Some nerve: New York Times anti-Brexit reporter Benjamin Mueller devoted 1,350 words Monday to going after his competitors on the Brexit-beat, accusing other media outlets of slanting the news in favor of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s quest to fulfill the 2916 vote to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. As if the Times and Mueller himself hasn’t been notoriously, often hysterically, anti-Brexit in news coverage: “Pro-Brexit Press Frames Johnson as Defiant Hero.” The online headline deck: “For Pro-Brexit Press, Boris Johnson Is Already a Winner -- The right-wing newspapers that dominate in Britain shaped a narrative of events that could have not been more pleasing to the prime minister.”
The New York Times devoted a full page to a strikingly condemnatory profile of Dominic Cummings, a political consultant who directed the successful Leave campaign in 2016, and is also an “evil” “puppet master,” “Rasputin,” and “political assassin.” It’s of a piece with the paper’s extraordinarily slanted coverage of Brexit and the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a stout and aggressive fighter for “Brexit” -- the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union. The online headline simply states the slur as a fact: “Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s Rasputin, Is Feeling the Heat of Brexit.”
How hard is it for the British Parliament to agree to the terms of a referendum that was held over three years ago? Apparently "very" and NBC chief global correspondent Bill Neely joined Hallie Jackson on Monday's edition of MSNBC Live to pile on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and to hype some insane solutions the opposition may try to get their way.
Stephen Colbert sat down with British talk show host Graham Norton during Thursday’s edition of The Late Show. Not surprisingly, the two teamed up to trash the leaders of their respective countries: President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Norton’s commentary definitely indicated that the infiltration of left-wing politics into comedy shows is not unique to the United States.
The bruising political backlash against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his aggressive push in Parliament for a “no deal” exit from the European Union led Thursday’s New York Times. The paper blamed Brexit for everything wrong in British politics while mocking a social conservative politician for lying down on a Parliament bench: "...it was a devastating look, seeming to confirm critics’ worst fears about a government of smug, entitled private school types sleepwalking into a no-deal Brexit that could wreck the economy and starve Britons of food and medicine."
Visits by foreign officials usually pass smoothly and quickly, but that wasn’t the case when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Ireland President Michael Higgins and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkaron on Tuesday, when columnist Miriam Lord didn’t hold back when she hammered the visit for the Irish Times newspaper. In fact, Lord compared the visit to “pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor” and compared the event to thinking “it has been a great success until somebody discovers” that he “sh*t on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him.”
If you are confused about the state of Brexit and the latest news out of Britain surrounding embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have no fear, MSNBC Live host Hallie Jackson invited BBC North America editor Jon Sopel onto her Wednesday show to make sense of it all. After explaining the latest parliamentary maneuvers by both the government and opposition, Jackson asked Sopel what it all means for America and for President Trump. According to Sopel, the big takeaway is that Conservative MPs are willing to stand up to Boris Johnson, but Republicans are not willing to stand up to Donald Trump.
ABC, CBS and MSNBC on Wednesday all gloated at the chaos unfolding in Britain as Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights to bring Brexit to Britain three years after the country voted for it. ABC offered scare mongering warnings, saying that “critics” say “liar” Johnson will bring down the British economy with a no-deal Brexit. MSNBC’s Morning Joe predictably cheered rebel Conservatives who have voted to delay (yet again) Brexit, saying they are more honorable than American Republicans who back Donald Trump.
Thursday’s Hardball not only featured A-block panelists and MSNBC host Chris Matthews defending former FBI Director James Comey for violating DOJ policy to leak to the media, but Matthews floated to his B-block that possibility President Donald Trump could be suffering from dementia. Matthews also compared Trump to Idi Amin, Julius Caesar, and Benito Mussolini, who’s like “an eight-year-old with crayons” who must be stopped, so that’s quite a stretch from dementia to a brutal, strategic dictator.
There was no honeymoon for Boris Johnson, the new Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in the New York Times. The same old hostility greeted him, and his push to make good on the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, known as Brexit: "After a lifetime of joking and blustering and maneuvering his way into jobs and then sabotaging himself with poor preparation and deceitful behavior, Mr. Johnson, 55, seems determined to prove he can put aside his court-jesterish ways and rise to the occasion."
All three networks on Tuesday night offered up mocking, derisive reports on Brexit-supporting Boris Johnson winning his party's support and becoming the new British Prime Minister. ABC, CBS and NBC also highlighted comparisons of the conservative leader to Donald Trump. On World News Tonight, Ian Pannell derided, “To his opponents, he's an ambitious philanderer, unfaithful in marriage, accused of racism and of having no fixed principles. Many have compared him to Donald Trump.”
It looks like MSNBC has decided to embrace a full-out Nazi scare as its 2020 electoral strategy. Last week, appearing on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch said another Holocaust "could happen here," wondering "are Jews next?" The next day, on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough described the recent Trump rally in North Carolina as a "Nuremberg" rally. This morning, after portions of a Financial Times column were read analogizing the situation in the US/UK to that of Germany in the early 1930s, Joe Scarborough and Eugene Robinson suggested that the time had come to "sound the alarm."