The passing of free market and libertarian activist David Koch on Friday was met by much of the media with a dignified reaction that highlighted Koch's politics, but without portraying him as the cause of all that is wrong with the contemporary political climate. MSNBC Live guest host Chris Jansing took a different route, instead choosing to label the "Billionaire conservative donor" Koch "as one half of the Koch Brothers came to symbolize the influence of dark money in America" and hype NBC's recently concluded docu-series American Swamp where the Koch Brothers are portrayed as the nefarious billionaires out to control American politics.
Who better than Barney Frank to lecture on civility? MSNBC on Friday turned to the man who mocked gay Republicans as being like “secret Jews” to talk about the problem of tone in Washington. The former Democratic Congressman appeared to tout his op-ed in Time magazine. MSNBC Live guest host Morgan Radford offered this softball: “I also want to talk, not just about the issues, but tone. Because that's a lot of what you're describing in this op-ed. What would it take to bring civility back?”
There has been lots of talk in the media recently about loyalty and on her Wednesday MSNBC Live show, Hallie Jackson got into an argument with Log Cabin Republicans national spokesperson Charles Moran over the organization's decision to endorse President Trump for re-election and one of the board members, Jennifer Horn's, decision to resign in protest.
MSNBC anchor and correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin joined MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi on Friday to chat about Israel's decision to Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar into the country and Tlaib turning down a humanitarian exception to visit her grandmother. Throughout the segment, Mohyeldin made multiple eyebrow-raising statements including calling Bernie Sanders a centrist on the issue and insisting that those who support the BDS movement simply have different tactics for achieving peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday welcomed New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a softball interview to remind America that she is running for president and to allow her some free air time to accuse the National Rifle Association of not caring about dead children and for the host to praise Gilibrand's ability to distance herself from the NRA.
MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin's assertion that President Trump would prefer immigration from "Nordic countries" drew a pushback from NBC correspondent Kelly O'Donnell on Monday morning.
In the aftermath of the suicide of billionaire and accused pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in federal custody on Saturday there has been plenty of finger pointing, some of it serious, some of it conspiratorial. MSNBC's The Beat host Ari Melber joined Stephanie Ruhle on Monday morning's MSNBC Live to point the finger at President Trump and Attorney General Barr.
If there is one theme constant in the media's coverage of the mass shooting in El Paso and Dayton it is that Democrats are sincere in their efforts to end gun violence, while Republicans are scared of the NRA and are only concerned about their political careers. NBC reporter Jonathan Allen joined MSNBC Live on Thursday to remind Congress that given the assassination attempts on Gabrielle Giffords and Steve Scalise this should be personal for them.
A ghoulish Stephenie Ruhle on Tuesday promoted the idea that 2020 Democrat Beto O’Rourke could use the mass slaughter in El Paso this past weekend as a way to gain “momentum” for his floundering presidential campaign. She wondered, “Beto has said he is running in the name of decency and democracy. As bad as this may sound, could this moment be a chance for Beto to gain some momentum?”
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, a number of news shows on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS have allowed guests to misleadingly cite gun-friendly Texas's open carry and concealed carry laws to give the impression that El Paso Wal-Mart customers must have been well-armed when they were attacked, thus undermining arguments in favor of allowing customers to bring guns with them.
It's clear that America is deeply divided on the issue of gun rights after this weeken's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. On his Tuesday show, MSNBC host Craig Melvin invited fellow MSNBC journalist Stephanie Ruhle on to offer a suggestion that would be guaranteed to only further that divide, which was that corporate America, mainly Walmart, must go after organizations and people that MSNBC does not like.
In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, MSNBC Live host Stephanie Ruhle invited author Igor Volsky on her Monday show to advocate for gun control, condemn the National Rifle Association, and spread some fake news in the process.