Randy Hall

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Randy Hall is a contributing writer for NewsBusters.

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Even before President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, June 1, that the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris Accord regarding climate change, Eric Wemple -- a media blogger for the Washington Post -- slammed one of Trump's "favorite television shows,” Fox & Friends, which airs mornings on the Fox News Channel, as “a planetary threat.”

The columnist began by stating he would “gauge the sophistication of climate change discussion” on the program, referring to remarks made by Mark Steyn, whom he dismissed as just “a conservative commentator.”


While most Americans spent Memorial Day enjoying picnics, watching patriotic parades and waving the Stars and Stripes, the Los Angeles Times took a different approach to the holiday: The daily newspaper provided advice on its front page for activists weary from their ongoing efforts to bring down President Donald Trump.


‘Working at the Morning Joe weekday program apparently has its advantages. One of those was demonstrated on Friday, May 26, when co-host Joe Scarborough aired a fake 30-second television advertisement he had told “the kids in the back that work for us” -- and were “out in the street playing stickball” at the time -- to “draw up an ad that will look like what we’re going to see next year.”

The result was “predictable campaign fare, focusing on the Republican health-care bill” and claiming that the GOP measure would slash everything from Medicaid to payments for pre-existing conditions while generating “huge tax cuts for the rich.”


Many years ago, CNN was the place people went to get the latest news. That has definitely changed, and the channel’s news coverage reached a new low on Monday, May 22, when CNN continued an ongoing discussion of the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey while dozens of people leaving a concert in Manchester, England, were killed by a bomb set off by terrorists.


Chris Cuomo, the liberal co-host of the Cable News Network weekday morning New Day program, got into a hostile debate with Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, on Wednesday regarding whether President Donald Trump should have called former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey “a nut job.”


The antagonism between the “mainstream media” and the Trump administration reached a new low last week when the Associated Press hired a “freelancer” -- who turned out to be “a hardcore left-wing activist” -- to attend a “closed press” fund-raiser for the GOP in New Hampshire and falsely report on the event.


During Friday’s edition of The Intelligence Report on the Fox Business Network, host Trish Regan and conservative guest Ned Ryun schooled liberal panelist Pablo Manriquez regarding the use of “identity politics” when dealing with financial issues.


Former Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) officer Carl Higbie defended Donald Trump even though he was surrounded by critics of the Republican president during a discussion that quickly turned into a hostile debate on the Cable News Network during Tuesday, May 16.


Even though it’s been more than a year since Melissa Harris-Perry was fired by MSNBC, the liberal television host still apparently holds a grudge against the channel since she responded angrily when told that the National Association of Black Journalists intends to honor Yvette Miley.


Liberals and Democrats continue hammering away at President Donald Trump on a daily basis in a variety of formats, but Jimmy Kimmel, the host of ABC’s late-night talk show, found a new way to slam the Republican occupant of the White House. Using a Schoolhouse Rock-style video entitled “I’m Just a Lie,” Kimmel managed to hammer away not only at Trump, but also Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.


While a guest on Varney & Co. on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday, May 16, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee criticized a skit on the most recent Saturday Night Live program that attacked his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who serves as deputy White House press secretary for the Trump administration.


Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, had strong words on Friday, May 12, for the show's rival on the Cable News Network: "You've got to stop putting [White House Counselor] Kellyanne Conway on the air. It's politics porn."


A guest on the MSNBC cable channel on Thursday, May 11 -- who had once worked for the KGB intelligence agency -- compared President Donald Trump and his clashes with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the disdain former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had for his own secret service.


Longtime Hardball host Chris Matthews used a segment of his weekday MSNBC program on Wednesday, May 10, to slam President Donald Trump’s firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, going so far as to call the incident “a little whiff of fascism.”

The liberal anchor stated that he had “never seen a faster reaction by Democratic senators that I heard in the last hour or so,” claiming that the termination has caused them to “want a special prosecutor now more than ever.”


During an interview by Cable News Network anchor Brianna Keilar on Tuesday morning, May 9, CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza addressed the question of whether Republican President Donald Trump is causing liberal Democrats to embrace many bizarre "conspiracy theories."

Cillizza asserted that he's seen a rise in people mistakenly accepting the concepts that the House of Representatives celebrated last week's passage of health-care legislation with a beer party, that rape and sexual assault would not be pre-existing conditions in that law, the Federal Communications Commission was targeting CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert, and the chief usher was fired over a disagreement with the Trumps.


David Axelrod, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, had harsh words for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while a guest on the Cable News Network’s New Day program on Wednesday morning.


In an attempt to make up for the cancellation of conservative author Ann Coulter’s scheduled speech at the University of California in Berkeley in mid-April, the co-hosts on The View invited her to be on the Monday, May 1, edition of ABC’s weekday program.

While the discussion started off on a friendly note, it quickly degenerated into an argument regarding such topics as Donald Trump’s poll numbers, the president’s intent to cut taxes and his promise to complete a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.


Someone needs to tell the folks at the Comedy Central cable television channel that in order to have the word “Comedy” in your name, you should actually be funny. A perfect example of this concept gone wrong aired on Thursday evening, April 27, when the low-rated channel debuted The President Show, which mostly consists of President Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik sitting in the Oval Office with Peter Grosz as Vice President Mike Pence nearby.


On the same day conservative author Ann Coulter announced she would not speak to a campus group at the University of California in Berkeley, the New York Times blamed the victim and claimed that conservatives facing violent riots and protests on campuses across the country have no one to blame but themselves.


During Sean Hannity's Opening Monologue for his weeknight program on Tuesday, April 25, the Fox News Channel host hammered the people who participate in what he dubbed “Media Fascism,” an attempt to “silence every conservative voice in the country.”