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 the first formal episode of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time (following two trial runs), host Chris Cuomo engaged in a lengthy back and forth with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a member of President Trump's legal team. Part of that discussion focused on Trump’s pardons of Dinesh D'Souza, Scooter Libby, and Joe Arpaio and his potential pardon of Martha Stewart. According to Cuomo, “It seems like you want to send the message lying is okay. Lying is okay sometimes. That’s why we’re pardoning these people.”
The panel on Saturday’s edition of MSNBC's AM Joy seemed to agree with a recent assertion by a Virginia congressional candidate that President Trump represents the greatest threat to our democracy. According to MSNBC Counterterrorism Analyst Malcolm Nance, “Donald Trump believes in autocracy, he does not believe in Republican Democracy as it is represented or Parliamentary Democracy throughout Europe and the United States throughout its entire history.” His fellow panelist Sarah Kendzior agreed, claiming that President Trump has “the mindset of a dictator.”
During Thursday’s edition of CNN’s At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, CNN commentator Keith Boykin went on a rant against President Trump, saying “Donald Trump exists to divide us. Everything he does is divisive.” Boykin also effectively blamed President Trump for comedian Samantha Bee’s decision to refer to his daughter Ivanka as a “c***”: “I think the larger point here that is missing is the culture that is being generated from the President and the top.”
During Tuesday’s edition of CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon echoed the left-wing talking point that President Trump somehow bears responsibility for Roseanne Barr’s tweet about former Obama official Valerie Jarrett: “We have to stop pretending that this President has nothing to do with it, that he’s not emboldening racists and racism and giving them a platform and making it okay.”
Thursday morning’s programming on MSNBC devoted quite a bit of time to trashing President Trump’s reaction to the new NFL policy requiring football players to either stand for the National Anthem on the field or stay in the locker room. The media particularly found themselves hysterical over President Trump’s suggestion that if players don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, they “shouldn’t be in the country.” Morning Joe panelist Eddie Glaude Jr. compared President Trump to dictatorial Turkish President Erdogan while panelists on MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle decried President Trump as a “bully” and tried to make him look like a racist.
During Wednesday’s edition of Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough took shots at former Clinton pollster Mark Penn, who wrote an op-ed in The Hill entitled “Stopping Robert Mueller to Protect Us All.” Scarborough tried to impugn Penn’s motives for advocating an end to the Russia investigation, wondering “what is Mark Penn selling coming to the defense of Donald J. Trump” and repeatedly asking if he has “a Fox News contract?”
During Monday’s edition of MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle, reporter Mariana Atencio interviewed some members of the Santa Fe High School baseball team, including two who got shot during Friday’s mass shooting that killed ten people. Atencio repeatedly tried to get them to become gun control warriors like many of the teens who survived the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
While interviewing Republican Congressional Candidate Lea Marquez Peterson on Sunday’s edition of KasieDC, MSNBC host Kasie Hunt tried to bait her into calling the President a racist by bringing up his comments referring to MS-13 gang members as “animals”: “The President earlier this week referred to some immigrants and drug dealers as well as animals, not as people. Do you think that rhetoric is racist?”
During Thursday's edition of New Day, Never Trumper and CNN political commentator Ana Navarro expressed her disdain for President Trump's “dehumanizing” comments referring to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” She apparently expected the American public to have a short memory, as Navarro herself had referred to then-candidate Trump as an “animal” in 2016.
During Wednesday's edition of Morning Joe, the panel almost seemed happy that the President’s planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un scheduled for June 12 may not pan out. Host Joe Scarborough accused President Trump of being “allergic to history,” in addition to accusing the people around him of being “contemptuous of history.”
During an appearance on Sunday's edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof admitted that the media has an addiction to covering President Trump, leading them to avoid covering other newsworthy topics. He flushed this argument out further in a recent New York Times op-ed entitled “Our Addiction to Trump.” CNN host Brian Stelter admitted "I'm a Trump addict. I think I'm willing to admit that."
Breaking news...CNN has finally found someone to interview besides Michael Avenatti. During Sunday's edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter sat down with Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Noah did not hold back when talking about President Trump, comparing him to an African dictator and a deadly asteroid hurtling toward Earth shaped like a penis.
During Thursday’s edition of Morning Joe, the panel lost their collective mind over Vice President Mike Pence telling NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that he would “respectfully encourage the Special Counsel and his team to bring their work to completion.” Co-host Joe Scarborough went so far as to compare the Vice President, whom he had previously referred to as a “Hapless Indiana Hoosier,” to Richard Nixon’s first Vice President Spiro Agnew, who had to resign because of corruption charges.
On the Wednesday edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the panel went into full-on panic and hysteria mode as a result of President Trump deciding to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Co-host Mika Brzezinski alleged that President Trump "doesn't have a moral compass" and said that "the President’s sanity is being questioned globally.” She also implied that President Trump pulled out of the Iran deal to “deflect” from the Stormy Daniels saga.
On Friday’s edition of Morning Joe, the panel engaged some predictable hyperbole and exaggeration with regards to the latest developments in the Stormy Daniels saga, namely that President Trump did in fact reimburse his personal attorney Michael Cohen for $130,000 he paid the porn star in the weeks leading up to the election, despite his past denials
A feud has broken out between Never-Trumper and CNN Commentator Ana Navarro and Fox News host Laura Ingraham. The feud first began on Wednesday, when Navarro asked Ingraham on Twitter, “Has Ms. Ingraham told Kanye to ‘shut up and sing’ yet, or does that only apply to anti-Trump black celebrities?”
During Saturday's edition of AM Joy, host Joy Reid opened her show with video footage from a 1972 edition of NBC Nightly News announcing that the Democratic National Committee had filed a lawsuit against the Committee for the Re-Election of the President and five men who had broken into the Democratic National Committee's Headquarters at the Watergate Complex.
During Thursday's edition of New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo gleefully announced that “roughly two dozen Republican Senators and Members of Congress told CNN they're not ready to back their party's standard bearer.” In other words, they have not explicitly endorsed President Trump for re-election in 2020. He then asked Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin whether or not he supported President Trump's re-election campaign. Johnson did not directly answer the question; instead pointing out that Election Day 2020 is more than two years away and referring to Cuomo's inquiry as a “gotcha” question.
During Monday's edition of Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough argued that anyone who subscribed to the idea that Former FBI Director James Comey and Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe have an animus against President Trump should not handle “anything sharp because you will hurt yourself because you are too incompetent actually to use any basic household appliances.”
During Wednesday's edition of Anderson Cooper 360, the Democrats on the panel took a few shots at departing House Speaker Paul Ryan as well as President Trump. CNN political commentator Symone Sanders referred to Ryan as a "coward" while her fellow panelist Maria Cardona described President Trump as "insane."