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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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.”
In a rather action packed interview during CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, host Jake Tapper grilled Secretary of State John Kerry about the extent of the ISIS threat and the government’s response. “They are shrinking … they are on the run,” Kerry claimed. But in a show of force Tapper countered hard, “Well, with all due respect, sir, I'm not sure that it looks that way to the public, that ISIS is on the run.”
It didn’t take long for MRC’s Rich Noyes’ prediction regarding the anti-GOP narrative the liberal media would be pushing to come true. Sunday morning on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation host, and riot inciter, Al Sharpton condemned the 2016 GOP platform, “the RNC platform is probably the most conservative one that we have ever seen.” One of the biggest problems with Sharpton’s generalization of the platform is that it’s very similar to previous platforms.
CBS’s Scott Pelley had to issue a correction Friday July 15 for an overzealous segment on the Dallas ambush he aired on Monday July 11. In the original report Pelley claimed so-called armored piercing bullets were used to kill the police, that claim turned out to be false. “Early in the investigation, a city official told us the ammunition the killer used was armor-piercing,” he stated, “Well, now we've learned that the bullets were not the armor-piercing type.”
During a discussion on Friday about the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France a guest on MSNBC claimed something absolutely ridiculous. Former United States Intelligence Officer Malcom Nance claimed that both the attack in Orlando, Florida and the attack in San Bernardino, California were not necessarily acts of ISIS terror. He pointed to instances of personal turmoil in the attackers’ lives as evidence that they were driven by other motives.
On Wednesday’s edition on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, co-host Mark Halperin admitted what many on the left probably wouldn’t dare to. He admitted that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments about Donald Trump have not been as controversial as they should be because she’s a liberal. “If a Republican justice did that to a Democratic candidate, I think, the world explode,” Halperin exclaimed to co-host John Heilemann.
During Wednesday’s CBS Evening News the network chose to give a boost to Social Justice Warriors by ending the show with a poem to “white privilege.” “We end tonight with a poem, written and performed by an Atlanta teenager this past spring, but it's been getting new attention from millions after the violence that shook America last week,” stated CBS Anchor Scott Pelley. The poem titled “White Boy Privilege” was performed at a poetry contest at a private school my Royce Mann, and a video of it made it online.
In an encore of their performance from earlier in the day CBS and NBC heaped their praises on to President Barack Obama Tuesday evening. “He eulogized the slain police officers of Dallas, but he seized this moment of national attention to plea for reason from both sides of a racial divide,” proclaimed Anchor Scott Pelley on CBC Evening News. Pelley seemed to be in awe of the president during his report.
It came to light Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had been talking to the media about what she thinks of Donald Trump. A Justice coming out as opposed to or in favor of a candidate running for elected office has never really been done before, and it’s drawing ethical concerns from experts. Yet ABC and CBS treated it like just another wacky development in the 2016 presidential election.
President Barack Obama was in Dallas Tuesday to speak at the memorial service to the five police officers who were killing in last Thursday’s ambush. All the networks in the “big three” sung the president’s praises. “The president clearly in the role of preacher-in-chief today talking about what a raw moment this is for the country,” stated ABC’s Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas, during ABC’s special coverage.
Following the tragic attack on Dallas police officers late last week, CBS anchor Scott Pelley took it upon himself on Monday to pressure Vice President Joe Biden for the Obama administration ban so-called ‘armor piercing rounds.” “Late today we asked Joe Biden about the ready availability of armor-piercing bullets,” he stated on CBS Evening News, “Dallas' mayor has blamed them for penetrating his officers' vests.”
In an attempt to slam the NRA for not being true to their values, MSNBC host and riot inciter Al Sharpton claimed the civil rights organization was not defending the gun owners in the recent police shootings. “In both cases you have people with guns, that were killed by police, legally. One in a carry state of Louisiana, the other had a gun permit. And the NRA -- laryngitis advocating on their behalf,” he falsely claimed during PoliticsNation on Sunday.
After a violent night of unrest around the country following the officer involved shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and the ambush on police officers in Dallas, CNN reporter Victor Blackwell asks the ridiculous on New Day Sunday, “How does the department get to that point of saying, “we just need to clear this road and arrest them for breaking whatever law?””
In the wake of the two incidents of officers shooting and killing black men, tensions were running high around the country. And instead of helping to cool off the people’s tempers CBS sought to fan the flames on Evening News, in the name of listening to the community. “It seems all of America was talking about this today,” said anchor Maurice DuBois, “We end tonight by listening.” But the only side CBS was listening too was that of people skeptical of law enforcement.
On Wednesday, Congressional Republicans demanded FBI Director James Comey to appear before the House Oversight Committee to answer questions about his recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton. The hearing was set to held the following Thursday, but Bloomberg’s John Heilemann thought Republicans are too incompetent to hold the hearing. “They have, as you know, bundled -- bungled these kinds of inquiries before, over and over and over again. But, most recently, with the Benghazi matter,” he argued on With All Due Respect.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign took a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey Wednesday to slam Donald Trump for shutting down two of his casinos there. ABC and NBC were more than happy to aid Clinton in her Trump bashing cause during their evening news programs. “Hillary Clinton went on the attack against Trump today during a rally in Atlantic City right in the shadow of a now shuttered Trump casino,” reported NBC’s Lester Holt on Nightly News, “Criticizing his company's filing for bankruptcy.”
Andrea Mitchell couldn’t hold in her displeasure for the FBI Tuesday night during NBC’s Nightly News. The professional journalist continued to whine about how the FBI’s announcement, to not indict Hillary Clinton with a felony, “spoiled” her big day. “The FBI's bombshell announcement spoiling what President Obama and Hillary Clinton were hoping would be the political picture of the day, stepping off Air Force One together,” she moaned.
Major news broke Tuesday when FBI Director James Comey held a press conference to announce his recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her E-Mail practices. The recommendation comes even as Comey read off a laundry list of questionable activity by Clinton and her people, and excused it because he did not see any intent to break the law. Yet the “big three” news networks ran with the recommendation without asking if that is what the law required for there to be a conviction.
One of Hillary Clinton’s biggest fans, Andrea Mitchell, was on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday to talk, among other things, about Clinton’s week. It seemed as though she couldn’t help but moan about the optics surrounding Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Sounding distraught she whined that even if Clinton was exonerated, “There will be suspicions that it was politically influenced. This was absolutely a disastrous decision on their part.”