On Wednesday, ABC and CBS’s evening newscasts punted yet again on reporting Ray Nagin’s Democratic affiliation, after the disgraced former New Orleans mayor was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. World News and CBS Evening News previously omitted Nagin’s party ID when he was indicted in January 2013, and after a jury convicted him in February 2014. ABC’s Diane Sawyer hyped that the politician’s sentencing was “a staggering fall from grace for the man who rose to national fame leading his city through Hurricane Katrina,” but failed to mention that the Democrat was widely criticized for his handling of the disaster.
MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson on Wednesday lashed out at Sarah Palin, accusing the conservative of committing “treason” against Barack Obama by calling for the President’s impeachment. The guest host of The Ed Show first praised the President for “his tireless effort to help [illegal children who have crossed the border].” Dyson then fumed, “The President’s push towards positive and crucial change was met with treasonous accusations.” During the last administration, however, Dyson called for the impeachment of George W. Bush.
According to TMZ, 9/11 truther and denouncer of “radical Christianity” Rosie O’Donnell has signed a deal with ABC to once again be a permanent host of The View. In the wake of the retirement of Barbara Walters and the departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, the show has turned to the woman who once said this of America: “I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?” On September 12, 2006, after token conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck raised the threat of “radical Islam,” O’Donnell spat back: “Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America where we have a separation of church and state.”
On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie attempted to link House Republican opposition to Democrat-backed immigration reform legislation to the current border crisis: “There’s also this immigration reform bill that’s been passed in the Senate, it’s dead on arrival in the House….is it a situation where you think members of Congress would rather have the political issue than a potential resolution?” Guthrie posed that question to chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, who replied: “I think members of Congress don’t want this issue at all during the fall campaign….The regular immigration reform, totally dead. That’s not going to happen at all.”
In an interview with White House adviser Cecilia Munoz on her Wednesday 12 p.m. ET hour show, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell actually tore into the President’s poor handling of the immigration crisis and his refusal to visit the border: “…the reality is that the White House has been slow to react. And that there is something to be said for presidential optics, if you will, for presidential appearances, that’s part of leadership, is it not?” Moments earlier, Munoz tried to argue that there were “a whole host of activities” being undertaken by the administration to “make sure that we stay ahead of the situation.” Mitchell interrupted: “But you’re not ahead of the situation. With all due respect, the reality on the ground is that the administration did not stay ahead of this.”