This just in: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren performed live in a rock concert in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday. According to their devoted groupies at MSNBC, the concert served as an “audition” for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is being vetted for vice president. The two women entered the stage “hand in hand, locked in arms” as they readied the crowd for their performance.
On Wednesday's MSNBC Live, Luke Russert fawned over Rep. John Lewis, as he and his Democratic colleagues staged a pro-gun control sit-in inside the well of the chamber of the House of Representatives. Russert first asked Lewis, "You are a civil rights icon. Your stories are remarkable — beaten within one inch of your life, it has been said. How important is this moment for you?" Russert later wondered, "Put this in history for me....Where does this stack up for you, in terms of what you've been able to accomplish in this life?"
On Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC minimized their coverage of a Pennsylvania jury convicting Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah on 23 federal charges related to a scheme to repay campaign debt from an aborted 2007 bid to become mayor of Philadelphia. Jake Tapper stood out as the only CNN anchor, as of noon on Wednesday, to mention that Fattah was "found guilty on all 23 charges he faced — including racketeering, money laundering, and fraud" during a brief on his program, The Lead. Steve Kornacki also gave a news brief on MSNBC Live.
In the moments following Hillary Clinton’s “heartfelt” remarks on the economy, MSNBC on Tuesday showered the candidate with their ritualistic, post-appearance bravado. Correspondent Kristen Welker described the occasion as one where Clinton “turned up the heat on Trump.” As for reporter Kasie Hunt, the speech was one from a candidate who is “in a groove.”
MSNBC journalists on Monday responded with a shrug to the announcement that the FBI would release the uncensored transcripts the Orlando killer’s 911 calls (after initially redacting parts). NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams could not figure out what the big deal was: "I must say, I don't get the excitement about all of this because we already knew what was in the redactions.”
On Monday afternoon Ed Henson, the owner of the gun shop where ISIS terrorist Omar Mateen purchased his weapons, held a press conference in Port St. Lucie , Florida where he educated the media on the state’s gun laws. Henson was adamant that politics would not be what he focused on and would only stick to the facts. “An evil person came in here and legally purchased two firearm from us,” he stated, “And if he hadn't gotten them from us, I’m sure he would have gotten them from another local gun story in the area.”
While he apologized roughly six minutes later, MSNBC breaking news anchor and disgraced ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams jokingly asked former Republican Senator Mel Martinez of Florida during an interview about the Orlando terror attack if he could find his party in the 2016 election “with a flashlight.”
Fox News reporters and a select number of others have been known to grill White House Press Secretaries in the Obama years and Thursday saw another installment as the Fox News Channel’s chief Washington correspondent James Rosen hammered current Press Secretary Josh Earnest on subjects ranging from President Obama’s Hillary Clinton endorsement to her e-mail scandal.
The cable networks ran a full-court press in covering President Obama’s endorsement on Thursday afternoon of Hillary Clinton with MSNBC giving Brian Williams the keys to the network for a few hours and, in the first 10 minutes, he seemed to blame talk radio for not reminding voters of Donald Trump’s birtherim enough that was, in his words, an “original sin.”
During live MSNBC coverage of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in the 3 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday, NBC correspondents Ayman Mohyeldin and Martin Fletcher took turns blaming Israel’s “right-wing” government for Palestinian “frustration.” Mohyeldin ranted over “...the shift of Israeli politics, including now the current government, more to the right, to what has been described by Israelis as even more of an extreme right-wing government."
In yet another hilarious moment on MSNBC that rivals Kerry Sanders at a gun range, correspondent Chris Jansing had the f-bomb dropped in her direction Monday afternoon when she messed up the camera shot at the start of a Bernie Sanders press conference. Afternoon MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts tossed to Jansing at the Sanders event by asking what the format would be and if it would revolve around a particular topic when Sanders stepped to the mike.
Fresh off his foaming praise for Hillary Clinton’s policy speech in the previous hour, MSNBC handed Hardball host Chris Matthews the keys to the network’s 4:00 p.m. Eastern hour and with a handful of characters, they continued to sing her praises for being “really strong and forceful” and creating a “halleljuah” moment that Democrats should “do more often.”