The annoyed journalists at ABC on Thursday reacted to William Barr’s press conference by slamming the “unprecedented” spin from the Attorney General, likening it to a Game of Thrones plot line about cleaning up for a king. The journalists at ABC on reacted by repeatedly deriding the press conference previewing the release of the Mueller Report as “unprecedented.” Terry Moran reminded that, just because Donald Trump may not have done anything illegal, there’s still probably something bad in the report: “This is the day, that the conversation shifts though, as I said, from was this criminal to was it right? There's a big difference between what's lawful and what's right.”
On Monday, all three network morning shows reveled in Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announcing her resignation with relieved reporting about her “tumultuous tenure” at the department being over and touting Democrats blasting the Trump cabinet official. Correspondents fretted over who would replace Nielsen as they bid her “good riddance.”
Television journalists hurried to get in their obligatory parting jabs at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen following Sunday's announcement that she would be leaving her post. The consensus was that Nielsen would forever be remembered as “the face” of family separation at the border, and that she deserved “no sympathy” for any difficulties she might face in the wake of her departure from Trump Administration.
On Friday, reporters for ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning were unable to conceal their disgust over President Trump taking a “profane victory lap” during a Thursday night rally in Michigan, following the results of the Mueller report. The coverage was dripping with contempt as the correspondents whined about the event, fearing “vengeance in the air” among Trump and his supporters.
The folks at ABC News were either desperately in the tank for the Democrats or they needed to get fitted for tin foil hats Thursday evening. Instead of reporting on the growing calls for House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) to resign his post, as CBS and NBC did, ABC’s World News Tonight carried water for Democrat conspiracy theories suggesting Attorney General William Barr was hiding the truth about collusion and did something improper when clearing the President of obstruction.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went before Congress recently to defend the administration’s proposed almost $18 million cut to the Special Olympics, a private organization. Despite the fact that federal funding only made up a fraction of the Special Olympics’ budget, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had total meltdowns during their evening programs.
From January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day) through March 21, 2019 (the last night before special counsel Robert Mueller sent his report to the Attorney General), the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts produced a combined 2,284 minutes of “collusion” coverage. Now that the investigation they relentlessly touted has ended with an outcome favorable to the President they despise, those networks seem ripe for a “reckoning.”
Between their two Special Reports and World News Tonight, ABC personalities reacted to the Mueller report findings by repeatedly playing up the unambiguous nature of the day, calling it “an all out win for the President” and that Sunday will go down as an important “moment in our history” that “cemented the trust that millions of Americans have for President Trump.”
News broke on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Muelller has submitted his report to the Department of Justice. All three networks broke in with ABC admitting that it’s now “possible there was no collusion” and that Donald Trump might be vindicated “to some degree.” While we don’t know what’s in the report, the ABC journalists indicated that liberals might be in for disappointment. Terry Moran prepared viewers: “So it is possible we will learn a conclusion, the broad conclusion very quickly. Which is that there was no collusion.”
There was a stunning admission from ABC senior national correspondent Terry Moran during Sunday’s This Week when he conceded that if Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, then there would be a “reckoning for the media” among others who pushed the notion.
For Republicans, today's House Democrat-led hearing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen looks like a Democratic public-relations campaign...right down to the Democrats reviewing the testimony at the "objective" networks. ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who took his own turns testifying for a lying president with personal financial scandals during his time in the Clinton White House, came running to Cohen's defense during the first break in the hearings on Wednesday. Cohen granting this Clinton pal access and interviews (through his fixer, Clinton pal Lanny Davis) is paying off.
For this week’s NewsBusters Time Machine, we look back at one of the most over-the-top examples of journalistic fawning over Barack Obama. Remember when Terry Moran compared the Democrat to George Washington and said that the presidency is a “step down” for Obama? It happened ten years ago this week.