ABC's George Stephanopoulos raised the prospect of the impeachment of President-Elect Trump on Thursday's Good Morning America, as the morning show spotlighted the multiple civil lawsuits against the billionaire. The former Clinton administration communications director underlined that "if he takes the risk of going to trial and he's convicted, that could be seen as an impeachable offense." ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams corrected Stephanopoulos's faulty take: "You can't impeach someone for stuff that they did before they became president."
Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007. Previously, he worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in political science and history.
Alex Pareene unleashed an extended diatribe in reaction to the election of Donald Trump in a Wednesday item on Deadspin: "Blame white people. Blame white men in particular, but reserve plenty of blame for white women....Blame rich people, as always. Blame the public...for Donald fucking Trump getting more votes than Donald Duck....Blame the Founders for enshrining white supremacy in our constitution and making it nearly impossible to fully expunge."
Former Obama administration "green jobs czar" Van Jones gave a very blunt, racially-tinged reaction to the impending victory of Donald Trump during CNN's Election Night coverage: "It's hard to be a parent, tonight, for a lot of us. You tell your kids, don't be a bully. You tell your kids, don't be a bigot....And then, you have this outcome....how do I explain this to my children?" Jones later asserted, "This was a 'white-lash.' This was a 'white-lash' against a changing country. It was a 'white-lash' against a black president, in part."
CNN's Alisyn Camerota one-upped her Big Three network peers on Tuesday's New Day by pressing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine over running mate Hillary Clinton's not having a "message of unity" during their campaign. Camerota played a clip of Mrs. Clinton claiming she will "be a president for all Americans" and wondered, "Why hasn't Hillary Clinton been hitting that message harder for more weeks and months?" The same morning, ABC and CBS's morning newscasts also interviewed Kaine, but went much easier on the Virginia senator.
On Monday's GMA, ABC's George Stephanopoulos hounded Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on James Conway announcing that the FBI would not change its findings on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. The Clinton Foundation donor wondered, "Do you accept [Comey's] finding now?" Stephanopoulos also played up that Comey "said that no reasonable prosecutor would bring the case, and the investigation is closed now."
Newsweek's Alexander Nazaryan wildly claimed in a Thursday post on Twitter that "racist voter suppression" was the root cause of the statistical tie between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in North Carolina, according to recent poll. The senior writer didn't explain what he specifically meant by his statement, but it could be a reference to a recent lawsuit filed by the NAACP that alleges that several counties in the Tarheel State "disproportionately target[ed] blacks" when they purged their voter rolls.
CNN stood out from its Big Three competitors on Thursday in actually covering the latest development into the FBI investigations into possible Clinton Foundation corruption. However, CNN Newsroom pointed the finger at conservative author Peter Schweizer for the "growing turmoil" at the Bureau over the investigations. Evan Perez played up that "a lot" of the Clinton Foundation investigation was "based on this book called Clinton Cash...published by Peter Schwetzer, and he's now an editor at Breitbart." He added that "a lot of the allegations in there have not been substantiated."
Former CNN president Jon Klein ran to his network's defense on Tuesday's Kelly File on Fox News Channel over their response to acting Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile's leak of a town hall question to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Klein reacted to Joe Concha of The Hill's call for an internal investigation of what happened by asserting that the people at CNN are "more worked up about the issue than Joe Concha is. I mean, they have much more at stake than anybody in making sure that their reputation is pristine."
On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello spotlighted President Obama's appearance on Samantha Bee's TBS program, Full Frontal, where the liberal pair bemoaned Donald Trump's "sexist" attacks against Hillary Clinton. Costello zeroed in how "Bee makes no bones about it. She does want Hillary Clinton to become president and not Donald Trump." She included two extended clips of Obama and Bee, and underlined, "Okay, so it's funny. The goal there was to get young people to get out and vote."
Jeff Pegues touted one of James Comey's "critics" on Friday's CBS Evening News, after the FBI director wrote to Congress that new e-mails related to Hillary Clinton's unauthorized private server had been uncovered in an unrelated investigation. Pegues underlined that "the timing of today's revelation has angered some former Department of Justice employees," and quoted from one such individual's posts on Twitter. However, the journalist failed to mention this former DOJ employee's past as a Democratic operative.
On Thursday's Today, NBC's Kristen Welker touted Michelle Obama's "powerful, one-two punch" with Hillary Clinton, as the First Lady joined the Democratic presidential nominee on the campaign trail. Welker added that despite their "complicated relationship in the past," Mrs. Obama "has become Clinton's not-so-secret weapon — blunt and beloved." She also hyped the current First Lady's "very personal speeches connecting with voters, especially women."
On Tuesday, the Big Three networks' morning newscasts all hyped President Obama's appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live the previous evening. On CBS This Morning, Gayle King, a political donor for the Democrat, marveled how the President's "timing is good. He seems to have a lot of fun with 'Mean Tweets.' He takes it all in stride." On Today, NBC's Matt Lauer touted Obama's "phone drop moment" after he mocked Donald Trump on the late-night program. Cecilia Vega spotlighted the same "Mean Tweets" segment on ABC's Good Morning America.
On Monday's Today, NBC's Savannah Guthrie and Tom Hanks boosted the supposed crisis of overpopulation, which is part of the plot of the actor's new movie, Inferno. Guthrie touted "Malthusian theory" during the interview. Hanks revealed that a former professor of his introduced him to "the concept that eventually, the world will have too many people in it in order to subsist on its own." He noted the movie addresses the "quantum physics of overpopulation," and contended that "actually, the math does add up."
Carl Bernstein unleashed on Donald Trump on Friday's New Day on CNN, attacking the billionaire presidential candidate as a "neo-fascist...sociopath." Bernstein used his "neo-fascist" label two more times during the segment, and predicted that Trump is "setting himself up as the head...of a real neo-fascist movement and media empire with the people from Breitbart....It's a dangerous thing. We're in a dangerous place."
Thursday's CBS This Morning was the first Big Three newscast to notice the latest Project Veritas undercover videos that exposed how Democratic Party operatives worked to disrupt Donald Trump rallies. During a fact check of Wednesday's presidential debate, Nancy Cordes spotlighted how "Democratic contractors were caught on video appearing to plan to provoke Trump supporters." ABC and NBC's morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the controversy.
CBS was the only Big Three network on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to continue reporting on the allegations of a quid pro quo between the FBI and the State Department related to Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. CBS Evening News's Scott Pelley gave a brief about Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy's denial of a quid pro quo. The following morning, Charlie Rose gave a brief on Wednesday's CBS This Morning about a former FBI official admitting that he proposed it.
On Monday, Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller blog spotlighted NBC's Chuck Todd and his wife's apparently cozy relationship with Hillary Clinton's campaign communication director, Jennifer Palmieri. The Todds sent out invitations for a September 2015 event at their house honoring Palmieri and her husband, Jim Lyons. The couple included the Clinton flack's supervisor, campaign chairman John Podesta, as disclosed in one of the e-mails released by Wikileaks.
The Big Three's morning newscasts on Monday all offered coverage of the latest Wikileaks release of John Podesta e-mails, but only CBS This Morning pointed out the New York Times's Sunday report on how "Hillary Clinton's inner circle built a web of private and public interest in Haiti and Africa when she was secretary of state. Clinton's State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills helped a South Korean garment maker open a factory in Haiti. The company then became a Clinton Foundation donor."
ABC's Good Morning America on Saturday stood out as the only Big Three newscast so far to cover Hillary Clinton's new denials about her e-mail scandal. Devin Dwyer reported that Clinton was "asked about details of her decision to use private e-mail...[and] answered 20 different times with a variation of 'do not recall.'" The morning show, along with ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News on Friday, also reported on the latest batch of John Podesta e-mails released by Wikileaks. NBC only mentioned Wikileaks in passing on Saturday's Today.
On WMAL's Mornings on the Mall on Thursday, CNN's Jake Tapper revealed his "understanding" about what happened surrounding the leaked town hall question to the Hillary Clinton campaign: "This was a Roland Martin follow-up. So, my understanding is that he, or...somebody on his team got that question to Donna Brazile." Brazile apparently then sent question to Hillary Clinton's campaign, as revealed by Wikileaks' release of John Podesta's e-mails on Tuesday.