During a surprisingly contentious interview with former Vice President Joe Biden conducted over weekend and aired on Monday, NBC’s Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie repeatedly pressed the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate on his son Hunter’s suspicious business dealings in Ukraine, even labeling them “sleazy.” Biden quickly snapped and lashed out amid the scrutiny.
In an effort to aid Democrats in prolonging the Senate impeachment trial, on Monday, all three networks seized on a supposed “bombshell” – though unverified – claim in former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s upcoming memoir. All the sensational coverage clearly designed to turn up the pressure on Republican senators to call witnesses.
Hours before the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began on Tuesday, NBC’s Today show seized on “outraged” Democrats preemptively trashing the proceeding as a “national disgrace” and blasting the rules proposed by Republicans. The broadcast dutifully parroted those talking points despite the slipshod manner in which liberal lawmakers conducted impeachment in the House.
On Thursday and Friday, all three broadcast networks eagerly joined Virginia Democrats in attempting to smear gun rights advocates in the commonwealth as violent, racist terrorists who were plotting “a rerun of the deadly Charlottesville protests.” Reporters seized on Governor Ralph Northam declaring a “state of emergency” ahead of a pro-Second Amendment rally at the statehouse in Richmond.
On Tuesday, NBC’s Today show finally began taking the subject of media bias seriously – at least when it comes to British tabloid coverage of their favorite royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Lacking the slightest amount of self-awareness, hosts complained that the royals “weren’t covered fairly in the press” and subjected to a negative media “narrative” in the U.K.
On Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David – who portrays the socialist senator on Saturday Night Live – were both booked on NBC’s Today show. Taking advantage of the situation, the broadcast arranged a brief comedy skit between their two guests in which David proclaimed that Sanders becoming president would “be great for the country, terrible for me.”
During an exclusive interview with Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday’s Today show, co-host Savannah Guthrie actually worried that the self-avowed socialist was “too far left to win a general election.” While she never actually pressed him on the specifics of some of his radical policy proposals, the NBC anchor did channel Democratic Party fears over Sanders being their 2020 nominee.
During interviews with all three broadcast networks on Wednesday and Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence was confronted with hostile interrogations over the U.S. killing of Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani. In sharp contrast, NBC, ABC, and CBS have all treated Iran’s Foreign Minister and chief propagandist Mohammad Zarif to softball exchanges in which his anti-American pronouncements have largely gone unchallenged.
On Monday, while marveling over the “massive crowds” that “filled the streets of Tehran” following the U.S. killing of Iran’s leading terrorist Qasem Soleimani, NBC’s Today show hyped the notion that the authoritarian regime was under “pressure” to “retaliate in a big way” by killing Americans.
After showing little journalistic interest in trying to find out the identity of the anonymous government whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, on Monday, NBC’s Today show touted that the unknown bureaucrat was on the short list to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Half of the top ten list was comprised of prominent liberal figures.
On Wednesday, NBC became obsessed with the idea that “the cloud of impeachment is shadowing the President at the NATO summit,” so much so that the network repeatedly hyped seemingly innocuous comments from world leaders about President Trump running late to a meeting, citing it as evidence of “trash talk” and attempts to “mock” the U.S. leader.
On Wednesday, all three network morning shows were completely enthralled with Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee releasing a partisan report calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Despite the obvious one-sided nature of the 300-page document, anchors on NBC, ABC, and CBS led their respective broadcasts by touting the report as “damning,” “blistering,” and representing “impeachment’s new phase.”