All three networks on Thursday gushed over Barack Obama’s “fancy footwork” and “dancing diplomacy” in Argentina. Two days after a brutal terror attack in Brussels, the President traveled to Buenos Aires for a dinner with the country’s president. Today’s Savannah Guthrie lauded, “Now to that dance making headlines around the world. President Obama doing the tango.” An NBC graphic screamed, “Two to tango!”
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The Ted Cruz bashing continued on ABC’s The View, Wednesday, with Joy Behar excoriating the “dangerous,” “anti-Muslim” Republican candidate. The co-hosts discussed Cruz’s call for preemptive monitoring and cooperation with Muslim communities to prevent terrorism. Behar snarled, “All this business of being anti-Muslim is not helping the situation. We need to take a long view of terrorism.”
ABC and NBC on Wednesday aggressively pushed back against Ted Cruz’s new terror policies. Good Morning America even highlighted Bernie Sanders as an example of why the Republican’s call to proactively monitor Muslim neighborhoods is a bad idea. GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos lectured, “Senator, your proposal to have police patrol Muslim neighborhoods is drawing a lot of fire from John Kasich. Bernie Sanders calls it unconstitutional.”
The hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday berated Ted Cruz for his terrorism policies, suggesting he’s “playing into the hands of ISIS” with “anti-Muslim” policies. Norah O’Donnell accused the candidate of making “political points” and demanded to know how many Muslims there are in America. Gayle King lectured, “There are so many people that say that your comments are decidedly anti-Muslim.”
CNN’s Race for the White House series on Sunday refreshingly showcased a classic example of liberal media bias: Dan Rather’s attempt to verbally sucker punch George H.W. Bush during the 1988 election. The Kevin Spacey-narrated series, which looks at famous presidential races, highlighted both Rather’s on-air attack and Bush’s retort. At the time, the Vice President was dealing with the PR aftermath of the Iran-Contra scandal.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday could barely contain her excitement as she gushed over how Barack Obama will go down in “history” as the Democrat who got Cube “done.” After a long monologue about the communist country’s history with the United State, Maddow thrilled, “And now today, looking at these images of President Obama and his family arriving in Havana, it is almost unbelievable that it’s been nearly 90 years since an American president has set foot in Cuba.”
The women of The View on Monday predictably lashed out at critics of Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba, making morally equivalent arguments between the communist country and the United States. Co-host Joy Behar described the President’s deals with despotic regimes like Cuba and the United States as “reaching across the aisle.”
Brian Williams’s mouth is getting him in trouble again. The disgraced ex-Nightly News anchor on Monday closed out a segment on Castro by declaring liberal Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson a “Pulitzer Prize-winning communist.”
David Muir and the journalists at Good Morning America were thrilled over Cuba’s “day of history,” hyping an exclusive interview with Barack Obama. Yet, the same network spent just a scant ten seconds on the arrest of more than 50 dissidents hours before the President arrived.
Veteran Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein on Thursday rejected the comparison of “authoritarian” Donald Trump to a principled man like Barry Goldwater. Bernstein appeared on CNN Tonight to discuss a 1964 commercial in which a man rejects the presidential candidacy of Goldwater because he’s “scary” and “weird" people support him.
In an interview with Elizabeth Warren, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell on Thursday pestered the Democratic senator about her lack of an endorsement for Hillary Clinton. “Senator, let me turn to the presidential race in 2016. All of your female Democratic senators have endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton. You have not yet made an endorsement. Will you do it before the convention?” Gayle King plaintively wondered, “What will it take for you to make an endorsement of either candidate? What more do you need to hear?”
In the first 24 hours after Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, the big three networks spun the judge as a “moderate” or “centrist” as opposed to a “liberal.” ABC and NBC reporters never called him a liberal, while CBS correspondents used the word just twice (opting for “moderate liberal” twice more). The networks identified Garland as middle-of-the-road nine times.
As soon as Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the hosts at MSNBC immediately began to wonder if the choice of a “white male” was a mistake. Though making the predictable assertion that Garland was definitely a reasonable “moderate,” journalist Ron Allen worried, “But, there's going to be a lot of concern about this choice by many people who are Obama supporters, who wanted to see more diversity on the court. This selection is a white male.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went on a Super Tuesday rant about Citizens United and Republican voter ID laws. After Chuck Todd discussed what the primary process should be in years forward, the subject was tossed to Matthews. He rambled, “One thing I do is get rid of Citizens United, completely. I really think it should be back to one person, one vote....I spent a lot of time on the air on Hardball talking against voter suppression, talking about this new Republican love of voter ID cards.”
During his Super Tuesday election speech, Ted Cruz called out the media as Donald Trump surrogates, hitting them for the disparity in coverage given to Trump. Talking to supporters, Cruz denounced, “The mainstream media, the network suits who make the decisions, want Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.”
An excited Chris Matthews used the incoming Super Tuesday 3 election results to speculate about his dream ticket: Clinton/Kasich 2016. Yes, really. The liberal Hardball host imagined, “I do think if you could ever find a way to put a ticket together that would actually end some of this mishegoss that's going on in this country, to use a Yiddish word...it might be a Clinton/Kasich ticket.”
Ex-MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Monday appeared on The View to level a racially charged attack against her former employer. Harris-Perry angrily declared that she would not be a “mammy” for the liberal cable channel. Regarding a leaked e-mail she sent to the crew of her show, Harris-Perry explained, “I'm an African-American politics scholar. So, when I say mammy, I mean something very particular."
It seems that Marco Rubio simply can’t win when it comes to ABC. Back in February, Good Morning America derided the “ugly” and “strange” attacks he employed against Donald Trump. On Friday, the morning show’s journalists worried he was too mild and didn’t “try” in the debate. GMA’s Stephanopoulos wondered if “you do anything to slow Donald Trump down?”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday night reminisced about the “stellar” Barack Obama from 2008 and how the Democrat gave him a “thrill up the leg.” Matthews finally conceded that such excitement couldn’t live up to expectations. He also added, “Hillary can’t match that.”
CNN’s dedicated Hillary Clinton fan, Van Jones, on Wednesday praised the Democrat’s performance at the debate as “dazzling” and a “tour de force.” During post-debate coverage, he cheered, “ Hillary Clinton just, at times, displaying just a dazzling mastery of policy nuance.”