In the midst of MSNBC’s rolling coverage Friday afternoon of what appeared to be an act of terrorism in Germany, breaking news anchor Brian Williams and NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel used the occasion to lament the rise of “a rightward tilt” in Europe of “intolerant” ideologies and parties against Muslims and Middle Eastern refugees.
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.”
On the eve of the Republican National Convention (RNC), the liberal media had wall-to-wall coverage of both the RNC preparations in addition to the horrible and deadly ambush of Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers but amidst all the seriousness of the situations, there were a handful of utterly baffling comments from anchors and commentators across the liberal media that left viewers either laughing, shaking their heads or both.
Predictably, some in the media sprinted to their corners minutes after news broke on Sunday that multiple Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers had been shot dead with an MSNBC guest lashing out at “maniacs running around our country saying crazy things” concerning President Barack Obama and not individuals committing such atrocities but the guns they’re able to use to carry them out.
During a discussion on Friday about the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France a guest on MSNBC claimed something absolutely ridiculous. Former United States Intelligence Officer Malcom Nance claimed that both the attack in Orlando, Florida and the attack in San Bernardino, California were not necessarily acts of ISIS terror. He pointed to instances of personal turmoil in the attackers’ lives as evidence that they were driven by other motives.
TVNewser's Chris Ariens reported on Wednesday that Luke Russert will be leaving NBC News, as of Friday. Ariens quoted from a statement by NBC Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland, who labeled the journalist "our dogged Capitol Hill correspondent." However, Russert made it clear from the very start of his career at the Big Three network that he had a liberal slant. Most recently, he gushed over the pro-gun control sit-in by congressional Democrats inside the House chamber in June 2016.
In the initial moments following the Dallas, Texas interfaith service on Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the slain Dallas police officers, MSNBC hailed President Barack Obama’s very politicized speech as “part sermon, part speech” and one that “[spoke] to our angels” reminiscent of his Charleston, South Carolina address on June 26, 2015.
Far-left Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson conducted Monday afternoon interviews with CNN and MSNBC in light of his weekend arrest during a Baton Rouge, Louisiana protest and each went quite differently as MSNBC’s Kristen Welker allowed Mckesson to recklessly blame police for the deadly Dallas shootings because no one would have been in the street if they hadn’t shot black men to death.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams has been hosting the live reaction to the horrible shooting in Dallas. On Friday, the journalist brought on a guest to claim that Black Lives Matter protesters have never been “anti-police.” Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP and Williams also hinted that more gun control was needed in the wake of the killing.
MSNBC quickly dispatched with Thursday’s four-hour-plus House Oversight Committee hearing featuring FBI Director James Comey on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal in favor of covering the police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, but not before political analyst and former Bush official Nicolle Wallace could decry the hearing as a “sad situation and state of affairs.” Dubbing Comey “the only hero” that stood out to her, Wallace opined that Comey ensured that “[a]nyone who thinks that the FBI is rigged or that the entire government is rigged was proven wrong today.”
FBI Director James Comey on Thursday testified for hours on why he recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton. But his testimony can be boiled down to this tense exchange with Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Yes, Hillary gave classified data away to people who shouldn’t have it. When journalists cover the hearings, will they focus on this exchange?
CNN and MSNBC could barely contain their excitement in the moments following Tuesday’s Hillary Clinton rally featuring President Obama on the heels of the FBI deciding not to recommend charges in her e-mail scandal as MSNBC’s Brian Williams and CNN’s Jim Sciutto seemed to be acting as though Obama was still the candidate (and not Clinton).