After the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC neglected to cover the State Department Inspector General (IG) doling out a subpoena to the Clinton Foundation on Thursday, PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate moderators Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff failed to even mention this, or Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal or Benghazi. Neither did Bernie Sanders. Needless to say, the Fox News Channel’s post-debate edition of America’s Election HQ lambasted the trio for this failure to highlight the massive scandals at any point in the two-hour debate.
On Judge Jeanine Pirro's Saturday Fox News program, Judge Andrew Napolitano succinctly summarized the implications of the latest revelations concerning Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was the Obama administration's Secretary of State.
One can't help but notice that almost no one else is making Napolitano's obviously valid points. If a Republican or conservative had done similar things on Mrs. Clinton's scale, establishment press reporters and pundits would be making them on a daily basis:
After FNC’s Outnumbered offered near unanimous condemnation of National Review’s anti-Donald Trump issue and editor-in-chief Rich Lowry a few weeks ago, Lowry responded as a guest host on Tuesday’s show and not surprisingly was bombarded with criticism and accused of being “elitist,” “really, really rude,” and part of “the establishment” for having “insulted” voters by opposing Trump.
On Wednesday, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell hammered Donald Trump during an appearance on Fox Business Network's Varney & Co. Host Stuart Varney asked for his guest's reaction to Trump's decision to not appear at the next Republican presidential debate on sister network, Fox News Channel. Bozell replied, "I don't believe Trump is a conservative...he's also a petulant brat. This is insulting to Fox. It's insulting to Megyn Kelly. Frankly, I think Fox, also, with all due respect, is slightly responsible, because I think it's catered to this man."
In contrast to the other post-Democratic debate analyses on Sunday night, the guests assembled on the Fox News Channel (FNC) repeatedly ripped the three presidential candidates for failing to mention national security or foreign policy in the debates’s first question from NBC co-moderator Lester Holt on what three things they would do in their first 100 days in office.
Batting lead-off on the post-Democratic debate coverage of their respective networks late Sunday, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and FNC’s Ed Henry couldn’t have offered a larger contrast as Zeleny gushed that Hillary Clinton “pretty much dominated” Bernie Sanders on “the issues” while FNC’s Ed Henry observed that it was Sanders who “dominat[ed] the agenda” with “his best performance so far.”
Sunday’s MediaBuzz on the Fox News Channel (FNC) had a slew of media storylines to discuss from the past week and in one segment, host Howard Kurtz teamed with GOP strategist Mercedes Schalpp and the Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff to lambaste MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews for his fawning interview with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday that featured droves of softballs.
Both of the media-centered programs on CNN and FNC covered on Sunday the move by the New York Times from Friday to delete a line from an article about President Obama not fully realizing “the anxiety” of Americans following terror attacks due to his lack of exposure to cable news. Other than NPR TV critic Eric Geggans rushing to Obama’s defense on CNN’s Reliable Sources, the other panelists both denounced the Times for what they described as “outrageous,” “perplexing,” and “potentially damning.”
During an appearance on Sunday’s MediaBuzz, liberal Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers attacked the Republicans for their handling of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Benghazi committee. After the Powers touted several conservative commentators who thought that Clinton’s testimony didn’t reveal any new information about the 2012 terrorist attack she argued that “the obsession with the Sidney Blumenthal e-mails. It was pathetic to watch, honestly. It was really pathetic.”
During an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz Sunday, former Special Report anchor Brit Hume blasted the media for its over-the-top reaction to recent comments Dr. Ben Carson made about guns in the wake of the Oregon shooting. Hume observed that “some of the reactions to his statements were bordered on hysterical.”
During an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, Republican commentator Mercedes Schlapp compared the recent GOP presidential debate on CNN with that on Fox as being like a “Montessori school” that was “unstructured.”
On Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Fox News contributor Juan Williams joined the liberal media in celebrating Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after his confrontation with Donald Trump. The former NPR correspondent argued “Jorge Ramos is no reporter. So, let’s not equate him with a reporter. He is the Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media in this country. He is the star journalist and he has a certain weight on issues of immigration specifically when he says that to his community this amounts to racism, discrimination, and oppression.”