The majority of the panel on Tuesday’s The View were furious about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s speech defending police officers at the RNC last night. Panelists Joy Behar, CNN’s Sunny Hostin, ABC’s Sara Haines and Whoopi Goldberg blasted the Mayor for his tone and message, calling him “nutty,” “berserk” “lunatic” and “divisive” while FNC’s Jedediah Bila was the only panelist to defend Giuliani’s speech.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 19, 2016 | 1:54 PM EDT
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows worried over the Republican convention being too conservative and throwing “raw red meat” to the party base. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie fretted: “Okay, let’s talk about the tone of last night. There was a lot of red meat for the base. Is that good strategy? Is this going to be a base election?”
By Tim Graham | | July 19, 2016 | 1:34 PM EDT
PBS covered the Republican convention for three hours of prime time on Monday night, in association with its pubcasting buddies at NPR. But they were allergic to showing any Hillary-scandal films that were offered on the convention floor. As a mini-documentary ran about Benghazi, PBS anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff clumsily talked over it, and NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson had a wide-eyed freakout at what she claimed was a historically “intense animus” against an opposing candidate.
By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 19, 2016 | 1:15 PM EDT
Charlie Rose, in an interview aired on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, let Hillary Clinton rant against Donald Trump as he set-up Clinton with questions like “Do you believe Donald Trump is dangerous?” and “Donald Trump with his finger on a nuclear bomb would be a threat to civilization?” The co-anchor didn’t challenge Clinton’s slams on Trump but merely repeated her attacks on him back to her, so she could re-assert them.
By Mike Ciandella and Rich Noyes | | July 19, 2016 | 12:42 PM EDT
The morning after the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, all six broadcast and cable network morning news shows pounced on the fact that Melania Trump's much-touted speech shared similar phrasing with Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to that year's Democratic convention. The flap over Mrs. Trump's speech swamped all other convention topics, especially on cable.
By Maggie McKneely | | July 19, 2016 | 11:16 AM EDT
Meet Mr. and Mr. McBride, Nickelodeon’s first animated gay couple. The network, known for producing popular cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, announced that the show The Loud House will feature a gay biracial married couple on Wednesday night’s episode.
By Katie Yoder | | July 19, 2016 | 10:43 AM EDT
The media are out of touch with “regular folks,” according to Duck Dynasty star and CEO Willie Robertson. The reality TV star addressed the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio Monday in support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
By Kristine Marsh | | July 19, 2016 | 10:40 AM EDT
On Good Morning America Tuesday morning, ABC characterized the Clinton camp’s repeated attacks against the presumptive Republican nominee as simply a “bold move.” Anchor Robin Roberts noted, “Hillary Clinton’s bold move addressing the NAACP” as Republicans “hold their convention right down the road” was typically “a time when opposing candidates usually tone their attacks.” Instead of spinning this in a negative way like they would with a Republican candidate, ABC portrayed Clinton as a trailblazer instead.
By Tim Graham | | July 19, 2016 | 10:17 AM EDT
To offer an overview of how the national media are twisting the convention coverage, we're awarding a Quote of the Day to the journalist or pundit who offers the most outrageous quote or best summary of the night's media theme. Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw provided the first Quote of the Day for calling out Donald Trump and his supporters for not being unifying people....as if liberals unify the country by championing angry black and Latino activists who rail against the country as a hive of racists.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 19, 2016 | 8:33 AM EDT
As presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland Monday afternoon, he was greeted by NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer hectoring him about the “tone” of the GOP convention, which had barely started: “There’s been so much violence in the country in the last couple of weeks. People are on edge, they’re tense. You add to that the passion that comes with political debate and there are people who are truly afraid that things could boil over here in Cleveland.”
By Curtis Houck | | July 19, 2016 | 2:54 AM EDT
MSNBC’s AM Joy host Joy Reid bemoaned in Tuesday’s early hours at the Republican National Convention (RNC) that Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech was unfortunately “the first of the night that didn’t have this subtext...that brown people are dangerous” to the point that Reid felt uncomfortable being around the RNC that she found to be so “not inclusive.”
By Scott Whitlock | | July 19, 2016 | 1:26 AM EDT
An awkward and pained Brian Williams on Monday night was forced to discuss the ethical lapse of someone other than himself. MSNBC journalists and panelists eagerly pounced on the fact that lines from Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech appear to be lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention address. However, Williams, who came under fire for grossly exaggerating stories he repeated on-air, at first tried to stay out of it.
By Curtis Houck | | July 19, 2016 | 1:16 AM EDT
In the first of unfortunately two shows for the week, TBS’s Full Frontal host Samantha Bee compared the substance of the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) platform to views held by the Westboro Baptist Church and took predictable shots smearing Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence as anti-woman and backward thinking.
By Karen Townsend | | July 19, 2016 | 12:20 AM EDT
HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher was a guest on Netflix’s talk show Chelsea and, together with Chelsea Handler, he hit all of the following liberal talking points: Portraying police as power-hungry, racist cowards? Check. Promoting riots? Check. Calling Republican opposition to socialist liberals racist? Check. Demonizing hunting? Check. Toss in a few fat jokes and that’s the pretty much the whole show.
By Scott Whitlock | | July 19, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT
During live coverage of the Republican National Convention, Monday, the three networks chided the “dark” and “divisive” tone of the GOP’s opening night. CBS’s Bob Schieffer offered a closing commentary in which he suggested that Trump in 2016 could end up like the landslide losses of 1964 and 1972. Regarding a single Code Pink protester, ABC’s Terry Moran blamed, “It was the kind of unsettled emotions that Donald Trump has sparked in many people around the country.”