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 Friday morning, on two different shows, CNN hosts inserted David Duke into the illegal immigration discussion by reading a tweet in which the former KKK leader praised President Donald Trump for dismissing the term "Dreamers" being used by liberals to bolster the image of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children.
On Wednesday's Cuomo Prime Time on CNN, host Chris Cuomo ended the show with a commentary in which he complained that "there's a lot of bad info about immigration out there," but then he injected his own misinformation by wrongly claiming that "undocumented folks commit less crime than the rest of us." And the the next morning on New Day, he finally acknowledged the child abuse accusations against a Polish-born doctor that CNN has been preoccupied with who is in danger of deportation.
On Tuesday night, during a discussion after President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, liberal CNN contributor Van Jones insisted that illegal immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the general population as right-leaning CNN contributor Rick Santorum cited a recent study by John Lott finding that illegal immigrants in Arizona commit crimes at twice the rate of the general population.
Over the weekend, a Detroit police officer, Glenn Doss Jr., passed away after being shot while doing his duty late last week, leaving behind his girlfriend, their nine-month-old baby, and his father who is also a police officer. Among the broadcast networks, the CBS Evening News was alone in giving attention to the story as they initially ran a full two-minute report on Friday after he was injured, and then a brief followup on Monday after his passing.
On Sunday night, weekend CNN Newsroom anchor Ana Cabrera signed off with a commentary dubbed "An Open Letter to the President" as she argued in favor of President Donald Trump making a deal that would continue something similar to current immigration policy. But at one point, the CNN host inadvertently helped make a case in favor of more merit-based immigration that would likely increase immigration from European countries and East Asia as she credited "immigrants" generally with 33 of the last 85 Nobel Prizes won by the United States.
On Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC, fellow left-wing MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell joined Joy Reid so the two could fret over the Democratic reaction to the deal that reopened the federal government. After beginning their discussion by lamenting that some Democrats are criticizing their leadership over the deal -- oddly claiming that Republicans "never" criticize each other -- O'Donnell condescendingly accused Republicans of "living in a tiny intellectual space."
Since last Tuesday, CNN has on and off been preoccupied with the case of a non-citizen from Poland, Dr. Lukasz Niec, who was recently detained by ICE and is in danger of deportation because of a combination of two misdemeanors he committed in 1992, combined with more recent brushes with police, including a child abuse accusation from last year. After initially making it sound like his detention was entirely about the two misdemeanors from 25 years go when he was 17 years old, the liberal news network on Wednesday finally informed viewers of some of his other brushes with the law, downplaying them as mostly "minor traffic violations," but never did get around to mentioning the child abuse accusations from just last year.
On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher made a number of incendiary attacks on President Donald Trump and other right-leaning figures and entities as he called EPA head Scott Pruitt an "eco-terrorist," likened the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to the "Gestapo," and cracked that First Lady Melania Trump visited the Holocaust Museum to "cheer up" after news broke that her husband might have had an affair with a porn star.
On Friday, the CBS Evening News was the only one of the three broadcast network evening newscasts that informed viewers of revelations that Hillary Clinton in 2008 allowed an advisor, Burns Strider, accused of sexual harassment to remain a part of her campaign -- thus demonstrating another example of hypocrisy by the former Democratic candidate.
On Thursday afternoon, MSNBC host Katy Tur ended the 2:00 p.m. ET hour of MSNBC Live by fretting over the failure of gun control advocates to enact any new gun restrictions since the Sandy Hook killings of 2012. She ended up rhetorically suggesting that Americans are "okay with kids killing kids."
On Thursday's Deadline: White House on MSNBC, during a discussion of Republicans pushing theories of a "secret society" within the FBI that is trying to undermine President Donald Trump, Republican-leaning MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan likened the issue to the fake "Pizzagate" story that resulted in a deranged gunman storming into a pizza restaurant.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, CNN's New Day has given sympathetic attention to the case of an immigrant from Poland -- Dr. Lukasz Niec -- who is in danger of being deported because of a combination of misdemeanors committed in 1992 combined with more recent brushes with the law, including accusations of child abuse. After initially portraying the case as just involving misdemeanors from over 25 years ago, New Day finally filled in viewers on some of his more recent brushes with the law, but ignored the abuse accusation and downplayed his other problems as mostly being "minor traffic violations."
As Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day, CNN host Chris Cuomo repeatedly lobbied for DACA to be extended to help illegal immigrants without tying it to improving border security, even as his GOP guest repeatedly made the argument against doing so.
On the Monday edition of CNN International's Amanpour on PBS, it was a night of all liberal guests who were given an unchallenged forum to push their views against President Donald Trump and Republicans. After starting off with Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, host Christiane Amanpour moved to a segment with E.J. Dionne and Norman Ornstein to discuss DACA, with the guests bemoaning "radically conservative elements" and "hardliners" in the White House.
On Sunday's AM Joy, as Joy Reid assembled a panel of mostly typical MSNBC-type Republicans to agree with her that GOPers are being "racist" on immigration, the MSNBC host at one point admonished one of her liberal Republican guests for uttering the word "illegal alien" as she pushed for the politically correct "undocumented immigrants" instead. For her part, MSNBC contributor and phony conservative Jennifer Rubin oddly claimed that the media are not doing enough to call out the GOP's "racism" and "xenophobia."
On Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC, host Joy Reid actually held a panel discussion in which the group likened Democrats negotiating with Republicans over the DACA and CHIP programs to having to negotiate with terrorists in a hostage situation. After MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance recalled that the situation resembles one in which the outlook is so hopeless that a SWAT team would be used, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson likened Mitch McConnell to the Joker taunting Batman over which group of children to save from being killed.
Appearing as a guest on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, liberal comedian and failed Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore made several snide comments about conservatives as he not only cracked that former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was "murdered by a pillow," but he poked fun at the 13 children who were infamously held prisoner and abused by their parents as he likened them to Republicans held hostage by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as "that creepy white couple." He also suggested that those who opposed Martin Luther King Jr. and ultimately murdered him were of the same ilk as Fox News and Republicans as host Bill Maher wondered how they would treat Dr. King if he were alive today.
During the regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on Friday's PBS NewsHour, David Brooks again hit Republicans from the left as the alleged right-leaning New York Times columnist predicted that, if Republicans side with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and push to cut immigration, it would be "ruinous for the party." His analysis came after liberal columnist Mark Shields fretted that Democratic Senators running for reelection in red states would be hurt by Democrats shutting down the government over DACA. Brooks agreed that it would hurt Democrats in the short-run, but Republicans would suffer in the long-run.
Friday's New Day displayed a rare example of a CNN anchor hitting liberal guests on the issue of conservative women not being welcome at so-called "women's marches" that actually advocate exclusively liberal public figures and positions on issues. At one point, host Alisyn Camerota even commented: "You're only pro-women you agree with."
This week there has been a stark contrast in the selection of illegal immigration-related stories by FNC and by the other networks as Fox and Friends has been covering the trial of an illegal immigrant in California who murdered two police officers in 2014, and bragged about it in court. By contrast, not only have the other networks ignored the cop killer trial, but CNN's New Day morning show and CBS This Morning have made a point of giving sympathetic attention to an illegal immigrant who was recently deported, being forced to leave his family in the U.S.