In what appeared to be a rare display of actual diversity, MSNBC and NBC News have signed the New York Times’s controversial columnist Bret Stephens while betting that increasing the diversity of voices on their airwaves will ultimately lead to a better news and analysis product. The news was announced on Wednesday, June 28, and later confirmed by the company even though the Times had hired Stephens as an op-ed columnist back in April.
During the Wednesday morning edition of the America's Newsroom program on the Fox News Channel, co-anchor Bill Hemmer discussed the release of part of Donald Trump's 2005 income tax return with Howard Kurtz, who called the incident “a big-time blunder” by Rachel Maddow, who devoted her entire eponymous MSNBC program on Tuesday night to the two pages of information provided by liberal reporter and author David Cay Johnston.
At the Media Research Center, the unhinged infamy of Nina Burleigh, who now toils at Newsweek as its national politics correspondent, goes back to years before NewsBusters began. Burleigh's most recent childish move is something one might expect from an unsupervised freshman writer at a high school newspaper. She has created a "Trump Warning System." It includes four icons, three of which are well-known current and former totalitarian dictators, as shorthand to categorize Donald Trump's presidential actions. It's every bit as pathetic it sounds.
Appearing on Sunday’s edition of Fox News’s MediaBuzz, The Hill’s Joe Concha ripped into CNN’s Jim Acosta as “entitled” and “obnoxious” when he tussled on Wednesday with President-elect Trump by “grandstanding” and yelling over a dozen times at Trump.
With the liberal media still going bonkers over Donald Trump making a legal tax deduction available to everyone, and other outlandish reports flying around, the panel on Fox News’ The Kelly File took some time Monday to poke fun at them and analyze why they’re breaking now. Anchor Megyn Kelly could barely contain her laughter after listening to colleague Trace Gallagher rattle off recent ridiculous hit pieces, “And wanted to have sex with The Apprentice staffers and says bad things. And the AG. I mean, what?!”
With so-called neutral media critics throwing temper tantrums late Wednesday and early Thursday about NBC’s Today co-host Matt Lauer harshly questioning both presidential candidates (including Hillary Clinton) at the Commander in Chief Forum, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and Howard Kurtz appeared to have had enough as they fired back at the desperate criticism on America’s Newsroom.
On Thursday night, Fusion/Univision anchor Jorge Ramos met his match in Fox News Channel’s Kelly File host Megyn Kelly, who proceeded call out Ramos on his claim that journalists shouldn’t be neutral in their coverage of Donald Trump and wondered if he’d do the same for Hillary Clinton since many consider her to be a liar like some Latinos consider Trump a racist.
Conservative strategist Lisa Boothe appeared on Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz and called out liberal media for their bias in favor of defending Hillary Clinton. “The problem is the media should be adept enough to be able cover [Donald Trump], while simultaneously covering the stuff Hillary Clinton has,” argued Boothe, “You should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.” And throughout all of her bashing of the liberal media she backed it up with studies conducted by the Media Research Center.
As part of a panel discussion of the media’s election coverage on Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway chided the media for “going way overboard in just weighing in” on the presidential campaign focusing almost exclusively on Donald Trump’s many stumbles and questioning his mental fitness to be president without looking at Hillary Clinton’s continuous problem with the truth.
Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted on 24 federal charges on Friday related to a "fraudulent education charity," as CNN.com put it on Friday. However, viewers of CNN's on-air coverage, as well as those who watch MSNBC and the Big Three networks' morning and evening newscasts, would know nothing of this indictment, as these TV outlets have yet to cover it, as of Monday morning.
On Sunday's MediaBuzz on FNC, host Howard Kurtz devoted several minutes to the controversy around Katie Couric using a deceptively edited trailer for her pro-gun control documentary in which the trailer makes several pro-gun activists look dumbfounded and unable to answer a straightforward question.
Kurtz took time to show viewers a clip of the trailer in question, and then played audio of how the members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League immediately answered Couric's question about whether convicted felons should be allowed to purchase guns without background checks. CNN's Reliable Sources skipped the controversy, instead focusing on a liberal angle: speculating whether Rush Limbaugh's radio contract is in danger.
Fox News Channel is pretty much the only national broadcast or cable news outlet that's talking about Katie Couric's deceptive editing of silence into a conversation with Virginia gun-rights advocates. (The list of skippers includes NPR newscasts and the PBS NewsHour.)
On Thursday morning, anchor Bill Hemmer said it must be called a distortion, and Mediabuzz host Howard Kurtz thought the trick was indefensible. "You are blowing a hole in the credibility of your work," he insisted.