On the same day conservative author Ann Coulter announced she would not speak to a campus group at the University of California in Berkeley, the New York Times blamed the victim and claimed that conservatives facing violent riots and protests on campuses across the country have no one to blame but themselves.
Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.
During Sean Hannity's Opening Monologue for his weeknight program on Tuesday, April 25, the Fox News Channel host hammered the people who participate in what he dubbed “Media Fascism,” an attempt to “silence every conservative voice in the country.”
It’s no secret that many members of the press have been unhappy with the way President Donald Trump has usually dealt with the “mainstream media.” However, on Monday, April 24, New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush actually praised the way the administration has handled its daily press conferences.
Here’s a new item for the “Just When You Thought You’d Seen It All Department:” The left-wing Huffington Post website recently deleted a blog in which the author actually “fantasized about the deaths of Donald Trump supporters” because they “deserve to die more than I do.”
The National Geographic Channel announced on Wednesday, April 19, that it will collaborate with the Weinstein Company and rapper and businessman Jay Z -- whose actual name is Shawn Corey Carter -- to produce Race, a six-part documentary series that will offer “a stark and provocative look into systemic injustices in America.”
During the April 18 edition of CNN's New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota pressed GOP candidate Karen Handel on whether the runoff regarding the special election in Georgia’s Sixth District in 60 days is “a referendum on Donald Trump.”
Handel responded by blasting her opponent, Jon Ossoff, who was the only Democratic candidate and received 48.1 percent of the vote in the election, since he “doesn’t even live in the district” and “couldn’t even vote for himself yesterday.”
During Monday's edition of CBS's The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked guest Chris Hayes who he trusts “over there” in the Trump administration. Hayes, the host of MSNBC's All In weeknight program, responded quickly: “No one.”
While a guest on the Fox News Channel’s weeknight Hannity program on Wednesday, April 12, Piers Morgan -- a former evening host for the Cable News Network and current U.S. editor-at-large on the Daily Mail website -- sharply criticized Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball program, for insinuating that President Donald Trump and his family might meet a savage end.
It’s not often that a member of the “mainstream media” actually apologizes to a member of the Trump administration when he or she gets the information wrong, but that’s what Daniel Drezner did on Wednesday, April 12, after accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of using the word “filth” when referring to illegal immigrants.
The Cable News Network apparently tried to be “fair and balanced” during the channel’s CNN Newsroom program on Tuesday morning, April 11, when co-hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow moderated a debate that degenerated into an argument between political commentators Jeffrey Lord and Angela Rye that dealt with topics ranging from the relationship between America and Russia to global climate change.
One of the most popular franchises for Marvel Comics over the past few decades has been the X-Men, an ever-changing group of “mutants” born with an extra gene granting them super powers when they reach puberty. However, the launch on Wednesdary, April 5, of the latest series for the characters -- entitled X-Men Gold -- quickly spawned an outcry when the artwork portrayed numbers and letters that refer to a verse from the Quran cited in support of intolerance toward other religions, as well as political unrest taking place in Indonesia.
During Wednesday morning’s edition of the Cable News Channel’s New Day program, Chris Cuomo interviewed Republican Senator Mike Lee on a number of topics, but the co-host added extra pressure regarding the case of Susan Rice, who has been accused of “unmasking” politicians to the public. Cuomo asked: “Did you mean to suggest that Susan Rice may have done her unmasking for political reasons?” Lee replied: “That is an absolutely absurd manipulation of what I said!”
A lawsuit filed against the Cable News Network and a number of its sister companies -- including the Turner Broadcasting System and Time Warner, Inc., -- claims that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there are dramatic differences in pay between similarly situated employees of different races, and that the promotion of African-American employees is blocked by a “glass ceiling.”
George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in Drexel University’s history and politics department, was a guest on the Thursday, March 30 edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel, when he tried to defend a tweet he made that caused a huge online backlash.
Bill Nye produced a curious video on Wednesday, March 29, in which “the Science Guy” claimed that global warming might be solved by genetically engineering livestock to produce less of the methane greenhouse gas farted by animals ranging from cows to sheep or goats.
“Agriculture researchers are going to produce or breed farm animals that produce less methane by changing the bacteria that are in their stomachs,” Nye claimed. “To get all the way down to a plant-based diet might be tricky for a lot of people. However, it seems like a good idea.”
Repercussions from the clash between White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and journalist April Ryan on Tuesday, March 28, continued to be felt the following day, when MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing hosted a discussion on the incident and the definition of racism. The argument began when Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a white man, stated that Spicer’s comments were not an example of racism before Jason Johnson, a political columnist and an African-Ameican male, shot back: “You don’t get to tell other people what racism is!”
“Forget about calling Donald Trump on the carpet,” Neil Cavuto stated during the “Mailing It in” segment on the Monday, March 27, edition of his weekday afternoon program on the Fox News Channel. Instead, the host of Your World With Neil Cavuto noted: “This over-the-top negative media response to what he does -- well, that’s not right or fair.”
Never one to miss a chance to slam President Donald Trump, Lawrence O’Donnell -- host of The Last Word, a weeknight program on the MSNBC cable channel -- called the Republican occupant of the White House “the laziest, most ignorant president in history.”
With the potential repeal and replacement of Obamacare looming large in the news, a discussion about health care during Thursday morning’s edition of the Cable News Network’s New Day program became surly when Mary Katharine Ham, a senior writer for The Federalist, got into a debate with “nasty” co-host Chris Cuomo.
Since CNN’s middle name is “News,” viewers of the weekday morning New Day program expect to catch up on the latest headlines and watch in-depth investigations on the topics of the day. That wasn’t quite the case on Wednesday, when the final segment of the program was devoted to a “hard-hitting” report on whether President Donald Trump is afraid of stairs.
The two-minute segment by Jeanne Moos, the network’s national correspondent, focused on several British newspapers that claim the GOP occupant of the White House has “bathmophobia,” the fear of stairs and slopes.