On Wednesday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes used video allegedly showing Palestinians being fired on by Israeli troops while praying to bolster his commentary in which he complained that President Donald Trump did not confront Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the military actions. Unlike FNC or PBS, Hayes did not mention that the video has been disputed by the IDF as staged footage -- similar to the hoax videos for which Palestinian film makers are known for producing, sometimes referred to as "Pallywood."
Donald Trump is not the first President to have been accused of sexual improprieties. When President Bill Clinton faced allegations of sexual harassment from Paula Jones and even a rape charge from Juanita Broaddrick, the media looked for reasons not to cover those charges.
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."
CNN International host Christiane Amanpour -- whose show is simulcast now on PBS stations -- lit into "homophobia" in the Catholic Church and all "Abrahamic faiths" in her Tuesday show. Her guest was Father James Martin, a controversial figure whose book is touted for showing "how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet one another." Amanpour said Pope Francis faced "a massive tsunami from the traditionalist wing."
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."
Following Sunday night’s Academy Awards being filled with nasty left-wing political rhetoric, on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today on Monday, anchor Megyn Kelly and her panel of guests absurdly praised the Oscars for being “pretty much free of partisan attacks.” Apparently they forgot how host Jimmy Kimmel set the tone of the night by declaring: “We make films to upset Mike Pence.”
The same network that touts just one regular “conservative” analyst, David Brooks --- who many would argue isn’t even really a conservative --- announced Wednesday that they were launching a "conservative" political talk show, debuting April 13. Called In Principle, the PBS show will reportedly follow in the style of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line, which aired from 1966 to 1999.
The indictment of 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly creating a “sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and to support the Trump campaign” is only half the story. While the Justice Department targeted foreign influence, others could have easily said something about the role U.S. media played in influencing the election’s outcome. While not criminal, the U.S. media should at least be shamed for its unrestrained bias for and against both left and right.
President Trump's new budget proposal once again zeroes out funding for public broadcasting, which will probably be ignored. But CNN's Brian Stelter reported the new budget in the same one-sided way that the public broadcasters do. The headline was "PBS denounces Trump's proposed funding cuts (again)." Nowhere in this bubbly little publicity favor was anything new and controversial about PBS, like....sexual assault allegations causing the abrupt end of the long-running Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley shows.
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."