Joseph Chalfant is an intern in the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.
Joseph Chalfant is the Lead Development Officer at Lone Conservative and a News Analysis intern at the Media Research Center. He is a political science major at Texas State University and plans to attend law school to study constitutional law after graduation. He is known for being the resident Game of Thrones expert for wherever he works.
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On Tuesday morning, New Day slammed President Trump for the unsubstantiated claim that he sexually assaulted E. Jean Carroll in the late 1990s. On Monday night, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper interviewed Carroll to try to get her side of the story. The hosts refrained from airing the portions that may not portray the President’s accuser in the most appealing light.
On Monday morning’s airing of CNN’s New Day, host Alisyn Camerota spoke with President Trump’s latest sexual assault accuser, author E. Jean Carroll. Carroll, who was on the show to promote her new book, detailed the account to Camerota. Camerota pushed Carroll to implicate Trump many times, and repeatedly led Carroll down a narrative that she wanted told.
On Wednesday morning, CNN’s New Day ran a ludicrous “Reality Check” on the re-election campaign kickoff President Trump hosted in Orlando Tuesday night. Host Alisyn Camerota called his rally “fact-free” before handing the segment off to John Avlon so he could spew even more misinformation.
On Tuesday morning, CNN’s New Day featured a hit piece on Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The report, conducted by CNN correspondent Drew Griffin, alleged without evidence that Chao may be using her office as a tool to help her family’s business, the Foremost Group.
On Saturday night, CBS Evening News ran one of the only segments on network news that spoke of the benefits President Trump taking on China with an aggressive trade policy. Janet Shamlian, a reporter for CBS News Los Angeles, visited Christopher Farms in Gilroy, California. According to the report, Ken Christopher, the operator of Christopher Farms, has actually benefited from the implementation of Trump’s tariffs.
On Monday morning, New Day aired a portion of an interview between CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow and Google’s CEO Sundar Pinchai. They discussed everything from China to data privacy, but Harlow seemed intent to focus on YouTube’s policies on “hate speech.”
On Friday's New Day, coverage again returned to a recent ABC News interview in which President Trump expressed a willingness to accept foreign information about political opponents. A panel of guests gathered around to spew their takes on the situation, with host Alisyn Camerota livid at Fox News and Republicans for pointing out that the Clinton campaign received dirt on Trump from Russia in 2016.
For the Thursday afternoon’s airing of CNN Newsroom, substitute anchor Pamela Brown hosted a discussion on President Trump’s recent Oval Office interview, in which he stated that he may or may not call the FBI if a foreign entity offered information on a political opponent. In that time, CNN senior Justice correspondent Evan Perez suggested the now-infamous Steele dossier wasn’t foreign interference because it made its way to the FBI. At no point did Perez now it was paid for and intended to be used by the Clinton campaign.
On Monday afternoon, CNN anchor Brianna Keilar led a discussion about the alleged weaponization of the word “socialism” against both Democrats and self-avowed “democratic socialists.” Former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver launched into a tirade against President Trump, comparing him to the fascist leaders of the 1930s and alluded to Sanders being America’s knight in shining armor who will vanquish the evil “authoritarian” leadership of Trump. Keilar didn’t bat an eye.
On Monday night, Chris Cillizza, CNN’s editor-at-large and political reporter, penned an article entitled “Fox News crosses the line on Joe Biden.” All sense of self-awareness was lost on Cillizza as he spouted off about how Fox News was somewhere “in the gray area between journalism and activism.” It seems that he has never watched any of the shows on his network, or even read any of his pieces for that matter.
On Monday’s airing of CNN Right Now, host Brianna Keilar and CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd ventured deep into President Trump’s victory in the trade skirmish between United States and Mexico. Vinograd believed that Trump was being rewarded for “bad behavior” and being a “bully” by securing Mexico’s commitment to combat illegal immigration.
Thursday, Joe Biden renounced his support for the Hyde Amendment, which restricts use of federal funds for abortion unless it’s in cases of incest, rape, or to save the life of the mother. This flip-flop should come as no surprise based on the radical leftist position on abortion, but for CNN New Day, it was because President Trump “shattered” the rules of politics.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has come under fire from the left and the media after he vocalized his support of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment, which restricts the use of federal funds on abortions unless it’s in cases of rape, incest, and protecting the life of the mother. Thursday, CNN Newsroom ran a segment on the apparent controversy with CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash and USA Today columnist Kristen Powers.
On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, leaders of Allied nations came together to commemorate the brave men who sacrificed their lives in order to preserve freedom in the Western world and to liberate Europe from the totalitarian Nazi regime. Leaders of all nations reminded one another of the need to come together and do their part to prevent another world war from taking place. But the journalists at CNN New Day focused on reminding Donald Trump of this message.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May held a joint press conference during his state visit to the United Kingdom. The included Trump acting diplomatic towards his hosts, and he even extended an olive branch to May when he quipped that she was probably a better negotiator than him, but that didn’t stop CNN from running hourly coverage of the protests in London.
On Monday morning, President Trump kicked off his state visit to the UK. CNN New Day provided live coverage of the event, and was sure to bring up the an interview with The Sun in which Trump called Meghan Markle “nasty” in response to comments Markle made about Trump. When Trump denied that he called Markle nasty, Toobin stated that the U.S. was now in a “1984-like scenario.”
On Thursday night, CNN gave 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a town hall. Moderator Dana Bash, remarked about the tragic history of Bennett’s mother and grandparents, who lived through the Holocaust in Poland, but failed to mention the rhetoric used by Democratic congresswomen.
Last night, CNN released an article on the recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vice President Mike Pence. Kevin Liptak, CNN’s White House producer, and Caroline Kelly, a CNN breaking news reporter, claimed that Pence echoed “false claims made last month by President Donald Trump about doctors killing babies that have already been born.”
In an especially absurd Thursday morning airing of CNN Newsroom, host Jim Sciutto and CNN senior political analyst John Avlon made a couple leaps of logic, as well as an extremely ironic remark, regarding President Trump and Fox News. This came after a fast and furious “fact-checking” series done after the President told a “flurry of lies” about Mueller, Russia, and the USS John McCain on the White House driveway.
On Thursday, CNN New Day hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman discussed a report that was released Wednesday night regarding the status of the USS John McCain. There was a claim that a low-level White House official requested a tarp to be placed over the lettering of the ship to mask the name of the late Senator. Rather than discuss the more probable situation that a low-level official was acting out of turn, Berman made the point that Trump has staffers running around trying to keep the President mentally stable: