stelter for attending such a "repulsive" "sham" that's a "disgrace" to the idea of an independent press.

By Scott Whitlock | May 2, 2016 | 4:26 PM EDT

Ted Cruz continued his verbal war on the liberal media, Monday, sparring with Hallie Jackson over the mainstream media’s excitement to crown Donald Trump the Republican nominee. Cruz, standing next to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, endured a barrage of questions about the businessman. The Texas Senator finally shot back: “I guarantee you if we were here and a Democratic governor actually endorsed Hillary Clinton, the first question would be, ‘Governor, tell me how Hillary Clinton is fantastic.’” 

By Kyle Drennen | May 2, 2016 | 3:54 PM EDT

In an exclusive for NBC’s Today on Monday, correspondent Kerry Sanders could not contain his pure joy at being aboard the first cruise ship bound for Cuba since the Obama administration resumed diplomatic relations with the communist nation. In his report, Sanders proclaimed: “This morning, history is being made as this cruise ship becomes the first in more than a half century to sail from Miami to Havana....American passengers about to step on to Cuban soil, a country that most U.S. citizens have been forbidden to visit since 1963.”

By Matthew Balan | May 2, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT

Jim Axelrod touted a Muslim Cub Scout den "dedicated to the idea of helping others erase their prejudices" on Saturday's CBS Evening News. Axelrod spotlighted the unit's adult leader, who contended that "there is a natural overlap between Scouting and Islam." The journalist also featured two clips from President Obama's February 2016 visit to a mosque in Baltimore, Maryland, where he "met a group of young Muslim Cub Scouts." One such young scout lamented during the report that "especially what's going on now with media portrayal of Muslims, we need to put ourselves out as...normal people."

By Scott Whitlock | May 2, 2016 | 1:01 PM EDT

The network morning shows on Monday took another day to gush over Barack Obama’s “awesome” performance at Saturday’s White House Correspondence Dinner. The “comedian-in chief” “dropped the mic” and the journalists at ABC, CBS and NBC loved it. Good Morning America’s co-hosts provided the most effusive praise. Former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos opened the show by praising, “He's getting so good at this and everyone was a target on Saturday night.” 

By Kyle Drennen | May 2, 2016 | 1:00 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network morning shows covered the violent May Day rioting that broke out across Seattle on Sunday. However, the NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasts made sure to tout how “the march began as a peaceful demonstration for the rights of workers and immigrants.” No liberal labels were used to characterize the protesters and the reporters avoided explaining the Communist roots of the day.

By Mark Finkelstein | May 2, 2016 | 8:21 AM EDT

Mike Barnicle's a guy from the Duke Ellington era, so I suppose it makes sense if he doesn't "get around much anymore." How else to explain his nonsensical statement on today's Morning Joe? When Joe Scarborough asked him why the FBI investigation of Hillary's email is taking so long, Barnicle said "I have not spoken to anyone who believes there is an indictable offense that has occurred."

Responded Scarborough sarcastically: "you're talking to a very tightly focused crowd there," adding that people in the intel community say "anybody else would be in prison right now." The befuddled Barnicle reversed himself moments later, saying "there's a couple of people I've spoken to who, you know, think that there should be sort of a Petraeus ruling on it, at a minimum." Petraeus was indicted and convicted of a misdemeanor for his mishandling of email. So which is it, Mike?