CNN defended its absurd move to sue President Trump for revoking reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass, by bringing on a former Obama staffer to tout the network’s credibility. On CNN Tonight November 13, host Don Lemon talked with Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and NYU law professor Burt Neuborne, about the lawsuit, with all three agreeing that the media treated Obama with the same scrutiny they have with Trump.
ABC’s 20/20 special on Michelle Obama Sunday night was about what you’d expect from the same network who hailed the “transcendent, communal joy” and “dancing in the streets” after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008. While just a few weeks ago, ABC’s 20/20 on Melania Trump spent nearly every minute on controversies and strife in the White House and their marriage, this episode on the Obamas was a complete 180 in tone and content, with not even a brief mention of Obama's own controversies.
It’s been eight years since Barack Obama was elected. So, you may be forgiven forgetting just how effusive journalists were towards the Democrat on election night. On the November 5, 2008 Good Morning America (the day after), Bill Weir gushed over Obama’s election: “Last night was transcendent.... Voices from around the world shouted the greatness of America.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The lunacy of ABC’s The View knows no bounds as liberal hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin turned the suggestion that CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta “assaulted” a White House aide yesterday, into the young aide’s fault. Citing her legal experience, Hostin claimed that the aide was actually in the wrong and could be pressed by Acosta for charges of battery.
Even though Jon Stewart hasn’t been the host of The Daily Show on the Comedy Central cable channel for four years, the liberal comedian still takes advantage of every opportunity to slam President Trump, whom he blames for the world being “in a terrible situation.” That was the case when Stewart spoke at Monday evening’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit honoring wounded veterans in New York City, where he said he was “excited” about the midterm election because that could be “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.
When Netflix announced a production deal further enriching Barack and Michelle Obama in May, it was reported that “Obama's projects are not intended to address President Donald Trump or conservatives. Instead, it would focus on inspirational content.” But their first deal is to develop the Michael Lewis book The Fifth Risk as a potential series. The book details chaos at cabinet departments during the Trump administration.
This year, with Republicans in control of the White House, House and Senate, journalists are actively electioneering on behalf of Democrats, as a way to put a check on the power of President Trump. But eight years ago, when Democrats held both the House and Senate going into President Obama’s first midterm elections, the media were distressed that liberal power might be diluted, and upset that voters failed to appreciate the tremendous “victories” and “amazing legislative agenda” that Obama and the Democrats had accomplished.
Appearing as a guest on Saturday afternoon's MSNBC Live with Alex Witt, race-obsessed MSNBC AM Joy host Joy Reid proclaimed that Republicans are the ones running a "racial panic election" as she and host Witt discussed the Georgia gubernatorial election has been marred by Democrats making false accusations of Republicans using "voter suppression" tactics to prevent minorities from voting.
On Friday night, CNN ran a special unsubtlely titled Democracy in Peril: The War on Voting Rights, hosted by correspondent Kyung Lah, which touted accusations by liberals that Republicans are engaging in "voter suppression" by enacting voter laws, targeting minorities to prevent Democrats from winning.
Friday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom showed its more than committed to being in the opposition party, hailing a rally featuring former President Barack Obama as “an extraordinary moment” and “so interesting” while lashing out at current President Donald Trump for suggesting that the media have contributed to rising tensions and violence in our country.
Political reporter Astead Herndon appeared on Thursday’s New York Times front page with “Obama Uplifted Them. Now They Want to Fight – Ex-President’s Idealism Tests Supporters in a Time of Hard Hits.” The text box: “Some Democrats say their party needs to fight fire with fire.” As if the Democrats under Obama ever occupied some kind of moral high ground in their political tactics (harassing politicians trying to eat in public, screaming at Republicans while protesting in the halls of Congress). Yet judging by the paper’s coverage of #MeToo, the Times clearly thinks they are).
Given that Barack Obama won the PolitiFact “lie of the year” for his famous untruth that “If you like your doctor, you can keep it,” it seems he wouldn’t be the person for journalists to tout on health care falsehoods. Apparently, MSNBC didn’t get the memo as host Ali Velshi on Monday eagerly hyped the President “calling out Republican lies.”