Tuesday’s The Lead ended with a discussion about a new book called Kushner, Inc. by Vicky Ward, which alleges that President Trump wanted his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner fired from their positions as senior advisors in his administration. Not surprisingly, CNN host Jake Tapper and his panel were interested in this work of palace intrigue. The segment took an unexpected turn when CNN political commentator Paul Begala called Mr. and Mrs. Kushner “cockroaches” and backhandedly referred to President Trump as a “criminal.”
On CNN, NYT columnist and CNN contributor Frank Bruni suggests that a legal donation to Harvard made by Jared Kushner's father is not "morally different" from the crimes committed in the college admissions scandal. And so it was that this morning, CNN, with a big assist from New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Frank Bruni, found a way to tie the Trump family to the admissions scandal.
The New York Times sank into an ugly ethnic and religious controversy in its Sunday Styles front-page story on American Jewish reaction to the politically poweful couple of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, a take that many found offensive: “But Are They Good for the Jews?” That question is a traditional one in the Jewish community, if not a cliché, but underlined the offensiveness of the article, which pondered if this Jewish couple should be anathema to the larger Jewish community.
Thursday’s lead Hardball segment offered blistering hot takes concerning the likely death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi with former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes suggesting that President Trump’s disdain for the press allowed for Khashoggi’s death and host Chris Matthews equating Jared Kushner to the Saudi Crown Prince.
CNN is no longer a home for objective news and information. It’s now a home for speculation and conspiracy theories. That fact was quite apparent during Thursday’s Cuomo PrimeTime when host Chris Cuomo rolled out his conspiracy tracking whiteboard and suggested that President Trump’s ties to Saudi Arabia caused Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to feel motivated to kill Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
In online news, there's "clickbait," a sensational headline which doesn't reflect the underlying story. The New York Daily News took that concept into the front page of its Tuesday print edition. Its headline — "DADDY'S LITTLE GHOUL" — included a photo of Ivanka Trump. The underlying article mentioned her only once in passing. We should call this "printbait."
Considering the liberal media’s history of being anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian, Monday’s White House Press Briefing featured plenty of leading questions for Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah suggesting that Israel was responsible for the deadly protests by Palestinians along with the Israeli/Gaza border. This all came as the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem.
During Sunday’s edition of the Last Week Tonight program on the HBO pay cable television channel, host John Oliver slammed Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump by claiming they’re “basically two versions of the same person” and “both want to f**k Ivanka,” the president’s daughter. Those comments were part of a 15-minute-long segment in which the liberal comedian stated he was discussing “another plot twist” in the ongoing Trump scandal he always calls “Stupid Watergate” before hammering the former New York City mayor even though he “only joined Trump’s legal team two weeks ago.”
On Tuesday's New Day, CNN host Alisyn Camerota gave former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards a forum to brag about the pro-abortion group's success in pushing its agenda into ObamaCare, and to complain about those who wish to end taxpayer funding of the prominent abortion provider. She also gushed over her liberal guest's "legendary" mother, former Democratic Governor Ann Richards, and asked if she planned to run for political office.
This season of CBS’s The Good Fight is delivering on its promise to make the show all about Trump. The opening credits feature scenes of President Trump delivering speeches and the episode titles reflect how many days he has been in office. Sunday’s episode, “Day 415”, began with a fake TV news report on President Trump. While liberals constantly accuse Trump and conservatives of spreading “fake news,” the writers of The Good Fight have no problem using actual fake news to mock the president. The made-up WXBK News Channel sports the headline, “Trump ‘Chats’ with Mermaid, Cleo,” claiming Trump tweeted about speaking with a mermaid, which White House aids are now refuting.
It is remarkable to see the headlines about presidential aides Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the liberal media. The son-in-law and daughter of President Trump are now getting routinely hammered in The Washington Post, The New York Times, on CNN and even in The Wall Street Journal editorial pages, the latter decidedly not in the “liberal media” category. But what is particularly noticeable is the reluctance to apply the same standards to presidential or other political relatives - if they are liberals.
As NewsBusters has often reported, people in President Donald Trump’s administration are not fond of the “Fake News” produced by CNN. Judging from a statement made by CNN Tonight host Don Lemon on Wednesday's show, that feeling is mutual and even extends to the Fox News Channel.