Clay Waters | July 22, 2024
After President Biden announced he would not run for re-election (but would continue to serve as president) political reporter Domenico Montanaro of National Public Radio sounded very optimistic about the prospects of Vice President Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee (though there’s still some ways to go). Montanaro managed to have it both ways, claiming that whether…
Clay Waters | July 22, 2024
After President Biden announced he would not run for re-election (but would continue to serve as president) political reporter Domenico Montanaro of National Public Radio sounded very optimistic about the prospects of Vice President Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee (though there’s still some ways to go). Montanaro managed to have it both ways, claiming that whether…
Clay Waters | July 21, 2024
The first post-Republican Convention episode of PBS’s journalistic political roundtable Washington Week with The Atlantic spent a long time emphasizing the travails of the Democrats over the mental state of President Joe Biden, with the party’s own convention looming and decisions to be made. But one panelist saw the bright side in the Democratic meltdown. McKay Coppins, The Atlantic: This is, I…
Clay Waters | July 19, 2024
PBS’s coverage of Night Four of the Republican National Convention again featured the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart holding up the liberal end of the political analysis. (David Brooks of the New York Times was the ostensible conservative on the panel, but they often agreed with each other.) Capehart spent most of the four nights of the convention whining that the speakers weren’t…
Clay Waters | July 18, 2024
PBS’s biased coverage of Night Three of the Republican National Convention began even before the main event, on Wednesday evening’s PBS News Hour, aiming not only to fact-check the Republicans but even to suggest some Republican voting “misinformation” was dangerous. The tax-funded network’s first fact-check target was…reality TV star, Savannah Chrisley, who discussed her family’s legal woes in…
Clay Waters | July 17, 2024
With “conservative” representative David Brooks indulging in some early whining about the potential “racial intonation” of the Republican National Convention’s line-up of Tuesday evening speakers on immigration, the mantle for PBS’s coverage maintaining some kind of objective coverage fell on the unlikely shoulders of Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report, who shared stats and polling showing…
Clay Waters | July 17, 2024
Night Two of coverage of the Republican National Convention was “Make America Safe Once Again,” with politicians and ordinary Americans making speeches relaying stories about crime and the illegal immigration that causes some of that crime. PBS reporters and anchors sounded the alarm from the start, warning that Republicans are trying to instill unwarranted fear and anxiety in voters. At 7:08 p.…
Clay Waters | July 16, 2024
PBS’s coverage of Night One of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee got off to a bad start during an interview with Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, who’d just delivered an early speech to the convention delegates. At 8:07 ET, News Hour co-anchor Geoff Bennett, who is hosting the network’s taxpayer-funded convention coverage along with fellow News Hour co-anchor Amna Nawaz,…
Clay Waters | July 6, 2024
On the latest episode of the PBS political roundtable Washington Week with The Atlantic, host (and Atlantic editor in chief) Jeffrey Goldberg set up New York Times legal reporter Charlie Savage about the “future of presidential power” after the 6-3 ruling expanded presidential immunity and had the knock-on effect of postponing Trump’s classified documents trial and his sentencing in the overblown…
Clay Waters | July 3, 2024
On Monday’s edition of the CNN International political interview program Amanpour, liberal host Christiane Amanpour treated recent right-leaning significant Supreme Court decisions with fear and contempt, using the liberal media’s trick of emphasizing the liberal dissents from the bench, not the binding rulings from the conservative majority: In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor wrote, "Orders the…