On Thursday, several MSNBC anchors at various times of day were fixated on how NRA spending had benefited a number of prominent Republican political figures who had tweeted out sentiments regarding "thoughts and prayers" after the Florida shootings. After MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle first raised the issue Thursday morning and spent almost three minutes listing and showing images of nine Republicans who had benefited from NRA spending, fellow hosts Katy Tur, Ali Velshi and Brian Williams followed her lead later in the day anchoring their regular shows.
During MSNBC’s 11:00 a.m. ET hour on Monday, co-hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi were eager to provide a friendly platform for left-wing immigration activist George Escobar to slam the Trump administration’s “wildest anti-immigrant, racist, warped dreams” when it came to the debate over renewing DACA.
Even as MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday tried to dismiss the FISA memo alleging political bias at the FBI as an “empty vault,” during the 11:00 a.m. ET hour, co-anchors Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle portrayed the release of the document as a threat to democracy and fretted with their guests that President Trump was employing the “dictator’s playbook” by criticizing the Russia investigation.
MSNBC on Thursday offered an immediate, and typically negative, review of Donald Trump’s debut in Davos, Switzerland. Hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi mocked the “uninformed,” “strange,” nonsensical” conversation that the President had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ruhle made sure to inject race into it, earlier noting that Trump was “flanked almost entirely” by “white guys.”
On Tuesday morning, MSNBC's Velshi and Ruhle show devoted a segment to the sympathetic case of an illegal immigrant with a wife and children who was just recently deported to Mexico because he entered the country illegally as a 10-year-old 30 years ago. But, while this MSNBC show was willing to spend six and a half minutes on this story, it completely ignored the illegal immigrant who, over the weekend, took Greyhound passengers hostage in Illinois.
MSNBC flashed some bitterness on Wednesday afternoon following President Trump’s first joint press conference of 2018, complaining that Trump only called on “conservative outlets” Washington Examiner and the Fox News Channel with only the latter one offering “a challenging question.”
On Thursday, MSNBC's Ali Velshi interviewed former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell about that agency's move to eliminate the Obama administration's "Open Internet Order," better known as its "net neutrality" regulations. Velshi was in over his head, and as people who find themselves in such a situation often do, he resorted to hostility, bluster, and an accusation of condescension to try to make up for his repeated attempts to make a tired little-guy-versus-big-guy argument against the FCC's action.
On Friday's Velshi and Ruhle show, MSNBC co-hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle gave a forum to frequent MSNBC guest Kurt Bardella -- known for being a Republican who trashes his right-leaning former client Breitbart News -- so that he could discuss his decision to finally officially switch to the Democratic party.
During MSNBC’s Velshi & Ruhle on Friday, the liberal co-anchors were giddy at the prospect that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI in the Russia investigation would bring the entire Republican legislative agenda to a “screeching halt.”
MSNBC's Ali Velshi and co-host Stephanie Ruhle apparently gained a bit of far-left street cred in August when they fiercely berated a Donald Trump supporter with an usually strong dose of condescension, telling him that "you can't just lie on TV" about the economy. On Monday, Velshi lied about the estimated impacts on various income groups of the GOP tax plan published by Congressional Budget Office and didn't even know it — because he had no idea that the table he used contained completely different and irrelevant data.
On Monday, Dictionary.com announced that it’s 2017 Word of the Year was “complicit,” citing left-wing accusations that anyone not fighting against the Trump administration was endorsing hate or racism. Liberal media outlets like The Washington Post and MSNBC gleefully seized on the dubious ranking as an exemplification of the Trump era.
Worried about Senate Republicans adding repeal of the ObamaCare health insurance mandate to tax reform legislation, on Wednesday, MSNBC repeatedly claimed that the GOP had stepped on a “landmine” and awakened a “sleeping giant” by taking up the issue. The liberal journalists eagerly predicted that the move would get Democrats “fired up” in opposition.