As part of the media’s hysteria-filled reactions to the disturbing event out of Montana Wednesday night in which Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body slammed The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, CNN senior media reporter Dylan Byers blamed it on “anti-media rhetoric” and “civility” from conservatives.
In the last 36 hours, CNN and the Fox News Channel (FNC) came to blows following a report by CNN media reporter Dylan Byers that FNC host Sean Hannity whipped out a gun and pointed it at Juan Williams following a heated debate last year on the set of his eponymous show.
One of the more amusing yet pathetic spectacles of the Trump administration’s early weeks — the ongoing establishment press fury at the richly deserved lack of respect it is getting from the President and his press secretary — neared meltdown yesterday. This occurred because Donald Trump wasn't asked a question everyone knew he wouldn't answer if asked about Michael Flynn at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On Monday, Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters covered the joint temper tantrum/pity party at MSNBC in which Brian Williams — that's right, "Mr. Madeup Stories" himself — and Katy Tur engaged. CNN, CNN.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press and others joined the roster of not so fine whiners.
On Wednesday, the White House took the historic step to involve four journalists from outside Washington D.C. in the Daily Press Briefing, but it didn’t sit well with many establishment media types inside the Beltway and New York City who complained they were too soft for their liking.
Liberal media outrage erupted on Thursday night when The New York Times posted an interview with Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. The morning headline on Friday’s front page was “Media Bashed Again, as Chief Strategist Piles On.” Reporter Michael Grynbaum was shocked that Bannon “repeatedly” described the media as the “opposition party” to Trump. But the Times and their CNN brethren did not take this approach when Obama strategist Anita Dunn denounced Fox News as an arm of the GOP eight years ago.
Univision-owned Deadspin tried taking a swipe last night at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and failed miserably. Hilarity ensued, Twitter lit up, and the fallout extended well into the night. Once you stop laughing, you realize that there are legitimate questions that remain unasked - and some that merit an answer.
A Cable News Network panel discussion about President-Elect Donald Trump's habit of expressing his opinions on the Twitter website degenerated into a fiery clash on Tuesday morning between liberal and conservative guests despite the best efforts of anchor Carol Costello to prevent it from happening.
After Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the Republican victor's transition team, asserted that Trump received a mandate because he won the Electoral College with 306 votes, fellow guest Maria Cardona charged that the GOP victor has no mandate because Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote by more than 2.3 million ballots.
CNN media reporter Dylan Byers relayed that ABC News was caught putting a reporter in front of its own fake yellow police tape on Friday's Good Morning America, according to a photograph obtained by CNN. Reporter Linsey Davis solemnly told George Stephanopoulos a massive search was under way for as many as four dead bodies at the scene.
CNN media reporter Dylan Byers was seriously unhappy that Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a story about how "objective" reporters are unleashing harsh opinions all over Twitter. Byers went on a five-part Twitter rant about how "poorly executed" this story was -- mostly because these liberal opinions were only demonstrated "clever assessments" or a "well-informed understanding" that Trump's campaign was a strategic disaster.
Speaking of the hysterical outrage machine being turned up to a 10 after Donald Trump’s birtherism statement Friday morning, the pathetic behavior by the media continued into the afternoon as CNN host Ashleigh Banfield and media reporter Dylan Byers worried that Donald Trump and his supporters could undermine the media to the point that the country would look like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
According to Politico, the media were given no advance notice regarding Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s trip to meet with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and were instead left “seething” because they didn’t have enough time to prepare for the trip across the border to Mexico City.
On Thursday's New Day, during a discussion of the Republican National Convention failing so far to post a ratings boost in contrast with past years, CNN Senior Reporter for Media and Politics Dylan Byers at one point put down the lineup of Republican speakers so far as mostly being a "dog's breakfast of D-list talent."
As co-host Alisyn Camerota burst out laughing at his jab at Republicans, fellow panel member and CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter jumped in to slightly tone down his colleague's negative assessment: "Well, a B-C list."