Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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When interviewing individuals from conservative and Republican organizations, most people in the “mainstream media” identify the backgrounds of those guests so they can’t be considered anything else. However, those anchors are not quite as definitive when it comes to liberal groups that declare themselves to be “nonpartisan." 


Eric Swalwell, a liberal Democrat from California’s 15th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, stated on Monday, February 5, that he was introducing a measure designed to “make a federal crime of certain attacks on those reporting the news.” As part of his announcement, he blamed the need for the bill, entitled the "Journalist Protection Act," on Republican President Donald Trump.


While a guest on Thursday's edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS, Meghan McCain described her departure from the Fox News Channel to be the conservative co-host on The View weekday program as “weird.”

“This show has been on for 21 years, and I’m the 21st host,” McCain told Colbert. “I’ve been on so many shows where people never watched and couldn’t figure out what channel it was on."


It became obvious on Monday evening that CNN has never adopted the Fox motto of “fair and balanced” reporting,especially when Don Lemon -- liberal host of the weekday CNN Tonight program -- tried to deflect any effort by GOP President Donald Trump to take credit for the recent significant drop in black unemployment.


During the past few days, several news outlets -- including the New York Times and CNN -- have reported that during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, the Democratic candidate “overruled” a sexual misconduct charge made by one of her senior advisers. Most national media outlets skipped over that Clinton-embarrassing scoop.


At first glance, it might seem that the mostly conservative Fox News Channel would be considered more politically divisive than such liberal cable networks as MSNBC and CNN. However, that’s not what the Morning Consult polling firm found when the organization surveyed 336,370 Americans over the previous three months to determine which brands divide Democrats and Republicans the most.


Just when it seemed that the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals involving dozens of men in Hollywood, the Democratic Party and the government had finally run its course, Minnesota Public Radio President Jon McTaggart released a statement on Wednesday, January 24, to counter accusations made by Garrison Keillor, the long-time host of the popular program A Prairie Home Companion.


It’s certainly no secret that Republican President Donald Trump and the liberals in the “mainstream media” haven’t gotten along since before Trump was inaugurated on Saturday, January 20, 2017. However, that hostile relationship was raised several notches when CNN Tonight host Don Lemon accused Trump on Tuesday of using “Fake News” in such a harmful way that, in Lemon's book, it's inspired people to conspire to murder journalists.


It didn’t take long after the three-day federal government shutdown ended for liberals in the Democratic Party and the mainstream media to do all they can to assign blame for what is being called the “Trump Shutdown” by CNN Newsroom guest and Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), who branded it as “insane” and was a result of the “complete ineptitude of this president and Republican leadership.”


While a guest on the weekday program CNN Newsroom last week, Doug Brinkley -- the Cable News Network’s presidential historian -- used the opportunity to slam Republican Donald Trump’s first year in the White House by calling him an “asterisks president” and stating that he will be remembered for “racism” and “bigotry.”


While acknowledging that technological advances “have made it easier for Americans to connect with each other and to find information, including details about the major issues facing the country,” a poll conducted in late 2017 by four liberal foundations indicates that media bias and “fake news” are still serious problems.


Ever since liberal late-night talk-show personality David Letterman hosted his final episode of Late Night on the CBS network on May 20, 2015, he has made several appearances at other events, including the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of the program’s celebrity correspondents.


Just when it seemed that the scandal involving former U.S. Senator Al Franken -- who was photographed apparently groping female reporter Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 United Service Organizations tour -- was finally over, along came Bill Maher, host of the Home Box Office political talk show Real Time, who was pictured doing the same to fellow comedian Bob Saget during a plane trip to and from Hawaii.


How many people went to the movie theaters in the past 12 months to watch such films as Blade Runner 2049, Geostorm, Downsizing or An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power?

If you’re not one of them, you’re not alone. Each of those movies featured the catastrophic results of climate change and global warming as one of its major plot points, which failed to draw audiences in 2017.


It’s understandable that executives at the National Broadcasting Company want to cut down or eliminate accusations of sexual harassment after longtime Today anchor Matt Lauer was fired on Wednesday, November 28, but NBC’s new guidelines have employees responding that they may have gone too far in the opposite direction.

According to an article by Emily Smith of the Page Six website, staffers at the network must “report any inappropriate relationships in the workplace.” If not, “they could be fired for covering up for colleagues.”


For the last time in 2017, Seth Meyers used a monologue on the Thursday, December 21, edition of his NBC Late Night program to slam President Donald Trump regarding the tax-cut bill that Republicans in Congress passed earlier this week.

Not surprisingly, the liberal comedian began his “A Closer Look” segment by claiming: “Republicans spent yesterday gleefully celebrating their tax plan and lavishing praise on President Trump, with Trump even going so far as to claim that he also repealed ObamaCare.”


Comedienne Rosie O’Donnell took her feuding with Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump to a higher level this week, when she offered to give two Senators $2 million each for voting against the GOP tax cut bill, which nevertheless was passed on Wednesday.

However, neither Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona nor Susan Collins from Maine accepted her offer, especially after she was accused of using her money as a “political bribe” by several onsite websites.


Josh Meyer, a senior investigative reporter for the Politico website, was a guest on the weeknight program Fox News @Night on Tuesday to defend his article against accusations from former Obama administration officials who attempted to discredit his report and smear Politico.


Robert Redford, who is best known for starring in such movies as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President’s Men, wrote an article for the December 11 issue of TIME magazine, which describes him as also a “director, producer and environmental activist.”


After a ceremony on Tuesday, December 12, in which President Donalt Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta rejected a request by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders not to ask Trump a question at the event.