This Memorial Day weekend, the MRC’s FLASHBACK series has already reminded you of MSNBC's Chris Hayes admitting he was “uncomfortable” referring to fallen military members as heroes. But there are other examples of the media using this holiday for their own purposes. On the 2019 Memorial Day edition of Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski tried (and failed) to get guests to use the day to trash Donald Trump.
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter said something fascinating on his show Sunday. He complained to New York Times media columnist Ben Smith that "I don't know how to show folk that journalists are mostly acting in good faith. Here's how a show allegedly focused on journalism fails to show good faith. Stelter had on a writer from The Atlantic to discuss the coronavirus and never whispered a word about The Atlantic projecting that Gov. Brian Kemp's reopening of Georgia would be an "experiment in human sacrifice." That looks like Stelter wants to avoid any attempt at holding media outlets accountable.
A president can be an ardent defender of religious freedom without being overtly devout himself. But that didn't stop CNN from branding President Trump a hypocrite for having not attended church this weekend while having recently promoted the re-opening of houses of worship.
Like Hatfields and McCoys, the feud between New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades, Jr., and hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod is the never ending battle fueling the drama on Showtime’s Billions.
Both are corrupt, ruthless and willing to fight dirty. This week it was the AG's turn to roll around in the mud. Rhoades tried and failed to enlist rival billionaire Mike Prince in his effort to defeat Axe, in this week’s episode: Opportunity Zone.
The May 25 episode of Vida titled “Episode 21” drives home the point of how cavalier and apathetic some pro-abortion women can be when it comes to terminating their unborn children. This episode on Starz even shows the two leading characters, sisters, bonding over the pills used to perform the abortion.
At 4:34 PM ET on Thursday, CNN's Chris Cillizza had his vice presidential rankings published. It is something Cillizza has done for the past few weeks in which the women that apparent Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden might pick are ranked as to their order of probability of being chosen. For the past few weeks, Senator Amy Klobuchar has settled in at second spot right behind Senator Kamala Harris in first place. However, Cillizza also added a bit of hype for Klobuchar about her husband recovering from coronavirus that he might want to reconsider in light of a video that was posted on YouTube almost exactly an hour earlier at 3:35 PM ET that same day.
It should surprise no one that TNT’s post-apocalyptic series Snowpiercer is about as subtle as the 1001-car train the show follows. A class warfare story surrounding the survivors of climate change is about as blunt as one can get. Apparently, however, it can get worse. Now we’ve come to the “eat the rich” portion of our propaganda.
Professors are often the first to try and deny the problem of media bias. Take the website The Conversation, with its motto "Academic rigor, journalistic flair." This recent article is lacking both of those: "Claims of ideological bias among the media may be overblown." Here's the problem with bias-denying Experts: they don't actually read or watch the content.
On Saturday's NBC Nightly News, the show ran a report which surprisingly gave an upbeat assessment of the results Georgia has gotten in the four seeks since it reopened in spite of all the naysayers who warned of disaster. But, in spite of the criticism that Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, received a month ago that was mostly from the left, only a soundbite of President Donald Trump was shown to document the apparently misplaced hesitance by some to reopen.
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid interviews Charlamagne Tha God, whose podcast interview with Joe Biden elicited the now notorious "you ain't black." Charlamagne says that Biden's apology was "cool," but what he really wants to know about is what Biden will do about reparations for black people.
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace invited a panel to bash White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany because she had the courage to stand up to the opposition press. Between Wallace taking it personally and the Never-Trump editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg attacking her, it was like watching CNN.
In a tacit admission of how the Democratic Party thinks of the black community on Friday, presumptive nominee Joe Biden exclaimed that if a black person had to think about voting for him or President Trump, then their blackness was in question. By Sunday, NBC was tired of hearing the outrage at Biden’s blatantly racist remark with Sunday Today host Willie Geist huffing that Biden had to apologize for “two days,” and Political director Chuck Todd lamented that the former Vice President was being held to account at all.
The sleazy NFL potentially continues to slouch toward Gomorrah! Super Bowl halftime sleaze is legendary, but now an adult webcam site has offered $15 million to the New Orleans Saints in hopes of gaining the Super Dome stadium naming rights. SB Nation sports blog asks why an organization would want to get involved with an "embarrassing, scandal-plagued business" and it wasn't even referring to the XXX-rated Stripchat website, but to the Saints!
An article on Yahoo! News uses a liberal think tank's number-crunching to report "Coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in 2016." Really? A look at some of these Trump-voting counties doesn't show a real pile of "hotspots." Using the measurement of case rates higher than 100 or more per 100,000 people isn't that useful.
Far too much Washington journalism is reliant on anonymous sources, and the public has no earthly idea of the agendas and ideologies of the "senior government officials" or just "sources" who can be used to ruin a presidency or a congressional career. Larry O'Connor at Townhall threw a strong headline at Team Zucker: "CNN Was Used to Spread Lies And They're Just Fine with That."