Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did a dance while in college several years ago, an edited version of it hit social media. Newsweek’s Jason Le Miere squeezed two misleading articles out of the spat, furthering the media myth that Republicans are somehow offended or outraged by her dancing, while never actually naming a single outraged conservative. The first was "Conservatives Mock Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for College Dancing Video, Everyone Else Thinks It’s Adorable.”
Newsweek breaking news reporter Benjamin Fearnow covered Wednesday's comments by Rush Limbaugh (see photo) on the criminal justice reform bill that easily passed Congress. Limbaugh claimed the bill steals one of the major issues, prison reform for nonviolent criminals, that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have been have been demanding through their anthem protests.
During an interview with President George H.W. Bush’s granddaughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, on Wednesday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie observed: “Even as little kids, Jenna and Barbara were painfully aware of the criticism their grandfather faced, but still, they knew the man behind the presidency.”
The media’s current appreciation for the 41st President stands in sharp contrast to how they covered his presidential campaigns and his administration. When George H. W. Bush was still in the arena, liberal reporters were among his most vociferous critics, who deplored his campaign tactics, accused him of exacerbating racial tensions, and bashed him for failing to adopt liberal policy positions.
New York Times writer Amanda Hess issued surprise criticism of the media’s coverage of Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in her review of The Clinton Affair, A&E’s six-part mini-series on Bill Clinton’s scandal over White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Hess argued that the women who accused the former president of sexual harassment were unjustly mocked and shunned by the mainstream press: “Paula Jones Re-emerges In New Light – A time to listen to the women of the Bill Clinton scandals.” It’s sound advice from Hess, but 20 years too late for the partisan New York Times, which dismissed Juanita Broaddrick’s credible allegations of rape against Clinton as “toxic waste.
Increasingly, readers of news across the US will find that the “heat” behind a mainstream journalistic “hot take” is usually contained completely in the headline so to draw as many clicks as possible. The actual text of the article will contain a weak argument, questionable statistical evidence, and needless speculation.
In the category of “misleading lefty clickbait stories with ridiculous headlines,” Newsweek put forward a contender on Nov. 14 under its “Culture” section. The full headline read: “REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR BLAMES MASS SHOOTINGS ON ZOMBIES, ABORTIONS, US ‘CULTURE OF DEATH’—NOT GUNS” And with that, author Benjamin Fearnow already started walking back that whopper of a title in the lede:
We’re now over a month out of the Kavanaugh drama, and the Hollywood left still has the public largely unconvinced that they have devoted themselves to #MeToo’s goals of respecting survivors and women as a whole. Since that time, we’ve seen HBO hire an “intimacy coordinator” to ensure that scenes of sexual abuse can still grace our screens, and now we have a movie which attempts to portray the “sugar baby” lifestyle in a positive light.
It’s been 18 years since a presidential election was clogged and stalled by a recount after a close finish in Florida, and now it’s happening again after Republicans led the election night tallies for Senator and Governor in the state. This time, the national media are scoffing at complaints that Democratic election officials could be seeking to overturn the will of the voters. Back in 2000, those same outlets dripped with suspicion that Florida’s Republican Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, was conspiring to steal that election away from Democrat Al Gore.
This year, with Republicans in control of the White House, House and Senate, journalists are actively electioneering on behalf of Democrats, as a way to put a check on the power of President Trump. But eight years ago, when Democrats held both the House and Senate going into President Obama’s first midterm elections, the media were distressed that liberal power might be diluted, and upset that voters failed to appreciate the tremendous “victories” and “amazing legislative agenda” that Obama and the Democrats had accomplished.
According to the left, if you deign to criticize the media, you sow division by attacking free speech. And if you believe that Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails on a private server was an irresponsible threat to security and a transparency blunder, now you’ve slipped into the role of conspiracy theorist.
Actress Amy Schumer rose to fame after starring in a 2015 movie as a young magazine writer caught up in numerous romantic misadventures. And, while not romantic in nature, her misadventures appear to have continued in real life.