A week after aggressively defending school children in New Jersey literally singing Barack Obama's praises, on MSNBC on Friday, anchor Norah O'Donnell once again expressed her support of the song and went after critics: "I think this is sort of a silly issue, I do, I'll just say that, you know, and I'm not an ideologue. And I got hammered in the blogs for making that comment." As NewsBusters' Scott Whitlock reported on September 24, O'Donnell argued with conservative columist Tim Carney, seeing no problem with the disturbing song: "I mean, this is children. They're singing a song...If you can... continue reading
New York Times Week in Review and Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus is discussing his recent book "The Death of Conservatism" with Reihan Salam on Slate's Book Club feature. The tone of these Slate debates is usually civilly contentious, but in his Thursday afternoon posting, Tanenhaus leaves his lofty chambers of rhetoric to insult the conservatives he purports to be an expert on with a well-known lefty vulgarism: Even today the right insists it is driven by ideas, even if the leading thinkers are now Limbaugh and Beck, and the shock troops are tea-baggers and anti-tax demonstrators. In other words,... continue reading
World News host Charlie Gibson appeared bewildered on Friday as ABC broke into regular coverage to report the "stunning," crushing" news that Barack Obama had lost his bid to secure the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. The anchor reported live from the disappointed city and fretted over how this failure was a "kick in the pants for the President." Clearly, the network bought into the hype that the President would certainly convince the International Olympic Committee. An ad on Thursday's World News hyperbolically announced: " Tomorrow, a big day in Chicago. After a star-studded push, it's Olympic decision day. And Charlie... continue reading
On Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez speculated on the impact of President Obama's personal appeal for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago: "President Obama arrives in Copenhagen, carrying the torch for Chicago as the best candidate for the 2016 summer Olympics...Will he bring home the gold?" When the announcement came, Chicago was immediately eliminated from contention. In the report that followed, correspondent Sheila MacVicar declared: "For this Olympic bid, it's all about celebrity star power and supporters of Chicago's bid hope President Obama will be the biggest star of all." An on-screen headline read: "Chicago Hope;... continue reading
Just over two weeks after NBC's Brian Williams pushed former President Jimmy Carter's racism charge ("Former President Carter spoke up and spoke out about what he has seen emerging in some of the public protests against President Obama"), Williams devoted more than two minutes of Thursday's NBC Nightly News to marking Carter's 85th birthday by cuing him up to put in his own words how he "stands out" from other ex-Presidents, "what has set you apart from other chief executives - in mind set and your wiring?" Williams' long and winding question: When we look at you, sir, in the... continue reading
It would be "absurd" for Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D) to apologize for insisting recently that Republicans stand behind a health care "holocaust," MSNBC's Chris Matthews argued on Thursday's Hardball. While Matthews felt Grayson's Nazi comparison was over-the-top, Matthews cheered Grayson's display of "cojones," even chuckling at video of Grayson calling Republicans "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals." Matthews made clear to guests James Warren of the Chicago Tribune and Politico's Roger Simon that he thought Grayson was just the shot in the arm liberals needed for their health care push (audio available here , video embedded at right): CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well, he [Rep... continue reading
ABC's Claire Shipman on Thursday fawned over Jimmy Carter, celebrated his 85th birthday and the "incredible" presidential library bearing his name. Offering few tough questions, the Good Morning America correspondent instead thrilled, "This is really incredible. I mean, the center looks amazing." Appearing with Carter and wife Rosalynn in Atlanta, Georgia, she completely ignored the Democrat's comments in September that an " overwhelming portion " of anti-Obama protests are based on racism. Instead, Shipman focused on new additions to the library and cooed, "What are you hoping people are going to learn from some of these displays?" Shipman gave no... continue reading
Last month, the New York Times moralized in print over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's "disrespectful" outburst ("You lie!") during Obama's health care address to Congress. But when a Democrat said the GOP plan for health care is that people should "die quickly" and later compared the current system to the Holocaust, it's not even worthy of a mention in the newspaper. A Wednesday afternoon post by Jane Lorber on the "Caucus" blog, " G.O.P. Seeks Grayson Apology, or Rebuke ," had a dismissive take on Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's Tuesday insult of Republicans (on the House floor) and his... continue reading
Good Morning America correspondent Yunji de Nies on Thursday touted White House talking points when she highlighted Michelle Obama's pitch for the 2016 Olympics to be in Chicago. De Nies parroted, " We're told there won't be a dry eye in the house by the time she's done ." She was "told" this? Was she also told that the First Lady would "bring down the house" or that "Michelle will hit a home run?" De Nies was in Copenhagen, covering the lobbying by Mr. and Mrs. Obama and Oprah Winfrey to the International Olympic Committee. De Nies also enthused, "And... continue reading
Uniquely among the broadcast network evening newscasts on Wednesday, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams gave attention to "incendiary" comments made by Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida, who charged that the Republican plan for health care is that people should "die quickly" if they get sick, prompting Republicans to demand an apology. Williams seemed to signal his own disapproval of Grayson's words as the NBC anchor introduced the item by remarking that "there's something about this health care debate that makes some people say the most incendiary things." After playing a clip of Grayson's comments, Williams informed viewers that... continue reading