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.
Appearing on MSNBC during the 11 a.m. ET hour on Monday, attorney and former Republican National Committee counsel Mark Braden denounced an attempt by anchor Tamron Hall to dismiss claims of voter fraud as “extraordinarily rare” and “minuscule.” He also called her out for citing statistics from liberal “advocacy group” that she labeled “nonpartisan.”
While Donald Trump was hate-tweeting on Monday morning about Morning Joe and the gossip site rumors surrounding co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the latter co-host prided himself as being a Trump critic (he wasn’t) but more importantly called out the Obama administration and government for collectively having “blood on our hands” for the inaction in Syria’s civil war to, in part, preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
Rachel Maddow gave covering fire for President Obama on her MSNBC show on Thursday over his initial decision to stay in Martha's Vineyard instead of visiting flood-stricken Louisiana. Maddow spotlighted the "scathing editorial" from a Lousiana newspaper criticizing the Democrat over the move, but defended the President by pointing a finger at former Governor Bobby Jindal.
During a press conference on Thursday with State Department spokesman John Kirby, it came to fruition that in January of 2016, the Obama administration used an unmarked cargo plane to airlift $400 million worth of cash to Iran in exchange for four American hostages. Earlier in August, President Obama coyly suggested this wasn’t some “nefarious” or “secret” deal. Friday on Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Obama, insisting he was “indignant” while “telling deliberate untruths.”
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough brought on Time magazine Editor Nancy Gibbs to discuss the publication’s latest cover story about toxic environments on the internet. “I think we are all probably first amendment extremists about, yes, part of our life is that people will call us stupid and idiots and that's fine,” stated Gibbs, “But at what point do you not defend speech that suppresses speech?” Ironically the writer of the piece has his own history of trolling, and so does Morning Joe and MSNBC.
On multiple occasions throughout Thursday’s Hardball on MSNBC, liberal host Chris Matthews made his feelings clear that he was livid at the Obama administration over revelations hours earlier that they indeed waited to give Iran $400 million that they claimed to have been repayment for money frozen during the 1979 revolution until four American hostages had left Iran.