In addition to all but agreeing with President Trump’s “Sleepy Joe” nickname, CNN’s exclusively liberal panel thought Thursday was a terrible debate night for Vice President Joe Biden because of a heated exchange he had with Senator Kamala Harris (CA) over federal busing in the south during the civil rights movement. According to the panel, the idea that states had the right to make laws for themselves that differed from one another was a travesty with its roots in racism.
Thursday night brought the conclusion of the first series of 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates. Following the media fawning over the performance of Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) in night one on Wednesday night, the momentum had then shifted towards fellow Senator, Kamala Harris. Daily Show host Trevor Noah sang Harris’ praises following the debate Thursday night.
he NBC moderators on Thursday spent the second night of Democratic debates ignoring some of the gaffes, shocking comments and startling positions of the 2020 contenders. Most significantly, moderators Chuck Todd, Rachel Maddow, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart failed to ask Joe Biden about his revelation that the Vice President OPPOSED Barack Obama’s decision to execute the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Over a two-week period ahead of the first set of 2020 Democratic debates (June 10 – 23), NBC Nightly News ran a daily series they dubbed “My Big Idea,” in which they provided a platform to aid the candidates in reaching the public with their policy proposals. Almost nightly, anchor Lester Holt would openly admit that the 14-part series was essentially a Democratic propaganda mill with NBC correspondent Harry Smith making the policy pitches on behalf of the candidates. Smith also failed to provide any serious pushback or critical analysis of the policies he was helping to push.
Longtime ABC journalist Sam Donaldson unburdened himself on Thursday's CNN Tonight, pleading with moderate Republican John Kasich to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries. He also blamed the president for the escalating problems with Iran. According to Donaldson, it’s all because Trump scrapped Barack Obama’s Iran deal.
On the PBS NewsHour on Friday night, liberal analyst Mark Shields and "conservative" analyst David Brooks aggressively agreed with each other, as usual -- this time, in defending Democrat front-runner Joe Biden after he brought up working with segregationist Democrats in the 1970s to get work done. Brooks, a New York Times columnist, compared segregationists to "homophobes," which is highly offensive if it's used to describe social conservatives and orthodox religious people. Shields shamed Biden's Democrat opponents as purists who would make a minority party.
On Wednesday and Thursday NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo will host the first Democratic primary debates. If they are to match what their CNBC colleagues did with the Republican candidates in 2015, they should ask questions designed to humiliate, badger and paint the Democratic field as not ready for prime time, cartoonish, out-of-touch extremists.
Defending Joe Biden over his remarks about having worked with segregationist senators, Joe Scarborough says that Franklin Roosevelt did the same, and as a result, "FDR passed Social Security, passed the New Deal and he saved this country and saved poor people like my parents in the Deep South." In fact, the New Deal did nothing to "save the country." The Depression lingered after its adoption and it was only sometime after the beginning of WWII that the emerged from the Depression.
Democratic presidential contenders lashed out at frontrunner Joe Biden on Wednesday after he bragged about the ability to work with segregationists in the Senate, saying he could get things done with anyone. While all three networks covered this Democrat-on-Democrat fight Wednesday night and Thursday morning, CBS allowed the least amount of coverage: A scant 2 minutes and 34 minutes out of a total two and half hours of available air time.
The Washington Free Beacon reported two fact-manglings at the scene of MSNBC on Wednesday. Reporter Vaughn Hillyard weirdly claimed President Trump didn't mention abortion in his re-election campaign launch in Orlando on Tuesday night. MSNBC host Kasie Hunt claimed Biden was courting controversy with kind words about segregationist Republicans. They were southern Democrats.
Was Chris Matthews about to get another “thrill" up his leg? During an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday, the MSNBC host got sentimental, dreamily reminiscing about Joe Biden’s time in the White House and his bromance with President Obama.
Like other primetime hosts at MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell spends most of the time during his Last Word weeknight program slamming President Trump as guilty of committing treason and therefore deserving immediate impeachment. Of course, it came as no surprise that he used an interview with The Hollywood Reporter website and magazine to assail the GOP occupant of the White House as “illiterate” and having no ability to handle complexity.