On Wednesday's New Day, CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein made excuses for Hillary Clinton's "difficult relationship to the truth," as he implicated "attacks" from the GOP as well as having to defend her husband's womanizing, which have led her to become a "specialist" at "fudging" in a profession where such behavior is "endemic" anyway. At about 7:08 a.m., co-host Alisyn Camerota brought up a part of Clinton's interview with CNN in which she blamed Republicans for polls showing that 57 percent of voters do not trust her. After Camerota asked if Clinton's blaming of the GOP was "fair," Bernstein responded:
Brad Wilmouth is a former Media Research Center news analyst and an alumnus of the University of Virginia.
On Monday's New Day, CNN again reminded its viewers that the news network's idea of a politically balanced group of voters is to have Democrats who articulate liberal viewpoints paired with Republicans who themselves sound liberal with few conservative views expressed by anyone. After being bumped from the June 26 show in favor of breaking news, the third planned segment featuring a group of six voters from Charleston, South Carolina, finally aired, and again featured political talk heavily slanted to the left in spite of the presence of two self-identified Republicans with two Democrats and two independents. One Republican in particular, Ashley Caldwell, complained that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is "super conservative," and fretted that he has not supported a "woman's right to choose."
Monday's New Day on CNN featured a debate between CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck and former Clinton administration official Ana Maria Salazar over the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, Kate Steinle, by an illegal immigrant -- a repeat offender who had been previously released by city police rather than sent away for deportation due to the city's "sanctuary" policy on illegal immigrants. Houck blamed San Francisco's "stupid sanctuary law" and the politicians who supported it as being responsible for Steinle's death. Houck:
As he appeared on Thursday's New Day, liberal CNN political commentator and Hillary Clinton supporter Paul Begala hinted that being called a "Bolshevik" communist is resume enhancement for a Democratic presidential primary as he recalled that, what he referred to as the "very moderate Clinton economic team" from the Bill Clinton administration, used to deride Hillary Clinton and her staff as "the Bolsheviks." Begala, who runs a superpac promoting Hillary Clinton's candidacy, made the comments to bolster her credentials against socialist Bernie Sanders as someone the left wing of his party should support.
Appearing on Thursday's New Day, liberal CNN political analyst John Avlon asserted that Hillary Clinton would be "the most liberal nominee of the Democratic party since George McGovern" during a discussion of socialist Bernie Sanders's success in attracting large crowds of left-wing supporters as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.
Appearing on Tuesday's New Day, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin renewed his lambasting of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as he asserted that Scalia's dissent on the Court's gay marriage ruling was "unprecedented in its vitriol." The CNN analyst saw the conservative justice showing "abuse and contempt" for his fellow justices. Toobin also repeated his characterization of Justice Scalia as the "'get off my lawn' justice."
Tuesday's New Day featured its latest CNN/ORC poll results showing that President Obama's overall approval rating has recently inched up a few points to 50 percent, his highest number in two years, with co-anchor Chris Cuomo touting the results as "the good word" as he introduced correspondent Jim Acosta. For his part, after recounting the finding that President Obama's approval for his handling of race relations had increased to 55 percent, the CNN correspondent oddly cited as good news what should have been viewed as a negative finding that only 20 percent of Americans believe race relations have improved since Obama became President, with 43 percent saying relations have gotten worse.
On the heels of recent weeks when CNN has repeatedly included Republicans on bipartisan voter panels, but with those Republican members sounding more like liberals than conservatives, on Monday's Wolf program, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer hosted a discussion with two Republican guests who both agreed with the Supreme Court's liberal ruling that bolstered same-sex marriage.
On Monday's CNN Newsroom, anchor Carol Costello talked up the idea that it would be better for Republicans to just accept the recent liberal Supreme Court ruling bolstering same-sex marriage as she hosted a discussion with right-leaning CNN commentator Tara Setmayer and Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis. As Setmayer predicted that different GOP presidential candidates would put forth different ideas on how to react to the ruling, Costello posed the question:
It was obvious on Friday that CNN reporters and analysts were giddily celebrating the Supreme Court's liberal ruling bolstering same-sex marriage, but CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was perhaps the only one who inadvertently admitted that "we celebrate" the trend toward gay rights victories before immediately catching his faux pas with laughter and walking it back to "many people celebrate" as he predicted the next target of the gay rights movement.
On Friday's New Day, during a discussion of the then-upcoming funeral for South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, CNN host Alisyn Camerota brought up issues of high poverty in South Carolina's black population and invited Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn to use the recent church massacre as a springboard to push for diverting more federal money into high-poverty areas.
During CNN's live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling mandating the nationwide legality of same-sex marriage, CNN's senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, repeatedly made cracks about Antonin Scalia, dubbing the conservative Supreme Court Justice as the "'get off my lawn' justice," and asserting that there was "outward bigotry" in a dissenting opinion Justice Scalia gave back in 2003 on a gay rights-related case.
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, during a discussion of whether it has been a "defining week" for the Obama presidency, CNN commentator and Daily Beast editor John Avlon declared that President Obama has been a "prophet figure" who "presages" the political implications of the nation's "changing demographics."
A week after CNN's New Day aired a pair of pre-recorded segments focusing on an allegedly balanced group of New Hampshire voters who ended up displaying political views stacked heavily in the liberal direction, this week's batch of voters -- this time from Charleston, South Carolina -- appear even more slanted to the left in spite of suggestions of a balanced sample with equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and independents.
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, during a discussion of GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal's official announcement speech, CNN political reporter Sara Murray provocatively asserted that some of Jindal's pitch was aimed at GOP "core" members who want immigrants to "act like every other white person in America."
Friday's The Situation Room on CNN ran a report by correspondent Tom Foreman fretting over the Confederate flag's presence in a part of the South Carolina capitol grounds that is reserved as a tribute to the state's history. Even though the report acknowledged that the flag is padlocked into place so that it cannot be flown at half staff in times of tragedy, Foreman still worried over the fact that the flag has not been lowered after the Charleston church massacre as he began the report:
On Friday's New Day, during a discussion of why violence by Muslims is more likely to be labeled as "terrorism" in contrast with racially motivated violence like the Charleston church massacre, CNN co-anchor Chris Cuomo at one point claimed that "bigotry" in part makes people more likely to attach the word "terrorism" to violence by Muslims. After guest and University of North Carolina Professor Charles Kurzman suggested that some on the political right are reluctant to label those with a similar ideology to themselves as terrorists when they commit violence, Cuomo responded:
As GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina appeared as a guest on Wednesday's New Day, CNN co-host Chris Cuomo pressed Fiorina over her wealth and her criticisms of President Obama's handling of the ISIS threat.
After bringing up the former CEO's $59 million net worth, Cuomo made it sound as if he were speaking for 98 percent of Americans as he suggested that they would see her as "the problem" rather than "the solution."
By contrast, when he noted the point of view that her success should be considered an asset, the CNN host made sure to associate this point of view with someone he and other CNN hosts clearly hold a negative view of in the form of newly announced presidential candidate Donald Trump.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, CNN's New Day aired pre-recorded segments in which co-anchor Chris Cuomo spoke with six New Hampshire voters about the presidential race.
Although the group was supposedly balanced by including two Republicans, two Democrats, and two independents, four of the six participants -- including one of the Republicans -- seemed more aligned with Democrats in their interests and thinking.
One of the Republicans actually seemed to talk up socialist Bernie Sanders's plan for the government to offer free college education while the other Republican voiced support for same-sex marriage.
On Friday's Anderson Cooper 360, during a discussion of revelations that Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal is a white woman who has spent years pretending to be black, liberal CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill oddly asserted that her actions constitute "the ultimate exercise in white privilege."
Ironically, after enumerating several reasons why blacks may want to pretend to be white for gain instead of the reverse, Hill ended up fretting that Dolzal may have deprived the university that hired her of being able to discriminate against her for being white if they wanted to hire an actual African-American to teach African-American studies.