Between Friday morning and Saturday morning, several shows on CNN, CBS, and NBC took the time to highlight a bullying case in which three white boys allegedly held down a black classmate and forceably cut her long hair after a history of taunting her. Even though it had nothing to do with the story, several shows made a point of noting that Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen, teaches at the same school, Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia.
John Kasich has a reputation for being vehemently opposed to President Donald Trump. In fact, when the Republicans nominated Trump in Cleveland in 2016, the governor of Ohio at the time, Kasich, couldn't even be bothered to show up at the venue. Therefore it would be not be unusual if CNN's New Day host Alyisyn Camerota expected to hear a sympathetic reaction to the impeachment of Trump from Kasich on Friday. However, imagine her surprise when Kasich poured cold water on the subject of impeachment.
Over the past couple of days, morning shows on both CNN and MSNBC have hyped alarmist predictions made by a United Nations panel about how global warming will impact the world over the next 100 years. On CNN's New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota asked climate correspondent Bill Weir, "How do you get out of bed in the morning?" after he finished detailing the "dire" predictions.
On Friday's New Day show, as Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar appeared as a guest to discuss the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, CNN's Alisyn Camerota not only failed to ask any contrarian questions of her liberal guest, but she even tried to prod her into saying that she believes President Trump broke the law in asking the Ukrainian president to investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings.
It's always amusing when reporters insist that they're not "stenographers to power," but when you look at their interviews with Democrats, they often come across as stenographers -- extremely accomodating, and not at all challenging. Take for example, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut in his interviews on the Ukrainian kerfuffle on Wednesday. None of his three national TV interviews seriously raised the idea that he or other Democratic senators pressed Ukraine in a similar way to President Trump to cooperate with their domestic political goals.
On CNN, foreign policy expert Ian Bremmer says Joe Biden does have a Ukraine problem because the $50,000/month that Hunter Biden was paid by a Ukrainian company was "clearly to be selling influence." A dubious Alisyn Camerota responds, "and is that Joe Biden's fault or problem?"
When Alisyn Camerota of CNN questions Corey Lewandowski regarding his truth-telling standard, he zings her by saying he never lies under oath, "which is clearly more than some of your contributors." Lewandowski singles out CNN contributor Andy McCabe, who is under criminal referral for lying to the FBI and the Inspector General.
On Tuesday's New Day show, as John Avlon recited a piece on the history of Presidents facing opponents within their own party, the CNN political analyst took a gratuitous cheap shot at Pat Buchanan's 1992 Republican convention speech by vaguely likening him to Adolf Hitler. The crack had nothing to do with the overall point of the segment.
Since 9:00 am ET Sunday morning, CNN and MSNBC have spent nearly four hours of airtime peddling dubious new charges of misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly took place when he was in college. The claims were first published by The New York Times late Saturday night.
On Thursday's New Day show, during a panel discussion of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that is a victory for the Trump administration, CNN regulars fretted about the Supreme Court's willingness to hear the case more quickly than usual. CNN legal analyst Laura Coates even twice called the speed of the ruling "ridiculous."
As part of his media blitz to promote his new book before the start of the next Supreme Court term, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch sat down with CNN’s Ariane de Vogue. In the portion of the interview that was shown during Tuesday’s New Day, de Vogue pressed Gorsuch on the fears CNN and the rest of the left had about the country supposedly taking a “hard right turn” due to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
On Friday's New Day, CNN's John Berman interviewed the NFL's Ryan Russell about his decision to announce that he is bisexual. The CNN host gushed over the decision and lamented that Russell is the only NFL member who is openly gay. Berman also ended up essentially pining for more high-profile gay athletes to come out of the closet as he and co-host Alisyn Camerota discussed the issue.