Many liberals were excited about Sean “P Diddy” Combs and his 2004 Vote or Die campaign to encourage young people to the polls. During an interview on Thursday, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King acknowledged his disillusionment with politics and apparent disappointment with Barack Obama. Combs also declined to announce support of Hillary Clinton.
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CBS and ABC noticed FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before Congress on Wednesday... just not the part that was about Hillary Clinton. Good Morning America and CBS This Morning focused on what Comey had to say about the threat from Russia hacking the upcoming election, but they excluded the director being grilled over not charging Clinton, as well as the decision to give immunity to certain aides. NBC’s Today show, a four hour-long program, totally ignored all of Comey’s testimony.
Liberal actress Kathleen Turner, who in the ‘80s starred in such films as Body Heat and Romancing the Stone, is thoroughly baffled as to why some people don’t trust Hillary Clinton. Talking to the Washington Post, Wednesday, the celebrity opined, “I really truly think a lot of this comes down to white men thinking that they’re losing all their power, and they’re scared s—less.”
According to the journalists at Good Morning America, it’s apparently okay to fat shame some people, so long as they are Republicans. On Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos opened the program by trumpeting, “Trump doubles down on his criticism of the former Miss Universe, saying her weight as a big problem.” Reporter Amy Robach alerted that in 1996, “Trump publicly shamed” contestant Alicia Machado, calling her an “eating machine” and “Ms. Piggy.”
The MSNBC crew on Monday night were in full Donald Trump trashing mode. While Chris Matthews hailed the “brilliant” Hillary Clinton and declared the race “over,” Howard Fineman lectured that Trump delivered the “worst debate” performance ever.
Liberal cheerleader Chris Matthews could barely contain his excitement, Monday, spinning “brilliant” Hillary Clinton’s debate performance as a “home run” and declaring the race to be “over.” Matthews resorted to movie references, declaring, “I was watching A Few Good Men and she was Tom Cruise and he was Jack Nicholson. It was not close. It was over tonight.”
Debate moderator Lester Holt repeatedly challenged Donald Trump during Monday night’s highly anticipated debate, but refrained from going after Hillary Clinton in the same aggressive manner. Holt also minimized the Democrat’s e-mail scandal. It was only brought up because Trump did so.
Just prior to Monday's debate, Chris Matthews used a very odd historical and anatomical analogy while talking about Hillary Clinton. Talking to Mike Pence, the Hardball anchor, essentially, wondered if Donald Trump will have a “kick him in the balls” attitude towards Clinton. Matthews blurted, “Bobby Kennedy back in '60 when his brother was about to debate Nixon in the great debate, he gave him a last-minute piece of advice. He said — I can't say it exactly to what he said — but he said, ‘Kick him in the you know where.’”
MRC President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News, Saturday, to discuss the newly leaked e-mails of NBC and MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell decrying Donald Trump’s nomination as “awful.” Talking to Cost of Freedom host Neil Cavuto, Bozell sarcastically replied, “Be still my heart at the revelation.”
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose on Thursday created a painfully awkward moment when he assumed that liberal Daily Show host Trevor Noah had been fired. Talking to comic John Oliver, formally of Comedy Central, Rose wondered if Oliver has “some sadness at what happened at Comedy Central?”
An exasperated Chris Cuomo on Wednesday described Donald Trump as the “problem” and insisted that in next week’s debate, Hillary Clinton needs to be “better than that” and focus on solutions. On his CNN show New Day, Cuomo previewed the big event, dismissing Trump this way: “This idea of insulting your way to the presidency, that's his bag. He is the problem. You know, that's what he's saying, ‘I am the problem, I am bringing up the problem.”
Washington Post columnist E.J.Dionne on Monday cheered that journalists are finally taking heat for being too sensitive to the complaints of liberal media bias. No, seriously. Dionne insisted that, since the days of Spiro Agnew, “reporters, editors and producers have incessantly looked over their right shoulders, fearing they’d be assailed as secret carriers of the liberal virus.”
According to Bono, Donald Trump is the “worst idea that ever happened to America.” CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose interviewed the Irish rock star on Tuesday and the journalist fretted over why Hillary Clinton wasn’t doing better. But first Bono assailed, “America is the best idea the world ever came up with. But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America.” (Worse than slavery?)
Hillary Clinton only took four questions during a mini-press conference on Monday. Yet, a Bloomberg journalist still managed to lob a softball, wondering if ISIS may favor the “easy” Trump and is trying to “drive” voters away from Hillary Clinton.
The superficial Nightline, a show that found time this week to cover the dilemma of pudgy pets, made time to fact check Ivanka Trump. This is the same program that has ignored ObamaCare (and all its problems) for nearly three years. On Thursday night, after a segment about extreme athletes who rock climb and surf, Dan Harris concluded, “Finally here tonight, Ivanka is supposed to be the calm, collected Trump. How she is now creating controversy tonight.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday leapt to the defense of Hillary Clinton after she used entrance music by James Brown, the singer who died of pneumonia in 2006. Rather than see the awkwardness of this, as Clinton recovers from pneumonia, co-host Gayle King seemed irritated at colleague Norah O’Donnell for bringing it up.
MSNBC host Chuck Todd put on his professor hat on Thursday and lectured viewers about the “flaw” in the Constitution that he wants “fixed.” Discussing possibilities where the presidential candidates could get 269 electoral votes and have the election decided in the House of Representatives, Todd fretted, “But are we sure every state with that majority would vote that same way? Are we sure every elector will vote for his or her candidate? Are we sure the loser won’t go to court?”
CBS is still too embarrassed to share with viewers the low opinion Colin Powell has of Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning edited a quote of hacked e-mails, removing Powell’s description of Mr. Clinton as a “a husband still dicking bimbos at home.” On Thursday morning, the network stuck to the script and avoided the comment.
According to a new poll by Gallup, Americans’s trust in their media fell to a shocking new low. Asked if they believe the press will “report the news fully, accurately and fairly,” a meager 32 percent answered in the affirmative. Gallup’s Art Swift noted, “This is down eight percentage points from last year.”
The three networks generally don’t hold back in slamming Donald Trump, highlighting his controversies and scandals. But when the liberal candidate offers up policy prescriptions that echo theirs, ABC, CBS and NBC are silent. On Wednesday, none of the networks offered any conservatives critiques on Trump’s new federally mandated maternity leave plan. In fact, ABC hit the businessman from the left, worrying it didn’t go far enough.