News, or Editorial? AP Rants 'Trump Cycles Through Targets to

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire is a Morning Joe regular. His latest AP dispatch read like a New York Times editorial or an MSNBC rant. But AP didn't even put the disclaimer of "Analysis" on it. The headline was As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame The not-an-editorial began:  NEW YORK (AP) — First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that’s to blame. President Read More

MSNBC's Chris Hayes Unspools His Inner Kook on Virus Goalpost-Moving

MSNBC host Chris Hayes infuriated Team Trump with a tweet on Wednesday night unspooling the kooky conspiracy theory that the White House “rolled out the model showing 100k deaths after they knew it would be less than that so they could anchor everyone to that # and take a vicotry [sic] lap when ‘only’ tens of thousands died.” Caleb Howe at Mediaite chronicled how Hayes tried to hem and haw his way out of the outrage that followed: "I said I can't bring myself to accept it!" Then don't tweet it, if you "can't quite&Read More

SPIKED: Only Fox Talks to Dem Saved by Trump and

As many liberal journalists suggest Fox News Channel should be sued for discouraging people from taking the coronavirus seriously and endangering lives, Fox News is offering hopeful stories that almost every liberal outlet refuses to touch.Take Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat from Detroit, who came down the coronavirus, and credits her doctor prescribing hydroxychloroquine – and President Trump touting the anti-malarial drug on TV – for saving her life. Whitsett told her story on The Ingraham Angle on Monday night. Even after that appearance, there has been nothing on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, and PBS. Associated Press, Read More

Column: Denial and Blame at The New York Times

The late journalism professor Ted J. Smith III wrote many years ago in The American Enterprise magazine that the press is often guilty of an “omnidirectional” bias. They will criticize their targets for taking one course of action, which in no way stops them from later criticizing their targets for doing the opposite. Their targets are usually conservatives or Republicans.In the current pandemic, this means the press is currently seeking to punish anyone conservative or Republican for downplaying the coronavirus threat, as well as anyone suggesting the virus was being exploited by the media as the latest cudgel against Read More

Trump 'Hijacked' His Own Briefing? Cooper Displays Media Arrogance

At Townhall on Tuesday, writer and radio host Larry O’Connor perfectly captured what’s wrong with the liberal media’s attitude about press briefings. They’re supposed to provide information for the American people, but the press thinks it’s all about them, and their feelings. He cited CNN host Anderson Cooper, who opened his show Monday night with another pompous declaration of journalistic war. CNN's now owned by AT&T, which could stand for Anderson's Tempers and Tantrums. Is this the Cable News Network, or the Cable Opinions Network? [embedded content] ANDERSON COOPER: The White Read More

NPR Borrows 'Public Editor' from Liberal Poynter Institute

National Public Radio hired a new “Public Editor” or ombudsman. It’s Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute, which counts PolitiFact as one of its projects. This is more of a merger than a straight-up hiring. McBride will maintain her position as a senior vice president at Poynter, and use Poynter staff to address the concerns of NPR listeners.In the press release, NPR president John Lansing talked in high-minded language about “rigorous, fact-based and context-rich journalism,” but this is an ideological arrangement between liberals. NB's Joseph Vazquez noted that Lansing donated to two Democrat Senate campaigns right before Read More

Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Brings Facts to Smearing Comedians

Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson reported Sunday night at on a video posted Friday by The Daily Show entitled “Heroes of the Pandumbic,” mocking conservative media and Trump administration figures for being wrong about or downplaying the coronavirus threat. “In less than 24 hours, it had racked up millions of views…. Liberal media and readers circulating the video often add remarks ranging from gleeful to hate-filled.”[embedded content] Attkisson smelled a rat: But a review of three months of public comments by public health officials, news personalities and liberal figures show they made similar comments as those Read More

Stelter and Guests 'Loved' Cuomo's 'Fantastic' Briefings, Hate Trump's

CNN’s Reliable Sources demonstrated the usual partisan tilt on Sunday. Host Brian Stelter came out of the latest live briefing from Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York championing his “glass half-full” approach. Then he turned to CNN medical contributor Dr. James Phillips, and they both gushed over Cuomo’s briefings as so much better than President Trump’s. STELTER: People talked about the contrast between the President's briefings and these governor briefings. What stands out to you about these governor's briefings? I loved how Cuomo was talking about cabin fever, trying to help people through the therapy Read More

Maher Argues Trump Virus Response More Impeachable Than Russia/Ukraine

MRC's Brent Baker tweeted out the lowlights of Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, socially-distanced but still socialist-inclined. Maher interviewed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and insisted Trump's coronavirus response is more of an impeachable offense than previous "trumped-up" causes like Russian collusion and using Ukraine to damage Joe Biden. BILL MAHER: I find one of the most galling parts of this is that the president is favoring certain states over the others. Governors who are nice to him, as he calls it, get a lot of attention, and all the equipment they want. To me Read More

Stelter Oozes Press Is 'So Essential,' and Trump Is 'Very

Within a half-hour of President Trump concluding Saturday's coronavirus briefing, CNN brought on Brian Stelter so they could wail in agony about Trump starting the meeting by berating the press. As usual, CNN painted the liberal media as "really crucial" in this crisis, and the president as a "very dangerous" oaf.  ANA CABRERA: Right now the media has such an important, a really crucial role in informing the public, about safety guidelines, about what's happening right now with coronavirus. We carry much of the White House briefing here live on CNN each day. [??] Dr. Read More