At the start of last week, the liberal media had a nervous breakdown after former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced he was thinking about running for president as an independent. The liberal media was worried that he was doing to damage the changes for Democrats so they did what they could to beat up on him. They ripped into him so much, that during Sunday’s Meet the Press, on NBC, moderator Chuck Todd was seemingly impressed he withstood it all.
As this author noted earlier on Sunday, the liberal media is adamant they smell President Trump’s blood in the water and they’re eager to declare his presidency dead. But during the network Sunday talk shows on ABC and NBC, their conservative panelists pushed back hard on that narrative and even mocked how they make the same claim “every other week”.
In the wake of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a raging liberal mob stormed the Supreme Court building. Some climbed on the statues while others clawed and banded on the massive bronze doors. At first, the liberal media tried to deny the mob existed despite airing footage of it. But judging by ABC’s This Week on Sunday, the liberal media had apparently moved on to calling the right hypocrites for pointing out the mob.
While the segment was pitched as a conversation about the double standard in how liberals get away with what conservatives would be run out of town for, they didn’t actually get around to that part. But the panel on Sunday’s Meet the Press did unload on both Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee for their disgusting and deranged behavior. And when NBC’s Katy Tur tried to downplay Bee’s misogynist smear of Ivanka Trump, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan scolded her.
Late Thursday’s CNN Tonight provided an excellent example of why it’s impossible to say that CNN is unbiased, respects conservatives, cares about the whole Constitution, or knows what it's talking about on guns as host Don Lemon and The Nation’s Joan Walsh childishly attacked National Review’s Rich Lowry on gun control.
Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC showed the latest in a troubling trend toward the terms "white supremacist" or "white supremacy" being overused and misused to the point that one may be unsure what to call actual white supremacists who really do advocate racist attitudes and favor discrimination to artificially benefit whites. During a panel discussion of President Donald Trump condemning black athletes like Colin Kaepernick who have refused to stand during the national anthem at public games, panel member Stephen Henderson -- editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press -- actually argued that the national anthem is "white supremacist" as he defended those who refuse to show the respect of standing.
There’s something you don’t see very often on NBC. Appearing on Meet the Press, Sunday, National Review editor Rich Lowry mocked the “dithering” Barack Obama’s Syria policy in the light of Donald Trump’s Syria strike. Talking to Chuck Todd, Lowry lowered the boom: “It was a bad week for Obama's legacy. Because, one, Trump showed doing this sort exemplary strike is not that difficult.”
In a ridiculous discussion that sounded as though it belonged in a forum of a left-wing website, the panel on Sunday’s Meet the Press bemoaned how the country’s attitude towards women cost Hillary Clinton the White House. Moderator Chuck Todd read from the recent NYT column of Nicholas Kristof, who described Clinton’s idea of Trump voters as “I don’t agree with him, I’m not sure I really approve of him, but he looks like somebody who’s been president before.” Paraphrasing Clinton, Todd suggested that “she believed misogyny played a much larger role in this than it’s been analyzed by many of us.”
During a rather rowdy edition of ABC’s This Week on Sunday, publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, went off the rails several times with radical predictions and unhinged proclamations. At the end of a conversation about how President Donald Trump and the Republican Party can ease the public fear of repealing Obamacare vanden Heuvel declared, “The very communities which elected Trump in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, are ravaged by an opioid epidemic, they will be the first hit. Lives will be lost! Lives are in the balance!”
In his must-read Politico Magazine column published on Tuesday, National Review editor Rich Lowry doled out some advice for hyperventilating journalists over President-elect Trump blasting their profession (like this week when BuzzFeed News published the salacious dossier).
On the same Sunday morning that NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources duking it out over Trump and the news media, a pair of panelists on NBC’s Meet the Press took veiled shots at the Fox News Channel (FNC) and conservative media figures like Glenn Beck for the decline in American political civility and decorum because they’ve been undermining the federal government.
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait has contempt for both Donald Trump (“his appeal operates…at a sub-intellectual level”) and those who’ve voted for him (“the Republican Party turns out to be filled with idiots”). Still, suggested Chait in a Thursday post, Trump and his supporters have unwittingly clarified something important: the Tea Party movement is not and never was truly conservative, partly because its hostility toward government spending was selective (tea-partiers had no problem with programs they benefited from, but disliked programs perceived as benefiting minorities).