By Curtis Houck | October 14, 2015 | 12:06 AM EDT

In the first minutes after the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger sang the praises of Hillary Clinton for having performed “extraordinarily well” and made herself “so adept at making herself the candidate of both experience and change.”

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 11:59 PM EDT

During Tuesday’s debate on CNN, Don Lemon  offered a question from a liberal audience member about how unreasonable Republicans can be. Panelist Lemon read a query from a woman in Manassas, quoting, “President Obama has had a difficult time getting Republicans to compromise on just about every agenda.” Lemon continued, “How will you approach this going forward and will it be any different? Senator?” 

By Ken Shepherd | October 13, 2015 | 11:03 PM EDT

Heading out to commercial break shortly before 10:30 p.m. Eastern, CNN Democratic debate moderator Anderson Cooper cracked a joke that implied the debate audience was full of potheads, or at least former ones.

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 10:48 PM EDT

On the subject of illegal immigration, CNN's debate went left with debate panelist Juan Carlos Lopez hitting Bernie Sanders for not being liberal enough. Lopez demanded, “Senator Sanders, in 2013 you voted for immigration reform. But in 2007 when the Democrats controlled Congress and the Bush White House was on board, you voted against it.” He then attacked the senator: “Why should Latino voters trust you now when you left them at the altar at the moment when reform was very close?”

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 10:25 PM EDT

Rallying to the aid of fellow 2016 Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton during the first debate Tuesday night, Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) angrily lamented the focus on Clinton’s e-mail scandal and berated the media for covering Clinton’s “damn e-mails.”

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 9:44 PM EDT

With her first debate question of the night, CNN’s Dana Bash wondered if Hillary Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War could simply be forgiven. Talking to another Democratic candidate, Lincoln Chafee, Bash lectured, “You were the only Republican in the Senate to vote against the Iraq War. You say Secretary Clinton should be disqualified from the presidency because she voted in favor of using force in Iraq.” Bash added, “She has since said her vote was a mistake. Why isn't that good enough?”

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT

Tuesday may be the Democratic debate night, but that didn’t stop an angry Chris Matthews from trashing Marco Rubio as a “pathetic” “sock puppet.” Before the CNN debate began, the MSNBC Hardball anchor derided conservative donor Sheldon Adelson as a “sugar daddy” who will likely endorse the Republican.

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 8:18 PM EDT

On Tuesday night ahead of the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News put forth their best efforts to paint a favorable scene for Hillary Clinton by touting her as “relatable” while “need[ing] to show voters a different side” as she shoulders the “burden” of trying “to protect her front-runner status.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 13, 2015 | 7:57 PM EDT

After momentarily berating Bernie Sanders flack Tad Devine over the socialist's prickliness about being questioned about his technically being an independent, not a registered Democrat, Hardball host Chris Matthews tonight praised the Vermont senator's dovish tack on foreign policy, hailing how he would keep the U.S. out of "all those goddamn wars!"

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 6:22 PM EDT

Just hours ahead of Tuesday’s 2016 Democratic presidential debate on CNN, the network was already in spin mode for Hillary Clinton down to the most minute detail as senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny marveled during The Situation Room at the sight of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin surveying the stage for Clinton to gather “a sense of what this evening is going to be.”

By Mark Finkelstein | October 13, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT

First Sanders, now Trumka—are there any capitalists left on the left? On the most recent Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders made news when Chuck Todd asked him if he was a capitalist.  "No," shot back Sanders, "I'm a democratic socialist." Mark Halperin was obviously taken enough by the question as to pose it on today's With All Due Respect to Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO.

"No, I'm a trade unionist, quite frankly," retorted Trumka.  When Halperin tried to pursue the issue, Trumka laughed it off, calling it  a "silly question." Silly? The biggest union boss in America opposes the economic system that made this country great and which creates the private sector jobs his members fill?  Employers have to bargain with people who reject the very premise upon which their businesses rest? Silly? You're killing us, Richard.  Or should we say "Mr. President," which was the obsequious way in which Halperin and co-host John Heilemann addressed Trumka. But kudos to Halperin for posing and then pursuing the question.

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM EDT

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday was forced to respond to an accusation that he is too close to the Clintons. As first noted on the Weekly Standard (and highlighted on the Drudge Report), the anchor was listed as a “notable past member” for a 2007 conference he moderated at the Clinton Global Initiative. Cooper assailed, “With all due respect to the Weekly Standard, this is total bunk.”