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 Saturday, both ABC and CNN devoted time to sympathetically hyping the case of an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles who was arrested by ICE agents at a gas station while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth, and highlighted her claims that her husband had no criminal record. But it turns out that the suspect, Joel Arrona-Lata, is wanted because he is suspected of committing a homicide in Mexico.
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy, former MSNBC host Toure Neblett claimed that the United States "is a white supremacist country" as he discussed whether President Donald Trump is a racist with fill-in host Al Sharpton and Virginia Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart. Neblett also hyperbolically declared that President Donald Trump "stands on black people's necks."
On Sunday's PoliticsNation, as MSNBC host Al Sharpton devoted his show's "Gotcha" segment to excoriating President Donald Trump for calling former White House advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog," he also admitted that, in spite of suggestions of being racially motivated, Trump has a history of calling many people, including white men, "dog."
On Friday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon hyped a Washington Post op ed by liberal author Patti Davis -- the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan -- and gave her a forum to compare the Trump administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. Not mentioned by the CNN host is that it is hardly surprising that Davis would be critical of a right-leaning President since she has a long history of being a liberal activist who was critical of her parents.
Friday's Morning Joe show on MSNBC spent five minutes highlighting the case of a possible MS-13 gang member from El Salvador -- referred to as Raquel -- who was separated from her children at the border as correspondent Mariana Atencio and fill-in co-host Willie Geist fretted that the government is not returning her children to her quickly enough.
As Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Hallquist appeared as a guest on MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi, the MSNBC host went along with his liberal guest's premise that liberal policies should not be labeled as "progressive" as the liberal host referred to his Canadian roots and suggested that liberalism just be called "normal." Notably, a bit later in the segment, the graphics team made a faux pas as an image of Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker appeared on screen while they were discussing the approval rating of Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott.
Appearing as a panel member on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, MSNBC contributor John Heilemann displayed the latest example of the liberal media's tendency to gloss over the Reverend Al Sharpton's history of stoking racism as he actually praised Sharpton's involvement in the Central Park Five rape case from 1989. Not mentioned was that -- as recounted by former New York Post columnist and current MSNBC contributor John Podhoretz -- Sharpton helped incite a mob which harassed the rape victim during the trial and chanted that she was a "whore."
No matter how many times gun issues are discussed and debated, the difference between semi-automatic and automatic guns just doesn't sink in with some journalists. As CBS This Morning co-host Alex Wagner spoke with a group of six millennial women voters, when panel members gave the impression that semi-automatic weapons are the same as machine guns, and that machine guns are currently legal for most people to own, the CBS host and MSNBC alumna failed to jump in to make sure viewers were not being misinformed.
On Tuesday night, CNN again treated it as somehow newsworthy that a public official may have family members that they are not even close to who disagree with them politically as host Anderson Cooper showed a pre-recorded interview with retired Dr. David Glosser, the uncle of White House advisor Stephen Miller, about an op ed in Politico he wrote in which he called Miller an "immigration hypocrite."
On Monday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Brian Williams devoted a couple of minutes to hyping the cases of two Republican publican figures who have recently been publicly excoriated by liberal family members. After noting reports of families being "torn apart" by political disputes in recent years, Williams brought up Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte coming under criticism by his son on Twitter.
On Tuesday's New Day show, the latest round of Trump bashing included giving a forum to the uncle of White House advisor Stephen Miller to denounce his nephew as an "immigration hypocrite" for supporting enforcing immigration law and pushing for reforms. The uncle in question, David Glosser, who published an op-ed in Politico, suggested that the refusal to accept immigrants was tantamount to a "war crime."
Over the past several days, during discussions of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville from a year ago, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson went off the rails again as he not only defended the far-left group Antifa's hostility to cops, but he even suggested that police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, responding to the 2014 riots could be likened to white nationalists attacking blacks.
For much of the day on Friday and into the weekend, various hosts on both CNN and MSNBC were hard at work smearing Fox News host Laura Ingraham as someone who uses her show to promote "racist" and "white supremacist" views as they reacted to a commentary she gave on The Ingraham Angle show in which she advocated for merit-based immigration and lamented dramatic "massive demographic" changes.
Between Thursday and Friday, CNN's New Day show has twice covered the story of a white police officer in Nashville who shot and killed a black suspect who, although armed, appears to have been running from him in surveillance video. But the same show lately has paid little attention to recent cases in which police officers have been attacked or killed, appearing to be more interested in stories that make the police look bad, especially those that involve racial issues.
On Tuesday night, FNC gave an update on the case of an Iraqi refugee with a criminal history who managed to escape deportation and recently went on to shoot a police officer in Colorado Springs. FNC have covered the story a number of times since Friday, but the other networks have completely ignored the tragic event. Ironically, on the same day that the attempted cop killing story broke, several networks did make time to undermine the Trump administration's push to deport illegal immigrants, this time by focusing on the wife of a pro-Trump veteran who was given a deportation order and left for Mexico.
On Monday's The Last Word show, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson hyperbolically claimed that President Donald Trump "attacks any and all black people who weren't bojangling for him" and declared that the President views "black people who do nice things" as "enemies" during a discussion of the President's recent attacks on CNN host Don Lemon and the NBA's LeBron James.
On Tuesday's New Day show, CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota showed a pre-recorded discussion in which she spoke with a group of six Donald Trump voters about how they feel about their votes now. And, even though President Trump's approval rating is pretty close to the 46 percent of Americans who voted for him, CNN managed to assemble a group of Trump voters in which exactly half regret their votes, with one calling the President a "monster," and another calling herself an "idiot" for voting for him.
Over the weekend, CNN host Ana Cabrera did something one doesn't see often her network -- the CNN weekend anchor actually devoted a full report to the dangers of the MS-13 gang in the United States, noting that it has taken advantage of the influx of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. and pressures them into joining.
On New Day Saturday, CNN substitute anchor Martin Savidge let on that he was not as informed as his conservative guest on the issue of children being separated from parents who illegally cross the border when CNN contributor Ben Ferguson recalled that some deported illegals chose not to take their children with them. A befuddled Savidge asked, "How do you know that, Ben? I mean, where does that even -- where does it come from?"
On Friday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of a United Nations agency attacking President Donald Trump over his criticisms of media who are biased against his administration, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley claimed that the President "is really trying to incite violence against reporters," and went on to laud journalists like host Don Lemon, predicting that those who "stood up to a President acting like a despot" will be respected by history.