ABC’s Nightline, a program that has covered such non-stories as “bootleg butt injections” and “cat poo coffee,” actually complained about “fake news” websites. Co-anchor Juju Chang on Monday huffed that “established media outlets are built on accuracy” as she wondered if scam websites resulted in Hillary Clinton losing.
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CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose again reported from Cuba on Tuesday, trumpeting the “legacy” of the “thunderous” Fidel Castro and the “anguish” over his death. Aside from one passing mention about the dictator’s violence, the focus was entirely on praise for Castro. Talking to one person, Rose recounted, “Many were overcome, either by the heat or by grief. ‘He is living eternally now,’ this man says.”
Larry Wilmore, the conservative-bashing ex-Comedy Central host, has signed a deal with ABC studios, the Hollywood Reporter explained on Monday. Wilmore’s Nightly Show as cancelled in August due to very low ratings. In the article, Wilmore gushed, “I'm excited beyond words to be back at ABC and look forward to this creative partnership. Disney took a chance on me as a young writer years ago and so I'm thrilled to return to the Mouse House.”
A verbal brawl erupted on Monday’s The View. After liberal co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar defended Barack Obama’s bland statement on Fidel Castro's death, token conservative Jedediah Bila slammed it as “nauseating.” Goldberg even hinted that the United States in 2016 could go the way of Cuba in limited freedom of the press.
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose on Monday reported live from Cuba and hyped the dead Fidel Castro as a “revolutionary hero” around the world known for “defiance of the United States.” In his first question to Cubans in Havana, Rose led with this loaded question: “What was the best thing he did for the Cuban people?”
What would Thanksgiving Day be without more gushing over the Obamas? The Washington Post on Thursday declared That Michelle Obama’s “departure from the East Wing signaled the end of a singular era for American fashion.” The piece by Robin Givhan contrasts with the writer’s bashing of the looks of conservative women such as Carly Fiorina, who she mocked as a “style bully.”
New Yorker editor David Remnick appeared on CBS This Morning to brag about his scoop on Barack Obama’s reaction to the election of Donald Trump. Asked by Charlie Rose what “worries” Obama about the President-elect, Remnick marveled, “Where to on begin? Certainly appointments like Sessions or Flynn, whom he fired, or Steve Bannon. That is for starters worries him. He worries that someone who had a national campaign that was marked by misogyny and racism and all the rest is now president of the United States.”
The network morning shows on Friday pounced on the announcement that Michael Flynn is Donald Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser, immediately branding the Army Lieutenant General “divisive,” “controversial,” fiery” and known for his “infamous” appearance at the 2016 Republican National Convention. In contrast, ABC and NBC saw Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice as “hard-nosed,” “no-nonsense” and a “victim” of the conservative media.
Hollywood director Ethan Coen joined the celebrity freak out over Donald Trump’s victory. One half of the famous Coen brothers, the filmmaker penned a New York Times op-ed on Sunday. Writing a satirical set of “thank you notes,” he lashed out at Jimmy Fallon for being too nice to a monster. Coen also blamed the media for being... too objective, condemning “reportorial balance.”
Jon Stewart may have surprised people on Thursday as he called out fellow liberals and demanded they stop trashing all Trump voters as a bunch of bigots. CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose apparently expected the ex-Daily Show host to blast the new president-elect. Rose wondered if Stewart’s reaction to Trump is “fear.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday touted the effort on the left to abolish the electoral college in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss. Reporter Tony Dokoupil insisted that the political process “may be upended next.” The morning show featured the angry, sometimes violent, crowds who chanted “not my president” and “Donald Trump has got to go!”
In a twist that will surprise very few conservatives, ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday America devoted almost ten minutes to interviewing the wife of George Stephanopoulos, but never mentioned Ali Wentworth’s vow to flee the country if Hillary Clinton lost the White House.
Liberal director Joss Whedon on Monday warned that Donald Trump “cannot be allowed” to take office. Without explaining exactly what he meant, the Avengers filmmaker tweeted, “This is simple: Trump cannot CANNOT be allowed a term in office. It's not about 2018. It's about RIGHT NOW.”
Despite a news conference that lasted over an hour, not a single reporter on Monday bothered to ask Barack Obama if, as the leader of the Democratic Party, he deserves any blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump. Instead, the journalists badgered Obama to trash Trump.
Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah has apparently recovered enough from declaring election night the “end of the world” to lament the “misogyny” Hillary Clinton faced as a candidate. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Monday, the Daily Show host lectured, “And misogyny, people talk about the glass ceiling but what you don't realize you can't see it because it's see-through. And misogyny has very quickly gone out of the conversation.”
Maybe it’s Bernie Sanders’s fault that Hillary Clinton lost? That’s the latest blame game theory brought up on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O’Donnell talked to Clinton’s primary opponent and wondered if he had “guilt” and “responsibility” for bringing up trust issues during the early part of the campaign.
Just what the world needed: A TV series about the life of infamous Communist Karl Marx. According to Variety, screenwriter Alice Brich will write a limited edition series on the author of the Communist Manifesto. Variety writer Leo Barraclough explained, “The story centers on the real lives of Jenny and Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and the two sisters — Mary and Lizzie Burns.”
Network journalists are still mourning the American public’s rejection of Hillary Clinton. Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang on Wednesday talked about the scene of “devastation” at Clinton’s campaign headquarters and described the loss as a “devastating chapter in what has been a decades-long story of public service.”
Liberal CBS host Stephen Colbert is still not over the election results. On the most recent Late Show, he wondered aloud how God could “let” Donald Trump win. This is the same man who freaked out on Tuesday night, blurting, “What the fuck is happening?” During Wednesday’s monologue, Colbert lamented, “I'm a man of some faith, but when bad things like this happen like this— and this does feel bad— I have to ask, how could God let this happen?”
All three networks on Thursday spotlighted violent, anti-Donald Trump protests across the country. On ABC’s Good Morning America, Gio Benitez noted the tear gas, the fires and chaos, but insisted, “From the ballot box to the streets of New York, these people are letting their voices be heard.”