2017 was a year of incredible change and tension in the world of the liberal media. Whether it was the departure of their beloved Barack Obama, the contentious White House press briefings, media failures, or journalists fired over sexual misconduct allegations, the liberal media are almost definitely looking forward to 2018. Just as I did with 2016, check out the top ten most-read NewsBusters blogs from 2017.
Yes, we’ve made it to the end of another year and those of us tasked with watching MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews are still sane. With the departure of Matthews’s beloved Barack Obama from the White House, 2017 was bound to be a tough year for him with the arrival of Donald Trump’s presidency. Matthews didn’t disappoint in providing plenty of content and head-scratching moments to read here at NewsBusters.
MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews and New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg dredged up the drumbeat of presidential impeachment on Tuesday night, declaring that the contents of a Washington Post about tension within the Trump White House warrants “near-edge impeachment territory” if it weren’t for the “unbelievable cowardice” by Republicans.
In contrast to last episode’s expletive-ridden rant against President Trump’s supporters, Tuesday’s episode of Hulu’s Difficult People, “Cindarestylox,” took multiple swipes at avid Trump hater, Keith Olbermann. Olbermann, host of GQ’s liberal web series, The Resistance, has focused on several laughable anti-Trump topics, showcased in episodes such as “Let’s Take a Look at Trump’s Cabinet of Villains” and “Trump is Steering Us Toward International Disaster.” Yet Difficult People, which makes no effort to hide its contempt for the President, repeatedly scorns Olbermann for his unpopularity
If you would like to become a CNN producer for Wolf Blitzer, the above line is pretty much all you need to recite into the mic leading to his earpiece. In fact most CNN shows, and especially the July 24 Wolf show, could be renamed the Kushner Kuhner Trump Russia Kushner show. Wolf and much of the rest of the CNN crew have become even more monomaniacal in pursuing the Trump Russia White Whale of CNN president Jeff Zucker whose obsession is sending CNN ratings into the toilet by boring his viewers. Trump Russia collusion which began as an evidence-free lame excuse to explain Hillary Clinton's 2016 defeat is now the limb that Zucker has forced a cable network to climb out upon. This has resulted in hilarious results as exemplified by Wolf Blizer whose utter lack of self-awareness has prevented him from realizing how ridiculous he appears to sane people. You can hear the words from his show below but all you come away with is: Kushner Kushner Trump Kushner!
One of the revelations that came out of the e-mails released by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday was that his brother-in-law Jared Kushner was present, at least for a short time, during the meeting with the Russian lawyer. And ever since then, Democrats had been calling for him to lose his job. And during Thursday’s edition of NBC Nightly News, the network aided them in their endeavor. “Kushner was in the meeting with that Russian attorney and Donald Trump Jr., and now Democrats are questioning why he still has his security clearance or his job,” announced Anchor Lester Holt.
Following the revelations found in Donald Trump Jr.’s e-mails earlier in the week, the media have put greater focus on President Trump’s close-knit family. So late Wednesday night, during CNN Tonight, the network’s presidential historian Douglas Brinkley went on an angry rant where he railed against the Trumps as a family. And in addition, made baseless accusations about what White House staffers thought about them and their desire to work there.
Go ahead and criticize President Trump’s Mika tweet, but there’s no denying this was disturbing. On Thursday’s Hardball, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews compared the President to not only communist Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam and a modern-day Romanov but also channel Benito Mussolini having son-in-law Jared Kushner murdered.
On Wednesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were all over the latest developments in the Russia investigation saga. They mainly focused on how former FBI Director James Comey received permission from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speak to Congress. Among the developments that didn’t make the cut for ABC's and CBS's evening programming, were a series of subpoenas issued by the House to former high-ranking members of the Obama administration for improper unmasking. Instead, they mentioned those issued to Trump associates.
Opening Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie assured their liberal viewers that with President Trump back from his overseas trip they were going to guarantee that the Russia investigation was the top headline. Guthrie welcomed the audience by announcing: “The President’s back from his overseas trip, but some of these same headlines persisting.”
The liberal network shows were all busy Sunday morning pushing accusations and speculation about President Trump and his adviser Jared Kushner. Their discussion was driven by more anonymous sources telling The Washington Post that Kushner tried to set up a backchannel discussion between Trump and the Russians to talk about Syria. The hysteria was also present on NBC’s Meet the Press, but theirs was shattered by The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel after she introduced facts to the discussion.
The liberal media have been circling and acting as though they smell blood in the water since The Washington Post reported that close Trump adviser, Jared Kushner wanted to set up a back channel with the Russians so Trump could discuss Syria. This, on top of reports that investigators would like to simply talk with Kushner and ask him some questions. The prowling continued on CNN’s Inside Politics on Sunday, where they painted Kushner as “treacherous” before offhandedly noting that he was not a target roughly 50 minutes later.