Mitchell: Trump Used 'More Than a Racial Dog Whistle' on Espy
November 28th, 2018 8:37 PM
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell oddly claimed that President Donald Trump was using a "racial dog whistle" against Mississippi Democratic Senate nominee Mike Espy as the MSNBC host discussed Trump commenting that Espy's far-left politics do not "fit in" with his strongly conservative home state.
ABC Host: It's 'Not Always Fair’ to Report ‘Wrongdoing’ of Candidates
April 22nd, 2018 11:56 AM
In a stunning moment of candor from ABC host George Stephanopoulos during Sunday’s This Week, the longtime Clinton flack lamented the media coverage Hillary Clinton received during the 2016 election. During the “powerhouse roundtable” discussion analyzing the media’s role in 2016 (yes, they’re still hung up on it), he was put off how media equalized Clinton and Donald Trump when it came to their…
MSNBC: Trump Base 'Don't Need Rationality,' Just 'Russian Bots'
February 5th, 2018 3:34 PM
On Monday, hosts of MSNBC’s morning lineup scoffed at the notion that some Americans still have faith in Congressman Nunes’s FISA memo, and even in the President himself. Some attributed the phenomenon to ignorance or foolishness, while others suggested that Trump supporters had been deceived by Russian bots on Twitter.
Matthews Is Still Worried People Won’t Trust Movie Times Due to Trump
January 5th, 2017 10:16 PM
If one day of stupid wasn’t enough, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews reiterated his concerns on Thursday night that President-elect Donald Trump has undermined the credibility of the news media to the point that he’s fearful people won’t believe movie times printed in newspapers.
Stephanie Cutter: Far More Than Half of Trump Backers 'Deplorables'
September 11th, 2016 7:25 PM
Stephanie Cutter believes that Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton really made a mistake in her Friday evening "basket of deplorables" statement about Republican nominee Donald Trump's supporters at a fundraiser in New York City when she limited the "basket" to "half" of them. On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, Cutter, the former 2012 Obama presidential campaign manager and…
Media Pundits Often Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Hillary Clinton
February 27th, 2016 2:05 PM
Tune into television coverage of the current presidential campaign, and you will undoubtedly hear from various pundits described as “former campaign strategists” and “political contributors” explaining the latest developments of the race.
But in many cases, these pundits -- though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics -- in fact have financial ties to the candidates they…
Cancellations/Layoffs at CNN Claim 'Crossfire,' Other Programs
October 15th, 2014 6:56 PM
On Tuesday, Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of CNN, started the process of cancelling several of the news network's series, including the reboot of Crossfire, and began laying off hundreds of employees. Chris Ariens at the TVNewser blog reported that "as many as 300, or 8%, of CNN's workforce is being cut." Ariens later noted that "Jane Velez Mitchell's nightly HLN show has been canceled…
Conservatives Should Hope CNN’s New Crossfire Succeeds
September 18th, 2013 10:03 AM
On Tuesday, I published an article gleefully applauding the poor ratings CNN’s new Crossfire received in its first week back on the air.
After some reflection, I realize such sentiments went counter to my goal of having a truly fair and balanced media.
CNN's New Crossfire Totally Bombs, People Actually Like Wolf Blitzer B
September 17th, 2013 10:25 AM
CNN has been hyping the return of Crossfire for months, but given the ratings the first week, it seems the public wasn't buying it.
Quite the contrary, numbers reported by The Wrap Monday show this not so new venture by the supposedly most trusted name in news is a bomb of epic proportions.
MSNBC's Wolffe: Obama Campaign Didn't Have 'Balls' To Tell Stephanie C
September 16th, 2013 8:42 AM
"You tell her. No, YOU tell her!" . . . Richard Wolffe says that in 2012 an all-male group of senior Obama campaign people got together at a White Sox game and decided to fire deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter—but didn't have the "balls" to tell her.
Maybe so. Then again, Wolffe—appearing on Morning Joe today to tout his new book on the Obama re-election campaign—also claimed that…
‘Crossfire’ Reviews Are In and They’re Not Good
September 12th, 2013 9:33 AM
One of the worst things a reviewer can say about a television program is that "it has potential,” which usually means the show's not utilizing much of it. That situation was played out on Monday, when the Cable News Network brought back “Crossfire,” a conservative-liberal debate program that had been in television limbo for eight years.
Despite a newsworthy discussion topic -- the fate of…
'Crossfire' Returns With Debate Over Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marr
June 28th, 2013 11:18 AM
After more than eight years since the cancellation of “Crossfire” in June of 2005, the once-popular debate program returned to the Cable News Network on Wednesday as a segment of that evening's “Piers Morgan Live” with a spirited debate about the U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding California's Proposition 8 and the dismissal of part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The first new debate…
'Crossfire' Could Return to CNN: Will Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutt
April 25th, 2013 5:56 PM
Reports have already surfaced that CNN plans to resurrect the debate show Crossfire. Now the network is reportedly talking to Newt Gingrich and former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to be two of the co-hosts.
Crossfire was canceled in 2005 after running for 23 years. In 2010 CNN drew from a similar debate formula and paired columnist Kathleen Parker with disgraced former…
Bargain, Schmargain: OFA Email Vindicates View That Obama Strategy Is
March 13th, 2013 3:51 PM
In Monday's New York Times, in a report which appeared online late Sunday, reporters Richard W. Stevenson and John Harwood devoted considerable space to the idea that President Obama's latest "outreach" effort is primarily an attempt to "salvage a big deficit-reduction deal," and not a political ploy to show voters in the 2014 congressional elections that he's really interested in achieving a…