Panic and fear were on the top of the agenda for ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News during their Monday night broadcasts. Each of these networks harped on valid worries over a lack of personal protective equipment for health care workers, ventilators, and the lag in results of coronavirus testing. But it was only NBC Nightly News that highlighted what the Trump administration was doing to alleviate the problems.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid sent out a flippant tweet in an attempt to denigrate the Trump administration’s plan to direct the Small Business Administration to provide liquidity to states and small business owners through low-interest loans to provide economic relief from the coronavirus impact. Reid stated, “Who knew low-interest business loans were the key to stopping the coronavirus spread?” Fox Business' Melissa Francis let Reid have it: “Have you ever been responsible for making payroll, ever?”
CNN continued its habit of making mountains out of molehills on Tuesday as CNN Right Now host Brianna Keilar, White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond, and Never Trump Republican Sophia Nelson decried the White House's new "Trump-focused litmus tests" for those who seek political appointments in the administration.
The hosts of The View continued campaigning for Joe Biden on Tuesday’s show, while worrying that a candidate like Bernie Sanders becoming the nominee could sink the Democrats’ chances of winning back the White House. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg grumbled that she wanted the swamp and bureaucratic institutions “back” in Washington, and her fellow co-host Joy Behar went apocalyptic, claiming that Americans didn’t have “clean air or water” with President Trump in office.
The truth has no place on NBC News. During NBC’s Sunday Today, host Willie Geist continued to push the long-debunked accusation that President Trump called the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) a “hoax” at a Friday campaign rally in South Carolina. On top of that, Geist suggested it took the first death of an American in the U.S. to get the President to cut it out and take the situation seriously.
Shortly before President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday to explain what his administration was doing to prepare for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), ABC’s World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News decided to give a megaphone to Democratic lawmakers so they could suggest the administration wasn’t taking the virus seriously.
MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle invited New York Times columnist James Stewart on her Monday show to discuss the latest controversies sourounding Attorney General Bill Barr. Among the things discussed was the letter signed by 1,100 ex-DOJ officials demanding Barr resign, two of them-- Joyce Vance and Matt Miller-- rounded out the unbalanced panel that wondered if Barr is "un-American."
John Harwood joined CNN Newsroom Friday morning to engage in some cynical goalpost-shifting after Attorney General Bill Barr's Thursday interview with ABC where Barr urged President Trump to quit tweeting about controversial matters before the department.
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski says that AG Bill Barr, by saying that some of President Trump's tweets make it impossible for Barr to do his job, is actually saying is "that these tweets make it harder for Bill Barr to help him be corrupt."
Without any evidence, the broadcast networks continued Wednesday to push the narrative that President Trump supposedly interfered with the sentencing of his longtime friend Roger Stone. And according to their accusations, a pair of Trump tweets were the smoking gun that proved he was “testing the independence of the Justice Department,” as CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell proclaimed.
A complete and total blackout. That was how ABC, CBS, and NBC reacted on their Tuesday evening newscasts when the top Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge, Rosemary M. Collyer blasted the FBI for misleading the court when seeking surveillance warrants for a former Trump campaign staffer. The order was damning, accusing an FBI lawyer of a criminal act in intentionally lying to the court. It added that the court’s confidence in the FBI’s evidence was so shaken they needed extra oversight for all cases.
Fired FBI Director James Comey had his feet held to the fire on Fox News Sunday by anchor Chris Wallace, who grilled him on the FBI’s misconduct during the Russia probe. Despite Comey’s admission that the FBI mislead the FISA court in their applications to spy on a Trump campaign staffer, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) refused to cover Comey’s comments on their flagship morning and evening news programs between Sunday and Monday evenings.