ABC's Good Morning America on Monday presented an extremely one-sided take on the controversial end-of-life provisions in the health care bill, decrying all the "screaming" and "shouting" at town hall meetings. Reporter Kate Snow featured no Republican voices (other than of people yelling) in the segment and instead focused on combating the "incorrect claims" about the legislation. The network correspondent began by proclaiming, " We wanted to better understand all the shouting ." She then went on to describe a provision in the House health care bill that would reimburse doctors for speaking to patients every five years about end-of-life... continue reading
"What do you call a crazed group of people that disrupts a meeting on health care and hangs the congressman holding it in effigy?" Former CNN Washington correspondent Bob Franken , in a Friday blog posting on AOL's " Politics Daily " site, " Health Care Mobs and Their Instigators: Denials Ring Hollow ," answered by smearing all instead of holding accountable the few who commit the misdeeds: "A mob." Franken, who departed CNN in 2006 and now shows up occasionally as an analyst on MSNBC, continued: "What do you call the partisan groups that whip up their fear-of-change ultra-conservative... continue reading
The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts in near-unison on Friday night disparaged the anti-ObamaCare protests at town meetings held by Members of Congress as "unruly," "nasty" and "getting ugly," while CBS and NBC targeted Rush Limbaugh - NBC's Kelly O'Donnell charged "some anger...gets stoked by the provocative megaphone of Rush Limbaugh, who went so far as accusing Democrats of wanting the socialized medicine of Nazi Germany" - without bothering to acknowledge Limbaugh was reacting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who first put Nazi comparisons into play by accusing the opponents of "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a... continue reading
Would you believe that Dan Rather is calling on former President George W. Bush to lead a blue-ribbon effort to reform the news media? Well, obviously, the disgraced ex-CBS News anchor is not trusting the future of journalism to Bush, but in an op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post , he is asking President Barack Obama "form a commission to address the perilous state of America's news media." Rather insists he is not asking for any kind of a "government bailout" or "government control" of the media, just a high-profile discussion of the state of the media: Why bring the President... continue reading
There's something deeply wrong with journalism that scrutinizes and criticizes the institutions of free and successful nations, but produces puff pieces on the supposed achievements of totalitarian dictatorships. On Thursday, CNN aired a piece of communist party propaganda about how Cuba could serve as "a model for health care reform" in the United States, complete with an authoritative soundbite from an American medical expert, identified only as someone "who's lived and worked in Cuba for decades." But the expert, Gail Reed, is a longtime admirer of the Cuban revolution, married to the Cuban official who served as ambassador to Grenada... continue reading
At the top of the 4:00PM ET hour on MSNBC Friday, fill-in co-anchor Monica Novotny issued a dire warning about protests at health care town hall meetings: "The town hall confrontations are turning violent ....Where is all of this heading? New fears for the safety of America's first African-American president." [Audio/video (0:33): Mp3 | WMV ] In a later segment, co-anchor David Shuster interviewed Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran and asked: "We know that threats to President Obama are up by like something 400% compared to the Bush administration. Is this putting our president in some sort of danger because... continue reading
Three of CNN's political analysts - Jeffrey Toobin, David Gergen, and Gloria Borger - all gave President Obama B's or B-pluses on the economy and overall job performance during the network's special "The National Report Card: The Second 100 Days" on Thursday. These grades from these "non-partisan" analysts lined-up with the A's and B's that Democrats Paul Begala and Donna Brazile gave the President. CNN conducted a non-scientific poll by phone and on the Internet of how the American people graded the President mainly on several issues, and others such as Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden, and the news media... continue reading
ABC's "Nightline" on Thursday celebrated Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court as a "Jackie Robinson moment" and also highlighted cheering crowds at an event put on by the left-wing Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund (PRLDF). Correspondent John Donvan failed to identify the liberal bent of the organization, which has vociferously lobbied for abortion rights , though he did note that Sotomayor served on the group's board. In addition to comparing Sotomayor's confirmation to Jackie Robinson's entry into baseball, Donvan actually brought on Democratic operative-turned-ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos to reference what it was like for Greek Americans when Michael Dukakis... continue reading
After touting the 'Cash for Clunkers' program as a "runaway success" and "great for the environment," Friday's CBS Early Show finally reported on problems with the plan as co-host Maggie Rodriguez declared: "And find out why the 'Cash for Clunkers' program could actually end up costing you long term." While previous Early Show segments on the plan gave only passing attention to its critics, Rodriguez began Friday's story by explaining: "Congress has passed a $2 billion extension for the popular 'Cash for Clunkers' program, but some critics are being vocal this morning, saying it may not be such a good... continue reading
In Friday's Washington Post business section, columnist Steven Pearlstein - who last week condemned the conservative " fantasy " that raising taxes is damaging to the economy - blasted Republicans as " political terrorists " who are " poisoning the political well " by peddling " lies " about liberal health care plans, lies that are " so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage ." "As a columnist who regularly dishes out sharp criticism, I try not to question the motives of people with whom I don't agree," Pearlstein... continue reading