This week's Mainstream Media Scream could have picked any of dozens of media figures decrying President Trump's words and his administration's actions for what happened in Charlottesville, Va. But only one, ABC's Cokie Roberts pointed the blame at the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
On the Sunday after Saturday's deadly clash, she claimed that Trump "has to share responsibility." She also blamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for going "backward" on race issues, charging: "He's saying ‘let's keep voting rights suppressed.' He's doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists."
During the roundtable on the August 13 This Week on ABC:
"The president has to share responsibility. The fact is that through that campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow south, like I did, recognized immediately. It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it. And the President now not calling them out....
"This is also a really watershed moment for the Justice Department. Because it's not just categorizing these hate crimes. Jeff Sessions has gone backwards on a lot of these things having to do with race. Taking a look at the Obama federal investigations of how police treat people of color. He's saying, ‘let's not do that anymore.' He's saying ‘let's keep voting rights suppressed.' He's doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "Journalists, who are so anathema to tying Democrats to far left violence, are all too eager to blame Republicans for far right violence, at least partly absolving those who have committed the violent acts. In this case, Roberts smeared Sessions for promoting standard conservative policies, thus trying to discredit them as somehow racist."
Rating: Five out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org