Samantha Cohen is an Intern in the News Analysis Division for the Media Research Center
Samantha graduated from American University in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. At AU, Samantha was a member of the College Republicans. Throughout college she interned for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the College Republican National Committee and the Laura Ingraham Show. Currently, Samantha is a second-year student at the University of Richmond School of Law, and is actively involved as the President of the Student Bar Association, Secretary of the Federalist Society and a member of the RVA GOP.
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During a press conference on Thursday with State Department spokesman John Kirby, it came to fruition that in January of 2016, the Obama administration used an unmarked cargo plane to airlift $400 million worth of cash to Iran in exchange for four American hostages. Earlier in August, President Obama coyly suggested this wasn’t some “nefarious” or “secret” deal. Friday on Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Obama, insisting he was “indignant” while “telling deliberate untruths.”
On Wednesday, the Morning Joe crew erupted over the revelation that notes from Hillary Clinton’s interviews with the FBI are being given to a congressional committee for review. According to guest Adam Schiff, a Democratic Congressman from California who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, this “opens a Pandora’s box of requests from Congress.” Bloomberg Politics Editor, Mark Halperin, believes it is one of the “most horrible precedents” he’s seen in a long time.
Monday on Morning Joe, details emerged that a Clinton Foundation donor was appointed to advise then Secretary Clinton on the International Security Advisory Board. According to ABC News, Chicago commodities trader Raj Fernando was appointed to the board to advise Clinton on “nuclear security and other classified arms control matters” at the behest of the Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. According to the Clinton campaign, Fernando was appointed to “reflect a balance of backgrounds and points of view.”
Thursday on Morning Joe, actor and MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch had a lot to say about the media and their relationship with Donald Trump. According to Deutsch, the “higher educated, left leaning” media needed Donald Trump all along…until they didn’t. Co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed out that although they had Trump on their show regularly for months during the primaries, viewers were “getting really tired of him” and their ratings “flat lined.”
The Clinton Foundation is back in the spotlight for their precarious ties to Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, released e-mails suggesting major Clinton foundation donors bought access to the department. While the Clinton campaign insisted “the e-mails don’t relate to the foundation’s work,” email scandals appear to be a perpetual monkey on the back of the Clinton campaign. Thursday on Morning Joe, the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward said what most Americans are thinking: the revelation of Clinton’s e-mails is “a ticking time bomb.”
On Wednesday, the discussion on Morning Joe was dominated by Trump’s Second Amendment comments yesterday as he highlighted the jeopardy the Supreme Court will be in if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Segment after segment, the co-host’s and panelists besieged the Republican nominee for his remarks that were akin to an “assassination attempt” on his Democratic opponent.
On Friday, Hillary Clinton was uncomfortable when asked about her recent comments in an interview with FNC’s Chris Wallace regarding her statements to the FBI and her private server. Clinton gave a less than eloquent defense of her position that her answers to the FBI were “truthful,” and insisted she might have “short-circuited” or that her and Wallace were “probably talking past each other.” Monday’s Morning Joe crew were not impressed with her answers, as co-host Joe Scarborough described it as “the most tortured response I’ve ever seen.”
Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski continued to marvel over the “obvious excitement” at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. While the hosts insisted there was no comparison between the DNC and the RNC, they continued to build up the Democrats by knocking down the Republicans. The liberal hosts painted a picture of an “excited” DNC filled with “history” and “emotion,” compared to an RNC laden with “empty seats” and “sleepwalking.”
If you watched Morning Joe on Tuesday, you would think Michelle Obama was the only person who spoke on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Co-host Mika Brzezinski called the First Lady’s remarks “chilling” while Willie Geist hailed it as “the greatest in the history of conventions.” Co-host Joe Scarborough went so far as to say “her optimism and her hope reminded me of Ronald Reagan.”
Over the weekend, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was exposed for favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. It was also revealed that she sent an angry email to Chuck Todd – headlined “Chuck, This Must Stop” – demanding better coverage on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after they called the DNC system “rigged” and Mika Brzezinski called for the party leader to resign on May 18.
Monday on Morning Joe, the conversation jumped from the DNC email scandal to Hillary Clinton’s VP Choice of Tim Kaine. Co-host Joe Scarborough insisted that the news on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her inappropriate email etiquette “stepped on” the selection of Tim Kaine, but that didn’t stop the panelists from praising the pair as the first day of the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia.
Friday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski sparred over the uncanny similarities between the reception of Barack Obama the candidate and Donald Trump the candidate. Scarborough reminded viewers that back in 2008, Obama supporters blindly followed the candidate’s promise of “hope” and “change” to the polls. Contrast that with Donald Trump in 2016, who is constantly chastised for his lack of specificity amidst his loud promises to make America “great” again.
On Thursday evening, the curtains closed after the final act of the Republican National Convention. On Friday, the Morning Joe crew spent significant time dissecting the highly anticipated speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, who channeled the modern day fears of Americans. Willie Geist hyperbolized the speech as one where Trump painted “a picture of an almost dystopian, Mad Max America.” Similarly, Mike Barnicle asserted “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”
Thursday on Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski made a prediction about the presidential debates forthcoming this fall: Hillary Clinton will “slaughter” Donald Trump. The liberal host said this only moments after she expressed desire for a “nice, peaceful convention” for Democrats next week in Philadelphia, contrasted with the current Republican convention in Cleveland that she believes has been consumed with “horrible, despicable things.”
Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC, Craig Melvin made viewers a bold and likely empty promise days ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Melvin began by insisting that the Republican National Convention was filled with “gloom and doom,” to which his guest, Senator Dan Coats, responded it is “the most exciting convention he’s ever been to.”
Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-host Mike Brzezinski had a field day attacking Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. While she declared Manafort is “the most negative, kind of harsh person I’ve ever seen” she proceeded with an onslaught of her own negative criticism, referring to him repeatedly as “Lurch.” Even after multiple failed attempts by co-host Joe Scarborough to quell her name-calling, Brzezinski could not be stopped.
On Tuesday, the Morning Joe conversation was dominated by allegations of Melania Trump plagiarizing her highly anticipated speech last night from portions of Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The mainstream media’s double standard radiated when the focus shifted to past allegations of plagiarism by prominent Democrats Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
On Monday, Andrea Mitchell Reports featured DNC Chairwoman and Hillary super-fan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. It was a rather grotesque display of MSNBC’s routine where they lob softball questions to liberal guests in exchange for equally partisan answers. Wasserman Schultz criticized the convention, attacked the Republican party, berated the GOP presidential nominee, and surprise, surprise, glorified Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, the Morning Joe crew covered issues from Trump’s VP pick to the devastating murder of three police officers over the weekend. On the one hand, host Joe Scarborough praised Barack Obama for his “pitch perfect” tone in speeches following police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge. On the other hand, guest Newt Gingrich minced no words in his attack on collapsing race relations due to failed policies of the Obama Administration. The contrast was stark, as each portrayed the president in a very different light.
On Thursday, the general consensus around the table on Morning Joe was that Justice Ginsburg’s recent comments on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were inappropriate and misplaced. While host Joe Scarborough joked that Ginsburg’s comments were a symptom of her “miss[ing] Scalia” he reiterated the reality that her actions walk the thin line of “ethical violations.” Similar to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell who "set the record straight” in defense of Ginsburg, co-host Mika Brzezinski danced around the issue, suggesting “maybe it was a mistake?”