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The crazy train flew off the tracks just five minutes into Tuesday’s Hardball, thanks to host Chris Matthews inviting on HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher for roughly 10 minutes of banter about the President, the Russia investigation, and how neither believe the President will leave on his own terms and perhaps not even then. Matthews began by lamenting that Maher has been off for some time (since November) and asking what he made of “this massacre of democracy” by a President whom the media have been wondering “whether he's a Russian agent.”
On Tuesday night, the broadcast network evening newscasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC failed to cover two intriguing headlines that the public deserved to hear about. One pertained to the revelation that a former top FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation for leaking to the news media while the other story was the Democratic National Committee cutting ties with the anti-Semitic friendly Women’s March.
So, when is a crisis a crisis? From what viewers see on Telemundo, NBC’s sister network for the U.S. Hispanic market, it all depends on who says so: if the cry comes from liberal media allies and activists, it’s “I told you so.” But should the word ‘crisis’ come from the mouth of President Trump, it’s “no way, José.”
On Friday, the New York Times published an article revealing that the FBI opened a probe in 2017 to investigate whether President Donald Trump was acting as a Russian agent. CNN hosts spent more than three hours over the weekend brandishing the report as “devastating” news for Trump, but gave only a minuscule portion of the coverage included any reference to the disclosure by the Times that “no evidence has emerged publicly” which implicated the President.
Breaking into live coverage of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr, on Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams informed viewers about the Brexit deal being rejected by Parliament in the UK. He insisted that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was the result of Russian “election meddling.”
View co-host Sunny Hostin once again showed just how blindly partisan she is on Tuesday’s show, arguing that anyone who agrees with Trump’s border wall is a racist bigot against “brown people.”
On Tuesday, the network morning show that employed an alleged sexual harasser for 20 years thought it was great that shave company Gillette produced a commercial condemning “toxic masculinity.” Reporting for NBC’s Today show, correspondent Morgan Radford hailed the “big message” “going viral” and celebrated how “advertisers are evolving” by taking stands on social issues.
Never Trump Republicans who lose elections keep seeming to find new jobs on cable news. In an unsurprising move, CNN announced Tuesday that they’ve hired former Ohio governor and vocal Trump critic John Kasich as a senior political commentator for the network. The network also recently hired never-Trump Republican Rep. Mia Love, who lost her re-election for Congress this past Fall, as political commentator.
When new Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib ranted that Congress needs to “impeach the motherf***er” Trump, all three networks covered it. But when the Michigan representative was seen posing and meeting with a pro-Hezbollah activist who thinks Israel has no right to exist, ABC, CBS and NBC were silent. As reported by the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein, Tlaib appeared with Abbas Hamideh who tweeted, “I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine.”
At the midpoint of Donald Trump’s first term, the establishment media’s obvious hostility shows no signs of relenting: 90% negative, vs. just 10% positive, matching the historically bad press we documented in 2017. But polls show this negative coverage has had no discernible impact on the public’s attitudes toward the President. Instead, the media's partisan approach has earned them high marks from Democrats, while alienating most Republicans.
On Monday, CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Van Jones falsely claimed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had not said they would never fund the President’s proposed border wall.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday insisted multiple times that President Trump was unable to deny that he was a Russian agent – even minutes after playing a clip of the President doing just that.