“Too cozy,” “controversy,” “striking,” “crisis,” “startling,” those were just some of the hyperbolic terms thrown around on Wednesday’s network morning shows as hosts and correspondents panicked over news that President Trump had a casual after-dinner conversation with Vladimir Putin surrounded by dozens of other world leaders at the G20 Summit earlier this month.


On Good Morning America Wednesday, anchor Robin Roberts joined one actress in gushing over meeting former President Obama. Actress Issa Rae, who stars in HBO’s Insecure, shared with Roberts how, as a newcomer to Hollywood, she still gets starstruck when meeting famous people. After mentioning meeting actress Queen Latifah, Roberts prompted Rae to tell the story of when she met President Obama.

 

The media can turn anyone into a hero or a villain. In the case of R&B pop star R. Kelly, they’ve promoted his career and downplayed at least 15 years of sex crime allegations. He’s been featured both as a guest and musical performer on top network shows. Late night TV talk programs such as The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as daytime’s Good Morning America, have given the singer glowing airtime and promotions for his many albums.


One of President Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, made his rounds on the morning shows Wednesday to defend Trump from the media’s accusations that he must’ve known about his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016. On ABC’s Good Morning America, anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly tried to get Sekulow to admit Trump was complicit and would have to admit to that under oath, using media reports from anonymous sources as his basis of inquiry.

 

All three networks spent so much time Monday morning breathlessly questioning whether or not Donald Trump Jr. “colluded” with Russia by agreeing to a meeting with an anonymous Russian lawyer during the campaign, that they couldn’t find any time to report on another important development in the same investigation--perhaps because it wasn’t centered on the Trump campaign.

 

After a long night of violence in Hamburg at the international G20 Summit, where left-wing, anti-capitalist rioters injured over 70 police officers, ABC and CBS still found a way to blame Trump for the violence. Despite both networks acknowledging that violence at these summits is “nothing new,” ABC and CBS spun that Trump’s presence was one of the primary reasons activists were inspired to commit violence.

 

Matthew Dowd, ABC News’ Chief Political Analyst, never runs out of wacky analogies to hit Trump or the Republicans over the head with. On Monday’s show, Dowd slammed Trump’s tweets against the media, saying they were as “distracting” as seeing a stranger skinnydipping in the river in your backyard. The comment came during a discussion with Cokie Roberts about Trump’s retweet over the weekend, which journalists have hyped as a violent threat.

 

Just like clockwork Monday morning, all three network morning shows had a collective freak out over President Trump tweeting out over the weekend a doctored clip of him wrestling “CNN” to ground created out of an old WWE appearance he did years ago. Anchors and correspondents were indignant as they breathlessly hyped the social media controversy. Only CBC bothered to mention the context of the President’s criticism of the cable channel.


After Thursday’s network evening newscasts devoted 28 times more coverage to Donald Trump’s offensive tweets than to important immigration reform legislation, on Friday, the morning shows on ABC, NBC, and CBS offered even more lopsided reporting. Combined, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, and CBS This Morning devoted a staggering 52 times the amount of coverage to the President’s social media attack than to Kate’s Law passing the House. 


On Monday morning, even rumors about the possibility of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring sent the network morning shows into panic mode. Reporters wrung their hands over the potential that President Trump could replace the high court’s “swing vote” and make it “solidly conservative for decades.”


Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the network’s political analyst Matthew Dowd accused President Trump of having an “obsession” with Russia “hacking” the presidential election. Without a hint of irony, Dowd added that Trump was the “one person” that “questioned Trump’s legitimacy the most,” seemingly forgetting that he himself has questioned Trump’s legitimacy over and over again on GMA since November.


On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America could not contain its disgust over the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a Mississippi religious freedom law that protects business owners with religious objections from being forced to participate in gay weddings, among other provisions.