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On Sunday, Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina shut down Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan when she implied that he was partially responsible for the current disunity in Washington.
It’s been nine days since Hillary Clinton, on a visit to India, disparaged the voters who elected Donald Trump as President in 2016. This weekend, some Democrats openly broke with Clinton over the comments, while the ex-candidate herself felt the need to engage in a bit of backpedaling in a Facebook message posted Saturday afternoon. Given the blowback, you’d imagine that the broadcast networks would have found at least a few moments for this controversy. You’d be wrong.
The Washington Post is not known as a staunch defender of Christianity, but a columnist for the liberal newspaper found a way to both criticize evangelicals in this country and slam President Donald Trump all in one stroke. While a guest during CBS’s Face the Nation program on Sunday morning, Michael Gerson -- a nationally syndicated columnist whose writing appears twice weekly in the Post and who served as a top aide and speech-writer for former Republican President George W. Bush -- hammered evangelicals who support Trump as “slimy political operatives, not moral leaders.”
ABC and NBC couldn’t find time on their February 11 Sunday political shows to mention conservative criticism of a budget deal that adds roughly $300 billion to the deficit, bringing the deficit total to over a trillion dollars. Conservative lawmakers have expressed concern that this deal goes against a fiscally conservative platform that the President and many in Congress campaigned on.
CBS on Tuesday announced that John Dickerson will be taking over as co-host of CBS This Morning, replacing the disgraced Charlie Rose. Rose, when he wasn’t allegedly sexually harassing women, offered sycophantic liberal spin. Dickerson, in contrast might provide more balance than that as he’s conceded liberal bias on at least four separate occasions.
After CBS initially ignored the Iranian people’s uprising against their oppressors from Thursday to Saturday, and then downplayed the murder of two protesters and shootings of others earlier on Sunday, White House Correspondent Major Garrett finally dedicated some sort of significant time to the subject (two minutes 31 seconds) for the network when he was filling in on Face The Nation. Unfortunately, he only brushed over the details and questioned if President Trump should be speaking out in support of the people fighting for freedom.
On CBS’s Face the Nation, moderator John Dickerson asked his political roundtable if there were any stories they felt were not getting enough news coverage. Predictably, the liberal journalists on the panel fretted that Republican efforts on the state level to “ban abortion” and engage in “voter suppression” were happening “completely under the radar.”
The recent revelations exposed by former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile were given a surprising amount of airtime on Sunday on the Big Three Networks. While some were trying to defend Hillary Clinton or attack Brazile, others were trying to get Democrats to answer serious questions about it. One of those was CBS’s Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson, who grilled Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner on the implications it would have on his state’s gubernatorial election.
During Sunday’s Face the Nation, Moderator John Dickerson became the first member of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to crack the broadcast TV blackout of the Hillary Clinton-Uranium scandal. But his mention of the story came five days after The Hill first exposed how the FBI was investigating Russian bribery of public officials to purchase the radioactive substance. And segment brought their total coverage time of the scandal to a whopping 69 seconds.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and the CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday for an exclusive interview with host John Dickerson. While there, he felt for the Las Vegas victims, defended the Second Amendment and his organization, and called out those in the media (Hollywood in particular) who got rich off of glorifying gun violence and “irresponsible use of firearms.”
Remember when the folks in the mainstream media almost universally mocked President Donald Trump's claim that Trump Tower had been wiretapped? With the recent news that Paul Manafort, who lived and worked in Trump Tower, was wiretapped that charge sure sounds a lot less laughable. Among those treating Trump's claim about Trump Tower being wiretapped more seriously is CBS's John Dickerson who asked Congressman Adam Schiff on today's Face the Nation if Trump was right on this matter.
Of course, Schiff denied that Trump was right but Dickerson seemed to have a lot more respect for that claim. As you shall see, Schiff also continues to appear to be going nowhere in the supposed Trump-Russia collusion investigation since he is actually giving credit to the "Golden Showers" dossier and making a big deal of Russia's relatively minor ad buy on Facebook during the election.
In the aftermath of the Charlottesville attack, two of the Big Three Networks (ABC and NBC) were quick to cast blame on President Trump for the violence and the lives lost on Sunday. To round out the Big Three, CBS brought up the rear during Face the Nation where guest Jamelle Bouie argued that if one was looking for the “roots” of the attack, “you don’t have to look very far from the White House.”