On Monday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, host Mitchell displayed the latest example of a journalist trying to push blame for Hillary Clinton's history of being secretive onto her political opponents "beating up on her" and causing her to feel the need to be defensive. During a discussion of Clinton withholding from the press that she had pneumonia, thus leading it to be a surprise when she fainted during a 9/11 commemoration, Mitchell wondered if pressure from Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani made her be secretive about it.
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 CNN Tonight to discuss the issue of Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players refusing to stand for the National Anthem on the eve of September 11, liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones praised Kaepernick's actions as "deep patriotism" as he derided standing for the anthem or wearing an American flag pin as examples of "cheap patriotism."
Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Face the Nation, Slate's Jamelle Bouie -- also a CBS political analyst -- asserted that Hillary Clinton was "correct and accurate" to deride half of Donald Trump supporters as "deplorables," linking them to racism, sexism, and xenophobia.
On Friday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of public attitudes toward Hillary Clinton, host Don Lemon was oddly set off when GOP guest and Donald Trump supporter Boris Epshteyn declared that Clinton is viewed as untrustworthy because "she's committing so many crimes," as the CNN host jumped in and spent almost two minutes insisting that it is somehow unacceptable to claim that someone "committed" a crime if the person has never been convicted, as if it were a journalistic violation even for a guest to give such an opinion about anyone.
Appearing as a panel member on Friday's New Day, CNN political analyst and New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman admitted that the conspiracy theories questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States and legally eligible to be President began with members of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign while conservatives were mostly rejecting the issue.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day to discuss the issue of whether sexism toward women has caused more negative feelings toward Hillary Clinton, liberal CNN political commentator Peter Beinart -- also of The Atlantic -- theorized that because, according to Politifact, Clinton is an "unusually truthful" political candidate, there must be some other factor like sexism that is causing her unfavorable rating to be so high.
Appearing on Thursday's New Day, CNN political analyst and former NBC Meet the Press anchor David Gregory repeatedly insisted that Hillary Clinton's handling of her email with a private server was "not illegal," and that this assertion is "not in dispute." He ended up claiming that the proof of this claim was that FBI director James Comey chose not to prosecute and ended up fretting over the possibility that Republicans would try to "re-litigate" the matter.
On Tuesday's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, guest host Joy-Ann Reid devoted a segment to fretting that the dominant media have been too aggressive in covering a small number of Hillary Clinton scandals as opposed to many scandals coming from Donald Trump. Slate columnist and recurring guest Michelle Goldberg complained that, when the media cover Clinton scandals, "it's a couple of things that are rehashed over and over again, and kind of picked over for any little scrap of news."
The name "Hillary Clinton" and the words "one of the most honest politicians in America" are definitely not words one would expect to see someone use in the same sentence together, but liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones managed to do just that as he appeared as a panel member on Tuesday's CNN Tonight. Responding to a question about a recent CNN/ORG poll finding abysmally low numbers of Americans find the Democratic presidential nominee "honest and trustworthy," Jones leaned on unnamed "fact checkers" to boost Clinton.
On Tuesday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson appeared as a guest, host Mitchell demonstrated that one of her liberal buttons is pushed when she hears politically incorrect terms like "illegal immigrants" or "illegal aliens" as she seemed to fret over these terms, which she tagged as "pejorative language," being used by "Angel Moms" -- the mothers of children killed by illegals -- who have spoken on stage at Donald Trump rallies.
On CBS This Morning on Monday, at the end of a report recalling the notes the FBI released which document that Hillary Clinton claimed not to know that "(C)" markings in her emails indicated classified information at the level of "confidential," CBS correspondent Nancy Cordes misleadingly gave the impression that confidential emails are not classified as she made a point of correcting Donald Trump for mis-stating that the "(C)" stood for "classified."
In a pre-recorded interview with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence which aired on Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, host Chuck Todd oddly wondered why Donald Trump's plan to restrict immigration from selected countries "compromised by terrorism" should be considered "constitutional," even though the new plan tries to alleviate previous complaints by not making religion the determining factor in restrictions.
On Friday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN host Cooper moderated a debate between two liberals, one of whom took a stridently critical position of Hillary Clinton for her flimsy excuses for mishandling classified email when she was Secretary of State. As CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin came to the defense of the Democratic presidential candidate, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley was sharply critical of Clinton as he accused her of "trying to portray" herself as "something of a village idiot" in claiming that she misunderstood the marking of classified email, and calling her explanation "perfectly absurd."
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin devoted a segment to the decision by Georgetown University to grant what Baldwin referred to as "reparations" to make up for the school's history of owning slaves, with the school planning to enact several plans, including offering admission to descendants of slaves who were owned by the university. As Baldwin spoke to her guest, Maxine Crump -- who is a descendant of one of these slaves -- the CNN host did not take the time to question whether the development does harm by encouraging black Americans in general to feel that they are owed payback that would have to be acquired from their fellow Americans.
Appearing as a panel member on Thursday's New Day, CNN political analyst Jackie Kucinich -- also of the Daily Beast -- suggested that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's handling of the immigration issue yesterday amounted to "blowing himself up" or "killing himself" politically as she hinted that Hillary Clinton is better off ceding the spotlight to her Republican opponent.
During a live interview on Wednesday with Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Governor Mike Pence on CNN's New Day, host Alisyn Camerota recalled that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto once hyperbolically likened Donald Trump's anti-Mexico rhetoric to that of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, before she then essentially asked if the GOP presidential nominee would apologize to the Mexican president for provoking the negative reaction.
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Tonight, liberal CNN political commentator and New York Times columnist Charles Blow charged that Republicans as a party are trying to "suppress" and take away the rights of America's black population as he argued against an African-American guest who suggested blacks should consider voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Blow: "These are not the same kinds of parties. These are just not -- trying to pretend that they are, and to pretend to pretend that 'the Democrats have failed you and therefore you need to turn away from that,' it takes away from the fact that the Republicans are actively engaged in trying to take away your rights, actively engaged in trying to suppress you right now."
The liberal commentator also repeated the tired charge that efforts from the right to restrict welfare are rooted in racism, as he acknowledged that more whites than blacks receive welfare, because most of the conservative base allegedly believe incorrectly that more blacks receive welfare.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's New Day on CNN to defend NFL player Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem, comedian and former CNN host D.L. Hughley griped about veterans and white athletes who have criticized Kaepernick but have not condemned "brutality" against black Americans, and charged that their "protest" is a protest "in agreement of" violence. Hughley: "When will a white NFL player say something about police brutality? Ever? We've stood with veterans. When will they say something about police brutality? They won't. These things exist because America is silent, much like Kaepernick's protest. His protest is to protest violence; theirs is in agreement of it."
CNN on Monday displayed the latest example of the double standard that, while liberals are known for recounting social problems that disproportionately hit America's black population like poverty or shootings when they can promote liberal policy prescriptions like government spending or gun control, when conservatives raise these same issues with the promise of a conservative-based prescription, liberals react by finding nefarious motives or even deny that such substantial problems even exist.
On At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye spoke as if she were in denial of the economic and crime problems faced by much of the black population as she declared that "I'm not impoverished," and oddly boasted that "several" of her friends are middle class and "doing well in this country." She also declared that, referring to slavery, "we were barefoot on plantations building this country for free."
On Sunday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of the NFL's Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during the National Anthem, and his subsequent statement accusing the U.S. of being a nation that "oppresses black people," citing violence by police, both guests expressed support for him in the aftermath of his expression of anti-U.S. sentiment. CNN political commentator Errol Louis lauded the NFL star's decision as "weighty" and sympathetically concluded that "we should wish him the best of luck in getting through this."