MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle on Friday suffered a total meltdown after Donald Trump’s CPAC speech, foaming that the “strange,” “lie”-filled address was reminiscent of brutal dictators such as Fidel Castro and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ruhle labeled the speech “absurd across the board.”
When atrocities like the Parkland shooting happen, calling evil “evil” offends Rolling Stone’s Jesse Berney. “Evil,” he wrote after the Las Vegas shooting (Rolling Stone recycled the piece for the latest horror), is a “fantasy” the human mind turns to because “It’s comforting to ascribe an external, unknowable motive to events so terrible we can't imagine a motivation.” And anyway, “What if evil doesn’t exist in this world?”
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported its new ABC News-Washington Post poll on mass shootings on the front page. They asked: “Do you think that mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, or inadequate gun control laws?" By more than two to one (57 to 28 percent), people picked the mental health issues. Actually, that poll finding was nowhere to be found in the Post story...and ABC's Jonathan Karl briefly mentioned it on Tuesday morning.
Echoing the slanted coverage of ABC and CBS, on Friday, NBC’s Today show closed out its two-week coverage of the winter Olympics by gushing over openly gay Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy using their fame to “stand up as advocates” and “voicing their disapproval when Vice President Mike pence was picked to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation.”
As we’ve seen with CNN’s huffy, virtue-signaling “apple” ad campaign, the media never gets more defensive than when they are called out by the right for their liberal bias. That was apparent on ABC this morning, as the anchors reacted angrily to one conservative commentator’s comments made at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. Thursday.
Continuing the Trump-era trend of hiring anti-Trump comedians, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced Thursday that Daily Show comedian Michelle Wolf would headline this year’s annual dinner, on April 28 at the Washington Hilton.
Over the past few days, CNN and MSNBC have again been peddling a discredited poll finding that about 90 percent of Americans -- this time from Quinnipiac with a tally of 97 percent -- supporting the adoption of laws to require background checks for all gun purchases. But, as previously documented by NewsBusters, other polling has found that support from respondents plummets if the questioner reminds or informs them that the overwhelming majority of gun purchases already undergo a background check since it is already required for licensed dealers.
Many people failed the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida before Nikolas Cruz's massacre last week. Someone also failed them during the attack: armed Resource Officer Scot Peterson, who, according to Broward County's sheriff, "never went in" to try to stop Cruz, instead remaining outside "upwards of four minutes." In a Thursday afternoon tweet, a Los Angeles Times editor expressed "some sympathy" — for Peterson. She later doubled down, dragging in the NRA while excusing cowardice.
On Thursday’s edition of HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, host S.E. Cupp and her panel continued their multipart deep dive conversation to try and get to a solution for gun crime and mass shootings. The day’s conversation entailed the role of the media and whether or not they were helping the situation. Included on the panel was CNN senior media reporter Brian Stelter and while he was defending media advocacy and their “humility” he was embarrassingly schooled for it.
On Thursday at CPAC, conservative podcast host and Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro lit up the Potomac Ballroom with remarks attacking political correctness on college campuses, in Hollywood, and the liberal media. Shapiro saved his strongest criticism for the liberal media as he declared that they’re not only “lying” about conservatives, but these “vile human beings” “are intentionally dividing the country in order to promulgate a gun-control agenda” and smear anyone standing in their way.
During his radio program on Thursday afternoon, February 22, conservative icon Rush Limbaugh hammered the “so-called Town Hall” that aired the previous night on the Cable News Network as a “disgrace” and the result of “a lifetime of propagandizing and indoctrination in the schools.”
On Thursday’s Deadline: White House, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens eschewed the obligatory disclaimer that has been used by gun control advocates for decades – the claim that they’re not ‘coming for anybody’s guns.’
“Who doesn’t use notecards?” MRC President Brent Bozell said in an interview with Fox News’s Trish Regan, who was filling in on Your World With Neil Cavuto. “We all have used notecards. Every president has used a notecard. Barack Obama spent eight years using teleprompters.”
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, CNN began taking heat for supposedly scripting much of their train wreck a gun control town hall from just hours earlier. Colton Haab, a Parkland shooting survivor who protected his fellow students, told a local ABC affiliate that CNN would not allow him to ask the questions he had prepared and wanted him to read theirs.
When Golden State Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr starts spewing his left-wing views on political issues, he's always got the support of Deadspin's Deputy Editor Barry Petchesky. Today Petchesky writes in agreement with Kerr's support of youth marching for gun control in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.