According to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Friday, the Democratic primary race is a hyped-up media “mirage” and Hillary Clinton will almost certainly win the nomination. Appearing on Good Morning America, Kellly dismissed, “It seems to me like some sort of mirage. Because, you know, if you look at Clinton's long haul she's the favorite in every state after New Hampshire.”
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Nightline reporters on Wednesday offered a gushing look at Bernie Sanders, hailing the “political revolution” by the socialist senator and praising his presidential campaign as “on fire.” The almost-seven minute segment was devoid of questioning the presidential candidate’s ideology. Instead, journalist David Wright informed viewers, “Integrity and authenticity are words his supporters use.”
Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday battled with ABC’s Tom Llamas after the Good Morning America reporter accused the Republican of using “dirty tricks” against Ben Carson in Iowa. Regarding a press release and a tweet sent out by the Cruz campaign on caucus night, Llamas demanded, “Will you fire or suspend anyone at your campaign for putting out misinformation?...Is it a dirty trick to confuse voters?”
Liberal actor Richard Dreyfuss on Wednesday couldn’t resist trashing Dick Cheney as he promoted his new film role of Bernie Madoff. After Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach suggested he was playing “the most despicable man in modern history,” Dreyfuss derided, “Actually, he is the second most despicable man because I've already played Dick Cheney.”
A totally clueless Brian Williams on Monday night warned MSNBC viewers to not fall for false information as Iowa caucus results rolled in. The man who became known for spinning vast numbers of falsehoods while anchor at NBC News ominously began, “There's going to be some data floating around, especially the internet tonight.”
Predictably, CNN on Monday night featured the cry of sexism in reaction to Hillary Clinton’s virtual tie with an elderly socialist senator. After long-time CNN veteran David Gergen called Clinton “angry” in her speech, the cable channel went to former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to complain, “Let us not slip into some gender bias here. A man raises his voice, he's enthusiastic.”
BBC anchor Katty Kay on Monday turned Ted Cruz’s surprise Iowa win into a negative and told Charlie Rose viewers that the Republican was unlikable and someone who needed more scrutiny from the media. Kay snidely remarked, “It's interesting for Ted Cruz, right? The good news coming out of Iowa is that he gets a whole load of media attention. The bad news coming out of Iowa is that he gets a whole lot of media attention.”
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg on Monday took a surprisingly strong stand against political correctness and what she saw as the hyphenating of America. Discussing diversity in Hollywood, she explained, “I went from being colored to being a Negro to being black to African-American.” She forcefully argued, “Every time... you hyphenate American, anytime you put something in front of it, it's like you're not a real American. Well, I'm a whole lot of all American!”
Speaking for the establishment, MSNBC analyst Nicolle Wallace on Monday announced that D.C. political types have decided they can “live with a President Trump.” But not, apparently, a President Cruz. Wallace, who previously worked for the McCain/Palin ticket, derided, “Ted Cruz's lack of civility toward his colleagues....He was not a very collegial person.”
The women of ABC’s The View on Friday trashed the Republicans at Thursday’s debate, comparing them to the deviants caught in episodes of To Catch a Predator. Another co-host suggested the candidates were like cops in police brutality videos. After gushing about debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly’s hair, Sunny Hostin cheered the video montage that Fox used of Ted Cruz seemingly shifting positions on immigration.
The journalists on Good Morning America, Friday, spun Hillary Clinton as staying “above the fray” in her battle with Bernie Sanders, saying the former Secretary of State was cautiously optimistic.” CBS This Morning saw the Democratic fight as almost “affectionate” when compared to the Republicans. On NBC’s Today, Andrea Mitchell playfully boxed with Sanders.
An irritated Chris Matthews on Thursday lashed out at Chris Christie for referring to abortion as “murder.” In a live, post-debate edition of Hardball, Matthews couldn’t even wrap his mind around the concept, sputtering, “And, by the way, calling abortion murder? Under the law? Is that what he’s talking about?”
During Thursday’s Republican debate, Fox News allowed a Bernie Sanders supporter to grill GOP candidates on anti-Islamic “hate” within the United States. In the YouTube portion of the debate, Nabela Noor, a fashion blogger, complained, “In 2015, the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. has tripled and on social media.”
Liberal actress Natalie Portman on Wednesday rhapsodized over left-wing Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling the judge an “inspiring” “hero.” Portman will play Ginsburg in an upcoming film. Appearing on Good Morning America, Portman gushed, “Well, she's, I think, a hero to so many of us....It's extremely inspiring and intimidating because she's such an incredible woman and she has done so much.”
George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday hit Donald Trump from the right, pressing the candidate on his long history of supporting abortion and on flip-flopping positions. Yet, when the Good Morning America co-host interviewed Hillary Clinton on January 13, he did not push the Democrat on her flip-flops
ABC on Tuesday deliberately avoided a young questioner who challenged Hillary Clinton as “dishonest.” Instead, Good Morning America reporter Cecilia Vega only played the Democrat’s response in which she touted her desire to help people. NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both played clips of the “uncomfortable" question, but they also made sure to promote her non-answer.
Talk about your wacky analysis. The women of The View on Monday weighed in on Michael Bloomberg’s potential third party run for the White House and deemed the former New York Mayor a “fiscal conservative.” This is the same Bloomberg behind the soda tax, the man who endorsed Obama for president and ObamaCare.
CBS This Morning journalists on Monday uncritically promoted Bernie Sanders’s plan to make college “free” and that his contention that such an idea isn’t “radical.” The segment allowed no contrasting voices. Instead, co-host Norah O’Donnell hyped, “In Iowa, Sunday, he highlighted his plan to lower student loan interest rates and make public colleges tuition free.”
Given CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s long history of liberal spin, viewers of Monday’s town hall forum with the Democratic candidates shouldn’t have high hopes. After all, this is the same man who admitted that reporters “encouraged” socialist Bernie Sanders to enter the race. Cuomo, the brother of New York’s current Democratic governor and the son of another Democratic governor, has also acted as a journalistic shield for Hillary Clinton.