[See video cross-posted at NewsBusters.] New Years seemed like a good time for ABC to push the marijuana "revolution" taking place in Colorado. World News reporter Clayton Sandell on Wednesday featured an almost entirely positive story, focusing on job growth related to pot and featuring one man who enthused, "This is a historical event." Sandell showcased the grand opening of a new store that sells the drug for recreational use.
On the July 21 edition of NBC's Meet the Press, New York Times columnist David Brooks gushed over remarks President Obama made after the acquittal of George Zimmerman: “I thought this speech was one of the highlights of the presidency. I thought it was a symphony of indignation, professionalism, executive responsibility, personal feeling. It had all these different things woven together, I thought beautifully. But it’s important to remember, race is how he thinks.”
Just a few hours after word broke on November 9, 1989 that the Berlin Wall would be opened to permit free travel out of East Germany, former President Ronald Reagan appeared on ABC's PrimeTime Live to celebrate the moment. Co-anchor Sam Donaldson told Reagan he would "get a lot of credit for helping bring this moment about."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann: “What can the Republican response be?...How do you come out against recovering the nation's sense of self and its optimism? How do you come out against words like ‘boldly,’ ‘wisely,’ ‘swiftly,’ and ‘aggressively?’”
Journalists were thrilled by Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. On ABC's World News that night, correspondent Bill Weir enthused: “We know that wind can make a cold day feel colder, but can national pride make a freezing day feel warmer? It seems to be the case because regardless of the final crowd number estimates, never have so many people shivered so long with such joy.”
For Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural, journalists on ABC, CBS and NBC were “awed” by the new President and his “sacred event."
During MSNBC's Election Night coverage in 2006, Chris Matthews salivated at the prospect of Democrats winning both the House and the Senate: "Well, that'll be fantastic news. It'll be huge news, I should say, because if that happens, then we have a government run by the Democrats, and an executive branch run by the Republicans, President George W. Bush, having to actually negotiate every aspect of national policy, including the war in Iraq."
On ABC's This Week back on October 22, 2006, Sam Donaldson declared it would be "a good thing" if Democrats took control of Congress and began using subpoenas to investigate the Bush administration:
George Stephanopoulos: “Did government neglect turn a natural disaster into a human catastrophe? And was it rooted in racism?”
Rapper Kanye West on NBC’s Concert for Hurricane Relief: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Stephanopoulos: “We’ll ask the only African-American in the Senate, Barack Obama, in an exclusive interview.”
— Stephanopoulos beginning ABC’s This Week, Sept. 11, 2005.