While the broadcast networks were thrilled in September at the prospect that President Trump might strike a deal with Democrats to pass DACA legislation, his call for border security to be part of any such proposal left the NBC, ABC, and CBS morning shows crying foul Monday morning as they channeled liberal outrage.
Along with the Las Vegas shooting and Puerto Rico, Thursday’s White House press briefing featured a litany of questions about morning tweets by President Trump requesting the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate journalists for their “Fake News.” Needless to say, CNN’s Jim Acosta led the way in showing his profession’s displeasure.
It didn’t take long on Monday for the liberal media to start calling for sweeping legislation restricting every Americans’ right to keep and bear arms in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the day’s false reports about how suppressors work and the overblown availability of fully automatic weapons, the Big Three Networks complained that not much was going to get done to push their anti-Second Amendment agenda while Trump was in office.
Just a few hours after President Trump sent out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Trump signaled on Twitter that if Congress couldn’t codify DACA in 6 months, he would “revisit this issue.” But despite what seemed like the President looking for a way to handle the issue with “heart,” like he said he wanted too, CBS Evening News continued to decry Trump’s decision while touting his detractors on Wednesday.
After moving the goal posts on President Trump’s Hurricane Harvey response on Thursday, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, correspondent Major Garrett doubled down on his attack on the commander-in-chief’s visit to Texas. Noting Vice President Mike Pence touring the storm damage on Wednesday, Garrett sneered: “Mr. Trump was cheered, but kept his distance from suffering and devastation, while his Vice President did exactly the opposite.”
The journalists on CBS This Morning continued to look for an angle to attack Donald Trump on his response to Hurricane Harvey. The same network that was, just days ago, wondering if the President would be disruptive by visiting flooded areas is now criticizing him for not visiting flooded areas. On Thursday, Major Garrett derided, “Mr. Trump was criticized for not mentioning those killed in the storm during his Tuesday trip and for not visiting any floor-ravaged areas.”
On Monday night, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC each broke in with special reports for President Trump’s speech announcing his Afghanistan strategy and, in the course of the post-speech analyses, ABC and NBC lobbed cold water on the plans seeing as how low Trump’s approval ratings have been.
On Monday, President Trump called out the racist hate groups involved in Saturday’s chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to calling them “evil” and “repugnant,” Trump said: “Those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.” This full throated denouncement was exactly what the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) craved from the President, but now that they had it, they shifted their attacks to: “What took him so long?”
On Wednesday, the network morning shows portrayed President Trump’s stern warning to North Korea as being more “dangerous” than the rogue authoritarian regime threatening the world with nuclear weapons. Going into full panic mode, hosts and correspondents warned viewers that Trump was “going to make a bad situation worse” with his “blistering rhetoric.”
In an extraordinary moment on Tuesday, President Trump issued a daring warning to the radical North Korean regime. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump told the cameras with his arms crossed. And as would be expected, Trump’s statement dominated the day. And during the evening broadcasts of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), they were all visibly distressed and criticized the comment.
All three networks on Tuesday worried about Donald Trump’s “lack of curiosity” in the wake of a “startling” new climate change report. After discussing a draft report leaked to the New York Times, Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos sneered, “No word yet on whether they will suppress, dismiss, or endorse the report.”
CBS This Morning’s Major Garrett on Monday chided Donald Trump for taking an August vacation, highlighting how long he’s been away from the White House and digging up old tweets about Barack Obama’s trips. Yet, the very same network excused and defended Obama’s excursions.