This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features The View cheering a false ABC New story about President Trump and the Russia probe, the latest in the media’s toasting of the investigation.
On Friday’s The View, Joy Behar burst into celebration after she read what turned about to be a false report by ABC’s Brian Ross that Donald Trump, as a candidate, had directed Michael Flynn to contact the Russian government.
“Yes!” she exclaimed, prompting loud and sustained cheers from the audience inside the New York City studio. “Like Christmas!” chimed in CNN analyst Ana Navarro before Behar chanted “Lock him up!” and suggested it’s “like treasonous?” She asserted: “Richard Nixon stepped down and so should Donald Trump.”
From the December 1 The View on ABC:
Joy Behar, after staffer tells her “breaking news” as he hands her a card: “ABC News’ Brian Ross is reporting Michael Flynn promised full cooperation to the Mueller team and is prepared to testify, that as a candidate, Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians! Yes!”
Sustained and loud audience cheers.
CNN’s Ana Navarro: “It’s beginning to look a lot of like Christmas and it’s beginning to look a lot like collusion.”
Behar, pounding the table: “He goes to jail. He goes to jail. He goes to jail. Lock him up!...You know what this is for me? This is the antithesis of election night....On election night I had to wear a veil. I was in mourning. So this is like the antithesis of that hideous night and that’s why I’m happy.”
Sunny Hostin: “This is so significant. You’re talking about someone’s national security advisor, someone with a military background who pled guilty to lying to the FBI, to the federal government and now is going to testify that not as president, as a candidate, the candidate Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians. I mean does everybody understand how significant that is?...”
Behar: “Isn’t it kind of like treasonous?...It should lead to resignations. I remember Richard Nixon and Richard Nixon stepped down and so should Donald Trump.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “It doesn’t get much worse or embarrassing than this: Giddy celebration over a story damaging to President Trump but which, it turns out, was baseless. Not that all that many see The View as a serious show, but if Ross got suspended for a month, maybe ABC could at least take Behar off her show for a week.”
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