The establishment press, even as it works to censor known but inconvenient facts and shout down or constantly interrupt guests who attempt to present them, continually lectures new media, particularly center-right media, about the need for evidence before reporting or even discussing anything in print or on the air. There's hardly a better illustration of what a hypocritical stance this is than Lawrence O'Donnell's wild theory, recklessly speculated on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday, that Vladimir Putin "might have orchestrated what happened in Syria this week" to benefit "his friend in the White House," Donald Trump.
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On Friday, Adam Housley at Fox News delivered bombshell news that a "very well-known, very high up, very senior (person) in the intelligence world" not in the FBI had engaged in "the unmasking of the names of American citizens" in the course of surveillance surfacing "members of the Trump administration" that had nothing to do with Russia ... or foreign intelligence of any kind." On Sunday morning's Fox & Friends, Clayton Morris reported that the Big Three broadcast networks, CNN and MSNBC devoted had to that point devoted absolutely no coverage to what Housley reported, despite granting heavy play to a Thursday New York Times story which Housley's sources insist is wrong.
A Wednesday Fox & Friends segment exposed the glaring double standard the establishment press has shown in its treatment of California Representative Devin Nunes's visit to the White House grounds, i.e., not the White Houe itself, to view intelligence information. Meanwhile, hundreds of visits to actual high-up White House officials and to the President himself during the Obama administration, including many by the Russian ambassador himself, as well as people who would appear to have had underhanded reasons for visiting, got little or no notice.
The mainstream media’s obsession with Fox News continues, as the New York Times sends intrepid reporters into the fierce jungle-land of right-wing television to watch an entire day of it. They have escaped back with this dispatch from the front lines: “One Nation, Under Fox: 18 Hours With a Network That Shapes America -- Fox News is a singular force, crafting a searing narrative about what’s happening in the world for millions of viewers, including President Trump.” One can’t picture the Times undertaking such an expedition during the Obama years, going on a brave quest into the left-wing fever swamps of MSNBC (and CNN, and ABC...).
On Thursday morning’s Fox & Friends, Brittany Hughes of our sister site MRCTV lambasted ABC, CBS, and NBC for their callous refusal to cover the alleged heinous rape of a female student in a Washington D.C. suburban high school by two men and one of which is here in the country illegally. Hughes also decimated the media for their failure to report on the incident at Rockville High School, but instead cover what type of pasta is tastier and an electric car being put on stilts.
“Fake” news host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight John Oliver is apparently trying to “explain” to Trump about healthcare, through advertising on Fox News’ Fox and Friends. The liberal comedian bought ad time on the news network to play spoof ads for his show, where an actor talks directly to the camera, pleading with the president to reconsider repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post reported.
Sometimes things that are intended to be mean-spirited instead create results that are so positive they are nothing short of amazing. That's the case with Kyle Coddington, who was mocked as having “Nazi hair” by Samantha Bee -- liberal host of the Full Frontal program on the TBS cable television channel -- in a segment about people attending the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.
On Friday, a new Media Research Center study by Mike Ciandella and Rich Noyes made the rounds on multiple Fox News Channel (FNC) and Fox Business Network (FBN) programs, topped off by a Noyes appearance on FBN’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a marathon press conference, covering a whole host of topics. Both during and afterward, the media meltdowns were palpable. On both social media and television, they lamented the President’s repeated attacks on their negative coverage of his administration and what he deemed to be fake news as a result of their “level of dishonesty” that’s “out of control.”
Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Examiner broke the story of a Secret Service agent who, in October on Facebook, declared her unwillingness to put her life on the line for a potential President Donald Trump. At that point, Kelly O'Grady, the special agent in charge for the Denver district, decided to become a selective Service agent, writing, per the Examiner, that "she would endure jail time' rather than 'taking a bullet' for what she regarded as a 'disaster' for America." The post ended with, "I'm with her," so it's not exactly difficult to determine that the potential "disaster" was Donald Trump. The New York Times waited about 24 hours before covering the story. As of 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, the Associated Press had not yet posted a related story at either of its two national sites.
Tuesday, the press focused on whether Mevlut Mert Altintas, who assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Turkey on Monday in Ankara, acted alone or was, in the words of Russia's Vladimir Putin, "directed." There will almost certainly be similar speculation over the driver of the "truck that mowed down the crowd on Monday, killing at least 12 people" in Berlin, Germany, if and when he is captured.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign received unprecedented Hollywood support, from super PACs to TV shows, to social media, to concert endorsements. But actor Dean Cain warned celebrities, “Be careful about the things you say and vilifying the other side because it can come back to bite you.” On “Fox & Friends” on December 6, Cain, who stars in the film about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, Gosnell, discussed Hollywood’s “political activism.” In light of recent statements made by actress Sally Field and singer Madonna, Cain argued that it’s “fine” if a celebrity wants to have a “cogent argument,” but “a lot of these folks are out there shouting down opponents and talking down to other people and that very much can backfire.”