On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, host Bill Maher; MSNBC contributor and historian Jon Meacham; and CNN host Fareed Zakaria all admitted that it is not necessarily "racist" for one to have concerns about whether immigrants are assimilating properly into American culture after Maher brought up Zakaria's recent article criticizing Democrats on the subject. After Zakaria made an argument similar to his recent commentary, Meacham -- a former Newsweek editor -- noted that assimilation by immigrants has always been a legitimate topic of concern before blaming Republicans for making it look "racist" to have such a debate.
President Donald Trump has only been in office six months, and MSNBC host Brian Williams is already asking if he is a "lame-duck President." On Wednesday's The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, during a discussion about the latest news on President Trump with presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Jon Meacham, Williams turned to Meacham and posed: "Jon, if you put it all together, legislative failures, being forced to sign the Russia sanctions veto-proof vote in Congress, and where his polling is, is this a lame-duck President?"
Appearing as a panel member on Wednesday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, presidential historian and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham took a whack at Donald Trump supporters as he asserted that Republicans have "Stockholm Syndrome" and have "sold their souls" in supporting Trump's election as president. A bit earlier, fellow panel member and liberal columnist Connie Schultz suggested that the political debate over replacing Obamacare is causing "anxiety" in people that requires treatment from doctors.
Former Trump campaign correspondent and current MSNBC host Katy Tur appeared on Thursday’s The 11th Hour to argue that President Trump won’t suffer “the consequences” of his actions (e.g. his lewd Mika Brzezinski tweets) until Republicans oppose him on policy (and thus team up with Democrats).
Thursday, June 22, was marked, sadly, by the funeral services for American student Otto Warmbier following his captivity in North Korea. While others mourned the loss of this young man’s life at the hands of the tyrannical communist regime, MSNBC’s Morning Joe opted for a different route. How you ask? Why, by comparing President Trump to North Korea, of course! In an exchange with co-host Mika Brzezinski, Random House editor Jon Meacham compared the actions of Donald Trump at an Iowa rally to, “regimes like North Korea, where the dear leader speaks and we’re all supposed to salute.”
Thursday on Morning Joe, the discussion became heated very early. During a conversation about a clip of Stephen Miller speaking on Fox News, the topic of conservatives on college campuses arose because host Joe Scarborough tried making a connection between how Miller was likely treated versus who Miller is today.
Chief legal correspondent Ari Melber spoke in a clip played in the beginning of the segment concerning Miller’s Fox News appearance: “Steven Miller coming out last night and saying on a news program that the new ban will be just like the old ban . . . I can tell you he just served up the ACLU's opening line in any argument against the new travel ban in court. They will say, well, judge, you blocked the old ban for these reasons and the government has already conceded through Mr. Miller who is in charge of this process the new ban is basically the same so it should be blocked too”
While many across the country are either happy with Donald Trump’s pace or are frustrated that more hasn’t gotten done (like the repeal of Obama Care) that isn’t the case with the Inside-the-Beltway bubble reporters seen on Wednesday night’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show. Substitute host and Time contributing editor Jon Meacham invited on his fellow liberal reporters to complain that Trump’s first few weeks in office have already “exhausted” America and “confused” the world.
Monday, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, political analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann began a segment by hammering President Trump’s tweet on Friday criticizing the media again as "fake news" and an "enemy of the American people." Heilemann linked Trump’s comments to the possibility of inciting a terror attack similar to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.
On Monday, the hosts of Morning Joe mocked and berated White House adviser Stephen Miller for his recent comments regarding the court ruling against President Trump's immigration order. Tuesday morning was no different, as the show came back from a commercial break by airing a distorted, grainy black-and-white video of Miller. The video contained the statement he gave on the network Sunday shows concerning the President’s executive powers and spliced Miller’s quotes attempting to make him look sinister and menacing.
With the Democratic Party defeated, ObamaCare set for repeal, and incoming President Donald Trump poised to revoke a host of his executive orders, Obama’s actual legacy will likely fall far short of what his media fan club once imagined. But one aspect of his place in history seems secure: Barack Obama has been the lucky recipient of more biased, positive “news” media coverage than any other President in history.
Friday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC saw the latest insults hurled in the direction of conservatives and talk radio as co-host/failed talk radio host Joe Scarborough and liberal historian Jon Meacham blasted “the most extreme voices in talk radio” from the past three decades for having “dumbed...down” the Republican Party and creating conspiracy theorists giving rise to Donald Trump making for a lack of “intellectual content.”
On Thursday, the general consensus around the table on Morning Joe was that Justice Ginsburg’s recent comments on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump were inappropriate and misplaced. While host Joe Scarborough joked that Ginsburg’s comments were a symptom of her “miss[ing] Scalia” he reiterated the reality that her actions walk the thin line of “ethical violations.” Similar to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell who "set the record straight” in defense of Ginsburg, co-host Mika Brzezinski danced around the issue, suggesting “maybe it was a mistake?”