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In an appeal for viewers to watch MSNBC's coverage of the State of the Union address, Chris Matthews on Monday enthused that his network is a "great place to watch." He added, " You get a lot of context when you watch on MSNBC you don't get elsewhere ." Of course, this is the same cable outlet that featured Keith Olbermann ranting that a campaign finance ruling was "Supreme Court sanctioned murder of what little actual democracy is left in this democracy." [Audio available here .] In the tease which appeared on Hardball, Matthews explained that viewers could expect "... continue reading
It took a few days, but the New York Times has apparently hit upon a way to deal with Scott Brown's shock victory in the Mass. special election: Claim the win may actually spell trouble for the Republicans come the 2010 elections. That spin came through in three separate stories on the election, two of which made the front page. Monday's A1 story from Adam Nagourney and Carl Hulse, " Re-energized G.O.P. Widens Midterm Effort ," started off with the obvious: The GOP is feeling optimistic, but soon injected the new liberal meme that the Tea Partiers providing anti-Democratic energy... continue reading
On Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS, host Bob Schieffer twisted the meaning of a recent Washington Post poll on the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts: "Three-fourths of those voters...said they wanted Brown to work with Democrats to get Republican ideas into legislation.... the vote for Brown was not so much a vote for or against policy or party, as it was a vote against the process itself." Schieffer seemed to completely ignore the fact that the poll showed 65% of those who voted for Brown did so to "express opposition to the Democratic agenda in Washington." Instead, Schieffer... continue reading
With the exception of George Will, the panel on ABC's This Week (hosted by Terry Moran) roundtable insisted Scott Brown's Massachusetts Senate seat victory was less an anti-liberal or anti-Obama vote than simply a "pox on both your houses" and "throw the bums" out choice when Democrats happened to be in power. (On Face the Nation, Nancy Cordes described Brown as a "true Republican moderate" and dreamed he "could make being a moderate cool again.") Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson also contended people really want ObamaCare and so the White House, Donaldson asserted, should have pushed it more "vigorously" and... continue reading
Quip of the day, from columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday's (January 22) Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC. Baier wondered: "Conservatives, pretty good week?" Krauthammer affirmed: You know, this is an amazing week. Massachusetts goes Republican, health care dies and the Supreme Court unshackles the First Amendment. It's the best week I've had since spring break in medical school - and I don't even remember it [laughter from other panelists]. And there was another item which you mentioned: Air America, the liberal talk show network went out of business - which is a redundancy because nobody was listening anyway... continue reading
Quip of the day, from columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday's (January 22) Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC. Baier wondered: "Conservatives, pretty good week?" Krauthammer affirmed: You know, this is an amazing week. Massachusetts goes Republican, health care dies and the Supreme Court unshackles the First Amendment. It's the best week I've had since spring break in medical school - and I don't even remember it [laughter from other panelists]. And there was another item which you mentioned: Air America, the liberal talk show network went out of business - which is a redundancy because nobody was listening anyway... continue reading
When the liberal radio network Air America debuted on March 31, 2004, NBC trumpeted it as the "counterweight" to the "right-wing bent" of talk radio. Katie Couric enthused that Al Franken and his colleagues hoped " to break into what has been a conservative lock on the radio. " However, when the beleaguered Air America announced bankruptcy on Thursday, both the Nightly News and Friday's Today skipped the story. [Video of Today's promotion can be found above. Audio can be found here .] Back in 2004, Today co-host Matt Lauer enthused, "If you're a talk radio fan, chances are you're... continue reading
Near the end of the 3PM ET hour of CNN's Rick's List on Friday, host Rick Sanchez couldn't seem to figure out who was protesting at the March for Life in Washington D.C.: "It's the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade case.... both sides being represented today , but it does appear to me, as I look at these signs that - which side is represented the most....Do we know?" Sanchez directed that question to his executive producer Angie Massie as he went to a commercial break. Of course, the March for Life, as it's... continue reading
Speaking to former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith urged Republicans and Democrats to quickly pass some form of health care reform: "...to help the 40 some million that don't have insurance or the vast majority of other folks who are one medical catastrophe away from bankruptcy." Dean replied by lamenting how: "The President's tried awfully hard to get even one Republican to support this." He added: "They believe if they obstruct this agenda that they can benefit from it and I think that's wrong for the country, but the Republicans have... continue reading
On Friday's Good Morning America, Claire Shipman gushed over Elizabeth Edwards as a "smart, passionate, sometimes fierce woman with many different sides to her personality." She lauded the wife of John Edwards as a complex "heroine" who is "increasingly hard to define." At the same time, Shipman downplayed the negative portrayal of Mrs. Edwards in a new campaign book. Recounting the story of the spouse to a cheating politician, Shipman began, "It's a long journey from the adored, everywoman next door who captivated Washington on her arrival." The journalist did mention the highly negative characterization of Elizabeth Edwards in the... continue reading