In the past, the hosts of CBS This Morning fawned over Hillary Clinton and potential candidate Elizabeth Warren, but on Tuesday they grilled Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The Senator appeared to promote his new book, but Charlie Rose focused on Paul's stand against government surveillance. He dismissed, "Senator McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham have both said this is revenue-raising, that is a performance."
While ignoring the rolling release of her State Department e-mails, Tuesday’s CBS This Morning did find time to tout Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton making the number two spot on the annual Forbes magazine list of the world’s most powerful women.
In a story for Tuesday’s NBC Today devoid of any Hillary Clinton critics, correspondent Andrea Mitchell highlighted “one Democratic ally,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, “considered a potential running mate by some should Clinton win the nomination,” dismissing the e-mail scandal still swirling around the former Secretary of State as a “side show.”
Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul.
Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on beningly as Ellison praises Paul. Let's read Bill's mind: every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed that it was Paul standing with Ellison, not the other way around,since Ellison and his fellow lefties were first to stake out those positions and Paul has now decided to become a "liberal Democrat" on them. Ouch!
One last fun video from the Late Show with David Letterman which ended on Wednesday night. From its last Monday night program, a clip from Vice President Biden’s commencement address the day before at Yale University. The Late Show tagged it “Joe Biden: What?” And watching it will certainly induce a “what?” – at the very least. Biden is the gift who keeps on giving.
In a surprising change of pace, ABC on Friday actually covered an Atlanta man who defended himself with a gun to stop a carjacking. NBC's Today completely ignored the story, despite a four-hour running time. CBS This Morning allowed a scant eight seconds on the story.
On Sunday’s Good Morning America, following a story about two long-lost sisters meeting each other for the first time while attending Columbia University, co-host Paula Faris wound up summarizing pro-life beliefs: “I love that the mom – she’s met one of the daughters – but she said, ‘I'm glad that I chose to give them a chance at life,’ too. Because she was a teen mom.”
Ana Marie Cox remains a committed liberal, her Christian coming out, as she described it, notwithstanding. Even so, she had a raw truth-telling moment this morning that will not please Hillary fans.
On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show, Cox declared that close Hillary associate and informal foreign policy adviser Sidney Blumenthal is "kind of a scumbag." A scandalized Kornacki quickly interjected "that's your characterization!" and a guest from the leftist Guardian dismissed the Hillary-Sidney connection as a campaign issue.
On Al Sharpton's MSNBC show today, former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell dared congressional Republicans to recall Hillary Clinton to testify about Benghazi. Calling Clinton a "tough cookie," Rendell vowed that "Hillary will put them in short pants."
Paging Camille Paglia . . . Rendell surely thought he was paying Hillary a compliment. But is this really the Hillary persona that Dems want to project: that of a woman who makes little boys out of grown men?
Friday's New Day on CNN played up that the Hillary Clinton e-mails revealed by the New York Times "dispute the narrative that has been around for two years that she was trying to cover something up" about the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, as Alisyn Camerota put it. The CNN anchor also wondered, "Isn't this the opposite of what the GOP has been saying about her – that she...tried to keep it secret?"
The morning after he appeared on multiple MSNBC and NBC programs to rip President Obama’s handling of ISIS, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel joined the Friday panel of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to continue his streak of tearing into the President for a “confused” and “self-contradictory” plan that “fights itself.”
In a Thursday column, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler took NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff to task for failing to disclose a 2010 donation to the Clinton Foundation: “It is always a bad idea for a journalist to give money to a political campaign or anything even remotely connected to the activities of a politician or party, or an organization that they might cover. You just shouldn’t do it.”