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Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has as soon as every week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” choice in his “Washington Secrets and techniques” column. For every decide, normally posted on-line on Monday, I present an evidence and advocate a “scream” ranking (scale of 1 to 5).

This publish accommodates the “Liberal Media Screams” beginning in January 2020.

> For all of 2019. For all of  2018. (Re-named “Liberal Media Scream” as of June 11, 2018.) “Mainstream Media Screams” for:

> July-December 2017 posts; January through June 2017; July to December 2016; for January to June 2016; for July to December 2015; for January to June 2015. (2012-2014 are featured on MRC.org: For 2014; for June 17, 2013 through the end of 2013. And for January 31, 2012 through June 11, 2013.)

Examine Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” blog for the most recent selection and his different Washington insider posts. Every week, this web page will likely be up to date with Bedard’s newest instance of the worst bias of the week.

(For extra of the worst liberal media bias, browse the Media Research Center’s Notable Quotables with compilations of the most recent outrageous, generally humorous, quotes within the liberal media.)

 

■ New on November 2: Liberal Media Scream: NBC spins lengthy voter strains as racism

I’ll add textual content and video right here subsequent week, however so the Washington Examiner will get the site visitors for his or her publish when it’s contemporary, please learn Paul Bedard’s post on their site the place you’ll be able to watch the video and browse the total quote.

 

■ October 26: Liberal Media Scream: Scarborough prices Meadows ‘doesn’t care if you happen to stay or die’

(Washington Examiner publish).

A lot for former Home Republicans sticking collectively.

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options two of them, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough, and White Home chief of workers and former North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows.

At subject was the plain remark Sunday from Meadows that the administration is “not going to manage” the coronavirus till a vaccine turns into out there. To that, Scarborough spun it as America’s loss of life warrant.

Scarborough on Monday’s Morning Joe:

“I’m capable of take the recommendation of epidemiologists. I’ll take the recommendation of medical doctors, they usually had been telling us in March we had been going to have a darkish winter. That it was going to be worse, and he is aware of it, and he’s mendacity. He’s prepared to let folks die as a result of that’s what Donald Trump desires him to say. Mark Meadows, who doesn’t care if you happen to stay or die from the pandemic as a result of he simply cares about following the president’s recommendation.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Meadows was simply observing the fact of how the pandemic doubtless gained’t be contained till vaccines and therapeutics will be extensively deployed. In order that’s a fairly disgusting take from Scarborough, sinking to accusing Meadows of not caring if folks die from the coronavirus, presumably as a result of Scarborough has such contempt for President Trump he assumes the worst of all who work for him, even a former congressman with a superb repute.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ October 19: Liberal Media Scream: Morning Joe compares Trump rallies to ‘witch trials’

(Washington Examiner publish).

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who on Monday in contrast President Trump’s collection of recent rallies to the Salem witch trials and mentioned that individuals will look again in horror at them in 50-100 years.

On his present, he mentioned, “In case you don’t assume folks aren’t going to look again at these rallies with the identical horror that we now look again on the Salem witch trials, you don’t assume that’s going to occur 50 years from now, 100 years from now, you’re kidding your self.”

Scarborough on Monday’s Morning Joe:

“A referendum on whether or not we imagine our Structure says what it says or whether or not we wish to have a president who runs round saying that Article 2 provides him the facility to do no matter he desires to do, that federal judges’ authority will be questioned, that the media is, in Josef Stalin’s phrases, ‘the enemy of the folks,’ that there aren’t any respectable checks and balances in opposition to him, that your complete idea of Madisonian democracy over 240 years is for nil in relation to him. After which, add on science. Add on drugs. Add on primary studying, and you’ve got that versus superstition.

“That is — please. In case you don’t assume folks aren’t going to look again at these rallies with the identical horror that we now look again on the Salem witch trials, you don’t assume that’s going to occur 50 years from now, a 100 years from now, you’re kidding your self. In the midst of a pandemic, lengthy after we’re all gone, folks will likely be displaying these photographs and asking what occurred to America, or at the very least a big subset of America. And what occurred was Donald Trump, and historical past and Individuals sooner or later are going to should grapple with that, as are these proper now who’re working, day in and time out, to additional his agenda or the tens of the tens of millions of people who find themselves really going together with this.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Scarborough’s received fairly an creativeness, assuming the broader inhabitants of Individuals will likely be as outraged by President Trump sooner or later as he’s now. Many could take into account it unwise to hitch massive gatherings within the time of a pandemic, however President Trump isn’t forcing anybody to attend nor hanging anybody to loss of life primarily based on baseless fears. The analogy is foolish and an instance of how elite media figures make it really easy for Trump to ridicule their hostility to him.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ October 12: Liberal Media Scream: Dan Relatively slams Trump as a ‘tragedy and farce’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream contains a well-known presidential critic, newsman Dan Relatively.

The onetime CBS anchor, earlier than his reporting on former President George W. Bush received him kicked out of the seat, went on an epic rant in opposition to President Trump on CNN, ripping the president’s psychological situation and questioning the media’s fuss over “making an attempt to honest” to the White Home.

“He’s always participating in anger, manic habits,” mentioned Relatively, including that “the story of the Trump administration is each tragedy and farce.”

When requested by host Brian Stelter how “in another way” he desires the media to method this 12 months’s election protection, Relatively on Sunday’s Dependable Sources mentioned:

“Nicely, to start with, I’m just a little bit involved with the press — and I don’t besides myself on this criticism — nonetheless goes via these, too typically contortions of, quote, ‘making an attempt to be honest.’ There’s a line of equity that we have to adhere to, however we’ve to report on what’s, not what we hope could be the case. And as members of the press, we’ve to simply maintain doing our job, which is maintain telling folks, maintain reminding folks, via use of info and quotes, of how unusually distinctive that is to have, No. 1, a president who says prematurely of the election that if it doesn’t seem to go his approach, he’s going to attempt to tie it up within the courts. He is not going to decide to a peaceable switch of energy on the prime even when the indication is that he has misplaced. And No. 2, there has by no means been something approaching this in the best way of voter suppression by any president of the US. And the press has to proceed to seek out issues in that approach.

“As to his psychological situation, I do know there’s a complete concept that, , he’s ‘mentally unstable.’ I’m not certified to say that. I’ll say this, that he’s always participating in anger, manic habits, abusive habits, mocking habits, and so typically indicating that he would rating within the excessive 90s on a dumb check.

“So, , we’ve a mix of selfishness and stupidity working out of the White Home. Individuals, I feel, will see that ultimately. Will they see it in time to keep away from what’s forward for us? Ceaselessly, previously, and what I’ll name regular occasions, Brian, there is a advantageous line between tragedy and farce. Sadly, that … was a very long time in the past, and the story of the Trump administration is each tragedy and farce.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Dan Relatively describing another person’s life as considered one of ‘tragedy and farce’ is wealthy with irony. He’s the person who ruined his profession through the use of faux paperwork to unsuccessfully attempt to destroy one other Republican president for whom he had disdain. But he nonetheless hasn’t realized his lesson about unproven allegations, slyly impugning President Trump’s psychological standing with an ‘I’m not certified to say that’ demurral whereas charging Trump shows ‘manic’ and ‘abusive’ habits, snidely asserting Trump ‘would rating within the excessive 90s on a dumb check.'”

Scream ranking: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ October 5: Liberal Media Scream: Carl Bernstein prices Trump with ‘homicidal negligence’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream is a scorching one, that includes veteran journalist Carl Bernstein calling President Trump responsible of “homicidal negligence” over the the dealing with of the coronavirus disaster.

As a visitor on CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera Saturday, Bernstein cited “the sample going again to January twenty eighth,” when Trump realized of the menace, and “since then, his response has been homicidal negligence.” He additionally mentioned that the president “put his personal pursuits of reelection … in entrance of the well being and well-being of the American folks.”

Bernstein, on CNN on Saturday, October 3:

“Let’s take a deep breath right here and take a look at what actually is the sample going again to January twenty eighth, when Trump was first knowledgeable by his nationwide safety adviser and deputy about this virus and what an amazing menace it posed. And since then, his response has been homicidal negligence. He has failed to guard the American folks, and relatively, to place his personal pursuits of reelection, and holding on to the workplace of the presidency, in entrance of the well being and well-being of the American folks. And what we’re seeing on this final week is similar factor, this willingness, this negligence, whilst he himself has turn out to be stricken with this horrible illness, his pursuits in entrance of the nation’s, for functions of his reelection.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “This sort of a simplistic and overwrought accusation is why President Trump has been so profitable at tagging the press corps as ‘faux information.’ Bernstein’s first intuition was to make use of hyperbolic language accountable Trump primarily based on symbolism conveyed by Trump, not any particular preventative insurance policies he inhibited.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ September 28: Liberal Media Scream: ‘Most scary second in my life,’ New York Instances columnist on Trump reelection

(Washington Examiner publish)

The media’s “Trump Derangement Syndrome” is shifting into excessive gear with simply weeks till Election Day.

The most recent instance in our weekly Liberal Media Scream comes from a outstanding New York Instances columnist who’s in such a panic over President Trump’s suggestion that he gained’t instantly settle for a defeat by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that he declared the state of affairs “DEFCON 5,” the very best army alert.

Reacting to Trump’s remarks about accepting the election outcomes, Tom Friedman launched an exposition on all of the issues that animate Trump haters. On Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, Friedman known as it “probably the most scary second in my life.”

And he added his disgust with the Republican Social gathering when he known as it a “political brothel that rents itself out by the evening to whoever will energize its base.”

Friedman on the Sept. 24 Anderson Cooper 360:

“I feel what occurred in the previous few days is a six-alarm hearth. I feel it’s DEFCON 5. The president of the US has instructed us, ‘Both I win the election or I delegitimize the election.’ These are your decisions, people. And he principally is making an attempt to interrupt folks’s will to essentially get folks to say, ‘What the heck? He desires it so unhealthy, simply give it to him.’ I feel that is, this definitely is probably the most scary second in my life. It’s scary due to him. It’s scary as a result of he’s backed by a state-owned community.

“And it’s terrifying as a result of the Republican Social gathering has turn out to be principally a political brothel that rents itself out by the evening to whoever will energize its base, whether or not it was Sarah Palin or the Tea Social gathering or now, Trump. It is a occasion that went into its conference with no platform, no platform, and principally simply mentioned no matter Trump desires, we wish. And if you happen to’re not frightened now, in case you are not terrified for what might occur, it’s not we’d have a disputed election. It’s we’re going to have a disputed election, virtually definitely, until Trump wins, by which case I shudder to assume what 4 extra years of this may be like.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Friedman colorfully expressed the depth of the hatred and anger towards President Trump, which runs deep on the New York Instances. His apparently real concern of the supposed catastrophe forward if Trump had been to win reelection reveals why he and his colleagues will use all their instruments to defeat him.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ September 21: Liberal Media Scream: Critic lauds CNN ‘as a journalistic establishment,’ Fox a ‘instrument’

(Washington Examiner publish)

Few stick collectively just like the liberal media.

Exhibit A was the weekend media present on CNN by which a daily media critic from the Baltimore Solar, David Zurawik, held the cable channel because the apolitical truth-teller preventing the “right-wing shops” that lie on behalf of their pals.

On Sunday’s Dependable Sources, Zurawik lamented how the “mainstream press should admit that we’re at a drawback” since CNN and others function as journalistic establishments, whereas “right-wing shops,” resembling Fox Information, Breitbart, and the Each day Caller, “had been based as political instruments” that “will be identical to Donald Trump,” so that they “lie,” “smear,” and “slander.” However he insisted, “We will’t do this.”

For that, he wins our weekly Liberal Media Scream.

Zurawik to host Brian Stelter on CNN’s Sept. 20 Dependable Sources:

“We already had six weeks forward of us that had been going to be epic … Then, you set this Supreme Courtroom combat on prime of it, after which, you’ve the right-wing media. This isn’t cheerleading. That is past rabble-rousing. That is waving the shirt and calling for blood. And I’ll let you know what, Brian. We’ve got to confess, we within the mainstream press should admit that we’re at a drawback on this. We had been based and we function – CNN operates as a journalistic establishment. We play by these guidelines.”

“Fox Information, as you so, as you chronicle in your e-book so nicely, Fox Information, Breitbart, Each day Caller, many of those right-wing shops had been based as political instruments to help in ideology and to help candidates. In case your aim is as a political outlet to simply merely win, you’ll be able to lie – you will be identical to Donald Trump. You may lie, you’ll be able to smear, you’ll be able to libel, you’ll be able to slander, you are able to do all that. The aim is to win. We will’t do this.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “How ridiculous. CNN and different ‘mainstream’ shops way back grew to become ‘political instruments’ of the Left, and the conservative shops had been created as a counterweight. Removed from any form of virtuous mannequin of journalistic integrity, CNN is a pacesetter in advancing liberal political ideology and serves because the mouthpiece of the ‘By no means Trump’ motion.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ September 14: Liberal Media Scream: Chuck Todd frets the media have misplaced ‘our energy’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the essence of the brand new media.

As soon as obsessive about the 5 “W’s” and “H” — who, what, the place, when, why, and the way — a lot of the media’s political protection has became agenda-making and shaming.

However up in opposition to some politicians, notably President Trump, some reporters fret it doesn’t work.

On Sunday’s Meet The Press, moderator Chuck Todd mentioned that Trump doesn’t “have disgrace” when the press name out his misstatements.

On the present, visitor Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of the Atlantic, rued how the media haven’t found out tips on how to counter Trump’s supposed deliberate coverage of misstatements.

Todd then mentioned: “The one solution to perceive that is to appreciate he doesn’t have disgrace about it. And once we lose our capacity to disgrace a politician, we lose a whole lot of our energy. That’s for certain.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide:

Todd revealed the explanation behind the press corps’ underlying anger at President Trump. They’re pissed off that he has found out tips on how to neuter their affect. They simply can’t stand how so many within the public ignore them once they see themselves because the arbiter of fact.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ September 7: No Liberal Media Scream this week

 

■ New on August 31: Liberal Media Scream: On CNN, April Ryan says Trump began ‘a race struggle’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options one other hit on President Trump by a CNN contributor, who charged that he has began a “race struggle in America.”

April Ryan, lengthy the Washington bureau chief for American City Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, made the declare on the cable community Sunday whereas discussing the violence in cities the place Black Lives Matter organizers are marching.

On CNN, Ryan, whose newest e-book was Below Hearth: Reporting from the Entrance Traces of the Trump White Home, mentioned that “folks are actually afraid of this president as a result of he has stoked the racial flames. And let’s name the factor a factor: He has now begun a race struggle in America in 2020.”

Ryan within the 5 p.m. hour of CNN Newsroom on Sunday, Aug. 30:

“Let’s name a factor a factor. This president, Donald John Trump, has instigated a race struggle in America. Portland, Oregon, is floor zero. This president, Donald John Trump, has principally stoked the flames for racist extremists, neo-Nazis, and the ‘alt-right.’ They usually’re even defending — this president is even defending Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who went into Wisconsin and killed two protesters. So, on the finish of the day, the mayor of Portland is completely proper. And there are those that are calling for assist from this president and the stoking of a race struggle. There’s a race struggle in America proper now due to this president. Individuals are calling me, asking if there certainly is a solution to get the worldwide crimes courtroom to come back in to take care of this. You already know, I’ve talked to some people who find themselves in intelligence, they usually’re saying he’s accomplished heinous issues, however they should see. We don’t know for certain. However folks are actually afraid of this president as a result of he has stoked the racial flames. And let’s name the factor a factor: He has now begun a race struggle in America in 2020.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “After journalists like Ryan have spent years smearing Republicans and conservatives as racists, it takes fairly a little bit of chutzpah, days after the Republican conference featured quite a few black audio system, to see President Trump because the instigator of a race struggle. Nobody has accomplished extra to gas racial rancor over the previous 4 years than the Washington press corps.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ August 24: Liberal Media Scream: CNN common calls America the land of racists, case closed

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream comes from a CNN contributor who mentioned America was constructed on racism and thievery.

It got here on Friday, when CNN’s Anderson Cooper requested common Nina Turner to react to President Trump’s cost that the Democratic conference delivered “4 straight days attacking America as racist and a horrible nation that should be redeemed.” Turner mentioned, “This nation is racist — it’s rooted in racism.”

Then after the previous Ohio state senator completed her rant, Cooper merely moved on.

From the two p.m. EDT hour of CNN Newsroom on Friday, August 21:

ANDERSON COOPER: I wish to simply play one thing that President Trump — how he described the [Democratic] conference at an occasion in Arlington immediately.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: However over the past week, the Democrats held the darkest and angriest and gloomiest conference in American historical past. They spent 4 straight days attacking America as racist and a horrible nation that should be redeemed.

COOPER: I imply, I suppose, what else would he say? However I’m wondering what you make of that?

NINA TURNER, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: You had been studying my thoughts, Anderson. I imply, the nation does have to be redeemed. I don’t know which conference he was taking a look at, although, however this nation undoubtedly must be redeemed. This nation is racist — it’s rooted in racism. Once we speak concerning the story about immigration, it’s not some fairly image. It’s a nation that was based on the backs and the blood and the sweat and the tears of enslaved Africans, after which the primary era born on this soil of African Individuals for generations.

It’s a nation that stole the land from indigenous folks. I imply, come on, we’re making an attempt to get there to these excessive beliefs, however we’re not fairly there but, so I’m not shocked that President Trump would paint the Democratic conference in that approach. That’s what he does. He’s delusional if he thinks that it’s okay to put in writing revisionist historical past. It’s not okay for him to do it as a Republican, and it’s not okay for Democrats to do it both, Anderson.

Ninety-two million folks on this nation do not need — they’re both uninsured or underinsured. We actually do. Individuals are crying out, and, as , the pandemic wiping folks out left and proper, whether or not actually or via their livelihoods. We’ve got a possibility, whether it is taken, to indicate that the Democratic Social gathering would be the one to not reply to the company pursuits. There are 12 billionaires, Anderson, on this nation who’re at a trillion {dollars}. They management a trillion {dollars}’ value of wealth.

In the meantime, again on Foremost Avenue, individuals are catching all types of hell, so we’re going to face up for the poor, the working poor, the hardly middle-class on this nation. And it’s higher than having BLM blocks behind you or quoting or mentioning Ella Baker’s identify. It’s dwelling as much as these excessive beliefs and the rules by which these freedom fighters fought for. That is the time to try this. Individuals want it.

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Disappointing to see CNN, which for a very long time has thought-about it past dispute that President Trump is a racist, now sees nothing noteworthy about considered one of their contributors defaming your complete inhabitants as racist, dwelling in a nation ‘rooted’ in racism. You’d assume that if Cooper needed viewers to see him as an actual journalist that he would possibly push again on such a broad swipe.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ August 17: Liberal Media Scream: Trump’s followers are racists, case closed, says Donny Deutsch

(Washington Examiner publish)

Because the presidential election will get nearer, TV pundits, reporters, and anchors seem like in a race to out-do one another in explaining how a lot they hate, and completely misunderstand, President Trump.

This week’s Liberal Media Scream is simply the most recent instance. For it, we characteristic MSNBC common Donny Deutsch, a prize-ranter on the notably anti-Trump present, Morning Joe. In explaining how a 3rd of the nation helps Trump, he mentioned, “The reply is just one factor: 1 in 3 Individuals are racists.”

That prompted anti-Trump cheerleader Mika Brzezinski to notice, “It’s pathetic!”

Deutsch on the Friday, Aug. 14 Morning Joe on MSNBC:

“How do 1 in 3 Individuals nonetheless imagine this man about corona or something, and the reply is just one factor: 1 in 3 Individuals are racists. One in three Individuals are terrified that this nation by the 12 months 2040 shouldn’t be going to be majority white — that the black man or the brown man or the yellow man or girl are going to come back and take their jobs and take away their suburbs and scare them. And it’s no coincidence yesterday Trump introduced up Kamala Harris and the entire birther factor. That’s the solely clarification. As a result of you’ll be able to’t even carry up the financial system anymore. That’s it, that 1 in 3 Individuals [Mika Brzezinski: “It’s pathetic!”] are racists nonetheless on this nation.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “First, it wasn’t Trump who ‘introduced up Kamala Harris and the entire birther factor.’ Trump was responding to a query about it posed by a journalist who introduced it up. Second, it’s troubling how snug Deutsch is with smearing tens of tens of millions of his fellow Individuals as racists. It should be good to be so smug as to not really feel any obligation to make any effort to know respectable coverage preferences which may lead folks to again Trump’s course for the nation, and/or concern the place the nation is headed with uncontrolled violence in some huge cities.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ August 10: Liberal Media Scream: Anti-Trump CNN asks the place’s the media ‘tearing down Trump’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options one of many craziest claims but by the anti-President Trump press corps — that there aren’t any media shops devoted to “tearing down Trump.”

It got here on CNN throughout a dialogue of the anti-Joe Biden theme on some conservative radio reveals, particularly the bigs: Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin.

Throughout his Sunday present, Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Dependable Sources, requested: “Is there an equal to that on the left, tearing down Trump?” His visitor, Errin Haines, editor-at-large of the information web site the nineteenth, answered, “There actually isn’t.”

The change got here after Stelter performed audio clips from Limbaugh, Levin, Ben Shapiro, and Michael Savage. “Vile Anti-Biden Rhetoric On Proper-Wing Discuss Radio” was displayed on the display screen.

Brian Stelter: “Errin, your view of this, if you see complete media firms basically exist to tear down Joe Biden, is there an equal to that on the left, tearing down Trump?”

Errin Haines: “There actually isn’t. And, , what I’d say is it’s actually a food regimen of any such info that a whole lot of these voters are getting. A variety of the voters that I speak to, I can — after I interview them, I do hear them saying a whole lot of the speaking factors that sound very acquainted from a few of these reveals, which I attempt to hearken to after I’m out on the marketing campaign path or after I’m house watching TV. You may hear these feedback being echoed by voters. You already know that that is the food regimen that they’re on: AM radio, conservative speak. Additionally, social media.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Stelter has turn out to be a parody of himself with this unintentionally, very humorous change, which so nicely displayed his complete lack of primary self-awareness. On a present devoted each week to denouncing President Trump that airs on a community, which devotes hours on daily basis to denigrating Trump’s insurance policies and character, he severely wonders if there’s a media outlet as anti-Trump as some radio speak reveals are anti-Biden.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ August 3: Liberal Media Scream: PBS host desires Trump tried for COVID ‘mass homicide’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream contains a PBS host calling for the prosecution of President Trump for the “mass homicide” of the 150,000 Individuals misplaced to COVID-19.

Showing on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation on Saturday, Alexander Heffner, the host of The Open Thoughts, additionally rapped Lawyer Normal William Barr whereas speaking with the MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton.

Heffer argued that “if we had an precise lawyer basic on this nation,” he could be “prosecuting” Trump and complicit Republicans for “the malfeasance, the negligence, the murder, the mass homicide.”

After Sharpton learn a tweet which he characterised as displaying Trump “preventing together with his personal well being specialists,” Heffner replied:

“Yeah, he’s accomplished that from the start. I imply, the scientific illiteracy has immobilized our nation. It’s made it not possible to comprehensively assault the medical disaster. You already know, in your prior section, you had been discussing the lawyer basic. If we had an precise lawyer basic on this nation, he could be, or she could be, investigating and prosecuting the malfeasance, the negligence, the murder, the mass homicide — it’s gotten to some extent with over 150,000 American souls gone that it’s not simply inexcusable, it’s genocidal. It’s mania. And I feel that the Senate candidates that you simply referenced are going to be campaigning for the well being and well-being of their residents. And life and loss of life ought not be a partisan subject, however we’ve found it’s now.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Depart it to PBS to make use of somebody so enraged by President Trump that he would stoop to vile allegations of mass homicide and genocide over a disagreement with a tweet. Some not so nicely spent taxpayer cash.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ July 27: Liberal Media Scream: Media darling calls for voters select Biden, ‘finish this reign of terror’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options biographer and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham urging MSNBC viewers to get out and vote in November to “finish this reign of terror” of President Trump.

Evaluating the president to former President Richard Nixon and former Alabama Democratic Gov. George Wallace, he mentioned, “If you wish to finish this reign of terror … you’ve received to vote. And the concept one way or the other or one other since you assume — one thinks that Trump is an fool or he’s, , he’s a racist, no matter you would possibly assume … it’s not going to matter if what occurred in 2016 occurs once more.”

He’s involved that the 2020 election is much like 1968 when Nixon and Wallace gained 55% of the vote. “In case you return and take a look at what Wallace and Nixon had been saying, it’s what Trump is saying,” he claimed.

Meacham on Sunday’s Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC:

“And the determine we’d like to consider, and the nation may have him on its thoughts for about 24 hours or so, shouldn’t be Richard Nixon, however George Wallace, who was the governor of Alabama, who was the final individual, I imagine, to lie in state on the Alabama capitol the place Congressman Lewis is now headed on Freeway 80. And Wallace mentioned in 1961 that he was going to be the governor who defended ‘segregation immediately, segregation tomorrow, and segregation eternally.’ In 1964, he ran for president — he did very nicely exterior the American South. Individuals who assume that is solely a Southern drawback are unsuitable. He did nicely in Indiana. He did nicely in Wisconsin.

“And on election day 1968, greater than 55% of the nation, take into consideration that for a second, greater than 55% of the nation voted for both Richard Nixon or George Wallace. And if you happen to return and take a look at what Wallace and Nixon had been saying, it’s what Trump is saying. It’s that your neighborhoods are in peril, chaos is within the streets, and ‘I’ — dare I say it, as Trump would say it — ‘I alone can repair it.’ It is a perennial American meme, and it’s one thing that’s going to require immense vigilance on the a part of the Democratic Social gathering and individuals who are not looking for this election to end up the best way 1968 did. …

“All I’m saying is — and I feel Congressman Lewis would echo it in that fantastic voice the place he all the time spoke with a form of biblical shout. He was just a little man, however his voice was so robust. If you wish to finish this reign of terror, this reign of terror, by way of COVID, you’ve received to vote. And the concept one way or the other or one other since you assume, one thinks that Trump is an fool or he’s, , he’s a racist, no matter you would possibly assume, one would possibly assume — it’s not going to matter if what occurred in 2016 occurs once more.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “One other effort to vilify President Trump as a mortal menace to the nation’s well-being. Not happy to simply characterize his years within the White Home as a ‘reign of terror,’ Meacham determined to delegitimize Trump additional by portray him because the inheritor to racist Democrat George Wallace. So the one ethical course for the nation, Meacham presumes, is to defeat Trump.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ July 20: Liberal Media Scream: In CNN’s world, conservative shops, not Instances, Publish, are illiberal

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options CNN wading into the intolerance debate the place it finds that it’s the conservatives shops, and even non secular faculties, which are close-minded.

Within the wake of New York Instances opinion editor Bari Weiss falling sufferer to the “cancel tradition” for daring to run items that went counter to left-wing orthodoxy, CNN introduced aboard a visitor to defend the New York Instances and declare the intolerance of opinion is on the Proper, not the Left.

“I do assume there’s a rising intolerance of oppositional political opinions,” Jill Filipovic mentioned on Dependable Sources, however not at “mainstream and progressive shops.”

Filipovic, an opinion author and creator of the upcoming e-book, OK BOOMER, LET’S TALK: How My Technology Bought Left Behind, mentioned, “It’s actually conservative information shops, in addition to conservative establishments like non secular faculties, the place you’re missing range of opinion.”

From Sunday’s Dependable Sources on CNN:

Brian Stelter: “Is there rising intolerance in American newsrooms? Is what folks like Bari Weiss, is what they’re pointing to an actual and severe menace?”

Jill Filipovic: “Sure, I do assume that there’s rising intolerance of oppositional political opinions. I feel the place we get it unsuitable on this dialog is taking a look at largely mainstream and progressive shops. The fact is, locations just like the New York Instances, the Washington Publish, CNN, host a extremely large number of views. Each the Publish and the Instances have conservative columnists. There’s actually not a day that goes by which you could’t discover conservative views on these web sites. You actually can’t say the identical factor about Fox Information, about Breitbart, about internet sites like Townhall.com. It’s actually conservative information shops, in addition to conservative establishments like non secular faculties, the place you’re missing range of opinion. And what I see occurring right here is, sure, pointing to one thing that may be a irritating drawback, however by honing in on, quote/unquote, ‘liberal shops,’ I feel you actually miss the fuller story and the methods by which I feel the Proper is de facto working the refs on this one.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Speak about working the refs. In what various universe does Filipovic stay? The time period ‘cancel tradition’ was created to explain what ‘mainstream and progressive’ shops do to those that dare stray from the authorised left-wing view of a difficulty. ‘Cancel tradition’ is actual at liberal shops and has value a number of journalists their jobs. And there’s much more range of political opinions on Fox Information Channel than on CNN or MSNBC. When did you final hear a pro-Trump voice on CNN or MSNBC?”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ July 13: No Liberal Media Scream this week

 

■ New on July 6: Liberal Media Scream: PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor says Trump sits between ‘George Wallace and Ronald Reagan’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the massive divide over President Trump’s 2020 pivot to the “cancel tradition” in America displayed in his speeches at Mount Rushmore and on July Fourth.

We characteristic PBS NewsHour White Home correspondent Yamiche Alcindor condemning Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech and his depiction of the US as a nation worthy of satisfaction. On MSNBC, she claimed that Trump was perpetuating the “lie” that the nation “handled women and men equally, that we based this nation simply by our personal wits,” as she added that “we’re seeing a celebration of America’s independence on land that was stolen from Native Individuals.”

Referring to the carvings within the mountainside of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, Alcindor mentioned it was vital to notice that two of them owned slaves and that Roosevelt “oversaw the desecration of native lands.”

Alcindor is the latest recipient of the “total excellence in White Home protection” award from the White Home Correspondents’ Affiliation.

Alcindor on Friday evening, as MSNBC aired a panel dialogue whereas the Mount Rushmore ceremony started:

“I feel what we’re seeing is a president who’s decided to fly within the face of … people who find themselves saying that there’s actually a delusion of America — that this concept that America handled folks nicely, that they handled women and men equally, that we based this nation simply by our personal wits, that that’s really a lie and that in reality, what we’re seeing is a celebration of America’s independence on land that was stolen from Native Individuals, and it’s over — and it’s being seen and missed by two presidents — they’re figures, relatively — that owned slaves and a 3rd president in Roosevelt, who talked about going westward and who oversaw the desecration of native lands.

“You noticed so many individuals on this nation, particularly folks of colour, look actually, actually disturbed when the president and then-candidate Trump began saying, ‘Make America Nice Once more’ — as a result of, after all, the short query was, ‘Nicely, what a part of America and what interval are you speaking about? Is it when African Individuals had been enslaved? Is it when girls couldn’t vote? Is it when Native American folks had been actually run off their lands?’ … He’s sitting someplace in historical past between George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, and he’s actually becoming on this historical past that’s, in some methods, a Republican historical past about the concept they’re actually taking a look at white resentment.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Alcindor displayed the disrespect for our nation’s historical past — filled with scorn for its heroes and emphasis on the sinister view of any achievements — that President Trump was reciting in taking over the Left within the very speech Alcindor was denouncing. Her take illustrated how the media elite are usually not simply against Trump’s reelection however are allied with the far-left who’re making an attempt to destroy the legitimacy of the nation.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ June 29: Liberal Media Scream: ABC lets Pelosi declare Russians ‘have’ one thing on Trump

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options ABC’s George Stephanopoulos opening the door to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unproven cost that Russian President Vladimir Putin should “have” one thing on President Trump.

In a Sunday dialogue the New York Instances story on how Russia has put a bounty on U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan, Pelosi charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be holding one thing over Trump: “I don’t know what the Russians have on the president politically, personally, financially, or no matter it’s,” she mentioned, calling Trump a “present to Putin.”

However as an alternative of difficult her concept, Stephanopoulos cued her as much as elaborate: “You’ve raised that a number of occasions now. You mentioned you don’t know what the Russians have on President Trump. However do you imagine they’ve one thing on him?” After she repeated her factors, Stephanopoulos moved on to Joe Biden’s prospects within the election.

From the June 28 This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC:

NANCY PELOSI: Simply as I’ve mentioned to the president with him, all roads result in Putin. He is not going to — he is not going to — I don’t know what the Russians have on the president politically, personally, financially, or no matter it’s….

STEPHANOPOULOS: Nicely, that’s what I wish to ask you about. Do you imagine that the president hasn’t been briefed on this? And secondly, how would you clarify the New York Instances is saying it was really within the president’s day by day transient, maybe he didn’t learn it, how would you clarify if the president weren’t briefed on this?

PELOSI: As a result of the president desires to disregard any allegation in opposition to Russia. As I’ve mentioned to him in that assembly after I’m pointing to him in a blue go well with, “With you Mr. President, all roads result in Putin.”… He’s a present to Russia…. All a present to Putin. One thing may be very unsuitable right here. However this should have a solution.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve raised that a number of occasions now. You mentioned you don’t know what the Russians have on President Trump. However do you imagine they’ve one thing on him?

PELOSI: How else would you clarify his refusal to even — to disregard many times the intelligence that places proper on the Russian doorstep the involvement into our elections for instance? Now he’s saying that is faux information. Why would he say that? Why wouldn’t he say, let’s look into it and see what that is?…. He’s kissing as much as Putin in each approach, saying they need to be within the G-7, though he annexed Crimea and brought on loss of life and destruction in Ukraine, so completely irresponsible. One thing is unsuitable with this image. However placing that apart for the second, let’s simply dwell on this. We hear additionally that the administration is contemplating diplomatic response to this or sanctions to this, nicely, they both find out about it or they don’t find out about it. The American folks have to know what that’s.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Earlier than we go, I do wish to ask you just a little bit concerning the 2020 presidential marketing campaign…

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Journalists are obsessive about what they see as loopy allegations from President Trump and are practically as upset by social media not blocking posts containing ‘false’ info. However when a visitor makes a scurrilous allegation in opposition to the president, George Stephanopoulos not solely refuses to problem the cost, he allows additional elaboration of it.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ June 22: Liberal Media Scream: CBS’s Pauley Gushes for Cuomo, standard and ‘out there’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options Jane Pauley’s love fest with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on CBS Sunday Morning.

Pauley didn’t point out deaths in nursing properties that stemmed from his choices on the coronavirus nor his demand for 40,000 ventilators when a fraction of that quantity had been ever wanted.

However she discovered time to have fun his “unattached” marital standing when he’s “having a second,” but being unable to use it due to the lockdowns: “Is your social life in a Section 1 relationship, presumably? Is that an unlucky set of circumstances?” she requested him.

Pauley, who campaigned for Barack Obama in Indiana in 2008, even urged the governor to goal for a presidential run in 2024. When he demurred, she expressed disappointment: “What’s it with the Cuomo’s? The truth that your father by no means ran for president remains to be, , one of many nice mysteries of political life. What does your mom say?”

From the June 21 CBS Sunday Morning:

JANE PAULEY: Cuomo was married for 15 years to Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. And till final 12 months, was in an extended relationship with creator and TV chef Sandra Lee, however he’s unattached now.

PAULEY TO ANDREW CUOMO: You’re a bachelor, you’ve received a pleasant home right here, having a second, and you’ll’t do a factor with it. Is your social life in a Section 1 relationship, presumably? Is that an unlucky set of circumstances?

CUOMO: Nicely, I feel —

PAULEY: I do know you’re a bachelor. I do know. I do know you’ve talked about being out there.

CUOMO: Yeah. The home isn’t mine [referring to the governor’s mansion in Albany], kind of like a rental. I’ll transfer out at some point. I can reopen the financial system, however relationship, that’s a complete completely different factor past my management.

PAULEY: Pity, isn’t it?

PAULEY: I discover it actually arduous to simply accept, after many years in authorities, you don’t have a political agenda in your future that’s on the again of your thoughts. 4 years from now, both Donald Trump is not going to run for reelection, or Joe Biden will likely be 82, and possibly there will likely be a seek for a Democratic nominee. And I can not imagine that Andrew Cuomo gained’t be on that stage.

CUOMO: Joe Biden goes to be the president of the US, I imagine that. I imagine Joe Biden will run for a second time period.

PAULEY: At 82?

CUOMO: Sure. And I hope to be the governor of the state of New York. I’ve one thing to contribute. That is my house. I like it. And I’m pleased.

PAULEY: What’s it with the Cuomo’s? The truth that your father by no means ran for president remains to be, , one of many nice mysteries of political life. What does your mom say?

CUOMO: We haven’t had that dialog.

PAULEY: Actually?

CUOMO: Actually.

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “It’s good to be a liberal Democrat. It means if you mess up and ship contaminated folks into nursing properties, which considerably elevated the variety of coronavirus deaths in your state, you’ve pals within the information media who ignore that and take a look at you with goo-goo eyes, extra enthusiastic about your relationship life and future political stardom.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ June 15: Liberal Media Scream: Ben Carson scolds anti-Trump media, ‘ridiculous,’ ‘develop up’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the soft-spoken Housing and City Improvement Secretary Ben Carson calling out ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and others who’re whipped up with Trump Derangement Syndrome and are looking for any purpose to assault the president.

On Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Carson scolded host Stephanopoulos after he tied Trump to the KKK as a result of Trump’s scheduled conference acceptance speech falls on the identical date as a horrible race crime known as “Ax Deal with Saturday.”

Dismissing the host, Carson mentioned, “We’ve reached some extent in our society the place we dissect all the things and attempt to ascribe some nefarious notion to it. We actually want to maneuver away from that.” He added, “It actually will get to some extent of being ridiculous after some time, and we’re going to should develop up as a society.”

From Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

Stephanopoulos: “Lastly sir, the president’s conference acceptance speech is now scheduled for Jacksonville on Aug. 27, which is the sixtieth anniversary of ‘Ax Deal with Saturday,’ when a KKK mob attacked largely black civil rights protesters. Is it acceptable to be having a conference speech on that anniversary in that metropolis?”

Carson: “You already know, we’ve reached some extent in our society the place we dissect all the things and attempt to ascribe some nefarious notion to it. We actually want to maneuver away from that. We have to transfer away from being offended by all the things, of going via historical past and taking a look at all the things, , of renaming all the things. I imply, take into consideration the truth that a few of our universities, a few of our prestigious universities, have a relationship with the slave commerce. Ought to we go and rename these universities? It actually will get to some extent of being ridiculous after some time, and, , we’re going to should develop up as a society.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Stephanopoulos illustrated the desperation too many journalists should vilify President Trump by making an attempt to carry him culpable for a coincidence of dates, desperately digging via Google to seek out one thing to hook up with him. However like a upset dad scolds his wayward son taken in by foolish considerations, Carson firmly put Stephanopoulos in his place for making an attempt to raise such a petty assault.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ June 8: Liberal Media Scream: Protecting either side ‘doesn’t really work’ in Trump period, says NYT staffer

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the interior battle on the New York Instances over operating an op-ed by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton that didn’t sit nicely with among the paper’s reporters, who imagine they and the paper ought to censor his views.

Explaining the outrage that led to the resignation of the paper’s extremely regarded editorial web page editor, New York Instances Journal workers author Nikole Hannah-Jones mentioned on CNN on Sunday that within the Trump period, media opinion shops should not current either side, like Cotton’s.

The information media are “actually struggling to cowl, in a approach that seems to be nonpartisan, a form of political panorama the place one political occasion has in some ways gone rogue,” she mentioned. “This adherence to even-handedness, each sides-ism, the view from nowhere, doesn’t really work within the political circumstances that we’re in,” she added.

Her feedback got here throughout the June 7 broadcast of Dependable Sources as she tried to justify the outrage from New York Instances’s workers over the paper posting the Arkansas senator’s commentary:

“I feel what occurred is a bigger symptom that we’re seeing in information organizations throughout the nation, which is they’re actually struggling to cowl in a approach that seems to be nonpartisan a form of political panorama the place one political occasion has in some ways gone rogue and isn’t following the foundations. However there’s a way if you happen to simply cowl that straight down the road, you’ll appear like you’re choosing sides.

“So, this adherence to even-handedness, each sides-ism, the view from nowhere, doesn’t really work within the political circumstances that we’re in. And what lots of people mentioned is that, , it’s advantageous. We as a information group should air the opinion of somebody like Sen. Tom Cotton. However in a information article, the place we are able to test the info, the place we are able to push again, that you simply don’t simply hand over your platform to somebody that highly effective making assertions that may have been unconstitutional and most definitely a few of them weren’t correct.

“So, it’s not simply the New York Instances. Information organizations have actually been fighting: How do you cowl the place we’re politically with out all the time having to get these calls that one way or the other the protection is in opposition to the Republican Social gathering versus simply protecting what is going on.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Jones’s rationale for censored journalism, by which she defends not even reporting views her and her colleagues have determined are unworthy, represents all that’s unsuitable with trendy journalism and why so many see the information media as an arm of the political Left. Her concern with conveying misinformation is especially ironic given her lead position within the Instances’s ‘1619 Undertaking’ which is predicated on the discredited assumption the U.S. primarily declared independence from Britain in an effort to protect slavery.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ June 1: Liberal Media Scream: One way or the other it’s Trump’s fault the left is attacking media

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the hard-to-believe declare on CNN, after all, that President Trump’s common criticism of the liberal media to his right-leaning followers is accountable for the assaults on the press protecting the violence linked to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On Sunday’s Dependable Sources on CNN, Baltimore Solar media critic David Zurawik held Trump accountable for the assaults on journalists by these protesting police misconduct over the weekend.

“Let’s not go away Trump out of this dialog,” Zurawik instructed host Brian Stelter. “What he’s accomplished the final 4 years of encouraging folks to hate the press” is “a big issue within the assaults on press that we’re seeing on the streets immediately.”

Zurawik on the Could 31 Dependable Sources:

“Let’s not go away Trump out of this dialog. What he’s accomplished the final 4 years of encouraging folks to hate the press, ‘enemy of the folks,’ ‘scum of the Earth,’ utilizing these rallies, it’s a weapon he used, and we see the consequences, I feel. I’m not completely blaming him, nevertheless it’s a big issue within the assaults on press that we’re seeing on the streets immediately.”

Brent Baker, vice chairman of analysis for Media Analysis Heart, defined our weekly decide: “I didn’t discover many MAGA hat-wearers within the crowd, which attacked the CNN constructing in Atlanta, nor in these exterior the White Home who menaced the crew from the Trump-friendly Fox Information Channel. However Zurawik can’t assist however see all the things via the lens of his disgust for Trump, so if it’s unhealthy, Trump should have brought on it.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ Could 25: Liberal Media Scream: Media bigs inform Kayleigh McEnany don’t you dare problem us

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the inevitable rip by media huge photographs on newly put in and battle-eager White Home press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

And the hits didn’t come simply from the standard liberal suspects, however Fox Information’s Chris Wallace and the Dispatch’s Jonah Goldberg.

It got here on Wallace’s standard present Fox Information Sunday in a dialogue with Goldberg over McEnany’s scolding of reporters for not trying additional into the Michael Flynn scandal and the way it confirmed the unraveling of the Russia collusion narrative.

Wallace declared: “I’ve to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had instructed Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should always ask, that may not have gone nicely.” Goldberg mentioned that McEnany’s habits was “indefensible and grotesque” and like a “Twitter troll who goes on assault, doesn’t really care about doing the job they’ve.” Wallace echoed that “McEnany isn’t performing like she is working for the general public. She acts like she is what she was, which is a spokesperson for the Trump marketing campaign.”

McEnany had instructed reporters at Friday’s briefing: “If I write them out in a slide format, perhaps we’re visible learners, and also you guys will comply with up with journalistic curiosities. … Why was Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn unmasked? Not by the intel neighborhood solely however by Obama’s chief of workers, by the previous Vice President Joe Biden. By Susan Rice. By the treasury secretary. I imply, that is extraordinary.”

From the Could 24 Fox Information Sunday:

CHRIS WALLACE: Jonah, to start with, it’s not extraordinary. Unmasking is fairly routine. The hassle by folks in an administration to seek out out who a masked American individual is. It occurs within the Trump White Home. It occurred, I feel, 16,000 occasions the 12 months earlier than final. What’s against the law is leaking it, however unmasking isn’t. As well as, to which, I’ve to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had instructed Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should always ask, that may not have gone nicely, Jonah.

JONAH GOLDBERG: Yeah, look, it’s good to see Donna so deferential to Kayleigh McEnany. I feel her habits is indefensible and grotesque. And I feel that what she has accomplished is she — there’s this cliché in Washington that President Trump desires a Roy Cohn as DOJ, as lawyer basic. What Donald Trump desires in a press secretary is a Twitter troll who goes on assault, doesn’t really care about doing the job they’ve, and as an alternative desires to impress, actually, an viewers of 1 and make one other a part of official Washington one other considered one of these basically cable information and Twitter gladiatorial arenas. And it’s an indication of the defining of deviancy down in our politics, and it’s solely going to make issues worse.

WALLACE: Jonah — Josh, relatively. Within the time we’ve received left, , the White Home press secretary is all the time a sophisticated job. They work for the White Home. However they’re paid by taxpayers. They’re public officers. And Kayleigh McEnany isn’t performing like she is working for the general public. She acts like she is what she was, which is a spokesperson for the Trump marketing campaign.

Republican communications adviser Josh Holmes: Chris, I simply disagree. I feel Kayleigh’s doing a pleasant job, and what’s lacking from this dialog that we’ve had this morning is the context by which she’s making these statements. I feel that any spokesperson within the Trump world, whether or not it’s within the White Home or the marketing campaign, finds themselves beneath fixed assault by the press. The confrontational nature by which journalists method the questioning shouldn’t be actually to acquire a lot info a lot as to attempt to again them right into a nook, and I feel Kayleigh mentioned, ‘I’m not going to play that sport,’ and so yeah, it’s utterly completely different from what we’ve seen from years and years of briefings from press secretaries. However I feel it’s reflective of the character that we discover ourselves in.

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Wallace and Goldberg clearly aren’t used to a press secretary who fights again and takes on a press corps which is probably the most hostile ever to a president. What they discover so appalling in McEnany is what Trump supporters discover so refreshing: an advocate for the president prepared to get into the faces of journalists to instantly deal with their biases.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ Could 18: No Liberal Media Scream this week

 

■ Could 11 Liberal Media Scream: CNN’s Stelter hits ‘obsession’ with ‘deep state’ and Michael Flynn

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options CNN media critic Brian Stelter ripping the “right-wing” media’s “obsession” with the persecution of former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn, treating it “prefer it’s an even bigger deal than the deaths of two,000 Individuals a day” from the COVID-19 virus.

Stelter mentioned Sunday, “It’s so disappointing to take a look at what we’re seeing from right-wing media as of late, the place there’s such an obsession with the deep state and these revelations concerning the Russia probe and the choice about Michael Flynn.” Final week, the Justice Division dropped prices associated to the fumbled Russia collusion case in opposition to Flynn.

And suggesting the media ought to solely be protecting Trump’s dealing with of the virus in a giant approach, he added, “In what proper thoughts is any scandal, any political scandal, any Division of Justice story, extra vital to ask the president about than the pandemic that’s raging?”

From Stelter’s commentary on the prime of Sunday’s Dependable Sources on CNN:

“It’s like New Orleans floods on daily basis. It’s just like the planes go into the towers on daily basis. And to look away or act prefer it’s now regular or acceptable is a shame to the victims. It’s so disappointing to take a look at what we’re seeing from right-wing media as of late, the place there’s such an obsession with the deep state and these revelations concerning the Russia probe and the choice about Michael Flynn. They’re treating the Michael Flynn story prefer it’s an even bigger deal than the deaths of two,000 Individuals a day.

“We had been seeing this on Fox and Mates and different reveals. When the president known as into Fox and Mates the opposite morning, Friday morning proper earlier than the unemployment charge numbers got here out, he talked concerning the Flynn case for 20 minutes earlier than he was requested concerning the pandemic. In what proper thoughts is any scandal, any political scandal, any Division of Justice story, extra vital to ask the President about than the pandemic that’s raging?

“Look, in the end it’s about information judgment, it’s about lack of judgment, however I discover it befuddling that some individuals are performing like this loss of life toll is simply regular, and accepted, and customary, and simply one other day now. Think about if 1,000 to 2,000 Individuals had been dying a day from terror assaults? Think about the president’s response?”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “How dare different media shops inform folks a couple of main information improvement on the now-discredited ‘Russia collusion’ media storyline which CNN stays, undeterred by info, so dedicated to selling. Perhaps Stelter might use the time he spends whining about President Trump the Fox Information Channel to offer at the very least a while analyzing CNN’s distorted reporting on Flynn and ‘Russia collusion’ whereas nonetheless protecting viewers knowledgeable concerning the pandemic. An actual information group can stroll and chew gum on the similar time.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ Could 4 Liberal Media Scream: Invoice Maher desires police to pull Trump out after loss

(Washington Examiner publish)

On this week’s Liberal Media Scream, speak present host Invoice Maher, talking with Obama-era Lawyer Normal Eric Holder, is so satisfied that President Trump will lose reelection and refuse to go away the White Home that police must be known as in to pull him out.

However whereas Holder mentioned that federal brokers have the facility to power Trump out, Maher doubted that they’d as a result of they like Trump.

“They’ve the power. … Have they got the need?” he mentioned on Actual Time with Invoice Maher on HBO, including, “Police love his soiled attracts. Do you actually assume they’re going to tug him out of the White Home?”

From the Friday Actual Time with Invoice Maher on HBO:

Invoice Maher: “As I’ve been saying for years now, I don’t assume Trump … I can not image that man gracefully conceding and strolling away, and I maintain asking Democrats — you’re in all probability the one with probably the most legislation enforcement expertise I’ve ever requested this — what do you do if he says, ‘It was rigged, blah, blah, blah. It’s not secure for me to go away.’ No matter bullshit he’s going to provide you with and refuses to go away. I wish to know what the plan is.”

Eric Holder: “On the day of the inauguration, I really assume that he’ll go away, and if he doesn’t go away, the US Marshal Service, the Metropolitan Police Division right here in Washington, D.C., the Secret Service, all have the power to tug him out of the White Home, and we’ll get on with the inauguration and the presidency of Joe Biden.”

Maher: “They’ve the power. … Have they got the need? I imply, you talked about the police division. Police love his soiled attracts. Do you actually assume they’re going to tug him out of the White Home?”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Trump actually resides contained in the minds of liberals who’ve turn out to be deranged in seeing him as utterly incompetent and concurrently an all-powerful power maneuvering authorities powers. It’s simply unhappy that Maher needed to impugn the integrity of legislation enforcement officers in an effort to fulfill his darkest imaginations about Trump.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ April 27 Liberal Media Scream: Dr. Deborah Birx hit for standing by Trump, credibility beneath hearth

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options two outstanding journalists turning their hearth on longtime public servant and coronavirus process power member Dr. Deborah Birx, apparently not happy with their day by day criticism of President Trump.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, Andrea Mitchell mentioned that prime scientists resembling Birx ought to resign to protest among the issues Trump has mentioned that the media doesn’t like or agree with.

And host Chuck Todd requested if Birx was getting “sucked into the Trump vortex,” a kind of guilt by affiliation.

From the panel section on the April 26 Meet the Press:

Andrea Mitchell: “…harmful, poisonous recommendation coming from the White Home. And sadly, I feel that the credibility of the scientists actually now’s on the road, that they should resolve whether or not to remain inside and be precious or whether or not or not they should see one other various, like [former Trump chief of staff] Jim Mattis, and stop. As a result of when Dr. Birx mentioned to you immediately that daylight does kill the virus, she is perpetuating an unscientific, untested single research introduced by a nonscientist from the Division of Homeland Safety, which led to the president, as she put it, not absolutely digesting the info. She wanted to be very clear on disavowing it. And so far, she nonetheless has not been, even this morning.”

Chuck Todd, to a different visitor on the panel: “Dr. [Vin] Gupta, are you apprehensive that Dr. Birx is letting her credibility get kind of sucked into the Trump vortex?”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “Journalists declare President Trump’s supposed misstatements on the process power briefings are dangerous, but listed below are two main journalists not hesitating to impugn a process power scientist, Dr. Birx, who gives correct info. What she has accomplished unsuitable, within the eyes of those two TV information stars, is to not present a powerful sufficient rebuke of Trump. Thus she too should be discredited.”

Score: 3 out of 5 screams.

 

■ April 20 Liberal Media Scream: New York Instances’ columnist calls Trump a psychological case, supporters ‘reckless’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the most recent unhinged assault on President Trump from the New York Instances as, nicely, “unhinged.”

It comes from columnist Thomas Friedman, showing on CNN, who additionally ripped the US for its “reckless” election of Trump in 2016.

Reacting to anchor Wolf Blitzer’s characterization that Trump is “egging on” these protesting keep at house insurance policies, Friedman mentioned, “What the president did immediately is simply one other reminder that in electing Donald J. Trump as president, the American folks did probably the most reckless factor they’ve ever accomplished in our historical past.”

He then added, “I don’t know what psychological sickness he has, Wolf, nevertheless it’s simply actually vital that we within the press don’t catch it. It’s actually vital that we proceed to do our job.”

Trump and the New York Instances have been in a love-hate relationship since his election, and these days, it has veered extra towards hate.

From the Friday, April 17 version of CNN’s The Scenario Room:

Anchor Wolf Blitzer: “The president is egging on individuals who have been protesting … Is he doubtlessly placing these peoples’ lives in peril?”

Thomas Friedman: “What the president did immediately is simply one other reminder that in electing Donald J. Trump as president, the American folks did probably the most reckless factor they’ve ever accomplished in our historical past. I feel the governor of Washington state received it precisely proper, it’s ‘unhinged.’ The job of the president proper now’s to be the nation’s chief scientific officer, inform us the place we’re, what’s working the place. And secondly, to be the nation’s chief procurement officer. Get folks the testing tools they want if they’re going to finish sheltering-in-place restrictions over the following few weeks. These are his solely two jobs proper now. Fomenting revolutions in blue states with Democratic governors, unhinged is the one phrase for it. I don’t know what psychological sickness he has, Wolf, nevertheless it’s simply actually vital that we within the press don’t catch it. It’s actually vital that we proceed to do our job.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Victims of Trump Derangement Syndrome, like Friedman, needs to be cautious about hurling ‘unhinged’ and ‘psychological sickness’ allegations, lest others accuse them of projecting. His overwrought response — that electing Trump was probably the most reckless act ever in U.S. historical past — displays how the New York Instances approaches Trump not as a information topic with whom practically all of the workers disagree, however as a dire enemy it should destroy.”

Scream ranking: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ April 13 Liberal Media Scream: Reporter suggests payback for Trump voters, ‘now your family members can die’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options Baltimore Solar media reporter David Zurawik suggesting that President Trump’s supporters, who “caught it to the elites” within the 2016 election, are dealing with a possible payback — “now your family members can die.”

On CNN’s Dependable Sources, he ripped Trump’s common press conferences on the coronavirus, calling them “outrageous lies.”

However ending his feedback, Zurawik warned Trump’s supporters that the “sport’s over” for them.

Zurawik on the Sunday Dependable Sources with Brian Stelter:

“Well being staff are risking their lives day by day. And to see him come on the market and for 90 minutes, and two hours, generally, doing precisely what you mentioned — he’s spinning a story. And the narrative is, ‘I didn’t do something unsuitable. I used to be forward of all people. I used to be nice! The federal authorities’s doing nice work.’ And it’s an outrageous lie. However what’s worse is each minute he spends doing that, he isn’t getting respirators to hospitals, he’s not serving to the states out with the form of PPEs they want. Individuals are dying due to his foolishness. It’s actually foolishness at this level.

“You already know, America — , people who cherished him, advantageous. You voted for him. You caught it to the elites for 3 years. However now your family members can die. The sport’s over. This isn’t actuality TV anymore. Individuals are dying and this man is performing a idiot.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Will journalists ever tire of this pernicious ‘Trump is inflicting folks to die’ storyline? It’s misplaced its efficiency via repetition, to say nothing of inaccuracy. And if Trump is so incompetent, why does Zurawik need him spending extra time on logistics? What Trump says at briefings definitely annoys reporters, however how does it stop 1000’s of presidency staff in any respect ranges, and the healthcare business, from doing what they assume greatest?”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ April 6 Liberal Media Scream: Trump virus briefings ‘worse than’ Vietnam Battle lies

(Washington Examiner publish)

They haven’t gained their marketing campaign to close down the day by day White Home Coronavirus Activity Drive briefings, so the liberal media have shifted ways to name what’s mentioned lies.

For this week’s Liberal Media Scream, we’ve New Yorker journal author Susan Glasser evaluating the briefings with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a bunch of medical doctors and company heads to the mocked Pentagon briefings throughout the Vietnam Battle, dubbed the “5 o’clock follies.”

“I imagine that that is Donald Trump’s model of that,” she mentioned on CNN Sunday.

Glasser on the Sunday airing of Dependable Sources:

“I can’t consider a extra collective act of the American folks watching day after day, the inconsistency and untruths and deceptive, complicated response by the federal authorities within the type of the president over the previous few months. So my perspective is that this, having watched principally, I feel, each single considered one of these briefings — my takeaway, I wrote about them as corresponding to, if not worse than, the 5 o’clock follies throughout the Vietnam period by which the Pentagon lied to the American folks concerning the Vietnam Battle. I imagine that that is Donald Trump’s model of that.”

Brent Baker, vice chairman of analysis on the Media Analysis Heart, explains our weekly decide: “Glasser displays the disdain so many within the Washington press corps have for President Trump, placing their private revulsion towards Trump forward of seeing the large image — how the briefings, which all the time embrace prime authorities official past simply Trump, present a whole lot of related info. If Trump makes a misstatement, journalists can simply right him afterward. They usually definitely haven’t hesitated to take action.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ March 30 Liberal Media Scream: Virus combat reveals ‘cocktail’ of Trump’s ‘worst qualities,’ says NY editor

(Washington Examiner publish)

For this week’s Liberal Media Scream, we might have simply declared the legacy media because the worst of the week, as a result of there have been so many examples of liberal-leaning shops blaming President Trump and his crew for killing Individuals.

However we needed to decide one, so we selected New Yorker journal editor David Remnick, whose feedback on CNN’s Dependable Sources sized up the media’s method to Trump.

Remnick, when requested by host Brian Stelter concerning the contrasting approaches from Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, mentioned:

“Reality versus lying. Gov. Cuomo … is treating this with fact and ease. He’s treating the residents of New York as adults, individuals who could make their choices primarily based on the reality and perceive the reality. The president of the US, nicely, the cocktail of all his worst qualities, his mendaciousness, his fixed telling of lies, his narcissism, his lack of empathy for folks usually, his obsession with the cash lessons, et cetera, has led to catastrophe, has led to delay. And this will likely be, and I feel historical past will show this, this will likely be one thing that’s paid in human lives, and that’s an unlimited tragedy.”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “Remnick, like a lot of the press corps, has discovered a brand new hero within the liberal Cuomo whereas he stays so disgusted with President Trump that he doesn’t hesitate accountable him for inflicting deaths via supposed indifference for too lengthy. Remnick has chutzpah. The place had been the institution information media and Democrats in January and into February? Obsessive about a futile and distracting quest to question Trump, hardly warning of the upcoming hazard of the rising coronavirus.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ March 23 Liberal Media Scream: Rachel Maddow desires Trump’s briefings filtered via her

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the ranting from the left media that the day by day coronavirus briefings given by President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and prime company medical doctors and emergency officers needs to be pulled off the air in order that the media can chew them up and inform the nation its view of the information.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is the most recent to scream, “Cease!”

She mentioned on her Friday broadcast that Trump is “mendacity” at his day by day briefings and even advised his phrases might kill folks.

She argued that “if he retains mendacity like he has been on daily basis on stuff this vital, we should always — all of us — ought to cease broadcasting it. Actually, it’s going to value lives.”

From The Rachel Maddow Present:

“Even when he’s speaking about what he has accomplished or what he’ll do, he’s constantly mendacity and supplying you with pleased speak that’s stuff that the federal authorities isn’t really doing. And it’s making folks across the nation depend on the actual fact the federal authorities is doing that stuff once they’re not.

“I imply, there could also be different folks within the federal authorities who’re saying issues which are true, however these day by day briefings from the White Home are a litany of issues from the president that may be superior in the event that they had been true, in the event that they had been occurring, however they’re not. And so the earlier we come to phrases with that, I feel the higher for all of us. If it had been as much as me, and it’s not, I’d cease placing these briefings on stay TV. Not out of spite, however as a result of it’s misinformation. If the president does find yourself saying something true, you’ll be able to run it as tape, but when he retains mendacity like he has been on daily basis on stuff this vital, we should always — all of us — ought to cease broadcasting it. Actually, it’s going to value lives.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “After months of high-dungeon whining from journalists concerning the lack of White Home press briefings, the president goes absolutely clear, taking questions at size on daily basis. But Maddow can solely view the world via her Trump-hating filter, and so she desires to cease letting the general public see them as a result of Trump’s prominence solely enrages her. It doesn’t say a lot about her religion within the public or the general public’s belief within the media that she presumes reporters are unpersuasive once they right Trump, and thus what she sees as his ‘lies’ are believed.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ March 16 Liberal Media Scream: Cheers for the coronavirus ‘swamp’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options cheers from New York Instances columnist David Brooks for Washington’s bureaucratic swamp throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

His hope was that the swamp can dole out some money to folks, because it has accomplished in some previous occasions of disaster. Brooks’s name Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press for $1,000 checks “to all people” got here a day earlier than Utah Sen. Mitt Romney made the identical name and echoed former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s promise for a handout.

“The swamp seems fairly precious proper now,” Brooks argued on Meet the Press. “You need an institution that may do stuff,” and so, “The federal authorities needs to be sending $1,000 checks to all people.”

Brooks throughout the roundtable on the March 15 Meet the Press:

“We’ve weakened our establishments over the many years. We’ve had candidates run in opposition to the swamp. Nicely, the swamp seems fairly precious proper now. You need an institution that may do stuff. What we’re missing proper now’s a whole mobilization. The federal authorities needs to be sending $1,000 checks to all people.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “A synergy of multinational Republican pondering now that Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday adopted Brooks in calling for $1,000 checks to everybody. However Brooks couldn’t resist exploiting the pandemic to take a shot on the disdain for ‘the swamp,’ which Donald Trump was elected to empty, as if the election of Romney or Jeb Bush would have prevented the outbreak.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ March 9: Liberal Media Scream: HBO, CNN reporter hyperlink Trump to Forties anti-Semitism

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options claims in a brand new HBO collection that President Trump and Charles Lindbergh share anti-Semitic views of their “America First” rallying cry.

Subsequent Monday, The Plot Towards America will debut on HBO, and final week, PBS’s Amanpour and Firm promoted the present’s allegories to America beneath Trump. “Earlier than Trump’s America First,” Christiane Amanpour mentioned, “Charles Lindbergh represented America First, the highly effective isolationist group. Lindbergh was pro-Germany and was denounced by many as anti-Semitic.”

Amanpour, who doubles as a London-based correspondent for CNN, noticed the present that imagines Lindbergh profitable the presidency in 1940, as “a warning story” for immediately. David Simon, creator of the collection, mentioned the Philip Roth 2004 novel, which impressed the collection, “simply sings as a allegory for our time” as “it’s kind of astonishing how shut he captured this political second in America.”

Simon, greatest recognized for creating The Wire twenty years in the past, noticed many parallels with Trump’s America: “You take a look at the programming and the uncooked manipulation of civil liberties that Roth depicts within the e-book, they usually examine virtually exactly.”

From final Wednesday’s version of Amanpour and Firm on PBS:

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Lindbergh is legendary for his trans-Atlantic flight, however what’s lesser recognized are his views on politics. Earlier than Trump’s “America First,” Charles Lindbergh represented America First, the highly effective isolationist group. Lindbergh was pro-Germany and was denounced by many as anti-Semitic. …

It’s kind of a warning story, and I don’t know the way a lot of what you’ve dedicated your creativity to right here kind of collides with real-life politics in the US proper now. I imply, you think about the 12 months 1940 presidential election, the then-aviator hero Charles Lindbergh — anti-Semitic, white nationalist — wins the presidency in opposition to FDR. …

DAVID SIMON: Philip Roth, considered one of 4 nice novelists, he wrote this alternate historical past via the eyes of his household in New Jersey, and it simply sings as a allegory for our time with each web page. I imply, if you happen to flip it and simply learn, it’s kind of astonishing how shut he captured this political second in America.

Roth was utilizing the susceptible group in 1940, which had been Jewish Individuals, whose loyalty was being challenged by the America Firsters and the German American Bund and Lindbergh, he was utilizing that group to inform the story, however, proper now, the people who find themselves most susceptible in America proper now are folks with black and brown pores and skin and Muslims. …

There are such a lot of moments in Roth’s e-book the place I learn a web page and I’d take into consideration what occurred on the airports, the mayhem on the airports within the aftermath of the inauguration when even Americans had been having their passports thought to be inadequate to ensure their civil liberties or what’s occurring on the southern border proper now by way of household separation. You take a look at the programming and the uncooked manipulation of civil liberties that Roth depicts within the e-book, they usually examine virtually exactly.

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “That such a fantasy could be greenlighted by HBO reveals simply how deep the hatred for Donald Trump and conservatives is within the Hollywood tradition. Sure, let’s take an alternate historical past story a couple of Nazi sympathizer gaining energy in America and slam it into immediately’s political narrative in an effort to discredit conservative insurance policies and paint probably the most pro-Israel president ever as some form of anti-Semite. And, as an alternative of difficult the premise, Amanpour determined to put it on the market.”

Score: Three out of 5 screams.

 

■ March 2: Liberal Media Scream: CNN says blame Rush, Hannity, and Don Jr. for virus panic

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options left-wing CNN speeding in accountable “right-wing media” for whipping up a political combat over the coronavirus.

On this case, CNN media analyst Brian Stelter cited a number of conservatives who he mentioned are charging that the media is utilizing the virus to assault President Trump.

From the highest of the Sunday, March 1 Dependable Sources on CNN:

BRIAN STELTER: “Information shops have a extremely vital job proper now, conveying correct info, and a part of the job is to tamp down on undue fears. Sadly, this virus has contaminated the political area in methods which are actually jaw-dropping. Professional-Trump media stars are defending Trump’s dealing with the outbreak by accusing information shops — I am unable to even imagine — they’re accusing information shops of rooting for the virus. Watch.”

RUSH LIMBAUGH: “It seems just like the coronavirus is being weaponized as one more aspect to carry down Donald Trump.”

STELTER: “Latest Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh, considered one of many cooking up partisan conspiracy theories concerning the coronavirus. Chief amongst them, it’s the information media’s fault.”

MICK MULVANEY AT CPAC: “They assume that is gonna be what brings down the president. That’s what that is all about.”

STELTER: “Performing chief of workers Mick Mulvaney making the surprising declare that the media is one way or the other utilizing the virus to take down Trump. Mulvaney choosing up proper the place Fox’s Sean Hannity left off, blaming Democrats for making this political.”

SEAN HANNITY: “Sadly, politicizing and really weaponizing an infectious illness. What’s principally simply the most recent effort to bludgeon President Trump.”

STELTER: “These speaking factors are bouncing backwards and forwards between the Trumps and their TV surrogates, portraying the president because the victim-in-chief. And going up to now to say the president’s perceived enemies really need folks to die.”

DONALD TRUMP JR.: “Something that they will use to attempt to harm Trump, they are going to. However for them to attempt to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes right here and kills tens of millions of individuals in order that they will finish Donald Trump’s streak of profitable is a brand new stage of illness.”

STELTER: “This isn’t the primary time the Trump machine has conjured up a conspiracy narrative, filled with misinformation and fearmongering. However this time, the backdrop is a public well being emergency. Nonetheless, irresponsible claims abound.”

LIMBAUGH: “I wish to let you know the reality concerning the coronavirus. Yeah, lifeless proper on this. The coronavirus is the frequent chilly, people.”

STELTER: “Specialists have debunked that, nevertheless it’s all a part of a Trump protection technique: preventing a virus by enjoying politics.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Stelter has it precisely backward. It isn’t conservatives who’re infecting the media with misinformation, however liberal media figures like Stelter, who’re infecting media protection of a illness by viewing the coronavirus via the prism of their political tackle President Trump’s efficiency.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ February 24: Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell calls Putin ‘Trump’s operating mate’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options the Left media’s incapability to let go of its Russia infatuation and continued efforts to tie President Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This time it’s MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who on Thursday known as Trump a “Russian operative” and Putin “Trump’s operating mate.”

Choosing up on some information reviews on a briefing about intelligence neighborhood hypothesis that Russia could wish to assist Trump’s reelection, which got here a day earlier than reviews that Russia desires to assist Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, O’Donnell asserted the Trump administration “could be higher labeled the Trump-Putin regime.”

He mentioned: “Trump is working … along with Vladimir Putin, to cover what Vladimir Putin is doing to assist Donald Trump get reelected.” And, he mentioned: “It is a darkly momentous occasion within the historical past of this nation, within the historical past of this world. Vladimir Putin has turn out to be Donald Trump’s operating mate as soon as once more.”

From Thursday’s Final Phrase with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC:

“The president is a Russian operative. That seems like the outline of a nasty Hollywood screenplay, however it’s actual, and it’s Vladimir Putin’s best achievement, many years after America’s victory within the Chilly Battle and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the president of the US is now serving to the president of Russia assist the president of the US to get reelected in order that the president of Russia may have 4 extra years of the president of the US who he desires within the Oval Workplace.

“That is a kind of surprising information days, if you happen to retain the capability to be shocked within the Trump period, by the Trump regime, which could be higher labeled the Trump-Putin regime.

“Donald Trump is working, within the White Home, along with Vladimir Putin, to cover what Vladimir Putin is doing to assist Donald Trump get reelected. Donald Trump is a Russian operative.

“It is a darkly momentous occasion within the historical past of this nation, within the historical past of this world. Vladimir Putin has turn out to be Donald Trump’s operating mate as soon as once more.”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “O’Donnell’s paranoia on full show, lashing out with a daft cost as he’s unable to simply accept how this Russian interference on behalf of Trump narrative has run its course. If Putin has to decide on between Trump, who has reversed the Obama’s administration’s tender coverage on Ukraine and missile protection in Europe, versus a person who honeymooned within the Soviet Union, Bernie Sanders. Why on the planet would he want Trump to remain in workplace?”

Score: 4 out of 4 screams.

 

■ February 17: Liberal Media Scream: How one can inform in case your cable information host is a lefty

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream contains a warning from CNN’s media critic “creeping authoritarianism” beneath President Trump, an “aspiring autocrat.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter opened his Sunday present, Dependable Sources, with a prolonged lecture about “the aspiring autocrat and the media’s response.” The autocrat, after all, was Trump. The on-screen graphic screamed: “EXPERTS SEE SIGNS OF ‘CREEPING AUTHORITARIANISM.’” Stelter quickly recited from a Harvard College professor’s piece, “10 Methods to Inform If Your President Is a Dictator.”

Trump, he mentioned, met all the {qualifications}: “He mentioned, after impeachment, the president has been passing a lot of the checkpoints on the best way to authoritarianism. On his record are issues like fearmongering, demonizing the opposition, and utilizing state energy to reward company backers and punish opponents. Does that sound acquainted?”
    
Here’s a portion of Stelter’s opening commentary on the prime of the Feb. 16 Dependable Sources:

However first, the aspiring autocrat and the media’s response. As this banner on Fox says, President Trump is unleashed [“PRESIDENT TRUMP UNLEASHED”]. That’s why there are rising fears of one thing known as “democratic backsliding.” It is a time period utilized in political science, a time period used to explain the erosion of establishments that maintain democracy.

One other solution to put it’s “creeping authoritarianism,” a transfer towards autocracy. Now, that’s a phrase we’re more and more seeing being tied to President Trump. You may see it in a few of these headlines previously week, “Trump’s authoritarian model is remaking America,” issues like that.

Now, a whole lot of these are opinion columns, perspective items, however these are vital and sophisticated ideas.

My query for you is, how can the nation’s information media make time and area to elucidate this? I imply, we stay on this new story each minute, info-saturated world. However this can be the largest tales of all of them. So, what are the most effective methods to cowl it?

Nicely, a method is with an inventory. Harvard professor Stephen Walt has been protecting a guidelines ever since 2016. He known as it “10 Methods to Inform If Your President Is a Dictator.” Now, he wasn’t saying Trump’s a dictator. However he was looking ahead to troubling indicators.

So, he revisited the record this week and also you’ll discover the checkmarks right here. He mentioned, after impeachment, the president has been passing a lot of the checkpoints on the best way to authoritarianism. On his record are issues like fearmongering, demonizing the opposition, and utilizing state energy to reward company backers and punish opponents. Does that sound acquainted?

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Stelter has lengthy misplaced any credibility as an analyst of stories media protection of politics as he devotes far more of his present to his disdain for President Trump than failings by the media to supply honest and balanced protection of him. Stelter actively encourages journalists to advertise the wildest conspiracy theories of the far Left. He’s earned his personal record: ‘How To Inform If Your Cable Information Host Is a Left-Wing Activist.’”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ February 10: Liberal Media Scream: Morning Joe present says Trump ‘is now us,’ oh the horrors

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream options longtime Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle shuddering on the thought that some Individuals have turn out to be like their president.

On Monday’s MSNBC present, from a lodge restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, Barnicle despaired that the “horrendous issues [President Trump] says and does” have been normalized and now, “That’s the US of America.”

The dismissive Barnicle mentioned, “That’s why this vote this 12 months in each state is an important poll anybody will ever solid.”

Barnicle speaking about Trump and the president’s marketing campaign occasion Monday:

“You already know what we’re speaking about right here, what the president will discuss tonight, what all of the candidates discuss at their completely different rallies in numerous cities and hamlets right here in New Hampshire factors to the plain, that that is certainly an important presidential election within the historical past of this nation.

“All of the distortions that we’re speaking about, the jammed telephone strains, the dishonesty, the corruption throughout the administration, all of that in a way, via Donald John Trump, sadly, has been normalized. And folks shrug their shoulders now on the most obscene parts of presidency, probably the most horrendous issues he says and does. ‘Oh, that’s simply Trump.’ No, that’s not simply Trump. That’s now us. That’s the US of America. And that’s why this vote this 12 months in each state is an important poll anybody will ever solid.”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “Trump is ‘now us.’ The horror! The conclusion by Barnicle that so many don’t share his concern that Trump is an existential menace to the nation has despatched him right into a panic, declaring that since Trump should be changed, this election is an important ever. One can solely presume it’s a view shared by a lot of the press corps, that means an much more dire tone forward towards Trump.”

Score: 4 out of 5 screams.

 

■ February 3: Liberal Media Scream: NBC rips Trump, ‘functionally a monarch at this level’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream had a whole lot of offended media reactions to the Senate impeachment trial to choose via, and we settled on NBC’s feeling that it’s not a superb factor that “Trump could nicely have now turn out to be probably the most highly effective president in American historical past.”

The assertion got here on Friday and was from “NBC Information presidential historian” Jon Meacham throughout a particular report on the trial and vote to not name witnesses.

The previous prime editor of Newsweek mentioned: “President Trump is functionally a monarch at this level. If the king does it, it’s okay.” He argued “all Individuals” ought to “take into consideration the long-term implications of getting a president who’s above the legislation.”

From NBC Friday:

“I feel the importance of immediately and going into the weekend and into subsequent week is I feel it’s now debatable … is that Donald Trump could nicely have now turn out to be probably the most highly effective president in American historical past. So simply pause for a second and take into consideration that. He has the capability, he has such a standing together with his political base that senior United States senators have determined that, although he’s responsible, they don’t seem to be going to threat the wrath of the folks in an effort to comply with via on what’s clearly spelled out within the Structure.

“That may be a uncooked and elemental definition of energy. And I feel it’s one thing that we haven’t absolutely grappled with. The concept what President Trump has accomplished, and that is why the instance going ahead is fraud. President Trump is functionally a monarch at this level. If the king does it, it’s okay that that’s what we’re seeing unfold in Washington proper now. And I feel all Individuals, whether or not you assist the president otherwise you don’t, ought to pause considerably and take into consideration the long-term implications of getting a president who’s above the legislation.”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “The worst concern realized of the faux information media: Their colleagues and Democratic allies have failed, making Donald Trump ‘probably the most highly effective president in American historical past.’ However as an alternative of simply being demoralized and transferring on, Meacham lashed out, not giving up on making an attempt to discredit and decapitate Trump, deriding him as an improper ‘monarch’ who ‘is above the legislation.’ Who’re those unwilling to cede energy? Meacham and his colleagues ought to study to be higher losers.”

Score: 5 out of 5 screams.

 

■ January 27: Liberal Media Scream: CNN ridicules Trump, supporters are ‘boomer rubes’

(Washington Examiner publish)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream is dropped at you by CNN, once more, and host Don Lemon and a panel of Trump haters that laughed themselves into tears ridiculing supporters of the president.

Lemon, on Saturday evening, dabbed a tissue to dry his eyes as he and two friends mocked President Trump and his supporters as rural southern dummies.

The exchanges got here throughout a section on the battle between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly, whom Pompeo requested to level to Ukraine on a map.

CNN contributor Rick Wilson charged that “Donald Trump couldn’t discover Ukraine on a map if you happen to had the letter ‘U’ and the image of an precise bodily crane subsequent to it.” As Lemon fell ahead in laughter, Wilson claimed Pompeo was making an attempt to please “the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump,” earlier than he broke into an impersonation to make enjoyable of a Trump supporter: “Donald Trump’s the sensible one, and y’all – y’all elitists are dumb!”

CNN contributor Wajahat Ali jumped in, additionally making an impersonation: “You elitists together with your geography and your maps and your spelling!”

From CNN Tonight with Lemon on Saturday night:

DON LEMON: Kelly has a grasp’s diploma in European research from Cambridge College. Additionally, [Pompeo] doesn’t actually say that she couldn’t determine Ukraine on a map, he insinuates it’s only a — it’s only a petty try to put her down, proper? Is that what that is?

RICK WILSON: After all, after all. He’s simply making an attempt to demean her, and clearly, it’s false. And, look, he additionally is aware of, deep in his coronary heart, that Donald Trump couldn’t discover Ukraine on a map if you happen to had the letter ‘u’ and an image of an precise bodily crane subsequent to it. He is aware of that it is a, , an administration outlined by ignorance of the world, and in order that’s partly him enjoying to their base and enjoying to their viewers, , the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump — that desires to assume that [does impersonation] ‘Donald Trump’s the sensible one, and y’all – y’all elitists are dumb!'”

WAJAHAT ALI: You elitists together with your geography and your maps and your spelling!

WILSON: Your math and your studying!

ALI: Yeah, your studying, , your geography, figuring out different nations, sipping your latte!

WILSON: All these strains on the map!

ALI: Solely them elitists know the place Ukraine is! [ending impersonation] Sorry, I apologize.

LEMON, laughing: Oh, my God!

ALI: But it surely was Rick’s fault. I blame Rick. However, in all honesty —

LEMON: Maintain on — maintain on — maintain on. That was good, sorry. Rick, that was a superb one — I wanted that.

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Lemon and his cohorts couldn’t have accomplished a greater job demonstrating the disdain of the media elite for the plenty, breaking into derogatory impersonations as they admiringly chuckle at what they see as their very own profundity. President Trump would have a tough time discovering higher proof of the extent of contempt CNN has for the president and anybody who helps him.”

Score: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.

 

■ January 20: Liberal Media Scream: Manic Maher says Trump gained’t go away if defeated

(Washington Examiner publish)

Liberals are already measuring the drapes within the Oval Workplace however are fretting that President Trump will likely be hiding behind them if defeated in November.

This week’s Liberal Media Scream finds a manic Invoice Maher main that cry, virtually begging Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang to elucidate the plan to yank Trump out of the White Home.

“You don’t actually assume that Trump goes to concede,” Maher requested. “What’s the plan?”

Maher, to Yang, on the Friday, Jan. 17 episode of Actual Time with Invoice Maher on HBO:

“You don’t actually assume that Trump goes to concede? What’s the plan? That is my query for Democrats all this 12 months: What’s the plan when he says, ‘It’s rigged, we discovered irregularities, I’m listening to, I’m suspending all the things,’ and he’s not leaving on January twentieth? What do you do?”

(Yang is relying on the army to ensure Trump doesn’t keep: “I genuinely assume that he’d make a whole lot of noise, however he would depart. As a result of in an effort to keep, you actually want the army in your facet, and the army, if it’s a free and honest election, which it will likely be after I defeat him in November, then the army isn’t going to circle the White Home and say, ‘We’re going to maintain this man in.'”)

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Maher appears to be trolling his most paranoid viewers, baselessly making an attempt to instill concern that the menace from Trump might proceed past his time period, that Trump would defy the U.S. system for the switch of energy. However it’s Maher who’s ginning up fears, advancing a wild conspiracy concept, the very factor liberal media figures cost is completed by Trump supporters.”

Score: Three out of 5 SCREAMS.

 

■ January 13, 2020: Liberal Media Scream: Former New York Instances critic says Trump aides are cultists, ‘toadies’

(Washington Examiner publish)

It’s arduous to think about supporters of President Trump being ’dissed worse than Hillary Rodham Clinton’s slap as “deplorables,” however a former New York Instances critic has gone approach past that, evaluating them to cultists resembling those that adored Charles Manson and even Adolf Hitler.

For our weekly Liberal Media Scream characteristic, we current Frank Wealthy, who was featured on MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell’s present to elaborate on his New York Journal characteristic, “What Will Occur to the Trump Toadies? Look to Nixon’s defenders, and the Vichy collaborators, for clues.”

On the Thursday episode, Wealthy mentioned, “No matter crimes are discovered now or in the midst of the Trump presidency is nothing in comparison with what’s been buried that none of us find out about.”

He additionally described Trump supporters as a part of a “cult,” warning “the cult chief, whether or not it’s the Reverend [Sun Myung] Moon, who was a Nixon supporter, or Jim Jones or whomever, Charlie Manson, they’re by no means going to be reformed.”

Wealthy on Thursday’s Final Phrase with O’Donnell on MSNBC:

“What I attempted to do on this piece is make the purpose whoever goes to jail or doesn’t go to jail, no matter crimes are discovered now or in the midst of the Trump presidency, is nothing in comparison with what’s been buried that none of us find out about, not even a really zealous investigative press has discovered but. And individuals are going to be turning over rocks for many years. And also you look again at historical past, Normal Motors and Ford each had executives who had been basically Hitler appeasers, and within the case of Normal Motors, had been concerned within the armaments that had been used in opposition to American troops in manufacturing them in Germany throughout the struggle. It took 40 years to seek out all that out, nevertheless it all got here out.

“And individuals who assist these form of regimes, whether or not it’s appeasement then or America first within the ‘30s or Trump, which is, , let’s face it, a legal presidency nonetheless you wish to slice it, there’s going to be a reckoning. And one different factor I needed to say is, you’ll be able to solely take the Nixon analogy up to now as a result of, sure, Nixon abused his workplace. He additionally tried to throw a presidential marketing campaign. However it could by no means happen to him to collaborate and support the Soviet Union, America’s personal enemy. It will by no means happen to him, to my information, to interrupt up immigrant households on the border and switch away refugees from horrors in different nations. It will by no means happen to him to, fairly the opposite, to combat local weather change science and to downgrade a regulation of environmental poisons. And so these are actually severe crimes and whether or not they produce jail sentences or not for the individuals who did them, they’ll be implicated and so will their kids and their grandchildren. There’s going to be a stain.

“Right here, it’s a cult as a result of they completely — individuals who, in some instances, did have reputations that they’ve now destroyed, good reputations, have made fools of themselves for his or her pricey chief. And the factor about cults is that they all the time do come to an finish. And the cult chief, whether or not it’s the Reverend Moon, who was a Nixon supporter, or Jim Jones or whomever, Charlie Manson, they’re by no means going to be reformed. And that’s definitely true of Trump. They are going to by no means see the issues with their methods. However the individuals who swirl round them and had been taken in, they’re going to pay a worth, a human worth, and a reputational worth eternally.”

Brent Baker, Media Analysis Heart vice chairman of analysis, explains our weekly decide: “The very definition of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), getting all of the paranoia into one article and TV section, although transferring his disdain from President Trump on to these working for Trump. Supporters are like those that labored on behalf of the Nazis, the legally enacted insurance policies workers helped implement are ‘severe crimes’ and people in Trump’s orbit are in a cult much like the one led by Charles Manson. Liberals had been upset by the ‘Lock Her Up’ chants in opposition to Hillary Clinton, however isn’t that simply what Wealthy is doing right here in criminalizing coverage disagreements?”

Score: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.

 

■ January 6, 2020: Liberal Media Scream: CNN’s Don Lemon guarantees ‘to lean in tougher’

(Washington Examiner publish)

CNN anchor Don Lemon, considered one of cable’s notable critics of President Trump, is the primary 2020 winner of our weekly Liberal Media Scream characteristic for his promise to show up the warmth on “the craziness.”

In celebrating the New 12 months on CNN shortly after midnight, he mentioned, “I’m going to lean in tougher.”

Co-host Brooke Baldwin, stay from Nashville with Lemon, requested, “What does that imply?”

Lemon mentioned, “I’m going to lean in tougher. I’m sick of the craziness. So, if you happen to thought I went arduous in 2019, watch 2020, child. There’s extra to come back. I’m a soldier. I’m able to combat … We have to prepare. It’s an election 12 months. We’re on the grind.”

Media Analysis Heart Vice President of Analysis and Publications Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Lemon, who doesn’t hesitate to disparage President Trump as ‘unhinged’ and a ‘racist,’ already appears unhinged on many an evening in his vitriol towards Trump, so it’s arduous to think about how he can ‘lean in tougher.’ Telling, although, that he sees himself as a ‘soldier’ who’s ‘able to combat’ for a trigger. That shouldn’t be the motivation for anybody pretending to be a journalist.”

Score: 4 of 5 SCREAMS.

 

 

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