Towards the end of Thursday morning’s edition of CNN’s Inside Politics, the panel criticized President Trump's routine of watching Fox News in the morning and argued that he lives in a "parallel universe." The panel had discussed the fact that President Trump used the phrase “bombshell” to describe the latest batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI employees Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, after the morning news program Fox & Friends used the same term.
During a panel discussion on Inside Politics Tuesday, host John King criticized the President for referring to the Democrats as “treasonous” and “un-American” for not applauding during his State of the Union speech. King seemed to forget that less than a year ago, he himself carelessly tossed around the word “treasonous” when discussing a member of the Trump administration.
It was as if an asteroid was on its way to CNN’s D.C. bureau on Friday when the Republican House Intelligence Committee memo was released as CNN analysts and reporters did everything in their power to dismiss the memo and defend Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS. Chief political analyst Gloria Borger concocted perhaps the biggest pretzel of them all, dismissing the memo’s concerns about an anti-Trump, leftist bias by Steele and Fusion GPS that put together the dossier because, well, people rely on biased sources to get to the truth all the time.
Seconds before the official release of the highly anticipated House Intelligence Committee memo on abuses of power within the FBI, CNN political director David Chalian was furious that it was distracting from Russia’s “attack on our democracy” and heaped praise on Republican Senator John McCain (Ariz.) for a statement condemning the memo.
Since Thursday, the liberal media had been having a field day attacking President Trump when it was leaked that he had slammed certain counties for being undesirable places to live. Since then, CNN has been the banner carrier for those eager to pass opinion off as news and call the President a racist with impunity. On Sunday’s Inside Politics, CNN host John King was no different as he led a panel of journalists in anti-Trump smears while claiming to know exactly what racist thoughts were in his head.
As journalists rejoice over Republican defeats in New Jersey and Virginia, hyping them as a referendum on President Trump, we at the MRC dove into our archives to remind them that just 8 years ago they said the exact opposite when the exact same situation happened to President Obama. The comparison couldn’t get more apples-to-apples: in both 2009 and 2017, the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey were lost by the party that had just won the presidential election the year before.
In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, much of the political world’s attention was trained on the rifle accessory known as a bump stock. The Las Vegas shooter had 12 rifles fitted with the device which allowed him to shoot his weapons as though they were full auto. Even the NRA had called for greater regulation of the devices. But many in the liberal media, as demonstrated by CNN’s Inside Politics panel on Sunday, questioned if it meant anything and whined that gun control wasn’t advancing fast enough.
John King, host of CNN’s Inside Politics, began the show on Tuesday by criticizing the press conference Donald Trump had just concluded in Puerto Rico as “a love fest” for the Republican president and his staff. “You saw the president sitting around a table,” King began. “You heard the president give himself high grades for what happened in Puerto Rico in the response effort that is still underway” after Hurricane Maria devastated the island two weeks ago.
From the moment President Trump’s Tuesday speech to the United Nations General Assembly ended, CNN made clear that they would be providing the liberal, pro-Obama response, lambasting his remarks as contradictory, “dark,” “frightening,” “incoherent,” and even weak. Now, if you’re skeptical that this video supercut included only partisan commentators, that sadly did not happen as the same rhetoric was espoused by supposedly neutral analysts, anchors, and reporters.
While there have been only a smattering of climate change references since Hurricane Harvey took over news cycles, CNN and MSNBC featured more shameful exploitations of the hurricane on Monday to promote climate change as thousands were in need of help from rising flood waters.
Seconds after President Trump’s Monday remarks finally calling out the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists by name, CNN hosts and panelists made clear that there was nothing Trump could have said that would have satisfied them, excoriating him for not going far enough and announcing “policy in terms of addressing this.”
Calling into CNN’s Inside Politics after news broke Friday afternoon Sean Spicer would resign from the position of White House press secretary, senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta trumpeted the reality that Spicer “was raked over the coals publicly” on Saturday Night Live and in the media (especially by people like Acosta).