The New York Times played up "White Coats in Rose Garden," a photo-op of doctors shipped in to support Obama's health care overhaul, but reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg managed to miss the embarrassing image of White House staffers passing out coats to doctors who didn't have one. "Doctors for America" were summoned to the Rose Garden yesterday to hear brief, boilerplate remarks by the president on health reform and applaud them. In other words, nothing newsworthy happened. The most likely reason that Sheryl Gay Stolberg's story, " White Coats in Rose Garden " (based on her "Prescriptions" blog post) made... continue reading
On Monday's CBS Evening News, Katie Couric delivered a " How We Got Here " review of Afghanistan after eight years of U.S. troops on the ground, culminating with Couric conveying as fact - based on the view of Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - the relatively simplistic liberal critique of how Iraq distracted the U.S. from the more important battle in Afghanistan. "With Hamid Karzai in place as the interim leader of Afghanistan, the drum beat of war moved west to Iraq," Couric recalled in using the loaded "drum beat of war" language, leading into Albright's scolding... continue reading
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin again turned to his usual labeling of the ideological split on the Supreme Court on Monday's American Morning. Toobin labeled Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts "very conservative" three times, as opposed to the mere "liberal" justices on the Court. The analyst also bizarrely claimed that the "liberal side" of the body is "basically outnumbered." Toobin appeared during two segments at the ends of the 6 am and 8 am Eastern hours of the CNN program. Anchor John Roberts (who has the same name as the chief justice) interviewed the legal analyst both times, and... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, accused the right wing of achieving an "orgiastic level" of excitement in its rooting against Barack Obama to deliver the Olympics to Chicago. Matthews, joined by the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page and's very own Terry Jeffrey, opened his show by declaring that the "Right roots against America," as seen in the following opening: CHRIS MATTHEWS: Anti-American? Let's play Hardball! Good evening, I'm Chris Matthews in Washington. Leading off tonight, the right roots against America. Remember how Republicans questioned Democrats' patriotism during the Bush years? How you were either with Bush or with the terrorists?... continue reading
In a display of the ever lowering standards by which the media judge Barack Obama's presidency, on Sunday's CBS Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer downplayed the President's failed Olympic bid: "this is going to come as a surprise to some but the world did not end Friday....a lot of people thought it might if the President flew to Copenhagen and failed to bring home the Olympics." Schieffer went on to chastize those who speculated that Obama would take a political hit for such a failure: "Washington spent most of the week gnashing its teeth about whether he should have... continue reading
A Gallup poll released late last week confirms that few Americans trust the media and about three times as many see the press as liberally biased as opposed to pro-conservative. Far more Democrats express confidence in the media than Republicans, but even a slight plurality of Democrats describe the press as liberally biased (21%) rather than having a conservative bias (20%). For the media, Gallup's news is not good: Only ten percent of Americans say they have a "great deal" of trust in the media, while "about 2 in 10 Americans (18%) have no confidence in the media at all... continue reading
Morning Meeting host Dylan Ratigan on Monday smeared conservatives, saying that the right doesn't care if "half the country dies" in order to "take down Obama" on health care. Ratigan made his vitriolic remark while discussing glee over the President's botched handling of the Chicago Olympic bid. Audio can be found here . MSNBC's Contessa Brewer complained, "Can you imagine this that some people actually went as far as to cheer?" This led Ratigan to froth, " Sure. I mean, there are people that are actually trying to derail health care in order to take down Obama, even if it... continue reading
The broadcast evening networks all led Friday night not with the jump in the unemployment rate to 9.8%, but with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) rejection of Chicago's bid, stories which reflected the premise Chicago lost "despite" or "in spite" of the "star-studded U.S. appeal from Oprah to the Obamas," while ABC's Charles Gibson absolved President Barack Obama by pressing for confirmation of "some anti-American sentiment here?" and whether "this is seen as a poke in the eye to the President himself the U.S.?" George Stephanopoulos assured viewers: If the President gets a health care bill this fall, if... continue reading
"Actress/activist" Janeane Garofalo used another media appearance to smear anti-Obama protesters as racists, this time, Friday night on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher , insisting "it's obvious to anybody who has eyes in this country that tea-baggers, the 9-12ers" are "clearly white power movements" led "by the Glenn Becks, the Michelle Bachmans, the Rush Limbaughs." She fretted that "so few people are willing to say that yes it is racism, straight up racism," before confusing which party controlled segregationist southern states: "The Republican Party has been willing to carry water for racists in this country since about the 1950s."... continue reading
On Friday, just hours before the International Olympic Committee rejected Barack Obama's appeal for Chicago to be awarded the 2016 Olympic games, ABC's Yunji de Nies swore that Michelle Obama and her husband thrilled the crowd. She enthused, " Their work here is done. They are on their way home. The presentation was everything they promised, emotional, heartfelt, energetic ." On Thursday , de Nies prognosticated this about Mrs. Obama's address to IOC members in Copenhagen: "We're told there won't be a dry eye in the house by the time she's done." Now, video of the First Lady's address mostly... continue reading