In the wake of the immense political conflagration that Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury has caused, Thursday’s Morning Joe was almost entirely consumed by discussion of all its salacious claims and their implications for the Trump White House. Even though multiple guest panelists on the show admitted to the shaky factual foundation for Wolff’s book and the unproven nature of many of his assertions, they nevertheless largely treated his testament as gospel.
After congressional Republicans scored a major victory with their tax reform bill on Wednesday, despite the apocalyptic hyperbole of the Democrats and their media lackeys, NBC was looking ahead and began to lay the groundwork for their future screeds against Republicans: Their heartlessness in not funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Ahead of congressional votes on Republican tax legislation on Tuesday, the NBC and ABC morning shows both predicted political doom for the GOP with passage of the bill. The network broadcasts painted the plan as one that would benefit the wealthy and veer into “dangerous political territory.”
Congressional Republicans were one step closer to realizing their hopes for tax reform on Thursday as it appeared as though the House and Senate had reconciled nearly all of the legislation. Hearing the recommendations and concerns of the public, the Republicans preserved the current tax code’s deductions for student loans, medical bills, and added a $10,000 cap for state and local taxes. But of the three major network news outlets, NBC was the only one that left them out of their evening broadcast.
In a Thursday morning address on the Senate floor, Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken announced that he would step down from office as pressure mounted from his female colleagues. But he went down swinging, noting what he called “irony” in Donald Trump being president and Republican Roy Moore still running for Senate. ABC’s World News Tonight got his hint and spent more time harping on the “irony” than Franken’s resignation, while NBC Nightly News forgot to report he was a Democrat.
With the Senate GOP on the verge of passing their version of tax reform on Thursday, NBC Nightly News continued their week-long series where they claimed to break down the tax bills. But in reality, they only sought to stoke fears of those who weren’t familiar with it and bemoaned how Democrats had no input.
MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on Thursday continued to tout Democratic talking points on John Conyers, reminding viewers that the elderly Congressman, who has been accused of sexual harassment, is an “icon” and the “Dean of the House.” This is the same Hunt who downplayed accusations against Al Franken as “not actually groping.”
Senator Rand Paul’s family and friends have not been happy without how the media have characterized the unsolicited attack he faced from a neighbor earlier this month, that left him badly injured with six broken ribs, among other injuries.
On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, while discussing President Trump’s remarks to reporters yesterday on the White House lawn, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt decided to do an impromptu campaign ad for Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones, who is Roy Moore’s opponent in the Alabama special election. Part of Hunt’s pitch involved the fact that Jones is best known for prosecuting the perpetrators of the infamous 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls. Co-host Mika Brzezinski instantly saw a connection between this piece of information and Trump’s earlier claim to journalists that Jones is “soft on crime.” From this realization, she concluded that Trump must in some way be okay with, or at least not that concerned by, blowing up and killing children in churches for racial reasons.
What happened to believing women when they speak out against powerful male accusers? On Thursday, evidence broke of a 2006 incident in which Democrat Al Franken groped and forcibly kissed TV and radio personality Leeaan Tweeden. Photographic proof backs up her claim. Yet MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt described the now-Senator's predatory behavior as "not actually groping — but mock groping her while she was asleep."
The portion of former interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile’s book exposing ethically questionable behavior by the Clinton campaign surprisingly got a lot of play on the network Sunday morning shows. But during NBC’s Meet the Press, former anchor Tom Brokaw was not pleased with Brazile for shedding light on how the Clinton campaign bought the DNC and added it to their campaign arsenal.
Senator Chuck Schumer performed the political version of a Sgt. Schultz routine that was seen on today's Morning Joe. It happened during an interview by MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt for this Sunday's Kasie DC show. When the clip was played, the Morning Joe crew went into a state of high mirth, led by Willie Geist, over Schumer's much less than believable profession of ignorance over the charge by former head of the DNC, Donna Brazile, that the Hillary Clinton campaign rigged the Democrat primary.