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.
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
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.
This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump managed to accomplish something else that seemed impossible -- in this case, he actually inspired some liberals to finally start railing against the many evils of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But liberal CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers had an amusing amount of trouble getting the words "Donald Trump" out of his mind as he was trying to go negative on Saddam Hussein as, four times in less than 20 seconds, Sellers repeatedly substituted the GOP presidential candidate's name in place of that of the former Iraqi dictator.
Making CNN Tonight host Don Lemon repeatedly have to jump in to correct him, Sellers asserted that "Donald Trump" had "killed tens of thousands of his own citizens," and that "Donald Trump," before meeting his "demise," was planning to use chemical weapons against Israel.
On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, after CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin agreed with Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News that FBI director James Comey was right not to push for indicting Hillary Clinton, fellow guest and former supervisory federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey argued in favor of Clinton's indictment, recalling that prosecutors do not have to follow precedent like judges. Toobin got in a jab at congressional Republicans at the end of the segment as he derided them as "a bunch of incompetent publicity hounds" who "chased Secretary Clinton around a desk" while investigating the Benghazi attack.
On Wednesday's New Day, CNN political commentator Errol Louis dismissed Republicans who wish to further pursue the Hillary Clinton email server scandal as "partisans," and ended up warning that it would be a "huge" and "Benghazi-like mistake" for them to do so, as he asserted that "this is always the trap that Clinton's opponents fall into, is that they sort of overstate it."
Where does CNN find these guests? On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, during a segment premised on surveys showing most Americans find Hillary Clinton untrustworthy, Emory University Professor Drew Westen appeared to give advice for how Clinton might combat such negative views toward her.
But, just when it seemed like Professor Westen -- author of The Political Brain -- was about to advise Clinton to turn over a new leaf and start being honest, the segment devolved into unintentional parody as his idea of "telling the truth" turned out to be flimsy excuse-making and blaming others for her "bogus" scandals.
Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of white supremacists who have shown support for Donald Trump, CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein asserted that there are "an awful lot of bigots and nativists and a lot of hateful people" in Trump's coalition as he renewed his charge that the GOP candidate is a "neo-fascist."
On Monday's New Day, after a discussion of the possibility that some Britons may have buyers' remorse after the Brexit vote to end EU membership and how the issue plays into the U.S. presidential election, CNN political commentator Errol Louis claimed that Republicans have been on a trend of candidates making "more extreme" promises that they cannot keep to their base. Moments later, former CNN anchor Ali Velshi -- also a former Al Jazeera America host -- asserted that he hoped journalists would "press" Donald Trump on specifics, as he predicted that Hillary Clinton would "shine" in the debates.
On Sunday, CBS's Face the Nation took a moment to note the latest embarrassing revelations in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, as ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet the Press both ignored the finding. Even CBS buried the development at the end of its roundtable segment, as host John Dickerson hurriedly raised the issue: "Susan, we have just about 20 seconds left. There was news on the email front with Hillary Clinton. Didn't turn over an email that showed there were problems with her server. That's not good."
Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Inside Politics, CNN's Jeff Zeleny asserted that, although the House Democratic sit-in to protest in favor of more gun control was a "stunt," that it was a "stunt that the vast majority of the country supports." The CNN correspondent was presumably reacting to a flawed CNN poll which host John King had just cited claiming that 90 percent of respondents support "background checks" for gun purchases while 85 percent favor banning those on terrorism watch lists from buying guns.
Concluding his Real Time show on Friday, HBO comedian Bill Maher called on President Barack Obama to go on an "apology tour" around the world to "drive Republicans nuts" and, presumably if Donald Trump loses the presidential election, to send a message that America is "back on our meds." On one of his most anti-America rants, Maher asserted that America "did some bad s***" in its history and has "acted like a nasty drunk" toward other countries. Maher listed Iraq among the list of countries the U.S. should apologize to as he called it "our eternal drunken booty call" which the U.S. invaded because "We were pretty badly hooked on oil at the time, and it made us do some crazy things."
Given the dominant media fervor in favor of more gun control, plus the favorable coverage the House Democratic sit-in stunt has received, it would certainly not be a shock to find a CNN anchor asking a question or two to a Democratic congressman pressing that the protest should have lasted longer or that they should go back to protesting again later. However, CNN's Brianna Keilar asked 10 questions in just six minutes along the lines that the protest did not last long enough.
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, host Baldwin and CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter took time to celebrate the House Democrats' ability to use social media to promote their sit-in protest over gun legislation in the U.S. Capitol in spite of the Republican leadership turning off the cameras. Baldwin gushed: "I think some of these members of Congress are more hip than I am on Snapchats. I mean, I was impressed. I mean, the Periscoping. How did they pull this off?" Stelter declared that it was "unprecedented and historic" for Democrats to utilize non-traditional media to draw attention to their protest: "But this was an unprecedented and historic moment because, you know, those television cameras controlled by the government. They always have been ever since the '80s, as Susan said. And yet, now, for the first time, there's an alternative."
As Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger appeared as a guest on Thursday's Wolf show to react to the Supreme Court ruling against President Barack Obama's executive order helping illegal immigrants get work permits, CNN host Wolf Blitzer at one point begged of his Republican guest on whether he "feels bad for" the millions of illegals affected by the decision.