Flashback to Flashback: Nets Were Quick to Tag Alito and Roberts as 'U

May 10th, 2010 12:06 PM
Re-post of Flashback from Tuesday, May 26, 2009: Network anchors and reporters didn't hesitate to apply strong ideological labels (not just quoting others) to President Bush's two Supreme Court nominees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Will they be as willing to tag President Obama's nominee, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, as “staunch,” and “hardline” and “ultra” liberal, or at…

CNBC’s Caruso-Cabrera Presses California AG on Publicity Stunt/Lawsu

October 21st, 2009 5:06 PM
Want to make a big splash to bolster your chances in a political campaign? A tried and true strategy for some attorneys general has been to champion a populist position by exploiting the legal system for publicity. Just look at the lead up to the launch of former New York AG Eliot Spitzer gubernatorial campaign with his attacks on Wall Street. And that appears to be the playbook California…

High & Mighty Couric Scolds NYT's Errors, Forgetting Her Own Colossal

July 25th, 2009 11:06 AM
The TVNewser blog alerted me to Katie Couric’s “Notebook” item yesterday, in which she mocks the New York Times for making “not one, not two, but seven errors” in their remembrance of the late Walter Cronkite last week. TVNewser suggested Couric may have trying to get “payback” for an anti-Couric piece that the Times’s Alessandra Stanley wrote four years ago when Couric worked at NBC:Wow. This is…

Washington Post Notes 'Undocumented' Immigrant Rally, Fails to Include

June 24th, 2009 3:29 PM
Take three liberal policy advocates, stir into a 12-paragraph story, and strain out any dissenting voices. That's the recipe for pushing Washington Post writer Martin Ricard's June 24 story on illegal immigrants who rallied yesterday in Washington, D.C., for a bill before Congress to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get access to financial aid for college. In "Students Stage…

Left-Wing Smear Machine Takes Fight to Sen. Sessions Home Turf in SCOT

May 28th, 2009 8:04 PM

Sotomayor Called Herself Liberal, But the NY Times Won't

May 27th, 2009 2:46 PM
Wednesday's New York Times led with Obama's choice of Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee -- "Obama Chooses Hispanic Judge for Supreme Court Seat," by Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny. Baker and Zeleny never directly acknowledged Sotomayor's liberal outlook, although there is enough in her judicial record (and her own words) to indicate her ideology.President Obama announced Tuesday…

ABC Minimizes 'Liberal' Label For Sotomayor; Used 'Conservative' For A

May 26th, 2009 6:50 PM
ABC News didn’t use any labels such as liberal or progressive to describe Judge Sonia Sotomayor during its Tuesday morning coverage of her nomination to the Supreme Court. On the other hand, when President Bush nominated Justice Samuel Alito to the high court in 2005, the network’s correspondents repeatedly used the conservative label to describe the nominee.During the first segment of the 7 am…

Flashback: Nets Were Quick to Tag Alito and Roberts as 'Ultra' and 'Ha

May 26th, 2009 2:37 PM
Network anchors and reporters didn't hesitate to apply strong ideological labels (not just quoting others) to President Bush's two Supreme Court nominees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Will they be as willing to tag President Obama's nominee, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, as “staunch,” and “hardline” and “ultra” liberal, or at least as “very liberal”?In July of 2005, on the night…

CNBC's Deutsch: 'You Need a Commander in Chief That's Going to Give th

November 4th, 2008 9:05 PM
This just in: Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama makes us feel better. That's the way marketing guru and host of CNBC's "The Big Idea" Donny Deutsch sees it. Deutsch appeared on CNBC's Election Night coverage to explain how the country needs a hug and Obama was just the right guy to do - in his psychoanalysis of the nation's temperament. "I'm going to go back to…

Matthews: Women Have 'Fears' McCain to Appoint 'Hawkish' Pro-lifers

August 4th, 2008 11:31 AM

Would Pro-Life Republicans Revolt Over Ridge

July 9th, 2008 9:25 PM
If there's one person in the NBC news stable who combines solid analytical skills with a commitment to fairness, it could be political director Chuck Todd.  Evidence thereof comes from no less a certified conservative source than Tom DeLay. Appearing on this evening's Hardball just after Todd had offered his breakdown of the electoral map, DeLay allowed that he "can't dispute" any of…

'Conservative Court' That 'Made Bush President' Now 'Balanced

June 29th, 2008 12:21 PM
As a deeply divided Supreme Court issued 5-4 rulings the past few weeks bouncing from liberal to conservative interpretations of the law, something was woefully missing from the coverage: journalists apologizing to the nation for regularly insinuating that the Court's December 2000 decision concerning Bush v. Gore was politically based.After all, for seven and a half years, a regular media meme…

NYT's SCOTUS Contrast: McCain's Conservative 'Fealty' vs. Obama's Non

May 28th, 2008 4:10 PM
New York Times legal reporter Neil Lewis's Wednesday filing was headlined "Stark Contrasts Between McCain and Obama in Judicial Wars." But the truly "stark contrast" was how Lewis treated the respective camps with regard to their hypothetical Supreme Court nominations. Lewis painted an uninvolved McCain as paying "fealty" to "the conservative faithful,"…

CNN's Toobin: GOP Likes Voter ID Laws to 'Stop Democrats From Voting

May 24th, 2008 3:58 PM
In America, you need to show identification to buy alcohol, get into a bar, or apply for a job. Yet, for some reason, liberal media members think that Republicans who advocate voter ID laws do so exclusively to prevent Democrats from going to polling booths.Such was clearly evident Friday evening when Bill Moyers discussed some recent Supreme Court rulings with CNN and New Yorker magazine's legal…