The New York Times trumpeted Pete Buttigieg’s top-tier Iowa caucus performance on Saturday’s front page in “How Buttigieg Became Surprise of Iowa Caucuses.” Plus: Are young male campaign reporters treating Buttigieg with "kid gloves" at Elizabeth Warren's expense? "...Ms. Warren’s allies, who have seen her frequently faced with questions about whether a woman can win, believe Mr. Buttigieg has been treated with kid gloves by journalists who see themselves in a 38-year-old man more than a 70-year-old woman."
During MSNBC’s Friday night post-debate coverage, Hardball host Chris Matthews behaved like a man possessed, hellbent on informing all about the deadly dangers posed by communism and socialism, how concerns during the Cold War were real, and Bernie Sanders might not be looking to just remake America into a socialist country a la Denmark.
As the 2020 Democratic presidential field dwindled, so did their apparent prospects at winning the election come November. Friday was witness to the latest installment in banal Democratic Presidential debates and even their greatest allies in the media could not help but take note of its dull nature. So much so, that ABC (the network who hosted the event) shifted into worrisome mode once the debate concluded.
Continuing her penchant for drawing media accolades, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was the candidate of discussion on MSNBC after Friday night’s latest 2020 Democratic debate. Mostly led by Hardball host Chris Matthews, Klobuchar was praised as “wonderful,” showing “audacity, spontaneity,” and behaving presidential who’s been “amazing” for having lasted longer than higher “voltage” senators like Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Following the ABC Democratic debate in New Hampshire on Friday, CNN’s panel of liberal journalists and activists were mostly in agreement when panning the performance and campaign strategy of former Vice President Joe Biden. Between them, the panel painted an image of an “angry” old man shouting “get off my lawn” across the stage, while failing to “inspire” people to donate to his campaign.
Cranky Democrat strategist James Carville unleashed on snooty writers at The New York Times in a anger-filled interview with Sean Illing at Vox. Carville brought in the Times as an example of the "urbanist mindset" and its "cultural disconnect" with less urban parts of America. Binyamin Applebaum mocked Carville's
CNN host Chris Cuomo was unhinged late Thursday night into Friday while arguing with conservative contributor Scott Jennings about President Trump’s comments post-acquittal. Cuomo self-righteously lectured that conservative Christians were hypocrites for using abortion as a litmus test for political candidates when Trump didn’t show the faithful any respect, even defending Pete Buttigieg's radical abortion views.
Conservative Twitter is hammering Elizabeth Warren for implying in an MSNBC interview on Thursday night that she blames the racism throughout American history (in part) for minority staffers quitting her campaign in Nevada. MSNBC host Chris Hayes set up the issue in the gentlest, most helpful way possible (well, the most helpful besides burying the story). When she uncorked her blame-history spin, Hayes just moved on to asking about Michael Bloomberg.
CNN on Thursday hosted another series of town halls with Democratic candidates. Anderson Cooper and the assembled questioners mostly tossed softballs to socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. But four of the eye rolling queries really stood out. Here are the first two: Questioner Robin Clark wondered, “I was wondering, why do you care so fervently about economic inequities?” (Was “How did you get so great” too obvious a question?)
After more than three years since prediction fails, "conservative" New York Times columnist David Brooks' prognostication record remains at about the same laughable level. We need go back only a couple of weeks to January 23 to laugh at his latest bold observation that "Joe Biden Is Stronger Than You Think." Yes, the same Joe Biden that came in fourth in the Iowa caucus with apparently no delegates won from that state.
Chris Matthews came completely unglued on Thursday night. Here’s just a few of the descriptions he had for Donald Trump and his supporters: “Violent,” “cult,” “violent purge,” “goose steppinng,” “dictator.” Regarding Trump’s comments made at the White House, Matthews suggested that, given a few less constitutional restrictions, the President would be preparing for violence: “As I jotted down Trump's words, I wondered what they would mean in a country where the targets of such invective were not protected by a Constitution such as ours.”
On Thursday afternoon, MSNBC host Katy Tur seemed to be misinformed about a recent poll of Iowa Democratic caucus voters which found that most support ending private health insurance as the MSNBC host omitted the word "Democrats" and stated that it was a poll of "Iowa caucus goers" and later simply "Iowans."