Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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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.



The Democrats in Congress are rolling ahead to vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump, but it's hard to ignore that the nation’s economy is roaring to the best numbers seen since 1969, according to the November jobs report released on Friday. CNBC host Jim Cramer responded to the good news by admitting that liberal “people don’t want to say good things” even though the new Labor Department document contains “the best number I’ve ever seen in my life!”

 



Ever since Donald Trump won the White House in November of 2016, the networks’ late-night “comedy” hosts have been constantly criticizing the Republican official for doing everything they could possibly think of -- and making up other charges along the way. That was certainly the case on Wednesday evening, when the host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! joked that other leaders across the world made fun of him at the NATO summit in London before claiming other people in attendance were “laughing at our ridiculous president” even though “that is our job.”



Many people who watch the top-rated Fox News Channel believe that its viewership is composed entirely of conservatives with no one from the left side of the political aisle there to keep its audience “fair and balanced.” That’s not the perspective of Jessica Tarlov, a “progressive” contributor who regularly participates in FNC programs ranging from the weeknight Hannity show to the noontime Outnumbered series in which “one lucky guy” discusses current issues with four female participants.



During the past several years, the New York Times has been expanding its reach into cable television programming in an effort to remain relevant to TV viewers across the country. The latest aspect of that strategy was announced on Monday, when representatives of the liberal newspaper stated they were changing from their usually hidden endorsement process for Democratic candidates in that party’s primaries to airing parts of interviews with those contenders on the paper’s FX channel program, which is entitled The Weekly.



A political reporter for the liberal Newsweek magazine has been dismissed after producing an inaccurate article regarding President Trump’s activities on Thanksgiving Day, claiming that the GOP occupant of the White House intended to spend the holiday just “tweeting and golfing.” The item was posted before the President traveled to Afghanistan to visit the U.S. soldiers stationed there, and it was a serious blow to Jessica Kwong, whose Twitter screen name identifies her as covering the “Trump administration and family,” as well as the 2020 presidential contest.



Liberal Democrats are apparently not in the holiday spirit, a fact that was demonstrated on Tuesday morning’s edition of the America’s Newsroom program on the Fox News Channel, where host Bill Hemmer did his best to corral a guest who attempted to take corral a guest who insisted Tucker Carlson should be fired. The guest was Michael Blake, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and an African-American liberal who was supposed to analyze the field of candidates trying to get his party’s nomination for president. Instead, he questioned why the host of the weeknight Tucker Carlson Tonight program still has a job because the host once called white supremacy a “hoax.”



There are times when it seems that obviously liberal outlets in the “mainstream media” get away with producing “fake news” without facing any consequences for their poor reporting. That situation will change after Thanksgiving, when California Republican Devin Nunes -- one of the press’s favorite targets during the “impeachment inquiry” held recently in the U.S. House of Representatives -- fights back in federal court against “demonstrably false” articles that have appeared on CNN and the Daily Beast website.



As part of their never-ending quest to take down President Trump, the “experts” at MSNBC came up with a unique charge on Tuesday’s edition of the Morning Joe program, when a guest claimed that the GOP occupant of the White House was “compromised” by Russia as far back as 1977. Instead of questioning the unlikely accusation, co-host Willie Geist agreed with the charge that Trump had gone from being a “useful idiot” to an “unwitting asset” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was actually described by the pundit as a “super-villain.”



Well-known climate alarmist and retired actor/director Robert Redford continued his assault on President Trump on Friday by calling the GOP official "one unqualified authoritarian” whose “depraved indifference to the climate crisis” does not define “Americans' commitments or the character of our nation. ... The clock is ticking so loudly” that “the rest of the world can hear it,” he stated. 



Environmental activist and actress Jane Fonda continues to follow through on her pledge to get arrested in Washington, D.C., every Friday as part of an ongoing effort to fight climate change, which she described as “an urgent crisis.” In fact, the 81-year-old liberal has even called on other famous people to join her in the nation’s capital, stating in an interview that she was “inspired” to take on the challenge by 16-year-old “climate warrior” and Swedish teen Greta Thunberg.



With less than a year until election day, the liberal late night shows are offering daily support to the various Democratic presidential candidates. During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, Mandy Moore -- a liberal actress who is “friendly” with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- enthusiastically endorsed the candidate as someone who is “overwhelmingly qualified” and “brilliant.”



According to a page on Andrew Yang’s website, his liberal policies include providing Medicare for all, fighting climate change, providing a pathway to citizenship for “undocumented immigrants” and supporting LGBTQ+ rights. Despite that, Time magazine on Tuesday failed to label him a “liberal.” 



Even though it’s been more than a decade since Katie Couric hosted a news program on ABC, CBS or NBC, “America’s Sweetheart” is still popular with many journalists who continue to shower her with praise and awards. That behavior continued on Saturday evening, when Couric received a 2019 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism during a ceremony where the liberal anchor stated: “I’ve been doing it for so long that I think people know I’m fair-minded and trustworthy."



In yet another example of the massive double standard between the way the “mainstream media” treats liberals and conservatives, Politico media reporter Michael Calderone greeted the resignation of disgraced Democrat congresswoman Katie Hill as an "epic dilemma" for the media. One media critic even warned of the oncoming "congressional selfie apocalypse."



More than two months after the New York Times began an ambitious plan to “reframe” the history of slavery in this country, the August 18 issue of the newspaper’s magazine referring to the 1619 Project has sold out in the publication’s online store. In addition, supporters of the effort have encouraged its producers to add to their crusade by expanding the articles into a book.



While 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris is not leading in any national polls or major fund-raising efforts, the California senator is ahead in a significant category for the Democratic Party: Hollywood celebrities, who have contributed $1.1 million to her campaign so far. As further proof that entertainment is wildly disconnected from people across the country, Pete Buttigieg -- the homosexual mayor of South Bend, Indiana -- is Hollywood’s second choice, with more than $922,000 coming from stars in the entertainment business during the third quarter of 2019.



The case involving a student from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky and a Native American activist took a dramatic turn on Monday, when a federal judge in the Bluegrass State changed his earlier ruling that denied Nicholas Sandmann’s choice to sue the Washington Post for defamation. The original incident took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in mid-January, when the 16-year-old junior and his fellow students took part in the nearby March for Life rally with several of them wearing red “Make America Great Again” caps.



It came as no surprise that Jeff Zucker, president of the liberal CNN network, stated on Thursday that he’d be “very open” to talking with Shepard Smith after the former anchor startled almost everyone by suddenly leaving the Fox News Channel on October 11. Of course, Zucker added that such a discussion would only take place after Smith’s contract expires and the “very talented” newsman becomes “available.”



Despite his role in the ongoing debacle with disgraced former star Matt Lauer, NBC decided to renew the contract of embattled president Noah Oppenheim. According to Variety, this came even as the company prepared to defend itself against allegations recently raised by Ronan Farrow’s explosive book, Catch and Kill.