This week’s Mainstream Media Scream was probably pretty easy to predict after former Democratic Party Chair Donna Brazile spilled the beans on the the party’s disfunction and 2016 rigging for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On cue, the mainstream media, especially on network TV, portrayed the long-time Democratic strategist and former Al Gore campaign manager as hurting the party.
Leading the charge was NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw who fretted over how the “internecine fight” would hurt Democrats. He tried to discredit Brazile as someone known for “ready, fire, aim” attacks and, noting how Democrats are “trying to win congressional races,” he called her timing “beyond counterproductive.”
Brokaw on the Sunday, November 5 Meet the Press hosted by Chuck Todd:
“I think this is a manifestation of all that is wrong with the Democratic Party, frankly. I mean, this is a time they ought to be talking about the future and they ought to be organizing themselves about what they want to do for the country. Except we go back and we’ve got this internecine fight going on about something that happened some time ago. Donna is well-known, as you all know, for kind of ‘ready, fire, aim’ on a lot of the stuff that she does. [Chuck Todd laughs] But to go back over this now when they’re trying to win congressional races and trying to get ready for ‘18 seems, to me, to be beyond counterproductive.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Brokaw has demonstrated once again how he’s more of a Democratic partisan than any kind of independent journalist. When Senator Bob Corker condemned President Trump I don’t recall Brokaw lamenting how that could hurt the Republican agenda.”
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org