MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan anchored a segment on Tuesday's Morning Meeting that worried about the " far right " and wondered whether " super conservatives " are alienating "GOP centrists." The host hyperbolically spun, "But are the super conservatives of our country careening the GOP toward the edge of irrelevance, leaving centrists Republicans fighting for control of their own party?" Later, his colleague Contessa Brewer inadvertently referred to Florida conservative Marco Rubio as the " great white hope." (Mr. Rubio is Hispanic.) [Audio available here. ] Ignoring the fact that the Republican Party actually won impressive victories in last week's gubernatorial... continue reading
Only in the mind of a liberal media journalist would Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Sen. Bernie Sanders be considered ideological "polar opposites," but that's what NBC's Chuck Todd, during a piece aired on the health care debate on Tuesday's Today show, declared. CHUCK TODD: Meanwhile, the Senate's two Democratic independents, polar opposites ideologically, are split over the bill's government-run public option and both are threatening to scuttle the process if they don't get their way. SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN: If the public option plan is in there as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to... continue reading
Insisting that her opinion was not influenced by her views on abortion, MSNBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman went on a tear shortly after 12:30 p.m. EST on her November 9 "Dr. Nancy" program, denouncing the "infuriating" Stupak Amendment to the Democratic health care bill passed on Saturday. That amendment, named for pro-life Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak (D) would bar private insurance plans sold in the bill's publicly-subsidized insurance exchange from covering abortion. [audio available here ] As a consequence, women seeking to have insurance pay for abortion procedures under the would need to pay out-of-pocket for additional coverage for abortion procedures... continue reading
Two-and-a-half years before Army Major Nidal Hasan, a Muslim medical doctor, murdered 13 at Fort Hood in Texas in what more-and-more looks like a jihadist terrorist attack given his anti-American rants and ties to Islamic extremists, ABC's since-canceled Boston Legal drama ridiculed the idea a doctor could be a terrorist. A scene in the episode first aired on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - meant to show the silliness and incompetence of the military for detaining obviously innocent men - concluded with a released terror suspect being asked in courtroom about a colleague who had committed suicide to avoid the mistreatment:... continue reading
Reporting for CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Mark Phillips marked the 20th anniversary of the fall the Berlin Wall by noting the economic difficulty East Germany has faced in the aftermath: "It still isn't easy for many. East German industry without government subsidy could not compete. The economy shrank by an estimated 50%." Phillips mourned the loss of state-run industries after the oppressed nation was freed from decades of communist oppression: "The eastern landscape is littered with the ruins of former state-supported enterprise. A million people have gone west looking for work." Earlier in the report, Phillips credited those responsible for... continue reading
On the syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, over the weekend, conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin was mocked by Chris Matthews for playing to the "wingnuts" at a Capitol Hill rally. Before running a clip of Levin, MSNBC host broke down the new GOP coalition as "regular Republicans," "energized conservatives," and "the wingnuts!" and added: "Talk show host Mark Levin spoke to all of them!" The following exchange was aired on the November 8 edition of the The Chris Matthews Show: CHRIS MATTHEWS: Tuesday's election results gave Republicans a big boost. A year from now they hope their loose... continue reading
On Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS, host Bob Schieffer tried to provide some perspective on the Fort Hood shooting, committed by an Islamic extremist: "It's looking more and more like he was just, sort of, a religious nut. And you know Islam doesn't have a majority - or the Christian religion has its full, you know, full helping of nuts too." Schieffer made the comments while speaking to Senator Lindsey Graham, who agreed that Muslims do not have "a corner" on extremism. Schieffer went on to wonder what role political correctness played in the shooter, Major Nidal Hasan, not... continue reading
Dr. Tim Johnson, ABC's medical editor and longtime fan of government-run health care, appeared on Monday's Good Morning America to tout the great benefits of passing congressional legislation. Restricting pre-existing conditions is a "real advance." Offering government grants to encourage people to stay healthy "will help a lot of people." Glossing over costs, Johnson highlighted a provision to expand indefinitely COBRA unemployment benefits until the full bill kicks in 2013: "It's expensive, but at least [unemployed Americans] have something." After discussing the sunny up-side to the legislation, co-host Diane Sawyer wondered, "But the big changes, the mandates kicking in, that... continue reading
Reporting live from the Berlin Wall NBC's Tom Brokaw, on Monday's Today show, never once mentioned Ronald Reagan's name and his role in helping to end the Cold War, but did find time to praise Mikhail Gorbachev and Today co-anchor Matt Lauer even wondered if it was "a little egocentric" to look at the fall of the Wall as an "American victory," as seen in the following exchange: MATT LAUER: I know, I think it may be a little egocentric but I think most Americans look at that event and they think of it as an American victory. When you... continue reading
With the unemployment rate soaring in 10.2 percent in Friday's report on October, two old hands in the Washington press corps appeared on Sunday morning shows where they asserted that means we need another stimulus bill and/or the problem is the current "stimulus" bill wasn't big enough. On This Week, ABC News vet Sam Donaldson maintained "we're going to have to have more stimulus, more spending." Over on NBC's Meet the Press, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, a former Washington correspondent for the New York Times before covering politics for the Post, complained: "The problem is the stimulus was too... continue reading