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 Monday's CBS This Morning, as Seth Doane reported live from Rome, the CBS reporter made a major flub as he actually stated that Pope Francis "spoke out strongly in favor of abortion" without catching his mistake. The misstatement went uncorrected as the anchors did not notice the error either.
In the aftermath of two men getting into a road rage incident in Massachusetts which ended after a concealed carry permit holder helped tamp down the situation, the broadcast networks and Fox News Channel all gave attention to video of the story, which includes footage of one man holding onto the hood of an SUV while it was being driven as rapidly as 70 mph. But CNN and MSNBC have so far ignored the dramatic event in spite of the compelling video that was shown on the other networks.
On Sunday evening, CNN Newsroom host Ana Cabrera provided a sympathetic forum to transgender activist and former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck to complain about a new policy by the Trump administration that puts restrictions on the recruitment of transgenders by the military for the future.
The weekend editions of Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel spent a substantial amount of time highlighting the "outcry" over an "extreme' new law recently signed by New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo that would allow abortions to be performed all the way up until right before birth. The weekend anchors even hosted an OB/GYN who argued that an abortion to save a woman's life would never be necessary in the third trimester as he also recalled receiving threats since he spoke out on the issue.
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher tore into Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, deriding him as a "prick" and a "smirkface" who has a "s***-eating grin." He ended up making a pedophilia joke as he cracked that he doesn't know "what Catholic priests see in these kids."
On Wednesday's CNN Right Now, host Brianna Keilar and New York Republican Congressman Scott Reed got into a heated debate over the government shutdown and border security as the CNN host also questionably claimed that concerns about illegal immigrants crimes have been "gutted," citing groups with liberal views on immigration.
Reacting to word that the U.S. Supreme Court has approved the Trump administration's ban on new transgender military recruits, CNN correspondent Jessica Dean ran a piece which deceptively edited a clip of Donald Trump from the 2016 campaign to make it appear he had made a general promise to support "LGBTQ" rights which he is now allegedly breaking.
On the Martin Luther King Day edition of PBS NewsHour, host Judy Woodruff gave far-left Reverend William Barber a forum to push his anti-poverty agenda in which he claimed that there is so much "voter suppression" that there are fewer voting rights than there were in 1965.
On Monday's Early Start, as CNN caught up on informing viewers about how the infamous exchange between MAGA hat-wearing Kentucky high school students and Native American protester Nathan Phillips began, host Dave Briggs seemed unconvinced with Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann denying that he had taunted the Native American activist and war veteran as Briggs also blamed the presence of MAGA hats for "causing an overreaction" by protesters.
This weekend, Fox News Channel again demonstrated that it is the only major news outlet to give attention to the case in favor of building President Donald Trump's border wall as Fox and Friends Saturday gave former Obama administration Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan a forum to argue in favor of building the wall, citing how much more effective walls are even if not 100 percent impenetrable.
On Saturday's Good Morning America, ABC anchors did something you don't often see in the dominant liberal media. They cheered on an armed citizen taking on a group of criminals and scaring them off that was caught on video.
On Thursday's New Day show, CNN's John Avlon presented another of his infamous "Reality Check" segments which is more akin to liberal spin than an actual effort to clearly inform viewers about the issues. The CNN analyst argued against a border wall as he cited Politifact to dismiss claims of 2,000 homicides being committed by illegal immigrants in one year being reported by ICE for FY2018.
On Tuesday's Deadline: White House, MSNBC host and former Republican Nicolle Wallace was in denial about the existence of racism within her new home on the left as she ridiculously claimed that "there isn't a strain of racism on the left." Her comments came during a discussion of Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King's flirtations with white nationalists that have drawn condemnation from fellow Republicans.
Between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, several Fox News shows have given attention to the case of three MS-13 gang members who took advantage of immigration law to enter the U.S. as unaccompanied children, and who recently allegedly made a stabbing attack in New York. Also of note, FNC was the only major network that recently informed viewers that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned a number of convicted former criminals, including several murderers, to help them avoid deportation.by the Donald Trump administration.
As Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy appeared as a guest on CNN's Right Now show, host Brianna Keilar insisted that it is a "fact" that illegal immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than do U.S. citizens as the two debated whether there needs to be a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On Friday's New Day show on CNN, host John Berman and Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks got into a heated debate over whether President Donald Trump should build a border wall as Brooks called out the liberal news network's "propaganda" in trying to downplay the amount of crime committed by illegal immigrants.
On Wednesday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, veteran Fox News analyst Brit Hume called out journalistic "fact checkers" who assume that liberal opinions on the illegal immigration issue are facts, and therefore that the conservative counter-opinions are claimed by those journalists to be not factual.
Between Monday evening and Wednesday morning, a significant number of journalists and regular commentators across CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News have cited claims from a handful of flawed studies claiming that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than do American citizens. But, as previously documented by NewsBusters, the conclusions of these studies are highly questionable while a few studies have suggested a higher crime rate by illegals.
On Tuesday's New Day show, CNN host Alisyn Camerota gave Parkland gun control activists David Hogg and Jaclyn Corin a forum to promote their agenda as she also repeated discredited polling which claims 97 percent of Americans want a "universal background check" law that would be applied to all gun purchases.
On Saturday's Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC, NBC contributor Kurt Bardella flipped out when he was faced with something rarely seen on MSNBC -- a right-leaning guest who actually made a conservative argument counter to the network's left-leaning guests, as opposed to the typical MSNBC Republicans who often agree with liberals.