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 Fox and Friends Saturday, the weekend anchors showcased Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren getting caught on tape lying about whether one of her children attended private school while speaking with a pro-school choice protester.
On Wednesday evening, the NBC Nightly News and ABC's World News Tonight gave attention to a police misconduct story that has gotten astonishingly little attention considering the media's usual fixation on cases of police misconduct that leaves suspects -- innocent or not -- unnecessarily killed. Former Houston police officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant were arrested over federal charges that Goines lied to get a search warrant to stage a no-knock raid on the home of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, leaving the couple dead in a shootout, but failing to find the heroin they were suspected of selling.
In the aftermath of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the Donald Trump administration was essentially reversing the Barack Obama policy of declaring Israeli settlements as illegal, most of the dominant media have inaccurately claimed that Trump has reversed "decades" or "40 years" of U.S. policy on the matter.
During Monday's Amanpour & Company on PBS (and CNN International), host Christiane Amanpour spent much of her show discussing the issue of climate change allegedly caused by global warming, and at one point negatively characterized word that there has been an increase in global warming skepticism in other countries as she asked her guest if it meant things are "getting worse" in terms of convincing people action needs to be taken.
In their first show after the Santa Clarita school shooting, the CNN morning team on New Day handled the story in their typical fashion of only having guests who support more gun control and who falsely portray Republicans as having no proposals for how to lessen mass shootings. The show also included the bizarre recurring theme of beginning the discussion by lamenting that gun control had not been passed beforehand, thus hinting that such reforms might have prevented the carnage, but then pivoting to admitting that the attack probably would not have been prevented by the liberal proposals after all, but then sticking by it anyway.
On Thursday morning, FNC's Fox and Friends gave attention to liberal efforts to restrict gun sales in Tacoma, Washington, by charging people a tax for gun sales, as if making lawful gun purchases more expensive would somehow harm criminals. At about 7:45 a.m. Eastern, the show allowed two pro-gun activists from the Tacoma Rifle and Revolver Club to appear as guests and explain why they oppose the tax.
On Thursday afternoon, within a couple of hours of covering the school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, MSNBC journalists were predictably suggesting Republicans were to blame for the deaths as analysts and several Democratic guests pined for more gun control. At one point, host Katy Tur invited MSNBC law enforcement analyst Jim Cavanaugh to blame Republican Senators for gun deaths because of their refusal to support more restrictions: "Would you go so far as to hold them responsible for the deaths that are continuing -- the lives that are continuing to be lost with gun violence?"
On Friday's Fox and Friends, and again on Fox and Friends Saturday, Fox News Channel gave coverage to a story ignored by the other networks as the show recalled for viewers that two illegal immigrants have been charged with murdering a El Dorado County, California, police officer, Brian Ishmael, who was shot to death on October 23 while responding to reports of a robbery.
On Tuesday's PBS NewsHour, the show gave a forum to former Barack Obama administration official Todd Stern of the Brookings Institution to complain about President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change. Stern called the decision "crazy" and suggested the country needs a "new President," all without any balance offered by fill-in host William Brangham.
Over the past couple of months, as there have been signs that President Donald Trump is finally making progress in turning the tide on illegal border crossings, Fox News Channel has given substantial coverage to several critical successes while the other networks have barely touched these developments.
On Saturday morning, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today show both celebrated climate alarmists Leonardo DiCaprio and Greta Thunberg as a "dream team" as anchors gushed over reports that the two recently met and pledged to work together to promote their agenda.
On Thursday's Fox and Friends, co-host Steve Doocy took the time to show viewers an embarrassing piece of video from former Vice President Joe Biden not highlighted elsewhere in the media in which the Democratic presidential candidate admitted that he advised President Barack Obama against the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Just a few weeks after CNN's media reporters expressed disgust over on-air feuding between Shepard Smith and Tucker Carlson, CNN is engaging in on-air feuding over their newest contributor, former Congressman Sean Duffy.
Over the past couple of weeks, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS have given a mostly unchallenged forum to liberal attorney Benjamin Crump to promote his new book, provocatively titled Open Season: Legalized Genocide Against Colored People, in which he promotes an alarmist view of widespread discrimination against the country's minority population, covering issues from police violence, high incarceration rates, and alleged "voter suppression."
On Friday's Real Time show, liberal HBO host and comedian Bill Maher closed the show with a commentary hitting Democratic presidential candidates for pandering to pet issues of the far left, thus making themselves look too "crazy" and "weird" to beat Trump. He went through a list of bizarre campaign promises, including Bernie Sanders pushing voting rights for convicted murderers, Elizabeth Warren supporting taxpayer-funded sex changes for prison inmates, and Julian Castro supporting abortion for "transgender women."
The last couple of days have displayed the latest example of the liberal media having a freakout over President Donald Trump doing something that has also been done by Democrats in the past as the networks responded negatively to the President likening Democratic efforts to impeach him to a "lynching." After news came out that more than a half dozen prominent Democrats made similar comments as they defended President Bill Clinton from impeachment in 1998, the networks tried to downplay Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's own history while ignoring the other Democrats.
On Thursday's New Day, CNN analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Bianna Golodryga went negative on Republican members of Congress who decided to protest the House Democrats' secluded investigation of President Donald Trump over the Ukraine issue. Legal analyst Toobin declared that they looked like "such jerks," and global affairs analyst Golodryga dismissed House Republicans as a "bunch of white men."
On Tuesday's Deadline: White House, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was dragged into a discussion of President Trump tweeting the word "lynching" to describe the Democratic impeachment drive. MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson tied conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Republicans to the white supremacists who murdered blacks during the Jim Crow era in the South. This in spite of the fact that the perpetrators were typically Democrats while white Republicans were sometimes targeted for trying to register blacks to vote.
On Monday's Morning Joe, they devoted a segment to a new documentary on the PBS show Frontline attacking the Trump administration over the zero-tolerance policy that resulted in illegal immigrant children being separated from their families until the practice was ended in June 2018.
On Monday's Amanpour and Company on PBS, host Christiane Amanpour gave liberal actress Jane Fonda a forum to promote her alarmist views on global warming, picking up on the veteran political activist's recent push to hold a weekly protest outside the U.S. Capitol on the issue. The liberal activist railed against the fossil fuel industry, fearmongered about there allegedly being only a decade left in which to cut carbon dioxide emissions, and complained that American "individualism" is a problem.