Appearing on Wednesday's Wolf show to discuss President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin characterized Republican resistance to confirming him as not being about "principle," but "power" instead.
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
Appearing as a panel member for Tuesday's election coverage on CNN, liberal commentator Van Jones went over the top again as he compared GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to a "strongman" like former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
At about 8:10 p.m. ET, shortly before Marco Rubio announced that he was ending his campaign for President, Jones suggested that Rubio might stay in longer because Trump reminds him of the "strongman" who took control of his home country who "from his point of view, was violent, was irresponsible."
Appearing as a panel member on Monday's Wolf show, liberal CNN political commentator repeated the debunked claim that Ronald Reagan began his 1980 presidential campaign near the site of a racially motivated murders in Mississippi from 16 years earlier for the purpose of sending a racist "dog whistle" on the issue of "states' rights."
As right-leaning CNN commentator Tara Sethmayer argued that Reagan behaved differently toward protesters compared to Donald Trump, Brazile jumped in to accuse Reagan of running a racially-tinged campaign: "And let's also be clear about the history. Ronald Reagan started his campaign in Neshoba County, Mississippi, where three individuals were murdered because they were trying to get the right to vote. So states' rights, all of this violence, bringing back some dog whistle type of leadership, that's not what we're about. That's not what we're about in the 21st century."
As CNN Newsroom host Poppy Harlow on Saturday tried to suggest Republicans like John Kasich deserve blame for not speaking out against Donald Trump when he was pushing birtherism against President Barack Obama several years ago, she was taken aback when her guest, Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges, turned the tables by implicating Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign in dabbling in similar mischief against her then-opponent Senator Obama.
Appearing as a guest on CNN Friday afternoon to discuss the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein at one point characterized her position on stem cell research as "to hell with" the "Republican right-wing shibboleth that stem cell research was off limits for religious reasons." Neither Bernstein nor host Brooke Baldwin made a distinction between research on adult stem cells -- which Republicans like President George W. Bush were in favor of funding with tax dollars -- and research using human embryos which Republicans generally opposed supporting with tax dollars.
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher joked about having a fantasy that an apparently unstoppable Donald Trump will unexpectedly drop dead on stage, and, moments later, joked about the possibility that discussing former Vice President Dick Cheney on his show might result in his death as he recalled the coincidental passing of Antonin Scalia and Nancy Reagan right after Maher had mentioned them on the air.
As Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott appeared as a guest on Thursday's Erin Burnett Outfront to discuss the upcoming GOP presidential debate, host Burnett actually asked him of those who attack Donald Trump by comparing him to Adolf Hitler: "Do they have a point?"
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's New Day on CNN to promote his latest film, The Brothers Grimsby, comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen recalled that audiences who have seen the movie have cheered at what he called the "fairytale ending" of Donald Trump contracting HIV.
A bit later, as he discussed whether he and his writers have lines they do not cross in their comedy, he concluded that, "at the end of the day, we're putting a movie out there, and we want it to be a good force in the world. Which is why Donald Trump gets AIDS in it."
Appearing as a panel member for Tuesday's CNN election coverage, liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones went over the top in using the words "cold, calculating killer" to describe Ted Cruz because the GOP presidential candidate is choosing to compete in Florida rather than pursuing a strategy of letting Marco Rubio deny Florida's delegates to Donald Trump.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, race-obsessed CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill painted "white male" Donald Trump supporters as being bothered at "a rise in expanded opportunity for black people and for brown people," suggesting that Trump's slogan is really "We're going to make America white again." Host Costello set him up: "Let me ask you this, Marc, because I want to ask you about angry white men because I just think it would be kind of fun."
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher repeatedly accused Republicans of exploiting racism for political advantage as he asserted that the GOP "made a Faustian deal with the racist devil" and went on to repeat an old debunked claim that Ronald Reagan began his 1980 presidential campaign at the site of a racially motivated murder.
He went on to compare the GOP to a house which has allowed racists with Nazi memorabilia to live in one of the rooms, and ended up taking clips from an Adolf Hitler speech and reciting a fake translation to make the former Nazi leader sound similar to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
As former Newsweek editor-in-chief Evan Thomas appeared as a guest on MSNBC Sunday to discuss former First Lady Nancy Reagan's passing, host Chris Matthews and Thomas used Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon to chastise the current Republicans for being too unwilling to compromise.
After Thomas asserted that Reagan and Nixon "are rolling over in their graves" and recalled that Nancy Reagan encouraged her husband to engage in talks with the Soviet Union, Matthews ended up oddly claiming that the Reagans knew "the purpose of the Cold War was not to win it but to end it," as if paving the way for ultimately driving the Soviet Union's influence out of Eastern Europe and other countries and pushing Moscow out of 14 of the 15 Soviet former Soviet republics could not be considered a "win" by the U.S.
Appearing as a panel member for CNN's live election coverage on Saturday, liberal CNN political commentator and Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn hyperbolically predicted that a President Donald Trump would put people in "internment camps" and get rid of habeas corpus when it was her turn to give final thoughts on the day's news.
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher ended his show by wishing that prominent Republicans suffer violent tragedies -- some of which would likely be deadly -- caused by global warming and other environmental issues so as to make Republicans take a more liberal view on environmental regulations. The theoretical tragedies included Chris Christie having his arm torn off by a shark, James Inhofe being "mauled" by a polar bear and Rush Limbaugh being attacked by bees.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, while endorsing Hillary Clinton for President because Bernie Sanders has been "insensitive to the plight of black people," music mogul Russell Simmons made wildly alarmist predictions suggesting humanity would die "in the next 50 years" because the "farming lobby" is "poisoning the planet quickly."
He also blamed earthquakes on global warming during his rant. Referring to Sanders, he complained: "And I asked him about it, and he brushed it off, even though he knows that your earthquake and certainly all of these storms are a result of factory farming. We now have all of the proof in the world that climate change is manmade, and we have to do something to derail it."
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of Donald Trump's hesitancy to condemn former KKK leader David Duke, CNN co-anchor Alisyn Camerota used the controversy to bring up other alleged racial issues from the past, including Ronald Reagan on "welfare queens" in 1976 and the Willie Horton ads against Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988. Guest Michael Eric Dyson repeated an old discredited charge that Reagan employed a racist dog whistle by beginning his 1980 presidential campaign in a Mississippi city where an infamous anti-civil rights murder took place 16 years earlier.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, supposedly right-leaning actor, economist and former Nixon speech writer Ben Stein praised socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's plan for national health care, and even admitted to a "fondness" for former law school classmate Hillary Clinton as he mused about whom he might support for President. It was only after being prodded that he finally admitted he prefers Republican Marco Rubio of all the candidates, although he aimed blunt criticism at both Rubio and Ted Cruz even while admitting to liking them both.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's New Day on CNN to discuss the presidential race, liberal CNN political commentator and Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn suggested that Democratic voter turnout will likely be up in November with "stopping us from being Nazi Germany" as a motivator against Donald Trump, inspiring no pushback from co-host Alisyn Camerota over the hyperbole.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, liberal CNN political commentator and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon tried to blame the KKK on the "conservative movement" and lectured conservative CNN political commentator and NewsBusters contributor Jeffrey Lord that "you need to own that cancer at the heart of the conservative movement right now because that is -- we are reaping what you have sown for decades."
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello to discuss Chris Rock's race-based monologue at the Oscars, after host Costello expressed that she "felt kind of sorry" for audience members who looked uncomfortable with the controversial jokes, liberal CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill provocatively referred to a "bunch of uncomfortable white people" in the audience as he recalled that he was gleeful at such a sight. Hill: "Their tears were my nectar. You know, watching a bunch of uncomfortable white people in a crowd (laughs) made me so happy."