Even though the Democrats are in control of the White House and Congress, the media found a way to blame the GOP and conservatives for an upcoming fiscal “catastrophe,” future terrorist attacks and of course the continued spread of Covid.
During the debate over the budget and the debt ceiling, lib journalists put the onus on Republicans to concede to progressive demands. MSNBC’s Joy Reid attacked Republicans for “recklessly gambling” with the economy. NBC’s Chuck Todd pressed GOP Senator Mike Braun: “Why use [the debt ceiling] as a way to punish the American economy?” CBS Morning’s co-host Tony Dokoupil badgered GOP Senator Pat Toomey “Your party could relieve us of….this potential catastrophe.”
Even though President Joe Biden left Afghanistan in such a mess that could lead to new foreign terrorist attacks, MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart warned: “I think MAGA and the domestic terror threat is much more worrisome than any foreign threat.” Earlier this month lefty journalists slimed pro-life conservatives as the “American Taliban.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid accused GOP Governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis of willfully spreading Covid: “He [Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis] wants Covid on cruise ships, he wants Covid in the schools. He wants Covid everywhere.”
Celebs also spread their hatred of conservatives. ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel mocked red-staters: “Covid deaths have proven to be much higher in states that voted for Trump.”
The following are just of the most outrageous attacks on conservatives and defenses of progressives by journalists and celebrities over the last month:
Dems Control Congress, But Media Blame Republicans for “Catastrophe”
“The supposed party of fiscal responsibility is recklessly gambling with the entire United States economy. Senate Republicans’ chief ghoul, Mitch McConnell, continued to wake up and choose chaos, blocking efforts to raise the federal debt ceiling, bringing the U.S, a step closer to fiscal catastrophe because what’s more extreme than lighting a match and gleefully watching your own house burn just to own the libs?”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 29.
“Your party could relieve us of this conversation, this anxiety, this potential catastrophe, as [Treasury Secretary] Janet Yellen puts it, of America defaulting on its debt. Someone’s got to be the adult in the room here, why not the Republicans?”
— Co-host Tony Dokoupil to Republican Senator Pat Toomey on CBS Mornings, September 30.
Why Do Republicans Want to “Punish the American Economy?”
"Why play with the American economy and use….this arbitrary phony issue, statutory power that Congress has – that is literally just a magical line in the sand that Congress creates – why use this as a way to punish the American economy?...Why should the Republicans stay on the sidelines here? Why should you be responsible for governing if you’re going to be irresponsible when in the minority?”
— NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to Republican Senator Mike Braun on MSNBC’s MTP Daily, September 28.
MAGA = Worse Than Any “Foreign Threat”
Anchor John Yang: “What I hear you saying is that other forces have changed politics more since 9/11 than 9/11.”
Washington Post columnist/MSNBC The Sunday Show host Jonathan Capehart: “Oh, I think so. I think MAGA and the domestic terror threat is much more worrisome than any foreign threat we could face.”...
New York Times columnist David Brooks: “Yes, I would agree.”
— PBS Newshour, September 10.
Biden Will “Slap” Covid-Spreading DeSantis With a “Stick” If He Has To
“He [Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis] wants Covid on cruise ships, he wants Covid in the schools. He wants Covid everywhere. Apparently wants to spread it everywhere….This was the President saying ‘You’re trying to bully people into being sick. You’re trying to bully teachers into teaching in unsafe environments....I will slap you with a stick and then move you out of the way, Ron DeSantis, if I have to.’”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 9.
“Vindication” of Newsom’s Liberal Lockdown Policies
“Now he [Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom] has something other elected officials don’t have: vindication. This recall election in the end was a referendum on his pandemic policies and the result was a blowout.”
— Correspondent Major Garrett on CBS Mornings, September 15.
Excited By AOC’s “Risky” “Tax the Rich” Dress At Event Full of NYC Liberal Elites
Host Brianna Keilar: “Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended the Met Gala last night, and this may be the dress that is the most remembered from it. On the back of this dress it says ‘Tax The Rich.’...[This] is one of the most expensive and elitist events of the year, and I wonder if you think she thread the needle here with her message and her presence there or not?”
New York Times correspondent/CNN analyst Maggie Haberman: “I think she did….She is hobnobbing with the wealthy. The message of that dress is not a popular message in that crowd. And so there is something risky about doing it.”....
CNN White House correspondent John Harwood: “It’s the opposite of hobnobbing with the wealthy. And it shows the talent that AOC has.”
— CNN New Day, September 14.
War on Terror Revealed America’s “Lowest Impulses”
“The test of 9/11….is whether we could respond to this horrifying assault on America and still be America, still uphold the values that we profess....Yet in our prosecution of the war on terror....We sometimes revealed some of our lowest impulses....The irony is that after spending so many years attempting to spread democracy around the world, democracy at home feels weakened.....Al Qaeda was not what dimmed America’s promise. We, in some ways, did that to ourselves.”
— Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, September 10.
The Real “Leaders” on 9/11
“They [then-ABC, CBS and NBC evening news anchors Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw] were the closest thing that America had to national leaders on 9/11. They were the moral authority for the country on that first day, fulfilling a very historical role of basically counseling the country through this tragedy at a moment its political leadership was largely silent and largely absent from the conversation.”|
— Former Politico editor Garrett Graff in a September 7 article by the AP’s David Bauder.
Biden Drone Mistake “Confirms the Rightness” of His Afghanistan Withdrawal Fiasco?
Host Craig Melvin: “The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was already a rough patch for the Biden administration to say the least, but where, where does this mistake [drone strike that killed 10 Afghani civilians] leave the White House now? How does it fit into the broader story of Afghanistan?
Former Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel: “Well Craig, I would say it just confirms the rightness and correctness of evacuating from Afghanistan.”
— MSNBC’s Craig Melvin Reports, September 20.
“A lot of people are saying when all the adults and the guardrails and everyone else failed or couldn’t take Donald Trump anymore, he [Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley] stayed and protected the country and did the right thing….But, over in delusional America, where disinformation rules the day, there are calls for his firing and worse.”
— Host Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, September 17.
Not a “Momentary Blip” for Victims of New Taliban Dictatorship
“This [Afghanistan withdrawal] is a momentary blip for the President.”
— Washington Post columnist/MSNBC The Sunday Show host Jonathan Capehart on PBS NewsHour, September 3.
Who Will Protect “Afghan Refugees” from the “American Taliban”
“What will we tell the Afghan refugees who just fled those schools for girls back in their home country?...Unfortunately, what we will tell them is that some members of the far right in this country have apparently decided they will resort to intimidation, and in some cases, even violence to get what they want. And they could sweep into power faster than the experts thought possible. Sound familiar? Sort of like an American Taliban. It is starting to look like a combination of theocracy and thugocracy.”
— Host Jim Acosta on CNN Newsroom, September 4.
“They Really Must Hate Women In Texas”
“Texas’s new abortion law….sounds like something straight out of Gilead…. This entire thing about protecting the fetus….It just feels like they really must hate women in Texas, and all across the country....We have an actual Handmaid [Justice Amy Coney Barrett] on the Court….We know all too well what happens when dangerous white men are in power, and decide to exert that power over those of us who are not in power.”
— Host Tiffany Cross on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection, September 4.
CNN Has “News Accountability”
Host Don Lemon: “Social media should be regulated. They should follow the same rules that we follow here in legacy media….You shouldn’t just be able to spread things about people that’s not true. It has a big influence on someone’s livelihood, their credibility, their career, even their lives….The most egregious of it all though...The people who have the biggest platform on social media — ”
Host Chris Cuomo: “They’re all righties….We [CNN] have news accountability.”
— CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight, September 28.
“The face-to-face encounter, the man Nathan Phillips apparently wanted to diffuse the tension and walked up to do exactly that. And surely, the kid, Nick Sandmann, doesn’t seem to be afraid, but he did make a choice and that was to make it into a standoff. That was not a good choice.”
— Host Chris Cuomo disparaging then-Covington High School student Nick Sandmann on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, January 22, 2019. CNN settled a lawsuit with Sandmann.
CNN Is Not Biased, Just “Pro-Decency”
“When you’ve got a propagandist [Donald Trump], a demagogue running for President, then becoming President, and taking pretty clear anti-democracy positions, I think the idea was understandable that anchors….talked about democracy, talked about truth, talked about decency. I don’t think it’s partisan to be pro-democracy, pro-decency, pro-truth.”
— CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter at a September 13 Lehigh University event hosted by former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden.
“Throw Out the Entire Republican Party”
Co-host Sunny Hostin: “Is the Republican Party worth saving? Especially for people of color, because Liz Cheney in my view is no savior, especially for people who look like me and I dare say people who look like you [Ana Navarro]....She voted — by the way — 92 percent of the time voted with Trump.”...
Co-host Joy Behar: “Yeah, but Sunny, the alternative is even worse than her. That’s the problem.”
Hostin: “Well, I’m saying, let’s just throw out the entire Republican Party.”
— ABC’s The View, September 23.
Behar Rages at Two Dems Refusing to Vote for Socialism: “Enemies” of “Democracy”
“These people [West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, Arizona Democratic Senator Krysten] Sinema are destroying the country….I don’t think people understand how dire the situation is. If Joe Biden loses, if the Democrats lose, the Republicans who are so corrupt right now and we all know that, they will move in, Trump will run in 2024, he might win because of all the cheating that is going on….Manchin and Sinema must be brought to task. They are the enemies right now, of the democracy….It is really on life support right now because of these two people.”
— Co-host Joy Behar on ABC’s The View, September 29.
Whoopi Worries When She Realizes AOC is Talking About Taxing Her Income
“You know what freaked me out about this [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wearing a ‘Tax the Rich’ dress at The Met Gala] I’ve been trying to figure out. Because they say the 1 percent. You know how much the top 1 percent is considered? People who make about $421,000 a year make you part of the 1 percent. For me this is outrageous.”
— Co-host Whoopi Goldberg on ABC’s The View, September 14.
Did He Actually Watch Any of the Afghanistan Withdrawal?
“I’m still flabbergasted that he [President Joe Biden] pulled this [Afghanistan withdrawal] off with such grace and precision and safety. Everything that we’ve been told by the media, the mainstream media, by pundits who did nothing but spend weeks criticizing his exit from Afghanistan. I don’t get it.”
— Film director Michael Moore in a September 10 interview with The Hill.
“Mad Genius” Osama Bin Laden “Won”
“The headline is ‘In the End, Bin Laden Won and We Helped Him Do it.’...The evil genius of bin Laden was to draw us over there and lose not only thousands of our young men and women in battle....That we would demolish our own democracy….It almost makes him look like a mad genius....We spent trillions of dollars of our money instead of taking care of our own people who suffered during this time, when we weren’t ready for this pandemic. And once it happened we had a crazy guy [Donald Trump] in office....It kind of looks like we defeated ourselves and all he did was strike the match.”
— Film director Michael Moore on MSNBC’s Alex Witt Reports, September 5.
Kimmel Mocks Red Staters Who Died From Virus, Believe in the Bible
“This is an interesting statistic. Covid deaths have proven to be much higher in states that voted for Trump. Basically, if your state has more GEDs than PhDs, stay indoors. Of the 54,000 Americans who’ve died from Covid since the start of the summer, almost 1 in 5 of them died in Florida. Which my God, all those orphan ferrets. It’s a shame.”
— Host Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, September 13.
“[Florida Republican Senator] Rick Scott is worried that fighting climate change will destroy jobs. Which, even if that was true, which it isn’t, you know what else will destroy jobs? Armageddon….You would think these politicians who call themselves conservatives might want to conserve….It’s weird. The more likely you are to believe God flooded the Earth, the less likely you are to believe the ice caps are melting.”
— Host Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!