MSNBC host and Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber appeared on The Late Show Tuesday night. Not surprisingly, the Mueller probe came up. After Melber and host Stephen Colbert analyzed and discussed the prospects for impeachment, Colbert shockingly pushed back on Melber’s claim of objectivity: “come on…you guys bang a drum over there sometimes.”
On Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC contributor and PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor suggested that the President’s reaction to the Mueller report is a sign of how authoritarian regimes come to power and questioned the intelligence of anyone who watched (or, by extension, reads this) that a reelected President Trump in 2020 would cast doubt on whether Americans understand the Constitution.
Two weeks after former Attorney General Michael Mukasey embarrassed CNN host Chris Cuomo on his own show (Cuomo Prime Time) by calling out how his was “misleading a lot of people”, he was back to school Cuomo and spoon feed him the law on executive privilege, releasing grand jury material, and obtaining FISA warrants. As a reminder, Cuomo used to be a trained lawyer and treats his show like a courtroom.
On Wednesday, House Democrats on the Judicial Committee escalated their collusion delusion by voting to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not turning over the unredacted Mueller report. Despite the fact that the grand jury testimony within could not be released, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News hyped the vote and Democrats declaring the country was experiencing a “constitutional crisis”.
All set with his hair sloshed to one side (presumably by the wind), CNN chief White House correspondent and carnival barking extraordinary Jim Acosta reported on Wednesday’s Situation Room ahead of a Trump rally that the President has plunged America “toward a constitutional crisis” while solidifying a reputation as a con-man, turning “the art of the deal...into the art of the conceal.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning scored an exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey. So what did they do with the time? They read back quotes from Comey to Comey. Though there was the occasional attempt at challenging the fired FBI director, the hosts often seemed impressed just to be talking to him.
TV journalists are framing House Democrats’ threat to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress as a justifiable measure to combat the Trump administration’s perceived stonewalling. But in 2012, when House Republicans held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his refusal to comply with a lawful subpoena, many of the same talking heads dismissed the act as absurd “political theater.”
A go-to pundit revered in liberal media janitor Brian Stelter’s daily newsletter from Mars, MSNBC’s host Chris Hayes opened Tuesday’s All In by beating the now-mummified dead horse that the Trump-Russia probe is like Watergate except worse because congressional Republicans haven’t decided to push for the impeachment of President Trump but instead become “co-conspirators” in “destroying their own branch of government.”
On Tuesday’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough laughably claimed that “history has chosen” the Democratic Party to “defend the rule of law.” The same Democratic Party that excused Bill Clinton’s perjury in the 1990s and dismissed Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2016.
CNN host John Berman tried to goad congressional Democrats into taking action against the Trump administration. On New Day, Berman taunts Dems as "the boy who cried contempt," demands to know when "the rubber will meet the road," and frets that the Dems will "succumb to the delay tactics" of which he accused the White House. Washington Post reporter and CNN analyst Rachael Bade tried to cheer up poor John, assuring Berman, "you're going to see them go to court soon," although the Dems have to "look like" they're trying to work with the White House.
Joe Scarborough's white-hot hatred of Donald Trump apparently extends to members of the President's administration. On Morning Joe, Scarborough launched a nasty, personal attack on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Scarborough's stream of insults about Pompeo included the following: "absolute fool; disgraceful; beneath contempt; should be ashamed of himself; bumbling, stupid act; unworthy to hold any public office for the rest of his life."
The Joy Reid show stokes fears that President Trump will refuse to leave office if he is defeated in the 2020 election, saying there is a "significant threat" of that happening, and drawing parallels to the Watergate era, asserting that President Nixon floated the notion of using military force to remain in power.