Column: Brainy Reporters Play Dumb on 'Obamagate'

May 22nd, 2020 7:01 AM
President Trump has tweeted feverishly about “Obamagate,” loosely defined as everything the Obama-Biden team did to ruin Trump’s candidacy (and then presidency) using their executive-branch powers. The Trump-loathing press has responded with an unusual tactic. The self-appointed guardians of democracy who have auditioned themselves as America’s great explainers are playing…

CNN's Fact-Mangling Moderator Still Sticking Up for Elizabeth Warren

March 7th, 2020 7:13 AM
CNN's Abby Phillip appeared Friday night on the PBS journalist-roundup Washington Week, and was offered the floor to condemn all the sexism in the Democratic Party now that Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race. In January, Phillip mangled facts in a debate by repeating Warren's claim that Bernie Sanders told her in 2018 a woman couldn't win. He denied saying it twice…

Mitchell Whines: GOP Has 'Controlled the Narrative' on Mueller Report

April 14th, 2019 7:50 AM
Appearing on PBS reporter roundtable on Washington Week Friday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell complained that Republicans have “controlled the narrative” when it comes to the Mueller report. She also acted like she was a Democratic strategist for a second by urging the Democrats to focus on health care instead of obsessing about Mueller and Russia.

PBS's Costa Wrongly Suggests George Wallace Was a Republican

December 15th, 2017 10:41 PM
Some liberal journalists just can't get the notion out of their minds that George Wallace was a Republican, even though the former segregationist governor of Alabama was a lifelong Democrat. On Friday's Washington Week on PBS, host Robert Costa -- also a Washington Post reporter -- suggested that Wallace was a part of the Republican party's "past" as he recalled that some…

Liberal PBS Partisan Gwen Ifill Getting Award for 'Fairness'

August 10th, 2016 3:54 PM
On Wednesday, Columbia University’s Journalism School announced that liberal PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill would be the recipient of the graduate program’s 2016 John Chancellor Award. The school’s dean, Steve Coll, laughably justified honoring Ifill for “her unflinching pursuit of the truth, healthy skepticism of those in power and her commitment to fairness.”

PBS's Ifill: GOPers Compete to Be 'Alarmist' After Terrorist Attacks

December 6th, 2015 11:25 PM
Appearing as a panel member on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, PBS host Gwen Ifill made a negative characterization of GOP presidential candidates' reactions to recent terrorist attacks as she declared that, "For Republicans, it's going to be a variation of what we've seen so far, which is, 'How can we be more alarmist than the last guy?'" She then moved to…

NPR, PBS Shamelessly Ignore 2015 Elections in 'Week in Politics'

November 7th, 2015 7:11 AM
National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service have attempted on Fridays to run a “Week in Politics” segment and PBS even has a long-standing show called Washington Week. But on Friday, all these programs discussed a “week” utterly without any analysis of the 2015 elections. Try to imagine how the media would have covered it if the transgender “equal…

PBS’s Washington Week Goes to Bat for Hillary Over E-Mail Scandal

August 16th, 2015 9:56 AM
On Friday’s Washington Week, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and her two panelists, Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty and CNBC’s John Harwood, did their best in trying to defend Hillary Clinton from the ongoing controversy surrounding her use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State. 

CNBC/NYT’s Harwood Blames Anti-Semitism for Cantor’s Defeat

June 14th, 2014 2:36 PM
Discussing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising primary loss, on Friday’s Washington Week on PBS, John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, a regular on NBC and MSNBC, and a political writer for the New York Times, blamed hostility to Jews in Cantor’s “very rural conservative southern district.”   “Eric Cantor is a Jewish…

PBS’s Gwen Ifill Bemoans Obama’s Scandals as Second-Term ‘Distra

July 8th, 2013 5:38 PM
We’re halfway through 2013, and PBS’s Washington Week used last Friday’s episode to reflect on the past six months of D.C. politics. During the course of the reflections, moderator Gwen Ifill trotted out the oft-uttered liberal complaint about “distractions” that have impeded President Obama’s second-term agenda so far. She lamented, “You know, the…

On Taxpayer-subsidized PBS, Liberal Reporters Lament Benghazi Won't Go

May 23rd, 2013 4:58 PM
On last Friday’s Washington Week, PBS moderator Gwen Ifill brought in a panel of four liberal journalists to dissect the three scandals that have plagued the Obama administration the past couple of weeks. Predictably, most of the panelists attempted to downplay the seriousness of the Benghazi fiasco. Midway through the Benghazi discussion, Ifill turned to The Washington Post’s Ed…

PBS Ombudsman Says PBS Anchor Should Have Avoided Sebelius-Honoring Ev

April 20th, 2012 11:51 PM
My Wednesday blog on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill emceeing a gay group's fundraiser that honored HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for implementing ObamaCare drew some attention across the web, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. WashPost media blogger Erik Wemple looked askance at the PBS star's appearance of a conflict of interest. But the strongest response came from PBS…

PBS Anchor Gwen Ifill To Emcee LGBT Fundraiser Hailing HHS Secretary's

April 18th, 2012 5:56 PM
In 2008, it was questionable that PBS NewsHour and Washington Week anchor Gwen Ifill could moderate the vice-presidential debate as she was writing a book called “The Breakthrough” about the rise of Barack Obama and other black liberal politicians. On Thursday night, Ifill will cross another Obama line by acting as emcee for a fundraiser for the LGBT health and advocacy group the…

Gwen Ifill: 'Last Person to Actually Get Elected President to Win a St

August 14th, 2011 3:59 PM
After Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's win in Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll, the Obama-loving media have been working overtime to make darned certain the public doesn't think this has any significance. Doing her part was PBS's Gwen Ifill who said on Sunday's "Face the Nation," "The last person to actually get elected president to win a Straw Poll was George W.…