Lefty Pundits Blast ‘Feeble,’ ‘Fringe’ Objections to Same-Sex Marriage

July 1st, 2015 11:19 AM
Though both Jonathan Chait and Amanda Marcotte approve of same-sex marriage, they differed on Monday in their assessment of the case against it. Chait, of New York magazine, claimed that anti-gay-marriage arguments have been pitiful and consequently were doomed from the get-go. He declared that “preventing gay people from marrying each other serves no coherent purpose. Allowing them to…

'This is Not a Border Crisis' CNN’s Kohn Insists

July 9th, 2014 6:00 PM
Discussing the growing immigration crisis on the July 9 edition of At This Hour with Berman and Michaela, CNN commentator Sally Kohn and host Michaela Pereira both jumped to defend President Obama from attacks from both Republicans and Democrats on his response to the flood of children arriving at the southern border. Pereira wondered how people would dare to label the crisis as Obama’…

E.J. Dionne: 'Reform Conservatism Is Better Than the Conservatism We H

June 1st, 2014 1:09 PM
So-called reform conservatives such as David Frum, Michael Gerson, and Ramesh Ponnuru often get relatively favorable attention from liberal journalists -- relative, that is, to Tea Party types, which in turn reinforces the Tea Party's belief that the reformers aren't really conservatives.   Two lefty pundits recently examined the state of reform conservatism. Washington Post…

Salon: New York Times Opinion Section Is Insufficiently Liberal

April 23rd, 2014 11:13 PM
Common-ground alert: Salon's Alex Pareene doesn't think much of the New York Times's opinion columnists as a group, and neither, presumably, do NewsBusters readers. As for the reasons why, well, let's just say most of Pareene's almost certainly aren't the same as yours.  Pareene blasts Maureen Dowd for "sloppiness, not to mention rote repetition of themes…

Even NYT 'Conservative' Ross Douthat Calls GOP Immigration Push 'Perve

February 4th, 2014 3:19 PM
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat could hardly be considered a conservative in the mold of, say, a Ted Cruz. Most often he has reflected the "conservativism" of fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks who last summer came out in strong support for the Senate immigration bill. Therefore it was a very pleasant surprise that Douthat broke with his fellow "conservative…

NBC's Todd Levies Rare Criticism Against President Obama

June 24th, 2013 5:00 PM
NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd had some tough words for President Obama on Monday’s Morning Joe. Todd, anchor of MSNBC’s Daily Rundown and a frequent critic of Republicans on network’s programming, scolded the president for running a “leaderless Washington,” and for failing to “rally the world” to a “solution in Syria.…

Howard Kurtz Doubles Down: 'Important' for Media to 'Lead the Conversa

April 29th, 2013 12:32 PM
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN's Howard Kurtz doubled down on his December column that the media needed "to be leading the conversation" on guns in the wake of Newtown. He even compared the gun debate to the conversations on civil rights and, recently, same-sex marriage. Is gun control the new civil rights movement? Of course, Kurtz claimed objectivity although since…

New York Times Maintains Blackout on Philadelphia Abortionist Gosnell

April 15th, 2013 2:17 PM
Kermit Gosnell is the late-term abortion doctor in Philadelphia, on trial for infanticide in the gruesome killing of seven babies. The day after his trial began March 18 (as Tom Blumer noted at Newsbusters) Jon Hurdle at the New York Times opened by telling readers that "In opening statements in court on Monday, prosecutors charged that a doctor who operated a women’s health clinic…

Media Crusade Against Chick-Fil-A Continues

July 31st, 2012 4:39 PM
The manufactured controversy over Chick-Fil-A won’t be dying down anytime soon, if media figures get their way. Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy stated that he was “guilty as charged” when it came to supporting the traditional family, and commented on a radio show that “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist…

CNN’s Belief Blog: ‘Can ‘True Catholics’ Support Same Sex Marr

June 21st, 2012 10:41 AM
Never exactly reticent in the cause of promoting gay marriage, CNN continued its long tradition of gay advocacy by highlighting dissenters against Church teaching. In a June 20 article on CNN’s Belief Blog titled “Can ‘true Catholics’ support same-sex marriage,” Chris Welch highlighted two Catholics who remained within the Church, yet declared…

NPR Anchor: Rick Perry Goes 'Against All Evidence' on Warming

August 22nd, 2011 5:43 PM
Right-leaning New York Times columnist Ross Douthat was thrown into the David Brooks chair on the weekly political roundatable on NPR's All Things Considered Friday. NPR anchor Robert Siegel insisted Rick Perry had a whole set of strange and anti-scientific statements that suggest he's "too far right" to be electable. Notice how NPR just rolls up everything they disagree with…

The Stories New York Times Liberals Tell Themselves About the Tea Part

October 20th, 2010 8:57 AM
In his Monday column, “Tales of the Tea Party,” Ross Douthat, the New York Times' s idea of a conservative, exploded four common Tea Party myths spread by the left. The text box read “The stories liberals tell themselves.” What Douthat couldn’t mention was that all four kinds of “stories” have been told by Times reporters as well. Douthat began…

Media Bash Beck for Not Being Evangelical After Years of Bashing Evang

August 31st, 2010 5:48 PM
The editors of the mainstream media must think we all have very short memories. Their latest schtick is to smear conservative talk show host Glenn Beck as a creepy Mormon who has no business influencing evangelicals. Aside from the disgusting hypocrisy of Mormon-baiting one minute and then bashing Islamophobia the next, these news outlets are also hoping you've forgotten about their recent…

'Conservative' NYT Columnist Douthat: Right-Wingers Don't Realize Hawa

June 28th, 2010 10:55 PM
Over the weekend, Dave Weigel resigned as WaPo's house chronicler of conservatives after revelations of his antipathy toward the people he was covering. Tonight brings us the spectacle of Ross Douthat, an ostensibly conservative columnist at the New York Times.  Appearing on MSNBC's Ed Schultz show, Douthat proffered precisely zero criticism of anyone or anything liberal.  But he did manage to…