ABC's George Stephanopoulos appeared on Tuesday's Good Morning America to spin and minimize Senator Harry Reid's contention that opponents of health care reform are similar to supporters of slavery. After ABC played a truncated version of Reid's quote, Stephanopoulos, hopefully observed, " My guess is this is going to blow over. " [Audio available here .] He did concede to co-host Robin Roberts: "Republicans were just furious about that, Robin." But, ABC didn't show any clips of "furious" Republicans complaining about the harsh attack. Prior to the clip being played, Stephanopoulos, who is rumored to be the next host of... continue reading
CNN made a real, day-long effort on Monday to address the climate-change debate as a debate, giving skeptics of manmade climate change a series of chances to match the leftist view, especially during its evening programming. CNN is also the only U.S. TV news outlet so far to send an anchor to the Climate Research Unit at the center of the ClimateGate controversy. International correspondent Phil Black's interview of Lord Christopher Monckton, a prominent skeptic of the theory of manmade global warming, ran four minutes into the 6 pm Eastern hour. The "passionate skeptic on climate change," as Black referred... continue reading
On Tuesday's Today show, there was no mention of Climategate - apparently the one mention of it on yesterday's show was enough for them - but NBC's Ann Curry did pass along more global warming hysteria from the Copenhagen conference, including an admonition of the United States. During the 7:00am half-hour Curry noted, "Today at the climate summit in Denmark the head of the World Meteorological Association said this decade has been likely the very warmest ever recorded," and in the 9:00am half hour, of the December 8 Today show, relayed the following condemnation of America's polluting ways: ANN CURRY:... continue reading
While interviewing Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele on Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith referred to recent comments by Senator Harry Reid: "[He] said Republicans are on the wrong side of history when it comes to this health care bill and very soberly...compared those who opposed health care to those who opposed civil rights legislation ....How would you respond to that?" Steele fired back: "Well, you know, it was not a sober moment for Harry Reid at all. It was an ignorant moment for Harry Reid." Steele continued: " I'm kind of sick and tired of, you know, the... continue reading
Prepare for more panic talk about the end of the world as Dr. James Hansen, a leading global warming alarmist whose temperature data has come under question , launches a media tour for his new book out this week, ' Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity .' Hansen is director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. One place I know he'll pop up this week is on the Late Show... continue reading
"Facing a clock some say has ticked down to zero, today 192 nations came together to take on a potential global catastrophe," a dire ABC reporter Bob Woodruff ominously intoned from Copenhagen on Monday's World News with "Saving the Planet?" on screen. Those attending the conference on climate change "where an official said today the clock has ticked down to zero and it's time to act," NBC anchor Brian Williams warned, "say it's so late in the game, so much damage has been done, they fear they can already see how this ends." Anne Thompson then declared: "This is about... continue reading
Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin, her supporters and even some in the press who covered her as he went on one diatribe after another on Monday's Hardball. Matthews insulted Palin and her supporters by asking the Politico's Jonathan Martin if the Palin supporters he interviewed "take her seriously," and "Were they all white people?" Matthews then went on to chide Martin and the USA Today's Susan Page for being "softened up" by Palin who "tickles all you guys under your chin" at her Gridiron Club appearance over the weekend, as he prodded, "Don't you essentially disrespect somebody who walks in... continue reading
Near the end of the 2PM ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Contessa Brewer discussed the ClimateGate scandal only to claim there was no scandal in the emails that seemed to show climate scientists manipulating global warming data: "I mean is someone using differences in semantics to try and play up a controversy that's not really there?" Brewer spoke with Politico reporter Erica Lovely about the emails in which scientists referred to a "trick" to conceal evidence that contradicted predicted warming trends. Brewer explained: "...there's a Penn State scientist Michael Mann....He says the word 'trick' doesn't actually refer to any kind... continue reading
As part of an ongoing series called Today's Buzziest Stories of the Decade, NBC's Meredith Vieira, on Monday's Today, featured a segment with former Iraq war POW Jessica Lynch, and with it brought back some of the "Buzziest" bias of the decade as Vieira declared Lynch's story was "exaggerated to sell a war hard up for appealing heroes," and described Lynch as a "pawn of the military that was trying to sell, some said, a war to the American public." While the stories of Lynch's ordeal were indeed exaggerated, something Lynch decried in the segment, for Vieira to claim the... continue reading
On Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez pressed Republican Senator Lamar Alexander on the GOP's opposition to ObamaCare: "...there's been a lot of criticism that Republicans have done nothing but oppose this bill, nothing to help pass it, just try to kill it....have you done more than say 'no, no, no, no, no'?" At the top of the show, Rodriguez described a weekend visit by President Obama to Capitol Hill: "A rare closed-door rally on Capitol Hill over the weekend as President Obama calls on Democrats to close ranks and pass health care reform." Rodriguez later suggested that Republicans... continue reading