Appearing on Monday’s NBC Today, political analyst Nicolle Wallace condemned Republicans for not speaking out sooner against Donald Trump, following instances of violence at rallies for the GOP frontrunner. However, only one week earlier, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Wallace condemned Trump’s opposition within the party as “illegitimate.”
Kyle Drennen is the Media Research Center's Senior News Analyst and a Contributing Editor to NewsBusters. He is the co-author of the 2014 Media Reality Check study, TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats. His media analysis has been routinely cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as on Fox News and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com website. He joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.
Friday’s NBC Today began by condescendingly congratulating Republicans on having a “civil” debate Thursday night that “finally” covered “substantive” issues. However, only minutes later, the same broadcast called on the candidates to attack each other more.
Continuing their unhealthy obsession with the “bromance” between newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Obama on Friday, all three network morning shows were thrilled by the pair exchanging pleasantries at a White House state dinner Thursday evening.
On Thursday, while covering the latest Democratic debate, NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America avoided any mention of Hillary Clinton being grilled by Univision anchor Jorge Ramos about accusations that she lied to the families of the Benghazi victims. Instead, both morning shows focused on the “biggest debate” of the night being over the color of Bernie Sanders’ suit.
While reporting on advances in cancer research on Wednesday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell inadvertently promoted the philanthropic work of billionaire David Koch, who along with his brother Charles, has routinely been vilified by the left-wing network for funding conservative political causes.
In a heated exchange during special Fox News election coverage Tuesday night, co-anchor Megyn Kelly pressed Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hillary Clinton possibly being indicted over the ongoing e-mail scandal: “...yes, it’s gotten a little vulgar on the GOP side, but no one's facing the threat of indictment.”
On Tuesday’s Special Report on Fox News, columnist Charles Krauthammer praised anchor Bret Baier for finally holding Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders accountable for their hard-left abortion views: “I thought it was even almost – it was semi-historic the way you actually asked a question about abortion. I think there have been, what, seven Democratic debates and not one about abortion.”
Despite Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton being asked about abortion for the first time during a town hall on Fox News Monday night, on Tuesday morning, none of the network morning shows bothered to highlight the hardline positions of both Democratic candidates on the issue.
On Monday’s NBC Today, a look back at Nancy Reagan’s various appearances on the morning show over the years showed her repeatedly combating liberal media bias demonstrated by the hosts with whom she sat down.
While remembering the legacy of Nancy Reagan on Monday, all three network morning shows made sure to highlight an issue in which she broke with much of the Republican Party – embryonic stem cell research. On NBC’s Today, Peter Alexander touted: “With Alzheimer's Disease robbing her husband's memory, Mrs. Reagan was again cast into a supporting role, with a new cause, a champion of stem cell research – an effort that went against the party of Reagan.”
Calling in to an NBC special report about the death of Nancy Reagan on Sunday, correspondent Andrea Mitchell was eager to use the former First Lady’s passing to attack the current crop of Republican presidential candidates: “...we know that she did not believe in extremes. That she believed in compromise. That she believed, as did her husband, in walking – in working across party lines....So I would think that she would be pretty concerned about the state of the Republican Party.”
In an exclusive interview with Mitt Romney on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer labeled the 2012 Republican presidential nominee as both a “traitor” and a “hero” to his party: “Depending who you listen to this morning, Governor, you are either a traitor who proves that the establishment of the Republican Party is so afraid they can't control Donald Trump, that they'll do anything to stop him. Or you're a hero who has finally put this race into perspective.”
On Friday, the NBC, CBS, and ABC morning shows all blasted Thursday’s Republican presidential debate as “vulgar” “silly” and “childish.” The same networks that have routinely provided ample airtime to Donald Trump’s personal attacks on his rivals, lectured the GOP contenders on civility.
Appearing during MSNBC’s 12 p.m. ET hour on Thursday, liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus followed Hillary Clinton’s campaign talking points to the letter by laughably declaring the escalating investigation into the e-mail scandal was somehow “good news” for the Democratic frontrunner.
On Thursday, all three network morning shows thrilled over Hillary Clinton holding a “star-studded” fundraiser in New York City while worrying that her e-mail scandal “won’t go away” in the wake of new developments about the FBI investigation. NBC's Kristen Welker touted Clinton “celebrating her strong Super Tuesday....with a star-studded fundraiser at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Katy Perry, Elton John, and more.”
On her 11 a.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Wednesday, host Tamron Hall claimed “the GOP is planning actively to challenge” Donald Trump’s candidacy “to get him out of the way of the nomination” and predicted doom for Republicans if Trump were to lose the nomination during a contested convention.
In an interview with “Caitlyn” (formerly Bruce) Jenner for Wednesday’s NBC Today, news anchor Natalie Morales protrayed the reality TV star being a “staunch Republican” as controversial, but not Jenner’s transgender activism.
While both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning on Tuesday managed to at least offer seconds of coverage to the State Department releasing the last batch of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, ABC’s Good Morning America completely censored the topic from its political reporting.
While discussing NASA’s effort to build a new supersonic passenger jet to replace the Concord, on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-hosts Carson Daly and Savannah Guthrie accidentally outed fellow co-host Matt Lauer’s posh lifestyle.
On Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie fretted over “anger” being “a major theme of this presidential campaign.” Fellow co-host Matt Lauer was perplexed: “You know, even in states where things are going pretty well, voters are still angry. But, why?” Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw attempted to answer that question by blaming Republicans: “President Obama promised change, but he initiated a blue-state agenda – health care overhaul, same-sex marriage – and met intractable GOP opposition.”