NewsBusters Time Machine
Mostly secular network journalists don’t frequently cite “sin” when it comes to policy positions. Certainly not approvingly when it comes to issues like abortion. But such overt religiousity is okay for fighting climate change. One year ago this week, on the December 20, 2018 edition of Today, the morning show profiled a Christian church that is taking a stand on global warming.
Two years ago this week, Democrat Al Franken resigned amidst multiple allegations of unwanted touching. Yet journalists lamented the “rush” to remove the liberal senator from such a “potentially storied career.” This chiding included NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, who would later himself be accused of sexual misconduct. On December 7, 2017, CBS’s Nancy Cordes lamented, “...it’s a big blow to the Democratic Party writ large. There are a lot of long faces around here today.”
One year ago today, on November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush passed away. And while there was some very positive coverage, MSNBC and CNN made sure to hammer the former President for “racial animus.” He was, after all, a Republican. During live coverage on December 1, just hours after Bush’s death, MSNBC analyst Eddie Glaude insisted, “We have to bring up with Willie Horton.” Glaude sneered, “Dukakis was leading and then that ad started running. And the way in which he appealed to racial animus.”
Given how journalists openly despise Donald Trump, it may be hard to remember just how much they loved Democratic presidents. But don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten. The November 16, 1992 and the November 17, 2008 issues of Time magazine, respectively, fantasized about having sex with Bill Clinton and comparing Barack Obama to Jesus.
Barbara Walters had an affinity for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. From gushing over his “charisma” to repeating communist talking points, the ABC journalist couldn’t help herself. It was 36 years ago this November that Walters bragged about Christmas cards from Castro. Appearing on the Tonight Show, she told host Johnny Carson: “I get a Christmas card every year from Fidel Castro. It comes in March.It really does. I don't know if it means it has to go by way of, I don't know what, Grenada.”
Next week, televised impeachment hearings begin. Expect much liberal grandstanding and a continued effort by those in the media to remove Donald Trump. The hearings come after this week’s revelation that ABC secretly conspired to suppress a story potentially harmful to harmful to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
If it seems like journalists have been excited about Beto O’Rourke for years, they have. The 2020 presidential candidate announced on Friday that he is dropping out after cratering, hovering at 2.1 percent nationally. This is despite fawning media coverage. A look back at his last campaign, a run for the U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz in 2018, finds puzzlement at lack of success.
It was one year ago this October That Joe Scarborough boldly predicted Donald Trump would “cash out” and not run in 2020. Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Morning Joe host insisted that Trump won’t even run in 2020: “I don't think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection. He didn't want to be elected for president. He didn't think he was going to be elected.”
It was one year ago this week that Elizabeth Warren released a disastrous video attempting to bolster her claims of being a Native American. It was poorly received and even liberal ABC, CBS and NBC dismissed the efforts. To recap, Warren in the fall of 2018 produced results of a DNA test she insisted proves her Native American heritage. On October 16, 2018, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning quoted from a Cherokee Nation statement eviscerating Warren:
One of the more distasteful habits of liberal journalists has always been the tendency to flatter and fawn over brutal dictators. Reporters, who are supposed to speak truth to power, often fail when it comes to charismatic communists. That’s exactly what happened when ABC's Barbara Walters interviewed Fidel Castro 17 years ago, Friday, on October 11, 2002.
Amidst the horrifying news that, according to Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill, then-NBC’s Today host Matt Lauer allegedly anally raped colleague Brooke Nevils in 2014, a look through the NewsBusters archives found Wednesday afternoon quite the ironic exchange in 2017 between Farrow and Lauer. On the October 11, 2017 edition of Today, Farrow discussed his piece for The New Yorker that blew the doors off Harvey Weinstein’s long, sordid history of allegedly abusing women. Just 49 days later, Lauer would be fired from NBC amidst the rise of the #MeToo era.
It was just this time about a year ago that liberals in the media started to realize that Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the Supreme Court. In fact, on October 5, 2018, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes realized, on-air, that such a thing would happen. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi broke into coverage to explain that Democrat Joe Manchin would vote yes: “We have breaking news now. Senator Joe Manchin, who did not want to be the deciding vote on this, has announced he will support.” Hayes sputtered, “He’s a yes?” The host then bowed his head in amazement.