There’s something you don’t see very often on NBC. Appearing on Meet the Press, Sunday, National Review editor Rich Lowry mocked the “dithering” Barack Obama’s Syria policy in the light of Donald Trump’s Syria strike. Talking to Chuck Todd, Lowry lowered the boom: “It was a bad week for Obama's legacy. Because, one, Trump showed doing this sort exemplary strike is not that difficult.”
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ABC on Monday decided that live coverage of Neil Gorsuch’s swearing in was a good time to twice remind viewers that Democrats feel the Supreme Court seat was “stolen” from them. Correspondent Cecilia Vega also ran through a litany of unrelated Trump failures as she reported live from the Rose Garden.
On April 9, 2016, the Boston Globe journalists imagined the horrific, dark future world of April 9, 2017. The Globe put together a fake news front cover with Donald Trump as president. One year later, the headlines haven’t aged well. This headline slimed Trump: “U.S. soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families.”
Who better to opine about the need to “fire” Bill O’Reilly from his Fox News show? According to the liberals at the Washington Post, it’s the partisan Anita Hill, the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and excused Bill Clinton’s actions. Hill wrote an op-ed on Friday with this headline: “It’s Not Enough for O’Reilly to be Fired.”
Reacting to the air strikes ordered by President Trump, Good Morning America journalist Martha Raddatz on Friday assailed the “horrific chemical attack” by Syria’s dictator. Given that the war criminal Bashar al-Assad brutally massacred over 70 of his own people, the journalists at ABC might be embarrassed at how, through the years, they fawned over the “charming,” “intelligent,” “thoughtful” Assad.
Former MSNBC journalist Luke Russert on Thursday unleashed a series of liberal talking point Tweets about the “unprecedented” effort to override a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. Russert, who posed as a supposedly neutral journalist during his tenure at MSNBC, also hit Republicans for “stealing” Merrick Garland’s opening at the Supreme Court.
The partisan journalists at MSNBC proved they have no problem flip flopping when it comes to filibustering and the nuclear option. As the Republicans were voting to change the Senate rules, Thursday, and confirm Neil Gorsuch, MSNBC blamed Donald Trump. Andrea Mitchell lectured, “This is another history-making moment which another White House might have been able to avoid, perhaps with better leadership.”
What a difference a day makes. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Wednesday grilled Ivanka Trump on being “complicit” in her father’s administration, one that many are “very afraid” of. This contrasts to the fawning interview with another first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, on Tuesday. For that, fan girl King gushed over the younger Clinton’s political prospects: “Are you running? Are you running? Are you running?”
When it comes to the Clintons, the hosts of CBS This Morning are indistinguishable from gushing celebrity “journalists” at Access Hollywood. They are devotees. On Tuesday, the most pressing question for these partisan fan boys (and fan girls) is whether Chelsea Clinton or her mom will run for office in the future.
Conservative leader Amy Ridenour, the chairwoman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Ridenour, who also contributed to NewsBusters, founded the National Center in 1982 as a “communications and research foundation supportive of a strong national defense and dedicated to providing free market solutions.”
Liberal actor Alec Baldwin is very impressed with himself, touting his Donald Trump impersonation as comparable to Jonas Salk “curing polio.” CBS Sunday Morning journalist Rita Braver on April 2 stood aside as heaped praise on his own Saturday Night Live appearances. After wondering if Trump has “gotten mostly positive responses,” Baldwin cheered, “60 to 75 percent of the people I encounter treat me like I was Jonas Salk and I cured polio.”
Unsurprisingly, Politico isn’t interested in the news that Americans support Neil Gorsuch by a wide margin. As Matthew Balan at Mediaite noted on Wednesday, the liberal website buried the revelation that Americans support the judge by a 21 point margin.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Friday conducted a total freak out, declaring that Donald Trump, who has been President for a scant 70 days, to be a “lame duck” “on the brink.” Keep in mind, from the day after the 2016 election through early January, the networks never once called the outgoing Barack Obama a “lame duck.”
Imagine CBS goading Barack Obama to work with House Republicans in 2016 to repeal ObamaCare? Doesn’t seem likely, right? Well, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell on Thursday pressed Paul Ryan as to whether he is working with Nancy Pelosi on health care. Talking to the Speaker of the House in an “exclusive” interview, O’Donnell demanded, “Have you reached out to the Democrats yet to work on this bill? Pelosi?”
Proving that the rabidly partisan journalists at CNN have way too much time on their hands, reporter Michelle Krupa on Wednesday actually fact checked a White House joke about Russian salad dressing. During his daily briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer joked, “If the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russia connection.”
The New York Times on Thursday offered a collective freak out, devoting no less than four articles to how the “denialists” in the Trump administration are “risking the planet” by rolling back Barack Obama’s climate regulation. That amounted to almost 4000 words. Jettisoning any pretense of objectivity, the liberal paper included this biased headline: “Climate Change Denialists in Charge.” Writer Coral Davenport warned, “Climate denial starts at the top.”
Let the freak out begin. MSNBC and CNN on Tuesday went nuclear over Donald Trump’s move to roll back Barack Obama’s “signature” climate policies, whining that the President is “destroying” and “obliterating” the Democrat’s efforts. The CNN graphics department went into overdrive with one biased description reading, “Trump Signs Order Dismantling Obama Climate Record.”
Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on Tuesday shot down the “partisan” slams on Congressman Devin Nunes, attacks that are coming from Democrats as well as their enablers in the media. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King goaded the conservative to go after Nunes as incapable of leading the investigation related to Trump, Russia and surveillance claims: “Do you think it's necessary to have legitimacy in this investigation?”
CBS This Morning on Monday offered a schizophrenic defense of ObamaCare, insisting that the plan is just fine. However, the solution to keep it from “exploding” is “more subsidies and more regulations.” Co-host Gayle King introduced Bloomberg journalist Shannon Pettypiece to do a “reality check on some of the strongest GOP criticism.”
With no sense of irony, longtime liberal journalist Ted Koppel on Sunday embraced the idea that it’s Sean Hannity and conservatives in the media who are “bad for America.” The CBS Sunday Morning senior contributor investigated why “we Americans occupy alternate universes” when it comes to facts and our media choices. Unsurprisingly, the partisan journalist mostly blamed this on the right and didn’t look in the mirror.