Leading off a discussion on media coverage of the coronavirus, on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle quickly went to work attacking Fox News. Why? Because the competing cable channel was calling out attempts in the press to blame the Trump administration for the spread of the disease.
During national emergencies such as natural disasters or outbreaks of disease, the news media can serve as a valuable source of information for the public. Yet when it came to their coverage of the coronavirus on Thursday, CNN largely put their Trump-bashing agenda ahead of that important role.
With a significant chunk of their money – not two percent – coming from taxpayers, why must PBS and NPR pay for their own polling? They can hardly argue this is something the commercial networks don’t do. Then, on top of that, they have manipulated the polls for a liberal political agenda. When Trump started to go "above water" in his approval rating among Latinos, they shifted to the categories of "White" and "Non-White."
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that YouTube may censor whomever it chooses, and is not bound by the First Amendment. The ruling in Prager University v. Google dealt a blow to PragerU’s cause this past Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage. The decision upheld the district court’s dismissal of an action brought by PragerU against YouTube and its parent company Google despite PragerU's claim that YouTube acts much like a public forum and therefore was obligated to uphold First Amendment protections for freedom of speech.
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, the Morning Joe crew was insisting that Mike Bloomberg immediately drop out of the race to clear the field for Biden and prevent a Sanders nomination. Today, after airing Bloomberg's wide-ranging interview with Kasie Hunt, Morning Joe was overflowing with praise for him!
It’s takes a lot of effort for a black commentator to be removed -- even temporarily -- from the liberal MSNBC cable channel, but a magazine editor found himself in that situation. Jason Johnson, a founder of The Root magazine who has been described by others as “a fixture of the network’s Democratic primary analysis,” has been benched for loose talk about "racist white liberals" and "the island of misfit black girls" backing Bernie Sanders
CNN's John Avlon joined At This Hour host Kate Bolduan on Thursday to condemn the selection of Vice President Pence to lead the federal government's response to the coronavirus. But, what was an attack on Pence morphed into an attack that implied that any social conservative or religious person would be unqualified to lead a public health task force in a time of crisis.
Another week, another episode of liberal lectures from the sexually graphic Freeform teen drama The Bold Type. Thursday’s episode, “To Peg or Not to Peg,” was all about how the liberal boogeyman known as “the patriarchy” is responsible for everything, from women not wanting to discuss their private parts with each other to a man not feeling comfortable dating a woman who is more dominant to Kat (Aisha Dee) having some hesitation when a man asks her to dominate him via “pegging.”
The Freeform show Everything's Gonna Be Okay is about a twenty-something gay man named Nicholas who becomes legal guardian to his two teenaged half-sisters after their father dies. One of the sisters, 17-year-old Matilda, happens to be on the autism spectrum. Like the Netflix show Atypical, Everything's Gonna Be Okay recognizes the fact that, with understanding and awareness from others, an autistic individual is capable of social and academic success.
The broadcast networks weren’t really interested when ex-Democratic Mayor of Baltimore Catherine Pugh was raided by the FBI and the IRS in April of last year amid charges of corruption, nor when she was forced to resign just a few days later. So, it’s not surprising that ABC, CBS, and NBC completely ignored her pleading guilty and sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday.
When viewers of Fox's Deputy found out on the February 13 episode that Deputy Brianna Bishop (Bex Taylor-Klaus) claimed to be more than one gender, it was only a matter of time before the show tried to insert the issue into the series plotline again. This time it's so that Sheriff Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorf) can tell her to "live your truth."
On MTP Daily, host Chuck Todd twice suggests that President Trump, given his supposed undermining of trust in government institutions, should "reap what he sows" regarding public distrust over coronavirus.
The New York Times used the coronavirus story as a carrier for the same Trump-bashing that infects the paper like the common cold. Thursday’s edition led with the banner headline, “Trump Taps Pence To Lead As Virus Spreads.” Underneath was “news analysis” by Annie Karni, Michael Crowley, and Maggie Haberman, “Facing Potential Test in Public Trust, Too.” They led with Trump’s silly “Sharpie” moment during Hurricane Dorian, then quickly raised the stakes: "For years, experts have warned that Mr. Trump has been squandering the credibility he could need in a moment of national emergency, like a terrorist attack or a public health crisis."
For the second evening in a row on Thursday, ABC’s World News Tonight (and this time NBC Nightly News) seemed intent on whipping the public into a state of fear with suggestions the Trump administration wasn’t responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat adequately. NBC News even tried to shake public coincidence in Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership of the COVID-19 task force assigned to deal with the threat.
Worried about the rise of socialism? The Big Tech oligarchs over at Twitter don’t appear to be. Despite a Twitter rule which states that the platform will censor accounts for using “hateful symbol[s],” a Twitter spokesperson defended the use of the communist hammer and sickle -- a symbol that Hillsdale College professor Dr. Charles N. Steele said is associated with the deaths of millions -- on the platform.