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ABC, CBS and NBC all led Friday night with President Obama's decision to appear in the White House press room to backtrack on the fury he inflamed by presuming "stupidity" by the police in the Professor Henry Gates alleged "racial profiling" incident, but only Katie Couric trumpeted Obama's appearance in the White House briefing room - which the CBS Evening News ran for an uninterrupted four solid minutes - as "extraordinary" and "really unprecedented," before she pouted over how "the timing could not be worse. Just as he was pushing so hard for health care reform and having some pretty... continue reading
Expounding on a formulation he's propounded this week on his radio show in pivoting off Senator Jim DeMint's prediction health care could become President Obama's "Waterloo," in an interview with FNC's Greta Van Susteren aired Thursday night Rush Limbaugh asserted: "The press has met their Waterloo and it's Obama." Limbaugh contended "they have sacrificed whatever integrity, character, professionalism, ethics that they've had" so now "their total reason - most of them - for existence" is "propping this guy up." The nation's most popular talk radio host ridiculed MSNBC's "countdown clock" during the day Wednesday: "Countdown clock: 8 hours, 25 minutes,... continue reading
Continuing a well-established pattern, the broadcast network evening newscasts all failed to point out the party affiliation of the major New Jersey office-holders amongst the 44 people the FBI arrested Thursday for corruption. As the AP pointed out , all but one are Democrats: "Among the 44 people arrested were the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, Jersey City's deputy mayor, and two state assemblymen. A member of the governor's cabinet resigned after agents searched his home, though he was not arrested. All but one of the office holders are Democrats." Nonetheless, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Deborah Feyerick saw a... continue reading
Wrapping up a preview of his day with President Barack Obama for Thursday's Nightline , live from Cleveland ABC's Terry Moran informed World News anchor Charles Gibson: I also took the opportunity at this juncture to ask Mr. Obama about how the presidency is affecting and shaping his spiritual life, and he said, Charlie, that before he was elected, he had a habit of praying every night, but that now he prays all the time. That earned a grin from Gibson. From the online transcript of the July 23 interview: TERRY MORAN: As you know there's a lot of curiosity... continue reading
ABC's George Stephanopoulos giddily appraised President Obama during Thursday's Good Morning America: "It's clear, listening to the President last night, that he knows his stuff. He knows health care policy." He also predicted that the passage of the Democrat's health care "reform" plan was "closer" after the presser, despite his later admission that it had been delayed until after August. The This Week anchor appeared early in the 7 am hour to analyze the press conference. GMA anchor Diane Sawyer first asked: "Closer to a health care bill this morning or further away?" Stephanopoulos replied: "Closer - and it's clear... continue reading
While interviewing the daughter of arrested Harvard Professor Henry Gates on Thursday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith wondered: "Is there something in this that says, 'I'm not going to take this'? ...In speaking with your father, was he hurt by this?... Was his heart broken by it?" Elizabeth Gates, a writer for the DailyBeast.com, declared that: "I think for anybody, you know, who is violated in their own home in that way, I think they would, you know, also call on their own defenses...My father was so sad about this, and again because he's always - you know, my... continue reading
NBC's medical correspondent, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, was "rooting" for President Barack Obama to do well in selling his health care takeover during his Wednesday night press conference: "As a physician, you know, I felt like I understood the complexity of the problem. As an American citizen, I was rooting for the President to hit a home run." On the 10 PM EDT Hardball an hour after Obama wrapped up, Snyderman, who hosts the noon EDT weekday hour on MSNBC, fretted that he had "whiffed" in not making some persuasive points, such as using "plain talk to take the scare out... continue reading
Daring to go where only cable has gone so far, Wednesday's NBC Nightly News waded into the rampant claims that President Barack Obama - though he was born in a U.S. state and to a mother who was a U.S. citizen, so even if he were born in Kenya he'd still be a U.S. citizen - is somehow really not one. Anchor Brian Williams didn't hide his disdain, teasing the newscast: "Spreading lies about President Obama's birthplace and about his U.S. citizenship. Who's doing it and why?" (Too bad Williams didn't show such concern for wild allegations in late 2004... continue reading
While reporting on President Obama's efforts to pass health care reform legislation on Wednesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez cited one person who would benefit from the plan: "Debby Smith from Virginia...lost her job back in 2006, and lost her health care benefits, and says that she can't afford the $700 a month that it would cost take to pay for her own insurance." What Rodriguez failed to mention was that Smith was an Obama volunteer. During a July 1 health care town hall meeting , the President singled out Smith, giving her a hug as she tearfully told... continue reading
Tuesday's CBS Evening News gave attention to a proposed new gun law that would strengthen the right of gun owners who hold a concealed weapon permit to carry a weapon across state lines into states with more restrictive gun laws than where the permit was obtained. As he presented arguments both for and against passage of the law, while Orr presented two soundbites opposing the law and only one from a supporter of the law, the report also devoted twice as much time - 35 seconds versus 17 seconds - to the anti-gun arguments opposing the law compared to pro-gun... continue reading