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 Friday, Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace sat down with her colleague, Joy Reid, to discuss her new book The Man Who Sold America. Not surprisingly, the conversation consisted of nothing more than Reid and Wallace bashing President Trump and his supporters and psychoanalyzing the President. From comparing President Trump to your “racist Uncle Jerry” and Archie Bunker to accusing him of putting on a Roman coliseum with “little brown kids and abuelas” for his base, the MSNBC personalities made it perfectly clear just how much they despise President Trump.
Echoing the concerns of many of their colleagues, the panel on Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe had hyperbolic analysis of President Trump’s planned “salute to America” in honor of Independence Day. No one on the panel had harsher rhetoric than The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, who invoked a tired comparison of President Trump to a dictator while slamming the idea of a President addressing the nation on its birthday as “awful.”
Echoing many of their colleagues on MSNBC, the panel on Deadline: White House Monday had hysterical analysis of President Trump’s impromptu meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. At one point, one of the guests went so far as to compare the President’s meeting with Kim to a “diplomatic booty call.”
On Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Fox News Channel host Howard Kurtz interviewed Sinclair’s Full Measure host Sharyl Attkisson on a variety of topics, including the media’s overreaction to “joking exchanges” between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20, but the pair primarily focused on the collapse of “neutrality and fairness and ethical standards” in the age of Trump.
During Friday’s Real Time, HBO host Bill Maher and his panel weighed in on the first Democratic debates, so not surprisingly, it did not take long for the guests to start trashing President Trump, calling him an “overt enemy of liberal democracy” and claiming there’s “concentration camps” at the border. Believe it or not, Maher had the most rational analysis; repeatedly calling out his liberal guests for their double standards.
As he tossed over to CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, CNN host Chris Cuomo engaged in a conversation with Lemon about the death of an illegal immigrant and his daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande on a journey to the United States. Most of their back-and-forth basically consisted of trashing the Trump administration and anyone who dares to think that people seeking to enter the United States should come legally.
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert devoted his entire opening monologue Thursday night to weighing in on the Democratic debate. From his perspective, the night had a clear winner: Kamala Harris. In addition to repeatedly praising Harris, Colbert trashed Republicans as racist and ignorant multiple times; including by covertly comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan.
During Wednesday’s Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee accused NBC’s Chuck Todd of “dropping the ball” by letting President Trump “off with softball questions about where he’s going to build his library without once mentioning his many accusers” during his sit-down with President Trump, which aired on Meet the Press Sunday. Bee had harsh words for Todd and others in the media, whom she slammed for getting “tired of talking about how the President did sexual assault a bunch.”
Vice President Mike Pence appeared on State of the Union Sunday, where host Jake Tapper obsessed over climate change. Channeling his inner Al Gore, Tapper repeatedly used the alarmist and emotionally charged phrase “climate emergency” as he attempted to expose the Vice President as what Joy Behar would call a “climate change denier” multiple times.
On Real Time Friday, host Bill Maher closed his “New Rules” segment by pleading with Oprah Winfrey to run for President of the United States. While the longtime talk show host has faded from the political scene since stumping for Democrat Stacey Abrams to the delight of the liberal media, Maher apparently hoped his monologue would cause Winfrey to reconsider her decision not to seek the White House in 2020.
During his opening monologue Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel trashed President Trump’s supporters as well as the “strict anti-choice laws” in southern states such as Alabama. After weighing in on President Trump’s re-election kickoff, Kimmel unveiled a public service announcement for the pro-abortion movement.
Those hoping to tune into a late night show as a reprieve from politics would have been unable to find refuge in Wednesday night’s edition of Full Frontal. Host Samantha Bee devoted her opening monologue to attacking Republicans and urging certain Democratic presidential candidates, including Montana Governor Steve Bullock, to drop their White House bids and run for the Senate instead.
MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff overreacted to President Trump’s tweet proclaiming that “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” According to Soboroff, a desire to invoke fear and cruelty motivated the President’s announcement of this “migrant roundup.”
The panel on Monday’s edition of The Situation Room obsessed over a segment of President Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, where President Trump “becomes really angry at his Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney.” President Trump expressed his frustration with Mulvaney, who was audibly coughing as President Trump sat down with Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office, asking him to “please leave the room” if he had to cough again. One member of the panel, Bianna Golodryga, brought up a conspiracy theory suggesting that Mulvaney coughed on purpose so the President did not have to talk about his tax returns.
During Last Week Tonight Sunday, host John Oliver devoted nearly his entire show to advocating for the impeachment of President Trump while attempting to portray himself as neutral on the matter. Oliver appeared to have a newfound sense of motivation to push for impeachment following President Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Just a day after the White House announced the departure of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, The Washington Post posted a heartwarming tribute to Sanders on its Instagram page. Just kidding. The Post instead followed the lead of cable television; providing nasty commentary describing her as “the queen of gaslighting” and mocking her “curled-lip disdain.”
During Inside Politics Thursday, host John King and the panel lost their minds about President Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos; where he suggested that if a foreign power came to him or someone on his campaign with information about his Democratic opponent, he would advise them to “listen” to the information they offered and “go maybe to the FBI” if something seemed sinister. Throughout the segment, King labeled the President as “un-American” and compared him to a toddler.
During Wednesday's Morning Joe, the panel interviewed New York Times contributing opinion writer Pete Wehner, who wrote a book entitled The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Fractured Republic After Trump and the conversation focused on evangelicals’ support for President Trump. Not surprisingly, it did not long for those on-set to start accusing the evangelicals who support President Trump of subscribing to a “robotic mindset” and condemning their support for a President who traffics in “cruelty and dehumanization.”
As NewsBusters has previously reported, CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote an op-ed torching the idea of raising “unfounded questions about a presidential candidate’s health.” As Fox News host Laura Ingraham pointed out, CNN is the last news organization that should be lecturing anybody about raising "unfounded questions” about the health of our leaders.
CNN’s Don Lemon was hardly an outlier among his colleagues in the media when he rejoiced in former White House Counsel John Dean’s comparisons of the Watergate scandal to the Mueller report during an appearance on Capitol Hill. However, Lemon differentiated himself from the others in the media by complaining that media coverage of a helicopter crash in New York City eclipsed coverage of Dean’s testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee Monday.