CNN on Thursday twice ran a glowing documentary-style report about a left-wing Capitol Hill rally in favor of ObamaCare. (Video available here .) Newsroom anchor Heidi Collins introduced the 10am ET version by praising the " work and determination of volunteers hoping to make a difference ." The piece was the work of CNN photojournalist Jeremy Moorhead, and consisted of video of the young activists at work and soundbites from organizers and speakers, such as liberal Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. One soundbite came from David Hopkins, of the liberal "Grassroots4Change" organization, slamming the inferiority of American health care: When you... continue reading
During the 2PM ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Contessa Brewer wondered: "Is a poster of the President as the Joker racist? The posters in Los Angeles and elsewhere show the President as 'The Dark Knight' version of the Joker above the word 'socialism.'" She then cited an article from Thursday's Washington Post making the accusation. Brewer spoke with the author of the article, Phillip Kennicott, and asked: "nobody seems to know who came up with this.... have you been able to get any further in finding out who's behind it?" While not knowing who put up the posters, Kennicott went... continue reading
On Wednesday's Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews hosted a discussion with Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker and Salon's Joan Walsh as the trio discussed Parker's latest column, "A Tip for the GOP: Look Away," - which Matthews built up by effusing, "I've never seen a stronger column in the newspapers" - in which she argues that the Republican party is hurt by being centered in the South with its history of racial politics. Matthews, who would later theorize that Sarah Palin will exploit white racism by visiting "cul de sacs of whitedom," set up the segment by reading a line from... continue reading
NBC's Andrea Mitchell, on Thursday's, "Today" show cheered an added benefit to the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling from North Korea, was that it reunited Bill Clinton and Al Gore. In a segment headlined, "Together Again, Clinton and Gore's Emotional Reunion," Mitchell - who is traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wherever she goes these days - hailed that the event brought back the "Boomer buddy team," and gushed "Both are now international superstars." Before the Mitchell story, "Today" anchor Meredith Vieira, gleefully teased, "It was like a flashback to the nineties," and observed that both Gore... continue reading
On Thursday, all three network morning news programs reported the conviction of former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson on bribery charges, but only NBC's Today identified him as a Democrat. CBS's Early Show and ABC's Good Morning America simply referred to him as a "former congressman." In contrast, Wednesday's NBC Nightly News did not provide a Democratic label for Jefferson, while ABC's World News did identify his party affiliation. The CBS Evening News made no mention of the conviction. While both Good Morning America and Today featured news briefs early in the 7AM ET hour on Thursday, The Early Show did... continue reading
An article in Thursday's Washington Post lashed out at the viral Obama-as-the-Joker posters, attacking them as promoting "coded," "racially charged" images. Art critic Philip Kennicott smeared the images, which have been showing up in Los Angeles, as flat-out bigoted: " The charge of socialism is secondary to the basic message that Obama can't be trusted, not because he is a politician, but because he's black. " [Emphasis added] In the August Style 6 piece, Kennicott provided this incendiary take on the poster campaign: "Obama, like the Joker and like the racial stereotype of the black man, carries within him an... continue reading
Wednesday's NBC Nightly News devoted a full minute to the guilty convictions for bribery, racketeering and wire fraud against former nine-term Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson, but failed to name his political party. ABC's Charles Gibson mentioned Jefferson's party in a brief World News item. The CBS Evening News didn't air anything about Jefferson's convictions which were announced just under an hour before the 6:30 PM EDT feeds of the newscasts shown in the eastern and central time zones, though Couric did manage to highlight how "Giants quarterback Eli Manning agreed today to a six-year deal for $97 million, making... continue reading
On Monday's Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann delivered a "Special Comment" lambasting members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of centrist House Democrats because most of the group's members have pressured more liberal congressional Democrats compromise in their push for public health insurance. After reciting campaign contributions received by some Blue Dog members from the health care industry, he suggested that these Democrats should just be called "dogs." Olbermann: "I could call them all out by name, but I think you get the point. We do not need to call the Democrats holding this up Blue Dogs. That... continue reading
While those who question Obama's presidential eligibility are called "fringe" and "false," the New York Times gave a respectful hearing to a convention pushing a far more incendiary left-wing conspiracy theory - that Bush orchestrated the 9-11 attacks: "Some participants see an American tradition of questioning concentrated power." On Wednesday (the day after President Obama's birthday) Washington reporter Jeff Zeleny devoted his latest "On the White House" web column, " Persistent 'Birthers' Fringe Disorients Strategists ," to the fringe group that questions Obama's birthplace in Hawaii and thus his presidential eligibility. Zeleny made it clear off the bat that the... continue reading
ABC framed its Tuesday night story, on citizens using town hall forums held by Members of Congress to express opposition to ObamaCare, around undermining their credibility by asserting the reaction "appears to be orchestrated" and "organized" and thus is forcing the victimized "White House to push back" by "fighting Internet fire with fire." After anchor Charles Gibson insisted "some of that criticism appears to be orchestrated, causing the White House to push back," reporter Jake Tapper showed some instances of "people protesting health care reform with visceral anger" and relayed how "Texas Democrat Lloyd Doggett, who was shouted down before... continue reading