The morning after the shock news that Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia died, ABC and NBC actually opened their Sunday shows with nice tributes to the “legendary” “American original,” seeing the conservative as a “giant” who was “funny and sarcastic.” That didn’t stop Good Morning America and Today from constantly referring to Scalia as “controversial.”
Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer received the first comments late Saturday night on FNC’s post-Republican debate coverage and ruled that if the Democratic debates could be described as “skirmishes with the occasional subtle jabs,” the latest GOP debate on CBS could be chalked up to being a “thermonuclear” war “if the previous Republican debates have been World War I or II.”
Opining on MSNBC’s breaking news coverage early Saturday evening on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, hosts Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams took respective swings at the Senate Republicans for wanting “a functionless Supreme Court for an entire year” and for originalists like Scalia for failing to “anticipate” things like abortion, airplanes, and iPhones.
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin took part in the network’s post-Republican debate panel Saturday night and used the occasion to lecture the GOP candidates for all having “bad moments” in “a raucous screamfest” and rallied to the defense of Chief Justice John Roberts to lament the direction of the party he doesn’t even belong to. Further, liberal CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley proclaimed that “Donald Trump won the debate” by being “bombastic” and prepared “to rumble” with the five other candidates.
CBS News Republican Debate moderator John Dickerson appropriately began Saturday’s proceedings with a large block devoted to the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. However, he chose to approach it from a liberal direction by arguing to Donald Trump that conservatives should kowtow to President Obama’s nominee because they would if he were a Republican. Later, he parroted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s statement whining about the impending fight over a likely liberal nominee and the Republican opposition.
As part of its coverage on Saturday following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, CBS Evening News Saturday anchor Jim Axelrod made sure to invoke Scalia’s “controversial comments” from December regarding affirmative action. Following reports from senior legal correspondent Jan Crawford and Justice Department correspondent Paula Reid, Axelrod cited a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts and then went pivoted to hyping Scalia as “a fiery conservative” who led “a strict interpretation of the Constitution and known for his theatrical flare in the courtroom.”
During the ABC News Special Report on Saturday concerning the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, chief foreign correspondent and longtime Supreme Court reporter Terry Moran opined that while Scalia was “a towering figure,” the conservative Justice “didn’t win that much” and thus was relegated to dissents that were “scathing and sarcastic but were loud and clear.”
On Friday, Media Research Center Research Director Rich Noyes targeted PBS on Fox Business Network's Risk and Reward over their failure to ask Hillary Clinton about her ongoing e-mail scandal at their Democratic presidential debate on Thursday. Noyes pointed out that "the far-left MSNBC did ask Hillary Clinton about this at their debate last week. Very gently, they said, can you reassure Democratic voters that this won't be a problem? PBS won't even go as far as MSNBC in bringing this issue before people vote. It's amazing."
Welcome to the official Evangelical Christian Church of America, brought to you by President Ted Cruz . . .
That's the scare-mongering scenario that Joy Reid painted on MSNBC today. Reid alleged that as president, Cruz would "ignore" the part of the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of a national religion. She in essence falsely accused Cruz of planning to establish evangelical Christianity as the law of the land.
In a segment aired on Friday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres began a gushing softball interview with President Obama by thanking him for pushing the gay rights agenda: “I cannot tell you or thank you enough for what you have for the gay community. So, thank you.”
ABC, CBS, NBC's Friday evening newscasts all failed to mention Islamism as a possible motive in their coverage of the machete attack inside an Ohio restaurant on Thursday. ABC's World News Tonight didn't even use the word "terrorism" during their report on Mohamed Barry's rampage. Alex Perez merely noted that "Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under a full-scale investigation." CBS's Jeff Pegues underlined that "police say the assault has the hallmarks of a terrorism-inspired attack." Pegues was also the only Big Three correspondent to report that Barry was "here in the U.S. on a green card."
Appearing on Friday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, President Obama lamented the “Twitter culture” in which people “expect quick answers without sacrifice” and complained about supposedly unfair media coverage: “The amount of stuff that is just put out there on the internet or on sometimes news broadcasts that are just factually inaccurate is surprising and it’s really hard to catch up.”