Ryan Foley was an intern in the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division.
Ryan Foley has written for the school newspaper in both high school and college, with a total of eight years of writing experience. He graduated from Rhode Island College in May 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. Since graduating from college, he has written for Red Alert Politics and Rouser News in addition to maintaining a personal blog. Ryan was a participant in the National Journalism Center's Spring 2018 internship program. Ryan currently resides in Westerly, Rhode Island and is a native of Elmira, New York.
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On Tuesday, talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh dove into the media freakout over President Trump's fast-food banquet for the national college football champions, the Clemson Tigers. He singled out CNN's Erin Burnett for crying sexism. "The president said something so offensive that upon hearing it a cable news infobabe nearly lost her cookies. Do you remember the sound bite? It was only a few seconds. Do you know what he might have said that just sent somebody into orbit?...Right! That the first lady would be making salads!"
A group of Democrats gathered in Puerto Rico over the weekend to meet with lobbyists and attend a showing of the Broadway production Hamilton. However, by watching TV on Sunday, most Americans probably would have no idea. Of the five Sunday talk shows, only Face The Nation bothered to cover the Democrats’ convocation in Puerto Rico; which took place in the midst of a partial government shutdown.
During Thursday’s edition of All In With Chris Hayes, the eponymous host joined a long list of cable TV personalities who have smeared President Trump’s supporters or anyone supportive of building a wall on the southern border with Mexico as racist. As for Hayes, he delivered a monologue, which concluded with the assertion that the Trump base wants “an ethnically pure America.”
During Thursday's edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity pointed out how liberal journalists engaged in hypocrisy by deciding to dismiss the situation at the southern border as a “manufactured crisis.” Hannity also contrasted the media’s complete denial of a crisis at the border today with their declaration of code red over a similar situation at the border back in 2014, when their beloved President Obama was in office.
During Wednesday’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and his panel reacted with scorn to President Trump’s Oval Office address. All told, the panel engaged in hyperbole; describing the Trump administration as a “Seinfeld presidency” and declaring the President himself a national emergency.
During Tuesday's edition of The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell, the eponymous host asked historian Jon Meacham to address a tweet he sent out earlier in the evening, featuring a quote from Georgia Governor Clifford Walker at a 1924 Ku Klux Klan Convention, who argued that America should "build a wall of steel, a wall as high as Heaven." Meacham concluded the tweet with the hashtag #PastIsPrologue, an obvious attempt to compare President Trump to a Ku Klux Klan sympathizer.
During Monday’s edition of Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and his panel predicted that the Republican Party will be “reduced to dust” if it continues to stand behind President Trump amid the government shutdown. After calling him a liar, Scarborough asked “why does this party continue marching over the cliff like lemmings behind a guy...whose approval rating is about 40 percent on an issue where 75 percent of Americans oppose the President?”
During Sunday’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter and his panel discussed a book by former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson that argues that the paper has become too anti-Trump. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni did his best to justify the paper’s coverage of the President, describing the negative coverage as “the only honest way to cover this President.”
During Thursday’s edition of Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough brought up the well-worn topic of invoking the 25th Amendment. Apparently, a New Year does not mean that MSNBC hosts have come up with new talking points to use when expressing their disdain for President Trump.
During Thursday’s edition of The View, the panel reacted to a clip of Wednesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, where the eponymous host pointed to studies showing that “when men make less money than women, women generally don’t want to marry them.” As a whole, the panel seemed dismissive of his argument, saying his arguments came from “loony town” and seamed “real nutty.”
During Wednesday’s edition of The Five, co-host Greg Gutfeld delivered a monologue addressing freshman Utah Senator Mitt Romney’s op-ed offering scathing criticism of President Trump’s character; while offering tepid praise of some of his accomplishments.. Gutfeld also referenced the media’s complete 180 on their treatment of Romney, comparing their adoring praise of him now to their coverage of him back in 2012 when he was at the top of the Republican ticket in the 2012 Presidential Election.
It was a round-up of freak-outs on Sunday’s edition of Up With David Gura, where they discussed comments made by outgoing White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. Guests on the panel used the platform to make a veiled comparison of President Trump to Hitler as well as to push the false assertion that “there’s no such thing as an illegal immigrant.”
During Thursday’s edition of Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough opened the show by playing a clip of President Trump speaking to troops during a surprise visit to Iraq. While Scarborough praised the President’s trips to Iraq and Germany, describing them as “very good and valuable uses of the President’s time over the Christmas holidays,” it did not take long for the Trump-bashing to begin. Scarborough used his opening monologue to trash President Trump for holding the troops “captive” and offered an extensive criticism of the President’s foreign policy before arguing that America will not be great again until after President Trump leaves Washington.
Just three days after his old partner in the Watergate reporting, Carl Bernstein appeared on CNN and argued that Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation letter proved President Trump was “unfit” to serve as President, Bob Woodward appeared on CNN’s New Day, where guest co-host Erica Hill wanted his analysis on the issues of the day: the government shutdown and the resignation of Mattis. While generally more mild-mannered and less outwardly partisan than Bernstein, Woodward also had some hyperbolic analysis; specifically describing the current situation in Washington as a “dangerous time.”
CNN’s Reliable Sources used to be a show about journalism and media ethics. In the Trump era, it’s all about Trump and conservatives ruining America. After weighing in on the “embarrassing” government shutdown, it did not take long for the discussion to veer off into a debate about whether or not the Mattis resignation letter proves that President Trump is “unfit to be the President.”
As NewsBusters has reported, the media have cited their favorite Republicans in blaming the shutdown on conservative media stars. During Friday’s edition of The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, the panel suggested that Ann Coulter bears responsibility for the government shutdown because she dared to challenge the President’s “manhood.”
During Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the eponymous host took several shots at President Trump during his opening monologue. It did not take long for Kimmel to begin mocking the people donating to the GoFundMe page set up to secure money for the border wall, claiming that “a lot of these people are dipping into their meth money for this.”
During Tuesday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time, host Chris Cuomo slammed Fox News’s Tucker Carlson for his “hateful speech” that caused companies who run ads during his show to jump ship. It did not take long for the segment to get personal, with Cuomo mocking Carlson’s “puppy dog puss.”
During Sunday’s AM Joy, host Joy Reid and her panel took shots at White House adviser Stephen Miller, President Trump and his base for their “radical” views on immigration. The panel ultimately concluded that “Trump and his base are in a closed universe” and that “his base is scared of anyone who is not visibly white.”
During Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter and most of his panel seemed quite confident that the walls are closing in on President Trump. Stelter opened the show by asking “does the public understand just how much trouble the President is in? If not, that’s a failing of the press.” After playing some clips of TV personalities declaring that the President is in serious trouble, Stelter brought in his panel, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Will Bunch, CNN Political Commentator Joan Walsh, and Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast. The segment featured a well-worn Trump-Watergate comparison, in addition to some insightful analysis on the media’s obsession with the Russia probe and their refusal to cover anything that might actually paint the Trump administration in a positive light.