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Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
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Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's MTP Daily on MSNBC, Washington Post editorial page deputy editor Ruth Marcus repeated the misleading claim that, because former Republican Rep. Tom Price has a history of winning landslide victories, the 6th Congressional District of Georgia should still be a solidly Republican seat. The liberal Post columnist admitted President Donald Trump barely won the district as she began her prediction: "I think if Republicans can't keep this seat, they're really in trouble in the Trump years, and here's why: Yes, Trump won it by a point, but Tom Price won it by multiple, you know, double digits repeatedly."
As the three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday informed viewers that former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of committing manslaughter last year against black motorist Philando Castile, CBS conspicuously omitted two facets of the case that help explain why he was acquitted. More than a year ago, Castile was tragically shot to death by Officer Yanez after Castile -- who had a concealed carry permit and therefore no criminal record -- informed the officer that he possessed a firearm during a traffic stop.
After MSNBC counterterrorism analyst Malcolm Nance confronted Breitbart editor Alex Marlow on Friday's Real Time show, demanding that he retract an article from last April which accurately highlighted Nance "nominating" a Donald Trump property for a terrorist attack, actor Mark Hamill was so impressed with the liberal MSNBC analyst that the Star Wars icon praised him on Twitter and dubbed him a "Jedi master." After MSNBC's Joy Reid highlighted Hamill's tweet on her AM Joy show on Sunday, Hamill also threw some Twitter praise toward the far-left MSNBC host.
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson blamed a Republican "rage machine" for the level of political polarization that currently exists, and complained about how congressional Republicans are conducting business. She also oddly claimed that Democrats were not partisan in their reaction to President Donald Trump's nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch -- even though Republicans had to change the filibuster rule to keep Democrats from blocking his confirmation to the Court.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson slammed the Donald Trump administration's accomplishments so far as a "debacle" and declared that the Republican budget has "savagely" taken money from poverty programs and education. Abramson: "I think both of the scenarios, Chris, that you just laid out equal debacle because, you know, he has done quite a bit, but I think what he's done has been, you know, altogether damaging both to the country and internationally. ... A budget that has savagely taken money from housing programs from the poor, federal money for the schools."
As the Reverend William Barber appeared as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC to give his religion-based views on current events, host Joy Reid at one point seemed to worry about not being able to talk more about Republican Rep. Steve Scalise's conservative views and his history on "race," as she recalled the discredited story that the congressman spoke to a white nationalist event 15 years ago.
On Thursday's CBS Evening News, as Nancy Cordes filed a report with the latest on the aftermath of the Steve Scalise shooting, the CBS correspondent made a point of highlighting Democratic criticisms of Republicans New Gingrich and New York Rep. Chris Collins for complaining about "hostility" and "rhetoric" coming from the far left. Cordes notably did not mention that Rep. Collins had already decided to retract his comments as he feared they were not appropriate in the aftermath of the violence.
On Wednesday's Fox and Friends, as Fox News producer Greg Pergram reported in by phone in the aftermath of the attack on congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, he incorrectly recalled that it was the KKK that Scalise was accused of meeting with, when in reality the debunked accusation was that he spoke to a white nationalist group that was founded by David Duke. Additionally, Pergram failed to inform viewers that, even though Scalise issued an apology, the central claim that Scalise spoke to Duke's group was undermined both by a flyer from the event that did not list Scalise as a speaker, and by a man who helped organize the event who claimed that he invited Scalise to speak at a separate gathering that was not part of the white nationalist convention.
On Wednesday's All In, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson still seemed to be clinging to the discredited story that Republican Rep. Steve Scalise spoke to a "white nationalist" group in Louisiana 15 years ago, as he suggested that the congressman has helped "exacerbate" tensions in politics. Near the end of the show, as host Chris Hayes suggested that liberals should ponder what their reaction would be "if the shoe were on the other foot" with regard to the Scalise shooting, Johnson suggested that politicians, including Scalise, do things to get votes that "exacerbate" tensions and "activate" people into violent behavior.
In a pre-recorded report on Thursday's New Day, CNN correspondent Randi Kaye repeated a discredited claim that Republican Rep. Steve Scalise 15 years ago spoke to a group founded by white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke. As if the assertion that he spoke to the group were not in dispute, Kaye recalled: "Questions were raised about a speech he gave to a group led by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke back in 2002."
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy, MSNBC contributor and Newsweek senior editor Kurt Eichenwald accused Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Republican members of Congress of defending "right-wing terrorists" during the Obama administration, as the liberal journalist tried to implicate mainstream conservatives in recent reports of hate crimes. Eichenwald: "In order to attack Obama. they said conservatives are right-wing terrorists. They told these right-wing extremists, 'You are one of us.'"
As two Republican officeholders and one Democrat appeared as guests in separate segments on Friday's New Day, CNN hosts repeatedly pressed the two Republicans from the left about the Paris Accord, but the Democrat was simply asked what his views were without challenge. Both Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota were preoccupied with whether President Donald Trump believes global warming is a "hoax," with Camerota so fixated that she spent most of one interview pressing on that same question over and over again. Camerota's Republican guest eventually called out some of her reasoning as being "silly."
On Thursday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota was seen pressing Republican Senator Mike Lee from the left on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on global warming. But, later in the program during an interview with Democratic Senator Ed Markey, the same Camerota merely asked for his reaction and then did not challenge his left-wing response.
As Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken appeared as a guest on Wednesday's New Day to plug his book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota and other CNN staff off screen were inspired to laugh out loud at the liberal Senator joking about hating Republican Senator Ted Cruz. After the two discussed that Franken's staff are under orders to talk the retired comedian out of making jokes at inappropriate times, Camerota began reading from his book about his negative views of the Texas Republican.
Chelsea Handler may be a far-left comedian known for railing against conservatives, but in Friday's episode of her Netflix show, she had fun at the expense of her fellow liberals as her Chelsea show ran a parody of an anti-Trump liberal named Gary who is obsessed with watching CNN. When his wife and children take away his TV, the poor guy goes to extreme lengths just to get the latest Trump news from CNN -- ranging from visiting a cross-dressing prostitute to breaking into a neighbor's home to watch Van Jones -- and then ends up in prison bullying his cellmate into keeping quiet while he indulges in David Gergen and Jake Tapper.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS over the Memorial Day weekend, CNN's Fareed Zakaria gave attention to the issue of liberals on college campuses protesting and trying to bar conservative speakers as he complained that "Liberals think they are tolerant, but often they aren't." And, after getting in a quick dig at "anti-intellectualism on the Right," he also called out "an anti-intellectualism on the Left, an attitude of self-righteousness which says we are so pure, we are so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree."
The Root politics editor Jason Johnson has been making regular appearances as a guest on both CNN and MSNBC for the past few years to give liberal political commentary, but now he appears to have tied the knot of sorts with MSNBC as he has just recently attained the status of "contributor." Just in the last couple of years, the race-obsessed Johnson has been known for repeatedly tying Republicans to the KKK and linking Steve Bannon to "terrorist groups"; and he even provocatively quoted a source recently who called the mayor of St. Louis a "f***ing white woman."
On Saturday's New Day on CNN, after reporting on the murders of two men in Portland who defended two women from being verbally harassed with anti-Muslim rantings, Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations was given an unchallenged forum to blame President Donald Trump for the violence. No room was made for any conservative voices who might have pointed out that anti-Muslim bigotry is inspired primarily by extremists like ISIS and al-Qaeda who have committed terrorism and claimed to do so in the name of Islam.
On CBS This Morning Saturday, as the show covered proposed new laws to protect police officers from hate crimes, correspondent Tony Dokoupil and anchors Alex Wagner and Anthony Mason all oddly seemed to worry about whether it was appropriate to call it a "hate crime" to attack a police officer. During the report, Dokoupil even asked if the term "hate crime" would be "cheapened" if police offers came under hate crime protection.
On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion in which panel members fretted over Republican reaction to GOP Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte violently attacking a reporter, The Atlantic's David Frum managed to inject race into the discussion as he theorized about what Rush Limbaugh would have done if Gianforte were a black Democrat. Frum: "Had the congressman been a black Democrat, imagine what Rush Limbaugh would have said. Rush Limbaugh called the attack 'studly' and 'manly.' Imagine -- it would have -- you would have had an explosion of racial provocation."