As the Mueller testimony unfolded last Wednesday, the Russian collusion narrative was exposed and shattered to the dismay of the very media who perpetuated it. The deflation on the faces of cable news hosts’ was evident as the day went on. Greg Gutfeld pinpointed this disappointment during his monologue on Friday’s The Five.
For two years, the liberal media have convinced themselves and their Democrat buddies that Russian collusion took place in the 2016 election. On Friday night’s Hannity, fill-in host Jason Chaffetz spoke with The Hill’s Joe Concha and Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt on the mass Russia hysteria fueled by the press.
With an embarrassing technical problem to boot, MSNBC’s Hardball featured on Thursday night an irascible host Chris Matthews nagging House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to fulfill the wishes of his constituents (which includes CNN and other media organizations in dark-blue Manhattan) to see through “this unstoppable push” for impeachment.
The media, MSNBC in particular, appear desperate to salvage what little remains of their reputation by trying to insist that Robert Mueller's Wednesday testimony was not a complete dud. On her Friday show, Andrea Mitchell tried to argue that despite the lack of any new revelations, Mueller's testimony was "pretty devastating" for Trump.
If there was an award for most unhinged journalist of the Trump era, it would undoubtedly go to Donny Deutsch. The MSNBC contributor and host of poorly-rated Saturday Night Politics has embraced the politics of gaslighting in the Trump era like few other cable news pundits.
In an extended rant, Joe Scarborough calls Mitch McConnell "Moscow Mitch" no fewer than 14 times, with sidekick Donny Deutsch using the phrase twice. Scarborough was angered that McConnell had blocked two partisan Democrat bills ostensibly seeking to promote "election security" in light of past and possible future Russian attempts to interfere with US elections.
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert began his monologue Thursday night slamming the media’s coverage of Robert Mueller’s dud of a hearing, Wednesday. While complaining that CNN and MSNBC only cared about ratings, he fretted they were missing the bigger picture: Republicans want to ‘Kremlin-alize’ elections and ‘Doctor’ Mueller was just trying to save the country.
The day after the disasters that were the Democratic-led hearings with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) seemed crestfallen that their high hopes for President Trump’s impeachment were puttering out. Their Thursday flagship evening newscasts reflected that mood as they talked about the hearings not having the “punch” needed to push certain Democrats to back impeachment, leaving a “divide” in the party.
As our friends at the Washington Examiner and Washington Free Beacon have reported, former MSNBC host Krystal Ball eviscerated her former employer MSNBC during The Hill TV’s Rising by comparing them to Infowars for their breathlessly deranged coverage of the “feverish Russian conspiracy theories,” suggesting the Mueller hearing would resonate in middle America, and not showing accountability.
Wednesday night after the much anticipated Mueller hearings, MSNBC hosts scrambled to make something new of the testimony. In spite of their bests efforts, nothing they didn’t already know had presented itself. Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow decided that in order to really understand the situation, Mueller’s staff also need to testify. Yes, that’s right: More hearings.
As NewsBusters has previously reported, CNN admitted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not provide any new ammunition for Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump during his appearances before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday but that did not stop some on the network from continuing to call for his impeachment anyway. Like her counterparts on cable news, Samantha Bee also called for impeachment in spite of Mueller’s lackluster appearance on Capitol Hill.
It’s hard to see the Mueller hearings on Wednesday as anything other than a disaster for liberals in politics and in the media. Yet, Stephen Colbert further cemented his status as a “resistance” backer as he defended Mueller on Wednesday night’s The Late Show. Colbert berated Chris Wallace to the point that the Fox News host shot back: “You’re part of the anti-Trump tribe.”