Conservatives were not surprised when Time magazine published a cover story on Ted Cruz with an extreme close-up of the Republican. The photo included a headline wondering, “Likable Enough?” The picture was so zoomed in that it included stray eyebrow hairs. Well, the Onion also anticipated this. Back on March 23, 2015, the satire site prognosticated, “‘Time’ Magazine Subscribers Brace For Inevitable Issue With Close-Up Of Ted Cruz’s Face.”
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The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday speculated that one reason Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disavowed any interest in the 2016 Republican nomination is because it’s “not worth having.” Talking to reporter Nancy Cordes, co-host Charlie Rose speculated, “Is it possible he thinks this is not a nomination worth having in this political year?”
The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Tuesday devoted an exhaustive seven minutes to Republican presidential candidate John Kasich. What Charlie Rose really wanted to know, however, is just why GOP voters are following “the path to darkness.”
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In a cover story for the April 18 Time magazine, Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer described the “painful choice” Republicans face over embracing the “hated” Ted Cruz. The cover featured a close up of the Republican senator with the headline, “Likable Enough?” Regarding Cruz’s Wisconsin win, Scherer skeptically wrote, “It was something to see when the most hated Senator in Washington began to sound like the Great Unifier for the Grand Old Party.”
On the same night that CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin smeared Ted Cruz as anti-Semitic, Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera on Thursday did the same thing. Regarding the Texas senator’s claim that Donald Trump represents New York values, Rivera slimed, “Aside from the stinking, anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole New York values money and media coded message that he put out there.”
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose on Friday demanded that Bernie Sanders retreat from his tough new attacks against the Democratic front-runner. Rose, who once began a Clinton interview by reading a poem to his “friend,” lectured Sanders: “The tenor of this campaign has changed when you're questioning the qualification of a person to be president.”
Melissa Joan Hart, star of God’s Not Dead 2, appeared on Good Morning America, Thursday to argue that tolerance extends to Christians, not just other faiths. Surprisingly, the co-hosts of GMA touted her new movie as “powerful” and a “serious role” for the actress.
Former political operative and Hillary Clinton friend George Stephanopoulos may have gone easy on the Democrat when he interviewed her on Monday, but the journalist grilled Ted Cruz when he appeared on GMA, Thursday. After lecturing Cruz that New York is “very different here from Wisconsin,” he played a clip of an anti-Cruz protester screaming, “If you are anti-immigrant, you are not welcome here!”
MSNBC journalists on Wednesday breathlessly broke in with the liberal network’s idea of “breaking news.” Reporting on a heckler yelling at Ted Cruz in New York, a network graphic alerted, “Breaking News: Protester: Cruz Is ‘Right-Wing Bigot.’” That’s breaking news? Someone, somewhere, screaming something?
Veteran CBS journalist Bob Schieffer thinks that the Republicans might be headed for a disaster similar to the ones faced by Democrats in 1972. Appearing on CBS This Morning, he also speculated that, regardless of who GOP voters ultimately pick, there is no good option. Drawing a historical comparison, the former Face the Nation anchor imagined, “We may be seeing, for the Republicans, something like the Democrats saw in 1968 in Chicago where the party simply tore itself apart in full view of the entire nation on television.”
Former West Wing actor Bradley Whitford appeared on MSNBC, Tuesday, to assure Americans that fictional ex-President Jed Bartlet is supporting Hillary Clinton. Quizzed by Steve Kornacki, the TV star endorsed by proxy: “There's no doubt in my mind that Hillary would be President Bartlett's choice. She's — nobody is more prepared to take that position on day one.”
All three morning shows on Tuesday noticed trouble on the horizon for Hillary Clinton, but made sure to calm the fears of Hillary supporters. They also ignored the idea that she’d be a weak general election candidate. Good Morning America’s Cecilia Vega parroted talking points from the Democratic frontrunner: “Hillary Clinton's campaign says her delegate lead is nearly insurmountable, but they are bracing for a loss in Wisconsin.”
It’s a sad day for journalism when the women of The View ask tougher questions than ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. Yet, the co-hosts of the female chat show grilled Clinton on her e-mail scandal, abortion and protecting Christianity. These three topics did not come up when former Democratic operative turned journalist Stephanopoulos talked to Clinton on Monday.
Just moments before Hillary Clinton appeared on The View, Tuesday, the co-hosts speculated on the “bias” people have against a female president. The panelists blamed it on “talk radio” and “religion.” Joy Behar ranted, “The Catholics, there are no female priests for example. In the orthodox Jewish faith, the women stay upstairs. The men stay downstairs. So, religion certainly contributes to sexism.”
George Stephanopoulos, a friend of Hillary Clinton and a man who secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, interviewed the Democratic candidate on Monday for Good Morning America. He never mentioned his conflicts of interest or Clinton’s e-mail scandal. Instead, he focused only on horse race issues.
CNN’s much-publicized documentary series on the ‘80s debuted, Thursday, with a nostalgic longing for a time when Americans trusted the media. After playing a clip of Walter Cronkite’s last broadcast on the March 6, 1981 CBS Evening News, journalist Lesley Stahl repeated the much-loved legend of reporters: “Uncle Walter had dominated, certainly CBS, but in a way, the country. People used to say he was the most trusted man in the country.”
Guest Good Morning America co-host David Muir on Friday hyped Hillary Clinton as “fed up” when she screamed at a Bernie Sanders supporter. Meanwhile, Muir also spouted Clinton talking points and demanded to know just how pro-choice Sanders really is. Citing the Vermont senator’s response to Trump’s abortion comments, Muir highlighted a Clinton complaint: “She pointed out that you said Trump's words were shameful, but you said it's a distraction from serious discussion.”
Liberal Stephen Colbert really has dropped the faux conservative routine as the host of the Late Show on CBS. On Wednesday, he lamented the fact that the “passionate,” “popular” Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for President. Last fall, he pleaded with the Democrat to run for President.