Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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Earlier this year, Virginia was rocked by scandals involving the top two Democratic officials in the state. First was Governor Ralph Northam, who was criticized for appearing in blackface in an old yearbook, and soon after, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced accusations of sexual assault. While the controversies have not resulted in either Democrat stepping down, Fairfax brought the scandals back to life on Thursday, when he filed a lawsuit against CBS for airing interviews with both women accusers. As a result, the Old Dominion official is seeking $400 million in damages.



When a conservative guest appears on CNN, he or she can expect to be hammered by a host attempting to drive a wedge between Republicans. That’s what happened early Thursday afternoon, when Rand Paul was on the CNN Right Now program and anchor Brianna Keilar attempted to use an “odd feud” between the Kentucky Congressman and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney to accuse them of engaging in a “butt-kissing contest” that’s “unbecoming of two members of Congress.”



While Republicans were celebrating victories in both North Carolina special elections on Tuesday evening, the host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell was yet again slamming President Trump. As always, the MSNBC host viewed the topic through an anti-Trump lens since after leaving the administration, Bolton “could write and deliver” the “most explosive Trump book ever” if he finishes it before the 2020 presidential election.



For many comedians these days, vulgarity equals comedy. Gone are the times when anyone could enjoy a stand-up routine with the rest of the family. That was certainly the case when Trevor Noah used the latest edition of The Daily Show on Comedy Central to slam Donald Trump for canceling a meeting between himself and terrorists from the Middle East, which the host claimed demonstrates that the President is a “pu*** a** bi***.”



In Joy Reid’s never-ending quest to prevent President Trump from being re-elected in 2020, the MSNBC host has continued to slam the people who voted for the Republican occupant of the White House in 2016. On Sunday's AM Joy, she received support from MSNBC regular Tiffany Cross, managing editor of The Beat DC website, who claimed that “maybe Donald Trump is the secret Muslim president that they feared Barack Obama was.”



Longtime activist Ralph Nader doesn’t make news much these days, but the former presidential candidate still calls out problems that get his attention. His latest opinion piece on Thursday criticized Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, whom he described as “everything wrong with the U.S. media” because the NBC anchor has “allowed his hands to be shackled” with the “golden handcuffs” of corporate bias.



The 2020 presidential election is still more than a year away, but that hasn’t kept ratings-starved CNN from announcing that, for some reason, they will hold yet another town hall marathon, set for mid-October in Los Angeles to focusing on what CNN Tonight host Don Lemon said would be "on issues that are important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community."



Visits by foreign officials usually pass smoothly and quickly, but that wasn’t the case when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Ireland President Michael Higgins and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkaron on Tuesday, when columnist Miriam Lord didn’t hold back when she hammered the visit for the Irish Times newspaper. In fact, Lord compared the visit to “pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor” and compared the event to thinking “it has been a great success until somebody discovers” that he “sh*t on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him.”



Brian Stelter, host of the Reliable Sources program on CNN, apparently didn’t take the Labor Day holiday off, instead writing an article warning people that President Trump’s “falsehood-filled tweets” are “still dangerous” since he and “his allies tell the public almost daily not to believe real reporting.” In fact, Stelter stated that “the frequency and predictability of the attacks on the press don't make them any less damaging” because the postings and “televised tirades are gradually eroding Americans’ share sense of reality.”



While Hurricane Dorian was headed for Florida and possibly the rest of the East Coast, some liberal media types have nonetheless used the bad weather as an opportunity to take yet another shot at President Trump. That was the case during the past few days, when Kim Campbell tweeted that she hoped the catastrophe “scores a direct hit on Mar-a-Lago,” the resort owned by the President, and many reporters across America couldn’t be happier.



How many times have we recently seen liberal “journalists” rush to air stories that they desperately hope are true but don’t stand up to scrutiny? The most recent example of this trend came on Tuesday, when MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell could barely contain himself before relying on a single source to accuse President Trump of having improper financial connections with Russia and Vladimir Putin. As you might expect, the hosts of the Fox News Channel’s weekday afternoon program The Five found more than enough things to talk about on Wednesday, when one person on the panel accused the MSNBC host of “Bad Journalism.”



As if Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke doesn’t have enough to worry about as he craters in the polls, a staffer working in his campaign caused an embarrassing incident on Tuesday by ejecting a reporter who was covering the event for a conservative news website. O’Rourke -- whose full name is actually Robert Francis “Beto” O'Rourke -- was addressing a rally in South Carolina when a person on his campaign staff told Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak to leave the event because the right-wing website is walking a line “between being news and a perpetrator of hate speech.”



It looks like many cable television channels still love former Democratic President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. The latest example of this was an announcement made on Monday, when Showtime introduced a new hour-long series focusing on recent first ladies in the White House. Unslurprisingly, the program will be entitled First Ladies and has been put on fast-track development for the pay cable network to present descriptions of Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.



Even though it’s been almost a year since Brett Kavanaugh was smeared with allegations of sexual assault from Democrats during the Senate confirmation hearings, the repercussions of that incident continue to play out even now. In fact, one article that barely mentions the associate justice has led to a lawsuit against the liberal HuffPost website claiming another student was responsible for the death of a fellow pupil at the Georgetown Preparatory school.



When the FX cable TV channel announced in early August that the network will produce a series that would tell the story of Monica Lewinsky, the most interesting aspect about the Ryan Murphy-guided anthology was the fact that Lewinsky herself was going to serve as a producer. However, on Wednesday, FX CEO John Landgraf responded to the fact that no one has yet been signed to portray Hillary Clinton by stating that she “is actually not a significant character” in American Crime Story: Impeachment because it’s “told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power.”



How extreme are the members of the so-called Democratic “squad?” Extreme enough that even Bill Maher finds Congresswoman Rashida Talib extreme. On Wednesday, he actually posted a defense of our staunch Middle East ally after Tlaib not only slammed that nation, but also called for a boycott of Maher’s long-running program. While calling the Minnesota Democrat “childlike” in her behavior, the comedian tweeted:



There’s a significant difference between guarding someone and attacking someone else in the process, but you wouldn’t know it from an alleged incident in New Jersey, where a bodyguard for CNN pundit April Ryan attacked a local reporter by taking away his video camera and physically forcing him out of the building. That bizarre attack took place on August 3, when Ryan was slated to give a speech in New Brunswick until her bodyguard, Joel Morris, intervened and struck Charlie Kratovil, an editor who has now filed criminal charges including harassment, assault and theft.



Just when it seemed that the #MeToo movement had faded into the background, one of the many men taken down by the scandal has attempted to return to the spotlight, a move that has enraged several victims of sexual harassment charges. Mark Halperin, a former contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, has drawn fire for writing a new political book -- entitled How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What It Will Take -- that is causing many women to ignore apologies for his previous behavior and call his book “a slap in the face to all women that he has victimized.”



After more than three years of constantly slamming President Trump and everyone around him, one of the mainstream media’s late-night comedies is finally getting some pushback. The network that airs Jimmy Kimmel Live! on weeknights, ABC was fined $395,000 on Thursday after a skit that aired in October mocked the Presidential Alert system, the Federal Communications Commission announced on Thursday.



Alert! The good news continues to roll in for the Fox News Channel, which was the most-watched basic cable television network across total day and primetime viewing during the week of August 5-11, a feat FNC has accomplished for 31 consecutive weeks. In addition, the Hannity program at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, delivered a 3.3 million total and 546,000 in the coveted demographic of viewers from 25 to 54 years of age. The milestone was an apparent result of the FNC host exclusively interviewing 2020 Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City.