CNN's Maeve Reston pointed out the obvious on Thursday's New Day on the issue of the Democratic presidential debates: " Democratic Party has really hidden these debates, in some ways, from voters — you know, Saturday nights. It's not been as many eyeballs as on the Republican side." John Berman added some snark to Reston's observation: "If the debate falls in the woods, does it make a sound? That's kind of the Democratic method right here."
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 is an alumnus of the University of Delaware.
On Tuesday's Nightly Show, Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore celebrated a Texas grand jury's indictment of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, who shot the hidden camera videos of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling the organs and tissue of unborn babies. Wilmore trumpeted, "The good news comes amazingly from Texas....This is the best thing to come out of Houston since Beyonce....And the jurors didn't stop with clearing Planned Parenthood. They also went after the people trying to set up Planned Parenthood."
ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning newscasts on Tuesday all reported on a Texas grand jury's indictment of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress on the felony charge of tampering with a government record. At the same time, the panel cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing related to the organization's hidden camera footage, which uncovered the possible sale of the organs and tissue of aborted babies.
Monday's CBS Evening News followed the example of CBS This Morning earlier in the day in failing to mention Michael Bloomberg's outspoken gun control stance in their coverage of the former New York City mayor's potential presidential run. By contrast, Jonathan Karl gave ABC's first mention of this liberal political position on Monday's World News Tonight: "He [Bloomberg] is a socially-liberal New Yorker, who just ran a big campaign in favor of gun control."
On Monday, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News both spotlighted how a Texas grand jury indicted two people from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress on the felony charge of tampering with a government record. One of the two was also charged with purchasing and selling human organs, a misdemeanor. The grand jury also cleared Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast of any crime, despite the hidden camera footage shot by the organization. At the same time, ABC's World News Tonight chose not to cover the latest development in the ongoing controversy.
Brooke Baldwin pursued Hillary Clinton flack Karen Finney on Thursday's CNN Newsroom over her campaign's conspiracy theory that the intelligence community's inspector general purposely leaked the latest revelation about the highly-classified information on Mrs. Clinton's server. When Finney cited unnamed officials who alleged that the I.G. "unfairly targeted Hillary Clinton," Baldwin interjected, "What would the motivation be for this inspector general to do this?"
On Wednesday's AC360, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin downplayed the latest development in Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal — the revelation that her private e-mail server "contained highly-classified intelligence from the most top secret of programs," as host Anderson Cooper reported. Toobin asserted that "it's a huge political problem," but added, "I don't think it's a big legal problem. I don't think the FBI is going to wind up charging her with a crime."
CNN is staying true to its reputation as the "Clinton News Network," even after it released a poll on Tuesday which found that Hillary Clinton is behind competitor Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 27 points. The following morning, on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello spotlighted how Bill Clinton was "about to take the stage to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton — something, perhaps, that is much needed at this moment, since Hillary Clinton seems to be lagging in some of the polls that are out there."
CNN's Alisyn Camerota pressed former New York Governor George Pataki on Tuesday's New Day over Ted Cruz's "New York values" attack on Donald Trump. Camerota noted how Pataki asserted that Cruz "was obviously referring to the liberal values of New York politicians," but wondered, "Wasn't he also talking about...regular New Yorkers?" When the Republican politician denied this was the case, the anchor followed up by asking, "The people of New York voted these politicians in. So, isn't there some smear that they, too, are morally bankrupt?"
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Phil Mattingly revealed his sympathy for Hillary Clinton's campaign. John Berman pointed out how Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, unveiled his Medicare-for-all health care plan mere hours before Sunday's Democratic presidential debate on NBC. Mattingly remarked, "I felt bad for the Clinton staffers who had so many great lines written up about his health care plan and its lack of details — that they just had to toss into the wastebasket two hours before — very, very depressing on that end."
The Washington Post's Christine Emba and Karen Attiah promoted the leftist race theory of "white privilege" in a Saturday video posted on the newspaper's website. The two op-ed writers blamed "white privilege" for the hands-off approach to the occupation of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon: "White privilege means being able to take over a federal building; to be armed to the teeth; and to threaten violence, if necessary; and yet, you're still not seen as a threat to national security. In fact, you get to live to tell the tale."
CNN's Anderson Cooper donated over four minutes of air time on Thursday night to Laurence Tribe, and gave the liberal Harvard Law professor a platform to advance the birther issue against his former law student, Ted Cruz. Professor Tribe slammed Senator Cruz for his defense of his "natural born citizen" credentials at the GOP presidential debate earlier in the evening: "Most of what he said is nonsense. I mean, all of these examples about Rubio and Jindal are simply distractions."
Don Lemon offered a strange critique of Paul Ryan on Wednesday's CNN Tonight, as he noted the House Speaker's "poker face" during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Lemon spotlighted a Twitter post from Shonda Rhimes, where the Hollywood writer/producer attacked Speaker Ryan for his lack of applause: "She [Rhimes] said, 'Seriously? You cannot clap for curing cancer? You are that much of a whiner?'"
On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota surprisingly broached the issue of Bill Clinton's sordid sexual past during her interview of Hillary Clinton — something that the Big Three morning newscasts skirted doing in their Wednesday interviews. Camerota noted how Donald Trump raised the "allegations from your husband's past," and pointed out that "he's going further, actually, than that. He's making it about you. He's saying that you are an enabler of bad behavior and of sexual assault." She asked, "What's your response to Donald Trump?"
Carol Costello surprisingly lumped in Senator Bernie Sanders with Donald Trump on Tuesday's CNN Newsroom: "Donald Trump is suggesting mass deportations and big tariffs to fix the economy. Bernie Sanders is offering things like free college tuition and huge tax increases. These things are extreme. Yet...they're being accepted by many voters." Costello later played up that "there's no nuance in their messages. It's black and white. Look, we're going to do this, and it's going to have this effect."
On CNN's AC360 on Monday, syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker revealed her own ignorance of Christian teachings, as she targeted Ted Cruz for something "astonishing" he said: "I don't think there's any chance Ted Cruz can win a general — and here's why....He said...'It's time for the Body of Christ to rise up and support me.' I don't know anyone who takes their religion seriously who would think that Jesus should rise from the grave and resurrect himself to serve Ted Cruz. I know so many people who are offended by that comment."
On Monday, CNN Politics's Chris Moody and Alexander Rosen promoted/paid tribute to President Obama's final State of the Union address by producing an online video in the style of movie director Wes Anderson. Moody narrated the video, which spotlighted a pro-ObamaCare moment from the President's 2015 speech to Congress, where Senator Marco Rubio and other Republicans refused to stand and applaud.
Andrea Mitchell touted how "the [Bill] Clinton-[Tony] Blair relationship was, indeed, special" on Friday's NBC Nightly News, as she reported on the release of transcripts of conversations between the two former leaders during the former's presidency. Mitchell spotlighted how "Blair calls Clinton 'mate.' Clinton offers to babysit Blair's son. They chat about everything from Pink Panther movies to the tragedy of Princess Diana." She barely mentioned the Monica Lewinsky scandal during her report. The journalist also played up how Clinton's "legacy is relevant again, because [Hillary] is running for president."
Friday's NBC Nightly News failed to cover the arrests of two Iraqi refugees in Texas and California on terror charges. This omission came hours after the network's morning show, Today, led their broadcast with the story. The same evening, ABC and CBS's evening newscasts both covered the arrests of Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab and Omar Faraj Saeed al Hardan, who are accused of having connections to the radical Islamic group, ISIS.
Don Lemon acted less as an anchor and more like a liberal activist during two segments on Wednesday's CNN Tonight — tag-teaming with Igor Volsky of Think Progress to repeatedly interrupt and shout down conservative radio host Ben Ferguson over his support for gun rights. Lemon dismissed Ferguson's concern over President Obama's executive orders: "Does anybody in their right mind out there in America actually believe that the President is going to take away guns in America? It's never, ever, ever going to happen."