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.”
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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.”
The Hollywood freak out over Donald Trump’s victory continued on Wednesday. West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin wrote an open letter to his daughters in which he snarled, “The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons.” The missive was published in Vanity Fair and includes unrestrained venom such as this: “Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being ‘the fresh voice of an outsider’ who’s going to ‘shake things up.’”
Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler pre-recorded a “victory” video for Hillary Clinton’s anticipated win on election night. The taped segment for Wednesday’s Netflix show included cheering, balloons falling and a woman holding a sign reading, “Roe V. Wade 4 Ever.”
A clearly rattled Joy Behar on Wednesday reacted to the election of Donald Trump as President by declaring, seriously, that The View will be the only remaining check on the businessman’s total power. She began by inaccurately stating, “What scares me the most... is that not since George W. Bush has there been a White House, a Senate and a House of Representatives all from the same party.” (Barack Obama’s Democratic Party controlled the White House, the Senate and the House in the President’s first two years.)
The liberal sulking over Donald Trump’s win on election night continued on MSNBC, Wednesday. The former editor of Newsweek huffed, “This is so, so dispiriting. I think decency lost last night. And that's what's so hurtful about this. Not just that Hillary Clinton lost, but our image of who we are as a people, that we're tolerant, decent people suffered a real setback.”
A stunned Chris Matthews struggled to comprehend Hillary Clinton’s loss and the victory of Donald Trump on election night. On MSNBC, Matthews sputtered, “[Clinton] won every debate by all standards. Every debate.... She had the best ad campaign, the best ground game.”
ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz on election night struggled to not get emotional as the night got worse for Hillary Clinton. Speaking of Trump on foreign policy, her voice quivered, “I was also looking back [voice breaks] at an interview Tim Kaine gave. Tim Kaine has a son in the Marine Corps. He was asked, by John Dickerson, ‘So if Donald Trump is democratically elected, and your son is serving as a Marine, you wouldn't trust his life under that commander-in-chief? And Kaine said, ‘I wouldn't.”