Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke was the only candidate present at the CNN Texas Senate Town Hall Thursday night since GOP Senator Ted Cruz reportedly declined the invitation. During their first debate at Southern Methodist University, O’Rourke drew criticism and four Pinocchios from the Washington Post for lying about not trying to flee the scene of a car accident he caused when he drove while intoxicated. Despite the lie, it was never brought up by moderator Dana Bash or asked in the preselected questions from the audience.
Between Thursday night and Friday evening, a number of shows on both CNN and MSNBC have pushed claims by Democrats that Georgia Republicans are engaging in "voter suppression" targeted at black voters because of reports that more than 50,000 new voter registrations of mostly black voters are being held in limbo because of errors in the paperwork. But only CNN's Jake Tapper has bothered to note that Secretary of State and gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp gave an explanation for why a disproportionately large number of black voters were affected.
On Wednesday, Capital Police arrested longtime Democratic staffer and intern Jackson Cosko for releasing the personal information of GOP Senators onto the internet during the Kavanaugh hearing last week. Despite the seriousness of the disturbing act known as “doxxing”, all three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ignored his arrest Thursday morning. CNN touched on the case Thursday afternoon but refused to report he’s a Democrat and he was targeting Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.
While the immediate reaction on CNN’s Wolf Friday afternoon to former President Barack Obama’s angry, bitter speech against President Trump was more timid than expected in avoiding an Obama lovefest, CNN Newsroom afternoon host Brooke Baldwin and her experts came through in reminding us that this is a network of The Resistance.
It looks like the media has found their new messiah in Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. Gillum, the Bernie Sanders-backed Mayor of Tallahasse. Gillum pulled an upset by beating out establishment favorite Gwen Graham in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Should he manage to win the general election, Gillum would become the first African-American Governor in the Sunshine State’s history.
On Tuesday, CNN noticed another problem in the illegal immigration detention system that already existed before Donald Trump became President as it highlighted the case of an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who is suing the government alleging that her child died as a result of contracting an infection while in detention. Not mentioned was that ever since the inception of ICE in 2003, there have been a number of deaths each year that have occurred inside the facilities, including during the Obama administration.
In the past couple of days since the passing of former Republican Senator John McCain, several personalities on both CNN and MSNBC have lamented his selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee in 2008 as a "mistake," with some suggestions that he helped set up the Republican party to go down the wrong track by doing so.
CNN journalists erupted on Monday at the news that Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of ex-CIA Director John Brennan, James Comey and others. After Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the news, Brooke Baldwin proclaimed: “Let's just call it what it was. She threw a grenade in there when it comes to the news that she's now saying the White House is now considering not only revoking the security clearance of the former CIA chief John Brennan but also that of Comey, Clapper, McCabe, and Rice.”
After AC360 host Anderson Cooper deemed Monday's Trump-Putin press conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president,” the craziness continued with Cooper stating that “today is just an incredibly depressing moment in our time in our history as an American” while other panelists opined that it’s been a “surreal” day known as “the surrender summit.”
Vice President Mike Pence went on a media tour Tuesday to promote Judge Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Needless to say, his CNN stop went as well as you’d expect. On The Situation Room, chief political correspondent Dana Bash grilled Pence about whether he and the President would be upset if Kavanaugh didn’t overturn Roe v. Wade (thus making abortion illegal in one way or another).
During Friday’s edition of The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN political analyst Paul Begala reacted to President Trump’s meeting with the “angel moms” (and dads) who have lost their children as a result of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Begala accused President Trump of “politicizing” these tragedies and using their pain to “divide America.”
During Thursday’s edition of Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Political Analyst Kirsten Powers weighed in on First Lady Melania Trump’s controversial jacket choice, describing her as the Marie Antoinette of the Trump Administration and later arguing “she’s like a teenager literally, like this is something a teenager would do, although honestly, a teenager that was a child of a President would not do this typically.”