Lester Holt pressed Donald Trump, Jr. on Thursday's NBC Nightly News on whether his billionaire father can show his emotional side: "We...sometimes look for our leaders to be compassionate — to console us during national tragedy. We saw President Obama in Dallas a week or so ago. We haven't seen that Donald Trump. Is this a man that can cry? Can he emote? Can he wrap his arms around the country in times of crisis?" Holt later repeated his question on whether the elder Trump can cry.
By Scott Whitlock | | July 21, 2016 | 10:08 PM EDT
First it was MSNBC warning viewers before showing anti-Hillary Clinton buttons. On Thursday, Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd agreed that mentioning the names of big cities is racist “coded language.” Matthews previewed Donald Trump’s convention speech and was horrified over the presence of words such as “Baltimore” and “Washington D.C.”
By Curtis Houck | | July 21, 2016 | 9:13 PM EDT
For years, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews has referred to Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Tex.) as Joe McCarthy or emulating McCarthyism and so he seized on Cruz’s fiery convention speech to claim Thursday night that he’s a McCarthyite playing “a perfect villain” for the Republican Party and Donald Trump. Matthews also went as far as dubbing Trump “Mr. Winner” who became a victim getting “punched around” by Cruz that Republicans have since rallied against to prop Trump back up.
By Scott Whitlock | | July 21, 2016 | 8:13 PM EDT
The Republican National Convention isn’t over yet, but MSNBC is already telegraphing how it will cover the Democratic Convention. Liberal host Chris Hayes, who has been anchoring live coverage this week, talked to a top aide of Hillary Clinton. Citing the “lock her up chant,” Hayes whined, “Does it make you wonder about the intensity of negativity that will be this campaign stretch for about 100 days between the end of convention and Election Day?”
By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2016 | 8:10 PM EDT
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, appeared in live PBS/NPR convention coverage on Wednesday night and walked into a barrage of liberal questions designed to shame him and separate him from Donald Trump, who they implied was a terrible Christian. “Conservative” PBS David Brooks not only suggested Trump has no Christian virtues, he told Perkins that social conservatives should sit out the election – obviously making it easier to elect Hillary Clinton.
By Matthew Balan | | July 21, 2016 | 8:07 PM EDT
On Thursday's Situation Room, CNN's Scottie Nell Hughes claimed that Ted Cruz's controversial speech at the Republican National Convention "killed conservatism" or "severely damaged it, at the very least." The Trump supporter outlined that "those that were...sort of, in the Cruz movement" caused an "embarrassment;" and that supposedly, Cruz "not only ended his career, but...ended the Tea Party...[and] everything that he represented" with his speech. Amanda Carpenter and Kevin Madden pushed back against her claim.
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 21, 2016 | 7:28 PM EDT
On Thursday's New Day, during a discussion of the Republican National Convention failing so far to post a ratings boost in contrast with past years, CNN Senior Reporter for Media and Politics Dylan Byers at one point put down the lineup of Republican speakers so far as mostly being a "dog's breakfast of D-list talent."
As co-host Alisyn Camerota burst out laughing at his jab at Republicans, fellow panel member and CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter jumped in to slightly tone down his colleague's negative assessment: "Well, a B-C list."
By Curtis Houck | | July 21, 2016 | 7:24 PM EDT
Making an early Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough briefly reminded both viewers and fellow media members that, contrary to the liberal media’s uproar over the level of anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric, the Democrats hurled plenty of ugly material in the direction of then-candidate and President George W. Bush at their 2000 and 2004 Democratic National Conventions.
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 21, 2016 | 6:05 PM EDT
On Thursday's New Day on CNN, as a panel discussed the Republican National Convention, CNN political commentator Errol Louis suggested that "angry" convention crowds and their "mob chant" could put Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "back in her sweet spot" so that she can argue that she is preferable in the White House in contrast with the "craziness" on the other side. For her part, CNN correspondent Maeve Reston declared that the conventon so far is appealing to the "Fox News crowd" by focusing on issues like Benghazi.
By Dylan Gwinn | | July 21, 2016 | 5:46 PM EDT
North Carolina is one of few states to resist the Rainbow Jihad, and refuse to completely cave on their law (HB2), enforcing single-sex bathroom usage in their state. However, that decision may have cost them the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, and an estimated $100 million dollars in revenue.
By Randy Hall | | July 21, 2016 | 5:23 PM EDT
Judging from MSNBC weeknight anchor Rachel Maddox's actions while covering Wednesday night's events at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, she has never heard the motto “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.”
In an obvious attempt to diminish the importance of GOP speaker Natalie Gulbis before she had a chance to utter a single word, the liberal host stated that Gulbis “is the 492-ranked pro golfer in the world” and mocked her for being on one season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice reality show.
By Kristine Marsh | | July 21, 2016 | 3:54 PM EDT
On MSNBC’s The Place for Politics Thursday afternoon, anchor Andrea Mitchell repeatedly invited her Democrat guests to bash the Republican National Convention for it’s supposed ugly “tone” and “vitriol” towards Hillary Clinton. In two separate interviews on the show, Mitchell tried to paint this RNC convention as somehow worse in attacking the opposing candidate than other conventions.
By Clay Waters | | July 21, 2016 | 3:19 PM EDT
In Thursday’s New York Times, reporter Alexander Burns brought in Walter Mondale, failed presidential candidate in 1984, to bash Trump as a “hate advocate” in “Trump May Break Mold, but He Fits a Pattern, Too.” (A Nazi one.) Another aggrieved reporter defended Hillary Clinton from GOP “venom” that had a “strikingly sinister tone that makes the days of Swift-boating and Bush-bashing at past conventions seem tame.”
By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2016 | 3:09 PM EDT
Many leftists thought that they would attract huge, unprecedented crowds of protesters and cause a great deal of mayhem at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.
Tuesday evening at USNews.com, Steven Nelson, appearing to assume facts which have thus far not been supported by evidence, wrote that the protest crowds (and arrests) have been light "despite the nomination of Donald Trump eliciting a rage from progressives that rivals or exceeds their hatred of former President George W. Bush." Hmm, Steven. Maybe your premise is wrong. One of the protesters' excuses, at first glance, seems like a real howler — but if it's somehow actually correct, it's an argument to keep Ohio's gun laws exactly as they are, and to ensure that all other states follow suit.
By Karen Townsend | | July 21, 2016 | 3:02 PM EDT
Wednesday's episode of Netflix’s Chelsea, titled “LGBTQ Life with Jane Lynch & E.J. Johnson,” was an ode to all things “queer” – lesbian, gay and transgender, in particular. After lesbian actress Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) and E.J. Johnson, a cross-dressing gay man who is the son of basketball legend Magic Johnson, recounted their own personal stories, Chelsea introduced a “gender reassignment surgeon.”