In a move that would surprise few, MSNBC on Monday night praised Barack Obama's use of the N-word in a recent interview. Analyst Michael Eric Dyson appeared on All In and cheered the President: "He was, I think, quite ingenious, clever to be sure, about exploiting those boundaries by drawing attention to them."
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A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
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All three network morning shows on Monday ignored the revelation that Jonathan Gruber, an ObamaCare architect who called Americans "stupid," had closer ties than the administration previously let on. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 20,000 pages of e-mails. Writer Stephanie Armour expalined, "The emails show frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration staffers and advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act."
In the wake of last week's Charleston shooting, Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Monday spun the Confederate flag as a problem for the 2016 Republicans. No mention was made of Bill Clinton, the spouse of a 2016 Democratic candidate, and his past honoring of the Confederacy.
NBC's Savannah Guthrie on Friday echoed Barack Obama's call for more gun control in the wake of the Charleston shooting. The Today host talked to South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley and highlighted the President "venting" about gun violence. Guthrie quizzed, "I know you are a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Is there anything about this situation that makes you think, okay, should we rethink? Is it time for some kind of change?"
MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner brought on two guests, Thursday, to broaden the tragic shooting in South Carolina to include a uniquely American culture. Wagner mentioned the fact that the state still flies the Confederate flag and University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb retorted, "If we could isolate this to the Confederate flag, we would be in good condition."
ABC on Thursday used the tragic shooting in South Carolina to speculate and connect other topics. Reporter Pierre Thomas offered, "Also, George, remember, the new attorney general, who is African-American, is a daughter of the south and the child of a Baptist minister." In a separate segment, correspondent Good Morning America's Paula Faris noted, "One trending topic is whether or not South Carolina will fly the Confederate flag on top of the state capitol at half-staff."
In an interview with Larry King, the liberal John Cusack again ripped Barack Obama, declaring him as bad as George W. Bush. On the topic of free speech and privacy, the actor lectured, "Well, after 9/11, right, a lot of rights went out the windows because we say magic words, like terror and so we don't need to respect constitutional rights..."
George Stephanopoulos's sketchy connections to the Clintons were thrown back in his face on Wednesday. The Good Morning America co-anchor interviewed presidential candidate Donald Trump. During a lightning round on Trump's thoughts about Republicans, Stephanopoulos brought up Hillary Clinton. The candidate derided: "Of course, you shouldn't be talking to me about that, in all fairness. You shouldn't be asking me those questions, but I don't mind."
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday demanded to know if Carly Fiorina will base a presidential bid on her "Christian beliefs." The Republican contender appeared on the show and rebutted such attacks on her conservative stances. Goldberg bluntly quizzed, "I assume you're a person who is very, sort of, pro-life. Are you going to run as a person going to govern for everyone or are you running on your Christian beliefs?"
According to CBS on Tuesday, Republicans such as Rick Santorum and Ben Carson are "long shot" candidates running for president to make money or score a television deal on Fox. Reporter Julianna Goldman included clips of six GOP contenders, but not a single "long shot" Democratic candidate. Instead, she ripped 'Don Quixote' conservatives.
In a second attempt at walking back shocking comments, CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on Monday actually used the word "apology." The journalist appeared two days after calling a gunman who attacked the Dallas police department "courageous and brave."
Talk about a softball. On Sunday's Good Morning America, co-host Dan Harris asked George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, if class warfare was a "winning strategy" for Hillary Clinton. Unsurprisingly, the man who secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation answered in the affirmative. Regarding Saturday's campaign launch, Harris mused, "Hillary Clinton has not wanted to be seen as a class warrior. But in this speech, she really went for it... Is this a winning strategy for her?"
Andrea Mitchell scored an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday, but spent the entire interview peppering the senator with questions about Hillary Clinton. This included pushing Sanders on whether Bill Clinton's claim of innocence would be enough to drop any investigation into the family's foundation.
The day after Rupert Murdoch announced he was stepping down from some of his roles at Fox, CBS This Morning on Friday brought on an author to trash his successor and son, James Murdoch. Asked by Gayle King what the new CEO is like, Michael Wolff attacked, "James is an arrogant so-and-so and I don't know of anyone who has worked with him outside of the circle whole has had nice things to say about him."
New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. At least those were the wildly-inaccurate predictions made by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
One clue that the New York Times might have gone too far by publishing aggressive hit pieces on Marco Rubio: Even Andrea Mitchell thinks the liberal paper made a mistake. After playing a clip of Jon Stewart mocking the Times, Mitchell said of the articles on the Republican's speeding habits and his lack of wealth: "How is [this] front page news?"
ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday ignored a new report indicating that Hillary Clinton's favors for donors to her family's foundation go back to her days as a U.S. Senator. CBS This Morning allowed 42 seconds on the Clinton Foundation scandal in general, but didn't specifically mention the new allegations. "Former President Bill Clinton is defending his family's charity and rejecting charges that some contributors are looking for political favors."
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday couldn't help herself as she fawned over the liberal credentials of Republican turned independent turned Democrat Lincoln Chafee. Despite the fact that Chafee is no longer a member of the GOP, the journalist repeatedly hyped his former status. She recounted, "In 2004, when President George W. Bush was running for re-election as president there was one Republican U.S. senator" who didn't vote for the incumbent.
Good Morning America is not a serious news show. But even by the loose standards of ABC, the program's journalists set a new standard for cynicism. On Tuesday, hosts both hyped a reckless daredevil and later condemned such people. At 7:15am, news reader Amy Robach enthused, "One daredevil is surely at the top of his game! Take a look at his latest stunt. He's the first person in the world to stand on top of the arch that rises nearly 450 feet over London's Wembley stadium."
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, support for ObamaCare is at a "record low" level. Yet, viewers wouldn't know that from watching the network. Journalists on Sunday's World News and Monday's Good Morning America failed to cover the poll from their own network. According to the Washington Post, "The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago."