Ed Schultz Chooses the Limelight over Principles
Like most people, I never paid much attention to Ed Schultz. A loud, bullying, meaty man in the even meatier middle of the distribution when it comes to smarts, Schultz was your classic “lunch-pail populist” as host of MSNBC’s …
Rick Brookhiser was talking about the genius of Donald Trump in being able to seize media attention — and the relative indifference to Ted Cruz. “Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his voters wouldn’t care. …
Fox News’ Moderators Were Tough. Maybe a Little Too Tough.
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Fox Moderators: Tough… Maybe Too Tough? Too Confrontational?
As noted last night, the video clips played by Fox News were great journalism – they eliminated the instinctive, “Megyn, I never said that,” or “…
A major scoop, via CNN:
You know, the shooting did happen less than two miles from a Planned Parenthood . . .
Have We Seen You on Instagram?
Everywhere you look these days, brands, restaurants, organizations, and politicians are hawking their Instagram accounts — and you can count NR among those publications that have picked up on social media’s fastest growing platform.
We want to connect with you …
John: Judy Miller makes a similar comment about the openness of rightwing as opposed leftwing media in her new book (The Story: A Reporter’s Journey) with regard to her post-New York Times position as a Fox News contributor:
Mark Halperin’s Real Bias Is Partisan, Not Racist
Imagine it’s 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama. “Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, …
The Shaming of Cheryl Rios
Here it is, the nadir of news:
Dallas Woman Posts on Facebook “A Female Shouldn’t Be President”
That is a real headline from the website of CBS 11, Dallas’s local CBS affiliate, where everyone can now read about how …
Why Does Morning Joe Defy MSNBC’s Disastrous Trend?
Per Charlie’s excellent take on MSNBC’s decline, there’s a sweet ha-ha about Phil Griffin’s lefty business model. Despite all the mandated ideology over at Rockefeller Center, the fact is is that Morning Joe — hosted by …
When American Networks Interview Tyrants
Twelve years ago, almost to the day, CBS News sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to broadcast an interview with Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam Hussein.
I wrote at that time:
Other than the lengths to which Dan Rather went to be …
ESPN’s ‘Inclusivity,’ Ironic and Illogical
In a terse, two-sentence statement, ESPN yesterday announced that it fired Curt Schilling because it’s “inclusive,” an ironic word choice if the intended meaning was that the sports network had a definite position on a contested social issue and …
Should Moderators Confront Candidates? Or Is That Their Rivals’ Job?
One more thought on how the style of Fox News Channel moderators Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace differs from other debate moderators this cycle#…#
If you look at the way Fox handled its debates — the first one …
Defining Political Child Abuse: A Tale of Two Cruz Families
Remember five-year-old Sophie Cruz?
Groomed for a year by an outfit called the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, Sophie is the ponytailed poster child for amnesty who was literally propped up in front of the pope during his September visit …
And So the Groundswell Begins
In case you were wondering about the “Lowry 2016” chocolates in that instagram post, they were sent to the office courtesy of the good folks at chocolatetext.com. By the time I got to our kitchen to record it for posterity, …
There Is No Such Thing as Unbiased Journalism, So Let’s Stop Pretending
If you’re an intellectually curious person — and if you’re a journalist, let’s assume that you are — you are likely to have embraced a number of notions about how the world works, how it should work, …
George Stephanopoulos Concealed $50K Donation to Clinton Foundation — While Reporting on Clinton Foundation Scandal
Via the Washington Free Beacon:
ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.
Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free …
Unions Donate to Sharpton’s Nonprofit and Win Airtime on Sharpton’s MSNBC Show. Hmmm.
Since Politics Nation debuted on MSNBC on August 29, 2011, Al Sharpton’s nonprofit National Action Network has collected more than $2.38 million in contributions from unions, according to Department of Labor records. Meanwhile, Sharpton has often used his show to promote pro-labor …
Religious Freedom Is Not ‘So Called’
On July 2, 1964, the United States enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination in “places of public accommodation” on the basis of “race, color, religion, or national origin.” It also barred practices aimed at keeping blacks from voting and …
The Cinematic Railroading of Jameis Winston
A movement is afoot to destroy the career of a young black man whom a young white woman with overwhelming, well-documented credibility problems has accused of raping her. Three separate investigations, including a Florida State Code of Conduct hearing, have …
The Media’s Embarrassing Scott Walker Spectacle
On Saturday afternoon, two of the Washington Post’s crack political correspondents accosted Governor Scott Walker in the lobby of a JW Marriott hotel and asked him whether he believed that President Obama is “a Christian.” As is always the …