CNN continued its spin on the retirement of Senator Byron Dorgan on Wednesday. Anchor Campbell Brown one-upped Wolf Blitzer's "moderate Democrat" tag of the senator , going so far to label the liberal a " conservative Democrat ." Correspondent Dana Bash also noted how the outgoing senator is apparently "popular" in his state, contrary to recent polls. Not once was Dorgan labeled "liberal" or "left." Brown's interview of Dorgan aired at the bottom of the 8 pm Eastern hour. During the second half of the segment, the anchor expressed some of the left's concerns over his decision to not run... continue reading
While the Democratic Mayor of Baltimore, Shelia Dixon, resigned on Wednesday amid a criminal scandal, the evening news programs on NBC, ABC, and CBS all failed to mention the political downfall. On Thursday, all three network morning shows offered news briefs on the resignation, however, all forgot to note that Dixon was a Democrat. On NBC's Today, co-host Ann Curry mentioned: "Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced her resignation on Wednesday after she was convicted of embezzlement. She also agreed to plead guilty to perjury in a deal reached with prosecutors." On ABC's Good Morning America, co-host Juju Chang explained: "Baltimore's... continue reading
Nine days after ABC announced on Good Morning America that financial correspondent Bianna Golodryga would be marrying top Obama official Peter Orszag, NBC's Today made sure to highlight the revelation that the budget director has also fathered a child with his (now) ex-girlfriend. Good Morning America skipped this development, as did CBS's Early Show. Orszag, the director of the Office and Budget Management and his ex, Claire Milonas, released a statement on the birth of their daughter. In a possible attempt to embarrass rival GMA, Today touted the story with a graphic that screamed, " Oh Baby, Engaged Budget Czar... continue reading
In an interview on Fox News Channel's Studio B on Wednesday, New York Congressman Peter King criticized President Obama for his "race to close Guantanamo," prompting host Shepard Smith to parrot left-wing talking points on the subject: "[Obama] said that gave us a black eye around the world and studies seem to suggest that's exactly what it did." King went on to staunchly defend the military prison: "I think we should not be giving in just because the terrorists say that Gitmo is a recruiting agent. So is our support of Israel. Does that mean we shouldn't support Israel?" Smith... continue reading
On Wednesday's Situation Room, CNN's Jack Cafferty surprisingly blasted top Democrats, especially President Obama, over the secret negotiations being conducted to reconcile the House and Senate versions of health care "reform" legislation: "President Obama hasn't even made a token effort to keep his campaign promises of more openness and transparency in government. It was all just another lie ." The CNN commentator, who sang the praises of President Obama not even a year ago , devoted his first Cafferty File segment, which began 13 minutes into the 4 pm Eastern hour, to berating the chief executive and congressional Democrats over... continue reading
Speaking with Republican New York Congressman Peter King on Wednesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez declared: "Congressman, here you are a Republican talking about everything that's wrong and everything that went wrong....T om Kean, who was the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission said quote, 'we should dismiss the partisan bickering over the security failures over this issue." Rodriguez went on to place the blame for partisanship on the Republican side of the aisle as she asked: "Do you agree and do you say to your colleagues let's try to support the President here and get to the bottom of... continue reading
Despite promises from ABC to the contrary, Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts appears to have been almost completely shut out from political and policy interviews since George Stephanopoulos joined the show on December 14. The former Democratic operative has now anchored 11 mornings and conducted all but one of the big interviews. Back on December 10, GMA executive producer Jim Murphy told TV Newser , "We believe in supporting everyone fully." He also added, "Everyone will get their fair share." And yet, Stephanopoulos has talked to such heavyweights as Senator John McCain, author Bob Woodward, Representative Pete King, former... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer dismissed the idea that Barack Obama was weak on terrorism, as the Today co-anchor, on Wednesday's show, wanted to "get rid" of the notion that "the President doesn't take the threat of terrorism seriously enough because he's not out there talking about it every day." Lauer, in a political roundup segment in the 7am half hour, also spun the retirements of Democratic Senators Chris Dodd and Byron Dorgan as something "that might work out better in the long haul," for the Dems. First up Lauer, in a question to former White House press secretary and current Fox... continue reading
On Tuesday evening, CNN tried to put the best spin on Senator Byron Dorgan's announcement that he wasn't running for reelection, labeling the pro-abortion, union-friendly liberal who was trailing in the polls a "moderate Democrat....[who] was expected to easily win a fourth term." As Mike Bates reported on NewsBusters on Wednesday morning, anchor Wolf Blitzer gave a news brief on Byron's decision 50 minutes into the 6 pm Eastern hour, describing the North Dakota senator as a "moderate Democrat." Just over an hour later, Campbell Brown gave another brief on the politician's retirement during the first minutes of her program,... continue reading
On the second day of a new feature on Keith Olbermann's Countdown show, called "Quick Comments," the MSNBC host turned his attention to Neal Boortz - whom he called a "hate radio host" and referred to as being "dehumanized" - and others who oppose the implementation of ObamaCare, accusing them of "killing 45,000 people every year," and suggesting that those who seek to block universal health care are as bad as terrorists. As Olbermann cited a dubious study which claimed that 45,000 people die in America each year because they lack health insurance, the Countdown host charged: What would you... continue reading