We don’t actually know that Megyn Kelly is replacing Sean Hannity, even if the Drudge scoop is true that Kelly is taking the 9 p.m. slot at Fox News. Hannity may be moving to another prime time slot, or there may be some out-of-the-box schedule other than 1 hour slots per person. But Media Matters is not waiting to find out, it’s sounding the alarm about how devious Roger Ailes is in promoting Kelly, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, And What Fox News’ “Course Correction” Really Means(Snip for graphic)"Recent rumors indicate that Megyn Kelly may take over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. time
Major powers like the United States have many ways to attempt to influence the actions of other countries -- money, of course, humanitarian and military aid, personal and official contacts, sanctions, the media. None guarantee success. But one thing guarantees failure: Hedging, Waffling, Whatever you want to call a foggy policy. And that is exactly what President Obama and his team have followed regarding Egypt and beyond. And now -- and for perhaps years to come -- the United States is paying the price for his Amateur Hour. It´s yet another facet of the Obama Doctrine of Failure in the
The Republican National Committee, already threatening to block CNN and NBC from hosting 2016 primary debates if they air planned features on Hillary Clinton, is also looking to scrap the old model of having reporters and news personalities ask the questions at candidate forums. Miffed that their candidates were singled out for personal questions or CNN John King´s "This or That," when he asked candidates quirky questions like "Elvis or Johnny Cash," GOP insiders tell Secrets that they are considering other choices, even a heavyweight panel of radio bigs Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Edward Snowden has put words in President Obama´s mouth. Words like transparency, reform, openness, and debate. This is not necessarily cause for celebration or condemnation. It is, however, a fact. That the White House refuses to acknowledge this is testament to the policy-altering effect of Snowden´s leaks of classified documents about the National Security Agency´s wide-ranging Internet and phone surveillance programs. In the East Room on Friday, Obama said he always wanted what he is now awkwardly juggling—a national debate on counterterrorism surveillance. This is demonstrably false. (Snip)Obama is irked that Snowden didn´t use the president´s own executive order giving a whistle-blower
Three weeks ago, Barack Obama launched a cross-country speaking tour to boost his economic policies, a campaign that included an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The President hoped to build momentum for the fall session and the upcoming budget fight by going over the heads of Congress during their summer recess. Instead, Gallup finds that Obama’s approval ratings on the economy — and practically everything else — sinks the more he campaigns: Despite President Barack Obama’s renewed focus on the nation’s economy this summer, crisscrossing the country to talk about job creation, he scores worse with Americans
It is either the case that African Americans, young people, old people, and poor people labor under some onerous yet curiously undetectable burden that keeps them from obtaining free, government-issued photo IDs, or it is the case that Hillary Clinton, the NAACP, et al. are full of bunk when they claim that voter-ID laws such as the one just adopted in North Carolina amount to “disenfranchisement.” The evidence strongly suggests the presence of ambient bunk levels approaching toxicity. In general, Americans are very handy when it comes to acquiring free things issued by the government, and none of the groups that
A 31-year-old West Price Hill mother is accused of viciously abusing and starving her young daughter over an extended period of time. Christina Sturgill’s 7-year-old child was found this week with new and old black eyes and old bruising over her entire body, bite marks and loss of hair due from the hair being yanked out, Cincinnati police wrote in a sworn statement filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
As the Indiana voucher program enters its third year, with more than 9,300 students enrolled in private schools this academic year, some still say the program pushes the limits of the state constitution´s clause calling for separation of church and state. The voucher program, established in 2011 under House Enrolled Act 1003, enables parents to use state tax dollars to pay tuition for their children attending private schools, typically religious schools. The law also expanded the state´s pre-existing tax credit scholarship program and instituted a tax deduction for families with children home-schooled or already enrolled in private school. The program was modified
Anyone who doubts that Hillary Clinton is already in fine fighting trim for a presidential run should consider her speech this week to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. She assailed an alleged “assault on voting rights.” She took aim at the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act and excoriated states that have recently tightened their voting laws. She declared that “anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” Madam Secretary hasn’t missed a beat. She knows that the calling card of
A group called The American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) is planning a one million Muslims march to Washington D.C. on September 11th. The timing of the group´s march is seen by many as tasteless (to say the least) considering it is scheduled for the anniversary of the worst domestic massacre in American history perpetrated in the name of Islam. AMPAC ups the tasteless quotient by issuing "demands" for the American government. Staff has split wide headline.
Nearly 4 million young people will be much better off financially if they refuse to buy an ObamaCare insurance policy and instead pay the fine for going without coverage next year, according to a study released Thursday by the National Center for Public Policy Research. The study found that 3.7 million childless single people age 18-34 would save at least $500 if they didn’t buy insurance and instead paid the tax penalty next year. Of those, more than 3 million would save at least $1,000. That’s despite the heavy taxpayer subsidies many of these young people would be eligible to get.
In the early afternoon on Wednesday, as deadly clashes in Egypt drew into their seventh hour, I found myself sitting with three of my colleagues in an apartment overlooking the southern entrance to Rabaa al-Adawiya, in Cairo’s middle-class Nasr City neighborhood. In recent weeks, it had been the site of a sit-in protesting the removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood politician, from the Presidency in early July. On Wednesday, the area looked like a war zone. To our left, we could see two dozen armor-clad policemen, dressed entirely in black, standing in formation near what had once been a
Some 2,500 workers at the world´s biggest copper mine, in northern Chile, have begun an unannounced strike over pay and other demands. The strike at the Escondida mine was initially planned to last 24 hours, union leader Marcelo Tapia said. But the movement´s officials will meet again to assess whether to extend it. Chile produces a third of the world´s copper, a metal widely used in alloys and electric cables. Workers are demanding better pay, an annual bonus and improved working conditions. [Snip] "All operations have been halted. It is due to a variety of issues that the company
It would have been too much to ask for Hollywood to give the Reagans their due in the forthcoming movie “The Butler.” (Snip)The problem goes far deeper than appearances. The very day Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, Jane Fonda was quoted as saying he was “a lousy actor and he’ll make a lousy president.” Reagan reciprocated the minimal respect. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to think that Reagan would have approved of the casting of Fonda as his wife--since in a letter he wrote to William F. Buckley during his presidency, he called Fonda and her then-second husband,
Well that´s is one way of countering the criticism that your news presentation is biased against arguments from Right-of-centre think tanks. You just smear the Right-of-centre think tank that points it out as being politically motivated and biased against you. [Snip] The Centre for Policy Studies has published an impeccably researched report which offers objective statistical evidence of the BBC´s persistent habit of describing (which is to say, effectively dismissing) the proposals of think tanks such as the IEA, the Centre for Social Justice, the Taxpayers´ Alliance, and the CPS itself as emanating from "Rightwing" organisations, while offering up material
"ESPN AssignmentDesk" read the YouTube message subject line. The email came Monday night, 24 hours after we posted a three-minute video of our two-year-old son making basketball shots. Tuesday morning on my Wichita-based radio program, I proudly announced that none other than ESPN was going to use our footage and thanked the listeners who shared the video link on their Facebook and Twitter pages. I left the broadcast house at 8am Tuesday to my aerospace job, just like every other work week. It turned out to be a week unlike any we had ever experienced. Media requests began to surge
Climate change will lock the world into more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next few decades, researchers have claimed. They say there will be a ´several-fold´ increase in heatwaves up to 2040, regardless of how much carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but future efforts to slash pollution could stem the rise in extreme heat events later on in the century. The last decade has seen an exceptional number of extreme heatwaves around the world, hitting the U.S. in 2012, Russia in 2010, Australia in 2009, and Europe in 2003 with damaging impacts on health, the economy, agriculture and
Is racism a real problem in the United States, or is it the calculated and fraudulent branding and stigma that strategically attaches to the target of an accusation of racism? That exploitation, ignoring for now the damage it does to its target, has proven to be very profitable to the accusers, whether in pursuit of employment, admissions, benefits, political power or even promoting a movie. Apart from the sympathy that flows to the self-proclaimed "victim", even if reflexively rather than from any merit in the accusation, there is the publicity and the opportunity to decry the affront, which is the
President Obama has been splitting his time between rounds of golf and date night dinners with Michelle as they spend their annual summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard while their daughters are away at summer camp. This is the fourth time the Obamas have spent a week on the Massachusetts island during his presidency, but instead of making trips to the bookstore with the girls, he has been taking Michelle out to an array of the island’s nicest restaurants. Obama spent Saturday night indoors after arriving by helicopter from the Coast Guard station on nearby Cape Cod with Michelle
Anthony Weiner is officially trailing in the New York City mayoral race as the latest poll has him in fourth place out of the five Democratic candidates. The disgraced former Congressman was leading the pack just weeks ago, but in light of the most recent sexting revelations as well as a series of less-than-stellar performances on the campaign trail have pushed his competitors to the front of the pack. Weiner now has 10 percent of the vote, while Bill de Blasio is now leading with 30 percent and City Council speaker Christine Quinn is in second with 24 percent.
Questions have been raised over financial dealings within the Clinton family charity that may cause problems for Hillary Clinton´s possible 2016 presidential run. New reports have revealed that the Clinton Foundation has been ´in the red´ for years even though the charity has raised hundreds of millions of dollars each year, showing the high cost of running the worldwide charity. Former President Bill Clinton called in a team of lawyers to help examine the charity´s financial standing over a year ago and they drew some unsettling conclusions. A scathing article in The New York Times tells how the ´rotating board
Egypt´s new military rulers declared a state of emergency late on Wednesday, imposing a military curfew on the country´s major cities, after security forces broke up Islamist protest camps in the worst bout of violence since the 2011 revolution. At least 421 civilians were killed throughout the country, the Egyptian health ministry said, plus 43 police officers. On Thursday morning those death tolls were continuing to rise, as volunteers began counting up corpses that had been stored in mosques next Rabaa al-Adawiyeh, the central protest camp for supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. At least 70 bodies were lined up
“Anyone who says racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” — Hillary Clinton to the American Bar Association“Hillary cannot have black women’s allegiance for free. Black women will not be relegated to the status of supportive Mammy, easing the way for privileged white women to enter the halls of power.” — Melissa Harris-Perry in the Root There she goes again. Hillary Clinton is playing the race card. Surprise, surprise. Another episode in America’s favorite soap opera: Scarlett O’Hara runs for president.
Today, August 15, marks the anniversary of Constantinople’s victory over Muslim invaders in what historians commonly call the “Second Siege of Byzantium,” 717–18. Prior to this massive onslaught, the Muslims had been hacking away at the domains of the Byzantine empire for nearly a century. The Muslims’ ultimate goal was the conquest of Constantinople — for both political and religious reasons. Politically, Islam had no rival but the “hated Christians” of Byzantium, known by various appellations — including al-Rum (the Romans), al-Nassara (the Nazarenes), and, most notoriously, al-Kilab (the “dogs”).
The early dynamics of the 2016 Republican presidential-primary contest were jolted on the morning of Friday, July 19, in a ballroom on the third floor of the Marriott hotel in downtown Des Moines. It was there, in front of coffee-sipping pastors, that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas wowed the kingmakers of the Iowa caucuses for the first time. Without notes and ignoring the podium, he roamed the carpeted dais for nearly an hour, quoting Scripture and musing about the Democrats and their occasional affinity for Satan. The reception was rapturous. Many ministers eagerly asked Cruz’s advisers where they could sign
This could be the final blow to paper and ink news: Reporters graduating out of journalism school and headed to work at newspapers and magazines don´t read print media, with over seven of 10 choosing digital news and social media websites instead, the highest number ever, according to an authoritative new study. The University of Georgia´s "Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates," which surveys J-School grads, their habits, salaries and the jobs they take, found that just one-third had read a newspaper the day before taking the survey. That´s a stunning drop from the 81 percent in 1994. And in