On the Tuesday edition of CNN’s The Lead, political commentator and former Obama administration official Jen Psaki suggested that the President was “almost gleeful and excited about” Hurricane Florence, its size, and possible destruction as if it’s an accomplishment he helped engineer.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s daughters didn’t leave their father’s hearing because it got heated, according to one CNN strategist. After interruptions from both Democrats and protesters, Kavanaugh’s young daughters were ushered out of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. Despite contradicting reports, CNN strategist Symone Sanders argued that they were “already going to get up” and “Democrats were “extremely respectful” during the hearing.
During Wednesday’s edition of The Lead, the panel found itself in a little bit of shock after learning that President Trump had revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who has previously called President Trump treasonous in his new capacity as an NBC News analyst.
For all of the talk about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the liberal media seems to have engaged in a little bit of collusion themselves. On six different programs over the past 24 hours, the hosts or guests either suggested or asked their guests to weigh in on whether Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats should resign due to President Trump’s refusal to accept the consensus among the intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN analyst (and former Obama national-security aide) Samantha Vinograd arrogantly denounced President Trump as a "tool" of Russian disinformation. But during Friday's extended edition of The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host actually confronted Vinograd with the Obama administration's record. After Robert Mueller handed down his latest indictments, Vinograd said the intelligence keeps getting better, that the Russian GRU "was sanctioned back in 2016; we know that they were up to no good."
NewsBusters has documented some of the initial reaction to Justice Kennedy's retirement, but it continued hours later with CNN legal analysts Laura Coates and Jeffrey Toobin on The Lead. The pair warned that “more progressive-minded notions and ones that, frankly, are in line with our democratic principles” are at stake with Kennedy gone with gay people likely to face discrimination and being banned from bakeries, hotel rooms, and restaurants under the name of religious liberty.
On Wednesday’s edition of CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN Chief Legal Analyst, Jeffrey Toobin expressed his anguish over the likelihood of President Trump nominating another Supreme Court Justice and forecasted the “doom” of Roe v Wade.
CNN’s The Lead spent almost six minutes on Tuesday discussing the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Trump’s travel ban with Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, but host Jake Tapper turned the tables on Ellison by grilling him for the remaining five minutes on his ties to anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and sexist Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
During Friday’s edition of The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN political analyst Paul Begala reacted to President Trump’s meeting with the “angel moms” (and dads) who have lost their children as a result of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Begala accused President Trump of “politicizing” these tragedies and using their pain to “divide America.”
First Lady Melania Trump caused a stir with the liberal media on Thursday when she wore a questionable jacket with “I really don’t care. Do you?” written on the back. She headed off to visit the children at the border who were separated from their parents. Of course, the gossip-prone media spend a considerable about of time trying to divine the secret meaning of the wardrobe choice and there were those who suggested she was saying that to the kids. CNN’s The Lead had both.
With the Justice Department's Inspector General rocking Washington, D.C. on Thursday with a damning report exposing the anti-Trump bias of senior FBI investigators, many in the liberal media were desperate to spin the findings to fit their narrative. During CNN's The Lead, host Jake Tapper took one of the greatest leaps and suggested that the consequence of biased FBI members was the election of President Trump.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper is demonstrating an affinity for Washington Post columnists bashing the Trump-Pence ticket. On May 10, Tapper helped promote George Will ripping Vice President Pence as “horrifying.” The screen said “CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: PENCE HAS CHOSEN TO BE ‘HORRIFYING.’”
On Wednesday, he wanted everyone to see Dana Milbank’s column insisting the president of the United States is a “madman.” This allowed CNN to put a graphic on screen for all its airport customers, reading “WASH POST COLUMNIST: TRUMP’S NO LIAR, HE’S A ‘MADMAN’.”