Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, invited on California Senator Barbara Boxer to dismiss the increasing number of townhall protestors opposed to Obama's liberal agenda as the "angry, and "noisy," "well-dressed middle-class people in pinks and limes...Brooks Brothers Brigade." After playing brief clips from the townhall protests Matthews devoted the first half of his show to knocking down their legitimacy, something Boxer actually instructed Matthews to do, as she urged the MSNBC host: "You, you in the media have to take a look at what's going on here. This is all planned. It's to hurt our president and it's to change... continue reading
After depicting the 'Cash for Clunkers' car buying program as a "runaway success" on Friday, on Tuesday's Early Show, correspondent Nancy Cordes argued: "The Department of Transportation says the program has been great for the environment. 80% of the clunkers have been pickups or SUVs, traded in for new cars with an average mileage nearly 10 miles per gallon higher." Following that declaration Cordes cited car salesman Mario Sosnowski, who praised the program: "Starting from 8:00, 9:00 in the morning, we're here till - till midnight every day because of the program, because of the excitement." At the top of... continue reading
Sarah Palin's a Birther? Frank Rich evidently wants us to think so: "Obama's election, far from alleviating paranoia in the white fringe, has only compounded it. There is no purer expression of this animus than to claim that Obama is literally not an American - or, as Sarah Palin would have it, not a 'real American.'" In Frank Rich's Sunday New York Times column, " Small Beer, Big Hangover ," Rich drained the last dregs out of the White House beer summit, involving the president, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, but not before using... continue reading
Certain MSNBC hosts have been fixated over using the "birthers" to discredit conservatives, highlighting a poll commissioned by the far-left Daily Kos site which found a majority of Republicans (58 percent) either believe Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. (28 percent) or are not sure he was (30 percent). Chris Matthews led Friday's Hardball with the beliefs of the GOP's "lunatic fringe" and "wack jobs," but where was MSNBC two years ago ranting about the Democratic Party's "lunatic fringe" and "wack jobs" when a survey discovered a bigger majority of Democrats (61 percent) think or are not sure if... continue reading
Roberta Baskin, a veteran of CBS News, ABC News, PBS and Washington, DC's ABC affiliate, with a stint at the Center for Public Integrity mixed in, "will join the Department of Health and Human Service's office of inspector general as a senior communications adviser in mid-August," Washington Post "Federal Eye" blogger Ed O'Keefe reported late Monday. Specifically, O'Keefe related, her job will be "to help drum up media attention for the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team, an HHS-Justice Department task force aimed at combating Medicare and Medicaid fraud." My list of journalists who have jumped to the... continue reading
Monday's CBS Evening News, unlike the ABC and NBC evening newscasts, found time for a story on protesters, against liberal Democratic health plans, who confronted members of Congress at forums over the weekend, though reporter Wyatt Andrews felt the need to insert "scare" quotes as he referred to "demonstrators against what they called 'government-run health care'" and "what they call 'Obama-care.'" Anchor Katie Couric set up the story: "The debate over health care reform is not limited to the halls of Congress. Voices are being heard all over the country - voices of protest. And they're growing louder." Andrews showed... continue reading
On Monday's Newsroom program, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez misrepresented Senator John McCain's words from an interview with his colleague John King on Sunday about the GOP's outreach with Latinos. He described the Arizona Republican as recommending that "the Republican Party needs to find competent Hispanics who can fit into the party," when McCain never used the word "competent." Sanchez had CNN contributor Roland Martin aboard during the final two segments of the 3 pm Eastern hour, and first played a clip from the McCain interview from Sunday's State of the Union program, where the defeated presidential candidate warned that "unless... continue reading
On the syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, over the weekend, Chris Matthews and his panel linked Rush Limbaugh and the GOP to the birthers movement and accused them of playing racial politics. After showing clips of Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin, Matthews and his panel argued that the GOP and conservatives were trying to capitalize on a "dark undercurrent" in America, as Matthews charged: "Are, are the Republicans using this to sort of build the undercurrent of passion against this president? They may not admit it, but are they using it?" NBC's Norah O'Donnell responded, "Yes I think I do. There... continue reading
At the top of Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith touted a White House-produced video: "And your letters to the President...A behind-the-scenes look at how President Obama keeps in touch with everyday Americans." After airing the administration spin, co-host Maggie Rodriguez argued it was "all part of Obama's promise of transparency in the people's White House." Smith introduced the latest White House public relations push by declaring: "Beginning today, the Obama administration is giving Americans a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the White House. This morning we have an exclusive look at how the letters of every... continue reading
Of the three network morning shows, only ABC highlighted a new study by the Heritage Foundation that reported how the federal government's massive spending will average almost $34,000 per household in 2009, up $8000 from last year. On Monday, Good Morning America news anchor Chris Cuomo also appeared amazed at wasteful, bureaucratic errors: "Seventy two billion dollars spent by our government to the wrong people in either double payments or mispayments." He marveled, "Can you believe that? It's true." NBC's Today and CBS's Early Show have, thus far, not reported on the Heritage study. The report explained, "The 2009 version... continue reading