On Wednesday’s The View, the panel discussed President Obama’s speech yesterday where he slammed those in the GOP “yapping” about him not using the phrase “radical Islam” when talking about terrorist attacks. Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symone defended the President’s position, while Goldberg claimed, falsely, that Obama “used to say” these words but they were never “good enough” for his critics.
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On Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom, Anderson Cooper talked to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi about what she was doing to help the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and their families. Instead of focusing on the topic at hand, Cooper decided to attack Bondi on her gay rights record, relentlessly asking if she was a hypocrite for helping the gay community now when she allegedly didn’t defend them in office.
On ABC's The View on Tuesday, the ladies discussed the Orlando shooting again as more information came out, and discussed who was to blame. ABC’s Sara Haines and Whoopi Goldberg outright denied the shooter had any ties to ISIS and downplayed the idea that Islamic terrorism was even the reason for the attack at all. Instead, Joy Behar suggested, the blame should be put on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
See if this makes sense. After the deadliest mass-shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history was carried out Sunday by a Muslim radical, ABC decided it was the perfect time to lecture Christians. On Monday’s The View, the ladies discussed the terrorist attack in Orlando and what needed to be done in response. In light of the shooting targeting gay people, ABC correspondent Sara Haines urged conservative Christian politicians to leave their religious beliefs at the door.
Sunday’s tragic and devastating shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando predictably brought out the worst in the left-wing media, who took to Twitter to politicize the events before even a day had passed. Like tragedies before it, the media automatically blamed the NRA, gun-supporting politicians and the GOP. But this time, some liberal media pundits even blamed men in general and Christians for the shooting, despite the fact that the shooter was a radicalized Muslim.
Late Wednesday night on MSNBC’s Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked his guests, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles, what they thought about Elizabeth Warren as Hillary Clinton’s potential running mate. O’Donnell seemed thrilled at the prospect and asked Giles if she felt the same way. She praised Warren “going for the jugular” against Trump, wondering if that was the only way to attack someone who was “clinically insane.”
In another case of liberals justifying violence, Huffington Post writer Jesse Benn penned this gem entitled, “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any.” In it, Benn argues that liberals don’t understand that violence is sometimes, the answer. “They ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the US, instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing,” he wrote.
A few weeks ago, mom Candace Payne posted a video on her Youtube channel of her donning a Chewbacca face mask and laughing hysterically at the funny sound effects that the mask produced. The video quickly went viral and she received publicity and gifts from Disney, Facebook, and Kohl’s (where she bought mask.) Her whole family even received full scholarships to Southeastern University, a private Christian liberal arts college in Florida. All of these accolades didn’t come without their fair share of criticism of course. One in particular stood out as so ridiculous, you might think it’s satire (it’s not.) “What Chewbacca Mom’s rise to fame tells us about race in this country” from digital media blog The Daily Dot and cross-posted on MSN took this temporary fame entirely too seriously. The author of the article, Gillian Branstetter contends that the only reason “Chewbacca Mom” gained her fame was because...she’s white.
Vox editor Emmett Rensin started a firestorm on Twitter last night after he actually advocated the violent situation in San Jose should be a model for other cities to follow. Rensin continued justifying the riots in subsequent tweets while Rensin’s coworker Matthew Yglesias added to the insanity by bringing up Hitler. Other liberal media jumped in to do their part in justifying the violence. Rensin was later suspended for “condoning writing that could put others in danger.”
In a live report from San Jose, California last night, MSNBC surprisingly put down it’s pro-liberal bias for just a few minutes to look at a protest objectively. Outside a Trump rally, young protesters gathered to protest and even physically attack Trump supporters in what MSNBC’s Milissa Rehberger called a “beehive” “going after” individual Trump supporters. NBC Reporter Jacob Rascon even called the group’s intimidation tactics “sad to watch.
This piece by New York Magazine’s Claire Landsbaum made its rounds on Twitter Thursday morning, earning it ridicule from both the right and left. The reason? It’s all in the headline: “Stop Bugging Hillary Clinton About Giving a Press Conference.” In it, Landsbaum argues that the media should give Clinton a break and recognize “her forte” isn’t in talking to the press. So why can’t they just cut her some slack and stop trying so hard to ask her questions? Sadly, this isn’t satire.
On Wednesday’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello sided with liberal CNN contributor Sally Kohn in rejecting outright the idea that the Clinton Foundation did not give as much money as it claimed to veterans. Costello and Kohn scoffed at the criticism, while Costello acted as if she had never even heard that the foundation faced ethical controversies.
Over Memorial Day weekend, actor Richard Dreyfuss went on a Twitter rant against celebrities who supported Donald Trump. He called Trump “a small dicked prick” and a “manifestly unqualified racist” who had “whores” for celebrity supporters. The outspoken actor's May 29 rant started by bashing Donald Trump’s supporters in Hollywood who he bluntly called “whores.”
On Thursday night’s Daily Show, correspondent Michelle Wolf begged Clinton to “be our boss” in a segment devoted to convincing viewers that Clinton’s likeability and email scandal were no big deal. Wolf tried to spin Clinton’s honesty and likeability issues into a positive, asserting that Clinton was what “America needs:” “a no-nonsense, indoor sunglass-wearing boss lady who eats enemies and [bleep] policy!”
During a conversation Wednesday night at a YMCA in New York City, CBS’ late night host Stephen Colbert interviewed CBS News political director John Dickerson on the race for the White House. At some point in the interview, they took audience questions in which one person asked if Bill Clinton’s past should affect Hillary Clinton’s future. Dickerson responded by admitting that it was one of journalists’ “jobs” to steer the conversation away from candidates' pasts.
Just 11 days after Katie Couric’s documentary Under the Gun premiered on television, the media is still enamored by it and fervently promoting its message and messenger. Couric appeared on The Daily Show May 24 to promote the film and host Trevor Noah did his best at giving a softball interview that characterized the film as fact-based journalism. But a new report alleges that the filmmakers doctored at least one interview in the film to get the footage they wanted.
Outside of a Trump rally Tuesday night in Albuquerque New Mexico, anti-Trump protesters showed up and became violent, throwing rocks, smashing doors, jumping on cop cars and setting Trump flags on fire. For a couple of hours, police tried to control the protesters and find a way to let the hundreds of people who attended the rally, trapped inside, out safely. An NBC reporter was even knocked down off camera as he reported on the scene. Yet his colleagues at sister network MSNBC were less than shocked by the protesters actions, in fact they seemed congratulatory, praising them for their actions and rationalizing their violence.
During Tuesday’s primary coverage on CNN, Brooke Baldwin silenced a conservative pundit after she brought up Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults against women. Baldwin touted that Clinton was a victim, and visibly appeared disgusted after guest Kellynne Conway brought up Bill Clinton history with women. Finally, Baldwin shushed Conway and wouldn’t let her finish her point, saying, “We’re not airing all this dirty laundry here. I can’t believe we’re going there.”
For some reason, Bernie Sanders agreed to appear on The View Tuesday morning, after already facing hostile questions from the panel in previous interviews. He was in for another confrontational conversation, where each host grilled him on why he hadn’t dropped out of the race already. Clinton defender Joy Behar pressured Sanders to stop attacking Clinton and start defending her against Trump instead.
On Monday’s Good Morning America, Lara Spencer interviewed actor Sean Hayes, for his new role playing God in the Broadway play, An Act of God. The play certainly has an agenda to set, being written by the former head writer for The Daily Show, to it’s opening day (Ash Wednesday), to its caricature of God as petty and self-righteous. None of that stopped GMA from celebrating the play as “brilliant.”