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Kimmel Misses Facts about CHIP Funding in Criticism of GOP

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel again wandered into the political arena this week, after months of railing against the Republican Party over tax reform and health care reform. This time, Kimmel focused on health insurance funding known as CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Show More Summary

WaPo Columnist Asks If Franken’s Resignation is a ‘Good Outcome’ for Women

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wondered whether Sen. Al Franken’s (D.-Minn.) resignation “is a good outcome” for women in an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC. Here is the transcript: MITCHELL: Indeed, and Ruth Marcus is here. Ruth, you have written and thought about all of these issues very deeply. Al Franken was even being […]

Reporter Praised for Correcting Misleading Tweet, Despite Timing

Reporter Dave Weigel has gotten a lot of credit from the mainstream media after he was called out by President Trump for a highly misleading tweet in which he attempted to imply turnout was light for the president’s rally Friday in Pensacola, Fla. Trump had “put out more public statements critical of @daveweigel than Putin […]

These Unlikely Sources Actually Defended Trump

Several unlikely stories have defended President Trump against their fellow journalists’ claims. Piers Morgan, not known for backing conservatives, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail that one thing even Trump’s enemies “cannot continue to deny” is that the president “delivers on his promises.” The Wall Street Journal took Adam Schiff, one of the president’s […]

AP Tweet Wrongly Claims Pentagon Defying Trump on Transgender Ban

The Associated Press wrongly tweeted Monday that the Pentagon was defying President Trump with its decision to allow transgender individuals to serve in the military beginning Jan.1. The tweet refers to a decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who declined to lift an injunction she issued in October delaying the implementation of the transgender ban. […]

CNN Breaks Down Trump’s Alleged Diet Coke Habit

A recent New York Times article alleged that President Donald Trump drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke a day, and CNN asked a nutritionist about the dangers of drinking that much soda per day. On Erin Burnett’s show Out Front, the nutritionist said that soda is unhealthy, as it can cause bloating and does not […]

CNN Got the Story Wrong about AG Needing to Disclose Contacts

CNN reported in May 2017 that then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (now the Trump administration’s attorney general) was required to disclose his foreign contacts while serving in the Senate. Specifically, CNN claimed that Sessions had to disclose meeting with a Russian government official. Show More Summary

The Guardian: Trump’s Tweets Just a Diversion to Hide This Issue

President Donald Trump tweets distract us from the ravages of climate change, according to Lisa Hymas’ piece for the Guardian last week. “Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters,” wrote Hymas, who is director of the climate and energy program at Media Matters for America, a left-of-center group that attempts to […]

Mainstream Media Caught in Major False Story

Members of the mainstream media may have become unwitting partners in an effort by the government to ensnare those who leak classified information. The latest incident came Friday when CNN, followed closely by MSNBC and CBS, spread an explosive but false story that turned on a detail all three claimed to have confirmed with multiple […]

Atlantic Editor: Mistakes are Why People Should Trust the Media

David Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter and current senior editor at the Atlantic, said Sunday that people should trust the media because they made mistakes. Frum appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources, when he told Brian Stelter: “The mistakes are precisely the reason people should trust the media. Astronomers make mistakes all the time […]

CNN Misreported its Donald Trump Jr.-WikiLeaks Story

Last week, CNN erroneously reported that Donald Trump, Jr., had preliminary access to hacked files from WikiLeaks thanks to Russian operatives and WikiLeaks on September 14, 2016. The network ran with the story, but the Washington Post pointed out that the CNN report was false. By September 14, everyone had access to the hacked files […]

Questions Remain over Alleged Lack of Apology in Al Franken’s Resignation Speech

Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Thirty-two Democratic senators called for him to resign, and he announced he will resign some time in the coming weeks. In his speech, Franken criticized his accusers, leaving some observers to question whether his resignation speech was an apology: Some of the allegations […]

Media Flubs Three Trump-Russia Stories

In a zealous investigative reporting effort to unearth more scoops on the alleged collusion between Trump and Russia, the media flubbed three major stories related to that subject. CNN erroneously reported how President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., received advanced notice of WikiLeaks files from Russia, but that was debunked by the Washington Post. ABC […]

Conservatives Concerned Franken Ouster Will Lead to ‘Lynch Mob’ Mentality

Sen. Al Franken’s (D.-Minn.) resignation announcement on Thursday sparked a number of conservatives to complain that he had been “railroaded” and was the victim of a “lynch mob” while warning that this could open up the floodgates to other politicians being forced from office without having received due process. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Franken’s […]

NBC: Jobs Report So Good We Should Scrap Tax Cuts

The November jobs report released Friday had few negatives, so the mainstream media took another tack in suggesting the strong growth meant the tax cuts working their way through Congress were unnecessary. The country added 228,000 jobs, salaries inched up, as did hours worked per week in what was called an unexpectedly robust report. This […]

Washington Post: Franken’s Ouster a Long-Term Political Play

Democrats’ decision to force out Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) over sexual misconduct allegations was as much about preparing another front in the war on President Trump as it was about claiming the moral high ground — but they may be regretting it already. “Shut out of power completely, [Democrats] are looking for a way out […]

Special Counsel’s ‘Pit Bull’ Once Congratulated Fired Interim FBI Chief Sally Yates for Criticizing Trump

Questions arise whether former FBI director Robert Mueller is running a non-partisan and fair investigation of the alleged collusion between the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian government. The most recent news is...Show More Summary

New York Times Op-Ed Writer Blamed Matt Lauer and Others for Costing Hillary Clinton the White House

New York Times op-ed writer Jill Filipovic blamed Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss to Donald Trump on the sexual misconduct and misogyny of fired liberal and male journalists such as Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer and Mark Halperin. All three male journalists named above have been fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. Filipovic, […]

CNN Asked ‘Undercover Conservatives’ in Silicon Valley about Political Diversity

CNN reported that conservatives in Silicon Valley, where tech start-ups and companies like Google and Facebook operate, are feeling persecuted and isolated from their colleagues and fellow investors. The network quoted their anonymous sources, who feared public reprisal and professional ruin if their names were revealed. Show More Summary

WaPo Calls for Republicans to Turn on Clarence Thomas

It’s time for conservatives to pony up one of their own in the war on sexual harassment, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should be the guy, according to a piece Wednesday in the Washington Post. The “sickening tales” of misdeeds about Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Roy Moore, Kevin Spacey and others have “emboldened survivors […]

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