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Why Is The Huffington Post Afraid of The Washington Post?

This week, NewsBusters and other sides noticed that after the death of Otto Warmbier, The Huffington Post edited, but did not take down a controversial article entitled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.”

Washington Post media blogger Eric Wemple also grew interested in why the HuffPost would keep the Warmbier-bashing piece, when it unpublished a contributor arguing President Trump was right about the negatives of immigration in if that was more offensive. Here's what he found: the Huffington Post is terrible at returning phone calls from other media outlets.

Why is The Huffington Post afraid of The Washington Post? It's not like Wemple is a right-winger with a Make America Great Again hat. His wife works at Mother Jones.

Writer La Sha asserted Warmbier was the victim of white male privilege as it’s inculcated in America: “Every economic, academic, legal and social system in this country has for more than three centuries functioned with the implicit purpose of ensuring that white men are the primary benefactors of all privilege.” She even compared Warmbier to white male mass shooters.

Here’s how Wemple reported trying to get an answer out of HuffPost:

For days now, the Erik Wemple Blog has been attempting to engage HuffPost in a discussion about the piece. Lena Auerbuch Anderson, a spokeswoman for the site, emailed this statement: “HuffPost’s contributor platform operates an opinion site that hosts hundreds of items per day, and inevitably some are going to be more controversial than others,” reads the statement. “We enforce clear standards regarding hate speech and factual accuracy, but we’re not in the business of deleting posts because we disagree with the opinions in them.”

That contributor platform is a holdover from the days when HuffPost was the Huffington Post, the creation of mogul Arianna Huffington. The idea was to supplement the often-very-good original reporting of the Huffington Post with a come-one, come-all content vertical that delivered free content — and free traffic — from voices everywhere. It was a critical part of the founder’s utopia of very well-rested liberals improving the world one clickbaity blog post at a time, mixed with a managerial blind spot toward tawdry partnerships with mattress producers and ride-sharing companies.

Just last year, the outlet streamlined procedures for posting on the contributor platform, the better to boost the ranks of these folks from 100,000 to 1 million. A backlash ensued...

Now the contributors are fading. The blog hired Lydia Polgreen, an editor at The New York Times…..

And the contributor platform is closed to new entrants, as of this writing. We asked Anderson whether that status reflected any policy decision at HuffPost. We didn’t get a reply, though one source indicated that Polgreen “wants to build a mini-New York Times.” The New York Times lacks a freewheeling contributor network.

The Erik Wemple Blog would prefer to bag anonymous descriptions of Polgreen’s intentions in favor of input directly from her. Repeated appeals for an interview, however, went nowhere. With her background in mainstream media, though, Polgreen surely grasps the awkwardness of the contributor system that she has inherited. Why should her reporters have to deal with the fallout from a story that they had no role in generating? “Staffers aren’t thrilled when some controversial contributor piece gets intertwined with what the newsroom is trying to do,” says a HuffPost source.

It's fun to see an anonymous source inside the media. Perhaps if there were more stories quoting anonymous sources inside media outlets, they would get a sense of how that can seem like a great way to mischaracterized someone's thoughts or statements, or simply trash somebody with no consequences. 

Polgreen is somehow unwilling to talk to a fellow liberal at The Washington Post about this, but she did vaguely discuss the issue back in March on CNN’s Reliable Sources when they were discussing host Brian Stelter's favorite topic -- Fox News -- and he asked if the HuffPost had trouble separating news from opinion, or in their case, their full-time paid writers and the contributors who are unpaid: 

POLGREEN: Well, we try to be very clear about it. But, again, you know, we have contributors in our network. But we have to be very clear about the fact that people see things and they don't distinguish whether it's opinion or news. I've often said that at The New York Times, there was this tradition of having ragged right [text justification] on a news analysis piece rather than a justified right on a news piece. And we acted as if that with a clear signal to the reader that you're reading analysis and not straight news.

STELTER: We both used to work there and we both know that doesn't work. That's not enough.

POLGREEN: It doesn't work. And, you know, the confuse -- even though the op-ed page of The New York Times is far removed from the news pages, people -- if you read it in The New York Times, you read it in The New York Times. So, this is a much larger media literacy issue.

So why isn't this logic leading Polgreen to take down the piece slashing Warmbier? Because minority journalists won't take down a "white privilege" piece? By contrast, Wemple explained what HuffPost labored to take down:

For an example of when HuffPost does delete a contributor piece, please see this archived item from February. Contributor René Zografos argued that President Trump was right in his comments about the impact of immigration in Sweden. “It’s well known for Scandinavians and other Europeans that liberal immigration comes with drugs, rapes, gang wars, robbery and violence,” wrote Zografos. “Additional to that we see the respective nations cultures fading away, for good and for bad.” Also: “The truth is, that several European cities have huge immigration problems where even the police force is afraid to interfere in some locations in these cities. UK, France and several other European countries are changing rapidly with extreme quantity of immigration. I’m not saying immigration is only bad, but a lot of problems come with poor immigration policy, as consequences we get violence, terror and gangs.”

Does that stuff amount to hate speech or factual inaccuracies? A rep for HuffPost told the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson back in February that the piece violated “our terms of use.” We’ve reached out to HuffPost in an attempt to determine why that piece triggered deletion, but not the Warmbier piece. We’ll update when we hear back.

In the meantime, laugh at the HuffPost if they complain the Trump White House isn't engaging enough with the press. 

People Loads Up '100 Reasons to Love America' List with Liberal Items

The cover story of the July 3 edition of People magazine carries the theme “100 Reasons to Love America,” and number one is Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV show Fixer Upper. It’s odd enough that the four-page article never mentions Buzzfeed's attempt to scald them for attending a church opposing same-sex marriage.

Then came “99 More Reasons to Love America”…which largely skipped over the liberty-and-justice-for-all part and lunged into the typical liberal messaging, starting at #10, for “March Madness,” not the college basketball tournament, but “Standing up for women, science and more to exercise our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”

The #96 reason to love America was Jack Schlossberg, the son of Caroline Kennedy and the grandson of JFK. Oh, it starts with a mention of “freedom and equality,” and then comes the Trump-bashing (without naming him).

I love that I am free to say that I don’t love the new trajectory of American leadership. I am horrified by our government’s proposed immigration ban, I’m embarrassed that the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and I’m frustrated that our government is attempting to take away health care for millions. I love how many Americans are speaking out against these developments that are antithetical to the values that made America the greatest nation on earth.

Jack also loves protein powder and making jokes on the Internet. People also makes weird Love-America choices in food, including American cheese, Spam, and the dreadful Unicorn Frappucino at Starbucks. Trader Joe’s is honored with this message: “As much religion as grocery store.”

The #27 reason to love America was Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer & Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.” To inhabit Trump, Baldwin told Stephen Colbert, “left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down. Shove your face like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car.” That’s liberal MAGA, apparently.

The anti-Trump note continued in #47, a 2020 presidential ticket of The Rock and Tom Hanks, and #49 with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, atheist scold. “With the issues before us like climate and energy, science literacy is urgent,” he says. Melinda Gates is #69, touting how her foundation “invest in contraceptives around the world,” so women can “space their pregnancies.” There’s no mention of their support for international abortion advocates.

Openly gay People editorial director Jess Cagle also hit a scale of LGBT notes, honoring Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly, the “Will & Grace revival,” Project Runway-winning fashion designer Christian Siriano, Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, and Barry Jenkins, who made the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, about a black, gay teenager.

Number 81 was “Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” which saved Jimmy Kimmel’s son: “Kimmel used the platform of his late-night show to praise CHLA and to advocate for health care for all children, regardless of financial need or preexisting conditions.”

Comedian Aziz Ansari was #85, described as “a gentle voice of reason in a harsh world.” Um…they must have missed the episode of Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None where he had a character say of Justice Clarence Thomas “F--- his ass.” 

There are two nods to Republicans. Number 60 is the “George W. Bush and Michelle Obama friendship.” Number 28 was Meghan McCain. She had a red-state list of what makes America great: “Freedom, the men and women who serve in the military, country music, Kentucky bourbon, the Grand Canyon, blackjack in Las Vegas and barbecue.”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Michael Chabon Wishes Daily for Massive Trump Stroke

Aaron Klein of Breitbart Jerusalem reported that Pulitzer-Prize winning American novelist Michael Chabon rather desperately hates Donald Trump, In an interview on an Israeli radio show in Tel Aviv, he discussed how he woke up every day hoping Trump will suffer a “massive stroke” and be “carted out of the White House on a gurney.”

Chabon (pronounced Shay-bon) won the Pulitzer in 2001 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. He published his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh in 1998 at the age of 25.


The radio host was named Goel Pinto: 

MICHAEL CHABON: I would love to hear anything you have to say about how to get rid of Donald Trump. I welcome your input.

GOEL PINTO: Tell me your view about your president.

CHABON: Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that he is going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney. And every day so far, I have been disappointed in that hope. But, you know, hope springs eternal. He’s an old guy, he doesn’t eat well, he’s overweight. He has terrible nutrition. He doesn’t exercise and it is that not that hard to imagine.

To old MRC hands, this sounds a lot like the PBS outburst by Julianne Malveaux in November of 1994 against Justice Clarence Thomas: "You know, I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.” That wish didn't come true. 

Pinto, who gasps in the video, told Klein he was surprised by Chabon's chilling remarks. “At the beginning, I was sure he was joking,” Pinto said. “But when I realized he was serious, I understood the harshness of his words, and how much America is divided.” Chabon did not return Breitbart requests for comment. 

Chabon and his novelist wife are Obama fans. Ken Shepherd caught an Associated Press report in 2008 noted “Writers welcome Obama as a peer, a thinker, a man of words — his own words....Ayelet Waldman, whose novels include Daughter's Keeper, is an Obama fan dating back to when both attended Harvard University. Her husband, novelist Michael Chabon, came to support him through 'his writing, the quality of his prose,' Waldman says." The couple live in Berkeley.

In October of 2008, Chabon wrote an opinion piece on Obama for the leftist New York Review of Books titled "Obama & the Conquest of Denver." (He explained his wife was a Democratic delegate from California.) Chabon sounded like the mesmerized cable-news pundits: "Obama was a virtuoso, employing many different registers -- preacherly, plainspeaking, jocular, Lincolnesque -- to sound common notes, in a regular but loose-feeling progression, like a piece of [avant-garde jazz saxophone legend] Ornette Coleman harmolodics."

Chabon's funded several Democratic presidential candidates. He gave $2,000 to Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2003, $2,000 to John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004, $2,300 to Barack Obama for President in 2007, and $1,000 in 2016 to Hillary Clinton's campaign. 

Peggy Noonan: Fierce Anti-Trump Media Bias Is 'Unalterable' — and Financial

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan used to write for CBS News, including the radio commentaries of Dan Rather, so she can speculate from an insider perspective. Her latest column insists “Dislike of Mr. Trump within the mainstream media is unalterable. It permeates every network, from intern to executive producer and CEO.”

Like many on the right, Noonan has not been a big Trump fan, but she can see how dramatically the media is arrayed against the president. She has a unique theory -- the liberal media think their bias isn't only striking a blow for justice, but a smart business strategy: 

Here is a theory on what they’re thinking: They’re thinking attempts at fairness and balance in this charged atmosphere get them nowhere. They’re attacked by both sides. And anyway they think Mr. Trump is insane.

They live on ratings, which determine advertising rates. Hillary Clinton got 2.9 million more votes than Mr. Trump, so the anti-Trump audience is larger. Moreover, people who oppose Mr. Trump tend to be more affluent, more educated, more urban. They’re more liberal, of course, and they’re younger. They’re a desirable demographic. The pro-Trump audience is more rural, more working- and middle-class, older. A particularly heartless media professional might sum them up this way: “Their next big lifestyle choice will be death.”

So, if you are a person who programs or sets the tone of network fare and you want to take a side—you shouldn’t, but you want to!—you throw your lot with the anti-Trump demo, serving them the kind of journalistic approaches and showbiz attitudes they’re likely to enjoy.

Mr. Trump, you are certain, won’t last: He’ll bring himself down or be brought down. You want to be with the winning side. So play to those who hate him, exclude others, call it integrity and reap the profits.

Journalists aren't going to admit that they have a divide-and-conquer strategy, but it's not a crazy guess when you take in a few hours of "objective" broadcast or cable news.

This contributes to public division—to the great estrangement we see in America. I talk to media folk a lot, being one, and haven’t found anyone who’s said, “Why yes, that’s exactly what we’re doing, deepening our national divisions for profit!” Although I shared my theory this week with a senior manager of a news organization who quickly mentioned another major news organization and said: “I think that’s what they’re doing.”

But I do think it’s part of what is going on. I add only that it’s not only cynical and destructive, as a business strategy it’s stupid. Bias is boring. It’s predictable, rote, is an audience-limiter. What has value at a time like this is playing it straight and presenting the facts. That’s what they ought to do instead of taking a side.

WashPost Gossip Who Puffs Obamas Rips Into Mnuchin's Gauche '1-Percenter' Fiancee

On Thursday, Washington Post gossip Emily Heil grew downright catty in attacking Louise Linton, the fiancee of multi-millionaire Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin:

Maybe we are blinded by all the multi-carated bling, but are we reading this right? The soon-to-be wife of a humble public servant offers 1-percenter quotes that would ordinarily make a pol's PR machine wince.

"You never really own a diamond," she says of the rocks in a vintage pair of earrings. "You just get to keep it for a while before it begins a new journey with someone else." Of a pair of drop-style earrings: "I love how easy pearls are to wear with anything and everything."

And there are stories about how she came to acquire some of the jewels, many of which were gifts from her fiance, a former Goldman Sachs exec. "These small Asscher cut studs were a Valentine's gift a few years ago," she says of a pair of icy earrings. "We took our dogs to a little ranch hotel in California for the weekend. The earrings always remind me of that trip."

....Perhaps the pearl-clutching (sorry) over such wealth-flaunting by public officials is outdated. After all, this is the Trump administration, where diamonds can be a third wife's best friend.

That's clearly a Melania it links to an earlier Melania gossip item. Linton comes from Scotland.

The Post gossips wouldn't adopt this tone when they write about the Obamas. They wouldn't mention their reported $65 million book deal as they wrote on May 31 about the Obamas bought a mansion in D.C. for $8.1 million. They wouldn't mention the Town & Country article ogling the nine and a half bathrooms (no One Percent jokes for socialists). No, that just made them cooler.

Why, they barely have time to sleep in their new digs as they travel the world like sybarites. 

The Obamas have called the swanky Washington neighborhood (where neighbors include Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) their home, but it’s really functioned more like a home base for the globe-trotting family. The former first couple traveled to French Polynesia for an extended vacation after leaving the White House and also vacationed in Tuscany.

Gossips like Emily Heil usually quote Town & Country magazine when it helps liberals. From May 10, 2016, there's her article "Matt Damon likes Clinton's stance on the 'unsexy' issue he cares most about."

The A-list actor explained his backing of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in an interview with Town & Country magazine that focused on his philanthropic efforts to bring safe drinking water to people around the globe. "He feels she's qualified for a lot of reasons," the mag reports. But Damon, who has also said he likes Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination, is particularly into the former SecState's stance on the matter he cares about most. "Just on this issue of water and sanitation: She understands it from a number of different angles - as a national security issue, as a human rights issue and, obviously, its impact on women and girls," Damon says.


Emily Heil gushes over Obama, the culture-savvy "first comedian-in-chief" 

Emily Heil says Obama Easter Egg Roll "way cooler" than Bush-Cheney event

Planned Parenthood Exec? Eleanor Clift Mangles Karen Handel's Resume on Twitter

Rob Eno at Conservative Review caught Eleanor Clift in a major Twitter boo-boo, claiming that Congresswoman-Elect Karen Handel was an executive at Planned Parenthood. "Will Karen Handel vote to defund Planned Parenthood, where she was top exec and supported PP goals before getting booted out."

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Handel was an executive at the breast-cancer charity Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, and was booted out because of Planned Parenthood (and liberal media) pressure in 2012. 

A House probe into Planned Parenthood caused Komen to announce on February 1, 2012 that they would no longer donate to Planned Parenthood. The outrage boiled over as ABC, CBS, and NBC rushed to help the abortion conglomerate. Over the course of about sixty hours, the Big Three propagandized the controversy with thirteen morning and evening news stories on how "women's groups" spurred "outrage and disappointment engulfing the Internet." 

The soundbite count was loaded: 76 percent of the quotes (35 of them) came from Planned Parenthood. Only eleven clips or statements came from Komen representatives, so briefly on the pro-life side. NBC's Brian Williams teased a segment on the February 1 Nightly News hyping "a decision...[is] making a lot of women furious at the world's largest breast cancer organization. Why did it cut off funds for critical breast cancer screenings?" Komen folded, and fired Handel. 

Eno pressed Clift for a correction on Twitter, and he got one: "my error, Handel worked for Susan G. Komen (not PP) and got pushed out over defunding Planned Parenthood. Now can vote to defund".

Eno pointed out a simple web search for Handel and Planned Parenthood gave him a Dallas Morning News story on Handel's firing from Komen: 

It is members of the mainstream media like Eleanor Clift who push an agenda instead of facts, who are poster children for why the nation distrusts the media.

Next time you want to give a hot take, Eleanor, try typing G O O G L E dot C O M into your browser first.

Clift's Twitter bio also mangles a fact: "I write for The Daily Beast and I'm a panelist on The McLaughlin Group [sic: show ended August 2016], where I am on the progressive side and hoping next election better than last."

That last part still sounds timely after the Jon Ossoff/Planned Parenthood loss. 


'National Disease': Toxic Trump-Hating Time Blurs Scalise Shooter with…Greg Gianforte

Is there anything richer than the toxically biased liberal media lecturing the rest of the country about the need for comity and bipartisanship? We're two years into an epic crusade of Trump-trashing, and they're telling the rest of America to calm down and not lurch into hyperbole. Cue Time magazine, with its infamous melty-face covers of Trump -- the wishful-thinking meltdown covers didn't get Hillary elected, although they get an A for Aggression. 

Time magazine put Uber, and not Steve Scalise, on the cover of its June 26 edition. Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer penned a brief article headlined "A shooting and the risks of political outrage." This came six pages into their section "The Brief." Their lead story in that section was "Britain stumbles toward exit talks with a reinvigorated Europe." Online, the Scherer piece was headlined "The Virginia Shooting and America's Creeping National Disease."

Scherer delayed addressing the Republican-hating views of shooter James Hodgkinson until paragraph eight of an 11-paragraph piece, and then came the "mainstream" media's knee-jerk tendency to blur the leftist violence into a bipartisan problem. In this case, Scherer blurred shooting Scalise and other Republicans to a Montana Republican "body-slamming" a reporter: 

Hodgkinson was known in his hometown as a political activist, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said his name appeared on the volunteer rolls of his presidential campaign.  Hodgkinson had a history of violent behavior, and his social feed was a dark parody of the dismal state of the nation's political discourse, where disagreement is personal and anger is visceral. He had joined groups called Terminate the Republican Party and The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans.

In this way, Hodgkinson was just another symptom of a creeping national disease. Rarely a week goes by these days without new evidence that the debate over ideas and policy is giving way to violence. Opposing protesters attack one another from the streets of St. Paul or Berkeley. A soon-to-be-elected Congressman in Montana body-slammed a reporter for asking an unwelcome question the day before the election. Vile comments once considered unfit for public discourse are common currency online.

Gianforte was violent, but it doesn't really compare to a shooting that puts you in critical condition. Time was also pushing Gianforte around by publishing an AP report with this headline: "Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte Calls for Civility After Being Convicted of Assault."AP's Matt Volz showed some real wire-service persistence, refusing to move on. Gianforte "repeated nine times over the course of Friday's half-hour interview that he had taken responsibility and wanted to move on." Volz wanted to test the pol's patience?

Five pages after Scherer disposed of the Scalise story, "The View" section of the magazine led off with a story on the Trump-stabbed-to-death play in Central Park. The headline was "Never mind Trump. We need Shakespeare more than ever."

Editor-at-large David Von Drehle was so insulting that he called the Trump-assassination plot "a little scandal and titillation," and then suggested conservative outrage was utterly insincere, the fakest of news: "Equally predictable were the stagy howls of protest from supposedly outraged right-wing media, which reckoned the play made a case for assassination, while most Shakespeare scholars say quite the opposite." The "transgressive artists and the defenders of decency" storyline was "as stale as Popeye vs. Bluto." The story didn't mention Time Warner's funding of this stabfest. 

Von Drehle concluded: "In our own blinkered era, Shakespeare asks us to fling open the doors of our own minds -- a true act of resistance to the wall-building spirit of us against them."

So apparently, Time isn't us, or them. They are the open-minded nonpartisans. They apparently have no idea how arrogant and clueless they sound. 

CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota Writes New Novel Where CNN-Style Network Is 'FAIR News'

Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a profile of CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota that was posted Thursday, but the first eye-catching thing is she has a new novel coming this summer about a morning cable-news anchor working for a CNN-like network with the letters FAIR:

Bouncing among local TV and cable news outlets has vested Camerota with some stories — stories that she has adapted for a novel, Amanda Wakes Up, due out in late July via Viking. The storyline follows anchor Amanda Gallo through her travails on a morning show — Wake Up, USA! — of FAIR News network. There are misogynistic emails from viewers, social-media backlashes and the cold shoulders of Brooklynites who despise the [fair and balanced?] worldview of FAIR News.

Cable-news watchers will appreciate the insider sensibilities that emerge from the narrative. “I think generally stories about the tax code are a little wonky, but if we make it about class warfare, that could work,” says a cable newser in the novel.

In an author’s note, Camerota writes, “What do you do when you know someone isn’t being honest? How do you check your bias at the door? … How do you respond when you can’t wear pants? I didn’t have the answers back then, but handing these challenges to a fictional character somehow helped me figure it out.”

The Amazon page for the book – pitched as a mélange of The Devil Wears Prada and Primary Colors -- displays a dust-cover blurb from her Time Warner teammate Samantha Bee: “A hilarious, eye-opening glimpse into the TV-news trenches, from one who’s had to navigate them backwards and in heels.” It's also promoted by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. 

This wacky CNN notion that they are an utterly nonpartisan Centrist News Network is claimed in the Wemple article. Fox is somehow hyperpartisan, but Chris Cuomo yelling at Republicans is the very opposite: 

The open floor plan at CNN, however, means hard news and panel discussions at every hour — and, thus, more opportunities for people like Camerota. “When you think of other cable news networks in the morning and in the evening in particular, they have partisans,” says Zucker. “At CNN, we have personalities.… I don’t think they’re interchangeable, but they are not partisan and that is the big difference, and it’s the reason there’s a lot of running room.”

A nice spot, in other words, for a woman who was running away from a stalled career….Meaning: Camerota escaped a couple of years before veering into a Fox & Friends cul-de-sac. “It is one of the things that appealed to me as I watched her,” says Zucker. “I knew she wasn’t getting dragged into ideological morass, and so I knew that she was a real journalist.” As part of his scouting efforts, Zucker concedes he would tune into Fox News’s morning broadcasts. “Nobody needed to show me tapes; nobody needed to tell me who she was; nobody needed to tell me how to spell her first name,” he says.

Left unsaid: Fox & Friends is usually higher-rated than New Day.

Wemple went into great detail about an old event: a battle inside the Fox studios on December 5, 2010, where she was allegedly ordered to offer talking points about taxes and the rich, arguing how raising their taxes would mean less charitable contributions:

No longer does Camerota filter ideological messaging through her earpiece. “At New Day, I don’t get any marching orders,” says Camerota.

This is where Wemple called and offered me a chance to rebut:

NewsBusters, the website that polices the mainstream media’s lefty lapses, accused Camerota of “carrying the anti-Trump torch.” Tim Graham, executive editor of NewsBusters, is little moved by the notion that Camerota no longer gets political coaching now that she has left Fox News.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re not told to move to the left at CNN if you’re already in the mind-meld,” says Graham, who cites contrasts in how Camerota interviews a guy like [former Gov. John] Sununu vs. how she interviewed former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Sample question: “For you to have to sit on the sidelines and watch some of the signature issues of President Obama’s administration, such as environmental regulations, the Paris climate accord, Obamacare, be dismantled: How frustrating?”

“There’s no hostility,” says Graham. “It’s all buddy-buddy, pally-pally. … People can’t remember Barack Obama being asked a tough question.”

It’s also worth questioning that there are no “marching orders.” Many consider Jake Tapper one of the most independent voices at CNN, but there was the April 9 New York Times Magazine piece profiling Jeff Zucker, with this plot:

Zucker prodded a producer to pass along a question to Tapper through his earpiece: ''Have you guys ever made any mistakes?''

Tapper obliged, with a slight rephrase: ''Have you or President Trump ever said anything incorrect?''

Feist, meanwhile, was staring at his phone, looking agitated. He was receiving unhappy texts from a CNN producer at the White House.

''The White House wants her to stop,'' he said.

''She wants to talk,'' Zucker answered. ''Let him finish.''

CNN's communications director, Lauren Pratapas, who happened to be in the control room, had an idea. She fed it to Zucker, who instantly repeated it to the producer: ''Does she consider us fake news?''

''Are we fake news, Kellyanne?'' Tapper asked seconds later. ''Is CNN fake news?''

''I don't think CNN is fake news,'' Conway replied.

A new chyron soon appeared on-screen: ''CONWAY: I DON'T THINK CNN IS FAKE NEWS.''

Zucker's instincts about Tapper's facial expressions were right: His look of wry disbelief instantly became an internet meme.

Wemple noticed that all of Camerota's favorite TV moments at CNN were sharp-elbowed interviews with Republicans. When Wemple praises CNN's "patience" in sticking with interviews, that's also applied to combative interviews with Republicans: 

The show is famous for blowing through commercial breaks and turning normal-length interviews into epic exchanges. In the early days of the Trump candidacy, for instance, Zucker himself approved zipping through breaks to keep Trump engaged in a then-fascinating dialogue with Cuomo (the president’s real-time mental meanderings are no longer fascinating). A recent barn-burner between Cuomo and White House aide Sebastian Gorka chewed up 18 minutes. And Camerota’s interview with [Ben] Carson clocked in at nearly 30 minutes.

If New Day ever tried Cuomo screaming his way into a "barn-burner" with a prominent Democrat, that might demonstrate they are nonpartisan centrists. But you won't really thrill Saturday Night Live or other liberal Internet meme-makers by doing that. Their branding now is all about being anti-Trump. Pretending badly to be "nonpartisan" is trying to have your TV cake and eat it, too. 

After Shooting, NPR Flunks 'Fact Check' on Leftist Violence, Smears NRA and Dana Loesch

It might seem bad enough that NPR would bury the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other Repub licans to the bottom of the "Week in Politics" on Friday's All Things Considered. But that NPR "news" program also aired a fraudulent "Fact Check" asking the self-evident question "Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?"

They found a left-wing expert to insult everyone's intelligence by proclaiming: "The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn't been particularly violent for some time."

Then anyone conservative who would question left-wing violence is somehow placed on the "far right" by NPR, which insists it doesn't have an ideological stance. 

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Far-right pundits are seizing on this week's shooting at a congressional baseball practice as an example of what they say is a rise in the left-wing violence in the U.S. Experts who monitor domestic terrorism had been warning about the potential for left-wing radicalization as a backlash to President Donald Trump. But as NPR's Kirk Siegler reports, they're hesitant to call it a trend at this point.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Lately here on the West Coast we keep seeing theatrical street confrontations between far right and far left - Berkeley, Portland, and just last night on the campus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Move it. Move it.

SIEGLER: It takes dozens of police in riot gear to keep these two groups apart. The right-wing group came to protest what they see as campus' overly liberal ideology. Their leader is a guy named Joey Gibson. And just a few minutes in he's nursing a bleeding eyebrow.

JOEY GIBSON: You know what you get in these hardcore liberal areas? They threw a can, hit me right in the face.

SIEGLER: Gibson is talking about a large group of leftist protesters often called antifas, short for anti-fascists. They wear black and hide their faces....The antifas say they're here to counter what they see as the right's violence and creeping fascism. This masked student gives his name as Felix. He says given the current political situation violence is to be expected.

FELIX: You know, people are desperate, and they see the government turning back into the aggressive Reaganomics and racist undertones and rhetoric. So once they start kicking, like, you know, 25 million people off the health care then you're going to start seeing riots.

So there it is: the threat (if not a promise) of more riots against Republican policies. But this is the closest Siegler gets to giving the conservative side some consideration, from an expert on right-wing extremists:  

SIEGLER: The idea that some on the far left are openly condoning violence is a red flag for extremist group monitors like J.J. MacNab. She says the clashes between antifas and far-right protesters on the West Coast are increasingly volatile.

J. J. MACNAB: This is a dangerous game. People are going to die. No one's died yet, but it's just a matter of time.

SIEGLER: Antifa's membership appears to be growing beyond its traditional West Coast base while also embracing other leftist ideas beyond just fighting white supremacists. MacNab says white supremacists are widely condemned - and deservedly - for their violent tendencies. But she worries antifa is getting a pass with violence just because they're attacking racists.

MACNAB: Attack them with words. Don't come in with sticks with nails in them.

Then Siegel calls the National Rifle Association the "far right," which is insulting millions of gun-rights activists: 

SIEGLER: On the far right, activists are trying to exploit the idea that groups on the far left like antifa are the ones inciting the violence.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler.

SIEGLER: This online video was produced by the National Rifle Association.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding.

NPR's "unidentified woman" is Dana Loesch, and the video is a one-minute political ad called "The Violence of Lies."

So isn't this supposed to be a "fact check" segment? There aren't schools that teach that Trump is Hitler? (Hundreds of journalists do.) Leftist protesters haven't smashed windows, burned cars, shut down interstates and airports? They're not really assessing the facts at NPR. They're trying to argue against the evidence, that leftist violence isn't a growing problem. 

SIEGLER: The actual data tell a much different story. Mark Pitcavage tracks domestic extremism for the Anti-Defamation League.

MARK PITCAVAGE: The far left is very active in the United States, but it hasn't been particularly violent for some time.

SIEGLER: According to the league's data, in the past 10 years 2 percent of all murders associated with extremist ideology came from the left. Seventy-four percent came from the extreme right, including the mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina, last month's deadly stabbings on a Portland commuter train. [By a Bernie Sanders supporter!??!] Pitcavage says you have to go back to the 1970s to see a real cycle of deadly violence from the left.

PITCAVAGE: But because of the controversial nature of the Trump presidency and some of the things that have occurred over the past six months there legitimately is a chance that we could see more violence from the left. And, you know, that should concern everybody.

SIEGLER: Domestic terrorism experts say that concern is only heightened by the fact that in the current polarized country what's considered mainstream and what's considered fringe is getting more blurry. Kirk Siegler, NPR News.

Pitcavage is a left-wing expert, a tracker of far-right militia groups, starting first at the Southern Poverty Law Center. But what Siegler is ignoring is the present day. In 2016, this same Anti-Defamation League found 49 out of the 69 extremist murders were domestic Islamic terrorism -- Omar Mateen's shooting of the gay nightclub in Orlando. The ADL doesn't associate that with the far right (and not as the Left).

This same Anti-Defamation League is actually warning of an increase in left-wing violence, but somehow, NPR couldn't find that. Here's an article by Vice News (h/t Daily Caller): 

“I think we’re in a time when we can’t ignore the extremism from the Left,” said Oren Segal, the director of the Center on Extremism, an arm of the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past few months, the ADL, which hosts regular seminars on homegrown extremism for law enforcement officials, has begun warning of the rising threat posed by far-left groups, most recently at a seminar just this past Sunday. “When we have anti-fascist counterprotests — not that they are the same as white supremacists — that can ratchet up the violence at these events, and it means we can see people who are violent on their own be attracted to that,” Segal said. “I hate to say it, but it feels inevitable.”

Free Beacon Editor Mocks Liberal (and Media) Hypocrisy on Lawyering for Ivanka & Jared

Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti on Friday called out The Washington Post for confirming there is a D.C. swamp. Jamie Gorelick, who was deputy attorney general for President Clinton, apparently made a "very bad boo-boo" by deciding to represent the president's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Now her liberal friends have cast Gorelick out and created a "no Jamies Club."

No one raised a fuss when this paragon of virtue repped BP, the Clinton Foundation, and the student loan industry. But the Trumps are just—so—icky. Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen, for example, posted a Tweet suggesting Gorelick is "complicit" in whatever nasty things the Trump family stands accused of doing this morning. A former Clinton speechwriter tells the Post, "Representing Jared and Ivanka is a case of pushing the ethical envelope." Other "longtime friends of Gorelick contacted for this article," the Post goes on, "offered complimentary comments about her on the record, and then, after asking if they could make other remarks without attribution, bashed their colleagues to smithereens.”

Many politicos on Twitter pounced on that line, showing how two-faced many powerful people in the capital city are, and how the "news" media let the sources that they favor settle scores as anonymous-sourced cowards and schemers. Continetti mocked the hypocrisy of liberals who suddenly forgot they favored lawyers taking on unpopular clients:

....What does it say about them that Javanka's attorney is held to a different standard than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's?

Back in 2010, remember, when now-congresswoman Liz Cheney asked why the Obama Justice Department was hiring lawyers who had defended al Qaeda, this same legal and journalistic community was incensed. "This is exactly what Joe McCarthy did," a "human rights expert" for the Center for American Progress told the American Prospect. "The attacks from lowlifes like Cheney and National Review's Andrew McCarthy have been even more vile than their typical nonsense," wrote a blogger for the Washington Monthly. "The American tradition of zealous representation of unpopular clients is at least as old as John Adams's representation of the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre," wrote a group of former Bush administration officials, many of whom went on to oppose Donald Trump.

Continetti concluded by saying when he reads the Post, he tries to decide who annoys him more -- Gorelick for representing Trump family members and at the same time representing liberal activists fighting the Trump administration on policy; the liberals who publicly berate Gorelick while they represent liberal bogeymen like the oil companies and authoritarian foreign governnments; or the press itself. 

Then there is the media that gleefully cheers on this organic vegan food fight while playing its own double-dealing game. Note how clever [Post reporter Marc] Fisher is, finding a way to shoehorn duplicitous, not-for-public-consumption jibes into his piece while congratulating himself as the upholder of probity: "Those people will not be quoted in this article, by name or anonymously, as one tiny bulwark against outright awfulness." Except you kind of did quote them, by mentioning in the first place these craven and cynical "longtime friends of Gorelick" who say one thing on the record and another thing off the record. How many longtime friends can she have? And why mention them at all, but to position yourself as the opponent of "awfulness"?

Really? PBS Panelist Blames Scalise Shooting on…Newt Gingrich's 90s Rhetoric

How would public broadcasting do the "Week in Review" after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot on a baseball field in northern Virginia? Treat it like....something at the bottom of the list? On the PBS NewsHour, their 11-minute "Shields and Brooks" segment didn't get to the shooting until seven minutes of Trump obsession were over. It was worse on NPR's All Things Considered, arriving after six minutes elapsed of an eight-minute "Week in Politics" segment. If a Democrat were shot by a crazed Republican/Fox News fan, would they wait until the end?

But it gets worse. When the NewsHour arrived there, anchor Judy Woodruff couldn't even mention the shooter was a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer, couldn't mention his favorite TV shows, and couldn't ponder if anyone on the Left could have provoked him with their outrageous statements. Instead, liberal analyst Mark Shields blamed it on Newt Gingrich, and his "clone" Donald Trump: 

DAVID BROOKS: We have seen a ratcheting up of violence. We saw it, I thought, at the conventions on both sides. We saw it at the Trump rallies on both sides. And the people on the fringes of society, we have just seen a ratcheting up in their feeling of justification that they can resort to violent means.

And this guy apparently had a list of people, according to what’s being reported this afternoon, of people he wanted to shoot. And so that’s weaponizing mentally disordered people through the process of political extremism.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Is this coming together at all, Mark? Do you see any enduring — any endurance of that, or is that just — is it just going to be a blip?

MARK SHIELDS: You hope, Judy, but to David’s point, both parties — according to Pew Research, in both parties, what drives the most activist wing is not support and energy and advocacy of their own side. It’s loathing of the other side.

That’s the gauge as to whether you’re going to be politically involved, you’re going to vote, and whether you’re going to contribute, how much do you loathe the other party, how much do you hate them.

And there was a time, I will be very blunt, when I came to Washington, when the legitimacy of your opponent was never questioned. You questioned their judgment. You questioned their opinions or their arguments, but you never their legitimacy.

And that changed. And it changed. And one of the reasons it changed is that a man was elected from the state of Georgia who ran on the book, and the book was, you use these words. You use sick. You refer pathetic, traitor, liar, corrupt, shame, enemy of normal Americans.

This was Newt Gingrich’s Bible! It wasn’t an idea of a policy. It wasn’t a program. He used it and he became successful. He became speaker of the House.

Donald Trump is a clone of Newt Gingrich. Donald Trump used, Donald Trump, lying Ted, and lightweight Bobby Jindal, and Mitt Romney choked like a dog, and used that language.

And you’re right. The left has used similar language and there has been a response and almost a premium on going after Trump in the same sort of language. But there’s been no punishment. There’s no political downside for this tactic.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Just 45 seconds. Is one side more responsible than another? And are we going to see any of this coming together last, or is it…

DAVID BROOKS: Yes, to me, in 1970, people were asked, would you mind it if your son or daughter married someone of the opposing party? And five percent would mind.

Now 40 percent mind, because people think your political affiliation is a sign of your worth, your values, your philosophy, your culture, your lifestyle. It’s everything. All of a sudden, we have been reduced to politics and we have made politics into the ultimate source of our souls.

Newt's "Bible" is a memo his political action committee GOPAC put out in 1990, and the Left never forgets. But that is terrible history. The Left started bombing the Capitol and the Pentagon and sang "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" And Shields starts the civility clock in 1990? 

This chat takes place weekly at WETA-TV, whose studios in Arlington are about 3.5 miles away from the scene of the crime....and they still yawned. If the shooter had come to a TV studio, that crime news wouldn't have waited until Minute Seven. 

NPR anchor Ari Shapiro also steered entirely around the left-wing shooter in his questions to David Brooks and E.J. Dionne: 

SHAPIRO: I want to end with a moment of unity and civility that Washington saw this week tragically created by a gunman who shot Congressman Steve Scalise and three others at a Republican baseball practice. Last night at the Congressional Baseball Game, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke with CNN about ways to bridge partisan divides. David, do you think this is likely to last?

BROOKS: No....

SHAPIRO: E.J., if you were to write a prescription for solving this problem, what would it include?

It might include analyzing why a man would target Republicans for death, but PBS and NPR find that to be a boring and somehow bipartisan topic. 

Humane Society President Pressed on Compassion for…Bugs, Not Babies

Here was a small item on the Washington Post’s blindness to the humanity of the unborn child. Last Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine carried an interview for their “Just Asking” feature with Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society. Rachel Manteuffel didn’t go easy, pressing Pacelle about meeting with quarterback Michael Vick after he served time for abusing dogs in fatal dogfights. But she also asked him about compassion for….insects.

WASHINGTON POST: Are there humane concerns about insects and fish, if they’re raised for food?

WAYNE PACELLE: I think fish, definitely. They have a central nervous system. Insects is a bridge too far for me. That’s for the next generation to figure out. This is a homocentric cause: We are valuing the characteristics of animals that are similar to humans. But I certainly trap and free spiders in my home.

There’s the Left for you: they are compassionate enough to trap and free spiders, but ripping a baby limb from limb is a sacred “right to choose.”

The online headline for this interview was “The president of the Humane Society doesn’t worry about insects.” And neither side of this exercise worries about abortion…unless it’s preciously preserving it. 

PS: The Humane Society actually does promote love and care for the "beneficial" insects, the "smallest of wild neighbors,"  scorning the use of pesticides and "mindlessly mowing" what should be a "life-friendly lawn": 

Despite our battles with a few troublesome insect species, the overriding truth is that we simply could not get by without the help of our many insect friends—and they add infinite interest and beauty to the world. Make the small effort to maintain a healthy backyard where a diversity of insects can abound, and the beneficial ones will keep the others in check for you.


Leftist Extremism Is Mainstream Leftism

Just in case you think the political left has become more rational or less extreme, I refer you to the following examples demonstrating otherwise.

Some will say these are extreme cases, not representative of mainstream leftist (excuse the oxymoron) thought and practice, but we see such examples all the time — not to mention that this type of thinking is mainstreamed in the liberal media and academia. Others will dispute that these are examples of wrongheaded thinking, which will prove that I'm not overstating my case.

CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota Writes New Novel Where CNN-Style Network Is ‘FAIR News’

Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a profile of CNN New Day anchor Alisyn Camerota that was posted Thursday, but the first eye-catching thing is she has a new novel coming this summer about a morning cable-news anchor working for a CNN-like network with the letters FAIR! CNN boss Jeff Zucker proclaimed without giggling that other networks have "partisans," while CNN only has "personalities." 

Maddow: ‘I Am a Cheerleader For the Media,’ We Will Save America from the Trump Crisis

Reading the Rolling Stone cover story and interview of Rachel Maddow – at the same time that it’s reported the magazine is settling for $1.6 million with a fraternity it smeared with an utterly phony rape story from the University of Virginia – is jaw-dropping. Janet Reitman of Rolling Stone shamelessly asks Maddow questions including “Do you marvel at the degree to which the administration just blatantly lies?” And: “Have you found the whole fake-news and ‘alternative facts’ stuff to be a distraction?” For her part, Maddow proclaims she is a “cheerleader for the American media."

Bozell & Graham Column: Comey Flunks The New York Times

Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate Moment, a first impeachment hearing to be broadcast live on every “news” channel on television. Liberals in Washington took the day off and went to bars to celebrate the Beginning of the End. The media celebrated the celebrations.

Poised, Witty, Truth-Teller to Trump: NY Times Gurgles Over ‘Katy Tur On the Rise’

The New York Times mocks the conservative media for their “misinformational bubbles” (that’s media columnist Jim Rutenberg on Monday), but the Times bubble looked doubly reinforced for a Sunday Styles front-page puff piece on NBC reporter Katy Tur. The headline was "‘You Can’t Rattle Her’: Katy Tur’s rise at NBC mirrors that of the presidential hopeful who baited her at his rallies."

WashPost Whitewashes ISIS, Mateen Out of Its Orlando Mass-Shooting Remembrance

The Washington Post marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific Orlando nightclub mass shooting on Monday, but something was repeatedly missing in the coverage: the name of the shooter Omar Mateen, and his ideological inspiration, the Islamic State.

MSNBC’s Howard Fineman Gets Testy, Chides Comey Critics to ‘Grow a Pair Themselves’

Conor Beck of the Washington Free Beacon highlighted the pro-Comey bravado of MSNBC political analyst Howard Fineman on Friday night’s edition of Hardball. Fineman was beside himself that anyone would complain former FBI director was cowardly, or un-manly. He told the accusers they should “grow a pair themselves.”

Somehow, Chris Matthews and Fineman were trying to convince themselves that it's not "leaking" to take your private memos and share them with The New York Times through a law-professor intermediary. 

WashPost, NBC Smear Anti-Sharia Protesters as ‘Anti-Muslim’ ‘Hate Group’

The conservative group ACT for America held anti-Sharia rallies across America on Saturday and the liberal media covered them as organized by a "hate group" – as designated by the radical-left Southern Poverty Law Center (but liberals present them as objective!) "Civil rights groups" are dismayed by anti-Sharia protests, as if Sharia law and "civil rights" match. 

Fake News: Brian Williams Implies Trump Didn’t Know There Were U.S. Troops in Qatar

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reported Friday that fact-mangling MSNBC anchorman Brian Williams was at it again on Thursday when he wrongly implied that President Trump might not know that U.S. troops are stationed in Qatar.

MSNBC Producer Kyle Griffin tweeted: "Brian Williams on @MSNBC says a source tells him and @NicolleDWallace they're not sure Trump knew there were Americans stationed in Qatar."

Maddow Indulges ‘The Great’ Dan Rather: Russians Pulled Off a ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ in 2016

On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brought on who she called “the great Dan Rather” for two segments to discuss their ongoing trauma that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. The disgraced former CBS anchor was still fabricating a disaster, or disastrously fabricating, that what the Russians did in 2016 was achieve a “psychological Pearl Harbor,” or a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” that the election of Trump was a devastating blow to America

Bozell & Graham Column: The Lighter Side of Assassination?

In the wake of Kathy Griffin holding up a severed head of President Trump, it’s disturbingly obvious that murderous thoughts about our leaders are now considered by the Left to be light and humorous fare, a balm for their anxieties. Charlie Hebdo has a cover with Bristish prime minister Theresa May holding her own head. The New York Public Theater "modernized" Julius Caesar so that the tyrant who gets stabbed to death is Donald Trump. 

WashPost Gushes Over Teenager of Color as ‘New Face of Planned Parenthood’

Friday's Washington Post published a blatant agitprop piece for Planned Parenthood on page A-2. The headline was "This teen is the new face of Planned Parenthood," and "social change" reporter Sondhya Somashekhar promoted 17-year-old Deja Foxx of Tucson. She came to Washington for the national publicity -- she's already been promoted by Don Lemon on CNN -- and visits to Arizona Democrats who clearly favor the abortion giant. 

Study: Conservative Blogs (Including NewsBusters) ‘Far More Likely to Attack Fact-Checkers’

Alexios Mantzarlis at the journalism website reported "Conservative websites are far more likely to attack fact-checkers than their liberal counterparts." Something called the Duke Reporters' Lab issued a study of ten "partisan" websites and determined that the conservatives were much more hostile to the fact-checkers, while the liberals were overwhelmingly supportive. Mantzarlis took ten paragraphs to get to the important detail that the study's co-author was a founder of PolitiFact.

Live and Totally Biased: A Look Back at Partisan Decisions on What Hearings Were ‘Historic’

One obvious way the TV networks proclaim what is History In The Making is by putting it on live television – canceling their daytime line-ups and eating advertising revenue for “public service.”ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS are all offering live broadcast coverage of former FBI director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. It’s unsurprising that they have a liberal bias in deciding just which scandals get the daytime or prime-time live coverage. Here’s a brief look back at the live-coverage tilt:

GOP Congressman Lashes Into WashPost Reporter as ‘Left-Wing Hack’

Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) recalled his degree in journalism as he lashed out at Washington Post political reporter Philip Rucker in a speech on the House floor on Tuesday. He attacked Rucker as a "left-wing hack" who is "blinded by hatred for the president." 

NPR Talks Up Trump as Watergate II, But Gets Misty About….Saddam Hussein?

This sounds like a bad joke. While NPR is offering stories on how President Trump is corrupt enough for impeachment like Nixon the Sequel, they make time for stories about how American soldiers got PTSD because they formed a complex human bond with the prisoner they guarded before his hanging....Saddam Hussein. This actually happened. 

Bozell & Graham Column: The CNN ‘Scholar’ Throwing Excrement

CNN wants to brand itself as the "one nonpartisan cable news network." But that would be false. It's refuted by partisans like CNN host Reza Aslan who tweeted Donald Trump was "this piece of s--t." CNN lamely sent out a flack to say Aslan was not a “CNN employee” – as if this meant anything. Aslan “apologized” by insisting “that’s not like me” to respond in such a “derogatory fashion.” That is untrue.

NPR Uses ‘Far Right’ to Label Texas Freedom Caucus — and Racist Nuts Who Felt the Bern

On Sunday morning, NPR posted an article by reporter Wade Goodwyn using the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center on "The Far Right's Language Explained." The inspiration for this article was the murder of two men in Portland who tried to defend a woman in a hijab on a subway train by an extremist named Jeremy Christian. 

Liberals generally avoid any reference to a "far left," since that would unfairly make Democrats sound synonymous with communists. But NPR had no problem using "far right" to describe murderous white nationalists on Sunday and the "Texas Freedom Caucus," a group of conservative Republican state legislators in Austin, on Saturday.

Alec Baldwin Tells Kathy Griffin About Critics: ‘F–k Them All,’ Especially ‘Senile Idiot’ Trump

Leftist actor and game-show host Alec Baldwin is coming to the defense of Kathy Griffin and her beheaded-Trump stunt. ABC airs Baldwin's Match Game with no objections to Baldwin's mockery of Trump on Saturday Night Live. He reminded Griffin that "gutless weasels in the GOP" misunderstood his "humor" in screaming on the Conan O'Brien show in 1998 that people should go to Washington and "stone [GOP congressman] Henry Hyde to death!....and we'd kill their wives and children!"  

MSNBC Host Joy Reid We Recruit French President Emmanuel Macron ‘To Rule Two Countries’

On Saturday, MSNBC AM Joy host Joy Reid took an entirely new approach to multiculturalism. In a segment on how the Democrats can find a candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020, she mused that perhaps America could just get French president Emmanuel Macron "to rule two countries."

The Royal We: NY Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet Accidentally Admits He’s On the Left

Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller harped on something New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said Wednesday at the Recode conference in California. In discussing the Times editorial pages -- and the liberal reader anger over signing up Bret Stephens from The Wall Street Journal -- he used the royal "We" in describing the Left, until he caught himself, and "I'm not 'we,' I'm a journalist."

NY Times Public Editor Signs Off Warning of ‘More Partisan’ Press ‘Delighting in the Chaos’ of Trump

New York Times public editor Liz Spayd signed off with a final column on Friday warning that the Times and other liberal media outlets may destroy their own credibility by shirking truly independent reporting for relentless partisan spleen-venting. Liberals inside and outside the Times clearly did not want to listen to this -- thinking Spayd spent far too much time harping on liberal bias when conservatives will never be satisfied with the media.

Bozell & Graham Column: Kathy Griffin Gets Her Comeuppance

How could Kathy Griffin think she hadn’t crossed a line with her ISIS-beheads-the-president imitation? In a sense, her ignorance is understandable. Since Donald Trump was elected, there has been no lines to cross. Anything...everything....has been acceptable. The challenge has been not to temper the outrage, but to push its limits. It was “art,” she claimed at first. 

Despite a videotaped apology, she was dumped by CNN, which promoted this “comedian”  for ten years as New Year’s Eve entertainment in Times Square alongside Anderson Cooper. It tells you everything you need to know about CNN that up to this point, they had found her antics acceptable.

New York Times Outs CIA’s Top Spy In Iran, Since He Toes a ‘Hard Line’

Bre Payton at The Federalist reported on a shocking decision by The New York Times to out the CIA’s top official overseeing Iran, painting him as a “dark prince” pushing a hardline approach. Aren’t these the same journalists who were outraged in the Bush years that Valerie Plame was outed over the rationale for the Iraq War? And she was no longer a covert agent. Reporters Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Goldman began: "He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike..."

PBS Gives 19 Seconds to Kathy Griffin’s Trump-Beheading ‘Art’ Stunt, NPR Offered Zero Seconds

Geoffrey Dickens noted Charlie Rose interviewed Al Franken for most of his hour on Wednesday and never brought up Kathy Griffin. The same thing happened on the PBS NewsHour. And a search of National Public Radio transcripts comes up empty for Kathy Griffin stories.​ So much for public broadcasting standing against the coarsening of public discourse.

Bozell & Graham Column: What If The Collusion Probe Finds Nothing?

President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media.

On the May 28 CBS Evening News, reporter Errol Barnett quizzed Face the Nation host John Dickerson: “Now President Trump is back to tweeting his unedited opinions this morning, telling people among other things, quote, ‘Many of the leaks coming from the White House are fabricated lies, coming from the fake news media.’ Are his supporters still buying that same excuse?”

NPR Tiptoes with Staunch Atheist: ‘Religion,’ Not Islam, Plays a Role In Modern Terrorism

On Saturday morning's Weekend Edition, in the wake of the despicable bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, NPR host Scott Simon welcomed staunch atheist Richard Dawkins, author of (most notably) The God Delusion, to discuss the role of "religion" in terrorism. Simon tiptoed around singling out one particular religion as the most prone to terrorism in this century.

Fox’s John Stossel Exposes New York Times ‘Green Baloney’ by Rich JFK Grandkid

Fox's John Stossel penned a column on the "Green Baloney" at The New York Times featuring a story headlined  "In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska's Bristol Bay." He wrote "While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will poison America, it caught my eye because of the big photo and because I once reported on that mine. Attempted mine, I should say. No holes have been dug." Obama's EPA denied it without any scientific investigation.

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