Bill O’Reilly will be talking to Donald Trump on Sunday for what has now become the standard pre-Super Bowl presidential interview. For most of Barack Obama’s eight years, he had the luxury of softball interviews with liberal journalists. (Except in 2011 and 2014 when O’Reilly got to offer tough questions.) Here’s a look back at those eight interviews before the big game.
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Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw on Friday had some surprisingly tough words for rioting liberals at the campus of UC Berkeley, calling it “outrageous” that they would encourage violence over a speaker they didn’t agree with. Brokaw also heaped praise on Judge Neil Gorsuch as “distinguished” and wondered why Democrats were picking a fight.
CBS journalist Omar Villafranca on Thursday reported on the “somber” reality some young illegals faced the day after the 2016 presidential election. Journalist Omar Villafranca went to a Texas high school to report on what a network graphic sympathetically called a “dream denied.”
Why were journalists so surprised by Donald Trump’s election victory in November? They forgot about the country. That was the conclusion from author and Bloomberg politics editor John Heilemann on Thursday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Gayle King quizzed, “When you look at it now, what do you think you missed?”
Politico’s chief columnist Roger Simon on Wednesday went on an unhinged, hyperbolic rant about Donald Trump in his final contribution for the website. The retiring Simon worried that democracy is “failing” and could turn “into something evil” as the new President ruins the country. Simon hysterically worried, “We live at a pivotal time because Donald Trump and his thugs have done us a favor. They have shown us that democracy is not inevitable. They have shown us it can fail.”
NBC and ABC on Wednesday danced around explicitly explaining that liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer previously supported Neil Gorsuch when he was up for an appeals court judgeship. Only CBS This Morning went beyond the bland notation of the now-Supreme Court nominee’s “unanimous” approval.
Minutes after Donald Trump selected Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, CBS on Tuesday labeled him a “predictable conservative” with “some controversial decisions.” NBC and ABC also deemed Gorsuch a “conservative.” In contrast, the networks in 2016 rushed to declare Barack Obama’s attempted replacement, Merrick Garland, a “moderate.” In the first 24 hours of that pick, ABC and NBC avoided the “liberal” label. CBS used the word just twice.
During a prime time address to the nation onTuesday, Donald Trump announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch would be his pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. While we will have to wait and see if journalists slime Gorsuch as some kind of “extreme” conservative, history tells us they didn’t like his “very controversial” mom either.
The journalists at Time magazine jumped on the Women’s March on Washington and preemptively hyped it with this front page cover: “The Resistance Rises: How a March Becomes a Movement.” The February 6 cover featured an image of the so-called “pussyhats” worn by the liberal protesters.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday obsessed over Donald Trump’s new order restricting refugees from Muslim-majority countries. Co-host Norah O’Donnell wondered if the administration was being too pro-Christian with this move. Additionally, co-host Charlie Rose used anti-Trump press coverage as justification that the implementation is going badly.
In an online column about the mainstream media, the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple conceded that claims of liberal media bias have "documentary backing.” Wemple reported on efforts by the New York Times to make their paper more diverse, though not necessarily ideologically so.
A BBC journalist on Friday confronted Donald Trump at a joint White House press conference with Britain’s Prime Minister and lectured the President about his “alarming briefs.” Another question at the press conference featured a reporter wondering how Trump and Theresa May could possibly get along.
A major network journalist exposing the double standard that exists when it comes to talking about conservatives and abortion? A right-leaning judicial expert as the sole talking head? Both those things happened on CBS This Morning as reporter Jan Crawford discussed Donald Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominee. Crawford explained how Judge William Pryor might not be picked because he’s called Roe vs. Wade an “abomination.”
CBS This Morning on Thursday hyped the updating of the Doomsday Clock, wondering if Donald Trump will make the threat of annihilation more likely. Talking to a representative of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, correspondent Kris Van Cleave lectured, “With the Doomsday Clock starting the day at three minutes to midnight, it's President Trump's finger on the button.”
It’s safe to say that liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman still hasn’t gotten over the election. Krugman on Tuesday tweeted, “An American first: a president who was obviously mentally ill the moment he took office. Thanks, Comey.” He then tweeted a link about the President’s claims of voter fraud.
Another example of fake news from the liberal media? ABC News late on Tuesday night apologized for deceptively editing a quote from former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer. In a segment from Monday on current press secretary Sean Spicer, Nightline’s Juju Chang featured a quote of Fleischer unequivocally condemning Spicer: “His briefing made me uncomfortable. It was too truculent, too tough. It looks to me if the ball was dropped on Saturday.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday fawned over the march by liberal women over the weekend, devoting eight minutes and 36 seconds to it. Co-host Charlie Rose was so excited, he marveled, “Is it comparable to anything in history we have seen?”
The journalists at ABC on Tuesday cheered White House Secretary Sean Spicer’s “reset” and the need to “repair his heated relationship with reporters.” Talking to Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos, reporter Jon Karl recounted his demand that Spicer pledge to tell only the truth.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday battled with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, demanding that journalists just “report it straight up” when it comes to the President. CNN is the outlet that Trump blasted as “fake news” and Spicer demanded, “Some days we do do the right thing. Some days we are successful.... When we're wrong, say we're wrong. But it's not always wrong and negative.”
ABC journalist Terry Moran on Friday offered a sneering, dark take on Donald Trump’s inaugural address, trashing its “ugly echoes” to the rise of Nazi Germany. Regarding the President’s assertion that, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first,” Moran slimed, “It carries with it overtones from the 1930s when an anti-Semitic movement saying, ‘We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews fault in Germany!’”