Tuesday night, Barack Obama delivers his second-to-last State of the Union address, this time as a lame duck President with relatively low approval ratings and facing a Congress entirely controlled by the opposition party. But if history is a guide, he can count on encouraging reviews from many in the establishment media. Back in 2009, when Obama was a popular new President, journalists enthused about his first speech before a joint session of Congress. “He wowed us,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews exulted. “He began on hope. He ended on hope,” a satisfied George Stephanopoulos declared on ABC. Fast forward to last... continue reading
Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and on Sunday morning, ABC’s This Week decided it was the perfect opportunity to scold the Republican over his civil rights record. During the show’s weekly “powerhouse puzzler” segment, guest host Martha Raddatz asked the This Week panel “which president signed a law making MLK’s birthday a national holiday?” The ABC reporter then played a clip from ABC’s report on the signing ceremony in which ABC’s Sam Donaldson proclaimed “the president and Dr. King's widow walking into the Rose Garden together in... continue reading
Barack Obama on Friday conducted an almost hour-long news conference with journalists, but faced no questions on his administration's much-maligned decision not to send a representative to last Sunday's massive anti-terror rally in France. ABC journalist Jon Karl wondered if the President had any thoughts on Mitt Romney possibly running for president again. After a nearly 20 minute preamble, Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron finally got to reporters. After offering up a tough question, Karl lobbed this softball: "If I may, Mr. President, I really like would hear your reaction to the news that Mitt Romney is thinking... continue reading
On Friday, while all three network morning shows covered Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Paris to offer U.S. condolences following the recent terrorist attacks, none of the broadcasts mentioned one of the most embarrassing moments in American diplomatic history that occurred during the visit – Kerry bringing musician James Taylor to a press conference to sing "You've Got A Friend" to the French people. The bizarre attempt at international damage control – following the Obama administration's failure to have a single top U.S. official attend a anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday – played out while the NBC,... continue reading
On Friday, CBS This Morning reported on news that Duke University had cancelled plans to have a Muslim call-to-prayer projected from the school’s famous bell tower at the Duke Chapel and, while Duke suggested that there were “several factors” that led to the decision, the segment prominently tied it to Rev. Franklin Graham and subsequent threats against them. CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman fretted that the cancellation came as “students, faculty, and administrators spent months working on a new way to make campus feel more inclusive for its 700 Muslims.” Goldman added that the event was axed “following security threats... continue reading
Former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Friday fawned over Jimmy Carter. Though much of the interview with the "heroic" ex-President focused on his humanitarian work, Stephanopoulos also prompted Carter to push his liberal agenda. The politician went on a rant against the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United campaign finance ruling, calling it "the stupidest ruling and the most damaging ruling that the Supreme Court has ever issued." Ever ? Worse than the 1857 Dred Scott case that ruled African Americans to not be citizens? Worse than 1896's Plessy vs. Ferguson, the case that legalized racial segregation? Stephanopoulos offered... continue reading
In an interview with newly elected Colorado Senator Cory Gardner for PBS's Charlie Rose , Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt grilled the Republican on conservatives in Congress being obstructionist: "Some of your Republican colleagues, Ted Cruz in the Senate, those twenty-four House members who voted against Speaker Boehner, they're not interested in getting things done as much as they are in putting down markers. Isn't it more likely there'll be a series of confrontations rather than any kind of collaboration?" Later in the same interview, Hunt cheered how well the economy was doing but worried the new Republican Congress could... continue reading
Following the lead of ABC and CBS from Thursday morning, NBC Nightly News cheered President Barack Obama’s newest initiative that would require private businesses “to guarantee” their employees “at least seven” paid sick days and affect 43 million Americans, with Chris Jansing forwarding a tired liberal talking point: "The U.N. says only the U.S. and Papua New Guinea don't have some mandatory paid time off for new moms." While senior White House correspondent Jansing interviewed the owner of a Maryland carpet company opposed to the President’s proposal, she had three quotes (compared to one from the business owner) from someone... continue reading
During Thursday’s NBC Nightly News , NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell enthusiastically promoted the new and “dramatic changes” set to go into effect on Friday that will allow Americans to more easily trade with and travel to/from Cuba as causing the Cold War to end. In leading off her report, Mitchell announced to viewers: “In Havana, dramatic change after more than a half-century. Tomorrow the Cold War will be over. A huge opening for U.S. and Cuban travel and trade.” She went on to outline the many changes that Americans will be able to take advantage of,... continue reading
As of 6 pm Eastern on Thursday, CNN has devoted just 19 seconds of air time to the release of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay detention facilities – a news brief during the New Day program. This is still more coverage than CBS and NBC, as both Big Three networks ignored the story on their Thursday morning newscasts. ABC gave a 16-second news brief on Good Morning America . Anchor Michaela Pereira gave the news brief 11 minutes into the 7 am Eastern hour of the CNN morning show: [ video below ] MICHAELA PEREIRA: Five Yemeni inmates held at... continue reading