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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
"There's growing concern among some GOP leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message," CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric declared in her Tuesday "Katie Couric's Notebook " for CBSNews.com. Specifically, "people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin appeal to the base - and you certainly need that base to win elections. But in an age when 42 percent of Americans call themselves Independents," Couric warned as if she's really concerned Republicans won't succeed, "you can't win with just the base, either." So, Couric recommended: "Before the 2010 midterm elections roll around, Republicans need to get the... continue reading
"There's growing concern among some GOP leaders that controversial commentators and far-right conservatives have hijacked the message," CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric declared in her Tuesday "Katie Couric's Notebook " for CBSNews.com. Specifically, "people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin appeal to the base - and you certainly need that base to win elections. But in an age when 42 percent of Americans call themselves Independents," Couric warned as if she's really concerned Republicans won't succeed, "you can't win with just the base, either." So, Couric recommended: "Before the 2010 midterm elections roll around, Republicans need to get the... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, invited on former Cheers star Woody Harrelson to promote his new movie, The Messenger , and also talk Afghanistan war policy. The Zombieland actor announced that he was opposed not only to the war in Iraq, but also to the fight in Afghanistan as he compared it to Vietnam and advised that Barack Obama should "pull those troops out," to which Matthews chimed: "It doesn't look like he's pulling out. He's not gonna follow the recommendation of Mr. Woody Harrelson it looks like...although he might be better off doing that." The following is the relevant... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, mocked former President George W. Bush making his debut as a motivational speaker as he laughed it off as a "Halloween prank, you know like toilet-papering somebody's house." After taking that jab Matthews proceeded to castigate Bush as "the man who got this country into two wars that feel like Chinese handcuffs right now," and determined Bush's legacy will be as the "reason" people voted for Barack Obama. The following outburst was aired during the Sideshow portion of the October 27 edition of Hardball: CHRIS MATTHEWS: We've seen and heard a lot about Dick Cheney... continue reading
Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on Tuesday helped promote an upcoming HBO documentary on Barack Obama and allowed producer Ed Norton to gush over the "zen" presidential campaign of the Democratic candidate. Sawyer breathlessly teased the program as "the Obamas behind closed doors. The grandmother who raised him and the man you've never seen." Sawyer played several clips of the By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, a film that followed Obama and his family during the 2008 campaign. The segment, which ran six and a half minutes, will be supplemented by more promotion on Tuesday's Nightline. When... continue reading
Hard to imagine that if George W. Bush were still in office journalists would hesitate a moment to invoke his name in identifying a culprit for the current shortage and delay in delivery, well beyond the schedule promised by HHS's Centers for Disease Control, of the vaccine for the H1N1 "swine flu" virus. Remember Katrina? Coverage Monday night matches what I've seen over the past several days with no mention of Obama or his administration, beyond reporting his issuance of a "national emergency" decree, as journalists instead cited "federal officials" and "the government." On the CBS Evening News, fill-in anchor... continue reading
One could almost predict the desperately "current" New York Times editor/columnist Frank Rich would devote his Sunday column to try and make Balloon Boy an anti-Republican symbol of something or other, and he doesn't disappoint. The result, " In Defense of the 'Balloon Boy' Dad ," is even more silly than Rich's usual fare, playing devil's advocate for storm-chasing father Richard Heene. Rich found "some poignancy in [Heene's] determination to grab what he and many others see as among the last accessible scraps of the American dream....If Heene's balloon was empty, so were the toxic financial instruments, inflated by the... continue reading
From liberal Democrat Howard Dean to top editor of the magazine which proclaims it has " The Website Washington Lives By ." The "preppy-looking 28-year-old" Garrett Graff "has eased his way up the ladder - from presidential campaign speechwriter to media blogger, from Washingtonian freelancer to top dog - with remarkable fluidity," Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz marveled in a Monday "Style" section profile of Graff. Kurtz outlined how, when his father was toiling in Montpelier for the AP, a 14-year-old Graff went to work in the summer for then-Governor Howard Dean, soon "building Dean's first Web site in... continue reading
It's bad enough that the new design of Newsweek came with blatant cover-story campaigning for Joe Biden . Then in the next edition, when it was time for Letters to the Editor, was there any chance of an anti-Biden message being published? No. In the October 26 edition, there were only four pro-Biden letters hailing his "valiant voice of sanity." But here's where it gets funny: Newsweek ran a chart of its reader mail. Of the letters on the Biden cover, it said 25 percent were positive, 25 percent were neutral, and 50 percent were critical. Not one of them... continue reading