Matthew Balan

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Matthew Balan was a news analyst at Media Research Center from February 2007 until February 2017. 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.

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TheRoot.com's Jason Johnson unleashed on Donald Trump on Friday's CNN Newsroom, after the President-Elect called for unity at his Thursday rally in Ohio: "I don't believe anything that Donald Trump says about unity. I can see that from the administration that he's picked. I can see that from the policies he's proposed." Johnson targeted the billionaire for an apparent lack of women and "people of color" in his Cabinet. The guest also blasted his senior advisor, Steve Bannon: "He has a website that terrorists – white nationalist terrorists – consider to be their home base; consider to be their personal bible."


Jill Filipovic wildly claimed that "sex is about to get a lot less fun" in a Thursday op-ed on CNN.com. Filipovic pointed the finger at Donald Trump nominating ObamaCare opponent, Rep. Tom Price, to be HHS secretary, and claimed the move is "just one peek at what Trump's notorious misogyny will look like when it's translated into policy." The Cosmopolitan contributor zeroed in on ObamaCare's "provision that full covers contraception," and claimed that if the controversial law is repealed, many women would no longer be able to "enjoy recreational sex without suffering economically, professionally or medically from an unwanted pregnancy."


On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello hyped the possible impact to taxpayers for President-Elect Donald Trump's role in getting Carrier to stay in Indiana: "Donald Trump delivering on his vow to save Carrier jobs, and his economic team says it will deliver a lot more — but at what cost?" Costello brought on two Trump critics from both sides of the aisle, but didn't bring on any supporters. She also touted Senator Bernie Sanders blasting the deal, and later played up a possible "slippery slope" impacting Indiana residents.


CNN's Anderson Cooper was aghast on the Tuesday edition of his program over Donald Trump still regularly posting to Twitter even after being elected president: "When I first heard that he was Tweeting about something that was on this broadcast — a number of Tweets; again, factually-incorrect Tweets...I kept thinking, doesn't he have, like, a briefing book on ISIS to be reading last night?" Kristen Powers replied, "He should have probably been boning up on what's going on...I think it is concerning that he continues to do this."


On Tuesday, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spotlighted abortion giant Planned Parenthood as part of the annual #GivingTuesday effort on Twitter. Miranda re-Tweeted a follower's post that sang the praises of his mother, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, for her service on the national board for the left-wing organization. The celebrity added, "Working on this...," and included the Giving Tuesday hashtag.


Monday's New Day on CNN played up how a young Muslim woman, Marwa Abdelghani, stopped wearing the traditional Islamic head scarf after an alleged spitting incident before Election Day: "It was getting closer and closer to November 8. That's when I decided that I just was going to take it off for a while." Kyung Lah gave Abdelghani a platform to denounce President-Elect Donald Trump for his "racist, Islamophobic, sexist statements," but failed to mention that she acts as a "community outreach fellow" for an activist organization for American Muslims.


Wednesday's CBS This Morning was the sole Big Three morning newscast to report that Hillary Clinton supporters are lobbying members of the Elector College to not vote for Donald Trump. Charlie Rose cited a USA Today article that disclosed how "some Electoral College members are being pressured to change their votes....Hillary Clinton supporters want Donald Trump electors to change sides, but there are apparently no takers." However neither Rose, nor the original USA Today report, mentioned that some electors have received death threats in recent days.


On Tuesday, CBS This Morning went gaga over liberal comedian Jon Stewart's and the 17 years of his Daily Show. Charlie Rose gushed that "it became, for all of us, a, kind of, cultural event — more than a show." He later added, "There was nothing quite like him. A lot of people did it very well....But Jon had a special place." Rose, along with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, later marveled over the show's "extraordinary collection" of comedians. The newscast also touted several clips of the Comedy Central program mocking Republicans.


Bloomberg's John Heilemann played up President-Elect Donald Trump's "very monochromatic group" of Cabinet picks so far during a segment on Monday's CBS This Morning. Gayle King underlined how Vice President-Elect Mike Pence stated that Trump "will represent all of the people of the country," and added that "when you look at the picks so far, there are some troubling signs, some say, about lack of diversity there." Heilemann contended that "the current array of choices...[are] not just a monochromatic group, but a hardline group ideologically."


On Friday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota and David Gregory hammered General Michael Flynn after Donald Trump selected him to be his national security advisor. Gregory asserted that Flynn demonstrated "short-sighted, ignorant thinking" and apparently, "jump[ed] the shark into...Islamophobia" over his controversial remarks about Islam. Camerota played up a "fake news" post from Flynn on Twitter, and contended that "there's a gullibility...that is troubling" with the Tweet. Guest Jason Johnson bluntly labeled the general's conduct "dangerous," and accused him of "violent rhetoric."


Thursday's New Day on CNN harped on how supposedly for "millions of American women...the pain runs deep" in the wake of Hillary Clinton's defeat. Kyung Lah touted that "if 2016 was identity politics, women across social media feel theirs is under attack in Clinton's loss." Lah spotlighted three female Clinton supporters at UCLA. One undergraduate revealed, "I've had to wake up to the reality that a lot of America is not like what Los Angeles is like." Surprisingly, Alisyn Camerota admitted, "People on the coast do live in a bubble that is not necessarily reflective of the entire country."


Jessica Roy spotlighted Merrimack College Professor Melissa Zimdars's list of "False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical 'News' Sources" in a Tuesday item on Los Angeles Times's "Trail Guide" blog. Roy pointed out that "Breitbart, the 'platform for the alt-right' whose chairman was just named Trump's chief strategist, is on there." However, Professor Zimdars, a self-identified feminist, also included less-controversial, mainstream websites such as RedState, The Blaze, and Twitchy on her "fake news" list.


On Wednesday, ABC's Good Morning America touted the scores of high school students in the Washington, D.C. area who protested Donald Trump outside of the billionaire's hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Anchor Robin Roberts marveled, "Looking at some of those protesters from yesterday, they're too young to vote; but yet, they still want to be out there." Correspondent Mary Bruce replied, "Many of them definitely underage — too young to vote — but they still said that they feel their future is at risk here."


ABC's George Stephanopoulos questioned President Obama from the left on Tuesday's GMA, as he interviewed Megyn Kelly. The Fox News host disclosed that "we're being told that Steve Bannon will really have the ear of Donald Trump." Stephanopoulos replied, "So that would suggest, perhaps, that President Obama was wrong in his judgment...when he said that he doesn't think Donald Trump is ideological — thinks he's pragmatic." The anchor also asked Kelly, "What do you say to those critics who say this is bringing a white supremacist into the White House?"


On Monday, ABC's GMA and NBC's Today pressed Reince Priebus over his future role as chief of staff to Donald Trump. NBC's Matt Lauer hyped that "to some, you're an odd choice for chief of staff, because they've...heard Donald Trump say....we're going counter to the establishment. You are the establishment. You're the ultimate insider."


ABC, CBS, and NBC's evening newscasts all devoted air time to racially-charged incidents in schools in the wake of the election. However, NBC Nightly News stood out from its competitors for failing to mention the violence against Donald Trump supporters in recent days. ABC's World News Tonight featured cell phone video of a California high school student being punched for supporting Trump. CBS Evening News played footage of "people celebrat[ing] a Trump voter being pummeled" in Chicago. The CBS newscast also zeroed in on a "kill Trump" hashtag on Twitter.


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."


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.