Warning, sensitive MSNBC viewers may want to look away. That’s essentially what Rachel Maddow told liberal watchers on Wednesday night before showing a picture of anti-Hillary Clinton buttons at the Republican convention. Considering the hateful rhetoric that’s come out of MSNBC for years, perhaps that viewer warning should have appeared in the past.
By Curtis Houck | | July 20, 2016 | 10:13 PM EDT
Somehow, MSNBC felt on Wednesday night that it needed even more of a reason to show their undying commitment and love to the Clintons that they brought on biographer David Maraniss of The Washington Post during the Republican National Convention (RNC) to blame the “hatred” and “vitriol” from Republicans for why the Clintons aren’t transparent with the American people and decry the “25 years” of “hostility.”
By Matthew Balan | | July 20, 2016 | 9:39 PM EDT
Wednesday's NBC Nightly News followed the example of CBS the previous evening in spotlighting the latest Republican presidential candidate to get in trouble with a liberal musician for using their music at a campaign event. Peter Alexander zeroed in on how "just hours after [Donald] Trump tried to cast himself as a winner, Queen complained the billionaire used the song 'against our wishes.'" He also cited how "George W. Bush had to 'back down,' after receiving a cease and desist letter from Tom Petty."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | July 20, 2016 | 9:08 PM EDT
During CNN’s Republican Nation Convention coverage leading up to Wednesday’s lineup of speakers, CNN commentator and radio host Michael Smerconish smeared the GOP. Smerconish slammed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s speeches as a “problem” for the party. In his comments about Christie’s speech Smerconish equated Hillary Clinton to Jesus, “I call it the Good Friday Speech that he delivered, because it was everything except crucify her that was uttered from the dais.”
By Curtis Houck | | July 20, 2016 | 8:10 PM EDT
Two days after a tense exchange on MSNBC involving race and American history, American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan returned to the network’s set on Wednesday night to declare her opponent from Monday in Republican Congressman Steve King (Iowa) is “stunted mentally to be honest with you.”
By Scott Whitlock | | July 20, 2016 | 7:56 PM EDT
Liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday desperately tried to blame the anti-Hillary Clinton tone at the Republican convention on “invective” and “misogyny.” Talking to Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, he took a few isolated incidents and smear all the delegates: “Hillary Clinton is not popular in that hall. I understand that. But I wonder, when you see shirts around here or buttons that, like, use the word b-i-t-c-h to describe her... how do you feel about that?”
By Edgard Portela | | July 20, 2016 | 6:37 PM EDT
So far, leading U.S. Spanish-language television networks Univision and Telemundo have essentially given short shrift to this week's endorsement of the Trump-Pence ticket by a prominent group of previously reticent Hispanic conservatives.
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 20, 2016 | 6:30 PM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's New Day, liberal CNN political commentator Carl Bernstein visibly winced after co-host Chris Cuomo asserted that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with the handling of classified email, as Bernstein recalled that FBI Director James Comey did not exonerate her on whether she in practice broke the law. After Bernstein painted Dr. Ben Carson's speech attacking Clinton as "preposterous," Cuomo suggested that is was "preposterous" for Republican convention goers to believe she "knowingly sent classified information to people who were unsecure." As Bernstein began decrying her handling of her work email as "indefensible," Cuomo jumped in to defend her.
By P.J. Gladnick | | July 20, 2016 | 5:34 PM EDT
That was the verdict of the delegates at the Republican convention last night when New Jersey governor Chris Christie laid out a series of charges against Hillary Clinton and asked if she were guilty or not guilty. No surprise as to the verdict from the delegates but guess who else basically affirmed Hillary's guilt via fact checking Christie's speech. The New York Times. That's right. Times fact checkers Michael D. Shear and David E. Sanger went through Christie's speech and fact checked what his charges. Essentially they determined that Christie was "not necessarily false" except for some "exculpatory evidence" that comes off as rather minor quibbles that did not contradict Christie's charges.
By Samantha Cohen | | July 20, 2016 | 5:25 PM EDT
Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC, Craig Melvin made viewers a bold and likely empty promise days ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Melvin began by insisting that the Republican National Convention was filled with “gloom and doom,” to which his guest, Senator Dan Coats, responded it is “the most exciting convention he’s ever been to.”
By Tim Graham | | July 20, 2016 | 5:11 PM EDT
The one-time ABC Sunday hosting duo of Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts appeared together on Tuesday morning on NPR's Morning Edition to discuss convention history. Roberts is still an NPR analyst. They began with the 1964 GOP convention, and Donaldson said "I think this was the first convention of the modern Republican hard-right conservatism." Roberts said "Absolutely right," noting "Nelson Rockefeller got booed."
Roberts said after 1964 and the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Republican Party "became much more racist" and Donaldson joked in his usual way that Lyndon Johnson's fight for desegregation gave the South to the Republicans "forever!"
By Dylan Gwinn | | July 20, 2016 | 4:39 PM EDT
Lou Holtz has no interest in cheering for any other country’s soccer team. And if you were thinking about inviting him to your Cinco de Mayo fiesta next year…well…you can go ahead and forget that too.
By Jorge Bonilla | | July 20, 2016 | 4:21 PM EDT
Earlier, we showed how Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos gave an immigration lecture to the father of a young man murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member. Sadly, it wasn't just Ramos, and Univision News went further.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 20, 2016 | 3:33 PM EDT
Appearing on Wednesday’s NBC Today, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost both agreed that Republicans had a better sense of humor than Democrats. After a clip ran of the comedians doing man-on-the-street skits at the Republican National Convention, co-host Matt Lauer asked: “You're gonna also be at the Democratic National Convention. In your opinion, who do you think is funnier? Would Republicans be funnier or Democrats?”
By Katie Yoder | | July 20, 2016 | 3:22 PM EDT
A mother speaking out about her son’s death is “inappropriate” for the RNC, according to The View’s Joy Behar. But will she say the same about the DNC’s speakers? On Tuesday, The View ladies discussed the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. At one point, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked the panel about an RNC speech delivered by Patricia Smith, “a mom who lost her son in Benghazi [and] still blames Hillary for her son's death.”