NBC's 'Today' Touts 'Big Setback' for Boehner Plan, Lauer Lobs Softbal

July 27th, 2011 3:06 PM
At the top of Wednesday's NBC Today, as co-host Ann Curry declared that "Americans are just fed up with the stalemate" over the debt ceiling, fellow co-host Matt Lauer announced: "The latest setback came last night when House Speaker Boehner was told by the Congressional Budget Office that his proposal would cut spending far less than advertised." In the report that followed, correspondent…

Bob Schieffer Asks Senators: Why Are You Wasting Time Debating Balance

July 17th, 2011 10:58 PM
With trillion dollar budget deficits as far as the eye can see, a balanced budget amendment is sounding pretty good to an overwhelming majority of Americans. Apparently CBS's Bob Schieffer isn't amongst them, as he actually asked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday's "Face the Nation," "Why are you wasting time debating that?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Sen. Majority Whip: ‘I Don’t Disagree With Paul Ryan’‘Reduce C

July 6th, 2011 3:13 PM
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin praised Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) willingness to work on entitlement reform while on the Senate floor Wednesday stating, “I don’t disagree with Paul Ryan saying we have got to look honestly at Medicare.”

Ed Schultz Guest: 'Even' Bernie Sanders Believes We Must 'Get Our Fisc

April 20th, 2011 12:58 PM
You know the situation is serious when "even" an avowed socialist worries about government spending. Here's a clip of Democrat congressman Peter Welch of Vermont on Ed Schultz's radio show Monday talking about the looming battle over the debt ceiling (audio) --

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, moving to the budget struggle on…

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 and possibly even further…

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?" Smith directed…

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 Organization…

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 Kagan's prestigious…

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 party's…

'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 nail…