One day after hyping the “re-energized” Hillary Clinton and her “impregnable lead” on Democrat Bernie Sanders, the networks switched focus and similarly touted Donald Trump’s “unstoppable” momentum in the Republican primaries. CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose wondered, “But is Trump becoming unstoppable and therefore the party either does something now or it's too late?”
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A MSNBC correspondent on Tuesday decided to do a live report from a gun range. As one could guess, it didn’t go well. Reporter Kerry Sanders began, “As you see over my should here, there are lots of folks here who believe that Second Amendment in this country is under attack.” Seconds later, the gunfire started.
The journalists at NBC’s Today on Tuesday jumped on a comment made by John Kasich, highlighting “mockery” from Hillary Clinton after the Republican said that, decades ago, women “left their kitchen” to support him. Correspondent Peter Alexander warned that the governor is “potentially shooting himself in the foot, describing how he first won public office nearly 40 years ago.”
The big three networks on Monday rushed to declare a “re-energized” Hillary Clinton could be building an “impregnable lead” after her “big win” in Nevada. Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton operative who donated $75,000 to the Clinton foundation, cheered, “That path for Hillary Clinton with South Carolina and Super Tuesday coming up, she can build up a huge, almost impregnable lead.”
On MSNBC’s Last Word, Wednesday, socialist host Lawrence O’Donnell brought on socialist professor Frances Fox Piven to tout the campaign of socialist Bernie Sanders. Viewers will be relieved to know that none of this is extreme, however. Piven insisted, “I happen to believe we desperately need to do that, however. And, so, does Bernie Sanders, but not in radical ways.”
Only CBS This Morning on Thursday covered the ongoing saga of a liberal University of Missouri professor who called for “muscle” in an attempt to suppress free speech. ABC and NBC have not been interested in the case of Melissa Click and her caught-on-camera rant against a student journalist who filmed her in a public space. CBS’s Anna Werner interviewed the professor and wondered, “Were you appalled by your behavior when you watched the video?”
A column in Wednesday’s USA Today trumpeted, “Who Would Jesus Vote For? Bernie.” The sub-headline touted: “Sanders, a secular Jew, is the most Christian candidate in this race.” The piece was authored by liberal author and professor Stephen Prothero. Attacking conservatives, Prothero lectured: “If the Bible is your guide, Jesus said nothing, ever, about abortion.”
While discussing Barack Obama’s comments about Donald Trump, Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday lamented the “painful” and “insulting” attacks the President has endured. Regarding Obama’s assertion that Trump won’t be president, Mitchell worried, “He’s speaking from the perspective of someone who was so demeaned by Donald Trump back in 2008.”
ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today on Wednesday avoided the uncomfortable fact that Barack Obama has totally flip-flopped on whether ideology should be considered for a Supreme Court nominee. Only CBS This Morning highlighted the hypocrisy and shifting positions of Democrats. Reporter Jan Crawford played a clip from 2006 in which then-Senator Obama was supporting a filibuster.
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Tuesday furiously denounced fellow co-host Joy Behar for suggesting that the family of Antonin Scalia might know of a conspiracy theory to kill the justice. Goldberg went ballistic at her fellow panelists on the show for speculating on such possibilities, condemning, “We don't actually know what happened! This just happened over the weekend. Let's hold off before we decide that somebody murdered him!”
Liberal MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday played mind reader and asserted that the late Antonin Scalia would want Barack Obama to appoint his replacement. This claim is false. One would only have to ask Antonin Scalia.
Unlike ABC and NBC, the journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday actually exposed the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton’s calls to quickly replace Antonin Scalia. Reporter Jan Crawford began by noting that “these politicians” have “said the exact opposite thing in the past.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday came to the President’s aid, insisting that “history could be” on Barack Obama’s side as he fights to replace Antonin Scalia with a liberal on the Supreme Court. Without highlighting opposing interpretations, reporter Christine Brennan told her audience: “But history could be on the administration's side here. Since 1900, six Supreme Court justices have been confirmed in presidential election years.”
Sunday’s coverage of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia included attacks on the judge as a “homophobe” who “coarsened” the dialogue. The network also offered the analysis that Republican’s shouldn’t be worried because Barack Obama doesn’t choose “bomb throwers” for the Supreme Court. Regarding the last two picks, Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor for Slate, parroted, “The qualities [Obama] was looking for, and he was very explicit about this when he seated Sonia Sotomayor, he said ‘I want empathy. I want someone who can walk in the other guy's shoes.’”
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, Monday, badgered Senator Lindsey Graham on the need to get a quick replacement for Antonin Scalia. An incredulous Stephanopoulos wondered, “Your leader, Mitch McConnell, said flatly, President Obama should not have a chance to fill this vacancy. Does that mean the President's choice won't even get a hearing?”
Anchoring live coverage of the death of Antonin Scalia on Saturday night, MSNBC’s Ari Melber whined that the GOP not approving a successor to the conservative would impede the “governing of the country.” Reporter Perry Bacon agreed, echoing Democratic talking points: “I think you're right. I think you're already hearing that.”
What was the most important thing for readers of Washington Post to see on the front-page of the paper Sunday morning? A headline focusing directly on the death of Antonin Scalia? No. In bold, large font, the Post declared, “Supreme Court Conservative Dismayed Liberals.”
According to the journalists at NBC’s Today, a Hillary Clinton operative is the perfect person to weigh in on replacing conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Co-host Craig Melvin brought on Ron Klain to blast Republicans for declaring that a new president would pick the next judge, not Obama.
The morning after the shock news that Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia died, ABC and NBC actually opened their Sunday shows with nice tributes to the “legendary” “American original,” seeing the conservative as a “giant” who was “funny and sarcastic.” That didn’t stop Good Morning America and Today from constantly referring to Scalia as “controversial.”
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has a new film out and, unsurprisingly, Where to Invade Next complains about how woeful the United States is in comparison to European, socialist-style countries. According to the Washington Post’s Stephanie Merry, “Moore's latest movie is funny and touching, and it has a lot to say about what we settle for as Americans citizens, and how much better our lives might be if we raised some hell.”