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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During Tuesday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time, host Chris Cuomo engaged in a discussion about the Covington kids with CNN Political Commentators Angela Rye and Andre Bauer. It did not take long for the debate to veer off course from its original topic; most of the discussion actually revolved around Make America Great Again hats, which Rye described as “just as maddening and frustrating and triggering for me to look at as a KKK hood.”
During Monday’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360, the eponymous host and his panel engaged in a lengthy discussion about whether or not President Trump was a racist. One of the panelists, Charles Blow of The New York Times, used his platform to compare President Trump to white supremacist David Duke, arguing that his unsuccessful bid to become Governor of Louisiana in 1991 served as a “blue print for how the present GOP is running on a policy level.”
As NewsBusters has previously reported, NBC marched a hard line to smear the Covington Catholic kids as racists in a viral video face-off with a Native American activist. NPR talk show host Joshua Johnson, a panelist on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, dragged the smears into a discussion of the government shutdown.
After a two month-long hiatus, Real Time With Bill Maher returned to the airwaves Friday. This episode was true to form when it comes to Trump-bashing, with the eponymous host calling President Trump a “dangerous menace” and a “terrorist.” At the beginning of the show, Maher interviewed John Kasich; the former Republican Governor of Ohio who now works as a CNN Contributor. Maher repeatedly tried to get Kasich, an outspoken Trump critic, to call the President a “dangerous menace.”
During special coverage of President Trump’s immigration speech on MSNBC Saturday, anchor Joy Reid interviewed former Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. The discussion focused on President Trump’s immigration speech, with the two arguing about whether both sides or just Republicans deserve blame for the stalemate that led to a government shutdown. As she tried to make the case that Republicans alone deserve the blame, Reid falsely claimed that Republicans blocked President Obama from passing immigration reform during his first year in office.
During Friday's edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity played clips of media figures falling hook, line, and sinker for a Buzzfeed report alleging that President Trump asked his attorney Michael Cohen to lie under oath; which later turned out to be faulty. Hannity also highlighted the story as one of many examples of reporting on the Trump-Russia probe that later had to be backpedaled, at least to some degree.
On Thursday’s Ingraham Angle, Fox host Laura Ingraham contrasted the media’s coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request that President Trump delay the State of the Union address because of the partial government shutdown with their coverage of President Trump asking Pelosi to delay an overseas trip due to the shutdown. The chyron at the bottom of the screen during the segment summarized the media’s coverage quite aptly: “media touts Pelosi’s petty move but trashes Trump for hitting back.”
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.