After Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Monday signed a groundbreaking new law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the victory for the pro-life movement has received surprisingly little attention. FNC's Special Report with Bret Baier and the PBS NewsHour each ran briefs on Monday evening, and, on Tuesday, CBS This Morning ran one brief after CNN's Early Start show ran three briefs during the early morning hours between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. ET.
On Friday's PBS NewsHour, David Brooks, who is somehow described as the Republican or conservative half of the pundit panel, dismissed the ascent of men liked by the conservative movement as the worst kind of public servants, the C or D level of Republican aides, because they're too ideological. Larry Kudlow is just the "worst," and John Bolton is "anything but neutral on anything."
The PBS NewsHour gave California’s top Democrats almost nine minutes on Wednesday night to attack President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as liars in a “cesspool of mendacity,” suggesting Sessions was an "authoritarian" using “Gestapo” tactics. Woodruff didn’t protest at any moment in this set of attacks that Brown was too uncivil. Last year, NewsHour executive producer Sara Just claimed “We aim for more light than heat,” and “We’re not trying to set up a false sense of combativeness."
On Friday's weekly roundup on the PBS Newshour, after analyst David Brooks said the Trump White House has a "perpetual unraveling" of staff, liberal analyst Mark Shields compared it to people trying to escape the Berlin Wall, where escapees were often killed by communist guards. "This White House is resembling nothing as much as East Berlin, in that there's more people trying to get out than there are trying to get in."
On Tuesday, The Washington Post held a series of panel discussions and aired live video around the theme "Americans & The Media: Sorting Fact from Fake News." In one segment, Post political reporter Dan Balz talked to PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and Fox Special Report host Bret Baier. Woodruff lamented "an entire industry" that is ripping the media that "holds democracy together."
During the regular "Shields and Brooks" segment on Friday's PBS NewsHour, David Brooks again hit Republicans from the left as the alleged right-leaning New York Times columnist predicted that, if Republicans side with Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and push to cut immigration, it would be "ruinous for the party." His analysis came after liberal columnist Mark Shields fretted that Democratic Senators running for reelection in red states would be hurt by Democrats shutting down the government over DACA. Brooks agreed that it would hurt Democrats in the short-run, but Republicans would suffer in the long-run.
Your taxpayer-supported news producers at PBS and NPR are presenting their latest poll and pronouncing Trump’s first year flopped with the voters: 53 percent said Year One was a failure, while 45 percent picked Success.
But break down the numbers by party, and the division is predictable: 87 percent of Democrats pronounced Trump a failure, and 87 percent of Republicans checked the success box. Among independents, it was 50 percent failure, 41 percent success, nine percent unsure.
Naturally, NPR didn’t go anywhere near breaking down the parties. Anchor David Greene and political analyst Domenico Montanaro underlined Bad News:
Apparently, bringing on fake conservative David Brooks on the PBS NewsHour on Friday night for a fake debate ("I agree with Mark Shields and the liberal consensus") isn't enough fun. On Monday night, NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff interviewed former Bush aide Peter Wehner as the David Brooks Stand-In, and he made Brooks look mild-mannered. Not only is President Trump a racist, but so are his supporters, said the so-called “lifelong conservative.”
In June, the school hired Chassity Holliman-Douglas as its first Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion in response to the student uprising. PBS NewsHour interviewed her in an article published on Sunday titled “‘These conversations are not comfortable’ — How colleges can address racial inequality.” Authors Corinne Legal and Ivette Feliciano wanted to know “how predominantly white institutions can work to support all students and what Evergreen is doing nearly a year after the events.”
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff interviewed former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday night, and most of it consisted of please-attack-Trump softballs. Woodruff's most urgent pushback to Biden came on when he would be apologizing to Anita Hill for somehow mistreating her during the 1991 Hill-Thomas hearings. When Biden said he hadn't contacted Hill, Woodruff shot back "Do you plan to?" This is odd, since the PBS anchor should spend some time on her show exploring sexual harassment at PBS.
On the last Friday night of 2017, the PBS NewsHour analyzed the year in review, which included a look at public attitudes toward the national media. Substitute anchor Hari Sreenivasan cited a Pew Research Center analysis and suggested Republicans opposed the press playing a watchdog role over government. Pseudoconservative PBS pundit David Brooks surprisingly suggested that media distrust is because the media won’t hire Republicans.
John Sexton at Hot Air reports that Alec Baldwin committed a gaffe in an interview on Friday’s PBS NewsHour. Anchor Jeffrey Brown asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and Baldwin made the mistake of making it sound like the victims like Rose McGowan made it worse by agreeing to confidential settlements instead of going public.