Although NBC and CBS on Friday covered the “unprecedented,” “deep frustration” that diplomats at the State Department have for Barack Obama’s Syria policy, ABC’s Good Morning America allowed a scant 18 seconds to the subject. This is despite allowing 14 minutes to a Demi Lovato rock concert, clearly not as important a topic.
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CBS News, in an anti-Second Amendment story warning about how easy it is to get dangerous weapons, broke federal law with an undercover sting. That’s the claim from a gun store in Alexandria, Virginia. The Washington Free Beacon on Friday reported that SpecDive Tactical “has filed a report with the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives over concerns the purchase was unlawful.”
Talk show host Howard Stern may be socially liberal, but he’s a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, something that liberals in the media won’t be pleased with. Discussing the Orlando attack on his show, Wednesday, Stern bemoaned, “I’m so upset about Orlando and what went down, but I can’t believe these people who come out afterwards and their answer to Orlando is to take away guns from the public.”
As the networks ramp up a liberal call for more gun control, only ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday highlighted the news that a gun shop in Orlando turned away the Orlando terrorist when he attempted to buy body armor and bulk ammunition. Instead, CBS This Morning offered a lecturing, not-very-helpful segment about just how easy it is to buy an AR-15 in Alexandria, Virginia. In contrast, GMA’s Brian Ross explained the story of Lotus Gunworks: “The owner of the gun shop in Jensen Beach, Florida, told ABC News Mateen tried to buy body armor and bulk ammunition from his store but he turned him down because he seemed suspicious.”
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday prompted Oprah Winfrey to praise Hillary Clinton and talk about supporting her in 2016. The talk show host lauded Clinton: “I'm with her. I have to say I'm with her and I would also say that regardless of your politics, you cannot be a woman in the world and not see that this is a monumental time for women breaking the ceiling.”
The conservative website The Federalist on Wednesday corrected a massive reading comprehension fail by liberal, gun-grabbing celebrity Seth MacFarlane. Federalist senior contributor Daniel Payne noted that the Family Guy creator “tweeted out two charts to seemingly make the case for gun confiscation.” Yet, they prove exactly the opposite of MacFarlane's point.
Stephen Colbert stooped to a new low on Tuesday night when he connected Donald Trump to Naziism and used a swastika to represent the businessman’s beliefs. In a so-called comedy bit, the Late Show host used a chalkboard to mock Trump’s attacks on Barack Obama. As he began to draw the Nazi insignia, Colbert yelled, “Trump is saying Obama is not smart because he won't say radical Islam.”
Providing an assist to Hillary Clinton, CBS This Morning’s Nancy Cordes on Wednesday flatly declared that Donald Trump’s Second Amendment attacks on her are “unfounded.” Discussing the “political firefight” in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, Cordes parroted, “Hillary Clinton waded in Tuesday accusing Donald Trump of ‘bizarre rants’ on the topic and batting back his unfounded claim that she wants to abolish the right to bear arms.”
Make no mistake, the journalists at MSNBC and CNN loved Barack Obama’s defense of not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” Regarding the Tuesday speech, which also denounced Donald Trump, Andrea Mitchell was beside herself: “This was a passionate cry from the heart about his vision of America by this President. He has never before taken on Donald Trump and he just eviscerated Donald Trump in that extraordinary speech.”
According to the journalists at Good Morning America, the reaction of Donald Trump to the Orlando terrorist attack has been “fear,” “anger” and misleading statements versus Hillary Clinton’s “unity,” “empathy” and “resolve.” Talking to George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, Jon Karl compared, “The contrast couldn't be starker, George. You have Hillary Clinton, who is talking in terms of empathy, in terms of unity, resolve. And Donald Trump who is channeling the anger and fear of the American people following an attack like this.”
Donald Trump’s campaign has banned the Washington Post from campaign events. In a post on Facebook, the businessman announced, “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.”
CBS and NBC aggressively promoted gun control, Monday. After lecturing Donald Trump to “consider” more restrictions in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, these networks pushed Florida’s governor to do the same. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King lectured Rick Scott, “The horror of this. You now join the roll call list nobody wants to be on: Aurora, San Bernardino, certainly Newtown.”
All three networks on Monday demanded Donald Trump “consider” more gun control in the wake of a terror attack in Orlando that killed 49 people, Sunday. Talking to the businessman, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie lobbied for the position of Democrats: “Here's the argument: They're a weapon of war, they're not a hunting rifle. They appear to be the weapon of choice for terrorists as well as the shooter of kindergartners, first graders in Newtown, as well as movie theatergoers in Aurora.”
According to New York Times writer Mark Leibovich, the combination of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren and others will make the Democrats the “party of grown-ups.” The journalist appeared on CBS This Morning and sneered, “I think one of the things the Democrats have going for them, especially in comparison to Trump, is they can be seen as the party of grown-ups.”
In a refreshing twist, Good Morning America’s reporters actually committed the act of journalism on Friday, investigating Hillary Clinton. Brian Ross wondering how and why the then-Secretary of State placed a wealthy donor on a sensitive, key intelligence board.
The New York Times on Thursday offered a front-page story hailing Hillary Clinton’s coming nomination as “the thunderbolt of history.” Despite the fact that this was an article on how not all Americans are happy with her rise, the story by Patrick Healy and Sheryl Gay Stolberg focused on Democratic voices, mostly avoiding Republicans who dislike Clinton’s liberal politics.
Journalists on NBC and CBS appeared excited over a possible endorsement of Hillary Clinton from “progressive champion” Elizabeth Warren. Both on Thursday made sure to highlight angry attacks by Warren on Donald Trump. Today reporter Kristen Welker cheered, “As the President starts that healing process, Clinton is poised for a big endorsement.”
Katie Couric, who was accused of deceptively editing a gun documentary to make pro-Second Amendment individuals look bad, has a history of employing this tactic. According to the Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski, the edits for the 2014 obesity film Fed Up were also misleading.
The excitement among journalists over Hillary Clinton’s coming nomination is just getting started. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King hyped the “pure joy” on the face of the Democrat as she won California and became the presumptive nominee. Just like on ABC, the show’s reporters also pushed the idea of an all women ticket.
With Hillary Clinton on the verge of officially becoming the Democratic nominee for president, outlets such as the Washington Post and U.S. News are not holding back. “It’s Hillary; it’s History” and “For a generation of women pushing against the limits, a singular triumph” are two examples.