What is this? Democracy dies in....silence? Thursday afternoon, CNN’s Wolf dedicated a segment with host Wolf Blitzer and Supreme Court analyst Joan Biskupic wondering why the current eight Supreme Court justices have remained silent and not opined on the three-decades-old sexual misconduct allegation against nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Perhaps more insane than anything Biskupic or Blitzer said was this CNN chyron that’s fit for a straightjacket: “Supreme Turmoil; How Justices Feel About Partisan Confirmation Battles.”
On Tuesday, two of Brett Kavanaugh’s high school classmates, each named by accuser Christine Blasey Ford as witnesses to the 1982 assault she alleges, issued public statements flatly denying that they saw anything even resembling Ford’s story. Yet on Wednesday, CNN viewers barely heard a peep about these denials, even as the Kavanaugh story dominated their on-air coverage. From 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern, CNN spent 3 hours and 23 minutes talking about the Kavanaugh controversy, but only a paltry eight minutes of that time was devoted to these confirmations of Kavanaugh’s unequivocal denial.
The View host Joy Behar appeared on CNN’s Van Jones Show Saturday evening to hawk her anti-Trump book released nearly a year ago, The Great Gasbag, and give her advice to the Democrat party on how to deal with Trump and win elections.
Sure, go ahead and argue CNN interviews with elected officials have been dominated by Democrats because they say yes. But upon closer review, however, one will see examples of why Republicans skip out on this home for Resistance viewpoints. New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s appearance on CNN’s Wolf Thursday afternoon is perhaps the newest.
During a 10-minute break Wednesday afternoon in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, CNN’s assembled panelists and supposed journalists boasted of Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse decrying money in politics to Judge Kavanaugh and bemoaning the nominee refusing to commit to saving portions of ObamaCare.
What did David Axelrod and David Gergen want to see happen on Friday morning that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda ceremony honoring the late John McCain? A 2018 version of the Paul Wellstone memorial from 2002? Following the moving event as McCain lied in State at the place he spent over three decades in both the House and Senate, Axelrod and Gergen condemned the remarks by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to properly honor McCain’s values and, as men, not sufficiently opposing Donald Trump.
During Saturday’s edition of The Axe Files With David Axelrod, host David Axelrod sat down with New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and The Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron. The first portion of the interview focused primarily on President Trump and his relationship with the media.
Despite the first half or so of CNN’s The 2000s episode on the 2008 election and the early Obama years being largely pain-free on the bias front, the liberal media’s overwhelming love for Barack Obama burst through when it hit Election Day 2008 and the two years afterward. In all, CNN swooned over the Obama election with zero objectivity, portrayed Obama as trying to be bipartisan, and subtly painted Tea Partiers as angry, irrational conspiracy theorists who ran around with signs depicting the President as the Joker or a Nazi.
Showing their bias for anyone and anything anti-Trump, CNN’s At This Hour showed nothing but warm sympathy on Monday morning for Peter Strzok upon news he was fired by the FBI, repeatedly expressing hope that “he was treated fairly” and fretting that he was “a favorite punching bag” for President Trump and conservative media.
Just a reminder: CNN is straight up lying to you if any of their more prominent figures ever say they don't want to be the story because everything is about them. And Thursday’s White House Press Briefing perfectly illustrated that as chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta lost his mind when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t fall into a trap he had laid for her.
Monday afternoon on CNN, Wolf Blitzer interviewed Tennessee Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen and brought up an off-the-record meeting between President Trump and the new publisher of The New York Times, where the publisher warned President Trump that his “attacks” on the media “could lead to violence against members of the media.” Blitzer then asked Cohen “do you believe that people could take President Trump’s vitriol as a call to arms?” Not surprisingly, Rep. Cohen said yes; even going so far as to compare President Trump’s supporters to the followers of Jim Jones, the “preacher” who orchestrated a mass suicide by convincing his “flock” to drink poison in “Jonestown,” Guyana.
There’s nothing quite so rare as a “fair and balanced” media take on entertainment and politics. For proof, look no further than CNN, which missed the mark. For proof, look no further than CNN, which missed the mark. During a special report, aired on July 20, titled The Trump Show: TV’s New Reality, CNN host Brian Stelter, New York Times critic James Poniewozik and Salon critic Melanie McFarland talked to television producers and actors about the rise of Trump TV and its significance.