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PBS Spin: Harris Challenge Would Be Good, No Challenge = 'Party Unity'

July 22nd, 2024 1:10 PM

On Sunday, after President Biden announced he would not run for re-election, political reporter Domenico Montanaro of National Public Radio turned up on PBS News Weekend and sounded exceedingly optimistic about the prospects of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Vice President Kamala Harris. Montanaro engaged in pro-Democrat happy talk and managed to have it both ways,…

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Washington Week: Dems Chaos ‘Sign of a Vital, Healthy Political Party'

July 21st, 2024 10:42 PM

The first post-Republican Convention episode of PBS’s journalistic political roundtable Washington Week with The Atlantic spent a long time emphasizing the travails of the Democrats over the mental state of President Joe Biden (who would drop out of the 2024 race on Sunday afternoon). But one panelist saw the bright side in the Democratic meltdown.

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PBS: Trump Is 'Uglier And Darker' Than 2016 On Immigration

July 20th, 2024 11:32 AM

PolitiFact may have teamed up with PBS for the remainder of the 2024 election cycle, but perhaps they should be checking PBS News Hour instead because on Friday, host Amna Nawaz falsely claimed Donald Trump was using “more dangerous, kind of, vicious language” in targeting “black and brown immigrants” than he was in 2016.

NPR Bashes RNC: 'Violent Rhetoric, Attacks on Undocumented Immigrants'

July 19th, 2024 9:59 PM

National Public Radio’s Up First newsletter highlights top stories from the taxpayer-supported radio network. Wednesday’s newsletter, centered around Night Two of the Republican National Convention and its themes of crime and illegal immigration, smeared and fact-checked Tuesday night’s speakers, while using the soft, politically pleasing phrase “undocumented immigrants” to describe…

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PBS’s Capehart: Trump ‘Deified,’ I'm ‘Terrified’ of ‘We Love Trump'

July 19th, 2024 3:03 PM

PBS’s coverage of Night Four of the Republican National Convention again featured the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart holding up the liberal end of the political analysis. (David Brooks of the New York Times was the ostensible conservative on the panel, but they often agreed with each other.) Capehart spent most of the four nights of the convention whining that the…

PBS Hurls Bad Fact Checks; Vote Concerns May Stir ‘Political Violence'

July 18th, 2024 9:47 PM

PBS’s biased coverage of Night Three of the Republican National Convention began even before the main event, on Wednesday evening’s PBS News Hour, aiming not only to fact-check the Republicans but even to suggest some Republican voting “misinformation” was dangerous. The tax-funded network’s first fact-check target was…reality TV star, Savannah Chrisley, who discussed her family’s…

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PBS, David Frum Condemn Trump for Using Shooting 'In an Improper Way'

July 18th, 2024 9:18 PM

PBS’s Christiane Amanpour invited Never Trumper David Frum of The Atlantic to Wednesday's episode of Amanpour and Company, where he delivered his usual rigmarole of anti-Republican nonsense. This time, he downplayed the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, claiming he was using it “in an improper way.”

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PBS RNC Night 2: Echoing 'White Supremacist Notions,' No 'Illegals'

July 17th, 2024 5:15 PM

Night Two of coverage of the Republican National Convention was “Make America Safe Once Again,” with politicians and ordinary Americans making speeches relaying stories about crime and the illegal immigration that causes some of that crime. PBS reporters and anchors sounded the alarm from the start, warning that Republicans are trying to instill unwarranted fear and anxiety in voters. At 7:08…

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PBS's Capehart Can't Handle Host's Truth:'The Left Has Vilified' Trump

July 16th, 2024 12:04 AM

PBS’s coverage of Night One of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee got off to a bad start during an interview with Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, who’d just delivered an early speech to the convention delegates. At 8:07 ET, News Hour co-anchor Geoff Bennett, who is hosting the network’s taxpayer-funded convention coverage along with fellow News Hour co…

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Worried For Democracy, PBS And PolitiFact Unveil Election Partnership

July 13th, 2024 2:15 PM

PolitiFact, one of the fact-checking outlets with the ability to censor your Facebook posts, and PBS, the news channel subsidized by your tax dollars, announced in a joint statement on Friday on their respective websites that they are teaming up for the remainder of the 2024 election cycle, formalizing their June 27 Debate segment.

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PBS Hails Biden Press Conference, Compares Him To Reagan

July 13th, 2024 9:47 AM

Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart and New York Times columnist David Brooks joined PBS News Hour host Geoff Bennett on Friday for their weekly recap of the news, which naturally included President Joe Biden’s Thursday press conference. Capehart urged Democrats to stop “self-immolating” over Biden’s candidacy, while Brooks compared him to President…

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PBS Avoids Networks' Pro-Biden Optimism, Reveal Democratic Agonizing

July 11th, 2024 9:39 AM

On Tuesday’s edition of the PBS News Hour, White House reporter Lisa Desjardins sounded unconvinced that President Biden had settled the waters among his Democratic caucus after his awful debate performance, pessimism that stood in contrast to the national news networks, whose White House reporters have hastily leapt back on board the Biden train after a day or so of relative calm on…

NPR's Folkenflik CHOKES on Comparison of Joe Scarborough to Hannity

July 9th, 2024 6:37 AM

NPR media reporter David Folkenflik came on Monday night's All Things Considered to talk about cable news, and it wasn't about Fox News, at least not directly. After Biden called in to Morning Joe, NPR had to contemplate that Scarborough is so deep into the Biden camp that it evokes parallels to -- oh, God forbid! -- Fox News. 

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CBS Reporter Pushes Back on ‘Extreme Language’ of Sotomayor Dissent

July 6th, 2024 10:26 PM

On the latest episode of the PBS political roundtable Washington Week with The Atlantic, host (and Atlantic editor in chief) Jeffrey Goldberg set up New York Times legal reporter Charlie Savage about the “future of presidential power” after the 6-3 ruling expanded presidential immunity and had the knock-on effect of postponing Trump’s classified documents trial and his…