CBS This Morning’s Gayle King on Friday reveled in Tom Cotton being booed at a town hall meeting this week. Talking to the Senator, she pressed for all the details: “Senator Cotton is joining us now at the table with his screams of 'do your jobs' still fresh in your ears I'm sure. What was that like for you?”
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The New York Times’s liberal columnist Charles Blow railed against the very idea of “reaching out to Donald Trump voters,” dismissing it as impossible considering how “backward-thinking” and bigoted his voters are. In a February 23 screed entitled “The Death of Compassion,” Blow compared, “Just like Donald Trump’s path to victory, Reagan’s was strewn with racial hostilities and prejudicial lies.”
In the midst of hyping the “town hall fury” against Donald Trump and his administration, CBS on Thursday recalled that back in 2009, Barack Obama dismissed protests against him as “manufactured.” Co-host Norah O’Donnell played a clip of Sean Spicer talking about liberal outrage: “But there is a bit of professional protester, manufactured base in there.”
You just can’t win at USA Today. The paper blasted the President on Wednesday with this headline: “Trump too late on hate, critics say.” This came a day after the author of the article appeared on MSNBC to say that anti-Semitism is becoming “mainstream” behavior on the right.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday openly fretted that Donald Trump’s new immigration orders “could create a climate of fear” for illegal “citizens.” Yes, co-host Gayle King used the word “citizen.” Talking to USA Today bureau chief Susan Page, Anthony Mason worried, “This could create a climate of fear in the immigrant community if it hasn't already.”
Of course, Donald Trump visiting the African American History Museum in Washington D.C. is a problem for journalists. April Ryan on Tuesday wondered what was the point of the President’s visit, considering he thinks that “white America” built the country. ABC reporter Cecilia Vega also demanded to know if Trump will show forgiveness to illegals.
Media bias, it’s been a problem since... Fox News? That’s the claim from liberal View co-host Joy Behar on Tuesday as she bashed “pathological liar” Donald Trump. After hailing the need for the press to nail the President, whom she compared to Richard Nixon, token non-liberal Jededia Bila educated Behar: “[Some Americans] do feel betrayed by many in media. They do feel that media is biased.”
Who better to discuss Donald Trump’s first month in office than Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager? Apparently, that was the thinking of the producers and hosts of CBS This Morning on Monday. The journalists barely pressed Robby Mook over whether his new concern about the sanctity of the vote was simply an effort to deflect from an embarrassing loss.
It sure sounds like CBS is getting defensive over Donald Trump’s attack on “fake news.” A new ad for CBS This Morning on Monday featured a blazing graphic declaring the show “REAL NEWS.” Yet, the network has a history of fawning over Barack Obama and hammering Trump. On January 2, CBS This Morning reporter Omar Villafranca lamented the “dream denied” for illegals after the “somber” 2016 election.
The New York Times on Thursday discovered that journalists have found a “renewed sense of mission” under Donald Trump. Times reporters Michael M. Grynbaum and Sydney Ember explained, “For journalists anxious about the state of their profession, there is a renewed sense of mission.”
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday diagnosed that Donald Trump is simply “mad at not being the boss anymore.” He also lectured the President about how ObamaCare repeal legislation should work. In a condescending explanation, he offered, “I think he's mad at not being the boss anymore. Any president who comes in and he has to answer to the public. He has to answer to the Congress. He has to answer to the courts and the only thing Donald Trump done in his life is run a private family company.”
On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a marathon press conference, covering a whole host of topics. Both during and afterward, the media meltdowns were palpable. On both social media and television, they lamented the President’s repeated attacks on their negative coverage of his administration and what he deemed to be fake news as a result of their “level of dishonesty” that’s “out of control.”
Chuck Todd and the other journalists at NBC are openly fuming that Donald Trump continues to call out the coverage of his administration biased. During Thursday’s press conference, an angry Todd tweeted, “This not a laughing matter. I'm sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican.”
USA Today on Thursday gave liberal actor/activist George Takei a platform to compare Donald Trump’s immigration policies to that of interning the Japanese during World War II. Takei slammed, “Our president has trumpeted an ‘America First’ policy, vowing to prioritize the well-being of the United States. But ‘America’ doesn’t seem to include the brown-skinned, foreign-sounding or non-Christian people affected by his travel ban, his Mexico border wall or his immigration raids.”
The journalists at ABC on Wednesday erupted in “open hostility” to Donald Trump, accusing the President of “shutting down part of the First Amendment” by not calling on network reporters at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jon Karl, Cecilia Vega and Matt Dowd repeatedly whined about the “conservative” questioners who did ask questions, lamenting that the preferred narrative of the liberal media wasn’t highlighted.
Disgraced journalist Dan Rather, who was forced out at CBS for a failed effort to take down then-President George W. Bush, on Wednesday warned that the resignation of Mike Flynn could be bigger than the Watergate scandal. Rather, who used phony documents in an infamous report for CBS, assailed, “The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies - can't we finally all agree to call them lies - long ago lost them any semblance of credibility.”
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman can’t stop comparing Donald Trump to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Now he’s adding Pearl Harbor as another hyperbolic comparison. Appearing on Morning Joe, Tuesday, Friedman ranted about Mike Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser.
In another round of fake news, the New York Times on Tuesday quoted from a bogus Twitter account purporting to be from Mike Flynn, the general who resigned on Monday night as National Security Adviser. The Times used a quote from “@GenMikeFlynn” asserting, “But if a scapegoat is what's needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.”
Brian Williams, the disgraced journalist who gushed over the “reflective” Barack Obama and bowed to the Democratic president, has now changed his mind. With Republican Donald Trump in the White House, he now wants tough hard-hitting questions. The man who once held up a copy of Newsweek and asked Obama to comment on it, on Monday lamented that Trump wasn’t grilled by journalists.
Veteran ABC journalist Cokie Roberts on Sunday agreed with a Democratic strategist’s smear that Donald Trump’s “America First” mentality really means “white America First.” Appearing on a This Week panel, Jamal Simmons attacked, “The thing about this all that is so concerning to me is that the President is undermining all these American institutions — he's going after the press, he's going after the judiciary.”