Kristine Marsh is an analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division. She formerly was a staff writer for MRC Culture, where she started as an intern in January of 2013. Kristine's work has been featured by media outlets such as Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Blaze, and Breitbart, among others. She is originally from Sacramento, California where she received her B.A. in English from CSUS in 2011. She can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Comedy gets dark quickly on late night television lately, when you have a president that is so detested by the media. Last night on NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow “joked” that President Trump was just like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter, from the book and movie Silence of the Lambs. The pair laughed that Trump secretly wanted to “kill” the media, while lapping up the attention they gave him.
After facing a friendly interview from Christiane Amanpour Tuesday at an international women’s conference, Hillary Clinton had nothing to fear but more nice remarks from her friends at the “Clinton News Network.” While the network’s roundtable of analysts fawned over the “remarkable” interview Clinton gave, CNN’s David Chalian gave the gushiest remark of them all, calling it “the most authentic” and “astonishing” Clinton appearance he’d “ever seen.”
After Trump abruptly ended an interview with CBS’s John Dickerson yesterday, Late Show host Stephen Colbert devoted his entire monologue to the contentious exchange Monday night, specifically taking issue with Trump calling Dickerson’s show, “Deface the Nation.” Colbert attacked the president in an angry profanity-filled rant to end his monologue, crassly calling Trump’s mouth a “holster” for Vladimir Putin’s penis.
The Daily Show started right off the bat Thursday blasting Obama’s “haters,” for criticizing the former president for taking a hefty paycheck from Wall Street for an upcoming speech. While all three networks last night ignored the hypocrisy of Obama cashing in a $400,000 dollar paycheck for speaking to the same group of investors that he had slammed as “fat cats” when he was president, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah still thought even the minimal backlash Obama received was just too much.
It’s always fascinating to see media outlets give completely opposite takes on the exact same issue, depending on who’s in the Oval Office. The New York Times did just that today in another display of hypocrisy, typical of the left-wing paper. Like the networks, The Times is blaming the looming government shutdown on President Trump, but in 2013 when President Obama was in office and facing a government shutdown, the paper laid blame solely on Republicans instead of the sitting president.
The same network that made a lewd sex joke about conservatives in 2009 is now outraged over a innocuous comment made about Ivanka Trump on Fox News Tuesday, that many on the left accused of being sexual. Wednesday night, CNN host Don Lemon hosted a whole panel on the “sexist” and “misogynistic” comment made by FNC’s Jesse Waters on the day before’s The Five, about Ivanka Trump’s voice.
Former Olympian and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner was on The View Wednesday to talk about their new book and how they felt about Donald Trump. While criticizing Trump’s record on transgender issues, Jenner said they still identified as a conservative for issues like national security. Jenner’s answer prompted one host to excitedly ask Jenner to run for political office.
After running a great piece yesterday about how polarized journalism has become, Politico took a left turn Wednesday writing a lengthy puff piece on disgraced CBS News anchor Dan Rather’s return to the spotlight or as Politico put it, his “second coming.” While Politico’s senior writer Michael Kruse didn’t shy away from Rather’s own history with “fake news,” the scandal that tore away Rather’s credibility was only the backdrop to the gushing narrative of the “resurrected” journalist whose voice of “moral authority” and “love of country” “obligated” him to call out the current “authoritarian regime.”
It seems as if Hollywood can’t get enough of comparing our president to a certain German 20th century dictator. Liberal director Ron Howard added his contribution Tuesday, revealing to the Daily Beast that Trump inspired a Nazi character in his new television series about Albert Einstein called “Genius.”
If you want to read something crazy, look no further than the New York Times opinion section. The paper actually published an editorial Monday morning that outright denied free speech applied to anyone who wasn’t a liberal. In his appalling article, “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” New York University professor Ulrich Baer argued that conservatives are simply wrong about what free speech means, and that protesters who censored conservative or otherwise “offensive” guest speakers were actually protecting free speech.
After a series of confusing statements from Democrat politicians over the weekend on the party’s position on abortion, Senator Chuck Schumer got a pass from Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski on Monday, after fellow host Joe Scarborough started to ask Schumer about it.
Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos couldn’t hide his surprise at his own network’s poll results, during Monday’s show. The ABC News/Washington Post poll over the weekend revealed positive numbers for the president, going against the media’s negative narrative that supporters had abandoned Trump. Not only that, but the poll revealed Trump would win the election again, if it were taken today. A flabbergasted Stephanopoulos admitted he was surprised by the results.
Monday morning ABC, NBC and CBS spent multiple reports blaming Trump for a possible government shutdown this Friday, while, at the same time, downplaying the likelihood of Republicans supporting the border funding and allowing this to happen. All three networks centered their reports around Democrat opposition to the border wall as a “moral” issue that the party couldn’t get behind. Yet when Republicans didn’t want to back Obamacare, the networks eviscerated the GOP at the time, for being obstinate and “hurting” the American people by threatening a government shutdown.
It must be a requirement on ABC’s The View that the hosts create scandals out of nonsense just to have something to whine about. As proof, Friday’s show began with host Joy Behar complaining about what she called the “saddest day in the history of the White House,” (and surprisingly she didn’t say it was the day Donald Trump was elected!)
TIME Magazine just published its yearly listicle honoring the “100 Most Influential People” and a Women’s March organizer who just happens to also be a radical Islamist, made the list. While all three networks covered the annual honor in their morning roundups Thursday, none of the networks mentioned the more controversial names on the list, like Sarsour’s.
The hosts at The View couldn’t have been more thrilled with the news that Fox News ousted their longtime primetime personality Bill O’Reilly after multiple accusations of sexual abuse from female staffers and anchors. On the Thursday show, Whoopi excitedly told the audience that O’Reilly was “out” to loud applause, before boasting that the women at The View actually “broke with Bill” years ago, during a 2010 appearance on their show.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski gave an fawning interview to former Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett Thursday morning in a harsh reminder of just how differently reporters treated the Obama Administration compared to the current administration. Brzezinski couldn’t contain her excitement at getting to talk to Jarrett even begging the former advisor repeatedly to get herself, Michelle or Barack involved in politics again, to “save the party.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren was on Wednesday’s The View to talk about her new book, but it turned into the usual slob fest of friendly questions and Trump-bashing answers. However, the interview started off unexpectedly, with libertarian host Jedediah Bila asking Warren to play devil’s advocate and name one thing that Trump had done “right” in his first 90 days in office. Warren, ever partisan, couldn’t even manage that and turned the question around to name everything Trump had done “wrong” in office so far.
Despite falling short of the 50% of votes needed to win, ABC's Good Morning America crowned Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff as the victor of Tuesday night’s special election in Georgia. Correspondent Cecilia Vega and anchor George Stephanopoulos gushed over the “rookie” who came “just short” of “winning the whole thing.” GMA used the race’s closeness as a reason to bash Trump while political analyst John Avlon spun that Democrats had “an emotional victory.”
After the networks spent Monday hyping Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as the Democrats’ secret “hope,” to flip the state’s formerly Republican-held seat, it was cable news’ turn to obsess over the 30-year-old candidate. MSNBC went all out promoting Ossoff on Tuesday as their “hero” who could take over the Congressional seat, recently vacated by HHS Secretary Tom Price.