Appearing as a guest on Fox and Friends Saturday, during a discussion of liberal media reaction to the Mueller collusion probe, former CBS reporter Lara Logan complained that the media deceptively gave the impression that the indictments obtained so far are with regard to collusion with Russia when they were, in fact, about issues other than the main focus of the investigation.
There was a stunning admission from ABC senior national correspondent Terry Moran during Sunday’s This Week when he conceded that if Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, then there would be a “reckoning for the media” among others who pushed the notion.
Amidst a commercial-free Thursday night edition of Hardball in light of the Paul Manafort sentencing, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews brought on Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan to rage over the Manafort sentence by Judge T.S. Ellis and accuse President Trump of having “jumped the tracks” to betray America to side with North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday night, the liberal media had to grapple with the surprising prison sentence of 47 months for Paul Manafort by Judge T.S. Ellis. And for MSNBC’s Hardball, the “shocking” and racist decision was characterized as an “breach of justice” by Ellis that’s placed trust in American government “in jeopardy” in favor of allowing his “puppet strings” to be pulled by Moscow.
After being away for two weeks that included a vacation to New Zealand, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was in rare form on day two of his return, questioning the dress habits of Republican men on the House Oversight Committee for not being as formally dressed as he’d like and wearing scowls. And then later in the show, Matthews and liberal celebrity loon Rob Reiner complained about the lack of control news outlets have over the American people compared to the 1970s when there were only three network news outlets.
When conservatives hear President Trump talk about conservatives "reclaiming our nation’s priceless heritage," they hear a reference to the Founders and to the founding documents. When CNN hears it, they hear Hitler and Putin. On Saturday afternoon, CNN anchor Ana Cabrera encouraged CNN analyst Samantha Vinograd -- a former Obama aide and current Biden Institute senior adviser -- to slime Trump with a Holocaust brush:
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's CNN Tonight to preview the network's upcoming special on the Bush political family, CNN historian Tim Naftali was true to form as a CNN analyst as he praised President George H.W. Bush for, among other things, raising taxes, stating that he "owed it to all Americans," as he also complained that Bush ran a "dreadful" campaign in 1988, obviously referring to the Willie Horton issue.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough twice referred to Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of President Trump's children, as "Fredo." That is, of course, a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone, the weak, least-intelligent of the children of the Godfather, Vito Corleone. After Scarborough's second use of "Fredo," Mika Brzezinski quietly corrected her husband: "you mean Don Jr." An unrepentant Scarborough responded: "okay, Don Jr., same thing." Panelist Steve Rattner, President Obama's former car czar, can be heard laughing in the background.
An hour after he trumpeted Thursday’s abrupt end of the second U.S.-North Korea summit, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared in need of a safe space following President Trump’s Hanoi press conference. Acosta wasn’t called on, so he aired his grievances on CNN while falsely suggesting the President had “steered clear largely” of the White House press corps.
At the top of Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd thought it would be fun to compare the upcoming report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to a deadly hurricane poised to hit the east coast. He noted how “Democrats are hoping it’s a category five whopper” while Republicans were wishing for “the dud of a storm that turns and goes out to sea.”
After news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be delivering his final Russia investigation report to Attorney General William Barr in the coming days, on Thursday, NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning promised viewers that the investigation would continue regardless of Mueller’s findings.
High atop the list of old habits in media that will never die: kneejerk apologia for the failed utopia known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Russian President and former KGB spook Vladimir Putin isn't alone in pining for its glories. During a weekly roundup of the NPR Politics podcast on Feb. 14, Domenico Montanaro, the state-funded radio network's "lead political editor," chided Republicans for having the audacity to use Democrats' swooning for socialism against them.