Two more conservative commentators at CNN appear to have joined the Jeffrey Lord club according to a report in Friday's Hollywood Reporter. The ones who were muzzled, this time by sidelining, are Steve Cortes and Ben Ferguson. And the reason for the sidelining appears to have been due to pressure from the left.
On CNN's New Day Saturday, right-leaning CNN contributor Ben Ferguson again demonstrated why he is one of the few bright spots on the otherwise liberal news network as he explained to apparently befuddled host Christi Paul why it is that many Americans are offended by the NFL kneeling campaign inspired by ex-player Colin Kaepernick.
On New Day Saturday, CNN substitute anchor Martin Savidge let on that he was not as informed as his conservative guest on the issue of children being separated from parents who illegally cross the border when CNN contributor Ben Ferguson recalled that some deported illegals chose not to take their children with them. A befuddled Savidge asked, "How do you know that, Ben? I mean, where does that even -- where does it come from?"
Since last week, CNN has again demonstrated its double standard in spending substantially more time on stories that suggest police officers are being racist against black suspects while ignoring other instances of police violence that do not support the narrative. Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, CNN Tonight and New Day both pounced on video of a black man being beaten by police in Arizona for refusing to sit down when ordered to.
On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, during a segment on the decision not to charge two Baton Rouge police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in 2016, liberal CNN commentator Angela Rye blew up and and got into a heated debate with conservative commentator Ben Ferguson. At one point, she accused him of being "out your damn mind," and eventually repeatedly told him, "You're sick," because he defended the officers.
Sparks flew during Monday’s CNN Tonight as conservative radio host Ben Ferguson went up against liberal anti-gun activists, host Don Lemon and commentator Joan Walsh. The topic was teachers carrying guns in school, with Ferguson explaining to them how he had talked with teachers wanted to volunteer to do it, but Walsh and Lemon lashed out by first calling into question their credibility as teachers to then attacking their intelligence and claiming they were all being “nonsensical.”
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Florida liberals pushed a gun control bill they claimed was specifically to ban AR-15s and other military-looking weapons. The legislation was lauded by the liberal media, and when the Republican-controlled legislature voted not to have a debate on the bill, they went gaga over images of crying teens. But the panel on HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered read through the bill, and on Monday, they announced that it was designed to ban even hunting weapons.
On Sunday evening, CNN Newsroom anchor Ana Cabrera hosted a debate between liberal CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah and conservative contributor Ben Ferguson in which Obeidallah adopted the typical liberal tactic of advocating new gun restrictions that have nothing to do with the mass shootings being discussed as he tried to blame President Donald Trump and the NRA for the most recent school shootings in Florida.
At CNN, it's not unusual to see one conservative or center-right guest in a panel discussion stacked with leftists, including the host. That's bad enough, but there has clearly been an increase in the number of times the lone conservative or center-right guest also ends up on the receiving end of rude, abusive treatment one would never see directed at other panelists. Such was the case Thursday evening, when conservative talk radio host and CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson was shouted down and cut off by host Don Lemon.
During Wednesday’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, Cupp and her panel were visibly disgusted as they started the show by talking about the sexual misconduct allegations against former NBC's Today co-host Matt Lauer. After Cupp reviewed the disturbing allegations detailed in the Variety exclusive, the panel vigorously ripped into NBC for claiming they didn’t know about Lauer’s victims until Monday. Collectively they determined that the network knew more than they were letting on and should be investigated for it.
On Thursday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of reports that Russia has tried to use social media to stoke up political divisions in the U.S. -- with host Don Lemon citing a poll to call out President Donald Trump for being "divisive" -- the CNN host went into a rant after right-leaning CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson accused Lemon of also being divisive by repeatedly "pounding" President Trump on his show.
The latest memoir of two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was officially released on Tuesday to much acclaim by the liberal media. But on HLN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered the conservative host kicked off her show by ridiculing it as Clinton walking the reader through her five stages of grief. And to demonstrate the ridiculousness of the book, her and TV’s Andy Levy performed a dramatic reading for the rest of the panel.