Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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After an extensive internal review, The New York Times announced on Tuesday that Ali Watkins would receive a “fresh start” and move from Washington, D.C., to “a new beat” in New York City even though the 26-year-old reporter had been romantically involved with at least two potential sources over a three-year period. Executive Editor Dean Baquet explained the decision by stating the Times “must be a humane place that can allow for second chances when there are mitigating circumstances.”



A new nationwide survey conducted last week found that most Americans are now closer to President Trump’s policies than those of the Democratic Party on such issues as illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. “Americans want to show compassion for those that are here, but want much tougher enforcement of immigration laws,” according to a Harvard-Harris poll conducted June 24-25 with 1,448 registered voters. They also “want to solve the problem of illegal immigration, not keep kicking the can down the road,” former Clinton pollster and strategist Mark Penn stated.



As if the past week hasn’t been tough enough on liberals, Trevor Noah -- the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show -- decided on Thursday evening to join the chorus of voices slamming President Trump, whom he accused of “giving America judicial herpes.” Noah didn’t even wait for the Republican in the White House to name a candidate to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before asserting: “Regardless of what happens in his presidency now, Donald Trump will leave a mark on this country for decades to come.”



As part of the media’s hysterical reaction after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Time magazine gave ardent feminist Jill Filipovic a platform to warn about the many perils America would face if the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion is overturned.



Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather spent most of Monday night slamming President Donald Trump as everything from “reckless” and “divisive” on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes to “mean as a wolverine” while a guest on CNN Tonight with host Don Lemon two hours later. While on CNN, Rather asserted: “History is going to not judge well … Republicans in Congress and others who don't speak out when their heart, when their conscience tells them that they should. ... It's not an overstatement to say that what's going on now is a great and decisive battle for the soul of the country.”



Viewers who watch The Late Show weeknights on CBS have heard host Stephen Colbert slam GOP President Donald Trump on a regular basis, but on Thursday, the liberal comedian turned his venom onto a different target: Melania Trump. Colbert used his monologue to criticize the First Lady for wearing a jacket with the phrase “I really don’t care, do U?” on her back during what the late-night host called “the middle of the worst moral scandal in recent memory -- so bad that her husband backed down for the first time in memory.”



As if being a regular contributor to the Morning Joe weekday program isn’t proof enough that John Heilemann is a liberal Democrat, the MSNBC analyst did his best to leave no doubt where he stands politically during an interview on Wednesday. After slamming President Trump’s executive order to prevent children from being taken away from families after illegally crossing the Mexican border into the U.S., the national affairs analyst stated: “We have a great chance” to inflict “a political price” on “him and his party” during the mid-term elections in November.



While appearing as a guest on ABC’s The View program on Tuesday, actor/director Kevin Costner was asked by liberal co-host Joy Behar to share his thoughts on the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. After stumbling for a moment, Costner replied: “I'm not recognizing America right now. I don't recognize its voice.” That comment drew applause from the studio audience, and he then added: “We can be about more, and right now we're acting really small.”



Hours after the U.S. Inspector General office released a report on Thursday regarding liberal media bias in the Department of Justice and the FBI, radio host Mark Levin used an appearance on that day’s edition of Fox News Channel’s Hannity program to address the fact that “those people had as their purpose to interfere” with the 2016 presidential election. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the conservative activist also declared that this interference was “worse than the Russians … could have ever dreamed of” and added: “In James Comey’s FBI, there was collusion" and “a culture of leaks” to liberals in the press.



Just when it seemed that Kathy Griffin might actually have learned something from the backlash to the picture of her holding a fake, severed head of Donald Trump more than a year ago, the liberal comedian demonstrated that she still has a serious case of “Foot-in-Mouth Disease."



During his opening monologue on Tuesday evening, ABC late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel once again attacked Donald Trump, this time asserting that the Republican president “wanted to make it look like he did something big” in his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- “whether he did something big or not.” The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! tried to cast doubt on the results of the meeting in Singapore by declaring: "Trump claims he got North Korea to commit to destroying a major missile testing site,” but the president “was not leaving the summit without claiming he made a deal.”



Since the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has received wall-to-wall press coverage, it’s not surprising that analysts on CNN might struggle to come up with a fresh angle on describing the event. However, panelists on Monday’s edition of CNN Tonight showed their displeasure with the entire process when they grumbled about the list of items on the menu while stating they’re “really hungry” for “some substance here.”



It’s certainly no surprise that Sean Hannity disagrees with many of the comments made by Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC. However, the prime-time Fox News Channel host went far further than that during his Thursday program, when he criticized the co-host of Morning Joe for claiming President Trump is “upset” that he can’t access pornography in the White House.



It’s not unusual for viewers of Morning Joe to hear people attack President Trump. However, the crew of the MSNBC weekday series took the discussion to a new low on Thursday, when co-host Joe Scarborough and contributor John Heilemann criticized the GOP occupant of the White House on his reaction to rumors about the First Lady’s health. The clash began on Wednesday, when the President tweeted: "The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania."



Just when it seemed that Michael Moore had finally left the national stage for good, the liberal filmmaker and activist took advantage of comments made this week by comedian Roseanne Barr and President Donald Trump to place the public spotlight squarely back on himself. In a Twitter message posted on Wednesday, Moore stated: “I know Roseanne. And I know Trump. And they are about to rue the day they knew me … .”



As the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews has said some very startling things along the way, but it’s hard to top his comment during Tuesday’s edition regarding the behavior of Republican men, who “are told” to “read the Wall Street Journal, play golf and talk about pro sports." "I mean," he added, "the men especially are all programmed a certain way. They don’t have too many outliers, Republicans. They all behave basically the same, right?”



Most of the people who appear on CNN are, unsurprisingly, liberals. However, every so often, a guest veers so far to the left that even the hosts are surprised by what that person says. That was the case on Wednesday morning, when Michaela Angela Davis responded to a question posed during the New Day program by co-host John Berman.



Slamming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during April's White House Correspondents’ Dinner was apparently not enough for liberal comedian Michelle Wolf, so she continued her barrage on Sunday night as part of the premiere of Netflix's The Break. Wolf, who was criticized for attacking the White House official’s “looks” at the dinner, was careful to state that she was not commenting on Sanders’ appearance but was instead criticizing her “ugly personality.



Bill de Blasio, the wildly liberal mayor of New York City, stated during an interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show that he would have no problem with the conservative New York Post going out of business. In fact, he noted, “I will not shed a tear” if the newspaper goes under.



Put simply, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough has a very nasty habit. When someone disagrees with him, he often resorts to hammering that person as being either “too stupid” or “too incompetent” to be taken seriously. That pattern of behavior continued on Wednesday, when the former Republican stated that “you’re too stupid to handle household appliances” if you believe there was a conspiracy by the Justice Department, the FBI and the administration of former President Barack Obama to rig the 2016 presidential election.