When Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015, the savants in the news media weren’t just skeptical — they were openly disdainful of the man who will be sworn in as America’s 45th President at noon tomorrow. Reporters sniffed that Trump’s campaign was a “carnival show” which threatened to turn the GOP primary race into “a joke.” CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin called Trump a “fool,” NBC’s Chuck Todd blasted him as “a political streaker,” and pundit after pundit insisted the real estate mogul had no chance of winning.
Speaking of the hysterical outrage machine being turned up to a 10 after Donald Trump’s birtherism statement Friday morning, the pathetic behavior by the media continued into the afternoon as CNN host Ashleigh Banfield and media reporter Dylan Byers worried that Donald Trump and his supporters could undermine the media to the point that the country would look like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
On Thursday's Legal View, two CNN journalists played up Hillary Clinton's first press conference in many months. Ashleigh Banfield trumpeted how "Republicans can no longer say, 270-some-odd days since Hillary held a news conference. There is some real strategy to this." Nia-Malika Henderson touted that the presser was a "really smart shift for her....she's able to drive the narrative — drive the conversation."
On the heels of media types like Chris Matthews assuring the American people that the Clinton Foundation is so “great” that his son used to work there, the Wednesday edition of CNN’s Legal View went even further in providing pro-Clinton spin that the foundation has “good governance and accountability” placing it as a “gold star” charity along the likes of Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross.
On Thursday's Legal View, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield zeroed in on Donald Trump recently using President Obama's name, including "Hussein." Ali Velshi replied that "we ought not be all that surprised; because...not so long ago, Donald Trump had still not let go of his idea that Barack Hussein Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. As a Kenyan-born Muslim, I can tell you he's not one of my people." Brian Stelter played up that Trump is "using coded language."
Far-left Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson conducted Monday afternoon interviews with CNN and MSNBC in light of his weekend arrest during a Baton Rouge, Louisiana protest and each went quite differently as MSNBC’s Kristen Welker allowed Mckesson to recklessly blame police for the deadly Dallas shootings because no one would have been in the street if they hadn’t shot black men to death.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield to react to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech attacking Democrat Hillary Clinton, CNN political commentator David Gergen fretted over charges that the Clinton duo had been "corrupt" in their handling of the Clinton Foundation, with the CNN commentator calling the charge "slanderous." After dismissing Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, as "discredited," he worried that some of the attacks on Clinton are motivated by "gender" and recalled that a "civil war" came not long after divisive White House campaigns involving President Andrew Jackson in the 1800s.
In the aftermath of the Orlando night club massacre, flawed polls claiming that about 90 percent of Americans want universal background checks for gun purchases have started making the rounds again as CBS last week and CNN this week have released such misleading findings. But over two years ago, a poll commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that, when respondents were informed by the questioner that most gun show purchases already fall under the background check net, support for additional background check requirements plummeted.
On Thursday's Legal View, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield bemoaned how "nine out of ten people on terror watch lists, who want to buy a gun, get to buy a gun after passing a federal background check — nine out of ten!" Banfield questioned former Rep. Mike Rogers about this statistic: "I can't believe I actually have to state that being on a terror watch list does not put you in the category of the other bad guys who we won't sell weapons to. How is this happening?"
On Tuesday's Legal View, CNN's Mark Preston asserted that Donald Trump's latest attack on the media was "an absolute mistake because he doesn't want to necessarily do that." Preston soon added that "Trump deciding to take on the media at this point because he doesn't feel like they are treating him well is actually not a very good strategy — to the point the question was asked to him...do you have a thick enough skin to run for president? And he deflected on that question himself."
CNN's Ashleigh Banfield acted like a hired gun for Hillary Clinton on her Legal View program on Tuesday. Banfield claimed Donald Trump "twisted" Bill Clinton's past sex scandals into an attack on Mrs. Clinton, and played up how he once stated that "Paula Jones is a loser, and people would have been more forgiving if Bill had had affairs with more glamorous women." She confronted Sam Clovis, Trump's national co-chair: "What are you doing in this campaign when it's Donald Trump who attacked the women; and you're going after Hillary's husband, who's not running for president?"
As Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appeared as a guest on Friday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield to discuss his state's resistance to the Obama administration's directive on transgender bathroom access in public schools, he and host Banfield got into a contentious debate on the issue in which the CNN host gave credence to people of one gender claiming to be of the opposite gender.