As Donald Trump prepared to become the 45th President on Friday, the journalists at ABC couldn’t help but focus on every detail of Hillary Clinton’s outfit. World News Tonight anchor David Muir focused on “the statement she's making historically by wearing white.” He sympathized, “A lot of people tweeting about the fact she's in white today. Saying it's the color of the suffragette movement. As we know, a lot of women will be protesting tomorrow in Washington and around the country at separate rallies.”
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The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday lectured viewers that some Americans “fear” Donald Trump and are very “nervous” about his presidency. Face the Nation host John Dickerson insisted that Trump needs to “to offer something to the other side, to recognize the fear.”
As Donald Trump is inaugurated the 45th president today, it’s not likely that the three networks will suggest that seagulls were “awed” by the “sacred” event, one that “pilgrims” trekked to Washington to see. But that happened on January 20, 2009 as Barack Obama became the 44th president. ABC, CBS and NBC reporters were beside themselves and compared the event to a religious experience.
MSNBC journalists on Thursday whined about the treatment they were getting from Americans visiting Washington D.C. for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Cal Perry reported live from the inaugural concert. He complained, “...There is a pervasive, sort of, heckling that goes on towards the media that we've seen today, consistently not just from the crowds but also the volunteers.”
The Trump/Pence administration hasn’t even taken office and CBS is already going negative. CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose on Thursday reminded Vice-President-elect Mike Pence just how unpopular the team would be. He also lectured Pence about social media: “You've been asked this before, I'm sure, are the Tweets, A, necessary, B, distracting? And does [Trump] have to tilt at every windmill that criticizes him?”
On Wednesday, Barack Obama conducted his final press conference as president and journalists demanded accountability... from his Republican successor. While just one question was asked about Obama’s decision to pardon Chelsea Manning, there were five queries worrying about what Donald Trump will do when he’s in charge.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday agreed with Barack Obama: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is a good looking man. This not-so confrontational assessment came as Earnest bragged about the importance of “friction” between any White House and the press corp. Reporting live from the briefing room, co-host Charlie Rose touted Obama’s praise of Earnest: “He's just got that all-American matinee good-looking thing going. That's helpful, let's face it, a face made for television.”
The shuttering of the Clinton Global Initiative in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s brutal election loss hasn’t resulted in any interest from the three networks. ABC CBS and NBC have skipped the news that the division of the Clinton Foundation will lay off employees and close in April.
Disgraced journalist Brian Williams on Monday offered up a glowing documentary on Barack Obama that censored the President’s numerous scandals and controversies. Talking to historian Michael Beschloss, Williams flatly declared, “There has been no personal scandal. This has been a president whose behavior has been important to him.” The historian agreed, responding, “There was no personal scandal that attached to him and when you think about the presidency in recent decades, that's an achievement.”
60 Minutes co-anchor Steve Kroft on Sunday conducted a nostalgic, gushing interview with Barack Obama, reminiscing that this was the 12th such time he interviewed the President. The journalist closed the segment by praising the wit and brilliance of the Democrat: “President Obama, in all the times we were with him, seemed to savor the challenge of an interview. For him, it was an intellectual workout, something on par with a pickup basketball game, complete with a little trash talk.”
CBS This Morning on Friday previewed Barack Obama’s “final network interview as Commander-in-Chief,” touting a clip in which journalist Steve Kroft hails the President’s restraint in criticizing Donald Trump. Kroft initially prodded, “You have to admit this is one of the strangest transitions in history.... Can [Trump] run an improvisational presidency?”
The Washington Post on Friday gushed over a new Catholic-bashing HBO drama that features an “a-hole” Pope. Reviewer Hank Stuever, of course, linked this despicable character to Donald Trump. The Young Pope stars Jude Law as an “ice-blooded American cardinal” chosen to be the leader of the Catholic Church.
The journalists at Nightline could barely contain their contempt for Donald Trump at Wednesday’s press conference, mocking it at a “hyperbolic,” “circus”-like atmosphere. Without providing a lot of context about the unverified claims made by BuzzFeed and repeated by CNN, Jon Karl worried, “Unbelievable. I mean, to see a President-elect of the United States call out a news consideration.”
CBS assigned blame for the verbal battle between Donald Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s press conference. Even though Acosta started the exchange by yelling at the President-elect, it was Trump who “lashed out” to “punish" a reporter. ABC saw the incoming President as “seeking retribution.”
The unverified claims pushed by BuzzFeed on Tuesday dominated Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday with numerous reporters pouncing on what the President-elect attacked as “fake news.” NBC reporter Hallie Jackson demanded to know about the allegations of Russian blackmail: “Does Russia have any leverage over you, financial or otherwise, and if not, will you release your tax returns to prove it?”
Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted CNN as "fake news" and hit the cable network for repeating and promoting unverified information out of BuzzFeed. During a press conference heavily dominated by BuzzFeed’s unverified claims about the President-elect, reporter Jim Acosta attempted to shout out a question: “Since you are attacking our news organization ---"
Repeating a journalistic trope, Tom Brokaw reacted to Barack Obama’s farewell address by insisting that the President has been “scandal-free” for the last eight years. Appearing on MSNBC, Brokaw gushed over the speech: “This is the kind of speech that got him elected president. And it was that kind of appearance that he made at Boston during in the Kerry convention that first drew attention to him.”
The hosts at MSNBC are not ready to say goodbye. Previewing the farewell address of Barack Obama on Tuesday, Rachel Maddow enthused over the “excellent” President. Chris Hayes gushed over the “sheer political talent.” Maddow reminisced, “I think he'll go down in history as both a consequential and excellent president, viewed from the beginning of the country until now.”
Chris Matthews may have another thrill up his leg. The liberal MSNBC host on Tuesday reminisced about his admiration for Barack Obama. He looked back: “To see Barack Obama elected president, to me, was emotionally and physically stirring.” Matthews compared, “I don't think I've been through anything like that since, maybe, the fights on the Vietnam War.”
All three networks on Monday eagerly hyped liberal celebrities trashing Donald Trump at Sunday night’s Golden Globes awards. ABC’s Good Morning America actually led the show with Meryl Streep bashing the President-elect. The Today show waited until five minutes into the program. The hosts at CBS This Morning restrained themselves until 7:06am ET.