ABC's morning and evening newscasts, as of Friday evening, have yet to cover the Thursday announcement by Washington, D.C. law enforcement officials that Mikhail Lesin, a former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in November 2015 of "blunt force injuries of the head." Friday's NBC Nightly News devoted a full report on the Lesin's death; while earlier in the day, CBS This Morning aired a 21-second news brief on the story.
Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007. Previously, he worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in political science and history.
Former NBC host David Gregory ran to Hillary Clinton's defense on Thursday's New Day over her refusal to answer Jorge Ramos's question about a possible indictment related to her e-mail scandal. When CNN's Chris Cuomo wondered if it was a fair question, Gregory replied, "I think it was a little too heavy. I think there's no reason to suspect that she's even a target in a criminal probe....I thought it was a bit pointed as a question, and I think it was fair for her not to answer."
Humorist Dave Barry hammered the media on Wednesday's New Day for their "daily obsession with Donald Trump: "We keep asking why he's doing so well — and he's on TV all the time. He's on more than the GEICO gecko." When CNN's Alisyn Camerota defended the press coverage of Trump by using his front-runner status, Barry countered that "you can't deny the incredible impact...at this point, Kim Kardashian also could run for president and would do okay if we gave her the same level of coverage that we give to Donald Trump."
As of Tuesday morning, ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the attack by suspected ISIS gunmen in Aden, Yemen on Friday which left 16 people dead — including four nuns of Mother Teresa's order — at a nursing home. According to a Friday article by the New York Times, the deceased Nobel Peace Prize winner founded the home, which was "one of several care facilities in Yemen established by Mother Teresa beginning in the 1970s."
On his Sunday program, CNN's Fareed Zakaria asserted that the relationship between conservative/Republican leaders and the grassroots was "similar" to the "dynamic" between moderate Muslims and Islamists: "A main cause of the rise of extremism in the world of Islam has been the cowardice of Muslim moderates...It is now clear that a similar dynamic has been at play in the world of conservatism." He claimed "some of its most distinguished mainstream members" of the conservative movement "have embraced the rhetoric and tactics of the extremes."
Scott Pelley led Friday's CBS Evening News by touting how unnamed conservatives bewailed the previous evening's Republican presidential debate: "Conservatives described it with words including, 'embarrassing,' 'suicide,' and 'implosion.'" Pelley continued by spotlighting how others likened the GOP to a hijacked airplane after the debate: "It left many Republicans feeling that they were banging on the cockpit door of a party that had been hijacked, with no idea where the GOP was headed, or whether it would land in one piece."
Radical feminists turned against the liberal New York Times, after the above-the-fold picture on the front page of Thursday's edition featured three pro-life women. The trio were picketing in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday. One held a sign which read, "I Am A Prolife Feminist." Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards posted on Twitter, "@NYTimes forgot to take photos of the 3k folks rallying yesterday for #reprorights. Send them your best pics!" She later Tweeted out "a few options for you, @nytimes."
On Wednesday's CNN Tonight, W. Kamau Bell claimed that white supremacy is the new ideology of the Republican Party: "If the Republican Party is a gumbo...the roux of that gumbo is white supremacy, and the core of that is the Ku Klux Klan." Bell later asserted that the Obama birther issue was when white supremacy supposedly became dominant in the GOP: "It came from the first four years of Barack Obama's presidency...where they allowed Donald Trump to demand the President show his birth certificate — and they just stood by and went, maybe he's not born here."
The Washington Post goofed in a caption for a picture accompanying Sarah Kaplan's Wednesday article. Kaplan spotlighted the people who waited for hours in cold and wet conditions outside the Supreme Court in order to witness the oral arguments in the latest abortion case. The journalist correctly reported that Aimee Murphy of Life Matters Journal is a "'pro-life feminist,' a label she proudly wore on the pink sweatshirt beneath her raincoat." However, the caption for the photo of Murphy and colleague Lisa Twigg claimed that the two "work for the abortion rights publication Life Matters Journal."
CNN's Chris Cuomo hounded former Senator Tom Coburn on Tuesday's New Day over former colleague Marco Rubio's recent attacks on Donald Trump. Cuomo underlined that "when you talk about the tone, no question Trump is decidedly negative in his tone. But so has Rubio been.... he called Trump a scam artist; a con artist; that he has small hands; that he's doing spray tan on his face." He asked Coburn, "This is your unity candidate? This is the guy who speaks to your better lights?...You really believe...you have to be as base as he is?"
Admitted anti-Catholic Samantha Bee ranted against St. Louis, Missouri's archbishop on Monday's Full Frontal for his letter asking his parishes to "strongly consider" cutting ties with the Girl Scouts. Bee used an out-of-context quote from the prelate during a civil lawsuit on priestly sex abuse to attack him as not the "best person to judge what you do with your body." After revealing a large stack of Girl Scout cookies on her set, Bee cracked, "You can eat your cookies; you give them to a shelter; or just throw them at a passing archbishop."
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota badgered Rep. Tulsi Gabbard over her recent endorsement of Bernie Sanders. Camerota wondered, "Why endorse Bernie Sanders now — when, frankly, it feels as though the momentum, after South Carolina, has shifted away from him and towards Hillary Clinton?" She also touted Hillary Clinton's apparent foreign policy credentials: "Who knows more about foreign policy than the former secretary of state?"
Fox Business Network's Varney & Co. stood out on Friday for covering how far-left protesters violently attacked conservative writer Ben Shaprio's lecture at California State University-Los Angeles on Thursday. Stuart Varney trumpeted that "free speech took another hit," after Black Lives Matter and other radical activists blocked people from entering Shapiro's event. Varney noted that "someone pulled a fire alarm to disrupt the speech." He pointed out the "banner at the bottom of the screen — 'Protests Block Free Speech.' I think that sums it up entirely."
On Thursday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo invoked the Constitution to former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli over Senate Republicans' refusal to consider any potential Supreme Court nominee by President Obama: "The Constitution...[is] about nominating somebody and advise and consent. It's not about delay." Cuomo added, "It would be hard to argue that part of advise and consent is the discretion to neither advise nor consent to the process involved in it."
Comedy Central's anti-Christian "humor" reached a new low on Tuesday's @ Midnight, after the game show used an image of a crucifix featuring a muscular Jesus to launch vile jabs at Christ. Host Chris Hardwick prompted comedians Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kurt Braunohler to come up with lines from "this Jesus's sermon." Rajskub replied, "Get thee behind me Satan, and spot me; and then, I will in turn spot for you; and then, we can soap each other's dicks in the locker room." Braunohler went further: "Do others as you would have others do you. Ripped Jesus loves to f**k."
CNN's Alisyn Camerota, on Tuesday's New Day, accused Donald Trump of "making people feel violently against the press." Camerota spotlighted how a Trump supporter blasted NBC's Katy Tur as a "bitch" at a recent campaign rally, and asked former Reagan adviser Jeffrey Lord: "Isn't this dangerous on some level?" When Lord underlined that "people feel that the media distorts" and "portray Trump supporters as a bunch of bigots, rubes, racists, xenophobes," the anchor shot back, "Show us when we've labeled somebody a 'xenophobe,' who's a Trump supporter."
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo touted Hillary Clinton's attack on Bernie Sanders on gun control during an interview of Sanders supporter Cornel West: "She [Clinton] says... I voted for the Brady Bill; Bernie Sanders voted against it many times. He wanted to protect gun manufacturers." When West shot back that the Vermont socialist has "a D-minus when it comes to the NRA," and that Clinton "uses that one little element to take the subject matter somewhere else," Cuomo retorted, "[The] Brady Bill is a little element to the African American community?"
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, Jeffrey Toobin somehow thought it was necessary to point out that Justice Antonin Scalia's 120 Supreme Court clerks — many of whom were waiting for his casket to arrive at the Court — consisted of "an overwhelmingly white, male group." Toobin made this statement as the camera zeroed in on eight individuals who all appeared to be white. However, moments later, a different camera shot showed a middle-aged Asian male clerk lined up with three female clerks, along with a clerk who appeared to be African-American.
Liberal anchor Carol Costello shamelessly touted two ads from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom. Costello turned to a guest who works for a "group that creates television and radio ads," but failed to mention that his firm mainly deals with Democratic candidates. She prompted him to describe why Clinton's "ad is so effective." Later, Costello heralded the ad from the Sanders campaign: "If you watch the whole ad, it actually gives you goosebumps. It's very moving." The ad consultant replied, "It's a beautiful ad."
CNN's Athena Jones spotlighted the latest pro-gun control headline on the New York Daily News's front page during Wednesday's New Day. Jones, who was following Jeb Bush's campaign, noted that the former Florida governor was "getting some attention for a tweeted photo of a handgun engraved with his name. The caption: 'America.' The New York Daily News having some fun with that picture, with the headline, 'Dolt .45;' and the caption, 'Desperate Jeb Bush gets ripped for tweet suggesting guns are America.'"