Late Thursday night in the U.S., the Defense Department accepted responsibility for the air strike that killed key Iranian military figure and Quds Force head Qassim Soleimani, less than a week after U.S. airstrikes on the Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah and just over two months after the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi. But for some CNNers, it was a rough night. Much like their friends at The Washington Post, one might as well have kidnaped their pets or burned their house down.
During a discussion on the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the panel on Sunday’s Fareed Zakaria GPS repeatedly compared Netanyahu to President Trump. The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman praised members of Netanyahu’s Likud Party for turning their backs on the Prime Minister while complaining that the “sick” Republican Party has not done the same thing to Trump.
CNN was among the most outraged critics of a distasteful meme using the extremely distasteful mass-murder scene from the 2015 Kingsman movie, with Donald Trump killing Democrats and the press (logos over the face). CNN's PR account on Twitter demanded everyone in Trump-land must "denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms." A meme suggesting the mass murder of the media is not funny. But neither are all the angry messages of Trump-haters playing up violence against Donald Trump. CNN hasn't had a consistent record of denouncing those in the "strongest possible terms."
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN host Zakaria opened his show with a commentary in which he admitted something that others on his news network typically will not -- President Trump is right that asylum laws are increasingly being taken advantage of by non-citizens who just want to bypass the normal immigration system who should not qualify for asylum.
CNN devoted an hour on Sunday night to a documentary exploring the rise of white supremacists in America and around the world. Unsurprisingly, the network tied Donald Trump to these bigots, blaming the “white supremacist hero” for “jumping on” the bandwagon of hatred. As video of Trump appeared on screen, the journalist blamed, “And it’s spreading across the world.... A fire fed by politics.”
On his eponymous Sunday morning show, CNN host Fareed Zakaria gave a three-minute commentary in which he bemoaned the increasing influence of evangelical Christians in Latin American countries as he fretted that they are thwarting the "progress" of a liberal agenda on abortion and gay rights.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria devoted his "Fareed's Take" opening commentary to the recent controversy over Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar complaining about Jews donating money to political candidates to gain support for Israel. The CNN host admitted there is much anti-Semitism in the Middle East, but blamed Europe for fomenting the sentiment as he also worried that Omar's comments will make it more difficult to criticize Israel in the future.
On his Sunday show, CNN host Fareed Zakaria devoted the final segment to interviewing 15-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, giving her an unchallenged forum to promote her alarmist views on global warming. Thunberg -- who gained attenton by skipping school for three weeks to draw attention to her cause -- claimed that "climate change" is the "biggest crisis humanity has ever faced," and advised viewers to abstain from flying, eating meat and dairy, and receiving new merchandise as Christmas gifts, to avoid being "screwed" in the future.
During Sunday’s Global Public Square, CNN host Fareed Zakaria’s tribute to former President George H.W. Bush involved him touting the President’s famous leadership and demeanor. But it was a backhanded compliment seeing as how Zakaria attributed those aspects of Bush 41 to his pervasive white privilege.
Since President Trump’s press conference in Helsinki on Monday, many in the liberal media have hyperventilated about how his lack of aggression toward Russian President Putin makes him somehow guilty of treason.
On his Sunday show, CNN host Fareed Zakaria seemed to worry that President Donald Trump will benefit politically in the long run from taking tough positions on border security in spite of recent public opinion apparently opposing the decision to prosecute all illegal border crossings when doing so sometimes requires separating children from parents. The CNN show also used the infamous image of the immigrant child who was originally presented by the media as having been separated from her mother, but turned out was not actually separated.
It's not surprising that PolitiFact would rule that a CNN host was "True." But it was surprising that Fareed Zakaria's "True" statement was "Yes, the Democratic Party is at nearly its weakest point in a century." So why is that a surprise? Because our liberal media has this amazing tendency to spend all its political-pundit time discussing the terrible shape the Republican Party is in.