The Washington Post on Friday gushed over a new Catholic-bashing HBO drama that features an “a-hole” Pope. Reviewer Hank Stuever, of course, linked this despicable character to Donald Trump. The Young Pope stars Jude Law as an “ice-blooded American cardinal” chosen to be the leader of the Catholic Church.
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The journalists at Nightline could barely contain their contempt for Donald Trump at Wednesday’s press conference, mocking it at a “hyperbolic,” “circus”-like atmosphere. Without providing a lot of context about the unverified claims made by BuzzFeed and repeated by CNN, Jon Karl worried, “Unbelievable. I mean, to see a President-elect of the United States call out a news consideration.”
CBS assigned blame for the verbal battle between Donald Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta at Wednesday’s press conference. Even though Acosta started the exchange by yelling at the President-elect, it was Trump who “lashed out” to “punish" a reporter. ABC saw the incoming President as “seeking retribution.”
The unverified claims pushed by BuzzFeed on Tuesday dominated Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday with numerous reporters pouncing on what the President-elect attacked as “fake news.” NBC reporter Hallie Jackson demanded to know about the allegations of Russian blackmail: “Does Russia have any leverage over you, financial or otherwise, and if not, will you release your tax returns to prove it?”
Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted CNN as "fake news" and hit the cable network for repeating and promoting unverified information out of BuzzFeed. During a press conference heavily dominated by BuzzFeed’s unverified claims about the President-elect, reporter Jim Acosta attempted to shout out a question: “Since you are attacking our news organization ---"
Repeating a journalistic trope, Tom Brokaw reacted to Barack Obama’s farewell address by insisting that the President has been “scandal-free” for the last eight years. Appearing on MSNBC, Brokaw gushed over the speech: “This is the kind of speech that got him elected president. And it was that kind of appearance that he made at Boston during in the Kerry convention that first drew attention to him.”
The hosts at MSNBC are not ready to say goodbye. Previewing the farewell address of Barack Obama on Tuesday, Rachel Maddow enthused over the “excellent” President. Chris Hayes gushed over the “sheer political talent.” Maddow reminisced, “I think he'll go down in history as both a consequential and excellent president, viewed from the beginning of the country until now.”
Chris Matthews may have another thrill up his leg. The liberal MSNBC host on Tuesday reminisced about his admiration for Barack Obama. He looked back: “To see Barack Obama elected president, to me, was emotionally and physically stirring.” Matthews compared, “I don't think I've been through anything like that since, maybe, the fights on the Vietnam War.”
All three networks on Monday eagerly hyped liberal celebrities trashing Donald Trump at Sunday night’s Golden Globes awards. ABC’s Good Morning America actually led the show with Meryl Streep bashing the President-elect. The Today show waited until five minutes into the program. The hosts at CBS This Morning restrained themselves until 7:06am ET.
CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday awoke to the concept that maybe Russia didn’t cause Hillary Clinton to lose the presidential election. CBS co-host Norah O’Donnell observed, “It’s true, actually, that the Clinton campaign spent more money in Georgia and Arizona than Wisconsin and Michigan. That's a fact.”
According to Washington Post journalist Dana Milbank on Thursday, Barack Obama is comparable to George Washington and a fictional Disney Demigod. Lamenting the fact that the outgoing President isn’t getting enough credit, the columnist referenced the 2016 film Moana and quoted from song lyrics where the deity Maui bragged about how amazing he is: “What can I say except you’re welcome for the tides, the sun, the sky? Hey, it’s okay, it’s okay. You’re welcome.”
The liberal women of The View on Thursday freaked out over a ruling by a federal judge that offers doctors religious freedom protections regarding transgender patients. After reading the Hippocratic Oath, an extremely agitated Whoopi Goldberg seemed to indicate that those who believe in God shouldn’t go into the medical field: “Don't be a doctor. If you believe that there's a higher power, you cannot take this oath.”
Previewing the titanic battle over repealing ObamaCare, a CBS journalist on Wednesday touted “guilt” as a weapon for Democrats to wield in defense of the law. On NBC’s Today, Matt Lauer declared that the Republicans will now “own the issue” if they choose to repeal the law. CBS This Morning reporter Nancy Cordes allowed, “Legislatively, there's little Democrats can do to stop the repeal of ObamaCare.” But she added, “Guilt is one of their few tools in their arsenal.”
Talk about denial. Liberal entertainer Rosie O’Donnell is still refusing to accept that Donald Trump will become president. On New Years Day, the celebrity tweeted in all caps: “DONALD TRUMP IS MENTALLY UNSTABLE.” She added, “LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO STOP HIM AMERICA.”
All three networks on Tuesday rang in the new year by hyping “contentious” confirmation battles for Donald Trump’s cabinet and touted Democrats as “ready to battle.” On CBS This Morning, analyst Frank Luntz suggested liberals target just a few of Trump’s nominees. On NBC’s Today, Hallie Jackson warned of “a possibly contentious fight for the President-elect's top cabinet picks. Expected to be among the most controversial confirmations, Rex Tillerson up for Secretary of State.”
Rampant speculation abounded on Thursday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Charlie Rose on Thursday channeled Watergate with a question about Russian hacking. Talking to John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics, Rose wondered, “What did Donald [Trump] know and when did he know it?” This, of course, was meant to echo Senator Howard Baker’s 1973 question during the Watergate hearings: “What did the President know and when did he know it?”
The New York Times on Thursday attempted to soothe liberal readers about the upcoming film Patriot’s Day, a recounting of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Despite the movie's title, writer Cara Buckley assured left-leaning voters that they can still see it. Though she allowed, “We are living in times when the very definition of ‘patriot’ is deeply contested and fraught, when the word alone often causes liberal neck hair to stand on end.”
As Aleppo descends into chaos and death, the journalists at NBC and ABC on Wednesday avoided singling out Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Instead, NBC focused on the present and said America is “powerless” to do anything. It was only CBS This Morning that hosted a discussion on culpability of Barack Obama’s inaction. Talking to Republican strategist Dan Senor, co-host Charlie Rose wondered if the Syrian crisis should be connected to “Barack Obama and the administration that has been in power and had an opportunity to do something.”
The hosts at CBS This morning on Tuesday brought on a fawning, pro-Barack Obama journalist to cement the legacy of the President. Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates identified racism as a key reason for Republican resistance to Obama.
According to a columnist at USA Today on Monday, the battle over fake news shows that liberals think “the electorate is divided between smarts and stupids.” Michael Wolff offered a look at how both sides view the phenomena of deliberately false stories. After noting that Buzzfeed argued that “conservatives were more receptive to fake news than liberals,” he explained, “ This, of course, largely confirmed the basic liberal view that the electorate is divided between smarts and stupids.”