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NBC Lobbies Liz Cheney: Just Say It's Better for Dems to Keep Congress!

NBC on Wednesday repeatedly lobbied Liz Cheney to run for president after she lost her renomination bid for Congress. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie also repeated the media-created comparison that Cheney is Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars and Trump is Darth Vader.  Guthrie deemed “64 percent” of Republicans to be election deniers (without citing a source) and then lobbied for Cheney to outright call for Democratic victory in 2022: “That is your red line. That is who is coming to Congress if Republicans prevail and get control of Congress. Given that state of affairs, do you think it would be better for the country if Democrats retained control?”  After the Republican declined, a frustrated Guthrie tried again: “Well, let me try it one more time. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she fears for our very democracy if Republicans win in November. Do you?”      Again, Cheney refused and so the Today host spun the midterms as a “battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” She demanded, “Has that choice been made by Republicans fundamentally?”  Guthrie closed by, yet again, comparing the congresswoman to Obi-Wan Kenobi:  Finally, in the moments we have, word on the street is that you and your team were fond of an editorial recently that likened you to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars who said to Darth Vader, essentially as they duked it out, “If you strike me down now, I'll be stronger in death.” Is that how you see it? You’re stronger in political death this morning?  On Tuesday’s Today, Hallie Jackson compared Cheney to, you guessed it, Obi Wan Kenobi:  I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump. But, to prove that it was actually possible to ask tough questions, Guthrie on Wednesday did manage to ask one to Cheney. Here it is:  We all know the old adage “all politics is local” and in focus groups and interviews with reporters, many Wyoming voters said that you lost your way. You went Washington and were focused too much on Trump and not the issues they cared about. One poll showed 61 percent of likely Republican voters there said you weren't focused on Wyoming issues. Was that the issue? Did you have the wrong focus?  For more on how the media used to hate Liz Cheney, see my study here.  The Democratic propaganda on Today was sponsored by Citi cards. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the questions is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Today 8/17/2022 7:06AM ET GUTHRIE: And I'm remembering back to when we had an interview back in may 2021 when you lost your leadership position. I said they are coming after you. President Trump wants to go to Wyoming and take you on in the primary. And you said, “Bring it on.” They did. And here we are and you lost. How do you feel about that now? What's your response today?”  ... GUTHRIE: Back a moment to your race. We all know the old adage “all politics is local” and in focus groups and interviews with reporters, many Wyoming voters said that you lost your way. You went Washington and were focused too much on Trump and not the issues they cared about. One poll showed 61 percent of likely Republican voters there said you weren't focused on Wyoming issues. Was that the issue? Did you have the wrong focus?  ... GUTHRIE: In point of fact, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy did consider this a referendum on your work on January 6th. President Trump, former President Trump, last night said it was a complete rebuke of that work. And you have said in the past you thought the voters of Wyoming fundamentally understood how important that fidelity to the Constitution was. Did you get that wrong? Do people see it differently in the Republican Party?  ... GUTHRIE: The former President said last night you're now headed to political oblivion. You said this fight is just beginning. You've even launched a political organization already. So let's just be straight about it. Are you considering running for president yourself?  ... GUTHRIE: Congresswoman, you didn't answer me yes or no....You didn't say yes or no, and that's fine if you are thinking about it. But are you thinking about running for president?  ... GUTHRIE: Let's go back to the primary season. It's almost over now. And 64 percent of the Republicans who have won their primaries are election deniers. That is your red line. That is who is coming to Congress if Republicans prevail and get control of Congress. Given that state of affairs, do you think it would be better for the country if Democrats retained control?  ... GUTHRIE: Well, let me try it one more time. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she fears for our very democracy if Republicans win in November. Do you?  ... GUTHRIE: You are now the latest House Republican who had crossed party lines and voted to impeach President Trump to not be retaining your seat. Only two have won in their primaries. People talk about the battle for the soul of the Republican Party. You have said there's a time for choosing whether we're loyal to the Constitution or loyal to Trump and we must choose. Has that choice been made by Republicans fundamentally?  ... GUTHRIE: Finally, in the moments we have, word on the street is that you and your team were fond of an editorial recently that likened you to Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars who said to Darth Vader, essentially as they duked it out, “If you strike me down now, I'll be stronger in death.” Is that how you see it? You’re stronger in political death this morning? 

Media Love Her Now, But Hated ‘Toxic’ ‘Daughter of Dracula’ Liz Cheney Then

Liz Cheney on Tuesday night badly lost her renomination bid in Congress, getting trounced by over 37 points. Journalists have been eagerly cheering Cheney 2.0 as the GOP’s Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake for principles. Just prior to the election, NBC compared her to Obi-Wan Kenobi facing off against the evil Darth Vader.  But a simple look into history shows that journalistic love for a Republican is entirely dependent on how useful that person is to liberal press. In the past, the news and entertainment media despised the “toxic” “daughter of Dracula,” freely using sexist language to mock the child of Dick Cheney. Here’s the worst examples.    Sexism Against Liz Cheney? It Was Okay Back Then Now that Cheney is a hero in the media, it would be misogynistic to dismiss the Congresswoman for her ex-Vice President father. But in years past? It was fine.  In 2010, then-MSNBC host Ed Schultz wouldn’t judge Liz Cheney on her own merits. Instead, he used sexist language: Here he is on September 29, 2010: “There's a couple of gals who've been riding the wave of crazy that's been sweeping the nation's right-wingers: ‘Shooter's little girl, Liz Cheney, has been hitting the lecture circuit, parroting daddy's fear-mongering rhetoric.”  On the March 4, 2010 edition of Hardball, Chris Matthews huffed that Liz Cheney was nothing more than the “daughter of Dracula.” It must be pointed out, in 2020, Matthews would abruptly retire after accusations of “objectifying and belittling” women.     Shooting Liz Cheney in the Face? Hollywood Found It Funny     Hollywood loves Liz Cheney now. As NewsBusters editor Tim Graham noted in an August 10 column, Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $43,000 to her current reelection campaign. But a few years ago, it was okay to joke about killing her. On the September 27, 2016 episode of the Fox show Scream Queens, one of the characters recounted a hunting trip and shooting Liz Cheney. Here’s the exchange:  “CHAD”: All of a sudden, Liz Cheney pops out. And I think she was, like, peeing. Anyway, Randal lowers his shotgun, shoots her right in the face. Boom! “MUNSCH”: Hope she was okay. No, I don't. She's awful.     In 2022, Hollywood and the liberal media would call this kind of “joke” a sexist hate crime.    The “Odious” and “Toxic” Liz  In 2022, MSNBC journalists approvingly quoted Liz Cheney for her role in the January 6 Hearings. But back in 2013, host Chris Hayes flat-out hated her. Talking about Cheney’s ultimately-failed run for Senate on July 17, 2013, he seethed, “Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today.” Displaying the casual sexism okay only for Republican women, Hayes dismissed the female Cheney because of her dad:  Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like.     Liz Cheney Was “Divisive” and Started a “Family Feud” Over Gay Marriage In 2014, Cheney briefly ran for a Wyoming Senate seat. That she was challenging an incumbent Republican Senator deserved coverage. But instead, the networks bashed Liz Cheney for her “divisive” family feud with her sister Mary Cheney over gay marriage.  On the January 6, 2014 (the day Cheney's campaign ended) CBS This Morning, Jan Crawford again quoted Mary Cheney publicly lecturing, “You're just wrong, and on the wrong side of history." On the same day’s Today show, Kelly O'Donnell opined, "Her campaign was brief and divisive.” She added, “But then her campaign exposed a stunningly public family feud over same-sex marriage, when sister Mary Cheney, and Mary's wife Heather Poe, criticized Liz's opposition to gay marriage.” On ABC's Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos saw the primary campaign against incumbent conservative Mike Enzi as one that “has caused a lot of controversy, sparked a family feud.”        In the days and weeks going forward, journalists will likely portray Liz Cheney as a hero for justice. But just a few short years ago, these same reporters hammered her with nasty, sometimes sexist, language. 
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NBC Now: Donald Trump Is Darth Vader! NBC in 2011: Dick Cheney Is Vader!

NBC journalists need to decide who Darth Vader is in their tortured political analogies. On Tuesday’s Today, Hallie Jackson said to an on-screen colleague, “[Let me] raise you a Star Wars analogy.” But back in 2011, Dick Cheney was the evil Vader.  Talking about the probable loss of Liz Cheney in Wyoming’s congressional primary, she connected, “I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump.”      Jackson rather lamely continued the sci-fi language: “But I think it gives you a sense of how her team is kind of casting this as a bigger, broader, galactic fight here.” The problem with Trump being Darth Vader is that NBC already suggested that Dick Cheney may be Vader.  Back on August 29, 2011, Today’s Jamie Gangel compared the former Vice President: “A conservative hero to his fans, Darth Vader to his critics.” Highlighting Cheney’s new memoir (co-written by Liz Cheney), Gangel stressed how “controversial” Dick Cheney is:  Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out about his controversial new memoir....looks back on his controversial time in the White House. The Star Wars column in question referenced by Jackson comes from The Washington Post where Jonathan Capehart tried to settle just which GOP villain is, in fact, the genocidal Darth Vader:  Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as Kenobi and former president Donald Trump as Vader. Now, I realize that Cheney’s father, former vice president Dick Cheney, has traditionally been known as Darth Vader, what with the Iraq War and “enhanced interrogation” techniques and all that. But work with me, people. So, who, exactly, is Darth Vader, NBC? Dick Cheney? Donald Trump? Or would it be any Republican the network doesn’t care for?  The need to compare all Republicans to Darth Vader was sponsored by Citi cards. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Today 8/16/2022 7:09 AM ET  SAVANNAH GUTHRIE:  We want to turn to Hallie Jackson, our senior Washington correspondent. Hallie, to say this is a long shot for Congresswoman Cheney to pull this out is an understatement. What are you looking for? What are the numbers there?  HALLIE JACKSON: So she —  a recent poll has her down by something like 20 points. So you are right. This is an absolutely uphill battle. Let's stipulate anything can happen. But right now she will almost certainly not be able to come out ahead here. There has been a push to get Democrats to switch their party registrations and vote in this primary. But it would really take something extraordinary for that math to work out for her, to overcome this hole that she's in. It's not like there is a whole ton of Democrats in Wyoming. It's a very red state. Donald Trump beat president Biden by 40-plus points in 2020 there. So it is an uphill battle. She knows it. She is very clear eyed about what's ahead.  GUTHRIE: Well, we're talking about Wyoming. So let's use a cowboy metaphor, it doesn't seem like she is ready to ride off into the sunset. Seems like she's raised her national profile and has political aspirations.  JACKSON: Yeah. It's not the end of the road for her. Right? It's the start of another one. Let me see your cowboy analogy and raise you a Star Wars analogy, because I'm told by one source that Cheney's staffers are really big fans of a recent editorial that compares air to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Okay, defeated  initially, but ultimately part of the force that works to take down Darth Vader, or in this analogy, Donald Trump. But I think it gives you a sense of how her team is kind of casting this as a bigger, broader, galactic fight here.  She understands how it will certainly cost her seat in Congress. There is this 2024 speculation. You talked to her about it. It may be premature. Cheney to start a think tank, do a media tour, join you up with other anti-Trump voices and she's not giving up the national stage, at least right  not now. Think about what we're going to see next month. The next January 6th hearing that she will be a big part of. She'll stay in the spotlight.  GUTHRIE: Okay, Yellowstone fans are happy. Star Wars fans are happy. Hallie Jackson, thanks so much. 

ABC or DNC? Network Cheers: ‘Such a Big Win,’ ‘Big Victory’ for Biden!

ABC News on Tuesday blurred the lines between the network and the DNC talking points, cheering the “big win,” “big victory” for Joe Biden after the passage of a new spending bill. The journalists at Good Morning America could barely contain their excitement.  Guest co-host Gio Benitez hyped, “We're going to turn now to a big victory at the White House. President Biden is set to sign the massive health, climate and tax bill into law later today. Now this is the largest climate investment in U.S. history.”  An on-screen graphic painted the same picture: “President Biden’s Big Victory: Set to Sign Inflation Reduction Act Into Law.” In case you weren’t sure how to feel about spending an additional $740 billion on climate and health care, Cecilia Vega explained, “It’s such a big win for President Biden, he's actually interrupting his vacation and flying back to White House today just for this bill signing.”      Equating Democrats “saying” something with the truth, he continued:  Listen to this: Some $370 billion. This includes tax credits for solar panels, electric vehicles. And look, Democrats say that by the end of the decade, these incentives will cut greenhouse gas by 40 percent from those 2005 levels. The big question right now? This is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement for the rich. Look, the White House is calling this a once-in-a-generation investment. Where was Republican opposition in all this? It was boiled down to a sentence from Vega: “We have heard this from Republicans and many experts who dispute by how much it's actually going to help inflation.”  So ABC reporters have “heard” this from Republicans, but Benitez didn’t bother featuring any of these people. Instead, the journalist touted the need to see this all as a success: “The White House is really planning to capitalize on this one. They're going to hit the road, the President and cabinet members going across the country trying to convince the American people that this is helping them.”  The Biden/DNC propaganda was sponsored by Verizon. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 8/16/2022 7:10AM ET  GIO BENITEZ: We're going to turn now to a big victory at the White House. President Biden is set to sign the massive health, climate and tax bill into law later today. Now this is the largest climate investment in U.S. history and our chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega has more on how else this bill will impact Americans. Hey, Cecilia. Good morning.  ABC GRAPHIC: President Biden’s Big Victory: Set to Sign Inflation Reduction Act Into Law CECILIA VEGA: It’s such a big win for President Biden, he's actually interrupting his vacation and flying back to White House today just for this bill signing. So let me show you what’s inside of it. Because as you said, it is indeed a big one. We're talking about some $740 billion overall, on this health care front. It’s going to help some 13 million Americans pay for insurance by expanding subsidies. It caps prescription drug costs at 2,000 there are a year for Medicare recipients. And then, starting next year, those receiving Medicare will receive $35 a month for insulin. That’s that really expensive drug. It’s also, Gio, as you just said, climate investment in U.S. history.  Listen to this: Some $370 billion. This includes tax credits for solar panels, electric vehicles. And look, Democrats say that by the end of the decade, these incentives will cut greenhouse gas by 40 percent from those 2005 levels. The big question right now? This is paid for by new taxes on large companies and stepped-up IRS enforcement for the rich. Look, the White House is calling this a once-in-a-generation investment. Promising that it's going to save Americans by saving them money, reducing inflation and lowering the deficit. But we have heard this from Republicans and many experts who dispute by how much it's actually going to help inflation. Robin the White House is really planning to capitalize on this one. They're going to hit the road, the President and cabinet members going across the country trying to convince the American people that this is helping them. Of course, all tied to those midterms that are coming up.  ROBIN ROBERTS: And they’ll be here before we know it. All right, Cecilia, as you know. Thank you. 

Scarborough Has a Joe Biden Moment: ‘What Was That? All the Stuff!’

Trying to defend the FBI from charges from politicization on Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had a Joe Biden moment, forgetting the name of the Steele dossier as he introduced disgraced ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok.  Introducing Strzok, the Morning Joe host's train of thought was derailed:  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Peter, thank you so much for being with us. There are people out there obviously who say, “We can’t trust anything the FBI does. Look at what Peter Strzok did and look what happened with the — with the — ” [pause] what was that? I can’t even remember it. Uh, the —  BRZEZINSKI: Text messages?  SCARBOROUGH: Just all the stuff. I can’t believe — That said that Donald Trump did horrible things in Russia. The Steele dossier! The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start.      The exchange was reminiscent of a Biden moment in 2020 when he attempted to quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing.”  As for Strzok, Scarborough brought on a then-FBI agent who famously declared in a text to the woman he was having an affair with that “we’ll stop” Trump from being president. Here’s the host’s logic:  The FBI makes mistakes. The church makes mistakes. People make mistakes. They screw up. Should this be any reason for Americans to not trust that what the FBI and the DOJ are doing now is in pursuit of protecting classified documents.  Regarding Scarborough’s claim that “The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start,” MSNBC promoted it. On April 9, 2018, the network went live for an hour. Guest Bret Stephens insisted, “It reminds us that the salacious and unverified details in the Steele dossier are eminently plausible.”  Scarborough’s Biden moment was sponsored by Comcast. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A partial transcript of the segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Morning Joe 8/15/2022 7:21 MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Let’s bring Peter Strzok into the conversation. He is former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s counter intelligence division.  JOE SCARBOROUGH: Peter, thank you so much for being with us. There are people out there obviously who say, “We can’t trust anything the FBI does. Look at what Peter Strzok did and look what happened with the — with the — ” [pause] what was that? I can’t even remember it. Uh, the —  BRZEZINSKI: Text messages?  SCARBOROUGH: Just all the stuff. I can’t believe — That said that Donald Trump did horrible things in Russia. The Steele dossier! The Steele dossier, which we didn’t believe from the start, I must say. But I don want to read this first before you answer that question. It’s from Wikipedia and it talks about The Wall Street Journal investigation. Comprehensive review in February 2018 of Strzok's messages concluded that texts critical of Mr. Trump represented a fraction of roughly 7,000 texts, which stretching across 384 pages and show no evidence of a conspiracy against Mr. Trump. That is, of course, from Mr. Murdoch's Wall Street journal. Despite that fact, I put that out there. The FBI makes mistakes. The church makes mistakes. People make mistakes. They screw up. Should this be any reason for Americans to not trust that what the FBI and the DOJ are doing now is in pursuit of protecting classified documents? 

Joe Who? ABC Avoids Biden’s Name in Report on ‘Sad,’ ‘Hungry’ Afghanistan

ABC on Monday avoided the words “Joe Biden” while recounting one year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Reporter Ian Pannell lamented how “sad,” “isolated” and “hungry” the country has become in the wake of the takeover, but never mentioned the President who presided over the collapse. NBC and CBS Didn’t do much better, saying Biden’s name just once each.   On ABC’s Good Morning America, Ian Pannell was clearly sad about the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. Reporting from the country, he explained, “One year after America’s withdrawal lapsed into chaos, one year since the Taliban’s victory, Afghanistan is isolated, sadder and hungrier than ever.”  Yet, no mention in the two minute and 32 second segment of the Biden administration's disastrous withdrawal. Pannell ended by trying to offer some “hope.” He suggested:  This is a very different country from 20 years ago. Even the Taliban has smart phones. The country is connected to the outside world and they can see what’s going on. Yes, there are broken promises, but, Robin, not broken spirits.      Broken promises from whom? Pannell didn’t say.  Over on NBC’s Today, Savannah Guthrie at least managed to name the President in office during the debacle: “We turn now to a new U.S. intelligence report on Al Qaeda's presence in power in Afghanistan. It comes nearly one year after President Biden declared the end of America's longest war.”  Reporter Kelly Cobiella recounted the terrible shape the country was in: “One year after the Taliban takeover, that country is in crisis with tens of millions unable to afford food. And women, once again, fighting for the right to work and education.”  On CBS Mornings, Biden’s name came up, barely. Here’s Imtiaz Tyab: One year into the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, and the nation also remains in the grips of what the U.N. considers the world's worst humanitarian crisis after the Biden administration froze billions in assets from the central bank and foreign donors pulled vast amounts of funding that once made up three quarters of the nation's annual budget. He added, “For the Afghans we've been speaking to, today is a day of sadness, anger, and fear.” But the reporter noted the Taliban’s happiness:  But for the Taliban, today is a day of joy as hundreds fill the central Kabul square just yards from where the U.S. embassy once stood, waving flags and chanting "God is great." Rejoicing that it's back in control of a country it once ruled from 1996 up until the 2001 allied invasion that followed the 9/11 attack.  Last week, on August 18, ABC rediscovered the Afghanistan disaster, but allowed only three seconds to Biden.  The pro-Biden spin on ABC and CBS was sponsored by Progressive insurance, on NBC by Hyundai. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Below is a transcript of ABC and partial transcripts from CBS and NBC. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 8/15/2022 7:14 GIO BENITEZ: We’re going to turn now to Afghanistan. Today marks one year of Taliban rule as forces on the ground celebrate. Chief foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is live in Kabul. Ian, good morning.  IAN PANNELL: Yeah. Good morning, Gio. That’s right. One year later. We were here a year ago reporting on the collapse of the government, the panic as U.S. troops withdrew and the Taliban sweeping into the city. Well, one year later, the militants are celebrating. You can see them there atop American-made humvees. But for so many Afghans, there’s nothing to celebrate. This morning, America’s old enemy celebrating what they call independence day here on the streets of Kabul. It's exactly one year since the militants took control of the capital and the country.  These are the fighters America spent 20 years trying to defeat. Today they're celebrating America’s withdrawal and their assumption of power here.  The scene on the ground a stark contrast from a year ago as American forces withdrew, ending America’s longest war. Today, it’s Taliban soldiers patrolling the streets, many of them with U.S.-made weapons. But most Afghans aren’t on the streets celebrating. They are mourning the loss of jobs, money or any place in society. This weekend, a small group of brave Afghan women taking to the streets calling for bread and freedom. But this is the Taliban's response, gunfire into the air and some female protesters beaten. I sat down with a Taliban spokesman who denies women and girls are oppressed.  ABDUL QAHAR BALKHI: Women are being given their rights. Each society interprets rights of human beings, men, women, children, the planet and animals, differently.  PANNELL: But this is the image to remember today, not the Taliban celebrating, but babies dying from hunger. More than 90 percent of Afghans no longer have enough to eat. The youngest and weakest struggling to survive in the new Afghanistan. One year after America’s withdrawal lapsed into chaos, one year since the Taliban’s victory, Afghanistan is isolated, sadder and hungrier than ever. Well, today there is actually hope despite that bleak picture. Women defying Taliban on the street, girls going to secret schools. This is a very different country from 20 years ago. Even the Taliban has smart phones. The country is connected to the outside world and they can see what’s going on. Yes, there are broken promises, but, Robin, not broken spirits.    CBS Mornings  8/15/2022 IMTIAZ TYAB: The Taliban is really celebrating the one-year anniversary of its takeover of Afghanistan and, indeed, the end of two decades of fighting. But for the Afghans we've been speaking to, today is a day of sadness, anger, and fear. The tumultuous end to America's  longest war immortalized in these chaotic scenes. ... TYAB: But for the Taliban, today is a day of joy as hundreds fill the central Kabul square just yards from where the U.S. Embassy once stood, waving flags and chanting "God is great." Rejoicing that it's back in control of a country it once ruled from 1996 up until the 2001 allied invasion that followed the 9/11 attack.  ... TYAB: One year into the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, and the nation also remains in the grips of what the U.N. considers the world's worst humanitarian crisis after the Biden administration froze billions in assets from the central bank and foreign donors pulled vast amounts of funding that once made up three quarters of the nation's annual budget. Today 8/15/2022 SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: We turn now to a new U.S. intelligence report on Al Qaeda's presence in power in Afghanistan. It comes nearly one year after President Biden declared the end of America's longest war. 

Flashback to When MSNBC Hated 'Odious' and 'Toxic' Liz Cheney

Now that journalists see Liz Cheney as a heroic Joan of Arc, willing to be burned at the political stake, it’s good to sometimes remind everyone of the seething hatred many in the liberal media had for the daughter of Dick Cheney. One such example is the July 17, 2013 edition of MSNBC’s All In.  Host Chris Hayes raged at the “odious,” “toxic” Republican  who was then running for Senate. Referring to her father, Hayes ranted:  Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like.     Regarding Cheney's decision to run in the GOP primary against incumbent Republican Mike Enzi, Hayes continued:  Now, there are a few things we should all keep in mind about this new development in Wyoming politics, besides the fact that Liz Cheney is apparently a really crappy friend. Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today. ... Liz Cheney does not just argue her point of view. She boils up a stew of the most repugnant factless fearmongering propaganda to rile up the darkest forces of the far political fringe. Back in 2022, here’s how Hayes trying to square the liberal circle on Cheney appreciation.      For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.  A transcript of the July 17, 2013 edition of All In can be found below. Click “expand” to read more.  CHRIS HAYES, BEFORE COMMERCIAL BREAK: Okay, here's a fun fact: The state fish of Wyoming is called the cut-throat trout? What does that have to do with the way Liz Cheney has entered into the Senate race there for 2014? I don't know, but it sure seems apropos, doesn't it? Don't go away. (...) [LIZ CHENEY] HAYES: That, of course, was Liz Cheney, people pleaser, announcing by way of YouTube yesterday she will bow to the great pressure  from the good people of Wyoming and run for the Senate next year. But here's the thing: There's not an open U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming next year. The seat she's currently running for is occupied by someone from her own party. Republican Mike Enzi, who's serving his third term and who, it just so happens, announced his own intentions to run for another term just yesterday. [SENATOR MIKE ENZI (R-WY)] HAYES: Now, there are a few things we should all keep in mind about this new development in Wyoming politics, besides the fact that Liz Cheney is apparently a really crappy friend. Ms. Cheney is truly one of the most odious presences in American politics today. Liz Cheney, for example, is responsible for the shameless far right pressure group that cast Justice Department lawyers who were called upon to represent Guantanamo prisoners as al-Qaeda sympathizers, the same group that helped lead the charge against the Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan, cleverly if completely inaccurately, nicknamed by the far right as the Ground Zero mosque. Just a few months ago, she all but accused the President of being an anti-American agent, writing, quote, "The President has so effectively diminished American strength abroad, there's no longer question whether this was his intent." Last year, she went even further, suggesting that by supporting defense cuts, the President was basically working for the Taliban. LIZ CHENEY: What President Obama is doing is something that America's enemies, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, you know, have been unable to do, which is to decimate the fighting capability of this nation. HAYES: And if you asked Liz Cheney what with all this pro al-Qaeda, Taliban sympathizing, you can't really blame the fringe crazies for thinking President Obama must be a secret Kenyan Muslim terrorist plant. Here's how she explained the all American phenomenon of birthers back in 2009. CHENEY: People are uncomfortable with having, for the first time ever I think, a President who seems so reluctant to defend the nation overseas. HAYES: Liz Cheney does not just argue her point of view. She boils up a stew of the most repugnant factless fearmongering propaganda to rile up the darkest forces of the far political fringe. As an added bonus, she's in the "global warming is fake because of snow caucus" as well. Now, whatever you think about her father, you got to allow Dick Cheney this. He came about his infamy honestly. He is a real up by the bootstraps kind of villain. But Liz Cheney is the knockoff version. She's a legacy case, a toxic example of what affirmative action for over privileged white people looks like. She bought a house in Wyoming last year, and as far as anyone could tell, the justification for her campaign is that she would very much like to be a U.S. senator, thank you very much. And, presumably, her dad will be helping her raise money with his fabulously wealthy and powerful friends. And to be perfectly honest, there is no real reason to care about this race on its face, a race that will probably be decided by fewer people than simultaneously did the "Gangnam Style" horse dance with Psy in Seoul last fall. But here's what's fascinating about it anyway. Liz Cheney's candidacy represents a return to the 200 proof neoconism into the Republican Party. She'll be spending the next year playing to a conservative base that has gone increasingly anti-interventionist, a la Rand Paul, in terms of foreign policy. So what's about to unfold in Wyoming is a captivating test case as to whether the Republican base can beat back the neocon aristocracy. Joining me now is Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of the libertarian magazine Reason, co-author of the book, The Declaration Of Independence: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America. Well, Liz Cheney is what's wrong with America, and I'm hoping that the Wyoming libertarian streak is going to beat her back. Because, I genuinely think that one of the most fascinating elements of center by politics is that the base is no, no, no, nowhere near as interventionist as the oligarchy that runs foreign policy. And here we have got a perfect test case. (...) So here's the fascinating thing. So the way that Liz, the question about Liz Cheney is, how do you win a race where you represent the establishment? How do you get the grassroots that hates the establishment on your side? I think the answer is, "I'm going to out Obama hate anyone." Right? That's the card she is going to play. Here she is making her case for how she's growing to run this race.

VILE ABC: New Conservative Dating App Is ‘Tinder for Bigots’

The haters at ABC late night on Thursday showcased, yet again, that they despise half the country. Jimmy Kimmel Live guest host David Alan Grier seethed about a new conservative dating app, deriding The Right Stuff as “Tinder for bigots.” Grier didn’t really bother to offer a joke there, just that all conservatives are racists.  CBS Mornings on Friday also covered the new app with Democratic donor Gayle King agreeing that she would want her kids dating within their political party. But first, here’s Grier on Thursday night: “There's a new dating app. It is called The Right Stuff....It's basically Tinder for bigots.”      The hateful Grier then played a doctored ad for the dating app with faux graphics proclaiming, “No gays,” “no Mexicans,” “only a few Blacks.” How hateful are the people behind Jimmy Kimmel Live? In 2017, when asked about Republicans turning off his show, Kimmel replied, “Not good riddance, but riddance.”  Over on CBS Mornings, co-host Tony Dokoupil asked about the new conservative dating app, wondering, “So I put the question to my trusty co-hosts, you have kids, would you want —  without revealing political beliefs of your children -- Would you want them to marry within their political belief system?”  After pondering the question, King replied, “I think it would be easier. But I just want them to be happy with whatever partner they choose. I really do mean that. I think it would be easier if you were more like-minded.”      Now, we don’t know about the politics of King’s daughter and son. But as I wrote in a 2020 NewsBusters analysis on her, we do know King’s politics:  Gayle King has given exclusively to Democrats. According to Open Secrets, she donated over $33,000 to the DNC, $7300 to Barack Obama, $1000 to Democrat Harold Ford Jr. Open Secrets reports that the donations stopped in 2011 as she began at CBS. But the fact that she hasn’t given anything to Republicans shows that she’s a partisan leftist.        If donating only to Democrats wasn’t enough, in 2017, King has vacationed with them as well. The CBS co-host enjoyed a trip on a yacht with the Obamas, angering actual journalists within CBS.  The hate on Jimmy Kimmel Live was sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  Transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  Jimmy Kimmel Live 8/11/2022 DAVID ALAN GRIER: Now you guys don't need this, but for some in our audience who are single and still out in them streets, they're looking for someone very special to meet. There's a new dating app. It is called The Right Stuff. Now, this is for the conservative dater. You see what they did there? The “right” stuff. It's basically Tinder for bigots. And one of their selling points is that you can view profiles without pronouns. In case you're wondering, the pronouns for anyone you meet on this app are “they” and "suck.” The Right Stuff doesn't launch till next month. But they've already put out a very informative commercial.  DOCTORED RIGHT STUFF AD:  Graphic: “No gays” “No Mexicans,” “Only a Few Blacks.” Hey, guys. I'm Ryan. I am so excited to announce a dating app for all of us conservatives. It's called “The Right Stuff." What I love most about it is it's invite only. Not just anyone can join. The right stuff is all about getting into the right dating pool. We're sorry that you had to endure years of bad dates and wasted time with people that don't see the world our way. The right way. Okay, once you're in the app, you're ready to post a date. You can create your ideal date. You choose the time and place. See you there.  VOICE: The right stuff is not liable to match you with a cousin or stepbrother. Check the Age of consent in your state before kissing. Sex before marriage may result in eternal damnation. Please use the meth responsibly. GRIER: We may have doctored it just a little bit.  CBS Morning 8/12/2022 8:30 TONY DOKOUPIL: My “Talk of the table” is not pop culture related, but it is culture related. It's about a new dating site, dating platform, dating app. It comes out of Trump world, two former Trump adviser and a political appointee with backing from a Trump donor, Peter Thiel, for conservatives. Take a look at the promo.  [Video from “The Right Stuff” dating app.] DOKOUPIL: So this caught my eye because as a business --  GAYLE KING: Are you trying to date?  DOKOUPIL: Gotta get back out there, Gayle.  KING: I'm going to tell. I'm going to tell Katy. Why does this catch your eye?  DOKOUPIL: It caught my eye because it seems like a smart business move if you look at the polling. Since the 1950s there's been a doubling in the proportion of Americans who want their kids to marry someone of the same political party. So now most Americans apparently want their kids to marry in the political party. So I put the question to my trusty co-hosts, you have kids, would you want —  without revealing political beliefs of your children -- Would you want them to marry within their political belief system?  KING: I think it would be easier. But I just want them to be happy with whatever partner they choose. I really do mean that. I think it would be easier if you were more like minded. NATE BURLESON: Yeah. I do believe that, as well. My mother said try to date someone that's evenly yoked. You would love my kids to date someone that has different beliefs so they can challenge their own within the relationship and decide on who they are.  DOKOUPIL:  Interesting. That’s some interesting Thanksgiving dinners at the Burleson household.  BURLESON: Listen, that's not bad. Listen, people have dating sites that are based on race.  KING: [Responding to the politics comment.] Yeah. I don't think that's bad at all. There's a farmersonly.com.  DOKOUPIL: I kinda wish that politics wasn't a super identity like religion or like farmers.  BURLESON: Like it’s a stamp or a title. That’s where we are. 

ABC Allows 19 Seconds on Seizure of GOP Rep’s Phone; CBS, NBC Ignore

UPDATE: CBS Morning allowed an additional 21 seconds on Thursday. This brings the grant total to 40 seconds on the three networks.  The FBI on Tuesday seized the phone of Republican Congressman Scott Perry, yet you wouldn’t know it if you watched that night’s evening news or Wednesday’s morning news programs. CBS and NBC completely buried the story. ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday allowed a scant 19 seconds to the development, which happened in the wake of the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home. The lack of interest in Perry is quite the contrast to the attention garnered from the 2006 raid on the home and office of Democratic Representative William Jefferson.  Here’s the quick mention from GMA’s Karl on Wednesday: “And in an entirely separate investigation, Republican Congressman Scott Perry, a staunch Trump ally, revealed overnight that the FBI sized his cell phone, Perry says he was traveling with his family at the time.”      Here's Perry's statement from FoxNews.com:  “This morning, while traveling with my family, 3 FBI agents visited me and seized my cell phone. They made no attempt to contact my lawyer, who would have made arrangements for them to have my phone if that was their wish. I’m outraged — though not surprised — that the FBI under the direction of Merrick Garland’s DOJ, would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress,” Perry said in his statement. "My phone contains info about my legislative and political activities, and personal/private discussions with my wife, family, constituents, and friends. None of this is the government’s business.”  On May 20, 2006, Democrat William Jefferson’s congressional office and home were raided and $90,000 in cash was found in his freezer. For a week, the networks devoted 26 stories to the raid and highlighted bipartisan skepticism.  On the May 22, 2006 NBC Nightly News, Pete Williams lectured, “Today, some in Congress, including Bill Frist, the Senate Republican leader, said they're concerned about the FBI raiding a Capitol office.”  On the May 23, 2006 CBS Morning News, Gloria Borger noted, “But now even top Republicans are concerned that the FBI overreached when it searched Jefferson's office.” She featured then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist: “I am very concerned, as well, with what happened over the weekend.”  For the May 27, 2006  CBS Evening News, reporter Wyatt Andrews warned, “Because the FBI works for the president, the argument is the executive branch should not launch surprise raids on Congress.”  But when they were done showcasing the bipartisan outrage against the raid, the networks shifted to protection mode. For instance in 2009, they mostly failed to identify Jefferson as a Democrat after hew as convicted on bribery charges, simply referring to him as a “former Congressman.”  Quite the contrast to 2022 and the move against Congressman Perry.  ABC burying the story was sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods. On NBC, it was Cadillac. On CBS, it was Progressive insurance. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Here's the transcript of the quick GMA  mention:  Good Morning America 8/10/2022 JON KARL: And in an entirely separate investigation, Republican Congressman Scott Perry, a staunch Trump ally, revealed overnight that the FBI sized his cell phone, Perry says he was traveling with his family at the time. Perry is the subject of a separate DOJ investigation believed to be related to January 6th.

Obsessed CBS Demands Tim Scott Talk All Trump All the Time

Despite journalists saying otherwise, Donald Trump really is their favorite topic. This was proven again on Tuesday as Tim Scott appeared on CBS Mornings to talk about his new book, but the hosts of the show fixated on Trump. Eleven of the 16 questions to the Republican senator were about the ex-President before finally getting to the book.  The co-hosts demanded some fixed, categorical declaration, either unquestioning love for Trump or total repudiation. Those seem to be the only options some journalists will accept.     Here's the exchange:  TONY DOKOUPIL: So, I have to put the question to you. Do you still feel he is the best representative of the Republican Party?  SCOTT: He certainly is the largest voice in American politics, period. Republican or Democrat and it looks like he'll continue to be. The more focus you put on him, the more likely the supporters will rally around him. There's a huge divide in our country.  GAYLE KING: Wait a second. Before you go, senator. That wasn’t the question.  DOKOUPIL: You said largest, which is objectively true. He won a straw poll at CPAC.  KING: Do you think best?  SCOTT: Well, I mean, the good news is I get to answer the question how I see the question.  Senator Scott’s zing clearly showed he wasn’t willing to pay that game. Co-host Nate Burleson wanted the Republican to play judge and jury on the FBI raiding Trump’s home:  NATE BURLESON: So you don’t have any concern that they are going to find anything at the Mar-a-Lago —  SCOTT: As opposed to rushing to judgment? The most important thing we can do is let it play out.  Finally, at the end of the interview, they turned to Scott’s new book, one about the greatness of America. Here’s the senator on the progress America has made:  BURLESON: This book is entitled America: A Redemption Story. This is a great country, but we’ve had some dark times. Where are we in our redemption journey as a country?  SCOTT: Thank God we're on the right path. The past 50 years have been the best. Think about the fact we've suffered through a Civil War. We had the Jim Crow south. My grandfather was born in 1921 and I talk a lot about his journey in the book. We also had the 1960s, challenging in the '70s, Rodney King in the '90s. Comparatively speaking on, we're in a far better position than we have been. We're not finished with the journey.  The all-Trump-all-the-time was sponsored by Progressive insurance. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A partial transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 8/9/2022 8:03:30 to 8:11:59 TONY DOKOUPIL: We're joined now by Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. He's here because he is the author of a new book. It’s called America: A Redemption Story. Senator, good morning.  SENATOR TIM SCOTT: Good morning.  DOKOUPIL:  It's a good read. I think it’s going to connect with a lot of people. It’s got two chapters on the former president, President Trump. You clearly have a good relationship with him and he was nice to your mom.  SCOTT: Yes.  DOKOUPIL: But we’re at this extraordinary moment in American history when that former president is the subject of multiple investigations and his home was searched by the FBI overnight. So, I have to put the question to you. Do you still feel he is the best representative of the Republican Party?  SCOTT: He certainly is the largest voice in American politics, period. Republican or Democrat and it looks like he'll continue to be. The more focus you put on him, the more likely the supporters will rally around him. There's a huge divide in our country.  GAYLE KING: Wait a second. Before you go, senator. That wasn’t the question.  DOKOUPIL: You said largest, which is objectively true. He won a straw poll at CPAC.  KING: Do you think best?  SCOTT: Well, I mean, the good news is I get to answer the question how I see the question. The truth is he is, without question, the most powerful voice in all of politics and that's why so many people left and right continue to focus on President Trump.  DOKOUPIL: But why this is such a dangerous moment in our history and a lot of people have pointed this out is because we are divided. There are wings of our government that are non-partisan but now they're divided. One of the wings is the FBI. So, do you still believe and trust in the FBI to do its job even with the former president in a non-partisan way, or do you believe as the former president says the FBI is executing a witch hunt?  SCOTT: We've had the FBI before, the Judiciary Committee, in the last few weeks, trying to figure out why they do what they do and there have been questions whether the FBI is doing their job apolitical. And we don’t know the answer to that question yet.  DOKOUPIL: You have doubts about the FBI.   ... NATE BURLESON: So you don’t have any concern that they are going to find anything at the Mar-a-Lago —  SCOTT: As opposed to rushing to judgment? The most important thing we can do is let it play out.  DOKOUPIL: I think it's interesting you said before today, you're not saying that former president trump is the best representative of the Republican Party and you're also not saying, don't worry, America, you can trust the FBI.  SCOTT: I am saying I love my new book and I’d like to have a conversation about why I believe in second chances.  KING: FBI director Chris Wray was appointed by Donald Trump, we should point that out too. But in your book you say when it comes to President Trump, rather than try to soften his hard edge, you found it best to utilize them. On January 6th you said it was a tragic day, culmination of individuals making bad choices. You do not hold Donald Trump in the book anyway, accountable to what happened on January 6th.  SCOTT: One of the reasons why your viewers would want to buy the book is to get that behind the scenes view of what actually happened at the Capitol as opposed to just hearing the media’s account for it. Most were not inside the United States Capitol. I was. We can feel what it feels like to be hunted. You find yourself rolling up your sleeves, taking your tie off, and literally asking yourself what weapon do I get to defend myself until I die?  KING: You talked about calming everyone down and saying, “Look, everyone, let’s just take a second.” But I want to go back to Donald Trump's role in it for just a second. He has taken no responsibility for it. On January 6th, you heard from rioters who said, “Look we went because he asked us to. We were there because he called us there. Doesn't the president have —  don't his words have power and shouldn't he be more careful with his words.”  SCOTT: Yes.  KING: He was encouraging people that he knew were armed.  ... KING: Does the President have responsibility, too, senator?  SCOTT: Of course, of course. .  BURLESON: Some would say the most responsibility.  ... KING: It sounded terrifying. Can I talk about chapter five in the book? The headline is “Tim Scott for president.” I thought, “Oh, he's getting ready to tell us something.” Tim Scott the president, the beginning of chapter 5. Then you go on to say, it's president for high school. Tim Scott for president. Tim Scott for president. Then you go on to talk about a campaign you ran. It does raise the question. Many people think when you're writing a book like this, it's because you're thinking about running for president.  BURLESON: It certainly reads that way.  DOKOUPIL: Your publisher apparently felt that way. They wrote it in the front of the book in a message.  ...  KING: I know you love South Carolina. Blah, blah, blah. People love South Carolina, blah, blah, blah.  SCOTT: And you love South Carolina too, Gayle.  KING: But, but, but. But what would it take for you to run for president?  ... BURLESON: This book is entitled America: A Redemption Story. This is a great country, but we’ve had some dark times. Where are we in our redemption journey as a country?  SCOTT: Thank God we're on the right path. The past 50 years have been the best. Think about the fact we've suffered through a Civil War. We had the Jim Crow south. My grandfather was born in 1921 and I talk a lot about his journey in the book. We also had the 1960s, challenging in the '70s, Rodney King in the '90s. Comparatively speaking on, we're in a far better position than we have been. We're not finished with the journey.  BURLESON:  We have got a long way to go.  SCOTT: Without question. We’re also celebrating the fact that three of the four of us on this stage are African Americans. We're talking we've had an African American president, African American vice president. We’ve had a chief of staff who is an African American.     We've had more success in the last 50 years than we had in the first 190 combined, so we should continue to focus on what needs to be done while celebrating what we've already accomplished together. 

ABC Rediscovers Afghanistan Debacle, But Just Three Seconds to Biden

After almost a year of burying Joe Biden’s Afghanistan disaster, ABC on Monday rediscovered the ongoing debacle. But even though Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos devoted four minutes and 12 seconds to reminding Americans of what happened last August, only a scant three seconds of that included any mention of Biden.  In a segment that aired deep in the 8AM hour, Stephanopoulos remembered, “One year ago, the last American troops left Afghanistan after America's longest war. We all remember the harrowing images of the Taliban took back control.” He then talked to three Air Forces members who flew a record-breaking 823 Afghans out of the country as the Taliban took back control.  But Biden, the man who oversaw the disastrous withdrawal, warranted only three seconds. As Stephanopoulos recounted, he noted, “It was a stunning collapse....All leading to the end of a 20-year-war.” There was then eight words from an August 2021 Biden speech:  “We've been a nation too long at war.”      Tech Sergeant Justin Triola, an Air Force member of the rescue crew, explained how they saved over 800 people:  When we took off, I don't think it really sunk in yet. What we're doing besides the best we could to save a bunch of lives and get people to safety. But I knew when we actually did take off there was such a sense of relief.  Stephanopoulos marveled, “So many people packed in. But, of course, so many people left behind.” The president in power at the time went unmentioned.  The network evening newscasts quickly dropped the Afghanistan disaster. In August of 2021, they devoted 409 minutes to Biden’s handling. By October, that had fallen to just 16. In July of 2022, I reported on Afghanistan failures the networks were ignoring, including 700 killings by the Taliban since last August.  For this sad anniversary month, journalists need to spend some time covering the culpability the White House for this ongoing disaster.  The pro-Biden cover job was sponsored by Comcast. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A partial transcript of the August 8 segment is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 8/8/2022 8:17 AM ET GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: One year ago, the last American troops left Afghanistan after America's longest war. We all remember the harrowing images of the Taliban took back control and now we're learning more about the stories behind the images, the stories of heroism and compassion and split second decision that's saved lives. They were scenes marked by chaos and desperation. Hundreds of Afghan citizens running alongside a departing U.S. C-17. It was a stunning collapse. [Clip from August, 2021]. Chaos on the streets of Kabul. Taliban now controls Afghanistan. [Clip ends.] The U.S. Embassy evacuated. All leading to the end of a 20-year war.  JOE BIDEN: We've been a nation too long at war.  STEPHANOPOULOS: The Taliban back in control two decades after September 11th. America's longest war comes to a sobering end.  GENERAL FRANK MCKENZIE: Every single U.S. Service member is now out of Afghanistan.  STEPHANOPOULOS: Now nearly a year after U.S. Withdraw, the indelible images remain. A U.S. Marine lifting a baby over a barbed wire topped wall at Kabul's airport.  JOHN KIRBY: The parent asked the Marines to look after the baby because the baby was ill. They treated the child. And returned the child to the child's father.  STEPHANOPOULOS: And this photo taken by technical sergeant Justin Triola. The U.S. Air force seven member crew reach 871 made headlines around the world for their split second decision to take 823 Afghan citizens who were fleeing the Taliban on to the jam-packed flight. Members of that team sat down with ABC News and revealed the dramatic details.  TECH SERGEANT  JUSTIN TRIOLA (305th Air Mobility Wing): We are taxying over where we're supposed to deliver our cargo and pick up what was supposed to be a few military working dogs. All of a sudden, we saw this rush of people. And that’s where as a crew we started talking through how we were going to handle the situation and be able to accommodate them and make sure they can safely get on our jet. Obviously, we don't have 823 seats with seat belts onboard. It designed to use cargo str as seat belts on the floor. About it with that many had people, even that was impossible to d, so everybody was holding on to each other pretty much at that point.  ... TRIOLA: When we took off, I don't think it really sunk in yet. What we're doing besides the best we could to save a bunch of lives and get people to safety. But I knew when we actually did take off there was such a sense of relief.   STEPHANOPOULOS: So many people packed in. But, of course, so many people left behind. 

Nets Cheer Biden for Zawahiri Strike, Griped About Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Droning of Soleimani

Last week, journalists and media personalities rightfully cheered the news that brutal terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri had been killed in a CIA drone strike. The networks used patriotic language and praised the efficiently executed attack. View co-host Joy Behar even compared Joe Biden to action hero Liam Neeson in Taken.  The satisfying end of one of the key plotters of 9/11 is something all Americans can rally around. Yet liberals in the media didn’t react this way when the United States took out Iranian terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani in 2020. But first, here’s how CBS News journalist John Dickerson closed live coverage of the death of al-Zawahiri on August 1, 2022. Over a live shot of Manhattan, he offered these stirring words: “All those that plotted the [9/11] attack are either dead or captured. One World Trade stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. A reminder of the resilience of New York City and the American people.”  During ABC’s live coverage on August 1, Cecilia Vega hyped Biden, citing last year’s disastrous pull-out of Afghanistan: “There seems to be a little bit of ‘we told you so’ coming from the President and certainly senior administration officials here.”  She concluded: “Senior administration officials say this is proof you don't need American troops on the ground and in harm's way in Afghanistan.”  The liberal ladies of The View were beside themselves on August 2. Reacting to video of Biden announcing the death of al-Zawahiri, co-host Joy Behar gushed, “He’s like Liam Neeson” in the Taken series. Quoting from the 2008 movie, she spun Biden's speech this way: “I will find you and I will kill you.”  Co-host Whoopi Goldberg made things explicitly partisan: “A Democratic president did this, not a Republican.”  Things were very different on the networks when the United States eliminated Soleimani on January 3, 2020. On that morning’s Today show, co-host Hoda Kotb appeared to portray the terrorist’s death as bad news for the U.S.: “Iran vowing retaliation amid fears the two nations are on the brink of an all-out war. Oil prices already skyrocketing.”  Nightly News anchor Lester Holt poured cold water on the death of Soleimani. Talking to NBC military analyst James Stavridis on Today, he asked: “Is this a more dangerous world we’re waking up to?” “Indeed it is,” Stavridis replied.      Both Holt and guest Andrea Mitchell highlighted Democrats calling the killing “reckless.” On the same day’s Good Morning America, Mary Bruce explained that members of Congress weren’t happy with Donald Trump, “warning that this is a reckless escalation that could have serious dire consequences.”  On the January 3, 2020 CBS This Morning, Holly Williams described the man who ordered the killing of U.S. military members as “revered,” “inspiring” and a “military genius.” Like her colleagues, she put a negative spin on the U.S.’s actions: “There are fears that the killing of Soleimani, a revered figure in Iran and some other places in the Middle East, could see simmering tensions between the U.S. and Iran turn explosive.”  We end at the beginning: Joy Behar. Unlike with Biden, she did not compare Trump to an action movie star. On the January 6, 2020 View, the co-host griped:  Elizabeth Warren, who's running for president, she says that President Trump ordered Soleimani's killing to distract from impeachment. She’s not the only one saying that. They call this “wag the dog,”  start a war to get distracted from the fact that you're ready to get impeached. Behar even contemptuously dismissed the danger of Soleimani this way: “Have we seen the intel on this so-called threat?” Qasem Soleimani was a danger to the United States. So was Ayman al-Zawahiri. The world is a safer place with them gone. Some journalists and media personalities, however, are so blinded by partisanship that they can only be happy when a Democrat gets the applause for killing a terrorist

FLASHBACK: CBS Exposed Danger of Illegal Border Crossings... From Canada

The Biden presidency has seen month after month of record-breaking border crossings. From July of 2021 through June of 2022 there were 2,361,553 border crossings. But during that time, just 146 minutes of coverage on the network evening newscasts. In June, just a scant 15 minutes. Only eight in May. (See my study here.)  But back during the Trump presidency, CBS was worrying about illegal border crossings... from Canada, that is. Four years ago today, CBS This Mornings highlighted the desperate need to secure the (Canadian) border.  Here’s Gayle King on August 6, 2018: “CBS News has learned that the number of people illegally crossing the United States northern border is up 142 percent.”  Reporter Don Dahler explained that in Vermont there’s areas with no security. Talking to a border agent, Dahler looked at a rickety gate and wondered: “Does this represent the physical security infrastructure along the northern border?... A gate with a lock?”      Border patrol agent Norm Lague replied: “This is a part of that, yes.” Dahler explained the threat from Canada:  Norm Lague is the border patrol agent in charge here, responsible for stopping criminal gangs, drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants.. He showed us the back roads, farms, and waterways offering easy access between U.S. and Canada.  And yet, now that the southern border is in full crisis, networks like CBS don’t care at all.  For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here.  A transcript of the August 6, 2018 segment is below. Click "expand" to read more.  CBS This Morning  8/6/18 7:41am ET GAYLE KING: CBS News has learned that the number of people illegally crossing the United States northern border is up 142 percent. Border patrol agents apprehended 445 people entering from Canada during the first six months of 2018. Now, that compares with 184 during the same period last year. Don Dahler traveled to Derby Line, Vermont for an up close look at security near the U.S./Canadian border.  DON DAHLER: Good morning. These flower pots mark the northern border, which actually goes right through the Haskell Free Library and Opera House. I'm standing in Vermont. If I take a step that way, I’m in Quebec. As you can see, the border is very easy to cross, which was actually the original intention. But it also makes it very difficult to secure. This unguarded metal fence is the only thing keeping smugglers out of this remote corner of New York. Does this represent the physical security infrastructure along the northern border?  NORM LAGUE: This is a part of that, yes.  DAHLER: A gate with a lock?   LAGUE: That's —  yes.  DAHLER: Norm Lague is the border patrol agent in charge here, responsible for stopping criminal gangs, drug traffickers and undocumented immigrants.. He showed us the back roads, farms, and waterways offering easy access between U.S. and Canada.  LAGUE: It's impossible for us to cover 100 percent of the border.  DAHLER: The more than 5,500-mile long U.S./Canadian border is the busiest land boundary in the world. About 400,000 people and more than $1.6 billion in goods legally cross it every day. Last year border patrol agents on the northern border apprehended 3,027 people. By comparison, those on the southern border caught more than 300,000.  LAGUE: The northern border is much more vast. The terrain is very difficult to work in and we do not have the resources at our disposal that the southern border has.  DAHLER: Many official ports of entry like this floating dock near Lake Champlain are unmanned at night. Border patrol agents rely on local residents, patrols, and sensors to alert them to possible crossings. Thousands of sensors deployed along the northern border that incorporate motion detectors and cameras. When they sense someone coming across, the tricky part is getting a border patrol agent there in time quickly enough to catch them. Sometimes entering the U.S. is as simple as walking a 20 foot-wide clearing in the woods, or paddling on a lake. And you don't have to check in with anyone. I’m not seeing any markers on this lake.  PORTER FOX (Author, Northland): It's pretty unmarked and apparently you can go wherever you want as long as you don't touch land.  DAHLER: Porter Fox is author of the book Northland, his three year exploration of what he calls America’s forgotten border.  FOX: The only known terrorists to be apprehended coming overland into America came from the North. This border was created in a different time. It was created as the world's friendliest border between two countries. Seven million American jobs, you know, depend on this cross-border business. There’s a lot at stake up here in the north.  DAHLER: Many businesses and businesses literally straddle the northern border and illegal traffic goes both ways. Just last year a Canadian pleaded guilty to smuggling handguns through this library into Canada.  VLAD DUTHIERS: Don Dahler reporting there with a really fascinating story.      

Nets Bury: Prisoner Swap Will Release Terrorist-Plotter Who Tried to Kill Americans

With the oppressive conviction on Thursday of Brittney Griner by Russia, talks are underway for a prisoner swap. And while Americans want to see the WNBA star freed, the network morning and evening newscasts don’t seem particularly interested in just who Joe Biden would be trading in order to free Griner. Instead, ABC, CBS and NBC are simply referring the man offered by the U.S. in exchange as Viktor Bout, describing the ex-Soviet military officer as an “arms dealer.” In reality, he is a vicious terrorist-backer who has been convicted for conspiring to murder Americans.  On Friday’s CBS Mornings, Nancy Cordes blandly described it this way: “The U.S. proposal reportedly involved Russia releasing Griner and another detained American, Paul Whelan, in exchange for the U.S. giving up convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.”  CBS even played a clip of Cordes pressing National Security Council coordinator John Kirby if the deal was good enough for the Russians: “Do you think the Russians would ever accept a prisoner swap that wasn't one for one or two for two, two of our prisoners for two of theirs?”  On NBC’s Today, Andrea Mitchell used similarly mild language when discussing Bout: “The President has approved a proposal to trade convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner and Paul Whelan, an American businessman who has already spent four years in a Russian jail.”      On ABC’s Good Morning America, reporter Maggi Rulli at least added the word “notorious” when describing Bout:  Just last week the State Department announced a proposal to bring Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan home. Sources telling ABC News the offer included swapping them for the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S. Who is Bout, really? CNN.com summarized him well, explaining:  Viktor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, acquire and export anti-aircraft missiles, and provide material support to a terrorist organization.  ... "Viktor Bout has been international arms trafficking enemy number one for many years, arming some of the most violent conflicts around the globe," said Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan when Bout was sentenced in New York in 2012. "He was finally brought to justice in an American court for agreeing to provide a staggering number of military-grade weapons to an avowed terrorist organization committed to killing Americans." Thursday night saw the same pattern: NBC and CBS referred to Bout as just an “arms dealer.” World News Tonight’s Mary Bruce went the extra step and called him the “notorious Russian arms dealer.”  What’s striking is that the description of Bout has gotten milder. Just last week, on the July 28 Today, Andrea Mitchell told viewers what Bout’s well-known nickname is, describing him as “the merchant of death.” ABC and CBS also used that label, a phrase they have dropped on Thursday and Friday.   Americans want to see any imprisoned fellow citizens brought home quickly. But when Joe Biden is considering releasing a violent terrorist-supporter who has been intent on killing Americans, viewers should be told just how serious a decision that may turn out to be.  The attempt to bury just how serious the release of Bout is was sponsored on CBS by Progressive insurance, on ABC by Subaru and on NBC by Wayfair. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Partial transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 8/5/2022 7:31 AM ET NANCY CORDES: Russia still has not accepted a U.S.-proposed prisoner swap put forth weeks ago. Moscow said they wanted to wait for the trial to end before negotiating.     WILLIAM EVANIN (Former U.S. National Counterintelligence & Security Dir): Now that she's convicted, it's an opportunity for our State Department and back channels to get something done.  CORDES: The U.S. proposal reportedly involved Russia releasing Griner and another detained American, Paul Whelan, in exchange for the U.S. giving up convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.  Do you think the Russians would ever accept a prisoner swap that wasn't one for one or two for two, two of our prisoners for two of theirs?  JOHN KIRBY (NSC Strategic Communications Coordinator): That's a better question for the Russians. What I can tell you is that we put forth a serious proposal. We urge them to accept it.   Good Morning America 8/5/2022 7:12 MAGGI RULLI: Just last week the State Department announced a proposal to bring Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan home. Sources telling ABC News the offer included swapping them for the notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S. Today  8/5/2022 ANDREA MITCHELL: The President has approved a proposal to trade convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner and Paul Whelan, an American businessman who has already spent four years in a Russian jail.  ... MITCHELL: Russia’s counteroffer, along with Bout, send home Vadim Krasikov, a Russian spy jailed in Germany for murder.  NBC Nightly News  8/4/2022 ANDREA MITCHELL: Despite State Department objections, President Biden has proposed trading convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.  World News Tonight 8/4/2022 MARY BRUCE: The Biden administration is urging Russia to accept its proposal to bring Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan home. Sources tell ABC News the offer is to swap the two Americans for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.  CBS Evening News  8/4/2022 NANCY CORDES: In a bid to bring Griner and another American Paul Whelan home, U.S. Officials have proposed a prisoner swap, possibly involving Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. 

MSNBC Obsessively Devoted 65 Minutes on Tuesday to Pushing Kansas Abortion Vote

On Tuesday, a pro-life referendum in Kansas went down in defeat that would have removed abortion rights from the state’s constitution. Showing that there’s no bigger supporter of the abortion agenda than the liberal media, MSNBC devoted a whopping 65 minutes to touting the vote. And that was just in a 12 hour span.  All day on Tuesday, MSNBC journalists excitedly hyped the idea that Kansas pro-lifers might fail. MRC NewsBusters analysts looked at 12 hours of coverage on MSNBC, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Eastern. The liberal cable network portrayed this as the most important story of the day.  MSNBC featured live reports from Kansas, discussions, and interviews at 9:47 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11:01 a.m., 11:03 a.m., 11:07 a.m., 12:32 p.m., 1:02 p.m., 1:23 p.m., 2:31 p.m., 3:51 p.m., 4:48 p.m., 5:26 p.m., 6:12 p.m., 7:21 p.m., 8:02 p.m., 8:34 p.m., and finally at 8:52 p.m. (This doesn’t include the full election results discussions that continued from 9PM to midnight.) That comes out to 65 minutes and 34 seconds. In the 1:00 p.m. Eastern hour, MSNBC contributor (and former Democratic Senator) Claire McCaskill repeated the lie that dogs would be used to sniff out women trying to leave their state for an abortion:  Reasonable people can disagree about parts of the issue of legal abortions. But most Missourians, most Kansans, most Americans want rape victims to be able to terminate a pregnancy.  They don't want dogs sniffing women at airports to see if they are traveling to have an abortion. This is false. Even outlets like the liberal Snopes have debunked the claim that dogs would be used in states like Mississippi. Here's Snopes: “In sum, we found no evidence whatsoever of any state lawmaker in Mississippi engaging in any such discussion, and in any event, neither the state senate nor the state house have convened since the beginning of April.”      At 3:51 p.m. Eastern, reporter Dasha Burns promoted the pro-abortion fears of the “Republican super majority” in Kansas:  [Passing the ballot initiative] would then put the power to take action on this issue into the hands of the Republican super majority in the state legislature, and it could possibly open the door for them to restrict the procedure or as many activists here are concerned about, ban the procedure outright. At 7:21 p.m. Eastern, far-left host Joy Reid talked about Kansas for 10 minutes and 51 seconds. She assailed the threat of violent pro-lifers: “Anti-abortion violence is a current domestic terrorism threat that began in the early 1970s. We're talking vandalism, arson, bombing, along with threats of harassment and intimidation.”  In reality, it’s pro-abortion terror groups like Jane’s Revenge that fire bombed and committed arson against pro-life pregnancy centers. Of course, journalists weren’t interested in covering that.  The pro-abortion side won in Kansas on Tuesday. But these groups certainly had the excited support of the liberal MSNBC. The network treated Kansas as the most important issue in the world on Tuesday. 

Recession Deniers: Networks Parrot White House Redefining the Tanking Economy

Imagine this scenario: It’s the summer of 2018 and the economy under Donald Trump has tumbled into recession with two consecutive quarters of negative growth. But the White House declares this is simply not a recession and it would be wrong for anyone to say so. Network journalists would uniformly reject this demand, mocking it as alternative facts. We would hear about the need to speak truth to the President.  But when Joe Biden last week claimed a recession wasn’t a recession, all but one of the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening shows either repeated or promoted the Democrat’s economic denialism. That’s 10 of 11 broadcast network shows covering the topic since the announcement on Thursday of the negative growth.  To be sure, the networks aren’t pretending things are rosy. But they are twisting themselves in knots to avoid any kind of official declaration that the U.S. is in recession.  On Thursday's CBS Mornings, chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes credulously repeated, “The Biden administration has been insisting... that the economy is simply recalibrating after a post-pandemic boom.”   A frequent theme in the coverage is the idea that it doesn’t matter whether we are, officially, in a recession. On the same CBS show, co-host Nate Burleson said of the R-word: “It's almost like a buzzword now.” Analyst Jill Schlesinger replied that “we don't want it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy....At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter.”  NewsBusters media editor Bill D’Agostino created a montage of journalists flipping back and forth on the definition of a recession and how “complex” the economic issue is now that Biden is president.  Watch it below:      On Thursday’s CBS Evening News, political correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns paraphrased Schlesinger, parroting the idea that “whether it’s technically a recession or not doesn't matter.”  Of course it matters whether the United States is officially in a recession. But on Friday’s Today show, CNBC host Melissa Lee gave away any authority that journalists might have to call a recession, punting it to others:  Only the NBER, National Bureau of Economic Research, can officially call a recession. They probably will not do that for several months. They want to see what it looks like the end of a recession before they actually call it.  However, journalists make proclamations all the time. On election nights, with no actual authority, they “declare” winners and losers. Finally, Lee eventually gave away the game, showcasing how not calling a recession is good for the Democrats and Joe Biden:  For the Biden administration, that is good news, this ambiguity,  the willingness of economists to say, “Maybe this is not a recession.” Because no one wants to own a recession on their watch. If they weren’t labeling a recession definition irrelevant, journalists were suggesting the answer is unknowable. On Saturday’s Good Morning America, co-host Whit Johnson wondered, “When will we know, and have some idea, whether or not we are in a recession?”  On CBS Sunday Morning, John Dickerson described the whole thing as unclear, at least for now: “We’ll have to wait months until the economists assign that formal term.” Months, of course, could conveniently get the Democrats past the midterm elections. MRC analysts looked at every network morning and evening newscast from last Thursday through Tuesday morning. They all allowed that things are bad. On Thursday’s Good Morning America, chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis noted that it’s “a lot more expensive to own a home, to pay down your credit cards, to buy a new car with an auto loan.” But of the 11 shows that discussed recession, 10 of them repeated the Biden White House talking point that it’s now suddenly difficult to define a recession. Another point worth mentioning: On Saturday, only Good Morning America had a full segment on a possible recession. On Sunday, it was CBS Sunday Morning. And nothing on the networks since then. The interest in discussing the poor economy dropped off severely.  During the Trump presidency, network journalists saw themselves as courageous lions standing up to power and demanding truth. But during the Biden presidency, these same reporters have turned into lambs, ready to redefine a recession in order to rescue the political prospects of the Democratic Party. 

Vile, GOP-Hating Hollywood Shows Richard Nixon Farting, Showering

The vile new TV series Gaslight has mercifully ended. The show, centered  around Richard Nixon and the Watergate burglary, went out in gross fashion. Even considering how Hollywood hates Republicans, the Starz series went way beyond, finding it necessary to feature Nixon farting, showering, and a shot of his bare behind.  Those images, such as a scene of Nixon tucking his t-shirt into his underwear, were contrasted with shots of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the overall grandeur of the White House.  In case you were too dense to understand the metaphor, the show’s creators decided to spell it our for you. Farting/naked Nixon was unworthy of such a high office. Get it?  Here’s the gross video from the June 12 finale:     Of course Watergate is a stain on the legacy of Nixon. But can you imagine Hollywood portraying the media-sainted John F. Kennedy this way? In case the producers of Gaslit are unaware, here’s just a few of the things alleged sex predator John F. Kennedy is accused of doing in the White House:  He coerced 19-year-old intern Mimi Alford — who was at that point a virgin — to have sex with him in his wife’s bed.  He told her to perform oral sex on aide Dave Powers in the White House pool. He later asked her to do the same on brother Ted Kennedy.  Here’s Alford writing in the Daily Mail in 2012 about the most powerful man in the world asking a teenager to sexually service his 49-year-old aide:  The President and I were in the pool, splashing playfully, while Dave Powers was sitting on the edge, with his feet dangling in the water. Then JFK swam over and whispered in my ear: ‘Mr Powers looks a little tense  — would you take care of it?’ I knew exactly what that meant: it was a dare to give Dave Powers oral sex. I don’t think the President thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did. It was a pathetic, sordid scene, and I can hardly bear to think about it. Dave was jolly and obedient as I stood in the shallow end of the pool and performed my duties. The President silently watched. JFK swam over and whispered in my ear: ‘Mr Powers looks a little tense - would you take care of it?’ I knew exactly what that meant: it was a dare to give Dave Powers oral sex Try as I may, I cannot explain why, without hesitation, I obeyed his command.  In 2011, the History Channel willfully complied with the Kennedy family to remove a miniseries that portrayed the family negatively. It wasn’t until 2018 that Hollywood got around to making a movie about Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.  So don’t expect a movie or TV series tearing down JFK as a bullying, disgusting sex monster who destroyed the majesty and dignity of the White House. The legend must be preserved.   For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here. 

Desperate Networks: Recession Talk Just a 'Buzzword,' Economy Simply 'Recalibrating!'

Don’t worry about the floundering economy, the White House has explained that it is simply “recalibrating.” That’s according to the network journalists on Thursday who parroted the Biden administration’s attempt to redefine a recession as something other than two quarters of negative growth. Recession is simply a “buzzword” that doesn’t mean a whole lot.  Later in the morning, as the New York Post put it, “The US gross domestic product posted its second straight quarterly decline in an alarming development that economists widely view as the definition of an economic recession.” But CBS Mornings previewed the bad news with naked spin.  According to Nancy Cordes, “Typically, if GDP falls for a second quarter in a row, that could signal a looming recession. But the Biden administration has been insisting that that is not the case this time around, that the economy is simply recalibrating after a post-pandemic boom.”      Got that? Just recalibrating. Talking to CBS analyst Jill Schlesinger, co-host Nate Burleson wondered if the term even mattered: “You mentioned Federal Reserve chair Powell. He said we're not in a recession, but you know, we're looking at this and hearing about recession. It's almost like a buzzword now. Are we in recession?”  Schlesinger worried that if people hear the U.S. economy fits the definition of a recession, they might think we’re... in a recession: “Here's what [Fed Chair Jerome] Powell's really worried about —  he's saying everyone's talking about recession, it's getting ingrained. People are worried about inflation.”  Over on Good Morning America, reporter Rebecca Jarvis stressed that you definitely shouldn’t consider Thursday’s news a recession: “One way that people define a recession is not the official definition of a recession.”  She then explained:  The National Bureau of Economic Research is the arbiter, the semi official arbiter of recessions here in the United States and define a recession as a significant decline in economic activity spread out across the economy and lasting more than a handful of months. We've had recessions that didn't have two back-to-back quarters of economic decline. Sometimes it does happen but the important thing to keep in mind, Robin, we've said it before, it can still feel bad out there even if it's not technically a recession.  Over on the Today show, NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez touted the Biden spin: “The White House and Fed chair Jerome Powell say they do not think the U.S. Is in a recession yet.”  On Wednesday, NBC’s Tom Costello said that a recession “depends on who you ask.” He then asked Brian Deese, the National Economics Council Director appointed by Biden. Unsurprisingly, Deese said no recession.  To be clear, all three networks are acknowledging that the economic situation is bad. Jarvis noted that it’s “a lot more expensive to own a home, to pay down your credit cards, to buy a new car with an auto loan.” But they are desperately trying to avoid officially accepting that the U.S. is in a recession.  Why? Well, the Democratic Party is in bad shape and there’s an election in November. It’s rather simple.  The happy talk spin on ABC was sponsored by Comcast, on CBS by Progressive insurance, and on NBC by Citi. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Partial transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America  7/28/2022 7:03 GRAPHIC: Americans Brace for a Possible Recession  REBECCA JARVIS: Good morning to you, Michael and that critical report, the nation's GDP could show the second straight quarter of economic declines here in the United States. That is what some would call a recession And it follows on the heels of the fourth interest rate hike so far this year. This morning, as Americans brace for a possible recession, the Fed determined to fight historic inflation raising interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point.  ... 7:05 AM JARVIS: The thing we are looking for later today, that GDP report that some economists believe could show the second straight quarter of declines in our economic activity. One way that people define a recession is not the official definition of a recession. The National Bureau of Economic Research is the arbiter, the semi official arbiter of recessions here in the United States and define a recession as a significant decline in economic activity spread out across the economy and lasting more than a handful of months. We've had recessions that didn't have two back-to-back quarters of economic decline. Sometimes it does happen but the important thing to keep in mind, Robin, we've said it before, it can still feel bad out there even if it's not technically a recession, Robin.  CBS Mornings 7/28/2022 7:06 AM ET NANCY CORDES: And this morning everyone is watching for the release of the second-quarter gross domestic product numbers. Typically if GDP falls for a second quarter in a row, that could signal a looming recession. But the Biden administration has been insisting that that is not the case this time around. That the economy is simply recalibrating after a post-pandemic boom. Nate?  NATE BURLESON: Nancy, thank you. With more on the recession, CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins us right now to discuss that and also the Fed’s latest rate hike and what that means for everyone at home.  ... 7:08 BURLESON: You mentioned Federal Reserve chair Powell. He said we're not in a recession, but you know, we're looking at this and hearing about recession. It's almost like a buzzword now. Are we in recession?  JILL SCHLESINGER: I mean, look, we don't know because the way we determine recessions is this place called the National Bureau of Economic Research, has something called the dating committee. They look at a lot of factors and say “After the fact here's when a recession began, here's where it ended.”  Here's what Powell's really worried about —  he's saying everyone's talking about recession, it's getting ingrained. People are worried about inflation. We don't want it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. He's saying that it's sort of hard to square that we're in a recession if the labor market is still pretty solid. We've had 2.7 million jobs since the beginning of the year. Unemployment rate is at 3.6 percent. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Today 7/28/2022 7:09 HODA KOTB: Raising interest rates yet again. It means it will cost more to borrow money. But the question is will it be enough to stop runaway inflation and a possible recession? ... GABE GUTIERREZ: The Federal Reserve is walking a tight rope here, trying to squelch inflation without plunging the nation into a recession. So far Wall Street has been positive. Main street, though, is having a difficult time. After the most aggressive interest rate hike since the early ‘90s, it's still not clear if the changes will stave off recession.  ... GABE GUTIERREZ: The White House and Fed chair Jerome Powell say they do not think the U.S. Is in a recession yet. And Wall Street liked the interest rate news, with the Dow Jones   finishing up 400 points. While this is the fourth rate hike this year, more are expected. The next likely coming in September. Now this morning, we’ll be getting the latest GDP numbers, which could be another indicator of just how close a recession may be. 

NBC: Recession? ‘Depends on Who You Ask’ (They Asked the Biden White House)

Parroting the new Biden talking points that a recession isn’t a recession, NBC on Wednesday said the whole thing is hard to figure out. According to reporter Tom Costello, “it depends on who you ask.” So who did he ask? Well, the Biden White House of course. Over on ABC, journalist Rebecca Jarvis said that there might not be a recession “technically.”  It was only on CBS that reporter Kris Van Cleave offered the truth: “Tomorrow, we get GDP numbers that are widely expected to show a second consecutive quarter of negative growth, and that is a key indicator traditionally that the U.S. has slipped into recession.” In the past few days, the White House has attempted to claim that two quarters of negative growth is not a recession.  Back on the Today show, Costello noted that the Federal Reserve would likely be raising interest rates again. He wondered, “But is the economy already on a collision course for a recession? It depends on who you ask.” Apparently the person to answer that question is Brian Deese, the National Economics Council Director.  Deese, who was appointed by Joe Biden in December of 2020, redefined the question: “The most important question economically is whether working people and middle-class families have more breathing room and they are able to afford the important things in their lives.”      Costello found the whole situation to be a “head scratcher.”  And that right there is why this economy is such a head scratcher for the Federal Reserve. It doesn't feel like we are on or in a recession for most people. By the way, also watching corporate earnings. In fairness, the NBC journalists weren’t pretending the economy is in great shape. But they definitely don’t like the word recession. A few minutes later, Today co-host Hoda Kotb suggested labeling a recession a recession didn’t really matter:  HODA KOTB:  I keep hearing this debate, are we in a recession? Are we not in a recession? We see it every single day. But if you're Mary Smith walking down the street with your kids going to work, does it matter what they label it? Does it affect them?  MELISSA LEE (NBC/CNBC journalist): No. If you're paying 12 percent more for food versus a year ago, and that 12 percent number, that's just a headline number. A lot of Americans are paying a lot more for particular items. A 13-ounce bag of regular lays potato chips is up 38 percent over last year. So Mary Smith walking down the street is feeling it very, very deeply much more so than the headline numbers the government issues.  But of course it does matter. The Biden White House definitely wants to avoid talking about being in a recession.  Over on Good Morning America, economy correspondent Rebecca Jarvis played it both ways: She admitted things are bad, but, regarding tomorrow’s report on whether we have a second quarter of negative growth, preemptively called the situation not, “technically,” a recession:  Consumers are facing double-digit inflation when it comes to food prices. They're seeing their rents higher. They're seeing prices higher, frankly, in most areas and that has caused consumer confidence to fall for the third straight month and raise concerns of the R-word, the recession, a slowdown in the economy. And, Robin, even if there isn't a recession, technically it can still feel bad out there for consumers.  Kudos to the journalists at CBS Mornings for being much blunter. Co-host Nate Burleson explained, “Today the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the fourth time this year to help curb inflation amid fears of a potential recession.”  Reporter Kris Van Cleave added, “[The Fed rate hike is ] necessary, the Fed says, to counter skyrocketing inflation, up 9.1 percent in June. But comes as the economy flirts with recession.” Avoiding the happy talk of his competitors at NBC and ABC, he concluded:  Now the Biden administration points to unemployment levels at 50-plus-year lows as a sign of a healthy economy. Tomorrow we get GDP numbers that are widely expected to show a second consecutive quarter of negative growth, and that is a key indicator traditionally that the U.S. has slipped into recession. On Monday, the networks let Biden slide on trying to redefine a recession. The New York Times called for ignoring the whole two quarter rule.  The spin on ABC was sponsored by Verizon, on NBC by Xfinity. Click on the links to let them know what you think of such blatant Biden spin.  Partial transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 7/27/2022 tease NATE BURLESON: The Fed is set for another interest rate hike to curb inflation fears, amidst recession fears.  7:10 AM  BURLESON: Today the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates for the fourth time this year to help curb inflation amid fears of a potential recession. The markets finished lower yesterday on those rate hike concerns in addition to some disappointing earnings reports. Kris Van Cleave is in Beloit, Wisconsin, with more on how this affects everyday expenses.  ... VAN CLEAVE: [The Fed rate hike is ] necessary, the Fed says, to counter skyrocketing inflation, up 9.1% in June. But comes as the economy flirts with recession.  ... VAN CLEAVE: Now the Biden administration points to unemployment levels at 50-plus-year lows as a sign of a healthy economy. Tomorrow we get GDP numbers that are widely expected to show a second consecutive quarter of negative growth, and that is a key indicator traditionally that the U.S. has slipped into recession. Vlad?  Good Morning America  7/27/2022 7:09 ROBIN ROBERTS: George, now to the economy. The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates again as it tries to tame inflation. Our chief economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis is at the New York Stock Exchange with more. Good morning, Rebecca.  ... REBECCA JARVIS: Consumers are facing double-digit inflation when it comes to food prices. They're seeing their rents higher. They're seeing prices higher, frankly, in most areas and that has caused consumer confidence to fall for the third straight month and raise concerns of the R-word, the recession, a slowdown in the economy. And, Robin, even if there isn't a recession, technically it can still feel bad out there for consumers.  Today 7/27/2022 7:02 HODA KOTB: Our big story, our top story, it’s a big, big day for the economy. In just a few hours we expect to see the Fed announcing the next big interest rate hike. It hasn't increased rates this quickly in nearly 30 years.  TOM LLAMAS: Yeah, the change could make the cost of buying a home, paying off credit card debt and leasing a car more expensive. The hope is in the long run it will help control those prices.  ... TOM COSTELLO: We do expect the Fed to raise interest rates today to try to get it under control, but is the economy close to recession? And if the Fed does, in fact, raise rates by as much as three-quarters of a point, could it nudge the economy further into recession? At stake this morning, your credit card rates, new car and bank loans, even new mortgage rates, are influenced by what the Federal Reserve does today. Widely expected to raise rates yet again, perhaps by three-quarters of a percentage point. The fastest, most aggressive series of rate hikes since 1994.  ... COSTELLO: But is the economy already on a collision course for a recession? It depends on who you ask.  BRIAN DEESE (National Economics Council Director): The most important question economically is whether working people and middle-class families have more breathing room and they're able to afford the important things in their lives.  COSTELLO: For Joe-Ann English in Sacramento, it feels more like a depression. She lost her six-figure salary career, then her savings and her home. Now she's living paycheck to paycheck.   JOE ANN ENGLISH: I don't see that there's a light at the end of the tunnel yet. I mean, I'm just struggling to get by. It's hard to stay positive.  COSTELLO: The National Bureau of Economic Research defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy lasting more than a few months.” And while overall prices are high, experts say the job market is actually a bright spot with unemployment sitting near 50-year lows. You actually believe the economy is relatively healthy or strong right now?  NELA RICHARDSON (Chief economist at ADP): Yes. I don't see the big signals of recession mainly because I'm looking at the labor market. Everybody who wants a job can find a job in this economy, and that's not typically a characteristic you see in a recession.  COSTELLO: And that right there is why this economy is such a head scratcher for the Federal Reserve. It doesn't feel like we are on or in a recession for most people. By the way, also watching corporate earnings. ... KOTB:  I keep hearing this debate, are we in a recession? Are we not in a recession? We see it every single day. But if you're Mary Smith walking down the street with your kids going to work, does it matter what they label it? Does it affect them?  MELISSA LEE: No. If you're paying 12 percent more for food versus a year ago, and that 12 percent number, that's just a headline number. A lot of Americans are paying a lot more for particular items. A 13-ounce bag of regular lays potato chips is up 38 percent over last year. So Mary Smith walking down the street is feeling it very, very deeply much more so than the headline numbers the government issues. 

CBS: Sure the Economy May Stink, But Cheap Croissants and Espresso in Europe!

Monday morning saw the news that the Biden administration is trying to change the definition of a “recession.” It seems as though CBS Mornings on Monday got a jump on the official government talking points. Reporter Ramy Inocencio focused on the upside to inflation, high gas prices, and a struggling economy: Cheap gelatos, croissants, and espressos over in Europe.  Yes, really. That’s what the liberal press has been reduced to. Inocencio cheered just how far an American dollar now gets you vs. the euro: “The euro hasn't been this weak against the U.S. dollar in two decades. Now $1 just about equals one euro. Which means in Paris your morning croissant and espresso for €3.50 would cost you $3.50.”  He added, “Last year, you would have paid a buck more. In Rome, your double scoop gelato for €5, yes, will run you $5. Last year, $6.50 to stay cool in the heat.” Is that not enough to make you think everything’s okay? How about cheaper Harry Potter theater tickets? “And here in London's west end, a ticket to Harry Potter costs an average £85. This time last year, that was about $110. This year, about $100.”      Inocencio reported live from London and interviewed tourists. Sounding like a Biden PR official, he declared, “Welcome to Oxford Street. This is London's most famous shopping street and Europe's biggest. The U.S. dollar is now about 15 percent stronger than the British pound and the Euro in the past year.”  Eventually, the journalist got around to the obvious bad news: It’s really expensive to get to Europe:  To be sure, you have to get to Europe first. And air fares are soaring because of higher fuel costs. Prices between New York and Paris, for example, have tripled since March, 2019, and average hotel prices in Europe are up 44 percent in the past year. Some of Europe's hottest destinations pushing $250 a night. Considering the possibility that the economy could stay sour for a while, Inocencio offered this baffling conclusion: “That means you have time to buy tickets to get over here. Sure, they are more expensive than normal, but we've met a hot of Americans who already have.”  So, spend hundreds (or thousands) more to get to Europe and save $1.50 on Gelato? This is Biden-era journalism.  The Biden propaganda on CBS was sponsored by Progressive insurance. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 7/25/2022 7:14 VLAD DUTHIERS: Drivers nationwide may have noticed gas prices are dropping after hitting a record of $5.02 back in June. Six weeks later, the average is $4.36 for a gallon of regular. That is, of course, still very high, but it's not the only thing that is helping travelers. If you are headed to Europe, the dollar is now the strongest it's been against the euro for two decades. As Ramy Inocencio shows us, that means it might be a good time to travel overseas.  RAMY INOCENCIO: Welcome to Oxford Street. This is London's most famous shopping street and Europe's biggest. The U.S. dollar is now about 15 percent stronger than the British pound and the Euro in the past year. Like many U.S. tourists, retirees Katherine and Bruce from Detroit are on a European tour.  KATHERINE: Still looking at bags and scarves. Maybe a little tiny modest piece of jewelry.  BRUCE: The fact that we're going to Paris next is nice in that the Euro has crashed.  EMMA HASLETT (New Statesman): Now is the best time to come to Europe.  INOCENCIO: Emma Haslett is a business journalist at the UK’s New Statesman.  HASLETT: It's just cheaper to buy stuff over here. So if you're going to come to the UK, you can visit our amazing restaurants, and we have a hospitality sector that was destroyed by the pandemic. They are desperate to welcome you in.  INOCENCIO: Like recent U.S. High school grads Olivia and Valentino from Los Angeles.  OLIVIA: Right now it's the perfect opportunity to go to Europe.  VALENTINO: We expected prices to be a lot higher, and they were quite a bit lower. So we're having a really good time out here.  INOCENCIO: The euro hasn't been this weak against the U.S. dollar in two decades. Now $1 just about equals one euro. Which means in Paris your morning croissant and espresso for €3.50 would cost you $3.50. Last year, you would have paid a buck more. In Rome, your double scoop gelato for €5, yes, will run you $5. Last year, $6.50 to stay cool in the heat.  And here in London's west end, a ticket to Harry Potter costs an average 85 pounds. This time last year, that was about $110. This year, about $100. To be sure, you have to get to Europe first. And air fares are soaring because of higher fuel costs. Prices between New York and Paris, for example, have tripled since March, 2019, and average hotel prices in Europe are up 44 percent in the past year. Some of Europe's hottest destinations pushing $250 a night. But if you can't get away just yet, you have time.  INOCENCIO: For the British pound and the euro, what's the forecast? HASLETT: Some people are saying it's going to hold steady. But others are saying it's really going to drop.  INOCENCIO:  Almost as if you're saying one man's misery is another's happiness.  HASLETT: Yeah, absolutely.   INOCENCIO: And that means you have time to buy tickets to get over here. Sure, they are more expensive than normal, but we've met a hot of Americans who already have. Ramy Inocencio, CBS News, London. 

Scrubbing the Squad’s Scandals: Four Controversies the Press Buried

We are just 15 weeks away from election day in what is already shaping up to be a contentious 2022 midterm season. If the press follows their typical campaign play book, journalists will pick out certain conservative candidates who commit gaffes or make odd comments and try and make them the face of the GOP. One thing they won’t do is single out the radical, extreme nature of some of the Democratic Party’s most well known congressional members: The Squad.  Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as far-left representatives like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, have been gaffe machines in the last few months. Most recently, some of them pretended to be restrained by police officers using invisible handcuffs while protesting for abortion at the Supreme Court.  But there’s also been far more serious moments. Congresswoman Tlaib, it was revealed in July, had campaign events in 2018 organized by alleged terrorist financiers. Also, she introduced a resolution in May that recognized the “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel. But you wouldn’t know about any of these because the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts haven’t covered them. Here’s the four Squad scandals the press should have been covering:    AOC and the Invisible Handcuffs Last week, Ocasio-Cortez and 16 other far-left members of Congress were detained at a pro-abortion rally in front of the Supreme Court. Embarrassing footage showed Ocasio-Cortez holding her hands crossed behind her back, pretending to be handcuffed. Seeming to forget the invisible cuffs, she lifted her hands in a show of defiance.      Total coverage on the networks: ZERO seconds    Terror financiers and Rashida Tlaib Investigative journalist Andrew Kerr exposed in The Washington Examiner that Congresswoman Tlaib’s 2018 campaign for Congress had connections to alleged terror financiers. Kerr wrote on July 18: “Two men who held key positions at nonprofit groups that were found liable in a Hamas terror financing scheme helped organize campaign fundraising events for Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in 2018.”  He added:  The men, who organized events that were paid for by Tlaib’s campaign, were associated with a network of nonprofit groups that were found liable by a federal jury in 2004 for financing the terrorist slaying of an American teenager, David Boim, at a bus stop in the West Bank in 1996. A federal judge ordered the three groups to pay Boim’s parents a $156 million judgment for funding Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. ... The first Tlaib campaign organizer, Rafeeq Jaber, testified during a deposition in 2003 that he served as president of the American Muslim Society and the Islamic Association for Palestine. Jaber testified that the two groups, while under his control, worked to “promote [Holy Land Foundation] in every way we can” and also distributed pro-Hamas documents, including an August 2001 editorial that advocated martyrdom operations and the killing of Jewish people. ... The second Tlaib campaign organizer, Salah Sarsour, helped raise money for the Islamic Association for Palestine and the Holy Land Foundation around the time of Boim’s killing and, in one case, allegedly wrote checks from his business’s bank account to funnel money to a Hamas militant. Total coverage on the networks: ZERO seconds    Ignoring the anti-Semitic hate from the Squad Back in May, Tlaib introduced a resolution calling on the United States to recognize the “Nabka,” which is a term used by some Palestinians to describe the creation of the state of Israel. Here are her May 16, 2022 tweets about the year Israel was recognized by the United Nations:        As Fox News explained, the resolution was made on behalf of other Squad members, including Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar. Back in 2012, future Squad member Omar tweeted that the “evil” Israel has “hypnotized the world.” So her participation isn’t surprising.  Total coverage on the networks: ZERO seconds    Endorsing Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock? Finally, we have Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. You may not know her as well as other members of the Squad. But she’s just as radical. And this past spring, she appeared to tweet support for Will Smith’s violence against Chris Rock at the Oscars.  The tweet was quickly deleted and she sent out a series of comments attempting to clarify: “I don’t endorse violence in any form.” We’ve all seen how ill-advised tweets by conservatives and Republicans are jumped on by the press. But the networks quietly looked the other way on this one.  Here is the (now) deleted tweet:      Total coverage on the networks: ZERO seconds  Expect Squad members to make more embarrassing moments this fall, to embrace more shocking and radical positions. But there’s one thing the American people should demand: If journalists are going to highlight some obscure Republican candidate who says something outrageous, be sure and cover the scandals coming from the socialist Squad in Congress.  Kudos to Fox News and Newsmax, two outlets that did take the time to cover the gaffes and controversies of the Squad. Newsmax host Eric Bolling especially has been reporting on this in detail. He and others have done so in the past and are continuing to put the spotlight on extreme members of Congress. If only the rest of the press would do the same.  Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Rashida Tlaib is Somali-born. She is not. The article has been updated and we regret the error. 

FLASHBACK: Nets Mentioned Trump’s Low Polls Almost Twice as Much as Cratering Biden

This week saw Joe Biden’s cratering poll numbers fall even lower. On Wednesday, four polls came out and the results are bleak. Reuters: 36 percent. Politico: 38 percent. Rasmussen: 39 percent. Economist/YouGuv: 40 percent. Unsurprisingly, the networks skipped coverage of the latest terrible news for the President.  But it’s not particularly surprising. An MRC/NewsBusters study last fall found that ABC, CBS and NBC covered Donald Trump’s low polling almost twice as much as the flailing Biden. As I explained on October 26, 2021, “While ABC, CBS and NBC mentioned Donald Trump’s unpopularity 37 times, they only noted the rapidly dropping numbers for Biden 19 times.”  Here’s our video montage from last year:      I wrote at the time:  Biden’s fall is, by far, the bigger news story of the two. In January of 2017, Trump started as an unpopular President, averaging around 44 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. His numbers largely stayed that way for four years. In January of 2021, Biden began as a popular President, beginning with a 55 percent popularity rating. By near the end of October, his average fell to just 42 percent.  In the August to October 2017 period, ABC offered the most mentions of just how unpopular Trump was at 16. CBS came in second with 13 and NBC last with eight. Four years later, all three networks had much less interest in a Democratic unpopular president. CBS managed eight mentions of imploding Biden numbers. NBC came in second with six and ABC was last at five.  And since then, it’s gotten even worse. On Friday, Biden’s Real Clear Politics average of approval polls was 37.2. On July 22, 2018, four years ago, Trump’s approval was 43.1. That means Biden is almost six percent LESS popular than the unpopular Trump.  Back during the Trump years, the networks were gleeful at Trump’s bad polling. On the August 2, 2017 CBS Evening News, Chip Reid trumpeted, “According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, 62 percent of Americans say the President is not honest. Seventy-one percent say he is not levelheaded.”  The question for Biden is just how low can he go? According to the New York Times, Biden is polling at 33 percent. One thing is for sure, the networks won’t be excited about Biden’s collapse as they were about Trump unpopularity.  For more examples from our weekly flashback series, which we call NewsBusters Time Machine, go here. 

CBS, MSNBC BURY Attempted Stabbing of Conservative GOP Congressman

Apparently some political violence just isn’t that interesting, at least when conservatives are the victims. That's apparently the view of the journalists at CBS and MSNBC. On Thursday night, a man with a blade rushed the stage as Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin was speaking in Rochester, New York. The assailant attempted to stab the Republican gubernatorial candidate before being wrestled to the ground.  Yet, CBS allowed a scant 29 seconds on the shocking incident and MSNBC waited until 5:24 a.m. Eastern on Friday to cover it — for 36 seconds. (Nothing on the four hour-long Morning Joe.)  ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday did slightly better, managing 58 seconds. World News Now co-host Andrew Dymburt explained, “A scary moment for Republican Lee Zeldin after he was almost stabbed at a campaign event in upstate New York yesterday. Now, Zeldin says he is okay and that he was able to fend off the attacker by grabbing his wrist until others tackled that suspect to the ground.”  But for some reason, Dymburt found it necessary to offer this extraneous detail: “Zeldin, a Republican Congressman and staunch Trump ally, is currently challenging Democrat Kathy Hochul in New York's governor's race.” What does Zeldin’s support for Trump have to do with anything?  Dymburt also neglected to mention the assailant has already been released: “As for the attacker, he was arrested and now New York's major crimes unit is investigating.”  NBC’s Today offered more time, a total of two minutes and five seconds, but didn’t get to the attack until 8:06 AM. Unlike Dymburt, at least, reporter Gabe Gutierrez at least noted that suspect David Jukubonis has been released: “Charging him with attempted assault in the second degree. Later releasing him on his own recognizance. “      This is something that Zeldin predicted on Thursday night. Early on Friday, he cited New York’s soft crime laws, tweeting: “Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”  CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King noted, “The suspect has been charged with attempted assault, and he's been released.” In addition to CBS’s 29 seconds, there was this weird tweet from the network’s Face the Nation page:      Zeldin “said” that a man attacked him? This isn't in dispute. There’s actual video footage of it.  It wasn’t until 5:24 a.m. Eastern on Friday that MSNBC finally discovered the story. Host Jonathan Lemire mentioned it for 36 seconds:  Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for governor of New York was attacked yesterday while speaking at a campaign event upstate. Video of the attack shows Zeldin addressing supporters when a man climbed on stage and began wrestling the congressman. The man appears to grab Zeldin’s arm before the two fall on the ground as other people attempt to intervene. Zelden in a statement issued after the attack, wrote that he, his running mate Alison Esposito, his campaign staff were all safe. Zeldin’s campaign says the attacker was taken into custody and the Congressman continued his speech. Terrifying moment there.  In June, the networks refused to say the name of the radical pro-abortion group Jane’s Revenge, an organization that has committed fire bombings and arson against pro-life pregnancy centers. Violence against conservatives and Republicans simply isn’t that interesting to journalists, so don’t believe them when they talk about the need for the press to expose radicals and extremists.  The burying of political violence by MSNBC was sponsored by Simplisafe. On CBS, it was supported by Progressive. Click on the links to let them know what you think.  Transcripts are below. Click “expand” to read more.  CBS Mornings 7/22/2022 7:14 AM ET  GAYLE KING: The Republican candidate for New York governor had a scary close call on the campaign trail last night. Congressman Lee Zeldin was speaking at a campaign rally outside Rochester when a man climbed on the stage, pulled out a sharp blade, and said "You're done." He lunged at Zeldin who says that he grabbed the man's wrist before others tackled and restrained the man. No one was hurt. The suspect has been charged with attempted assault, and he's been released.  TONY DOKOUPIL: Awful scene. I'm glad no one was hurt there.  ------------------------------------ Today 7/22/2022 8:06 AM ET  JACOB SOBEROFF: Now the a frightening moment near Rochester on the campaign trail yesterday near Rochester, New York. Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin was attacked on stage during an outdoor  rally. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez is here with video of the incident. Gabe, good morning.  GABE GUTIERREZ: Jacob, good morning. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are condemning the attack this morning. Zeldin is challenging incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul. Witnesses say he was giving a speech on bail reform when the event devolved into chaos. .  LEE ZELDIN: And this is our last stand for New York.  GUTIERREZ:  A political campaign event taking a violent turn. A man attacking Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during a speech in upstate New York. Video of the incident, obtained by our NBC affiliate WHEC shows the man approaching Zeldin on stage at the VFW post near Rochester.  ZELDIN: And there's only one option.  DAVID JAKUBONIS: [As he lunges with sharp object] You're done! You're done! You’re done!  GUTIERREZ:  Holding a sharp-looking object in his hand, the man lunges at Zeldin, according to Zeldin’s campaign. Zeldin grabbing the man’s wrist before others intervened, tackling the man to the ground. Monroe county sheriff's deputies identify the man as 43-year-old David Jakubonis. The crowd cheering as police arrive on the scene and handcuff Jakubonis, taking him into custody. Charging him with attempted assault in the second degree. Later releasing him on his own recognizance. Following the scuffle, Zeldin went back on stage to finish his remarks later tweeting, “Grateful for the attendees who stepped up quickly to assist and the law enforcement officers who quickly responded.” While investigators have not confirmed a motive for the attack, the incident comes as actual or threatened violence against lawmakers is on the rise. According to a New York Times review, more than 75 people have been indicted for threatening lawmakers since 2016.  SOBOROFF: Extremely scary. Gabe, thanks so much.  ------------------------------------ Good Morning America 7/22/2022 7:17AM ET  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Now to an attack on a congressman running for governor of New York. Representative Lee Zeldin was ambushed during a campaign event and Andrew Dymburt has the story. Good morning, Andrew.  ANDREW DYMBURT: And good morning, George. A scary moment for Republican Lee Zeldin after he was almost stabbed at a campaign event in upstate New York yesterday. Now, Zeldin says he is okay and that he was able to fend off the attacker by grabbing his wrist until others tackled that suspect to the ground. We're told this assailant apparently climbed on to a stage where Zeldin was speaking and then tried to stab the GOP gubernatorial candidate. Video circulating online shows the two falling to the ground during a tense struggle as others tried to intervene. Zeldin, a Republican Congressman and staunch Trump ally, is currently challenging Democrat Kathy Hochul in New York's governor's race. Zeldin meanwhile says he suffered just a little scrape. He even continued his campaign speech after this frightening ordeal. As for the attacker he was arrested and now New York's major crimes unit is investigating. Guys.  ------------------------------------ Way Too Early  7/22/2022 5:24 AM ET   JONATHAN LEMIRE: Representative Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for governor of New York was attacked yesterday while speaking at a campaign event upstate. Video of the attack shows Zeldin addressing supporters when a man climbed on stage and began wrestling the congressman. The man appears to grab Zeldin’ arm before the two fall on the ground as other people attempt to intervene. Zelden in a statement issued after the attack, wrote that he, his running mate Alison Esposito, his campaign staff were all safe. Zeldin’s campaign says the attacker was taken into custody and the Congressman continued his speech. Terrifying moment there. 

Press Still Burying These Biden Afghanistan Disasters

As we get ready to head into August, it will soon be the one year anniversary of the disaster in Afghanistan. We at NewsBusters will be using August to recount just what happened last summer and what the media’s been ignoring since. But it’s also important to note what’s happening right now.    Allies still stuck in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan There are still U.S. allies stuck in Afghanistan, people who helped this country and now have been abandoned. According to the head of a veterans group rescuing citizens stuck in that country (as well as Ukraine), it’s still the case. Bryan Stern is the co-founder of Project Dynamo. Per their website, the goal of the organization is “saving Americans and Afghan allies who are fearing for their lives as the Taliban regains control of Afghanistan.”  Stern appeared on Fox News, Thursday and said, “We still get a bunch” of requests to get allies out of the country: “They don’t have visas, but they are also in trouble because they helped us for 20 years.” Will the rest of the press cover this?        Taliban killings It was PBS alone that reported on Wednesday a new UN report about slaughter in the Taliban’s Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff briefly explained, “The United Nations says that Afghanistan has seen some 700 killings since the Taliban seized power nearly a year ago.” She added that the report “highlights a crackdown on press freedoms and on women's right to education.” The networks on Wednesday and Thursday ignored the grim news.  The website UN News explained that the total death toll is even higher:  While the report acknowledges steps taken by Taliban authorities to reduce violence, UNAMA still recorded 2,106 civilian casualties, with 700 killed, and 1,406 wounded. Those causalities are mainly attributed to targeted attacks by the terrorist group which identifies itself as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province, against ethnic and religious minority communities.   Taliban threatens war columnist Finally, there’s the story of a well-known war columnist who was forced at the threat of prison to retract her stories about the Taliban. Here's Wednesday's New York Post:  A prominent war journalist said she was threatened with jail if she did not tweet an apology to the Taliban over an article that accused Afghanistan’s Islamist rulers of forcing teenage girls into marriage and sex slavery. ... “Tweet an apology or go to jail, said #Taliban intelligence,” O’Donnell tweeted. “Whatever it takes: They dictated. I tweeted. They didn’t like it. Deleted, edited, re-tweeted. Made video of me saying I wasn’t coerced. Re-did that too.” O’Donnell tweeted that she was now out of Afghanistan. All of this — these ongoing disasters that happened after Joe Biden abandoned Afghanistan — could be covered by the mainstream media. But, for the most part, they have no interest in embarrassing the Democratic president. 

DISTORTION: The Press Has Been Pretending States Will Prosecute Miscarriages

Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, certain liberal journalists have attempted to terrify American women, pretending that a tragic miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (when a baby develops outside of the uterus) is the same as abortion. It isn’t.  Even the liberal New York Times admitted on June 28: “The 13 current state-level abortion bans make exemptions for medical emergencies” like ectopic pregnancy. But that hasn’t stopped the supposed fact-based press from pretending otherwise. Here are the worst examples: In an attempt to hype of what “Democratic strategists” were telling him, Jon Karl on the June 26 This Week warned, “Will there be prosecutions of women who cross state lines to get abortion, or even investigations of miscarriages?”  Talking to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on the June 26 Meet the Press, Chuck Todd fretted, “What about for miscarriages?...The treatment for miscarriages looks very similar to the treatment of abortion. Is there going to be a department in Arkansas that—  that inspects all miscarriages or investigates miscarriages?”  Hutchinson quickly retorted, “No. Absolutely not....When you’re talking about miscarriages, the exception is, of course, is the life of the mother, or there’s a medical/health emergency, and that’s between the physician —  they’re going to make those judgments in how to handle those things.” As for the overturning of Roe, he explained: “This is simply about abortion.”      Without journalistic push back, far-left Congresswoman Jackie Speier appeared on the July 11 GMA3 to falsely claim:  So, every woman who has a miscarriage today is going to be weighed as to whether or not that physician is going to, to take the action necessary because of fear of criminalization. Every time there’s an ectopic pregnancy, a similar question is going to be raised and the life of the mother is at risk in many of these situations. On the July 12 CBS Mornings, Gayle King pretended that the Biden administration was coming to the rescue to this non-existent problem:  Now yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals they must provide such services for emergency conditions like ectopic pregnancies and complications of pregnancy losses even in states where abortion is banned with no exceptions. Here are the reality: The Federalist explained in a June 29 fact check:  According to research by Daniel Gump informed by state statutes, even 35 states, most without trigger laws, explicitly state that miscarriages do not fall under the purview of “induced abortion” bans. There is a clear legal distinction between an induced abortion, which deliberately intends to end the life of the baby, and the medically classified “spontaneous abortions” such as an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, early delivery with the intent of saving the baby and/or mother, and preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even with that distinction, 48 of the 50 states have clear exceptions for induced abortion if a mother’s life is in serious jeopardy.  So don't believe the liberal media fear mongering on states prosecuting miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. 

ABC Loves 'Lifelong Activism' of Hanoi Jane Fonda: 'Legend,' 'Royalty'

It doesn’t matter how radical Jane Fonda is, what liberal causes she embraces, the fact that in the 1970s she sat on a North Vietnam antiaircraft gun. For the journalists at Good Morning America, no ideological labels are needed. Fonda appeared on Tuesday’s show and was hailed as a “legend” and “Hollywood royalty.”  Co-host George Stephanopoulos only described her as a “lifelong activist.” He then pushed Fonda to lobby for expensive climate policies: “Of course, you know, you are also an activist and started a new climate political action.”      Stephanopoulos gave the actress a platform to push her radical Fire Drill Fridays website, a page in which even liberal California Governor Gavin Newsom isn’t extreme enough. Fonda lobbied:  Well, I got started inspired by Greta Thunberg and the young student activists who really changed the world and people's attitudes about the climate in 20 —  in spring of 2019 and they were saying, where are the old folks? So I went to Washington and had rallies every Friday and engaged in civil disobedience.  She then cheered far-left “climate champion” Democrats.  JANE FONDA: We want to oust the people that are beholden to fossil fuel and we want to elect climate champions. So, you know, neck week I'm going to Michigan for Andy Levin. I'm supporting Donna Edwards. I'm supporting people who are really brave and who will work for people, not for big corporations.  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: There's no escaping the consequences now. 100 degrees all over the globe.  No difficult questions for the extreme actress. This is quite the contrast to when ABC journalist David Wright interviewed Dolly Parton in 2018 and repeatedly pushed her to call Donald Trump a sexist. The “activist” propaganda on ABC was sponsored by Chevrolet. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A partial transcript is below. Click “expand” to read more.  Good Morning America 7/19/2022 8:45 AMY ROBACH: Coming up, Hollywood legend Jane Fonda is here in Times Square.  ... 8:48 GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Back with Hollywood royalty. She’s an Academy Award-winner. Lifelong activist. Now Jane Fonda starring in a new animated feature called Luck. Welcome back to GMA. It’s good to see you.  JANE FONDA: Thank you very much. It's good to see you, George.  8:50 AM ET STEPHANOPOULOS: Of course, you know, you are also an activist and started a new climate political action.  FONDA: Jane Fonda Climate.   STEPHANOPOULOS: Why go you do that?  FONDA: I still do fire drill Fridays and we'll go to --  STEPHANOPOULOS: Explain what a fire drill Friday is.  FONDA: Well, I got started inspired by Greta Thunberg and the young student activists who really changed the world and people's attitudes about the climate in 20 —  in spring of 2019 and they were saying, where are the old folks? So I went to Washington and had rallies every Friday and engaged in civil disobedience and what it did was it brought people from all over the country who had never been activists before, they cared about climate but they had never sort of put their bodies on the line and then we continued online during COVID. We had nine million viewers in 2020. It was pretty remarkable and, again, moving people from caring about the issue to taking action at that time during COVID, it meant writing your congressman calling the president and so forth. and we're starting with in-person actions again in August. People can go to firedrillfriday.com to find out. And in spite of that, in spite of all the actions that people have taken, we can't get good legislation passed because the fossil fuel industry has a stranglehold over our government.    STEPHANOPOULOS: So that's the political action.  FONDA: That's what the political action committee is. We want to oust the people that are beholden to fossil fuel and we want to elect climate champions. So, you know, neck week I'm going to Michigan for Andy Levin. I'm supporting Donna Edwards. I'm supporting people who are really brave and who will work for people, not for big corporations.  STEPHANOPOULOS: There's no escaping the consequences now. 100 degrees all over the globe.  FONDA: Oh, I was just in Italy for three months, 104 degrees. It's hard to survive. It's hard to work in that kind of a thing and, you know, your weather report was talking about the fires in Iowa and it's —  it's getting worse and worse and it's going to continue to get worse. We have eight years left to do what the scientists are telling us.  STEPHANOPOULOS: But these actions can make a difference.  FONDA: We have to do actions. 

SHAME: One Year of the Networks Burying Biden’s Border Crisis

Over the last year, the crisis on the southern border has grown steadily worse, surging to new records month after month. There's been violence and death at the border. States are overwhelmed. Illegal immigrants have been released in cities all across America.  From July of 2021 through June of 2022, ABC’s World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News and the NBC Nightly News allowed just 146 minutes of coverage to the border crisis. Over a full year of three network evening newscasts a night, that comes out to less than one percent on the border crisis. During that same time, there were 2,361,553 border crossings.  On three separate months, they allowed no time at all. On five different months, the ABC, CBS and NBC newscasts managed ten minutes or less of coverage.  Here’s the last year of evening newscast coverage:      In May, there was another record high, 239,416 arrests. Yet, that resulted in a paltry seven minutes and 58 seconds of coverage in May. June saw 191,898 arrests. As for coverage, things only get slightly better with a total of 15 minutes and 36 seconds.  It’s not as though shocking anecdotes weren’t available. On June 27, 53 migrants were left to die, packed into a tractor trailer in sweltering Texas heat. It is the deadliest human smuggling incident in U.S. history. Yet, the network evening newscasts covered it for just 13 minutes and 57 seconds. Of that, only 48 seconds hinted at any blame for the President’s policies. Then, they dropped it entirely.   May and June’s coverage fell off from a 2022 high of 27 minutes in April. However, that follows a pattern: Brief spurts of coverage followed by months of disinterest from the networks. September of 2021 saw a high of 54 minutes of network interest. But from October 2021 to March 2022, there was just 32 minutes.  (This pattern started soon after Biden took office. In March of 2021, there was 113 minutes of coverage of the border. By May, that was down to just 26 minutes.)  The network newscasts completely abandoned the border crisis in the months of November, January and February. But here’s some of the real world things happening while ABC, CBS and NBC boycotted the story:  February 2022: An illegal immigrant in a North California church fired 17 bullets, killing his three daughters and a fourth person. January 2022: U.S. Border patrol nabbed a child sex predator as he was about to cross the southern border. Also that month, only Fox News covered illegal immigrant criminals being deposited in places like New York, to the bewilderment of local law enforcement.  Fox’s Bill Melugin said on January 26 that “[a] source within ICE tells me that the agency has in fact been releasing some illegal immigrants who have misdemeanor criminal record, some things like assault, or drunk driving.”  November 2021: Texas Border Protection officers seized over $50 million in meth being smuggled into the United States.  During the last year, the situation at the border deteriorated to dangerous levels. Both the numbers and the anecdotal evidence reflect a situation totally out of control. Yet the networks have little interest in investigating or holding Joe Biden accountable. The President’s polling numbers are falling, despite the best efforts of ABC, CBS and NBC to protect Biden from facing the reality of the situation he’s made much worse. The midterm elections are only 15 weeks away. If journalists want to do their jobs — and not be partisans protecting the Democratic Party — they should cover this dangerous situation..

Shock: ABC Honors 'Real Hero' Who Killed Mass Shooter With His Legal Firearm

A good guy with a gun saved countless lives at an Indiana mall on Sunday night, stopping a mass shooter before he could cause more mayhem and carnage. CBS Mornings on dispatched that inconvenient part of the story in one sentence and allowed just 26 seconds to the story overall.  What’s probably more shocking, however, is that ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today devoted substantial coverage to it. GMA offered three minutes and four seconds and even featured the Greenwood chief of police who said this: The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began.     Reporter Alex Perez explained, “A good Samaritan being hailed the hero after he shot and killed the shooter with his own gun.” He added of the so-far unidentified man: “Police say the heroic 22-year-old man who stopped the shooting was legally carrying a firearm.” Three people were killed, but authorities said the gunman had several magazines and was preparing to slaughter many more. Even liberal GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos allowed, “A 22-year-old who police say was legally carrying a firearm stopped the shooter.” NBC’s Today devoted two minutes and 53 seconds to the story. Reporter Maggie Vespa noted:  Meanwhile, Indiana police aren't releasing the so-called good Samaritan's name but say the 22-year-old man was key in stopping Sunday's attack....The mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, extending his thanks to that also unnamed good Samaritan, adding in a statement this person saved lives.  In contrast, CBS Mornings allowed a scant 26 seconds and one sentence to the private citizen who saved lives: Let's point out there have been at least 138 mass shootings in America since that day in Uvalde. Yesterday it happened at a shopping mall in Indiana. Three people were killed when a man opened fire with a rifle in a food court in Greenwood. Police said the gunman was shot and killed by a bystander who they are calling a good Samaritan. Two people were also injured including a 12-year-old girl who is expected to be okay. The motive for this latest mass shooting is still unclear.  The burying of a good guy with a gun saving the day was sponsored by Progressive insurance. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  Partial transcripts are below. Click "expand" to read more.  CBS Mornings 7/18/2022 7:08AM ET  VLAD DUTHIERS: Let's point out there have been at least 138 mass shootings in America since that day in Uvalde. Yesterday it happened at a shopping mall in Indiana. Three people were killed when a man opened fire with a rifle in a food court in Greenwood. Police said the gunman was shot and killed by a bystander who they are calling a Good Samaritan. Two people were also injured including a 12-year-old girl who is expected to be okay. The motive for this latest mass shooting is still unclear.  Good Morning America 7/18/2022 7:02 AM ET  ... ALEX PEREZ A good Samaritan being hailed the hero after he shot and killed the shooter with his own gun.  MAN: Heard the gun start pop, pop, pop, a good, 25, 30 shots and my -- a couple guys I had up front up front hit the deck.  PEREZ: Police say the heroic 22-year-old man who stopped the shooting was legally carrying a firearm.  CHIEF JIM ISON (Greenwood police department): The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began.  ... PEREZ: Authorities grateful for that good Samaritan, Amy.  ... GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: A 22-year-old who police say was legally carrying a firearm stopped the shooter. Authorities say the gunman was armed with several magazines of  ammunition.  ... PEREZ: Authorities say that gunman had several magazines of ammunition. They are calling that good Samaritan a hero. Today 7/18/2022 7:08AM ET ... MAGGIE VESPA: Authorities also say this morning it was a bystander, a random good Samaritan, who stepped in to end this tragedy and ultimately kill the shooter. ... VESPA: According to police an armed bystander shot and killed the gunman.  CHIEF JIM ISON (Greenwood police department): It appears that a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter.  ... VESPA:  Meanwhile, Indiana police aren't releasing the so-called good Samaritan's name but say the 22-year-old man was key in stopping Sunday's attack....The mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, extending his thanks to that also unnamed good Samaritan, adding in a statement this person saved lives.  HODA KOTB: But while shoppers hid inside stores police say a 22-year-old man carrying a gun lawfully shot and killed the suspect. No word yet on a possible motive. 
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