On Tuesday, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that President Obama’s popularity reached its lowest point since first taking office in 2009. Overall, 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as president with only 40 percent approving. Despite the negative numbers for President Obama, NBC Nightly News failed its own polling results on its Tuesday night broadcast. Rather than cover its own polling, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams spent 40 seconds promoting a video of a Norwegian mom trying to get her 2-year old son to go to bed on a hot summer night.
Diaz-Balart Badgers Guest: ‘How Many Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. Have Been Carried Out’ by Illegal Immigrants?
On his MSNBC show Tuesday morning, Jose Diaz-Balart invited on conservative commentator and film maker Dennis Michael Lynch to discuss a series of documentaries he has made that are critical of U.S. immigration policy and illegal immigration. From the start of the segment, it was clear that Diaz-Balart would be at odds with Lynch’s viewpoints and only grew to the point where he hounded Lynch on whether illegal immigrants have committed terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. When Lynch attempted to respond, Diaz-Balart cut him off and he ended the segment.
David Remnick, on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, actually compared state-controlled Russian TV anchors to Glenn Beck. The editor of the New Yorker magazine told the PBS host that Vladimir Putin benefits from “a media that’s completely in the hands of the state” and then went on to liken pro-Putin anchors to the former conservative Fox News host and current CEO of The Blaze: “Imagine that Glenn Beck were in every anchor chair but he was appointed by the President of the United States. It’s, it’s that perverse.”
On Tuesday’s Today, Savannah Guthrie had an exclusive interview with Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, but rather than grill the controversial administration official on a variety of international crises, the NBC host merely tossed softballs. Meanwhile, about thirty minutes later, Guthrie interrogated former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters on being fired over the group’s hazing practices. Guthrie began her exchange with Rice by not even asking a question, just making a statement that “U.S. officials seem very, very confident” that the West African ebola outbreak could be contained. In her first real question to Rice, Guthrie simply wondered if the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in Gaza “will hold?” Finally, Guthrie worried that the ebola outbreak would overshadow a White House PR event with African leaders. That was the extent of interview.
Considering that Ed Schultz has been forced to apologize for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut” and for deceptively editing Rick Perry, one might think he would accept the apology of others who regret certain comments. On Monday, however, the Ed Show anchor mocked a contrite Glenn Beck, deriding the conservative’s regret over past remarks as not going “far enough.”
On Monday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took his anti-GOP rhetoric to a new low when he invoked the Ku Klux Klan as a way of mocking House Republicans over the border crisis. During a segment focusing on Congress failing to pass a border security bill, Stewart played video of two members of the KKK who oppose illegal immigrant children coming into America as emblematic of the GOP’s position on the border crisis. The Daily Show host went on to proclaim that “we’ve got a choice between the Klan plan and our House of Representatives. Um, all right, let’s go with the House.”