Hours before the announcement that actor Will Ferrell would not star in a smear film portraying Ronald Reagan as a dementia-addled invalid, the women of The View discussed the potential movie. Liberal co-host Joy Behar insisted that the concept could be making a “larger point” and also repeated a smear about the 40th president.
Again showing that he’s incapable of being simply humorous without going on liberal rants, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers lashed out overnight Thursday into Friday by touting Ted Cruz as a “lizard dresse[d] up in a suit” and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory as “fear mongering” for signing into law “hateful and discriminatory” transgender bathroom bills.
All three network morning shows on Friday reveled in John Boehner’s vicious attack on Ted Cruz, hyping the former House Speaker labeling the Texas senator “Lucifer in the flesh.” The NBC, CBS, and ABC broadcasts portrayed the comment as another “challenge” that “really hurts” Cruz’s campaign. On NBC’s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander happily punned his way through a report: “For Ted Cruz, counting on a comeback, the devil’s in the details, with former Speaker of the House John Boehner at a private event giving Cruz hell.”
Whenever a Republican lawmaker either leaves office, passes away, or trashes a conservative, you can bet that someone in the liberal media will be there to suddenly heap praise on them and MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was there Thursday night to compared former Speaker of the House John Boehner to “Michael the Archangel” “with wings and sword” versus Ted Cruz as “one in the tail and cloven hooves.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday were positively wistful as they prepared for Barack Obama’s final appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Saturday night. A network graphic cheered the President “leaving with a laugh.” Gayle King introduced, “They call it the nerd prom. This will be the Obamas's last appearance there as President and First Lady.”
On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of violent protests outside a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California, after conservative CNN political commentator Matt Lewis suggested that they might be "leftist agitators" who are effectively boosting Trump's campaign with their behavior, co-host Chris Cuomo defused his characterization by asserting that many of them "were just dissatisfied citizens who were taking out their dissatisfaction the wrong way in anger and destroying a lot of property there."
Donald Trump scored a major endorsement from a very beloved Indiana hero, Hoosier basketball coach Bobby Knight. The endorsement serves to Trump an important boost to help win the state in his march to the nomination. But on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Thursday when asked to respond to critics that suggest Trump was not a real conservative Knight admitted, “You know, I'm not sure what a conservative is.”
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin and chief political correspondent Dana Bash both seemed amused by the vitriol aimed at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz by both former House Speaker John Boehner and by fellow candidate Donald Trump. The first sign of amusement occurred while Baldwin was reading a recent quote from Boehner in which he called Senator Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b****," as what sounds like a giggle -- presumably from Bash -- can be briefly heard in the background.
Fresh off accusing Ted Cruz of being a political bigamist, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews stated Thursday night that Cruz has put on a “Baghdad Bob performance this week” for failing to concede the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump while also displaying “political narcissism” in responding to former Speaker John Boehner’s Lucifer analogy.
As the media pivots with the candidates towards the general election so are their narratives about them. As reporter for The Daily Best Betsy Woodruff put it on MSNBC Live Thursday, “this election is becoming a battle of the sexes.” A social justice warrior’s dream election between “not just the first female presidential candidate, but the first feminist presidential candidate” Hillary Clinton and the “misogynist” Donald Trump, as articulated by Michelle Goldberg of Slate on the same show.
All three broadcast networks, thus far, have ignored a shocking moment on Wednesday night when Donald Trump touted his endorsement by convicted rapist Mike Tyson. Speaking in Indianapolis, Indiana, the location where Tyson was convicted of brutally assaulting a beauty pageant contestant, Trump bragged, “Mike Tyson endorsed me... Mike said, 'I love Trump. I endorse Trump.'... When I get endorsed by the tough ones, I like it, because you know what? We need toughness now.”
In a profile of White House Correspondents Dinner host Larry Wilmore, CNN’s At This Hour co-host John Berman openly admitted (unlike CBS This Morning) on Thursday to Wilmore’s agreement that The Nightly Show is “admittedly liberal” and “trends left” toward “more pro-Democratic policies and politicians.”