One of the big changes of the new Trump era is that when the mainstream media attempts to promote fake news, there will be consequences. And one of the consequences is that the purveyors of such fake news will be humiliated on national television as happened on both Saturday and Sunday over whether Russia hacked the Republican National Committee as was claimed in a Friday New York Times fake news story.
A very smug John Dickerson asserted on Sunday's Face The Nation that Donald Trump was just flat out wrong in his assertion that millions of people voted illegally in California. In fact, Dickerson tried but failed to get incoming White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus to agree with him that Trump is somehow lying about this matter. Nice try, John, but Priebus wasn't biting. After Reince took the very reasonable position that we just don't know how many people voted illegally in the last election, Dickerson proceeded to recite the standard mainstream media dogma on this matter:
CBS’s Late Show host Stephen Colbert took another turn into the gutter on Wednesday night to the glee of his liberal audience as he joked that Mitt Romney consuming frog legs while having dinner the evening prior with President-elect Donald Trump “taste[d] a little bit like Trump's balls” and so began a brief rift joking Romney had performed oral sex on Trump.
On Monday, ABC's GMA and NBC's Today pressed Reince Priebus over his future role as chief of staff to Donald Trump. NBC's Matt Lauer hyped that "to some, you're an odd choice for chief of staff, because they've...heard Donald Trump say....we're going counter to the establishment. You are the establishment. You're the ultimate insider."
With left-wing anti-Trump protesters rioting in cities across the country, on Friday’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos laid responsibility for quelling the unrest at the feet of the Republican President-Elect and worried that his victory was inciting the violence.
As RNC chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's Face the Nation, CBS host John Dickerson -- using a comment from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump about not wanting to be a "puppet" for Republican donors -- asked the RNC chairman if Republicans like Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Paul Ryan are "puppets" for the conservative Koch brothers.
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd pressed him on the GOP platform, at one point fretting about the plank that makes a statement in favor of each child having both a father and a mother to raise them. The NBC host worried that the plank was "implying that somehow children of same-sex couples are more likely to be addicts, to engage in crime."
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's This Week show on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos pressed the RNC chairman on whether Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as Donald Trump's running mate, would hurt the party with his pro-life views, and, after Priebus recalled the videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue, the ABC host was in denial as he asserted that "There was never any proof of selling fetal parts."
During an interview with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose gleefully held up a copy of the Daily News and read the mock obituary on the cover of the left-wing tabloid: “...it says, ‘Republican Party 1854-2016; Dearly beloved, we're gathered here today to mourn the GOP. A once great political party killed by epidemic of Trump.’”
On ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, co-host George Stephanopoulos told Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus that the GOP was “breaking apart” and quoted Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to bolster his claim.
At the top of Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie hyped: “Grand Old Problems. New disarray for the Republican Party. Trump now calling the delegate rules a ‘disgrace.’ The head of the party telling Trump to, quote, ‘Give us all a break.’”
Scott Pelley led Friday's CBS Evening News by touting how unnamed conservatives bewailed the previous evening's Republican presidential debate: "Conservatives described it with words including, 'embarrassing,' 'suicide,' and 'implosion.'" Pelley continued by spotlighting how others likened the GOP to a hijacked airplane after the debate: "It left many Republicans feeling that they were banging on the cockpit door of a party that had been hijacked, with no idea where the GOP was headed, or whether it would land in one piece."