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On Thursday, the broadcast networks wasted no time advancing President Obama’s political strategy to force Republicans to confirm his Supreme Court nominee. The NBC, ABC, and CBS morning newscasts were eager to tout “pressure” being brought to bear on GOP senators to make them “pay a price” for opposing Merrick Garland for the high court.
On Wednesday night, the top English broadcast networks and Spanish-language network Univision failed to cover news that the Justice Department had finally confirmed that a gun in possession of the now-captured Mexican drug lord El Chapo was linked to the scandal-ridden Operation Fast and Furious.
The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC on Thursday night insisted President Barack Obama’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, is nothing but a “moderate” and personally pleaded with Republicans to consider placing him on the Court. While two networks mentioned comments made by Vice President Joe Biden back in 1992 about Court appointments, none of them made light of the President’s support for a filibuster attempt in 2006 against then-Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Appearing on Wednesday's Wolf show to discuss President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin characterized Republican resistance to confirming him as not being about "principle," but "power" instead.
"This may be new low-grade Trump," huffed Chris Matthews as he introduced a new short Instagram video by the Trump campaign which mocks Hillary Clinton with a clip of the Democratic presidential frontrunner barking like a dog.
Merrick Garland, President Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, is "a very careful jurist," not an ideologue in the least, MSNBC's chief legal reporter Ari Melber insisted in a brief segment during the 4 p.m. Eastern hour on Wednesday.
In a meeting with reporters that was first reported by TVNewser, CNN Worldwide president Jeffrey Zucker ruled that his network bares no responsibility for the rise of Trump and awarding the lion’s share of political coverage since “the front-runner” of any major party will “always...get a disproportionate amount of attention.”
The Americans returns tonight with its fourth season debut at 10 PM EDT/PDT. It will pick up after last season’s dramatic ending which juxtaposed then-President Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech with two undercover KGB agents in the U.S. distraught by the charge as their frantic teenage daughter, who just recently learned their true identity, gets on the phone to tell her pastor that her parents are Russians. Plus, a cameo of the voice of Chris Wallace.
On Wednesday, CNN quickly ran to label President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, as a "moderate" and a "consensus candidate." Jake Tapper contended that "this seems like a fairly-establishment, moderate pick." Pamela Brown first responded by underlining that there's "no doubt about it;" but moments later, she revealed that Judge Garland "may carry on Obama's legacy when it comes to gun control." Tapper later claimed the "relatively moderate" Garland is apparently "not a nakedly political pick."
Anchoring an NBC News special report on Wednesday about President Obama nominating federal judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Today co-host Matt Lauer asked justice correspondent Pete Williams: “Senate Republicans have vowed to block any nomination that comes from the President....what message is the President sending with this pick?”
As anticipated, the immediate and predictable reaction from the liberal media to Barack Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland was to go right to their playbook and sell the anti-gun justice as a “moderate” pick that liberals won’t be “happy” with and only unreasonable GOPers could oppose. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos declared that Garland was “a moderate” that in “any other year” would be seen as a “safe pick.”
As soon as Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the hosts at MSNBC immediately began to wonder if the choice of a “white male” was a mistake. Though making the predictable assertion that Garland was definitely a reasonable “moderate,” journalist Ron Allen worried, “But, there's going to be a lot of concern about this choice by many people who are Obama supporters, who wanted to see more diversity on the court. This selection is a white male.”