In interviews with all three broadcast networks on Tuesday, newly-announced Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was pressed on whether he would abandon his conservative principles in a White House run. Matt Lauer: “In your short time in the Senate you’ve developed a reputation as a guy who does not back down, who will not compromise….Will you bring that brand of no-compromise to the White House if you’re elected?”
The New York Timeson Monday welcomed Ted Cruz to the 2016 presidential race by highlighting accusations that the Texas Republican is a “demagogue” and a “political flamethrower.” In a piece by Nick Corasaniti and Patrick Healy, the two writers declared, “He sometimes deploys the soaring diction of a preacher while staking out uncompromising and rigid conservative positions, often playing the role of political flamethrower.”
In a preview of the 2016 campaign, all five late night comics on Monday night mocked Ted Cruz, hitting the Republican as anti-immigrant, regressive and stupid. CBS host David Letterman didn’t bother with a joke. Instead, he lectured, “Here’s what I find interesting about Ted Cruz, he was born in Canada. His father fled to the United States from Cuba. Yet, Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn’t that odd?”
To serve in his inner-most circle of trusted confidants, President Obama has selected someone who spent most of her adult life in a profession very friendly to him and eager to boost his liberal causes: journalism. Former Washington Post political reporter Shailagh Murray will succeed Dan Pfeiffer as Senior Adviser to the President.
During the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Spokesman Eric Schultz had an exchange with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl where he declined to label the Taliban as a terrorist organization, instead insisting it’s “an armed insurgency.” The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all failed to cover this story during their Wednesday evening newscasts. Reacting to the video after it was aired on the Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer blasted the choice of labeling considering that the Taliban “slits throats,” “attacks buses,” and “drives car bombs into markets.”
On Wednesday, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was the lone network evening newscast to cover the confirmation hearings of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but though CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes featured numerous soundbites from Senate Republicans questioning Lynch, she failed to include how Lynch stated her support for allowing people to seek work in the United States, regardless of their legal status.
After all three network evening newscasts ignored President Obama dropping his controversial plan to tax 529 college savings accounts on Tuesday, only Wednesday’s CBS This Morning noticed the development, giving it a mere seventeen seconds. Neither NBC’sToday nor ABC’s Good Morning America covered the White House reversal. This Morningco-host Norah O’Donnell informed viewers: “The Wall Street Journal says President Obama is dropping his proposal to raise taxes on 529 college savings accounts. His plan had faced opposition from Republican House John Boehner and top Democrats. They said it would hurt the middle class. Instead The White House will focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief.”
On MSNBC’s PoliticsNation on Tuesday, host Al Sharpton touted liberal Washington Postcolumnist Dana Milbank making a “bold prediction” about the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency: “…you wrote, quote, ‘If the economy continues on its current trajectory, as most expect, he’ll leave office a popular president and leave the 2016 Democratic nominee with a relatively easy past to victory.'” Milbank doubled down on the prediction made in his column printed in Sunday’s newspaper: “Well, it’s not so surprising. He crossed fifty percent today. I think he’s on his way up to fifty-five percent, that puts him in a category not with George W. Bush but with Ronald Reagan.” Sharpton happily replied: “I’ll leave it there, on the Reagan note.”
Veteran journalist Charlie Rose is an anchor on the state-sponsored PBS. On Wednesday, Rose chided Republican Governor Mike Pence for starting a “state-run news service.” Rose, who also co-hosts CBS This Morning, chuckled as he related, “Indiana Governor Mike Pence is starting a state-run news service funded by taxpayer money.” (PBS received about $445 million in taxpayer money in 2012.) Rose highlighted, “Critics say Pence is pushing his agenda by pretending the service is independent news.” Co-host Norah O’Donnell also mocked, “Hmm. What country does that remind me of?”
NBC’s Todayon Tuesday offered a scant ten seconds to the White House’s backpedaling on skipping the massive anti-terror rally in France. In contrast, ABC’s Good Morning America heralded the admission as “rapid” and “remarkable.” CBS This Morning offered the most balanced coverage, featuring Ted Cruz complaining, “Where was the secretary of state? Where was the attorney general…?” White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday admitted, “I think it’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile to [the Paris rally].” On GMA, George Stephanopoulos trumpeted this as an “unusually rapid concession for the White House.”
Ed Schultz clearly doesn’t listen to Ed Schultz. The MSNBC anchor, who once compared Rush Limbaugh to Hitler, on Tuesday decried a Hitler comparison for Barack Obama. Schultz railed against a tweet by Republican Congressman Randy Weber about the White House not sending a representative to Paris for the anti-terror rally.
On Tuesday morning, Luke Russert, NBC News Congressional Correspondent, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart to discuss the current tensions between the newly-controlled Republican Congress and President Obama. Speaking to anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, Russert criticized the GOP’s immigration plan and argued that they are “going to move forward with their bill on Wednesday, Jose. It goes very far to the right.”
In the Tuesday print edition of The New York Times, an article appeared on A11 about the “anti-Islam” and “anti-immigration rally in Germany” that took place in Dresden on Mondayand, in addition to trashing their position, reporter Melissa Eddy failed to interview or quote any of the over 20,000 demonstrators. Over course of the 650 word plus article, Eddy instead included quotes from Germany’s justice minister, a spokesman for the city of Leipzig, Chancellor Angela Merkel, a European Parliament member from “the rightist Alternative for Germany party” and an excerpt of “a declaration” from the group organizing the protests.
On Monday’sToday, while discussing celebrities at Sunday’s Golden Globes expressing solidarity with the French following a series of terrorist attacks, Variety magazine senior editor Ramin Setoodeh made an odd assertion: “It was a very political night and Hollywood usually likes to avoid politics, but last night they went all in and they were very political.” “Hollywood usually likes to avoid politics” – since when? Quite the contrary, left-wing stars have routinely used Hollywood award shows to spout off on any number of political issues. In fact, Girls actress Lena Dunham used the red carpet at the Globes to slam “deranged Neocons” who criticize her on the internet.
Appearing on Tuesday’sTonight Show, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams joined host Jimmy Fallon in “slow-jamming the news” about President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. The comedy skit made sure to include the media’s liberal spin on the topic – that obstructionist Republicans were just preventing Obama from getting things done in Washington. Williams touted White House talking points: “The President has defended his decision, arguing that he would have preferred to have Congress pass a permanent immigration bill, which he said he would gladly sign. But instead they have yet to take action, so the President felt he had to do it himself.”
The same networks that hyped a Republican staffer’s comments about Barack Obama’s daughters are now ignoring the sexual assault conviction of a Democratic congressional aide. According to the Washington Post, Donny Ray Williams “pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.” Williams was a staff director for the Senate majority and previously worked for panels run by Democrats as Mary Landrieu and Elijah Cummings. The conviction on Tuesday has received, so far, no coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC.
On Wednesday night, ABC became the only major broadcast network to not have covered the controversy over President Obama’s choice to name former soap opera producer and Obama reelection campaign bundler Colleen Bell the new United States Ambassador to Hungary. The network’s zero coverage of this story came more than a day after ABC’s own chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, grilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on what exactly did Bell have in terms of qualifications for the job (to which Earnest was visibly stumped). On Wednesday night, NBC caught up with CBS by airing a full report on NBC Nightly News.
In theory, a major cabinet official going to Capitol Hill and being grilled by members of Congress would be news. But Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security secretary faced withering questions on Tuesday and the networks ignored it. Another thing newscasts seem to like (particularly when it involves Republicans) is claims of hypocrisy.
On Wednesday night, CBS and NBC promoted the White House talking point that previous presidential actions on immigration gives President Barack Obama the proper legal authority to enact executive amnesty the evening before a primetime address to the nation on the topic. At no point during the coverage on either network did their reporters mention that this justification is being used despite the President’s previous assertions that he did not have the proper legal means to carry out any sort of mass-reaching executive order on illegal immigration.
According to MSNBC, as long as you tout left-wing talking points, it doesn’t matter what kind of conspiracy theories you subscribe to. Ronan Farrow on Wednesday hyped the “fascinating” views of Jesse Ventura on Wednesday, including his opposition to building the Keystone pipeline. Farrow delicately ignored Ventura’s long-standing embrace of 9/11 trutherism, his support for the idea that the CIA (or LBJ) killed John F. Kenedy and his contention that American citizens are about to be rounded up in prison camps. Instead, regarding Keystone, Farrow enthused over the former Minnesota’s “strong take” on the Keystone vote, adding, “I’m actually fascinated to hear [this].”
While NBC Nightly News has failed to mention Jonathan Gruber’s scandalous comments about ObamaCare for eleven days, Comedy Central’s fake newsman Jon Stewart devoted eight minutes to the controversy on The Daily Show Tuesday night. After playing various clips of Gruber crediting passage of the health care law on the “stupidity of the American voter,” Stewart went a step further by playing a 2006 soundbite of then-Senator Barack Obama hailing Gruber as one of the “brightest minds” at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, appeared on Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show on Tuesday, November 18 to discuss a variety of issues including the existence of liberal media bias. Speaking specifically on the lack of network news coverage surrounding the Jonathan Gruber controversy, Todd dismissed Malzberg’s assertion that this was an example of media bias and argued “I’m not saying it’s not a story. Look, I’m not in charge of any of those network newscasts. But what is the news today of that? It’s a political story.”
In a surprising twist, ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday grilled Barack Obama for flip-flopping on whether he has the legal authority to issue an executive order on immigration. Before playing a clip of Jon Karl grilling White House press secretary Josh Earnest, George Stephanopoulos pointed out: “…The President has suggested in the past that he doesn’t have the kind of power to do this on his own.”
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." -Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged