Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, former MSNBC and Newsweek contributor Rula Jebreal had one of the biggest on-air blow-ups against a fellow liberal that you're likely to witness all year. As the group discussed President Donald Trump's recent executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, after Jebreal repeatedly claimed that the order was in reality motivated by a "white supremacist agenda," liberal George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley admonished her for making such inflammatory charges.
This did not sit well with Jebreal, who jumped in to shout at Turley for more than a minute as she accused him of defending a "Muslim ban" even though the liberal GWU professor was voicing opposition to the measure. Jebreal: "It is a Muslim ban, sir, and it is outrageous -- it's baffling that you are trying to normalize it or even defend it or justify it! You're betraying American values! This is outrageous!"
All this week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of 2016. Yesterday, we presented the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons; today’s installment showcases some of this year’s most rancid quotes attacking Republicans or conservatives. Most of the media’s ire this year was aimed at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — who, according to some in the media, is either an American version of Hitler, “clinically insane,” or a “raving meth head” — but conservative Senator Ted Cruz and the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia were also targeted.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's New Day to talk about his CNN special on President Barack Obama, CNN's Fareed Zakaria dismissively suggested that the number of people killed by terrorism in the U.S. in the past decade is "trivial," and recalled that President Obama has a history of pointing out that "more Americans drown in their bathtubs every year than are killed by international terrorists."
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?”
On Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of FBI Director James Comey's revelation that the agency is resuming its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email correspondence from her time as Secretary of State, CNN political analyst David Gergen fretted over Donald Trump's call to "lock her up" for criminal behavior, asserting that "nothing has been more objectionable than these cries by Donald Trump that he's going to -- if he's President, he's going to lock up Hillary Clinton. All these cries about 'Lock her up.'"
On his Sunday show yesterday, CNN host Fareed Zakaria devoted almost all of the first half of his one-hour show to an interview with far-left comedian Bill Maher, whom the CNN host gushed over being "one of the most astute political observers of our time."
Maher, whose HBO show is infamous for its vulgarity, attacked Donald Trump voters as "vulgar, tacky, racist people," and repeated Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" smear. And later on, he likened Republicans going after Hillary Clinton to police officers harassing a black driver. Maher: "I always say she's like a black driver in a white neighborhood, and the police are the Republicans. They keep pulling her over, and they keep having to let her go."
After the smoke cleared in the voting for the ‘Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award’ at Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala, frequent Notable Quotables subject and MSNBC host Chris Matthews emerged as the winner for a vicious smear after the New Hampshire primary on “troll-like” Ted Cruz for living “below the level of human life.”
Haaretz's Chemi Shalev bemoaned the state of the GOP on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday, and compared Donald Trump's remarks on "Second Amendment people" to the political climate in Israel in 1995 before the murder of major political figure: "It reminded me of the months preceding our late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination." Shalev later added that if "somebody...tried to hurt or harm Hillary Clinton tomorrow, I don't think anybody would be surprised."
CNN's Fareed Zakaria ripped Donald Trump with an uncensored expletive on Monday's Wolf program over the billionaire's recent remarks about Russia: "Every time it is demonstrated that Donald Trump is plainly ignorant about some basic public policy issue....he comes back with the certain bravado and tries to explain it away....This is the mode of a bullshit artist." Zakaria also likened Trump's stance on Russia's annexation of Crimea to Nazi Germany before World War II: "[It] is the same argument that Adolf Hitler made about the Sudeten Czechoslovaks."
On Sunday, as CNN host Fareed Zakaria devoted the entire first half hour of his Fareed Zakaria GPS show to a discussion of racial tensions in the U.S. with regard to police interactions with the black population, at one point he went over the top by wondering if the existence of racism in the U.S. after the election of a black President was similar to, "after you go to the gym, you feel like you've earned the right to have a milkshake."
For her part, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye asserted that America was "built upon" racism, as she alluded to the Three-Fifths Compromise, and ended up lamenting that "The last time America was great to me" was "in 2008 when" Barack Obama "was elected President, and ever since then, we've been paying the price for that."
After spending the start of his own CNN show condemning the supporters of Brexit for being ignorant racists, Fareed Zakaria appeared on Reliable Sources to condemn pro-Brexit papers. The disgraced reporter admitted that the media does “tend to be, probably, left of center,” but argued the real bias is that, “the media does have a bias in favor of facts.” Zakaria accused papers in favor of Brexit of using only an emotional argument.
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria used a segment promoting an effort to legalize heroin in Ithaca, New York, as a way to mock Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's negative comments about "New York values," as the CNN host tagged the effort "a New York value that Ted Cruz would probably hate" and later concluded "Maybe Ithaca's bold proposal -- its New York values -- aren't so bad after all."