On Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Fox News contributor Juan Williams joined the liberal media in celebrating Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after his confrontation with Donald Trump. The former NPR correspondent argued “Jorge Ramos is no reporter. So, let’s not equate him with a reporter. He is the Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media in this country. He is the star journalist and he has a certain weight on issues of immigration specifically when he says that to his community this amounts to racism, discrimination, and oppression.”
Fred Francis, veteran reporter for NBC News, didn’t hold back during an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz when he blasted Hillary Clinton for the way she has handled the ongoing controversy surrounding her private e-mail server. Francis argued that “[i]t's now even clearer to the most liberal of reporters who have been supporting her all along that her e-mail and this e-mail debacle, that her e-mail would have been safer if it would have been entrusted to Ashley Madison.”
During a discussion on Thursday’s The Five about the Planned Parenthood videos, liberal co-host Geraldo Rivera suggested to fellow co-host Greg Gutfeld that aborted babies should made into “dog food” and after claiming that he “want[s] a cure” to various diseases using baby parts, Gutfeld schooled him by informing him that he “hope[s] you live long on the backs of dead fetuses.”
Reacting to the news that Jon Stewart and President Obama had secret meetings at the White House, media critic David Zurawik argued that the Daily Show host has become a “tool really of the Obama administration.” During an appearance on Fox News' MediaBuzz, the Baltimore Sun columnist argued that Stewart’s meetings with Obama expose the liberal comedian’s true ideology.
On Tuesday’s edition of The Five on the Fox News Channel (FNC), liberal panelist Geraldo Rivera defended Planned Parenthood in wake of the video scandal concerning body parts from aborted babies, fretting that it “might put an end to the harvesting of what would be garbage” that “may” help contribute to a “cure for cancer” or “heart disease.”
Appearing on Fox News’ Media Buzz, David Zurawik, television and media critic for the Baltimore Sun, hammered President Obama over his relationship with the press and accused him of having “one of the most hostile press administrations in the world.” He asserted: "We have an administration that is as hostile as Richard Nixon's and we've tried to push back and it's guys like Jon Stewart who let him get away with it."
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest held his first press briefing after the massacre of then-four, now-five Americans "at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center a few miles apart" in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A mere three minutes into that briefing, thanks to the Associated Press's Darlene Superville, he was already on another topic: President Obama's upcoming weekend father-daughter outing in New York City. The folks at Fox News's "Outnumbered" show were watching live. Quite understandably, the program's Harris Faulkner took strong exception to Superville's chosen question.
During an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz blasted the liberal media for going easy on Hillary Clinton despite the numerous scandals surrounding her. Speaking to host Howard Kurtz, Cruz accused the media of being “docile” towards Hillary and if “any Republican did what she’s doing right now” the press would be obsessing over it on a daily basis.
Appearing on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, David Zurawik, television and media critic for the Baltimore Sun, blasted NBC News’ decision to bring back Brian Williams after serving a six month suspension for lying about his reporting.
On Sunday's MediaBuzz on Fox News, former CNN correspondent Lola Ogunnaike slammed the reaction of many conservatives to the sexual abuse scandal surrounding the Duggar family. Host Howard Kurtz wondered if "some conservative commentators going easy on the family, because it's somebody who is seen as on their side." Ogunnaike replied, "Absolutely. I think that if this family was a group of atheists, they would have thrown the book at them. They would have raked them over the coals – drawn and quartered the entire family in the middle of Times Square."
The co-hosts of Fox News Channel’s The Five began Tuesday’s show with discussion of actor Vince Vaughn’s comments in support of gun rights and grew rather heated when first-time co-host Geraldo Rivera compared Vaughn to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Rivera insisted “[t]he Second Amendment is most lavishly defended” amendment in “all the Constitution of the United States” and asked if Vaughn’s statements “remind you of Timothy McVeigh and the militias?”
Retiring Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer sat down with FNC's Howard Kurtz on Sunday’s MediaBuzz and did his best to excuse the media’s soft treatment of President Obama in the 2008 campaign. Schieffer conceded the media “were not skeptical enough” before he argued the media have no role in shaping political campaigns: "My feeling is, it is the role of the other -- of the opponents to make the campaign. I think as journalists, basically, what we do is we watch the campaign and we report what the two sides are doing. I think it is the politicians who make the campaign."