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Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
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On Wednesday's New Day show on CNN, during a discussion of President Donald Trump pressuring NFL players to stand for the National Anthem, hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman suggested an equivalence between refusing to stand for the Anthem and simply being unable to sing all the words of every prominent patriotic song. Appearing later in the show as a guest, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway called out the "snark and bark" of the CNN hosts.
In the early morning hours on Sunday, the same CNN that has yet to inform viewers that over 80 percent of Palestinians recently killed by the Israeli military are terrorists, took the time to highlight the death of a Palestinian nurse, Razan al-Najjar, supposedly killed by Israeli sniper fire. By contrast, over the past few days, Fox News Channel has found time to inform viewers of Hamas's new tactic of "kite terrorism" in which kites are flown across the border to set fires to Israeli farmland.
On Monday morning, as CNN's New Day show highlighted video of an FBI agent accidentally shooting someone in a Denver nightclub while dancing flamboyantly, co-host Alisyn Camerota suggested that the video undermine's the NRA's argument that "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," as she discussed the news with co-host John Berman. By contrast, although Fox and Friends also covered the video on Sunday, the morning FNC program on Friday had also shown some of the other side of the gun issue as it highlighted the case of a teenager in Mississippi who used a rifle to fight off a home invasion by a man who was using a hatchet to break in.
Over several days since Thursday, the same MSNBC that ignored reports of some Democratic members of Congress having ties to Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, have been working in overdrive to highlight a handful of white supremacist political candidates who are running for office as Republicans but most likely will never be elected.
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy show, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell again descended into sycophancy toward former President Barack Obama as he declared that the former President's mind is "too supple, too complex, too rich compared to my own."
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher was, in his words, doing his "greatest hits" in making incendiary comments about President Donald Trump and his family. The liberal comedian suggested that President Trump likes to "talk dirty" about his daughter Ivanka, derided Donald Trump Jr. as "Douchebag Von F**kface," claimed Trump supporters "hate" blacks, and belittled white Trump voters as "f**king crackers."
On Thursday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of the controversy over TBS host Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c***," and Roseanne Barr comparing former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape, CNN.com contributor Dean Obeidallah came to the liberal Bee's defense, lauding her as "an important voice." And, in response to conservative talk radio host Stacy Washington complaining about the double standard of liberal comedians Bill Maher and Joy Behar being tolerated when they attack conservatives, host Don Lemon defended Behar for recently painting Christians as mentally ill.
On Thursday morning, CNN and MSNBC pounced on their latest opportunity to ignore police violence-related stories that do not fit the narrative that cops mostly target black suspects for shootings and excessive force. In fact, there were two significant stories highlighted by ABC, CBS, and NBC morning shows which stand out as being ignored by the two liberal cable news networks.
On Wednesday's Hardball on MSNBC, during a panel discussion of President Donald Trump complaining about there being a double standard in ABC punishing Roseanne Barr, with liberals like Keith Olbermann and Jemele Hill being tolerated after incendiary tweets, New York Times contributor Michael Eric Dyson slammed Trump as a "bigot-in-chief" who has made America into a "psychic commode into which he dumps all of his nasty beliefs."
History has again repeated itself as the dominant media have so far ignored the finding released on Monday that over 80 percent of those killed by the Israeli military over the past couple of months in Gaza have been identified as affiliated with terrorist groups. The left-leaning media outlets that talked up the likelihood that the Israelis were mostly killing peaceful civilian protesters have ignored the development just as they did after the wars that occurred in 2009 and in 2014.
For much of last week, the three broadcast networks and Fox News Channel covered the story of a Baltimore police officer, Amy Caprio, who was killed when a habitual car thief ran her over as he tried to escape when she came to investigate reports of a suspicious car. But CNN and MSNBC again displayed their double standard of showing greater interest in stories that depict police officers behaving badly while ignoring events that illustrate the dangers cops face in doing their jobs to protect Americans.
On Tuesday's New Day on CNN, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman lauded a retired school teacher who took the time to grade a letter she received from President Donald Trump's White House and posted a copy on social media after mailing it back. As the teacher in question, Yvonne Mason, appeared as a guest on the show, Berman hailed her "gumption" and declared that "I love what you do here," and Camerota lauded the teacher's cockiness as she effused: "Agreed, I understand why this drives you crazy. I like your note at the top of where you marked it up where you say, 'Have y'all tried grammar and style check?'"
On Memorial Day, CNN's New Day seemed to commemorate the occasion partly by bringing on a veteran who is running for Congress as a Democrat as co-host Alisyn Camerota gave New York's Pat Ryan a forum to promote banning what he calls "assault rifles." In contrast with Republican guests who are more likely to experience a back and forth debate, Camerota only mildly pushed back with one contrarian question with no followup when he dodged answering it.
On CNN's New Day Sunday, co-host Christi Paul essentially took a gratuitious swipe at the White House by highlighting the story of a retired school teacher who decided to get cocky by correcting and grading a letter sent to her by the White House which was signed by President Donald Trump.
On Saturday's MSNBC Live with Alex Witt, during a discussion of President Donald Trump accusing the FBI of spying on his campaign and demanding an investigation, MSNBC contributor and Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter went into hyperbole as he charged that "banana Republican" Trump is engaging in "autocratic behavior like we've never seen in American history."
After news broke that, on Thursday, a gunman trying to perpetrate a mass shooting in Oklahoma City was stopped by two armed citizens who used their own guns against him, FNC has given the story a substantial amount of attention while ABC and CBS have also run full stories on the event. But CNN barely touched the story, burying it between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m Eastern in a couple of 25-second briefs Friday morning, while NBC and MSNBC have ignored it entirely.
On Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360, host Cooper picked up on the NFL's Doug Baldwin calling President Donald Trump an "idiot" over his comments in support of the NFL trying to deter kneeling during the National Anthem, as the CNN host gave Baldwin an unchallenged forum as a guest to explain his views.
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon added his name to the list of liberals sulking over the NFL decision to bar players from kneeling during the National Anthem as he complained that it would "deprive" them of their "First Amendment rights to free speech," and suggested that those who oppose the kneeling will some day realize they were "duped" by President Donald Trump, and that they were "on the wrong side of history" like those who opposed civil rights in 1968. He also concluded the segment by dismissing the practice of playing the National Anthem during games with people standing as "fake pageantry and patriotism" and not "what real patriotism is about."
On Wednesday's Full Frontal show on TBS, liberal comedian Samantha Bee lashed out against Immigration and Customs Enforcement by likening its agents to those who cheered when Jews were taken away to be killed by German Nazis as she pushed for abolishing the agency. She also took a shot at "wall humpers" in the Republican party as she cracked that they could rejoice that other police officers would still be around to "treat nonwhite people like subhuman garbage."
On Wednesday's MTP Daily, MSNBC host Chuck Todd led his show's panel in fretting over the NFL decision to bar players from refusing to stand during the national anthem, and seemed open to discontinuing the playing of the anthem at games after New York Times Washington correspondent Charlie Savage suggested it.