2016 Democratic Convention
Turns out it didn't come from Hill, didn't come from Bill, though not for lack of trying. Drawing from an embarrassment of riches, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the point during Thursday's final night of the Democrats' convention when millions of viewers gasped in unison, you've got to be kidding.
That precious moment -- there are just so many from the Clintons, aren't there? -- came during actor Morgan Freeman's hagio-voiceover of the gooey video about Hillary Clinton just before she appeared on stage, bedecked in a white pantsuit while the Democrat faithful feigned adoration.
Amidst all the overwhelming media coverage gushing over President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), there were a few points during MSNBC’s coverage in the early hours of Thursday that couldn’t go by without being chronicled for NewsBusters readers.
The New York Times post-convention political roundup praised Democratic stage-craft, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech, and forwarded complaints about bias at Fox News (but not CNN). Adam Nagourney’s “Stark Contrasts in Style and Substance” praised Democratic convention stagecraft and says that as a speaker who can “move a crowd, seize a moment...Barack Obama laps the field.”
Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer put on his media-critic hat on the GOP.com blog on Thursday to complain that ABC, CBS, and NBC gave several hours more live coverage of their conventions, largely the overflow into the local-news hour at 11 pm Eastern time. The GOP says across the three networks, it drew 47 minutes of overtime, compared to 261 minutes for the Democrats.
Our own research on the Thursday nights show Trump spoke longer, and drew slightly more overtime on the three networks, 119 minutes to 112.
Wednesday night's coverage of protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia delivered by Fox Business Network and the Associated Press could hardly have differed more.
FBN reported "thousands" of angry protesters oustide who were in no way mollified by Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton or calls for unity. Geoff Mulvhill and Megan Trimble at the AP only described "tension ... that lingered in pockets of Philadelphia" during a "mostly quiet Day 3," and claimed there were only "hundreds" outside.
In a few months, Barack Obama will become the fifth post-World War II president to serve two full terms. The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman thinks Obama tops the other four in terms of “popularity and moral credibility,” as indicated not only by the positive reception Obama got for his Wednesday-night DNC speech boosting Hillary Clinton, but by the public’s curiosity beforehand about what he’d have to say. In a Thursday post, Longman contrasted Obama with the other two-termers at their last convention as POTUS.
A group of D-List celebrities gathered on Netflix’s Chelsea to discuss their time on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump and "commiserate" about "Trump f*cking up the country."
How enthusiastic is the Democratic Party about abortion? So enthusiastic that Snopes.com felt compelled to debunk a satire story stating that former Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell addressed the DNC by video from prison. Yes, that was satire. However, considering other DNC incidents, it’s easy to see why the fake story was convincing.
In what Yahoo News called a “convention first,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue proclaimed her past abortion loud and clear in her nationally televised DNC speech. Yet, the resounding cheers and applause from her Philly audience were not loud enough to reach the networks’ ears. In fact, neither NBC, ABC nor CBS provided any coverage of Hogue’s July 27 speech or the crowd’s shamefully ecstatic response to her personal history.
Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and every other presidential candidate in history were pikers compared to Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience. That, at least, was the determination of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin when she appeared, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, for a panel discussion about the historic importance of Clinton’s nomination. This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell asked the author and presidential historian to “fact-check” President Obama’s assertion that nobody was as qualified to be President as Clinton.
With both the Republican and Democratic conventions now concluded, it’s time to judge the news media on how fairly they covered the two parties. Media Research Center analysts looked at various aspects of coverage, all of which demonstrate that journalists obviously favored the Democratic gathering.
The ultimate night of the Democratic National Convention saw the coronation of Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee, celebrated on whole top half of the front page of Friday's New York Times. Meanwhile, Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick did their best to both humanize and historicize Hillary, "who sacrificed personal ambition for her husband’s political career and then rose to be a globally influential figure....a prize that generations of American women have dreamed about for one of their own."
Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday was a test of the media’s honesty. If you presented the speech itself as a wonderful oration, then you’re clearly reading from the DNC press release. If you’re acknowledging, hedging, that Hillary is no Obama-raising-the-oceans orator, then you’re acknowledging the political reality outside the DNC-staff bubble.
CBS stayed inside the bubble on Thursday night, and the laugh line of the night trying to turn Hillary into some kind of Rambo came from CBS anchorman Scott Pelley, who suggested at one point, “she mentioned Trump and stared into the camera with a look so menacing it probably stirred Trump's Secret Service detail.”