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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An explosive debate broke out on Monday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time focusing on Israel’s decision to bar two Democratic members Congress in “the Squad” from entry because of their support for BDS. While the debate included the usual talking points about President Trump targeting “the Squad” because of their skin color and religion, the conversation went off the rails when CNN political commentator Angela Rye, addressing Republican Strategist Patrick Griffin, identified “the greatest terrorist threat in our country” as “white men who think like you.”
The journalists at CNN and NBC this weekend scoffed at the idea that one would blame the perpetrator of a mass shooting instead of the gun itself. First, NBC dismissed this simply as a talking point of “gun control opponents.” Then, CNN mocked the idea of personal responsibility, comparing guns to the opioid crisis.
During an interview with failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, ABC reporter Linsey Davis tossed a series of softball questions at the Democratic media darling. Davis completely indulged Abrams’s conspiracy theories about voter suppression, failed to push back on her claim that “we won,” and teed her up to call President Trump a racist.
Real Time host Bill Maher doubled down on his desire for a recession Friday night. Maher has expressed his wish for a recession multiple times; hoping that an economic downturn would lead to President Trump losing his bid for a second term in the White House.
During Thursday’s The Story, FNC host Martha MacCallum reported that “fears of a recession seem to be running high and some in the media seem almost giddy that an economic downturn would hinder President Trump’s chances in 2020.” After playing a “sampling” of media figures weighing in on the effect of a recession on President Trump’s re-election bid, MacCallum slammed the “unpatriotic” and “inhumane” media for rooting for a recession in the hopes that an economic downturn will cause him to lose re-election.
Once again, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee has apparently decided that her true passion is for left-wing politics, not comedy. On the most recent edition of the show, Bee complained about the “terrible, restrictive abortion laws...being passed across the south” and “the shitty men who pass these laws despite not knowing where a vagina is.” Bee actually traveled to the south to talk to “the women who are doing so much to fight back” against the abortion laws, whom she portrayed as crusaders for “reproductive justice.”
During Wednesday’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360, the eponymous host aired an excerpt of his lengthy interview with Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show. Not surprisingly, the interview involved plenty of Trump-bashing on the part of both Cooper and Colbert.
On Tuesday’s Ingraham Angle, guest host Jesse Watters and Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo teed off on Chris Cuomo’s profanity-laced altercation with a man who referred to him as “Fredo” and while they conceded that Cuomo did not deserve to be harassed in public, they also pointed out how CNN has had no problem when liberal protesters, egged on by Democratic politicians, have cornered members of the Trump administration and rank-and-file conservatives.
Not surprisingly, the panel on Monday’s edition of Deadline: White House did not react favorably to “a new rule announced by the Trump administration” that “makes it harder for low-income legal immigrants who receive food stamps or other government assistance to stay in this country.” According to one member of the panel, this new policy constitutes “white nationalism.”
Not surprisingly, Real Time host Bill Maher devoted his opening monologue Friday night to trashing President Trump and blaming him in light of last weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Maher implied that President Trump received a “story by” credit for the massacre in the killer’s manifesto. Maher began by talking about how El Paso and Dayton are “still reeling from two disasters: a mass shooting, and a Trump visit.”
During Thursday’s edition of CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon and his panel discussed the controversy surrounding Stephen Ross, the billionaire owner of Equinox and SoulCycle, over his decision to host a fundraiser for President Trump. Despite the fact that Ross also owns the complex known as Hudson Yards that CNN just moved to, Lemon and most of his panel trashed Ross's decision to host a to host a fundraiser for President Trump. In addition, Lemon rushed to defend political correctness, calling it “life and death” to many people.
Just a week after giving a lecture on the importance of student loan forgiveness, supposed comedian Samantha Bee devoted her opening monologue to giving a lecture on gun control during Wednesday’s edition of Full Frontal. Bee expressed her desire to “get rid of the guns” before dismissing the idea that mental illness was a contributing factor in the El Paso mass shooting: “being a racist monster isn’t a mental illness...in fact, you can be one and be a very stable genius.” Bee was obviously implying that President Trump, who once referred to himself as a “stable genius,” was also a “racist monster.”
Just weeks after calling President Trump scarier than the characters in his novels, horror writer and outspoken left-winger Stephen King has turned his fire at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Responding to one of McConnell’s tweets addressing the tragic mass shooting in El Paso, King declared: “This is on you. You should be charged as an accomplice in these deaths.”
Less than 24 hours after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, fill-in host Jonathan Karl interviewed Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week. During the interview, Karl repeatedly slammed President Trump’s “rhetoric,” implying that it deserved “part of the blame” for the mass shootings that took place over the weekend.
Not surprisingly, CNN host Chris Cuomo devoted his closing argument Friday night to trashing President Trump as a racist and a demagogue. Cuomo claimed that the President sees Baltimore as “another s-hole” and stressed that “everything he says is not who we are.”
While Bill Maher’s closing monologue on Friday’s edition of Real Time included the usual jabs at President Trump, it also provided Democrats with a reality check. Maher’s commentary focused on “Trump fatigue” and warned that the only thing that can nullify it is an embrace of far-left ideas outside of the mainstream.
During CNN Right Now Thursday, host Brianna Keilar and her panel analyzed the CNN Democratic debates. While the conversation included the typical analysis associated with cable news programs, one of the panelists brought up a conspiracy theory about one of the Democratic candidates, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, running as a Russian-backed third-party candidate.
During Wednesday’s edition of The Beat With Ari Melber, the eponymous host shared some “new information and context for President Trump’s race-baiting rhetoric and discriminatory policies.” This “new information” came in the form of indefensible comments from then-California Governor and Future President Ronald Reagan and the then-President Richard Nixon, which Melber gleefully used as a lynchpin to attack Republicans and conservatives as racist.
While Full Frontal host Samantha Bee briefly weighed in on the Democratic presidential debates, she devoted most of her opening monologue Wednesday night to promoting student loan forgiveness. After highlighting some of the candidates’ proposals for dealing with the student debt crisis, Bee declared that “we need student loan forgiveness now.”
During his closing argument Monday night, CNN host Chris Cuomo brought up the shooting in Gilroy, California. While his closing monologue stayed away from gun control lectures for the most part, Cuomo could not resist using the shooting as an excuse to trash President Trump.