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60 Minutes on Sunday night gave President Barack Obama at least his fourth interview platform since his election (not counting re-runs), and while Steve Kroft framed the segment around how Obama "seemed confident that he had succeeded" in his Wednesday night speech and asked him, in the context of how the health care debate "has brought out the worst in us," how "you were heckled. Not at a town meeting. Not on the campaign trail, but in a joint session of Congress," whether "Congressman Wilson should be rebuked?," he also gently challenged Obama from the right. Unfortunately, Kroft did not... continue reading
Left-wing "comedian" Bill Maher is setting the news agenda for CNN. Literally. With "Motivated by Race?" on screen, CNN anchor Don Lemon previewed his 7 PM hour Saturday night by citing Joe Wilson, "town hallers yelling at lawmakers" and those "refusing to let kids hear the commander in chief. And on and on and on. What's behind it? Is it racial?" In the subsequent segment, Lemon revealed his motivation was Maher, who Friday night on his HBO show charged racism drove Wilson's "you lie" shout and those concerned about Obama's address to school children ( BiasAlert item ). Lemon announced:... continue reading
Katie Couric's CBS Evening News on Friday omitted any mention of the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon in Michigan, despite having discussed the murder of abortionist George Tiller on the June 1, June 2 and June 9 newscasts (and then referencing the killing as a recent "hate crime" in a June 10 report on the shooting at Washington, D.C.'s Holocaust Museum). Both ABC's World News and the NBC Nightly News , in contrast, offered full reports on the killing of Pouillon and a local businessman, but offered different explanations. According to NBC's John Yang, prosecutors said the killer, Harlan... continue reading
Friday night on his HBO show, Bill Maher tried to discredit critics of President Barack Obama, including those concerned about his talk to school children, by smearing them as racists - before he pointed to a Drudge Report headline, "POLL HELL: OBAMA NEGS RISE," as somehow an example of the ways "some of the right-wingers are always dropping subliminally racist messages." Maher first took up Congressman Joe Wilson's "you lie" shout at Obama: "To heckle a President, to shout in the middle of a speech, would he have done that if it was a white President? I don't think so... continue reading
President Obama's address before a joint session of Congress "to rescue health care reform" caused "a 12-point improvement from last week" so "52 percent now approve of the way he's handling health care," Katie Couric announced at the top of Friday's CBS Evening News in touting how a new CBS News poll discovered that "among those who say they watched the speech" - a group she failed to point out was predisposed to Obama's policies - "support is even greater, 58 percent." On NBC, anchor Brian Williams introduced a story on fallout from "Congressman Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican... continue reading
Former Clinton operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos appeared on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor and received a declaration from Bill O'Reilly that, while obvious, probably wasn't very welcome: " ...You're a Democrat. I'm an Independent." This assertion resulted in no audible or visual protestations from Stephanopoulos. And although the comment is demonstrably true, one might think that a supposedly independent, neutral journalist would fight back or claim to have put such partisan beliefs aside when he became a journalist. Stephanopoulos didn't. The This Week host was appearing to discuss Barack Obama's speech to Congress about health care and how the President has... continue reading
For the second day in a row, ABC's Jake Tapper inserted a snarky, left-leaning attack into a report on Good Morning America. Highlighting Republican House member Joe Wilson's "You Lie!" outburst during Barack Obama's address to Congress on Wednesday, the reporter chided, "But although Wilson apologized to the White House for his lack of civility, he quickly took to the limelight of conservative media...like a moth to a flame." On Thursday , Tapper recounted the President's speech and condescendingly explained, "At times, it was almost like the President were a principal and Congress a bunch of unruly school kids." In... continue reading
Media minds think alike. ABC: "It was the shout heard 'round the world." CBS: "It was the shout heard 'round the world." NBC, slightly creative: "The outburst heard 'round the world" and the "heckle heard 'round the world." Congressman Joe Wilson's "you lie" shout during President Obama's Wednesday address to Congress on health care animated the Thursday evening newscasts , though it at least prompted ABC and NBC, but not CBS, to grudgingly take up, briefly, Wilson's contention illegal immigrants would receive health benefits. "As the President spoke last night, there was a stunning moment. As the President tried to... continue reading
You know Cindy Sheehan's star has really fallen with the liberal media when the likes of Mike Barnicle, compare her to GOP Congressman Joe "You lie!" Wilson. On Thursday's Hardball, Barnicle, substitute hosting for Chris Matthews, declared, "Democrats hope to turn Wilson into the Cindy Sheehan of the anti-health care reform movement. A clownish figure of ridicule who hurts his own side, more than he helps." As the MRC's Brent Baker noted , now that she is opposing a Democratic president, the media have turned on Sheehan. The following is from Barnicle's opening to the September 10 edition of Hardball:... continue reading
During the 4PM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC Thursday, co-host David Shuster denounced the behavior of Republicans at President Obama's address to Congress, declaring: "You look at the image of the Republican Party, all white males with short haircuts. They look sort of angry. No women, no minorities, and it looks like they've sort of become unhinged." Shuster and co-host Tamron Hall moderated a debate between Democratic strategist Patrick Murphy and Republican strategist Alex Conant, over the impact of Republican Congressman Joe Wilson shouting out 'you lie!' during the President's speech. Shuster claimed: "The video of the Republican... continue reading