Washington Examiner’s ‘Liberal Media Scream’ With the MRC’s Assessment

Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” selection in his “Washington Secrets” column. For each pick, usually posted online on Monday, I provide an explanation and recommend a “scream” rating (scale of one to five).

This post contains the “Liberal Media Screams” starting in January 2019.

> For all of  2018. (Re-named “Liberal Media Scream” as of June 11, 2018.) “Mainstream Media Screams” for:

> July-December 2017 posts; January through June 2017; July to December 2016; for January to June 2016; for July to December 2015; for January to June 2015. (2012-2014 are featured on MRC.org: For 2014; for June 17, 2013 through the end of 2013. And for January 31, 2012 through June 11, 2013.)

Check Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” blog for the latest choice and his other Washington insider posts. Each week, this page will be updated with Bedard’s latest example of the worst bias of the week.

(For more of the worst liberal media bias, browse the Media Research Center's Notable Quotables with compilations of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media.)

 

■ New on June 10: Liberal Media Scream: Cuomo says it’s ‘D-Day’ for impeachment

I’ll add text and video here next week, but so the Washington Examiner gets the traffic for their post when it’s fresh, please read Paul Bedard’s post on their site where you can watch the video and read the full quote.

 

■ June 3: Liberal Media Scream: Dan Rather hits ‘lack of patriotism’ in failure to ban guns

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features Dan Rather ripping the nation’s will to enact strict gun control in the wake of the Virginia Beach, Va., shootings that left 12 dead.

Following the shootings Friday, Rather on "CNN Tonight" called the inaction “despicable” and charged “it speaks to our lack of honor and patriotism.”

Rather said on Friday's "CNN Tonight" show with Don Lemon: “This story is not new. This story happens all too often, and the fact that we haven’t done anything really to come to grips with it is — despicable is the only word that comes to mind. And it speaks to our lack of honor and patriotism, in this sense: This is a national health epidemic. And can you imagine, Don, what it would be, of instead of guns, we had an outbreak of an Ebola epidemic? We the public, we the people, and our political representatives would be behaving in a completely different manner.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Rather’s citing of patriotism for his cause evokes Samuel Johnson’s ‘patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.’ Rather wants government action and anyone who disagrees with him is unpatriotic, despite legitimate concerns that, unfortunately, many of the often proscribed solutions promoted by the media would have had no impact in preventing Friday’s shooting.”

SCREAM RATING: 4 out of 5 screams

 

■ May 20 and May 27: No Liberal Media Screams.

 

■ May 13: Liberal Media Scream: Journo compares Trump to McCarthy, wants GOP to denounce

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a respected author and former Washington Post journalist calling on Republicans to denounce President Trump as they did former Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., a half-century ago.

David Maraniss, who has written a new book about his communist parents, recalled on C-SPAN the turnabout by an anti-communist former House member, Rep. Charles Potter, D-Del. In 1952, Potter questioned the father of Maraniss in a hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee, then wrote a book critical of the McCarthy era.

Talking to host Brian Lamb, Maraniss said, “Will a Republican 10 years from now write a book like that?”

In his latest book, A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father, Maraniss recalled the events during the McCarthy era and Potter’s book.

In the Q&A interview aired on Sunday, Maraniss explained:

“So, jump forward to the 1960s, he wrote a book called Days of Shame, where he acknowledged a lot of the mistakes that the Republicans made during that period: Allowing McCarthy to go as far as he did, even writes a section where he defends the Fifth Amendment and regrets that it was used as a way of saying people were guilty."

He continued, “It was the Republicans, Margaret Chase Smith, several other Republicans, including President Eisenhower, who saw the excesses of what was going on [with McCarthyism] and they stopped it. Days of Shame. Will a Republican 10 years from now write a book like that?”

Media Research Center's Brent Baker, the vice president of research, explains our weekly pick: “The so-called McCarthy era has long been a bête noire of the press corps, more sympathetic to the good intentions of those accused of being a communist than the threat to the U.S. and world freedom from communists. The fact Maraniss is as ashamed of Trump as he is of the McCarthy years shows just how deep runs the disgust for Trump among journalists who see him as a once-in-a-century blight.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ May 6: Liberal Media Scream: Anti-Trump media fears he’ll never leave office

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the paranoia of the left media fearing that President Trump won’t leave office peacefully, à la Venezuela.

Picking up on how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Trump might not leave office if he loses by a close margin in 2020, MSNBC host Joy Reid on Sunday gave credence to how “there is a very real possibility that the president of the United States wants to have foreign interference again so that he can stay office” and “he doesn’t have any intention of committing to a peaceful transition of power.”

She quoted from an article about how Nixon considered refusing to leave office, and proposed: “So, it’s not completely unprecedented that a president at least contemplates the idea of staying in office unconstitutionally. How much of a threat do you think there is of that now with this president?”

Guest Jill Wine-Banks insisted “it’s a much bigger threat now,” citing how during the Nixon era there were “three networks and they all had the same facts. Now you have this awful thing where we have a bubble of people who believe facts that are totally made up.”

Reid, on the May 5 "AM Joy":

“We face the scenario where there is a very real possibility that the president of the United States wants to have foreign interference again so that he can stay in office, so that he will not be indicted, that he doesn’t have any intention of committing to a peaceful transition of power, and he’s got monarchists in his party who are willing to give up their own authority, as Congress, they’re willing to give up all their authority in order to be obedient to him, the Justice Department obedient to him. He’s stacking the courts with people who we don’t know how obedient they’re going to be. How can we have any confidence that just an election is going cure these constitutional abrogations?”

She later quoted from a Sept. 19, 2018 Politico Magazine article:

“And this says, ‘According to reporter Seymour Hersh, Nixon intimates began to believe that he was contemplating some sort of a coup d’etat to maintain power. An unnamed member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Hersh that in one meeting, Nixon called himself ‘the last hope,’ and claimed that the eastern elite was out to get him. Said the four-star officer, “his words brought me straight up out of my chair. I felt the president, without the words having been said, was trying to sound us out to see if we would support him in some extra-constitutional action. He was trying to find out whether in a crunch there was support to keep him in power.”

“So it’s not completely unprecedented that a president at least contemplates the idea of staying in office unconstitutionally. How much of a threat do you think there is of that now with this president?”

Jill Wine-Banks, who was part of the Watergate prosecution team, bought Reid’s scenario:

"I think it’s a much bigger threat now for several reasons. One is the media has multiplied in a way that didn’t exist during Watergate. In Watergate, we had basically three networks and they all had the same facts. Now you have this awful thing where we have a bubble of people who believe facts that are totally made up..."

“You could say it can’t happen here. I think a lot of people in past history have said the same thing and it did happen. And we have to be vigilant now, and we have to really get out the vote to make sure that we change administrations so that the rule of law returns, because I do think this is a significant threat.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “This is the Left’s paranoia on full display. Democrats have spent the past two years trying to delegitimize President Trump’s presidency through specious ‘collusion’ allegations, yet now, with no real evidence, Reid tries to stoke fears with her audience that Trump won’t leave if he loses. And it takes one in a bubble, to quote Wine-Banks, to see more news sources as an ‘awful thing,’ yearning for a return to a time when three channels controlled the information flow. "

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 29: Liberal Media Scream: It’s all Trump’s fault, says MSNBC

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a new attack on President Trump from MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" show, this time blaming the president for inciting terrorism and anti-Semitism.

Joe Scarborough on Monday’s show blamed Trump and Attorney General William Barr for the possible release from jail of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who is accused of plotting a domestic terrorist attack. But it is a federal judge who will hear and decide that request for release.

“Donald Trump and Attorney General Barr and the Trump Justice Department let him walk,” Scarborough charged, though Hasson is still behind bars. Scarborough offered a villainous reason: “We’re talking about the rise of white nationalism and here is a guy that is planning to slaughter everyone of Donald Trump’s political rivals.”

Minutes later, guest Eddie Glaude Jr. of Princeton University, added, “There’s an environment, a context that is allowing this stuff to metastasize.” He zeroed in on Trump “talking about the ‘sick idea’ of sanctuary cities, talking about immigration and Disneyland,” so “we have in some ways a president that is embracing a segment of the population that literally has the country by the throat, Joe. We have to do something about this or we’re going to see even more die.”

From the Monday, April 29 "Morning Joe" on MSNBC:

Joe Scarborough: “And the Trump administration is doing nothing about it. You look at the former Coast Guard member who had a kill list of media members, but also the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, the minority leader of the Senate, Democratic presidential candidates. This was a guy who had a kill list, he had a manifesto, he was inspired by a Norwegian mass murderer, a white nationalist who killed over 70 people, slaughtered dozens and dozens of children at a day camp, and Donald Trump and Attorney General Barr and the Trump Justice Department let him walk. ...

“Do we believe that Barr would have released somebody that had Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Republican candidates — the top Republican candidates running for political office in 2020 — on a kill list? Do we really believe that Donald Trump and Barr would allow that person that had weapons and had a manifesto and had a kill list of the top Republicans in America that he was ready to go out and kill, do we really believe that Barr and Trump would let that person walk free? Again, we’re talking about the rise of white nationalism, and here is a guy that is planning to slaughter everyone of Donald Trump’s political rivals. ...”

Eddie Glaude Jr.: “There’s an environment, a context that is allowing this stuff to metastasize. You have the Coast Guard, you have the churches in Louisiana, and now you have this. Just as we’re dealing with the fact that a 19-year-old is murdered, a 16-year-old woman injured, and an 8-year-old child and others, Donald Trump talking about Charlottesville, Donald Trump talking about the ‘sick idea’ of sanctuary cities, talking about immigration and Disneyland. Remember what motivated the carnage at the Tree of Life? It was the caravan, it was the kind of globalist Jew of George Soros who was funding this. So, we have an environment that is so toxic; we have in some ways a president that is embracing a segment of the population that literally has the country by the throat, Joe. We have to do something about this, or we’re going to see even more die.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Scarborough and Glaude embody all the hate and divisiveness they condemn in Trump. Culpability for hateful violence lies with the perpetrators. Those like Scarborough who use media platforms to blame a political leader for violence are only making the situation worse by exacerbating the toxicity of the public debate.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 22: Liberal Media Scream: ‘Godfather’ DeNiro raps Trump as ‘wannabe gangster’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features movie crime kingpin Robert De Niro accusing President Trump of being a “wannabe gangster.”

It came on Friday’s "Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

He’s a “D.D.,” the "Godfather" and "Goodfellas" actor snarked to Colbert. “A disappointed dunsky. That’s what he is. He’s a dumbbell, in other words.”

De Niro’s latest attack on Trump came after Colbert brought up how De Niro is making another gangster movie, "The Irishman," with Martin Scorsese, who directed "Goodfellas."

STEPHEN COLBERT: Why do you think people respond to the gangster genre so much? Why is it? Why is that a classic genre?

ROBERT De NIRO: I don’t know. It’s just people like the outlaw-type thing, except we have a wannabe gangster in the White House now.

COLBERT: Yeah. He does, he acts, he tries to act like a tough guy. Tries to act like a made man.

De NIRO: Like a made guy. You call it a certain, you’d say disappointed dunsky. And a dunsky is a way of calling a don, sort of a contracted way of don. A D.D. you’d call him — a disappointed dunsky. That’s what he is. He’s a dumbbell, in other words.

COLBERT: It’s no secret — it’s no secret you’re not a fan. It’s no secret you’re not a fan.

De NIRO: There are certain, there are certain — you know, even gangsters have morals and they have, they have ethics. They have a code. They have a code. And, you know, when you give somebody your word, it’s your word, because that’s all you have is your word, especially in that world. This guy, he doesn’t even know what that means.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Just what America needs, a guy who pretends to be other people smugly denouncing a political leader he disdains for acting like a tough guy. As if De Niro brings some kind of persuasive wisdom to the topic when the best he could do a few years ago was use a national TV stage to hurl crude vulgarities at Trump.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ April 15: Liberal Media Scream: Morning Joe says Mayor Pete is the Tiger Woods of politics

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" show trying to raise South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential announcement with Tiger Woods’ Masters championship, dubbed the biggest comeback in sports history.

The show opened Monday with a montage of Woods talking about his win interspersed with clips of Buttigieg’s announcement. “Wow! Happy Monday,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski.

“America stopped,” her partner Joe Scarborough claimed, “everybody stopped, they were watching Tiger and they watched Mayor Pete. And, I don’t know, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, just may be a day that a lot of people look back on and see history being made.” Brzezinski relayed how “we were shuffling my mom from room to room. ‘Let’s go watch Tiger, okay let’s go back for Mayor Pete.’”

With “Sunday Split Screen: Tiger’s Comeback; Pete’s Kickoff” as the screen heading, regular contributor Mike Barnicle soon added: “In one Sunday spring afternoon in Augusta, Georgia and in South Bend, Indiana, you had two stories that combined to truly represent part of what this country is all about ... It was a remarkable day and two remarkable events.”

From the Monday, April 15 Morning Joe:

Joe Scarborough: “A really special day yesterday, whether you used to root for Tiger or not, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you actually just saw two things happen. America stopped. A lot of Americans stopped based on the phone calls that were coming in from everybody. Our phone was ringing off the hook yesterday like it hasn’t. My gosh, in an era where you have 300 cable channels and a million YouTube channels, for some reason yesterday, Mika, everybody stopped, they were watching Tiger and they watched Mayor Pete. And, I don’t know, ten years from now, 20 years from now, just may be a day that a lot of people look back on and see history being made.”

Mika Brzezinski: “Well, we were shuffling my mom from room to room. ‘Let’s go watch Tiger, okay let’s go back for Mayor Pete.’ My mom loves Mayor Pete and his speech like put her over the edge yesterday. Our phone started ringing off the hook from reporters, to Republicans to Democrats to people who really feel moved by this candidate.”

...

Mike Barnicle: “Joe, in one Sunday spring afternoon in Augusta, Georgia and in South Bend, Indiana, you had two stories that combined to truly represent part of what this country is all about. In Augusta, Georgia, you had a story of resilience, you had the story of someone who hurt himself, by himself, self-inflicted wounds over nearly a decade, get up up off the floor, back in the batter’s box and become a winner again. And it really was an epic kind of personal story ...

“But then you go to South Bend, Indiana...you get young Mayor Pete Buttigieg and he is standing there and he’s talking to America and he’s calm, and he’s compassionate and he’s intelligent and he’s not speaking down to people, he’s not insulting people. He’s talking about the future and basically declaring that the past is the past and you’ve been tricked. All of these people living in small mid-western and New England and industrial towns, you’ve been lied to, you’ve been tricked. The future is here. You either go forward or retreat into the distant history of the past. It was a remarkable day and two remarkable events. You’re right to call them both remarkable.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Really? They saw a politician’s speech as compelling, if not more, than a major sporting event? If anyone thought the media’s hostility to President Trump meant a tougher look at all politicians, this should put that to rest. They’ve found their new Obama.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ April 8: Liberal Media Scream: Trump win made Chelsea Handler seek psychiatrist

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a key example of the “Trump Derangement Syndrome” that still has many ready to fight supporters of President Trump.

We feature comedian Chelsea Hander, appearing on Bill Maher’s HBO show, telling of how Trump’s election victory sent her to a psychiatrist because “I just wanted to fucking fight people.”

Handler, who had shows on E! and Netflix, made her appearance in order to promote an upcoming comedy show tour and her new book, ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me: ... and you too!’

On the April 5 "Real Time" episode, Maher said that, until reading her book, “I didn’t realize you were suffering” so much from Trump winning the election. Handler explained:

“I had a midlife identity crisis once Trump won the election because I never had my world feel so unhinged, I think. I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me bitch about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks and then, once we got past that, and we got to the real stuff, I realized the parallel there was my world becoming unhinged when I was a little girl. My brother died when I was nine years old. I had never related two but for me, as I can imagine it must’ve been for so many people, it was a huge emotional trigger of everything being destabilized. I realized just how spoiled and privileged I’d been all my life to realize, to be this upset and this on a 10 every day and the outrage and the anger. I just wanted to fucking fight people, you know. And I was like ‘I got to go see a psychiatrist.’”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Handler’s the poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), admitting that she literally became ‘unhinged’ by his victory and entered a stage on continuous rage. I feel sorry for her psychiatrist having to hear such venom, but the doctor must have done a good job since Handler now recognizes her irrationality. If only a few more suffering from TDS would realize their self-absorption.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 1: Liberal Media Scream: Mika says Biden’s sniff and smooch meant to ‘be nice, kind’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features former Vice President Joe Biden, that hair kiss, and a TV host who thinks the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s handsy style is meant to "be nice.”

MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was reacting to a blog from Lucy Flores, the former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada, who charged that in 2014 Joe Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross” when he put his hands on her shoulders, sniffed her hair, and planted a "big slow kiss on the back of my head."

To some it sounds creepy. To others it’s just Biden being Biden, but not in a sexual way.

That’s where Brzezinski stands.

On Monday’s Morning Joe, instead of criticizing Biden for violating the behavior rules of the #MeToo era, Brzezinski contended he’s “extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way,” assuring viewers “I don’t think that there’s a bad intent on his part at all” since she was sure he didn’t mean “anything from it except to be nice, to be kind.”

Brzezinski on the April 1 Morning Joe:

“There’s a lot of things I know about Joe Biden. I’ve known him for a long time. He is extremely affectionate, extremely flirtatious in a completely safe way. I am sure that somebody can misconstrue something he’s done. But as much as I can know what’s in anyone’s heart, I don’t think that there’s a bad intent on his part at all. I read the account. I was like, ‘yeah, that’s Joe Biden,’ but never thought for a second that he meant anything from it except to be nice, to be kind.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Biden may well be just overly affectionate with no malicious intent, but so much for the media mantra that women must always be believed and the male offender ostracized. It must be nice to have a friend in the liberal media so eager to come to your defense, a benefit those accused have so far lacked. It was a nice in-kind contribution from Brzezinski and MSNBC to Biden’s expected presidential campaign.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ March 25: Liberal Media Scream: They’ll never be satisfied with the Mueller verdict

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features "Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie’s grilling of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders over the exonerating report from special investigator Robert Mueller regarding collusion charges between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russian agents.

Guthrie pressed Sanders to “acknowledge it is incorrect for the president to call this a total exoneration” given questions remaining about obstruction of justice. Pivoting from vindication for President Trump on conspiring with Russia, Guthrie relayed how “some critics are saying” it took Mueller years to complete his investigation, but it only took Attorney General William Barr two days to conclude there wasn’t a case for obstruction, “so the criticism is here’s a guy making a snap judgment who had already made up his mind about the case.”

Her comments followed weeks of media and Democratic pleadings to Barr for a quick release of any of the details once Mueller turned it over to Justice.

Guthrie followed up with how Barr was biased since “he wrote a 19-page memo stating there’s no obstruction case against the president before he saw one piece of evidence.”

Three of Guthrie’s questions to Sanders on Monday’s "Today" show:

   • “Let’s be clear about what this report – what this letter is and what it isn’t. It is an exoneration, a legal exoneration with regard to conspiracy or collusion. As to this issue of whether the president obstructed justice in this investigation, the special counsel doesn’t say, and in fact, makes a point to say, ‘This report does not conclude the president committed a crime. It also does not exonerate him.’ So would you acknowledge it is incorrect for the president to call this a total exoneration?”

   • “In point of fact, you have a special counsel because the person is supposed to be independent and supposed to make this legal judgment. In this case, for whatever reason, Mueller didn’t. Attorney General Barr took it upon himself to issue a legal conclusion, and some critics are saying, ‘wait a minute, is this on the level?’ He did it in 48 hours, and he wrote a memo six months ago, eight months ago, in June last year, stating there wasn’t an obstruction of justice case. So the criticism is here’s a guy making a snap judgment who had already made up his mind about the case and it’s on the record.”

  •  “What about the idea that he already had judged the case? I mean, he wrote a 19-page memo stating there’s no obstruction case against the president before he saw one piece of evidence.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “File this under ‘Never satisfied.’ After journalists obsessed over learning of Robert Mueller’s findings, when, by vindicating Trump on collusion, they didn’t match the media narrative, Guthrie jumped to a new line of attack. Like much of the media reaction over the first 18 hours, to undermine Trump she focused on trying to discredit Barr’s judgment in order to keep a cloud over Trump and help justify the media’s otherwise embarrassing focus on collusion.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 18: Liberal Media Scream: ABC’s Dowd says Dems ‘closer to the center’ than GOP

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the new claim that the left-reaching Democratic Party is closer to the center than the GOP.

Coming after Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said a “majority of the American people” support his liberal ideas, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd insisted Sunday that “if you look at all the issues and where the public stands, the Democratic Party is actually closer to the center than the Republican Party is.”

Dowd’s comment came after Republican strategist Alice Stewart pointed to how Democrats are “moving very far to the left.”

The exchange on the Sunday, March 17 This Week on ABC:

ALICE STEWART: "You can run away from the socialism label, you can run away from labels, but you can’t deny the fact that the Democratic Party is moving very, very far to the left. We’re talking about the Green New Deal. We’re talking about free college education. We’re talking about a lot of policies that are extremely left. The Cortez’s of Washington and the younger generation of Democrats are really causing a divide in the Democratic Party. Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time–"

MATTHEW DOWD: "The Democratic Party – if you look at all the issues and where the public stands, the Democratic Party is actually closer to the center than the Republican Party is. The Democratic Party is much closer to the center."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Dowd illustrates just how far to the left are the political press corps, where they see themselves as sitting in the middle. But they are actually so far to the left that they perceive socialist policy prescriptions as not all that far from that ‘center,’ which is actually well to the left of center.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

March 4 and 11: No Liberal Media Screams posted these weeks.

 

February 25: Liberal Media Scream: It’s Trump’s fault liberals fell for Smollett hoax

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the latest spin for why liberals, including some Democratic presidential candidates, fell so hard and fast for actor Jussie Smollett’s claim he was targeted in Chicago by racists and Trump supporters.

In an appearance on MSNBC, the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart blamed President Trump. He said that Trump “actually stokes the atmosphere of menace and insecurity that millions of Americans feel across this country.”

He added that Trump and his supporters “are using the Jussie Smollett situation to rhetorically bash people who are afraid for their own existence and their own lives,” which he called “really despicable.”

From the Saturday AM Joy on MSNBC, after a clip of Trump on January 31, calling the alleged attack “horrible”:

“The reason why so many people were so quick to believe Jussie Smollett and what he said and his version of events before they all unraveled was because that man [Trump] who you just played feeds into and actually stokes the atmosphere of menace and insecurity that millions of Americans feel across this country, whether they are people of color, LGBTQ, trans people, immigrants, Dreamers. You just go down the list.

“There are people in this country who every day feel that their very existence – their own security is at stake. And so, you know, the president’s Super-PAC, right-wingers, far right conservatives who are using the Jussie Smollett situation to rhetorically bash people who are afraid for their own existence and their own lives, you know, is really despicable.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Not much self-reflection from Capehart, who’s more interested in blaming his own biased perception of his political opponents for his own gullibility than examining why he feels so victimized by those on the right. Buying into Smollett’s story, which had many red flags, was bad enough. "

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

New on February 18: Liberal Media Scream: Morning Joe says Trump’s 2020 theme is, ‘let’s k eep America white’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" Scarborough on an anti-Trump rant Monday that is even unusual for him.

His focus was President Trump’s border wall scheme, but he turned it into an anti-Trump 2020 cheer, claiming that Trump’s real goal was to “Keep America white.”

Scarborough said that Trump is just “trying to keep brown people out” and charged “‘Let’s Make America White Again’” is “all his presidency is about.” Guest analyst Eddie Glaude Jr., a professor at Princeton University, decried how the “machinery of government is moving on the basis of a known lie” and maintained “the constitutional crisis we’ve been talking about on the horizon with the Trump administration is here” and “we have to confront it.”

Scarborough also snidely quipped that “people around Donald Trump commit more crimes – and are incarcerated at higher rates than actually people who cross the border illegally.”

From the Monday, Feb. 18 "Morning Joe" on MSNBC:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Donald doesn’t like it, but 80 to 90 percent of the drugs, according to Donald’s own government, they come through those legal points of entry, 80 to 90 percent. And people like Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, those type of people, they commit crimes and are incarcerated at higher rates – well my God especially people around Donald Trump commit more crimes – and are incarcerated at higher rates than actually people who cross the border illegally and legal immigrants as well.

So, this is just a big old fat softball coming down the middle of the plate to you, to say if we know they’re lying, if we know they’re bending the truth and the stats show that they’re lying, this is really about nothing more – it ain’t a dog whistle, it is a racist P.A. announcement that all of Trump supporters in America can listen to. “I know the facts aren’t on our side, I know we’re not going to win in the courts,” but let me just tell you “I’m trying to keep brown people, or as I said on Twitter last week, people from Latin America, out of the United States,” because when I say, as Donald Trump, when I say “Let’s Make America Great Again,” I’m really just saying, as Donald Trump, your president, “let’s keep America white [Glaude: “Absolutely”], majority white is what it’s all about.” Put that on your bumper sticker if you’re supporting Donald Trump in 2020 because that, he has proven at last, is all his presidency is about.

EDDIE GLAUDE JR: Joe, that is a huge softball, about that big, you’re absolutely right.

SCARBOROUGH: Knock it 450, go Ken Griffey on it.

GLAUDE: If I could put it this way: He’s lying through his damn teeth and everybody knows it. What’s interesting is that the machinery of government is moving on the basis of a known lie. That’s what’s so confusing about this. That there are all these folks that are complicit with the lie. So that’s the first thing. He’s lying through his teeth. The second thing, right, is that Noah [Rothman] is right, the constitutional crisis we’ve been talking about that’s on the horizon with the Trump administration is here. The co-equal branches of government are not doing their jobs, Trump has engaged in constitutional overreach and now we have to confront what the imperial presidency means for Madisonian democracy. Some of us didn’t want to confront it under Barack Obama, many didn’t want to confront it with regard to Nixon and the Bushes and then Nixon and Clintons, however the order goes, right? But it’s here now. We have to confront it.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “When you can’t make a cogent argument against the threat President Trump is trying to address, you resort to the tired old slander of asserting Trump and his supporters are motivated by racism. That’s the sum total of Scarborough’s take on the border wall. As if no one who isn’t a racist could possibly want a nation with secure borders. And it’s nice that Glaude has discovered the ‘imperial presidency’ after showing no such concern during the Obama years.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

February 11: Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Tur cheers Green New Deal

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features MSNBC’s Katy Tur justifying the liberal "Green New Deal" by citing reports warning that global warming could lead to a “complete disaster” in 12 years.

Tur, on Sunday’s "Meet the Press," said without the deal, pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., “millions and millions and millions of people will die.”

Tur, host of the 2 p.m. hour weekdays on MSNBC, during the panel on the Feb. 10 "Meet the Press":

You have some real reporting out there from experts, not just analysts on television, but from actual experts at the U.N., from Donald Trump’s own administration saying how dire this is. The U.N. said we have 12 years before complete disaster. You talk to the representative of the Marshall Islands and he’s calling it what could amount to genocide if we allow things to go as they are.

The reports aren’t just hey, it’s going to get bad. The reports are people will die. Millions and millions and millions of people will die and I think that there is an appetite among voters out there, especially Democratic voters and potentially swing voters to say, ‘hey, let’s do something about this now because it’s going to affect our future.’ And there’s real economic damage that can happen as well. Billions of dollars in economic damage from crops, to deaths, to losing ocean front homes and businesses in — over the next century.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “How about a little journalistic skepticism? Tur eagerly gave justification to a plan based on ending cow flatulence and airplane travel, two of many things in the plan she could have questioned. Instead, she chose to give credibility to a plan to spend trillions to remake the economy, promulgated by those with a political agenda based on fear-mongering.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

February 4: Liberal Media Scream: Media should be ‘celebrating’ 2020 Democrats

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a concern in the media that the diverse group of likely Democratic presidential candidates filling newspapers, websites, and Twitter aren’t getting enough coverage and celebration from the press.

On CNN’s "Reliable Sources" Sunday, host Brian Stelter painted the media as coming up short when it comes to promoting liberal Democrats.

He championed “history-making” Democratic presidential candidates, citing the “incredible” number of women and people of color running, before lamenting, “I kind of feel this is being taken for granted.” He then asked if the press should be “talking more about the historic nature of this early primary season?”

Stelter on the Sunday:

"We are talking about a historic, a number of history-making candidates. It is incredible to see the number of women running, the number of people of color running for president already on the Democratic side, and yet I kind of feel this is being taken for granted. Should we, in the press, be talking more about the historic nature of this early primary season?"

Guest David Zurawik, of the Baltimore Sun, agreed: “Not only should we be talking about it, I think if we feel that way, we should be celebrating it, this diversity, all of these different voices are going to make this conversation of democracy in the election much, much stronger.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “A few weeks after a guest on 'Reliable Sources' seriously maintained ‘the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias,’ this week we have the show’s host fretting that the media are not enthusiastic enough about liberal Democratic presidential candidates. Diversity in this case is about race and gender, not ideology. And Stelter wonders why the press are held in such low regard?”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

January 28, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: Ocasio-Cortez terrifies whites, conservatives

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the latest media spin on the impact of Democratic firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

AOC, as she is known in media circles, has made a substantial impact already and been ready to strike back when attacked.

In this case, a journalist featured on Sunday’s CNN "Reliable Sources" said that the New York lawmaker’s words are threatening to whites and conservatives.

Laura Bassett, the Huffington Post’s senior culture and politics reporter until she was laid off last week, said that Ocasio-Cortez “is threatening white conservative men’s power and they’re terrified of her.” She also declared that “they’re trying to take her down. They’re using all the tricks in the patriarchy.”

From the Jan. 27 "Reliable Sources" on CNN, picking up after host Brian Stelter prompted her with this leading question: “What do you think is fueling the constant attacks on Fox against this freshman congresswoman?”

LAURA BASSETT: Look, she’s got a target on her back because she ticks every box that makes conservative men uncomfortable: She’s a woman, she’s Latina, she’s young, she’s working class, she’s a millennial, she’s a Democratic socialist. Everything that makes people uncomfortable. And she’s a star, she’s a rising Democratic star. She’s got a lot of power. People are really responding to her on social media, as Charlotte [Alter of Time magazine] said, in the same way that people responded to Trump kind of emotionally a couple of years ago. So, I think, in some ways, she’s sort of the ideal anti-Trump and she is threatening white conservative men’s power and they’re terrified of her.

STELTER: And thus she’s a feature on Fox. That’s what you’re saying?

BASSETT: Absolutely. They’re trying to take her down. They’re using all the tricks in the patriarchy.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “How ridiculous. After months of major media outlets celebrating and promoting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the greatest gift to America since Barack Obama, CNN and Bassett impugn the motives of a rare media outlet willing to critique her left wing policy pronouncements. It isn’t Fox News that’s terrified of AOC’s ideas, it’s Bassett and Stelter who are afraid her ideas won’t hold up to scrutiny.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

January 21, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: Suddenly, worries about accuracy

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features concerns in the media about being dragged down by the BuzzFeed report on President Trump and his lawyer subsequently called “not accurate” by special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the end of Sunday’s "Meet the Press," moderator Chuck Todd despaired at how Mueller’s characterization of the story as inaccurate might be exploited by media critics.

“We’ve got to remind people, though, there are people who want to exploit this. They want to see us be put this way. And they’re just doing it for exploitation purposes. So let’s not give them the ammunition,” he said.

But Todd did not note that he and NBC, among many media outlets, promoted the story before the Mueller slam.

On Friday, Savannah Guthrie opened NBC’s "Today" show: “Breaking overnight: Bombshell. The new report that says President Trump himself ordered his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, a potential game-changer with claims that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has e-mails, documents and testimony to prove it. What the president’s side is saying this morning.”

In the subsequent segment, Todd added some analysis, “You can’t overstate how significant this development is, with the caveat of the ‘If true.’”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Memo to Chuck Todd: If you don’t want to provide ‘ammunition’ to media critics to ‘exploit’ an erroneous news story in order to discredit the whole media, including your network, then don’t allow your network to so enthusiastically promote that story in the first place when you aren’t sure yourself whether it’s true or not. It’s that simple.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

January 14, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Mika sees a ‘yes’ in Trump’s shrug on Russia

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the new media frenzy over suggestions that President Trump is on Russia’s payroll.

Leading the campaign was Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski today.

Picking up on an AP headline, “Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia,” Brzezinski opened Monday’s show by highlighting how, when Trump was asked, “have you ever worked for Russia?" that “nowhere in his 354-word answer did he say the word no.”

In fact, in response to the question from FNC’s Jeanine Pirro, Trump pretty clearly rejected the allegation: “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written. And if you read the article you’d see that they found absolutely nothing.”

Pirro’s question was prompted by a New York Times story headlined: “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.”

Brzezinski, on the January 14 Morning Joe:

 “On Saturday the president was asked, point blank, ‘have you ever worked for Russia?’ Nowhere in his 354-word answer did he say the word no. Welcome to Morning Joe on this Monday, January 14th...”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “It’s a new silly season in the media, so well exemplified by Brzezinski. Journalists so want it to be true that Trump really is a Russian agent that they lose all critical thinking ability and embarrass themselves, as Brzezinski has here. Just because Trump did not explicitly say ‘no,’ does not mean he didn’t deny the charge for which there is no evidence.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

January 7, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: ‘Prestige press’ pro-Trump, ‘easier coverage than he deserves’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a view about the media’s Trump bias that even the former editor of the New York Times would mock.

It comes from Atlantic writer David Frum who said, in an apparent reference to the media biggies President Trump calls “fake news,” that the “prestige media” lets the president off the hook too often.

Frum, on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" Sunday, said that “relative to the truth, the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias. Relative to the truth, Trump gets easier coverage than he deserves.”

And he said pro-Trump commentators should be working for the Home Shopping Network.

He was reacting to the observation, in an upcoming book by former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, that the news pages the Times and the Washington Post are “unmistakably anti-Trump.”

Frum on the Jan. 6 "Reliable Sources":
“Relative to the truth, the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias. Relative to the truth, Trump gets easier coverage than he deserves. The surest way onto the op-ed page of a prestigious paper is to come up with some angle to explain why something the president has done is less crazy or dangerous than it seems. Networks, like this one, give a lot of airtime to people who normally would be working for the Home Shopping Network, who wouldn’t be on at all.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “What planet is Frum living on? You can argue that Trump is a terrible president who deserves negative coverage, but to contend the ‘prestige press’ has a bias in favor of Trump because they occasionally allow someone to defend him? That’s just nuts. By any measure, Trump is on the receiving end of the most hostile press of any president in the past century.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

> Liberal Media Scream posts for all of 2018.

> For July through December 2017.

> For January through June 2017.

> For July through December 2016.

> For January through June 2016.

> For July to December 2015.

 

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