On Wednesday's New Day, during a discussion of President Barack Obama issuing a record number of pardons and commutations before leaving office, CNN commentators Errol Louis and David Gregory both spoke up in defending his actions. Louis even repeated the term "mass incarceration," which in recent years has been commonly used on the left when complaining that too many criminals are in prison.
On Sunday, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd displayed the ability for some on the left to blame Republicans for anything. During a discussion of the recent hackings from Russia that were revealed months before the presidential election, Todd asked former Bush and Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates if Republican critics of President Obama actually provoked the hackings by accusing Obama of being "too soft on Russia" in previous years.
Top of the news: Our architecture critic weeps over Aleppo? Indeed, the front of Thursday’s New York Times featured critic a “Critics Notebook” from Michael Kimmelman, “Aleppo’s Faces Beckon to Us, To Little Avail.” Staggeringly, Kimmelman managed to lament the tragedy in Aleppo on the front page of a major newspaper, without a single mention of President Barack Obama, the sitting president for eight years and the architect of failed U.S. foreign policy. Yet Donald Trump, who has precisely zero to do with current Syrian policy, has two disparaging mentions.
As Aleppo descends into chaos and death, the journalists at NBC and ABC on Wednesday avoided singling out Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Instead, NBC focused on the present and said America is “powerless” to do anything. It was only CBS This Morning that hosted a discussion on culpability of Barack Obama’s inaction. Talking to Republican strategist Dan Senor, co-host Charlie Rose wondered if the Syrian crisis should be connected to “Barack Obama and the administration that has been in power and had an opportunity to do something.”
After an episode about the illegal detention of Muslims, the ABC drama Designated Survivor has now moved on to the cause of championing the rights of Syrian refugees. They’ll take any excuse to lecture on Islamophobia after an Islamic terrorist attack. (Although, the way the show is going, it’s going to turn out to be some evil cabal of rich white conservative men who planned the attack that wiped out the Capitol.)
This latest edition of "Stupid Fact Checks" by Hillary Clinton lapdogs in the press comes from NBC, with follow-up help from the Politico, and is an entry in two categories: "False Equivalency" and "Subsequent Goalpost Moving." In Sunday's second presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump correctly stated that Mrs. Clinton "was there as Secretary of State with the so-called line in the sand." Mrs. Clinton said, "No I wasn't." But she was there when President Barack Obama made his statement threatening action if Syria were to use chemical weapons. NBC's "fact-check" evaluation: "Everyone Is Wrong Here."
Shortly after the conclusion of Sunday's second presidential debate, in reaction to Trump's statement that "Assad is killing ISIS," the AP tweeted: "Trump wrong that Syria's Assad is fighting Islamic State militants." There's one insurmountable problem with that statement, namely that, as PJ Media's Patrick Poole noted, "recent AP reporting documented fighting between the Syrian regime and ISIS." The plot thickened from there, to what should be the wire service's complete embarrassment.
The AP claimed in a Monday "fact check" that "Trump [is] wrong that Assad fights IS." However, this headline put it more bluntly than their write-up, which asserted that the billionaire's claim about the Syrian dictator is "only partially true...Assad considers the Islamic State group to be among numerous "terrorist" groups....Assad does use air power against IS-held areas and his ground forces are engaged in fighting with the extremists." An April 2016 article from AP itself also reported that Syrian troops "captured another town controlled by the Islamic State group....a week after [they] recaptured Palmyra."
Apparently Kurtis Lee and Seema Mehta at the Los Angeles Times have access to a special Newspeak news media version of the dictionary which contains a definition of "misleading" differing from the real dictionary: "deceptive; tending to mislead" ("mislead" as a verb primarily means "to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray"). They're using their Newspeak definition to claim that a completely factual statement by Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence about U.S. plans to accept Syrian refugees, which they label an "accusation" in their headline, is, well, "misleading."
If you watched most of Wednesday's New Day show on CNN, one thing that was clear is that co-host Chris Cuomo is just itching to see GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence challenged from the left on gay rights as he repeatedly brought up the issue -- mostly in the first couple of hours of the special four-hour edition of the show -- commenting on the topic six times in all. Perceiving Governor Pence's conservative views on the issue as a "significant weakness" with people who have an "open mind," Cuomo first brought up at 5:19 a.m. ET the absence of the issue from Tuesday's vice presidential debate due to Donald Trump being a frequent topic of discussion: "And yet the flood of 'Trump says,' Jackie, actually helped Pence out in two cases. One, he got a pass on LGBTQ last night which, you know, is going to be a significant weakness for Mike Pence with a big chunk of the independent and center electorate, any of those people who are open mind."
As the Republican National Committee's Sean Spicer appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo pressed him over Republican attacks against Democratic running mate Tim Kaine's record on crime, and his history of involvement as a missionary with a priest in Honduras with marxist leanings.
Cuomo dismissively invoked the Willie Horton ads from the 1988 presidential candidate as supposedly being similar to new ads about Kaine's liberal record on crime in Virginia, and eventually the CNN host suggested that "all priests are marxists" as he brought up the priest Kaine was known for being close to.
As Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld appeared as a guest on Monday's New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo repeatedly pressed him over whether his candidacy with Gary Johnson as presidential nominee was hurting Hillary Clinton to the benefit of Donald Trump. Even after Weld argued that he believes that mostly moderate Republicans are planning to vote for the Libertarian ticket, Cuomo pressed him twice more on the issue.