On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion in which panel members fretted over Republican reaction to GOP Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte violently attacking a reporter, The Atlantic's David Frum managed to inject race into the discussion as he theorized about what Rush Limbaugh would have done if Gianforte were a black Democrat. Frum: "Had the congressman been a black Democrat, imagine what Rush Limbaugh would have said. Rush Limbaugh called the attack 'studly' and 'manly.' Imagine -- it would have -- you would have had an explosion of racial provocation."
Thursday morning, Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy issued a report which confirmed what NewsBusters reported in April, namely that President Donald Trump "has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president." On Sunday, CNN's John Berman tried to cast Fox News as a conservatively biased outlier — as opposed to the relatively fair and balanced entity it has actually been during the Trump administration's early months — by selecting the results of one tiny element of the Shorenstein report and presenting it as if it was the study's comprehensive conclusion.
As the final segment to cap off Thursday’s CBS Evening News, the network allowed former Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer go on a rambling commentary where he dubbed Trump “the ‘What If’ president.” The premise of his commentary was “what if” the Trump had listened to Obama about hiring Flynn, and didn’t make every other misstep he had since being elected. Schieffer appeared during CNN’s so-called Reliable Sources on Sunday to give commentary about his commentary.
Most readers of NewsBusters and consumers of cable news are used to liberal media meltdowns since November 8. However, that’s not to say they’re any less enjoyable. Saturday night featured another temper tantrum by CNN with anchors and guests labeling Trump’s 100 Days rally in Pennsylvania a “deeply disturbing” and “stunning” speech by a “moral midget.”
CNN’s John Berman on Monday promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory as to why Ivanka Trump and her husband Jered Kushner were not visible at Monday’s Easter Egg roll: He theorized it had something to do with the couple being Jewish.
It was a week ago Thursday when the federal government’s General Services Administration determined that President Donald Trump was not in violation of the lease for the D.C. area hotel that bears his name. But that didn’t stop CNN from finding some other real estate scenario to freak out about. “One more item on the conflict of interest watch as it were. The Trump organization pursuing perhaps another hotel in the nation’s capital? What is going on here,” wondered fill-in host John Berman on The Lead.
If there was one thing that our politically divided country could agree on, it was the seriousness of drunk driving. But during Monday’s edition of The Lead, that common understanding took a back seat for CNN as they bemoaned that a so-called “DREAMer” was deported. “Last August [Jorge] Matadamas was charged with drunk driving and evading arrest. While in jail, he lost his DACA status,” reported Polo Sandoval, “[A] program which gave him a chance to live and work in the U.S. After seven months in detention, he was deported.”
On Monday's CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow, co-anchor John Berman questioned former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf about the upcoming CBO figures of the Republican Party's replacement of ObamaCare. However, the CNN host failed to ask about the same office, under Elmendorf's watch, having inaccurately projected the financial impact of President Obama's health care law in 2009.
"False news." That accusation is definitely not appreciated by CNN. And it seems to bother them even more when that claim is made by a foreign official. In this case it was made on March 2 by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in response to accusations that the Russian ambassador to the United States is a spy master. Zakharova forcefully told CNN by name to stop spreading false news.
On CNN Thursday night, the proverbial moving of the goal posts regarding the Jeff Sessions situation was on full display, shifting from demanding recusal in Russian investigations to resignation and calls for charges of perjury and treason.
On Tuesday morning’s CNN Newsroom, new co-hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow repeatedly expressed their amazement at “extraordinary” and “remarkable” video from the British Virgin Islands of former President Barack Obama kite-surfing.
On Good Morning America December 2, anchor George Stephanopoulos argued with Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway over the media’s reaction to the election. When Conway brought up the fact that media was suddenly against the electoral college after their candidate lost, Stephanopoulos shot back, “No one is questioning the victory.” But is that really true? Since November 8, many journalists have openly challenged the election results and pinned their blame on the electoral college.