On Tuesday morning, Luke Russert, NBC News Congressional Correspondent, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart to discuss the current tensions between the newly-controlled Republican Congress and President Obama. Speaking to anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, Russert criticized the GOP's immigration plan and argued that they are "going to move forward with their bill on Wednesday, Jose. It goes very far to the right.” Russert’s attack on the GOP’s immigration proposal came following a detailed explanation of how Speaker Boehner wants to work with the White House on a jobs bill and funding for military action against ISIS. The NBC reporter... continue reading
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on Monday trashed demonstrators in Germany for protesting against Islamic extremism, proclaiming they possessed an “anti-Muslim prejudice” that’s “on the rise in Europe.” Reporting from Dresden, Germany, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Mark Phillips stated that the demonstrators chanted “we are the people” not to bring attention to “a society being united” but rather as “a chant of exclusion.” Referring to protesters as “anti-immigrant,” Phillips summarized the 25,000 participants as being “part of a movement protesting what they see as the threat to German culture from rising numbers of Muslim immigrants to their... continue reading
On Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley did their best to move on from the Obama administration’s decision to not have President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, or Attorney General Eric Holder attend the march against Islamic terrorism in Paris on Sunday that drew well over one million people. All told, ABC ran only a 42-second segment on the White House’s response to the criticism on Monday and CBS had a news brief. Along with one tease on CBS, their coverage combined for a scant one... continue reading
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin attacked Fox News and others on Monday's @This Hour on CNN for placing " an unfair burden on Islam ," particularly in the wake of Islamist terrorist attacks. Shihab-Eldin asserted that those calling on Muslims to condemn terrorism are "not aware of Google; or not paying attention; or perhaps, watching too much Fox News, where hosts constantly are ... driving this point home – this us versus them ...this point home that Muslims aren't speaking out....I think it's regrettable, and I think, arguably, bigoted ." [ video below ] Host Michaela Pereira introduced the segment with the former... continue reading
On Monday's CBS This Morning , as Florida Senator Marco Rubio denounced President Obama's decision to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, co-host Charlie Rose attempted to push liberal spin on the topic: "But what about the argument that in fact – if in fact Cuba is opened up, it will change? Vietnam changed." Rubio quickly shot him down: "It did not change politically. Nor has China, for that matter." Rose continued: "But it changed in terms – it changed to a degree in terms of its economic participation." Rubio pushed back: "Sure, but my interest is freedom and democracy....And there... continue reading
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports , sat down with Gerard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States, on Monday afternoon to discuss the fallout from last week’s terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper. While the majority of the interview focused on the intelligence risks facing France following the attack, the MSNBC host found time to fret that the country could overreact in fighting terrorism. Mitchell asked Araud “do you fear an anti-Muslim backlash? Do you fear that France could go too far? There are suggestions that this country went... continue reading
Even ardent liberal Rosie O'Donnell on Monday attacked the Obama administration for not sending representatives to the massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris. Yet, Nicolle Wallace, a former John McCain adviser who was supposed to represent conservatism on The View , defended the President. O'Donnell railed, "Couldn't Joe Biden have been there and wasn't Eric Holder in Paris? The comedian described the event as "'We are the World,' but we didn't show up." Wallace spun, "I don't think we should say anything bad about our own country or our own leader, because he wasn't there, because I'm sure there were reasons... continue reading
On Monday, all three network morning shows surprisingly devoted full reports to President Obama being strongly criticized for not attending – or not at least sending a top official to attend – an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. At the top of NBC's Today , co-host Matt Lauer announced: "While world leaders join millions for a massive anti-terror rally in Paris, the President is under fire for not taking part." Opening ABC's Good Morning America , co-host Robin Roberts declared: "As millions take to the streets, President Obama is taking heat for not taking part." On CBS This Morning... continue reading
On Sunday, CBS News Sunday Morning reporter John Blackstone sat down with Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) for an exclusive interview aimed at promoting the long-time liberal’s political career. The nearly 9 minute interview featured Blackstone heaping praise on the California Democrat while offering no critique of his liberal record in office. Instead, the CBS reporter spun Brown’s tenure as “solid” and “ahead of their time” and suggested that he bring his liberal governing style to Washington to " learn about how political problems have been solved here in California." Blackstone began his softball interview by promoting how “last November voters... continue reading
On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press spent the majority of its program discussing the fallout of the terrorist attack in Paris, France and how the world should respond. While much of the program focused on the challenges associated with identifying and stopping such attacks, NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin chose to partially blame American foreign policy for the rise of Islamic extremism. Speaking during a pre-recorded segment from Dearborn, Michigan, Mohyeldin argued that “for some, radicalization and attacks against the U.S. stems from anger at American foreign policies and wars in the Middle East.” The segment began with the NBC... continue reading