Wednesday on The View, the hosts gave a warm welcome to former Secretary of State under President Obama, John Kerry, giving him the chance to promote his new memoir, while lobbing softballs about the Mueller probe, the Iran Deal and his relationship with John McCain.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday fawned over the woman who negotiated Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, the same person who worked for the Clinton State Department. Asking Wendy Sherman no tough questions, the hosts instead wondered how Sherman’s skills could be used in the everyday lives of Americans.
On Monday afternoon, CNN went into full-blown panic mode directing anger and bitterness at the Daily Caller’s Saagar Enjeti and Reuters’s Roberta Rampton following President Trump’s press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in which neither U.S. reporter asked the President the questions CNN wanted them to.
On Monday, CNN Global Affairs analyst Max Boot claimed that the tyrannical Islamic Republic of Iran was more "stable and rational than the President of the United States." It's particularly disturbing when a media pundit finds the democratically elected President of the United States more troubling than a dictatorial regime that has routinely violated human rights, especially in regards to its interactions with religious minorities, gays, and women.
On Monday morning, NBC’s Today show was aghast that President Trump would call out Iran for threatening the United States with war, labeling it his “latest international incident” and fearing the “escalating war of words.” ABC and CBS also covered the story, but at least acknowledged Iran stoking the tensions.
On Monday’s edition of New Day, co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, along with their guests, conducted a segment on President Trump’s late night tweet promising “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” to Iran if they threaten the United States. During the segment, Camerota prefaced her analysis by saying “I don’t want to go full wag the dog.” She then proceeded to provide a full wag-the-dog explanation of Trump’s tweet.
Some quotes need no introduction because they are just so shocking. On July 20, 1998, Time contributor Nina Burleigh said this of Bill Clinton: “I would be happy to give him a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude."
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s latest melodramatic dissent, on the travel ban, warmed the angry hearts of liberals frustrated by the latest 5-4 ruling against them, and provided another clipping for The New York Times' extensive Sotomayor fan-club file. Reporter Catie Edmondson staged the scene in dramatic fashion: "The remarkable dissent was delivered by a woman who has championed her own upbringing as an example of the American dream."
Iranian civilians rose up in protest against their government on Monday, as the country’s economic situation continued to deteriorate in the wake of the United States pulling out of the nuclear agreement with a promise to reinstitute sanctions. The protests were the second major uprising this year and despite that fact, the Iran-friendly broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) failed to mention it during their evening newscasts. It may also have something to do with the protestors allegedly chanting “death to Palestine.” Just a hunch.
On Tuesday night's Rachel Maddow Show, the MSNBC host's usual elongated lecture contained a few seconds of easily identifiable falsehood. In attempting to underline just how badly Trump negotiated with the North Koreans, she claimed the communists "gave up nothing. They promised nothing." This at the very least left out three American hostages released.
If you weren’t sure whether a certain phrase in the headline was a word, it’s a no but MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews tried on Tuesday night to make it one. Describing President Trump’s attempts at currying favor with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Matthews told one of his panels that Trump didn’t come off like someone skilled in “political communiques,” but instead “like a kiss butt” and “it’s outrageous the way he talks.”