Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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Like many other people in the “mainstream media," the female panelists on ABC's The View weekday program were delighted to move on from the positive response to Donald Trump's speech on Tuesday night to a topic that enabled them to vent their animosity toward the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is under fire regarding his testimony during his confirmation hearing.


Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show on the Comedy Central cable television channel, returned to the TV spotlight by “hijacking” Monday night's edition of The Late Show on CBS, which is hosted by Stewart protégé Stephen Colbert. While he spent most of the segment claiming Donald Trump uses the phrase “Believe me” when the Republican president is lying, Stewart also reminded everyone of his own hatred for CNN, then turned his fire on the media. “Take up a hobby,” he said. “I recommend journalism.”


Some people sure can hold a grudge. One of those is Rosie O'Donnell, a former co-host on ABC's The View weekday program who's been in a feud with Donald Trump ever since they began sparring more than a decade ago.

In the latest clash between the liberal comedian and the current occupant of the White House, O'Donnell will take part in a “Resistance Address” slated to take place in Washington's Lafayette Park on Tuesday just hours before Trump gives his first address to the members of Congress.


If there's any doubt that the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight “doesn't take prisoners” when interviewing liberal guests during his weeknight Fox News Channel program, his volatile exchange on Thursday with Zac Petkanas, a senior advisor for the Democratic National Committee, should have settled that question for good.

The topic was gender identity, and Petkanas had slammed President Donald Trump and his administration as “monsters” in a tweet earlier that day for removing a policy administered by his predecessor one year ago regarding transgender children. In response, Carlson countered that people “get to decide your gender with no biological anchor to sex anymore.”


For many years, liberal pundit Alan Colmes often provided the “balanced” part of the Fox News Channel motto of being “Fair and Balanced.” That came to abrupt end when the 66-year-old former stand-up comedian, radio host and co-host of the Hannity & Colmes weeknight news and interview program passed away after a brief illness on Thursday.


During an interview with Matt Wilstein of The Daily Beast website, Trevor Noah -- host of The Daily Show -- declared that he doubts Donald Trump “has the balls to go on a show where people don't like him.” Wilstein noted that even after the Republican president became the occupant of the White House a month ago, the liberal comedian “is still here, still tearing into Trump four nights a week and delivering the program's highest monthly ratings since his debut in October of 2015, an average of 1.4 million viewers a night in January.”


While covering Donald Trump boarding Air Force One on Friday morning, John Berman -- the co-anchor of CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow -- referred to the Republican president's news conference the day before, which he said “received mixed reviews, to say the least.” Berman also stated that Trump was going to visit the Boeing plant in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was “going to talk about jobs, hopefully not going to criticize the media” since “that isn’t what people want to hear.”


During his press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump stated: "The press is honestly out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control." He also criticized the Cable News Network since “the tone is such hatred,” but he likes the "honorable" Fox & Friends morning program. The top Republican official got some support from an unexpected source the same day when Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, co-founders of the new Axios website and former members of the Politico site's staff, posted an article entitled: “The Media IS the Opposition Party.”


During the past several days, people in the “mainstream media” have taken advantage of every opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump, his staff, or even people in his family. The latest example of this tactic came on Wednesday's edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, when co-host Mika Brzezinski declared that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway would never be a guest on the program “as long as I'm on it” because “I don't believe in 'fake news' for information that is not true. Every time I've ever seen her on television, something's askew, off or incorrect.”


During Tuesday's edition of The View, ABC's weekday talk show, each of the five female co-hosts was delirious with joy as the panelists discussed Michael Flynn's resignation as the Trump administration's national security adviser. After Whoopi Goldberg stated that Flynn was "not feeling the love this morning,” fellow comedienne Joy Behar demanded that the 2016 presidential be “done again” because she believes that “the Russians handed the presidency to Donald Trump.”


Liberal comedienne Sarah Silverman has never been a fan of conservatives and has often said so in a long string of online tweets. However, she took her obsession to the next level on Sunday, when she posted: “Walking to get coffee saw these all over a sidewalk in the town I'm in. Is this an attempt at swastikas? Do neo-nazis not have Google?”

However, those “swastikas” were actually fairly standard markers used by utility workers. According to a construction worker who responded on the Twitter website, the curvy orange “X” symbols note the locations of underground pipes, wires and other potential obstacles to a variety of projects.


During Thursday morning's edition of the New Day program on the Cable News Network, co-host Chris Cuomo responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump that accused him of producing “fake news” by declaring that is “the worst thing you can call a journalist.” “It's like an ethnic disparagement,” Cuomo stated. “We all have ugly words for people, and that's the one for journalists.”


After Sean Spicer's first few weeks on the job, he's become one of the targets for the “mainstream media” in their many attempts to smear and bring down the Republican occupant of the Oval Office. Along these lines, the press secretary was lampooned in a video posted on the GQ website Wednesday morning that contained 10 words he has mispronounced or misstated in his many hours at the podium, including such examples as “lasterday” instead of “yesterday” and “jordge” for “judge.”


During Thursday's episode of ABC's The View program, liberal host Whoopi Goldberg had strong words for the protesters who rioted at the University of California-Berkeley the night before and forced invited guest speaker and Breitbart.com Editor Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel his speech before being escorted to safety off campus.

“You know, I can’t say this strongly enough,” Goldberg stated. “You can protest any speaker you want to. But the minute you get violent …you say you’re protesting because you want to protect people and stuff and then you go and burn people’s stuff? What the hell, man?”


On Monday, just three days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order preventing people in seven countries -- Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen -- from entering America for 90 days, executives from three media-based companies moved to protect any employees affected by the situation.


The White House Correspondents' Dinner slated to be held in Washington, D.C., on April 29 will face a “counter-event” hosted by Samantha Bee, the foul-mouthed host of the Full Frontal weekly program on TBS.

Entitled “Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner,” the “alternative gala” was announced on Monday by Bee, who was a correspondent on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show before getting her own program in February.


In a column from Thursday's edition of the New York Times, Jennifer Yellin, a former chief White House correspondent for the Cable News Network, discussed “how to save CNN from itself” by creating “a consortium of concerned Americans,” including philanthropists, foundations and small-dollar donors, to “fund a trust to operate an independent CNN dedicated to news in the public interest.”

The refurbished cable television channel would also receive “subscription fees from cable and other service providers, along with ad revenue,” to “allow the network to support itself,” Yellin added.


If there's one thing “tolerant” liberals hate, it's being told they're wrong about something. That was the case when New York Times columnist David Brooks declared that the Women's Marches on Saturday "can never be an effective opposition to Donald Trump” because “this movement focuses on the wrong issues.”


Donald Trump has only been in the White House since Friday, but liberal extremists are already hammering the Republican president as a threat to human rights around the world who “despises the notions of fundamental rights and human dignity” and is a “blatant racist demagogue and would-be dictator.”

That's the opinion put forth on Monday by Natalie Nougayrede, a columnist for the liberal British Guardian newspaper who declared that Trump's presidency “risks unleashing a tsunami that could sweep away the human rights movement as it has so far existed.”


After winning a record 10 Emmy Awards for American Crime Story's first-season storyline based on the book The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the producers are planning to base an upcoming season of the series on another book written by the major Democratic donor and legal analyst for the Cable News Network: A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

The book centers on intern Monica Lewinsky's affair with Democratic President Bill Clinton while she was a White House intern from 1995 on. Clinton was ultimately impeached on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice.