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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Appearing on Monday’s Deadline: White House, frequent MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch used a conversation about possible wrongdoing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as an excuse to perform a monologue addressing “the cancer of Donald Trump,” specifically how “everybody he will touch history will frown upon.” Throughout the segment, host Nicolle Wallace insinuated that Pompeo would soon end up in jail because of his involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
CNN’s Brian Stelter devoted the entire opening segment of Reliable Sources to trashing Fox News and right-wing media. His guests all too happily joined in. The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan contrasted the right-wing media with the “reality-based” liberal media while multiple members of the panel accused Fox News and conservative media of pushing a narrative sympathetic to President Trump while turning a blind eye to the liberal agenda endorsed by the legacy media.
During a discussion on the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the panel on Sunday’s Fareed Zakaria GPS repeatedly compared Netanyahu to President Trump. The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman praised members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party for turning their backs on the Prime Minister while complaining that the “sick” Republican Party has not done the same thing to Trump.
Just hours after embarrassing himself on national TV, CNN’s Chris Cuomo parroted Democratic talking points in his closing argument Thursday night. Cuomo seemed to agree with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s declaration that President Trump’s actions go “beyond anything Nixon did” and slammed “partisan” Republicans for “ignoring the facts” while completely letting the Democrats off the hook for their partisanship
Not surprisingly, left-wing comedian Samantha Bee elected to open Wednesday’s Full Frontal by talking about her favorite topic: the impeachment inquiry. Bee apologized that her voice “sounds a little hoarse” because “it’s just because I’ve come down with a case of impeachment fever, baby!” Like many others in the liberal media, Bee presented E.U. AmbassadorGordon Sondland’s testimony as earth-shattering.
Following the conclusion of Friday’s edition of Real Time, the “Overtime” discussion focused on the conviction of former Trump associate Roger Stone and the President’s desire to have the Supreme Court block the release of his tax returns. One of the guests, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, expressed disappointment that despite people in Trump’s inner circle facing prison sentences, President Trump himself has not yet had a “moment of reckoning” while both Bruni and host Bill Maher wondered why his tax returns have “not been leaked.”
On Sunday’s edition of Full Measure, host Sharyl Attkisson interviewed conservative commentator Mark Levin, author of the new book Unfreedom of the Press. Throughout the interview, Levin slammed the rise of so-called “community journalism” and concluded that “the modern mass media is destroying freedom of the press.”
Real Time host Bill Maher concluded his satirical segment “New Rules” on Friday by advising his audience to “just celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t try to win it.” At first glance, his closing monologue might have seemed like words of wisdom for those who “see politics so differently from people who share your very blood.” But it quickly turned into a rant against “hate”-filled “rubes” and “Bible thumpers,” in other words, conservatives.
As NewsBusters has previously reported, the evening newscasts gleefully reported on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of the word “bribery” to describe President Trump’s actions during his phone call with the President of Ukraine. Throughout the day on Thursday, cable news personalities also parroted Pelosi's talking point suggesting that the President’s actions “make what Nixon did look almost small.” Or, perhaps, Pelosi repeated that talking point after hearing it on cable news.
Not surprisingly, left-wing comedian Samantha Bee was very excited that the public impeachment hearings have begun. She began Wednesday’s edition of Full Frontal by declaring “I can’t wait to finally eat a piece of the impeachment cake I baked over three years ago!” The TBS host praised the “persuasive” witnesses and hyped the “bomb” that one of them supposedly dropped.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes devoted the final segment of Monday’s All In to weighing in on the retirement of longtime Republican Congressman Peter King. In addition to portraying, Hayes King’s retirement as part of a large “red exodus” among House Republicans, Hayes attempted to characterize the retiring lawmaker as an “anti-Muslim” bigot.
The panel on Sunday’s edition of Kasie DC acted as Democratic strategists, giving House Democrats advice ahead of the public testimony of career diplomats as part of the impeachment inquiry. In addition, the panel predicted that former National Security Adviser John Bolton would emerge as a “star witness” for the Democrats if he decided to testify.
During his opening monologue on Friday’s edition of Real Time, host Bill Maher weighed in on Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s refusal to concede; dismissing Bevin’s concerns about “irregularities” by sarcastically agreeing with him: “there were reports of black people who have been screwed out of their voting rights voting anyway.” Maher did bluntly crack wise that it was "worth a little blackface" for Ralph Northam’s Virginia Democrats to take over the state legislature in Virginia.
As NewsBusters has previously reported, Seth Meyers’ new Netflix stand-up special, entitled “Lobby Baby,” has a button that allows viewers to fast-forward through the Trump jokes. According to Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast, “you shouldn’t” because “that means skipping the exact thing he does better than anyone.” The anti-Trump Fallon devoted an entire article to explaining how “Seth Meyers Does Trump Jokes Better Than Anybody.”
Samantha Bee isn’t content to just spew hateful rants about Republicans and fawn over Democrats. Now, she wants to actively raise money for liberals. On Wednesday, the liberal comedian devoted the second segment of Full Frontal to worrying about the “next possible Electoral College disaster” in the form of a Trump victory. Bee appears to have channeled all of her frustration into the creation of a PAC designed to help the Democratic candidates for President, which she encouraged members of the audience to donate to.
On Tuesday, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah sat down with actor/director Edward Norton to talk about his new movie “Motherless Brooklyn.” While most of the conversation focused on the movie that Norton starred in, directed, wrote, and produced, Noah and Norton could not resist taking shots at President Trump; comparing him to a “racist landlord from New York who’s destroying the world” and referring to him as “our insane clown President.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter devoted an entire segment on Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources to obsessing over President Trump’s spelling mistakes on Twitter. While he conceded that “everybody makes spelling mistakes,” Stelter seemed to think that the President’s Twitter typos deserve extra special scrutiny because “if you can’t get the small stuff,” such as spelling, “people worry about the big stuff.” The clear implication was that President Trump’s spelling habits have an impact on his ability to run the country effectively.
Just six days after getting booed at a Washington Nationals game, Donald Trump received an equally not-so warm welcome when he attended a UFC fight in liberal New York City, Saturday. The President’s decision to attend sporting events in liberal strongholds appears to have rubbed many in the liberal media the wrong way, especially Ana Navarro of ABC’s The View and CNN. She sent out a hateful tweet suggesting that Trump should stick to attending Ku Klux Klan meetings.
The Washington Post published an article Friday with the headline “Adam Schiff once wanted to be a screenwriter. Can he give the Trump presidency a Hollywood ending?” After talking about the far-left California Congressman’s previous desire to work in show business, the article portrayed Schiff as “the chief storyteller of this drama-filled political moment” who has the job of stitching the impeachment inquiry “into a believable, easy-to-follow narrative.”
The panel discussion on Friday’s edition of Real Time focused on the impeachment inquiry; with a specific emphasis on the events leading up to it.The segment featured a lot of loaded language to describe President Trump and his actions; with former Time editor Richard Stengel describing the President’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart as an “extortion” and host Bill Maher claiming that Trump “wants to be” a fascist.