In an interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer on Monday's NBC Today about the scandal swirling around the Clinton Foundation, co-host Savannah Guthrie worried about the political fallout for Hillary Clinton: "Before we get into some of the details, let's put it bluntly. Are you hoping that this book and the issues you raise in it torpedo her candidacy?" And: "A lot of your critics say, 'Look, you are a conservative and that this is a right-wing hit job.' Are you really claiming to be neutral here?"
Kyle Drennen is a Media Research Center news analyst and serves as a contributing writer to NewsBusters. He joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.
As reported by The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi on Saturday, “A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.”
On her Friday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell dismissed the upcoming Clinton Cash book as having "a lot of holes" in its corruption allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton: "There is the question of, how do you connect the policy that she was pursuing as a Secretary of State with the allegation that money was being contributed to the charity or speeches were being booked for Bill Clinton that wouldn't have otherwise been booked?"
After using an "ethics expert" from the Sunlight Foundation – an organization funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros – to dismiss the Clinton Foundation scandal on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Andrea Mitchell appeared on Friday's Today using the same so-called expert and a statement from airplane manufacturer Boeing to reject corruption allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In a desperate attempt to spin the escalating Clinton Foundation scandal as a positive for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, The New Yorker's John Cassidy argued in a Wednesday article that bombshell revelations about the controversy in the new book Clinton Cash "could end up benefitting Hillary."
On Thursday morning, NBCNews.com's First Read proclaimed: "Appearance of Scandal: Why Today Isn't a Good Day For The Clinton Campaign." The article began with a rundown of "all of the negative stories as it relates to the Clinton Foundation and money," highlighting two separate reports of possible conflicts of interest and one report of tax problems for the charity. Yet Thursday's Today completely ignored the controversies.
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday, Hardball host Chris Matthews sounded the alarm over the left-wing being in disarray: "The Democratic Party is not unified right now. It's coming apart, you can see it, it's devolving. And so everybody – it's every man for himself, every politician for themselves right now."
After NBC finally covered the sex scandal plaguing the Drug Enforcement Administration with a mere 18-second news brief on Tuesday's Nightly News, Wednesday's Today offered a full two-minute report on agency chief Michele Leonhart stepping down in the wake of the controversy, but used oddly positive language to describe her troubled tenure.
Introducing a report on Tuesday's CBS This Morning that examined the negative impact of forcing a wage hike on small businesses, co-host Norah O'Donnell declared: "A theater drama is playing out this morning in Los Angeles. The country's largest stage actors union votes on a plan forcing tiny theaters to pay everyone the minimum wage....many performers say getting a raise will do them more harm than good."
In CBS's first report on a new book detailing the Clinton Foundation foreign donation scandal, on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Nancy Cordes avoided the specific accusations of corruption and instead focused on the Clinton campaign dismissing the controversy as a "distraction." Cordes even touted a "potential upside" for Hillary Clinton: "...all these attacks from different directions could help unify Democrats around her."
At the top of Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer announced Tim Tebow's return to football by proclaiming: "...one of the most popular and polarizing quarterbacks in NFL history returning to the game after three years." In another tease minutes later, fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered: "Is this a second chance or a publicity stunt?"
While both ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Monday discussed the ongoing scandal of the Clinton Foundation accepting millions of dollars in foreign donations, NBC's Today not only ignored the story but actually portrayed Hillary Clinton as a victim of Republican attacks.
On his Thursday night show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly observed that Hillary Clinton was not very well liked by the liberal base of the Democratic Party or the media: "I'm not sure that liberal Americans really like Hillary Clinton, alright? And I know that even though most of the liberal national press wants her to win because they hate Republicans, they don't much like her either. Am I wrong?" Bernie Goldberg argued that her likeability was irrelevant: "It doesn't matter either whether they like her or not. What does matter, what is important, is that they like her a lot more than they like any of the Republican candidates."
In a Wednesday interview with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – aired in full on Thursday morning – NBC's Today co-host Matt Lauer grilled the potential 2016 contender on the year-old Bridgegate controversy: "...we could be talking during a week where indictments could be handed down in what has now become known as Bridgegate....How much, in real terms, has Bridgegate tarnished you Governor?"
Despite the clear liberal agenda of postal worker Doug Hughes flying a gyrocopter into restricted Washington D.C. airspace to protest for campaign finance reform, the broadcast networks avoided linking the dangerous stunt to left-wing politics or the Democratic Party. Such avoidance stood in stark contrast to media eagerness to falsely blame conservatives and the Republican Party for deadly acts of violence in recent years, including a man flying a plane into an IRS building in 2010, the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, and the Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012.
Before disgruntled mailman Doug Hughes violated Washington D.C. airspace by landing his one-man gyrocopter on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, he sat down for a lengthy interview with the Tampa Bay Times and described in detail his plan to perform the dangerous stunt.
Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today to grade the performance of the 2016 candidates and potential candidates thus far, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd declared that Hillary Clinton was doing all she could to contain her presidential aura: "You know, the irony here is you have a whole bunch of Republicans who are trying to look presidential. She's desperately trying to not look presidential."
After NBC devoted three full segments and over seven minutes of air time to promoting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign at the top of Monday's Today, the network morning show offered another full segment at the top of the 7:30 a.m. ET half hour fawning over the 2016 contender, with co-host Matt Lauer proclaiming: "Let us begin this half hour, though, with more on Hillary Clinton's second run for the White House and what we can expect from her family this time around."
On Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC laughably touted an eight-second exchange with Hillary Clinton by White House correspondent Kristen Welker as an "exclusive interview." During the 1 p.m. ET hour of his show, anchor Thomas Roberts excitedly told viewers: "Want to go back to Iowa where I just mentioned that we have this new exclusive NBC video of Hillary Clinton out on the stump there in Iowa. And our correspondent Kristen Welker talked with Clinton exclusively."
In interviews with ABC and NBC following his Monday presidential announcement, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was treated to nearly identical questions pressing him on why he dared compete with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the 2016 Republican nomination.