AP's Snow Funeral Story Holds on for 20 Grafs, Then Goes Classless

July 18th, 2008 1:26 AM
After the firestorm that erupted Saturday over the Associated Press's classless story on the death of former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, I was hoping that the possibly-chastened wire service could get through its coverage of his funeral without getting in any gratuitous digs. In that horrid Saturday story (blogged at NewsBusters and BizzyBlog), the AP's Douglass K. Daniel, with the…

The Ari Fleischer 'Human Pinata' Files

June 8th, 2008 9:27 AM

In WaPo, Ari Fleischer Shreds McClellan's Press 'Enablers' Theory

June 8th, 2008 7:31 AM

ABC's Chris Cuomo Gushes Over 'Great,' Honest Liberal Author

May 29th, 2008 3:43 PM
"Good Morning America" news anchor Chris Cuomo touted Bush-bashing author and former anti-terrorism official Richard Clarke on Thursday's "Good Morning America." Cuomo lauded Clarke's first book, "Against All Enemies," as "great." (In that book, Clarke slammed the White House for focusing too heavily on Iraq.) The GMA host also attempted to pass off the ex-…

Couric: Nefarious Talking Point Coordination from McClellan Critics

May 28th, 2008 9:02 PM
The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, naturally, all led Wednesday night with Scott McClellan's attacks on the Bush White House, but CBS anchor Katie Couric inaccurately reported McClellan was “forced out” of his Press Secretary position “last year” (he left in early 2006) and, interviewing McClellan's predecessor Ari Fleischer, she tried to discredit White House defenders by demanding to know…

Matthews's Motor-Mouth Leaves Guests Grimacing

May 28th, 2008 6:38 PM
I haven't seen Chris Matthews this excited since a Barack Obama speech sent a certain sensation skyward. The Hardball host is in an absolute frenzy over Scott McClellan's allegations. So much so that guests on this evening's show are having a hard time expressing themselves as Matthews expounds at length. Ari Fleischer finally called Chris on it. And while David Gregory didn't…

What Happens When the Ex-Press Secretary Doesn’t Trash His Boss

May 28th, 2008 3:09 PM
Before Scott McClellan was President Bush’s Press Secretary, there was Ari Fleischer, and when Fleischer left the White House he wrote his own book, “Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House.” Unlike McClellan, Fleischer did not take pot shots at his former employer, but did include some telling examples of the liberal bias of press.Perhaps not surprisingly, then,…

Two Straight Nights of Bashing Bill Cunningham on CNN

February 28th, 2008 4:29 PM
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and "The Nation" editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel joined the attack on Bill Cunningham’s anti-Barack Obama comments at a rally for John McCain in Cincinnati, Ohio, comments that McCain himself repudiated. Cooper began his "Anderson Cooper 360" program on Tuesday by referring to Cunningham as a "talk show pit bull" and criticizing his…