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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Friday’s Cuomo Prime Time featured a segment with three guests making their predictions regarding “what to watch for in the coming year.” The most outrageous prediction came from CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, who predicted “the mainstreaming and further popularization of white supremacist conspiracy theories” that he argues have come to define Trump’s America.
On Thursday’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough held a panel discussion focused on “what it would take for evangelicals to turn on President Trump.” In what has become a commonplace occurrence on Morning Joe, members of the panel attempted to portray evangelicals as racist; claiming that their support for the President stems from their shared belief in “xenophobia” and “nativism.”
Sunday’s Reliable Sources featured a ten-minute segment painting Republicans and President Trump as liars and trashing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It did not take long for members of the panel to begin comparing Trump’s America to the Soviet Union and the Third Reich.
During Friday’s Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham and Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo discussed how “all hell broke loose” in the liberal media over Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's appearance on Fox & Friends. After the duo highlighted liberal media personalities’ reactions to Gorsuch’s decision to appear on such a “partisan” program, they exposed the media’s double standard by pointing to Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appearance on late-night TV and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorable portrayal in a CNN documentary.
Left-wing comedian Samantha Bee traveled to Hong Kong to meet with pro-democracy protesters committed to holding “China accountable for their actions,” airing her interviews on Wednesday’s edition of Full Frontal. It came as quite a shock to the vehemently anti-Trump Bee that the protesters actually liked the President and Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
Not surprisingly, left-wing comedian Samantha Bee was ecstatic about the impeachment of President Trump. During the opening segment of Wednesday’s edition of Full Frontal, Bee described the impeachment of the 45th President of the United States as a “Christmas miracle” and recycled the phrase “Merry Impeachmas,” introduced by The Washington Post’s Rachael Bade.
Throughout his one-on-one debate with former Congressman Sean Duffy, CNN host Chris Cuomo repeatedly slammed Republicans for their “silence” on President Trump’s tweet declaring that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “teeth were falling out” and called into question the Christianity of Duffy and others in the GOP for daring to defend the remark: "If you want to hold yourself as a Christian, you can’t make any of the arguments you’re making right now.”
During an appearance on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, New Yorker columnist Masha Gessen expressed horror that “reasonable people can disagree” about whether President Trump deserved to be impeached, describing that notion as “absolutely terrifying.” Throughout the entire segment, Gessen and other members of the panel demonstrated hostility towards the notion of disagreement on the impeachment issue and described assertions that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election as “conspiracy theories” that have been “backed up by a Russian disinformation campaign.”
CNN host Chris Cuomo began his closing argument Friday night by complaining that Democrats did not fight hard enough to make their case for impeachment. Cuomo also repeatedly used the hashtag #DirtyDonald that recently began trending on Twitter when describing President Trump’s behavior; making him essentially indistinguishable from a Democratic activist.
Full Frontal host Samantha Bee began her opening monologue Wednesday night by expressing her excitement that “the Democrats announced articles of impeachment this week.” Throughout the monologue, Bee made it perfectly clear that the “impeachment fever” she came down with three weeks ago has not subsided at all.
Throughout his closing argument, Monday, CNN host Chris Cuomo made a series of ridiculous statements as he pushed for impeachment. Not surprisingly, the TV personality trashed congressional Republicans who have not voted to impeach the President for “ignoring their oath.” Cuomo also attempted to accuse the GOP of acting like the “Deep State,” a concept that he would otherwise have contempt for.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo devoted his closing argument to trashing Nikki Haley for claiming in an interview with The Blaze that white supremacist Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof “hijacked everything that people thought of” in terms of "sacrifice and service and heritage” by “holding the Confederate flag” as he committed the murders. According to the chyron at the bottom of the screen, Haley’s comment served as proof positive that “Trump’s habit of downplaying bigotry spreads within (the) GOP.”
Just two months after showering House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with praise for rebuking the “child President” Trump, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell devoted another opening monologue to praising the Speaker; this time for her exchange with James Rosen. The Last Word host devoted the first ten minutes of his show Thursday to reporting on how Pelosi “crushed” Rosen after he dared to suggest that she might “hate the President.”
The panel on Tuesday’s edition of CNN Tonight did not take the news of Kamala Harris ending her bid for the White House very well. Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson attributed the demise of her campaign to “sexism” and actually had the audacity to claim that “the coverage on her is pretty tough.” Apparently, Dyson has not paid very much attention to the news over the past year; otherwise, he would know that the California Senator has received largely fawning coverage from the media.
As the panel on Tuesday’s MTP Daily reacted to the release of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report, host Chuck Todd repeatedly griped that the Democrats have not pushed hard enough as they seek to move public opinion regarding the impeachment inquiry. Throughout the entire segment, Todd acted as if he still served in his old role as a staffer on Democrat Tom Harkin’s 1992 presidential campaign and not in his new role as an objective journalist.
On Monday, The Daily Beast published an article with the title “Melania Trump’s Joyless Christmas Decorations Are Back to Haunt Your Nightmares.” The author of the piece, Daily Beast style writer Alaina Demopoulos, went so far as to call the White House Christmas display “state-sponsored jingoism.” While the opening sentence of the article gives the impression that “Melania Trump tried this Christmas,” it did not take long for Demopoulos to begin trashing the First Lady’s White House Christmas displays in both the past and present.
During the final segment of Saturday’s edition of AM Joy, host Joy Reid interviewed Brenda Wineapple, author of the book The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation. Reid prefaced the interview by comparing President Trump to the notoriously racist President Johnson, whom she described as “another presidential villain.” The MSNBC host repeatedly doubled down on that comparison in addition to advancing the myth that the two major political parties “reversed” in the time between the Civil War and the present day.
Appearing as a guest on Morning Joe Wednesday, liberal Rev. Jim Wallis discussed his book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus. Not surprisingly, it did not take long for Wallis to begin trashing President Trump and white evangelical Christians. Another member of the panel, the incendiary Al Sharpton, accused white evangelicals of “submitting to white nationalism and Trump,” a point that Wallis seemed to agree with.
As he delivered his opening monologue Tuesday night, left-wing activist and late-night “comedian” Jimmy Kimmel took plenty of shots at President Trump. While he portrayed the President as a dim-witted criminal throughout the entire monologue, he surely took the most pride in the satirical Trump Wines ad he put together accusing Trump of “sucking up to dictators, validating Nazis” and “tearing the fabric of our democracy apart.”
During his closing argument Tuesday night, CNN host Chris Cuomo attempted to make the case that “Trump Plays the Victim, but Creates His Own Crises.” Throughout the closing monologue, Cuomo accused President Trump of repeatedly breaking the law and expressed his hope that “we will never have a President who causes this much chaos again.”