With the first presidential debate right around the corner CNN’s Brian Stelter amped up his call for debate moderators to be fact-checkers, during Sunday’s Reliable Sources. Of course, most of his concern is focused on Donald Trump with Hillary Clinton being an afterthought, seeing as he lambasted NBC’s Matt Lauer for not doing it.
The Sunday before the first presidential debate of 2016 was filled with analysis and speculation about how the candidates were going to perform. It was the same on CNN’s Inside Politics were their panel touted Hillary Clinton’s ability to debate. Host John King played a clip of Clinton leaving Senator Bernie Sanders speechless after slamming his questions about her speaking fees as a smear, saying it was a clue about how Monday’s debate might turn out.
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO ANCHOR: From Mexico, in fact, we have the latest celebrity endorsement for Hillary Clinton. It's from ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez, who composed a special "corrido" for the candidate.
VICENTE FERNANDEZ: Dear brothers (and sisters), your voice is your vote. Together, we can!
VICENTE FERNANDEZ: (SINGS) I'm Latino to the bone/ very proud of it
And I'll remind you, brother/ we must go hand-in-hand
Until Hillary Clinton/ Has assured victory
At the MRC’s 2016 gala and “DisHonors Awards,” Cal Thomas, the Master of Ceremonies, welcomed the audience before dinner and introduced Father Robert Rippy, who delivered the invocation, and then Army Colonel (Ret.) Fred Johnston led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Alfonso Aguilar, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles: “If there’s somebody who is a hard worker when he goes to Washington, it’s Paul Ryan....”
Host Melissa Harris-Perry: “I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker,’ because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall, because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like. So, I feel you that he’s a hard worker, I do, but in the context of relative privilege.”
“Trump does not discriminate when it come to news outlets. He has blackballed the right-leaning National Review and the left-leaning Mother Jones. The Washington Post, of course, is neutral.”
— CBS’s Nancy Cordes on the June 16 Evening News, talking about Trump’s feud with the Washington Post.
Host Chris Matthews: “But do you think we’d have mass shootings if we didn’t have guns? How would we have them?...We don’t have mass shootings all over Europe. We don’t have mass–”
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum: “What do you mean? We just had a mass shooting in Paris!”
— Exchange on MSNBC’s Hardball on December 1, 2015, just 18 days after the terrorist attack that killed 130 people.