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 Cuomo Prime Time, CNN host Chris Cuomo displayed the latest example of how many journalists are unable to soberly admonish President Donald Trump when it is deserved without descending into partisan liberal spin as he put words into President Trump's mouth by giving the impression he had called several congressional Democrats "brown people" in attacking them, and then falsely insisted that it's what the President said. The CNN host also ridiculously denied that he is "on the left" as he debated Kansas Republican Senate candidate Kris Kobach over Trump's controversial tweet suggesting that several congressional Democrats -- all four of whom are minorities -- should go back to their home countries.
On Thursday's New Day show, CNN hosts not only again misled viewers by conflating legal asylum seekers with illegal immigrants who seek asylum after getting caught, but also talked up the possibility of the public having a negative reaction President Donald Trump's plans to round up illegals, while they also suggested the President is not arresting enough of the more serious criminals.
On Wednesday, MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff was again adding to confusion over illegal immigration as he heavily gave the impression that the U.S. Supreme Court had blocked an effort by the Trump administration to keep asylum seekers jailed until their asylum cases are finalized. In fact, as clarified by PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor, the administration was aiming on indefinite detention for asylum seekers who crossed the border illegally since legal asylum seekers are typically not incarcerated.
On Friday's New Day show, as Alisyn Camerota interviewed Sister Norma Pimentel about the mental condition of illegal immigrant children who pass through her care at a shelter she runs after they are released from Border Patrol detention, the CNN host invited her guest to criticize fellow Christians who are allegedly "demonizing migrants."
Looking back after President Trump's inspirational and unifying speech on Thursday night, it's embarrassing for CNN that they were dumping all over this celebration the night before. On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, as she was acting as fill-in host, CNN's Laura Coates gave a commentary attacking President Donald Trump for holding a flashy July 4 celebration at the same time that thousands of illegal immigrants are being held in overcrowded detention centers.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN host Zakaria opened his show with a commentary in which he admitted something that others on his news network typically will not -- President Trump is right that asylum laws are increasingly being taken advantage of by non-citizens who just want to bypass the normal immigration system who should not qualify for asylum.
On Saturday's AM Joy, MSNBC host Joy Reid tried to defend the liberal double standard of attacking President Donald Trump's treatment of illegal immigrants even when President Barack Obama did similar things as she claimed Obama was just doing it to appease Republicans and get a deal on the issue. She also tried to blame Trump for an immigrant father and daughter drowning recently in the Rio Grande as if illegals were not already crossing the border that way before Trump was President.
On Monday's New Day show, CNN devoted a segment to the story of a Romanian baby, Constanin Mutu, who was taken from his father by Border Patrol last year as they arrived to seek asylum, and hinted that it was somehow nefarious for the Trump administration to do so before the zero tolerance policy had been announced publicly.
In recent appearances on MSNBC, far-left commentator and former CNN contributor Sally Kohn has again been spreading misinformation on the government's handling of illegal immigrants as she has repeated incorrect claims that legal asylum seekers were separated from their children. She also accused Republicans of having "systemically intimidated, threatened, and cracked down on" both "documented and undocumented immigrants."
In an op-ed from Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein responded to the recent Netflix series on the Central Park Five, and accused its producer, Ava DuVernay, of fabricating words attributed to her character, played by Felicity Huffman, to portray her as a racist who was determined to convict the teens in the face of an alleged lack of evidence against them.
On Friday's Real Time on HBO, during the show's closing commentary, host Bill Maher derided the Republican party as the "a**hole dad party" that, under President Donald Trump, acts irresponsibly and does not care about the future on issues like climate change.
On Thursday's The Beat, MSNBC host Ari Melber and liberal actor George Takei fretted over the Trump administration planning to keep some illegal immigrant children in former internment camps from the World War II era even as Melber admitted that the Barack Obama administration had done the same thing. The two also at times misleadingly gave the impression that there is still a zero tolerance policy that leads to the separation of parents and children even though a court halted the practice last year.
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, liberal CNN contributor and New York Times columist Charles Blow complained that journalists should not ask Democrats if their gun control plans would actually have prevented a particular mass shooting, even though they themselves regularly start off by implying that there would be such an effect in the aftermath of high-profile shootings.
On Wednesday morning, MSNBC again displayed why the stridently liberal news network has a reputation for taking in conservatives as contributors and then inspiring them to deliver commentary that sounds like it comes from the left. Right-leaning contributor George Will actually hit Republicans from the left on the issue of immigration as he and host Stephanie Ruhle conflated legal and illegal immigration without, of course, ever using the words "illegal" or even "undocumented."
On Monday's Hardball and during a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, host Chris Matthews failed to make an obvious point of pushback when the Democratic presidential candidate talked up his plan to require national gun registration for all new purchases as a way of allegedly curtailing gun violence.
On Sunday's Kasie DC show, during a segment on the new abortion laws passed by a number of conservative states, MSNBC host Kasie Hunt only made room for reactions from liberals as Planned Parenthood president Leana Weng and National Urban League president Marc Morial were allowed to participate in the segment.
On Saturday's Smerconish show, CNN host Michael Smerconish responded to the Virginia Beach shootings by beginning his show with a commentary complaining about the absence of new gun control in the aftermath of other such shootings, and recalled dropping his NRA membership years ago. Smerconish's liberal commentary even inspired agreement from DNC chair Evan Perez who appeared as a guest in the next segment.
On Saturday's CBS Weekend News, a pre-recorded report focused partially on liberals in the Nevada legislature managing to pass a new pro-abortion law, and, rather than providing a pro-life side to balance the story, the lone pro-lifer shown was portrayed as not minding that her side lost. In fact, she was even praised for accepting her side's defeat.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's CNN Tonight, disgraced former CBS News anchor Dan Rather complained about the failure of Congress to adopt gun control in the aftermath of mass shootings as he asserted that politicians are "bought and paid for by the gun lobby." He also oddly claimed that such reforms have not been enacted because of an absence of "honor and patriotism."
On Thursday's MSNBC Live, host Stephanie Ruhle devoted a segment to celebrating the fact that a number of states have passed new gun control in spite of NRA objections as she interviewed political activist Shannon Watts -- whom she managed to label as "apolitical" in spite of her anti-gun political activities. The MSNBC host also lauded Watts -- founder of Moms Demand Action -- as "the NRA's worst nightmare."