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Laugh Track! NBC News Prez Says NBC Is ‘Objective Journalism’ and MSNBC Is ‘Informed Opinion’ at Night

The Hollywood Reporter published a softball interview with NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, but there was one question that granted an unintentionally funny answer. When asked how the leftist tilt on MSNBC might shade public opinion of NBC News, he suggested the difference was that MSNBC offered “informed opinion in prime time,” while NBC defined “objective journalism.”

The executive wasn’t asked how comparing the Trump children to Saddam Hussein’s sons can be described as “informed opinion” rather than childish mudslinging. It’s amazing liberals still pretend that their product is “objective,” with no follow-up, such as “So how did hiring Chelsea Clinton as a reporter reflect an image of objectivity?”

Bozell & Graham Column: Trump’s 100 Days of Media Hostility

The time has come for the media to pull out the artificial measuring stick of 100 days to evaluate President Trump. If they’re kind, he’ll get an I for incomplete. But it’s more likely they’ll use I-words like  inability, or incompetence, or incoherence. Whatever they say, it won’t be kind. 

But eight years ago? Eight years ago, Time’s Joe Klein graded Obama with an S, for “spectacular.” And stupendous.

Politico Warns: ‘The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think’

Politico's magazine published an article with a surprising title: “The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think.” Jack Shafer and Tucker Doherty began with the 2016 election results, which was “not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment. In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn’t get the nation it purportedly covers.”

The writers know they are working for a liberal media outlet with mostly liberal readers, so they unconvincingly tut-tut the notion that the media favored Hillary in their coverage.

Clint Eastwood to Direct Film on Heroes Who Stopped ISIS-Inspired Train Attack in Paris

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Forget calling him a Hollywood director. Clint Eastwood is quickly earning the title of America’s director.

Eastwood, who has recently directed films depicting American heroes – from former Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the movie American Sniper, to Sully, on pilot Chelsey Sullenberger's flawless emergency landing of a jet in the Hudson River so everyone survived. Next, Eastwood will be directing a film on the August 21, 2015 Paris train terror attack in which three courageous American friends who stopped an ISIS-inspired terror attack where a man opened fire on a Paris train.  

Movie Mogul Ticked Off by ‘R’ Rating for Transgender Teen Movie

Harvey Weinstein isn’t one to shy away from publicity, but his recent criticism of an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on his company’s new movie 3 Generations isn’t a publicity stunt, or so he claims.

3 Generations tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Elle Fanning, who wants to transition into a boy, who must first find her father to get permission for the procedure.

WashPost Reveals the Left’s Goal: The ‘Mission Was to Bring Down Bill O’Reilly’

The front page of Saturday’s Washington Post told the tale about the war on Fox News. It wasn’t about accusers getting a payout. It was about damaging the network by taking down its top star. The Post headline was “’'Mission was to bring down Bill O’Reilly’.”

Bozell & Graham Column: Hypocrisy In The Anti-O’Reilly Army

Fox News took Bill O’Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN’s media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it’s time for his media critics to stand down. They are guilty of rank hypocrisy.

These same media outlets despised the idea that Donald Trump would drag Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment lawsuits into the presidential campaign. The Times even called it a "sexist" attack on Hillary Clinton.

Desperate Rehab: People Magazine Boosts ‘Dan Rather’s Unexpected Comeback’

People magazine is no stranger to being used to rehabilitate liberals -- even when it sounds hopeless. (Case in point: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Weiner). In the May 1 People they try to rehabilitate disgraced CBS anchorman Dan Rather, now hailed by liberals as an anti-Trump crusader. Online, the headline oozed: "Inside Dan Rather’s Unexpected Comeback 11 Years After CBS Exit: ‘I Was Aching to Do Something'."

Clinton-Coddling Katie Couric Pens TIME Tribute to Ex-Fox News Host on Sexual Harassment

Just in time for the end of The O'Reilly Factor -- or perhaps, timed to help end it -- Time magazine's list of most influential 100 people includes former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who turned Fox upside down by coming forward with allegations. That took guts, but Carlson knew the liberal media would back her when Fox was targeted.

But Carlson's encomium is penned by former NBC and CBS star Katie Couric, whose record in "speaking truth to power" in sexual-harassment claims matches very conveniently with the ideological persuasion of who is being accused.

In 2016, Late-Night Stars Backfired: ‘Propaganda for Conservatives’

The liberal media spent the entire campaign warning Donald Trump that bashing the media would be his undoing, but instead, Trump is president and the media further deepened the public’s disgust with their flagrant hostility. The same goes for TV's squad of "satirists."

Even the liberal magazine The Atlantic has published an article exploring “How Late-Night Comedy Fueled the Rise of Trump.”

Bozell & Graham Column: Two Very Different Tax Day Protests

Leftist protesters around the country used the annual tax deadline on April 15 as an occasion to hold rallies demanding the release of President Trump’s tax returns. They could use large inflatable chickens and signs with hammers and sickles saying “Show us your rubles,” and no journalist would be offended. 

Knowing the president, this will have all the effectiveness of national rallies that demand we get transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s six-figure speeches. It’s unlikely.

Ethical Issue? CBS Host Gayle King Spotted on Super-Yacht in Tahiti with the Obamas

Once again, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King has demonstrated her networking skills. As the media reported how the Obamas rode Hollywood producer David Geffen’s super-yacht in Tahiti with bold-faced names including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen, there was another TV name in the mix from CBS.

Author Accuses Bob Woodward of Acting Unethically for Hillary Seance Scoop

One of the hotter articles on the Washington Post website on Sunday raised serious questions about a Post legend: Bob Woodward. A new book from journalist Barbara Feinman Todd chronicles her career in aiding three Post "icons" as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton. She says Woodward ruined her book deal with Hillary by breaking a promise to her.

WashPost Promotes ‘A Chain of Celebratory Poetry’ for Obama Dearest

We haven't finished the first 100 days of President Trump, but the Arts & Style section of Sunday's Washington Post publicized the mourning of sensitive liberal poets for the last president. The headline was "An ode to Obama: Haiku from writers working in pairs forges links in a chain of celebratory poetry."

The Harvard Review, a literary journal, is publishing a chain of over 200 poets (working in pairs) working in a traditional Japanese form of poetry called a renga.

MSNBC Hypes Argument That Trump Border Wall’s a ‘Terrible Obstacle’ for Birds and Bats!

Matt Vespa at Townhall reports that MSNBC found a new way to argue Trump's wall-building on the Mexican border is wrong. MSNBC host Craig Melvin brought on biologist and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin, who worried out loud that constructing a wall coult hurt not only the Mexican gray wolf, but birds and even bats: “if this border wall happens, it would be an unprecedented environmental catastrophe,” Corwin proclaimed.

NPR Spreads Old Lie That Planned Parenthood Offers Mammograms

Two years ago, The Washington Post “Fact Checker” declared it was a “Three Pinocchios” lie to claim (or imply) Planned Parenthood offers mammograms.  The most liberal news outlets still spread this untruth.

On Friday’s All Things Considered, NPR health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak was the offender as she reported on President Trump’s reversal of Barack Obama’s attempt to preserve Planned Parenthood subsidies in red states that moved to defund them.

Bozell & Graham Column: PBS ‘Learning’ to Love Suicide Bombers?

On April 5, The New York Times published an op-ed by retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal headlined “Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.” McChrystal now runs a big lobbying firm, so that may be why he cares so much: he’s a gun for hire. So how does the general think PBS makes us “safer,” and from what? The answer: commercialism.

But PBS isn't making us safer from suicide bombers. It's teaching the need to sympathize with them.

 

 

‘Clinton News Network’ Was ‘Extremely Close’ to Suing to Pry Into O’Reilly’s Divorce Records

Just how negative was CNN prepared to go to get Bill O’Reilly fired from Fox News and make it a little easier for Anderson Cooper to score some ratings? The Hollywood Reporter revealed CNN was “extremely close” to going to court to pry into O’Reilly’s divorce records. This is fascinating, since in 1998, CNN was lamenting two days after President Clinton lied about having sex with Monica Lewinsky, it was demanding everyone have the "decency" to shut up about Clinton's personal life.

BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith: Trump’s Attacks Have ‘Breathed New Life’ Into Media

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith appeared on the CNN podcast “The Axe Files” to proclaim that President Trump’s attacks on the press had “breathed new life” into them, and “singlehandedly…postponed the collapse of a fair share of the legacy media in an interesting way.”

Smith is just the latest liberal to insincerely praise Trump for reviving a dormant media elite – without admitting they were asleep under Obama.

Bozell & Graham Column: Hillary Blames Self-Hating Women For Her Loss

Hillary Clinton has granted her first interview since losing the election. It came on April 6 at the Women In The World conference, organized by leftist editor Tina Brown. Clinton was introduced by comedian Samantha Bee. On cue, as expected, she genuflected. "You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you!”

Clinton was interviewed by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who complained: "A man who bragged about sexual assault won the election, and with 53 percent of the white women's vote. How is it that in the 21st century -- what does it say about the challenges that one faces in women's empowerment, that in effect, misogyny won with a lot of women voters?”

Nerdprom or Twenty Minutes Trump Hate? WH Journo Dinner to Feature ‘Daily Show’ Leftist Hasan Minhaj

The White House Correspondents Association has announced a comedian for its annual dinner on date: Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show, whose main claim to fame is a flame-throwing leftist routine last June at the Radio Television Correspondents Association Dinner. It made our list of the most notable left-wing media quotes of 2016, denouncing America's "cocktail of homophobia, xenophobia, lack of access to mental health care, and sheer lack of political will" to enact gun control.

Sugar Smacks! WashPost Prints Treacly Profile of CNN’s Brian Stelter, ‘Reporting Machine’

Journalists convince themselves that their product is “news,” but often it’s just publicity, especially when liberal journalists hail other liberal journalists for their hard-working idealism. Take Tuesday’s gushy Washington Post profile of CNN media reporter and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. The online headline was “Brian Stelter has been training for this moment his entire life.” What moment?

Post reporter/publicist Ellen McCarthy never quite manages an answer to that question: the “moment” is the Trump inauguration, and his current crusade to crush the career of Fox News star Bill O’Reilly.

Ms. Magazine Pushes Muslim Feminist Rapper’s ‘Wrap My Hijab’ Video

The radical feminists at Ms. magazine are thrilled by a hip-hop mishap. It’s a video for a rap song that “makes a feminist statement” titled “Hijabi.” Women repeatedly chant “wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab.”

Somehow, there is no ideological or theological tension between the secular libertinism of the Ms. crowd and the Muslims who appear orthodox enough to hide their hair from anyone but their husband in the home.

Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Tries to Repent For Its Sin of ‘Islamophobia’

In a panel discussion at NeueHouse in Hollywood after the show’s official Television Academy Emmy screening, “Homeland” actors and creators commented on the reasons why season six has taken a different turn and tune, mainly due to “fake news,” the election, and trying to right the self-perceived “wrongs” of what they felt was the promotion of Islamophobia in the first five seasons.

As a way to try and combat that criticism, season six was created as a way to stop being “part of the problem” and be “part of the cure.”

Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ Tries to Repent For Its Sin of ‘Islamophobia’

In a panel discussion at NeueHouse in Hollywood after the show’s official Television Academy Emmy screening, “Homeland” actors and creators commented on the reasons why season six has taken a different turn and tune, mainly due to “fake news,” the election, and trying to right the self-perceived “wrongs” of what they felt was the promotion of Islamophobia in the first five seasons.

As a way to try and combat that criticism, season six was created as a way to stop being “part of the problem” and be “part of the cure.”

Bozell & Graham Column: ‘Complicit’ First Daughters and Double Standards

The president’s daughter answered Gayle King on CBS This Morning like a politician: “If being complicit means wanting to be a force for good and wanting to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.” Hours later, CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert pulled out a dictionary and read the “illegal/wrongdoing” definition and mocked Ivanka, that it’s like saying “If being a Nazi means fighting for civil rights, then yeah, I’m a huge Nazi!” 

In response to the idea that Ivanka will be her father’s “eyes and ears,” feminist TBS host Samantha Bee cracked that the First Daughter will be “spending a lot of time staring at her own boobies.” 

Samantha Bee to Hillary: ‘You Deserve to Hear It 100 Times — It Should Have Been You!’

The New York Times surely warmed the hearts of Trump voters if they caught this headline from their Women In The World confab: Samantha Bee to Hillary Clinton: ‘You deserve to hear it 100 times — it should have been you’.

The subheadline gushed: "The comedy virtuoso brought the house down at the Women in the World Summit with her exuberant introduction for ‘Hillary Rodham BeyoncĂ© Clinton’."

Gallup Poll: 62 Percent Say American News Media Favors One Party

The pollsters at Gallup are reporting something that should be obvious. More Americans realize the media favors on party over the other. “Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the media has a favorite, up from about 50% in past years. Just 27% now say the media favors neither major party.”

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of those who believe the media tilts toward a political party say it is the Democrats. Only 22 percent believe the media favor Republicans:

The Bee Team’s Confused: Are They Insult Comics? Or Journalists? Or Political Philosophers?

HefferlumpTBS late-night host Samantha Bee and her Full Frontal writing partner Jo Miller gave an interview to Wired.com. These women are deeply conflicted about what they're making weekly. Are they insult comics? Are they journalists and fact checkers? Are they deep thinkers? They're not conflicted about how terrible Trump must be taken apart.

Bozell & Graham Column: Susan Rice Is Still Lying (Her Lips Are Moving)

Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice who “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.”

      Susan Rice, at the center of another scandal? Yes, and she’s lying about it on TV again. On the “PBS NewsHour” on March 22, anchor Judy Woodruff introduced the interview by telling viewers she asked Rice about whether Trump's team “may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration.”  Rice protested "I know nothing about this."

Facebook, Foundations Start ‘News Integrity Initiative’…with Hillary-Adoring Prof Jeff Jarvis

The liberal media keeps organizing with liberal foundations to try and shore up greater “trust in journalism” by going to liberal journalism schools and liberal journalism professors. Does anyone hear the echoes inside a liberal bubble?
On Monday, Facebook and several foundations announced the creation of a $14 million global consortium called the “News Integrity Initiative” at the City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism under professor (and left-wing Trump-hater) Jeff Jarvis. Foundation funders include some typical suspects: the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund.

Funny Fake News: Weekly Standard Parody on CBS Despising Liberal Bias Against Trump

The back-page “Parody” in The Weekly Standard is a beauty in this week’s edition, mocking the idea that CBS anchor Scott Pelley is somehow brave to decry Donald Trump as divorced from reality with his “pointed truth-telling.” The fake-news Washington Post headline was “CBS News parts ways with anchor Scott Pelley: Anchor fired for anti-Trump stance.”

The reporter quotes were very amusing. “It’s simple. Scott was fired for abandoning the careful neutrality that CBS is famous for,” said longtime CBS correspondent Steve Kroft. “CBS just doesn’t tolerate ideology in the newsroom,” he added. “This is the network of Dan Rather, after all.”

In WashPost Interview, Jane Fonda Touts Masturbation as ‘Especially Useful for Older Women’

Washington Post writer Lisa Bonos interviewed leftist actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin about their Netflix show Grace & Frankie, where the two women become friends after their husbands run off with each other. Bonos wanted to hammer on the argument that TV executives (or audiences) can't handle female sexual pleasure on the boob tube. This led Fonda to extol the benefits of masturbation for the fairer sex in the AARP demographic.

Tina Fey Mocks the Pences on Planned Parenthood, Trump on Sexual Assault at ACLU Fundraiser

The Wrap reports Tina Fey made fun of Mike and Karen Pence at a Friday night fundraiser for the terrorist-defending American Civil Liberties Union.

"Right now it's not just about fighting for progress," Fey said. "Gains we've made over the last hundred years are under attack. Luckily, Mike Pence isn't allowed to go down and shut down Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him. So, you know, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking, we can all still get pap smears."

WashPost Turns to Robert Redford to Warn of Trump’s Worse-Than-Nixon War on Media

Count on The Washington Post to wallow perpetually in its own Watergate myth. When they were trying to take down President Nixon, it somehow wasn’t a liberal power grab and a way to crumble the Vietnam War. It was all a noble crusade for “truth,” because Democrats never lied to win an election or to….start the Vietnam War.

The latest salvo is an op-ed by leftist actor-activist Robert Redford reminding the Post readership that Redford was so impressed with Woodward and Bernstein that he made a movie out of their self-promoting Journalistic Hero story. The Post headline read:  “Robert Redford: 45 years after Watergate, the truth is again in danger.”

Bozell & Graham Column: Samantha Bee, Great ‘World Leader’?

One might think that Fortune magazine would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. Then they made fools of themselves. They came out with a list of 50 “Greatest World Leaders,” and on that list was once-a-week, late-night TBS “comedy” scold Samantha Bee. 

It’s one thing when a news magazine is hunting for cultural influencers, and the Left always picks their favorite people, whether or not they actually sway anyone outside the liberal bubble. But the fiercely feminist Full Frontal hostess isn’t a “leader,” unless you mean she’s one of America’s greatest Trump-era producers of rage and bitterness. 

CNN Hypes ‘5 Must-Have Apps’ for Illegal Aliens

CNN.com ran a shocking headline on Thursday: “5 Must-Have Apps for Undocumented Immigrants.” Any one in CNN’s audience knows which side they take on immigration, but this is the most obvious they’ve ever been. “Here’s how to evade the law, by CNN.”

Poll: Even Children Don’t Put Trust In News Organizations

Jennifer Harper at The Washington Times reported “Distrust of the news media starts early. A new survey finds that only a quarter of American children say they actually trust the news media.   

"Only one in four children (25 percent) puts a lot of trust in the information they receive from news organizations, just a little more than the percent who put a lot of trust in the information they get from their friends."

 

Bozell & Graham Column: Fox News Covers ‘Inconvenient’ Rape

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was pushed into a boys’ bathroom at Rockville (Maryland) High School and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America – 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. Sanchez, a Guatemalan, has a pending “alien-removal” case against him. Montano, from El Salvador, was a minor, so his immigration status was not released. 

The Washington Post reported, “The two took turns holding the girl down and sexually assaulting her as she cried out, fought back and repeatedly told them to stop, according to police affidavits filed in court.”

WashPost Prints Op-Ed: ‘NPR and PBS Don’t Need Tax Money Anymore’

The Washington Post published an op-ed on Sunday headlined "NPR and PBS don't need tax money anymore." Manhattan Institute vice president Howard Husock is uniquely qualified on the topic: he's a former producer for Boston PBS superstation WGBH and now serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Some of Husock's argument is familiar, especially the change in the media landscape since the emergence of a public broadcasting system in the "Great Society" Sixties. What's eye-opening is how PBS and NPR sell themselves to underwriters as having an audience loaded with wealthier and more educated customers:

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