On Friday's Wolf show, CNN host Wolf Blitzer and liberal CNN political analyst John Avlon made a big deal out of the fact that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been willing to lavish praise on President Donald Trump despite their presidential primary contest -- as if two politicians of the same party making up after running heated campaigns against each other were somehow unprecedented. In fact, instead of merely mentioning the irony within a larger discussion -- which might have been more appropriate -- Blitzer devoted an entire three-and-a-half-minute segment to it.
During Thursday's edition of New Day, co-host Chris Cuomo gleefully announced that “roughly two dozen Republican Senators and Members of Congress told CNN they're not ready to back their party's standard bearer.” In other words, they have not explicitly endorsed President Trump for re-election in 2020. He then asked Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin whether or not he supported President Trump's re-election campaign. Johnson did not directly answer the question; instead pointing out that Election Day 2020 is more than two years away and referring to Cuomo's inquiry as a “gotcha” question.
On Thursday's New Day, as Alisyn Camerota pressed Senator Bob Corker about whether he will support President Donald Trump if he runs for reelection, the Tennessee Republican got in a jab at the CNN host as he alluded to her liberal bias and asked her if she had decided which Democrat she will be supporting for President.
CNN's Monday Situation Room tortured its audience with an out-of-thin-air assessment by Ron Brownstein that James Comey's book and his public visibility would hurt President Donald Trump's standing with white, college-educated voters — because they "look like" him. This is what passes for "analysis" on the formerly serious cable news network.
In a jaw-dropping display that was one part a lack of self-awareness and another part hypocrisy, Wednesday’s prime-time Anderson Cooper 360 featured a panel of CNN analysts sharing their opinions about opinion shows like Hannity on Fox News. Their opinions varied but were largely against the mixing of opinion and news. And that was their opinion on the news of the day. The hypocrisy was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of whether conservative FNC host Sean Hannity should have divulged earlier that he has an association with Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, there seemed to be unanimous agreement that Fox News is "not news."
In a podcast posted on Monday, CNN's Don Lemon told National Review's Jamie Weinstein that some pro-Trump panelists on his show have admitted that, in Weinstein's words, "they don't believe what they are saying" — as if knee-jerk leftists never engage in such disingenuous behavior (sure, Don). Lemon apparently has no problem allowing people who have allegedly admitted to this behavior to continue serving as panelists. Lemon's statement is a de facto admission that he and his network are willing to broadcast fake opinions.
On Monday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon devoted two segments totaling more than 13 minutes to the case of rapper Meek Mill going back to prison because of parole violations. The show glossed over Mill repeatedly violating probation over the past decade, which included the rapper failing drug tests over and over again. And last week, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt similarly downplayed Mill's parole violations, and did not mention the repeated drug test failures from the parole period at all.
Tuesday’s New Day featured a respectful but vigorous debate between two CNN law enforcement analysts at the opposite ends of the spectrum on the James Comey book tour extravaganza. In one corner, former Comey aide Josh Campbell declared that he’s “not a partisan” and defended his boss while James Gagliano argued in the other that Comey’s a “good man” but carrying out a “vainglorious and self-serving” book tour.
As James Comey’s book exploded onto the scene, CNN pumped the breaks on its “Facts First” campaign to revisit perhaps the most salacious claim contained in the Steele dossier. Specifically, the dossier alleged that Donald Trump had paid ladies of the night to micturate upon one another in Moscow, and that the Russian government had taped the horrific escapade. To date, no aspect of these allegations has been substantiated in any capacity.
For the umpteenth time, Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway battled CNN host Chris Cuomo during Monday’s New Day in a marathon shoutfest (almost 30 minutes in length) with the topics de jure being James Comey’s book tour and the Russia investigation.
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter mocked Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for condemning the Jim Comey book on Friday without reading it. "You have go to read the book first," Stelter cracked. But who in America already has the Comey book, when it comes out on Tuesday? It's being discussed ad infinitum by non-readers. He set up a snippet and called it "pretty funny."