Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night absolutely grilled Donna Brazile over a WikiLeak revelation that she gave a primary debate question in advance to Hillary Clinton. A flustered Brazile seemed to have no response and appeared totally unprepared for handling the issue. This is a question that most mainstream journalists have showed little interest in pursuing.
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Never one for understatement, ex-Newsweek editor Howard Fineman on Wednesday night accused Donald Trump of having “casual contempt” for 225 years of American democracy. Regarding Trump’s refusal in the final debate to commit to accepting a loss on Election Day, Fineman contended, “It wasn't just what he said that was shocking, it was the way he said it. There was a casual contempt in Donald Trump's voice for 225 years of American political tradition.”
The hosts at MSNBC got out the knives on Wednesday night, dismissing Donald Trump’s debate performance as like that of an “old man in the park feeding squirrels.” (And that was from the network’s official Republican representative.) Chris Matthews scored the debate a “win” for Hillary Clinton and Lawrence O’Donnell saw a “romp” for the Democrat.
Previewing Wednesday’s final presidential debate, MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismissed concerns about voter fraud as nothing more than those “who feel that black people are stealing our elections.” Reid appeared on a Hardball panel and attacked the issue as a “dog whistle to the far right.” She sneered, “It is feeding the Breitbart people who feel that black people are stealing our elections. That's all it is.”
Hours before the final presidential debate, a new poll confirms that journalists have heavily slanted their coverage in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. According to a new Quinnipiac survey, 55 percent of Americans think reporters are biased against the businessman. This included “Republicans 88 – 8 percent and independent voters 61 – 37 percent.”
No moment from the final months of Barack Obama's presidency is too minor to note. On CBS This Morning, Tuesday, Chip Reid gushed over the “last state dinner of the Obama era.” Reid recounted from the White House: “The first course will include a sweet potato pasta dish. Followed by a warm butter nut squash salad. Then a meaty main course with a vegetarian option. Ending, of course, with dessert.”
Climate alarmist Leonardo DiCaprio will produce a live action version of the ‘90s cartoon show Captain Planet. This is the same movie star who has previously made extreme statements such as calling for the expulsion of any public office holder who is skeptical of global warming.
Confronted with accusations of media bias, NBC journalist Kristen Welker actually insisted that there is “no proof” of collusion between journalists and Hillary Clinton. Talking with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Monday, Welker asserted, “Kellyanne, there is no proof there is any type of the collusion that you're talking about.”
In a discussion of modern electoral fraud, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Monday offered a journalistic slip: She admitted that the 1960 presidential election was “obviously” “stolen” from Richard Nixon. Talking about a “constitutional crisis” if Donald Trump does not concede the presidential election, Mitchell blurted, “How have we come to this point? Some of the better moments in American history, the peaceful transfer of power.”
While ABC and CBS on Monday highlighted the fire bombing of a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina as “political terrorism,” NBC only gave the story seconds and avoided using that phrase. CBS This Morning opened the program with the story and reporter Jeff Pegues explained, “Local officials are calling the violence an act of political terrorism.”
CBS This Morning on Thursday devoted over six minutes to a scoop featuring the two New York Times journalists who first reported accusations that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately Hyping the appearance of Megan Twohey and Michael Barbaro, Norah O’Donnell trumpeted, “They are in Studio 57 for their first TV interview about this article.”
The co-hosts at CBS This Morning on Thursday interviewed a New York Times correspondent on the Wikileaks release, yet somehow avoided mentioning that journalist Mark Leibovich offered to let the Clinton campaign have “veto” power over what he published. In a Wikileaks document, the Times’s Leibovich said this to Clinton aide Jennifer Palmieri on questions to the candidate: “i wanted the option to use all -- and you could veto what you didn't want. That's why i selected the 5 or 6 I sent to you.”
With no liberal label applied to her, CBS This Morning co-hosts brought on former MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner to attack Republican concerns over voter fraud. Co-host Norah O’Donnell derided GOP worries, saying, “Republicans, for the last six years, have made it harder to vote in person. We now have 34 states that require voters to show some form of identification at the polls.”
CBS This Morning on Tuesday brought on financial adviser Mellody Hobson to critique Donald Trump’s statements on taxes and his business dealings. Considering that Hobson is a longtime donor to Barack Obama and a supporter of Hillary Clinton, she’s not the most objective source.
CBS This Morning’s co-hosts on Monday hailed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a “great legal mind” and offered no ideological label for the very liberal judge. In contrast, while talking about her colleague Antonin Scalia, Charlie Rose made sure to describe him as a “conservative.” Rose hailed, “She has been called the Thurgood Marshall of the women's rights movement. Before she was even a judge, she was writing briefs about gender discrimination and has continued that fight all her life.”
An irritated Chuck Todd on Monday chided Donald Trump for highlighting women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual abuse. Talking about Sunday’s debate in which the businessman did a press conference with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, among others, the NBC journalist complained, “Only in the, sort of, the mind of some sort of movie writer of a third world democracy or dictatorship would you have a candidate publicly humiliate a former occupant of that office by parading all of these other people around.”
In the early hours of Monday, Chris Matthews raved about the “beautiful” Hillary Clinton’s “mellifluous” voice in Sunday’s presidential debate, hailing her for “looking great” and having a “winning” possibility. The Hardball host praised her “presidential-ness” as he gushed, “I was watching her very closely tonight, her whole presentation. She looked great. She looked great in terms of presidential-ness.”
Co-debate moderator Martha Raddatz frequently interrupted Donald Trump and sparred with the businessman over media bias and fairness during Sunday’s debate. After a discussion on the state of Syria, the journalist attempted to move on and Trump interrupted, “She just went about 25 seconds over her time. Could I respond to this?”
Who else would MSNBC bring on to rebut Donald Trump’s press conference with several women that claim they have been assaulted or harassed by Bill Clinton? Why, James Carville, of course. Minutes before Sunday night’s presidential debate, Brian Williams wondered, “James, this was part, probably the worst component you had to deal with in running a Clinton campaign. The thing about it is, that was a different Clinton. That was Bill. This is Hillary who's going to be on the stage tonight. What are we to make of that?”
According to MSNBC, the only reason some Republicans are dropping Donald Trump after his disgusting comments on an audio tape is because it involves “white women.” Discussing Friday’s tape in which the candidate insisted he could “grab [women] by the p***y,” AM Joy guest Rebecca Traister on Saturday insisted, “I'm really struck by these Republicans who are suddenly disavowing him, as if this is a particularly different sentiment. And I think it's interesting this was something he voiced about white women.”