Nicholas C. Fondacaro
Nick grew up in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. He graduated from Binghamton University in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. While at Binghamton he served as the Speaker of the Student Assembly and wrote for the Binghamton Review, where his love for journalism started. After graduating, he interned at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity where he worked with Watchdog Arena. Between the months of September and December, he can be found every Sunday cheering on his New York J! E! T! S! Jets Jets Jets!
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With the partial government shutdown in its 12th day Wednesday, President Trump invited Democratic leaders to the White House to negotiate on the budget. As would be expected the liberal media sided with the Democrats. During coverage of the shutdown on ABC’s World News Tonight, the network suggested Trump was the one “digging in” while they portrayed Democrats as the heroes offering a “pathway” to end the shutdown.
In a demonstration of just how seriously they take their assertion that they’re not “fake news”, CNN network ended Thursday night’s Erin Burnett OutFront with a report about how Donald Trump’s use of the term “witch hunt” to slam the Special Counsel’s investigation offended real witches around the globe. The segment was complete with fill-in host Kate Bolduan declaring at the top of the segment, “Witches of the world have a problem with President Trump!”
In some candid statements during an appearance on ABC’s This Week, where she claimed to be speaking for average Americans, Washington Post national correspondent Mary Jordan suggested that not only did they want the government shutdown to end, they wanted to ditch the border wall idea and just let the migrants cross into America.
The liberal media’s latest go-to tactic is to claim that President Trump said something without proof or evidence when a statement is generally known to accurate. In the most recent case, Sunday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America denied evidence that the Democratic Party encourages illegal immigration resulting in children being put in dangerous situations, even deadly ones.
Filling in as the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on Thursday, Mark Steyn wasted little at the top of the program to slam the liberal media for their “hysteria” surrounding President Trump’s trip to Iraq to spend Christmastime with the troops. Dubbing it “yet another liberal media meltdown”, Steyn pointed out how they took “the opportunity to turn a presidential visit to American troops into an attack on Trump.”
Thursday was day six of the government shutdown and President Trump took a swipe at Congressional Democrats in a tweet by asking: “Do the Dems realize that most of the people not getting paid are Democrats?” It was a statement many in the liberal media claimed was said with no evidence. But During CBS Evening News, when they were reading tweets from furloughed folks angry with Trump, those they cited were all Democrats.
First, the liberal media blasted Trump for not spending Christmas with the troops. Then when that became totally fake news, they decried how long it took him to do it. Now, they’re saying he should have never gone at all. At least that’s what CNN was hawking during Wednesday’ CNN Tonight were they dubbed President “the Grinch” who “stole Christmas” from the troops.
During President Trump’s surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq to celebrate Christmas with the U.S. troops there, he rubbed shoulders with America’s finest as he took selfies and signed autographs for them. Some of those autographs were signed on the iconic “Make America Great Again” hats that some soldiers brought to him. For any other president it would be treated a fun and warm moment, but not for this one and not if CNN had anything to say about it.
In a stunning example of the liberal media’s hypocrisy, they showed off their ballet skills on Wednesday when they collectively pivoted from bashing President Trump for not spending Christmas with U.S. troops to bashing him for not visiting them sooner after he made a surprise trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. During their evening news broadcasts, both CBS and NBC brought up criticism of the President for taking two years to travel to a war zone to visit troops.
2018 was the first year of one of CNN’s most divorced from reality programs, Cuomo Prime Time. With the show going fulltime, host Chris Cuomo was moved from CNN’s New Day in the morning to his new nightly prime-time show (which routinely gets outperformed by its competitors in the ratings). Cuomo once claimed his show was part of the network’s “facts first” initiative. And he’s really made a name for himself there as he bitterly rages at President Trump while spreading lies and misinformation. These are just a handful of the lies and disturbing declarations from the apoplectic host presented chronologically. So, let’s get after it.
As this author noted earlier on Sunday, the liberal media is adamant they smell President Trump’s blood in the water and they’re eager to declare his presidency dead. But during the network Sunday talk shows on ABC and NBC, their conservative panelists pushed back hard on that narrative and even mocked how they make the same claim “every other week”.
Between the government shutdown and the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the liberal media have been quick to claim they smell President Trump’s blood in the water. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd said as much during an appearance on NBC’s Sunday Today where he predicted Trump would cave on the border wall to end the government “shutdown” and the “functional end” to Trump’s presidency because of Mattis’ departure.
On Thursday, Germany’s largest newspaper, Der Spiegel suffered a massive embarrassment when it was discovered that one of their more prominent reporters, Claas Relotius, made-up many of his stories. To make the discovery even funnier, CNN had once given him their “Journalist of the Year” commendation. It was an opportunity Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson couldn’t pass up, especially considering the efforts by CNN’s media reporters to bolster the left-wing ad boycott of his show.
Just days before Christmas and it appeared the federal government was headed for another shutdown after President Trump changed his mind and demanded funds for border security in the form of “metal slats”. In response, the liberal broadcast networks took out their frustrations on conservatives for getting to the President’s ear. They lashed out Thursday evening, labeling them as “far-right” and describing them like animals.
A Fox News host is once again the target of a left-wing advertiser boycott campaign and this time it’s prime time host Tucker Carlson. And as the liberal media often do, tey throw fuel onto the fire. During Wednesday’s edition of CBS Evening News, correspondent Jericka Duncan promoted the boycott and singled out the companies who had yet to pull their ads from Tucker Carlson Tonight.
As NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham recalled Wednesday morning, December 19 marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives. The date largely went unnoticed by the liberal media but it was noted by Fox News Channel’s Special Report. Immediately following that notation, anchor Bret Baier called out the media for wishing “to see President Trump go down the impeachment road.”
In a now-deleted Instagram post on Saturday, Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson alluded to how he was thinking of committing suicide. The post drew concern and outreach from friends, family, and fans but it also drew the attention of former Navy SEAL and Texas Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw, the same Republican Davidson had previously mocked for losing his eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan.
With the deadline for a budget to fully fund the federal government fast approaching (Friday), a major sticking point in the negotiations has been President Trump’s insistence of $5 billion for a border wall. But that may have changed Tuesday after the White House signaled it was open to compromise. Despite that glimmer, ABC and NBC both used their evening broadcasts to stoke fears of a looming government shutdown and downplayed the chance for a deal.
In a report that was somehow supposed to be comedy, CNN reporter Jeanne Moos ended Monday’s Erin Burnett OutFront by comparing President Trump to infamous mob bosses, both real and fictional. “When President Trump referred to his former attorney as a ‘rat’ for talking to the government, critics came scurrying,” she quipped, later mocking how the President “knows all the best words, mob words.”
After ABC spent two days touting celebrities boycotting the Super Bowl, NBC Nightly News used their Monday evening broadcast to do the same. “It's long been one of the highly coveted gigs in the music industry, but tonight some of the world’s most popular artists appear to be saying no thanks to the Super Bowl Halftime Show,” announced anchor Lester Holt.