In the October 24 edition of Notable Quotables: CNN host Brian Stelter reports on a North Carolina Republican headquarters being firebombed and wonders if Donald Trump is to blame. NBC News’s Kristen Welker claims the media would be spending more time on Hillary Clinton’s scandals but Trump’s “unforced errors” keep getting in the way. Also in this issue Chris Matthews is transfixed by Hillary Clinton’s “beautiful voice.” And pop singer Madonna makes an offer to voters that Bill Clinton would appreciate.
On Sunday's AM Joy on MSNBC, during a discussion of the possibility Donald Trump might start a right-wing news network, host Joy Reid suggested that such a network could exist for some on the right who think "Fox News doesn't hate Muslims enough." Liberal comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah then cracked that some believe Fox News is "too lazy to join the Klan," and, after recalling incidents of the word "Trump" being used to vandalize mosques, declared "the name 'Trump' is becoming a modern day version of the Swastika."
Tax dodger and riot starter Al Sharpton had a bone to pick with GOP nominee Donald Trump, on his MSNBC Sunday show Politics Nation, for playing coy with accepting the outcome of the election. Sharpton brought on Trump’s Senior Campaign Adviser Boris Epshteyn to browbeat him over the comments saying, “Boris, just how big would Clinton's win have to be for Trump to admit it is, quote, “Not questionable?”” But Boris quickly turned the tables and left Sharpton confused by merely mentioning the explosive new Project Veritas videos.
Early Thursday evening during Hardball, a new MSNBC promo highlighted their unabashedly liberal slant with footage from Monday’s All In of host Chris Hayes giggling over a Donald Trump rally in Wisconsin chanting “Paul Ryan sucks” and an on-screen chryon reading “[t]his is a party foul.”
In the aftermath of the final Presidential debate, this Thursday’s Morning Joe discussed how news headlines circulated surprise and outrage at Donald Trump’s response on accepting the outcome of the election more than any other aspect of the debate that covered a number of social issues as well as economic and foreign policy.
On MSNBC Live Thursday afternoon, campaign correspondent Katy Tur reported from a Donald Trump rally, when she started arguing with what Trump was saying on stage about WikiLeaks. Anchor Andrea Mitchell urged her to explain how Trump was wrong and stressed that there had been no “collusion” between former CNN analyst turned DNC chair Donna Brazile and Hillary Clinton ahead of a Democratic primary debate.
Never one for understatement, ex-Newsweek editor Howard Fineman on Wednesday night accused Donald Trump of having “casual contempt” for 225 years of American democracy. Regarding Trump’s refusal in the final debate to commit to accepting a loss on Election Day, Fineman contended, “It wasn't just what he said that was shocking, it was the way he said it. There was a casual contempt in Donald Trump's voice for 225 years of American political tradition.”
The hosts at MSNBC got out the knives on Wednesday night, dismissing Donald Trump’s debate performance as like that of an “old man in the park feeding squirrels.” (And that was from the network’s official Republican representative.) Chris Matthews scored the debate a “win” for Hillary Clinton and Lawrence O’Donnell saw a “romp” for the Democrat.
Previewing Wednesday’s final presidential debate, MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismissed concerns about voter fraud as nothing more than those “who feel that black people are stealing our elections.” Reid appeared on a Hardball panel and attacked the issue as a “dog whistle to the far right.” She sneered, “It is feeding the Breitbart people who feel that black people are stealing our elections. That's all it is.”
Hours before the final presidential debate, a new poll confirms that journalists have heavily slanted their coverage in favor of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. According to a new Quinnipiac survey, 55 percent of Americans think reporters are biased against the businessman. This included “Republicans 88 – 8 percent and independent voters 61 – 37 percent.”
This morning on MSNBC Live, anchor Stephanie Ruhle interviewed Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and the interview quickly turned condescending. While defending Trump against the allegations and trying to pivot back to talk on Wikileaks, Ruhle lectured Conway that she was setting a bad example for her children by defending Trump. “You’ve got to look at your kids when you go home at night,” Ruhle scolded. “I don’t let my kids watch Donald Trump in the fear that he will say to a woman in the audience, ‘You’re fat,’” she added.
Between Monday night and late Tuesday, various media outlets made the bizarre comparison between Melania Trump’s CNN interview defending husband Donald Trump against allegations of sexual assault to the infamous sit down then-First Lady Hillary Clinton gave to NBC’s Today in 1998 where she denounced accusations against President Bill Clinton as part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”