On Saturday's CNN Newsroom, weekend anchor Fredricka Whitfield conspicuously made a point of including President Donald Trump in a brief she delivered about the legal problems of two former congressional Republicans. Informing viewers that former New York Congressman Chris Collins was recently sentenced over an insider trading case, Whitfield made sure to remind viewers that Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for President.
Instead of directly trolling President Trump by name, the red MAGA hat made famous by the Trump campaign was weaponized in the season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. In three scenes of the episode titled “Happy New Year” airing on January 19, a MAGA hat made an appearance and was met with scorn.
MSNBC weekend anchor Alicia Menendez, daughter of Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, appeared on The View Friday to plug her new book about sexism, called The Likeability Trap. She fit right in at the table, as the hosts have been cheering Elizabeth Warren for standing up to “sexist” Bernie Sanders, all week. The hosts used the book’s theme to rehash their complaints about how America doesn’t like female candidates, both in 2016 and 2020.
Despite the fact, there was no evidence that Russian meddling in the 2016 election had any influence on the result, the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC warned they were at it again with a hack of the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden. In the course of their fear-mongering reports, the networks suggested Russia was working on behalf of Trump, was the reason he got elected, and in one case insinuated Trump may have been working with the Russians. All of which were unfounded conspiracy theories.
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell lunged to promote the latest New York magazine screed by former New York Times drama critic and columnist Frank Rich, who insisted Trump's supporters were "Vichy Republicans," like Hitler's collaborators in France during World War II.
New York Times "conservative" columnist David Brooks blames Trump for making liberals look stupid. Something that really takes no effort.
Over the weekend, MSNBC host Al Sharpton repeated a study highlighted last March by the Washington Post that made the claim that during the 2016 presidential race, there was an increase in hate crimes in counties that held Donald Trump rallies, even though the findings were discredited as misleading last September by another study published by Reason magazine. MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian also cited the flawed study again on last Thursday's First Look show.
On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN promoted a New Year's Day special on singer Linda Ronstadt with a pre-recorded interview between Ronstadt and host Cooper in which the singer became the latest liberal to hyperbolically liken President Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Cooper did little to push back as the liberal singer claimed that Mexicans "are the new Jews," and matter-of-factly claimed Trump's rise to power "is exactly the same" as what Hitler did.
Michiko Kakutani, former chief book critic for the New York Times, saw out the decade in paranoid fashion, laying out her left-wing overview of the 2010s in the Sunday Review, “The End of Normal -- Over the past decade, social media, the Great Recession and Donald Trump combined to bring out the ‘indigenous American berserk." She ranted: "With his calls to 'Make America Great Again,' Mr. Trump appealed to a different sort of nostalgia -- for an era when white men were in charge and women, African Americans, Hispanics and immigrants knew their place."
On Sunday, NBC News political director Chuck Todd dedicated the final Meet the Press of 2019 to insisting President Trump had brought about a “post-truth society.” The same network that pushed the totally-bunk Steele dossier for years and tried to sink Justice Brett Kavanagh’s nomination with the ridiculous allegations from Julie Swetnick, wanted to lecture the public about falling for and spreading lies and misinformation. In the process, Todd lashed out at Christians for believing in “fairy tales.”
Every time the attempt to remove President Trump from office seems that it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along comes CNN and that network’s guests to make the process appear even more bizarre. One such incident happened on Thursday, when a former GOP official -- Richard Painter, who was the White House’s top ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush -- compared the upcoming Senate hearing to a judge installing an all-white jury for a trial involving the Ku Klux Klan.
CBS This Morning’s look back at the top stories of 2019 stood in contrast to the nonsense offered on Thursday’s MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson, but they threw that good will away on Friday with their recap of the 2010s, skewing left with a sense of doom and gloom. It even included the false “hands up, don’t shoot” chants.