Liberal MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz on Tuesday cheered Barack Obama's veto threat for the Keystone XL pipeline. However, the cable host failed to mention his own previous support for construction. Schultz breathlessly opened his show by announcing, "We start tonight with very important breaking news. President Obama will veto the Keystone XL pipeline. If you voted for this president and you care about climate change, you have to be proud tonight." [MP3 audio here .] Dialing up the hyperbole, the anchor cheerleaded, "We still have a lot of power, the progressives do. The President has just cemented his legacy as... continue reading
Journalist Ezra Klein on Monday pronounced that if economic conditions continue, Hillary Clinton will win "42 states" in 2016. The former Washington Post columnist, now the editor at , appeared on MSNBC's All In to prognosticate. [MP3 audio here .] Talking to Chris Hayes, he cited falling gas prices and declared, "If this was one year from today, if this were 2016, Hillary Clinton would be about to carry 42 – ...if it continued on, Hillary Clinton would be looking to carry 42 states, right?" Offering a caveat, he continued, "If it continues, Clinton is in great shape, but... continue reading
In a live interview with Sarah Palin on Tuesday's NBC Today , co-host Savannah Guthrie accused the former Alaska governor of taking a "cheap shot" at President Obama while defending herself against nasty attacks from animal rights group PETA : "You also talk about President Obama, saying that he tried dog meat when he was under ten years old in Indonesia. I have to ask you about that one, though, is that kind of trading cheap shot for cheap shot?" Palin dismissed Guthrie's assertion: "Oh, heck no, that was the best line in the post that I wrote, it was... continue reading
On Tuesday, the newly elected members of the 114th Congress were officially sworn in and CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell sat down with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) the youngest woman ever elected at age 30. While the interview was mostly friendly, co-host Norah O’Donnell found time to push her guest on the GOP’s standing with minorities voters and asked Stefanik: “Does the Republican Party have an image problem?” O’Donnell began her interview by highlighting the barriers the young Republican overcame to win her election before she pushed liberal talking points about the GOP’s so-called image problem: Republicans are calling... continue reading
During his MSNBC show All In on Monday, Chris Hayes put up his best defense of far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio against criticism from NYPD officers and their union, lamenting that de Blasio has been subject to “brutal attacks” over the past few weeks while praising him for a drop in crime during 2014. At the start of a segment about the drop in crime and a changing of tactics, Hayes chose to chastise the NYPD’s top union for speaking and acting in opposition to the Mayor: “If, the Mayor has taken to dreading the spotlight over... continue reading
While there were six governors sworn into office on Monday, it was liberal Democrat Jerry Brown taking the oath of office for a record fourth term in California that caught the fawning eye of NBC Nightly News and anchor Brian Williams who, in turn, spent a news brief gushing over how his first stint in office was during the Ford administration and that he had improved the state’s finances. Following a brief on news that the owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build a stadium outside Los Angeles, Williams pivoted to the Golden State at-large and Brown’s fourth... continue reading
Good Morning America's keys to success: Replace hard news with tabloid stories and viral videos, that according to Baltimore Sun critic David Zurawik. The columnist appeared on Fox News, Sunday, and derided ABC's obsession with superficial topics: "This is what it looks like on a daily basis when video is driving what you do. And it's astonishing." Speaking of GMA 's George Stephanopoulos, MediaBuzz anchor Howard Kurtz noted that when the host joined in 2009, he "talked about trying to do more in-depth [stories] and instead he's tossing to pieces about sensational murders." Kurtz chided, "It kind of seems like... continue reading
The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift might have set a record for quickest breaking of a New Year’s resolution. During a January 3 McLaughlin Group segment, in which the panelists offered their 2015 resolutions, Clift promised to “treat the 24 Republicans considering running for president respectfully.” Clift then immediately broke the resolution when she added: “Even though I think most of them probably belong on the clown car.” The following excerpt is from the January 3 edition of the syndicated McLaughlin Group : ELEANOR CLIFT: Treat the 24 Republicans considering running for president respectfully - even though I think most of... continue reading
On Monday, both ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today hyped a supposed "controversy" between Sarah Palin and radical animal rights group PETA, after Palin shared a touching photo of her Down Syndrome son using his service dog as a step stool to reach the kitchen sink. During a news brief on GMA , anchor Amy Robach announced: "Sarah Palin sparking new controversy, this time among animal lovers. Reaction has erupted on social media when Palin posted this photo of her 6-year-old son standing on top of their dog." Today featured a full two and half minute report on the... continue reading
On Sunday morning, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation to discuss a variety of topics including the ongoing controversy involving Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.). During the conversation, moderator Bob Schieffer did his best to tie Scalise’s 2002 speech to the entire Republican brand. The CBS host suggested that "aren’t Republicans going to have to find some way to appeal to Hispanics and African Americans and what is that way because I think you would agree right now if you just look at it, it doesn't look like they're doing very much.” The segment... continue reading