Since the release of the Devin Nunes memo in early February, both Democrats and the media have pushed the narrative that Republicans have become the anti-law enforcement party. But on Monday, panelists on MSNBC’s Live With Stephanie Ruhle took that argument a step further when they claimed that criticism of the FBI – and of the Florida deputies who remained outside of a Parkland school as an active shooter rampaged through halls – was itself an arrestable offence.
On Saturday, the White House officially allowed the rebuttal memo drafted by House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee to be released. The memo was meant to rebuke the one released by their Republican counterparts a few weeks ago, but the FBI requested that certain information be redacted because it exposed sources and methods. In response to the release, ABC’s Good Morning America touted the memo on Sunday but claimed the White House was responsible for the redactions and suggested they were hiding something.
Following Tuesday’s Senate Intelligence hearing, Kurt Bardella appeared on MSNBC’s Live With Craig Melvin, where he repeated a now-debunked Democratic talking point about the Nunes memo controversy.
In the A-Block of Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews lost his cool in denouncing Republicans like Congressman Devin Nunes (Calif.) and Senator Ron Johnson (Wisc.) as part of a “group of munchkins” being “pushed around and led around” by their staffs and the White House in publishing the controversial intelligence memos and FBI texts.
During an interview with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), New Day co-host Chris Cuomo said that “if we didn’t rely on leaks, we would allow so much B.S. to get directly to the American people.” Cuomo made this comments after Jordan brought up the fact that the FBI terminated its relationship with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele. Cuomo responded by saying “That doesn’t make his material bad” and later argued that “We need leaks! We can’t trust you guys to tell the truth all the time.”
Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry's light. I'm looking at you, Dan Rather. The 86-year-old grandfather of fake news now dismisses the Nunes memo. "Most respectable analysts," Rather asserted, "have determined that the contents of the memo are thin." Analysts who agree with him.
On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace launched into a disjointed rant about President Trump and congressional Republicans in which she alternated between scolding Speaker Paul Ryan and insulting the President.
Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That's human nature. Such is the case with the "memo" released last Friday by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee. The four-page document alleges, in the words of a Wall Street Journal editorial: "the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath."
The narrative surrounding House Intel Democrats’ memo, which was unanimously approved for release yesterday, took a bizarre turn Tuesday on the set of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. During an interview with Democrat Intel Committee member Eric Swalwell, Joe Scarborough and fellow panel members abruptly began to question whether the new memo, authored by Committee Minority Leader Adam Schiff, ought to see the light of day.
On Monday, hosts of MSNBC’s morning lineup scoffed at the notion that some Americans still have faith in Congressman Nunes’s FISA memo, and even in the President himself. Some attributed the phenomenon to ignorance or foolishness, while others suggested that Trump supporters had been deceived by Russian bots on Twitter.
“Just because it’s biased, doesn’t mean it’s not true.” That was the assessment from Good Morning America journalists and analysts on Saturday while discussing the intelligence memo released on Friday. Guest Matt Dowd touted the already tired “Al Capone vault” comparison.
On Friday night during a discussion of the Nunes memo's release, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley complained that -- unlike when Richard Nixon was President -- there now exist outlets like Fox News and Breitbart that act as an "echo chamber," theorizing that President Donald Trump could not survive "without the oxygen that's being pumped in to him on Fox."