Liberal director Joss Whedon on Wednesday fumed that Mike Pence is a “loathsome,” “unethical” “swine.” But he’s still better than Donald Trump. BuzzFeed reporters Steven Perlberg and Lissandra Villa talked to prominent Democrats about new-found affection for the Vice President. Well, sort of.
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Get ready for a new, left-leaning HBO take on the presidential election. This one will follow yet another Game Change book from authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Halperin is the same man who said this on election night: “Outside of the Civil War, World War II and including 9/11, this might be the most cataclysmic event the country’s ever seen.”
Disgraced former anchor Dan Rather will be writing a new book on patriotism, USA Today reported on Friday. The journalist stressed that the book won’t promote patriotism “as a divisive cudgel.” Instead, he proclaimed on Facebook that it's “a patriotism that will not ignore the sins of our nation, but challenge them honestly and head on.”
Illegal border crossings have plummeted since Donald Trump took office, down a considerable 40 percent. The hosts of NBC’s Today, despite a four hour-long show, didn’t bother covering the development. CBS This Morning managed 24 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America offered a scant 19 seconds. The three morning shows have an available eight hours of air time.
Who’s the best woman to represent International Women’s Day? Why, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, of course. That was the thinking of the hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday. Naturally, the journalists offered softballs to the head of the abortion provider and repeated liberal talking points. Democratic donor Gayle King offered this easy question: “Some people have described it or called it a war on women. Do you see it that way?”
Disgraced journalist Dan Rather on Monday ranted about Donald Trump on Facebook, lecturing that anyone who “normalizes” the President will “answer to future generations.” The same man who, in 2004 used phony documents in an effort to torpedo George W. Bush in 2004, accused someone else of falsehoods: “The man who sends out a Twitter tirade accusing a former President of crimes for which he provides no evidence.”
Given the chance to press Nancy Pelosi on her fellow Democrat’s shocking sex joke at the expense of Kellyanne Conway, the journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday punted. Instead, they stuck to other topics as they talked to the House Minority leader. At a dinner last week, Congressman Cedric Richmond remarked on a photo of Conway kneeling on a couch in the White House, saying, “she really looked kind of familiar there in that position.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Monday night admitted that he “muted” the President of the United States on Twitter because Donald Trump represents “annoying people” you don’t want to hear. Talking to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, the journalist allowed, “I have actually muted the president on Twitter. Don't tell him.”
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.”
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.”