CNN's Fareed Zakaria gave President Obama's diplomacy-first foreign policy a ringing endorsement on his program on Sunday, lauding it as a breath of fresh air: "Obama is betting that America has matured, and that we recognize that...without the cooperation of other countries, America cannot be secure at home or prosperous. It's a bold gambit. Here's hoping it pays off." Zakaria also slammed the Democrat's critics on the right, hinting that conservatives were out of touch: "Obama's talk at the U.N. was well received all over the world, except in the right-wing stratosphere in the United States. There, he was accused... continue reading
Monday's CBS Early Show touted a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll about American cultural attitudes, with's Cali Carlin asking co-host Maggie Rodriguez one of the survey questions: "Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie or Beyonce... Who would you want to swap lives with for a week?" Rodriguez immediately responded: "Hands down, Michelle Obama." Carlin happily declared that Rodriguez, who had not yet seen the poll results, was "in step with mainstream America." Carlin further explained: "26% of women we surveyed said they'd want to switch with Michelle Obama. In fact overall, Washington beat out Hollywood, surprisingly. So both Michelle... continue reading
Hosts and reporters on Monday's Good Morning America hyperventilated about the arrest of fugitive Roman Polanski. Co-anchor Diane Sawyer worried that the detention of the director accused of child rape has created a "true international incident." Co-host Robin Roberts played up the supposed complexity of situation, referring to the event as an "international chess game." Reporter Nick Watt fretted, " When Polanski, who is a French citizen, walked into a police trap here at Zurich Airport, he sparked an international row. " Highlighting French outrage, he parroted, "This morning, another French minister said, 'There is a scary America that has... continue reading
New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt's latest column tackles the ACORN scandal - or as Times readers know it: "What ACORN scandal?" In " Tuning In Too Late ," Hoyt criticized the Times for its lack of coverage of the juicy ACORN imbroglio, an omission that has prodded the paper into creating a new semi-position. It's assigned an editor to monitor opinion media and catch stories like this earlier (apparently not a single television at Times headquarters is tuned to Fox News, where they could have caught it quite easily.) Hoyt summarized the video sting in which ACORN workers... continue reading
Imagining in 1998 a "vast right wing conspiracy" to impugn and discredit conveyors of accurate information about her husband's activities with an intern was ludicrous enough when Hillary Clinton made up the foil, but eleven-plus years later NBC's David Gregory treated it as a reality, cuing up Bill Clinton in a Meet the Press interview pre-recorded in New York City: "Your wife famously talked about the vast right wing conspiracy targeting you. As you look at this opposition on the right to President Obama, is it still there?" Former President Clinton, naturally, agreed: "Oh, you bet. Sure it is." Gregory... continue reading
A few weeks ago Washington Post Managing Editor Raju Narisetti rued in this tweet via his Twitter account: "We can incur all sorts of federal deficits for wars and what not. But we have to promise not to increase it by $1 for healthcare reform? Sad." Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander cited the tweet in a Friday night blog post about how the newspaper has issued new guidelines, on the use of social network sites, which state "nothing we do must call into question the impartiality of our news judgment." That forced Narisetti to close his Twitter account. Alexander recounted:... continue reading
Playing out a liberal dream of vengeance, the season premiere of NBC's Law & Order delivered a plot in which the local Manhattan district attorney prosecuted a former Justice Department lawyer for "depraved indifference murder" based on the fact an Abu Ghraib prisoner died in the custody of soldiers who were following the lawyer's memo on the techniques which could be used on suspected terrorists. In the key scene in the show now relegated to the 8 PM EDT/PDT, 7 PM CDT Friday slot, " District Attorney Jack McCoy ," played by Sam Waterston, contends: "This memo he wrote for... continue reading
The Washington Post on Friday buried the announcement by Douglas Wilder, a popular Democratic ex-governor of Virginia, to not endorse his party's current nominee for that office, Creigh Deeds. The Post placed the story, with the bland headline, "Wilder Declines to Endorse Anyone for Governor," below the fold in the Metro section . In contrast, the Washington Times highlighted this story on the front page , with the announcement: "Wilder to Deeds: That's Not 'Leadership.'" Over the last month, the Post has engaged in an aggressive campaign to play up a 20-year-old thesis by Republican candidate Bob McDonnell as supposedly... continue reading
Taking the "Green Car Challenge" on Thursday night's Jay Leno Show , a svelte Rush Limbaugh - declining to don a helmet - hopped into the electric Ford Focus on Leno's track behind his NBC studio in Burbank, but instead of driving around the hanging cut outs of Al Gore and Ed Begley Jr., Limbaugh ran right into them. Then, to Leno's cries of "Oh, c'mon!", a delighted Limbaugh accepted the penalty against his time score and stopped, backed up and smashed into them again. Limbaugh's maneuvering ensured a lower score (greater time) than the three previous contestants since Leno's... continue reading
CNN's Larry King fawned over Michael Moore during an hour-long interview on his program on Wednesday, calling the leftist's latest feature "a brilliant documentary," and went on to label the director "our number one propagandist." King encouraged all of his viewers to see Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story," which was released in New York City and L.A. earlier that day. The CNN anchor led his 9 pm Eastern program with his gush over the apparent magnificence of Moore and his latest documentary: "I've seen this movie, and I'll tell you, whether people agree or disagree with it- and there will... continue reading