MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry sat down with outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder for an exclusive interview for Essence magazine that aired on Sunday morning and the MSNBC host eagerly gushed over his tenure at the Justice Department. Speaking to Holder, Harris-Perry played up how over at MSNBC “we call you the duck” because “we say you have a very sort of placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath." The MSNBC host proceeded to ask if he "would you quack for us?”
This week, journalists — no doubt trying to be helpful — tell Republicans to bypass conservatives if they want to have any hope of winning, while others in the media seize on the measles outbreak to slam conservatives as having "a problem with science." Also: an NBC correspondent slams the late Iraq war hero Chris Kyle as a "racist" who went on "killing sprees," and actress Ashley Judd ludicrously claims Hillary Clinton would be "the most overqualified candidate we've had since, you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington."
Joe Scarborough's defense of Brian Williams amounts to a warning to people in the media and politics: I know a lot about many of you, too.
On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough ominously said: "in over a decade in this news business, it is fair to say looking straight in the camera, I've seen a lot, I know a lot, and I know that there are very few people in this industry or in politics that could live by the standard of perfection. Cast the first stone? I would be careful."
Following zero coverage on Thursday evening of President Obama drawing a moral equivalency between ISIS and Christians, the networks continued their blackout into a second straight news cycle with no mention of it on any of their Friday morning newscasts. The evening broadcasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC combined to exclude any mention that the President told attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast that acts of terrorism carried out by Islamic extremists are similar to Christianity being the grounds for the Crusades, slavery, and Jim Crow.
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd was simultaneously critical and sympathetic toward President Obama while lamenting the commander-in-chief's poor handling of foreign policy: "...you do get the sense that there is a form of Iraq war syndrome that has impacted the administration here. Where are they doing everything that they want to do or are they only doing what they think they can do under the circumstances just because of the way the Iraq war was impacted so much of the political psyche and their own psyche?"
MSNBC's resident socialist Lawrence O'Donnell made a whopper of a historical claim on the Thursday edition of his program. In the midst of ripping President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech earlier in the day, O'Donnell asserted that "Catholicism was the most murderous force on the face of the Earth for hundreds of years."
As NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams became embroiled in a major controversy on Thursday over his false story of being shot at in Iraq, he joined a growing list of NBC journalists whose credibility has been shredded in recent months in the wake of various scandals.
Should the United States not send arms to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia because our country would be angered if Russia armed Mexico against Texas? A strange analogy, no?
But it's the one Joe Scarborough made on today's Morning Joe: "what is Vladimir Putin's response going to be to the United States arming Ukraine? Certainly I would guess no better than, you know, the Russians arming Mexico with weapons against Texas."
On Wednesday, frequent MSNBC guest Jackie Kucinich published a story at the Daily Beast website detailing how some of Hillary Clinton's biggest backers are anti-vaxxer activists. So surely MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews brought Kucinich on his program to note Clinton's ties to nutty vaccine-deniers, right? Nope. To the contrary, Matthews opened his program gushing over Clinton's tweet from Monday evening praising vaccines.
Should GOP candidates take advice from Chris Matthews? The liberal host on Tuesday night cheered Jeb Bush for standing up to conservatives, touting the likely 2016 candidate for having "guts." The MSNBC anchor pleaded with Bush to keep it up. In a closing commentary, Matthews lauded: "I'm watching Jeb Bush show a lot of guts out there, defending national education standards, and the opportunity for people who came to this country illegally, to become Americans."
While discussing answers by former and likely future presidential candidates on whether they have ever used drugs, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell invoked President Barack Obama’s book Dreams From My Father on Tuesday to provide Obama’s answer to the question in what became a gushing tribute that included a nearly three minute reading from the book. O’Donnell proclaimed that the memoir was the “most honest,” “open,” “artful,” and “finest literary work ever authored by a President of the United States” despite the book not containing “the whole truth of Barack Obama's life.”
On Monday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brought on Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief of the liberal Huffington Post, to discuss the fallout following Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) controversial comments on vaccines. Speaking to Maddow, Grim strangely connected the libertarian Koch brothers to those who oppose vaccines, arguing that “the only kind of overlap here is the kind of anti- authority, anti-government, and anti-science bent that you see among a lot of the climate change deniers. You know, that was very much generated and fueled by the Koch brothers.”