To offer an overview of how the national media are twisting the convention coverage, we're awarding a Quote of the Day to the journalist or pundit who offers the most outrageous quote or best summary of the night's media theme. Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw provided the first Quote of the Day for calling out Donald Trump and his supporters for not being unifying people....as if liberals unify the country by championing angry black and Latino activists who rail against the country as a hive of racists.
After spending the previous hour on Monday smearing Pat Smith’s speech about her son’s murder in Benghazi as having “ruined” the night, an MSNBC panelist questioned why Republicans turn to “fiery, committed” African-Americans at Republican National Conventions (RNC) “to make [their] case” and another compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Boston Tea Party.
On Tuesday, PBS host Tavis Smiley appeared on Morning Joe to enlighten viewers with his presidential election analysis. What did we learn? Apparently progressivism is a gift that keeps on giving. According to Smiley, Bernie Sanders should take a page out of Jesse Jackson’s playbook, without Jesse Jackson there would have been no Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton is a much better candidate thanks to Bernie Sanders.
On Thursday night’s Tavis Smiley, UC Irvine professor and author Michael Tesler made the claim that “content analysis” showed that President Obama has brought up race less than any other president since the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Smiley brought on Tesler to discuss his new book that asks if the election of President Obama made America a “post racial” or “more racial” society. Tesler brought up that when Obama got elected and particularly when he introduced Obamacare, negative racial attitudes or “racialization” as he called it, rose among Republicans.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, PBS host Tavis Smiley claimed that GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are "running segregated campaigns" as he asserted that they are "not campaigning to my community." After repeating his claim that Trump has been a "racial arsonist," he declared that the Republican Party has been "self-sabotaging," and additionally attached to the GOP the words "anti-American," "Orwellian," and "Shakespearean."
Just how leftist is PBS? When late-night host Tavis Smiley interviewed the Democratic candidates for president, he read them both a jeremiad attacking the Clintons from The Nation magazine claiming that welfare reform and the crime bill of 1994 “decimated black America” and the Clintons failed to stand up to "the right-wing demagoguery about black communities."
This may be the harshest set of questions Hillary Clinton has allowed to be spoken in her presence in this cycle.
This week, as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, PBS's panel oozes over his "keen, analytical intelligence," with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin saying Obama's speech "reminded me of George Washington's Farewell Address." Meanwhile, PBS's Tavis Smiley slams GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as a "racial arsonist," CNN's Erin Burnett thinks today's Republicans are so extreme they "would hate" Ronald Reagan, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews slams conservative radio host Mark Levin as "one of the most distasteful human beings out there."
In October 2013, late-night PBS talk-show host and author Tavis Smiley told Sean Hannity at Fox News that "The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category."
On Monday, on the eve of what has been said to be President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, Smiley was again on Fox News, this time with Megyn Kelly. Sadly, 27 months later, his message hasn't changed, nor has its fundamental truth.
During the panel discussion on the Sunday edition ABC’s This Week, panelist and PBS host Tavis Smiley declared that he was “tickled” by the birtherism surrounding Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz being perpetuated by “an unrepentant, irascible religious and racial arsonist” in Donald Trump who also “troubles” him in that the media haven’t supposedly tried to project Trump on the entire GOP.
Liberal actor Ted Danson used his appearance on the early Friday morning edition of Tavis Smiley’s PBS program to profess his love for Bill and Hillary Clinton “with every fiber of my being” and praised Hillary Clinton’s performance at the Benghazi Committee hearing as a showcase of someone who would be a “thoughtful, big hearted, incredibly bright president.”
PBS is the place for crude pap smear jokes, apparently. Liberal comic Kathy Griffin appeared on the Tavis Smiley show, Tuesday, to assail several of the Republican presidential candidates. As Smiley laughed, she mocked, “Dr. Ben Carson, I wouldn't let that guy give me a pap smear.” She told Smiley: “I mean, something is just in the water. And Marco Rubio is, like, scary."
Appearing as a guest on Friday's Tavis Smiley show on PBS, actor Dick Van Dyke spoke of his support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and oddly complained that it is "incendiary" for his critics to call him a "socialist," even though Sanders labels himself a "democratic socialist." Van Dyke then declared that "we're a fairly socialist government already."
The veteran actor, who is currently promoting his book, Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging, had previously appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and pronounced Sanders the winner of the Democratic presidential debate.