On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer and his colleagues were aghast Team USA’s Olympic champions would be forced to pay taxes on their winning medals. Lauer proclaimed: “Like other medalists, Michael [Phelps] receives a cash bonus for all the hardware. Guess what? He’s gonna have to pay taxes on every single medal and every single bonus. It's called the victory tax.”
By Sam Dorman | | August 17, 2016 | 3:43 PM EDT
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt slammed presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him "toxic" and "demented," after his network spend more than a decade building his image. In a Facebook post he later deleted, Greenblatt lamented the “sad state of affairs” created by “pompous businessman turned reality TV star” Donald Trump.
By Katie Yoder | | August 17, 2016 | 3:03 PM EDT
Acting can transform reality, according to the Ben-Hur actors. In an interview published Tuesday, FlickDirect correspondant Judith Raymer interviewed Ben-Hur actors Jack Huston (who plays Judah Ben-Hur) and Rodrigo Santoro (as Jesus of Nazareth) about how the film changed them.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 17, 2016 | 12:49 PM EDT
Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday became the first female to ever run a Republican presidential campaign. But the networks did not excitedly tout this as progress, instead they glossed over this point. On ABC’s Good Morning America, reporter Tom Llamas blandly explained, “Overnight, Donald Trump shaking up his campaign promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.”
By Kyle Drennen | | August 17, 2016 | 12:42 PM EDT
In a recent interview with CNN senior political correspondent Manu Raju, New Hampshire Governor and Democratic Senate candidate Maggie Hassan repeatedly dodged questions about whether Hillary Clinton was “honest” and refused to vouch for Clinton’s credibility. Despite the embarrassing exchange making news on cable, the broadcast networks of NBC, ABC, and CBS all ignored the story.
By Alatheia Nielsen | | August 17, 2016 | 11:48 AM EDT
For an op-ed meant to convince Republicans to dump Trump, TV producer and media mogul Norman Lear sure talked a lot about himself. Lear tried to portray himself as an average, patriotic American in an Aug. 15, guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, but it was all a ruse.
By Tim Graham | | August 17, 2016 | 11:16 AM EDT
On the front of Tuesday’s “Science Times” section in The New York Times was the science behind declaring Trump insane. The subhead next to his face was “Assessments of the Republican candidate’s mental health have sparked renewed debate in the psychiatric field over the so-called Goldwater Rule.” The headline, under the fold, was simply “Analyzing Trump.”
“Science” reporter Benedict Carey spent 1,437 words exploring how Trump might be declared nuts.
By Sam Dorman | | August 17, 2016 | 10:40 AM EDT
After the Rio Olympics’ opening ceremony inundated viewers with climate propaganda, liberal media outlets did more than cover the climate agenda. They carried the torch for it. As if liberal propaganda weren’t seeping into enough of life, the Olympic opening ceremony on Aug. 5, hit viewers with alarmist warnings about climate change. The Associated Press reported on Aug. 6, that viewers saw an illustration depicting “carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, swirling in the Earth's atmosphere.”
By Mira Ebersole | | August 17, 2016 | 10:11 AM EDT
Olympic sharpshooter Kim Rhode won a bronze medal in skeet shooting on Aug. 12, becoming the first woman to win medals at six consecutive Olympics. That was a remarkable feat. But despite her achievements, Rhode does not have “a single sponsor from outside the firearm industry.” Major companies like Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble turned down sponsorship requests, according to Bloomberg.
Egyptian Snubs Israeli at Rio Olympics, Economist Mag Criticizes Israelis' 'Holier-Than-Thou Protestations'By Clay Waters | | August 17, 2016 | 9:28 AM EDT
Olympic judo competitor Islam El Shehaby of Egypt refused to shake hands with Or Sasson, the Israeli opponent who defeated him, after their August 12 match. Media coverage, though not widespread, was condemnatory of the Egyptian’s unsportsmanlike snub and religious hostility. Except for a post by the semi-anonymous blogger “N.P.” at the U.K.-based magazine The Economist, a magazine with an anti-Israel ideological line, which argued that “Israel’s holier-than-thou protestations, though, risk sounding shrill," and that it could have been a lot worse, referring to “the bullets that killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.” Only “bullets” killed the Israeli athletes?
By Sarah Stites | | August 17, 2016 | 8:33 AM EDT
Women’s magazines are notoriously pro-choice. Therefore when the tweet below appeared in my feed this morning, I thought I knew what to expect.
By Tim Graham | | August 17, 2016 | 7:39 AM EDT
The Washington Post on Wednesday hailed Planned Parenthood boss Cecile Richards as “supremely polished, perpetually on-message and surrounded by a highly protective media operation.” What’s unclear is whether the Post is outside or inside her media operation. The classy-looking pictures? Taken by The Washington Post. The gush about how well put-together she is, what a terrific political machine she has? Provided by The Washington Post.
Online the headline was “The abortion rights movement is bolder than it’s been in years. That’s Cecile Richards’s plan.” By “bold,” they could mean shameless, starting with the omissions in Caitlin Gibson’s puff piece.
By Curtis Houck | | August 17, 2016 | 1:10 AM EDT
Tuesday’s Hardball on MSNBC featured textbook Chris Matthews with liberal spin (fretting over Donald Trump bringing up Clinton scandals in the debates), a decent segment (a touching tribute to the late John McLaughlin), and creepiness (uttering “what’s new, pussycat” to a female guest), but it also included a struggle with the facts as Matthews claimed that 2016 marks a chance for Democrats to control Congress and the White House for the first time since the Johnson administration.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 17, 2016 | 12:25 AM EDT
In what many on Tuesday called “an extremely rare step,” the FBI handed over their notes and other documents pertaining to their investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server to Congress. Also on Tuesday, rumors swirled that Donald Trump was seeking debate advice from the former Chair of Fox News Rodger Ailes. While CBS and NBC dedicated almost equal time to both stories, the superficial ABC dedicated more than twice the time to Trump’s debate prep.