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All three network morning shows on Friday skipped a Washington Post report revealing that powerful congressional Democrats such as John Murtha, James Moran and others on a defense panel are the subject of an ethics investigation for a relationship with a lobbying firm. The Democrats, and some Republicans, are under intense scrutiny for steering over $200 million in earmarks to clients of a company called PMA. However, ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today show and CBS's Early Show somehow managed to ignore this potentially damaging problem for the Democratic majority. Instead, NBC's hosts found time to dress up as Star... continue reading
Noted Dick Cheney-basher Chris Matthews, on Thursday's Hardball, finally found an area of common ground with the former Vice President - his endorsement of moderate Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison over Rick Perry in the Texas governor's race. However, even a bit of praise from the MSNBC host came with a vicious shot, as Matthews sneered, "You might think an endorsement from Dick Cheney would be like a dinner invite from Uday and Qusay Hussein, but not in Texas." After making the comparison to the brothers who infamously tortured Iraqi athletes for losing on the field, Matthews went on to... continue reading
Did Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush "probably" commit "impeachable offenses"? That's what influential New York Times editor Sam Tanenhaus thinks. On Wednesday night, the influential editor of both the "New York Times Book Review" and the "Weekend Review" sections again appeared on Charlie Rose 's late night PBS chat show to discuss his no-longer-new book "The Death of Conservatism." Times Watch found Tanenhaus's slim essay of a book intellectually dishonest , not so much declaring the movement dead as trying to define it out of existence by blurring the meaning of "conservatism" to mean the preserving of liberal government... continue reading
For the third time in six months, the CBS Early Show provided a soap box for Levi Johnston to continue his vicious personal attacks against Sarah Palin, as co-host Maggie Rodriguez proclaimed: "He is back on the offensive in this he-said-she-said battle that began shortly after the presidential election....he says he's trying to show the world the real Levi." During the first part of the exclusive interview, which aired on Wednesday, Rodriguez sympathetically asked: "Are you hurt by all of this?....you really sound like somebody who's dead set on hurting these people the way they hurt you." Johnston replied: "...if... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer, on Thursday's Today show, handed San Francisco Democrat District Attorney Kamala Harris a virtual campaign contribution in the form of a full interview segment in the 8:30am half-hour as he billed her as the "Female Barack Obama." Harris, who was on to plug her new book, received the full star-treament as Lauer pressed if she had "ambitions for national office." Not surprisingly, the "rising political star" featured the segment all over her official Web site . The following teasers and full interview segment were aired on the October 29, Today show: MATT LAUER: And coming up in... continue reading
Comedian Wanda Sykes, invited on Thursday's Today show to plug her HBO comedy special and new late night talk show, was pressed by co-host Meredith Vieira to comment about her crass remark at the White House Correspondent's Dinner that she hoped Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail. The stand-up comic initially defended her Limbaugh death wish as she claimed, "I was having fun...and I meant what I said," but did admit that perhaps it was "a little too much," however she concluded, "it was just a joke." MEREDITH VIEIRA: Last year, a good year in many ways for you but also... continue reading
Penning the lead story for the "Yes He Can (But He Sure Hasn't Yet)" Newsweek cover, "A Liberal's Survival Guide," Anna Quindlen defended President Obama from liberal complaints he's not enacting liberal policies fast enough as she explained that he's "saddled" by the "incremental" constitutional structure, but she fretted: "Universal health care is the area in which the gap between what's needed and what's likely is most glaring, and the limitations of the president's power most apparent." Not hesitating to share her opinion, Quindlen despaired: It is dispiriting to watch the cheerleaders of American exceptionalism pound their chests and insist... continue reading
The Washington Post on Thursday continued its quest to defeat Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, bizarrely citing a "non-partisan" group that, in reality, has endorsed Bob McDonnell's Democratic opponent. The article by Anita Kumar contained this loaded headline: "McDonnell critics question ideology: Some saw agenda in legal opinions." Kumar quoted Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, a lobbyist for "Equality Virginia, a nonpartisan gay rights group." Yet, the front page of Equality Virginia's website features a press release entitled, "Equality Virginia PAC Endorses Deeds for Governor." The organization's website makes a distinction between its political action committee (EVPAC) and its "non-partisan" activities. However, Kumar... continue reading
ABC anchor Charles Gibson on Wednesday night had time to convey President Barack Obama's praise of Edward Brooke for "breaking barriers" as the first popularly-elected black U.S. Senator, but not to inform viewers he broke that barrier as a Republican. On NBC, however, David Gregory noted Brooke's party affiliation: "The Massachusetts Republican urged the lawmakers who gathered to congratulate him to put aside partisan differences and work together." Neither Gibson nor Gregory pointed out that after two terms representing Massachusetts, in 1978 Brooke, a fairly liberal Republican, was challenged and beaten by one of the media's liberal heroes, the late... continue reading
ABC anchor Charles Gibson on Wednesday night had time to convey President Barack Obama's praise of Edward Brooke for "breaking barriers" as the first popularly-elected black U.S. Senator, but not to inform viewers he broke that barrier as a Republican. On NBC, however, David Gregory noted Brooke's party affiliation: "The Massachusetts Republican urged the lawmakers who gathered to congratulate him to put aside partisan differences and work together." Neither Gibson nor Gregory pointed out that after two terms representing Massachusetts, in 1978 Brooke, a fairly liberal Republican, was challenged and beaten by one of the media's liberal heroes, the late... continue reading