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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Just three days after his old partner in the Watergate reporting, Carl Bernstein appeared on CNN and argued that Defense Secretary James Mattis’s resignation letter proved President Trump was “unfit” to serve as President, Bob Woodward appeared on CNN’s New Day, where guest co-host Erica Hill wanted his analysis on the issues of the day: the government shutdown and the resignation of Mattis. While generally more mild-mannered and less outwardly partisan than Bernstein, Woodward also had some hyperbolic analysis; specifically describing the current situation in Washington as a “dangerous time.”
CNN’s Reliable Sources used to be a show about journalism and media ethics. In the Trump era, it’s all about Trump and conservatives ruining America. After weighing in on the “embarrassing” government shutdown, it did not take long for the discussion to veer off into a debate about whether or not the Mattis resignation letter proves that President Trump is “unfit to be the President.”
As NewsBusters has reported, the media have cited their favorite Republicans in blaming the shutdown on conservative media stars. During Friday’s edition of The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, the panel suggested that Ann Coulter bears responsibility for the government shutdown because she dared to challenge the President’s “manhood.”
During Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the eponymous host took several shots at President Trump during his opening monologue. It did not take long for Kimmel to begin mocking the people donating to the GoFundMe page set up to secure money for the border wall, claiming that “a lot of these people are dipping into their meth money for this.”
During Tuesday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time, host Chris Cuomo slammed Fox News’s Tucker Carlson for his “hateful speech” that caused companies who run ads during his show to jump ship. It did not take long for the segment to get personal, with Cuomo mocking Carlson’s “puppy dog puss.”
During Sunday’s AM Joy, host Joy Reid and her panel took shots at White House adviser Stephen Miller, President Trump and his base for their “radical” views on immigration. The panel ultimately concluded that “Trump and his base are in a closed universe” and that “his base is scared of anyone who is not visibly white.”
During Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter and most of his panel seemed quite confident that the walls are closing in on President Trump. Stelter opened the show by asking “does the public understand just how much trouble the President is in? If not, that’s a failing of the press.” After playing some clips of TV personalities declaring that the President is in serious trouble, Stelter brought in his panel, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Will Bunch, CNN Political Commentator Joan Walsh, and Matt Lewis of The Daily Beast. The segment featured a well-worn Trump-Watergate comparison, in addition to some insightful analysis on the media’s obsession with the Russia probe and their refusal to cover anything that might actually paint the Trump administration in a positive light.
During Friday’s edition of The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham slammed the media for coming down with a case of “horrific amnesia” when it comes to their treatment of President Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen. After playing some clips of an interview Cohen did with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Ingraham remarked: “the most remarkable thing about this interview, aside from its transparency, is the idea that the media, they now see Cohen, as some type of, almost an honest broker” before pointing out that “that’s a lot different from the way they viewed him during the campaign days.”
During Thursday’s edition of The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham highlighted the White House’s announcement of a “bold plan to change the lives in America of some of our poorest citizens, those who live in the most distressed and sometimes the most dangerous neighborhoods,” describing the announcement as “a scene you likely did not see on one of your local or national newscasts” because they did not bother to cover it.
During Tuesday’s Erin Burnett OutFront, the eponymous host engaged in a discussion about the feisty Oval Office meeting between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; specifically focusing on Pelosi describing the border wall as a “manhood issue” for President Trump. Guest April Ryan basically called President Trump a sexist for his treatment of Pelosi in the Oval Office, in addition to effectively smearing him and all other supporters of a border wall as racists.
During Sunday’s AM Joy, fill-in host Jonathan Capehart and his panel discussed yet another tweet from President Trump dubbing the news media as the "enemy of the people" with Capehart arguing that Trump's tweet has “real world consequences,” referring to a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of CNN headquarters hours after the President sent out that tweet.
During Sunday’s edition of Reliable Sources, the panel engaged in quite a bit of hyperbole when reacting to the latest developments in the Mueller investigation. Baltimore Sun Media Critic David Zurawik likened the Trump v. Mueller narrative, which he described as “a man of rectitude who believes in the rule of law versus a man who will say anything, who scorns law,” to a “battle for our national souls.” Never-Trumper David Frum, a staff writer for The Atlantic, pushed back on the idea that journalists cover President Trump too much, claiming that the President “has the potential to organized human life on this planet in seven minutes” and describing him as “one of three human beings on Earth who has the power to end life on this planet,” referring to the United States’ possession of nuclear weapons. Frum continued: “if there’s evidence that this person is mentally unstable or a criminal, that’s really newsworthy.”
Last week, federal Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the State Department and the Justice Department to hand over information related to the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation. The decision was a victory for Judicial Watch, who has requested the information via a Freedom of Information Act request.
During the Friday edition of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, the eponymous host and her panel reacted to the latest developments in the Trump-Russia investigation, with a litany of memos on both Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort being released by the U.S. District of Southern New York and the Mueller team. As a whole, the panel seemed convinced that the memos may represent the smoking gun needed to take down President Trump. Not surprisingly, Nixon administration White House counsel and beloved CNN talking head John Dean found himself firmly in the pro-impeachment camp.
In a column she wrote over the weekend, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times joined a long list of media personalities who have used the death of President George H.W. Bush to trash President Trump. Dowd contrasted the “narcissistic, amoral, vulgar reality-TV president” with the “modest, principled, classy, old-world president.” She made similar comments Wednesday’s edition of MTP Daily: “in this era of covering white-collar crimes and porn stars and vulgarity...it was nice to look back to someone who was trying to represent decency and civility...that modesty is such contrast to Trump’s endless odyssey of narcissistic self-discovery.” One could just as easily say that Dowd’s descriptions of Bush in 2018 are in such contrast to her comments about him in 1990.
Nationally syndicated talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh made a rare television appearance on Tuesday’s edition of Fox News at Night With Shannon Bream. Bream asked Limbaugh to weigh in on the media’s coverage of President George H.W. Bush in the wake of his death last week. Not surprisingly, Limbaugh did not hold back when it came to calling out the media’s politically expedient, “phony” embrace of the late former President..
During Tuesday’s edition of The View, co-host Joy Behar described President Trump as “the only President who has his own TV channel in history,” adding “Nixon didn’t have it, so he has Fox News and Fox will just back him up.” Not surprisingly, two of the other co-hosts on The View, who once worked at Fox News, strongly objected to Behar’s characterization of the network as a pro-Trump echo chamber.
During Sunday’s edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace reported from the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California; where he and his panel reflected on the life of Former President George H.W. Bush. Liberal panelist Juan Williams used the opportunity to praise the late former President and contrast him favorably against President Trump; not an uncommon occurrence over the past 48 hours. Williams specifically focused on the difference between the two Presidents’ relationships with the National Rifle Association.
While Joy Reid may have been absent on Sunday’s edition of her MSNBC show, AM Joy, that did not mean that her loyal viewers did not have the opportunity to enjoy the hysterical anti-Trump commentary that they so look forward to every weekend. In spite of all the Trump-hating, anti-Trump Republican Strategist Evan Siegfried did manage to make a good point or two when highlighting why conservatives distrust the media.
It did not take long after the death of Former President George H.W. Bush, who died as the longest-lived President in American history, for the media to begin using his death to attack President Trump or even the late former President himself. During Saturday’s edition of Today, NBC’s Peter Alexander made sure to take shots at President Trump as he read aloud a tweet from the President expressing his condolences.