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 on MSNBC, host Joy Reid and The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan devoted a segment to fretting that there is a double standard in the treatment of Muslims as compared to whites after a mass shooting. Reid also invoked a debunked claim that white supremacist Dylann Roof was given special treatment after the Charleston massacre, and Hasan cited a misleading study claiming that most terrorism in the U.S. in the past decade has been perpetrated by whites.
Since Thursday night, several shows on Fox News Channel have highlighted the latest example of an illegal immigrant who has murdered a police officer while the other networks have ignored the story.
For much of Thursday, a number of CNN and MSNBC hosts predictably reacted to the quick enaction of new gun restrictions in New Zealand by lamenting the fact that U.S. political leaders are not so willing to restrict the rights of its citizens to own guns, and mostly had guests who bolstered their left-leaning views.
As CNN anchors have repeatedly over the last several days made a point of highlighting vows by New Zealand's prime minster to enact new gun control quickly in response to the recent mosque attacks, CNN Newsroom host Brooke Baldwin went so far as to give a commentary suggesting that U.S. lawmakers have failed by not behaving more like New Zealand.
In the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attacks, MSNBC host Ali Velshi predictably devoted an entire segment on his show to promoting more gun control while only havng on guests who are in line with his anti-gun views.
On Saturday's Smerconish show on CNN, host Michael Smerconish brought aboard Democratic activist and media darling from the 2016 presidential campaign, Khizr Khan, and gave him an unchallenged forum to hint that the U.S. has helped create immigrants who are fleeing wars and climate change. He also tied defeating President Donald Trump in 2020 to thwarting the kind of white nationalism that led to the recent terrorist attack on a mosque in New Zealand.
On Friday evening, the NBC Nightly News caught up with CNN in highlighting a couple of teenage environmental activists who are promoting an alarmist agenda against global warming while encouraging students to skip school to pressure adults into taking action on the issue. The CBS Evening News also gave the protests a 17-second brief.
Near the end of Friday's New Day on CNN, the show devoted three minutes to a piece by Bill Weir in which the CNN correspondent hyped a one-person weekly protest by a teenage global warming activist in New York outside the United Nations headquarters.
On Tuesday's MSNBC Live, host Ali Velshi delivered the latest gem of an example of a self-anointed fact-checker trying to prove a conservative to be wrong about something only to get it substantially more wrong in his alleged correction. Responding to former Greenpeace president turned right-leaning analyst Patrick Moore attacking the Green New Deal plan, Velshi misleadingly gave the impression that carbon dioxide is not a critical component for biological life on Earth.
On Tuesday's The Beat show on MSNBC, host Ari Melber gave an eight-minute commentary complaining about Republican opposition to new gun control laws as the MSNBC host also repeated the discredited myth that Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof was already a convicted felon who could have been barred from purchasing his gun if not for a "loophole" that allowed him to purchase it after the background check took too long to complete.
On CNN's New Day Saturday, the show devoted a six-minute segment to the book, Dying of Whiteness, giving author and Vanderbilt University Professor Jonathan Metzl a forum to argue that poor white Republicans "vote in a way that may be killing them" because they are allegedly fixated on voting for race-based reasons. The segment even invoked poor whites in the late 19th century who refused to ally with recently freed slaves on common interests because of racial resentment.
On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, former ABC host Carole Simpson and CNBC editor at large John Harwood -- both former presidential debate moderators -- lauded the Democratic National Committee's decision to evade holding any debates with Fox News Channel, citing the network's right-wing tilt. All seemed oblivious to the solidly left-leaning nature of the network they were appearing on that would make it an inhospitable place for Republicans to appear.
In the aftermath of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's congressional testimony on the separation of illegal immigrant families on Wednesday, MSNBC personalities raged about "cages" for kids. Correspondent Jacob Soboroff declared that he was "angry" about her testimony and accused her of "lying" while host Katy Tur admitted that she had never heard before that some illegal immigrant parents chose to leave their children in the U.S. even though this significant fact has been reported since last summer.
Between late Thursday morning and Friday morning, as news unfolded about a cop killing in Illinois, followed by a manhunt and standoff with the suspect, the three broadcast networks and Fox News Channel all gave significant attention to the story, By contrast, CNN and MSNBC showed little interest as CNN buried it in a few briefs before 6:00 a.m. Eastern, and MSNBC only gave it an inital 33 seconds as breaking news, promising updates, only to never mention it again.
As Democratic Senator Dick Durbin appeared as a guest on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell displayed the latest example of a liberal journalist slamming the Donald Trump administration for doing something the Barack Obama administration also did as she called it a "shameful policy" for Border Patrol to keep children in "cages," echoing her liberal guest's complaints.
On Friday's New Day on CNN, co-host Alisyn Camerota suggested that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last year lied and tried to cover up the change in policy that led to the separation of illegal immigrant parents from their children, but it turns out that the CNN host was citing a tweet by Nielsen that was taken out of context that actually only applied to asylum seekers following the proper legal procedure. In fact, at a June 2018 press conference, Secretary Nielsen even more explicitly stated that illegal immigrants are criminals and will be separated from their children during prosecution.
On Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360, host Cooper devoted 16 minutes of his show to trashing Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over her congressional testimony as he also brought on New York Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice as a guest to join in on the bashing.
Over the weekend, in the aftermath of the decision not to charge two police officers who shot vandalism suspect Stephon Clark a year ago in Sacramento, ABC and CBS cited the family-ordered second autopsy claiming Clark was mostly shot in the back without mentioning the state autopsy which disagreed. In fact, last year, the results of the Sacramento county autopsy received very little attention by the dominant media after the family-ordered autopsy, which was announced first, had received widespread attention.
Appearing as a panel member on Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC, frequent guest Elie Mystal of AboveTheLaw.com went on a rant about Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, calling him a "racist," and declaring that "whites don't get a vote" in deciding who is "racist." For his part, MSNBC Republican Charlie Sykes laughed along approvingly and further complained that Republicans did not do more to combat the "cancer" of birther conspiracy theories.
On Friday's Cuomo Prime Time, CNN host Chris Cuomo finally addressed a couple of cases of Democratic party extremism on abortion as he defended New York's new law, supported by his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, that makes it easier to get late-term abortions, and he also decried the Republican-supported U.S. Senate bill against infanticide, calling it a "stunt" and "BS."