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 Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s New Day, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman and their panel complained about President Trump’s description of the federal government’s handling of Hurricane Maria as a “success.” Camerota described that assertion as “hurtful,” while Berman described it as “not true.” CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, on the other hand, suggested President Trump had a much more sinister motive for his response to the hurricane that ravaged the island territory of Puerto Rico last year.
During Tuesday’s The Lead, the CNN panel complained that President Trump did not act like a “Consoler-in-Chief” on the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, describing his behavior as “uber inappropriate” and suggested he may be “missing a human screw.”
During Monday’s edition of CNN’s New Day, correspondent Martin Savidge put together a package on the Tennessee Senate race of former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen versus Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and after the package concluded, co-host Alisyn Camerota all but endorsed Bredesen by proclaiming: “It’s nice to imagine that moderates are not extinct.”
During Friday’s edition of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, host Bill Maher and his panel each gave a hypothesis as to who authored the anonymous New York Times op-ed allegedly written by a senior member of the Trump administration. After thanking the op-ed author for their “service” and sharing his theory that White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly wrote it, Maher surmised that For Kelly, working for President Trump “has got to be worse than Iraq,” citing the fact that Kelly called his role as Chief of Staff the “worst job he ever had” in Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, a claim that Kelly denies.
During Friday’s edition of Cuomo PrimeTime, host Chris Cuomo compared President Obama and President Trump, who had both made speeches in the previous 24 hours in attempting to convince Americans to support their respective visions for the country in the midterm election. After declaring that “pundits are panting about who is better and why,” he argued that the aforementioned pundits were engaging in “wasted time on that level of politics, because it’s all about preference.” Cuomo did not shy away from making his preference perfectly clear, even if he did not state it explicitly.
During Friday’s edition of Cuomo PrimeTime, host Chris Cuomo engaged in a lengthy exchange with Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski. At one point, Cuomo said that the “America First Agenda” “smacks of a jingoism and an exclusionary view of humanity that most people don’t want repeated.” Later, he downplayed the Obama administration’s spying on journalists James Rosen and Sharyl Attkisson, saying “I’d rather be spied on legitimately than called an enemy of the people illegitimately.”
During Thursday’s Cuomo PrimeTime, host Chris Cuomo described the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as a “traveshamockery,” which was a word he claimed he first saw in a beer commercial. Cuomo specifically took issue with “this judge doing his damndest to avoid saying anything that might indicate something about what he thinks about what he may be judging.”
Reacting Wednesday to the anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a Trump administration official on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, host Nicolle Wallace seized on the op-ed's mention of the 25th Amendment to call on Congressional Republicans to begin hearings on removing Trump to do their part in carrying out the 25th Amendment
During Tuesday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host began by pointing out the hypocrisy of the media and the Democrats, who called for “unity and civility” in the wake of Senator John McCain’s death, only to fail to practice what they preached just days later at the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
During Wednesday’s edition of CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon played a clip of Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican nominee in the Florida gubernatorial election, saying “the last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state” during an interview with Fox News. Despite the fact that he did not even mention his opponent’s race in that particular clip, Lemon apparently thought using the term monkey was racist, asking “Does anybody else hear that dog whistle? It’s kind of a bullhorn.”
Newsbusters has previously reported on the media and the left’s politicization of John McCain’s funeral; not surprisingly, the funeral of “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin also got political; with guests taking shots at President Trump and controversial figures such as Nation of Islam Founder Louis Farrakhan taking center stage. Throughout Friday evening’s programming on Fox News, on-air personalities made it clear that they did not appreciate the politicization of Franklin’s funeral.
During Thursday’s edition of The Beat With Ari Melber, guest host Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson. The beginning of the interview focused on Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who has faced a media firestorm for saying that “we don’t need to monkey this up” by embracing socialism; referring to Florida’s economy and his opponent’s plans for it. DeSantis’s critics argued that the use of the word “monkey” was a racial slur directed at his African-American opponent, Andrew Gillum. One of his critics even argued that DeSantis should drop out of the race. Dyson’s reaction to DeSantis’s comments presented no exception the hysteria.
It looks like the media has found their new messiah in Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. Gillum, the Bernie Sanders-backed Mayor of Tallahasse. Gillum pulled an upset by beating out establishment favorite Gwen Graham in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Should he manage to win the general election, Gillum would become the first African-American Governor in the Sunshine State’s history.
Throughout the day on Monday, on-air personalities on Fox News pointed out that the media did not always have the admiration for Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain that they have demonstrated over the past 48 hours in the wake of his passing.
During Thursday morning's MSNBC Live, host Hallie Jackson and her panel engaged in a discussion about a New York Times report describing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s plans to allow schools to use Federal funds to buy guns for their teachers and it included quite a head-scratcher as the headline indicates.
After the morning newscasts of ABC and CBS spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the criminal indictment of California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter in the first 36 hours since the story broke, the number increased four-fold following another news cycle, with the total standing at 17 minutes and 13 seconds as of Friday morning.
In roughly the first 36 hours since prosecutors indicted California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter on campaign finance violations charges, the morning and evening newscasts on ABC and CBS have spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the story since Wednesday morning. CBS This Morning spent 1 minute and 59 seconds on the topic on Wednesday morning and an additional 51 seconds on Thursday. And over on ABC, Good Morning America mentioned it in a 17-second brief on Wednesday while, hours later, World News Tonight spent one minute and 38 seconds on Duncan.
During Tuesday’s Hardball, the indictment of California Congressman Duncan Hunter for campaign finance violations came up as host Chris Matthews made sure to point out that Hunter was not only a Republican but the second member of Congress to endorse President Trump. Matthews gleefully pointed out that the first Member in New York Congressman Chris Collins has been indicted for insider trading and lying to the FBI.
During Monday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host opened the show by slamming the media for their scant coverage of “the new numbers on the drug crisis in America,” which found that “more than 70,000 Americans died of drug ODs in America last year.” According to Carlson, the media sees the drug crisis as “just middle America dying, no big deal.” He then contrasted the non-coverage of the drug crisis with the media’s coverage of Joel Arrona-Lata, an illegal immigrant apprehended by ICE as he drove his wife to the hospital for a C-section.
During Saturday’s edition of The Axe Files With David Axelrod, host David Axelrod sat down with New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and The Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron. The first portion of the interview focused primarily on President Trump and his relationship with the media.