Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer -- known for moderating a number of general election presidential debates in the past -- declared that he watches both CNN and MSNBC "a lot," but did not mention Fox News as part of his "well-rounded news diet."
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria used a segment promoting an effort to legalize heroin in Ithaca, New York, as a way to mock Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's negative comments about "New York values," as the CNN host tagged the effort "a New York value that Ted Cruz would probably hate" and later concluded "Maybe Ithaca's bold proposal -- its New York values -- aren't so bad after all."
On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, host Maher ended the show with a commentary against religion as he demanded that churches in the U.S. be taxed. The HBO comedian compared taxing religion to taxing destructive habits like smoking by suggesting a tax on Sunday school so children "don't get stupid." Conveniently ignoring that the Nazis and communists who mass murdered tens of millions were atheists, Maher also linked religion to genocide and other destructive behavior.
On Friday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, host Baldwin and guest Jackie Kucinich of the Daily Beast both seemed amused by reports that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz got a negative reception at a New York Republican dinner, and, a bit later, Baldwin seemed to bristle at John Kasich because the Ohio Republican advised a college student at a town hall to avoid parties with alcohol to reduce her chances of being sexually assaulted.
Appearing as a panel member on Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones slammed former President Bill Clinton from the left for confronting Black Lives Matter protesters over the 1994 crime bill that increased prison sentences for illegal drug convictions.
As Jones praised Hillary Clinton for coming out for changing the 1994 law her husband signed, the liberal commentator then got colorful in referring to the former President as "the big dog" as he asserted that Bill Clinton "made a mess on the carpet" by defending the law.
On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, as former Virginia Governor and former Republican National Committee chairman Jim Gilmore appeared as a guest to discuss what is likely to happen at the Republican National Convention, when the former RNC chair began listing some of the problems with Hillary Clinton that make it crucial for Republicans to unite and defeat her, host Baldwin dismissively labeled his criticisms as "talking points."
On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira sympathetically gave country singer and gay rights activist Chely Wright a forum to complain about religious freedom initiatives in several Southern states, with Wright deriding the bills as "very bigoted" and "ridiculous."
Appearing as a panel member on Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of proposed religious freedom laws in states like Mississippi and the bathroom law in North Carolina, CNN political commentator Margaret Hoover slammed the measures as "draconian laws that dismiss LGBT people."
For his part, host Don Lemon labeled the laws as "crazy" after liberal Republican Hoover recalled polling that suggests most Republicans prefer to back down from opposing same-sex marriage in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling.
On Monday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira hosted a segment that slanted in favor of those on the left who are opposing current initiatives like the bathroom bill in North Carolina and the religious freedom bills in Georgia and Mississippi, with Pereira at one point fretting that the boycotts by businesses and entertainers will not be enough to thwart the measures. Speaking to Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD, the CNN anchor worried: "But, Sarah Kate, is that enough? Right? Is that enough? Is that going to build the momentum that you're looking for?"
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show on CNN, former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson seemed taken aback that younger women -- some of whom she teaches in a college class -- are not supporting Hillary Clinton for President, unlike women in her own generation: "I don't know what's going on with women," and later, "I don't know why women don't think Hillary Clinton ought to be the first female President."
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria began his show by touting what he viewed as President Barack Obama's accomplishments as evidence he has been a "transformational" President, while also giving some "passive" credit to Obama for a Republican party "implosion."
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher was again aiming crude personal insults at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz -- this time likening him to a "rat" and to convicted pedophile Jared Fogle of Subway restaurant fame -- and Republicans, this week recommending that the GOP give up on winning the presidential election because the "teabagger" Congress is so effective at being "obstructionist a******s" when they are not holding the White House.
In a pre-recorded interview with Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz aired on Thursday's Erin Burnett Outfront, CNN's Dana Bash admitted that seeing Senator Cruz, a "Christian from Texas," appearing with Jews in New York City surprised her, declaring: "This is not what I expected, to be honest with you."
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, PBS host Tavis Smiley claimed that GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are "running segregated campaigns" as he asserted that they are "not campaigning to my community." After repeating his claim that Trump has been a "racial arsonist," he declared that the Republican Party has been "self-sabotaging," and additionally attached to the GOP the words "anti-American," "Orwellian," and "Shakespearean."
On Wednesday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer suggested that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz would not do well in a general election with minorities and women as he discussed Idaho Republican Senator James Risch's preference for Cruz over Donald Trump as his party's nominee: "After losing in 2012 when President Obama was reelected, the Republican National Committee did what they called an autopsy, how to bring in more support from women, from minorities, from young people. How's that working out so far?"
On the Saturday edition of New Day, during a segment on the bathroom bill in North Carolina that would bar men from entering women's restrooms in state buildings and vice versa, CNN anchor Victor Blackwell oddly suggested that there was no significant difference between a man indecently exposing himself to a woman in a restroom, versus exposing himself to a another man, as the weekend anchor debated attorney Matt Staver of the Liberty Counsel.
Between Blackwell on Saturday, and Chris Cuomo on Monday, the two CNN anchors seemed to be in a contest to be the biggest liberal caricature on the issue of whether it is acceptable for men to go into women's restrooms.
On Monday's New Day on CNN, co-host Chris Cuomo dismissively suggested that supporters of the "bathroom bill" in North Carolina that would bar men from using women's public restrooms in government buildings in reality support the measure because they "don't like these transgender people getting what they want." The segment almost seemed like a parody making fun of a liberal caricature as Cuomo seriously defended the idea of biological men choosing to identify themselves as women and using women's bathrooms.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, host Zakaria seemed to be doing an impression of the type of super-biased political panel one would expect to find at MSNBC in the form of four liberals pitted against one moderate Republican and no conservatives discussing the role of racism in opposition to President Barack Obama. New Yorker editor David Remnick charged George H.W. Bush used "racist memes" to win the 1988 presidential campaign and racism has fueled Donald Trump's rise.
On Friday's Wolf show on CNN, during a discussion of whether Republicans can stay united after a divisive presidential convention, CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson recalled complaints by some Republicans that Ted Cruz "might not even be that much better" than Donald Trump as a nominee. She and CNN's Gloria Borger were then amused over "Lose with Cruz" as a possible campaign slogan for the GOP after Henderson suggested Republicans would prefer to have Cruz lose the general election as the nominee rather than have Trump heading the ticket.
On Thursday's The Situation Room on CNN, during a discussion of GOP presidential candidate John Kasich recently stepping up criticism of Donald Trump's fitness to be commander-in-chief, CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson suggested that Kasich was "getting in the gutter" and undermined him by cynically proclaiming that Republicans who begin attacking Trump seem "disingenuous" because they have held back for so long.