MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Brian Williams on Tuesday hailed John Kasich’s second place finish in New Hampshire as evidence that the “grown-ups” and “adults” in the Republican Party had been victorious. Presumably citing Joe Scarborough, Brian Williams touted, “My friend Joe in New Jersey says he's always been the only grownup in the race.”
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On the same night Rachel Maddow dismissed the concept of the liberal media, the MSNBC host sneered that the Republican Party could turn into a “xenophobic” movement of the “hard-right.” Maddow flashed back to the 1996 presidential election and contrasted 2016: “Pitchfork populism and xenophobic nativism of a very, very hard-right cast and [Pat Buchanan] won in New Hampshire.”
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday denied the existence of a vast liberal media as she anchored live coverage of the New Hampshire primary results. Just after socialist Bernie Sanders declared victory, Maddow seriously insisted, “People talk about the liberal media and they say the whole media is liberal and the whole establishment is liberal, it's not true.”
Esquire columnist and frequent MSNBC guest Charles Pierce on Monday assailed Marco Rubio for attacking Barack Obama. Regarding the Republican’s assertion that Obama isn’t incompetent, but is intentionally changing America, Pierce raged, “He's saying Barack Obama is undermining the Constitution. That's an impeachable offense. You don't say that about a sitting president!”
During live coverage of the New Hampshire election returns, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews bizarrely asserted that socialist Bernie Sanders comes across as “non-ideological.” The Hardball host blurted, “Bernie is so much better in the room with 200 people than on TV. He's too effusive on TV. He’s too hot. But in the room, he's logical and non-ideological.”
A testy Chris Christie reminded George Stephanopoulos of his political “operative” past on Monday, hitting the Good Morning America co-host for bringing up the New Jersey governor’s low poll ratings. The former aide to Bill Clinton quizzed, “You have invested so much time and money in New Hampshire, though...still in sixth place, if you can't win there, where can you win?”
When CBS News assigned Gayle King, a donor, supporter and friend of the Obama family, to interview the President and his wife before the Super Bowl, the network guaranteed one of the softest interviews in the history of this administration. Asking not one serious question on Sunday, the journalist instead highlighted her favorite photo of the President and his wife. King also brought up dance moves, relationship issues and Super Bowl predictions.
Barack Obama will once again be inserting himself into the Super Bowl on Sunday. This time, CBS has chosen Gayle King, a donor, supporter and family friend to the president as the interviewer. Considering that King has partied at the White House, viewers of the pre-game show shouldn’t expect tough questions from the CBS This Morning co-host. Obama has done an interview before each Super Bowl, and many of them have included softballs, but none of the previous journalists have been such ardent and open supporters of the President and Mrs. Obama.
The hosts of MSNBC Live on Friday thought it was “crazy” that some young women aren’t supporting Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president. Chris Jansing and Tamron Hall marveled at a New Hampshire focus group that included young, college-age females. Hall proclaimed, “The big headline for me in the randomly selected group of people, the young women there did not care that Hillary Clinton could be the first woman president.” A shocked Jansing retorted, “That's crazy to me. It really is.”
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.”
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.