For the second day in a row, NBC on Wednesday ignored the high level firings at the Democratic National Committee. Politico hyped it as “heads roll at the DNC.” Yet, the four hour-long Today show found no time for it. Instead, reporter Hallie Jackson trumpeted a “civil war” within the Republican Party.
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All three networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning touted liberal investor Warren Buffett endorsing Hillary Clinton. Yet, they ignored ideological labels for Buffett and his long history of supporting Democrats. Instead, CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell promoted the businessman’s praise: “Clinton campaigned yesterday in Omaha, Nebraska with Warren Buffett. The billionaire investor tried to push Trump into releasing his tax returns.”
The media’s love for the Kennedy family displayed itself in a new way on Monday. Rosemarie Terenzio, a producer on the new documentary I Am JFK Jr., appeared to tell Robin Roberts that her Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos “inspired” John F. Kennedy Jr. Terenzio, who was a personal assistant to the younger Kennedy, insisted, “George Stephanopoulos was sort of the for the kernel of the idea that became George magazine.”
All three morning shows on Monday made sure to highlight Hillary Clinton’s latest attacks on Donald Trump, but only CBS This Morning bothered to note the Democrat’s falsehood about the FBI’s investigation into her e-mails. While talking to Fox’s Chris Wallace, Clinton rebuffed assertions that the FBI called her dishonest: “That's not what I heard director Comey say. Director Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I said is consistent with what I have told the American people.”
[Warning: profanity ahead.] The not-married Bill Maher on Thursday closed out his live convention shows by insisting that Bill Clinton can “fuck around” on Hillary Clinton and still “love her.” The Real Time host also pleaded for Americans to have a more “European” attitude about such infidelities.
According to Chris Matthews, Donald Trump brings out the “best” in Democrats and prompts them to show “gut patriotism” that has been hidden in the past. On Thursday, Matthews cheered, “[Trump] reminded them of what they believe in, the rights and hopes of immigrants, the freedom of religion in this country, the love of the country itself.”
MSNBC on Thursday night offered a movie trailer-style promo, complete with dramatic music and exciting visuals to tout the “united” Democrats “embracing history.” This is quite the contrast to the opening video to last week’s Republican National Convention. Kicking off the primetime coverage of the Democratic convention, an announcer intoned, “The baton has been passed... A party stands united.”
When Bill Maher isn’t bashing Nazi Republicans who plan to put immigrants in “boxcars,” the HBO comic wants to bring people together. The Real Time host opened a live, post-convention version of his show with this nasty joke: “For people who have been saying elections didn't offer a real choice, it is kind of a real choice. Right? ‘Hillary is going to fight for you.’ ‘Hillary is going to murder you.’ ‘How do we welcome immigrants?’ ‘How many can we fit in a boxcar?’"
The journalists at ABC, CBS and NBC were beside themselves with gushing praise of Barack Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention, Wednesday. Immediately after his speech, they hailed the President as a “preacher" and a “powerful” "lawyer." Offering the most effusive cheering, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley lauded, “Barack Obama in full Sunday meeting mode, preaching to a choir that sang a chorus of amens.”
Unlike Republicans, Democrats don’t “hate.” That incredible claim came from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday night came as the Hardball host fawned over the Democratic National Convention. Matthews sneered, “Republicans hate Hillary Clinton. I don't think there's a better word for chemistry-like dislike for her. It's pure. They hate her.”
It’s not enough for journalists to fawn over the Democratic National Convention on their own shows, some of them are going to entertainment tabloid programs to do it. World News anchor David Muir briefly appeared on Wednesday’s Entertainment Tonight. Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski talked to Access Hollywood.
There was no holding back on ABC’s Nightline, Tuesday. Host Juju Chang celebrated Hillary Clinton’s “epic” “milestone” and oddly suggested that the nomination of the liberal Democrat is a victory for “setting politics aside.” Chang opened the show by cheering, “Making history. It's official.... The epic moment, a milestone for women.”
The networks on Tuesday night cheered the floor of the Democratic National Convention being “covered with shards of glass” as Hillary Clinton prompts “historic,” “happy tears.” ABC opened live coverage of the 10pm hour with triumphant music and an announcer who proclaimed, “Right now, here in the City of Brotherly Love, you're looking at history... The political glass ceiling, shattered.”
Though Dan Rather has been reduced to uploading Facebook videos, don’t think he’s lost his liberal bias. The disgraced ex-CBS News journalist reported live from the 2016 Democratic National Convention and on Tuesday and reminisced about the greatness of Barack Obama. Flashing back to the Democrat’s 2004 debut, he began, “Hello Facebook followers... [Conventions] are pageant. But sometimes, they are, when they achieve moments of pure magic, when somebody makes an address or somebody does something that really cracks through and becomes historic or near historic.”
If MSNBC journalists last week saw “bloodthirsty” Republican delegates ready to “kill” at the GOP convention, they imagine nothing but love at Hillary Clinton’s crowning. Rachel Maddow on Tuesday hailed the roll call vote as the “best TV in years.” A hyperbolic Chris Matthews blurbed, “Move over, Hitchcock.”
ABC’s Nightline on Monday night pretended to investigate Hillary Clinton’s long-history of scandal, but David Wright concluded that, “objectively,” she’s even more qualified than her husband, Bill. Though the segment mentioned incidents such as Mrs. Clinton erroneously recounting being under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996, Wright allowed just 18 seconds on Benghazi and the politician’s unsecured e-mail server.
Chris Matthews on Monday could barely restrain his excitement at the Democratic National Convention, declaring it a “sluggers row of wonderful sentiment.” Who did the MSNBC host love more? He could barely decide. Matthews cheered, “I think the Democrats's first night may turn out to be more successful than the Republicans's last night. I thought it had a lot of charm and happiness.”
Sarah Silverman may be a comic known for using the words “fag,” “retarded” and calling Jesus fictional, but the journalists at MSNBC were absolutely entranced over her speech on Monday to the Democratic Convention. At one point, Silverman admonished the Bernie Sanders crowd for being reluctant to support Hillary Clinton: “Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous.”
Despite the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as a cascade of booing, MSNBC journalists touted the Democratic convention as “fun” and “exciting.” Host Rachel Maddow basically told Sanders supporters to stop whining. But first, Brian Williams insisted, “This won't be [like the Republican convention in] Cleveland, but it won't be boring.”
Don’t let the booing, the resignation of the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and the general chaos at Hillary Clinton’s convention fool you. No matter what happens, it will be magic. That’s according to Chris Matthews. The liberals MSNBC host on Monday dismissed the leaked e-mails showing that Hillary Clinton sabotaged Bernie Sanders and gushed, “I think Thursday night's going to be magic, no matter what happens tonight or tomorrow night.”