PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers unleashed his anger at Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk radio hosts on Friday night's Bill Moyers Journal, suggesting they "scream like martyrs being stretched on the rack" about the alleged Fairness Doctrine and they "earn millions inciting riots in the public mind." Limbaugh played a clip and responded that it was laughable that Moyers would pose as a "paragon of virtue on fairness." MOYERS: Ronald Reagan abolished the [Fairness] doctrine in 1987, but mention it today and the Rush Limbaughs of the world still scream like martyrs being stretched on the rack. These people earn... continue reading
ABC's Nightline on Monday didn't allow Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska to pass without airing yet another dismissive segment, reminiscing about the "madcap" politician. Co-anchor Martin Bashir derided her exit as a "real-life Northern Exposure." Reporter Neal Karlinsky proceeded to drag out every cliched Tina Fey clip and supposed gaffe from the 2008 election. Speaking of Palin's selection as John McCain's vice presidential running mate, he allowed that the politician was a "rock star" at GOP events. Karlinsky then chided, "But once she veered off script and was forced to answer questions, her image began to shift." The... continue reading
In highlighting a new study which found $147 billion a year is spent on obesity-related health care and obese people spend $1,400 more a year for health services, ABC and CBS on Monday night couldn't resist interjecting a plug for imposing a tax on soda to bring in revenue to pay for ObamaCare. ABC's Sharyn Alfonsi asserted "health officials seem to like the idea of a federal soda tax" since "adding a tax of three cents a can to high-calorie sodas could generate $24 billion over the next four years," and while "opponents argue Americans won't tolerate another tax," supporters... continue reading
Anti-Bush 9-11 "Truthers" get a fair hearing from the New York Times, but anti-Obama "Birthers" are harshly criticized, and Rush Limbaugh is of course to blame. Media reporter Brian Stelter's Saturday Business story, " A Dispute Over Obama's Birth Lives On in the Media ," questioned those questioning Obama's birth certificate, his citizenship, and his resulting eligibility for the presidency. Good for the Times. But where is the Times' criticism when liberals gin up wackier conspiracy theories? Back in June 2006, Times reporter Alan Feuer showed far more respect to a conspiracy theory many times more incendiary and implausible: That... continue reading
Eleven days after mourning the tenth anniversary of the death of " the prince of Camelot ," John F. Kennedy Jr., Monday's Good Morning America took yet another look back at the "grace" and "equilibrium" of the late presidential offspring. ABC's Chris Cuomo touted JFK Jr.'s "gift for leadership" and recounted how "America watched him grow from young son, to idealistic lawyer, to loving husband." The GMA news anchor interviewed Rose Marie Terenzio , friend and personal assistant to Kennedy, about a charity that JFK Jr. started to assist health care workers who help the disabled. Cuomo, however, gossiped over... continue reading
A week after ABC anchor Dan Harris hailed how "Senator Ted Kennedy is using his own battle against brain cancer to make an emotional pitch for health care reform. Writing in Newsweek, Kennedy called it 'the cause of my life,'" Sunday's World News devoted a full story to Kennedy's cause as Harris' tease framed Kennedy's big government agenda in the most-benign light: "In the game. An ailing Ted Kennedy, now working from his sick bed to achieve his life-long goal of health care for everyone." He introduced the subsequent story: "Behind the scenes, Senator Ted Kennedy, a man who has... continue reading
Time magazine's online staff certainly undermined any notion of impartiality in how they littered the posted version of this week's cover story, " Inside Bush and Cheney's Final Days ," with the links they chose to display between paragraphs and at page breaks of the article. Some were innocuous, such as "See TIME's George W. Bush covers," "See TIME's politics covers" and "See pictures of presidential First Dogs." Others, however, reflected hostility and/or derision toward the two key players in the story, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, starting with "Visit for reviews of W., Oliver Stone's 2008 portrait... continue reading
Belying the image of Walter Cronkite as an journalist without any political motives, while anchor of the CBS Evening News in 1967 he secretly "pleaded" with Senator Robert Kennedy to run as an anti-Vietnam war candidate for President and he later acknowledged that, if offered, he would have accepted the slot as George McGovern's VP in 1972. Frank Mankiewicz, who worked for both Kennedy and McGovern before serving as President of NPR from 1977 to 1983, revealed the liberal Democratic political activism of Cronkite, who passed away on July 17, in a Saturday Washington Post op-ed, " Vice President Walter... continue reading
President Obama's experience last year earning fawning press coverage as a "genius" on race relations lulled him into assuming "he can say anything on race and is so smart that he will be untouchable," columnist Charles Krauthammer postulated Friday night on FNC in suggesting an explanation for why Obama so misunderstand how his remarks on Henry Louis Gates would ensnare him in controversy. Krauthammer opined: "A lot of the Obama presidency is a contest between his intelligence and his arrogance" and he thought "he can say anything on race and is so smart that he will be untouchable." One reason... continue reading
The TVNewser blog highlighted Katie Couric's "Notebook" item from Friday, in which she mocks the New York Times for making " not one, not two, but seven errors " in their remembrance of the late Walter Cronkite last week. TVNewser suggested Couric may have trying to get "payback" for an anti-Couric piece that the Times's Alessandra Stanley wrote four years ago when Couric worked at NBC: Wow. This is good. In her ' Notebook ' on, Katie Couric takes down New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley, and she does it in the cruelest of ways: without mentioning her by... continue reading