Federalist publisher Ben Domenech on Tuesday shot down the “partisan” slams on Congressman Devin Nunes, attacks that are coming from Democrats as well as their enablers in the media. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King goaded the conservative to go after Nunes as incapable of leading the investigation related to Trump, Russia and surveillance claims: “Do you think it's necessary to have legitimacy in this investigation?”
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CBS This Morning on Monday offered a schizophrenic defense of ObamaCare, insisting that the plan is just fine. However, the solution to keep it from “exploding” is “more subsidies and more regulations.” Co-host Gayle King introduced Bloomberg journalist Shannon Pettypiece to do a “reality check on some of the strongest GOP criticism.”
With no sense of irony, longtime liberal journalist Ted Koppel on Sunday embraced the idea that it’s Sean Hannity and conservatives in the media who are “bad for America.” The CBS Sunday Morning senior contributor investigated why “we Americans occupy alternate universes” when it comes to facts and our media choices. Unsurprisingly, the partisan journalist mostly blamed this on the right and didn’t look in the mirror.
David Gergen is clearly having trouble with reality. After the Republican ObamaCare repeal bill was pulled, the CNN analyst on Friday insisted that Donald Trump’s first 100 days are the “worst we’ve ever seen.” The worst? Worse than William Henry Harrison who died before his 100 days were completed?
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Friday fought back at attempts to spin the health care bill as one that abandons the poor in a heartless way. He also corrected CBS This Morning's Anthony Mason on the facts. The co-host parroted talking points about a poll: “Seventy three percent, nearly three quarters oppose cutting Medicare funding.”
In the wake of explosive new claims from Congressman Devin Nunes that Donald Trump and aides were surveilled during the presidential transition, the partisan networks on Thursday circled back to focus on the President’s “baseless,” “false,” “fictional” Tweets. ABC, CBS and NBC also questioned the credibility of the House chairman who brought the information to the President.
Disgraced anchor Brian Williams, who has a history of not telling the truth, offered a skeptical take on the claim by a Republican Congressman that Donald Trump officials were surveilled during the presidential transition. Regarding the assertions made by Congressman Devin Nunes, Williams explained in a doubting tone: “[Nunes] says he is now in receipt of information. It's intelligence information that he found alarming enough to go down to the White House and brief the President. [This is] not traditionally the role of the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.”
Liberal journalists on the three networks, Wednesday, dutifully did the bidding of Democratic senators trying to take down Neil Gorsuch. ABC, CBS and NBC all promoted the partisan effort to “keep [Gorsuch] on the griddle” and force the nominee to prove he’s “not a political pawn.”
Nina Totenberg is very confused. The hard-left NPR journalist on Tuesday admitted that Judge Neil Gorsuch is “respected,” yet he’s also somehow “very conservative.” Appearing on MSNBC, Brian Williams asked Totenberg to project the Supreme Court nominee’s ideology. At first, she hedged, saying, “I actually don’t know.”
The fear tactics from partisan liberal journalists are at work to save funding for PBS. USA Today online on Tuesday trumpeted this deceptive headline: “Could Trump's 2018 budget kill Sesame Street's beloved Big Bird?” Well, no. Because Sesame Street no longer receives government funding and airs on HBO. The news outlet also outrageously connected the defunding move to bigotry.
The partisan journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday gushed over a new Obama administration book, touting its “real talk” and encouraging ex-staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco to lash out at Donald Trump. In contrast, this same network questioned the loyalty of ex-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates after he wrote a book criticizing Barack Obama.
Former CNN host D.L. Hughley ranted in a TMZ video posted Monday that Donald Trump is a “f***ing’ “liar” who “doesn’t deserve respect.” The former host of CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks the News blasted, “I think if the president were respect-worthy, you should do it. But I think in all the things he’s done — just this week, accusing a man, a former president, of a felony. He’s lied. A liar doesn’t deserve respect like that.”
Hostile journalists sparred with Donald Trump on Friday at a press conference, wondering why he was “scared” of “diversity” in the media and if German Chancellor Angela Merkel has “reservations” about the President. Kristina Dunz of the DPA German Press Agency labeled Trump an “isolationist” and disrespectful to the European Union. She then lectured, “Why are you scared of diversity in the news, in the media that you speak so often of fake news? And that things, after all, in the end cannot be proven?”
Journalists on CNN, Thursday, made no effort to disguise the disdain and rage they hold for the White House. Anchor Don Lemon compared Sean Spicer to the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison. After playing an extended clip of March 16 press conference, Lemon mocked Spicer: “Did anyone see Billy Madison? The game show scene? ‘Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to that.’ I hope that you're not dumber and I hope we're providing information.”
He may be gone, but no one on CBS has forgotten “teacher” Barack Obama and his ability to “make people understand.” On Thursday, the journalists at CBS This Morning and liberal actor Jesse Williams previewed a Smithsonian documentary on the former President, complete with the excessive fawning over the Democrat.
You know it’s bad when even the liberal Stephen Colbert is mocking Rachel Maddow’s non-scoop about Donald Trump’s taxes. The Late Show host on Wednesday devoted two segments to skewering Maddow’s hype-fest on the President’s 2005 taxes. After noting how the MSNBC host pushed the story on Twitter prior to Tuesday’s show, Colbert joked, “Rachel took us on an emotional roller coaster. Because, like a roller coaster, at the end you are right back where you started and feeling a little queasy.”
The New York Times on Wednesday published an ominous front page story about Neil Gorsuch’s “web of ties to secretive billionaire.” The article by Charlie Savage and Julie Turkewitz never once mentioned that Democratic senator Michael Bennet, who shares the home state of Colorado with the Supreme Court nominee, also has connections to billionaire Philip F. Anschultz.
Liberal director Joss Whedon on Wednesday fumed that Mike Pence is a “loathsome,” “unethical” “swine.” But he’s still better than Donald Trump. BuzzFeed reporters Steven Perlberg and Lissandra Villa talked to prominent Democrats about new-found affection for the Vice President. Well, sort of.
Get ready for a new, left-leaning HBO take on the presidential election. This one will follow yet another Game Change book from authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Halperin is the same man who said this on election night: “Outside of the Civil War, World War II and including 9/11, this might be the most cataclysmic event the country’s ever seen.”
Disgraced former anchor Dan Rather will be writing a new book on patriotism, USA Today reported on Friday. The journalist stressed that the book won’t promote patriotism “as a divisive cudgel.” Instead, he proclaimed on Facebook that it's “a patriotism that will not ignore the sins of our nation, but challenge them honestly and head on.”