The media’s current appreciation for the 41st President stands in sharp contrast to how they covered his presidential campaigns and his administration. When George H. W. Bush was still in the arena, liberal reporters were among his most vociferous critics, who deplored his campaign tactics, accused him of exacerbating racial tensions, and bashed him for failing to adopt liberal policy positions.
It’s been 18 years since a presidential election was clogged and stalled by a recount after a close finish in Florida, and now it’s happening again after Republicans led the election night tallies for Senator and Governor in the state. This time, the national media are scoffing at complaints that Democratic election officials could be seeking to overturn the will of the voters. Back in 2000, those same outlets dripped with suspicion that Florida’s Republican Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, was conspiring to steal that election away from Democrat Al Gore.
On Thursday night and Friday morning, ABC and NBC newscasts refused to cover not one but two bad stories for liberal media darling and attorney Michael Avenatti as Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) requested the Department of Justice investigate Avenatti and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick for their behavior during the confirmation fight.
While many even in the liberal media have derided Elizabeth Warren’s botched attempt to justify and explain her claim of having Native American history, Time magazine is digging in and defending the liberal Senator. In a Tweet on Tuesday, the news weekly insisted, “Elizabeth Warren's DNA test shows how she's weaponizing transparency.”
So what happens to the media memory of Kavavaugh vs. Ford if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed? Time's cover story on Ford illustrates they're already painting the same numbers as they did after Clarence Thomas was confirmed. Glorify the accuser as a heroine of history. On the cover were the words "Her Lasting Impact." Online, the cover story had the headline "How Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony Changed America."
Conservatives are so named because they aim to conserve bastions of liberty – including free speech, due process, and unfettered religious practice – from the diverse threats that jeopardize them, no matter where they come from.
It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “What to Read This Fall,” and two ticks down from Michelle Obama’s memoir was Full Disclosure, by anti-Trump porn star/stripper Stormy Daniels
We’ve seen the media and the Democrats use this playbook before. When Justice Clarence Thomas was well on his way to being confirmed in 1991, the Democrats brought forth Anita Hill to accuse Thomas of sexual harassment, in a last ditch attempt to derail his nomination. And while it remains to be seen if the media turn the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process into a similar circus it’s instructive to see what they did back then.
It's clear someone at Time magazine wasn't a Nancy Pelosi fan when she was Speaker of the House. During her tenure as Speaker from 2007 to 2011, Pelosi didn’t make the cover, but Sarah Palin did....three times. In the fall of 2018, Pelosi has finally arrived inside the red frame....as the news magazine fades in relevance. Molly Ball's cover story was full of gauzy prose about What She Means.
Time magazine took a week off in the dog days of August, so we weren't "treated" to a glowing cover-story package following the death of Sen. John McCain. Online, they reported Sen. Lindsey Graham was "pissed off" at President Trump for failing to honor McCain. Time did not recall how they dumped on McCain when he stood in the way of their idol, Barack Obama, with his "filthy" attacks and dangerous rages.
The New York Times and Time magazine are both looking to the past as a way to highlight an impeachment drive against Donald Trump. Time magazine connected Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy to the President. Many liberal outlets aren’t fans of the constitutional originalist perspective. But the Times on Thursday offered this headline: “Not an Impeachable Offense? The Framers Might Disagree.”
Ever since President Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh on July 9 to fill the seat on the Supreme Court left open by retiring “swing justice” Anthony Kennedy, those on the left and in the media have hammered the pick as everything from “controversial” to “cruelly regressive.” While some swore they’d do anything to prevent the Supreme Count from turning more conservative, Time magazine writer Abigail Simon asserted that Kavanaugh is almost certain to be approved, so liberals and Democrats must adapt to the situation until they regain control of the Senate, whenever that happens.