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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Appearing on CNN Newsroom Monday morning, Brian Stelter seemed excited about the prospect of an Oprah Winfrey presidency. Stelter praised Winfrey's moderation of a focus group on 60 Minutes, saying she was "trying to find a sense of unity in the country." Stelter contrasted Winfrey with President Trump, saying "It’s interesting she’s doing that given that a lot of people think Trump is doing the opposite, being very divisive."
During CNN Newsroom on Monday morning, panelist Errol Louis dismissed claims from Trump supporters arguing that there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to secure an upset election victory, even insisting that there was “abundant evidence” of such collusion. While he cited the guilty pleas and indictments of former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Louis failed to admit that those indictments had nothing to do with alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
During Monday’s edition of CNN's New Day, panelist John Avlon said that President Trump’s “9-hour tweet storm” demonstrates that he is “unhinged.” The “tweet storm” in question consisted of about a dozen tweets primarily discussing the Russia investigation and arguing that the FBI’s obsession with it caused them to overlook warning signs about the school shooter that killed 17 people at a south Florida high school last week.
During Thursday’s edition of New Day, gun control advocate and part-time journalist Chris Cuomo seemed perplexed that gun control did not make it into the priority list of President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” agenda.
CNN’s New Day spent the majority of their show Thursday morning discussing the tragic school shooting in south Florida that has left 17 dead and injured more than a dozen others. As usual, the co-anchors repeatedly crossed the line back and forth between activism and journalism; a practice that has become quite common in 21st century media.
It should not have taken a crystal ball to predict that the media would use the tragic school shooting in Florida as an opportunity to push for gun control. Not surprisingly, the anchors of CNN’s New Day spent a sizable portion of its Thursday morning broadcast acting as advocates for gun control.
During an appearance on CNN’s Inside Politics, Bloomberg’s National Political Reporter Sahil Kapur shared his theory as to why President Trump has not come out with a strong statement against domestic violence. According to Kapur’s theory, President Trump is signaling to a “certain type of Trump voter who grew up in the ‘50s, who grew up in the ‘60s, has a very different conception of gender roles.” Hillary Clinton might consider this particular Trump voter part of the “basket of deplorables.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo closed an interview with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) by dismissing his doubts about the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation as a “false equivalency” designed to “offset the Russia probe.”
CNN's Chris Cuomo seemed perplexed that evangelicals support President Trump, arguing that they only support him because "he's right on abortion."
During Tuesday afternoon’s edition of CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin interviewed Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who recently published a column titled “What the Hell Happened to John Kelly?” In the column, Cullen explained that he initially supported the appointment of General John Kelly as White House Chief of Staff, making him the odd man out among his fellow columnists, but lost a lot of respect for him as a result of his tenure as Chief of Staff.
During an interview with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Tuesday morning, New Day co-host Chris Cuomo editorialized that Democrats should push for a “clean DACA” bill without “adding billions for a wall that isn’t necessary.”
CNN spent nearly the entire day on Monday hammering President Trump for his response to the Rob Porter controversy. During the 3:00 p.m. ET hour, anchor Brooke Baldwin presented no exception to the anti-Trump hysteria. Baldwin brought on Amanda Carpenter, Chris Cillizza and Anushay Hossain to discuss the fallout of the President’s handling of the Porter situation.
During Monday’s edition of CNN's At this Hour, guest host Brianna Keilar brought on the New York Times’ Science and Health reporter Donald McNeil Jr. to discuss the flu epidemic sweeping the nation. McNeil had previously written an article for the Times arguing that President Trump needs to do more to protect public health.
On the tenth anniversary of Chris Matthews’ “thrill up the leg” comment with regards to then-candidate Barack Obama, the media’s coverage of Obama has not changed very much even in his post-Presidency. It remains overwhelmingly positive. CNN Newsroom spent nearly the entire 10:00 a.m. ET hour Monday morning gushing over the release of the Obamas’ presidential portraits that will hang at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Based on the media’s coverage, the portraits definitely gave members of the media a collective thrill up the leg.
Towards the end of Thursday morning’s edition of CNN’s Inside Politics, the panel criticized President Trump's routine of watching Fox News in the morning and argued that he lives in a "parallel universe." The panel had discussed the fact that President Trump used the phrase “bombshell” to describe the latest batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI employees Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, after the morning news program Fox & Friends used the same term.
Brought on to discuss the controversy surrounding White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly's handling of spousal abuse allegations against White House aide Rob Porter, a guest on CNN’s New Day Thursday used the opportunity to smear General Kelly as a racist.
On CNN's New Day Wednesday morning, Carl Bernstein repeatedly compared President Trump to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy and also referred to him as an "authoritarian demagogue." According to Bernstein, “Donald Trump mimics, reembodies to a large extent the tactics, techniques and methodology of Joe McCarthy. The constant smearing of immigrants, of Mexicans, of those he opposes, the belittling of them, little this, little him. Go look at the clips of Joe McCarthy.”
During an interview with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), New Day co-host Chris Cuomo said that “if we didn’t rely on leaks, we would allow so much B.S. to get directly to the American people.” Cuomo made this comments after Jordan brought up the fact that the FBI terminated its relationship with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele. Cuomo responded by saying “That doesn’t make his material bad” and later argued that “We need leaks! We can’t trust you guys to tell the truth all the time.”
CNN’s New Day engaged in a bit of hyperbole on Wednesday morning over the prospect of a military parade in the nation's capital. The Washington Post has reported that the President has requested the Department of Defense look into planning a military parade to be held at some point this year. Potential dates include Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans’ Day, which has special significance this year; marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
During a panel discussion on Inside Politics Tuesday, host John King criticized the President for referring to the Democrats as “treasonous” and “un-American” for not applauding during his State of the Union speech. King seemed to forget that less than a year ago, he himself carelessly tossed around the word “treasonous” when discussing a member of the Trump administration.