Shelby Talcott


The New York Times’ front page coverage of running-mate announcements differed in a few ways from 2016 to 2020.

The newspaper covered President Donald Trump’s pick of Vice President Mike Pence on July 16, 2016 for print. The Times opted not to feature Pence as a main part of the front page, instead putting a small portion of the article about the news in the bottom right hand corner. (RELATED: Kamala Harris In April 2019: ‘I Believe’ Joe Biden’s Accusers)

Featured more prominently that day included news about a coup in Turkey, an update on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and an article about the man behind an attack in France. Pence garnered one of the smallest sections of the front page.

August 12, 2020 saw yet another NYT article about a running mate – this time announcing former Vice President Joe Biden’s choice of Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris. Notably, the NYT dedicated its entire front page exclusively to multiple articles about Harris.

The paper’s banner for Harris announced the news: “Harris Joins Biden Ticket, Achieving A First.” A photograph of Harris looking into the distance with her arms crossed was prominently featured alongside the paper’s main article, titled: “Political Warrior Shaped By Life In 2 Worlds.”

The two other articles that snagged Wednesday’s front page slot were also about Harris: “Pick Seen as Safe but Energizing,” one read. “Woman of Color in No. 2 Slot of Major Party,” the other article was headlined.

In 2016, the lone front page article about Pence was headlined: “Man In The News: Michael Richard Pence. Unbending Conservative.” This article painted Pence as a man “deeply and proudly out of sync with his times” who “is slow to bend” despite changing times.

The article continued on to suggest Pence was often a man who lost. Not only that, Pence had “struggled to carve out a national reputation beyond his polarizing pursuit of socially conservative causes,” according to the newspaper.

“By the time he was elected to Congress in 2000, after two failed tries, Mr. Pence had missed the Republican revolution led by Newt Gingrich and his scrappy, fiscally conservative acolytes who stormed Washington in 1994,” the 2016 article read. “Nobody, it seemed, had told Mr. Pence that the rebellion was over. He arrived in the House determined to slash federal spending and shrink the role of government.”

“Showing up late, by many accounts, was his fate as governor, too.”

The NYT article on Pence points out his other losses, calling a radio show he hosted “his tether to voters across Indiana and a springboard into the world of national conservatives.” This talk show, according to the paper, “paved the way for his eventual victory in a 2000 race for Congress.”

The 2016 article on Pence points out his failings as well as some controversies, such as abortion laws he has backed. Another controversy, according to the NYT, was his 2015 religious exceptions law.

“After offending gays across the country, enduring a backlash from the state’s business community and undergoing a painfully awkward nationally televised interview in which he struggled to explain the law’s on-the-ground impact, Mr. Pence acknowledged only that he could have better handled the TV encounter,” the article pointed out.

Comparatively, the NYT’s main article about Harris appears to be more positive. Harris, according to this article in The Times, “brings to the race a far more vigorous campaign style than Mr. Biden’s, including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere, and a personal identity and family story that many find inspiring.”

“A pragmatic moderate who spent most of her career as a prosecutor, Ms. Harris was seen throughout the vice-presidential search as among the safest choices available to Mr. Biden,” the NYT article reads. “She has been a reliable ally of the Democratic establishment, with flexible policy priorities that largely mirror Mr. Biden’s, and her supporters argued that she could reinforce Mr. Biden’s appeal to Black voters and women without stirring particularly vehement opposition on the right or left.”

The Times did note various instances where Harris, during her own presidential run, called out Biden over some of his past policies – particularly one moment during a debate regarding his past work on busing. (RELATED: Kamala Harris Claims ‘People Are Dying’ Because Of Trump Administration’s ‘Vacuum Of Leadership’)

“In the end, however, Mr. Biden may have come to see the panache Ms. Harris displayed in that first debate as more of a potential asset to his ticket than as a source of lingering grievance,” according to the NYT.

This article props up Harris’ involvement in recent protests regarding police violence. It also takes a dig at Trump, pointing out that he mispronounced her first name and described Harris using the word “nasty.”

“Mispronouncing Ms. Harris’s first name, Mr. Trump also described Ms. Harris as ‘nasty’ for her opposition to the nomination of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, using the kind of harshly derogatory language that he has routinely applied to women,” the NYT reported.

The Times’ largely praised-filled article on Harris adds that her history as district attorney of San Francisco may be an issue with some on the left. It also points out a moment when Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard demanded an apology from Harris over how many people she prosecuted “for marijuana infractions.”

Despite her history, The Times suggests Harris “likely” will “be embraced” by black voters. Largely, this article paints Harris as a forward-thinking woman who has made history, but could be a future president herself – a stark difference from its 2016 portrayal of Pence, who was reported as a man who often lost as he remained stuck behind the times.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Here’s How NYT Covered Kamala Harris Versus How They Covered Mike Pence

A viral video shows a nurse who suggested she was forced to quit her job after being asked to work in a novel coronavirus unit without a face mask, but it appears that there is far more to her story.

The claims made in the video have quickly fallen apart, as the nurse’s comments about those working in the unit being unprotected appear to have been walked back. Jordan Schachtel, the national security correspondent for Conservative Review, pointed out numerous glaring problems with the video in a Twitter thread Monday morning.

“In tears, a nurse says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask,” CBS News claimed in a tweet. The video was also shared by Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Even the Daily Caller, going off initial reports, produced its own video. The video has since been stripped off Facebook and YouTube.


The video shows a nurse in tears shortly after quitting her job. She said she was assigned a COVID-19 patient and that she was not allowed to wear her own N95 mask outside of the unit.

“I quit my job today,” the woman, who goes by the name Imaris on social media, said in her video. “I went into work and I was assigned to a COVID patient on an ICU unit that has been converted to a designated COVID unit. None of the nurses are wearing masks, not even surgical masks, in the hallways when they’re giving reports to each other.”

“I had my own N95 mask. I told my manager, ‘I understand we’re short on supplies, but let me protect myself. Let me feel safe.’”

The woman’s initial story indicated that she was “not allowed to wear masks around any1 [sic] even COVID patient,” Schachtel tweeted. After Sanders tweeted about her story, the nurse began to clarify.

Those working in the unit were, in fact, assigned one “N95 per 1 covid patient’s room,” Imaris clarified. This was not included in her original report, where she claimed that “nurses are not being protected.”

“We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with,” a tweet appearing to be from the same nurse reads.

Not only did the video mislead by suggesting nurses were not being adequately covered while treating COVID-19 patients, but the woman in the video also failed to note her career background. In a Facebook that appears to match the woman in the video, she writes on March 26 that she has been “off of work for about two weeks now.”

Imaris also appears to have tweeted that she would be “going back to workin [sic] the #icu in four days” on March 26. This indicates that she quit on her very first day back on the job. Imaris also appears to be attempting to transition to a social media influencer, according to her Instagram.

The nurse admitted that she suffers from “anxiety and bi-polar depression.” Imaris noted that she was “feeling a heavy toll with transitioning back into the ICU after being away from the bedside for over a year,” according to a post shared by Schachtel. That post was written before her first day back on the job.

“I just want EVERYONE TO KNOW: I have never and will never turn my back on Nursing,” Imaris posted on Facebook April 1. “I am currently looking for other COVID Nursing jobs where I know I’ll feel SAFE & not be told I can’t wear my own mask/PPE.

“I QUIT for my safety and the safety of my family. I SHARED for the safety of Nurses & HCPs all over America. We can’t work to save lives if our lives start dwindling.”

Imaris did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: This Nurse’s Viral Sob Story Got Everyone’s Attention. Then It Fell Apart

The moderators of Tuesday’s Democratic debate got called out after continuously failing to keep control of the candidates on stage.

Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News” and co-host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King moderated Tuesday’s debate, which was hosted by CBS News. “Face The Nation” moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett were also asking the candidates questions.

Throughout the debate, there were multiple times where the moderators appeared to lose control, and the public noticed. The seven Democrats on stage dove into squabbles and spoke over each other, appearing at times to ignore the moderators who were meant to control the evening.


“The moderators have lost complete control of this debate,” editor and chief writer of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler tweeted. Robert Mackey, senior writer at The Intercept, declared that his motto is “No More CBS Moderators.”

Matthew Gertz, senior fellow at Media Matters for America, pointed out that “the last debate also featured a lot of fighting but it seemed much more coherent.” He added that the “CBS moderators seem totally unable to keep things on track.”

Even former Vice President Joe Biden pointed out the moderators’ failure. At one point during Tuesday’s debate, he asked if “we just speak whenever we want to?”

“I hope after the next commercial break there are eight more moderators,” The New Republic’s deputy editor Jason Linkins wished. “I just want this debate to end with hundreds of moderators having a Mr. Meeseeks battle.”

“Moderators have got to take control of this thing,” Krystal Ball, host of The Rising at The Hill, tweeted.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: ‘A Trainwreck’: CBS Moderators Pummeled For Repeatedly Losing Control Of Democratic Debate

CNN’s Don Lemon addressed a controversial clip that went viral Monday showing him and a panel mocking a group of Trump supporters, blaming his guests for the comments made.

Lemon, political consultant Rick Wilson and New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali began to mock a group of Trump’s supporters during the segment, which aired Saturday. Wilson called them the “boomer rube” demographic and then began to fake a Southern accent as the others joined in.

Lemon had to pause the segment as he tried to regain control of his laughter.

Many conservatives criticized the clip after it went viral a few days later, and Lemon spoke about it on “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon” Tuesday evening. The CNN host appeared to blame his guests Wilson and Ali for the incident.

“During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh,” Lemon said. “And while in the moment, I found that joke humorous. And I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”


President Donald Trump even addressed the clip, calling Lemon the “dumbest man on television.” Wilson and Ali doubled down on their comments after the segment went viral.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Don Lemon Blames Guests For Segment Ridiculing Trump Supporters

A Manhattan judge dropped state charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Wednesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. brought charges of mortgage fraud and over a dozen other New York state felonies against Manafort in March. The charges came shortly after judges sentenced Manafort to over seven years in prison for tax fraud and conspiracy related to the special counsel’s report.

This move marks a setback for Vance, as the charges could have kept Manafort in prison if President Donald Trump pardons him, The New York Times reported.

The indictment accused Manafort of faking business records to get loans. The investigation began in 2017 and the indictment is similar to the charges he was convicted of in federal court.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Justice Maxwell Wiley of State Supreme Court dismissed the indictment on the grounds of double jeopardy, which ensures that a defendant can’t be tried more than once for the same crime.

Manafort, 70, was hospitalized for a cardiac event amid his prison sentence since Dec. 12, according to sources, ABC News reported Tuesday.

Manafort has appeared to be in worsening condition over the past year and showed up to court in 2018 in a wheelchair. He said he had serious medical conditions because of his diet and asked for a lesser sentence because of these alleged health problems.

Manafort is set to be released from prison Christmas Day in 2024, according to ABC News.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: State Charges Dropped Against Paul Manafort

Former national security adviser Michael Anton suggested Wednesday the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump looks “like an inside job” lawmakers unhappy with the president manufactured.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony during an impeachment hearing Tuesday and cited an effort to protect a whistleblower.

“It looks like an inside job of a bunch of career bureaucrats getting together and saying, ‘We’ve wanted to impeach this guy for three years. How do we do it? Oh wait, I think we’ve found a way,’” Anton, a former National Security Council (NSC) spokesman, said to WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” co-hosts Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter Wednesday. “Here’s the issue.”

“It just looks phony, and that’s what they’re trying to avoid coming out,” he added.


“I think the reason they don’t want him to say it is not so much to protect the whistleblower’s identity, whoever it is, it’s to protect the phony veneered process that they used to get this impeachment hearing going,” Anton said.

Schiff, a California Democrat, interrupted Vindman Tuesday after the latter said he told an “unnamed official” within the intelligence community about Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president. GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the intelligence committee, was questioning Vindman at the time.

After Schiff’s interruption, Vindman refused to “answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” the NSC aide said. The interruption caused a stir in the day’s impeachment testimony, as many people could be heard vocally protesting Schiff’s actions.

Many questioned Schiff’s move, particularly after the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid tweeted Tuesday, “#ProtectTheWhistleblower,” ahead of Vindman’s testimony. The tweet came alongside a CNN comment noting there could be a “contentious flareup” during Vindman’s testimony when Republicans ask him about the Ukraine phone call.

The Daily Caller News Foundation journalist Chuck Ross noted that Zaid’s tweet “suggests” the person Vindman spoke to on the call could be the whistleblower.

Schiff did not allow Republicans to establish if Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, a move that Ross added could be an issue. He tweeted Tuesday that it is “circular reporting.” Walter echoed this Wednesday and noted the moment suggested Vindman had spoken to the whistleblower and had given the person information.

“Seems pretty important to establish whether Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, especially since Dems are holding Vindman out as independent corroboration of the whistleblower,” Ross wrote. “This is circular reporting. Reminiscent of the Steele dossier.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Looks Like An Inside Job’: Former National Security Official Says Impeachment Is Manufactured By Permanent Washington

2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s Twitter invite for her to jump into the 2020 presidential race.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that “Crooked Hillary Clinton” should join the race “to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren.” He added that she could only re-enter after explaining “her high crimes and misdemeanors,” including “how & why she deleted 33,000 Email AFTER getting ‘C’ Subpoena!”

Clinton responded to Trump’s invite on Twitter later in the day, writing “Don’t tempt me.”

Don’t tempt me. Do your job.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 8, 2019

The House of Representatives opened up an official impeachment inquiry into Trump on Sept. 24, a move that the former secretary of state has come out in support of. Clinton said last month that Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

She added that she refuses to accept another four years with Trump in office as president.

“I don’t accept that or believe that [re-election] will happen,” Clinton said during an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” Sept. 29. “I believe there were many funny things that happed in my election that will not happen again, and I’m hoping that both the public and the press understand the way that Trump plays this game.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Hillary Tells Trump: ‘Don’t Tempt Me’ To Run In 2020

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday that he has “a lot more evidence” on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine, adding in that Biden’s son Hunter is “drug challenged.”

After telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that he asked Ukraine to look into Biden,Trump’s personal lawyer went after Biden for multiple alleged offenses related to Ukraine. He tweeted Monday that Ukraine paid Hunter $3 million in laundered money while his father and Obama looked the other way.


Giuliani told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on Monday that he would continue to unearth evidence against the Bidens.

“There’s a lot more evidence I’m going to put out,” Giuliani said on “Mornings with Maria.” “I put one out today — money-laundering. I’ve got a bigger one for tomorrow, a bigger one for the day after.”

Trump’s personal attorney added that the situation is a positive for Trump because it puts the spotlight on Biden.

“It’s the only way you can get this out,” Giuliani said. “The only way that they [the media] would cover this story is by punching the president in the face, and then the president deflects the punch — which he’s done — the story’s come way down from where it was, and then he hits ’em with a right hand that’s more powerful.”

During the conversation about Biden’s alleged conversations with Ukraine, Giuliani took a hit at Hunter, saying he is “drug challenged,” adding in that Joe Biden “fails at everything.” Hunter has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life, according to an interview published in The New Yorker in July.


“The vice president did take Hunter Biden on Air Force Two to China,” Giuliani said. “The vice president flies his son — the guy that’s drug challenged — flies him to China.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Giuliani Promises To Release Incriminating Evidence On Biden

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