Iowa Episode of 'Good Wife' Totally Rewrites Santorum's 2012 Victory

January 10th, 2016 11:45 PM
In the episode “Iowa,” CBS’ The Good Wife continued its pursuit of painting Hillary Clinton as the inevitable Democratic presidential candidate. On the eve of the Iowa Caucus, the Florrick family and advisers are on the campaign bus debating the pros and cons of doing a “Full Grassley.” (A Full Grassley means stopping in all of Iowa’s…

ABC: Hillary Working to Win Voters ‘One Handshake, One Chai at a Time'

April 14th, 2015 11:11 PM
ABC News’s senior national correspondent Cecilia Vega continued her cheerleading for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday’s World News Tonight as she gushed that Clinton is working to win over voters “one handshake, one chai at a time” (in reference to her order of a chai tea at an Iowa coffee shop).

In Iowa, They Sell Gov. Martin O'Malley as 'The New JFK'

March 28th, 2015 7:39 AM
While Beltway insiders think Hillary Clinton has the Democratic presidential nomination all squared away, some have tried to build a buzz arond former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as a challenger. In Iowa, a college newspaper tried to sell O'Malley as a "new JFK." Don't they do that a lot with Democrats?

Biden Refers to Ex-Iowa Rep as His ‘Old Butt Buddy'; Networks Ignore

February 12th, 2015 8:46 PM
Speaking at Drake University in Iowa on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden was running through a list of dignitaries that were there for his remarks and referred to former Iowa Democratic Representative Neal Smith as his “old butt buddy” and told Smith that “I miss you man.” On Thursday night, the major networks ignored the story and didn’t…

MSNBC Misleads Audience About Iowa Woman 'Arrested for Voting'

February 9th, 2015 4:47 PM
In his February 9 story on MSNBC's The Reid Report headlined "Counted Out," network correspondent Zachary Roth offered viewers a misleading look at the plight of an Iowa woman who "had been charged with illegal voting." In point of fact, the woman in question, an ex-felon named Kelli Jo Griffin, was prosecuted for committing perjury by lying about her disqualification…

'Voting Under Attack' Warns Gullible Readers

February 3rd, 2015 5:11 PM
"Voting Under Attack" blares the teaser headline for a new Zachary Roth piece at looking at efforts in five states to pass new voter ID laws. 

NPR's Cokie Roberts: Social Conservatives 'Disastrous' for GOP In 2016

January 28th, 2015 2:11 PM
The liberals at NPR weren't sugar-coating their view of  how conservative Republicans will lead their party into a "disastrous" end if they do well in Iowa. On Monday's Morning Edition, NPR analyst Cokie Roberts insisted Iowa Republicans seem to favor social conservatives who push the GOP too far to the right in a general election. They oppose gay marriage and "turn…

On Election Eve, Matthews Laments 'Dangerous' Anti-Braley Ad

November 3rd, 2014 8:54 PM
On his final Hardball before polls open for the 2014 midterm elections, MSNBC Chris Matthews groused about how an anti-Bruce Braley ad by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was "dangerous."

Matthews Argues Ernst Talked of 'Killing Pols She Doesn't Agree With'

October 24th, 2014 6:13 PM
During his MSNBC show on Thursday night, Chris Matthews discussed a soundbite of Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst stating her stance on the Second Amendment from two years ago and interpreted it as “pretty radical” to the point that “[s]he has talked about killing politicians she doesn't agree with.” First, here is what Ernst actually said (…

NBC Hypes 'Close' Ky. Race and 3 Seats That Are 'Big Hurdles' for GOP

October 14th, 2014 10:55 PM
Following a segment that aired on Sunday night’s NBC Nightly News on President Obama’s unpopularity ahead of the midterm elections, the evening news program with two more midterm election segments on Tuesday. Both segments, however, were not without liberal bias, as one segment promoted the “close” Kentucky Senate race and the other discussed three Senate races to watch…

Flashback: MSNBC's Matthews's Odd Fixation on Joni Ernst

October 6th, 2014 10:20 PM
Managing Editor's Note (Jan. 15, 2015; 5:15 p.m. Eastern): I've republished this to the front page today given the news that Sen. Ernst will be give the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address next Wednesday. If Chris Matthews doesn't make repeated sneering references to hog castration on MSNBC next Wednesday night, look out your window.…

NBC and CBS Gush Over Hillary In Iowa: 'Can She Do It This Time?'

September 15th, 2014 11:44 AM
After fretting on Sunday's Meet the Press that Hillary Clinton may not be liberal enough for 2016 Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, on Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell eagerly touted the Clinton campaign machine: "This time, Clinton organizers say they've learned their lesson, busing in volunteers from all over the country." A clip played of Mitchell…

MSNBC's Matthews, Salon's Walsh Tag-Team to Smear Iowa Republican Joni

July 29th, 2014 8:55 PM
Her ears ringing with the "code words" of "nullification" and "states rights," Salon's Joan Walsh strongly suggested on Tuesday's Hardball that Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst was cynically reaching out to nefarious elements of the GOP when she answered a question about nullification of federal laws in a September 2013 forum. [See my…

NPR Goes to Iowa to Promote Obama Die-Hards Who Praise His Inspiration

May 27th, 2014 7:50 AM
As if trying to talk themselves into the idea that there might be a wave of liberal politicians inspired by Obama like he was the black JFK, NPR’s Morning Edition on Thursday tried to make national news of a Democrat running in Iowa for the Secretary of State job. “Meet Brad Anderson,” began NPR reporter Don Gonyea. “He was the spokesman for Obama's 2008 Iowa…