With the latest sexual harassment news about MSNBC's Chris Matthews having to pay a $40,000 settlement to an assistant producer for Hardball in 1999, can anybody be really surprised? The reason is that Matthews over the years has a record of very strange behavior of a leering nature around women, much of it recorded for posterity. A couple of the more notable examples are presented below starting with the the uncomfortable 2007 incident in which Matthews asked Erin Burnett who was then the anchor of CNBC's Street Signs to lean in closer to the camera so he could get a better look at her.
The narrative that blacks are violently targeted by police officers out of racism is so entrenched in the media that journalists sometimes forget that some police officers involved in widely-reported violence with black suspects are either black or Hispanic, and not white. On Thursday's Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN correspondent Drew Griffin mistakenly identified the police officer who tragically killed black motorist Philando Castile as being "white" even though former Officer Jeronimo Yanez is Hispanic.
There's something about Donald Trump that really causes CNN's Chris Cillizza to lunge into foolishness. What makes his latest act of foolishness so funny is that it is his own CNN that is making a fool out of him.
On September 5 Cillizza boldly claimed that "Donald Trump just flat-out lied about Trump Tower wiretapping." Well, fast forward just 13 very unlucky days forward and on September 18 CNN broke the big story that "US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman."
Even though the next presidential election won’t be held for more than three years, Donald Trump’s campaign staff is already hard at work, including the production of a 30-second television advertisement entitled “Let President Trump Do His Job.” It doesn’t take long for the ad to attack the Republican official’s “enemies” in both the mainstream media and Congress.
Religion in politics is seemingly so far removed from the media’s idea of normalcy that a picture of the President praying left one CNN anchor struggling to find words, Wednesday.
As the news was unfolding out of Manchester, England on Monday night with what we now know was an act of radical Islamic terrorism, the 7:00 p.m. Eastern hours of CNN and MSNBC felt that it was more important to spoon-feed viewers the latest bombshell reports about President Trump and the intelligence community.
Add Nia-Malika Henderson and Erin Burnett to the list of CNN personalities still clinging to incorrect claims that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general population. On Wednesday's Erin Burnett Outfront, CNN reporter Henderson fretted that President Donald Trump was "otherizing" illegal immigrants as she claimed that he was wrong in linking illegals to crime. She even insisted that illegals have a lower crime rate that U.S. citizens: "And most studies show that undocumented immigrants aren't any more likely to commit crimes than citizens -- in fact, they are less likely to do that, so he uses this argument to then argue that there needs to be a wall to keep out, you know, immigrants from pouring into the country and committing crimes. And so I think a lot of folks have a problem with that because he's otherizing an entire segment of people with no data to back it up."
Debate raged in the United Kingdom’s Parliament Monday over whether or not President Donald Trump should be extended the warm welcome of a full state visit. As insults targeting Trump flew back and forth, CNN seemed to get a good laugh out of it all. “Insults flying over Trump's invitation for a formal state visit to the UK,” hyped Erin Burnett during her show OutFront, “One Member of Parliament today likening it to quote, “pimping out the queen.’” All while the on-screen headline read “Can God Save the Queen…from Trump?”
At the end of Tuesday's Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN, the show ran a full two-minute report by correspondent Jeanne Moos which took parting shots and mocked General Michael Flynn over his resignation as the Trump administration National Security Advisor. Detailing social media users who have piled on jokes about how soon he was forced out, Moos noted that one of Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriages lasted longer, and included a snide tweet from someone citing fungal infections.
On Wednesday's Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN, host Erin Burnett seemed taken aback over Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, during her confirmation hearing, being open to relaxing gun laws to allow local governments to set their own policies for schools, as the CNN host gave a sympathetic forum to liberal Connecticut Senator and gun control advocate Chris Murphy to fret over the possibility of teachers being allowed to have guns. Without pushback from Burnett, Senator Murphy pretended that he was speaking for "almost every parent in this country" in finding her pro-gun comments frightening.
CNN was off the wall prior to President Obama’s farewell address as OutFront host Erin Burnett lauded “an emotional night” for the President’s most ardent supporters while an former Obama administration official compared him to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope when he was struck down by Darth Vader.
Every time Republicans talk about trying to defund government funding for the largest abortion provider in the country the media freaks out about the GOP’s “war on women.” Thursday night on CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront, the host brought on Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to bash the latest call by Speaker Paul Ryan to defund the organization.