This week’s NewsBusters Time Machine looks back at a 2013 interview Brian Williams gave in which he laughably insisted that his reporting has been “cleansed of political opinions.” Maybe he meant “cleansed” of facts? The not-yet disgraced journalist also claimed he was “down the middle.”
As part of MSNBC’s never-ending quest to find worst-case scenarios in the hope of bringing down Donald Trump, presidential historian Jon Meacham on Thursday yet again repeated the concept that the GOP occupant of the White House might be “in thrall to a foreign power” while referring to Russia. Meacham went on to compare the situation with the 1790s, when Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson accused Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton of being too loyal to Great Britain even though America had declared its independence from that nation years earlier.
For all the liberal media’s prior pontifications about Wednesday being a “split screen” between two major events for President Trump, the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the denuclearization summit with North Korea, they were sure to only give the latter just a few pixels.
One of the guests on MSNBC's 11th Hour last night, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, was introduced by host Brian Williams as "Twitter's most prolific presidential fact-checker." Unfortunately, Dale couldn't bring himself to fact-check an obviously dubious claim from Williams. Then again, we've all come to expect such assertions from Williams, most especially about his leap-tall-building adventures in journalism.
This time the subject was negotations between the Trump administration and congressional leaders over funding for a border wall along the Mexican border to avert another government shutdown with a Feb. 15 deadline looming.
If tonight’s coverage is anything like President Donald’s Trump’s first State of the Union Address look for the media to trash the speech and vilify the President. Of course there was a time the media threw verbal bouquets after the SOTU speech – when Barack Obama was delivering them. The following are the most absurd media reactions to Obama-era State of the Union speeches, as culled from the MRC’s archives.
Breaking into live coverage of the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr, on Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams informed viewers about the Brexit deal being rejected by Parliament in the UK. He insisted that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was the result of Russian “election meddling.”
On Tuesday’s 11th Hour, host Brian Williams tag-teamed with guests James Carville and Michael Steele to trash President Trump’s primetime address, but even this — um — special trio couldn’t escape two segments talking about the night’s events without absolutely lampooning the much-maligned and parodied Democratic response by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Sometimes the liberals on the MSNBC cable television channel become so involved in their take on a story that they need a conservative guest to remind them that there’s a big world out there they never cover. That was the case on Thursday, when the frequent Trump critics on the weekday Morning Joe program were reminded by presidential biographer Jon Meacham of an obvious truth: “It is possible ... in America to have a conversation about someone and not be about the incumbent president.”
Of course, the journalists at MSNBC had to psychoanalyze the body language of the Presidents attending the funeral of George H.W. Bush. Chris Matthews weirdly declared, “I think Prince Charles felt more comfortable in New Guinea than this President felt here today.”
On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive poll on the news habits of consumers plus a poll of 51 cable and broadcast network news hosts and late-night comedy hosts. In the full blog, check out the seven areas that The Hollywood Reporter article on their own poll didn’t have quite the time to do a deep dive on.
On both Wednesday and Thursday, reports and rumors swirled that Megyn Kelly would either depart or be fired by NBC News following controversial remarks about wearing blackface (even though she apologized). Throw in the fact that Kelly changed agents and it’s been a less-than-stellar week for the former Fox News Channel host, who’s stood out from her liberal colleagues and even called out NBC on numerous occasions.
Serial fibber Brian Williams told yet another whopper on Friday night from his home in MSNBC exile known as The 11th Hour with Brian Williams. So what else is new? What makes his latest historical untruth ironically special is it came as Williams along with historian Michael Beschloss were fact checking President Donald Trump for a supposed error he made during his speech at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio on Friday.