In their first show after the Santa Clarita school shooting, the CNN morning team on New Day handled the story in their typical fashion of only having guests who support more gun control and who falsely portray Republicans as having no proposals for how to lessen mass shootings. The show also included the bizarre recurring theme of beginning the discussion by lamenting that gun control had not been passed beforehand, thus hinting that such reforms might have prevented the carnage, but then pivoting to admitting that the attack probably would not have been prevented by the liberal proposals after all, but then sticking by it anyway.
On Thursday morning, FNC's Fox and Friends gave attention to liberal efforts to restrict gun sales in Tacoma, Washington, by charging people a tax for gun sales, as if making lawful gun purchases more expensive would somehow harm criminals. At about 7:45 a.m. Eastern, the show allowed two pro-gun activists from the Tacoma Rifle and Revolver Club to appear as guests and explain why they oppose the tax.
On Thursday afternoon, within a couple of hours of covering the school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, MSNBC journalists were predictably suggesting Republicans were to blame for the deaths as analysts and several Democratic guests pined for more gun control. At one point, host Katy Tur invited MSNBC law enforcement analyst Jim Cavanaugh to blame Republican Senators for gun deaths because of their refusal to support more restrictions: "Would you go so far as to hold them responsible for the deaths that are continuing -- the lives that are continuing to be lost with gun violence?"
A week ago to the day, NBC Nightly News along with their broadcast competitors (ABC and CBS) ignored the lead role GOP lawmakers played in reforming the criminal justice system in Oklahoma. Now, on this Monday, the network’s flagship evening news program was helping to promote Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) criminal justice reform plan as part of their pre-debate series where they only address “What Matters” to Democratic voters.
On Friday's Fox and Friends, and again on Fox and Friends Saturday, Fox News Channel gave coverage to a story ignored by the other networks as the show recalled for viewers that two illegal immigrants have been charged with murdering a El Dorado County, California, police officer, Brian Ishmael, who was shot to death on October 23 while responding to reports of a robbery.
Oklahoma held the title for the highest lockup rate in the country (1 in every 100 residents), but that began to change on Monday after some 500 non-violent offenders had their sentences commuted by sweeping criminal justice reform. ABC, CBS, and NBC celebrated the move during their evening newscasts but ignored the role of the heavily Republican-control legislature and the Republican governor in giving people another chance. A point the networks would’ve hammer home if it were Democrats.
Los inmigrantes con antecedentes penales y múltiples DUI tienen nuevos porristas en los medios de comunicación hispanoparlantes que harán todo lo posible para evitar que su audiencia principal se reduzca, como se evidencia en la cobertura de Telemundo y Univisión de las nuevas reglas del Departamento de Justicia con respecto a la deportación.
Immigrants with criminal records and multiple DUIs have new cheerleaders at the Spanish-speaking media that will go to any length to prevent their core audience from shrinking, as evidenced in Telemundo and Univision´s coverage of new DOJ rules regarding deportation.
Over the past couple of weeks, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS have given a mostly unchallenged forum to liberal attorney Benjamin Crump to promote his new book, provocatively titled Open Season: Legalized Genocide Against Colored People, in which he promotes an alarmist view of widespread discrimination against the country's minority population, covering issues from police violence, high incarceration rates, and alleged "voter suppression."
On Friday's Real Time show, liberal HBO host and comedian Bill Maher closed the show with a commentary hitting Democratic presidential candidates for pandering to pet issues of the far left, thus making themselves look too "crazy" and "weird" to beat Trump. He went through a list of bizarre campaign promises, including Bernie Sanders pushing voting rights for convicted murderers, Elizabeth Warren supporting taxpayer-funded sex changes for prison inmates, and Julian Castro supporting abortion for "transgender women."
On Thursday morning, as CNN geared up for its evening town hall special on gay rights with the Democratic presidential candidates, the network's New Day show ran a couple of segments on the issue of LGBT rights. One segment highlighted a reported increase in hate crimes against transgenders in which the story managed to invoke the unrelated upcoming Supreme Court case on LGBT discrimination by employers. And, speaking with the new president of the pro-gay Human Rights Campaign, co-host John Berman cued up his guest to complain that President Donald Trump has not been far enough to the left on gay rights.
Over the past couple of weeks, the dominant media have displayed a classic example of their double standard in deciding which police shootings are worthy of coverage and which are less so. The networks that repeatedly hype stories that give the wrong impression that nearly all police shooting victims are black -- even though about 75 percent are either white or Hispanic -- recently gave substantial attention to the trial of a white female police officer who killed an innocent unarmed black man, Botham Jean.