Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Monday said that if the New York Times doesn’t want to cover Bill Clinton’s problems with women, the so-called paper of record should be “shamed” into doing so. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Kelly highlighted the Times’s efforts to go after Trump’s issues with women: “They ought to do the same to her. Because Trump's allegations about Hillary's past with women and the role she played in trying to diminish ones who claim they had affairs or attacked by Bill Clinton is also relevant if we're going back 25 years on him and figure out what he did.”
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The journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday worried about the “risks” of Trump’s “aggressive” attitude towards Hillary Clinton. Charlie Rose pondered as to whether it was “smart or stupid.” Journalists don’t often worry about the fate of Republican candidates. Yet, Face the Nation host John Dickerson appeared on the show and fretted over journalists being manipulated: “So what [Trump] does is he sends a warning shot about how he's going to talk about Bill Clinton's personal life and Hillary Clinton's involvement in that, and then the press talks about it and brings all of this up.”
Joy Behar, who has defended “dog” Bill Clinton’s mistreatment of women because “he votes in my favor,” on Monday got angry at Donald Trump for being a “liar” and “sexually harassing” women. The View co-host reacted to a story in the New York Times that Trump has been inappropriate with women.
The journalists at Good Morning America have repeatedly ignored or downplayed Hillary Clinton’s multiple scandals. Co-host George Stephanopoulos even secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But now with the Republican primaries effectively over and Donald Trump the presumptive nominee, the show’s reporters are focusing in on the businessman’s taxes.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday looked at a Newsweek expose on the differences between teens in 1966 and 2016. Fifty years after the magazine published, “The Teen-Agers,” Amy Robach revealed, “There are distinct differences, says Newsweek between today's teens and teens in 1966. Fifty years ago, teenagers most admired icons were JFK, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Lyndon Johnson and Helen Keller.”
In a surprising twist, ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday hyped the “bombshell” documentary on Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin. Yet, the tone of the Jon Karl segment was worried. The reporter fretted, “This documentary with extraordinary behind-the-scenes footage dredging it all up again at the worst possible time for Hillary Clinton and her closest aide.”
Journalistic love for Barack Obama certainly hasn’t gone away. Newsweek’s Twitter page on Tuesday hyped, “Has there been any president cooler than Obama?” The magazine, which barely publishes these days, features contribution from a website called Quora. That article wondered, “OBAMA, THE FIRST POP CULTURE PRESIDENT?”
According to the three network morning shows on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s latest primary loss is a just a “bump” in the road that will simply “prolong” the Democratic race. Bernie Sanders has now defeated Clinton in 19 states while the frontrunner has only prevailed in 23. Yet, on the Today show, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie insisted, “Bernie Sanders says he's in it to win it after defeating Hillary Clinton by double digits in West Virginia's Democratic primary. But that victory did little to dent Clinton's nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate count.”
A sneering Jon Stewart on Monday wondered, “When was America great?” The former Daily Show host appeared with David Axelrod at the University of Chicago and mocked conservatives. Connecting Donald Trump to the right, the comedian lectured, “He makes sense if you view it through the prism of talk radio.... Republicans, conservatives love America. They just hate, like, 50 percent of the people living in it.”
All three networks on Tuesday morning censored the bombshell news that all the e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s top IT staffer, the man who set up her private server, are missing. This is despite a combined eight hours of air time on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning. Instead of covering this important development, these same programs devoted eight minutes and 38 seconds to a new anti-aging cream. Not exactly the most pressing story.
The networks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday gushed over Barack Obama’s “powerful” commencement address to Howard University, highlighting the President’s self-serving calls for compromise and touting how successful he’s been. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King unquestioningly cheered, “ I thought one of most important things he said is when he said when you disagree with somebody, you got talk about it. You can't reach any kind of agreement or compromise without talking.”
All three networks on Monday appeared excited about the possibility of Hillary Clinton scoring Republican voters against Donald Trump, cheering the potential of “Clinton crossovers.” Former Democratic operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos hailed the effort to “take advantage of that split in Republican ranks.”
Fox announced on Wednesday that the very liberal, anti-Christian Seth MacFarlane will be getting yet another show on the network. This time, it will be an “hour-long comedic drama.” According to Deadline Hollywood, the plot is this: “Set 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet.”
Despite a four hour run time, NBC’s Today on Friday couldn’t be bothered to cover the news that Huma Abedin has been interviewed by the FBI and that Hillary Clinton will soon. CBS This Morning journalists managed a mere 31 seconds and ABC’s Good Morning America produced a scant 17 seconds. Most of CBS’s half minute coverage was devoted to repeating Clinton talking points.
With no sense of irony or humor, a new MSNBC ad claims the network “seeks different perspectives.” Yes, the cable channel home to some of most liberal hosts and journalists on the planet, touted, “We seek different perspectives, connect the dots, approach the story from all the angles.”
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night went down to defeat in Indiana. This is her 18th primary or caucus loss to Bernie Sanders. The former Secretary of State has won an unimpressive 23 times against the aging socialist. Yet, ABC and CBS largely glossed over Clinton’s string of losses and insisted the important part is that she’ll win the nomination.
Good Morning America’s Matthew Dowd on Wednesday offered a weird analogy for the status of Donald Trump: He’s like a Greek god from Mount Olympus. The network analyst blurted, “It's almost as if this is out of Greek mythology, right?”
Liberal celebrities Jane Fonda and Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday strove to offer the most fawning Hillary Clinton praise. Is she “amazing,” “exciting,” or “smart?” All of these things. Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fonda cheered, “It's so exciting that she may very well be our president.” DeGeneres returned this praise by agreeing, “And she's super smart and I think she's amazing.” Fonda marveled, “And she just gets knocked down and she comes back.”
The co-hosts of The View on Tuesday leapt to the defense of Hillary Clinton after she was put on the spot by a West Virginia coal mineer. While talking to voters, the individual demanded to know how Clinton can call herself a “friend” of the state after saying, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” View co-host and ABC News journalist Paula Faris spun for Clinton: “This is a classic case, though, of listening to just part of the sound bite though. We do this all the time.” Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed, “We're not being fair. I was just going to say that.”
Earlier this year, CNN’s Jake Tapper called the President out on doing a poor job when it comes to transparency and openness. Perhaps Barack Obama didn’t like this so much as he singled out the journalist during Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner with a gratuitous swipe.