On Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Deadline: White House, John Heilemann attacks Fox News in general, and Sean Hannity in particular, for creating a political and business model built on lies, fantasy, hypocrisy, and "bullshit."
On Wednesday's The 11th Hour with Brian Williams on MSNBC, during a discussion of Fox News reaction to Attorney General Bill Barr's testimony on the Mueller report, John Heilemann derided FNC host Sean Hannity as a "steaming, hot pile of Hannity" who is as "happy as a pig in ****" as the MSNBC national affairs analyst seemed annoyed at having to react to the conservative Fox News host's commentary.
In the past, former CNN host Piers Morgan has sympathized with the liberal point of view and especially when it comes to theSecond Amendment and traditional values. However, he has recently emerged as a defender of President Trump. During an appearance on Hannity Monday night, Morgan ripped the liberal media for its coverage of the Mueller report.
For more than two years, people in the “mainstream media” have relentlessly hammered President Trump and his allies with accusations of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election, which Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton was supposed to win in a landslide. Now that the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of this, reporters, editors and others at liberal news outlets have been forced to state that they were wrong on this issue. That was the thrust of an op-ed from Gary Abernathy -- a contributing columnist for the Washington Post -- which had as its title: “Admit It: Fox News Has been Right All Along.”
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s premiere Russia conspiracy theorist, has begun to hemorrhage viewers following Attorney General William Barr’s anticlimactic summary of the Mueller report. Meanwhile Fox News’s Hannity, which occupies the same 9:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot as The Rachel Maddow Show, has skyrocketed in the ratings.
Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report has cleared President Trump of colluding with the Russians to win the 2016 election, there has been plenty of blame to go around for the many news outlets that relentlessly implied President Trump was in deep trouble, and might be impeached when Mueller was finished. One of the most bizarre responses came from CNN President Jeff Zucker, who told the New York Times in an email on Sunday that “we are not investigators,” an interesting comment since the cable channel has its own Special Investigations Unit.
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio's legal affairs correspondent, talked to Grant Reeher on public radio station WRVO, warning about the Supreme Court’s threat to abortion rights, criticizing the hearing performance of Brett Kavanaugh, and denying her outlet’s liberal bias. The NPR member station, which serves New York state from the campus of SUNY-Oswego, posted on Friday some transcribed highlights from Reeher’s half-hour interview with Totenberg, whose liberal bona fides are well-established on NewsBusters.
A common complaint from people in the “mainstream media” is that President Trump gives special access to correspondents at the Fox News Channel while slamming other outlets as “the enemy of the people” because they produce “fake news.” However, these reporters often ignore the fact that the Republican occupant of the White House also makes regular connections with key figures in other media organizations ranging from newspapers to online press websites.
Hardly a day goes by without liberals in the “mainstream media” accusing the popular Fox News Channel of having a “unique relationship” with Donald Trump, the Republican occupant of the White House. Of course, those same people avoid or deny that a similar connection existed between former Democrat President Barack Obama and the CNN and MSNBC networks. As a result, Erick Erickson -- a reporter who worked at FNC for five years -- has claimed that “the truth” about the channel and its liberal counterparts has more to do with ratings dominance than any pro-GOP bias.
An hour after he trumpeted Thursday’s abrupt end of the second U.S.-North Korea summit, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta appeared in need of a safe space following President Trump’s Hanoi press conference. Acosta wasn’t called on, so he aired his grievances on CNN while falsely suggesting the President had “steered clear largely” of the White House press corps.
Univision News anchor and hardcore liberal Jorge Ramos appeared Tuesday night on CNN’s AC360 and FNC’s Hannity to discuss his brief detainment in Venezuela by the murderous Nicolas Maduro regime after Ramos confronted Maduro in an interview with video of young men eating out of a garbage truck in Caracas. In the case of Sean Hannity and Ramos, the pair have had their fair share of on-air duels about illegal immigration, but Hannity made clear that this was bigger than debating American politics and instead good versus evil.
In something of a follow up to her comments last Friday blasting the liberal media, former CBS News journalist Lara Logan appeared on Fox News’s Hannity Wednesday night with a message for the liberal media folks now targeting her and her career: “[T]hey don’t get to write my story anymore. They do not get to speak for me, I want to say loudly and clearly to anybody who’s listening, I am not owned. Nobody owns me.”