While hacks in the liberal media were quick to claim no one on their side was politicizing the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), NBC political director Chuck Todd spent a part of Sunday’s Meet the Press musing about how the virus could be President Trump’s version of the Iran Hostage Crisis, where President Jimmy Carter showed such poor leadership the public voted in President Ronald Reagan. Of course, the idea this time was that Trump would get dumped for a Democrat.
On MSNBC Live on Friday morning, anchor Hallie Jackson teed up a harsh and hyperbolic quote from Donald Trump Jr. to Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), who suggested he would have a "serious altercation" with the president's son if he said that in his presence.
For the second evening in a row on Thursday, ABC’s World News Tonight (and this time NBC Nightly News) seemed intent on whipping the public into a state of fear with suggestions the Trump administration wasn’t responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat adequately. NBC News even tried to shake public coincidence in Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership of the COVID-19 task force assigned to deal with the threat.
After being acquitted of the impeachment charges against him earlier in the week, President Trump apparently wanted to remove those who gleefully took part in the Democratic Party’s attempt to remove a duly elected president from office. Despite the fact they served at the pleasure of the President, all three of the broadcast networks were aghast that Trump would fire National Security Council Ukraine expert Alexander Vindman, his twin brother, and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
Appearing on MSNBC in the 10:00 a.m. ET hour on Thursday, NBC News senior digital politics reporter Alex Seitz-Wald revealed that “anxious” Democrats were “feeling resigned” to the idea that President Trump may likely win reelection following the failed impeachment effort.
Monday was the final day of the Senate’s impeachment trial before Wednesday’s likely acquittal of President Trump. As such, the Democratic impeachment managers were pulling out all the stops, putting out every argument they had no matter how crazy. One claim by Congressman Adam Schiff (CA) suggested if they didn’t remove Trump from office, he might sell Alaska back to Russia. Despite his unhinged accusation, the broadcast networks touted his “warning” to Republicans.
Monday was day two for President Trump’s defense in the Senate impeachment trial and it was the first full day for his legal team to layout their fact-based arguments for acquittal. Yet, the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC chose not to air their arguments, as they did with House Democrats. Instead, they chose to disregard the defense in favor of pouncing on reported allegations made in the conveniently timed leak of former national security advisor, John Bolton’s yet to be released book.
Despite the fact, there was no evidence that Russian meddling in the 2016 election had any influence on the result, the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC warned they were at it again with a hack of the Ukrainian energy company that hired Hunter Biden. In the course of their fear-mongering reports, the networks suggested Russia was working on behalf of Trump, was the reason he got elected, and in one case insinuated Trump may have been working with the Russians. All of which were unfounded conspiracy theories.
Friday’s NBC Nightly News capped an ugly 24 hours for the liberal media after U.S. airstrikes killed Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani by doubling down on its bias, flashing outrageous chyrons, and fluffing pillows for the Iranians over the course of nearly 12 minutes of coverage. With help from anchor Lester Holt’s August visit to Tehran, this kowtow came at the expense of the President and supporters of the strike as that side only fetched about two minutes of either direct soundbites or attributions.
On Friday, all three network morning shows were quick to seize on Democratic talking points slamming the U.S. killing of Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani as “reckless” and even “illegal.” It all came amid media hand-wringing over the air strike in which journalists labeled the brutal murderer “iconic” and “inspirational.”
Joining the ubiquitous collage of year-in-reviews from news organizations (including this one), weekday morning MSNBC Live host and NBC chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson offered one Thursday morning about the Trump presidency. Not surprisingly for a liberal network, it took one jab after another at the President. In contrast, Thursday's CBS This Morning had a more straightforward portion about Trump in their year-in-review look at 2019's top stories.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has a series of demands in the form of four witnesses he would like to see testify at the Senate's impeachment and the media are doing everything in their power to pressure Republicans into accepting them. MSNBC Live host Hallie Jackson confronted Vice President Pence's chief of staff Marc Short on Tuesday about Schumer's list in a contentious interview.