CNN didn't disappoint on Friday's AC360 when it broke the news about Hillary Clinton choosing Senator Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Jeff Zeleny stuck to liberal media's talking points about the vice presidential pick, labeling Kaine "more moderate than the liberal strain driving today's Democratic Party." He added that the Virginia Democrat's "views on abortion are far more conservative than most Democrats" — but then played a clip where Kaine admitted that he was "going to protect women's legal rights to make their own reproductive decisions."
With still nothing definitively known about the identity of the Munich, Germany attacker or attackers early Friday night, MSNBC’s MTP Daily ushered the Brexit vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union into the conversation as an example of anti-refugee sentiment that, in their speculations, was behind the mall shooting in Germany.
MSNBC on Friday used the unfolding shooting spree in Munich to bash the Republican Party and connect the GOP convention to it. Regarding terror, Daily Beast editor Christopher Dickey talked to Brian Williams and lectured, “What we're looking at now in Europe and, to some extent, at the Republican convention and in the discourse in the United States, is a lot of talk about war as if we're talking about a massive operation.”
After a week of trashing Republicans as racist and “mutinous,” a giddy Chris Matthews ended MSNBC’s GOP convention on a high note, eagerly anticipating the way more “fun” Democratic convention next wee. Late Thursday night, Matthews enthused, “Philly’s going to be fun. I think it’s going to be a lot more celebrities, a lot more Hollywood, a lot more bold print.”
Friday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski sparred over the uncanny similarities between the reception of Barack Obama the candidate and Donald Trump the candidate. Scarborough reminded viewers that back in 2008, Obama supporters blindly followed the candidate’s promise of “hope” and “change” to the polls. Contrast that with Donald Trump in 2016, who is constantly chastised for his lack of specificity amidst his loud promises to make America “great” again.
Speculating over Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate on Friday, NBC’s Today fretted that the leading contender – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – might be too moderate for the left-wing base of the Democratic Party. In a report on the topic, correspondent Kristen Welker noted: “A former governor who also has national security experience, Kaine has emerged as the frontrunner. Some progressives have accused him of being too pro-trade and soft on Wall Street, but supporters say he checks all the boxes.”
On Thursday evening, the curtains closed after the final act of the Republican National Convention. On Friday, the Morning Joe crew spent significant time dissecting the highly anticipated speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, who channeled the modern day fears of Americans. Willie Geist hyperbolized the speech as one where Trump painted “a picture of an almost dystopian, Mad Max America.” Similarly, Mike Barnicle asserted “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”
On Friday's New Day, CNN panel members were dismissive both of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promising to protect homosexuals from terrorists, and of concerns about violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants. CNN political analyst David Gregory fretted that the GOP platform is the "harshest on gays and lesbians in the history of the party," and both he and fellow CNN political analyst Ron Brownstein ludicrously suggested that homicides committed by illegals are not so bad because they are mostly done through car accidents.
Reacting to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, on Friday morning, the hosts and correspondents of NBC’s Today scolded the GOP nominee for his “dark” tone of “doom and gloom.” Opening the broadcast, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “Donald Trump closes out the Republican National Convention in a speech that was both fiery...and dark.”
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka delivered her highly anticipated speech Thursday night before the Republican National Convention. She used her speech to briefly push the gender pay gap myth and later that night CNN commentator, and Black Lives Matter supporter, Bakari Sellers tried to wield it against her father. “What she did do was, she gave a speech that was Hillary Clinton's speech,” he stated, “Donald Trump on his campaign pays his female staffers a third less than his men.”
CNBC provided coverage on the final two nights of the Republican National Convention and on Thursday, Squawk on the Street co-host and infamous GOP debate co-moderator Carl Quintanilla condemned Donald Trump’s mentioning of Americans being murdered by illegal immigrants because it reminded him of the Willie Horton ad from 1988.
In the same episode that Bill Maher attacked Republicans as mentally retarded and compared them to Nazis, he insisted that this election will be a “referendum on decency.” In a live, post-Republican National Convention edition of HBO’s Real Time, Maher lamented, “This whole election to me is a referendum on decency. Just fundamental decency. I mean, the hatred we have heard [about Hillary Clinton].”