MSNBC’s Katy Tur has a long list of gaffes involving an apparent inability to recall recent political history, all while getting into arguments with Republican congressmen. The latest installment of this saga occurred when she was filling in for Chuck Todd has the moderator of MTP Daily Thursday evening. This time, she got into an argument with Republican Congressman Chris Collins over what was to blame for ObamaCare’s current death-spiral.
Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show Twenty One in advance and looked like a genius on national television. Van Doren later apologized to America: “I have deceived my friends, and I had millions of them.”
That’s not the way CNN and Brazile reacted when exposed by the Wikileaks e-mails.
With CNN personalities continuing to ignore the big media story surrounding the axing of political commentator and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile, two on-air guests took matters into their own hands on Tuesday by mentioning it to the chagrin of the hosts with one resulting in verbal fireworks.
In light of CNN’s near-blackout of on-air coverage regarding its removal of now-interim DNC chair Donna Brazile, the MRC’s Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham took to the airwaves of the Fox Business Network (FBN) to blast this move as “not exactly transparency in action” and particularly their own media reporters for not doing so aside from social media and their website.
Wednesday's CBS This Morning stood out as the only Big Three morning show to spotlight Henry Chao's stunning revelation to Congress – that a significant portion of the I.T. infrastructure needed to support HealthCare.gov has yet to be built. NBC's Today completely ignored Chao's testimony, while GMA aired a 19-second brief that vaguely summarized the hearing. Meanwhile, the ABC show devoted a 1 minute and 45 second report to a puppy that sleeps with a baby.
Major Garrett reported that Chao "told Congress Tuesday the team making emergency repairs still has another major task to accomplish: building 30 percent to 40 percent of the web systems needed to make payments to insurance companies." Garrett also featured two soundbites from the testimony of a panel of cyber-security experts, who warned that the ObamaCare website remains vulnerable to hackers: [audio available here; video below the jump]
ABC on Thursday night took a victory lap in its effort to blame congressional Republicans for the government shutdown. World News reporter Jeff Zeleny and other journalists at the network phoned all the House and Senate GOP members who opposed the deal to reopen the federal government. These reporters demanded to know if the lawmakers would give back the salary they earned during the 16-day shutdown.
Zeleny justified, "Since it was Congress that shut the government down, one of the top questions you asked us, should they get paid?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The journalist made no mention of Barack Obama or the congressional Democrats who rejected numerous compromise efforts to reopen the federal government.