During the first formal episode of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time (following two trial runs), host Chris Cuomo engaged in a lengthy back and forth with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now a member of President Trump's legal team. Part of that discussion focused on Trump’s pardons of Dinesh D'Souza, Scooter Libby, and Joe Arpaio and his potential pardon of Martha Stewart. According to Cuomo, “It seems like you want to send the message lying is okay. Lying is okay sometimes. That’s why we’re pardoning these people.”
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin twisted himself into knots on Monday in an attempt to prove that President Trump was guilty of – well, something. Toobin insisted on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer that the President was “obsessing” over the idea of pardoning himself, then inferred that that was itself evidence of guilt. “You have to ask yourself, why is he raising this subject?” Toobin asked disingenuously. “Is there a guilty conscience at work?”
During an interview with President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday’s New Day, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo feared that the administration may throw him and other journalists in jail for reporting on leaks about the Russia investigation. Giuliani dismissed the melodramatic fretting and even jokingly offered to serve as Cuomo’s legal counsel.
The anti-Trump Resistance appeared to have been dealt a crippling blow Wednesday evening when news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller couldn’t indict President Trump. The revelation came from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who said Mueller admitted to him, investigators would be following decades-old DOJ guidelines that say a sitting president cannot be indicted. This Washington-shaking news went largely unreported by the network evening broadcasts. In contrast, they spent over nine minutes on pointless pop culture news.
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.”
Despite the liberal media’s obsession with Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, the most recent development in the case barely even registered on their radar. When a federal judge rebuked Mueller’s team and called their methods into question, network news gave the story conspicuously little attention. Across all of prime time evening news shows, ABC, CBS, and NBC spent a combined total of just 153 seconds on the judge’s comments.
Former prosecutor and NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, the newest member of President Trump’s legal team as he battles special counsel Robert Mueller on several fronts, caused a stir with some blunt talk involving payouts to porn actress Stormy Daniels. The New York Times, a long-time enemy of Giuliani, ran two stories in the lead slot Friday under the headline: “On Attack for Trump, Giuliani May Aggravate Legal and Political Peril.” But it was reporter Katie Rogers who brought the paper’s trademark mean-spirited touch, in “Giuliani’s Bark May Come Back to Bite Trump.” The text box: “A bombastic former mayor undermines his client, the president.”
On Thursday, Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski spent less than 40 minutes of their three-hour MSNBC show talking about anything other the President’s legal troubles.
Given the fact that thousands of New Yorkers -- including many Democratic voters -- are alive today because, in the 1990s, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani dramatically cut the number of homicides in the city from about 2,000 to just around 600 a year, one would think he would be the one Republican that some liberals would have some respect for. But on his HBO show on Friday, far-left comedian Bill Maher likened him to Dracula and excoriated both Giuliani and President Donald Trump as being part of New York's "rat problem."
There's fake news, and then there's fake analysis. Jeremy Peters at the New York Times published a particularly odious example of the latter ("Reverence for Putin on the Right Buys Trump Cover") Friday evening (for Saturday's print edition). Longtime blogger and particularly effective Time critic Tom Maguire had this succinct but understated take: "He (Peters) paints with far too broad a brush and inevitably splashes paint on himself." I'd say the Times reporter is swimming in the type of paint which can't wash off. This effort should permanently peg Peters as a shameless, unapologetic propagandist.
Despite all of the media hand-wringing over fake news lately, on Monday, NBC’s Today engaged precisely in that kind of shoddy journalism as the morning show deceptively edited a soundbite from Rudy Giuliani about President Trump’s immigration order.
Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, liberal comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah injected lame comedy into the show's final segment as he cracked that, in the week ahead, Donald Trump might pick David Duke as a Supreme Court justice or someone who "hates the environment" for EPA administrator.