On Thursday, the network morning shows were aghast that President Trump would accuse the news media of incivility and divisiveness, even as they repeatedly suggested that his rhetoric was to blame for mail bombs being sent to prominent Democrats. Reporters ignored recent polling that found people across the political spectrum agreed that the press was one of the main sources of division in the country.
With his new moonlighting in political cartooning, Jim Carrey has donned the perpetually angry, sullen mask of the celebrity leftist horde. Previously, he has used his crude marker drawings to condemn conservatives such as Lindsey Graham and Rudi Giuliani, but his most frequent target by far has been President Trump.
Despite the fact that journalists are linking Donald Trump to Wednesday’s attempted mail bombing and placing blame on his supporters, CNN on Thursday rather bizarrely denied doing just that. Inside Politics host John King lectured, “No one is blaming the President. Is anyone blaming the President?”
In the middle of discussing the pipe bombs that were sent in the mail to several prominent Democrats this week on Thursday’s the View, co-host Meghan McCain had a come to Jesus moment and apologized for what she said about Hillary Clinton months ago on the show.
Less than 24 hours after several packages containing pipe bombs were intercepted on their way to prominent Democrats and the headquarters of CNN, a similar package was found on its way to one of the homes of liberal actor Robert De Niro Thursday morning. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, anchor Willie Geist broke the news, and contributor John Heilemann made it an opportunity to blame conservative media as responsible for making anti-Trump critics a “target.”
During Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough discussed the explosive recently found in left-wing billionaire George Soros’s mailbox. After talking about how President Trump and “backbenchers in the Republican Congress” have blamed Soros for funding the caravans and “one fake conspiracy after another,” Scarborough insinuated that Republicans deserve blame for the explosive device, in addition to saying that racism motivates the anti-Soros rhetoric: “You have got to point the finger back at the President and these Republican members of Congress that have just been spreading these conspiracy theories that have anti-Semitic overtones to them.”
CNN opens its 6 AM New Day hour with Alisyn Camerota highlighting this Washington Post headline: "Amid Incendiary Rhetoric, Targets of Trump's Words Become Targets of Bombs." Then, under a Breaking News banner, CNN runs a clip of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo [brother of CNN's Chris Cuomo] saying: "This is political terrorism. This is American terrorism. This is red versus blue terrorism."
Mere moments after President Trump called for national unity at a Wisconsin rally in the wake of attempted bombings of prominent Democrats and CNN, CNN host Anderson Cooper kicked off AC360 by decrying the President’s speech. Not long after that, Cooper and senior White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny teamed up to tear into the President for the things he “did not say.” And according to Cooper, the mind reader, Trump didn’t see the targets of the attacks as human beings.
Reacting Wednesday night to the bombs sent to CNN and other Democrats, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews offered a bizarre take that invoked how next Wednesday is Halloween, blamed the President without evidence for being responsible for the bombs, and insinuated that he was akin to Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
With investigators still trying to track down who sent bombs to CNN, the Clintons, and other prominent Democrats and still no motive in sight, liberal broadcast networks ABC and NBC put the blame squarely on President Trump’s shoulders during their Wednesday broadcasts. This, as they ignored attacks against members of the Republican Party around the country for weeks.
While reporting from outside the evacuated Time Warner building on Wednesday afternoon, CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Brian Stelter asserted without evidence on those behind the bombs and heavy usage of the word “but” that it’s the President and “right-wing commentators” and “outlets” who should look at themselves in the mirror.
Wednesday has been a difficult day for the country with explosive, suspicious devices being sent to CNN, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA), plus former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Put simply, it’s inexcusable and unacceptable for that to happen to anyone in this country. Reacting to President Trump’s comments on the bombs, CNN Newsroom’s panel of analysts, journalists, and pundits promptly lashed out at Trump, insinuating his guilt and deeming his remarks insufficient.