ABC started off Friday’s Good Morning America playing clips from their exclusive interview with President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison this week for lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealings with Russia and for directing hush money payments to Trump’s alleged former mistresses Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, before the 2016 election.
Despite his dishonest reputation, Cohen was treated like a hero by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, who praised him for his “honesty” while inviting him to bash the president.
On Wednesday’s Hardball, two separate MSNBC panelists suggested that not only did then-candidate Donald Trump’s hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal “[rob] the American people of their right to vote,” but that he was not a “democratically elected” President because of them and possible collusion with the Russians.
Clearly, Inside Politics host John King is someone who prefers sober discussions of the news and not, as many of his CNN colleagues have been complicit in doing, giving attention to folks like Michael Avenatti. After Michael Cohen’s sentencing, King slammed Avenatti on Wednesday for craving “attention” “like a moth to light” and expressed dismay that CNN made him interrupt his panel to air Avenatti’s babbling.
Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correpondent of Yahoo News, is unable to find any real proof of Trump-Russia collusion based on the latest court filings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller when he appeared on CNN's December 8 Smerconish show. But first, Isikoff agreed with Smerconish on the appearance of Democratic hypocrisy on impeaching over sex. Rep. Jerrold Nadler "eloquently" argued Clinton shouldn't be impeached for lying to conceal an affair with an intern. So how is Nadler going to impeach using sketchy witnesses like Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti?
On Thursday's Fox & Friends, former White House press secretary and current Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer bashed CNN over a questionable July 26 report that attorney Michael Cohen was prepared to say President Donald Trump knew in advance about the controversial Trump Tower meeting in 2016.
As CNN’s embarrassing denial continues concerning the very dubious July 26 Trump Tower story, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson and conservative author Mark Steyn had some fun Thursday night mocking the “meta-lying” surrounding the CNN story led in part by “fraudulent character” Carl Bernstein.
Even liberal Politico finds untenable CNN's refusal to correct their July 26 "scoop" fed to them by Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting that included his son and a Russian lawyer, which was subsequently denied by Davis' August 22 admission that he did not know if this was true.
Making his second Fox Business Network appearance on Wednesday, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell eviscerated CNN on The Evening Edit for “nationally lying to the American people” concerning their Trump Tower story. The CNN reporting has taken a huge hit since Monday’s revelation that Michael Cohen attorney Lanny Davis was CNN’s source and the August 22 bombshell that his client didn’t actually know whether Donald Trump had advance knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.
One of the best ways to tell when an alleged ”scandal” is running out of steam is when liberal Democrats appear on cable news television programs and join conservative Republicans in slamming the credibility of “anonymous” sources. That’s what happened when liberal Glenn Greenwald appeared on Tuesday evening during Tucker Carlson’s eponymous prime-time show on the Fox News Channel.
In contrast to CNN's weasel attempt on Tuesday to absolve themselves of their increasingly-dubious Trump Tower story, CBS updated their own CBSNews.com post and NBC’s Hallie Jackson wrote a piece explaining the change at NBCNews.com. For ABCNews.com, they did next to nothing by instead relying on an Associated Press wire story about Davis’s flip-flopping. However, none acknowledged on-air the changes despite 39 minutes 23 seconds of coverage one their morning and evening newscasts from July 27-31.
It was a major news story for days. According to CNN’s anonymous sources back in July, Michael Cohen was ready to tell the Special Counsel that President Trump had known about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it took place. The broadcast networks frantically sought to confirm the allegation (using CNN’s own source) but when that source retreated from his claims and the story crumbled before their eyes, they ignored it altogether.
A week after Michael Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis blew a massive hole in their reporting and nearly a day after he admitted he was their anonymous source, CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Carl Bernstein finally got around to answering the mounting questions surrounding their increasingly dubious about claims the President knew the Trump Tower meeting in advance. Despite their key source’s public retreat, CNN continued to stand by their reporting.