MSNBC's David Shuster on Tuesday used a poll by the liberal website Daily Kos to assert that "most Republicans" don't believe Barack Obama was born in America and, thus, are birthers. Shuster marveled, "... As the Democrats try to talk about working with Republicans, given those numbers of Republican supporters, how is that possible? " [Audio available here .] Citing a survey that also claims 23 percent of self-identified Republicans want to secede from the union, Shuster quizzed Andy Barr from Politico as to the poll's meaning. After Shuster correctly noted, "It is a documented fact. The President was born... continue reading
Quoting from the film A Few Good Men , on Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith asked openly gay Army Lieutenant Dan Choi if the U.S. military was prepared for the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy to be overturned by the Obama administration: "Older members of the military are not very interested in seeing this policy changed at all.... Do you think the military can handle the truth?" The policy, created by Bill Clinton's administration in 1993, allows homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they do not publically come out. Choi, who is facing discharge from... continue reading
The New York Times certainly doesn't have stars in its eyes when it writes about movie star Mel Gibson. What could have been a standard weekend-box-office-receipts piece by Brooks Barnes on Monday sounded like an attack piece : And the blue money just keeps rolling in. The much-hyped return to the multiplex of Mel Gibson, whose drunken and anti-Semitic outburst in 2006 turned him into a Hollywood pariah , proved no threat to James Cameron's "Avatar," which was No. 1 at the weekend box office for the seventh weekend in a row and passed the $2 billion mark globally. Two... continue reading
Cautioning the Obama administration's "deficit projections...are just that, projections," NBC's Chuck Todd on Monday evening bought into the White House's claim that Democratic health care reform bills that would add millions to the system are actually spending reduction measures, as he warned: "If health care doesn't pass, because this budget assumes health care will pass, that's yet another $150 billion that would be tacked on to the deficit." ABC's Jake Tapper also passed along the ludicrous contention, but at least stressed Obama's team is assuming passage of "reform" that's very unlikely to be enacted: "The President outlines a number of... continue reading
On Saturday's Newsroom, CNN's Don Lemon deferentially took President Obama's advice and interviewed a stimulus "skeptic" turned "believer," whom the Democrat cited as an example of the success of the stimulus during his recent State of the Union address. Lemon talked up the stimulus and the Obama administration's energy efficiency tax credit with his guest Alan Levin, whose company produces windows. Before playing his taped interview with guest Alan Levin, CEO of Northeast Building Products, the CNN anchor played the relevant clip from the President Obama's address: "Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia, who said he used to be... continue reading
MSNBC's Tamron Hall on Monday interrogated a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and tried to associate conservatism with believing in a conspiracy theory. Talking to Patrick Hughes of Illinois, she challenged, "For example, one of the questions was, do you think the President was born in the United States? Is that your definition of conservative or is it in the perimeter of a conservative?" [Audio available here .] Hall prefaced this "birther" query by oddly asserting, "When you say conservative, I know you know that much has been made of this conservative litmus test to be a true conservative... continue reading
On Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith introduced a bizarre story designed to show how desperate the situation is for people lacking health insurance: "A California woman has launched a unique online search for a husband. Not for love, but for health care." Earlier, co-host Maggie Rodriguez teased the story by proclaiming: "I don't know if you would think it's sad or if you would think it's admirable - but it's definitely a position no one wants to be in. It's an extreme to get health insurance." Correspondent Randall Pinkston later reported on the situation: 45-year-old Terri Carlson says... continue reading
Newsweek's Katie Connolly, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend, determined that Barack Obama, even in the face of the stunning loss in Massachusetts, needs to become more entrenched in his liberal ways and not bother working with the GOP as she advised the President to "bully Republicans." After host Chris Matthews prompted the White House correspondent to report on how the administration viewed the effectiveness of the State of the Union Address, Connolly, playing political strategist, offered her own take instead: "My personal view is they need to ditch all of this talk of bipartisanship, post-partisanship....What they... continue reading
Since Friday, ABC has devoted 60 minutes and 23 seconds to interviews covering the most salacious details of John Edwards' sex scandal. Yet, the network's anchors have refrained from referring to him as a Democrat . 20/20 on Friday spent the entire hour talking to Andrew Young, a former top Edwards aide who allegedly holds a sex tape involving the politician. Reporter Bob Woodruff never used the D-word. Good Morning America again featured the story on Saturday. On Monday's GMA, former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos interviewed Young about his role in covering for Edwards. Over two segments that... continue reading
Appearing on the January 29 "Rachel Maddow Show," fellow MSNBCer Chris Matthews compared Republican conservatives to the Khmer Rouge, the murderous Communist regime that racked up a body count of some two million during its reign of terror : What's going on out there in the Republican Party is kind of a frightening, almost Cambodia re-education camp going on in that party, where they're going around to people, sort of switching their minds around saying, if you're not far right, you're not right enough. Matthews was on the program to discuss President Obama's live televised exchanges with Republican Congressmen earlier... continue reading