Avlon Laments 'Blow to Our Democracy' After RNC Debate Withdrawal'

April 15th, 2022 10:24 AM

On CNN’s Friday installment of New Day, John Avlon reacted to the news that the RNC has withdrawn from the Commission on Presidential Debates with one of his “reality checks” that characteristically featured plenty of pretentiousness, but not a lot of reality.


FLASHBACK: Hypocritical Media Loved Obama's Syria Deal with Putin

April 10th, 2018 4:52 PM
Many in the liberal media have blamed the recently alleged chemical attack in Syria on President Trump, citing his vow to pull American troops out of the region as having “emboldened” Syrian President Bashar-al Assad. Yet the same networks wildly praised the “amazing” and “potentially groundbreaking” 2013 deal in which President Obama entrusted Russian forces with the disposal of Assad’s chemical…

FLASHBACK: CNN Didn’t See GOP Winning in 2009 As Referendum on Obama

November 8th, 2017 3:47 PM
As journalists rejoice over Republican defeats in New Jersey and Virginia, hyping them as a referendum on President Trump, we at the MRC dove into our archives to remind them that just 8 years ago they said the exact opposite when the exact same situation happened to President Obama. The comparison couldn’t get more apples-to-apples: in both 2009 and 2017, the governorships of Virginia and New…

Debate Depressive Disorder

October 20th, 2016 2:49 AM
How many more broadcast bust-ups will it take before America finally decides to make its presidential election debates tolerable again? I can't take it anymore. Can you? For the past three cycles -- 2008, 2012, and 2016 -- I've chronicled the depressing, systemic bias of left-leaning partisans whom the Commission on Presidential Debates routinely installs as "moderators."

Sunday’s Town Hall Debate: Brace for More Clinton-Friendly Questions

October 8th, 2016 10:18 AM
The 2016 presidential and vice presidential debates have already been notable for their bias, with NBC’s Lester Holt pounding Donald Trump with a skewed set of questions during the first debate, and CBS’s Elaine Quijano doing the same with Mike Pence on Tuesday. So what should viewers expect at tomorrow night’s town hall-style debate? A look at the past six town hall debates finds — with one…

Liberal Pundit: GOPers Can’t Handle the Truth (of Debate Fact-Checks)

September 28th, 2016 5:18 PM
Unlike a lot of his fellow liberals, Jonathan Chait doesn’t believe presidential-debate moderators should be on-camera fact-checkers, but Chait’s reason for opposing the idea is unambiguously anti-conservative. In an item posted a few hours prior to Monday night’s Clinton-Trump clash, Chait argued that the way Republicans dealt with Candy Crowley’s intervention in a 2012 Romney-Obama debate “…

As Debate Looms, NYT Obsession With Fact-Checking 'Lying' Trump Grows

September 26th, 2016 6:15 PM
As the first presidential debate looms, fact-checking Donald Trump has become a New York Times obsession. Jim Rutenberg bewailed the candidate’s falsehoods and urged debate moderators to hit him hard in his Mediator column on Monday, “A Moment of Truth For Debate Moderators.” Meanwhile, James Poniewozik reviews a PBS Frontline biography on the two major candidates and was glad to see that it…

Jorge Ramos: More Candy Crowleys, Please.

September 19th, 2016 1:14 PM
Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos continues to do his best to justify the underlying bases behind the MRC's "Ramos Must Go" campaign. This week's multinational syndicated opinion column features a call for debate moderators to join him in abandoning objectivity and inserting themselves into the debates.

Bashing Ben: The Media's Worst Attacks on Dr. Carson

May 4th, 2015 10:07 AM
Newly-announced presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson broke onto the national scene at a National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 when he, while sharing the same stage as the President, had the courage to rail against the deficit, political correctness, and the tax system while also standing up for religious values and advocating health savings accounts as an alternative to Obamacare. 

Crushing Cruz: The Media’s Worst Attacks on the Texas Senator

March 23rd, 2015 4:33 PM
Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for president was immediately greeted with hostility from the liberal media. On Monday, MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter questioned, “Is this 1964 when the Republican Party decided it would go with its most extreme candidate?” Donny Deutsch, also on MSNBC, called Cruz “unelectable” and added “I think he’s the worst. I think he’s scary, I think he’s dangerous, I…

Pres. Bush Calls Out NYT ‘Psychobabble’ Review of His Book On Father

December 8th, 2014 9:16 AM
President George W. Bush sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley for an interview that aired on Sunday’s State of the Union to promote his recent book profiling his father entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father. During the discussion, Crowley asked Bush about a recent New York Times review that suggested the book was the younger Bush’s attempt at ridding himself of any “baggage” that existed between him…

Candy Crowley, Who Propped Up Obama at 2012 Debate, Out at CNN

December 5th, 2014 3:49 PM
Candy Crowley, who aided Barack Obama in a 2012 debate with Mitt Romney, will be leaving CNN, according to the network. In a memo, network President Jeff Zucker announced, "...Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on..." 

Ted Cruz Schools Candy Crowley on Travel Ban From Ebola Countries

October 19th, 2014 7:10 PM
Candy Crowley on what Rush Limbaugh would label the state run CNN show of State of the Union seemed to place her blind trust in the assurances of state affiliated medical personnel that a travel ban on the Ebola Hot Zone nations of West Africa was both unnecessary as well as harmful. It took guest  Senator Ted Cruz to make it clear to Crowley just why such a ban was absolutely necessary. Bonus…

CNN's Hill: Panetta 'Most Disgusting Example of Monday Morning QBing'

October 13th, 2014 12:20 PM
Marc Lamont Hill, liberal CNN contributor and host of HuffPost Live, appeared on Sunday’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley and did his best to smear former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for daring to criticize President Obama on foreign policy. Appearing alongside Neera Tanden, Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, Hill proclaimed that Panetta’s criticism of Obama was “the most disgusting example…