In the “feud” between Barack Obama and Donald Trump, it’s the current president who broke “tradition” and started with the “personal” attacks. That’s the selective memory pushed by the journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday. Co-host Anthony Mason insisted that the President’s tweets on Saturday “broke an uneasy truce between the two men since the White House transition.”
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Liberal ABC journalist Brian Ross spent the weekend attacking the conservative Mark Levin as a “conspiracy-loving talk show host.” On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Ross used the phrase over and over as he dismissed comments the radio host made about attempts by the Obama administration to undermine Donald Trump’s campaign.
Washington Post political reporter Ed O’Keefe appeared on CBS This Morning, Friday, to lobby for more investigations into Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. With a Republican in the White House, the Post suddenly has a lot of questions. Co-host Norah O’Donnell set up the curiosity by wondering, “If there was nothing improper or nefarious about these meetings [with Russian officials], why, perhaps, the effort to conceal them?”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King could barely contain joy on Friday as she talked about Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigation into Russia’s connections with the 2016 election. Talking to John Dickerson of Face the Nation, she enthused, “It is like a song out of Empire. That drip, drip dripity drop where we just heard the President say, ‘No one I know has had contact.’”
Liberal director Joss Whedon on Monday mocked the 62 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump as “uncaring and obnoxious.” In an interview with the website Good, the filmmaker spat, “We have a mass movement going on. It just needs to prove it's stronger than 60 million very misinformed voters who are not afraid to be uncaring and obnoxious.”
Almost 48 million Americans tuned in on Tuesday to watch Donald Trump’s first address to Congress. Compared to Barack Obama’s final State of the Union, the Republican won by 17 million viewers. Nielsen reported, “In terms of the social nature of the address, the most-Tweeted minute of the night was at 10:04 p.m. ET when 21,000 Twitter interactions occurred after the audience applauded the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL.”
CBS This Morning journalist Anthony Mason on Thursday cited a man who compared Donald Trump to the Nazis as an example of supposed building pressure “from the right” on Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Talking to Republican operative Dan Senor about two meetings Sessions had last year with the Russian ambassador, Mason hyped, “There's pressure in some cases coming from the right on this.”
The far-left celebrity circus came out in full force on a special post-speech edition of Hardball, Tuesday. As if Bill Maher mocking a war widow as a “prop” wasn’t enough, liberal comic Kathy Griffin and director Rob Reiner both hyped impeachment conspiracy theories. Griffin speculated, “I feel like this whole crowd, they are truly going to go down.”
Far-left comedian Bill Maher on Tuesday derided war widow Carryn Owens for allowing herself to be Donald Trump’s “prop” in his speech to Congress. Regarding the wife of the Navy SEAL, Maher sneered, “First of all, I wish she hadn't allowed herself to be used as his prop like that. And I don't see any great courage here. Where is the courage?”
An angry Rachel Maddow on Tuesday reacted to Donald Trump’s address to Congress by sneering that the President views immigrants all a bunch of “vicious, murdering criminals.” The liberal MSNBC host’s takeaway was that Donald Trump “spent a big portion of what was, in effect, a State of the Union, trying to tell the country what vicious murdering criminals immigrants are.”
Sometimes, it’s not difficult to confuse Chris Matthews. The liberal MSNBC host on Tuesday night was beside himself as video showed Donald Trump practicing his speech to Congress while waiting in a car to leave the White House. Matthews marveled, “He's lipping it! He's doing it! Look at that.”
The journalists on ABC, CBS and NBC on Sunday couldn’t quite agree how to spin new Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Is he “moderate,” “establishment” or really progressive? Despite having what Mother Jones magazine called “stalwart progressive” credentials, Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley described, “Former Labor secretary Tom Perez is the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee... His election is seen as a win for the moderate wing of the party.”
If you’re going to watch Sunday’s Oscars, be prepared for a tsunami of liberal rage, more so than the usual Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday reported that actor Jack Black hailed actress Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech and lobbied for more at the Oscars: “I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more shit about that asshole.”
The perpetually outraged Brian Stelter is outraged yet again. After Donald Trump lambasted CNN and the “fake news media” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Stelter fumed, “The demagoguery continues. This was all about us versus them. I think we heard it in almost every sentence. Us versus them.”
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?”
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.