Even before President Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. would be backing out of the Iran nuclear deal, the press had begun mounting an anxious defense of the agreeent. It’s no secret that the Obama-era treaty has been a foreign policy favorite among many in the media, and the same was true back when it was first negotiated in 2015.
On Thursday's MSNBC Live, near the end of her show, host Katy Tur delivered a commentary touting the liberal spin on the issue of police shootings and race as she complained about White House unwillingness to intervene in the Stephon Clark shooting case. But, even though her colleague Chris Jansing actually acknowledged the day before that twice as many whites as blacks have so far been killed by police this year, Tur only cited black shooting victims as if it were almost exclusively blacks who are killed.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, MSNBC anchors and pundits were in full panic mode over the news that the Commerce Department was planning to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. Hour after hour, the move was blasted as “racist,” “illegal,” and even predicted to cause a public health crisis. From 9:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 p.m. ET, the liberal cable channel’s coverage of the topic was 90% negative.
Throughout the day on Wednesday, journalists and pundits on MSNBC could only think of one explanation for why President Trump would call to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election – Russia must be blackmailing Trump. Without any evidence, show after show engaged in wild speculation that the Russians “have something” on the President.
On Friday, several MSNBC shows reacted negatively to President Donald Trump's call for more death penalties and tougher sentencing for some drug dealers. After host Stephanie Ruhle mocked the plan by wondering what should happen to drug companies, substitute host Chris Jansing the next hour suggested that the President has been too quick to support capital punishment in past cases, as she oddly included murder cases.
Filling in for Stephanie Ruhle during Thursday’s 9:00 a.m. ET hour, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing related how people from other countries “don’t understand what they call America’s obsession with guns” and joined her guests in claiming that the push for gun restrictions was “not a progressive/conservative issue.”
As with all of the usual suspects on cable news, MSNBC ran more than a week-long full court press for gun control following the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting. Thus it should come as no surprise that stand-in host Chris Jansing struggled to remain neutral while interviewing Andrew Pollack, a grieving father who disagreed with the network’s stance on gun restrictions.
The spin began with an official statement by the FBI, which journalist Pete Williams read aloud. Of particular interest was a line which asserted FBI officials “have great concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.” Panelists struggled to color inside the lines while discussing the statement’s implications, and within ten minutes, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele had alleged that Congressman Nunes had actively fabricated evidence in the memo.
Tuesday morning on MSNBC, Chris Jansing and Ayman Mohyeldin brought on The Nation’s Sports Editor Dave Zirin to argue that President Trump’s attacks on kneeling NFL players was actually a campaign of “open, ugly racism” deliberately aimed at discouraging black athletes from expressing their opinions. Last week in The Nation Zirin lambasted “Donald Trump, Fox News, and their neo-Nazi-infused right-wing echo chamber” for spending “a year frothing with rabid barbarism” to shut down black voices. Jansing and Mohyeldin promoted Zirin’s piece as both “thought-provoking” and “absolutely brilliant.”
As a sign of friendship, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley invited those members of the United Nations that didn’t vote against the United States on Thursday to a special reception at the start of the new year. On Friday, MSNBC found it comical that the U.S. would thank those who respected its sovereignty and right to choose where to place its embassy and ridiculed the Ambassador and the Trump administration.
While MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell was away from her Andrea Mitchell Reports show on Thursday, there was still plenty of liberal bias as substitute host Chris Jansing moderated a segment with New York Times political reporter Nick Confessore and liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus to discuss the Republican tax cut plan.
The "journalists" at MSNBC seem eager for Hurricane Harvey to be a political disaster for Donald Trump, preemptively reminding everyone what the stakes are. Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday was amazed that the President hasn’t screwed it up yet: “It seems to me that this is the first event of this presidency where sort of the dire nature of the event seems to have halted other instincts in this president.”