Go ahead and criticize President Trump’s Mika tweet, but there’s no denying this was disturbing. On Thursday’s Hardball, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews compared the President to not only communist Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and a modern-day Romanov but also channel Benito Mussolini having son-in-law Jared Kushner murdered.
So much for alternative points of view in the New York Times. With the news pages devoted to kneecapping the new administration, one would hope that a few right-of-center voices might at least slip into the weekend opinion sections. But the paper’s Sunday Review section is just as predictably, reflexively leftist. In fact, all you really need to read are the titles and teasers. Just for starters, the front featured a reported essay from the Texas border town of Brownsville. Keeping to the paper’s tradition of scaremongering on behalf of amnesty for illegals, the subhead read: “Like America, this place is split in two. One half is barbequing. The other is in danger of losing everything.” The online headline: “How Scared Should People on the Border Be?”
Violent leftist mobs driving conservative speakers off campus is a story often sidelined by a liberal media reluctant to make the enemies of their conservative enemies look bad. An exception was made on the Monday, March 6 episode of the PBS talk show Charlie Rose, featuring New York TImes columnist Frank Bruni as a guest discussing the physical attacks committed during conservative scholar Charles Murray’s failed attempt to give a talk at Middlebury College in Vermont.
You simply can’t make this up. The mood was grim on Wednesday’s Hardball as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Mother Jones editor David Corn, and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wallowed in how President-elect Donald Trump created a landscape where the news media is so distrusted that people might soon not trust movie times in newspapers.
Liberals can get strangely honest on camera after an electoral defeat. On MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday morning, the guests were two liberals, former Newsweek and New Yorker editor Tina Brown and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.
But Ruehl wondered if Donald Trump won because political correctness and a fear of social media ostracism causes voters to silence themselves about the burdens of government mandates like family leave and ObamaCare.
Sometimes it seems that people who write editorials or columns for the mainstream media really have to struggle to come up with new and interesting topics to discuss. That seems to be the case with Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist whose latest missive is entitled “Donald Trump's Irredeemable Twin.”
It may be hard to believe, but Bruni actually attempted to compare the Republican presidential candidate to Democrat Anthony Weiner, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives whose three scandals have involved “sexting” or sending explicit sexual material by cell phone.
New York Times coverage of Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention could be characterized by an hour-long swoon over Barack Obama’s speech -- pardon, his “stirring valedictory address." Also, Democrats were (again!) finding their voice on gun control, Bill celebrated Hillary, TMI-style, and Frank Bruni celebrated the president as "our national poet."
On Thursday night, MSNBC’s The Last Word spent the duration of its show on the Nice, France truck terror attack and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni lamented that the “really, really volatile moment” could be used have negative connotations on both European and “French politics” in light of Brexit with “feelings of nativism, wanting to close doors.”
The New York Times lead editorial Wednesday on the Orlando massacre, “The Threat to Gay Americans,” was notable both for the words it did contain – names of Republicans who the Times repugnantly held responsible for fostering the hatred that led to the mass murder – and for the words it didn’t contain: “Radical Islam.” That’s despite Omar Mateen, the actual mass murderer, calling a local TV reporter and stating “I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State." Meanwhile, Andrew Rosenthal accuses Trump of fomenting Stalinist genocide, and Jim Rutenberg and Frank Bruni indulge in some bias by omission.
After Hillary Clinton won four of five East Coast primary contests on Tuesday night, the New York Times seems to be trying not so subtly to ease Bernie Sanders out of the race and clear the path for Hillary Clinton to waltz to the Democratic presidential nomination. Besides the front-page report on Hillary turning her sights to the fall campaign, Frank Bruni's column was titled "The Cult of Sore Losers," while Paul Krugman continued his surprising and sarcastic anti-Sanders crusade. "But never mind. As you know, I’m only saying these things because I’m a corporate whore and want a job with Hillary." Bruni still had time to call Ted Cruz "the Don Quixote of extreme conservatism."
Carolina was in the mind of the liberal New York Times this weekend. The state’s Republican governor Pat McCrory recently signed religious freedom legislation that included a provision stating people in government buildings must use the restroom associated with their biological sex, the one on their birth certificate. In other words, the way public bathrooms have always worked. The Times, naturally, saw bigotry against transgenders and electoral doom.
In Sunday’s New York Times White House reporter turned columnist Frank Bruni bashed Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in vitriolic tones in “Obnoxiousness Is the New Charisma.” The text box said it all: “Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are smug, mean and in the lead.” Bruni also snuck in snide liberal media descriptions of Cruz and Trump and treated them as conventional wisdom, while revealing some possible cultural blind spots about the voters he deigns to comment on. Meanwhile, "conservative" columnist David Brooks penned "The Brutalism of Ted Cruz."