According to a new report by the Washington Free Beacon, Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given the questions in advance to a not-exactly grueling Steve Harvey interview back in February. The interview included childhood pictures of Clinton as a young girl and her thoughts on Chicago style pizza.
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In the final minutes before Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, MSNBC journalists did what you would expect from the liberal network: They mocked Sarah Palin. Killing time before Tim Kaine and Mike Pence took the stage, ex-Palin aides Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace regaled their left-wing hosts with behind the scenes stories from the 2008 debate prep. Wallace recounted, “She in rehearsal kept saying, ‘Senator O Biden.’ So she kept botching the name. And she was so nervous.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday night shocked his liberal viewers by declaring that the “eloquent,” “excellent” Mike Pence “won” the vice presidential debate over a “desperate” Tim Kaine. The Hardball host did not hold back as he bashed, “Kaine was a little bit, I don't know what the right word is, a little desperate there, jumping in all the time, always trying to get his points. He didn't wait his turn.”
Using the most loaded language she could muster, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday described Mike Pence as a “hard-line, hard-core, religious right guy.” Previewing the vice presidential debate, she also insisted that there are “policy differences” on abortion between Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton.
On the eve of the vice presidential debate, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday reminisced about a favorite target of the liberal media veterans: Dan Quayle. Going back 28 years, Mitchell rehashed, yet again Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s attack during the 1988 vice presidential debate that Quayle was “no Jack Kennedy.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday leapt to cover illegally leaked tax documents, declaring they show Donald Trump to be a “flop of a businessman.” Guest co-host Josh Elliott played dumb and pretended he didn’t know why a mystery individual would have sent them to the New York Times. Talking to two of the reporters who broke the story for the paper, Elliott wondered, “Do you have any sense of why they were sent to you?”
Avengers director Whedon was given air time on MSNBC on Friday to bash “nightmarish” Republicans as trying to stop people from voting and Donald Trump as a “scary monster.” The filmmaker, who has started a Super Pac to defeat the businessman, attacked, “I think he's a threat to our country. I think he is a threat to our idea of democracy. I think he's a scary monster and I am not shy about that.”
Joking and laughing with reporters, Hillary Clinton on Thursday only gently had to deal with Donald Trump threatening to bring up Bill Clinton’s sexual infidelities. In a friendly atmosphere, the journalists wondered more about how the Democrat will respond and very little about the actual issue it raises about how Mrs. Clinton treats other women.
Many liberals were excited about Sean “P Diddy” Combs and his 2004 Vote or Die campaign to encourage young people to the polls. During an interview on Thursday, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King acknowledged his disillusionment with politics and apparent disappointment with Barack Obama. Combs also declined to announce support of Hillary Clinton.
CBS and ABC noticed FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before Congress on Wednesday... just not the part that was about Hillary Clinton. Good Morning America and CBS This Morning focused on what Comey had to say about the threat from Russia hacking the upcoming election, but they excluded the director being grilled over not charging Clinton, as well as the decision to give immunity to certain aides. NBC’s Today show, a four hour-long program, totally ignored all of Comey’s testimony.
Liberal actress Kathleen Turner, who in the ‘80s starred in such films as Body Heat and Romancing the Stone, is thoroughly baffled as to why some people don’t trust Hillary Clinton. Talking to the Washington Post, Wednesday, the celebrity opined, “I really truly think a lot of this comes down to white men thinking that they’re losing all their power, and they’re scared s—less.”
According to the journalists at Good Morning America, it’s apparently okay to fat shame some people, so long as they are Republicans. On Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos opened the program by trumpeting, “Trump doubles down on his criticism of the former Miss Universe, saying her weight as a big problem.” Reporter Amy Robach alerted that in 1996, “Trump publicly shamed” contestant Alicia Machado, calling her an “eating machine” and “Ms. Piggy.”
The MSNBC crew on Monday night were in full Donald Trump trashing mode. While Chris Matthews hailed the “brilliant” Hillary Clinton and declared the race “over,” Howard Fineman lectured that Trump delivered the “worst debate” performance ever.
Liberal cheerleader Chris Matthews could barely contain his excitement, Monday, spinning “brilliant” Hillary Clinton’s debate performance as a “home run” and declaring the race to be “over.” Matthews resorted to movie references, declaring, “I was watching A Few Good Men and she was Tom Cruise and he was Jack Nicholson. It was not close. It was over tonight.”
Debate moderator Lester Holt repeatedly challenged Donald Trump during Monday night’s highly anticipated debate, but refrained from going after Hillary Clinton in the same aggressive manner. Holt also minimized the Democrat’s e-mail scandal. It was only brought up because Trump did so.
Just prior to Monday's debate, Chris Matthews used a very odd historical and anatomical analogy while talking about Hillary Clinton. Talking to Mike Pence, the Hardball anchor, essentially, wondered if Donald Trump will have a “kick him in the balls” attitude towards Clinton. Matthews blurted, “Bobby Kennedy back in '60 when his brother was about to debate Nixon in the great debate, he gave him a last-minute piece of advice. He said — I can't say it exactly to what he said — but he said, ‘Kick him in the you know where.’”
MRC President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News, Saturday, to discuss the newly leaked e-mails of NBC and MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell decrying Donald Trump’s nomination as “awful.” Talking to Cost of Freedom host Neil Cavuto, Bozell sarcastically replied, “Be still my heart at the revelation.”
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose on Thursday created a painfully awkward moment when he assumed that liberal Daily Show host Trevor Noah had been fired. Talking to comic John Oliver, formally of Comedy Central, Rose wondered if Oliver has “some sadness at what happened at Comedy Central?”
An exasperated Chris Cuomo on Wednesday described Donald Trump as the “problem” and insisted that in next week’s debate, Hillary Clinton needs to be “better than that” and focus on solutions. On his CNN show New Day, Cuomo previewed the big event, dismissing Trump this way: “This idea of insulting your way to the presidency, that's his bag. He is the problem. You know, that's what he's saying, ‘I am the problem, I am bringing up the problem.”
Washington Post columnist E.J.Dionne on Monday cheered that journalists are finally taking heat for being too sensitive to the complaints of liberal media bias. No, seriously. Dionne insisted that, since the days of Spiro Agnew, “reporters, editors and producers have incessantly looked over their right shoulders, fearing they’d be assailed as secret carriers of the liberal virus.”