Peter Sifre was an intern in the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.
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On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, much of the CNN morning show’s coverage revolved around Tuesday’s special congressional election in Ohio, which the cable channel claimed was still too close to call. The chyron read: “OHIO REPUBLICAN LEADS, RACE TOO CLOSE TOO CALL.”
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota conducted a debate between Jan Morgan, a Second Amendment advocate and Brian Claypool, a survivor of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. The debate devolved over the course of the segment, culminating in Claypool telling Morgan “you’re gonna have blood on your hands” if another mass shooting occurs.
On Tuesday’s edition of New Day, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and David Gregory demonstrated the biased nature of CNN by devoting an entire segment to the promotion of an anti-Trump book that hasn’t even come out yet. The book, titled Fear, is set to come out in early September and is written by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame.
On Friday’s edition of New Day, hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman spent most of the three-hour program discussing former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen and his willingness to turn on President Trump. During the third hour of the program, the two hosts invited president of the Eurasia group, Ian Bremmer to add his take to the nauseating amount of coverage of this topic.
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, co-host John Berman conducted a segment on the future of the Democratic Party with former press secretary for Bernie Sanders, Symone Sanders, and former Hillary Clinton campaign manager, Robby Mook. The segment was based on former FBI Director James Comey’s tweet warning Democrats not to “rush to the socialist left” in reaction to Trump. Berman asked Sanders if Comey had a point. And her response proved his concern.
On Monday’s edition of New Day, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, along with their guests, conducted a segment on President Trump’s late night tweet promising “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” to Iran if they threaten the United States. During the segment, Camerota prefaced her analysis by saying “I don’t want to go full wag the dog.” She then proceeded to provide a full wag-the-dog explanation of Trump’s tweet.
Let’s face it: Trump had a rough press conference in Helsinki on Monday. However, this does not excuse hyperbolic responses on the part of the media. On Monday’s edition of Hannity, radio star Mark Levin appeared to offer some historical context.
On Friday’s Edition of New Day, co-host John Berman took serious issue with one of President Trump’s statements made about immigration in an interview with the British tabloid, The Sun, calling Trump’s comments a “dog whistle.”
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman spent a large amount of the program analyzing the ongoing NATO summit. Some of the coverage descended into silliness and absurdity, including two moments when Berman carefully dissected Chief of Staff John Kelly’s hydration habits.
On Monday’s edition of New Day there were several segments discussing President’s Trump’s plans to announce his pick for the Supreme Court. In one such segment, CNN Chief Legal Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin warned viewers of the incoming ‘conservative agenda’ once Trump’s nominee is confirmed.
On Thursday’s edition of New Day, the CNN morning show co-host Alisyn Camerota invited former George W. Bush advisor Scott Jennings and left wing political commentator Michael Eric Dyson on to discuss a recent poll that found half of all Americans believe President Trump is racist. What followed was a series of hyperbolic pronouncements that have come to define Dyson’s appearances on television.
On Tuesday’s edition of New Day, hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota conducted a panel on President Trump’s list of potential candidates for retiring Justice Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. During the segment, CNN political analyst Brian Karem made his animosity towards President Trump and the conservative movement quite clear. Apparently, conservatives make Karem “nauseous.”
On Friday’s edition of New Day, CNN chief political analyst, John Avlon presented his commentary on the recent Capital Gazette shooting. In his analysis, Avlon appeared to suggest that President Trump’s rhetoric towards the American news media was in some way responsible for the shooting saying, “And this rhetoric, while not directly responsible, is really ratcheting up threats against journalists that we deal with on a daily basis. It is described as an epidemic.”
On Wednesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Legal Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin expressed his anguish over the likelihood of President Trump nominating another Supreme Court Justice and forecasted the “doom” of Roe v Wade.
On Monday’s edition of New Day, co-hosts John Berman and Erica Hill conducted a panel discussing the current illegal immigration crisis. The panel quickly moved from an actual discussion on immigration to a ludicrous grandstanding session where contributors took their turn to call President Trump racist and score publicity points.
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota interviewed Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) about the current illegal immigration crisis. In the interview, Camerota pushed many of the misleading talking points that have dominated the airwaves on CNN. When the Congressman countered them with facts, she continued to push the talking points as well as falsely defending the Obama administration.
On Monday’s edition of New Day, co-host John Berman had on former CIA director under George W. Bush, retired General Michael Hayden to discuss Hayden’s controversial tweet comparing the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy towards illegal immigration to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. In a rare yet commendable “man bites dog” act of journalism, Berman pressed back against this ludicrous claim after Hayden doubled down.
On Friday’s edition of New Day co-host John Berman had Congressman Matt Gaetz (R) of Florida on to ask him about his thoughts on the Inspector General’s Report regarding the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. In the interview, Berman was quick to paint the failed 2016 Democratic nominee as the victim of the FBI’s actions while making excuses for the bias against the Trump campaign.
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day, host Alisyn Camerota invited CNN Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter and CNN Media Analyst Bill Carter to discuss examples of media bias and hypocrisy. She used various examples from Fox News, as well as one example from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, showing hypocrisy over how they felt about Obama meeting with foreign despotic leaders versus Trump doing the same.
On Monday’s edition of New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota had Tony Schwartz, co-author of president Trump’s The Art of the Deal, on as a guest to discuss the upcoming summit between president Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. During the interview, Schwartz performed his now exhausted routine of calling the president “mentally ill.”