National Public Radio has rotated some other pundits to sit in the "conservative" chair of David Brooks on their Week in Politics review on Fridays, often leading to a better, stronger representation of the conservative viewpoint. Sadly, on Friday, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review was very Brooks-ish, throwing scorn on the declassification of intelligence that might explain the Russian collusion narrative. It's like he doesn't read Andrew McCarthy at NRO, who argues "Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation."
This year’s Cannes Film Festival in France opened with a new Jim Jarmusch movie from Focus Features (owned by the reliably liberal NBC Universal) called The Dead Don’t Die, filled with in-your-face attacks on Republicans, conservatives, and people/states who vote for them. The plot is spurred by an environmental apocalypse caused by "polar fracking."
By the time a new law banning Indian nicknames at public schools in Maine takes effect later this year, it will affect absolutely no one. The only remaining public school with an Indian mascot voted it out prior to this law taking effect. The hollow law will merely stand as a hallmark to political correctness, celebrated by CNN.com and the Democrat governor and lawmakers promoting their feel-good folly.
On CNN's New Day on Friday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman worried out loud that Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe might lead to selective leaks from intelligence agencies that carry a partisan narrative to hurt Trump's political opponents. The lack of introspection in this oration is stunning. On the radio Friday morning, Chris Plante laughed that the reporters were acting like this was "the Pentagon Papers, in reverse." Suddenly, the Forces of Transparency wanted to stop the disclosures!
On Friday’s The Five, the panel weighed in how the media have reacted to the feud between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Along with a mash-up of media figures exulting Pelosi accompanied by the chyron “Familiar Phrase: Media Parrots Same Line to Describe Trump-Pelosi Feud,” co-host Greg Gutfeld described the media and the Democrats as “incestuous” and “interchangeable.”
A recent edition of Univision’s Sunday political affairs show Al Punto featured both pro-life activist Adryana Aldeen and pro-abortion activist Ana María Archilaas they debated new pro-life legislation in Georgia and Alabama. Check out the full post to see as Aldeen closed the segment out with a very strong emphasis on the value of human life, and on the importance of this legislation.
So over there at Mediaite is this curious story. The headline: “Pete Buttigieg Asked if Trump is a Racist: ‘If You Do Racist Things, And Say Racist Things…’” The South Bend, Indiana Mayor and presidential candidate had a sit down with The Washington Post. And this question was asked of the mayor: “Is President Trump racist?”
Appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show, a ghoulish Rick Wilson, billed as a Republican media strategist, urges Democrats to pursue impeachment by raising the "body count" among members of the Trump administration, inflicting a "death of 1,000 cuts," and raising the "pain level." He also analogizes President Trump to OJ Simpson.
Meghan McCain cleans her fellow View hosts’ clocks on a near-daily basis. It’s not simply a Left/Right thing. McCain has a better grasp of the facts, avoids lazy talking points and eagerly fires back when her liberal co-stars critique her views. All three tactics were in short supply before McCain joined the show.
Wade Heath of Mediaite got an exclusive blast of anger from a set of former pro-Trump contributors at CNN. They have been the "fig leaf" of balance on an overwhelmingly anti-Trump lineup of anchors, correspondents, and pundits. These men say the same thing conservatives viewers do: CNN thinks the only good Republicans is a Never Trumper.
Liberals insist Donald Trump is a very serious threat to freedom of the press, and often avoid discussing how Barack Obama was the worst president for cracking down on reporters and their use of government sources. Now they insist Trump will be the worst. But two liberals at the Columbia Journalism Review also report that Team Obama was even worse than previously thought.
Actor Jeff Daniels is lecturing the racist pro-Trump "mob" is devaluing decency and honesty. It’s a little rich when the Hollywood Left itself as the guardian of decency and respect and honesty. They all lined up with Bill Clinton in 1998, and nobody in their company rewrote a literary classic to lecture him on ethics, honesty, and decency.
Do Democratic candidates for president really have a complaint about the liberal media? Except for whether they get enough gushy publicity? On Friday, David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon flagged MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace telling failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke that he receives "very snarky national media coverage." He does? "Play media critic.
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In an NBC Today Show interview and with a supportive report by Newsweek magazine, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver earlier this week boasted of the league's progressive activism. Silver expressed support for gender quotas and Black Lives Matter and directed negatives toward President Donald Trump's policies. Today Show host Craig Melvin interviewed Silver and Benjamin Fearnow wrote about it on Newsweek's website.
MSNBC’s The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell ganged up with Vox editor Ezra Klein Thursday night to discuss recent developments in the on-going showdown between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. O’Donnell opened the topic by sardonically stating; “One of the developments today was the President taking time to publicly proclaim he’s not the crazy one.” Taking the ever favored side of Crazy Nancy, O’Donnell and Klein laughed over Trump’s defending himself with Klein quipping, “so things are going great in American democracy I guess.”