On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN's Anderson Cooper extensively questioned authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann about their new book "Game Change" on subjects other than Sarah Palin, unlike his earlier interview of the writers on 60 Minutes. Most of the two segments from the interview dealt with Bill and Hillary Clinton's role in the 2008 presidential election and in the Obama transition. During the first segment, which began 20 minutes into the 10 pm Eastern hour, Cooper only briefly touched on Senator Harry Reid's "Negro dialect" comment about President Obama, asking one question on the topic. For the remaining... continue reading
On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith followed President Obama's lead by wondering if it was time to move on from the Harry Reid racial controversy , as he asked Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Democrat Dee Dee Myers: "Is the Reid story over and should it be?" Sanchez rejected the notion that the story, which just broke over weekend, was over: "I think it's just the beginning. It's actually look at his declining poll numbers in his state, declining support for health care reform, and overall his ineffectiveness in leadership." Predictably, Myers took the opposite view: "Yeah,... continue reading
"Hollywood actress Meryl Streep has admitted that the only person she has been star-struck by is U.S. President Barack Obama," an India Times item posted on Sunday reported, quoting the actress: "I went to the White House and was star-struck by our President and First Lady. Although I was also impressed by Bruce Springsteen who was there as well." The unbylined item, which James Taranto highlighted in his " Best of the Web Today " for the Wall Street Journal's opinion page, related how "Streep also believes that Barack is more than capable of making the right political choices for... continue reading
NBC's Andrea Mitchell, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend, claimed that the United States' wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have not helped in the fight against terrorism, going as far as to say "They've hurt," and "we have inspired more Jihadis against us." Mitchell also played defense for Barack Obama on his terrorism policy as she hailed the President's recent speeches on the issue have been "strong" and "substantive," and "he's now trying to...take the reins and be the CEO," in the fight against al Qaeda. The following exchanges were aired on the January 10 edition of... continue reading
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos on Monday talked to the authors of a new book on the 2008 presidential campaign and appeared unsurprised that journalists knew about the affair John Edwards was having, but ignored it. Stephanopoulos blithely acknowledged, "And a lot of Edwards insiders, Mark, and you even say reporters covering the campaign, knew something about this." Co-author Mark Halperin appeared to see journalists ignoring the relationship, and Edwards likely fathering a child with his mistress, as something almost admirable. He mused, " Well, reporters stayed away from it. It's an interesting case. We think in this day... continue reading
Fox News correspondent Eric Shawn on Monday hit 60 Minutes for spending ten minutes out of a 13 minute segment highlighting negative dirt on Sarah Palin. At the same time, the news magazine ignored racially charged remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Shawn analyzed Anderson Cooper's January 10 interview with the authors of Game Change, observing, "...Most of the CBS story was critical of Sarah Palin." [Audio available here .] He explained, "The story did not mention Reid calling then-candidate Barack Obama light-skinned with no Negro dialect, comments for which the Senator has since apologized." This is despite... continue reading
On Monday's Inside Edition, distributed by CBS, host Deborah Norville cited Sunday's 60 Minutes interview with McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt and proclaimed: "'A debacle of historic and epic proportions.' That's how a former McCain campaign strategist is describing Sarah Palin's performance as the Governor prepared for the vice presidential debate." Norville conveniently left out Schmidt's later remark in the interview that Palin "did a good job in the debate against Senator Biden" and that he thought the Governor "more than held her own." Instead, Norville only highlighted the adviser's pre-debate concerns: "Schmidt reveals Palin was 'overwhelmed' and 'ill prepared'... continue reading
While a story on Sunday's 60 Minutes about the new book, 'Game Change,' about the 2008 campaign, focused heavily on attacks against Sarah Palin by McCain staffers, it ignored numerous revelations of controversial statements by prominent Democrats , including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid describing Barack Obama as "light skinned" and lacking a "negro dialect." Guest correspondent, CNN's Anderson Cooper, cited the book's liberal author's, New York magazine's John Heilemann and Time's Mark Halperin, who claimed that Palin was picked by the McCain campaign out of "desperation" after manager Rick Davis found her name on Google. At one point, Halperin... continue reading
CNN made no accommodation for balance during a panel discussion segment on ObamaCare on Monday's American Morning, bringing on two journalists- New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Time magazine's Karen Tumulty- who both dismissed the Democrats' lack of transparency in the congressional negotiations over the health care "reform" bills, and both shilled for the legislation. Anchor Kiran Chetry introduced Kristof as someone who merely "supports the health care bill as it stands now" during a panel discussion segment at the bottom of the 7 am Eastern hour. After introducing Kristof and his liberal colleague Tumulty, Chetry asked, "Does this... continue reading
NBC's Today show, on Monday morning, invited on former Democratic liberal Congressman Harold Ford Jr. and PBS' liberal Washington Week moderator Gwen Ifill to discuss whether Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should step down for his "Negro dialect" comments about Barack Obama and not surprisingly neither guest suggested Reid should go. Both Ford and Ifill dismissed any comparison to when Trent Lott was forced to resign for racially insensitive comments as Ford claimed "I don't believe in any way that Harry Reid had any animus, racial animus," and with Lott there were "other allegations and even proof of racial... continue reading