Brad Wilmouth is a contributing blogger to NewsBusters
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
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On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of whether conservative FNC host Sean Hannity should have divulged earlier that he has an association with Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, there seemed to be unanimous agreement that Fox News is "not news."
On Monday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon devoted two segments totaling more than 13 minutes to the case of rapper Meek Mill going back to prison because of parole violations. The show glossed over Mill repeatedly violating probation over the past decade, which included the rapper failing drug tests over and over again. And last week, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt similarly downplayed Mill's parole violations, and did not mention the repeated drug test failures from the parole period at all.
On Sunday's AM Joy, during a discussion of her interview with pro-gun liberal rapper Killer Mike, host Joy Reid suggested that the NRA had railed against President Barack Obama because he is black, and MSNBC contributor Toure Neblett accused the pro-gun group of not doing anything to defend minority gun owners. The segment seemed oblivious to a recent video released by NRA TV's Colion Noir which recounted NRA's history of defending gun rights for blacks, including in recent years helping residents of Chicago and Delaware sue for their gun ownership rights.
In the aftermath of House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will retire from Congress, amid the speculation about who might replace him as top Republican in the House, the Washington Post ran an AP story by Alan Fram which repeats the debunked claims that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was a speaker for a David Duke-founded white supremacist group without even acknowledging any of the evidence that he was not. In fact, at this point, in spite of media silence, there's more evidence that prominent Democrats have directly associated with Louis Farrakhan than there is that Scalise was ever connected to Duke.
On Sunday afternoon's MSNBC Live, host Ayman Mohyeldin devoted a nine-minute segment to the violence on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel as he fretted that both the American news media and the Trump administration are too soft on Israel.
As the dominant news media inform viewers of controversial police shooting cases in which there is debate about whether the officers acted lawfully, there has been a blatant double standard in spending substantially more time on victims who are black, even though blacks only make up a little more than one out of four suspects who are killed by police, with whites outnumbering blacks in the count by 2:1.
On Friday afternoon, MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi provided a forum to former PLO advisor Diana Buttu to push anti-Israel propaganda as she accused the Jewish state of engaging in "ethnic cleansing" against Palestinian Arabs whom she portrayed as simply engaging in peaceful protest since last week. It was not mentioned that the terrorist group Hamas has been using the protesters at the Gaza Strip border as cover to try to attack Israel.
On Thursday's World News Tonight, ABC correspondent Linsey Davis actually included a clip of a woman declaring that she felt like "killing" the police in a report about a mentally ill man who was tragically killed by police after he pointed a metal pipe at them while pretending that it was a gun.
On Wednesday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes used video allegedly showing Palestinians being fired on by Israeli troops while praying to bolster his commentary in which he complained that President Donald Trump did not confront Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the military actions. Unlike FNC or PBS, Hayes did not mention that the video has been disputed by the IDF as staged footage -- similar to the hoax videos for which Palestinian film makers are known for producing, sometimes referred to as "Pallywood."
On Tuesday's Hardball on MSNBC, host Chris Matthews and liberal contributor Eddie Glaude pushed the notion that President Donald Trump engages in "race-baiting" by criticizing former President Barack Obama, and that he envies the former President, viewing him as an "uppity black person that we need to put in his place."
Saturday's NBC Nightly News devoted an entire report to celebrating a high school government teacher in Parkland, Florida, who is being credited with "grooming" three of the "articulate" liberal student activists who have espoused "thoughtful arguments" in promoting more gun control. Correspondent Kerry Sanders even tried to undermine conservatives who had fretted that the students were being coached by liberals by informing viewers that the teacher in question is a "card-carrying Republican."
On Friday's MTP Daily, MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude added his name to the list of liberals who have promoted the myth that murderer and white supremacist Dylann Roof was actually taken on a trip to Burger King by police as he declared that President Donald Trump and his administration members "don't give a damn about black people" for not intervening in the Stephon Clark police shooting case.
On Easter Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, during a discussion of white evangelical Christian support for President Donald Trump, liberal Christian activist Frank Schaeffer -- a critic of conservative Christians -- suggested that FNC host Laura Ingraham and other Trump supporters are bad Christians who are engaging in a "betrayal of the teaching of Jesus."
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, before a debate with Tim Schmidt of the Concealed Carry Association over whether the Second Amendment is in danger, host Chris Cuomo tried to bolster Second Amendment critic and liberal former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens by claiming that he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan when, in reality, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford -- a Republican President known for being less than conservative and actually a primary opponent to the more conservative Reagan.
It looks like some liberal journalists are just not going to be happy with any school safety improvements that have anything to do with more guns in schools -- even if carried by trained police officers -- as CNN Tonight host Don Lemon used a segment on Friday to give a forum to students from Parkland who are concerned that a greater police presence at the school has been making them feel discriminated against.
On Thursday's At This Hour on CNN, Symone Sanders joined Angela Rye in the list of liberal CNN political commentators who have repeated a discredited myth that the gunman in the Charleston church massacre, Dylann Roof, was given special treatment by police before being incarcerated. During a debate over President Donald Trump's reaction to the police killings of Alton Sterling and Stephon Clark, Sanders claimed that police actually took Roof on a trip to Burger King to eat before taking him to jail in spite of his having murdered nine people.
On Thursday's MSNBC Live, near the end of her show, host Katy Tur delivered a commentary touting the liberal spin on the issue of police shootings and race as she complained about White House unwillingness to intervene in the Stephon Clark shooting case. But, even though her colleague Chris Jansing actually acknowledged the day before that twice as many whites as blacks have so far been killed by police this year, Tur only cited black shooting victims as if it were almost exclusively blacks who are killed.
Wednesday's CNN Tonight featured the latest example of a panel in which the lone conservative guest had to fend off all the other panel members as CNN political commentator and former Donald Trump advisor Steve Cortes debated police shootings with liberal host Don Lemon, Democratic strategist Keith Boykin, and alleged conservative Shermichael Singleton who typically makes cable news appearances to agree with liberals. Cortes was repeatedly interrupted as he tried to inject his conservative views into the discussion.
On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, during a segment on the decision not to charge two Baton Rouge police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in 2016, liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye blew up and and got into a heated debate with conservative commentator Ben Ferguson. At one point, she accused him of being "out your damn mind," and eventually repeatedly told him, "You're sick," because he defended the officers.
On Monday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Brian Williams ended the show with a commentary in which he gushed over the anti-gun students who spoke at the March for Our Lives rally, and then lamented that conservative CNN political commentator Rick Santorum might have ruined the day for its supporters by recommending that students take CPR classes, try to combat bullying in their schools, and be more proactive in their own schools instead of demonstrating for more gun control.