ABC and CBS have found another young, liberal politician to fawn over. This time it’s not Barack Obama, but the “hunky,” left-wing leader of Canada. Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on Thursday gushed, “ Canada's young and handsome new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived with his wife Sophie and three kids for tonight's state dinner at the White House.”
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MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on Wednesday fumed over Carly Fiorina endorsing Ted Cruz, deriding the businesswoman as a “failure” and “infamous.” Hall talked to Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring and spewed liberal talking points: “When she was a candidate, Carly Fiorina's jobs record was questioned, laying off American workers, outsourcing, being a failed businesswoman and a failed candidate.”
Actress Naomi Watts appeared quite happy that her name turns up in State Department e-mails of the “impressive” Hillary Clinton. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Monday, the star of such films as The Ring and the King Kong remake, gushed, “I've actually met her a couple of times. She's always very, very lovely to me. An impressive woman.”
Both ABC and NBC on Tuesday hyped the comparison of Donald Trump to the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie noted that the businessman has asked crowds to take a loyalty oath. Reporter Peter Alexander reminded, “One prominent Jewish leader comparing the loyalty gesture from the Trump audience to a Nazi salute.” Guthrie pressed, “I wonder how you feel about that comparison and whether it would make you want to perhaps not do it anymore if people feel that way?”
In a refreshing change from the usual fawning over John F. Kennedy, CNN’s new series, Race for the White House, portrayed JFK as an opportunist when it comes to issues of race and someone who may have stolen the 1960 election from Richard Nixon. Additionally, the show, narrated by Kevin Spacey, discussed the extreme liberal bias of that presidential race. University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato declared, “The press loved Kennedy and Kennedy loved the press.”
MSNBC’s Tamron Hall on Monday blamed the “obstructionist” Ted Cruz for “birthing” Donald Trump by supporting an inflexible Congress. The cable anchor grilled a Cruz supporter, former Congressman Jack Kingston, on the Tea Party’s responsibility. After Kingston referred to the Texas senator as a “disruption” to the status quo, Hall demanded, “But the disruption you refer to and how we process what the American people see as an ineffective Congress, when you think about Senator Cruz on the Senate floor, holding up business.”
This issue: MSNBC host Chris Matthews says the GOP's "number one goal is to keep blacks from voting," while journalists debate whether Donald Trump more resembles an American Adolf Hitler or a "right-wing" talk radio host. Meanwhile, NBC anchor Lester Holt is already getting tingles up his leg about the prospect of "the first female President;" Disney boss Robert Iger insists that George Stephanopoulos is "fair and unbiased;" and an NPR reporter gushes that being kissed by Fidel Castro's brother is "kind of like getting the blessing of the Holy Trinity."
All three networks on Wednesday night and Thursday morning skipped the latest racial controversy engulfing the Donald Trump campaign: The businessman’s son went on a pro-slavery radio show and the campaign issued media credential’s to the program’s host, James Edwards.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan doesn’t get defended much on liberal MSNBC. But host Lawrence O’Donnell did just that during live Super Tuesday coverage. After Donald Trump threatened Paul Ryan, O’Donnell called on Trump to “check the Constitution,” telling the businessman he would “discover the Speaker of the House is far more powerful than the president on all matters of domestic governing.”
According to Chris Matthews during live Super Tuesday coverage, the Republicans will turn their “hate” of Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton with “no limit to what [Donald Trump] will say about her,” should the businessman be the nominee. Speaking of the GOP, the MSNBC host warned, “They can certainly build the Republican hatred that is already there for Obama, direct that now to Hillary Clinton.”
Appearing on ABC’s live Super Tuesday coverage, Ted Cruz openly mocked former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos. A skeptical Stephanopoulos questioned Cruz’s path to the nomination, despite his wins in Oklahoma and Texas: “Marco Rubio is staying in the race. John Kasich is staying in the race. Ben Carson is staying in the race.”
MSNBC on Super Tuesday hyped John Kasich as the moderate hope, the only man occupying the “dignity lane.” Brian Williams touted the Ohio governor as bearing “the label as every Democrat’s favorite Republican in 2016.” Analyst Nicolle Wallace said the Kasich campaign feels “like they are running their own race. And that is the only Republican campaign about which you could say that. They have not changed anything about the candidate or their campaign, because of Donald Trump. And that alone puts them in a league of their own.”
As Super Tuesday election results started to roll in, CNN’s Van Jones rejected any enthusiasm comparison between 2016 Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama eight years ago. After Michael Smerconish noted that Clinton has a problem firing up voters, Van Jones shot back, “I just think with regard to Sanders, I don't think he's saying he has more enthusiasm than Barack Obama in 2008.” Jones gushed, “There was more enthusiasm for Barack Obama in 2008 than for any human ever except maybe Elvis and Michael Jackson.”
On the same day that the CBS President admitted that Donald Trump’s “circus” is “damn good for the network,” reporter Major Garrett blamed Marco Rubio for “obscuring” the debate on the businessman. All three networks on Monday slammed the Republican primary as “ugly,” “strange” and hitting “new lows.”
“Outstanding.” That’s how Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts described liberal Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change speech at the Oscars. The journalists at ABC were thrilled over the movie star’s advocacy. Lara Spencer hyped, “And Leo with his sixth Oscar nomination finally having his moment taking home best actor and using it as a platform for global change.”
Good Morning America on Friday actually noticed a controversy involving the very pro-abortion feminist Gloria Steinem. Clothing company Lands' End was forced to apologize for featuring Steinem in its spring issue. Reporter Rebecca Jarvis explained what caused the outrage from pro-life Americans: “An interview with feminist, journalist and political activist Gloria steinem after customers flooded Facebook with outrage over Steinem's pro-abortion rights stance.”
Marco Rubio on Friday appeared on all three morning shows and denounced the “biased” media for ignoring Donald Trump’s liberal past, asserting that journalists were enabling a “con artist” to take over the conservative movement. Talking to Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos, the Senator speculated on what a Trump nomination might mean: “For those who are biased, this means you will have a Republican nominee who basically agrees with Hillary Clinton on Planned Parenthood, on being neutral on Israel” and the economy.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday mocked Mitt Romney for his “bizarre” accusation that Donald Trump might have a tax “bombshell.” In 2012, however, ABC touted reporters their own role in forcing then-Republican presidential candidate Romney to talk about his taxes.
It probably shouldn’t shock anyone that Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday used a moment of great embarrassment for the liberal MSNBC and turned it into an attack on conservatives. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host related, “On MSNBC, they had a live report from an indoor gun range in Reno, which really gave us some insight into the current mood among GOP voters.”
Continuing a push for Donald Trump over Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, the three network morning shows on Wednesday attempted to declare the nomination over, despite the fact that the businessman has less than ten percent of the needed delegate to win. Even though 2341 delegates have not yet been allocated, CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose demanded of Rubio, “Is it simply too little, too late to stop Donald Trump, especially if he does very well on the SEC day, Super Tuesday voting?”