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.”
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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?”
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?”
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!”