On New Day Saturday, as CNN continued to cover the story of an illegal immigrant whose seven-year-old daughter died possibly of dehydration after he illegally transported her across the desert, the show gave an unchallenged forum to liberal activist to complain about the Trump administration's handling of illegal immigration as if such deaths were the government's fault.
On CNN's New Day on Sunday, Michael Moore, a former Obama-appointed U.S. and Democrat state senator in Georgia, boasted: "you're hearing sort of the death rattle of this presidency, of this administration. I don't know that we need to call the undertaker yet, but it's certainly time to pick out the cemetery."
On New Day Saturday, liberal activist Linda Sarsour was given an unchallenged forum as a guest to rail against Brett Kavanaugh and the possibility of a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court as CNN hosts Christi Paul and Victor Blackwell did not even bother to label her as a liberal activist.
On Saturday morning, the same CNN that is notorious for promoting anti-gun propaganda in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings had hosts who repeatedly worried that President Donald Trump and Republicans are inappropriately using the murder of Mollie Tibbetts by an illegal immigrant as "political propaganda."
As previously documented by NewsBusters, ABC, CNN and CBS spent time over the weekend fretting over an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was arrested at a California gas station while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. After it was revealed that he was suspected of committing a murder in Mexico, ABC and CBS both highlighted skepticism about whether the arrested man, Joel Arrona-Lara, really did have a warrant out for his arrest, noting that a Mexican agency reported that they had no record of a warrant for him.
Over the past week, CNN has aired more than two dozen stories inviting speculation and gossip about the supposedly mysterious "disappearance" of First Lady Melania Trump, who has been recuperating from kidney surgery.
Late last week, ABC, CBS and CNN gave attention to cell phone video in Miami which seemed to show a police officer kicking a car theft suspect in the head after he had surrendered. Now that more video has been released which reveals that the incident was not nearly as bad as it appeared because the officer was just pretending to kick him, only the CBS Evening News has taken the time to update viewers on this important twist in the story.
On Saturday, CNN was true to form in showing more interest in stories that reflect negatively on how police officers do their jobs while ignoring those that show law enforcement work sympathetically. After ignoring two cases of attacks on law enforcement that were covered by other networks, CNN did find time today to run two reports on video showing a Miami cop kicking a suspect in the head after he had already surrendered.
On New Day Sunday, CNN viewers finally saw the recent controversy over Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's ties to Democrats at least mentioned by someone other than Jake Tapper during a discussion of former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon's speech to a right-wing political group in France. But -- in spite of the incendiary and blatantly racist nature of some of Farrakhan's comments, some of which have been very recent -- co-host Victor Blackwell suggested that it was more important to give attention to Bannon's speech than that of Farrakhan.
On New Day Saturday, CNN anchor Victor Blackwell gave a group of five students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a forum with little pushback to not only advocate more gun control, but to accuse Republicans of being the ones who "murdered" the victims at their school in Parkland, Florida. CNN even used a clip of one student repeating discredited claims that "There's been 18 mass shootings in schools this year," as she complained that "I didn't hear about them."
Over the weekend, as the broadcast networks informed viewers of a hostage situation that took place on a Greyhound bus in Illinois, CBS and NBC both neglected to inform viewers that the perpetrator was an illegal immigrant while ABC's World News Tonight on Saturday identified Marguerito Vargas Rosas as an "undocumented immigrant." CNN's New Day Sunday also described him as an "undocumented immigrant," while FNC tagged him as an "illegal immigrant," and additionally informed viewers that he had been deported five times already.
On CNN's New Day Sunday, the show devoted a four-minute segment to the new children's book, Santa's Husband, which portrays Santa Claus as a gay man who gets married to another man. The segment included as guests the author, Daniel Kibblesmith, and illustrator Ashley Quach, with Kibblesmith recalling that he was partially inspired to write the book because of the complaints that are made each year about a "war on Christmas."