On Nancy Reagan Burial Day, Al Hunt Stresses She Was 'Not Good Mother'

March 11th, 2016 6:19 PM
Has Al Hunt ever heard of de mortuis nil nisi bonum? Apparently not. On the day she was laid to rest, Hunt found it necessary to repeatedly assert that Nancy Reagan "was not a good mother." Interviewed by John Heilemann on today's With All Due Respect, here was Hunt: "she was a formidable person. Sometimes unpleasant, not a great mother, but she loved her Ronnie and had great political instincts…

Video Flashback: Nancy Reagan with Mike Wallace in 1975

March 11th, 2016 1:15 PM
With the funeral service today (Friday, March 11) for Nancy Reagan, a look back at her at age 54 in 1975 when she talked to Mike Wallace for a 60 Minutes segment about her husband’s soon-to-launch campaign against President Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.

Nasty Nancy Reagan Obit Intro Spiked by WashPost Without Notice

March 10th, 2016 11:16 AM
Joe Concha at Mediaite reported that The Washington Post dropped (without informing readers) a nasty opening paragraph of its prepared Nancy Reagan obituary by reporter Lois Romano: "Nancy Reagan had an undeniable knack for inviting controversy. There were her extravagant spending habits at a time of double-digit unemployment, a chaotic relationship with her children and stepchildren that could…

Ezra Klein: Conservatism Was a Lot Better in Nancy Reagan’s Day

March 7th, 2016 9:29 PM
Vox editor-in-chief Klein doesn’t often look back fondly at the good old days of the conservative movement, but he did so in a Sunday post inspired by the death of Nancy Reagan. Klein thinks conservatism was at its best in the 1980s, for which he gives considerable credit to the First Couple of the era. Klein wrote that the “political genius” of the Reagans “was to shape the pessimistic, angry…

Stahl Applauds Nancy Reagan Not Having President Promote Social Issues

March 7th, 2016 8:51 PM
Offering her memories of the late Nancy Reagan on Monday’s CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes correspondent and former White House reporter Lesley Stahl voiced her approval for how the late First Lady often pushed husband and President Ronald Reagan “to stop talking as much as he was on the social issues” like the abortion and the Second Amendment.

Video: Chris Matthews's Night of a Thousand Gaffes

March 7th, 2016 8:38 PM
Live television, particularly news broadcasting, is bound to have the occasion slip-up or gaffe here and there. Some nights are much better than others and some much worse. Tonight, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews had four such slips of the tongue, including confusing an NBC reporter's name with that of a movie star.

NBC’s Look Back at Nancy Reagan Shows Her Combating Media Bias

March 7th, 2016 4:54 PM
On Monday’s NBC Today, a look back at Nancy Reagan’s various appearances on the morning show over the years showed her repeatedly combating liberal media bias demonstrated by the hosts with whom she sat down.

Nets Cheer Nancy Reagan Breaking With GOP on Stem Cells

March 7th, 2016 3:07 PM
While remembering the legacy of Nancy Reagan on Monday, all three network morning shows made sure to highlight an issue in which she broke with much of the Republican Party – embryonic stem cell research. On NBC’s Today, Peter Alexander touted: “With Alzheimer's Disease robbing her husband's memory, Mrs. Reagan was again cast into a supporting role, with a new cause, a champion of stem cell…

Colin Powell: GOP ‘Nastiness’ ‘Over the Top’ For Even ‘Jerry Springer'

March 7th, 2016 2:46 PM
On Monday’s CBS This Morning former Secretary of State Colin Powell came on the program to discuss the recently passed former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and her relationship with her late husband. Powell to took the opportunity to contrast Ronald Reagan’s “optimistic” presidency with the current GOP’s “nastiness,” that was “running us into the ground.” Unexpectedly, co-anchor Gayle King then called…

Andrea Mitchell Uses Death of Nancy Reagan to Hammer GOP

March 7th, 2016 12:10 PM
Calling in to an NBC special report about the death of Nancy Reagan on Sunday, correspondent Andrea Mitchell was eager to use the former First Lady’s passing to attack the current crop of Republican presidential candidates: “...we know that she did not believe in extremes. That she believed in compromise. That she believed, as did her husband, in walking – in working across party lines....So I…

The Press Mocked the Reagans' Love For Each Other

March 6th, 2016 11:45 PM
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan died today. The Associated Press's Christopher Weber, in an otherwise predictably passive-aggressive obituary, got one thing right: "The Reagans' mutual devotion over 52 years of marriage was legendary." How nice of him to acknowledge that now. The fact is that while it was visible during Ronald Reagan's presidency, everyone with eyes to see could recognize the…

MSNBC Uses Reagan to Spank GOP, Wanted to 'End' Cold War 'Not to Win'

March 6th, 2016 11:41 PM
As former Newsweek editor-in-chief Evan Thomas appeared as a guest on MSNBC Sunday to discuss former First Lady Nancy Reagan's passing, host Chris Matthews and Thomas used Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon to chastise the current Republicans for being too unwilling to compromise. After Thomas asserted that Reagan and Nixon "are rolling over in their graves" and recalled that Nancy…

Bloomberg Falls for Fake Report that Nancy Reagan Endorsed Hillary '16

April 13th, 2015 10:54 AM
Bloomberg Politics published a report claiming Nancy Reagan had endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. They fell for a fake news site called An editor’s note was added: “This story has been retracted. We fell for a hoax. Apologies.” Hadas Gold at Politico noted Bloomberg Politics Executive Editor Mike Nizza said in a tweet "very very stupid mistake, and one we take very…

Maher: ‘Reagan Was an Amiable Square in a Cowboy Hat Who Had Sex Wit

November 23rd, 2013 2:07 PM
“JFK was far from perfect, but he was a true wit and a sex machine and he knew how to wear a pair of shades. Reagan was an amiable square in a cowboy hat who had sex with a woman he called ‘Mommy.’” So said HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher Friday in a lengthy segment praising John F. Kennedy while trashing Ronald Reagan (video follows with commentary):