An attempt by the Associated Press to smear Tom Price, nominated by Donald Trump as the next HHS Secretary, began Wednesday after the opening round of a Senate committee hearing. As of this writing, the wire service is up to its third such entry. The misleading reporting and hostility have increased with each dispatch.
The weekend before Election Day, Jake Tapper at CNN, interviewing Democratic Minnesota Senator Al Franken, used the classic "some people say" tactic to allege that there were anti-Semitic undertones in the Donald Trump campaign's closing ad. Why? Because three of the many people briefly pictured in the ad, in which the candidate criticized the political establishment's attitudes and actions which he believes have hurt everyday Americans, happen to be Jewish.
So you might expect that Tapper, CNN, and for that matter the rest of the establishment press would be extensively investigating and reporting on the years of anti-Semitic activities and remarks of Democrat Keith Ellison, especially now that the Minnesota congressman is in the running to be the next director of the Democratic National Committee. Nope.
While interviewing Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken on Sunday, Jake Tapper used the classic "some other people say" tactic — in this case, referring to "some columnists" — to peddle the idea that there is a deliberate anti-Semitic undertone in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's final 2-minute campaign ad.
Once upon a time, it was commonplace for jokes of all stripes to arise whenever Anthony Weiner found himself caught up in another sexting scandal – much to the embarrassment of his wife and Hillary Clinton top aide, Huma Abedin. However, since Abedin finally left her cheating husband, people seem to be much more sensitive to them, including liberal Senator Al Franken (Minn.).
As this year's presidential campaign moves ever closer to the first debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, Hillary Clinton's team is facing a difficult challenge: finding a person who can stand in as Donald Trump during mock debates and launch personal attacks on the former secretary of state that will make the real Republican candidate look tame by comparison.
In an article posted on Tuesday by Annie Karni, a politics reporter for the Politico website, the person “picked to be Hillary Clinton's sparring partner in her upcoming debate prep sessions is expected to confront her” about “out-Trumping Trump,” which “is an inherently awkward enterprise, one which is expected to unfold only in front of a small group of trusted aides.”
The Republican convention’s rowdy chants about Hillary Clinton -- “Lock her up!” – have caused liberal journalists to get extremely distressed. In their lead editorial on July 21, The Washington Post fulminated that Team Trump’s “descent from standard red-meat partisanship to unprecedented accusations of criminality displays contempt for the rule of law and a startling disinterest in fact and reason.”
That’s strong brew. It’s too bad for them that it’s completely false. Somehow, the Post writers are acting like they were born yesterday, or slept through the last Republican presidency. They’ve chosen to overlook that their liberal friends in news and entertainment were active participants in an eight-year anti-GOP hatefest.
On MSNBC’s The Place for Politics Thursday afternoon, anchor Andrea Mitchell repeatedly invited her Democrat guests to bash the Republican National Convention for it’s supposed ugly “tone” and “vitriol” towards Hillary Clinton. In two separate interviews on the show, Mitchell tried to paint this RNC convention as somehow worse in attacking the opposing candidate than other conventions.
Why are Republicans so angry at Washington? According to David T. S. Jonas, a onetime aide to Sen. Al Franken, it results from 1) “the expansion of economic and political rights for women, people of color, LGBT Americans, [and] immigrants” over the past few decades, and 2) the failure of Republicans in power to stop or reverse 1).
In a Sunday article for Salon, Jonas argued that “the majority of Republican primary ballots cast today end up conveying a kind of protest message: give me back my power, or nobody else gets anything…And that’s where Republican anger ultimately comes from…You are told that you can win every election you want, but eventually, you’re going to have to compromise your beliefs…And you, as a voter, hear all of this, and you proudly stand up and shout…‘You know what? Fuck that!’”
English-language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC and Spanish networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision covered the news on Thursday night that independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, but only NBC Nightly News chose to label him a “socialist” after ABC and CBS had previously done so on Thursday morning. While correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell characterized Sanders as a “socialist,” Mitchell offered some fawning words for him when she declared that he was “not your typical blow-dried politician.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is known for its liberal tilt so it was a surprise that they published an article that was not only somewhat critical of Al Franken but also sounded positive notes about his election opponent. In addition, the Star Tribune also published the resullts of a poll that could be bad news for Franken.