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No show suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome more than CBS’s The Good Fight. In addition to the episode titles, which are simply the number of days President Trump has been in office, almost every episode features a fake, absurd news segment on the President. In Sunday’s episode, “Day 450,” the Democratic National Committee interviews ten law firms with the goal of finding the best strategy to impeach Trump when the Democrats win both the House and Senate in November. The solution our righteous main characters come up with? Lie. 

Showtime’s Billions, a show that traditionally shied away from getting too political, has tossed its hat into the ring and joined the tirade of TV shows attacking the Trump administration. The third season premiere introduced Trump-appointed attorney general Waylon Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown), an evil, redneck Jeff Sessions parody who demanded that U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) refrain from prosecuting cases against Wall Street. In Sunday’s episode, “A Generation Too Late,” Jeffcoat demands that Rhoades prosecute an innocent man. As a result, Rhoades tells one of his colleagues: “We, the Maquisards, will mount the resistance. We will not let this son of a b*tch define justice for the SDNY."

Sunday’s episode of CBS’s The Good Fight presents an extreme, racist version of the person who’s supposed to be defending the conservative position. The show has made it very clear that it has its own leftist agenda to push. But along with serving as liberal propaganda, tonight’s episode, “Day 443” pretends to give an alterative, conservative viewpoint by using someone making assertions that no reasonable person would agree with. 

In Friday’s episode of David Letterman’s Netflix Series, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction, “I Had a Paper Route Too,” Letterman kept with tradition and slipped in a question about President Trump with only fifteen minutes left in the hour-long interview. This week’s guest was rapper Jay-Z, a vocal Trump hater. So when Letterman jokingly asserted, “I’m beginning to lose hope in the Trump administration,” he knew he’d get a favorable response from both Jay-Z and the audience. Reminiscent of Hilary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, Jay-Z remarks, “He’s [Trump] bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone. And it’s still here and we’ve still got to deal with it."

Blind to liberal TV’s own obsession with attacking President Trump, Sunday’s episode of CBS’s The Good Fight criticized the media’s fixation with the president. Each episode of the Trump-hating show is named after the amount of days since Trump’s inauguration. Yet tonight, in the episode titled, “Day 436,” lawyer Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) flips through the TV channels, scoffing at the amount of (fake) news recounting (fake) absurdities committed by the president. In one show she passes, a cartoon sheep asks, “How can you sleep when Donald Trump is president?"

Even though the U.S. economy grew at a 2.9 percent pace in the final quarter of 2017, some in the liberal press have already begun to anticipate a recession — at the worst, possible time for President Donald Trump.

Season three of Showtime’s Billions is boasting its newest character: Waylon Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown), the new Trump-appointed redneck, conservative Attorney General who comes off as an over the top parody of Jeff Sessions. At the start of Sunday’s premiere, “Tie Goes to the Runner,” Attorney General Jeffcoat tells U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York State, Chuck Roades (Paul Giamatti), to refrain from prosecuting high-profile cases in the business community unless there’s a clear crime:

The Guardian bolstered the proliferation of lawsuits against governments and companies over climate change by portraying them as incredibly significant. The left-wing British newspaper asked in all seriousness on March 20, “Can Climate Litigation Save the World?”

On Monday’s episode of Lifetime’s euthanasia drama, Mary Kills People, the friends and family of underground euthanasia practitioner Mary (Caroline Dhavernas) start doubting the supposed good of assisted suicide. Yet despite the doubts (and the title of the show), Mary still insists, “I’m not a killer.” In the episode titled “The Connection,” Mary’s sister, Nicole, begs to accompany Mary to kill a woman dying of cancer. The sisters do the woman’s make-up and listen to her reminisce about her life before helping her commit suicide. However, Nicole becomes incredibly uncomfortable with the euthanasia and argues with a calm Mary over her motives. Nicole exclaims, “You're acting like we didn't just kill another human being!"

The Nasdaq Composite, a tech-heavy index of 5,000 stocks, set new record highs again on March 9 and 12. Citing that and a host of other economic factors, market expert Marc Chandler described the current state of the economy as a “Goldilocks moment.”

The writers of Comedy Central’s anti-business Corporate are exploiting the tragedy of 9/11 to get a rise out of conservative viewers. Star Jake Weisman told The Daily Beast, “Honestly, I want Fox News to see it and I want them to get really mad,” regarding their season finale mocking the tragedy that resulted in the deaths of 2,996 people. Corporate writers are apparently oblivious to irony as this week’s episode exploits 9/11 in order to portray businesses as exploiting 9/11 for monetary gain. Clearly pandering to a liberal audience’s desire to see corporations accused of egregious evils, Wednesday’s finale, “Remember Day,” features a fictitious world where a business attempts to turn the anniversary of 9/11 into a profit making national holiday, complete with goose dinners, office parties, and red, white, and blue apparel.

Lifetime’s euthanasia Drama, Mary Kills People, is no longer just championing the cause of assisted suicide for the terminally ill or those suffering from intense physical pain. Now, the show supports euthanasia for those enduring great emotional pain, such as due to the death of a loved one. ER nurse Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) kills people so that they can die “with dignity.” Monday night’s second season premiere, “The Means,” had Mary justifying her decision to euthanize both a man dying from mesothelioma and his perfectly healthy wife because they want to die together.

This season of CBS’s The Good Fight is delivering on its promise to make the show all about Trump. The opening credits feature scenes of President Trump delivering speeches and the episode titles reflect how many days he has been in office. Sunday’s episode, “Day 415”, began with a fake TV news report on President Trump. While liberals constantly accuse Trump and conservatives of spreading “fake news,” the writers of The Good Fight have no problem using actual fake news to mock the president. The made-up WXBK News Channel sports the headline, “Trump ‘Chats’ with Mermaid, Cleo,” claiming Trump tweeted about speaking with a mermaid, which White House aids are now refuting.

David Letterman’s Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction, hosted Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai on Friday’s episode, “You Know, She has a Nobel Peace Prize.” But while Malala discussed the importance of education for women, with less than 12 minutes left in the interview, Letterman uses his opportunity to interview the youngest Nobel Prize laureate to pick fun at President Trump.

Another show is congratulating itself for pushing the envelope by attacking President Trump. The new season of CBS’s The Good Fight plans to feature episodes on Trump’s impeachment, white supremacy, racial injustice, and the Russian golden showers scandal. Sunday’s premiere, "Day 408," opens with an anti-Trump tweet being praised by the Obamas. Liz Reddick posts a tweet calling President Trump a white supremacist. At the funeral of her father, a man approaches and says, “Michelle and Barack asked me to extend their condolences… They loved your tweet by the way…It had to be said.” How brave, to join the mass of people tweeting that Trump is a white supremacist.

Consumer confidence reached the highest level since November 2000, but that good economic news went unmentioned by the three broadcast networks’ evening newscasts.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor all ignored the update from The Conference Board on Feb. 27. NBC Nightly News spent 21 seconds discussing the trivial (and not time sensitive) decline in average payout by the tooth fairy. That was 21 more seconds than they spent on how Americans feel about the U.S. economy.

Netflix’s Seven Seconds can be summed up by a drunken slur uttered during its fifth episode: “You’re all racist a**holes. Every one of you cops.” And when it comes to this show, that statement is correct. Seven Seconds, released February 23, portrays police officers and the justice system as incredibly racist and apathetic. The show revolves around the hit-and-run death of Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old black kid, at the hands of police officer Peter Jablonski (Beau Knapp) and three other white police officers in New Jersey. Although the collision is an accident, the police officers decide to flee the scene, believing the boy to be dead. Brenton is found alive 12 hours later and taken to the hospital, where he eventually dies. An investigation and trial ensue, to the dismay of all the police officers.

Despite widespread praise when first purchasing his newspaper empire, liberal billionaire Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway is slashing media jobs by 6 percent — after cutting hundreds of jobs last year, according to Bloomberg.

Despite calling themselves feminists, liberals constantly slam conservative women without remorse. On Wednesday’s episode of Comedy Central’s anti-business show, Corporate, “The Long Meeting,” Hampton Deville Board of Directors member Bill Hathaway (Fred Willard) announces, “So that concludes the story of how I got laid by Margaret Thatcher. Great at sex but...terrible at politics.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s “flat wrong” claim that there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 continues to spread on social media. On Feb. 20, liberal donor and billionaire Tom Steyer quoted it in a tweet linking to a CNN story about the Parkland, Florida victims.