To kick off NBC Nightly News on Monday, the network huffed about how Trump was walking the fine line with America’s partner. After noting reports suggesting the Saudis were preparing to admit to killing Jamal Khashoggi, anchor Lester Holt chided the President. “Word of the acknowledgment comes just hours after Trump seemed to accept Saudi denials of any involvement while speculating Khashoggi may have died at the hand of rogue killers,” he reported.
Things grew tense Monday night on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (with fill-in host Jake Tapper) as one of the rare CNN conservatives in political commentator Scott Jennings threw down with The Nation’s Joan Walsh over Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attention-grabbing attempt to reinforce her minuscule Native American heritage.
What was supposed to be a rebuke of President Trump’s ridicule ended up drawing more laughs from most and scorn from others. In an overly dramatized campaign video out Monday, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) released the results of a DNA test that suggested she did have a Native American ancestor. The catch? It’s possible she was only 1/1,024th Native American. Despite that fact, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) promoted her campaign message and portrayed her as the victor.
While Alec Baldwin is best known these days for his impersonation of President Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live program, the liberal actor/activist used a speech on Sunday night to attack the Republican occupant of the White House and the rest of the GOP as well. During a keynote address at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fall fund-raising dinner in Manchester, Baldwin told voters to peacefully “overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump” even though the president will not be up for re-election until 2020.
Talk about a red herring and case of whataboutism. On Monday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews tag-teamed with Democratic strategist Steve McMahon and The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker to downplay the fiasco concerning Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s razor-thin Native American heritage by invoking President Trump’s tax returns.
On Ari Melber's MSNBC show Monday night, Mara Gay of the NYT editorial board misrepresents President Trump's mocking of Elizabeth Warren's phony claim to be a Native American. Gay says it was "was actually about white anxieties among Donald Trump's base about who's white in America." In fact, Trump was calling out Warren's cheating: using the phony claim of being a Native American to get ahead in academia.
On Monday's New Day, CNN co-host John Berman claimed that voting rights in the U.S. are "under siege" in some states controlled by Republicans as he introduced a "Reality Check" segment by left-leaning CNN analyst John Avlon. The left-leaning CNN contributor misinformed the audience by repeating misinformation about voter purge laws in states like Ohio and Georgia as he wrongly suggested that voters could be kicked off the voting rolls simply for going a couple of years without voting.
As congressional elections loom, New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis revealed Monday that “Republicans Find an Unexpectedly Potent Line of Attack: Immigration.” (Unexpected to the Times, at least.) The text box: “Heart-rending images are countered with fear-laden appeals.” Davis’s Monday story tilted the playing field with tone and labeling choices: "But Republican candidates across the country, leaning on the scorched-earth campaign playbook employed by President Trump, saw an opening nonetheless, painting Democrats as the ones pursuing an extreme immigration agenda that would fill the country with “sanctuary cities” where violent criminals roam free."
New on October 15: Two segments combined. First, the reaction on Morning Joe to President Trump’s 60 Minutes interview, with Mika Brzezinski deriding him as a “big baby...unfit to lead this country.” Second, from the CBS interview, Trump expressing how “I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it.” Lesley Stahl cut him off: “I’m going to change the subject again.” Trump soon zinged her: “In the meantime, I’m President and you’re not.”
Amid all the media hand-wringing over President Trump’s contentious 60 Minutes interview, one common theme that emerged on Monday morning was all three broadcast networks fretting over his skepticism of man-made climate change. Anchors and correspondents were aghast that Trump could have any doubt in the wake of a recent “dire” United Nations report on the global climate.
Why didn’t the “hilarious” Matt Damon impersonation of Brett Kavanaugh doom the conservative judge’s nomination? That’s an apparently serious question posed on CNN.com, Monday. The online article by Bill Carter set out to answer the query no one asked: “Why Matt Damon's hilarious SNL skit couldn't stop the Kavanaugh confirmation.”
From their usual lack of coverage on the annual March for Life to treating pro-lifers as wholesale crazies, it’s clear that the media doesn’t want to face the intimate realities of legal baby killing. The recent film about the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, not only tells his story, but shows how reluctant the media is to touch abortion, even if events surrounding it involve first degree murder.
Republican Senator from Nebraska Ben Sasse was on The View Monday to talk about his new book about combatting America’s partisan “tribalism." But the liberal hosts at the table mostly wanted to grill Sasse on his politics, from voting with the president the majority of the time, to voting to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Monday’s New York Times obituary by Robert McFadden for American beer pioneer William Coors (of the brewing company that carries his name) violated the usual tasteful norms for an obit, starting with the headline and the text box: “William Coors, Ultraconservative Leader Of Brewery Based in Colorado, Dies at 102.” The text box: “A chairman’s speeches were often labeled racist, sexist and homophobic.” McFadden led off with hostility "William K. Coors, who led one of America’s biggest beer makers for decades, but whose ultraconservative speeches and anti-union policies incurred boycotts and the wrath of organized labor, civil rights groups and minorities, died on Saturday at his home in Golden, Colo."
Sunday night, Doctor Who debuted its second episode in its much anticipated 11th season on BBC America. The show, a British classic beloved by many in America, typically stays away from politics as it focuses on a science fictional universe. That being said, it is somewhat known for its focus on diversity, pacifism and all things “anti-violence”--which, all things considered, I am mostly willing to tolerate in a world where almost every show is littered with explicit jabs at conservatives and conservative policy. In the episode “The Ghost Monument,” however, Doctor Who really put the “fiction” in science fiction with a bizarre anti-gun rant.