The liberal media literally can’t wait for bad economic news under President Donald Trump. CNNmoney staff writer Matt Egan anticipated a potential “longest losing streak since 1978” for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. That story, in its original form published early March 28. Trading had just begun on Wall Street with the Dow down slightly, but Egan couldn’t wait for the closing bell to explain the magnitude of another down session and tie it to a president with a poor economic record. “The last time the Dow fell nine days in a row, Jimmy Carter was in the White House” he wrote. Of course, the story was updated shortly after the market closed that day — up more than 150 points.
Michael Moore is known for spewing outlandish, liberal drivel, but he turned apocalyptic as a reaction to the overthrow of former President Obama’s energy plan. President Donald Trump signed an executive order into law March 28, to begin rolling back Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The plan included many regulations affecting domestic energy production.The propagandist filmmaker immediately lashed out on Twitter condemning Trump’s actions.
Taking a break from tweeting against the President Donald Trump, comedian Sarah Silverman lashed out at a new target: “evil” banks and “BIG OIL.”
"As long as my money is in a big bank, I am part of the problem,” Silverman argued. “And those banks are investing in big oil. They’re scratching each other’s balls.”
Why was Silverman so upset about banks? Because of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She railed against banks and oil companies in a March 18 video op-ed for Now This News. In it, she sympathized with fellow pipeline opponents who felt “helpless” because Trump recently approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
With Starbuck’s stock underperforming, its about time someone questioned Starbucks’s liberal agenda. Just don’t expect the media to care. A conservative think tank, The National Center for Public Policy Research, confronted outgoing controversial Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. As an owner of Starbucks stock, the group sent its General Counsel Justin Danhof to Starbucks’s annual shareholders meeting on March 22. There, he questioned Schultz for his public liberal opinions that may have hurt the company’s stock price. In reference to Schultz’s Jan. 29 decision that Starbucks would hire 10,000 refugees, Danhof asked Schultz “How much will Starbucks investors have to spend so that the company can properly vet refugees that the federal government admits it can’t afford to vet?”
Sen. Bernie Sanders is beloved by many in the liberal press, which is why most are unlikely to point the hypocrisy of his recent rant against America. In a March 18 tweet, the former Democratic presidential candidate scolded America as a nation that “worships wealth” instead of “caring for the poor.” The tweet added “I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.”
Seeing a conservative and a liberal agree on the idea of term limits is quite unusual. Though they don’t usually agree on much, CNBC’s Squawk Box co-anchors Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin both praised the idea of term limits for members of Congress. Frustrated with Congress’s lack of progress on Trump’s agenda, Kernen argued that getting substantial change passed is “impossible. I think maybe you need term limits.”
The liberal media just can’t seem to get anything right -- even math. Journalists were eager to follow in the wake of Rachel Maddow's tax fiasco. ABC and CBS evening news shows reported that Trump paid an effective tax rate of about 25 percent in 2005. But, as The Federalist’s Sean Davis noted, this is flat out wrong. Trump’s effective tax rate for 2005 was 79 percent. That’s more than three times higher than reported.
CNN used the suffering of natural disaster victims to push its obsession with climate change. Meera Senthilingam, a CNN health producer, wrote early March 14, that climate change is causing “depression, anxiety and, PTSD.” Simultaneously, a late season snowstorm was unloading on millions of Americans. She described devastating stories of natural disasters and how they affected the mental health of the victims and, unsurprisingly, connected their suffering to climate change.
Wall Street has been brimming with optimism since President Donald Trump’s election, but Main Street’s optimism soared as well. Some say the new GOP health insurance bill may keep that going.CNBC reporter Kate Rogers said that “Main Street’s outlook post-election is still holding at historically high levels according to the National Federation of Independent Business.”
Replacing appointed attorneys from previous administrations is not unusual for a new president, but didn’t stop the liberal media from attacking President Donald Trump for it. MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor said the coverage of fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is “just part of the national media tantrum” about anything Trump does. “If you look at it, The Washington Post plays it up on the front page as the lead story on Sunday,” Gainor said on March 13. He was on Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report with Trish Regan to discuss the coverage. Gainor also criticized Politico for using the word “replace” when Obama had attorneys removed but then used the word “oust” when Trump did the same thing. He said the media is “trying to paint this as an extreme thing. We are supposed to get upset about the release of an attorney that honestly, no one outside the media cares about.”
Add Home Depot Co-founder Ken Langone to the list of business leaders endorsing Trump’s economic agenda. After blasting the “irrelevant” liberal media for obstructing President Trump, Langone warned Republicans of the importance of advancing Trump’s plans for major tax reform. “Republicans, Democrats, the media, everybody was against Trump,” Langone said Feb. 13, on CNBC’s Squawk Box. He defended Trump and argued that, "the American people elected him president for one reason” and that’s because “they want major change.”
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor scolded the liberal media’s coverage of good economic news under the Trump administration. “They are giving no coverage to the good news except when they absolutely have to,” Gainor declared during a March 10, appearance on Intelligence Report with Trish Regan. Gainor explained that just two days ago ADP reported 100,000 more jobs than predicted but “ABC, CBS, and NBC didn't cover it at all.”
The economic optimism of Donald Trump’s election is becoming harder to deny, although many liberals are still trying. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced March 10, that the U.S. economy added 235,000 new jobs in February, beating estimates by 38,000. Following that news, CNBC’s Squawk Box co-anchor Joe Kernen argued Trump instilled confidence in the economy by surrounding himself by successful businessmen.
Republicans just announced plans to eliminate a fund that was created by Obamacare and predictably, The Washington Post is up in arms about how it “guts crucial” health funding. Washington Post reporter Lena H. Sun blasted GOP plans to replace Obamacare because it would rein in spending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the story ignored years of complaints over CDC waste and duplication of work done by other federal agencies.
The left’s boycott strategy doesn’t always work. Since the beginning of February, Ivanka Trump Collection has seen “some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand" president of Ivanka Trump Collection, Abigail Klem, told Ana Colon of Refinery29. Over the last several months, liberal media outlets have propped up the #grabyourwallet movement that created a list of retailers to boycott because they carry Trump family products. Those efforts particularly targeted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. The Huffington Post’s Jamie Feldman highlighted the list, saying it is a “one-stop way to boycott the Trumps.” New York Times columnist Rachel Abrams praised #grabyourwallet’s founder Shannon Coulter in a lengthy piece that sympathized with her desire to shop “with a clear conscience.”
“Biblically responsible” investment opportunities are antithetical to corporate America, according to The New York Times. Times columnist Liz Moyer accused Inspire Investing’s new Christian friendly E.T.F.s (exchange traded funds) of being “squarely at odds with that of nearly all of corporate America” Feb. 28, yet just months earlier the paper praised E.T.F.’s designed around climate change alarmism. Moyer was quick to cite the regulatory filing of the new E.T.F.s, launched Feb. 28, that vaguely stated that the E.T.F.s would avoid investing in companies that have “any degree of participation in activities that do not align with biblical values” including “the LGBT lifestyle.”She claimed this did not align with corporate America because 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies have “nondiscrimination policies” pertaining to sexual orientation and 82 percent have policies pertaining to “gender identity.”
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor said President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress was like Tom Brady’s Super Bowl comeback, but predicted the media will keep “going after him.” “When you get Glenn Thrush, Richard Engel, and Van Jones all complimenting you on your speech, you’ve pretty much done well” Gainor said on March 1, during an appearance on Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.
“I wouldn’t say a grand slam, it reminded me of Brady coming back in the Super Bowl where you’ve got the veteran just proving everybody wrong,” Gainor said of Trump’s Feb. 28 speech.
Bill Nye the Science Guy loves to go around promoting climate change but seemingly can’t answer basic questions about the theory. When hard-pressed, the result is highly entertaining. Appearing on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Feb. 27, former stand-up comedian Bill Nye repeatedly failed to answer a specific climate change question from host Tucker Carlson. Carlson conceded that “most people are open to the idea that the climate is changing” but asked Nye “to what degree is human activity causing it?” Nye chose to ignore the question and smugly stated that “it’s a settled question. Human activity is causing climate change.”
It is getting harder to downplay the recent stock market rally, but The New York Times tried to keep it quiet. Fox Business Network anchor Stuart Varney blasted the Times’s lack of coverage of what he called the “Trump stock market rally.” Varney pointed out on Feb. 27, that the Business section of the Times from the day before ignored the market’s historic gains since Trump’s election. His media criticism came just hours before a 12th straight record day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Columnists and editorial boards of national news outlets hope President Donald Trump will institute taxation of carbon dioxide, citing “prominent” Republican support for such “climate action.” In February, The New York Times editorial board, a Washington Post columnist, Time magazine and a CNN.com opinion columnist all ran pieces endorsing a carbon tax. Post columnist Robert Samuelson cried “two cheers for a carbon tax” in his headline. In order to sell the idea, the media used descriptions like “blue-collar climate plan” and labeled it a tax that “could win over” Trump. The general premise of a carbon tax is that energy companies will be taxed for every ton of carbon they emit, making the price of carbon based energy increase and the demand decrease.