New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush on Friday could barely restrain his contempt for the visit of three conservative celebrities, Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, to the White House on Wednesday. The reporter dismissed the two performers as “aging, gun-loving, stringy-haired” singers.
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Despite a combined six hours of available air time, ABC and NBC on Friday skipped Donald Trump’s dramatic intervention to free an American aid worker who has been detained in an Egyptian prison for three years. Only CBS This Morning bothered to cover the effort to get Aya Hijazi back to her home in Virginia.
In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News, USA Today on Thursday decided to highlight a woman who endured sexual harassment from someone powerful and is now the “torchbearer in the decades-long fight against sexual harassment.” Unsurprisingly, that woman is not Paula Jones or one of the women who stood up to Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment. It’s Anita Hill and her efforts to take down Clarence Thomas.
CNN journalist Jake Tapper called out his fellow reporters for their fawning coverage of Barack Obama. In an interview for GQ posted on Tuesday, he concluded, “President Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to President Obama.”
MSNBC on Wednesday touted the “extremely close” “symbolic” “victory” for Democrats in Georgia’s special election, seeing the failure to win as a “sign of hope.” MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle also chastised Trump, saying, “President Trump weighing in, going in on a new tweet, really a tirade against the Democrat.”
CBS This Morning on Tuesday did the bidding of the ACLU and expressed concern over an Alabama mega church lobbying to have its own police force. Showing a clueless attitude in the wake of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, reporter David Begnaud asked Greg Garrison of AL.com: “Why can't they just rely on 911 and call for help if they need it?”
Liberal journalists love other liberal journalists. Veteran CBS reporter Lesley Stahl talked to the New York Times on Sunday and praised the “unflinching integrity” of the late Katharine Graham. Graham was the publisher of the Washington Post for more than two decades, including during the Wategate era.
Director Joss Whedon seems to really hate major sections of this country. The filmmaker behind two Avengers films, movies that Americans made into blockbusters, decided to mock an Easter message from Senator Tom Cotton. The Republican tweeted, “Happy Easter to all! He is risen. He is risen indeed!”
The journalists on Monday’s Good Morning America excitedly predicted that a special election in April of 2017, 18 months before the midterm elections, could mean a “real chance Democrats take back Congress in 2018.” Discussing Democrat John Osoff’s chances in Tuesday’s Georgia House race, Matt Dowd enthused: “Can he win it without a runoff? If a Democrat wins that district in Georgia, there's real chance Democrats could take back Congress in 2018.”
CNN’s John Berman on Monday promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory as to why Ivanka Trump and her husband Jered Kushner were not visible at Monday’s Easter Egg roll: He theorized it had something to do with the couple being Jewish.
Liberal celebrities just can’t let it go. Hillary-loving singer Katy Perry gave an interview to Vogue for the May issue and recounted the “trauma” caused by the “scary” Donald Trump winning last November. As though she were suffering PTSD, Perry mourned, “I was really disheartened for a while; it just brought up a lot of trauma for me. Misogyny and sexism were in my childhood.”
If it sounded like Wednesday’s episode of Designated Survivor was straight from a gun control organization’s playbook, you would be right. As reported by the Washington Free Beacon’s Steve Gutowski, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence advised on the April 12 show in which “President Kirkland” (played by Kiefer Sutherland) lobbies for anti-Second Amendment legislation to pass the Senate.
The New York Times on Thursday trotted out liberal favorite John Dean to make the comparison journalists love to hear: (Fill in the blank Republican) is just like Richard Nixon in Watergate. The headline darkly hinted about the connections: “He Has Seen It All Before” and described the ex-White House aide as “an expert on the abuses of presidential power.” Get it?
Sean Spicer’s Hitler gaffe on Tuesday was dumb and embarrassing, something he’s since admitted. Yet, that wasn’t enough for the journalists at CBS This Morning, Wednesday. They hyped attacks from an organization that smeared the White House press secretary, calling him a “Holocaust denier.” The Anne Frank Center, which famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz has derided as “tiny” and phony,” also called for Spicer to be fired. This neatly ties in with what Nancy Pelosi is demanding. Of course, CBS also touted her remarks.
Talk about starting the indoctrination early. The Washington Free Beacon on Monday reported that MIT Press will be publishing “Communism for Kids,” a book aimed at brainwashing three to seven-year-olds on those “lovable little revolutionaries.”
You know it’s bad when even a MSNBC regular is calling out a MSNBC host’s nutty theories. But that’s what happened on Tuesday as liberal Dana Milbank compared fellow liberal Lawrence O’Donnell to 9/11 truthers, birthers and people who worry about mind-controlling fluoride.
Time magazine’s 10 Questions column has a history of softballs for liberals. But the April 10 magazine didn’t even try for objectivity when it came to Democratic Congressman John Lewis. From asking about the “resistance” to joy over problems for the ObamaCare repeal, journalist Lily Rothman gushed over the liberal icon.
CBS on Tuesday downgraded the lifetime confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice to a bit story within a report on alleged feuding between White House aides. The swearing in ceremony of Neil Gorsuch on Monday simply became the subtext for Major Garrett to fixate on Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner: “The Rose Garden swearing in of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch offered a tranquil counter point to weeks of White House infighting that President Trump has ordered to end.”
There’s something you don’t see very often on NBC. Appearing on Meet the Press, Sunday, National Review editor Rich Lowry mocked the “dithering” Barack Obama’s Syria policy in the light of Donald Trump’s Syria strike. Talking to Chuck Todd, Lowry lowered the boom: “It was a bad week for Obama's legacy. Because, one, Trump showed doing this sort exemplary strike is not that difficult.”
ABC on Monday decided that live coverage of Neil Gorsuch’s swearing in was a good time to twice remind viewers that Democrats feel the Supreme Court seat was “stolen” from them. Correspondent Cecilia Vega also ran through a litany of unrelated Trump failures as she reported live from the Rose Garden.