President Barack Obama complained Thursday about liberals who were concerned about the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.
The media too often reports on negative stories, rather than the positive things that government accomplishes, Obama noted Thursday in an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews."
For an example of negative media coverage, Obama spoke about the scandal over the IRS harassment of conservative groups, and suggested it was not a serious scandal. more >>
Tourism officials in Northern Ireland announced HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones" may do more than mesmerize viewers with adult themes and political intrigue – they're planning on using it to draw visitors.
"Northern Ireland's Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announced the tourism strategy Wednesday but gave no details," The Associated Press reported. Much of the HBO TV series is filmed in Northern Ireland, since the fictional Westeros fits with its historic landscape of castles and rugged coastlines.
"Game of Thrones" follows the book series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," by American author George R.R. Martin. Set in a fictional medieval fantasy land, it centers around the themes of adventure and political intrigue, dragons and zombies, sex and violence. more >>
Rob Bell, Christian author and former megachurch pastor, recently appeared on comedian Pete Holmes' late-night show and attempted to offer a theology lesson during an amusing surfing segment and nearly lost it during another bit dubbed "Profound/Profane" while trying to convince the show's studio audience that "everybody believes in something."
Bell, appearing on the Dec. 3 broadcast of Holmes' show, treated the comedian to a surfing (mostly falling) lesson, and shared the message he believes Jesus modeled.
"Jesus talked about how to live a particular kind of life now," said Bell. "Compassion, grace, generosity, standing up to injustice, being a person of integrity." more >>
Domonique Scott, one of five Atlanta preachers' wives featured in the TLC reality show "The Sisterhood" and a self-described entrepreneur and evangelist, has been charged with fraud and making false statements in a case involving her supposed tutoring of low-income students.
"The Real Queen Maker" or Pastor D, as she also dubs herself, appeared earlier this year in "The Sisterhood" with husband-pastor Brian Scott, and was indicted Nov. 26 by a Fulton County grand jury for allegedly submitting false information for a tutoring company with the goal of getting federal funds for the program.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that prosecutors claim Scott "sent to the state Department of Education a false balance sheet, a false statement of net income, a program summary showing a false start date for her company and a forged letter from a fictitious bank representing a non-existent cash line of credit." more >>
Television host and journalist Martin Bashir has resigned from his MSNBC show after reflecting on his highly controversial comments made about former GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, adding that he "deeply regrets" what he said.
"Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments," Bashir said on Wednesday in an email posted on Mediaite.
"I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast." more >>
Disney's new musical, "Frozen," may have done well at the box office, but it failed to convince all Christian reviewers. While some hailed the film as a masterpiece of sacrificial love, others attacked it as a lower quality cartoon.
"Frozen is not only a funny, entertaining movie with incredible animation – its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice," declared the Christian film review site, Movieguide. But in an email statement to The Christian Post, Alex Wainer, associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, wrote, "Of the two Disney animated fairy tales with past-tense single verb titles, this is no Tangled."
In the film, Elsa and Anna are sisters, princesses in the Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, also has a double-edged gift – the ability to freeze anything and shoot ice out of her hands. But Elsa can't control it, and nearly gets Anna killed. Forever withdrawn, the older sister flees from all company to protect those she loves. more >>