Hillary Clinton joined the cast of characters on MSNBC’s Morning Joe late in Friday’s show and co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski questioned her somewhat fairly about the Clinton Foundation and had facial expressions that embodied the lack of trust the American people have in her, but they backed off at some points in hailing her “remarkable” Thursday afternoon speech that could be seen as a “turning point” in the presidential election and politics as a whole.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Georgetown University professor and former MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson was the latest liberal to claim that a general slogan like "Make America Great Again" really has a racist "code" of "white nationalism" as he claimed that even a generic reference to the "nation" of America implies "whiteness" "by default."
Tom Coburn wasn’t having any of Chuck Todd’s bias. The former Republican Senator appeared on MSNBC, Thursday, to discuss Hillary Clinton’s speech on the alt-right movement. After Todd repeatedly pushed Todd on Republican connections to extremism, Coburn called out the network’s liberal spin: “That's just like saying if somebody hires you, Chuck, and NBC's viewpoint politically is far left anyway, so, therefore, it’s bad because you work for [NBC].”
The panic on the faces of Clinton Foundation defenders grew more palpable on Wednesday night as the questions surrounding donors having meetings with Hillary Clinton’s State Department remained a part of the news cycle, so it was up to liberal journalists like Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews to defend and deflect these concerns as merely “political” ploys by Republicans.
Early Wednesday morning, Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted how the NBC Nightly News spent Tuesday evening defending Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in the wake of an Associated Press report showing that "At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs." Wednesday evening, Fondacaro observed that Wednesday's Nightly News "failed to mention the scandal at all." Contrary to usual past form, the broadcast network's Nightly News treatment seems to be running far to the left of its weak cable sister MSNBC in the name of keeping damning information about Mrs. Clinton's activities away from low-information voters.
David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon caught NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell making a very strange argument on Wednesday’s Morning Joe about Hillary’s staunch opposition to any special prosecutor in the Whitewater scandal. Mitchell sounded like she felt Hillary’s pain, that the Clinton scandal probes in the 1990s “shaped her resistance to scrutiny” and she opposed an independent counsel because it caused a “faulty deposition on Paula Jones” by Bill Clinton.
Lying under oath is downgraded on MSNBC to a “faulty deposition”!
The Clinton camp has gone from outright denying actual facts (like trustworthiness with voters) to completely ignoring them. After more details have emerged this week on the scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s private e-mail server, the media is trying to walk the fine line of reporting the news and giving Clinton the chance to defend herself. Take for example Wednesday’s Morning Joe, where Nicolle Wallace practically begged Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook to have Clinton hold a press conference. Despite repeated badgering, Mook refused to answer “why” Hillary wouldn’t have a press conference.
With even traditional outlets like the Associated Press and liberal journalists raising concerns about the Clinton Foundation, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews and EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock did their best on Tuesday to stave off the damage by making sure viewers knew that the foundation has been “very transparent and ethical” in doing “great work.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called for further government spending as a solution to racial inequality on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday. Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. asked the basketball great, "How do we muster the courage to look the ugliness of what we are squarely in the face?" Abdul-Jabbar replied, "I think...people don't want to reach in their pockets. This is going to be expensive...and people try to avoid that — especially politicians. They don't want to tell their constituents that...taxes are a necessary evil if we're going to have the society that we want."
Proving how the Clinton Foundation scandal has become increasingly difficult for the media to ignore, Monday’s The Last Word on MSNBC featured liberal host Lawrence O’Donnell and lefty New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait agreed that the foundation represents “a bigger problem than the Clinton campaign really seems to be aware of” and has been different than the set-up for another famous political family’s charity in the Rockefeller Foundation.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, longtime DNC Strategist James Carville defended the Clinton Foundation’s dealings and suggested that its humanitarian aid should outweigh any legal or political corruption the Clintons were involved in. “What the Clinton Foundation does is take money from rich people and give it to poor people. Most people think that’s a pretty good idea,” Carville began. He then claimed that children would “die” and someone was “going to hell” for attacking the Clinton Foundation, which host Joe Scarborough called total “B.S.”
While speaking on Monday afternoon to the editor of the Louisiana newspaper that’s been critical of President Barack Obama’s vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard while the Bayou State floods, MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle wanted to know why it was “so important that the President” tour the devastation because “it costs a lot of money” for him to go anywhere.