Former President Barack Obama still inspires many a journalist. Karen Tumulty, a longtime correspondent for Time magazine and, until last year, a national political correspondent for the Washington Post, pleaded in a Tuesday column this past week for Obama to save the nation from President Donald Trump. “Speak up, President Obama,” read the July 16 Washington Post print headline.
Others might be grossed out by Joe Biden's unwanted touching. But Mika Brzezinski has made it crystal clear that she wants to continue getting affection from good old Uncle Joe. For the second day running on Morning Joe, Mika came to Biden's defense over accusations of unwanted physical contact with women. Yesterday, Mika suggested that Lucy Flores had misconstrued Biden's actions, and that he only wanted to be "kind."
CNN’s Reliable Sources used to be a show about journalism and media ethics. In the Trump era, it’s all about Trump and conservatives ruining America. After weighing in on the “embarrassing” government shutdown, it did not take long for the discussion to veer off into a debate about whether or not the Mattis resignation letter proves that President Trump is “unfit to be the President.”
On Friday's night's All Things Considered, the Week in Politics segment began by pushing the theme that the Republican rhetoric about "mobs" is all wrong, and will harm them in the midterms. NPR anchor Ailsa Chang brought no context about protesters mobbing the front door of the Supreme Court, or screaming Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a restaurant. She said the "mob" has a lot of women in it, so the M-word is damaging. At least David Brooks said "I don't think so."
Did you know that the Russian trolling during the 2016 election was so horrible and transformative that it compares to...the attack upon Pearl Harbor? While you chuckle over that observation, keep in mind that the absurd comparison was made by Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post. Of course, the reason why she went so far over the edge was in order to attack President Donald Trump for his reaction to the report by Robert Mueller on Friday that there was no collusion by the Russians with any Americans and the statement by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the Russians had no impact upon our eletion.
In the tumultuous world we currently live, there are a number of worthy topics of discussion. One possibility could be international issues involving countries such as North Korea, Iran, or ISIS. Another might be hotly debated domestic issues including health care, entitlements, or even national spending. Instead of any of this, the cast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe chose to spend an entire segment debating a joke made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
To underline how The Washington Post is a Democratic Party newspaper, the Sunday edition has a front-page puff piece on Sen. Al Franken. “Franken takes a judicious approach,” reads the newspaper headline. Online, the love is more palpable: “Al Franken may be the perfect senator for the Trump era — a deadly serious funnyman.”
On Tuesday afternoon, CNN Newsroom expressed discomfort and promptly went into spin mode for Planned Parenthood as host Brooke Baldwin and two panelists shouted down Trump supporter Steve Cortes for alluding to the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal and expressing support for the Republican push to defund the abortion provider under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
The top story on the left side of the Sunday Washington Post is tough on Hillary....sort of. Post reporter Karen Tumulty suggests that if Hillary Clinton hadn't been so allergic to transparency, maybe the "vast right-wing conspiracy" would have never become such a malignant force. (She failed to ponder the other side: the Clintons were so corrupt -- and they knew it -- that the only option was to delay and deny, delay and deny, as they did in the Lewinsky scandal/impeachment.)
To Tumulty: the right wing is uniquely vehement and extreme:
On her MSNBC show on Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell bemoaned the Obama administration’s “unforced error” in sending Iran $400 million at the exact same time American hostages were released from Tehran in January. She was puzzled by the decision: “...they never explained that this other money was going – the $400 million. It’s unrelated to the nuclear deal. Why do it on the same day?”
Washington Post national political correspondent Karen Tumulty arrived early in Cleveland on Monday for next week’s Republican National Convention (RNC) and upon entering her hotel room, she peered out the window to find a Media Research Center (MRC) billboard staring directly ahead at her with the MRC’s signature “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media” slogan.
Tuesday on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, the eponymous host and Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty painted Hillary Clinton’s career as one of tragedy and triumph, that included a rocky road of firsts that have always been achieved the “hard way,” and scorn overcome by “setting out, stumbling, picking herself back up, and grinding on.” Are you kidding me?