On Tuesday, CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour did an interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ireland. (It also aired rerun-style later on the PBS show Amanpour & Co.) It drew some attention because Amanpour asked about anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party, and Pelosi insisted there was no "taint" of it. Perhaps it's not a surprise that ABC, CBS, NBC, and the PBS NewsHour skipped over this interview all week.
NBC political director Chuck Todd lamented the “real dilemma” Congressional Democrats had on their hands following the Special Counsel finding no collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia. During NBC’s Sunday Today, Todd opined about how the Democrats had to decide whether or not they wanted to chase their dreams of impeachment, and come to terms with the “unintended consequences” for each scenario.
On The Ingraham Angle Friday night, host Laura Ingraham and her panel reacted to the media meltdowns following the release of the Mueller report after playing some clips of “the worst offenders of the week.” Fox News Contributor Tammy Bruce proclaimed that the media’s ongoing obsession with the idea of Trump-Russia probe has “turned into fan fiction” while Ingraham urged the media to seek rehabilitation for their unhealthy obsession with the topic.
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox will be honored May 9 in a White House reception, and media bias is evident in stories preceding the event. In deriding President Donald Trump, Huffington Post, Yahoo Sports and People magazine have all sensationalized a small handful of Boston players who won't celebrate their championship at the White House.
Mark Hemingway in the New York Post reported The New York Times is not in touch with Catholic lingo -- which became very obvious in a story on the Notre Dame fire. They reported a chaplain for the Paris Fire Department rushed to save a "statue of Jesus," but there was no statue. The priest was referring to the consecrated Body of Christ in the Eucharist. Ooopsy. They posted a correction.
You can’t make this stuff up. So here we are, days before Easter, and Notre Dame, one of the most iconic cathedrals on the planet, almost burns to the ground. As this is written there is still an investigation into the exact cause. But suffice to say the horrific sight of the toppling spire as the cathedral was engulfed in flames stirred sentient people everywhere.
Appearing on today's AM Joy, former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston claimed that President Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, built the first Trump fortune by "running whorehouses." That is a claim that is unverified, at best. The Washington Post wrote that the definitive biographer of the Trump family Gwenda Blair, "was careful not to say that Trump ran brothels. I think we don’t quite know that.” And in 2015, even the liberals at Snopes.com addressed the question: "Did Donald Trump’s Grandfather Make His Fortune in Prostitution?" Snopes ruled: Mostly False.
Post-apocalyptic movies have plenty in common. The survivors feast on dwindling food supplies. Basic necessities like clean water, medicine and electricity are suddenly in short supply. And the force that caused the disaster, be it man-made or technologically driven, isn’t the only thing to fear.
The month of April saw some dark days for America. On April 19, 1995, it was the Oklahoma City Bombing. On April 15, 2013, it was the Boston marathon bombing. What do those two have in common? Liberal media outlets smeared conservatives as responsible for both. On the April 19, 2010 edition of Countdown, then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann went on an unhinged rant, assigning Rush Limbaugh culpability for the actions of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh:
It was bad enough when liberals like Thomas Friedman reacted to Hillary Clinton losing the election by calling it a "moral 9/11," which in no way represented anything like a set of terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 and wounded more than 6,000. But on Friday night, PBS NewsHour analyst Mark Shields returned to the scene of that rhetorical excess in reaction to the Mueller report. The investigations into Russiagate must never end. We need a "new 9/11 Commission."
African-American sports writer William C. Rhoden said at a recent conference in Phoenix that in order for the survival of his race it's time for younger blacks to get socially "woke" and carry on the legacy of older social justice warriors. The author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves made his remarks at the Global Sport Summit at Arizona State University. The older generations also need to educate young African-Americans on fighting for equality, he advises.
The photo dominated the front of the New York Times Styles section over the title “The Fashionista.” Who is this new impresario taking over the fashion world? The next line: “Fidel Castro received rock star treatment and left an indelible mark on fashion when he visited New York in 1959.” Yes, Fidel Castro, Communist dictator and fashion plate, "highly educated" and comparable to Frank Sinatra and James Dean. This nauseating propaganda as fashion piece was penned by Tony Perrottet, who with this article has successfully infiltrated another seemingly unlikely Times section with Castro propaganda.
Shortly after the tragic sight of Notre Dame Cathedral going up in flames in Paris, as crowds watched and sang “Ave Maria,” historian Victor Davis Hanson put our modern times in perspective. “It’s going to be very hard in our society to ever build a cathedral again, much less to repair them, because we don't believe in what they represented. And it's ironic, because we don't like the past. We are at war with the past. We tear down monuments. We don't build cathedrals. We erase names.”
Any show that bemoans how facts don’t matter or believes in amnesty for illegal immigrants clearly isn’t conservative, however, the latest episode of NBC’s The Blacklist at least takes a creative spin by painting anti-capitalist rebels as not only the bad guys but domestic terrorists. Now if only the media could do that as easily in real life.
Politico on Wednesday chronicled Beto O'Rourke's tragic loss of his magic mojo in "Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete." Buttigieg, in today's media environment, is "burning with the velocity of a prairie fire on a gusty Indiana day."