Kurtz: Helen Thomas Has Been Excused for Saying Questionable Things fo

June 13th, 2010 4:47 PM
CNN's Howard Kurtz on Sunday said an inconvenient truth that few in his industry would care to admit: "Helen Thomas has been saying all kinds of questionable things in [the White House] press room for the past decade, but her colleagues, for the most part, had given her a pass until now."This indeed is the real lesson behind last week's retirement of the nation's longest living member…

Bill Clinton Laments Poor Treatment of Women on AMC's 'Mad Men

November 12th, 2009 4:31 PM
Former President Bill Clinton was in Chicago yesterday, speaking at a fundraiser on the subject of the current health insurance overhaul.Somehow, some way, Clinton wound up talking about ethnic diversity, the Fort Hood murders, and – most bizarrely – the AMC network’s “Mad Men.”Clinton began his descent with the following, quoted from Lynn Sweet’s Chicago Sun-Times blog:

Jon Stewart: Obama Handled Gates Racism Question 'Stupidly

July 24th, 2009 12:56 PM
"I wasn't at the press conference last night, and I also don't have all the facts, but I think it's fair to say that Obama handled that question -- oh, what's the word I'm looking for -- stupidly?"So quite surpisingly said Comedy Central's Jon Stewart on Thursday's "Daily Show" in reference to the President's statement at Wednesday's press conference that the police officers…

Chicago Sun-Times: Michelle Obama 'Embraces an Activist Agenda

February 22nd, 2009 7:48 PM
We all know that Barack Obama, if he isn't actually divine, at least qualifies as a Superman.  So I guess it's fitting that he's married to a Superwoman.  Or at least that's the impression we get in today's Chicago Sun-Times article "Michelle: Her first month as first lady  THE EAST WING | In just a month, Michelle Obama has put her mark on her new domain, as she embraces an activist agenda…

White House Press Briefing Live Blog

January 23rd, 2009 1:20 PM

Shuster: I Hope MSM Won't Get 'Adversarial' With Obama Over Blago

December 19th, 2008 9:33 PM
Lynn Sweet wants the Obama team to come clean over its contacts with Blago.  David Shuster has a different concern.  He's hoping the media won't get "adversarial" once the Obama folks get around to releasing their report about who said what to whom.Shuster made his pre-emptive plea for good media manners on this evening's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the MSNBC show Shuster has recently…

The Emanuel-Freddie Mac Connection: Will the Media Report It

November 6th, 2008 5:08 PM
Now that he's President-elect Barack Obama's new chief of staff, according to various Nov. 6 media reports, will Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., face the same scrutiny Karl Rove did when he was named Bush's deputy chief of staff? More importantly, will the media take note the tie Emanuel had to the now taxpayer-owned, failed government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac? Emanuel, who was a senior…

Gaffe Watch: Obama Confuses 'Sanford and Son' with 'The Jeffersons

October 29th, 2008 2:54 PM
I may have found the real reason Sen. Barack Obama was hesitant to appear on "The O'Reilly Factor." Fear of flunking the "Great American Culture Quiz."From an October 29 blog post by Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet: RALEIGH, N.C.--Barack Obama seemed to mix up black television sitcoms "Sanford and Son" and "The Jeffersons" in a speech…

Chgo Sun-Times Columnist Flacks for Obama Fundraiser

September 9th, 2008 8:01 PM

Chgo Sun-Times Omits Daley Party Label in City Worker Purge Story

August 20th, 2008 11:09 AM
"Daley scoffs at worries of political purge," reads a August 20 Chicago Sun-Times headline recording the dismissive reaction of the city's Democratic mayor about how his city worker firing spree could turn into a political purge. Only Daley's Democratic Party affiliation was nowhere mentioned in Fran Spielman's nine paragraph story:Mayor Daley on Tuesday scoffed at a federal hiring…

'People': Elizabeth Edwards Authorized Friend to Attack John Over Nigh

August 13th, 2008 11:24 PM
Elizabeth Edwards authorized a friend to attack John Edwards over his infamous "she was in remission" interview on Nightline.  That's the stunning assertion of Sandra Westfall, the "People" magazine writer who authored the article [excerpt here] containing the friend's crticism. Westfall was a guest on tonight's Verdict with Dan Abrams.DAN ABRAMS: Sandra, let me start with you…

Chgo Sun-Times's Sweet Glosses Over Obama's Tire Gaffe

August 4th, 2008 11:56 AM
In her August 4 blog post -- "Energy fueling Monday's agenda. Obama, 47 today, acts, McCain reacts" -- Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet glossed over a ludicrous statement by Sen. Barack Obama wherein the presumptive Democratic nominee suggested that properly inflating tires would eliminate the need to drill for more domestic oil.Sweet noted that Republicans are : [P]…

'O-Force One' or Media Mile High Club

July 23rd, 2008 1:53 PM
Check out the promotional ad for Lynn Sweet's reporting from Obama's Mideast tour, as captured from the Chicago Sun-Times Web page today. The caption reads "Lynn Sweet Aboard O-Force One! Get up-to-the-minute updates from Barack Obama's World Tour." With the media's history of Obamagasms, wouldn't the Mile High Club be a better comparison to draw?

New Yorker Obama Cover Art Brouhaha Distracts from Reporting in Cover

July 15th, 2008 2:46 PM
In her July 15 column, "'Tasteless cover,' fascinating story," Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet lamented that the fuss over the New Yorker's satirical Obama cover art sucks all the oxygen out of the political newsroom. As such, it leaves almost incombustible the otherwise potentially explosive reporting by reporter Ryan Lizza, who penned the New Yorker cover feature…