Liberal MSNBC journalist Richard Wolffe on Monday complained of conservative “islamophobia” in Canada. Previewing that day's election results, he said of Prime Minister Stephen Harper: “...Millions of voters are heading to the polls in Canada today where one of the leading contenders is facing accusations of using islamophobia and dog whistle politics.”
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Former Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday rushed to speculate that Joe Biden’s “window is closing” and that the “weakened” Vice President has waited too long to enter the presidential race. Citing a new poll, Stephanopoulos opened the show by trumpeting, “Hillary Clinton surging past her rivals.... Vice president Biden drops some hints last night he may be running, but is his window closing?”
Liberal HBO host John Oliver delivered a sneering, hateful attack on Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Sunday. After offering light-hearted jokes about his liberal opponent, the Last Week Tonight anchor assailed, “Don't be deceived by [Harper’s] bland exterior. Where there is banality, there is evil.”
George W. Bush was too dumb to be held responsible for 9/11 happening on his watch, according to View co-host Michelle Collins on Monday. In an attempt to somewhat defend the former president from attacks by Donald Trump, Collins spewed, “You cannot point a finger at George Bush when, first of all, people used to say that he was sort of the — there were puppet masters controlling him.”
In a surprising twist, the normally superficial Good Morning America devoted an entire story to religious liberty. Even more amazing, this two minute and 51 segment aired in the 8am hour. This air time on ABC is usually reserved for cat videos and reality TV stars. Co-host Robin Roberts explained the story of the high school football coach who has “been told to stop praying with students on the field or he could get fired. But he's not backing down.”
According to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, it’s shocking that the liberal New York Times would praise the liberal Hillary Clinton. While recapping the Democratic presidential debate, host Maddow seriously claimed, “... The New York Times has its knives out for Hillary Clinton more so than any other mainstream media outlet in the country.”
Former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos on Thursday put the pressure on Joe Biden not to run, hyping Hillary Clinton’s performance at Tuesday’s presidential debate. Good Morning America co-host Stephanopoulos cheered, “Hillary Clinton smoking out Joe Biden after Wednesday night's debate.’
Clinton donor and Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday touted Hillary Clinton's campaign assessment that Tuesday’s debate was the “best" ever. Stephanopoulos opened the show by cheering, “Democrats took over Las Vegas last night and after their first debate, here was the scene at Hillary's party.” Uncritically repeating, the journalist parroted, “Good reviews coming in for the Democratic front-runner. Her team called it the best day of the campaign.”
During Tuesday’s debate on CNN, Don Lemon offered a question from a liberal audience member about how unreasonable Republicans can be. Panelist Lemon read a query from a woman in Manassas, quoting, “President Obama has had a difficult time getting Republicans to compromise on just about every agenda.” Lemon continued, “How will you approach this going forward and will it be any different? Senator?”
On the subject of illegal immigration, CNN's debate went left with debate panelist Juan Carlos Lopez hitting Bernie Sanders for not being liberal enough. Lopez demanded, “Senator Sanders, in 2013 you voted for immigration reform. But in 2007 when the Democrats controlled Congress and the Bush White House was on board, you voted against it.” He then attacked the senator: “Why should Latino voters trust you now when you left them at the altar at the moment when reform was very close?”
With her first debate question of the night, CNN’s Dana Bash wondered if Hillary Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War could simply be forgiven. Talking to another Democratic candidate, Lincoln Chafee, Bash lectured, “You were the only Republican in the Senate to vote against the Iraq War. You say Secretary Clinton should be disqualified from the presidency because she voted in favor of using force in Iraq.” Bash added, “She has since said her vote was a mistake. Why isn't that good enough?”
Tuesday may be the Democratic debate night, but that didn’t stop an angry Chris Matthews from trashing Marco Rubio as a “pathetic” “sock puppet.” Before the CNN debate began, the MSNBC Hardball anchor derided conservative donor Sheldon Adelson as a “sugar daddy” who will likely endorse the Republican.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday was forced to respond to an accusation that he is too close to the Clintons. As first noted on the Weekly Standard (and highlighted on the Drudge Report), the anchor was listed as a “notable past member” for a 2007 conference he moderated at the Clinton Global Initiative. Cooper assailed, “With all due respect to the Weekly Standard, this is total bunk.”
ABC, NBC and CNN on Sunday and Monday couldn’t get enough of Saturday Night Live mocking “America’s love affair with guns.” NBC’s Today replayed the entire sketch on Sunday and then hyped it again on Monday. On Monday’s Good Morning America, co-host Robin Roberts enthused that comedian/gun control activist Amy Schumer was “all over social media this weekend!”
George Stephanopoulos on Friday grilled Ben Carson about his comments on guns and how to fight back against a mass killing. An ABC graphic blared, “Ben Carson's Bizarre Comments on Guns: Backlash Grows on Holocaust Statements.” Stephanopoulos demanded, “Are more guns really the answer?” Carson fired back: “You know, one of the problems with people in the media is they pick one little thing and they say that that's your philosophy on this, which is a bunch of crap.”
Matt Damon is no longer mad at Barack Obama. In the October 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the actor explained his affection for the President and previous unhappiness over with Obama. In 2013, Damon complained, “There are a lot of things that I really question, you know: the legality of the drone strikes, and these NSA revelations.” But now: "He's a remarkable human being."
Despite a four-hour running time, NBC’s Today on Thursday skipped any mention of the latest on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. CBS This Morning managed 25 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America offered 27 seconds. GMA’s Dan Harris highlighted an Associated Press report claiming, “Clinton's private e-mail server was the target of attempted cyber attacks from China, South Korea and Germany.” He added, “A contractor hired to protect Clinton's private information warned that her server was vulnerable.”
ABC, NBC and CBS on Thursday immediately pounced on a tweet by Ruper Murdoch in which the Fox News chairman suggested that Ben Carson would be America’s first “real” black president. These same networks stayed silent this week after a major college professor smeared Carson by calling him a “coon.”
The outraged journalists at NBC, ABC and CBS on Wednesday slammed the “controversial,” “beyond insensitive” Ben Carson for his comments about last week’s mass shooting in Oregon. Their anger provides a strong contrast to controversial statements by Hillary Clinton in recent days. Carson urged people in mass shooting to attack the gunman, prompting Today co-host Natalie Morales to rage, “It's beyond insensitive. It's hard to hear that.”
Two of the self-admitted gun owners on The View called for more gun control, Tuesday, lecturing Americans about the need for new restrictions. Raven-Symone demanded, “There need to be stricter gun laws. I have guns I understand how to use them.” She added, “I personally think you need tougher gun laws and there needs to be some type of reform.”