Chris Matthews mocked Republicans on Friday’s Hardball over their hawkish stance towards Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group that recently kidnapped hundreds of girls. Matthews made a thinly-veiled racial attack on the GOP during a panel discussion on the terrorist organization: “By the way, when did the Republican Party take this keen interest in Africa? I may have missed that one.” Guest Michelle Bernard, who is of Jamaican decent, quickly followed the MSNBC host with a more overt racially-based jab at Republicans: “I was about to say. It was very nice to see all these – all these conservatives – you know, beating the battle drum for justice for people who look like me.”
The House on Thursday voted to create a select committee to investigate Benghazi, but NBC’s Today, a four hour program, on Friday totally ignored the story. In contrast, the show spent two minutes on the topic of how many times a week people should shower. ABC’s Good Morning America allowed a mere 12 seconds for the latest details. News reader Amy Robach emphasized, “Republicans on Capitol Hill are opening an eighth investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.” She added, “Today, Democrats are meeting to decide whether to boycott the new investigation, calling it election year politics.” CBS This Morning offered a scant 15 seconds. Co-host Charlie Rose quickly derided, “Thursday’s vote to create the committee stayed mostly along party lines with 225 Republicans voting in favor. Only seven Democrats backed the probe.” On Thursday, CBS’s Nancy Cordes featured Democrats such as Congressman Gerry Connolly complaining, “For political reasons, to keep the base fired up between now and the midterm elections.”
Appearing on Friday’s CBS This Morning, Sirius XM radio and CNN host Michael Smerconish hocked his new fictional novel about the talk radio business entitled Talk, and denounced the industry: “I think it’s entertainment masked as news and I wanted to expose it because I think it’s had a horrific impact on polarization and incivility in the country.” Smerconish was teed up by co-host Gayle King, who described the book as “the story of an influential conservative radio personality at a crossroad against the backdrop of a presidential race,” before proclaiming: “…many times when I used to listen to talk radio, it’s hard to do now, I used to listen to these guys, Michael, and say, ‘They can’t possibly believe what they’re saying.’ And after reading your book…the character says it’s all for show. Half the time they don’t mean what they’re saying. It just is a way to just rile up the crowd.”
On Thursday’s edition of The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly invited on attorney Cleta Mitchell, who represents groups targeted by the IRS, to talk about a new House Republican report that found ten percent of Tea Party donors were audited by the IRS, compared to just one percent for ordinary taxpayers. So far ABC, CBS and NBC have failed to cover the new report.