CBS This Morning co-hosts on Wednesday scored an interview with Hillary Clinton. Yet, Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell failed to ask any questions about Hillary’s e-mail scandal or Bill Clinton’s numerous sex scandals. Instead, King, who is a Democratic donor, worried, “Madam Secretary, the latest poll numbers have your supporters a little worried tonight. They show that Bernie Sanders is surging just seven points behind you now.”
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Former Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday interviewed Hillary Clinton, the wife of his ex-boss. The Good Morning America co-host offered no disclaimer, nor did he mention the $75,000 he secretly donated to the foundation. Instead, he asked Mrs Clinton, “[Did] you buy a Powerball ticket?”
The three networks on Tuesday mostly glossed over the Democratic candidates participating in Fusion's Monday night Brown and Black Forum in Iowa that included radical questions about “white privilege,” “white terrorism” and reparations. Instead, ABC and CBS focused on fun, light queries at the Iowa event. NBC ignored it entirely.
Even the journalists at ABC News, who have their own problems with journalistic ethics, were disgusted by Rolling Stone having Sean Penn interview the drug lord known as El Chapo. Legal analyst Dan Abrams appeared on Good Morning America, Monday, to decry, “I think he [Penn] did something wrong here. In particular, I think Rolling Stone did something wrong here, journalistically.”
Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio went into full climate panic on Thursday. Appearing on PBS’s Charlie Rose, he speculated as to weather it’s “too late” to save the planet from the ravages of global warming. Reflecting on last year’s climate conference in Paris, the jet-setting actor pontificated, “The big question is are we too late? That's been the pondering question for everyone. I know we should all remain optimistic and I want to remain optimistic.”
Compared to the two Republican presidential debates on CNN, Barack Obama’s gun control town hall got crushed in the ratings. The President’s two hour-long appearance with Anderson Cooper on Thursday managed 2.4 million viewers. In comparison, a staggering 23.1 million people tuned in for CNN’s GOP debate in September.
Despite a combined six hours of air time, ABC and NBC on Friday morning skipped the latest release of Hillary Clinton e-mails, 66 of which contained classified messages. According to Fox News, “In one email, Clinton even seemed to coach a top adviser on how to send secure information outside secure channels.” Good Morning America devoted five minutes and 52 seconds to the upcoming Powerball drawing. NBC’s Today offered five and a half minutes to the lottery, but nothing on Clinton.
The journalists at Good Morning America once again touted the dire consequences of climate change. On Thursday, co-host Lara Spencer featured an emotional child worried that global warming would keep polar bears from eating. Spencer talked to Bernadette Woods Placky of the website climate central and hyperventilated: “Is this the kind of thing that people who live on the coastline should be panicking and moving inland?”
In 2011 and 2012, the journalists at Good Morning America railed against birther claims relating to Barack Obama, assailing the conspiracy theory as “bizarre” and “nonsense.” Yet, the same program lacked outrage on Thursday as Donald Trump promotes a form of birtherism against Ted Cruz.
According to Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts, Barack Obama is “America’s parent-in-chief” when it comes to guns. The ABC journalist on Tuesday night hyped the President’s White House speech: “Camera clicks the only sound in the White House east room as the normally stoic President Obama openly wept and paused to compose himself.”
Former Clinton donor George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday grilled the only serious opponent to the Democratic frontrunner. The Good Morning America co-host, who worked in the White House of Bill Clinton, peppered Bernie Sanders. He wondered, “How about this argument from Hillary Clinton yesterday? Clearly believes that she can make the pitch she's far more electable than you are.”
The View’s Joy Behar on Tuesday insisted that, regardless of whether Bill Clinton raped a woman or Ted Kennedy drowned someone, she would vote for these liberal politicians. Behar and her fellow co-hosts were discussing how Clinton’s past would impact his wife in 2016. She justified, “Republicans have voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Now, that to me, is more important than anything that Bill Clinton did or didn't do because it's what she's going to vote for.”
ABC and NBC, Tuesday, offered one-sided spin on Barack Obama’s executive actions on gun control. Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts insisted that the President is enacting these restrictions without the “help” of Congress. Only CBS This Morning featured objections from Republican presidential candidates.
Liberal actress Susan Sarandon appeared on The View, Monday, to lecture “xenophobic” Americans on letting Syrian refugees into the country. The movie star, who has just returned from a trip to Greece where she talked to fleeing Syrians, also incorrectly claimed that terrorists have not come into America disguised as refugees.
The network morning shows on Monday hyped Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of Donald Trump’s attacks, instead promoting the “popular” Bill Clinton. On Good Morning America, Cecilia Vega enthused, “Bill Clinton has enormously high popularity numbers. But even with all of these attacks coming from Trump, her campaign and Hillary Clinton herself calls him their secret weapon.”
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg went on a rant, Thursday, as she reported the news that a majority of Americans oppose a new ban on so-called assault weapons. Referencing Donald Trump, she lobbied, “Because it seems to me, you know, you want to ban people, you want to ban a people from coming. You want to build a wall? How about an assault weapon wall? Let's build a wall about that!”
Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Ian McKellen on Wednesday asserted that Islamic terrorists have a “legitimate complaint” about the west. Appearing on Larry King Now, the actor discussed the “dreadful” murder of 130 people in Paris. McKellen equivocated, “I’m sure the legitimate complaint that your country and my country have meddled in their affairs is a fair one.”
All three network morning shows on Thursday covered the breaking news that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used private e-mails for government work. But only ABC deemed it an “embarrassment” for Barack Obama himself. Good Morning America’s Mary Bruce asserted, “This is no question this is an embarrassment for the White House and will likely draw attacks from Republicans who say the administration isn't doing enough to safeguard sensitive information.”
A conservative-hating, liberal comic has been chosen for the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner. This time, it’s Nightly Show anchor Larry Wilmore. Scheduled for April 30, the dinner will likely contain many of the slimy attacks the comedian is known for. On November 30, Wilmore blamed the Planned Parenthood shooting on Fox News.
During a live, post-debate edition of Hardball on Tuesday night, Chris Matthews declared Hillary Clinton the likely winner in 2016 and immediately moved on to 2020. Matthews, who famously had a “thrill" up his leg for Barack Obama, ended a segment on the current Vegas odds by declaring, “I think Hillary is favored. I think she'll probably win the general. Probably. Probably.”