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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CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 panel was in awe of the lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday evening. But most of them fawned over one in particular former New York City Mayor, and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg. “There are very few people other than Michael Bloomberg who could have given this kind of message to independents not in this hall,” gushed Host Anderson Cooper.
Things got wild on CNN Tonight in the wee hours of Wednesday morning following Hillary Clinton officially becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. During a discussion about how Clinton should have handled the Benghazi situation and her high negatives, Donald Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany point out her series of scandals, “I think there's a reason that 68 percent of voters don't trust her. That didn't happen in a vacuum.” But write for The Atlantic Peter Beinart blames societal sexism.
Following former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic Nation Convention Tuesday evening CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 panel was overcome with exuberance from his words. “First of all, let's just stipulate, this guy's one of a kind,” David Axelrod proclaimed with delight, “There's nobody else who can turn an auditorium like this into as intimate a place as he did tonight.” Almost every panelist had something glowing to say about Bill Clinton’s address.
On Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention, a group of African-American women spoke called The Mothers of the Movement. The women are mothers whose children have been killed by police and gang violence. CNN commentator Van Jones had nothing but praise for mothers on Anderson Cooper 360, “A powerful, powerful, powerful, powerful witness.” “Can you imagine losing your child and then stand before the country with a year later with love and trying to fight for redemption,” Jones pontificated.
In a rather bold display of liberal media bias on CNN Tonight, Peter Beinart a contributor to The Atlantic declared that Melania Trump’s American experience was somehow invalid compared to Michelle Obama’s. “She has not lived the story of America,” he slammed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, “She does not understand the story of America.” Not only did he try to tear down Melania Trump he attacked the Republicans and glorified Michelle Obama.
Following the highly anticipated DNC speech by First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper called out Political Commentator Van Jones for crying during the speech. “Well I mean, first of all, if you weren't moved by that, go see the doctor,” he responded. Jones continued by speaking glowingly about the speech, “She gave a clinic on how to connect to the American people,” and “It was her speaking as a mother.” The rest of the panelists did much of the same, they all praised her speech for different reasons.
CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, who on the first day of Republican convention decried it as a “hate-fest,” praised the Democratic convention’s tone on illegal immigration on Monday. “What I saw last week, whenever you talked about immigration, it was almost a criminalization of that whole community,” Jones stated, “Tonight you're seeing a humanization of that community.” Most of the Anderson Cooper 360 panel agreed with Jones and paid little mind to the humanization of the victims of illegal immigrants.
In the run up to the Democratic National Convention NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday held a panel discussion to determine what the event would mean for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Since the topic for discussion had to do with Clinton NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell got very excited and began to prattle on, “Well, what they are going to do is— they’re going to have gauzy films, the same kind of films you saw in 1992, the same producers.” She did the same thing when gushing about a staged photo-op for Clinton and President Obama on July 3.
As a continuation the liberal media’s narrative that Hillary Clinton’s pick for VP is the perfect ‘centrist’ and properly religious, ABC Political Commentator Matthew Dowd hyped a religious feud between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on This Week. “What I’m fascinated to see is, these are two men of— both of deep faith,” stated Dowd, “But from opposite sides. One, the Social Justice Catholic, the other Evangelical Fundamentalist.”
With what seemed like the plot of the next James Bond film, or perhaps Austin Powers, CNN Political Commentator Sally Kohn accused Russian hackers of trying to sink Hillary Clinton’s campaign by leaking DNC documents. “One of the more unexplored parts of this story is that these leaks were done by Russian hackers,” Kohn noted on New Day Sunday, “And the fact that these leaks, if anything, help— seem intended maybe to help Donald Trump. So, I think first of all, we should point that out.”
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka delivered her highly anticipated speech Thursday night before the Republican National Convention. She used her speech to briefly push the gender pay gap myth and later that night CNN commentator, and Black Lives Matter supporter, Bakari Sellers tried to wield it against her father. “What she did do was, she gave a speech that was Hillary Clinton's speech,” he stated, “Donald Trump on his campaign pays his female staffers a third less than his men.”
Thursday marked the final day of the Republican National Convention and Donald Trump himself was the grand finale. Trump’s speech was well received by the crowd but CNN commentator Van Jones wasn’t having any of it. “I've never felt this way in my life,” Jones stated, “You're either inspired by this or you're terrified by it. I’m terrified by it.” It was all a part of a rant he delivered on CNN’ America’s Choice 2016 programming.
CNN commentator and Donald Trump surrogate Andy Dean was not at all pleased with the way Senator Ted Cruz spoke at the Republican Nation Convention Wednesday evening. Dean appeared on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to share his thoughts. But he couldn’t seem to control his emotions as he let loose a stream of insults towards Cruz, “Ted Cruz strikes a lot of people as a total creep who is dishonest and might be a liar,” Dean spat.
In a very bizarre attack against the GOP Wednesday evening, CNN political commentator Van Jones seemingly channeled his inner child by referring to the party as “doggie poo.” “The problem is that good tasty gumbo continues to be ruined by the doggie poo of the xenophobia, of the doggie poo of the anti-immigrant strident message that doesn't carefully distinguish between good and the bad of even our undocumented population,” stated Jones.
During CNN’s Republican Nation Convention coverage leading up to Wednesday’s lineup of speakers, CNN commentator and radio host Michael Smerconish smeared the GOP. Smerconish slammed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s speeches as a “problem” for the party. In his comments about Christie’s speech Smerconish equated Hillary Clinton to Jesus, “I call it the Good Friday Speech that he delivered, because it was everything except crucify her that was uttered from the dais.”
Following the closing remarks signaling the end of the second day of the Republican National Convention, on Tuesday, CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 panel tackled the party’s support for gun rights. “We haven’t talked about this cheer leading for the NRA, and this cheer leading around the gun stuff,” commentator Van Jones stated, “My concern is that we have a country awash in guns.” Jones criticized Republicans for not being able to hear what the American people wanted in terms of regulations on guns.
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning during CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, the panel discussion descended into borderline chaos as guests and the host engaged in a wild shouting match. It all started when the topic of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s convention speech was brought up. “Rudy Giuliani's speech tonight was rousing. It was. It was the definition of rousing,” stated Black Lives Matter supporter Bakari Sellers, “But it was also the definition of divisive.”
During CNN’s coverage of the Republican National Convention on America’s Choice 2016 on Monday, panelist Van Jones went off the rails and declared the whole event an unabashed “hate-fest.” “What I will say is this. Up until now, up until this moment, I was not saying borderline hate-fest. This is hate-fest,” Jones declared after his fellow panelists called him out for going beyond the pale with his description of the convention and what was being said on stage.
Less than 24 hours after the highly contentious interview between CNN’s Don Lemon and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark, CNN Host Erin Burnett demanded to know if Donald Trump agreed with him. “He’s [Sheriff David Clarke] going to be speaking tonight. He blames black lives matter for these tragedies against police. Does Donald Trump condone that,” Burnett asked to a Trump supporter on her OutFront panel.
Minutes after the press conferences, from local law enforcement and the White House, about the Baton Rouge police ambush and calling for the end of divisive language CNN’s Michael Smerconish smeared gun rights advocates on The Situation Room. “As you know and have been discussing, it's an open carry environment,” the pundit started Sunday, “And I'm concerned about the Trump rhetoric in firing up individuals who would be inclined to show up with their weapons as some second amendment solidarity movement.”