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.”
The New York Times gave former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill a negative review in Thursday’s edition, terming it “shaky” and “halting,” even “excruciatingly awkward,” while tucking in rumors that he wasn’t fully engaged in the prosecution. Can one detect some frustration, even embarrassment in the paper’s coverage, now that the former special counsel, whose reputation for tenacity and “straight-arrow,” law-and-order omniscience the Times helped inflate, has flopped hard in public view? Now that Mueller’s shaky command of the details in his own report is public knowledge, we learn there were hints beforehand, which the Times apparently chose not to share.
Thursday the hosts of The View reacted to Robert Mueller’s testimony Wednesday and as to be expected, attacked Republicans, while touting how untainted Mueller was from controversy. ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams argued Mueller had done Trump a “huge favor” and was clearly not anti-Trump, while Joy Behar attacked Republicans as being “disrespectful” to veterans.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Thursday appeared on the Fox Business Channel to recount the debacle of the Robert Mueller hearings. Regarding the devastated response from journalists, Bozell compared, “It's a throwback to election night 2016 when they all thought that Hillary was going to win and suddenly Trump wins and they were so crestfallen. It happened again yesterday. I thought the news media were going to break down in tears.”
On MTP Daily Wednesday evening, Trump-deranged host Chuck Todd commiserated with fellow liberal MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell over Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress. Mitchell sadly conceded that this whole Russia investigation was probably finally over, but she couldn’t help but take swings at “shameful” Republicans while expressing her disappointment.
Joe Scarborough tried to rewrite the growing reaction to Robert Mueller's disastrous-for-Dems performance on Wednesday. On Thursday’s Morning Joe, Scarborough actually claimed that yesterday was “a very bleak day for House Republicans.” But ultimately, Scarborough had to concede the undeniable: Mueller's performance was not good and he failed to offer much in the way of new information. This left Scarborough wondering why the Democrats ever called him to testify
While many on CNN were trying to keep the faith and suggest the disastrous House hearings with Special Counsel Robert Mueller were somehow going to lead to President Trump’s impeachment, some couldn’t help but admit that Mueller’s testimony was an absolute mess that hurt their cause. During the five-o’clock-hour of CNN’s Situation Room, senior justice correspondent Evan Perez kicked off a round on criticism when he whined about how “Mueller essentially muddied the waters a lot today” when it came to impeachment.
Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress was painted as the Super Bowl of scandal hearings. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie gushed 36 hours before the event that “We are drawing closer tonight to what may be the most anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill in a decade.” And then the testimony happened. By the lunch break, even MSNBC was crestfallen. Mueller "sucked the life out of the report."
Continuing on MSNBC’s theme on Wednesday of panic regarding the Robert Mueller hearings, Hardball featured a number of panelists melting down at the possibility that President Trump won’t be impeached, removed from office, and/or be criminally charged, but it was host Chris Matthews who tried to keep up the fight with this opening tag of “second term or prison term.”