Bill D'Agostino is a research analyst for the MRC's News Analysis Division.
Bill D'Agostino is a Research Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis division. He previously worked as a video editor for a production studio in New York. His work has been featured on Fox News, Drudge Report, the Daily Caller, and other conservative outlets.
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Former Fox News military analyst Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning to recite a litany of vapid leftwing talking points against President Trump. During his interview with Brian Stelter, the nascent Trump derangement sufferer dubbed Fox News “prostitutes” guilty of “assaulting the constitution,” declared that President Trump was “enthralled to Vladimir Putin,” and spitefully smeared Trump supporters as “couch-potato anarchists.”
The Boston Globe’s call for a concerted media effort against the President came to fruition on Thursday as more than 350 papers across the country ran editorials decrying President Trump’s attacks on the news media. The paper's managing director Linda Henry appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday morning to accept praise for her organization’s efforts
On Monday evening, CNN’s Anderson Cooper endured the political equivalent of banging one’s head against a wall as his guests repeatedly disagreed with his framing of President Trump as a racist for questioning the intelligence of NBA star LeBron James. In a segment near the end of his 8:00 p.m. Eastern show, a frustrated Cooper repeatedly saw his narrative shot down by two black guests, neither of whom appeared willing to act as the racial pawns that the CNN host clearly wished they would be.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd decided to thrill viewers on Thursday’s MTP Daily with a highly analytical deep dive into President Trump’s tweets, focusing specifically on whether they might somehow constitute obstruction of justice. Sometimes, a single leak or piece of information can drive an entire news cycle. Such was the case on Thursday when The New York Times reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was examining the President’s tweets in his “wide-ranging obstruction inquiry.”
As of July 25, network newscasts have completely ignored the violence caused by the Occupy ICE PDX antifa group in Portland, Oregon, despite their usual penchant for covering pro-immigration protests. MSNBC has been equally silent on the leftwing group’s attempted occupation of an ICE facility since the protest began on June 19.
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson crashed and burned Wednesday while attempting to plug an NBC News report during the final moments of her morning show. In a spectacular display of poor judgment, the MSNBC Live host attempted to rhyme and used a made-up work that sounds like an anti-Semitic slur to refer to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen calling him “Kikle.” Mr. Cohen is Jewish.
During the 18 months of the Trump presidency, immigration has received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any other policy topic. The networks’ coverage has been relentlessly hostile to the administration (92% negative, just 8% positive), largely because these newscasts have framed nearly all of their coverage around the plight of those adversely affected by the administration’s enforcement agenda, and have virtually ignored law enforcement or anyone harmed by illegal immigration.
The media are in a tizzy over the recent revelation that President Trump might revoke security clearances from former Intelligence officials with a penchant for going on television. During a concern-filled installment of CNN’s The Situation Room on Monday, host Wolf Blitzer anxiously posited that revoking the clearance of CNN national security analyst James Clapper would constitute a “potential national security threat.”
Since President Trump’s press conference in Helsinki on Monday, many in the liberal media have hyperventilated about how his lack of aggression toward Russian President Putin makes him somehow guilty of treason.
Within mere hours of President Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin concluding, cable news had worked themselves into a frenzy that suggested the sky itself must be falling. While criticism of Trump’s foreign policy decisions – especially those pertaining to Russia – has been bipatisan, the sheer meoldrama of the liberal media’s comments suggested they had lost sight of what they were even covering.
Heads were exploding over at MSNBC following Monday’s summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the 1:00 p.m. Eastern hour of MSNBC Live, the network’s national security analyst and former Obama official Evelyn Farkas lambasted the President’s performance as “despicable” and “outrageous,” and called for “mass resignations” from the Republican Party.
The liberal news media suffered a cataclysmic meltdown on June 27 over Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, with the resulting damage likely visible from space. Two weeks later, following President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, viewers were treated to a second round of hysterics.
MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber closed on Monday with an interview featuring Asad Rehman, one of the organizers of the London protests that are planned to take place during President Trump’s visit to the U.K. Melber repeatedly teed up Rehman to launch into a series of buzzword-laden rants about the President’s “normalization of sexual violence,” “his war on migrants,” and “his planet-wrecking policies,” before shining an adoring spotlight on the Trump “baby blimp” that will be displayed in London during the protests.
A Democratic aide is arrested while attempting to flee the country, ultimately pled guilty to felony charges, and an investigation found that he violated numerous standards of conduct imposed on House employees. Sound like a news story? In the two days since former Democratic House IT aide Imran Awan pleaded guilty to bank fraud, no liberal network or cable news outlet has bothered to report on the story. This lack of coverage reflects the media’s historic disinterest in the case.
Network news have abruptly stopped covering the Spring Fire in Colorado, which previously had been receiving consistent airtime since late June. The dearth of new reporting is not due to the story having flamed out; on Monday morning the fire was declared the largest in the state, and it remains only five percent contained. Interestingly, coverage across ABC, CBS, and NBC ceased completely once it was revealed that the man responsible for starting the wildfire was an illegal immigrant.
While many in both the Democratic Party and the media have agreed that Congresswoman Maxine Waters hurt her party’s image on Sunday when she encouraged her supporters to aggressively confront members of the Trump administration, MSNBC’s contributors appeared not to have gotten the memo. Numerous guests on the cable network were reluctant on Monday to condemn Waters for her comments, with some, such as MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, outright endorsing the Congresswoman’s stance: “Polite discourse is inappropriate when there are babies in cages.”
The pundit class have lost their minds over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border enforcement policy. Since Friday, the collective breakdown has yielded a total of 22 instances in which cable news commentators compared the separation of parents and children illegally entering the country to World War II-era war crimes and human rights violations.
On Friday, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti gave his 82nd CNN inteview, in which he attempted to dispel criticism that he was on television too frequently. He appeared on New Day to respond to a restraining order filed by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that asked a judge to stop his frequent television appearances, calling them prejudicial to a fair trial. “We're about to find out whether the media and press really believes in the First Amendment, whether they think that people should be gagged,” Avenatti remarked.
On Wednesday evening, Tucker Carlson grilled former Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman about the FBI’s use of a paid informant to spy on the Trump campaign. Goldman rebuffed the Fox News host’s inquiries into why the FBI had employed such a tactic, at one point scolding him, “You don’t have a right to know.”
MSNBC’s live coverage of the Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un amounted to little more than an airing of grievances about the President. Right out of the gate, commentators commenced hurling scornful remarks about Trump’s supposed incompetence and apathy, until All In host Chris Hayes eventually asserted Donald Trump was not “burdened by caring” about the outcome of the summit.