Nicholas C. Fondacaro is a News Analyst for the Media Research Center
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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During another awesome appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, former George W. Bush attorney general, Michael Mukasey took on hate-filled host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo and CNN’s alternate realities when it came to impeachment and FBI misconduct, and destroyed them.
There were two distinct angles of impeachment being covered by ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News on Thursday. While the later was boasting about how “Democrats have beaten back repeated Republican attempts” to oppose the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump, the former was worried about the “moderate Democrats” in swing districts who might vote against their party.
The network that catapulted “gaslighting” into our vernacular has been blowing a lot of hot air since the release of the DOJ inspector general report on the origins of the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Immediately following its release, the public understood that the FBI had lied to the FISA court to get surveillance warrants to spy on Trump campaign aides. Despite those facts, CNN’s Chris “Fredo” Cuomo filled the “facts first” segment of Cuomo Prime Time with assertions there was no spying.
Senate Republicans grilled Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Wednesday, on how his probe could determine there was no political bias at the FBI against then-candidate Trump, when he couldn’t uncover a reasonable explanation for their “gross abuse” of the system, as Attorney General William Barr put it. Well, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir continued to carry water for the FBI and claimed there was “no spying” despite the fact, the IG report exposed that there was.
With “U.S. military aid to Ukraine [being] at the heart of the impeachment battle here,” as CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell noted on Tuesday, they sent a reporter over to Ukraine to see how important that aid was. But while foreign correspondent Holly Williams was busy suggesting President Trump had harmed Ukraine’s ability to fight Russian-back separatists, she completely ignored the fact he was the reason Ukraine had received lethal aid at all.
The Department of Justice Inspector General’s report clearly spelled out gross abuses by the FBI when applying to spy on members of the Trump campaign. Despite those facts, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News were clutching their pearls Tuesday while reporting on how President Trump and Attorney General William Barr were slamming the law enforcement organization for lying and misleading the FISA courts.
Well, the day the liberal media had been hoping for finally arrived on Tuesday as House Democrats released their Articles of Impeachment against President Trump. They were welcomed with anticipation by the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). And despite the fact, the Articles didn’t include many of the charges Democrats said there would be, the media did their job and treated them like serious documents.
With the release of the Inspector General’s report exposing FBI misconduct in pursuing the Trump campaign under the suspicion of Russian influence, the liberal media were more interested in bashing President Trump than criticizing the abuses of the FBI. CNN’s Anderson Cooper kicked off his show on Monday doing just that, suggesting President Trump was lying and “gaslighting.”
The Justice Department’s Inspector General report examining the origins of the Russia investigation was released on Monday. And in spite of “serious management failures” and “no satisfactory explanation” as to why certain actions were taken, the IG suggested there was no anti-Trump bias. Of course, certain members of the liberal media pounced such as ABC chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas.
Sparks flew and a temper flared during a heated argument between NBC political director Chuck Todd and Republican Senator Ted Cruz on Sunday’s Meet the Press. The former raged as the latter dismantled the combined narrative of congressional Democrats and the liberal media when it came to impeachment, media bias, and Ukraine. Here are the highlights.
You can be sure, if Republicans were holding an impeachment trial of a Democratic president, during an election year, the liberal media would be demanding every GOP senator running against the president recuse themselves from the proceedings. But with five Democratic senators still in the 2020 race, the conflict of interest was almost never mentioned. ABC came close on Sunday, but chief anchor George Stephanopoulos argued that the trial would be a time for them to shine.
A retired farmer and Iowa independent confronted former Vice President Joe Biden while on his so-called “no malarkey” campaign tour of the state Thursday, calling him out for his age and son’s dubious business dealings in Ukraine. The former Vice President was obviously triggered when he unloaded on the Iowan (despite being older than him), raising his voice and appearing to call the man “fat.” Almost unbelievably, CBS Evening News lauded Biden by suggesting he was acting like a “prizefighter.”
As Speaker Nancy Pelosi was exiting a Thursday press conference after announcing she had directed her chairmen to draw up articles of impeachment, Sinclair reporter James Rosen questioned her on whether or not she felt “hate” towards President Trump. Her anger flared as she lashed out in response (something they would have condemned President Trump for). It was that irate response that drew the attention of CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News as they both hyped it as something awesome.
The first thing the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) did when they began their Wednesday evening newscasts, was lionize the so-called “constitutional scholars” handpicked by the Democrats to trumpet impeachment as even and unbiased professionals. In reality, they were far from it, with most giving money to Democratic campaigns and palling around in radical liberal circles.
OnOne of the biggest headlines to come of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearing on Wednesday was Democrat witness and Stanford University Law professor Pamela Karlan lashing at President Trump’s 13-year old son Barron. It was a vile attack that went completely unmentioned by the impeachment seekers on CBS Evening News. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight called the attack witty and NBC Nightly News edited out the backhanded comment out of Karlan’s so-called “apology.”
The Democratic field for the 2020 nomination continued to shrink on Tuesday after self-declared top-tier candidate Senator Kamala Harris (CA) dropped out due to a lack of funds. In response, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News ran reports mourning the loss of her campaign, with one noting that the upcoming Democratic debate would only consist of white people now. But surprisingly, an ABC report singed Harris on her way out.
Despite the fact that House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee released their impeachment findings a full day ahead of Democrats, the liberal broadcast networks granted their team 10 times the coverage in just one evening. ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News granted the GOP report a measly 54 seconds of combined airtime. NBC actually ignored the GOP report during their Tuesday newscast.
Just as the liberal broadcast networks did Monday evening, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta batted away an interview Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did with TIME magazine, in which he stated he did not approach his conversation with President Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo.” Despite that fact, Acosta treated the development as some kind of unimportant statement Trump was “seizing on.”
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he never approached conversations with President Trump “from the position of a quid pro quo.” It was a declaration that poked a major hole in the left’s impeachment narrative, but the liberal broadcast networks would have none of it during their Monday evening newscasts. Two of them downplayed the comments and one just flat out refused to report them.
Following former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg throwing his hat into the 2020 Democratic presidential race, Bloomberg News was rightly dragged when they announced they would be hands-off with their founder and his Democratic rivals, while continuing to grill President Trump. The move was almost universally panned, with the media beat Sunday shows on both CNN and Fox News criticizing the Bloomberg News. Although, some tougher than others.