No, no, no! Those aren't the answers I wanted!
If you are a Russia scholar on CNN you are supposed to validate the "fact" that Russia was probably behind the DNC email hack and that Donald Trump is a foreign policy simpleton. When you don't stick to this script it can cause great consternation as happened to Michael Smerconish yesterday when his guest, NYU professor Stephen Cohen, did not give him the expected answers.
CNN earned their moniker as the Clinton News Network on Thursday as they awaited the highly anticipated speech to be delivered by Chelsea Clinton at the Democratic National. The America’s Choice 2016 panel gushed as they reminisced about Chelsea and were awe struck by her transformation from an “awkward little girl” to “a remarkable young woman.” “I sort of feel like all of us are kind of god parents of Chelsea,” stated Bill Press. For CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger there was timeless image of Chelsea she couldn’t get out of her head.
CNN’s America’s Choice 2016 panel was in awe of the lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday evening. But most of them fawned over one in particular former New York City Mayor, and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg. “There are very few people other than Michael Bloomberg who could have given this kind of message to independents not in this hall,” gushed Host Anderson Cooper.
Following the highly anticipated DNC speech by First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper called out Political Commentator Van Jones for crying during the speech. “Well I mean, first of all, if you weren't moved by that, go see the doctor,” he responded. Jones continued by speaking glowingly about the speech, “She gave a clinic on how to connect to the American people,” and “It was her speaking as a mother.” The rest of the panelists did much of the same, they all praised her speech for different reasons.
One of the liberal media’s greatest hypocrisies is its opposition to rhetorical excess. Journalists claim to favor a civil discourse where everyone acknowledges the decency and humanity of their opponents. But in reality, they think conservatives are the forces of inhumanity, and liberal heroes are “iconic,” even comparable to divinity. CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish became the poster boy for this hypocrisy on Wednesday night, proclaiming the Republicans have “overplayed” their rhetoric against Hillary Clinton “in poor taste” – as he unabashedly compared her plight in Cleveland to the crucifixion of Jesus.
During CNN’s Republican Nation Convention coverage leading up to Wednesday’s lineup of speakers, CNN commentator and radio host Michael Smerconish smeared the GOP. Smerconish slammed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s speeches as a “problem” for the party. In his comments about Christie’s speech Smerconish equated Hillary Clinton to Jesus, “I call it the Good Friday Speech that he delivered, because it was everything except crucify her that was uttered from the dais.”
Minutes after the press conferences, from local law enforcement and the White House, about the Baton Rouge police ambush and calling for the end of divisive language CNN’s Michael Smerconish smeared gun rights advocates on The Situation Room. “As you know and have been discussing, it's an open carry environment,” the pundit started Sunday, “And I'm concerned about the Trump rhetoric in firing up individuals who would be inclined to show up with their weapons as some second amendment solidarity movement.”
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show, CNN political commentator Errol Louis -- political anchor for Time Warner Cable News -- began the segment by blaming Donald Trump for violence by left-wing protesters near his appearances, and concluded the segment with an admittedly "snarky" comment as he sarcastically praised Trump because "he hasn't been endorsed by any Ku Klux Klan leaders lately, so that's one nice thing."
CNN and MSNBC pundits had no shortage of hot takes following Thursday’s CNN Republican Presidential Debate and among the noticeable talk points was the belief that the spirited debate in Houston caused a “long-term injury” to the party as the five remaining candidates “looked like a bunch of third graders arguing over the monkey bars on the playground.”
After the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC neglected to cover the State Department Inspector General (IG) doling out a subpoena to the Clinton Foundation on Thursday, PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate moderators Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff failed to even mention this, or Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal or Benghazi. Neither did Bernie Sanders. Needless to say, the Fox News Channel’s post-debate edition of America’s Election HQ lambasted the trio for this failure to highlight the massive scandals at any point in the two-hour debate.
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of whether GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz being born in Canada is responsible for hurting his Iowa poll numbers since last month, CNN co-anchor Chris Cuomo at one point gloated that the Texas Senator has been a "divider" who is being "hoisted on his own petard."
On two occasions during CNN’s live coverage Monday night previewing the sixth Republican presidential debate, CNN political commentator Michael Smerconish attempted to paint the issue of climate change and the deal reached in Paris as posing a “down ballot concern” for the GOP and causing “brand damage” since the party has largely rejected the ideal and declined to embrace the issue as a whole.