Flags of Israel and the US are hung up along streets by the Jerusalem municipality on July 10, 2022, ahead of US President Joe Biden's upcoming visit to Israel. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 16: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows


Every Sunday morning, legacy media outlets are taken over by elected officials, aspiring elected officials, administration insiders, and the usual collection of talking heads — all of whom are there to discuss specific policies, push talking points, or simply promote their own campaigns.

For those who don’t spend their Sunday mornings glued to the television — and their Sunday afternoons attempting to unravel a full week’s worth of network and cable news media spin — The Daily Wire has compiled a short summary of what you may have missed.

ABC News, “This Week”:

President Joe Biden’s reelection woes — and how the Democratic Party appeared to be handling the situation — were top of mind during a panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week.”

The Associated Press’ Julie Pace lamented the fact that no one appeared to be stepping into the obvious void despite Biden’s dismal poll numbers — and to complicate matters further, Vice President Kamala Harris has often polled even worse.

“I don’t think that people look at Kamala Harris and feel like she is ready to take that step forward,” Pace explained.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus noted that Democrats don’t appear willing or able to tell Biden that someone else should lead the party into 2024.

Noting that the presidential election is just one year off, he pointed out the fact that Democrats are still “sticking with the one person that’s sinking in every single poll, in every single category.”

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Israeli Ambassador the the United States Michael Herzog joined CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” where he explained what the Israel Defense Forces would be doing in the coming days.

“We have to make sure that when this ends, they are unable to strike again,” he said, noting that the majority of the current efforts would be from the ground rather than from the air.

Herzog also addressed calls for a ceasefire — or even a “humanitarian pause” so that civilians can get out and aid can get in — and explained that Israel was ready to accommodate such a move if and only if Hamas signaled a willingness to turn over hostages.

When Hamas terrorists crossed the border and killed more than 1,400 Israelis, they also took more than 200 hostages with them when they returned to Gaza — and Herzog said that for the time being, they do not appear to be “serious” about letting them return home.


CNN, “State of the Union”:

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash spoke with Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan. Pointing to the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric, demonstrations, and even attacks, Erdan warned Bash that the United States was “on the brink of catastrophe.”

Erdan also explained the reason that the Israeli delegation had chosen to wear the distinctive yellow Star of David — much like the ones that were forced on Jewish people by the Nazi regime — to a United Nations meeting. “I wanted to shock them,” he said.

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made an appearance on “Meet the Press,” where he referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “f***ing terrorist” — and said that while others might be ready to see Ukraine and Russia come to an agreement that would end hostilities, he was not ready to do that.

“We can’t trust terrorists because terrorists always come back,” Zelensky said, making it clear that even if some peace agreement was reached, he believed Putin would only rest, regroup, and invade Ukraine again at another time.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Fox News Foreign Correspondent Trey Yingst gave an update on the ongoing hostilities in Gaza that began a month ago — when Hamas terrorists breached the border into Israel and slaughtered more than 1,400 Israelis, most of them civilians.

Yingst noted that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had effectively divided the Gaza Strip in half and surrounded Gaza City, but were waiting for further orders before taking the next steps. Their goal, he explained, was to rescue hostages and to take out Hamas and the tunnel network they use to store munitions and hide from the Israelis.

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Twice-failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on her MSNBC show — “Inside with Jen Psaki” — to discuss the news of the day, and the conversation turned the dismal favorability ratings of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Psaki set the stage for Abrams to make Harris’ poor ratings all about racism and sexism, asking whether she believed people would be so critical of a white man in her position.

“She’s been under a huge amount of scrutiny for her entire time in office. I think there’s a lot of reasons for this,” Psaki said. “But I want to ask you, as a prominent woman of color, who has run for office, do you think she would be receiving these same critiques if she was a white man?”

“No,” Abrams said flatly, and when prompted to elaborate, she added, “We will always question the person behind the person, but we cannot ignore that misogyny and racism remain very prevalent in our politics and for those behaviors that don’t rise to either misogyny or racism, there’s also just the difference – our expectations are set for the traditional white male vice president … it’s what it’s always been.”

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