Famed news photographer David Hume Kennerly took to the New York Times' "Lens" blog last week , with an update on Monday in which he denounced Newsweek's "skewed imagery to advance its editorial agenda," to excoriate the magazine for "photo fakery" in how it cropped a picture he took of former Vice President Dick Cheney to imply "something sinister, macabre, or even evil was going on." Kennerly proposed: "The Sept. 14th Newsweek cover line - 'Is Your Baby Racist?' - should have included a sub-head, 'Is Dick Cheney a Butcher?'" Newsweek used the cropped photo from Getty Images for its... continue reading
During a wide-ranging interview with Bill Clinton, on Tuesday's Today show, about his Clinton Initiative summit, NBC's Matt Lauer wanted to get the former President's advice on whether current New York Governor David Paterson should run again. Lauer, seemingly concerned about the GOP capturing the governorship in New York state, asked Clinton if the unpopular Democrat's reelection bid might "hurt the Democratic Party." The following exchange was aired on the September 22 Today show: MATT LAUER: Real, real quickly, if you can. You're in New York. The governor here is embattled. His, his popularity ratings are anemic. The White House... continue reading
David Letterman, who still regularly ridicules former President George W. Bush - and has even accused him of committing "war crimes " and lacking "humanity " - didn't hide his affinity for Barack Obama during his Monday night Late Show interview of the President, while remaining unable to contain his disgust for Bush. "I can't tell you how satisfying it is to watch you work," a beaming Letterman gushed to Obama at the conclusion of the program. When Obama, who took two weeks of vacation in late August and early September, displayed some jealously as he quipped that his two... continue reading
Reporting for CBS's Sunday Morning, political analyst Jeff Greenfield wondered about the impact of nationwide ant-Obama protests: "Does this new militancy on the Right pose an opportunity for the Republican Party or create a dilemma?" He fretted over the tone: "Some of it is aimed specifically and virulently at Obama....At his background, at his race, at his agenda." Greenfield began the segment by highlighting the source of all the "militancy": "Discontent is in the air. You can see it in the signs they carry. Hear it from the most prominent voices on talk radio. All from the Right....And most notably... continue reading
On Monday's Morning Meeting, MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan and his journalist guests expressed frustration that the ACORN scandal hasn't gone away. Politico correspondent Mike Allen lobbied, "...It's time to move on." Ratigan highlighted other groups and offered moral equivalence: "And are all of these organizers ultimately guilty of some sort of shady activity or another?" Following a reading of the organization's questionable accounting, the cable host spun, "Does it add up to the fall of ACORN or is it just something fun to talk about?" Allen, who used to write for the Washington Post, bizarrely tried to suggest the media have... continue reading
In the series of network interviews recorded Friday at the White House for airing on the ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC Sunday morning interview shows, all highlighted Jimmy Carter's charge that racism is fueling the anti-Obamacare protests - with CNN's John King and NBC's David Gregory following up with Nancy Pelosi's claim the heated rhetoric may incite violence - and CBS's Bob Schieffer asserted the "meanness that has settled over our political dialogue" had "started this summer at these town hall meetings." Only NBC's Gregory chastised Obama for not taking on the left on malpractice reform and only ABC's George... continue reading
Television network journalists on Friday night marveled at President Barack Obama's planned "media blitz" for health care reform even as they, the enablers, reveled in it as they made the very "blitz" and clips from the interviews (conducted Friday afternoon for airing on Sunday morning) their top story of the day. Based on those excerpts, the Sunday hosts were most interested in getting Obama's take on the "tone" of the health care debate (Obama blamed cable TV and blogs) and whether opposition is driven by racism. The teases: ♦ ABC's Charles Gibson at the top of World News: "Tonight, mass... continue reading
While concluding a segment on racism involved in anti-Obama protests, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews promoted the book of one of his guests, liberal historian Douglas Brinkley, and proceeded to rant: "There's so much right-wing crap on the best seller list these days. It's great to see a book that you might want to put on your shelf and let your respected friends see you actually reading." Brinkley's book, Teddy Roosevelt: The Wilderness Warrior , did make the New York Times best seller list , coming in at twenty one. However, the list's top ten was dominated by "right-wing crap."... continue reading
NPR "senior news analyst" Daniel Schorr recited the socialist sermon on Wednesday night's All Things Considered: nationalized health care "would save many lives," and all those rumbles from the right about providing taxpayer-subsidized abortions and health care for illegal aliens are tiresome "distractions" from the urgent need for more government. Schorr lamented: Barring illegal from insurance benefits doesn't bar them from receiving treatment in a hospital emergency room. ERs have become the place of treatment of last resort for too many people here legally or illegally. T.R. Reid tells of a dramatic case in his book "The Healing of America."... continue reading
On Friday's CBS Early Show, White House correspondent Bill Plante highlighted President Obama's latest media blitz on health care reform and touted a new piece of the PR arsenal: "The President does have a new partner in his nonstop effort to sell health care, it's the First Lady.... Michelle Obama will be more like a stealth weapon in the battle for health care, giving it a softer touch." Plante further explained the logic behind using the First Lady to promote ObamaCare: "With a favorable rating of around 70%, well above her husband's, and the background of a hospital executive, Michelle... continue reading