Of this past Sunday's political talk shows, NBC's Meet the Press went the furthest in informing viewers of Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez's recent statement against Democrats who hold pro-life views as host Chuck Todd brought up the issue with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and even raised the matter again during the show's regular panel segment. CNN's State of the Union also touched on the issue as CBS's Face the Nation only brought it up vaguely, while ABC's This Week and Fox News Sunday ignored it completely.
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During the panel discussion on the January 8 episode of Fox News Sunday, Juan Williams claimed that last week's torture of a mentally handicapped white man by four black adults "stirs up racial tensions already hot from the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump," and that "white nationalists" would see this as an excuse to "legitimize acts of white racism." After the panel spent a couple of minutes dealing with a viewer's question about a perceived overemphasis on the "politics" of this crime instead of the fact that it was "a racial hate crime," Laura Ingraham circled back to criticize Williams's comment as "completely off base."
At the end of the panel discussion on the most recent Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked the Associated Press's Julie Pace how big of a deal she thought President-Elect Donald Trump's "transparency" in moving away from direct involvement in his business interests would be.
Her answer came across to me as self-important, given that she basically said that the she and the press were going to consistently report on it "whether they (the public) care about it or not." Wallace appeared to react similarly. His response to her answer was delicious, especially because it ended the segment: "I think Donald Trump's going to determine his own interests, not Julie Pace." Ouch.
Author and talk-show host Laura Ingraham is being considered for White House press secretary. On Fox News Sunday, Ingraham demonstrated she was more than ready to come to the emerging administration's defense. After Fox analyst Juan Williams claimed Trump was nominating a "team of radicals," singling out Sen. Jeff Sessions and Gen. Mike Flynn -- something no liberal journalist said about Obama's Cabinet picks like Eric "Nation of Cowards" Holder and HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius -- Ingraham took out a rhetorical hammer:
The liberals who thought Chris Wallace did a bang-up job as moderator of the third presidential debate were judging strictly by appearances, contended Daily Kos’s Laura Clawson and Salon’s Gary Legum in separate articles. Clawson pooh-poohed the praise for Wallace, sneering that he “really wasn’t all that. Unless the ‘that’ is ‘a purveyor of right-wing talking points masked as “fair and balanced” questions.’” Legum called Wallace “a creature of Fox News, a point of view he betrayed through both his selection of several questions and the right-wing frame he gave to them. Which might have tickled the amygdala of conservatives everywhere, but also managed to perpetrate for a mainstream audience a couple of the more pernicious policy myths that haunt our political discourse.”
While Fox's Chris Wallace has drawn near-universal praise for moderating the final presidential debate, the Hollywood trade paper Variety carried the contrarian headline: "Final Debate: Wallace Misses." TV critic Sonia Soraiya wrote Wallace’s questions “provided some of the most heartfelt responses from her [Hillary] , such as her articulate, emotional statement of purpose on abortion.”
She complained "Wallace’s questions had the effect of equalizing the two candidates, a journalistic tic that is admirable but unhelpful in 2016. Trump’s mendacious statements going unchallenged did not help anyone except Trump himself."
Sunday night, Matt Drudge characterized a lengthy Sunday evening Washington Post report by John Wagner, Abby Phillip and Jose A. DelReal set to appear in Monday's paper as an assertion that "CLINTON (HAS) ALREADY WON!"
A search at the Associated Press's main national site on "Podesta Iran" (not in quotes) returns no items relating to a Wikileaks-released email exposing how Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign manager John Podesta agreed with a Republican senator in July 2015 that the deal which had been "negotiated" by the Obama administration with Iran would lead to "a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf." (The word "negotiated" is in quotes because, other than releasing hostages it never should have captured or held, Iran appears not to have given up anything.)
Appearing as a panel member on Fox News Sunday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recalled that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has caused the Times to change its policies so the word "liar" can be applied to politicians, and then pivoted to taking a swipe at former Vice President Dick Cheney as she recounted having to search for "synonyms" for the word "liar" when writing about him.
As Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine appeared on five Sunday talk shows, only CNN's Jake Tapper brought up Friday's reports that longtime Hillary Clinton friend and advisor Sidney Blumenthal tried to push anti-Obama birtherism into the media during the 2008 presidential campaign by pitching it to McClatchy's then-Washington bureau chief. The other Sunday talk shows failed to bring up the story even though Kaine in most of his appearances complained about birtherism, at several points calling it "bigoted."
As GOP nominee Donald Trump attempts to draw black voters away from their decades-long allegiance to Democrats by accurately pointing out that African-Americans have little to show for their kneejerk support for the party, liberals will resort to creative interpretations of history to keep blacks in the fold. An example of this was seen on Fox News Sunday when host Chris Wallace was interviewing Democrat House member Gregory Meeks of New York about Trump's pitch to black voters.
During yesterday morning's edition of Fox News Sunday, host Mike Wallace asked Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri if Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should share “some responsibility” for the rise of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) since she was serving as President Barack Obama's secretary of state when the terrorist organization was founded.
The Democratic senator responded by attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and “his best buddy” -- Vladimir Putin, the current president of the Russian Federation -- as the real founders of ISIS, which “probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander-in-chief in that way.”