Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of white supremacists who have shown support for Donald Trump, CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein asserted that there are "an awful lot of bigots and nativists and a lot of hateful people" in Trump's coalition as he renewed his charge that the GOP candidate is a "neo-fascist."
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
On Monday's New Day, after a discussion of the possibility that some Britons may have buyers' remorse after the Brexit vote to end EU membership and how the issue plays into the U.S. presidential election, CNN political commentator Errol Louis claimed that Republicans have been on a trend of candidates making "more extreme" promises that they cannot keep to their base. Moments later, former CNN anchor Ali Velshi -- also a former Al Jazeera America host -- asserted that he hoped journalists would "press" Donald Trump on specifics, as he predicted that Hillary Clinton would "shine" in the debates.
On Sunday, CBS's Face the Nation took a moment to note the latest embarrassing revelations in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet the Press both ignored the finding. Even CBS buried the development at the end of its roundtable segment, as host John Dickerson hurriedly raised the issue: "Susan, we have just about 20 seconds left. There was news on the email front with Hillary Clinton. Didn't turn over an email that showed there were problems with her server. That's not good."
Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Inside Politics, CNN's Jeff Zeleny asserted that, although the House Democratic sit-in to protest in favor of more gun control was a "stunt," that it was a "stunt that the vast majority of the country supports." The CNN correspondent was presumably reacting to a flawed CNN poll which host John King had just cited claiming that 90 percent of respondents support "background checks" for gun purchases while 85 percent favor banning those on terrorism watch lists from buying guns.
Concluding his Real Time show on Friday, HBO comedian Bill Maher called on President Barack Obama to go on an "apology tour" around the world to "drive Republicans nuts" and, presumably if Donald Trump loses the presidential election, to send a message that America is "back on our meds." On one of his most anti-America rants, Maher asserted that America "did some bad s***" in its history and has "acted like a nasty drunk" toward other countries. Maher listed Iraq among the list of countries the U.S. should apologize to as he called it "our eternal drunken booty call" which the U.S. invaded because "We were pretty badly hooked on oil at the time, and it made us do some crazy things."
Given the dominant media fervor in favor of more gun control, plus the favorable coverage the House Democratic sit-in stunt has received, it would certainly not be a shock to find a CNN anchor asking a question or two to a Democratic congressman pressing that the protest should have lasted longer or that they should go back to protesting again later. However, CNN's Brianna Keilar asked 10 questions in just six minutes along the lines that the protest did not last long enough.
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, host Baldwin and CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter took time to celebrate the House Democrats' ability to use social media to promote their sit-in protest over gun legislation in the U.S. Capitol in spite of the Republican leadership turning off the cameras. Baldwin gushed: "I think some of these members of Congress are more hip than I am on Snapchats. I mean, I was impressed. I mean, the Periscoping. How did they pull this off?" Stelter declared that it was "unprecedented and historic" for Democrats to utilize non-traditional media to draw attention to their protest: "But this was an unprecedented and historic moment because, you know, those television cameras controlled by the government. They always have been ever since the '80s, as Susan said. And yet, now, for the first time, there's an alternative."
As Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared as a guest on Thursday's Wolf show to react to the Supreme Court ruling against President Barack Obama's executive order helping illegal immigrants get work permits, CNN host Wolf Blitzer at one point begged of his Republican guest on whether he "feels bad for" the millions of illegals affected by the decision.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield to react to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech attacking Democrat Hillary Clinton, CNN political commentator David Gergen fretted over charges that the Clinton duo had been "corrupt" in their handling of the Clinton Foundation, with the CNN commentator calling the charge "slanderous." After dismissing Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, as "discredited," he worried that some of the attacks on Clinton are motivated by "gender" and recalled that a "civil war" came not long after divisive White House campaigns involving President Andrew Jackson in the 1800s.
In the aftermath of the Orlando night club massacre, flawed polls claiming that about 90 percent of Americans want universal background checks for gun purchases have started making the rounds again as CBS last week and CNN this week have released such misleading findings. But over two years ago, a poll commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that, when respondents were informed by the questioner that most gun show purchases already fall under the background check net, support for additional background check requirements plummeted.
On Friday's CNN Tonight, while going on a rant lecturing a Republican guest about "politicizing" the Orlando nightclub terrorist attack, host Don Lemon inserted what sounded like his own political push for more gun control while he was still lecturing his guest about being political.
In spite of CDC statistics documenting the dramatically higher rate of HIV infection among homosexual males in contrast with the general population -- so much so that more than 60 percent of AIDS patients are homosexual men -- CNN host Anderson Cooper and medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 seemed befuddled at why the Obama administration FDA would bar homosexual men from donating blood in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub terror attack.
As former Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm appeared as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello worried that Democratic Senators have inadvertently sabotaged the possibility of new gun laws by "antagonizing' Republicans with a filibuster, which she termed as "kicking sand in their faces."
After responding to Granholm's NRA-bashing by sympathetically proclaiming, "Right, and I admire your passion," she ended the segment by declaring, "Okay, well, I hope so," after the Michigan Democrat predicted a vote on new gun laws.
As Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day to discuss the Orlando night club terror attack, CNN host Chris Cuomo pressed him over the issue of gun laws and also over whether Republicans should be making a point of specifying that it was a gay club that was targeted when speaking of the attack.
The two also got into a debate over whether political correctness has made it more difficult to head off Islamic terrorism by pressuring people into keeping silent about suspicions toward Muslim acquaintances.
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, liberal CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein chided Hillary Clinton and other Democrats for "parsing" on the words "Islamic terror" and warned that Donald Trump will inspire an "anti-Muslim pogrom" in the U.S. unless Muslims have a Million Muslim March against terrorism.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day, CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein argued that, even though there is "no question" that Hillary Clinton "lied" about her improper use of a personal email server as Secretary of State, both she and Bernie Sanders are more in line with adhering to "constitutional traditions" than "authoritarian" Donald Trump, whom he compared to Latin American dictators.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's New Day on CNN, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman defended his most recent column arguing that the various "fibs" told by Hillary Clinton are not as bad as "giant whoppers" told by Donald Trump as he suggested the Democratic nominee is the preferable choice for President.
As Anderson Cooper interviewed Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Tuesday's AC360, the CNN host brought up running mate Bill Weld's hyperbolic assertion likening Donald Trump's position on deporting illegal immigrants to the treatment of Jews by Nazis. Cooper: "Your running mate, Bill Weld, has compared Trump's deportation plan to Nazis' policies against Jews. Do you agree with that?"
On Sunday's MediaBuzz on FNC, host Howard Kurtz devoted several minutes to the controversy around Katie Couric using a deceptively edited trailer for her pro-gun control documentary in which the trailer makes several pro-gun activists look dumbfounded and unable to answer a straightforward question.
Kurtz took time to show viewers a clip of the trailer in question, and then played audio of how the members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League immediately answered Couric's question about whether convicted felons should be allowed to purchase guns without background checks. CNN's Reliable Sources skipped the controversy, instead focusing on a liberal angle: speculating whether Rush Limbaugh's radio contract is in danger.
On Sunday's This Week on ABC, California Senator Dianne Feinstein seemed to be channeling the Whoopi Goldberg school of flimsy excuse-making as she tried to defend Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server to conduct government business as Secretary of State. Several days after The View co-host Goldberg preposterously claimed that Clinton was just trying to hide email fights with her husband by using the private server -- as if she could not have simply kept personal correspondence in a separate account -- the Democratic Senator whined that Clinton "wants a little bit of a private life" and wants to be able to correspond with family and "not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her emails."