The perpetually outraged Brian Stelter is outraged yet again. After Donald Trump lambasted CNN and the “fake news media” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Stelter fumed, “The demagoguery continues. This was all about us versus them. I think we heard it in almost every sentence. Us versus them.”
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Speaking to a boisterous, full-capacity crowd at the 2017 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Donald Trump delivered all-encompassing remarks that included blistering attacks on the “fake news media,” incorrect polling, anonymous sources, and “the Clinton News Network” of CNN.
Just how degraded is the language we use in public discourse? Consider: an anchor on a major news network didn’t bat an eye Friday when a guest claimed it is a “civil rights issue” when a fraction of a percent of students don’t want to pee the way nature intended.
If your daughter is uncomfortable with seeing male genitals while undressing in the school locker room, that’s the fault of her ‘intolerant’ parents, said CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Thursday. After President Trump reversed an Obama order Wednesday, that forced schools to allow transgender students to use whatever bathroom and locker room they wished, the media went nuts, decrying the reversal as “cruel” discrimination. New Day anchor Chris Cuomo went on a Twitter tirade Thursday, arguing with conservatives over the bathroom order, even blaming parents for being “intolerant” because they want their daughters to change in female-only locker rooms at school.
White House Political Adviser Steve Bannon appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday where he discussed the importance of American culture, among other things. But that didn’t sit well with some of CNN’s political analysts; particularly with David Gregory, who condemned Bannon on Anderson Cooper 360 claiming that “The language of the uniqueness of American culture is this kind of white nationalist language to me that harkens back to the kind of language we've heard before.”
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Poppy Harlow repeatedly showed skepticism that there have been cases of men or boys taking advantage of transgender bathroom or changing room rules to commit sex crimes as she focused on liberal hysteria over the Trump administration canceling Obama administration rules mandating transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. CNN political commentator David Swerdlick -- also of the Washington Post -- at one point even suggested that sexual assault victims and survivors should be expected to compromise with transgenders who want to be able to use women's bathrooms.
Thursday’s New Day on CNN started off the morning with a shouting match between CNN conservative pundit Kayleigh McEnany and three CNN liberals over Trump’s reversal of last year’s Obama mandate on transgender school bathrooms. McEnany defended the decision, while “Republican” commentator Ana Navarro, former New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, and even host Alisyn Camerota attacked McEnany as “cruelly” “discriminating” against “fragile” children.
CNN's New Day on Thursday devoted its first segment to fretting over President Donald Trump reversing the Obama administration directive giving transgender students the right to use whatever restrooms they wish as the Trump move was labeled "controversial" and one that was "denying students rights" and "tearing at the social fabric of the country." No one seemed concerned that girls and women might be denied the right to have their own restrooms if men and boys are allowed to pretend to be women and demand entry. CNN's Chris Cuomo also oddly stated that, after the Supreme Court decision mandating that same-sex marriage be recognized nationwide, "everyone celebrated" the ruling as he fretted the absence of legislation codifying it.
The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest -- and to his supporters -- most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump Bump' to Reach Readers, Advertisers."
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's CNN Tonight, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof declared that he feels "very nervous" about the Trump administration's recent efforts to increase deportation of illegal immigrants, and ended up discussing his latest column, titled, "How Can We Get Rid of Trump?" which describes how the 25th Amendment could be used to remove President Donald Trump from office as an alternative to impeachment.
The double standard continues, folks. On Tuesday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin seemed dismayed and testy when it came to questioning whether or not the attendees at solid congressional Republican town halls are liberal protesters, bemoaning the idea as “dangerous” rhetoric to be articulating. Of course, NewsBusters readers will find this story to be quite humorous after recalling how this same network dismissed conservatives at town halls in 2009 and 2010 as astroturf or paid brown shirts.
On Monday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon spoke with film maker Ari Horowitz about his film that President Donald Trump recently cited about violent crime in Sweden increasing substantially after an influx of immigrants from Muslim countries. The CNN host repeatedly tried to dismiss reports of crime increases, as he attempted to pin the increase in reported rapes on legal changes in the definition of rape -- even though this change occurred in 2005 and therefore should not account for a near steady yearly increase in reported rapes between 2006 and 2016.