Fox & Friends
In the past week, several networks have repeated questionable claims that an eight-month-old Palestinian baby was killed by Israeli tear gas in the Gaza Strip. And MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin even went so far as to twice repeat a discredited story that a paraplegic in a wheel chair was killed by Israeli snipers without noting that the IDF already disputed the story in March.
So far, FNC is the only national network to highlight a recent story about an elderly Philadelphia woman, Maxine Thompson, who used a gun to fight off an intruder who was trying to break into her home and refused a warning to go away. It's just the kind of story that the public should hear about more often to counteract the liberal narrative that guns are used primarily to commit crimes when, in fact, many Americans benefit from guns used to fight off criminals.
For a news network that is often caricatured as right wing, Fox News Channel peppered a pro-life guest with an awful lot of questions that were skeptical of Iowa's new law that bans abortion at about six weeks pregnancy. In fact, Fox and Friends Sunday co-host Abby Huntsman even cited one poll alleging a majority of Americans want most abortions to be legal, and did not mention that other polling has claimed the opposite.
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.
TheFederalist.com's Mollie Hemingway appeared Saturday morning on Fox & Friends: Weekend to discuss NBC's botched "Michael Cohen was wiretapped" story, which is only the latest in a long line of establishment press stories subsequently requiring major corrections or retractions. Hemingway observed that the errors "always go in one direction."
On Friday, after its early morning anchors promised "details throughout the day here on CNN" regarding a federal agent being attacked in Chicago, CNN dropped all interest in the story after spending only 21 seconds on the tragic event. By contrast, FNC repeatedly updated viewers on the ATF agent who was shot in the face while trying to help local police fight against gang activity.
Over the past couple of days, as FNC and the broadcast networks have informed viewers of two separate attacks on police officers that have left two dead, MSNBC has completely ignored the tragic events while CNN has buried its coverage early in the morning. By contrast, MSNBC spent more than 15 minutes across four different shows celebrating the release of rapper Meek Mill, and CNN also gave the story significantly more time that it did to the attacks on police officers.
On April 13, Minnesota Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison told a "progressive" audience that "Women are dying because we are losing elections," specifically alleging that this is the case in Texas and Missouri. It was yet another false claim — even if numerically true, the results would have to be tied to specific actions by Republican lawmakers in those states, and they aren't — in what has been a series of false claims made by Ellison during the past several weeks. Democratic Party operatives posing as "fact-checkers" have been predictably AWOL.
In the aftermath of two police officers being ambushed and murdered while eating lunch at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, last week, Fox News Channel has given substantially more attention to the tragic event than other national news outlets. In fact, various FNC shows have spent almost twice as much time on the story as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS combined.
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."
The mainstream media’s contempt for “Trump’s favorite network” Fox News, and especially the morning show Fox & Friends, continues apace. A particularly virulent and condescending example is Charles Blow’s Monday column for the New York Times, “Horror of Being Governed by ‘Fox & Friends.’” Blow spewed: "America is being governed by the dimmest of wits on the most unscrupulous of networks. The very thought of it is horror-inducing."
During the Thursday edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters hammered the way the “right-wing media” covered the caravan of illegal immigrants that earlier this week headed toward the American border. Peters was particularly critical of how the “1,200 or so” participants quickly became "thousands” in a tweet from President Donald Trump.