The Situation Room
The American news media and social media went from tweeting Friday afternoon about March Madness to going apoplectic over the conclusion of the Office of the Special Counsel led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller meant to investigate relations between the Trump campaign and Russia. For CNN’s The Situation Room, analysts and hosts took turns being — well — all over the map over what could be in the report.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has spent the past week using his evening show The Situation Room as a platform for Democratic lawmakers to plug their numerous investigations of President Trump. Blitzer, a veteran reporter and host on the network, is not a name that immediately springs to mind when one thinks of biased or outlandish statements from CNN journalists. However, the many interviews he has conducted with politicians on the Hill — a staple of his show — tell a story of bias through careful and deliberate framing of facts.
Even though Barack Obama has been out of office for over two years now, CNN is still doing their part to protect his legacy. On The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Monday evening, CNN’s chief legal analyst praised the former president as scandal free, while blasting President Trump for being targeted by House Democrats in a new probe.
Jeffrey Toobin is CNN's chief legal analyst, but he seems to be clueless about the fact that the 25th Amendment can only be invoked when a president is either physically or mentally incapacitated. It was never intended to be used in case high level officials decided that they just didn't like a president. Yet somehow Toobin allowed his obvious dislike for President Donald Trump to, well, trump any basic legal sense on his part on Monday's The Situation Room to declare that it was "patriotic" for FBI and DOJ officials to discuss Trump's removal from office via the 25th Amendment even though to do so would have been plainly unconstitutional.
Appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) complained that President Trump has made everyone who decides to “cross the border undocumented” into a criminal. Menendez also complained that “if a person has a driving while under the influence violation, he is now making, saying that’s a criminal.” These outrageous statements seemed to fly right over host Wolf Blitzer’s head, as he did not push back on Menendez at all.
Appearing as a panel member on Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, longtime liberal CNN commentator Paul Begala acted like a misinformed man who gets all his news by watching too much CNN as he not only made incorrect claims about illegal immigration across the Southern border, but he also contradicted himself on whether there is a "crisis" situation on the border.
During President Trump’s surprise visit to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq to celebrate Christmas with the U.S. troops there, he rubbed shoulders with America’s finest as he took selfies and signed autographs for them. Some of those autographs were signed on the iconic “Make America Great Again” hats that some soldiers brought to him. For any other president it would be treated a fun and warm moment, but not for this one and not if CNN had anything to say about it.
To put it objectively, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta had quite the 2018. Whether he was throwing temper tantrums in White House briefings over CNN’s issue of the day or not being called on, 2018 saw Acosta become a hate object of sorts and a broader symbol of how much CNN loves CNN. For a year that began with him tussling with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and ended with the controversy in which he briefly lost his press pass, here are the ten craziest Acosta moments.
As NewsBusters has reported, the media have cited their favorite Republicans in blaming the shutdown on conservative media stars. During Friday’s edition of The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, the panel suggested that Ann Coulter bears responsibility for the government shutdown because she dared to challenge the President’s “manhood.”
CNN commentator Philip Mudd is known for his extreme hostility towards President Donald Trump. Therefore his invective directed toward the President on CNN's The Situation Room on Friday was no big surprise. However, what was unusual was that Mudd actually made a great case to fund the border wall, not so much for border security but rather just to get a budget deal done and avoid a government shutdown.
On one of the more chaotic days in Washington anyone will experience, CNN’s The Situation Room saw a 22-minute interview that careen off the rails from the get-go on Thursday night between host Wolf Blitzer and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller that touched on the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the likelihood of a government shutdown over border security.
During Tuesday’s edition of CNN's The Situation Room, CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned of creeping fascism, saying “this is what happens in authoritarian countries...The President, the leader orders the investigation and prosecution of his political enemies,” without even bothering to mention that strong evidence exists that crimes have been committed. Comey laid out a very strong case for prosecuting Clinton before ultimately deciding to skip it.