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Krystal Ball, a co-host of “The Cycle,” thought she had an eyewitness to the crash on the phone. She didn’t.

"Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass," the caller said.

Ball did not initially catch on to the prank, responding to the obscenity with an earnest question. The caller, likely expecting to be disconnected immediately, couldn’t believe the host’s obliviousness.

"Boy, you’re a dumbass, aren’t you?" he said, prompting Ball to cut to a commercial break.

The prank is probably familiar to any fan of Stern. CNN can almost certainly relate to MSNBC’s misfortune.

h/t: Igor Volsky at Think Progres Elections

Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart pushed back on Wednesday against the protesters who derailed a convoy full of immigrant women and children, as well as radio host Rush Limbaugh, for what he described as dehumanizing treatment toward people fleeing traumatic violence.

“I know a lot of people don’t have kids, and it’s easy when you don’t have a kid to call people like those dogs being dumped,” Díaz-Balart told MSNBC host Al Sharpton. “But you know something? There but for the grace of God go I in many opportunities. And what would you do? What would you do if your child was being raped, or being destroyed by gangs. What would you be willing to do for your children?”

On Tuesday, the buses, carrying about 140 undocumented Central American immigrants were blocked from entering a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta, California by the demonstrators, many of whom chanted “U-S-A” and “nobody wants you.” They were instead rerouted to another facility in San Ysidro, almost 70 miles away. More than 50,000 “unaccompanied minors” have come to the U.S. from Central America since late last year.

Limbaugh defended the demonstrators’ actions on his show on Wednesday, saying, “You can’t dump your dog on the street in most of America, but you can dump 50,000 kids from Central America” and then insisting he was not comparing the immigrants to dogs.

Díaz-Balart, who was recently hired to host his own show on MSNBC, told Sharpton that many of them are faced with rape, torture or other threats not only during their journey through Mexico, but at home. One 17-year-old Honduran girl, he said, told him that a local gang killed her younger brother after he refused to be recruited into its ranks.

“She said, ‘What could I do?’” Díaz-Balart said. “‘Do I stay here and be killed or become property — sexual property — of gang members that run amok in places like Honduras? Or do I take my chances and come here?’”

From the 07.02.2014 edition of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton:

h/t: Arturo Garcia at The Raw Story

CNN and Fox News have largely ignored the news that President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by companies that contract with the federal government - an historic measure that will protect up to 28 million workers.

On June 16, a White House official revealed that President Obama would sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The move comes seven months after the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure that has subsequently languished in the House as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to bring the measure up for a vote.

ENDA’s diminishing prospects led many LGBT activists and Democratic lawmakers to press Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors. The ACLU’s Ian Thompson hailed an executive order as “the single most important step" Obama could take absent congressional action to combat anti-LGBT employment discrimination. One estimate suggests that Obama’s executive order will protect up to 28 million workers.

In a June 16 segment highlighting the persistent problem of anti-LGBT employment discrimination, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow laid out the context of congressional intransigence that led to Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on the issue:

While Maddow’s network gave the news of the impending executive order 31 minutes of coverage, CNN and Fox News barely covered it at all, with each providing a mere 20 seconds of coverage:

An astonishing 69 percent of Americans think employment discrimination against LGBT people is already illegal; as Maddow’s segment highlighted, that figure even includes the Speaker of the House. But it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay - or for being perceived as gay - in 29 states. Meanwhile, workers can be fired for being transgender in 32 states. CNN and Fox’s failure to cover Obama’s executive order helps keep Americans in the dark about the reality of anti-LGBT workplace discrimination and makes it difficult to build momentum for a measure like ENDA.

In ignoring the executive order, CNN and Fox are repeating a troubling problem witnessed in the run-up to last year’s Senate passage of ENDA. Last summer, as the Senate moved closer to passing that measure for the first time in the legislation’s 20-year history, CNN and Fox both gave ENDA no coverage at all, even as both networks - and CNN particularly - fawned over the yet-to-be-born royal baby.

On Fox, silence is often the norm on LGBT issues, unless the network sees an opportunity to peddle religious liberty horror stories. The silence of CNN is more noteworthy, but it isn’t unprecedented. This spring, CNN joined Fox in completely ignoring the passage of Mississippi’s anti-gay license-to-discriminate law - a measure championed by anti-gay hate groups and which eerily echoed an Arizona bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. In that instance, CNN’s silence came as the network devoted hours upon hours to obsessive speculation over the fate of a missing Malaysian airplane.

While CNN and Fox have responded to the latest LGBT rights story with deafening silence, they still have the chance to cover the story and inform viewers about the ongoing need to pass ENDA when President Obama actually signs his executive order.


Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by TV Eyes for the terms “employment discrimination,” “employment nondiscrimination,” “employment non-discrimination,” “workplace discrimination,” “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” “LGBT,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “executive order” for June 16-17, 2014. Reruns, teases for upcoming segments, and passing mentions were excluded.

H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM


The collapse of Iraq back into a Bush-era Hell on Earth has brought the usual suspects out of the woodwork to insist that the United States should have kept sending Americans to fight and die in the hellhole that they lied us into. They include Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been making the cable news rounds, demanding firings and trying to sell the comparison of a “residual force” in Iraq with those left in Bosnia, where there were a total of 18 U.S. casualties for the duration of that conflict.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday morning, he also compared a hypothetical U.S. residual force in Iraq with those in “Bosnia, Korea, Germany, Japan,” but it was on CNN’s New Day that McCain’s sales pitch really jumped the shark.

“It’s important for us to note that in other wars and other conflicts, we have left residual forces behind, not in a combat role, but a stabilizing role,” McCain told Chris Cuomo. “Whether it be Korea, Japan, Germany. We still have forces in Bosnia from that conflict.”

He also added “We had it won, and we needed to have a residual force.”

The key differences between those post-conflict nations and Iraq are rather obvious, as is the more apt comparison with another conflict with which McCain is intimately familiar. President George W. Bush began using the language of Vietnamization barely two years into the Iraq war, and the deeply-divided Iraq we left behind much more closely resembled Vietnam than any of those that McCain listed.

McCain’s implication is that, like in those other countries he listed, the U.S. could have kept a small force in Iraq without risk of casualties, handing out Hershey bars and training Iraqi commandos, and maybe we didn’t because we’re just yella, or something.

We had literally no casualties there in Iraq during the last period after the surge was over,” McCain said, “and by leaving a vacuum, then that was obviously filled.”

He literally said “literally.” Watch:

The truth is, of course, that there were hundreds of U.S. casualties in Iraq following the end of “The Surge,” including 66 fatalities, 38 of them killed in combat, and 297 wounded in action. Keeping in mind McCain’s vision of the post-conflict mission, among those casualties were:

January 15, 2011 – Sgt. Michael P. Bartley, 23, of Barnhill, Ill. (and) Spc. Martin J. Lamar, 43, of Sacramento, Calif. died Jan. 15 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an Iraqi soldier from the unit with which they were training shot them with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

And, on September 7, 2010, weeks after the surge had ended:

An Iraqi soldier opened fire Tuesday on a group of U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, killing two and wounding nine others, the U.S. military and the Iraqi military said.

In fact, the United States continued to take casualties right up until the last soldier left in December of 2011. Whether a “residual force” would, or could, have prevented the current situation in Iraq, it is a lie to say that they could have done so without further loss of lives and limbs. As a wounded soldier himself, John McCain ought to know better, but giving him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he just doesn’t. The next time he tries to make this claim, though, someone should set him straight.

Source :Tommy Christopher for The Daily Banter


MSNBC host Chris Matthews blasted Texas Republicans on Monday, saying their adopting an openly anti-LGBT platform at the state party convention last weekend showcased a side of the GOP that the party, on a national level, would prefer to keep hidden from the public.

“How wide is this infection of hatred?” Matthews asked guests Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson. “They’re going after gays now at this point in our history, when most Americans — including [Sen.] Bobby Casey (D) of Pennsylvania, very traditional people — are moving toward acceptance and, if not celebration, certainly true acceptance. I’m wondering, what’s wrong with Texas?”

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

Terrible cancellation, MSNBC. 

h/t: Jordan Chariton at TVNewser

In the year since the Supreme Court invalidated the core of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor, over a dozen district courts have struck down state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, marking a historic shift in the legal debate over marriage equality. But coverage of the marriage equality revolution has been largely absent from Fox News, where most of the decisions have received less than a minute of coverage.

In late June of 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, finding that prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages served “no legitimate purpose.” While the Court didn’t establish a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Windsor, that ruling has proven pivotal in a dozen district courts’ and the New Jersey Superior Court’s subsequent decisions to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. As a result, four more states now have marriage equality, with a host of other decisions being appealed.

The rash of court rulings - in blue states like Oregon and crimson-red states like Oklahoma - suggest that marriage equality is likely headed back to the Supreme Court, with the potential for a sweeping ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans by June 2015. And with a 13-0 record in the courts since Windsor, some experts predict that marriage equality could soon effectively become the law of the land even without the High Court.

But if you’ve been watching Fox News, this legal revolution for marriage equality may well have escaped your notice.

Fox News has spent just over 10 minutes covering the 13 court decisions in favor of marriage equality since Windsor, according to an Equality Matters analysis examining the five-day windows after each decision, during which period these decisions were actual news stories, with the bulk of the network’s coverage devoted to one state, Utah. New Mexico and Michigan’s decisions received no coverage at all, and the majority of the decisions received less than a minute of attention:

For the four states - New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania - where same-sex marriage has taken effect as a result of court rulings post-Windsor, Fox News has provided a scant two minutes and 14 seconds of coverage, compared with nearly 16 minutes from CNN and more than an hour from MSNBC:

Fox News is in an awkward position. Anti-equality forces are losing in court ruling after court ruling, and marriage equality supporters have won the battle for public opinion, with surveys showing a growing majority of Americans in favor of the freedom for same-sex couples to marry. Even anti-gay activists like National Organization for Marriage (NOM) co-founder Maggie Gallagher have conceded the inevitability of marriage equality.

At the same time, the network continues to cater to an anti-gay audience that’s been fed a steady diet of horror stories about same-sex marriage in years past.

Rather than further stake a position on the wrong side of history, it appears Fox News has taken to sidestepping the issue altogether. Take Fox’s awkward reaction in the immediate aftermath of the Court’s Windsor ruling. Many hosts seemed at a loss for what to say. Host Jenna Lee opened one segment by instructing her guests not to “start a conversation on the merits of same-sex marriage.”

Though Fox News continues to house a number of right-wing holdouts, the network has withdrawn from its battle against same-sex marriage, uninterested in dwelling on the end of an era when warnings of activist judges and slippery slopes could score the network cheap points without raising many eyebrows. Now, the marriage equality revolution is passing Fox News by largely unnoticed. It’s a kind of eerie silence that’s almost as newsworthy as the legal victories that induced it.


Equality Matters searched Media Matters' internal video archives and TV Eyes for evening news transcripts using the terms and date ranges “New Jersey” (September 27-October 1, 2013 and October 18-25, 2013), “New Mexico” (December 19-23, 2013), “Utah” (December 20-24, 2013), “Oklahoma” (January 14-18, 2014), “Kentucky” (February 12-16, 2014), “Virginia” (February 13-17, 2014), “Texas” (February 27-March 3, 2014), “Michigan” (March 21-25, 2014), “Arkansas” (May 9-13, 2014), “Idaho” (May 13-17, 2014), “Oregon” (May 19-23, 2014), and “Pennsylvania” (May 20-24, 2014). For each respective date range, Equality Matters also searched the terms “gay,” “same-sex,” and “marriage.” “Marriage now” states are those states where marriage equality rulings weren’t appealed and marriage equality took effect - New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Equality Matters excluded Illinois from the “marriage now” states because its court ruling applied only to Cook County. For New Jersey, Equality Matters searched from September 27-October 1, 2013 to cover the announcement of the state’s marriage equality ruling, and searched from October 18 (when Judge Mary Jacobson refused to stay her ruling) to October 25 (the end of the five-day period after Gov. Chris Christie announced he would not appeal the ruling).

Equality Matters excluded reruns, teases for upcoming segments, and passing mentions during segments about topics other than marriage equality.

Photo via user Maggie Winters

H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA

From the 05.15.2014 edition of MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes:

Not a real surprise, as Dana Loesch gets caught lying yet again. 

h/t: Mark Follman at Mother Jones


Moral Mondays Shames NC Lawmakers, So They're Restricting Statehouse Access

Conservatives in North Carolina really do not like the weekly protests in the state capitol intended to shine light on their shenanigans and shame them for their war on the working class there. But that won’t stop protesters from gathering.


During the second day of the state’s 2014 legislative session, the North Carolina Legislative Services Commission, which has not met since 1999, announced a new set of regulations that overhaul building rules unchanged since 1987. Although state Republicans claim the new rules are only meant to lessen “disturbances” so lawmakers can conduct business, the regulations are sure to impact the ongoing Moral Mondays protests, a progressive grassroots movement in North Carolina that sprung up last year in opposition to a series of conservative laws passed by the North Carolina state legislature. Thousands of North Carolinians have expressed their fierce disapproval of the Republican-dominated General Assembly by protesting in and around the state Legislative Building over the past year, with more than 900 people reportedly arrested inside the building’s central rotunda for civil disobedience since April 2013.

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Kentucky sets the golden standard of the success of universal health care, as anti-Obamacare Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a tough race. Ed Schultz and Mark Binelli discuss.

H/T: Tom Kludt at TPM