Co-debate moderator Martha Raddatz frequently interrupted Donald Trump and sparred with the businessman over media bias and fairness during Sunday’s debate. After a discussion on the state of Syria, the journalist attempted to move on and Trump interrupted, “She just went about 25 seconds over her time. Could I respond to this?”
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Who else would MSNBC bring on to rebut Donald Trump’s press conference with several women that claim they have been assaulted or harassed by Bill Clinton? Why, James Carville, of course. Minutes before Sunday night’s presidential debate, Brian Williams wondered, “James, this was part, probably the worst component you had to deal with in running a Clinton campaign. The thing about it is, that was a different Clinton. That was Bill. This is Hillary who's going to be on the stage tonight. What are we to make of that?”
According to MSNBC, the only reason some Republicans are dropping Donald Trump after his disgusting comments on an audio tape is because it involves “white women.” Discussing Friday’s tape in which the candidate insisted he could “grab [women] by the p***y,” AM Joy guest Rebecca Traister on Saturday insisted, “I'm really struck by these Republicans who are suddenly disavowing him, as if this is a particularly different sentiment. And I think it's interesting this was something he voiced about white women.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday called out Barack Obama for featuring a 9/11 truther celebrity at a White House event this week. The rapper, who has repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories blaming George W. Bush for the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, appeared at a panel discussion on drug abuse in America. On The Lead, Tapper wondered, “Is it acceptable... for the White House which has a war against birthers, and rightly so, to have a truther come to the White House?”
PBS host Charlie Rose on Thursday discussed Kim Kardashian and the musical Hamilton with Supreme Court Judge Stephen Breyer. Yet, he offered no tough questions on the justice’s liberalism and instead labeled him a moderate. In a fawning introduction, Rose told viewers that Breyer “is known for his pragmatism, love of literature and love of architecture.”
Good Morning America’s Jon Karl on Thursday warned Donald Trump against mentioning Bill Clinton’s numerous affairs at Sunday’s debate, lecturing that it would be a “terrible decision." Talking to former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos, Karl opined, “All this talk about him going after Bill Clinton's infidelities, I think that's very hard to do in an intimate setting where the town hall attendees are right there.” Karl added, “I think that would be a terrible decision for him to do.”
According to a new report by the Washington Free Beacon, Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given the questions in advance to a not-exactly grueling Steve Harvey interview back in February. The interview included childhood pictures of Clinton as a young girl and her thoughts on Chicago style pizza.
In the final minutes before Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, MSNBC journalists did what you would expect from the liberal network: They mocked Sarah Palin. Killing time before Tim Kaine and Mike Pence took the stage, ex-Palin aides Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace regaled their left-wing hosts with behind the scenes stories from the 2008 debate prep. Wallace recounted, “She in rehearsal kept saying, ‘Senator O Biden.’ So she kept botching the name. And she was so nervous.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday night shocked his liberal viewers by declaring that the “eloquent,” “excellent” Mike Pence “won” the vice presidential debate over a “desperate” Tim Kaine. The Hardball host did not hold back as he bashed, “Kaine was a little bit, I don't know what the right word is, a little desperate there, jumping in all the time, always trying to get his points. He didn't wait his turn.”
Using the most loaded language she could muster, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday described Mike Pence as a “hard-line, hard-core, religious right guy.” Previewing the vice presidential debate, she also insisted that there are “policy differences” on abortion between Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton.
On the eve of the vice presidential debate, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday reminisced about a favorite target of the liberal media veterans: Dan Quayle. Going back 28 years, Mitchell rehashed, yet again Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s attack during the 1988 vice presidential debate that Quayle was “no Jack Kennedy.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday leapt to cover illegally leaked tax documents, declaring they show Donald Trump to be a “flop of a businessman.” Guest co-host Josh Elliott played dumb and pretended he didn’t know why a mystery individual would have sent them to the New York Times. Talking to two of the reporters who broke the story for the paper, Elliott wondered, “Do you have any sense of why they were sent to you?”
Avengers director Whedon was given air time on MSNBC on Friday to bash “nightmarish” Republicans as trying to stop people from voting and Donald Trump as a “scary monster.” The filmmaker, who has started a Super Pac to defeat the businessman, attacked, “I think he's a threat to our country. I think he is a threat to our idea of democracy. I think he's a scary monster and I am not shy about that.”
Joking and laughing with reporters, Hillary Clinton on Thursday only gently had to deal with Donald Trump threatening to bring up Bill Clinton’s sexual infidelities. In a friendly atmosphere, the journalists wondered more about how the Democrat will respond and very little about the actual issue it raises about how Mrs. Clinton treats other women.
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.
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.”