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 Monday’s edition of MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin, the panel attempted to smear President Trump as a racist by pointing to his recent tweet about Lebron James and his repeated description of Congresswoman Maxine Waters as a “low IQ individual.”
During Sunday’s edition of MSNBC Live With Alex Witt, the panel engaged in some serious hyperbole while discussing President Trump’s most recent tweet declaring the press the enemy of the people with two predicting that his “incendiary” rhetoric towards the press will lead to someone in the media to “get injured or possibly killed.”
During two different cable news broadcasts on Friday morning, personalities compared President Trump to two different “strong men” dictators, apparently growing tired of the Hitler comparison. CNN senior political commentator and former Obama aide David Axelrod compared Trump to the Roman Emperor Nero while MSNBC’s Jon Meacham described him as “Stalinist.”
In the first ten minutes of Thursday’s Morning Joe, co-hosts and lovers Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski mocked President’s early-morning tweetstorm criticizing the Russia probe, referred to Fox News hosts as “pro-Russian dupes,” and accused anyone who wants to end the Mueller investigation of “doing the bidding of an ex-KGB spy.” In addition, panelist Mike Barnicle described President Trump’s base as “deranged.”
During Tuesday night’s edition of Erin Burnett OutFront, the eponymous expressed shock that Never Trumper Christine Todd Whitman would actually prefer to see Vice President Mike Pence in charge over President over Donald Trump. Whitman had recently written an op-ed for The Los Angeles Time calling on her fellow Republicans to urge President Trump to step down.
During Tuesday night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the eponymous host interviewed former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer about his new book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President. At one point, Kimmel asked Spicer what his mom thought about all of the abuse he had to put up with during his short tenure as Press Secretary. Kimmel ended up asking Spicer "Did she ever say, go in there and tell that son of a b**** Trump to stop making you lie?"
Monday afternoon on CNN, Wolf Blitzer interviewed Tennessee Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen and brought up an off-the-record meeting between President Trump and the new publisher of The New York Times, where the publisher warned President Trump that his “attacks” on the media “could lead to violence against members of the media.” Blitzer then asked Cohen “do you believe that people could take President Trump’s vitriol as a call to arms?” Not surprisingly, Rep. Cohen said yes; even going so far as to compare President Trump’s supporters to the followers of Jim Jones, the “preacher” who orchestrated a mass suicide by convincing his “flock” to drink poison in “Jonestown,” Guyana.
As soon as the second quarter GDP growth of 4.1 percent became public, the media did their best to downplay the good news and refrain from giving President Trump and his policies credit for the strong economy, instead accusing him of using the news to “distract” from the Russia investigation. Not surprisingly, the dismissal of the President’s role in the good economy began before the report even came out.
If there’s one thing the media doesn’t seem to specialize in, it’s originality. They all read from the same script. On five different programs broadcast Monday and Tuesday on three different networks, the media went off the rails; repeatedly calling President Trump a dictator and in some cases comparing him to Turkish Dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan. At least they didn’t compare him to Hitler.
During Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, the panel engaged in quite a bit of hyperbole when reacting to President Trump’s threat to revoke the security clearances of former Obama administration officials including former CIA Director John Brennan. Keep in mind that all of the media overreaction comes despite the fact that President Trump has only threatened to revoke the security clearances thus far.
During Monday’s edition of MTP Daily, the panel went into full meltdown mode over the announcement that President Trump was looking into revoking the security clearances of a variety of Obama Administration officials, NBC national security reporter Ken Dilanian -- no doubt a willing recipient of Team Obama leaks against Trump -- claimed President Trump had an "amen chorus" of journalists at Fox and the Daily Caller defending him. MSNBC host Katy Tur said stop it, they're not journalists!
During Sunday night’s edition of The Next Revolution With Steve Hilton, host Steve Hilton brought up a new initiative put into place by the Trump Administration, led by Ivanka Trump, designed to “train workers for the jobs of the future.” Hilton said that he did analysis on how much coverage the executive order got on the three networks and he reported on his findings: “ABC News: 0, NBC News: 0, CBS News: 0.” It looks like the networks could not take a break from their wall-to-wall Russia hysteria to highlight something that concerns every American: the economy.
As NewsBusters reported yesterday, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro got into a little bit of a dust-up with Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday’s edition of The View. Goldberg abruptly ended the segment not longer after Pirro accused her of suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. During an appearance on Hannity Thursday night, Pirro explained that the situation did not get much better after she tried to leave the studio.
Nearly 48 hours after President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome among the media continued. CNN’s New Day began its program on Wednesday focusing on the President’s walk-back of his claim that he didn’t see any reason why Russia would be behind the meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election. During a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, the President said that he had meant to use the word “wouldn’t” instead of “would.”
For all of the talk about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the liberal media seems to have engaged in a little bit of collusion themselves. On six different programs over the past 24 hours, the hosts or guests either suggested or asked their guests to weigh in on whether Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats should resign due to President Trump’s refusal to accept the consensus among the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN analyst (and former Obama national-security aide) Samantha Vinograd arrogantly denounced President Trump as a "tool" of Russian disinformation. But during Friday's extended edition of The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host actually confronted Vinograd with the Obama administration's record. After Robert Mueller handed down his latest indictments, Vinograd said the intelligence keeps getting better, that the Russian GRU "was sanctioned back in 2016; we know that they were up to no good."
During Friday’s edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports, the MSNBC host went after the President for praising Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and suggesting he would make a good Prime Minister. Johnson resigned earlier in the week due to his disapproval of May’s “Brexit” strategy. Johnson, unlike May, vocally supported the June 2016 referendum where voters ultimately chose to leave the European Union. Mitchell asked Former US Ambassador Nicholas Burns “when have we last seen an American President interfere in a British election or any overseas election of an ally?” Burns didn't answer, because the answer isn't pleasing to Mitchell.
Talking heads on MSNBC and CNN got themselves all bent out of shape following President Trump’s appearance at a breakfast kicking off the 2018 NATO Summit. Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC Live With Katy Tur presented no exception. Former TIME magazine editor and Kerry State Department official Richard Stengel complained about President Trump’s “America First” policy, describing it as “toxic nationalism.”
During Wednesday’s edition of New Day, the panel suffered a meltdown over President Trump’s suggestion that NATO members should pay their fair share and bringing up Germany’s reliance on Russia for oil. According to co-host John Berman: “This kind of diplomacy looks like Hulk smash. This looks like the avengers, Hulk smash.” Later, panelist John Avlon lamented that the office President Trump occupies “is the office formerly known as the leader of the free world. And he sure isn’t acting that way.”
During Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe, historian Jon Meacham felt he had come up with the perfect explanation for President Trump’s tense relationships with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Meacham asked “What’s the role of misogyny here?” He continued spouting talking points, asking “Does Merkel remind him of Hillary? Does that help explain the Theresa May issue? He does not have a particularly healthy relationship, it seems, with a lot of strong women.”