CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday awoke to the concept that maybe Russia didn’t cause Hillary Clinton to lose the presidential election. CBS co-host Norah O’Donnell observed, “It’s true, actually, that the Clinton campaign spent more money in Georgia and Arizona than Wisconsin and Michigan. That's a fact.”
As news broke on Tuesday that Donald Trump had officially tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State, the network morning shows all decried the business executive’s lack of “government experience” and warned of a “tough” confirmation “battle” in the Senate.
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Tuesday ripped into the Washington Post for its naked partisanship, denouncing the paper as “militantly anti-Trump.” Bozell appeared on Fox Business to discuss the President-elect’s upcoming meeting with Post owner Jeff Bezos. He reminded, “This is a man who called [Trump] a threat to democracy just a few months ago.”
Appearing on Tuesday’s NBC Today, actor Bryan Cranston dramatically changed his tune on President-elect Donald Trump. After promising in October to move to Canada if Trump was elected, the star told co-host Matt Lauer: “...he was not my candidate but he is going to be my president. And I truly hope that he does an exceptionally good job, I really do.”
On Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News saw no reason to keep their viewers abreast of two embarrassing failures in Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount efforts to alter the presidential election results as the recount ended in Wisconsin while a judge blocked it in Pennsylvania. With ABC and NBC missing in action, the CBS Evening News covered the recount news, but barely as anchor Scott Pelley only mustered a 25-second news brief at the conclusion of the newscast’s political coverage.
On her 12 p.m. ET hour show on Monday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell advanced liberal fears that Donald Trump was compiling a “hit list” of Energy Department officials who pushed Obama administration climate change policy by sending around a “very controversial questionnaire” about the issue.
In the same December 19 Time issue that declared Donald Trump an “outlandish” “demagogue,” columnist Joe Klein seriously praised Barack Obama for having “absolutely no hint of scandal” during his eight years as President. In a fawning article titled “Amazing Grace,” the journalist ignored the IRS targeting of conservatives, the terrible conditions at Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal while his Secretary of State, to name a few scandals.
All three morning newscasts on Monday speculated about issues in confirming potential Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, but only CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose put the question directly to incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Rose prompted the partisan Democrat on the possible high profile pick by Donald Trump: “If Rex Tillerson is the nominee for the Secretary of State, will he have a problem being confirmed in the United States Senate?”
For Jorge Ramos, evidently the greatest moral imperative in his life is to thwart the enforcement of U.S. immigration law. What else can explain the decision of the self-professed former Catholic, agnostic senior news anchor of Univision to use the fleeting seconds of his only encounter to date with Pope Francis to plead on behalf of 'the immigrants who Trump wants to deport'?
Last year, ABC's George Stephanopoulos used his perch as anchor of This Week to trash author Peter Schweizer for his book Clinton Cash, which alleged serious conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's State Department. But now that Schweizer is questioning the conflicts of interest that may surround Donald Trump's presidency, This Week finds Schweizer worth citing as an expert source.
The media’s crusade against “fake news” on the Right is no more than an attempt to “shut down conservative outlets” according to Dan Gainor, MRC’s Vice President for Business and Culture. On December 9, Gainor and Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report host Trish Regan discussed the left-wing media’s “feeding frenzy” on conservative fake news stories. “It’s more risk to the rest of us, but for people like Hillary Clinton, this isn’t putting lives at risk, it’s putting lies at risk,” said Gainor, “George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t a how-to book. It was a warning.”
On Friday, NBC’s Today devoted a full report to stoking fears that Donald Trump’s criticism of individual businesses could ruin people’s investments. MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle appeared on the morning show to warn viewers: “Imagine a tweet, a single tweet losing you money. 140 characters could cost you 140 bucks maybe 1,400, maybe more. That is how powerful the president's voice is, it can move markets.”