Wrapping up a report on Friday's NBC Today about CIA Director John Brennan reacting to the Senate Democrats' "torture report" during a Thursday press conference, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell highlighted: "The unveiling of the brutal tactics gave American adversaries a chance to accuse the U.S. of hypocrisy – on International Human Rights Day, no less." Mitchell continued: "China and Russia mocked the U.S. for hypocrisy. China's state-run media saying, 'We advise the U.S. side to reflect on and correct its own human rights problems and stop their unwarranted attacks on China.'" That parroting of propaganda came as NBC... continue reading
During Thursday’s NBC Nightly News , NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell heaped praise on far left Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), anointing her “the liberal wing’s newest star” as one of many to speak against the $1 trillion government funding bill being considered by Congress (which passed the House late Thursday night). When one goes back to look at the program’s coverage of the government funding battle in 2013 that led to a government shutdown, it had far different descriptions for one of the leading figures of that debate in Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Texas). [MP3 audio here... continue reading
On Thursday night, CBS continued to make no mention of the news that the hacking attack on Sony Pictures has revealed emails between co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin mocking what they perceived to be President Barack Obama’s movie tastes. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley covered continued fallout from the attack, but only in the context of no press being allowed at the premiere of the Sony film The Interview , which is largely believed to be the reason that the movie studio was targeted for attack. [MP3 audio here ; Video below] Having previously ignored... continue reading
CBS This Morning was the sole Big Three morning newscast on Thursday to report that the police in Hong Kong cleared out the main camp of pro-democracy protestors in the former British colony. Anchor Charlie Rose gave a 20-second news brief on the government's crackdown on the demonstrators. [ video below ] BBC News reported that "more than activists have been arrested...after police cleared the main pro-democracy protest camp." Meanwhile, ABC's Good Morning America aired a two-plus minute report on Angelina Jolie's " tattoo trouble " regarding her kids asking her and husband Bratt Pitt about their many tattoos. Jolie... continue reading
In January of 2013, in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting, the networks aggressively pushed gun control and compared the struggle for new restrictions to the battle against the Nazis and segregationists. On Thursday, a poll showed support for gun rights to be at the highest point in 20 years. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today skipped the new survey. CBS This Morning gave it 18 seconds. Anchor Charlie Rose revealed that "for the first time in two decades, more Americans support gun rights than gun control." He added, "A poll by the Pew Research... continue reading
During a Thursday press conference, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell seized the opportunity to lecture CIA Director John Brennan as she rattled over the "torture" techniques detailed in the recently released report by Senate Democrats: "...waterboarding, near drowning, slamming people against the wall, hanging them in stress positions, confining them in small boxes or coffins, threatening them with drills, waving guns around their head as they are blindfolded..." Finally getting to her actual question, Mitchell wondered: "...what or which of these techniques could be used if, as the director of Central Intelligence, you and another president or this... continue reading
Carol Costello, who got a kick out of the assault on Bristol Palin, lamented on Thursday's CNN Newsroom that " the national conversation surrounding sexual assault on campus has taken kind of an ugly turn. It's become this he-said, she-said politically-tinged fight ." Costello cited the attention on Lena Dunham's rape claim in her memoir as an example. The anchor also spotlighted how conservative blog RedState attacked the left-wing TV producer on Wednesday (it should be pointed out that the anchor did not censor RedState's curse word, nor did CNN bleep her when she read the quote): CAROL COSTELLO: ...In... continue reading
Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, served as fill-in host on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday afternoon and took the opportunity to badger Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) over the Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists. Speaking to her Republican guest, Welker asked “some of the enhanced techniques that the report found included extended waterboarding, sleep deprivation, rectal rehydration, slapping and stress positions. How is that not torture Congressman?” Despite Congressman King maintaining that “the Justice Department clearly said it was not torture” the NBC reporter continued to pressure the... continue reading
In a Tuesday interview with Texas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Rick Perry aired on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, political reporter Kasie Hunt questioned the Republican's intelligence: "Are you smart enough to be President of the United States?" Perry replied: "I think the standpoint of life's experiences. Running for the presidency is not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual's resolve. It's a test of an individual's philosophy. It's a test of an individual's life's experiences." Earlier in the exchange, Hunt wondered: "If you do run in 2016, do you think you would have any... continue reading
CBS and NBC on Wednesday and Thursday ignored the revelation that a hacking attack has exposed liberal Hollywood executives making racial jokes about Barack Obama. Only ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday noticed that powerful producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairwoman Amy Pascal (a high-profile Democrat) mocked the first African American President. Despite the fact that five out of the six evening and morning shows covered the continually unfolding hacking incident, there was only one mention of the nasty jokes aimed at Obama. ABC reporter Cecila Vega explained, "The hacking scandal that has embarrassed movie giant Sony, now even messier... continue reading