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 afternoon, CNN Newsroom twice ran a report filed by correspondent Sara Sidner in which she focused on Jamiel Shaw, Sr., a man whose son was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had not been handed over to ICE for deportation despite a previous violent criminal record. After recalling Shaw's story, which includes President Donald Trump enacting some of Shaw's ideas, Sidner ended up pushing to undermine his concerns about illegal immigrants by misleadingly citing studies finding that immigrants generally are less likely to commit crimes than the native-born population, But she did not mention studies specifically about illegal immigrants which find that they are substantially more likely to commit crimes than the general population.
Of all the current event subjects one could devote attention to, the NBC Nightly News on Sunday bizarrely ran a two-minute full report on a new hotel in Bethlehem that displays anti-Israel art, and essentially lobbies against the security barrier that was erected over a decade ago to protect Israelis from terrorism. As the piece relayed the artist's opposition to the barrier, nowhere did the report remind viewers of why it was built in the first place: to ward off Palestinian Arab suicide bombers.
On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, it was the place for conspiracy theories. Appearing as a guest to discuss President Donald Trump, far-left film director Rob Reiner fretted that Trump has "already invaded our country" because of hacking from Russia, and ended up seeming to seriously suggest that the President might either fake or stage a bombing of the U.S.S. Cole to justify a war with Iran.
After news broke Friday afternoon that an arrest had been made for at least eight of the more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish community centers from recent months, CNN's Jake Tapper informed his viewers that the suspect -- Juan Thompson -- held left-wing political views and "hated President Donald Trump." His reporting stands in contrast with the broadcast network evening and morning news casts -- as well as other CNN shows -- that did not inform viewers of the perpetrator's political leanings.
On Friday's MTP Daily on MSNBC, during a pre-recorded interview with North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper about his efforts to get the state legislature to repeal the state's bathroom law, host Chuck Todd seemed to approach the interview with a premise sympathetic to getting the law repealed, and at one point even asked if it was possible for the Democratic governor to use an executive order to block it. And, despite polls that have shown a substantial portion of North Carolina residents have supported the law as a reaction to the infamous Charlotte ordinance that gave men a right to demand entrance into women's restrooms, MSNBC managed to assemble a panel which supposedly did not have any supporters of the law.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's New Day on CNN, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman lambasted Republicans for not pushing the Trump administration on Russia more aggressively, calling it "one of the most shameful things that I have seen in almost 30 years of being in Washington, D.C." The liberal columnist went on to make his latest over the top invocation of the 9/11 attacks and the attack on Pearl Harbor as he worried that Russia disrupted American democracy, making the worn-out misleading claim that Russia "hacked our elections," even though it was actually the Democratic National Committee that was targeted.
On Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, during a discussion of President Donald Trump's response to the recent targeting of Jewish sites, liberal CNN commentators Kirsten Powers and Errol Louis -- as well as host Anderson Cooper -- all had a problem with Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci recently reminding the media that no one knows whether the culprits are Democrats or Republicans. And reacting to Scaramucci recalling that Democrats were sent to disrupt Trump events, Louis even referred to the story as a "nonexistent conspiracy" and a "conspiracy theory."
Add Nia-Malika Henderson and Erin Burnett to the list of CNN personalities still clinging to incorrect claims that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general population. On Wednesday's Erin Burnett Outfront, CNN reporter Henderson fretted that President Donald Trump was "otherizing" illegal immigrants as she claimed that he was wrong in linking illegals to crime. She even insisted that illegals have a lower crime rate that U.S. citizens: "And most studies show that undocumented immigrants aren't any more likely to commit crimes than citizens -- in fact, they are less likely to do that, so he uses this argument to then argue that there needs to be a wall to keep out, you know, immigrants from pouring into the country and committing crimes. And so I think a lot of folks have a problem with that because he's otherizing an entire segment of people with no data to back it up."
On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, host Chris Cuomo wrongly suggested that illegal immigrants commit crime at a rate lower than American citizens as he repeated the recurring myth from the left while debating Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson. As the two discussed President Donald Trump's address to Congress from last night, the CNN host posed: "Immigration was a big theme last night. The fact basis of the President: I want your take on it. 'Lawless chaos.' You know, Senator, that immigrants in this country -- even illegal ones, undocumented ones -- do not commit crimes at the rate that the rest of the citizenry do. 'Lawless chaos.' Fair appraisal?"
On Tuesday's New Day, as Chris Cuomo debated Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King over the issue of ObamaCare repeal, the CNN host seemed unaware that technically having health insurance "coverage" on paper does not always guarantee that one will actually receive the health care one needs if a patient is unable to find a doctor or other health care provider to actually do the work. After Rep. King argued, "you could have coverage, you can have a cadillac plan, but if they won't take your policy, if you're on Medicare that's not being honored, if you're on Medicaid that's not being honored, If they won't accept your policy, then you don't have coverage," Cuomo seemed confused as he responded: "Wait. Who's 'they'? If you have coverage from a company, then you're getting care. What do you mean, 'If they don't accept the policy'? How does that work?"
On Monday's New Day, liberal CNN co-host Chris Cuomo got into a heated debate with conservative CNN political commentator and talk radio host Ben Ferguson over the issue of a high school girl who identifies as a boy who was barred from wrestling with boys and so chose to wrestle girls instead. As the debate shifted to the issue of transgender bathroom policy, Cuomo not only accused conservatives of "scarring" transgenders and causing an increase in suicide by not allowing them to do what they choose to do, but he also mocked those who fear the possibility of girls having "genitals waved in their face" by men intruding into women's restrooms.
On Friday's The View on ABC, as Breitbart News senior editor at large Joel Pollak appeared as a guest, co-host Sunny Hostin tried to claim that White House advisor and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon is someone who has made a "laundry list" of "bigoted statements," but, when pressed, failed to name a single example. The segment began with co-host Joy Behar recalling that some liberals have called the website "white supremacist," as she asked her guest how he would describe it.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's The Last Word on MSNBC, Daily Beast foreign editor and MSNBC political commentator Christopher Dickey aimed snide name-calling at White House advisor Steve Bannon. After calling him a "snob," the liberal commentator also remarked that he looks like a "slob" and a "dirty old man," as he went along with host Lawrence O'Donnell's suggestion that the Donald Trump advisor looks homeless. O'Donnell described Bannon as looking like he "slept in the subway last night" as he wondered how people in France view the Donald Trump advisor: "So what do they think when they see the guy who looks like he slept in the subway last night and he's the one who's talking to the President?"
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Poppy Harlow repeatedly showed skepticism that there have been cases of men or boys taking advantage of transgender bathroom or changing room rules to commit sex crimes as she focused on liberal hysteria over the Trump administration canceling Obama administration rules mandating transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. CNN political commentator David Swerdlick -- also of the Washington Post -- at one point even suggested that sexual assault victims and survivors should be expected to compromise with transgenders who want to be able to use women's bathrooms.
CNN's New Day on Thursday devoted its first segment to fretting over President Donald Trump reversing the Obama administration directive giving transgender students the right to use whatever restrooms they wish as the Trump move was labeled "controversial" and one that was "denying students rights" and "tearing at the social fabric of the country." No one seemed concerned that girls and women might be denied the right to have their own restrooms if men and boys are allowed to pretend to be women and demand entry. CNN's Chris Cuomo also oddly stated that, after the Supreme Court decision mandating that same-sex marriage be recognized nationwide, "everyone celebrated" the ruling as he fretted the absence of legislation codifying it.
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's CNN Tonight, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof declared that he feels "very nervous" about the Trump administration's recent efforts to increase deportation of illegal immigrants, and ended up discussing his latest column, titled, "How Can We Get Rid of Trump?" which describes how the 25th Amendment could be used to remove President Donald Trump from office as an alternative to impeachment.
On Monday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon spoke with film maker Ari Horowitz about his film that President Donald Trump recently cited about violent crime in Sweden increasing substantially after an influx of immigrants from Muslim countries. The CNN host repeatedly tried to dismiss reports of crime increases, as he attempted to pin the increase in reported rapes on legal changes in the definition of rape -- even though this change occurred in 2005 and therefore should not account for a near steady yearly increase in reported rapes between 2006 and 2016.
Add CBS host John Dickerson to the list of journalists who have apparently not felt the need to press Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings when he claims that millions of Americans have been "denied their right to vote" because of alleged "voter suppression" perpetrated by Republicans. Reminiscent of ABC's George Stephanopoulos from last week's This Week, on yesterday's Face the Nation, Dickerson did not challenge Rep. Cummings on the issue, but, on December 4, the CBS host did repeatedly press then-White House chief of staff-designate Reince Priebus about whether he believed Donald Trump's claims that millions voted illegally in the presidential election. And on her MSNBC show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, NBC correspondent Mitchell also did not find his claim questionable.
At the end of Friday's CNN Tonight, during a panel discussion of the substantial costs of the Secret Service protecting President Donald Trump and his family, host Don Lemon lost his temper, ranted about the definition of "fake news," and ended up apparently ending the show slightly early as he cut off conservative guest Paris Dennard because the CNN commentator refused to back down from deriding the segment as "fake news."
On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, during a discussion of recent leaks from the intelligence community that have been damaging to the Donald Trump administration, liberal host Maher not only suggested that American intelligence agencies are trying to protect the U.S. from a "coup" by President Trump, but he even theorized that such government agencies were behind President John F. Kennedy's assassination because he was having sex with communist spies.