Appearing on MSNBC’s The Beat early Tuesday night, frequent MSNBC guest and Fordham University professor Christina Greer smeared the memory of late University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts as “a girl in Iowa” that “Fox News is talking about” instead of going all-in on the plea deal for Michael Cohen and the verdict in the Paul Manafort trial.
On Monday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthew, former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne joined a discussion on the legal cases surrounding President Trump. Among the cases discussed were those concerning former Trump Campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Alksne had specific advice for Cohen, saying that “he can give the prosecutor something on Trump’s kids.”
In an Obama-like and pathetic display of worshiping at the feet of Robert Mueller’s investigation, MSNBC’s Hardball opened Tuesday with glee on day one for the first Paul Manafort trial as host Chris Matthews and assembled guests hoped that it was “opening night” or “a day of history” that could begin “the dismantling of the Trump administration.”
On Tuesday’s Good Morning America, ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos couldn’t hide his desire that President Trump would be implicated in the new Paul Manafort trial. Even though the charges against Manafort are completely unrelated to the Russia collusion investigation, Stephanopoulos kept suggesting that Trump could be impacted negatively by the trial.
In late June, Politico's Josh Gerstein reported that the Associated Press, in a 2017 meeting with FBI and Justice Department officials a month before the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, had voluntarily "disclosed the existence of a storage locker used by Paul Manafort." A Sunday report by Gerstein further revealed that AP gave FBI-DOJ "a bevy of facts" about Manafort's business dealings. Two internal FBI memos released in Friday court filings documenting that meeting's discussions indicate that the wire service essentially gave the FBI and DOJ a roadmap for investigating and prosecuting Manafort, effectively acting as unpaid informants.
Talk about fake news. During a live break in on Wednesday to cover Donald Trump’s latest comments on immigration, a network graphic falsely reported that former Trump aide Paul Manafort was guilty of killing five people. As Trump spoke, the ABC chyron claimed: “Manafort Pleads Guilty to 5 Charges of Manslaughter.”
Axios is yet another leftist website which promised "vital, trustworthy news and analysis" with "no bias" and "no nonsense" but has subsequently descended into parody. Saturday, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, two of the site's founders, posted "The Public Case Against Trump," allegedly a list of "known knowns" about "a damning tale that would sink most leaders." It's a colossal example of fake news.
The television networks have flooded us with hours and hours of coverage of the Robert Mueller probe, still looking under every rock for some sign of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. But on May 5, a federal judge harshly blasted Mueller’s tactics in court, even going to far as to challenge the scope of his authority in this probe. Was this a big story for our objective press, insisting they give us a dispassionate examination of the facts? No. This was a test, and they flunked it.
Monday, as Paul Manafort and others were indicted, the CNN and MSNBC had the following rules for covering the indictments and other matters relating to the Robert Mueller-led investigation into Russia and the 2016 election: 1) Thou shalt only cover matters relating to President Donald Trump and Russia; 2) While doing so, thou shalt ignore Russia's interactions with Bill Clinton and Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; 3) Thou shalt not report on any other news stories while on-air.
On Monday, the anticipated indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy chair Rick Gates handed out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller sucked up most of the oxygen in much of the news media. Many of the 24-hour cable news channels ran wall-to-wall coverage with a lot of the airtime being used to recycle the same speculation hour after hour. There was little difference during the evening broadcasts of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), where they spent almost 60 percent of their total airtime on Russia news.
Monday on ABC’s The View, things got heated when discussing the breaking news that morning about ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had been indicted by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller. After announcing the news, the audience cheered as the panel joked that they hoped President Trump would be next. As host Meghan McCain brought up Hillary Clinton’s funding of the Russian dossier, hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar angrily shut her down, insisting that Democrats and Clinton had nothing to do with any Russia collusion.
Celebrities love being affirmed and validated. So while Hollywood is being rocked with its own sex abuse scandals around its brightest stars, plenty of has-beens are celebrating Manafort’s indictment. All of Hillary’s biggest celebrity supporters, acting as circling sharks since November 9, 2016, spent October 30 on Twitter wildly celebrating the indictment of a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump. Singer Cher stated today: “WHY DO ALL “TRUMP” ROADS LEAD TO RUSSIA.”