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’s edition of All In, MSNBC host Chris Hayes slammed congressional Republicans for dismissing the Green New Deal while simultaneously giving a public service announcement in support of the measure. Hayes’s climate change activism should not come as that much of a surprise, since he once referred to global warming as “the single most important thing we face” long before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the national political stage.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson devoted a large portion of his opening monologue Monday night to the fallout from the release of the Mueller report, specifically focusing on CNN’s coverage of the Trump-Russia probe. Carlson accused CNN head Jeff Zucker of intentionally misleading his audience before going through some examples of CNN’s “long history of not getting the facts first” in a dig at the network’s motto.
While many of his colleagues have spread conspiracy theories about the Mueller report and even called it racist, MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian seemed open to self-reflection; declaring that “those of us and members of the public who placed stock in the idea that this was a criminal case…we have to acknowledge today that what Robert Mueller found on collusion and conspiracy was a complete vindication of the President.”
On Friday’s edition of Real Time, host Bill Maher and his panel joined a long list of liberal media figures upset about the results of the Mueller report. Maher ended up dismissing the Mueller report altogether, arguing “I don’t need the Mueller report to know he’s a traitor. I have a TV.”
On Thursday’s edition of Ellen, host Ellen DeGeneres set up her guest, comedian David Letterman, to trash the President. She asked him “if you got a chance to interview President Trump again...what question would you ask him?” Not surprisingly, Letterman took the bait and indulged the anti-Trump DeGeneres and her anti-Trump audience.
On The Ingraham Angle Wednesday, host Laura Ingraham talked about how a book written by Peter Schweizer revealed “that a private equity firm managed by the son of former Vice President Biden struck a deal with China’s state-owned bank in 2013 at the same time that Biden was in the country to meet with President Xi Jinping.” Not surprisingly, the rest of the media did not share her interest in covering this story.
Following Friday's mosque shooting in New Zealand, the liberal media have not hesitated to portray President Trump as a white supremacist or a white nationalist. Their depiction of the President as a white nationalist continued on New Day Monday, when CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin described President Trump’s “personal grievance” as “precisely consistent with the white nationalist agenda.”
Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik endorsed the effort to pull Fox News host Tucker Carlson off the air as a result of a series of comments he made when speaking with shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge more than a decade ago. According to Zurawik, “I don’t like an ideological group necessarily starting the boycott but you know what, if it gets...people like him off the air, I’m fine with it.” Zurawik’s position comes across as quite strange considering the fact that CNN just won a First Amendment Award.
Throughout the morning on Friday, CNN repeatedly tied the mosque shooting in New Zealand to President Trump. This type of coverage continued well into the primetime hours; with guests on Anderson Cooper 360 comparing President Trump to a white supremacist as well as the shooter that killed dozens of Muslims in New Zealand.
Two weeks ago, Bambi Larson of San Jose was murdered by illegal immigrant Carlos Arevalo-Corranza; who has an extremely lengthy criminal history. Not surprisingly, the legacy media largely ignored this story. With the exception of CNN's Early Start and a segment on Univision, all of the cable news coverage of Larson’s death came from either Fox News or One America News Network.
Tuesday’s The Lead ended with a discussion about a new book called Kushner, Inc. by Vicky Ward, which alleges that President Trump wanted his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner fired from their positions as senior advisors in his administration. Not surprisingly, CNN host Jake Tapper and his panel were interested in this work of palace intrigue. The segment took an unexpected turn when CNN political commentator Paul Begala called Mr. and Mrs. Kushner “cockroaches” and backhandedly referred to President Trump as a “criminal.”
Howie Kurtz, host of Fox News’s Media Buzz, sat down for an interview with Special Report anchor Bret Baier, which aired on Sunday. The two discussed the Democratic National Committee’s decision not to allow Fox News to moderate a Democratic primary debate and the New Yorker article that they used as a justification for making that decision. Baier concluded that “there is a bit of Fox derangement syndrome with a section of the left.”
The Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” came up on Friday’s edition of Real Time With Bill Maher. The documentary reflects very negatively on the King of Pop, who spent much of the second half of his life facing allegations of pedophilia. Not surprisingly, Maher and the liberals on his panel could not resist comparing Jackson to their least favorite person on Earth: President Trump.
A teacher in Utah asked one of her fourth graders to remove ashes from his forehead, giving him a wipe so he could wipe off the ashes; which millions of Catholics receive on their foreheads in honor of Ash Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of lent. This sounds like a story cable and network news would be interested in covering. But they didn’t.
A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing took an unexpected turn Wednesday when Arizona Senator Martha McSally announced that she was raped by a senior officer during her time in the Air Force. Not surprisingly, two liberal CNN guests on Wednesday’s The Lead used McSally’s testimony as an excuse to attack President Trump and even McSally herself.
Ann Coulter’s column published Wednesday was entitled “Media Magic: How a Democrat Pedophile Became a ‘Trump Scandal’” and focused on the lack of media coverage surrounding the case of “pedophile and Democratic donor Jeffrey Epstein” that suddenly came to an end the second the media realized they could connect him to President Trump.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo closed the first hour of his show, Cuomo Prime Time, Monday night by urging the GOP to “muscle up” and vote against President Trump’s national emergency declaration. He also complained that “we can’t get 67 percent of the House and Senate to agree about separation of powers.” Maybe Cuomo has amnesia that prevents him from remembering that he himself did not seem to care about separation of powers when Obama was President.
One word perfectly sums up the tone of the conversation on Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources: hyperbolic. Throughout the hour, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta effectively compared President Trump to Kim Jong-un while host Brian Stelter suggested to a New York Times White House correspondent that rather than covering a White House beat, she was covering a “criminal beat.”
Guest hosting The 11th Hour With Brian Williams Friday night, MSNBC’s Katy Tur piled on the already enormous amount of coverage given to Michael Cohen’s testimony on Capitol Hill and joined many of her colleagues in invoking Watergate comparisons and fantasizing about President Trump’s impeachment. Tur complained that the Democrats had not enthusiastically jumped on the impeachment bandwagon and argued that they had a “lot more” evidence against President Trump “than they had with Nixon.”
Less than 24 hours after an extremely heated exchange with Republican Congressman Mark Meadows during former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony to the House Oversight Committee, Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib appeared on CNN’s New Day Thursday, where co-host Alisyn Camerota asked her if she regretted apologizing to Congressman Meadows for effectively smearing him as racist.