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NBC’s Chuck Todd Asserts Obama Not Swaying Election Akin to 9/11

Last this week, The Washington Post published an article saying that the Obama administration knew well in advance of Election Day 2016 that Russia was trying to meddle the U.S. election process. And despite their knowledge, they chose not to go public because of the fear that many would think President Obama was swaying the election to Hillary Clinton. During NBC’s Sunday Today, the network’s Chuck Todd let his true feelings show when equated Obama not putting his figure on the electoral scale to President Bush not acting on intelligence reports about Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks.

“This was a Washington Post story this week that said Obama administration soft-pedaled its response to the Russian meddling because it didn’t want to be seen as putting its thumb on the scale of this election,” prefaced host Willie Geist, before asking Todd the triggering question. “What’s the impact of that story and all this stew of Russia?”

Todd whined that Trump was making his “head spin” by creating the “atmosphere” that kept Obama from taking the Russian meddling intelligence public. “I mean, for the very reason: Here's President Trump criticizing former President Obama for not doing anything,” he bemoaned. “Well at the time they got this intelligence, candidate Donald Trump was telling everybody that this election was going to get rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton.

According to Todd, “In hindsight, though, there clearly a bunch of Obama White House folks are hand-wringing about this.” Todd seemed to be almost obsessed or disturbed by Obama’s decision because he declared that he would “never get over” how one Obama official claimed that “we choked” for not speaking out.

The story seemed to hit a boiling point for the Meet the Press moderator. “Look, this could be, Willie, what the infamous August 6th presidential intelligence daily briefing: ‘Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S. before 9/11,’” he announced, with a slight tinge of anger.

This may be the equivalent in history on this Russian infiltration of the American democracy. We may go back and say: ‘This was equivalent of that,’” He continued to rant. “The Obama administration had the intelligence, had the smoking gun, and decided to pull back for fear of politicizing the election.” What Todd failed to mention was that the warning received by Bush was not a cut-and-dry fact, but a vague prediction about what bin Laden wanted to do with no set date. In sharp contrast, Obama's intelligence was about what they knew to be happening at the time.

Geist seemed to sympathize with Todd, saying: “And as you say, we’re hearing from a lot of Obama, who behind the scenes saying we should have done more in real time.

In a commercial for his show on MSNBC, MTP Daily, Todd once claimed to be the “referee” who was out there to enforce the political “rules.” By misleadingly comparing the Bush administration’s and the Obama administration’s inactions on intelligence, Todd is equating 9/11 with Trump’s presidency. That doesn’t sound like an unbiased referee. That sounds like one that has chosen a clear side to back and throws his own low blows.

Transcript below:

 

NBC
Sunday Today
June 25, 2017
8:06:24 PM Eastern

(…)

WILLIE GEIST: Let me move on to Russia because when President Trump wasn’t tweeting about health care this week he was tweeting about Russia. I’ll read you one of them, Chuck. “Just out: The Obama administration knew far in advance of November 8th about lection meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. Why?” Put to the side the fact that he acknowledges Russian meddling in that tweet right there, something he has not done previously. Just go to this is a story—This was a Washington Post story this week that said Obama administration soft-pedaled its response to the Russian meddling because it didn’t want to be seen as putting its thumb on the scale of this election. What’s the impact of that story and all this stew of Russia?

CHUCK TODD: Well look, talk about making your head spin. I mean, for the very reason: Here's President Trump criticizing former President Obama for not doing anything. Well at the time they got this intelligence, candidate Donald Trump was telling everybody that this election was going to get rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton. And that was the atmosphere that the Obama administration was dealing with publicly when they got this intelligence, so we understand the reason why they did this. In hindsight, though, there clearly a bunch of Obama White House folks are hand-wringing about this. That line, I’ll never get over, you know: “We choked.”

Look, this could be, Willie, what the infamous August 6th presidential intelligence daily briefing: “Bin Laden determined to strike the U.S. before 9/11.” This may be the equivalent in history on this Russian infiltration of the American democracy. We may go back and say: “This was equivalent of that.” The Obama administration had the intelligence, had the smoking gun, and decided to pull back for fear of politicizing the election.

GEIST: And as you say, we’re hearing from a lot of Obama, who behind the scenes saying we should have done more in real time.

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NBC Claims Trump’s Rhetoric Ruined ObamaCare, Smears Senate Bill

Republican Senators released the draft of their replacement for the failing ObamaCare program on Thursday, and with it came the wrath of the liberal media. “The cat is out of the bag tonight on the Senate Republican plan to overhaul ObamaCare. The veil finally lifted today on the draft of a health care bill written in secret…,” chided Anchor Lester Holt to begin NBC Nightly News. Despite the bill keeping their favorite parts of ObamaCare, they chastised the bill while at the same time casting blame on President Trump for ObamaCare’s death-spiral.

And we can't lose sight of the fact that while lawmakers do battle over all this in Washington, there are real people with very real problems across this country left in suspense over the future of health care,” declared Holt, as he said people were “caught between” the Senate bill and rising premiums.

Reporter Gabe Gutierrez sat down with a single mother from Kentucky named Sarah Halfacre, who was losing her health insurance because Humana was pulling out of the state’s exchanges. “In a written statement in February Humana said it was leaving the exchanges because of further signs of an unbalanced risk pool,” he reported but didn’t mention that meant they were losing money. “Humana is just one of the insurers leaving the affordable care act pools either nationwide or in certain states.”

According to Gutierrez, the reason insurance companies were leaving “a third of counties in the U.S. have just one provider” was because of the President’s rhetoric. “People think that it's gone away because of all the rhetoric that we're hearing,” Emily Beauregard, a “health care advocate, ” told the reporter. Her statement was followed up with clips of Trump talking about how ObamaCare was failing. Gutierrez then asserted that Trump was “fueling market turmoil.

One industry person, Sam Glick, told Gutierrez that “the slowness of clear guidance from Washington is really what's driving all of this premium increases and people pulling out of the marketplace.” But that’s not true. NBC News had interviewed Halfacre once before when her previous insurer, United Healthcare pulled out of Kentucky. At the time, NBC’s Tom Castello cited how the company was “losing money” as the reason. And two days prior to her interview airing, NBC had censored the skyrocketing ObamaCare premiums from the evening broadcast.

Both of these instances occurred in late October 2016, that’s before Trump was elected president and Hillary Clinton was considered the default winner. NBC’s Clinton super-fan Andrea Mitchell even described the hikes as just “nagging problems” for her candidate.

When it came to the Senate’s replacement for ObamaCare, NBC’s Kasie Hunt turned up the heat. “Wheelchair-bound protesters … 43 arrested and dragged from a Senate office building,” she noted as she hyped the protests of the bill on Wednesday. “The draft Senate bill would repeal the mandate to buy insurance but keeps protections for people with pre-existing conditions and creates a new fund to support the individual insurance market,” she explained, going through the popular parts that would stay. But that wasn’t good enough for her.

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It keeps the expansion of Medicaid through 2020 but then phases it out,” she declared without explaining that it’s because prices were expected to come down to balance it out. “It also ties Medicaid funding to inflation, which means a dramatic reduction over time.” That was false because in our economy inflation almost constantly increases so that means so would the funding. But, of course, to the, it’s a cut because the rate of increase is not what they would like it to be.

Hunt then used clips of noted liberals to smear Senate Republicans as evil. “These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear. Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives,” Elizabeth Warren angrily declared on the Senate floor. Shocking, since it had only been a week after Congress vowed to stop the violent rhetoric following the almost deadly attack on Congressional Republicans.

This bill covers fewer people, charges them more for the coverage they're going to get and gives them a poorer product for that coverage,” smeared Yale Professor Abbe Gluck. What Hunt failed to disclose was that Gluck was a liberal activist. She had even written a piece for Vox where she argued for “social solidarity” in health care. “The GOP plan is basically a tax cut for the rich that takes health care away from the poorest Americans and leaves the states holding the bag,” she decried in her article.

It’s clear by NBC’s set up to their reports, the tone they struck, and the “experts” they tapped that their goal was to tear down the bill from the left. They failed to accurately explain how and why certain provisions existed in the bill, yet were glad to spread accusations that the GOP wanted to kill poor people.

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NBC Nightly News
June 22, 2017
7:01:15 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Good evening. We're glad you're with us on this Thursday night. The cat is out of the bag tonight on the Senate Republican plan to overhaul ObamaCare. The veil finally lifted today on the draft of a health care bill written in secret and now being seen by most members of the Senate for first time, just a week before the likely vote. Democrats predictably are unhappy, saying it will put millions at risk who depend on coverage, but it's dissent among a handful of Republicans that threatens to doom the passage of the plan as it stands tonight. Our Kasie Hunt now on how the law might affect you and the battle lines forming tonight.

[Cuts to video]

KASIE HUNT: Wheelchair-bound protesters.

PROTESTER BEING CARRIED BY POLICE: Save our Medicaid! Save our Medicaid!

HUNT: 43 arrested and dragged from a Senate office building.

PROTESTER: I worked all my life with my disability, but I'm not rich enough to keep my daughter alive without Medicaid.

HUNT: All happening just as the draft of the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare was finally made public this morning. The draft Senate bill would repeal the mandate to buy insurance but keeps protections for people with pre-existing conditions and creates a new fund to support the individual insurance market. It keeps the expansion of Medicaid through 2020 but then phases it out. It also ties Medicaid funding to inflation, which means a dramatic reduction over time. Fewer people will qualify for tax credits to help them buy insurance, but the Senate provisions are more generous than the House version. And it defunds Planned Parenthood.

ELIZABETH WARREN: These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear. Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives.

(…)

ABBE GLUCK: This bill covers fewer people, charges them more for the coverage they're going to get and gives them a poorer product for that coverage.

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7:04:03 PM Eastern

HOLT: And we can't lose sight of the fact that while lawmakers do battle over all this in Washington, there are real people with very real problems across this country left in suspense over the future of healthcare. Many are caught between the uncertainty of how the Republican plan will affect them and the dwindling choices and rising premiums under Obamacare. NBC's Gabe Gutierrez has the impact far beyond Capitol Hill.

[Cuts to video]

GABE GUTIERREZ: It was the letter single mom Sara Halfacre dreaded.

SARAH HALFACRE: Your current Humana health plan will no longer be offered.

GUTIERREZ: Her insurance company Humana dropping the bombshell that it was pulling out of Kentucky's ObamaCare exchange. This wasn't the first time you got a letter like this.

HALFACRE: No.

GUTIERREZ: We were with her last year when her previous insurance company did the same.

HALFACRE: I don't know if I'm going to have coverage, which doctors I’m going to go to, which pharmacy I'll get my medication from. I don't know.

GUTIERREZ: In a written statement in February Humana said it was leaving the exchanges because of further signs of an unbalanced risk pool. Humana is just one of the insurers leaving the affordable care act pools either nationwide or in certain states. Right now, a third of counties in the U.S. have just one provider left. In Kentucky healthcare advocate Emily Beauregard says people are confused about ObamaCare status.

EMILY BEAUREGARD: People think that it's gone away because of all the rhetoric that we're hearing.

DONALD TRUMP: Let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now. Obamacare is dead. It's a disaster. It is dead.

GUTIERREZ: That message, say insurance companies, is fueling market turmoil.

SAM GLICK: The insurance companies are dealing with quite a bit of uncertainty. The slowness of clear guidance from Washington is really what's driving all of this premium increases and people pulling out of the marketplace.

GUTIERREZ: Experts blame that uncertainty for two-thirds of anticipated premium hikes.

(…)

NBC Finally Reports on Muslim Girl Slain By Illegal Immigrant, Ignores His Status

On Monday, the news of a Muslim girl being killing in northern Virginian went viral as speculation swirled that she was the victim of a hate crime. According to police, the tragic incident was the result of road rage by Darwin Martinez Torrez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. That night, both CBS and NBC ignored the story, while ABC hid Torrez’s legal status. It took NBC until Wednesday night to mention the murder, and even then they censored his legal status while pushing the idea that it was a hate crime.

“Police say it was a result of road rage, but prosecutors say they can't rule out a hate crime. It's a deadly incident that's touched a nerve across the country,” announced Anchor Lester Holt during NBC Nightly News after noting that the young girl, Nabra Hassanen’s funeral occurred earlier that day.

After describing how roughly 5,000 people attended the solemn occasion, Justice Correspondent Pete Williams ran though some of the events that led up to the murder. “Investigators say it began Sunday morning in suburban Virginia when a driver confronted a group of Muslim teens on their way to a mosque for Ramadan services. Most fled, but she was caught,” he reported.

“Police arrested a 22-year-old construction worker, Darwin Martinez Torres,” was all Williams had to say about her killer, but there was way more to him. According to a New York Times report, Torrez “is an undocumented immigrant who entered the United States illegally, federal authorities said on Tuesday.” In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued a detainer for possible deportation and “to keep him in custody in the event that he could be released.”

On top of not reporting Torrez’s legal status, Williams also danced around the cause of the attack being her religion. In appearing to flip-flop, Williams stated that “authorities originally appeared to discount a hate crime. Prosecutors now say they cannot rule out pursuing hate crime charges, but they say no evidence so far points in that direction.”

“They say it appeared to be the result of an incident of road rage. But her father says because she was wearing Muslim dress he believes she was targeted because of her religion,” Williams added.

And despite the lack of evidence that a hate crime occurred, Williams highlighted protesters around the country who claimed it was one. “Even so, her death has prompted rallies and demonstrations in other cities calling for a thorough investigation, many holding banners that say ‘justice for Nabra,’” he said. “Back at today's funeral, mourners say they support the family and everyone wants answers.”

One unidentified woman told Williams that “they're grieving, and you know, they want to make sure that every possible motive is investigated whether it's hate crime, whether it's even the smallest things.”

In due time, the truth will come out about why Torrez decided to kill an innocent young girl. And hopefully, the Big Three Networks will report on all of the details about her attacker. CBS still has yet to mention the murder during either their morning or evening broadcasts.

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NBC Nightly News
June 21, 2017
7:10:31 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: In Virginia today, thousands of people turned out for the funeral of a young woman who was killed over the weekend after leaving a mosque with friends. Police say it was a result of road rage, but prosecutors say they can't rule out a hate crime. It's a deadly incident that's touched a nerve across the country. And we get details from our Justice Correspondent Pete Williams.

[Cuts to video]

PETE WILLIAMS: As many as 5,000 members of suburban Washington, D.C.'s Muslim community turned out for the funeral, some walking more than a mile to get there, to remember Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old who was beat to death Sunday, and to express their solidarity.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: It's a really hard time for the people here. This could have easily happened to anyone, either male or female.

WILLIAMS: Investigators say it began Sunday morning in suburban Virginia when a driver confronted a group of Muslim teens on their way to a mosque for Ramadan services. Most fled, but she was caught. Police arrested a 22-year-old construction worker, Darwin Martinez Torres. They say it appeared to be the result of an incident of road rage. But her father says because she was wearing Muslim dress he believes she was targeted because of her religion.

MAHMOUD HASSANEN: Why you kill my daughter? For what? We don't do anything to him.

WILLIAMS: Authorities originally appeared to discount a hate crime. Prosecutors now say they cannot rule out pursuing hate crime charges, but they say no evidence so far points in that direction. They're also looking at whether she was sexually assaulted before her body was left at a lake. Even so, her death has prompted rallies and demonstrations in other cities calling for a thorough investigation, many holding banners that say “justice for Nabra.” Back at today's funeral, mourners say they support the family and everyone wants answers.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: They're grieving, and you know, they want to make sure that every possible motive is investigated whether it's hate crime, whether it's even the smallest things.

WILLIAMS: As her friends say goodbye to someone they say liked everybody. Pete Williams, NBC News, Washington.

CBS Ignores Dems Blaming Pelosi for Georgia Defeat, ABC Brushes Over

In the wake of the Democratic Party’s humiliating defeat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Tuesday night, members of the Party were in a rush to cast blame on someone. And for many Democrats that blame fell on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Even with the loud calls for new leadership, CBS News decided to omit them from their reporting Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, ABC’s coverage simply brushed over them in a 40 seconds long news brief. NBC was the only network in the Big Three to give the blaming serious consideration.

While CBS Evening News didn’t mention the heavy criticism of Pelosi, they did entertain the idea, from other Democrats, that the party’s brand was “toxic.” “We better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us. It's the party,” Congressman Tim Ryan told CBS’s Nancy Cordes. She also read from a social media post of another, saying: “’We need a genuinely new message,’ wrote Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, ‘A serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans.’”

On ABC’s World News Tonight, Anchor David Muir and Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega simply brushed over the results of the election, including the criticism of the party and Pelosi. “We turn now to that special election in Georgia overnight, being closely watched by the White House and the country,” announced Muir. “Republicans holding onto their seat, Karen Handel winning.”

The report lasted roughly 40 seconds (including Muir), with Vega just saying that:

Exactly. And the Democrats spent more than five times as much as Republicans on this race, David. There is a lot of soul searching going on here in Washington today. Some Democrats say that business as usual just isn't cutting it. Others are pointing the finger directly at Nancy Pelosi, calling for a change in leadership. But David, tonight, this White House is celebrating. This is a win.

NBC Nightly News was the only network program to dedicate serious time to the criticism of Minority Leader Pelosi. “A House special election they had high hopes of winning only to see their hopes dashed again. The latest in a string of defeats,” declared Anchor Lester Holt at the start of the segment. “Some pointing the finger now at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.”

Correspondent Kristen Welker noted how a major strategy for Handel’s victorious campaign was to tie Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to Pelosi. The ads Handel was running were effectively “undercutting Ossoff's message of change,” Welker explained.

In an interview with Welker, Texas Democratic Congressman Filemore Vela Jr. said that “as long as Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the Democratic Party, it's going to be very difficult to win.” And according to Welker, the Democratic leader was not talking about the dissent within the ranks. “Pelosi's spokesperson not responding to those calls for her to go and instead said: ‘Republicans voters don't get to select the leaders of the Democratic Party,’” Welker reported.

Welker did try to deflate the hopes of Republicans, saying: “Still, Republicans may have their own reasons to worry. The races they've won so far are GOP strongholds and Democrats are outperforming their 2016 numbers.”

CBS and ABC can not take the called for leadership change seriously if they want too, but it won’t help Pelosi or the Democrats if that’s what is really needed.

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CBS Evening News
June 21, 2017
6:35:35 PM Eastern

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NANCY CORDES: Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan says it shows his party's brand is toxic.

TIM RYAN: We better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us. It's the party.

CORDES: "We need a genuinely new message," wrote Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, "A serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans." The party had hoped to capitalize on President Trump's historically low approval ratings, but Democrats have now lost all four special elections to fill seats vacated by Trump appointees. The House Democratic Campaign operation tried to console the troops in a memo, insisting the party has enough momentum to flip control of the House in 2018, and party leaders warned against reading too much into last night's results since Georgia's sixth district hasn't gone blue in 39 years.

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ABC
World News Night
June 21, 2017
6:40:49 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: We turn now to that special election in Georgia overnight, being closely watched by the White House and the country. Republicans holding onto their seat, Karen Handel winning. So, let's get right to ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega tonight. Because Cecilia as you know, this was the most spent ever on a congressional race and Democrats still could not pull this off. The President now 4-0.

CECILIA VEGA: Exactly. And the Democrats spent more than five times as much as Republicans on this race, David. There is a lot of soul searching going on here in Washington today. Some Democrats say that business as usual just isn't cutting it. Others are pointing the finger directly at Nancy Pelosi, calling for a change in leadership. But David, tonight, this White House is celebrating. This is a win.

MUIR: Okay, Cecilia Vega live from the White House. Thank you.

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NBC Nightly News
June 21, 2017
7:12:28 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Let's talk now about the blame game under way among Democrats tonight left soul searching after a disappointing defeat in Georgia. A House special election they had high hopes of winning only to see their hopes dashed again. The latest in a string of defeats. Some pointing the finger now at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. We get more from NBC's Kristen Welker.

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KRISTEN WELKER: Some Democrats also taking aim at leadership after the GOP consistently linked the Democratic challenger in Georgia to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in ads, undercutting Ossoff's message of change.

FILEMON VELA: As long as Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the Democratic Party, it's going to be very difficult to win.

WELKER: Pelosi's spokesperson not responding to those calls for her to go and instead said: “Republicans voters don't get to select the leaders of the Democratic Party.” Still, Republicans may have their own reasons to worry. The races they've won so far are GOP strongholds and Democrats are outperforming their 2016 numbers.

MARK HALPERIN: They have to have a message that contrasts with what Republicans want to do, not just say we're anti-Trump.

WELKER: All underscoring Democrats still haven't found their Trump card. Kristen Welker, NBC News, the White House.

CBS Skips Over Russian Fighter Harassing U.S. Reconnaissance Jet

High in the sky over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a United States Air Force spy plane was subjected to extremely dangerous maneuvers by a Russian fighter pilot. According to reports, at one point the Russian jet was roughly five feet away from the wing tip of the U.S. plane. The provocative encounter was reported by both ABC and NBC during their evening news broadcasts later that evening. But on CBS Evening News, not a word was spoken about the incident.

“Turning to an alarming confrontation in the sky between the U.S. and Russia,” announced Anchor Lester Holt during NBC Nightly News. “With tensions escalating between the two countries, U.S. officials say a Russian fighter jet intercepted an American spy plane over international waters.”

Pentagon Correspondent Hans Nichols started off his report on the buzzing by giving a play by of the Russian fighter’s actions with a detailed digital recreation:

The dramatic incident happening between a U.S. spy plane like this one and an armed Russia jet over the Baltic Sea. The Russian fighter jet approaching at high speed, tracking along the American reconnaissance plane’s right wing at a close distance, then passing under it only to emerge off the other wing. At one point, coming within five feet of the American aircraft.

On ABC’s World News Tonight, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz noted that “Russian aircraft have buzzed and intercepted not only U.S. aircraft but U.S. warships in the last year.” She also recalled how she once flew with U.S. Air Force pilots and described the great care they took when flying close to each other.

Nichols also mentioned the previous harassment by Russian pilots. “Just two weeks ago, the Russians intercepted this B-52 training over the Baltic,” He added. “And Russian fighters have also buzzed American destroyers in the Black Sea.”

“While the U.S. intercepts Russian planes as well, it has been within the safety norms,” Raddatz added.

The Russian intercept occurred on the same day the U.S. apparently shot down an armed drone that was menacing U.S. forces in the region. “In southern Syria, a U.S. F-15 intercepted an armed Iranian-made drone heading towards a U.S. Special Forces training base,” Nichols stated. “Within minutes, and without warning, the Russians on a military hotline, the American pilot shot it down.”

The action by the Russia fighter was both shocking and disturbing. The dangerous maneuvers came after a recent warning by Russia that they would track U.S. planes as potential targets over the western part of Syria as retaliation for shooting down a Syrian fighter. That being said, it’s surprising that CBS News thought that it wasn’t worth reporting. Instead, they chose to report on grizzly bears testing the sturdiness of garbage cans and coolers.

In addition, neither Spanish-language networks (Univision and Telemundo) reported on the Russian fighter.

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ABC
World News Tonight
June 20, 2017
6:41:33 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Next tonight to the U.S. and Russia. A Russian fighter jet flying within just a few feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane today. And it comes after a plane was shot down a Syrian plane, saying. Syria of course supported by Russia. ABC’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Marsha Raddatz tonight.

[Cuts to video]

MARTHA RADDATZ: The jets were flying high over the Baltic Sea. A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane suddenly intercepted by a Russian fighter approaching from behind, coming just five feet from the wingtip of the U.S. jet. An encounter the Americans called unsafe.

STEPHEN GANTARD: It came in at such a high rate of speed, and was seemingly out of control, that it really concerned the U.S. aircraft pilots.

RADDATZ: Russian aircraft have buzzed and intercepted not only U.S. aircraft but U.S. warships in the last year. Last summer, during a training exercise in the Baltics with the U.S air force, our fighter jet which flew wing tip to wing tip safely with US jets, was warned by nearby Russian pilots we were getting too close to their border. We're flying over Estonia now, but just over to the east, to the right is Russia. The Americans said the Russians were just being provocative and continued the exercise.

FIGHTER PILOT: There we go. Roll in left.

RADDATZ: While the U.S. intercepts Russian planes as well, it has been within the safety norms.

[Cuts back to live]

MUIR: And Martha Raddatz joins us from Washington tonight. Martha, this comes in a tense time between the U.S. and Russia. And tonight, we’ve learned the U.S., just today, shot down a drone used by forces loyal to the Russian-backed Syrian government?

RADDATZ: That's right. The drone was threatening U.S. advisers on the ground. And it comes, or course, just a few days after the U.S. shot down that Syrian jet. The Russians now warning they are tracking U.S. jets as targets west of the Euphrates, David.

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NBC Nightly News
June 20, 2017
7:12:54 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Turning to an alarming confrontation in the sky between the U.S. and Russia. With tensions escalating between the two countries, U.S. officials say a Russian fighter jet intercepted an American spy plane over international waters. As NBC Pentagon correspondent Hans Nichols explains, the aircraft came within feet of each other.

[Cuts to video]

HAN NICHOLS: The dramatic incident happening between a U.S. spy plane like this one and an armed Russia jet over the Baltic Sea. The Russian fighter jet approaching at high speed, tracking along the American reconnaissance plane’s right wing at a close distance, then passing under it only to emerge off the other wing. At one point, coming within five feet of the American aircraft.

These kinds of moves known as intercepts can be common, but unsafe ones like this are rare. Just two weeks ago, the Russians intercepted this B-52 training over the Baltic. And Russian fighters have also buzzed American destroyers in the Black Sea.

Barry MCCAFFREY: Sounds to me like a hot-dogging Russian pilot. This doesn't make any sense. It's dangerous air maneuvers.

NICHOLS: The latest intercept coming on the same day that Russia's defense ministry warned that any U.S. planes fighting ISIS in Syria would be considered targets when they fly west of the Euphrates River.

And today, the U.S. testing Russia's warning. In southern Syria, a U.S. F-15 intercepted an armed Iranian-made drone heading towards a U.S. Special Forces training base. Within minutes, and without warning, the Russians on a military hotline, the American pilot shot it down.

[Cuts back to live]

U.S. Military officials claim that the hotline is open, but refuse to say whether or not the Russians are answering it on their end. Lester?

CNN’s Chalian: No ‘Moral Victory Here’ for Dems In Georgia Defeat

Newly elected Congresswoman Karen Handel handily handed a humiliating defeat to her opponent Jon Ossoff Tuesday night. Handel won the blockbuster race by almost four percent, a stunning victory in a race many thought she would lose. The liberal media desperately made the race into a referendum on President Trump. But according to the numbers, Handel beat Ossoff by a larger margin than Trump beat Hillary Clinton. As liberals frantically tried to change the meaning of the election, CNN’s David Chalian appearing on CNN Tonight and declared that “I don't think there are moral victories here.”

At the top of the 10 o’clock hour, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon came on the air and announced that “CNN projects, right now, Karen Handel is the winner in the Georgia Congressional race down in the 6th district in Georgia.”

Chalian talking about how the victory was huge for Republican even though it was a seat they have controlled for a number of years. “This was the best shot Democrats in these special elections to really try to make a victory in the Trump era,” he explained to Lemon. And they came up short, which now, of course, is going to create a whole series of questions about how the Democratic Party should run in the era of Donald Trump because they came up short here.

Then, Lemon tried to dismiss Handel’s victory:

What's interesting is that breaking news, a Republican wins in Georgia it shouldn't be breaking news. This is the way it should happen. But the fact, David, that it was so close at least it appeared in the polling and in the results, as well. The results are really close.

By harping on the claim that the election was “close” Lemon was trying to make it seem as though Handel didn’t really do that well. But her margin of victory was predicted to be much closer than it actually was, with many predicting that she would lose. She actually beat Ossoff by a larger percentage than Trump beat Clinton, which actually says a lot about the ineffectiveness of just running on an anti-Trump platform.

Are Democrats looking at there as necessarily a loss or they got close and maybe there's hope for them in the midterms,” Lemon asked his guest. And Chalian hit his host with the cold hard truth.

I don't think there are moral victories here. I mean, I think, the Democrats lost this race. That is a loss,” he told Lemon. They went all-in on it, and with all the energized base through, had the small dollar donations, yes, they were running in a district whose DNA is a Republican district.” And in a quipped that seemed directed at Lemon, Chalian noted that it was an uphill battle all along but they lost, so I don't think we should gloss over that.

The liberal media claimed that the election for Georgia’s 6th District was a referendum on Trump and would foretell the doom of the Republican Party in the 2018 mid-term elections. But that has been the narrative of nearly every special election so far under the Trump presidency, and yet the GOP is sporting a 5-0 record. The media will soon shift attention away from the humiliating defeat and claim something else is the referendum on Trump.

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CNN Tonight
June 20, 2017
10:00:28 PM Eastern

DON LEMON: CNN projects right now Karen Handel is the winner in the Georgia Congressional race down in the 6th district in Georgia. CNN's David Chalian joins us with now with analysis. Right off the top at 10:00, David Chalian, Karen Handel is the winner Georgia, the Republican.

DAVID CHALIAN: That's a huge projection that we just made, Don. This is a big victory for Republicans. I know it is in a Republican district. This really-- in other years, this would not have been a competitive district, but Democrats went all-in on this. They raised a ton of money significantly outspent Republicans. This was the best shot Democrats in these special elections to really try to make a victory in the Trump era. And they came up short, which now, of course, is going to create a whole series of questions about how the Democratic Party should run in the era of Donald Trump because they came up short here.

LEMON: What's interesting is that breaking news, a Republican wins in Georgia it shouldn't be breaking news. This is the way it should happen. But the fact, David, that it was so close at least it appeared in the polling and in the results, as well. The results are really close. What does this say about the state of affairs especially the Trump, is there a mandate for Donald Trump? Will he keep his support? Will it stay the same? Are Democrats looking at there as necessarily a loss or they got close and maybe there's hope for them in the midterms?

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CHALIAN: I don't think there are moral victories here. I mean, I think, the Democrats lost this race. That is a loss. They went all-in on it, and with all the energized base through, had the small dollar donations, yes, they were running in a district whose DNA is a Republican district. So, it was an uphill battle all along but they lost, so I don't think we should gloss over that.

What I hear you saying though, Don, you are right. It is important to note, Donald Trump is still a 36 percent approval nationwide. Obviously, this one district in Georgia isn't going to change that. But what this does do, Don. All the Republicans nervous this spring about Trump's numbers and is he going to be a big drag on the Republican party in November 2018, that still may come to be. We have no idea what the political landscape will look a year and a half from now.

But in the immediate term, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan just got very good news with this victory. It will calm some of the GOP waters in Congress as they try to get health care through and tax reform through. Had the results been the other way, you might have seen Republicans really panicking, sort of, fleeing the party to look out for themselves. Now Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have a case to make to Republicans that though his numbers are low, it is not taking the party down yet electorally.

CBS, NBC Censor Murder of Muslim Girl at Hands of Illegal Immigrant

On Sunday afternoon, the body of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl from Virginia, was discovered by police after going missing earlier that morning. The story went viral Monday with accusations at she was targeted because of her religion. According to authorities, that was not the motive of her attacker, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, road rage was. And in addition to him being under arrest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement believe him to be an illegal immigrant. Only ABC reported the story Monday evening (CBS and NBC ignored it), but they failed to mention his legal status.

Ahead of the story itself, Anchor David Muir played up the attack as a hate crime despite the facts known at the time. “The teenage girl killed on the side of the road. Was it a hate crime? What police are now saying,” he hyped as the World News Tonight was going to a commercial break.

When that story finally aired, Muir gave the murder a mere 18 seconds news brief, saying:

To the index. The murder of a teenage Muslim girl in Sterling, Virginia. Police say the 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was beaten to death. They say she was the victim of road rage. Investigators say she was walking to a mosque with friends. The suspect then driving up to them. 22-year-old Darwin Torres is under arrest tonight. Police do not believe she was targeted.

 

ABC knew perfectly well at the time of their on-air report that Torres was an illegal immigrant. In an article posted on ABC News’ website at 3:44 PM (almost three hours before WNT went live), reporter Karma Allen wrote that, “ICE said in a statement Monday that they have filed a detainer on Torres, a citizen of El Salvador, for potential deportation as he is believed to be in the U.S. illegally.”

Also left out of the report were some of the more grim details of the heinous act. “[Torres] got into an argument with a teen on a bike and then drove his car over a curb, scattering the group of as many as 15 teens,” wrote The Washington Post. “He caught up with them a short time later in a parking lot and chased them with a baseball bat, striking 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen and then abducting her in his car.” Torres eventually killed Hassanen and dumped her body in a pond near where he lived.

The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have a long history of ignoring and censoring the crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Recently, they censored the infamous Rockville, Maryland rape case where two illegal immigrants were accused of raping a minor in a high school bathroom. The charges were later substituted with child pornography charges, but the networks still ignored the case.

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ABC
World News Tonight
June 19, 2017
6:49:19 PM Easter

DAVID MUIR: [When we come back] Also, the teenage girl killed on the side of the road. Was it a hate crime? What police are now saying.

(…)

6:52:32 PM Eastern

MUIR: To the index. The murder of a teenage Muslim girl in Sterling, Virginia. Police say the 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was beaten to death. They say she was the victim of road rage. Investigators say she was walking to a mosque with friends. The suspect then driving up to them. 22-year-old Darwin Torres is under arrest tonight. Police do not believe she was targeted.

FLASHBACK: Comedy Central, HuffPo Mocked Capture of Otto Warmbier

Tragic news broke Monday evening when the family of Otto Warmbier, the American college student taken by North Korea and returned in a coma, put out a statement that their son passed had away earlier that afternoon. “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the statement said. When Otto was first detained by the Communist regime, multiple outlets mocked his arrest and impending doom.

At the time, Comedy Central’s now defunct program, The Nightly Show relentlessly ridiculed Warmbier as the audience laughed. “A story coming straight out of Pyongyang. Not to be confused with "Straight Outta Pyongyang,” the hit film about the rise and fall of NKWA, North Koreans with Attitude,” joked host Larry Wilmore at the start of the show. “Tonight’s story is about the North Korean government, which recently captured one of America's most annoying exports, a frat bro.

Wilmore went so low as to mock the terrified man’s name because it’s pronounced warm-beer, rhetorically asking:

Otto Frederick Warmbier? Did this kid get arrested in North Korea and then just give the cop his fake I.D.? ‘Yes, sir, we've got American student Otto Warmbier here. His birthday is 4-20, and he lives on 69 Weed Avenue.’

He even claimed it was “one of the top three fakest-sounding names I've ever heard.

After noting that Warmbier’s crime was that of taking a propaganda poster, Wilmore lectured the captive. “Okay. Listen up, frat boy, this isn't like the time you stole Sig Ep’s goat. This is North Korea. They're not known for their love of pranks. Look, I get the desire to steal things from hotel rooms,” he chided.

At the show trial, Warmbier gave his testimony under clear direst and was openly crying to be released so he could be with his family. This too was derided by the failed Comedy Central host, who claimed that Warmbier thought he had “frat bro privilege:”

It's all the way at the bottom so it's easy to miss, but it says: “Frat bro privilege not valid in totalitarian dystopias.” Listen, Otto Von Crybaby, if you're so anxious to go to a country with an unpredictable megalomaniac in charge, just wait a year and you'll live in one! It's coming, you guys! You know that shit is coming! Make America Great!

This assertion of privilege was one shared by the Huffington Post, who published an article at the time with the headline: “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.” “The shield his cis white male identity provides here in America is not teflon [sic] abroad,” writer La Sha callously declared.

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Privilege is a hell of a drug,” Sha stated as she proceeded to equate Warmbier to the mass shooters of Aurora, Colorado and Charleston, North Carolina. “When you can watch a white man who entered a theater and killed a dozen people come out unscathed, you start to believe you’re invincible,” she said of the captive.

She even praised the coming abuse Warmbier would face, saying:

The high of privilege told him that North Korea’s history of making examples out of American citizens who dare challenge their rigid legal system in any way was no match for his alabaster American privilege.

I wonder where they were when their son was planning a trip to the DPRK,” shifting her condemnation to his grieving family. “Did they not teach him the importance of obeying authority?

The targeting of Warmbier as just a privileged “frat boy” and “white man” was despicable and completely uncalled for. And it says a lot about these outlets that they permitted it to be created under their banners.

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Comedy Central
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
March 1, 2016
11:32:10 PM

LARRY WILMORE: But first, a story coming straight out of Pyongyang. Not to be confused with "Straight Outta Pyongyang,” the hit film about the rise and fall of NKWA, North Koreans with Attitude. By the way, also snubbed at the Oscars. It is sad. Starting off with some sad news. Sorry guys. No, tonight's story is about the North Korean government, which recently captured one of America's most annoying exports, a frat bro.

(....)

WILMORE: Hold on one second. Can I hear that name again?

CNN’s JOHN BERMAN [on 02/29/16]: Otto Frederick Warmbier.

WILMORE: Otto Frederick Warmbier? Did this kid get arrested in North Korea and then just give the cop his fake I.D.? “Yes, sir, we've got American student Otto Warmbier here. His birthday is 4-20, and he lives on 69 Weed Avenue.” What's a college student even doing in North Korea?

(....)

WILMORE: No, Cancun is a destination your mother doesn't want you to go to. North Korea is a destination you don't want you to go to. What were you expecting some spring break spot full of underage strip clubs? Because North Korea's version of Girls Gone Wild is just middle-aged women eating full rations of oatmeal. Okay, so what'd he do wrong?

CNN’s WILL RIPLEY [on 02/29/16]: He's accused of trying to steal a North Korean political banner from his hotel.

WILMORE: Okay. Listen up, frat boy, this isn't like the time you stole Sig Ep’s goat. This is North Korea. They're not known for their love of pranks. Look, I get the desire to steal things from hotel rooms. I get pretty much everything from hotels, even this suit. [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] “Do not steal.” Right, like a brother's going to steal it. Well, technically, I guess in this particular case, I did steal it. But still, that's racist. By the way, go to The Nightly Show web site to see my Howard Johnson underpants. Okay, sorry, I disappointed you. But hotel pranks don't play in North Korea.

RIPLEY [on 02/29/16]: North Korea is essentially taking what a lot of people might interpret as a college prank taking down a sign, and they're turning it into some sort of alleged covert operation.

WILMORE: Alleged covert operation? Man, if our government had a secret plan to steal a banner, they should have recruited that Nightly Show audience member who stole a cardboard cutout of me from our show last Thursday and then snuck it onto the subway. That’s right. Yeah. #FlatLarry. Never forget. [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] But could this U.V.A. student really be a secret government agent? After all, he was in North Korea. He goes to school in Virginia. Not far from C.I.A. headquarters and again, his name is Otto Frederick Warmbier, one of the top three fakest-sounding names I've ever heard. Hmmmm. I don’t know, you guys. I don’t know. Maybe this student is some sophisticated undercover mastermind.

OTTO FREDRICK WARMBIER: Please. I've made the worst mistake of my life.

[AUDIENCE LAUGHING]

WILMORE: Okay, so maybe he isn't some sophisticated undercover mastermind.

WARMBIER: I entirely beg you people and government of the D.P.R.K., for your forgiveness. Please, think of my family.

[AUDIENCE LAUGHING]

WILMORE: Ummm, you're going to try to appeal to Kim Jong Un about family? This is a guy who had his own uncle shot to death. You're crying to a dictator who only looks out for numero un. [LAUGHTER] North Korea isn't a playground for college pranks, Kim Jong-un isn't a fictional character from a Seth Rogen movie, and Pyongyang isn't some game you play with Coors Light and solo cups. I'm sorry, guys, it's just tough for me to have much sympathy for this guy and his crocodile tears because he allegedly stole this North Korean hotel banner as an initiation prank for university of Virginia's secretive Z Society.

Good Lord. This sounds like the worst hazing ever. So you have to commit an international crime to get into that clique? What else is on that hazing list? Butt chug Holy Water from the Vatican, steal one of Putin's pubes, leave an upper decker in Robert Mugabe's bathroom? Okay, that one went too far. I agree. I agree.

Look frat bros dudes, if your hazing includes international crimes, you've got to read the fine print on your American frat bro warranty. It's all the way at the bottom so it's easy to miss, but it says: “Frat bro privilege not valid in totalitarian dystopias.” Listen, Otto Von Crybaby, if you're so anxious to go to a country with an unpredictable megalomaniac in charge, just wait a year and you'll live in one! It's coming, you guys! You know that shit is coming! Make America Great! It is catchy. I’m going to cry. Okay, to get a better sense of Otto, let's talk with some of his fraternity brothers. So, please welcome Preston and Hawes. So guys, is it upsetting to see your frat brother begging for mercy in North Korea?

(…)

Nets Downplay Criticism of Obama from Father of North Korea Hostage

Americans were appalled Thursday to learn the medical condition North Korea left American Otto Warmbier in while he was in their custody. The American college student suffered severe brain damage that left Otto in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” according to his doctors. In a press conference, his father, Fred Warmbier, had stark criticism for the Obama administration. “Do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves,” he said. And during their evening broadcasts, ABC and CBS ignored his comments while NBC downplayed them.

NBC Correspondent Ron Mott was the only journalist to mention Fred’s comment during his report. “Last night President Trump called Fred Warmbier, who suggested a change at the White House helped free his son,” he said on NBC Nightly News. But Fred did more than just “suggest” President Trump was to thank for getting his son back.

During the press conference, Fred told his family’s story about dealing with a less than helpful Obama administration. “When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result,” he said. And he made it abundantly clear that Trump’s State Department went to work for him:

Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over and we made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team at the direction of the President aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. The question is, do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves.

In a sharp contrast to the Big Three Networks, CNN’s Jake Tapper was not afraid to give credit to the Trump administration during his show The Lead. “Otto's father, very critical of the Obama administration's handling of his son's detention and he praised President Trump,” he told his panel. “And I have to say, this is not the first time we have heard that from the family of a hostage when it comes to criticism of how the Obama administration handled these issues.”

Even Trump critic Susan Page of USA Today noted Obama’s sore history with getting Americans home safely. “You know, first of all, there were a lot of complaints about the Obama administration not seeing their interests, the United States' interests, as being totally aligned with the interests of families [of hostages],” she said. “And [Fred Warmbier] not only criticized President Obama, he praised President Trump.”

Commentator Mary Katherine Ham recalled how Trump’s administration also managed to recently retrieve an American who was imprisoned in Egypt. She then complimented Trump by saying: “And Obama was very quiet on those things and I don't think it's very controversial to say he put a lower priority on that type of thing than President Trump seems to be doing with some pretty good results.”

The omission of Fred Warmbier’s complete thoughts about Obama and Trump did a disservice to the viewers and the Warmbiers because it censored their story. But they would prefer to preserve Obama’s legacy than report anything negative about him.

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NBC Nightly News
June 15, 2017
7:09:13 PM Eastern

(…)

RON MOTT: The U.S. sent a team to North Korea to negotiate the release of Otto and three other Americans still held there. Last night President Trump called Fred Warmbier, who suggested a change at the White House helped free his son.

FRED WARMBIER: Question is: Do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves.

MOTT: Warmbier said the ex-basketball star Dennis Rodman's recent trip to North Korea played no role in his son’s release. What was supposed to be an adventure with other students, seen here in North Korea, has ended in a tragic mystery. Ron Mott, NBC News, Cincinnati.

...

CNN
The Lead
June 15, 2017
4:44:23 PM Eastern

JAKE TAPPER: I want to turn to an issue that's pretty significant about the family of former North Korea detainee and U.S. college student, Otto Warmbier. Tragic story. He's finally out of North Korea, but appears to have serious neurological problems. He spoke today, his father-- Otto's father, very critical of the Obama administration's handling of his son's detention and he praised President Trump. Do we have that sound?

FRED WARMBIER: When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over and we made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team at the direction of the President aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. The question is, do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves.

TAPPER: And I have to say, this is not the first time we have heard that from the family of a hostage when it comes to criticism of how the Obama administration handled these issues. Susan.

SUSAN PAGE: Yes, I think that's right. First of all, no parent -- every parent's heart breaks when you see the father of Otto talking there and wearing the jacket that his son wore during his show trial in North Korea. So, first of all, our thoughts are with the family. But, absolutely.

You know, first of all, there were a lot of complaints about the Obama administration not seeing their interests, the United States' interests, as being totally aligned with the interests of families who had family members being held hostages in places like North Korea. That's happened with other administrations, as well, but I think it was pretty pronounced in the Obama administration and you certainly see the anguish. And he not only criticized President Obama, he praised President Trump.

MARY KATHERINE HAM: I think this is something that the Trump administration has actually done fairly well and sort of quietly and competently. There was an Egyptian-American aid worker that was in prison for three years in Egypt who was able to come home in April. He's done a public event, I remember, with Leopoldo Lopez's wife. Or had photos taken at the White House.

TAPPER: At Marco Rubio’s request.

HAM: With Marco Rubio to bring some light to that. And Obama was very quiet on those things and I don't think it's very controversial to say he put a lower priority on that type of thing than President Trump seems to be doing with some pretty good results.

(…)

NBC’s Mitchell Buys Into Cuban Propaganda, Whines About Trump Change

The Trump administration recently announced that they planned to reinstitute some of the travel restrictions to communist Cuba that were dismantled by the previous administration. The liberal media has been up in arms, declaring Trump was rolling back Obama’s legacy. As though she was anticipating it to be her last trip there, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell frantically lobbied for travel to persist during her report on NBC Nightly News. She even parroted unsubstantiated claims made by the Cuba government to try and back herself up.

Right out of the gate, Mitchell began her report by whining about the President. “Havana tonight open for business. But now on edge, afraid President Trump is about to shut the door once again to most U.S. travelers,” she bemoaned.

Appearing to do her best Michael Moore impersonation, Mitchell allowed herself to be guided by members of the Cuba government as she sung their praises. “In a last-minute appeal, Cuban officials are touting they’ve made America safer from cyber attacks and drug traffickers,” she hyped. “Taking us to what looked like a normal house but is really a cyber command post.”

“[A member of the Cuban military] told us that in the past 18 months, Cuba has handed over intelligence on at least 17 cyber-crime cases tied to the U.S. Evidence like internet addresses used in a suspected identity theft,” she touted. Via a translator, the military official told her they shared information with the U.S. and that “Yes, the addresses we traced to the United States for both the suspected attackers and potential victims.”

“Cooperation they say is now at risk,” she emphatically declared with absolutely no mention of whether or not she attempted to corroborate their claims with U.S. intelligence officials. One of the Trump administration’s concerns was that since the military owns many of the hotels and other tourist spots, the money spent there would go to fund them. Mitchell blew off that fact dismissing it as just White House complaints.

She then misrepresented the popularity of trips to Cuba saying: “The rollback hits American travelers hard. Last year nearly 300,000 came here, a 74 percent jump over the year before.” Of course, there would be a jump in travel numbers. Travel to Cuba only began in November 2016 and before that time there were very few allowed to travel there. What she failed to mention was that airlines have actually cut the number of flights to Cuba because the demand was just not there.

“The problems, say Cubans we talked to, is the crackdown would hurt small business owners including many women. The very people President Trump says he wants to help,” she then asserted about Trump. The only thing Trump promised the people of Cuba was to help them fight “Communist oppression.” And beyond that, Mitchell seems to not understand what Trump’s motto of “America first” means.

And if that wasn’t enough, she tried to scare the viewers with the specter of Russia. “But if the music stops, Vladimir Putin is ready to step in. Russia recently forgiving billions in Cuba government debt and winning the bid to build Cuba’s new railroad,” she reported. “There’s even talk of reopening a Russian military base only 90 miles from the U.S.”

Mitchell has a long history of being a shill for communist Cuba. When Fidel Castro died in November 2016 she went to Cuba to essentially cover and mourn his death. “[Castro] was a voracious reader … And very, very aware of everything that was going on, very, very smart and very wedded to his revolutionary ideology,” she opined at the time. And in 2001 when she visited Castro, she touted his good health saying: “Approaching his 75th birthday this August, the world’s longest surviving leader also believes he is politically strong, partly as a result of that struggle over a seven-year-old boy.”

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NBC Nightly News
June 15, 2017
7:13:19 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: In Miami tomorrow, President Trump is expected to announce a major change in this country's relationship with Cuba. He'll make it a lot harder for Americans to travel or do business in Cuba fulfilling a campaign promise and rolling back some of the openings made by President Obama. The changes will have a big impact on airlines, hotels and potentially intelligence sharing. NBC's Andrea Mitchell has our report from Cuba.

[Cuts to video]

ANDREA MITCHELL: Havana tonight open for business. But now on edge, afraid President Trump is about to shut the door once again to most U.S. travelers. In a last-minute appeal, Cuban officials are touting they’ve made America safer from cyberattacks and drug traffickers.

Taking us to what looked like a normal house but is really a cyber command post. There we met exclusively with its military chief. She told us that in the past 18 months, Cuba has handed over intelligence on at least 17 cyber-crime cases tied to the U.S. Evidence like internet addresses used in a suspected identity theft.

So, in that case, you did provide those addresses to U.S. authorities?

YOHANKA RODRIGUEZ (via translator): Yes, the addresses we traced to the United States for both the suspected attackers and potential victims.

MITCHELL: Cooperation they say is now at risk. The rollback hits American travelers hard. Last year nearly 300,000 came here, a 74 percent jump over the year before. The White House complains that pumps dollars into hotels, airports and cruise ship terminals owned by the government, largely the military. The problems say Cubans we talked to is the crackdown would hurt small business owners including many women. The very people President Trump says he wants to help.

(…)

MITCHELL: The owner of this dance school is counting on teaching salsa to a steady stream of Americans. But if the music stops, Vladimir Putin is ready to step in. Russia recently forgiving billions in Cuba government debt and winning the bid to build Cuba’s new rail road. There’s even talk of reopening a Russian military base only 90 miles from the U.S. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Havana.

ABC Panel: Scalise Shooting Was Not Ideal to Push Gun-Control

Following the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and the others present at the Republican baseball practice, there was a notable dearth of the gun-control pushing by the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). That fact was also picked up by ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who questioned her panel about why that was during This Week on Sunday. “Do you think that had to do with the fact that you had the capitol police officer there-- the security detail who really did stop this from being a much more tragic event,” she asked, triggering a rush to push the policy. According to one panelist, the facts of the shooting backed up the pro-gun stance.

The question was initially directed at Democratic Pollster Margie Omero. “We don't need to wait for more tragedies to take action on guns,” she responded enthusiastically. “This is a way we can be healing because voters are ready.”

She touted how she had recently taken part in conducting a poll on gun-control to mark the one-year anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub terror attack. “We found a majority of Americans want fewer guns. They want guns harder to get. And we tested 16 different proposals, majorities of Americans supported 15, even in gun households,” she claimed without providing any details of what was specifically asked or what the proposals were.

It’s worth noting that every time the panel or Raddatz mentioned the Orlando attack they only referred to it as a mass shooting and not an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack.

“The problem is a majority of Americans don't vote in the GOP primary, so-- And I agree with everything you're saying,” quipped CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill. “The problem though is: This is about politics. This has never been about what most Americans want.” And in a veiled reference to the National Rifle Association, Hill said: “We have to find a way to get beyond the kind of power of particular lobbies if we're going to get anywhere.” According to him “that’s part of the danger.”

And in a bizarre statement, Hill described the shooting as a “perfect case study” of the pro-gun philosophy:

But if you are on the right this week, this was your perfect case study. The whole argument of: good guy with a gun beats a bad guy with a gun. I disagree with that argument, but this was a case study that’s almost hard for the left to push back. And we wanted too, but it was hard too.

But the gun-control pushing didn’t end there.

Raddatz spent the last few minutes of the program lecturing the audience about gun violence. She read a Facebook post by Senator Chris Murphy who was “conflicted” about playing in the baseball game on Thursday. “What does it say about us as a country that we can so easily move on from such a seemingly cataclysmic event,” she read. “Are we so jaundiced to gun violence and mass shootings that it only takes us 24 hours now to revert back to business as usual?”

The ABC host made it clear that she stood with Murphy, a congressman who once tried to get a national “assault weapons” ban. “Senator Murphy is right. We have become too numb to it all. Massively desensitized to the carnage, as he put it. That, perhaps, includes us as journalists who rush to cover the latest shooting and move to the next headline,” she opined.

What Raddatz failed to mention was that much of the gun violence was due to gang violence, not mass shootings. And on top of that, she didn’t mention that the country had been experiencing near historic lows for gun violence, down roughly 49 percent from 1993. And the decline in the homicides was accompanied with soaring gun ownership rates, up roughly 56 percent from 1993. The Pew Research Center had determined that most people don’t realize crime is down, so no matter what her guest claims they polled they may not be aware of those crime statistics.

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ABC
This Week
June 18, 2017
9:35:13 AM Eastern

MARTHA RADDATZ: And Margie, one of the things about this shooting is, usually there's a lot of discussion about tougher gun laws. There wasn't this time. Do you think that had to do with the fact that you had the capitol police officer there-- the security detail who really did stop this from being a much more tragic event?

MARGIE OMERO: We don't need to wait for more tragedies to take action on guns. This is a way we can be healing because voters are ready. We just did a poll, we did it in May in advance of there’s the one-year anniversary of the Pulse shooting. That also happened this week, other shootings, dozens of shootings every day that don't make national news. We found a majority of Americans want fewer guns. They want guns harder to get. And we tested 16 different proposals, majorities of Americans supported 15, even in gun households.

MARC LAMONT HILL: The problem is a majority of Americans don't vote in the GOP primary, so-- And I agree with everything you're saying. The problem though is: This is about politics. This has never been about what most Americans want. Most Americans want universal background checks, still doesn’t matter. We have to find a way to get beyond the kind of power of particular lobbies if we're going to get anywhere. I think that’s part of the danger. But if you are on the right this week, this was you perfect case study. The whole argument of: good guy with a gun beats a bad guy with a gun. I disagree with that argument, but this was a case study that’s almost hard for the left to push back. And we wanted too, but it was hard too.

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RADDATZ: As we’ve noted there was a striking show of unity after that shooting at an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress. Lawmakers joining together in a moment of prayer on the baseball field before the annual charity game went on as planned. But one player says he felt conflicted about being there. As a fellow member of congress was lying in the hospital in critical condition.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has played on the Democratic team for the past decade. On Facebook, he asked: “What does it say about us as a country that we can so easily move on from such a seemingly cataclysmic event. Are we so jaundiced to gun violence and mass shootings that it only takes us 24 hours now to revert back to business as usual?

Senator Murphy is right. We have become too numb to it all. Massively desensitized to the carnage, as he put it. That, perhaps, includes us as journalists who rush to cover the latest shooting and move to the next headline. We’ve marked the anniversary of some of those most devastating attacks recently. Last Monday, one year since the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. 49 killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History. And yesterday marked two years since nine were killed at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Those mass shootings are seared in our memory. But in the last week alone, 262 people have lost their lives to gun violence across the U.S. 559 more wounded.

Consider that, 262 killed in one week. So today, we think of Congressman Steve Scalise, as well as Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer Crystal Greiner, who are all still hospitalized after Wednesday’s senseless shooting. But we should also pause this morning, we should pause and remember each and every life cut short by violence in our country. Because as Speaker Paul Ryan put it this week: “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Stelter Brings on Uncivil Sally Kohn to Lecture About Political Civility

In the wake of the attack on a Congressional Republican baseball practice that put Congressman Steve Scalise and others in the hospital, there had been a collective call from politicos to elevate their rhetoric. During CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, host Brian Stelter wanted to have the discussion about civility in the media. But the seriousness of such a discussion was discredited by the presence of CNN Commentator Sally Kohn, who has a long history of uncivil attacks against her political opponents.

“After those calls for unity, the interviews of congressional leaders on CNN, we heard a lot more of the same kind of partisanship and polarization on talk radio and social media, people blaming the other side for what had happened,” bemoaned Stelter at the start of the segment.

Kohn stated that she found it “interesting” how both sides only come together after something terrible happens, and asked: “Why don't we do that before shots are fired or before we cross the line? Why don't we realize…” “We have a hate problem in our country. We have a problem of dehumanizing, attacking, otherizing the other side far too much,” she added. “We can argue, we can disagree, we can do so in a civil way without demeaning and debasing our opponents.”

She made a good point, but it came off as really insincere since she has a long and document career of “dehumanizing,” “attacking,” and “otherizing” the people she disagreed with.

In November 2015, Kohn wrote in her Daily Beast column that Christian “hardliners” were just like ISIS terrorists. During the height of the GOP primaries, Kohn smeared Trump supports as racists, claiming they “are only voting for him because he's a white guy” and that they wanted to make the capitol white again. She had even asserted that 2016 campaign was about “stopping us from being Nazi German,” and warned that Trump would start putting people in “internment camps.”

Of course, Kohn’s comments about civility on Reliable Sources would’ve been more sincere if she had denounced her previous uncivil statements and explained how she was wrong, but she did no such thing.

It’s also worth noting that Stelter himself has a catalog of uncivil insinuations and smears he has leveled against President Trump in the past. In December 2016, Stelter described Trump’s victory as a “national emergency” because of his alleged ties to Russia. Without hesitation, he often insinuates Trump is a ruthless dictator, once asking: “Do citizens in dictatorships” look at Trump and say “Oh, that's what my leader does.” And in an apparent attempt to blame the victim, Stelter had claimed the firebombing of a North Carolina GOP office was because of Trump’s “overheated” rhetoric.

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It’s a shame the conversation of civility in the media wasn’t taken more seriously since there have been numerous incidents since the shooting that should’ve been called out. For instance, MSNBC’s Joy Reid asserted that Scalise was a racist and homophobe, then whined that she was afraid she couldn’t talk about it anymore. On Friday, Politico’s Roger Simon slammed the media for daring to care about a Republican congressman getting shot. And on the day of the attack, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews started off Hardball by openly declaring the shooting wasn’t important enough to be talked about first.

Stelter could have taken the opportunity to make a powerful statement about the need for civility in journalism by calling out those that need to be exposed. But he instead chose to discredit the conversation by inviting a noted uncivil commentator. The moment was lost.

Transcript below:

CNN
Reliable Sources
June 18, 2017
11:16:06 AM Eastern

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BRIAN STELTER: But after those calls for unity, the interviews of congressional leaders on CNN, we heard a lot more of the same kind of partisanship and polarization on talk radio and social media, people blaming the other side for what had happened. Let's get into it now with Sally Kohn she’s a liberal CNN commentator and columnist for the Daily Beast and Steve Dace, he’s in Iowa, a columnist for Conservative Review and radio host.

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11:19:07 AM Eastern

SALLY KOHN: Look, I think it is interesting and meaningful how when moments like what happened at the Congressional baseball practice happen, that people on all sides of the aisle come together and say, “Whoa, this is too far, this is too much.” Now, the question is, and I think this is to Kellyanne's point, why don't we do that before. Why don't we do that before shots are fired or before we cross the line? Why don't we realize, and I agree with Steve entirely. We have a hate problem in our country. We have a problem of dehumanizing, attacking, otherizing the other side far too much.

We can argue, we can disagree, we can do so in a civil way without demeaning and debasing our opponents. And when it goes too far, we suddenly all go, “Whoa, wait a second!” Why didn't that happen before in our minds? I was really struck this week that Ted Nugent, of all people, said-- and this is by the way to Ted’s credit. It’s not a sentence I thought I would ever say. To his credit, he said the hateful rhetoric has gone too far.

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KOHN I actually don't care he's doing it, I'm glad he's doing it. But it raises the question of: Well what wasn't triggered in your mind when you were saying the sort of things that now that the consequences play out, you go, whoa” And I think that applies to musicians and certainly to those of us in the media and those of us who create a media environment that actually gives points and credit the more angry, the more hateful, the more extreme your rhetoric is. That's a problem.

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11:24:22 AM Eastern

KOHN: We can have heated conversations without attacking, demeaning, dehumanizing each other. We need to do that more. We need to do it more face to face and online. We need to think about people reading the things we write. Think about our kids reading them, think about our kids repeating them, that's critical. And I also think, yes, Steve and I probably disagree on a lot of things very, very passionately. Airing those in a substantive way is important.

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NBC’s Mitchell Buys Into Cuban Propaganda, Whines About Trump Change

The Trump administration recently announced that they planned to reinstitute some of the travel restrictions to communist Cuba that were dismantled by the previous administration. The liberal media has been up in arms, declaring Trump was rolling back Obama’s legacy. As though she was anticipating it to be her last trip there, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell frantically lobbied for travel to persist during her report on NBC Nightly News. She even parroted unsubstantiated claims made by the Cuba government to try and back herself up.

Nets Downplay Criticism of Obama from Father of North Korea Hostage

Americans were appalled Thursday to learn the medical condition North Korea left American Otto Warmbier in while he was in their custody. The American college student suffered severe brain damage that left Otto in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” according to his doctors. In a press conference, his father, Fred Warmbier, had stark criticism for the Obama administration. “Do I think the past administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves,” he said. And during their evening broadcasts, ABC and CBS ignored his comments while NBC downplayed them.

Class: Nets Avoid Pushing Gun-Control In Wake of Scalise Shooting

The Washington, DC area and political junkies around the country were left in a state of shock Wednesday, in the wake of the horrific attack on Congressional Republicans at a baseball field. As would be expected, the shooting was what dominated the evening broadcasts of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). But in a pleasant twist, all three avoided pushing the liberal talking points for gun-control. While at the same time, welcoming President Trump’s unifying address.

So Much for Civility: Matthews Smears Trump and ‘Weaselly’ Cabinet After Shooting

After the horrific news broke that a politically motivated gunman opened fire on Congressional Republicans Wednesday, there was a collective call from politicos to be more responsible with the rhetoric they use as so not to promote hate. Apparently, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews didn’t get the memo as he took to his show, Hardball and proceeded to smear Republicans. “Good evening. I'm Chris Matthews in Washington. Donald Trump and his ties with Moscow remain the big story here even on a day struck by violence,” he announced as he started his show.

So Much for Civility: Matthews Smears Trump and ‘Weaselly’ Cabinet After Shooting

After the horrific news broke that a politically motivated gunman opened fire on Congressional Republicans Wednesday, there was a collective call from politicos to be more responsible with the rhetoric they use as so not to promote hate. Apparently, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews didn’t get the memo as he took to his show, Hardball and proceeded to smear Republicans. “Good evening. I'm Chris Matthews in Washington. Donald Trump and his ties with Moscow remain the big story here even on a day struck by violence,” he announced as he started his show.

Nets Run With Rumor Trump Is Looking to Fire Special Counsel Mueller

On top of the high-profile testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, the media was swarming over a rumor President Trump was looking to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russia investigation,” speculated ABC Anchor David Muir during World News Tonight. All of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) pushed the rumor despite the fact that their source admits he never spoke with the President and thinks he wouldn’t do it.

CBS Asserts AG Sessions Should Be Held in Contempt of Congress

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, where he was grilled in regards to the Russia investigation. Sessions drew criticism from many by appearing to be evasive on some questions in regards to his communications with President Trump. This did not sit well with CBS Evening News, where Anchor Scott Pelley chided that “today, the attorney general was more measured [than Trump], even though he declined to answer some of the most revealing questions.” CBS’s disgust didn’t end there, they seriously asserted Session should be held in contempt of Congress.

Nets Hype President Trump Being Sued by Maryland and D.C. AG’s

President Trump found himself, once again, at the receiving end of a high-profile lawsuit involving his business dealings on Monday. The Attorneys General of both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a suit claiming the Present was in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which states that an office holder cannot receive payments or gifts from a foreign power. The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) highlighted the suit while they openly hoped that it would allow them to see Trump’s tax returns.

Nets Blackout White House Condemning Russia for Arresting Protesters

There was civil unrest in Russia Monday, as anti-corruption protestors took to the streets all across the country during a national holiday celebration. Roughly 1,500 people were arrested for gathering to denounce their government. The White House came out strong and condemned Russia for cracking down on the peaceful protestors. All of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) reported on the mass arrests during their evening broadcasts, but they all ignored the White House’s condemnation of the Russian government.

CNN’s Stelter Bemoans ‘Inherent Distrust’ The Public Has With Media

In one of the last segments on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, CNN host Brian Stelter spent nearly four and half minutes whining about the public, specifically Trump supporters, who don’t believe the news media. “If you don't believe the ‘media,’ then you probably don't believe that the Trump administration has had a dysfunctional few months,” he chided at the start of the segment. “If you don't believe the ‘media,’ you might not believe Russia's meddling in last year's election is a very big deal.”

CNN’s John King Suggests Sessions’ Private Hearing Is ‘Obstruction of Justice’

When Washington, DC woke up Sunday morning, politicos were greeted with the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It would be a change of plans since Sessions was scheduled for a public hearing in front of the Senate Budget Committee, where he was expected to be pelted with Russia questions. It’s the Intelligence Committee that is handling the Senate’s Russia investigation, but according to CNN’s John King on Inside Politics, a private hearing could be an “obstruction of justice.”

ABC Omits Comey Testimony Exposing AG Lynch As Clinton Campaigner

In addition to his testimony about President Trump and the Russia investigation, former FBI Director James Comey testified on the suspicious actions of Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Thursday. Comey recalled how Lynch told him to refer to the Clinton e-mail investigation as something other than what it was. “I want to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation? And she said “yes, but don't call it that. Call it a ‘matter,’” he told the Senate Intelligence Committee. When it came to the coverage from the Big Three Networks, ABC ignored it while CBS and NBC stepping in.

CBS: Comey Gave ‘Every Indication’ Trump Is ‘In Fact,’ ‘May Be’ Under Investigation

One of the largest revelations to come out of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday was that President Trump was not under investigation. That fact didn’t seem to sit well with CBS’s John Dickerson when he appeared during CBS News Special Report after the hearing. Almost desperately, Dickerson tried to argue Trump had to be under scrutiny, “So, a President who was once concerned about not being under investigation those actions he took may now, in fact, make him under investigation.”

Nets Ignore Oversight Report Showing Holder Impeded Fast and Furious Investigation

While the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) spent Wednesday focusing on a Senate hearing they were hoping would implicate President Trump in obstruction of justice, they ignored a House Oversight Committee report that showed President Obama’s administration did just that. “An absolutely blistering report tonight out saying the Obama administration in general and former Attorney General Eric Holder in particular repeatedly lied to the family of a slain Border Patrol officer about the weapons used in his death, and stonewalled efforts to get at the truth,” announced Fox News’ Bret Baier on Special Report.

ABC, NBC Disparage Intelligence Chiefs as Anonymous Reports Collapse

In the days and hours leading up to a hearing of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBC, and NBC) were giddy at the prospect of two heads of U.S. intelligence agencies fingering President Trump in a plot to shut down the Russian investigation. But after the two and a half hour long hearing, they weren’t kicking themselves for getting their hopes up, they were kicking Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers for not giving them what they wanted.

Nets Blackout the Radical Leftist History of NSA Leaker Reality Winner

Not long after top-secret documents from the National Security Agency made their way onto the internet news site The Intercept on Monday, the Justice Department arrested NSA contractor Reality Winners. The 25-year-old veteran worked on a military base in Georgia, but online she had a long history of being heavily Anti-Trump, an apparent social justice warrior, and a supporter of Iran over the U.S. During their evening broadcasts, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) either played down her political attitudes, or outright ignored them as they reported on what she did.

MSNBC’s Katy Tur Rails Against President Trump, Insists He Isn’t Trustworthy

MSNBC’s faulty political historian, Katy Tur filled in for Chuck Todd during MTP Daily on Monday, where she dedicated a significant portion of the show railing against President Trump and claiming he was untrustworthy. “I'm in the chair for @MeetThePress Daily. Tonight we're focusing on trust. Do Americans have it for Trump? Does Trump have it for his NSC,” she announced in a tweet before the show.

ABC, CBS Salivate Over Upcoming Senate Hearing With James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey is set to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday after recently getting permission from Special Counsel Rob Mueller, who is now in charge of the FBI’s Russian meddling investigation. Comey is expected to field questions about a series of memos he allegedly wrote that unnamed sources claim to show that President Trump attempted to interfere with the said investigation. During their Monday evening broadcasts, ABC and CBS were eagerly awaiting the day of the hearing.

MSNBC Host Suggests Trump Is Trying to ‘Provoke a Domestic Terrorist Attack’ With Tweets

In the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack, President Trump sent off some questionably political tweets where he called for a travel ban and criticized the mayor of London. The tweets were very much a part of the media coverage on Sunday, and it came with heavy condemnation. But during the 12 p.m. hour on MSNBC, anchor Thomas Roberts actually suggested Trump’s tweets were designed to trigger a terrorist to attack civilians in the United States. And he did it, not once but twice. 

Stephanopoulos Tees Up Lying Rice To Smear Trump Administration

After a couple of whirlwind weeks of the media bashing President Trump on everything from how he “lectured” U.S. allies at the NATO meeting, to his son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly looking for a Russian back channel, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos sought the opinion of Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice. During her appearance on This Week on Sunday, Stephanopoulos gave Rice free reign to smear the current administration, often teeing her up for it himself.

CNN’s Tapper Capitulates to Al Gore, Rages at Nikki Haley Over Paris Accord

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, much the chagrin of the ‘chicken little’ liberal media who declared the apocalypse was upon us.  CNN’s normally mild-mannered host Jake Tapper was visibly distraught during Sunday’s State of the Union when he was railing against U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for how the U.S. now looked to the rest of the world. But when spoke with climate alarmist/hypocrite Al Gore he was at peace. 

Amid Unfolding Details of London Bridge Attack, NBC Rebukes Trump Tweets

Late Saturday night, London, England fell victim to yet another terrorist attack using a motor vehicle to mow down pedestrians.  As details were first coming out, Drudge Report put out a tweet which read: “Fear of new terror attack after van ‘mows down 20 people’ on London Bride…” Soon after, President Trump retweeted the message. The retweeting didn’t sit well with NBC Nightly News, who noted on their own account that “Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident. We aren’t relaying president’s retweet, as the info in unconfirmed.”

MRC’s Brent Bozell: ‘Enough Is Enough’ With Conservative Smears

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell had had enough of the left’s double standard when it comes to a conservative’s right speak and the double standard of conservatives being targeted for boycotts. In an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, he scolded the left for their inconsistencies on those fronts.

Nets Lose It: ‘The World Will Be a Mess’ With Trump Pulling U.S. From Paris Accord

Well, it finally happened. President Trump pulled the final thread that has begun to unravel the entire world in a climate change apocalypse. Not really, but that’s the hysteria the liberal media was drumming up Thursday after Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord. The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were mobilized later that evening to tear into the President. 

Nets Complain About Trump Possibly Pulling Out of Paris Climate Accord

President Trump was keeping the liberal media on the edge of their seats Wednesday, as he played coy with his decision about whether or not to pull out of Paris Climate Change Accord agreed to by former President Obama. “You're going to find out very soon,” he told the press during a meeting with the president of Vietnam. That seemed to send the media into a panic as demonstrated by the coverage (or the covfefe) of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) later that evening.  

ABC, CBS Ignore House Subpoenas to Obama Officials, NBC Touts Clinton

On Wednesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were all over the latest developments in the Russia investigation saga. They mainly focused on how former FBI Director James Comey received permission from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speak to Congress. Among the developments that didn’t make the cut for ABC's and CBS's evening programming, were a series of subpoenas issued by the House to former high-ranking members of the Obama administration for improper unmasking. Instead, they mentioned those issued to Trump associates. 

ABC, CBS Ignore House Subpoenas to Obama Officials, NBC Touts Clinton

On Wednesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were all over the latest developments in the Russia investigation saga. They mainly focused on how former FBI Director James Comey received permission from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to speak to Congress. Among the developments that didn’t make the cut for ABC's and CBS's evening programming, were a series of subpoenas issued by the House to former high-ranking members of the Obama administration for improper unmasking. Instead, they mentioned those issued to Trump associates. 

After A Day of Outrage, Kathy Griffin Apologies for Trump Beheading Image

For much of Tuesday, the country joined in rare collective outrage at the viral image of comedian Kathy Griffin holding aloft a mock bloody severed head of President Trump. Politicos from the left and right side of the spectrum shared a sense of disgust over the image that some equated to promoting violence, while one writer for The Atlantic didn’t have a problem with it. But at roughly eight o’clock PM Eastern time, Griffin finally spoke out about the images and issued an apology. 

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