Throughout Thursday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews teased a “Let Me Finish” commentary to end the show about the 243rd anniversary of the start of the American Revolution with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. However, such sanity quickly eroded as Matthews linked the actions and ideals fought on that idea to the anti-gun, far-left Parkland students.
On Thursday, TIME magazine released its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, spanning across politics, entertainment, music, and sports. Predictably, the reliably liberal publication featured 14 glowing profiles of liberal activists, politicians, entertainers, and athletes, but only managed to find four conservative figures to highlight, one of which was a nasty hit piece.
Madeleine Albright continued her media blitz for a new book worrying that Donald Trump could turn America into a fascist state in the style of past dictators. She talked to Time magazine’s website on Wednesday.
In June 1994, a Time Magazine cover photo of O.J. Simpson after his arrest generated heated controversy because his photo had been significantly darkened. The magazine's latest issue treats Jeff Sessions similarly, even though the Trump administration's Attorney General hasn't been accused of murdering anybody or credibly accused of any crime.
When Shepard Smith's arrogant dismissal of his other Fox News colleagues broke in Time magazine, we (and others) focused on his declaration that they "don't really have rules on the opinion side." But taking another look in the print edition, what stands out is how Time TV critic Daniel D'Addario routinely -- like many media liberals -- portrays Smith as on the "fact side," even as they enjoy his criticisms of President Trump.
Sometimes reporters just come out and say it. And on March 7, 1994, Time journalist Margaret Carlson admitted that favorable coverage for Hillary Clinton is simply “rooting for your team.” Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Newsweek lamenting the “victims of capitalism,” Brian Williams insisting his work has been “cleansed” of opinion.
Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recognized that Germany has "no-go areas" — places where police and public safety personnel cannot visit without risking serious physical harm. A short Associated Press item on her statement described "German officials" as "speechless." It appears that the wire service's Berlin reporter shared that assessment, and may even have believed that Merkel had fabricated her claim.
In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s school shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, the liberal media sprinted to push gun control while vigorously waving a ridiculous school shooting statistic put out by the anti-gun lobbyist group, Everytown for Gun Safety. According to their numbers, there had been 18 school shootings since the start of 2018. The only problem? It was bogus. So much so, even the liberal Washington Post found the need to call out them and the rest of the media.
On Thursday's Deadline: White House on MSNBC, during a discussion of Republicans pushing theories of a "secret society" within the FBI that is trying to undermine President Donald Trump, Republican-leaning MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan likened the issue to the fake "Pizzagate" story that resulted in a deranged gunman storming into a pizza restaurant.
When President Trump announced them in early January, many in the liberal media thought that the Fake News Awards were a bluff and he wouldn’t go through with them. But after having previously been postponed, Trump unveiled the “winners” Wednesday night. Out of the top 10 instances of fake news, CNN was sloppy enough to win four awards with the top spot going to The New York Times. The awards twice noted a Media Research Center study that showed 90 percent of the media’s coverage of him was negative.
Robert Redford, who is best known for starring in such movies as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President’s Men, wrote an article for the December 11 issue of TIME magazine, which describes him as also a “director, producer and environmental activist.”
Liberal reporters are scandalized by what they say is President Trump’s effort to “discredit” and “undermine” special counsel Robert Mueller, worried that it could presage an attempt to “remove Mueller, or end his investigation.” But when President Bill Clinton was being investigated by Ken Starr, journalists applauded Democratic and White House attacks on the independent counsel, and frequently joined in themselves.