CNN’s Dylan Byers Admits: The Media Has ‘Not Told the Story of Conservative Americans’

CNN’s Dylan Byers refreshingly acknowledged early on Friday morning that the mainstream media has an implicit slant towards the left. “On occasion, more than the media would probably like to admit, we have not told the story of conservative Americans — disenfranchised Americans — who believe that they are losing their country,” Byers said, in a segment first flagged by The Right Scoop. “The story we have largely been telling is a story that is more or less in step with the arc of history as defined by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.” The CNN senior media reporter continued with a qualifier: “That doesn’t mean we favor them to win. It just means that that sort of vision of a progressive future — a global future — and that is not one that resonates with so many conservative American voters.” Byers also asserted that due to the disconnect between the media and Continue reading "CNN’s Dylan Byers Admits: The Media Has ‘Not Told the Story of Conservative Americans’"

That Price is Right Plinko Winner? Turns Out He’s a Trump Supporter Who Once Appeared on CNN

Well this is kind of crazy (though not for the subset of TV viewers who enjoy both The Price is Right and CNN’s Smerconish.) Ryan Belz is the 23-year-old Penn State graduate who became a viral sensation earlier this week for his appearance on The Price is Right. Seems he won $31,500 on Thursday’s episode — which was something of a “Plinko record” — and his celebration was just the sort of thing people love to share on Facebook feeds. It’s a fun clip to watch, which you can see below: But it turns out that this was not Belz’s first time on television! In the Spring of 2016 he was a guest on CNN to discuss the looming GOP National Convention with host Michael Smerconish. Seems he was a loyal supporter of the candiate Donald Trump, and was pledging his support for the future president no matter Continue reading "That Price is Right Plinko Winner? Turns Out He’s a Trump Supporter Who Once Appeared on CNN"

‘As a Woman, I Am Offended’: CNN’s Amanpour Says Clinton Has Been Subjected to ‘Double Standards’

amanpour At a forum in New York earlier this month, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked Hillary Clinton if she believed misogyny played a role in the 2016 campaign. “Yes,” Clinton said. “I do think it played a role.” So, it turns out, does Amanpour. As part of a lengthy profile of Clinton published Friday by New York magazine, Amanpour discussed another topic broached at the forum: Clinton blaming, in part, former FBI Director James Comey for her election loss. Clinton was widely criticized for her comments on Comey. But Amanpour believes that gender played a role in the backlash against the democratic nominee.
The idea that she shouldn’t mention the Comey letter when the entire nation and the most respected statisticians are considering its impact is so strange. If she were a man, would she be allowed to mention it? As a woman, I am offended by the double standards applied Continue reading "‘As a Woman, I Am Offended’: CNN’s Amanpour Says Clinton Has Been Subjected to ‘Double Standards’"

‘I Don’t Think Anybody’s Really Worried’: Carl Higbie Brushes Off Concerns About Fox News ‘Shake-Up’

Carl Higbie is a former Navy SEAL who has the unique pleasure of being a pro-Donald Trump commentator on CNN and Fox News. Generally, he gets a warmer welcome at Fox News and spends his time at CNN pushing back against the use of anonymous sources. Don’t take our word for it, though. That’s what he just told our own Travis Irvine a few moments ago outside of Fox News. He said more than that, too! Specifically, he — just like Geraldo Rivera — brushed off the idea that Fox News is in trouble. “People are saying Fox News ratings are tanking,” Irvine led. “How does everyone feel on the inside here?” “There’s been a big shake-up. I don’t think anybody’s really nervous about it,” Higbie responded. “People have been moving around — different shows — and I think it’s going to take some time for people to Continue reading "‘I Don’t Think Anybody’s Really Worried’: Carl Higbie Brushes Off Concerns About Fox News ‘Shake-Up’"

Zucker Jabs Cable News Competitors: ‘CNN Held to a Different Standard…People Come to Us For Facts’

The moment that the Manchester bombing story broke, CNN was in the middle of a panel discussion arguing the political motivations behind the firing of James Comey. Before CNN shifted gears to live news coverage, a predictable set of critics lit into what they saw as CNN’s apparent scoring of political points over covering the news. Fox News host Tucker Carlson went so far as to breathlessly call it “media malfeasance.” And it did seem a bit off to watch a re-hashed debate on the politics of President Trump’s firing of James Comey while other outlets were breathlessly covering the events in Manchester. But as facts became clearer, and Anderson Cooper came on to host the 8PM hour, CNN’s coverage effectively turned wall-to-wall on Manchester, and viewers desire to learn more about the most recent terrorist attack was instantly sated. But the criticism begged a question to which we sought Continue reading "Zucker Jabs Cable News Competitors: ‘CNN Held to a Different Standard…People Come to Us For Facts’"

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‘You Are Sadly Mistaken’: Don Lemon Rips CNN Guest Who Won’t Blame Trump For Alleged Assault On Reporter

CNN’s Don Lemon clearly wasn’t open to any other explanations than blaming Donald Trump for Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte‘s attack on Ben Jacobs on Wednesday. Lemon lambasted guest Paris Dennard who pushed back against this explanation. The CNN anchor turned to Dennard at the end of his program for his take on the Gianforte incident in Bozeman, Montana. The Republican guest started his answer by citing the movie “Election,” but Lemon interrupted him. “You don’t think it’s because of a guy who’s in office now has said very horrible things about reporters, and has said that the reporters are the enemy of the American people?,” Lemon said. Dennard tried to complete the answer and replied, “No, Don,” but the host continued his rant. “That has nothing to do with anything — that people feel that they can get away with it? Because I don’t believe that you Continue reading "‘You Are Sadly Mistaken’: Don Lemon Rips CNN Guest Who Won’t Blame Trump For Alleged Assault On Reporter"