On Saturday, The New York Times came out with one of the most insulting and disparaging op-eds by its editorial board one will see, launching a full on written assault at departing White House press secretary Sean Spicer. In the July 22 editorial, the editorial board called him a “four-Pinocchio” press secretary that was drafted to the RNC’s “Big Show” — an obvious swipe comparing the Trump administration to a circus show before the administration was actually up and running.
On Tuesday morning, CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod wanted to make sure people knew that President Obama too was “under siege” from the media and that they “felt it.” He spun, "“But there were times when we were completely under siege and you felt it.”
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith appeared on the CNN podcast “The Axe Files” to proclaim that President Trump’s attacks on the press had “breathed new life” into them, and “singlehandedly…postponed the collapse of a fair share of the legacy media in an interesting way.”
Smith is just the latest liberal to insincerely praise Trump for reviving a dormant media elite – without admitting they were asleep under Obama.
To cap off Wednesday’s CBS Evening News, the network spotlighted a study by a pair of Northwestern University law professors who claim the United States Supreme Court is a sexist workplace based exclusively on who interrupts who. “And at the Supreme Court, women broke the glass ceiling. Now, if the men don’t mind, they’d like to have the floor,” argued Anchor Scott Pelley during the opening tease. When the segment finally rolled around at the end of the show, Pelley quipped that “The first amendment guarantees the right to free speech, but is there a constitutional right to finish a sentence?”
On Thursday's Morning Joe, the panel discussed TIME Magazine's latest cover of White House Chief Strategist and Special Counselor Steve Bannon captioned "The Great Manipulator." It is imporant to note, unlike former Bush senior adviser Karl Rove and former Obama adviser David Axelrod, Bannon has been dubbed as if he is the "president's brain." The former was on the cover of TIME in 2005, while Axelrod has never been pictured there.
Minutes after President Donald Trump took the oath of office Friday afternoon, criticism poured in from CNN. Chief political analyst Gloria Border demonstrated why the outlet has the moniker “Clinton News Network” when she ridiculously whined that, “I was also surprised that in some way he did not pay some tribute to Hillary Clinton… He did not do it.” According to Borger, it would have been seen as Trump trying to unify.
In their two-hour-long documentary, The Legacy of Barack Obama, Wednesday, CNN allowed former Obama adviser Fareed Zakaria to set his sights on Congressional Republicans as he claimed their opposition was fueled by a deep-seated racism. “That fierce, unrelenting opposition, would haunt the next eight years and what began as whispers is now discussed openly,” he pontificated as ominous music played, “Did race play a role in the brick wall of Republican resistance to Barack Obama?”
Within mere seconds of the first 2016 presidential debate ending Monday night, CNN’s post-debate analysis was dedicated to critiquing Donald Trump’s performance. The first round of critiques came from Jake Tapper who stated he felt that the first 30 minutes went well for Trump, while the following hour was dominated by Hillary Clinton. His colleagues Wolf Blitzer and John King agreed with both noting Trump took Clinton’s bait often and his many lies, respectively.
Following the closing remarks signaling the end of the second day of the Republican National Convention, on Tuesday, CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 panel tackled the party’s support for gun rights. “We haven’t talked about this cheer leading for the NRA, and this cheer leading around the gun stuff,” commentator Van Jones stated, “My concern is that we have a country awash in guns.” Jones criticized Republicans for not being able to hear what the American people wanted in terms of regulations on guns.
Not long after Midnight Eastern time on Wednesday after Super Tuesday, CNN senior political commentator David Axelrod and senior political analyst Gloria Borger repeatedly lectured fellow panelist and former Ted Cruz communications director Amanda Carpenter by telling her that Cruz would be unable to best unite the Republican Party in November since he’s called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar.
As liberal CNN political commentator and former Barack Obama advisor David Axelrod appeared as a guest on Thursday's New Day, CNN co-anchor Alisyn Camerota brought up accusations by Hillary Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon that the inspector general investigating the Clinton email scandal is "in cahoots" with congressional Republicans, and questioned the logic of such a claim.
David Axelrod is jumping ship to CNN. After serving as a senior political analyst for MSNBC and NBC since 2013, Axelrod will make the move to CNN as a senior political commentator.
Prior to his work at the Lean Forward network, Axelrod was best known for his role as a senior advisor to Obama during the president’s first term, and playing an important role in getting Obama elected twice.