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Newsweek senior editor Jerry Adler on Thursday posted a bizarre poem on the publication's website, mocking Lou Dobbs for leaving CNN and insinuating that the cable anchor might be crazy: "So wily Lou has picked the locks That kept him in his padded box And tiptoed off, in just his socks." [Punctuation original to the poem.] Adler, whose poem reads like a cross between Dr. Seuss and Calvin Trillin , also trashed Dobbs and his viewers for opposing illegal immigration: " A network just for frat-boy jocks? Where aliens are put in stocks And viewers pelt them with big rocks... continue reading
Interviewing Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Wednesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith cited a cause of the shooting at Ft. Hood: "...the Iraq war, the escalation in number of cases of post traumatic stress disorder... the more people go back to these fields, these theaters of war, either in Iraq or Afghanistan, it multiplies the incidence of these kinds of things occurring." Smith went on to ask Shinseki: "Is the Army and is the Veterans Administration really equipped to deal with this flood of a problem?" The VA secretary responded: "Veterans Affairs employs 19,000 mental health professionals to... continue reading
World News anchor Charles Gibson admitted on Tuesday, "I worry about the lack of objectivity and the future of the news business." According to the Boston Herald , the ABC host spoke before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and said of Fox News and MSNBC: "I don't like the fact that they're delivering news based on the conviction of its viewers." He also derided some viewers who " watch news that plays to their own prejudices ." With no sense of irony, Gibson attacked Republicans for being obstructionist on health care: "It's not being very productive to have an... continue reading
World News anchor Charles Gibson admitted on Tuesday, "I worry about the lack of objectivity and the future of the news business." According to the Boston Herald , the ABC host spoke before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and said of Fox News and MSNBC: "I don't like the fact that they're delivering news based on the conviction of its viewers." He also derided some viewers who " watch news that plays to their own prejudices ." With no sense of irony, Gibson attacked Republicans for being obstructionist on health care: "It's not being very productive to have an... continue reading
Like many media elites, CBS anchor Katie Couric doesn't see the fall of the Berlin Wall as a triumph for democracy, freedom, and Western civilization. In her Couric & Co. commentary, Germany was more like a pair of twins raised apart: The two sides of the wall were like twins who had been separated...and raised in very different environments. To the west, colorful graffiti art, tourists walking up and touching it. To the east, stark white concrete...and armed guards. But the faces on either side were the same. Couric's trite little commentary read like someone was trying to write a... continue reading
Tuesday night ABC's Brian Ross highlighted how in a 2007 presentation mass-murdering Army Major Nidal Hasan exposed his radicalism and adherence to Islam over the U.S. Army as he charged "it's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims," and declared: "We love death more than you love life." But neither CBS nor NBC cited those quotes for their viewers as they gave short-shrift to Hasan's remarks in "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military," a slide show disclosed... continue reading
"The clergy should stay off Capitol Hill," MSNBC's Chris Matthews flatly declared on Tuesday's Hardball. Matthews fumed with disgust as Politico's Jonathan Allen told him that Catholic bishops lobbied Democrats to pass the pro-life Stupak Amendment to the Democratic health care reform bill last week. "I understand the [pro-life] argument" that the bishops brought to the table, Matthews added, but huffed that they should not "show up" on the Hill. After the commercial break, Matthews took to the air again to clarify that it was not in fact bishops but staffers with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)... continue reading
Our eagle-eyed archivists at MRC who record live network coverage thought it was curious that ABC and CBS weren't joining in as NBC offered live coverage of today's memorial service for the dead and wounded at Fort Hood. As The Wall Street Journal reported: Camouflage-clad soldiers snapped to a salute as the national anthem played, and many murmured along when Gen. George Casey uttered the words of the warrior ethos: "I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat." A chaplain also spoke. But ABC and CBS were still running their soaps. When did they start live... continue reading
The Washington Post is still having trouble with how the voters rejected their favorite Democrats. The bias erupted in a front page headline on Tuesday: "'Scozzafava' turns into epithet: It's a Grand Old Purging as moderate's ouster spotlights Republican dysfunction". Reporter Jason Horowitz brought that same jaunty liberal attitude into the body of the story: A little-known state assemblywoman with moderate Republican views and a mouthful of a surname, Scozzafava's bid for an open seat in New York's 23rd Congressional District drew trash talk from conservative leaders hoping to purge her from the party, mash notes from White House-dispatched Democratic... continue reading
Invited on Tuesday's Today show to promote her new book, Carrie Prejean defended the latest scrutiny surrounding her as the latest example of "liberal bias in the media," of "conservative women" being attacked. When confronted by Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira about her assertion she's been "Palinized," Prejean threw back "Do you think Sarah Palin has been attacked," to which Vieira dodged the liberal bias charge simply stating: "I think Sarah Palin has certainly been criticized, absolutely, by a lot people, as have many politicians." Prejean then slammed Vieira's NBC colleague Keith Olbermann: CARRIE PREJEAN: And there is a double standard... continue reading