Despite ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber being grilled by both Republicans and Democrats in a Tuesday congressional hearing over his infamous remarks that the health care law was passed due to "the stupidity of the American voter," none of the Big Three network morning shows on Wednesday made any mention of the latest development in the controversy.
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos scored an exclusive interview with Barack Obama on Tuesday and used the occasion to accuse George W. Bush of "betraying" America. The journalist quizzed the President on the Senate's new report on the CIA and torture. He demanded, "Is this the responsibility of President Bush? Did he betray American values?"
Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today, former CIA Director Michael Hayden went after the network for hyping the so-called "torture report" released by Senate Democrats on Tuesday. After Hayden denounced the partisan report as something that "reads like a prosecutorial screed rather than an historical document," co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed him on what he disagreed with. Hayden replied: "Well, I disagree with the fact that you're claiming it to be news. These topics and subjects were all out there."
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared Tuesday night on “Cavuto” on the Fox Business Channel to discuss former ABC reporter Ann Compton’s revelation that President Obama unleashed angry, even “profanity-laced” tirades at the press in off-the-record briefings.
"My guess in this case, it's safe to uncork a profanity laced tirade when you’re off the record,” Graham said. “I would argue that it was probably designed to get them to stop saying anhing about so-called Obama scandals on the air or in their newspapers. It’s winning through intimidation.”
On the December 9 edition of his Hardball program, host Chris Matthews suggested that former Vice President Dick Cheney is a masochist who should not be trusted with the call about when to deploy potentially torturous enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorist detainees.
"Candy Crowley resigned from CNN last week. Crowley will be remembered for her many achievements, such as becoming the first woman to win a presidential debate. Speaking of Crowley, she will remain at CNN until January for State of the Union address, where she is expected to load all necessary talking points into President Obama’s teleprompter." -- Jodi Miller
Barack Obama appeared on Black Entertainment Television, Monday, and faced little in the way of tough questioning. The President asserted that racism is "something that is deeply rooted in our society. It's deeply rooted in our history." ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday highlighted the BET interview, but ignored Obama's critique.
Don Lemon rushed to President Obama's defense on Monday's CNN Tonight, after guest Tavis Smiley attacked the Democrat from the left over supposedly not doing enough to help blacks. Smiley asserted that the President needed to "provide the kind of moral leadership...the kind of focus on a social justice agenda that would make sure...we aren't still dealing with what he called the triple threat of racism, poverty, and militarism." Lemon went on to confront his guest about his critique of the chief executive.
Appearing on MSNBC's NewsNation on Tuesday, NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel took the Democrat-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to task for its so-called "torture report" slamming CIA interrogation tactics used against terrorist detainees: "I think this is really about changing the narrative of American history....everyone in the world knew what was going on, including by the way, the Senate, which is now pretending to be a bit of a babe in the woods."
Last Friday, a Democrat-led investigation failed to find evidence linking Chris Christie to the 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. After initially ignoring the report, ABC allowed 16 seconds on Friday's World News. Anchor David Muir briefly deemed this "welcome news" for the New Jersey Governor and 2016 contender.
On Monday's CNN Newsroom, Jeanne Moos zeroed in on the largely-negative response to a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC's music video-style ad, which features a country music song about the former First Lady. Moos wasted little time before reporting that "at least one website warns, 'This pro-Hillary cowboy anthem will make your ears bleed.'"
On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, moderator Chuck Todd fretted that after the show he would be inundated with complaints about his news coverage, but not from conservatives: "I'm going to get a ton of emails today, 'Gosh darn you, Meet the Press, great news on the economy, and you haven't done anything giving President Obama praise.'"