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.
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 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.
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.