An angry Chris Matthews on Monday flipped on Jeb Bush, abandoning the man he'd previously cheered for having the "guts" to stand up to conservatives. Matthews raged against the potential Republican candidate for insisting he would make the same decision on Iraq as his brother, George W. Bush. The cable anchor fumed over "this strange, weird, desperate behavior of Jeb Bush."
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A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
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As the controversy swirling around the Clinton Foundation continued to grow, Monday, only CBS This Morning covered the revelation that the Clintons attempted to pressure a well-known charity watchdog into withdrawing its objections. Despite a combined six hours of air-time, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today ignored the story.
Liberal actor Sean Astin appeared on Politicking With Larry King to talk about his "child"-like support for Hillary Clinton and a promise to support her "no matter what." Astin also explained his Twitter feud with conservative actor Adam Baldwin. Regarding Mrs. Clinton, the Lord of the Rings star asserted, "But somebody from the Hillary campaign reached out to me, I support her, default setting, the way a child would support someone."
NBC's Today show, Friday, was silent on David Cameron and the British Conservative Party sweeping to a surprise victory in Thursday's election. Perhaps the network's journalists don't want to be reminded of their botched predictions. On Sunday's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd declared the race between the Conservative Cameron and Ed Miliband, the atheist, socialist Labour Party leader, as "too close to call." Already imagining a Tory loss, Todd declared, "There's been commentary that if Cameron loses, the Republican Party ought to learn something from that."
Liberal MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday decried the use of the word "thug" as "racist" and assailed those in the media who use the term. Yet, O'Donnell himself has repeatedly uttered the word. After playing a montage of CNN and Fox News journalists saying "thug," O'Donnell sneered: "What would be the first word of choice for a virulent racist to use on your show about those people and know for certain that he or she could get away with using that word? It would be thug."
CBS This Morning on Thursday lauded the "help" of California's "drought shamers" for turning in their neighbors. Nowhere in the segment did the journalists discuss the cause of the problem or whether the state's liberal policies could be blamed. Instead, a CBS graphic touted, "Drought Shaming: People in CA Exposing Others' Excessive Water Use."
Newly minted presidential candidate Carly Fiorina went toe-to-toe with liberal journalist Katie Couric on Monday, sparring for 45 minutes on abortion, Hillary Clinton and qualifications for President. Couric complained about Fiorina's criticism of Clinton: "You've had some unkind words for Hillary Clinton. You said that she was not trustworthy and she hasn't accomplished very much. I think people might think, 'Well, she was the senator from New York and she was the Secretary of State.'"
Andrea Mitchell opened her show on Monday by immediately insisting that an organization, targeted by Muslim gunmen in Texas on Sunday, was both "hateful" and "bizarre." Talking to journalist Ayman Mohyeldin, she fretted, "Do we know anything more about this, frankly bizarre, draw-the-prophet gathering? Is this the first time they've ever held something like this?"
After armed gunmen opened fire at a free speech event in Texas on Sunday, all three networks on Monday chided the sponsor organization as "notorious" or "controversial." The American Freedom Defense Initiative created a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad and while ABC's Good Morning America covered the details of the attack, co-host George Stephanopoulos wondered: "How about the event itself? The organizers said it was organized to take a stand for free speech. Is it fair, also, to call it anti-Muslim?"
Liberal Republican and View co-host Nicolle Wallace on Thursday gave an interview to Yahoo in which she whined about conservatives attacking her. Wallace, who trashed Sarah Palin after working for the former governor, complained, "Republicans have said much worse things about me than any Democrat ever has."
While the journalists at Good Morning America on Friday hyped details on the "devastating" Bridgegate scandal that is creating a "headache" for Chris Christie's 2016 presidential bid, they avoided the latest on the unfolding revelations enveloping the Clinton Foundation and its foreign donors. However, CBS This Morning reporters actually followed up with Nancy Cordes alerting viewers that "the foundation acknowledged the week it did not disclose 1,100 mostly foreign donors" and that the organization "did not inform State Department ethics officials when foreign governments increased their donations."
MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Thursday encouraged Bernie Sanders to hit Hillary Clinton from the left, wondering if the self-described socialist senator found the Democratic nominee "credible" or "authentic." Mitchell carefully refrained from labeling Sanders a "socialist," but seemed to question Clinton's authentic liberalism: "Her campaign is supposedly going to raise a billion and a half dollars. Yet, she says she wants campaign finance reform and a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending. Is that authentic?"
Journalists at CBS and ABC on Thursday gently, gingerly interviewed the Democratic mayor of Baltimore. The two networks either ignored or downplayed a gaffe made by Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King cautiously questioned the woman, whose city has been the site of violent looting and rioting. King vaguely wondered, "Mayor, it's been a rough week for you personally... If you had any do-overs, what would it be?"
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, appeared on Tuesday's Daily Show and hedged on the scandal engulfing Hillary Clinton and her family's charitable foundation. Prompted by Jon Stewart, the co-host minimized, "This is a tough one. Because when you actually look at, look closely at it, he [Peter Schweizer] even says there is no evidence of any direct action taken on behalf of the donors."
Despite a combined eight hours of air time on Wednesday, all three network morning shows ignored the revelation that 6,400 "lost" e-mails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have been found. On cable, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer alerted viewers, reminding, "The IRS claimed the emails were lost when learner's computer crashed three years ago. They will now be examined by the Senate Finance Committee." Rather than focus on an attempt to cover-up government targeting of conservative groups, GMA devoted four minutes to this: "Stranded on a deserted Island: Four keys to staying alive."
Former Bill Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos talked to Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday and pushed the idea of a potential "double standard" against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Stephanopoulos hyped a clip of comedienne Cecily Strong from Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. Strong lectured journalists to put their hands up and "solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary's appearance. Because that is not journalism."
A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!"
ABC and CBS on Monday allowed a mere 45 seconds combined to the admission of "mistakes" by the Clinton Foundation in improperly filing taxes for years. The two hour-long Good Morning America managed a scant 20 seconds, but over three minutes to Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey being killed off his show. Not exactly the most pressing topic.
Nicolle Wallace was supposed to be the "conservative" voice for The View, but on Friday she proved again why that's silly. Veteran liberal journalist Diane Sawyer appeared to promote her new profile of Bruce Jenner as he undergoes transgender surgery.
ABC's Good Morning America, hosted by former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos, on Friday skipped any mention of the growing scandal involving foreign donations to the foundation of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Yet, the lengthy program found plenty of time for superficial topics.