As CBS News veteran Lesley Stahl appeared as a guest on FNC's Media Buzz on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz might have almost gotten her to admit to liberal personal biases among her colleagues as she seemed to hedge on the issue of whether there is a liberal pro-Hillary Clinton bias. After initially denying Kurtz's suggestion that "the liberal press wants Hillary Clinton to win," claiming that President Ronald Reagan received more favorable press than President Jimmy Carter, she then seemed to back off a bit when Kurtz pressed her.
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day, the morning after declaring that Republicans are "detached from rational" thought on Hillary Clinton, CNN political commentator Errol Louis continued inoculating Clinton from charges of malfeasance in the email scandal as he charged that, "in the kangaroo courts of right-wing talk radio, for Donald Trump, for the Republican party," a clean report from the FBI would not change their views on the issue because "they have already convicted her." He then predicted that their "talking points" would not change.
Appearing as a panel member on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN political commentator Errol Louis -- political anchor for Time Warner Cable News -- painted critics of Hillary Clinton as being "detached from any kind of rational reading of the facts in many cases" as he inoculated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from possibly damaging revelations that could come from the FBI investigation into her email server.
On Thursday, CNN misinformed its viewers on the North Carolina bathroom law on its Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield show by giving viewers the impression that people who have undergone sex changes would be barred from using the bathroom of their new gender.
As host Banfield introduced a segment at 12:38 p.m. ET on the possibility of the Justice Department taking legal action against the state, the CNN host misleadingly asserted: "The governor signed the bill in April saying basically, whatever gender you consider yourself doesn't matter. You have to use the public bathroom that corresponds with your birth certificate -- the sex on your birth certificate. Doesn't matter if you're transgender. You got to use the bathroom that you're listed as."
On Wednesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN, after host Banfield suggested that it might be a disadvantage for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to choose Newt Gingrich as his running mate because "He's not a woman, and he's not black or a minority," far-left CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill jumped in to crack that "He's perfect! He's perfect for Republicans," inspiring laughter from a nearly all-liberal panel.
Left-leaning CNN host Banfield was joined by a conservative-free panel consisting of one liberal, one far-left liberal and one socially liberal moderate Republican for a discussion of the aftermath of Tuesday's Indiana primaries.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, far-left CNN political commentator Sally Kohn oddly brought up the Indiana Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s as evidence of the state being "socially conservative" and "racially divisive," and therefore a place where GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is likely to win by a landslide.
Her analysis was so bizarre that even the left-leaning Ashleigh Banfield stepped in to "stick up for" Indiana residents who "would absolutely disavow that."
On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, after New York magazine's Andrew Sullivan slammed Donald Trump's proposal for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, host Anderson Cooper grasped at straws to suggest an equivalence with banning Jews because "Jewish extremists" have "committed acts of terrorism against Israeli leaders" as he pushed back against conservative CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany's support for Trump's plan.
As this weekend's syndicated The McLaughlin Group discussed the issue of the North Carolina bathroom law which limits people from using public restrooms in state buildings that do not correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune compared the issue to Willie Horton from the 1988 presidential campaign.
He ended up dismissively laughing when conservative columnist Pat Buchanan predicted that a crime against a child would someday occur if men are allowed to use women's restrooms, as the liberal columnist smugly cracked, "I'm waiting for it to happen, Pat. If it were going to happen, it would have happened already."
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show, CNN political commentator Errol Louis -- political anchor for Time Warner Cable News -- began the segment by blaming Donald Trump for violence by left-wing protesters near his appearances, and concluded the segment with an admittedly "snarky" comment as he sarcastically praised Trump because "he hasn't been endorsed by any Ku Klux Klan leaders lately, so that's one nice thing."
On Friday evening, during a discussion of violent protests at the Republican convention in California, CNN anchors Erin Burnett and John Berman on two different programs both seemed oddly worried that an innocent joke Donald Trump made about sneaking across the border would exacerbate tensions. On Erin Burnett Outfront, host Burnett wondered if the levity was "stoking the flames," and, an hour later, as he substitute hosted Anderson Cooper 360, Berman visibly winced as he recalled the joke and asked if it was "a smart joke to make, given the circumstances?"
On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of violent protests outside a Donald Trump appearance in Costa Mesa, California, after conservative CNN political commentator Matt Lewis suggested that they might be "leftist agitators" who are effectively boosting Trump's campaign with their behavior, co-host Chris Cuomo defused his characterization by asserting that many of them "were just dissatisfied citizens who were taking out their dissatisfaction the wrong way in anger and destroying a lot of property there."
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin and chief political correspondent Dana Bash both seemed amused by the vitriol aimed at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz by both former House Speaker John Boehner and by fellow candidate Donald Trump. The first sign of amusement occurred while Baldwin was reading a recent quote from Boehner in which he called Senator Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b****," as what sounds like a giggle -- presumably from Bash -- can be briefly heard in the background.
On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, during a discussion of Donald Trump accusing Hillary Clinton of playing the "gender card," host Brooke Baldwin declared that the comment reminded her of Mitt Romney using the words "binders full of women" which she asserted "really hurt him" in the 2012 presidential campaign.
CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson went on to complain, "We often think of women as only having gender. Men have a gender, too," and, after accusing Trump of playing a "gender card" by acting like an "alpha male," she concluded that "men certainly benefit from the gender card, too, and in some ways benefit more because it's more subtle in some ways for men."
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's New Day on CNN to plug her book, The Sleep Revolution, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post defended the Post's over-the-top coverage hitting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Huffington recalled the editor's note that accompanies every article about Trump -- which calls him a "rampant xenophobe" and "racist" who "incites political violence" -- and also defended the publication's recent caricature of what a Trump "war room" might look like if he were elected President. She concluded that "What we are doing is responsible journalism, pointing out the dangers of a Trump presidency while there is still time to avert it," as she accused much of the media of "dereliction of duty."
On Friday's At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, CNN co-hosts John Berman and Kate Bolduan repeatedly pressed Ted Cruz campaign national chairman Chad Sweet about whether Senator Cruz believes transgender men are actually "men pretending to be women" as the two began the segment focusing on a Cruz campaign ad attacking Donald Trump over the North Carolina bathroom bill.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources, as CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein exonerated longtime parts of the dominant media like the New York Times, the Washington Post and his own CNN of being biased sources, he accused Fox News of being biased and blamed consumers of news for wanting to see "information to reinforce what they already believe."
On his Real Time show on Friday, HBO comedian Bill Maher referred to the U.S. military as a "mass murder machine" as he recalled that the reason he likes Bernie Sanders so much is because the Vermont socialist is the only presidential candidate who would argue against building a bigger military. Maher also made a crass reference to Tea Party conservatives by referring to Muslim extremists in Pakistan who want to be able to marry children as "teabaggers" who objected to a "meddling federal government stopping us from marrying children."
On Friday's regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on the PBS NewsHour, pretend conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks slammed the North Carolina bathroom law -- which tries to protect women and girls from men intruding into women's restrooms in state buildings -- as he declared that the law is "so bad now I have to praise Donald Trump" for the GOP candidate's criticism of the law on NBC's Today show.
The hosts of ABC's The View on Thursday spent almost four minutes fretting over Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump suggesting Harriet Tubman be placed on the $2 bill as an alternative to replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin in particular portrayed placement on the $2 bill as an insult, betraying an apparent lack of knowledge that the $2 bill that is still in circulation features no less than former President and Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson's likeness.
As former ABC This Week co-anchor Cokie Roberts appeared as a guest on Thursday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, she expressed agreement as liberal host Mika Brzezinski declared that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz "seems like a terrible choice" for Republicans to support to stop Donald Trump from winning. Brzezinski proclaimed: "I'm sure it is a little bit of, for me, my world view, ideology, but it just seems like Ted Cruz seems like a terrible choice to try and use -- am I wrong? Help me out with some objectivity."