On Monday’s The View, the liberal co-hosts predictably attacked Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence for not being liberal enough. Co-hosts Joy Behar and CNN’s Sunny Hostin led the charge, claiming that Pence was “incompetent” for his views on everything from global warming to “women’s rights.” Their treatment of Pence was polar opposite of how Behar and Hostin gushed over possible Clinton VP pick Elizabeth Warren on the show just a few weeks ago.
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On the first day of the Republican National Convention, ABC brought on a former colleague of Donald Trump and admitted “lifelong” liberal donor, to bash the presumptive Republican nominee. On Good Morning America Monday morning, George Stephanopoulos interviewed “The Art of the Deal” co-author Tony Schwartz, to talk about his recent scathing interview of Trump published in the New Yorker, where he called Trump a “sociopath.” Will ABC give the same treatment to Hillary Clinton next week at the DNC, with their guest choice?
In the past two election cycles, the media tried to paint the GOP as anti-women. In 2016, they might add “War on LGBT” to that false narrative. On CNN’s Newsroom Thursday morning, anchor Ana Cabrera tried to portray the GOP as bigoted by saying the Republican platform went out of its way to be anti-gay. Cabrera began by asking CNN and Newsbusters contributor Jeffrey Lord if Trump agreed with the Republican party’s platform on same-sex marriage, gender assigned bathrooms, therapy for gay children and religious businesses rights to refuse services to gays and lesbians.
This past week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made negative comments to several media outlets about Donald Trump, calling him a “faker” and joking that she would move to New Zealand if he was elected. A SCOTUS Justice violating her assumed role as an impartial, nonpartisan judge was completely downplayed by the networks, which characterized it as a petty feud. However, even the two most liberal newspapers in the country blasted Ginsburg for calling “her own commitment to impartiality into question.”
As it seems to be a pattern for CNN guests and pundits this week, the Dallas shootings by a man claiming to be influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement has put the liberal media through a tailspin, in their efforts to disassociate the group with the violence. From CNN’s legal analyst Sunny Hostin’s pandering on The View, to longtime contributor Marc Lamont Hill complaining on CNN’s Newsroom and New Day, CNN clearly has an agenda to set on the recent shootings and it has nothing to do with facts.
As The View’s resident lawyer pundit, Sunny Hostin throws around her legal expertise a lot but never so often as when she’s blindly defending Hillary Clinton. The CNN analyst along with co-host Whoopi Goldberg, did her best to defend Clinton against Fox News’s Jedediah Bila on Monday’s morning discussion on The View. After being on vacation for a week, the panel spent the last fifteen minutes of the show discussion last week’s hearing where FBI director James Comey recommended Hillary Clinton not be indicted over her emails, despite her “extreme carelessness.”
On Wednesday night’s Daily Show, host Trevor Noah surprisingly went after Hillary Clinton and her trustworthiness, calling her “Grandma Nixon.” He explained how the FBI had recommended not prosecuting her “despite the fact that just about everything she told us about it for the past year has been a lie.” He showed this with an MSNBC montage of every lie Clinton told about sending classified information over her private email server. After which, Noah sat in disbelief and exclaimed, “Did Hillary tell the truth about anything??!”
Just hours after the FBI recommended Hillary Clinton not be criminally charged by the DOJ, CNN was already dredging up sympathy for Hillary. On CNN Tonight July 5, anchor Don Lemon repeatedly brought up Clinton’s gender in an attempt to show that Clinton was somehow getting harsher treatment than she would if she was a man.
This morning FBI director James Comey recommended to the Department of Justice that no criminal charges be made against Hillary Clinton after concluding their investigation into her private email server. This news evoked strong opinions on either side of the political aisle and some journalists didn’t even pretend to be anything but biased, evidenced by their reaction on Twitter.
After the House Benghazi Committee released their final report on Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the 2012 attacks in Libya that killed four Americans, the political heavyweights at The View had a strong defense for Hillary ready. On Wednesday’s show, liberal panelists Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Raven-Symone and Whoopi Goldberg complained about how unfairly the media has treated Clinton and how unjust it was to spend 7 million dollars of “taxpayer money” into Benghazi.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber filled in for Lawrence O’Donnell as host on The Last Word Monday night, where he and his guests, The Nation’s Joan Walsh and CBS News Sunday Morning Contributor Nancy Giles talked about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech with Hillary Clinton earlier that day. Giles held nothing back in her praise for the pair, calling Warren a “white rap star” who “pumped up Hillary” in a moment that was “almost like testifying” in church.
Monday’s The View opened by discussing this morning’s Supreme Court decision to rule against Texas abortion clinic safety regulations. The panel praised the decision as a victory for women’s rights to “privacy” while co-host Joy Behar said that the pro-lifers were “just chipping away” at Roe V. Wade. Whoopi Goldberg said she was “thrilled” about the ruling before strangely claiming she was “pro-life;” even claiming that all of the ladies on the show were “pro-life,” they just happened to be for “a woman’s right to choose.” Say what?
On Sunday’s ABC roundtable on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC pundit and New York Times contributor Michael Eric Dyson argued with conservative panelists, CNN’s Alex Castellanos and FNC’s Greta Van Susteren over Brexit and how it paralleled with Trump’s appeals to “white racist supremacist nationalism.” By contrast, Dyson stated, Hillary Clinton appealed to America’s “best ideals” and her “greatness” was in “her continuity.”
The View Friday morning discussed Britain voting to leave the European Union, thereby declaring its own independence. The news brought shocks of outrage from liberal media worldwide, that even the women at The View felt informed enough to weigh in on. There was no room for nuance at the table, as Joy Behar called the situation, “the whole world falling apart” and CNN’s Sunny Hostin lamented how it was going to be terrible for the U.S. financially. Behar and Hostin then complained further that the whole vote was based on racist and xenophobic Europeans. Because, of course, that seems to be the theme of the day.
On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case.
On Monday night’s Full Frontal, Samantha Bee did her usual schtick of taking an issue from the extreme left and running with it. In this case, it was the NRA and “racist Republicans.” In her typical vulgar fashion, Bee called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for supporting the NRA after Orlando’s shooting. Calling McConnell a “puppet of the NRA” she slammed him and “Crazy Wayne” LaPierre, Vice President of the NRA.
The media’s favorite radical Muslim-rights advocacy group just released a new report on what else? Islamophobia. The Council for American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”), which the media routinely ask to speak for the American Muslim community and has it’s own share of controversy, is now attacking many on the right for daring to associate terrorism with Islam. As many as 74 groups, individuals and media outlets were branded by CAIR as the “U.S. Islamophobia Network” in their 2015 report, released just yesterday.
On his show last night, CNN’s Don Lemon lashed out at Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany for accusing the media of turning the Orlando shooting into a gun control platform. Despite evidence to the contrary from his own network, Lemon insisted that the media was not pushing an anti-gun narrative. “No, the media’s not trying the make this about guns,” he repeated twice after the McEnany said it, shaking his head.
“I am not a pundit, I am not an expert and I've always, always made it a policy to stick to my job, and keep my opinions to myself,” late-night host and comedian Conan O’Brien stated on his show June 13. Ironically, right before giving his half-informed opinion on guns and “assault weapons,” (which the media adored.) Despite claiming to keep his opinions to himself, Conan's comedy routines on TBS have always leaned left and unfairly smeared conservatives. Below are just a handful of the times he didn’t pretend to be unbiased.
Appearing on Thursday’s Good Morning America, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly denounced the politicization of the mass shooting in Orlando. “[I] hate to see this war on terror politicized because that's what's going on,” O’Reilly complained after anchor George Stephanopoulos brought up how various politicians have made the shooting a policy issue for their side. O’Reilly unleashed on what liberal journalists like Stephanopoulos don’t understand about why most Americans oppose strict gun control.