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.”
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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.
Both ABC and CBS on Wednesday hyped the “growing backlash” against North Carolina in the wake of the state’s law that stops localities from adding ordinances protecting gay rights. Highlighting the effort against the socially conservative effort, CBS This Morning’s Gayle King promoted, “More than 80 business leaders released a yesterday calling for a repeal of the measure. They include Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, And Apple's Tim Cook. North Carolina's largest corporation, that's Bank of America, also tweeted it wants a repeal.”
An irritated Jake Tapper on Tuesday unloaded on Barack Obama, attacking the President for “lecturing” journalists about how to do their job. Highlighting a speech from Monday, in which the Democrat called for reporters to “dig” and “demand more,” Tapper quipped, “His message was a good one. But was President Obama the right messenger?”
All three network morning shows on Tuesday hyped Barack Obama’s “lengthy indictment” of 2016's “ugly” primaries. The President, who has lashed out at Ted Cruz in the past, gave a speech on Monday where he lectured, “The number one question I am getting as I travel around the world is what is happening in America?” CBS This Morning’s Major Garrett trumpeted, “President Obama delivered a lengthy indictment of the campaign’s political climate and coverage.”
According to Good Morning America’s Matt Dowd, it really doesn’t matter if Ted Cruz or Donald Trump win the Republican primary. Neither can beat Hillary Clinton. While discussing the National Enquirer’s sketchy claims about Cruz, the ABC political analyst allowed that Clinton is “vulnerable.” But he concluded of the GOP primary: “It actually almost puts the Republicans in a place where they can't win after all this is happening.”
Despite the fact that there’s a complete lack of solid sourcing in the sleazy National Enquirer allegations against Ted Cruz, all three networks on Monday morning reported on the story again, offering an additional three minutes and 44 seconds. This is on top of 11 minutes and 43 seconds devoted to the sketchy claims from Friday through Sunday. In total, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening shows promoted the tabloid report for 15 minutes and 27 seconds.
Actress Sally Field likes Hillary Clinton. She really, really likes her. Talking to Time magazine for the March 21 issue, she gushed, “I think it’s miraculous that she is female, and it’s almost secondary to the fact that she’s way qualified, would be a brilliant President.”
Far-left host Keith Olbermann appeared on The View, Friday, to warn that while the threat of a nuclear ISIS is “theoretical,” the danger of Donald Trump becoming President is a “distinct” possibility. Olbermann wondered aloud, “Somebody said the other day...'What would happen if ISIS got nukes?.... So, I said, ‘what would happen if Donald Trump got nukes?’"
CBS This Morning co-hosts brought on liberal New York Times writer Mark Leibovich, Friday, to declare that Republicans “lose either way” in the current Donald Trump vs. Ted Cruz fight. Leibovich also praised Hillary Clinton’s “solemn” response to the Brussels terror attack. Regarding the fight between the two GOP candidates, the journalist insisted, “People are asking, ‘Is this good for Donald Trump? Is this good for Ted Cruz?; First of all, I think Republicans lose either way.”
All three networks on Thursday gushed over Barack Obama’s “fancy footwork” and “dancing diplomacy” in Argentina. Two days after a brutal terror attack in Brussels, the President traveled to Buenos Aires for a dinner with the country’s president. Today’s Savannah Guthrie lauded, “Now to that dance making headlines around the world. President Obama doing the tango.” An NBC graphic screamed, “Two to tango!”
The Ted Cruz bashing continued on ABC’s The View, Wednesday, with Joy Behar excoriating the “dangerous,” “anti-Muslim” Republican candidate. The co-hosts discussed Cruz’s call for preemptive monitoring and cooperation with Muslim communities to prevent terrorism. Behar snarled, “All this business of being anti-Muslim is not helping the situation. We need to take a long view of terrorism.”
ABC and NBC on Wednesday aggressively pushed back against Ted Cruz’s new terror policies. Good Morning America even highlighted Bernie Sanders as an example of why the Republican’s call to proactively monitor Muslim neighborhoods is a bad idea. GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos lectured, “Senator, your proposal to have police patrol Muslim neighborhoods is drawing a lot of fire from John Kasich. Bernie Sanders calls it unconstitutional.”
The hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday berated Ted Cruz for his terrorism policies, suggesting he’s “playing into the hands of ISIS” with “anti-Muslim” policies. Norah O’Donnell accused the candidate of making “political points” and demanded to know how many Muslims there are in America. Gayle King lectured, “There are so many people that say that your comments are decidedly anti-Muslim.”