Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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In the minutes leading up to CNN's live coverage of Day 2 of the Trump impeachment trial, CNN host John King lectured the Republicans have failed to do any congressional oversight of Hunter Biden, and Jake Tapper accused GOP senators of “creating an alternate reality” where the President “is truly concerned about corruption.”



Since MSNBC and CNN are both liberal “news” outlets, it certainly comes as no shock when they quote information from each other and consider those assertions to be 100 percent accurate without verifying any of them. That was the case on Tuesday, when the co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe cable TV program quoted results from a survey conducted by CNN that claimed more than half of the people across the country consider President Donald Trump to be a liar -- just hours before the Senate impeachment trial got underway.



Anyone who was glad to see that failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally stepped out of the limelight is in for a surprise because streaming service, Hulu, is set to air a documentary all about her. Clinton used a promotion for the four-hour Hillary film as an opportunity to discuss the upcoming presidential election, which she described as “no ordinary time” before amusingly asserting that voters should support “the person most likely to win -- and not just the popular vote, the electoral college.”



The third season of the American Crime Story cable television series dealing with the impeachment of the 42nd U.S. President will not air on FX until after the 2020 election, John Landgraf -- the head of the pay cable television channel -- stated on Thursday, January 9. While the given reason for the delay is that creator-producer Ryan Murphy has a “busy schedule” due to the three-season renewal of his FX American Horror Story anthology series, Landgraf noted that the current media environment is “toxic” on issues related to the scandal involving Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.



Even though MSNBC isn’t in severe ratings trouble like CNN, executives at that liberal channel are nevertheless considering making big changes to their weekday and weekend schedules. Among the shifts being considered are hiring former Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith and sending Chuck Todd’s “lackluster” MTP Daily program to the 9 a.m. slot on weekdays.



As the current situation between the U.S. and Iran continues to unfold, the people at the New York Times are showing which side they support in an unusual way. Most obituaries just give factual information about the person who passed away, but the liberal newspaper instead injected politics into the story.



Now that we’ve actually entered the year of the 2020 presidential election, the contest will undoubtedly become more contentious all the way through Tuesday, November 3. One sign of the ever-growing debate took place on Monday, when Judy Sheindlin – the star of the successful syndicated Judge Judy television program -- appeared on ABC’s The View show and discussed her role in a new advertisement endorsing Democratic billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.



The #MeToo movement accusing male celebrities of committing sexual harassment crimes is still playing out even thought we’re now in 2020, more than three years since the scandal started. The latest development came on Thursday, when a judge ruled against a motion to dismiss allegations regarding former talk show host Tavis Smiley, who was suspended by PBS after a report from an external investigator described his inappropriate behavior.



Since the Fox News Channel is dominating the cable TV market, it was inevitable that Hollywood would focus attention on the network and produce movies that show its negative side in the hope that liberals would flock to theaters to see them. While that was apparently the motivation behind Bombshell -- a “docudrama” that deals with the sexual misconduct charges made by female employees that brought down former FNC head Roger Ailes -- the film has been a flop at the box office, dropping from 6th place to 9th during its second weekend in wide release.



Primetime ratings for the Fox News Channel reached a new average high of 2.5 million viewers per night in 2019, making it the most-watched network in the slate of basic cable TV programming. Meanwhile, liberal MSNBC came in third place with an average of 1.75 million viewers during the same 12 months, while CNN fell far behind its rivals, arriving in 22nd place with an audience of only 972,000 per night.



Every time the attempt to remove President Trump from office seems that it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along comes CNN and that network’s guests to make the process appear even more bizarre. One such incident happened on Thursday, when a former GOP official -- Richard Painter, who was the White House’s top ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush -- compared the upcoming Senate hearing to a judge installing an all-white jury for a trial involving the Ku Klux Klan.



Sister Toldjah at Red State underlined a bizarre tweet from Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s weekly Reliable Sources program. As he linked to an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Christine Flowers about Stelter's critique of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch appearing on Fox & Friends, he complained: "Debate tweets here on Twitter! Use print editorial space for more important, and local, issues."



Ever since the arrival of online news sources, American print outlets have struggled to remain relevant and financially solvent. Those efforts have resulted in the China Daily media organization paying millions of dollars to such U.S. newspapers as the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal with advertisements prepared to pass as actual news stories.



Thanks to Project Veritas, ABC News was linked to Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged long history sexually exploiting underage girls after Project Veritas's November 5 airing of Amy Robach admitting on a hot mic that the network intentionally quashed her interview with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the exploited women. Giuffre has alleged she was repeatedly raped by Prince Andrew. According to the Washington Examiner’s Mike Brest, a two-hour, January 9 ABC special on Epstein is in the works, but it will not include Robach’s 2015 interview with Giuffre. The document Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein, will air that evening from 9 to 11 p.m.



It’s been several months since the #MeToo movement faded from public view, but that doesn’t mean the problem of sexual harassment has gone away completely. The latest example of “he said, she said” came when a website reported that a female producer with CBS’s 60 Minutes program accused a male former boss of unlawful “discriminatory” and “retaliatory” conduct.



Remember earlier this month when Democratic impeachment witness Pamela Karlan attacked the Trump family? She testified that even though the “President can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron.” Later that day, Karlan apologized for her caustic remark. However, she’s not the only person who wants to take on Trump’s 13-year-old son. Screenwriter Nicolas Curcio is looking for someone to produce his unused script entitled Barron: A Tale of Love, Loss & Legacy in which the child tries to sabotage his father’s presidential ambitions in 2016.



As people in the U.S. media prepare for the 2020 presidential election, their counterparts in the United Kingdom are clashing over the British Broadcasting Company’s radio coverage of that nation’s December 12 contest, which gave the Conservative Party a majority within the government. Instead, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has criticized the BBC’s flagship Today program for having media bias as he withdrew several government officials from the radio show, which in return slammed his claims as being “trumped up.”



While the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment hearings were playing out in the background, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews turned to Jon Meacham, the channel’s liberal presidential historian, and asked him to discuss House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of this “opportunity” to attack Donald Trump and try to throw him out of office. Of course, Meacham replied that the impeachment was indeed “a solemn moment” for the Democrats because the Republicans have become a “monarchal party,” and the President has been “acting in a kingly fashion."



As late night hosts have done since Donald Trump was elected President, comedians spent most of Tuesday evening trashing the GOP occupant of the White House and his fellow Republicans while promoting Democratic talking points as “jokes” for their liberal audiences. While the comics on NBC and ABC took shots at everyone from Georgia Republican Doug Collins to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trevor Noah of The Daily Show on Comedy Central aimed his barbs directly at Trump.



CNN continues to lose viewers, especially during its slate of primetime programs. In fact, the network’s ratings fell to a three-year low during the week of November 25 to December 1. During that period, CNN only drew an average of 643,000 people from 9 to 11 p.m., while the Fox News Channel had an audience of 2.2 million and MSNBC attracted 1.3 million. Conservatives were quick to blame what they described as CNN’s relentless anti-Trump coverage.