Following President Trump’s Wednesday press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker passive aggressively savaged Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich for questions to Trump that Welker deemed not to be “tough questions” concerning Mike Flynn.
President Donald Trump has made it known that he has some interest in moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem. The simple mention of the idea sent left into an uproar, as CBS Evening News on Tuesday demonstrated. “That would essentially be U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital,” fretted anchor Scott Pelley, “Palestinian leaders also claim the holy city, and they warn that the embassy switch would be an act of war.”
Following the release of the intelligence report detailing Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election late last week, the Sunday morning shows were all abuzz with commentary with most of it critical of President-elect Donald Trump. But things were slightly different on CBS’ Face the Nation where radio host Tammy Bruce ripped in President Barack Obama for his meddling in the democratic election in Israel, all in a futile attempt to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Secretary of State John Kerry took to the podium Wednesday and unloaded on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the State of Israel, claiming they were impeding the Middle East peace process. Later on that evening, NBC Nightly News went to bat for Kerry running two reports backing up his assertions. “Kerry painting a dire picture when it comes to reaching a peace deal in the Middle East,” announced fill-in anchor Tamron Hall.
Appearing as a panel member on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, Jason Johnson of The Root ridiculously claimed, during a discussion before Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that the United States "gives the vast majority of its foreign aid to Israel." In fact, according to the Washington Post, of the approximately $50 billion dollars the U.S. is expected to grant in foreign aid for FY 2017, Israel would only receive about $3 billion.
Appearing on MSNBC early Tuesday afternoon, guest and former Obama State Department official Joel Rubin lashed out at Israel’s reaction to the settlements vote at the United Nations (UN), comparing Israel to his misbehaving eight-year-old daughter venturing outside in the cold without proper clothing to avoid becoming sick.
On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, the panel completely downplayed President Obama’s actions to withdraw support for Israel during a recent United Nations vote. On top of that, CBS went out of their way to bash Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and report uncritically on President Obama’s controversial decision.
While all of the Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had tried to sow fear for President-Elect Donald Trump’s shifts on foreign policy in the past, they conveniently overlooked a potential major policy reversal from President Barack Obama Thursday. “The Obama administration was going to abstain from voting against a resolution critical of Israel, breaking with the Israel position on this for quite some time here,” reported Fox News Correspondent Rich Edson on Special Report.
Amidst the discussion on MSNBC’s Hardball late Tuesday concerning President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, host Chris Matthews was apoplectic at the notion that a Trump administration would “desecrate” Jerusalem by moving the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.
On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, during a segment recalling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to put limits on who in the government is allowed to communicate with the Donald Trump administration, Costello and her guest, retired Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, repeatedly spoke as if Jerusalem were not already Israel's capital, even though it has been the capital city since the 1940s where the Jewish state's parliament and prime minister's offices are located.
The New York Times covers Israeli politics much the way it does American politics:With bias toward conservatives. A headline over James Glanz’s story portrayed conservative Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a criminal who just hadn’t been caught (yet): “Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Still a Step Ahead of Scandals, Faces a New Inquiry," smeared the PM with trumped-up scandals as being just a “Teflon-coated” step ahead of the law, a la Ronald Reagan. A day before, Netanyahu was falsely portrayed as “crushing Israel’s free press.”
According to the Weekly Standard on Tuesday, a just-released document by the Senate “confirms that the U.S. State Department funded an Israeli political organization that later ran a campaign dedicated to ousting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” Considering this is a rather outrageous breach, will the networks cover the embarrassing development for Barack Obama?