The official position of Fox News is that the Democrats’ John Lewis vote-stealing bill is “narrower” than the Democrats’ “For the People” vote-stealing bill.
The companies revealed upgrades for their phones that protect data and reduce reliance on the cloud. It also binds users more tightly to their ecosystems.
A New York City art gallery owner predicts that Hunter Biden’s latest venture as a full-time artist will prove to be profitable, with his art selling significantly over its actual value because of his family name alone.
Even if you think that Brian Wilson is God — and yes, I do — you could easily say that we don’t need another documentary about him. There have been some good, rich, and deep ones, like “Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” the 1995 musicological meditation directed by record producer Don […]
WarioWare, the wacky minigame collection that is a genre unto itself, is finally getting a new entry for the Nintendo Switch. In a developer deep dive during Nintendo Treehouse Live, we saw even more footage from WarioWare: Get It Together! Including Nintendo-themed minigames based on games like Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.
WarioWare is a collection of microgames that players solve or participate in, often seconds at a time. In an 11-minute gameplay demo for the new WarioWare game, Nintendo showed off some of the different minigames players can engage with.
The WarioWare games are also very irreverent and make a lot of callbacks to the broader Nintendo universe. This includes several microgames based on other Nintendo games. WarioWare: Get It Together! will feature callbacks to newer Nintendo games from the Switch era.
At least one microgame will be based on the tea party portions in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, while others will be based on Splatoon, Luigi’s Mansion, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Older games like Ice Climber will also be referenced in the new WarioWare.
Past WarioWare games have referenced games like Super Mario Bros. F-Zero, and Duck Hunt. And the Nintendo Treehouse was keen to not spoil too much from WarioWare, so there’s a good chance there are even more surprises in store when the game is released on September 10.
Other new features in WarioWare include new playable characters who control differently from Wario. There is also a new co-op mode where two players can work together or compete with each other to become the truest Wario (or the winner, I guess).
For more from E3 2021, check out everything announced at the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct and catch up on exclusive news and reveals from IGN’s Summer of Gaming.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.
The Academy of Country Music, one of the few orgs that puts on two awards shows every year, has named the recipients of non-competitive honors that will be given out in August in a ceremony that traditionally serves as the adjunct to the ACM Awards in April. Honorees at the 14th annual “ACM Honors” ceremony […]
Everyone understands that the news media prioritize bad news: planes that crash, not planes that land; tornadoes and floods, not sunny and dry. You get the picture. So it’s a window into the media’s mindset when you see which of this year’s election legislation the TV networks have pounced on as worthy of major coverage, and which they’ve barely mentioned.
An analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC evening news coverage from March 1 through June 10 found nearly 52 minutes of airtime spent on a variety of Republican-sponsored state election laws. That compares to a meager 2 minutes, 40 seconds for Democrats’ so-called “For the People” Act, national legislation that would override a host of state election laws, including popular voter ID rules, in favor of a national scheme that would make voting less secure.
A study released last month by MRC Latino found the same skew at Spanish-language networks Telemundo, Univision and CNN en Español: nearly 35 minutes of coverage about new state laws, vs. barely a minute about the Democrats’ federal legislation.
On ABC, CBS and NBC, our study found that the coverage was relentlessly — almost unanimously — negative. Taking into account statements from reporters, anchors, and non-aligned sources (such as soundbites from voters and experts), but excluding identified Democrats and Republicans, we found just three positive statements about the Republican-sponsored laws, vs. 75 negative statements.
That translates into a stupendous 96% negative coverage for the GOP-sponsored laws.
As for the Democrats’ “For the People” Act, there was no debate. No controversy, nothing to see here.
The networks’ characterization of the various Republican laws could have been written by the White House or the DNC. The evening newscasts routinely told viewers that the newly-passed Republican laws are “restrictive,” even though none of the new rules would preclude any eligible voter from voting. Instead, via early voting, absentee voting and voting on Election Day, citizens have multiple opportunities to exercise their franchise.
On March 25, for example, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell falsely talked about “Republican efforts to curtail voting rights.” Over on ABC that same evening, World News Tonight’s David Muir warned viewers about “Republican-led efforts in state legislatures across the country to pass laws restricting voting.”
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on April 6 characterized it as “Georgia’s GOP-backed new law restricting voting rights.” On May 6, CBS’s O’Donnell was back to report how “the NAACP says it’s suing the state of Florida for its new voting restrictions law signed today.”
Then on May 31, ABC’s Kenneth Moton labeled a proposed Texas law “one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country.”
Never once did the networks scold Democrats for their inflammatory hyperbole about “Jim Crow” laws. Instead, TV reporters helped further the nasty narrative. “It’s the new election law that many tonight are calling racist,” ABC’s Steve Osunsami said about the Georgia law on March 26. “Black and brown voters are screaming that this is voter suppression.”
Viewers would have been helped if ABC had factually and carefully debunked those wild claims of “voter suppression,” as NewsBusters did a few weeks ago. But reporters instead chose to frame the story as one of Republican bad guys vs. Democratic good guys.
On the flip side, there has been virtually no coverage — and zero criticism — of the Democrats’ “For the People Act,” which would destroy a host of state election rules. The National Review’s Rich Lowry explains how the law is “objectively terrible legislation”:
The core of the bill forces every state to adopt automatic voter registration, same-day registration, no-excuse absentee balloting, and early in-person voting, among other mandates.
The case that the bill will save democracy depends on the myth that voters are being turned aside in droves by onerous restrictions in the states — even though turnout in last year’s presidential election was the highest since 1900.
States such as Georgia have tightened up their rules since the election, in part in reaction to Donald Trump’s ongoing campaign of disinformation, but these provisions are in many cases improvements and certainly don’t constitute “Jim Crow 2.0.”
If the goal is to increase confidence in the electoral system, by the way, making it harder for states to maintain up-to-date voter rolls (as H.R. 1 does) while wiping out ID requirements is emphatically not the way to do it.
But while network news viewers heard relentless criticism of the Republican-sponsored measures, they heard nothing about these problems with Democrats’ “For the People” Act. Even when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin joined the opponents of H.R. 1, the evening newscasts allocated no time for his rejection of the proposed law.
You couldn’t imagine coverage more one-sided than this. It proves, once again, that far from being independent, the “news” media are among the most reliable soldiers in Democrats’ political operation.
Despite the fact that former President Trump had shaken the NATO alliance out of their complacency and reliance on the U.S. for their collective protection, the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) gave President Biden a hero’s welcome. Together, they suggested Biden was the one “cementing the fractured American bond with NATO,” as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt specifically put it.
“Meeting with fellow NATO ministers in Brussels today, President Biden declaring the military alliance and its core foundation of mutual defense are ‘rock solid.’ As he works to nurture a relationship derided by President Trump when he was in office,” Holt went on to tout.
A short time later, chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander boasted about how the other NATO leaders had welcomed Biden’s arrival:
President Biden’s arrival here at NATO heralded by allies as a new chapter. Where former President Trump slammed the trans-Atlantic alliance as obsolete, Mr. Biden today touted the U.S.’s commitment to the group as a “sacred obligation.”
Over on ABC’s World News Tonight, anchor David Muir began the program in awe of the President “making global headlines late this afternoon on his eight-day foreign trip.” “Tonight, a NATO summit in Brussels and the President pushing that message that America is back,” he touted.
In reality, Trump had gotten NATO members to contribute more to the goal of the alliance: their mutual defense. Part of that was getting countries to live up to their agreed-upon contribution levels, which many weren’t doing.
But according to Muir, Biden was the better option for making NATO stronger:
And unlike his predecessor, who called NATO obsolete, President Biden calling attention to NATO’s Article V, that an attack on one is an attack on all. That NATO is “rock solid,” in his words, and a “sacred commitment.”
“Today in Brussels, President Biden standing firm with the leaders of NATO, an alliance his predecessor once called obsolete. Reaffirming America’s commitment to the principle that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on them all,” added ABC chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega.
For CBS’s part, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett — who filled in for anchor Norah O’Donnell — opined about how Biden was “reaffirming America’s role on the global stage.”
“At the NATO summit in Belgium today, the President called the military alliance critically important to U.S. interests, saying unity is NATO’s greatest strength,” he told viewers. “The cooperative tone of this meeting was in stark contrast to the previous four years. Former President Donald Trump frequently questioned NATO’s relevance.”
And CBS chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes suggested Biden’s supposed superior handling of NATO prepared him for his Wednesday meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin:
Major, President Biden told me today he is going into this meeting with Putin with the full backing of his fellow transatlantic leaders. And he said he even asked them today what they want him to bring up when he sits down with the Russian authoritarian.
Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News became the first evening newscast to mention that Biden had allowed Putin to complete a pipeline to Germany. Of course, they didn’t mention how this weakened the NATO alliance by enriching Russia, making them more of a threat to border countries, and making NATO members dependent on Russia for energy.
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ABC’s World News Tonight
June 14, 2021
6:32:40 p.m. Eastern
DAVID MUIR: Good evening and it’s great to have you with us as we start another week together here. And we begin tonight with President Biden making global headlines late this afternoon on his eight-day foreign trip.
Tonight, a NATO summit in Brussels and the President pushing that message that America is back. And unlike his predecessor, who called NATO obsolete, President Biden calling attention to NATO’s Article V, that an attack on one is an attack on all. That NATO is “rock solid,” in his words, and a “sacred commitment.”
The leaders of the 30-nation alliance gathering for a group photo. Recognizing aggression from Russia, also, for the first time, acknowledging as a group the growing military threat from China. And agreeing to tackle new challenges from cyber warfare to disinformation campaigns to anti-missile defense.
Late today, President Biden addresses that high stakes meeting this week with Vladimir Putin. Our Cecilia Vega leading off the questions. The President, in his answer, calling Putin bright, tough, and a worthy adversary. But what the President then said about expectations. Will he draw red lines with Putin? Our chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega leading us off with the President in Brussels.
[Cuts to video]
CECILIA VEGA: Today in Brussels, President Biden standing firm with the leaders of NATO, an alliance his predecessor once called obsolete. Reaffirming America’s commitment to the principle that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on them all.
CBS Evening News
June 14, 2021
6:32:06 p.m. Eastern
MAJOR GARRETT: We begin tonight, with President Biden reaffirming America’s role on the global stage. At the NATO summit in Belgium today, the President called the military alliance critically important to U.S. interests, saying unity is NATO’s greatest strength.
The cooperative tone of this meeting was in stark contrast to the previous four years. Former President Donald Trump frequently questioned NATO’s relevant.
The NATO leaders took aim at China in forceful language calling it a “constant security challenge.”
Ahead of his face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Mr. Biden said he is not looking for conflict but will respond if Russia continues its quote, unquote, “harmful activities.” The President said those include cyber-attacks, interference in U.S. elections, and human rights abuses.
There is a lot of new reporting tonight. CBS’s chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes leads off our coverage in Brussels. Nancy, good evening to you.
NANCY CORDES: Major, President Biden told me today he is going into this meeting with Putin with the full backing of his fellow transatlantic leaders. And he said he even asked them today what they want him to bring up when he sits down with the Russian authoritarian.
NBC Nightly News
June 14, 2021
7:01:45 p.m. Eastern
LESTER HOLT: Good evening, everyone. President Biden setting the stage for his face-to-face with Russia’s Vladimir Putin later this week, warning tonight the U.S. will respond if Russia does not change its behavior.
The President with a stronger hand to play going into that meeting after cementing the fractured American bond with NATO. Meeting with fellow NATO ministers in Brussels today, President Biden declaring the military alliance and its core foundation of mutual defense are “rock solid.” As he works to nurture a relationship derided by President Trump when he was in office.
7:03:17 p.m. Eastern
PETER ALEXANDER: President Biden’s arrival here at NATO heralded by allies as a new chapter. Where former President Trump slammed the trans-Atlantic alliance as obsolete, Mr. Biden today touted the U.S.’s commitment to the group as a “sacred obligation.”