Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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During Barack Obama's final overseas trip as the president of America, the outgoing Democrat sat down for an interview with German reporters in a discussion that ranged from the victory of Republican President-Elect Donald Trump to the likelihood that many items in the Democrat's legacy will be reversed when he leaves the White House.

The first question in the interview by Klaus Brinkbaumer and Sonia Seymour Mikich was: “Donald Trump won the election, revealing massive discontent and rifts within American society. Did the amount of anger actually surprise you?”


Just when we thought we'd heard the last from Keith Olbermann, the former MSNBC bomb-thrower has created an online video series for GQ magazine entitled The Resistance, in which the former sportscaster and political commentator is lashing out at President-Elect Donald Trump as “the man who was elected by a minority” whose actions are “not normal.”

The fire-breathing pundit also targeted former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close confidante of Trump. Olbermann argued there were “avenues” for economic blow back against Trump supporters like Giuliani, who he said has ties to ride-sharing app company Uber.


Donna Brazile -- interim chair of the Democratic National Committee – gave a lecture on Monday at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she sharply criticized the Cable News Network for not letting her defend herself against incriminating emails released online and instead firing her after 14 years as a political commentator.

In addition, she told the audience at the small women's school that she never got on Hillary Clinton's campaign airplane or prepped the candidate for any of the debates. She also derided WikiLeaks, which leaked the “damning emails,” by repeatedly calling the organization “WikiLies.”


Symone Sanders, a former press secretary to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a Cable News Network contributor, on Monday's edition of the At This Hour With Berman and Bolduan program attacked and dismissed a supporter of President-Elect Donald Trump who was beaten up by a mob in Chicago on Wednesday because he was white.

Kate Bolduan, co-host of the weekday program with John Berman, first spoke with Sanders, who began the clash by stating: “The audacity of privileged white people to sit on national television and question if hate crimes are happening, to flippantly say 'Stop it; it's not OK,' and not put any actions behind those words is appalling to me.”


Mark Halperin, managing editor for the Bloomberg Politics media outlet, said during Thursday's edition of the Morning Joe program on the MSNBC cable television channel that the New York Times is continuing its campaign of obvious bias against Donald Trump even after the Republican candidate won the presidential election on Tuesday.

As proof of his assertion, Halperin held up the day's edition of the newspaper with the front-page headline of “Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency.” “If  Donald Trump had lost,” he asked, “do you think the press would have been so concerned about his supporters in their disappointment?”


Superheroes in comic books usually use their time, powers and weapons righting wrongs, helping people in trouble and defeating supervillains who often want to conquer the planet. However, that's not the case with Ms. Marvel -- whose secret identity is Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager -- in the next issue of her title from Marvel Comics, when the polymorph who can change her shape and lengthen her arms and legs tries to encourage people in her New Jersey hometown to vote for Hillary Clinton.


If there was any doubt who the host of NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers is rooting for in next Tuesday's presidential election, his “A Closer Look” segment on Thursday's program made it obvious that he favors Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican rival Donald Trump.

“With the election still five days away,” he began his monologue, “Republicans are already threatening years of political paralysis if Hillary Clinton wins, with some promising to block her Supreme Count nominees for years and others saying she should be impeached."


During an interview on the syndicated television program In Depth With Graham Bensinger, liberal writer, director and comedian Judd Apatow used the opportunity as a guest on the weekend show to slam Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as “a sociopath,” “a very, very dangerous person” and “a madman.”

Apatow's rant came after the host asked him a simple question: “How do you view Donald Trump?” The guest, who has used his Twitter account to hammer the GOP candidate on a wide variety of subjects, could barely restrain himself while doling out a tremendous amount of venom.


New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet criticized the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign by the Cable News Network and the Fox News Channel as being “in the long run, bad for democracy and those institutions” in an interview with the Financial Times published on Friday.

“This mix of entertainment and news, and news masquerading as entertainment, is kind of funny except that we now have a guy who is a product of that world nominated as Republican presidential candidate,” Baquet stated.


A confidant of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta explained in an e-mail how to get the New York Times to change how the daily newspaper covered the secretary of state, according to e-mails made public by WikiLeaks from the chairman's hacked Gmail account.

Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden told Podesta how former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with Arthur Sulzberger, publisher of the Times, to get the paper to stop treating him like a billionaire dilettante instead of a third-term mayor.


In a recent op-ed for TIME magazine, Public Broadcasting Service late-night host Tavis Smiley expressed concern that blacks in America might one day return to slavery if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election on November 8.

“In my lifetime, I have never seen Congress so blatantly mock our Constitution,” the host stated. “It’s especially striking that it comes from the political party that’s always lecturing us about the 'rule of law.' What’s worse is that they’re getting away with it.”


Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos used the opportunity of being a guest on CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to criticize Donald Trump's use of the term “bad hombres” during his final debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.

The GOP candidate for president used the phrase while discussing his views on illegal immigration, which led Colbert to call Trump a “loco hombre” before discussing Ramos's new documentary, Hate Rising, to explore the Republican campaign's “connection to racism and white nationalism.”


In an unusual turn of events, Chris Cuomo -- a liberal co-anchor of the Cable News Network's New Day morning program -- actually grilled Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, on Thursday regarding an unflattering email she sent regarding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The missive -- which was released as part of the WikiLeaks' “document dumps” -- read: Clinton's “inability to just do a national interview and communicate genuine feelings of remorse and regret is now I fear becoming a character problem."


More than 20 years after founding the Fox News Channel on cable television, famous Republican strategist Roger Ailes and his resignation in July after ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment will be the focus of an upcoming TV miniseries.

Liberal Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman -- whose book The Loudest Voice in the Room will serve as some of the source material for the series -- will collaborate with Tom McCarthy, whose independent film Spotlight won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2015, as noted in an announcement made at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit.


As if this election cycle hasn't been turbulent enough, Michael Moore -- producer of such liberal “schlockumentaries” as Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 -- is putting last-minute editing touches on his latest project, which is entitled Michael Moore in TrumpLand.

Set to open in New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the film is described this way in its synopsis: “See the film Ohio Republicans tried to shut down. Oscar-winner Michael Moore dives right into hostile territory with his daring and hilarious one-man show, deep in the heart of TrumpLand in the weeks before the 2016 election.”


During Saturday's edition of MSNBC's AM Joy program, host Joy Reid disagreed with the chairman of the Black Republican Caucus of Florida, Sean P. Jackson, when he said that if it was not for Republicans, African-Americans would still be enslaved.

“Sean, Abraham Lincoln is long dead. Let’s talk about the current Republican nominee,” Reid said. “I think the reason African-Americans have civil rights is because African-Americans fought for them.”


In an unusual turn of events, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was “very disappointed” that Jimmy Kimmel failed to ask her about UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) during an appearance on his late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November.

The reason? She had practiced her answer on the topic beforehand, according to an internal Clinton campaign email made public by WikiLeaks.


Ever since WikiLeaks began releasing once-private messages from Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, people have had even more hard evidence of the mainstream media’s support for and collusion with Democratic Party operatives and campaigns.

One recent example shows CNBC’s Becky Quick -- the co-host of the channel’s popular show Squawk Box and a co-moderator with John Harwood at a 2015 Republican primary debate -- promising to support Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who had just been named the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.


While speaking at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, singer and activist Cher not only slammed both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, she also attacked the GOP presidential candidate's sons -- Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump -- for posting an online picture of themselves holding a dead leopard they killed during a hunt in Africa.

Referring to the photograph, Cher declared: “I think that when that kind of message is sent from people who are influential, it’s the exact wrong message” even though the singer took a different view of the value of life in August of 2012, when she declared: “May God take my voice if I stop promoting abortion.”


“The Chicago Tribune is clearly unconcerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson didn't know what Aleppo is, couldn't identify a single foreign leader for Chris Matthews and was clueless about the identity of Harriet Tubman,” James Warren stated in an article posted on Friday.

Warren's remarks on the newspaper's endorsement of Johnson for president are particularly interesting since he previously served as the Washington Bureau chief for the newspaper before becoming the chief media writer for the Poynter.org website.