On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, and repeatedly badgered his guest about the accuracy of his book and chose to focus on Democratic attacks against the author. During the heated discussion, Stephanopoulos hyped how Democrats accuse Schweizer of having a “partisan interest. They say you used to work for President Bush as a speech writer. You are funded by the Koch brothers.” Stephanopoulos never appeared interested in the actual substance of Schweizer’s book.
On Sunday’s Inside Politics, CNN’s John King argued that despite the numerous scandals the Clintons have dealt with over the years one “thing the Clintons have benefited from in the past is Republican overreach.” The CNN host then asked the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, formerly of National Review, if “there is a risk in overplaying it as they have in past Clinton scandals?”
On her Friday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell dismissed the upcoming Clinton Cash book as having "a lot of holes" in its corruption allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton: "There is the question of, how do you connect the policy that she was pursuing as a Secretary of State with the allegation that money was being contributed to the charity or speeches were being booked for Bill Clinton that wouldn’t have otherwise been booked?"
After using an "ethics expert" from the Sunlight Foundation – an organization funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros – to dismiss the Clinton Foundation scandal on Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, correspondent Andrea Mitchell appeared on Friday’s Today using the same so-called expert and a statement from airplane manufacturer Boeing to reject corruption allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton.
On two occasions during CNN’s New Day on Friday, CNN personalities raised the often-used liberal argument that Republicans have “overplayed their hand” on a scandal with the latest being their handling of the allegations surrounding the Clinton Foundation. The first person to raise the point was CNN political commentator and NY1 host Errol Louis. Jeff Zeleny parroted a Clinton campaign talking point about there being no quid-pro-quo with the donations coming in while the uranium deal was taking place: “The big picture here is there’s no huge smoking gun so far in this book as we know now.”
As reported by The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi on Saturday, “A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.”
On Friday’s CBS Evening News, a NASA scientist made a surprising admission about climate change during a report about an erupting volcano in South America. Correspondent Michelle Miller turned to Dr. Allegra LeGrande, who detailed how the gases from a volcanic eruption can lead to a reduction in the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. Le Grande added that "this is a small component of why we’re not as warm today as the climate models predicted we would be seven years ago."
On the Thursday edition of NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers jumped aboard the Clinton campaign’s push to discredit the upcoming book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer by mocking Schweizer’s background, previous book titles, and chalking the book up to be nothing more than the latest work from “the cottage industry of anti-Clinton books that come out every year.”
Friday’s NBC Nightly News stood out for its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915. Anchor Lester Holt gave a 27-second news brief on the "somber hundredth anniversary being marked around the world today – remembering what Pope Francis recently called the first genocide of the 20th century." ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News both failed to cover the centenary of the mass murders.
A great third season ending Wednesday night on FX’s The Americans, as the episode juxtaposed then-President Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech with two undercover KGB agents in the U.S. distraught by the charge as their frantic teenage daughter, who just recently learned their true identity, gets on the phone to tell her pastor that her parents are Russians. Plus, a cameo of the voice of Chris Wallace.