Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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We’re less than two months into 2020, and some Democratic presidential hopefuls have already “gone ugly,” especially in the behind-the-scenes conflict between former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Barack Obama. A 30-second advertisement implying that Bloomberg and Obama are “close allies” has drawn the ire of officials in “Obamaworld” who describe the campaign as an “incredible turnoff.”



It’s been more than a decade since Donald Trump hosted some version of The Apprentice on NBC, but that didn’t stop disgraced newsman Brian Williams from using footage from the program to cast a sinister light on the President after the Republican official pardoned several prisoners on Tuesday. Williams, who has been the host of The 11th Hour on the MSNBC cable channel since September of 2016, seemed to blame his network’s parent company for enabling Trump’s rise in politics that resulted in his time in the White House.



Endorsing one of the candidates during a presidential campaign is usually a rare thing for most reporters, celebrities and other famous people. However, retired ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson did just that when he made a video in which he expressed his public support for former Republican and wealthy Democrat Michael Bloomberg in the 2020 campaign for the White House.



In yet another sign that the print news industry is headed toward extinction, the McClatchy Company -- the second-largest local newspaper business in the nation -- has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As part of its announcement on Thursday, the 163-year-old company and owner of such newspapers as the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee and 24 other publications in 14 states, stated that its bankruptcy plan would erase 60 percent of its debt while moving the company toward “a digital future.”



Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan routinely decries complaints of anti-Trump media bias by calling liberal journalists the "reality-based press." Now she's suddenly feeling the pain of media bias....against a socialist from Vermont. In an article posted on Wednesday, Margaret Sullivan declared: "The media keep falling in love — with anybody but Bernie Sanders."



Many Republicans -- and some Democrats as well -- have been unhappy ever since wildly liberal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won New York’s 14th congressional district in November of 2018, after she upset 10-term Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley. While several people have expressed an interest in running against her in this year’s primary and general election, the most recent person to challenge that member of the liberal “Squad” is Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former anchor for the CNBC channel who is a registered Democrat and a descendant of Cuban immigrants.



As the November 3 presidential election draws ever nearer, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., shows that conservatives within the GOP and liberals in the Democratic Party get their news from very different sources. While noting that Republicans usually rely on the Fox News Channel and talk radio shows, the poll indicated that liberals use such sources as the New York Times and CNN.



Liberal political lectures didn’t just come during ABC’s Oscars show. It even came during the commercials. The New York Times spent an estimated $2 million for an ad promoting its “1619 Project," which sets out to “reframe” American history by putting everything in the context of enslaving blacks. Their ads equate the Times with “the truth,” and “the truth can change how we see the world.”



President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening had several dramatic moments, including when the GOP official awarded conservative icon Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Although the radio talk show host recently stated he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, CNN reporter Jim Acosta nevertheless slammed Limbaugh for “a history of making derogatory comments about African-Americans,” a comment Fox News Channel anchor Laura Ingraham hammered as “disgusting.”



If a recommendation made by a Canadian official becomes law, TV networks, news websites and social media companies in that nation might have no choice but to become licensed by the government or lose their ability to operate in that country. The proposal was made by Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, who was assigned to update the country’s broadcasting laws and stated that even Internet news sites will each be “asked” to obtain a government-approved license.



Even though this year’s presidential election is still nine months away and Democrats aren’t even close to nominating a candidate, some liberals are already terrified that President Trump and the members of his administration will make any transition as difficult as possible. Those changes are reminiscent of the rumor that Democrat President Bill Clinton’s staff removed all the “w” keys from the computer keyboards when they had to make way for GOP President George W. Bush in the early days of 2001.



Common complaints during the first seven days of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump were that the broadcasts went on far too long, and the hearings were boring in part because the coverage usually ran from 1 p.m. through primetime and sometimes into the early morning hours. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that ratings for coverage of the hearings fell sharply among the “Big Three” after CBS attracted an average of only 1.52 million viewers, followed by ABC with 1.29 million and 1.26 million for NBC.



It’s one thing for a cable news network to come in first place among its rivals for weeks, months or even a year, but it’s quite another now that the Fox News Channel is celebrating the achievement of topping the ratings charts for 18 consecutive years. Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt touted the victories, adding the most-watched show on CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, "finished the month as number 23 behind 14 FNC programs."



While anchors and analysts on MSNBC had nothing but praise for anyone involved in the prosecution accusations that President Trump is unfit for office and should immediately be removed, these same liberals have had nothing but contempt and ridicule for the people who sought to defend the Republican occupant of the White House. That was particularly evident on Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, when co-host Joe Scarborough sought to demean Trump defender Ken Starr -- who claimed that we’re in an “age of impeachment" -- by stating that the former Bill Clinton prosecutor had included several sexual terms in his own report two decades ago.



Four years ago, polls declared that Hillary Clinton would win the White House in a landslide. As you might expect, the folks who conducted those surveys have been trying to regain their standing ever since. The Washington Post and ABC News began 2020 by releasing their first poll on how people view things, and the survey indicates that President Trump “is in better shape than he was last fall” due to rising approval for his handling of the economy.



The impeachment trial of President Trump has only been underway for a couple of days, and already one of the liberals reporting for the ratings-challenged CNN channel is criticizing members of the Senate for not paying sufficient attention to the speeches made by the Democratic managers from the House of Representatives. One of the people angered most by the “lazy” officials was John Berman, co-host for the New Day morning program on that network, who claimed on Thursday: “[I]I’s not like the future of the Republic is at stake. Oh, wait. It is.”



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.