During Thursday's edition of MSNBC Live, host Stephanie Ruhle clashed with two Donald Trump supporters, going so far as to tell Michael Caputo “I'm not going to allow that!” when the former Trump staffer claimed that the Democratic presidential campaign is sending out talking points “so the media is covering what Hillary Clinton wants.”
Ruhle fired back that “these are Donald Trump's words, day in and day out at event after event that we're talking about. They have nothing to do with Hillary Clinton.”
On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello repeatedly attempted to get Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Tyrone Woods, who died in Benghazi, to ask Trump to “apologize” for his comments to the Khans. Instead of taking the bait, Woods turned the tables and called on someone else to apologize instead: "When Hillary Clinton on several occasions has called the Benghazi victims' families liars, should she apologize for that?"
After the networks spent the morning going crazy over Clinton’s "emotional" and "historic" Thursday night speech at the DNC, the cable news shows proved they couldn’t get enough either on Friday morning. Carol Costello on CNN’s Newsroom, provided one of the more over-the-top examples from the media’s fan club, calling Clinton women's "white knight."
Where does CNN find these guests? On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, during a segment premised on surveys showing most Americans find Hillary Clinton untrustworthy, Emory University Professor Drew Westen appeared to give advice for how Clinton might combat such negative views toward her.
But, just when it seemed like Professor Westen -- author of The Political Brain -- was about to advise Clinton to turn over a new leaf and start being honest, the segment devolved into unintentional parody as his idea of "telling the truth" turned out to be flimsy excuse-making and blaming others for her "bogus" scandals.
On Monday, CNN's breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court striking down Texas's sanitary regulations on abortion clinic clearly slanted towards the pro-abortion side. Pamela Brown twice touted the "huge win for abortion rights activists," and later underlined the "big win" to a pro-abortion legal analyst. Jake Tapper trumpeted the "seismic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court," and hinted that pro-lifers were being hypocritical: "All of the, quote/unquote, burdensome rules and regulations that conservatives often complain about would have to be adhered and applied to these abortion clinics."
On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case.
As former Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm appeared as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello worried that Democratic Senators have inadvertently sabotaged the possibility of new gun laws by "antagonizing' Republicans with a filibuster, which she termed as "kicking sand in their faces."
After responding to Granholm's NRA-bashing by sympathetically proclaiming, "Right, and I admire your passion," she ended the segment by declaring, "Okay, well, I hope so," after the Michigan Democrat predicted a vote on new gun laws.
Carol Costello was true to her liberal form on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with regard to her pro-gun control slant. Costello tossed softball questions at Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and, as she's done in the past, gave a platform to call for new firearms regulations in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando. She also wondered, "Is this the turning point?"
On Wednesday’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello sided with liberal CNN contributor Sally Kohn in rejecting outright the idea that the Clinton Foundation did not give as much money as it claimed to veterans. Costello and Kohn scoffed at the criticism, while Costello acted as if she had never even heard that the foundation faced ethical controversies.
On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello hounded Bernie Sanders supporter Charles Chamberlain over the chaos at Nevada's Democratic state convention between the supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Costello accused Sanders's director for delegates of "egging things on in Nevada." She later wondered, "How are these supporters for Bernie Sanders different from the supporters of Donald Trump...they also think that the system is rigged, and they're accused of violence." Meanwhile, the anchor tossed softball questions at a Hillary Clinton supporter.
On Thursday, TVNewser reported on CNN host Carol Costello telling SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah how she really felt about former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his routine mocking of her network: “I’ll just be honest with you – it did bug me....It’s easy to cherry-pick, and then you slam somebody. Sometimes we deserve it, and sometimes we don’t..."
Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia blasted Bernie Sanders supporter Rosario Dawson on Monday's CNN Newsroom for referencing Monica Lewinsky at a recent campaign event for the Vermont socialist: "I think it was stupid. The reason I think it was stupid is because there just aren't many votes in the Democratic primary for invoking the name of Monica Lewinsky." Anchor Carol Costello replied, "So why didn't Bernie Sanders just come out and say, you know what — Monica Lewinsky's name has no place in Democratic politics at this time?"