On Today: NBC Reporter Advances Dem Talking Points on GOP's 'Severe' B

February 21st, 2011 4:07 PM
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, on Monday's Today show, lumped the Wisconsin and federal budget fights together and depicted the Republicans, in both cases, as being on the defensive. Starting in Wisconsin O'Donnell reported that over the weekend "Protesters backing union workers vented anger" but didn't mention the Tea Party had a counter-protest. Then O'Donnell,…

Joe Scarborough Lobbies Dick Durbin From the Left to End Wasteful Afgh

December 20th, 2010 5:25 PM
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough left no doubts on where he stands on the conflict in Afghanistan Monday – but he also pressed liberal Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to stand up to President Obama on the issue of troop withdrawal. "It's distressing to me to see how this war continues," Scarborough complained, noting that the deadline for troop withdrawal has been pushed back to 2014…

CBS's Smith: Do ObamaCare Opponents 'Have A Legal Leg to Stand On

December 14th, 2010 12:31 PM
On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith seemed skeptical of the legal reasoning of a federal judge who ruled part of ObamaCare was unconstitutional: "The thing that he objects to most strenuously is this idea that everybody has to be insured. And the Republicans are jumping up and down, they're ready to have a party. Do you think they have a legal leg to stand on?…

Global Warming Doomsday Vault Deposit Trip Emits 24,300+ Pounds of Car

July 14th, 2010 11:56 AM
Some red hot chili peppers are on tour, and they're emitting a lot of greenhouse gases. But it's not the California rock band emitting carbon on a worldwide concert tour; it's seeds from chili peppers traveling to the "doomsday" vault in Norway. A bipartisan congressional delegation visited the Svalbard Global Seed Vault July 11 as a side trip during the 19th Annual Session of the…

Chris Matthews Thinks Sen. Sessions' Criticism of Kagan Was a 'Brutal

June 28th, 2010 6:25 PM
MSNBC's Chris Matthews framed Sen. Jeff Sessions' criticism of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a "brutal assault," during MSNBC's live coverage of the Senate hearing Monday afternoon."It's a brutal assault on this nomination," Matthews complained about the Alabama Republican's remarks.Matthews also seemed to cast Sessions as an unsophisticated country bumpkin challenging…

NBC's Vieira Taunts Republican DeMint: 'Is It Now Your Party's Waterlo

March 24th, 2010 11:59 AM
At first glance it appeared Today viewers were in for a balanced segment with NBC's Meredith Vieira interviewing both Republican Senator Jim DeMint and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin about the health care bill bill on Wednesday's show. However Vieira saved her most slanted questions for DeMint as she mocked his earlier prediction of an Obamacare defeat being his Waterloo, "Is it now your…

'Morning Joe' Furthers Durbin Complaint, Ignores Another Dem Senator's

December 21st, 2009 12:08 PM
There was something very important that I did not see on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.The very first bump-in on the show was a montage of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.):COBURN: What the American people ought to pray, is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.[...]DURBIN: I don’t think it’s appropriate to be invoking prayer to wish…

CNN's American Morning Leans Towards ClimateGate Deniers

December 7th, 2009 3:10 PM
Monday’s American Morning on CNN covered the ClimateGate scandal extensively, but slanted towards those who deny that the exposed e-mails amount to much. Anchor John Roberts let the interim director of the Climate Research Unit at the center of the controversy give his talking points without question. Out of the four segments on the scandal, two featured skeptics of the theory of manmade climate…

On Mammogram Guidelines, No Fact Checks for Sebelius or Durbin

November 22nd, 2009 2:14 PM
When outrage erupted this week over a government panel's recommendation that women have fewer mammograms, health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius was prepared with the Obama administration's favorite talking point: It's all Bush's fault.  Appearing Wednesday on CNN's The Situation Room, Sebelius told anchor Wolf Blitzer:This panel was appointed by the prior administration, by former…

Inhofe: Senate Democrat Amendment Threatens Christian Radio

March 4th, 2009 2:51 PM
On March 3, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., took the Fairness Doctrine and its often overlooked potential threat to Christian radio to the Senate floor. The Oklahoma senator gave a lengthy floor speech and mentioned that Sen. Jim DeMint's effort to force an up-or-down vote on the Fairness Doctrine issue, which passed 87-11 in the Senate, was a good beginning. "Last week's vote was the first…

Essay: The Durbin Amendment – The New ‘Fairness’ Doctrine with a

February 27th, 2009 7:49 PM
Law may allow preemptive, premature rescission of broadcast licenses By Any Other Name Still StingsYesterday by a whopping 87-11 vote, the Senate added as a rider to the passed DC voting rights bill the Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA).  The BFA, if also passed by the House and signed by the President, would kill once and for all the Censorship Doctrine -- also mis-known as the "Fairness…

In Obama's Home State, Unemployment Is Spiking; Expect Media Silence

August 15th, 2008 12:22 PM
Here's news the traditional media will work very hard to ignore. According to data released by Uncle Sam's Bureaus of Labor Statistics today, the unemployment rate in Illinois is the fifth-highest in the country. The Land of Lincoln had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.3% in July, up 2.2% from the previous year's 5.1%. That puts Illinois, along with California, in a tie for fourth…

'Hottest Ring in Hell' for Messing with Michelle

June 11th, 2008 5:58 PM
My late father, who worked with the toughest kids in a Brooklyn high school, used to say that when a person's reaction is disproportionate to the stimulus, something else is causing it. So when Obama campaign co-chair Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) dramatically reserved the "hottest ring in hell" for those who would go after Michelle Obama, my antennae went up. Interviewing him, MSNBC's…

Chicago Sun-Times Practically Runs Durbin Press Release on Gas Prices

May 20th, 2008 1:50 PM
News Flash!: Liberal politician decries price gouging, vows to use government to fix problem, mugs for cameras to hog credit.Oh wait, that's not really news at all. Unless you work for the Chicago Sun-Times.The online edition of the paper gave Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin a virtual press release with a 9-paragraph story by reporter Maureen O'Donnell. Here's an excerpt:The Second City has become…