Despite what was a much delayed but important avalanche of headlines about the group’s anti-Semitism, Saturday’s Women’s March still received nearly 15 times the broadcast network newscast coverage of the 47th annual March for Life that was held Friday. Between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, the Women’s March fetched 14 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening newscasts. This stood in stark contrast to just 58 seconds for the March for Life.
Yesterday it was discovered that a fake news edition of the Washington Post had been printed and was being distributed around the city. But that came from a bunch of left-wingers who think the Post is too wishy-washy about forcing Trump to resign or be impeached. Today we at NewsBusters thought it would be amusing to try this experiment from the conservative view, instead of the radical left.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled Trump's State of the Union, and drew rave reviews from the press. None of them saw the n ext move coming: Trump canceled her trip abroad, due to same excuse -- security concerns. The media were furious at a "childish" president offering tit for tat. Never troll the King of Trolls.
CNN Newsroom presented a predictable reaction to President Trump’s Saturday afternoon remarks that offered a compromise to Democrats on immigration and government shutdown, blasting Trump’s speech as “inflammatory” filled with “misinformation and scare-mongering tactics” trying to still make “Trump’s little racist wall” happen.
During Friday's edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity played clips of media figures falling hook, line, and sinker for a Buzzfeed report alleging that President Trump asked his attorney Michael Cohen to lie under oath; which later turned out to be faulty. Hannity also highlighted the story as one of many examples of reporting on the Trump-Russia probe that later had to be backpedaled, at least to some degree.
On Joy Reid's show, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley says that although the Buzzfeed allegation that President Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie about Russian collusion has been debunked by the Mueller investigation: "what we are hearing in this does not mean that we know that there won't in the future be corroborated evidence of Donald Trump having knowledge of and in some way being part of what could be, could be -- and I'm speculating -- could be a conspiracy to suborn perjury. That is a possibility. We don't know."
The annual pro-life rally March for Life took to the streets of Washington, D.C. Friday, and the New York Times acknowledged it -- barely: Reporter Eileen Sullivan's “March for Life Holds Its Rally In Quiet Capital.” Sullivan seemed to work to put a negative spin on the day’s march in her brief story of 330 words. Not even a taped address from the president, and the live presence of the vice president and his wife, could attract more prominent coverage. She didn’t bother mentioning any of the march speakers, including prominent conservative activist Ben Shapiro.
The "War on the National Anthem" has gained a significant new opponent: Gladys Knight, the high-profile African-American entertainer who will sing The Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in Atlanta next month. Knight, a seven-time Grammy Award winner, says she will restore the voice of the anthem and attempt to unite America, which has been torn over anthem protests started in 2016 by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Knight is standing up to the criticism she's receiving, too.
Sketchy, unreliable, and downright fake news predates the 2016 presidential election. And now, one of the most infamous examples is fully exposed in a Fox Nation documentary. Black Eye: Dan Rather and the Birth of Fake News is a 93 minute investigation of the former CBS News host and his 2004 quest to take down George W. Bush with fake documents relating to the Republican’s National Guard service during the Vietnam War.
Special interest groups are abandoning the annual Women’s March in droves. The National Council of Jewish Women, Emily’s List and most recently, The Southern Poverty Law Center have all cut ties with the March. Will Hollywood be next? Actresses Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano, both far-left activists, denounced the Women’s March late last year after initially embracing the movement. Neither is an A-list star.
Caleb Howe at Mediaite touted a finding in a new PBS/NPR/Marist poll that they weren't promoting: "Shock Poll: Trump Gains 19 Points with Latino Voters During Border Wall Shutdown." PBS and NPR promoted other poll findings, even from small subsets of respondents, but not this one.
So who is the mastermind at Gillette that came up with the idea that the best way to sell men's razors was to insult your customers with condescending liberal propaganda about “toxic masculinity”? Is pandering to the perpetually angry feminists in the media the way to grab positive “news” coverage? Is online buzz the goal? If so, it must also be Gillette’s goal to have its customers rush over to the Schick display.
Friday night, the Special Counsel’s office released an extremely rare statement that dismised as “not accurate” a BuzzFeed News item from Thursday night that alleged President Trump directed former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about possible construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow. Despite the fact that the story remained not confirmed by any news outlet from when it was first published to the statement from Mueller’s team, the broadcast networks devoted 27 minutes and 33 second on their Friday morning and evening newscasts to the matter.
The "Truth-o-Meter" at PolitiFact (and their subset PunditFact) is very strange machine. On January 11, PunditFact ruled it "HALF TRUE" when Sean Hannity proclaimed on his show on January 10 that "17,000 individuals with criminal records were apprehended trying to cross the border" in 2018. Hannity repeated that number on January 17. But they also admitted it was "basically correct."
Five years can be a very long time, especially at the Washington Post, which criticized President Trump for "turning the White House into a White Castle” fast food restaurant while hosting the national champions of the Clemson Tigers football team. But back in 2014, the liberal newspaper viewed the eating habits of then-President Barack Obama much differently by describing the Democratic occupant of the White House and his fondness for cheeseburgers as a "love story.”