NewsBusters Time Machine
As Americans go from store to store, hunting for available toilet paper during the Coronavirus crisis, it occurred to us here at NewsBusters, that this isn’t the first time TP has become a major media topic. Back in the spring of 2007, liberal singer Sheryl Crow floated the idea of a self-imposed toilet paper limitation. During a global warming college tour, Crow offered up this disturbing idea to college students:
Despite the overwhelmingly hostile, transparently liberal tone of the mainstream media, some journalists still try and deny what it obvious to most everyone. NBC and MSNBC host Chuck Todd did just that five years ago this week. Appearing on the March 18, 2015 edition of The Mike O’Meara Show, O’Meara asked if the Meet the Press host “gets any blowback from political leaders about the point of view” of the show.
Bernie Sanders has been on the national stage for almost 30 years and his relationship with the media has fluctuated. Sometimes, journalists view him as a threat, a candidate that would surely lose to Donald Trump and must be stopped. Other times, his socialist views are exciting and captivating for these reporters. But if you go back to November 11, 1990, you can see that World News Tonight found the then-Congressman-elect to be fascinating and worthy of attention. Reporter Bob Jamieson told viewers that the socialist was “no fringe politician.”
Elizabeth Warren’s floundering presidential campaign grinded to an end on Thursday with the liberal Democrat finally dropping out. In recent weeks, Warren has been complaining about her media coverage, sending out a campaign e-mail that whined, “We can’t count on the media to cover our campaign fairly, so we’re taking our case directly to voters.”
As Democrats in South Carolina on Saturday go to the polls to pick a choice for 2020, MSNBC journalists and hosts are still dealing with outrage over the network’s very negative coverage of Bernie Sanders. Chris Matthews compared a win by the socialist to a Nazi victory in World War II. (He apologized.) The network suspended contributor Jason Johnson after he accused Sanders supporters of alienating minorities.
News broke on Wednesday that ABC News journalist David Wright had been caught in a new Project Veritas video, exposing the reporter as a self-admitted “socialist” who hates his own network. He has since been suspended. A look back at the socialist reporter's coverage of the socialist Bernie Sanders finds that Wright fawned over the candidate as “on fire” and fighting a political revolution.”
Now that Bernie Sanders is a serious threat to win the Democratic nomination, some on MSNBC have sounded the alarm, blasting the candidate for his extreme ideas. Yet, four years ago this week, Sanders had a friendlier platform on the liberal network. On February 17, 2016, socialist host Lawrence O’Donnell brought on socialist professor Frances Fox Piven to sing the praises of the socialist Sanders.
The thrill is gone. Liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews isn't happy with Bernie Sanders. This is quite a contrast to the Matthews of exactly 12 years ago tonight. On February 12, 2008, the liberal journalist swooned for Barack Obama, telling the country that the charismatic Democrat sent a “thrill” up his leg:
To use a massive understatement, journalists aren't fans of Donald Trump. This is quite the contrast to how they covered Barack Obama. Sometimes people forget just HOW much they liked him, such as the media personality who speculated on having sex with him. It was 11 years ago this week, on February 5, 2009, that the New York Times website published a piece on fantasizing about sex with the Democrat.
Just prior to the Patriots facing off against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, Donald Trump will talk to CBS journalist Margaret Brennan during the pregame show. It’s his second as President since talking to Fox's Bill O’Reilly for the 2017 Super Bowl (skipping it in 2018). For most of Barack Obama’s eight years, he had the luxury of softball interviews with liberal journalists. (Except in 2011 and 2014 when Fox had the game and O’Reilly got to offer questions.) Will Trump be given that same type of chummy, friendly interview? It’s not likely.
New York Times writer Ginger Thompson on January 25, 1999 went so far as to compare the Clinton impeachment — in the first sentence of a front page story — to Nazi Germany: “As she watches Republicans in Congress push ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, Ellen Mendel of Manhattan says she feels the same despair that she did as a girl in Nazi Germany when the efforts of a stubborn group of leaders snowballed, crushing the will of the people.”
This week, CNN absolutely freaked out over Republican Senator Martha McSally calling one of their journalists a “liberal hack.” Hosts on the network raged over it as “indecent,” “disgraceful” and “hatred.” However one year ago this week, when it was revealed that Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar had tweeting that Israel was “evil,” the cable network only mildly chided her.