The three networks on Thursday night immediately derided Donald Trump’s “dark speech” as one coming from a “vengeful” “demagogue.” On NBC, Tom Brokaw allowed that “some” will see Trump as on a “white horse who will lead them to some kind of sanctuary and then pull the drawbridge up.” But he sneered, “Others looking in are going to see someone they will only think as a demagogue of some kind.”
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First it was MSNBC warning viewers before showing anti-Hillary Clinton buttons. On Thursday, Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd agreed that mentioning the names of big cities is racist “coded language.” Matthews previewed Donald Trump’s convention speech and was horrified over the presence of words such as “Baltimore” and “Washington D.C.”
The Republican National Convention isn’t over yet, but MSNBC is already telegraphing how it will cover the Democratic Convention. Liberal host Chris Hayes, who has been anchoring live coverage this week, talked to a top aide of Hillary Clinton. Citing the “lock her up chant,” Hayes whined, “Does it make you wonder about the intensity of negativity that will be this campaign stretch for about 100 days between the end of convention and Election Day?”
Suddenly, Chris Matthews has the best interests of Republicans at heart. The MSNBC host, who has previously trashed Ted Cruz as Lucifer, on Wednesday appeared shocked at the Republican’s convention speech. A horrified Matthews chided, “What was really out of line tonight, I think politically and historically, was for Ted Cruz to basically snub the candidate for president.”
In a live version of his HBO show, Bill Maher on Wednesday night slimed Donald Trump’s son as Nazis and black and gay Republicans as traitors. During the opening of the show, he sneered, “There was there was an outbreak of Norovirus, the one they get on cruise ships, at the convention. They said avoid shaking hands. If you see the Trump boys, just Sieg Heil and walk right on by.”
Warning, sensitive MSNBC viewers may want to look away. That’s essentially what Rachel Maddow told liberal watchers on Wednesday night before showing a picture of anti-Hillary Clinton buttons at the Republican convention. Considering the hateful rhetoric that’s come out of MSNBC for years, perhaps that viewer warning should have appeared in the past.
Liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday desperately tried to blame the anti-Hillary Clinton tone at the Republican convention on “invective” and “misogyny.” Talking to Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, he took a few isolated incidents and smear all the delegates: “Hillary Clinton is not popular in that hall. I understand that. But I wonder, when you see shirts around here or buttons that, like, use the word b-i-t-c-h to describe her... how do you feel about that?”
According to Hardball host Chris Matthews on Tuesday, “bloodthirsty” Republican delegates are ready to “kill” Hillary Clinton. The MSNBC journalist was unhappy at GOP convention attendees for chanting, “lock her up.” Talking to Jonathan Capehart, he haltingly ranted, “And I get the feeling, he [Chris Christie] wanted — if they had said, ‘kill her now,’ it was almost that bloodthirsty.”
The journalists at ABC and MSNBC on Tuesday could not contain their rage over Chris Christie’s hard-hitting Republican National Convention speech, denouncing it as “inciting” a “mob.” Noting that delegates chanted “lock her [Hillary Clinton] up," ABC’s Terry Moran fretted to the New Jersey governor, “Do you think that is a good thing for American politics when political disagreements result in a crowd basically becoming a mob?”
Despite this week being the Republican National Convention, Chris Matthews couldn’t help but fawn over “moderate Democrat” Hillary Clinton. During live coverage, Matthews blithely dismissed Hillary Clinton sending and receiving classified e-mails as “blah, blah, blah.” Speaking of Republican delegates, the Hardball host mocked, “They reach for things about Hillary, ‘Oh, she let her e-mails get exposed to hacking, blah, blah, blah.’”
The journalists at CBS are obsessing over musicians who are angry at Donald Trump’s use of their music. Evening News anchor Scott Pelley combined this with the alleged plagiarism of Melania Trump, chiding, “Borrowed words are controversial and borrowed music, too.”
An awkward and pained Brian Williams on Monday night was forced to discuss the ethical lapse of someone other than himself. MSNBC journalists and panelists eagerly pounced on the fact that lines from Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech appear to be lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention address. However, Williams, who came under fire for grossly exaggerating stories he repeated on-air, at first tried to stay out of it.
During live coverage of the Republican National Convention, Monday, the three networks chided the “dark” and “divisive” tone of the GOP’s opening night. CBS’s Bob Schieffer offered a closing commentary in which he suggested that Trump in 2016 could end up like the landslide losses of 1964 and 1972. Regarding a single Code Pink protester, ABC’s Terry Moran blamed, “It was the kind of unsettled emotions that Donald Trump has sparked in many people around the country.”
A smug Chuck Todd on Monday dismissed Benghazi at the Republican Convention as nothing more than “cheap unity” for the “lowest common denominator” crowd. Chris Matthews railed that the GOP speakers were presenting “third world rhetoric.” Todd insulted, “Benghazi... does serve Trump in another way positively, politically, which is a way to unify this crowd quickly. It's a way to get cheap unity.”
Now that Stephen Colbert is no longer pretending to be a conservative caricature, he’s can barely restrain his liberal love. Appearing on Access Hollywood, Monday, the Late Show host rhapsodized about the “nuclear core of passion,” Elizabeth Warren: “I'm really excited on the night Trump accepts the nomination. We have Elizabeth Warren to be here to rebut Mr. Trump's speech. She will be my guest that night. Talk about burning the place down, that woman can talk.”
For the first night of the Republican convention, MSNBC on Monday went to extremely liberal columnist Charlie Pierce to rant against all the “angry,” “old” “white people” attending. Host Chris Hayes also brought on the wife of a Democratic senator to ask her opinion on the GOP gathering.
Journalists still haven’t lost their devotion to the Kennedys. The Today show on Thursday hailed a new documentary on John F. Kennedy Jr. as highlighting “America’s royalty” and a “prince.” Previewing I Am JFK Jr., Savannah Guthrie lauded, “A new documentary sheds light on the life and love of America's prince nearly two decades after his tragic death.”
All three networks on Thursday touted NBA stars at the ESPY awards making a “call to action" on guns, but only CBS highlighted former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade demanding a stop to the “shoot to kill” of African Americans. Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos opened the show by announcing, “Demanding action at the ESPYs.”
Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon wants to reassure liberal America: She’s a big fan of Hillary Clinton. The comic who plays the Democrat on SNL appeared on NBC’s Today, Thursday, to describe Clinton as “wanting to do good.” Co-host Savannah Guthrie asked what the “essential quality you have to capture if you want to be Hillary Clinton?”
After ignoring the story on Monday and Tuesday, the ABC and NBC morning shows on Wednesday finally noticed that a United States Supreme Court judge has been going on a partisan, anti-Donald Trump tirade. Good Morning America’s Tom Llamas stacked the deck, describing the dispute as Trump having “a new fight with an 83-year-old, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Of course, Ginsburg started the war of words.