Late Tuesday afternoon, CNN and MSNBC were both granted interviews with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and while both had to nearly identical run times (seven minutes and 44 seconds on CNN versus seven minutes and 47 seconds on MSNBC), the two differed on a variety of issues ranging from Clinton’s e-mail scandal to her refusal to hold a press conference to the VA scandal.
New on May 31: In ESPN Magazine, Howard Bryant went on a rant against police officers singing National Anthem before baseball games, denouncing an “authoritarian shift at the ballpark” and “the smothering effect that staged patriotism and cops singing the national anthem in a time of Ferguson have on player expression.”
This morning on MSNBC Live, host Steve Kornacki had liberal actor turned activist George Takei on as a guest. Gone are the days where Star Trek fans remember George Takei as their beloved Mr. Sulu. Now, he has coined the phrase #VoteBlueNoMatterWho, and is encouraging Democrats around the country, specifically Californians, to keep their eye on the prize and get behind Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday's Legal View, CNN's Mark Preston asserted that Donald Trump's latest attack on the media was "an absolute mistake because he doesn't want to necessarily do that." Preston soon added that "Trump deciding to take on the media at this point because he doesn't feel like they are treating him well is actually not a very good strategy — to the point the question was asked to him...do you have a thick enough skin to run for president? And he deflected on that question himself."
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows promptly dismissed talk of a third party conservative candidate stepping forward in the presidential race as “fantasy” and “a fool’s errand.” Hosts and correspondents openly mocked the notion of an independent alternative to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered: “Let's start with this tantalizing tweet from Bill Kristol that there could be a third party candidate....Does this seem realistic, feasible?”
On Sunday's MediaBuzz on FNC, host Howard Kurtz devoted several minutes to the controversy around Katie Couric using a deceptively edited trailer for her pro-gun control documentary in which the trailer makes several pro-gun activists look dumbfounded and unable to answer a straightforward question.
Kurtz took time to show viewers a clip of the trailer in question, and then played audio of how the members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League immediately answered Couric's question about whether convicted felons should be allowed to purchase guns without background checks. CNN's Reliable Sources skipped the controversy, instead focusing on a liberal angle: speculating whether Rush Limbaugh's radio contract is in danger.
On Sunday's This Week on ABC, California Senator Dianne Feinstein seemed to be channeling the Whoopi Goldberg school of flimsy excuse-making as she tried to defend Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server to conduct government business as Secretary of State. Several days after The View co-host Goldberg preposterously claimed that Clinton was just trying to hide email fights with her husband by using the private server -- as if she could not have simply kept personal correspondence in a separate account -- the Democratic Senator whined that Clinton "wants a little bit of a private life" and wants to be able to correspond with family and "not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her emails."
It has been well documented that the left’s favorite accusation to throw at the right is that all Republicans are racists, and use secret “dog whistles” to communicate that message. However, now that the liberal media seem to be in the early stages of panic over Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning, on Sunday, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter wondered if the press have called the right racist enough.
In an encore performance from Thursday night, ABC spent Sunday morning fretting that Hillary Clinton is not doing enough to stop Donald Trump. “Early on her campaign seemed pretty giddy to be running against Donald Trump, but now some people are worried that she's not fighting back hard enough,” stated Good Morning America co-host Dan Harris. “Are they right to be nervous, do you think?” Harris asked to ABC’s John Karl.
Every local TV station does them, especially during sweeps periods, but WCBS 2 News in New York City may outdo them all in its ridiculous promos for crazy segments coming up on the late news. The staff of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver put together a remarkable collection they titled: “What in God’s Name Is Still Happening on WCBS 2 News at 11?”
On Thursday's The View on ABC, during a discussion of the State Department finding that Hillary Clinton violated the agency's rules in spite of warnings by conducting business on a private home email server, co-host Whoopi Goldberg ridiculously rationalized the former Secretary's behavior by sympathetically claiming she was trying to keep personal email fights with her husband from making it into the newspaper.
On Thursday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews doubled down on his admission that the liberal media would “be rooting for Bernie” Sanders in a possible debate with Donald Trump because Sanders is “a true believer” and dreamed that the socialist candidate would use it to “give a wonderful soliloquy” about the need for universal health care.