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 Sunday's AM Joy show, MSNBC host Joy Reid gave frequent guest Frank Schaeffer a forum to rant against conservative Christians for supporting President Donald Trump during the pandemic. The longtime liberal activist who often bashes the Christian right slammed President Trump as a "moronic monster" and a "pro-death" President. He also went on to declare that conservative Christians are "in love with the gospel of hatred" because they did not stop supporting the NRA in the aftermath of church shootings.
On Saturday's Velshi show, as MSNBC host Ali Velshi again used the coronavirus pandemic to promote an increase in welfare and socialism in the U.S., MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude made time to go all the way back to the Ronald Reagan administration as he complained about an "ideology" "that has demonized poor people" for decades.
On Sunday's Velshi show, one day after MSNBC host Ali Velshi recommended using the coronavirus pandemic to push for more welfare programs in the U.S. to fix capitalism, he devoted a segment to talking up the possibility of also using the deadly pandemic to pressure the airline and fossil fuel industries to adhere to more regulations to effect climate change.
Anchoring his eponymous Saturday morning show on MSNBC, NBC business correspondent Ali Velshi gave a commentary in which he called for the U.S. to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to enact permanent welfare policies to fix the country's capitalism which he alleged is "broken."
On Wednesday's Deadline: White House on MSNBC, fill-in host John Heilemann joined in on the pettiness of some journalists claiming that it is "racist" for President Donald Trump to accurately acknowledge that the coronavirus infections first appeared in China by calling it the "Chinese virus."
On Monday's Amanpour & Co., PBS/CNN International host Christiane Amanpour echoed climate alarmists who have suggested that the Coronavirus has been good for the climate by depressing human activity as she suggested there has been a "silver lining" for the environment in China. The show also gave an unchallenged forum to climate alarmist and author Christiana Figueres, who made dire predictions about how difficult to inhabit the world will be in 2050 if carbon dioxide emissions are not cut in the next decade.
On Friday morning, CNN demonstrated that, in the aftermath of one of the most high-profile annual gatherings of conservatives, CPAC, its journalists are more interested in highlighting a left-leaning segment of that otherwise conservative group as CNN climate correspondent (and alarmist) Bill Weir celebrated the efforts of young conservatives who are lobbying fellow Republicans to move left on the issue of global warming. The CNN reporter also condescendingly referred to global warming skeptics as "those who have a hard time coming to grips" versus "those who believe in the warnings from science."
On Wednesday's Amanpour & Co. show, PBS/CNN International host Christiane Amanpour and television producer David Simon likened 1930s Nazi sympathizer and famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's political movement to that of President Donald Trump as the two discussed the HBO series The Plot Against America. The series -- produced by Simon --- is based on Philip Roth's novel, which imagined the pro-Germany LIndbergh defeating President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.
On Wednesday's Morning Joe, during a discussion of former Vice President Joe Biden's surprisingly strong showing against Senator Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday, MSNBC contributor and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham earnestly endorsed Joe Biden for president as a "more rational choice" historically over President Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. He also lamented that Trump has veered from "unthinkable to unthinkable to unthinkable," but Biden is a "genuine, empathetic figure."
Over the weekend, MSNBC host Ali Velshi -- who has also served as a business correspondent for NBC -- was very upfront about some of his liberal views on economic issues as he not only declared himself to be a "huge proponent" of a Canadian-style single-payer health care system, but he also voiced agreement with liberal activist Reverend William Barber's push for more government intervention to fight poverty.
On Monday's New Day show, CNN gave an unchallenged forum to liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to trash the Trump administration and other Republicans over issues like tax cuts and the Coronavirus issue, the latter of which he likened to President George W. Bush's handling of the WMD issue before the Iraq War. He also asserted that climate change skeptics and supporters of tax cuts are being dishonest, and continue to push "zombie" ideas because of entities like Fox News and the funding of billionaires.
On Saturday night, as MSNBC host Ali Velshi hosted his network's live special coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Primary results, he held a discussion and worry fest over the Donald Trump administration's handling of the Coronavirus issue. The liberal host not only mocked Vice President Mike Pence's religious belief in prayer -- which he referred to as "pray the gay away" -- as Velshi blamed him for more HIV infections in Indiana, but he also brought up President Trump's opposition to gun control as a reason not to trust him to deal with an epidemic.
On Friday evening, MSNBC host Chris Matthews made an embarrassing faux pas as he seemed to forget that South Carolina has more than one black politician and confused Republican Senator Tim Scott with Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison.
On Friday's New Day show, CNN's John Avlon presented a "Reality Check" segment in which he listed a number of alleged reasons that Vice President Mike Pence's past suggests that he will not be suitable for coordinating the federal government's efforts against the coronavirus. Avlon not only hinted that Vice President Pence's history of praying is "superstition," but, amongst his list, he even suggested that being skeptical of climate alarmism was a sign that sometimes the vice president is "barely on speaking terms with science."
On Sunday's What's Eating America?, hosted by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, the second episode of the new food-focused MSNBC series engaged in scaremongering with predictions about the food industry being hurt by climate change, and indicted "deniers" for not believing climate change is caused by human activity.
On Monday's Amanpour & Co. show, the program demonstrated a double standard in challenging the Republican characterization of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's socialist views when, by contrast, in the same show, former Barack Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer was not challenged on his assertion that Republicans have become "white nationalist authoritarian" with the election of President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday afternoon, CNN Newsroom host Brooke Baldwin provided an unchallenged forum for a Mike Bloomberg supporter to peddle a misleading story about having a "child" who was killed with a gun, which was featured in a misleading Bloomberg campaign ad played during the Super Bowl. Although the ad implied that the shooting victim, George Kemp, was a "child" when he was killed, he was reportedly a 20-year-old gang member who allegedly helped provoke the altercation that led to his death.
On her Friday afternoon show, MSNBC host Katy Tur was again beating the climate alarmism drum as she devoted a segment to fretting over the fact that Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate advocating all 10 action items called for by the left-wing environmental group, Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund.
On Thursday morning, Fox News again displayed the kind of good journalism that is so often lacking on the more liberal networks, as Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked former Barack Obama administration DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson about the cage-like structures that his administration built to hold illegal immigrants, including children. Johnson defended the facilities as being necessary to detain a large number of illegals quickly while keeping children and young women safe from adult detainees who were not related to them.
On Thursday evening's Amanpour & Company show, CNN/PBS host Christiane Amanpour presided over a discussion of the Democratic presidential race which descended into environmental alarmism as she spoke with Telemundo environmental reporter Vanessa Hauc, who helped moderate the most recent Democratic debate, and CNN host Van Jones. As loaded terms like "climate crisis" and "existential issue," were used to hype the issue, Jones became so hyperbolic as to complain that fossil fuel companies spent millions to make Republicans into global warming "deniers," thus derailing alarmists in "the most crucial decade in the history of human civilization and our planet."