The shocked reaction of Oxford University students to the Brexit vote yesterday was notable for the fact that they were so firmly esconced in their liberal bubble that even Vox took note of their extreme divorce from reality. As we shall see, it never even occurred to them that (gasp) the vote would be to leave Brexit. In fact the Oxford students clueless reactions to the vote were so laughable that the [Max Cady laugh] in the brackets will be employed where necessary to set the proper tone. To refresh your memories, Max Cady was a character in the movie Cape Fear. So just click the link in the brackets whenever you see it to hear his distinctive laugh as portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the remake.
All three morning shows on Friday led with the “stunning” vote by Britain to exit the European Union, a move that is “rocking” the world. Yet, only ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the inconvenient fact that Barack Obama tried and failed to influence the vote this past spring. On CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose reminded, “President Obama visited in April and urged voters to stay in Europe.”
Liberal CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour suffered an epic meltdown on Thursday night as it became clear that Britain was asserting its national sovereignty and voting to leave the European Union. The sneering Amanpour repeatedly derided it as an example of “xenophobia” and “white identity” politics.
On Saturday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti ran a report celebrating the election of London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, as he portrayed conservative critics as exploiting "fear." Without trying to explain what critics were supposedly wrong about, Vigliotti suggested that his opponents were spreading misinformation as he declared that, "in the end, facts trumped fear."
After conspicuously using the word "trumped," in his introduction, Vigliotti linked the election to Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigration as he concluded by relating Khan's disapproving views on the GOP presidential candidate: "Khan has become very vocal in American politics, criticizing Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims. Khan has said he hopes Trump loses."
The New York Times' ongoing all-front war on “Islamophobia” raged on in coverage of the election of Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London. Stephen Castle led hard with it in his Saturday story, which made the front page under a headline quoting the new liberal himself as making a grand triumph over hate: “Electing Their First Muslim Mayor, Londoners Chose ‘Unity Over Division.'”
All three morning shows on Friday highlighted Barack Obama’s trip to Britain. However, only CBS saw it as “very controversial” and explained why one prominent British leader is calling the President a “bully.” ABC ignored the fact that Obama is in the country to lobby Britons to stay in the European Union. NBC noted that the Commander in Chief wrote an op-ed lecturing another country on an important decision, but the network didn’t find it divisive.
With the year swiftly coming to a close, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the stupidest comments that Hardball host Chris Matthews made on the air in 2015. These are ones I consider particularly stupid, not necessary or merely politically slanted, just head-scratchingly stupid.
Acting as though the latest news the war against ISIS, new developments in the Hillary Clinton scandal or any other story barely existed, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted a whopping 24 minutes and three seconds of their Tuesday evening newscasts to obsessing over Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. Not surprisingly, NBC Nightly News led the way by spending nearly half its newscast on Trump with five segments adding up to 12 minutes and 34 seconds.
On Wednesday's All Things Considered, NPR's Ari Shapiro spotlighted Cage, a British organization that ran to the defense of "Jihadi John," the ISIS member who infamously beheaded several hostages on video. Shaprio slanted toward Cage by playing four soundbites from two talking heads from the organization, as well as a clip from the terrorist himself, who has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi.
Buttering up his February 12 guest Boris Johnson, Hardball host Chris Matthews told the London mayor that he's eligible to run for president, given that he was born on U.S. soil. But Matthews apparently forgot the residency stipulation in the Constitution, one criterion that Johnson doesn't meet.
According to CNN contributor David Frum on Tuesday, the best way for Republicans to win is to mimic the actions of the British Conservative Party. Frum's Daily Beast article is bizarrely titled, "Where the Right Is Winning." Except, the right isn't winning in the United Kingdom. As the Wall Street Journal reported on September 30, "The Conservative Party has lagged behind the center-left Labour Party in opinion polls by as much as 10 percentage points or more over recent months."
During a report on Tuesday's NBC Today, correspondent Michelle Kosinski took gratuitous shots at Margaret Thatcher while detailing funeral plans for the former British prime minister who died Monday: "...many feel this is appropriate that it will not be a state funeral because she remains so controversial....How controversial is Thatcher still today?...in Glasgow, jubilant dancing in the streets." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]