1. McClellan's Publisher a Liberal: Advances Soros & Slams Limbaugh Peter Osnos, who wrote Wednesday that he "worked very closely" with Scott McClellan on McClellan's new book published by PublicAffairs which Osnos founded, is a liberal whose publishing house is affiliated with the far-left The Nation magazine and the publisher of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. PublicAffairs has a roster of authors who are nearly all liberals, including six books by far-left bank-roller George Soros. On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Ari Fleischer related that "Scott told me that his editor did 'tweak,' in Scott's word, a lot... continue reading
1. NBC's Hapless Viewers: 'Burgers' Not Ribs, 'Next Year' Only Soup Catching up with ABC, which last week featured a woman who whined that higher gas prices mean she can "no longer take joy rides on my days off," NBC Nightly News caught up Tuesday night with its own set of hapless Americans who claimed they are forced to grow their own food, two who went with burgers (!) over ribs over the holiday weekend and teen girls who make their boyfriends drive them on dates. Brian Williams noted NBC had "asked people to e-mail us with their stories about... continue reading
1. CBS: 'Substance Abuse'? People Think McCain War Injuries 'Funny'? The night after ABC's World News raised the possibility John McCain's POW ordeal caused "psychological damage," on Friday's CBS Evening News Dr. Sanjay Gupta thought it noteworthy that the release of McCain's medical records ignored the Senator's "mental health," any "mention of post-traumatic stress disorder" or of "substance abuse." Oddly, Dr. Jon LaPook asserted that "people" notice McCain is "not able to raise his arm" and think "'doesn't that look funny?'" Who thinks McCain's limitation, caused by an attack on him after his plane crashed in North Vietnam and he... continue reading
1. ABC: McCain Psychologically Damaged? Suffer Dementia? Die Soon? Not waiting until the actual Friday release of John McCain's medical records, on Thursday's World News anchor Charles Gibson (who's 65) and Dr. Tim Johnson (who at 72 is older than McCain) speculated about McCain's health. Gibson wondered about "psychological damage" from his POW captivity. Assured there's no evidence of that, Gibson jumped to wonder how much longer McCain has to live, a question which led Johnson to warn, that while McCain may live another 16 years, there's a decent chance he'll develop "dementia." 2. Ross Adopts Left-Wing Attack on McCain... continue reading
1. ABC and CBS Veteran Linda Douglass Joins Obama's Campaign Marc Ambinder revealed Wednesday, on his blog for The Atlantic magazine, that his colleague at National Journal, Linda Douglass, a long-time CBS News and then ABC News Washington bureau reporter until 2006, "will join Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior strategist and as a senior campaign spokesperson on the roadshow, a newly created position." Ambinder, a colleague at National Journal, reported: "Douglass confirmed her new position when I walked up to the ninth floor, knocked on her door, and asked her about it. She informed National Journal President Suzanne... continue reading
1. NBC's Mitchell Suggests GOP Officials May Cheat Obama in November During MSNBC's live coverage of the Kentucky and Oregon Democratic presidential primaries on Tuesday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell seemed to take seriously suggestions by Hillary Clinton campaign members who argued that Republicans in control of the election process in some red states Barack Obama hopes to carry may deny him a "fair vote." Mitchell: "Other people, I should point out, other Clinton loyalists, but realists, say that that electoral map is a stretch in one regard: There are...Republican Governors and Secretaries of State, if you will, Katherine Harris-type election... continue reading
1. Networks Forward Obama's ABC-Enabled Defense of His Wife Monday provided a great example of a network correspondent advancing Barack Obama's political cause by treating him as a victim of a nefarious GOP attack, thus allowing him to appear virtuous in his reply, an answer the other networks then highlighted to enhance the victimization theme. ABC, CBS and NBC on Monday night showcased Obama's scolding of the Tennessee Republican Party for posting a video on You Tube contrasting Michelle Obama's February admission that "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country," with people declaring... continue reading
1. Matching CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC Distort McCain on Hamas in 2006 The ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts on Friday conveyed Barack Obama's charge of hypocrisy by John McCain on dealing with Hamas, all based on one January 28, 2006 soundbite fed to them by the Obama campaign via the Huffington Post -- "They're the government, and sooner or later we're going to have to deal with them in one way or another" -- though, in fact, in an interview that same day with CNN, in the same snowy setting, McCain made clear the U.S. could deal with... continue reading
1. Nets Show Scorn for 'Two-Pronged Republican Attack on Obama' The broadcast network evening shows took their cues from the Obama campaign Thursday night as all framed their coverage -- of President Bush warning in Israel that "some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals" -- around angry reaction to Bush's perceived attack on Barack Obama with CBS and NBC trying to undermine Bush's argument by contending it contradicts policies of past Republican Presidents and/or Bush administration officials. CBS anchor Katie Couric, referring to Bush and John McCain, cited "a two-pronged Republican attack today on... continue reading
1. Excited by 'Major' Edwards Endorsement to 'Create One America' Trumpeting the "major endorsement" from John Edwards for Barack Obama, the day after Obama was trounced by 40 points in West Virginia all three broadcast network evening newscasts led Wednesday night with the "dramatic" announcement of the "political prize" that gives Obama a "major boost." Katie Couric returned at the end of the 6:30 PM EST CBS Evening News feed to reiterate "our top story tonight" as she effused over live video of Edwards speaking at the rally: "John Edwards endorses Barack Obama, saying he's one man who knows in... continue reading