As Vermont Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Hallquist appeared as a guest on MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi, the MSNBC host went along with his liberal guest's premise that liberal policies should not be labeled as "progressive" as the liberal host referred to his Canadian roots and suggested that liberalism just be called "normal." Notably, a bit later in the segment, the graphics team made a faux pas as an image of Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker appeared on screen while they were discussing the approval rating of Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott.
Appearing as a panel member on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, MSNBC contributor John Heilemann displayed the latest example of the liberal media's tendency to gloss over the Reverend Al Sharpton's history of stoking racism as he actually praised Sharpton's involvement in the Central Park Five rape case from 1989. Not mentioned was that -- as recounted by former New York Post columnist and current MSNBC contributor John Podhoretz -- Sharpton helped incite a mob which harassed the rape victim during the trial and chanted that she was a "whore."
On Tuesday night, FNC gave an update on the case of an Iraqi refugee with a criminal history who managed to escape deportation and recently went on to shoot a police officer in Colorado Springs. FNC have covered the story a number of times since Friday, but the other networks have completely ignored the tragic event. Ironically, on the same day that the attempted cop killing story broke, several networks did make time to undermine the Trump administration's push to deport illegal immigrants, this time by focusing on the wife of a pro-Trump veteran who was given a deportation order and left for Mexico.
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, NBC Chief Environmental Affairs Anne Thompson blasted the Trump administration for proposing a possible rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations, warning that such a policy shift would “put more of the emissions into the atmosphere that fuel climate change” and spark “an environmental civil war.”
Journalists at MSNBC and the New York Times are very unhappy about the possibility of “more tax cuts for the rich.” MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi and writer Alan Rappeport on Tuesday lamented the possibility that capital gains taxes might soon be indexed for inflation, meaning someone who invested a million dollars in 1990 would soon pay about around $255,000 on the profit of a sale, instead of about $476,000.
As NewsBusters has previously documented, one of the big recurring problems in media coverage of the Trump administration prosecuting immigrants who cross the border illegally is the conflation of asylum seekers who follow the proper process and those who sneak across the border and then apply for asylum after they are caught. As focus this week has turned to the court-imposed deadline for returning some children to their illegal immigrant parents, this same conflation problem has popped up again.
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson crashed and burned Wednesday while attempting to plug an NBC News report during the final moments of her morning show. In a spectacular display of poor judgment, the MSNBC Live host attempted to rhyme and used a made-up work that sounds like an anti-Semitic slur to refer to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen calling him “Kikle.” Mr. Cohen is Jewish.
On MSNBC’s All In Tuesday night, and then again on CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut repeated his claims that the current moment is comparable to 9/11. Each time, the hosts failed to ask him to clarify or add nuance to his extreme statement.
It’s well-established that Monday was not the brightest day in the Trump administration and possibly one of the most controversial with the President’s ill-advised comments seeming to take the word of Russia and not U.S. intelligence concerning 2016 election meddling. That said, the liberal media did themselves no favors in trying to expand their tent as legal expert Jill Wine-Banks asserted Monday “will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”
First, Hardball host Chris Matthews demanded Democrats “wreak vengeance” on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Then, Morning Joe promoted the idea of Democrats packing the court with liberals to “neutralize” any of Trump’s “extreme” appointments. Now, MSNBC’s strategy has shifted to arguing that the President should not be allowed to name anyone to the high court while under investigation in the Mueller probe.
During Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC Live With Velshi and Ruhle,, host Ali Velshi interviewed Kristin Mink, the teacher who had confronted EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt at a Washington, D.C. restaurant the day before. The confrontation of Pruitt comes at a time of increasingly uncivil discourse in American politics. In recent weeks, Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has faced heckling from angry protesters at a Mexican restaurant near the White House as well as at her home in Virginia. The far left has justified the protests, citing the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has been undergoing a Chernobyl level meltdown on live television for hours on end. But things took a dark turn towards the end of the three o’clock hour when he ominously predicted “Spanish Civil War stuff” was going to happen in the fight between Republicans and Democrats over the high court vacancy.