On Wednesday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews engaged in a fascinating debate with Stanford University’s Lanhee Chen on Supreme Court appointments and the Biden rule. But above all, Matthews lied that Obama appointee Merrick Garland “never got a conversation with a Republican” when Garland met with at least 16 Republican Senators.
Wednesday’s CBS This Morning turned to liberal attorney David Boies for his take on President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, the newscast failed to provide balance by bringing on a conservative legal expert. Boies twice asserted that Gorsuch was “not in…the mainstream of judicial thought.” Anchor Norah O’Donnell later gushed over the “so smart” guest.
On her MSNBC show on Wednesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell continued her seeming obsession with criticizing the mother of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch – former Reagan Environmental Protection Agency administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford.
In her latest tussle with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker returned on Wednesday by catering to Senator Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), wondering what President Trump will do to get Schumer to support Neil Gorsuch since he’s hurt Schumer’s feelings in the past.
NBC and ABC on Wednesday danced around explicitly explaining that liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer previously supported Neil Gorsuch when he was up for an appeals court judgeship. Only CBS This Morning went beyond the bland notation of the now-Supreme Court nominee’s “unanimous” approval.
Kicking off NBC Nightly News on Wednesday, the network seemed to bizarrely come out against the Donald Trump administration for “officially putting Iran on notice” following an unsanctioned ballistic missile test on Sunday that violated UN resolutions. “National Security Adviser Michael Flynn accusing the Iranians of defying the UN. Did they do it?,” questioned anchor Lester Holt in the opening tease. Kristen Welker’s entire report cast doubt on the administration’s claims while warning of a dire outcome.
Politico’s chief columnist Roger Simon on Wednesday went on an unhinged, hyperbolic rant about Donald Trump in his final contribution for the website. The retiring Simon worried that democracy is “failing” and could turn “into something evil” as the new President ruins the country. Simon hysterically worried, “We live at a pivotal time because Donald Trump and his thugs have done us a favor. They have shown us that democracy is not inevitable. They have shown us it can fail.”
Georgetown professor and contributor to the New York Times Michael Eric Dyson appeared on Wednesday’s The View to promote his new book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. ABC gave the former MSNBC analyst plenty of time to talk about his favorite topic: racist white Americans. Dyson called out President Trump in particular as the “manifestation” of white America’s “refusal to grow up” and question the “legitimacy” of America’s greatness.