In an exclusive interview with Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer noted that President Trump was “getting applause from a lot of people” for his address to the nation on Afghanistan, but then focused entirely on criticism of the newly announced war strategy.
All eyes were on President Trump Monday night as he addressed the nation about the country’s future actions in regard to the war in Afghanistan. And without giving too many details, the President declared that there would be some form of troop increase but noted that there were conditions to our aid and limits to the costs we were willing to bear. But that wasn’t enough for MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who bemoaned Trump’s address and eagerly awaited White House leaks of the details.
On Monday night, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC each broke in with special reports for President Trump’s speech announcing his Afghanistan strategy and, in the course of the post-speech analyses, ABC and NBC lobbed cold water on the plans seeing as how low Trump’s approval ratings have been.
Hours before President Trump’s Monday night speech announcing a U.S. troops surge in Afghanistan, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews admitted that he’s a “dove” “already worried about tonight” because it’s a “pure” escalation by the military “establishment.” It’s worth noting that this represented an admirable consistency by Matthews, seeing as how he also criticized a troop surge by President Obama on December 1, 2009 (but more on that later).
After almost a year hiatus, TNT’s The Last Ship returned for its fourth season, and it was certainly an exciting premiere. Just like the crew of USS Nathan James proves to be one of the few forces of good left in a depleted world, the show appears to be one of the few non-PC shows left on primetime. One of the biggest examples comes from the latest enemies they face who bring along some horrifyingly realistic methods.
There was sad news out of Barcelona, Spain on Thursday as an apparent ISIS terrorist attack gripped the historic city. As of the writing of this piece, it had been reported that the vehicle attack had claimed the lives of 13 people and left over 100 injured. But despite the attack, and with suspects still at large, NBC Nightly News couldn’t find it in them to shake their Trump fixation. They actually gave Trump-related stories roughly 60 percent more coverage.
When Islamic extremists attack a military awards ceremony on a primetime television show, you can bet that within a few episodes it will be made clear that the suicide-vested attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar” will be absolved. The terrorism was just an act, theater for the witnesses and victims meant to distract the populace from the real attackers. In Shooter, the real perpetrator is our very own government—and possibly the United Nations.
If you ever wonder how wildly out-of-touch the media is, look no further than The New York Times’ Twitter account. Friday morning, the leading newspaper in the country actually wondered if climate change would be the "greater threat" for the island of Guam than being hit with a nuclear bomb. The New York Times’ World section’s Twitter account proposed the ludicrous question earlier this morning, to much deserved backlash.
Leave it to the wire service providing national and world news to hundreds of American newspapers to leave people scratching their heads. On Thursday night, the Associated Press (AP) tweeted a confusing question about whether the U.S. military “should” take action to shoot down North Korean missiles if they’re headed towards Guam or any U.S. state.
In two separate addresses to the press on Thursday, President Trump doubled and tripled down on his powerful threats to North Korea. After denouncing the President’s original tough warning of “fire and fury” on Tuesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were equally bitter with him after he told them that “if anything maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.”
As many in the mainstream media continued to panic over President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments over North Korea, others in Congress began actively looking for ways to impede the President’s ability to protect the nation. One of these was Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who appeared on Thursday’s edition of Morning Joe to discuss these plans. Markey stated that he feared Trump’s comments had left “the impression that nuclear weapons are usable, and they're usable even if the United States is not attacked by nuclear weapons.” Markey continued on, with no pushback, explaining his intention, along with left-wing Congressman Ted Lieu, to transfer the power of the nuclear strike from the president to Congress.
In the wake of all three networks freaking out over President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning against North Korea, on Thursday’s NBC Today, Chief Global Correspondent Bill Neely reported from Seoul, South Korea and portrayed the people there as being just as afraid of the American president as they were of Kim Jong-un.