A journalist getting assigned to a second-tier presidential candidate should probably be upset at the assignment, as far as their career aspirations go. But CNN reporter Rebecca Buck -- who had turns at BuzzFeed and the Washington Examiner -- concluded her term as Team Zucker's embed assigned to Cory Booker's campaign with a flourish of superlatives in a 15-part Twitter thread. He's morally earnest! He's loving! He made people cry! He's like Oprah!
Along with California Democrat Kamala Harris, it’s becoming evident that, at this early moment in the 2020 presidential campaign, fellow Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has become a liberal media darling and that was on display on New Day moments after his Friday morning announcement. In a 12-minute stretch, CNNers marveled at the “energy” and “freshness” emanating from such a “force of nature” that “people want to touch.”
CNN Newsroom host John Berman opened the show Wednesday with a "Kaboom!", intended to serve as a "not so dramatic re-enactment of the political explosion that went off last night." The political explosion Berman referred to was Democrat Conor Lamb's strong performance and potential victory in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, a district President Trump carried by 20 points in the 2016 presidential election.
A CNN panel was visibly disgusted Tuesday evening when news broke out of the Pentagon that President Trump had requested to have a military parade in Washington, DC similar to the Bastille Day parade he witnessed while in Paris, France. The panel was outraged as they tossed around denouncements and comparisons to the despots like those in North Korea and Russia.
Anyone who has been out in the real world during current and previous Christmas shopping seasons knows that there has been an informal (and occasionally formal) proscription against stores wishing customers a "Merry Christmas" and promoting Christmas in their ads and promotions. On Friday, Wolf Blitzer's CNN panel tried to pretend that the hostility towards "Merry Christmas" has never existed, as they mocked a video which exaggerated its thanks to President Donald Trump for "allowing us to say merry Christmas."
On Tuesday morning’s CNN Newsroom, new co-hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow repeatedly expressed their amazement at “extraordinary” and “remarkable” video from the British Virgin Islands of former President Barack Obama kite-surfing.
On Friday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, on her final day doing the show, host Costello charged that Kellyanne Conway was telling a "lie" when the Donald Trump advisor initially mis-stated on the day before that a terrorist attack had occurred in Bowling Green, Kentucky, several years ago. But Costello's CNN show has so far not corrected CNN political commentator Errol Louis's debunked assertion from a couple of days earlier that President Trump's recent travel ban had resulted in an Iraqi woman dying while waiting to come to the U.S. for medical treatment. In fact, Louis appeared to double down on the hoax on Twitter as he mocked a Trump supporter who tweeted his mistake to him by making a snarky comment. Louis: "Hey Chris quit watching @FoxNews affiliates!" Louis even appeared as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources to discuss Conway's mistake in spite of refusing to correct his own.
On Monday afternoon, CNN’s Wolf covered the controversy surrounding President Obama’s playing of golf on a Hawaii golf course that forced an Army couple about to be married there to move their wedding during which CNN’s Chris Moody called the optics of the move “hilariously bad.”
Following a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential campaign, substitute host Brianna Keilar introduced the topic and after some background on what happened, Keilar and Time’s Zeke Miller did their best to defend the President and the White House, pointing out that there was “no way that the President” or the White House knew of this decision beforehand by the golf course.
New New York Times reporter Rebecca Berg gave the Obama camp the benefit of the doubt in Wednesday's "Shift in Welfare Policy Draws G.O.P. Protests." Berg didn't question whether the administration was purposely weakening welfare reform's work requirements for political advantage, but merely assumed the Obama camp was making a purely procedural move to give states "more latitude" in administering the welfare-to-work programs.
A move by the Obama administration to give states more latitude in running federal welfare-to-work programs has set off a firestorm among Republicans, who say it undercuts the work requirements set forth in the 1996 overhaul of welfare policy.