On Friday's New Day, CNN panel members were dismissive both of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promising to protect homosexuals from terrorists, and of concerns about violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants. CNN political analyst David Gregory fretted that the GOP platform is the "harshest on gays and lesbians in the history of the party," and both he and fellow CNN political analyst Ron Brownstein ludicrously suggested that homicides committed by illegals are not so bad because they are mostly done through car accidents.
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
On Thursday's New Day, during a discussion of the Republican National Convention failing so far to post a ratings boost in contrast with past years, CNN Senior Reporter for Media and Politics Dylan Byers at one point put down the lineup of Republican speakers so far as mostly being a "dog's breakfast of D-list talent."
As co-host Alisyn Camerota burst out laughing at his jab at Republicans, fellow panel member and CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter jumped in to slightly tone down his colleague's negative assessment: "Well, a B-C list."
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, as a panel discussed the Republican National Convention, CNN political commentator Errol Louis suggested that "angry" convention crowds and their "mob chant" could put Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "back in her sweet spot" so that she can argue that she is preferable in the White House in contrast with the "craziness" on the other side. For her part, CNN correspondent Maeve Reston declared that the conventon so far is appealing to the "Fox News crowd" by focusing on issues like Benghazi.
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's New Day, liberal CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein visibly winced after co-host Chris Cuomo asserted that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with the handling of classified email, as Bernstein recalled that FBI Director James Comey did not exonerate her on whether she in practice broke the law. After Bernstein painted Dr. Ben Carson's speech attacking Clinton as "preposterous," Cuomo suggested that is was "preposterous" for Republican convention goers to believe she "knowingly sent classified information to people who were unsecure." As Bernstein began decrying her handling of her work email as "indefensible," Cuomo jumped in to defend her.
On Wednesday's New Day, during a discussion of Chris Christie's speech at the Republican National Convention and audience reaction, CNN panel members used words like "vitriolic" and "pretty ugly" to describe the GOP gathering. Co-anchor Chris Cuomo warned that Republicans are helping Hillary Clinton by "going too far," and also worked in a rationalization of his claim from Tuesday that Clinton did not send classified information by email "in any real way." And there was also some jabbing at "the conservative media" for allegedly spreading misinformation through "repetition."
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd pressed him on the GOP platform, at one point fretting about the plank that makes a statement in favor of each child having both a father and a mother to raise them. The NBC host worried that the plank was "implying that somehow children of same-sex couples are more likely to be addicts, to engage in crime."
On Friday's Real Time, HBO host Bill Maher attacked presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence as someone who "hates poor people" and "super, super hates gay people," who, because being Catholic "wasn't oppressive enough," "became an evangelical Christian."
He then attacked Donald Trump and his son as "a**holes," and compared Trump's children to the infamous sons of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, calling them "Uday and Qusay."
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's This Week show on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos pressed the RNC chairman on whether Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as Donald Trump's running mate, would hurt the party with his pro-life views, and, after Priebus recalled the videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue, the ABC host was in denial as he asserted that "There was never any proof of selling fetal parts."
On Sunday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, it was ironic enough that Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter tried to indict GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on "race" in the presence of career race-hustler and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, but, moments later, the liberal Alter made a point of praising Sharpton as having a "distinguished history as a street protester." That "distinguished history" of Sharpton's includes inciting riots -- some anti-Semitic in nature -- that resulted in arson and a number of homicides.
On Thursday's The O'Reilly Factor on FNC, during a discussion of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, self-described liberal Republican FNC analyst Geraldo Rivera seemed to be in touch with his more right-leaning side as he criticized President Barack Obama for not dealing with ISIS and depriving them of a safe haven from which to attack the West.
Rivera declared that "I want to love the President," but then lamented that President Obama's Cairo speech in his first term was "misguided," as he "just didn't understand the Middle East." The FNC liberal further complained that "sometimes he's too cool for school."
On Wednesday's Wolf show on CNN, in the aftermath of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's speech on race in Springfield, CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson talked up the views of Democrats in suggesting that Clinton might be better at handling race relations as President than President Barack Obama because she "can talk directly to white people in a way that President Obama might not have been able to." Her premise seemed to be that the onus for improving race relations is primarily on whites being lectured to on the issue.
While statistics show that about half of criminal suspects shot and killed by police in the U.S. are white, with only about 25 percent being black, the dominant media rarely find any examples of whites being shot to be worthy of attention,
But, on Wednesday night, on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, correspondent Randi Kaye did take time to file a full report on a new Harvard study of select police departments which suggests not only that blacks are not more likely to be shot than whites, but that whites are more likely to be shot in cases when the police are not attacked by suspects first. Kaye: "When it comes to more extreme force in officer-involved shootings, the study found no racial difference at all. In fact, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked if the suspects were white, weakening the argument for racial bias in the use of lethal force."
CNN Newsroom on Wednesday devoted an entire four-minute segment to a poem written by a white woman and posted on Facebook in which she expressed regret for possessing white "privilege" and also apologized for America's history of slavery even though neither she, nor any other person alive today had anything to do with participating in the slave trade that existed in this country hundreds of years ago. Substituting for Brooke Baldwin, CNN's John Berman hosted the poem's writer, Pastor Savannah Hartman of Banner Church, as a guest.
While much of the dominant media have gone soft on liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent remarks attacking GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump -- unprecedented for a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice -- her comments were enough that even liberal CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed her as being "completely wrong," and even recommended that she "recuse herself" if the 2016 presidential ends up disputed in the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday's New Day, CNN correspondent Jean Casarez filed a report based on Washington Post findings that blacks are disproportionately more likely to be shot and killed by American police officers police relative to their proportion of the population as compared to whites, and hyped the possibility that the numbers could end up worse in 2016 in spite of the fact that a significant portion of suspects shot so far in 2016 have not yet had their race identified.
Her report introduced a segment showcasing a study claiming that the "anti-black disparity" cannot be explained merely by blacks being more likely to commit crimes, as presented by Professor Phillip Atiba Goff of the Center for Policing Equity.
On Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was not only hit from the left by host John Dickerson on the issue of police interactions with the black population, but after the former GOP mayor's segment was over, three out of four panel members also griped about his views.
As Giuliani actually took time to put some of the onus on both whites as well as on blacks to do more to improve relations between the police and blacks, he seemed to ruffle some feathers for not putting all the blame on the side of the police and their defenders.
Monday's New Day on CNN displayed a classic example of how difficult it is to have a conversation with a liberal about racial issues. If you present relevant facts that are completely accurate, you run the risk of being accused of racism, especially if the liberal you're speaking to has a different vision of what your choice of words should have been. Moments after CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck recited NYPD stats finding that New York City's black population commits crime at a rate much more disproportionate compared to their percentage of the population, he and liberal CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill got into a debate about whether the Ferguson police department was found to be racist based on emails that had been circulated. After Hill declared, "If Harry stood on national TV and just said that black people are prone to criminality, I wouldn't even respond to that," leading Houck to respond, "Well, they are," as he referred back to the aforementioned crime statistics. The two then got into a heated exchange that went on for almost three minutes.
On Sunday, as CNN host Fareed Zakaria devoted the entire first half hour of his Fareed Zakaria GPS show to a discussion of racial tensions in the U.S. with regard to police interactions with the black population, at one point he went over the top by wondering if the existence of racism in the U.S. after the election of a black President was similar to, "after you go to the gym, you feel like you've earned the right to have a milkshake."
For her part, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye asserted that America was "built upon" racism, as she alluded to the Three-Fifths Compromise, and ended up lamenting that "The last time America was great to me" was "in 2008 when" Barack Obama "was elected President, and ever since then, we've been paying the price for that."
On Friday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of former Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh's appearance earlier in the show to discuss his recent tweet attacking President Barack Obama's criticisms of police activity, liberal CNN political commentator Van Jones incorrectly claimed that Walsh had shouted, "You lie!" as President Obama spoke to Congress in September 2009. Host Don Lemon even contributed to the misinformation by injecting, "You lie," before Jones even finished reciting his mistaken recollection.
But, in reality, it was a different Republican "Joe" -- South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson -- who shouted, "You lie!" as President Obama spoke to Congress, as Rep. Walsh was not even elected to Congress until November 2010. Fellow panel members and CNN personalities Charles Blow and W. Kamau Bell both failed to pick up on Jones's error as Bell even nodded in agreement.
During Friday morning's special coverage of the Dallas police shootings on CNN's New Day, CNN political commentator Charles Blow flew off the handle after a fellow guest involved with a police union complained that "two years of non-stop hate speech against law enforcement" had led to the deadly attack, and accused Blow of having a double standard of not wanting to be political in the aftermath of police officers being killed while doing so after instances of traffic stops that ended up devolving into violence.
Blow, who notably got political Thursday night by questioning open carry laws in Texas, got emotional Friday morning as he repeatedly exclaimed, "I don't even know this man," and declared that he would not "engage in" a political argument.