Sarah Silverman may be a comic known for using the words “fag,” “retarded” and calling Jesus fictional, but the journalists at MSNBC were absolutely entranced over her speech on Monday to the Democratic Convention. At one point, Silverman admonished the Bernie Sanders crowd for being reluctant to support Hillary Clinton: “Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous.”
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Despite the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as a cascade of booing, MSNBC journalists touted the Democratic convention as “fun” and “exciting.” Host Rachel Maddow basically told Sanders supporters to stop whining. But first, Brian Williams insisted, “This won't be [like the Republican convention in] Cleveland, but it won't be boring.”
Don’t let the booing, the resignation of the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and the general chaos at Hillary Clinton’s convention fool you. No matter what happens, it will be magic. That’s according to Chris Matthews. The liberals MSNBC host on Monday dismissed the leaked e-mails showing that Hillary Clinton sabotaged Bernie Sanders and gushed, “I think Thursday night's going to be magic, no matter what happens tonight or tomorrow night.”
MSNBC on Friday used the unfolding shooting spree in Munich to bash the Republican Party and connect the GOP convention to it. Regarding terror, Daily Beast editor Christopher Dickey talked to Brian Williams and lectured, “What we're looking at now in Europe and, to some extent, at the Republican convention and in the discourse in the United States, is a lot of talk about war as if we're talking about a massive operation.”
After a week of trashing Republicans as racist and “mutinous,” a giddy Chris Matthews ended MSNBC’s GOP convention on a high note, eagerly anticipating the way more “fun” Democratic convention next wee. Late Thursday night, Matthews enthused, “Philly’s going to be fun. I think it’s going to be a lot more celebrities, a lot more Hollywood, a lot more bold print.”
In the same episode that Bill Maher attacked Republicans as mentally retarded and compared them to Nazis, he insisted that this election will be a “referendum on decency.” In a live, post-Republican National Convention edition of HBO’s Real Time, Maher lamented, “This whole election to me is a referendum on decency. Just fundamental decency. I mean, the hatred we have heard [about Hillary Clinton].”
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.”
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.”