CBS and NBC continued their refusal on Monday evening to criticize the Obama administration’s handing of Iraq and so-called policy on ISIS as the Islamic terror group seized control of Ramadi over the weekend. While those two networks continued to spin for the White House, ABC bucked the trend from the network morning newscasts by providing a blunt critique of the Obama administration for “painting far too rosy a picture of how this war is going for far too long.”
While CBS This Morning and ABC's Good Morning America on Monday completely ignored Hillary Clinton's continued refusal to take press questions, NBC's Today gave the controversy a scant 45 seconds of air time.
CNN's Chris Cuomo asserted that Jeb Bush "doesn't seem to be the new Republican" on Monday's New Day, after the former Florida governor voiced his support of traditional marriage during a recent interview on CBN. Cuomo later underlined that Bush is "going to have to figure out how to please the plurality" on the marriage issue, and added that "this is not a well-calculated move on that front."
During an appearance on FBN's Varney & Co. on Monday, MRC President Brent Bozell blasted ABC's George Stephanopoulos for failing to inform both ABC News and his viewers that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. He also took ABC News to task for "giving the middle finger to America" by not considering the donations a big deal.
On Monday, both CBS This Morning and NBC's Today seized on the same talking point that 2016 Republican candidates were "struggling" with questions about the Iraq war and that the issue "keeps tripping everybody up."
With the bleak news on Monday that Ramadi had fallen to the terrorist group ISIS, the three networks minimized an examination of Barack Obama's responsibility. Despite hyping the problems 2016 Republicans face in connection to Iraq, ABC, NBC and CBS were more reserved on the issue of ISIS. On CBS This Morning, Holly Williams allowed, "What is clear is that despite nine months of U.S. lead air strikes in Iraq, ISIS is still capable of seizing territory."
On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski criticized George Stephanopoulos for covering the story of the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he had donated to it. But Brzezinski's biggest blast was reserved for ABC, which had hired the hyper-partisan Clinton adviser in the first place.
Brzezinski hit the "lack of judgment of the people who are hiring him to think that he can just erase [his close Clinton ties] from his brain."
David Letterman may have grown more liberal over the years, but days before his last show this Wednesday, he aired a cute anti-Obama video imagining how mothers Obama called on Mother’s Day reacted to getting a phone call from the President. It’s just what you’d dream of doing if Obama ever called you.
“There’s three things I tell people that the Russians were afraid of: AIDS, Jewish people and Ronald Reagan.”Question: “In that order?” Reply: “I think Ronald Reagan took the top spot. They thought he would push the button.” One more reason to love Reagan.
Friday's NBC Nightly News picked up where Today left off earlier in the day by hyping former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's "long week," after his Monday remark that he would have authorized an invasion of Iraq if he had been president in 2003. Lester Holt echoed Savannah Guthrie in underling that Bush has "struggled since then to put daylight between him and his brother's legacy on Iraq." He also asserted that Karl Rove's refusal to endorse him during his interview on Today was "another potential blow...to Bush's White House ambitions."
It's easy for people--with the possible exception of Jeb Bush--to say that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq knowing what we know now about WMD there.
But Chris Matthews took things a foolish step further on this evening's Hardball, actually claiming that "there was no intelligence they had a weapon. Never was." Really? So Hillary, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy et al. were collective fabricators when they issued dire warnings, based on the intelligence they had seen, about Saddam's WMD?
After having stayed silent on the George Stephanopoulos scandal on Thursday, MSNBC finally covered the story with multiple segments on Friday’s Morning Joe devoted to Stephanopoulos’s previously undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation. Surprisingly, the main theme that was derived from segments of banter was how the panelists were struck by the ABC News chief anchor’s inability to disclose the $75,000.