The Sunday afternoon letter from Attorney General Bill Barr on the Mueller report has rocked the political world and burst more than a few bubbles in the liberal media, most notably their years-long insistence that the President and/or his team colluded with Russia. Some journalists have conceded this reality, while others are mimicking Japanese soldiers still fighting World War II in 1971.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Monday reacted to the Mueller report finding of no collusion by marveling at how much damage CNN has done to its own reputation. Appearing on FBN's Varney and Company, Bozell concluded, “I don't know how CNN ever recovers.”
As the Mueller investigation concluded Friday evening that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election, some in the media were still very reluctant to admit they had been woefully wrong these past two years. Even more alarming, some journalists suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome held onto their hopes for collusion even more dearly, despite the definitive conclusions put forth by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Attorney General William Barr.
Surprise! No collusion. Shocking, right? If you’re like any of these lefty celebs, you’re going through all the stages of grief, starting with denial.
During her hostile interview with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie worried if Attorney General William Barr was “on the level” when he made the decision not to pursue obstruction of justice charges against President Trump after Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no conclusive evidence to warrant such charges. In a later segment, she even suggested Mueller made a “cop out” move on the issue.
You knew this was coming. For two years, Robert Mueller was a secular saint of the liberal media. But now that he has issued a report not to the MSM's liking, Mueller's halo is tarnished, and overnight he's become fair game for criticism. An opening salvo of the MSM attack on Mueller was launched on CNN's New Day this morning. CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said she was "completely unsatisfied" by the Mueller report, claiming it is "really atrocious" that Mueller did not rule on the question of obstruction of justice.
Chris Matthews on Monday's Morning Joe tried to talk an agitated Joe Scarborough down from the ledge. In regard to the finding of no collusion in the Mueller report and no prosecution on obstruction, Scarborough peppered the Hardball host with a series of “what about” questions. Finally, an exasperated Matthews dismissed, “Get yourself as a job as special counsel.... [This investigation] was resolved this weekend politically.”
Appearing on NBC’s Today show Monday morning to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller clearing President Trump of collusion with Russia, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders eviscerated irresponsible liberal media coverage of the investigation and demanded that the press apologize to the President and the American people.
Between their two Special Reports and World News Tonight, ABC personalities reacted to the Mueller report findings by repeatedly playing up the unambiguous nature of the day, calling it “an all out win for the President” and that Sunday will go down as an important “moment in our history” that “cemented the trust that millions of Americans have for President Trump.”
To paraphrase tweets from great Stephen Miller (no, not Stephen Miller from the White House), leave it to Al Sharpton to be the voice of sanity amidst MSNBC’s network-wide meltdown. Reacting on Sunday’s PoliticsNation to AG Bill Barr’s letter concerning the Mueller probe’s findings, he admitted that “the Democrats also now have to move on and really deal with hard issues.” No, that is not a misprint. That is word-for-word what Sharpton told MSNBC viewers on Sunday. Or at least all five of them.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Sunday night reacted to the Mueller Report letdown by wondering if impeachment was still a possibility. Despite the finding of no collusion and a lack of obstruction, Blitzer offered this question to Dana Bash: “And the question is, Dana, very quickly, impeachment. Are they going to do anything or are they going to listen to Nancy Pelosi and say, forget about it?”
Perhaps the revelation of the long-awaited Robert Mueller report is a good time for the mainstream media in general, and Politico in particular, to finally retire that hackneyed meme, "Republicans pounced." For at least a year that worn out term has been used whenever Republicans have responded to erroneous Democrat or liberal positions. It didn't matter how much in the wrong the Democrats were, if Republicans offered any kind of reply or correction, it was often translated by the MSM as "Republicans pounced."