On Wednesday’s edition of The Cycle on MSNBC, NBC News terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann was at it again, telling the hosts that we, as Americans, must “put ourselves in the eyes” of Islamic terrorists considering “there wouldn't be violent attacks but there would be an uproar” and “anger” among Christians if Muslims burned crosses or trampled “Christian artifacts.” After giving his thoughts on freedom of speech and the broader freedom of expression, Kohlmann launched into explaining how we must come to understand those who commit terrorist acts in the name of Islam: “We have to put ourselves in the eyes... continue reading
Curtis Kalin of (a division of the Media Research Center) spotlighted how CNN religion editor Daniel Burke likened French society's treatment of Muslims to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri around the time of the shooting of Michael Brown. Anchor Carol Costello turned to Burke during a panel discussion segment on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom , and underlined that " Muslims in France – they don't feel accepted by the country. They feel that many racist acts are carried out against them . Is the anger within France ... coming from that, and not really religion? " After dropping his reference... continue reading
The media’s obsession with the Kennedys reared its ugly head once again on Thursday when CBS This Morning spent four minutes of its broadcast obsessing over newly released letters from Jacqueline Kennedy written to her favorite fashion designers. While all three CBS hosts beamed at Kennedy’s “flair for fashion” it was her supposed love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that received the most attention with co-host Gayle King proclaiming that “there’s something cool knowing that she ate peanut butter and jelly. I like that.” CBS’ fawning coverage of Kennedy began with reporter Vicente Arenas declaring “elegant, sophisticated, graceful. Just... continue reading
Of the three networks, only ABC on Thursday reported that Barack Obama's administration has transferred five more detainees out of Guantanamo Bay . The network allowed a scant 16 seconds to the news, but CBS and NBC totally skipped it. Good Morning America 's Amy Robach briefly summarized "The men were accused of fighting for Al Qaeda. The release sparking protests in Congress." She added, "Many of the prisoners were transferred to Oman which shares a border with Yemen, a hotbed of al Qaeda activity." Despite a combined six hours of air time, NBC's Today and CBS This Morning couldn't... continue reading
During an interview with Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday, PBS host Charlie Rose urged the Florida Republican to say something positive about ObamaCare: "What's the best thing you can say about the Affordable Care Act?" Rubio replied: "That it's forced us to have a debate about health insurance in America." Rose fretted: "That's it?" Rose tried to push supportive spin on the unpopular policy: "In terms of accessibility, in terms of – it has not been as – I mean, the projected costs have not been as bad as they assumed." Rubio countered: "They've not been as good as they... continue reading
On Thursday, ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning eagerly promoted President Obama’s latest proposal that would require all private companies provide their employees with “at least seven days of paid sick leave.” NBC’s Today did not cover President Obama’s initiative on their Thursday morning broadcast. During the network coverage of Obama’s initiative, GMA co-host Robin Roberts cheered on the program and insisted that “studies have shown again and again and again that paid sick leave, not only benefits workers and their families but employers, as well, because productivity goes up.” On CBS This Morning , co-host Norah O’Donnell... continue reading
At the conclusion of a story on Wednesday’s CBS Evening News on the drop in gas prices and how Americans feel about the economy, CBS News senior business correspondent Anthony Mason felt that it was important to inform viewers that President Obama’s approval rating has improved six points from October in the latest CBS News poll . “All this has also helped lift President Obama's job approval rating. It's still below 50 percent, but at 46 percent, it's jumped seven points from October, just before the midterm elections,” Mason stated. Earlier in the report, Mason covered other numbers from the... continue reading
On Wednesday, ABC’s Good Morning America had a segment that promoted how, due to budget cuts, the IRS will be forced to “delay those refund checks,” “increase the risk of identity theft,” conduct “46,000 fewer audits,” and maintain an “IRS help line” that “is going to become much less helpful.” Co-host George Stephanopoulos lamented about “fewer audits means less revenue to the Treasury” to run the federal government and then asked ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl if there was “any chance that this can get fixed this year or is it a lost cause for this year.”... continue reading
MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday highlighted "the rise of the right-wing" as one of the most serious threats facing Europe in the wake of France's terror attack. She also lectured viewers about why MSNBC wouldn't be showing the cover of the new Charlie Hebdo issue featuring Muhammad: "All of the networks of the NBC News group have made the decision, editorial decision, not to show it [the Charlie Hebdo cover] because we don't publish things that are as provocative as Charlie Hebdo is." Mitchell then opined that one of the biggest threats facing the continent is "anti-Muslim sentiment throughout... continue reading
Reporting on the release of Charlie Hebdo's first issue since the January 7 terrorist attack, NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday refused to show the cover of the satirical magazine that depicted a cartoon image of Mohamed. Despite such censorship, both networks touted the publication as "a triumph for free speech" and "a kind of declaration of defiance against terror." On Today , co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: "...a defiant Charlie Hebdo releases its very first issue since that terror attack on its Paris offices, with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on the cover." Correspondent Bill Neely... continue reading