MSNBC’s Krystal Ball substituted for Ronan Farrow as host of his MSNBC show on Fridayand remarked with a guest during a segment on the Islamic terror group ISIS that their reported waterboarding of their captives, including the late James Foley, can be blamed on the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and what happened at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. “When we do things like waterboarding, that the President has called torture, when we do things that are against our own principles, we hand them an easy piece of propaganda.”
Networks Defend Obama as ‘Critics Pounced’ and Took ‘Too Literally’ His ‘No Strategy Yet’ Remarks on ISIS
On Friday morning, the major broadcast networks were out in full force to defend President Obama after his remarks at a press conference Thursday afternoon in which he said that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in how to militarily address the Islamic terrorist group ISIS in Syria. Leading the way was NBC’s Today, where co-host Matt Lauer told NBC News political director and moderator of Meet the Press Chuck Todd that “[c]ritics pounced” when Obama made that remark and wondered if they took “his words too literally”?
Although all three networks covered Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that “we don’t have a strategy” for responding to Islamic militants in Syria, ABC, CBS and NBC journalists were really animated by the President’s tan suit. GMA news reader Amy Robach on Fridayenthused, “Finally this morning, some presidential critics are saying, ‘yes, we tan!'” Over on NBC’s Today, Dylan Dreyer lectured Twitter on the superficiality of such a topic: “President Obama had a very important press conference. He was talking about all sorts of world issues. So of course social media was focused on those world issues, right? Of course not.”