Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives statements to the media inside The Kirya, which houses the Israeli Defence Ministry, after their meeting in Tel Aviv on October 12, 2023. Blinken arrived in a show of solidarity after Hamas's surprise weekend onslaught in Israel, an AFP correspondent travelling with him reported. He is expected to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Washington closes ranks with its ally that has launched a withering air campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 17: 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”:

Following the news that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was not planning to seek reelection — and was planning to start touring the nation — Governor Wes Moore (D-MD) cautioned him on ABC’s “This Week” to refrain from a possible third-party presidential run in 2024.

“I would urge him not to mar his legacy by getting involved in something so foolish,” Moore said, arguing that aa third-party bid would have no chance at success.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile also joined the show, praising President Joe Biden and saying that he has repeatedly outperformed expectations.

Following Tuesday’s elections, the results of which were largely positive for Democrats, she said, “Joe Biden continues to overperform, defy expectations. The Democratic Party is winning. The Democratic Party is able to put together their coalition.”

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan that the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas could pose a complicated political problem for President Joe Biden.

Indeed, some Democrats — such as Senator John Fetterman (D-PA), who covered his office walls with posters of the hostages taken by Hamas from Israel into Gaza — have been vocal in their support of Israel. Others — such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who was censured for condoning and sharing calls for Jewish genocide — have pushed the Palestinian cause and laid the blame at Israel’s feet.

The divide is pronounced enough, Warner said, that Biden could face backlash from within his own party if he didn’t do a better job threading that particular needle. “If there’s not more consideration about Palestinian casualties,” it could be “harder in America to maintain our traditional support for Israel.”

Warner noted that it was not a question of Israel having the right to defend itself or to take out the terror group Hamas, but that the concern was the optics of a war in which the majority of the casualties appeared to be Palestinian civilians — and the fact that Hamas would continue to use those optics to their advantage.


CNN, “State of the Union”:

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan joined CNN’s “State of the Union,” where he spoke to host Dana Bash about the ongoing war in Israel and why the United States has continued to put pressure on its only real ally in the Middle East with regard to the situation in Gaza.

“As democracies, we have to be different,” he explained, saying that he would continue to encourage Israel to take every possible step to limit the number of civilian casualties.

Sullivan also gave an update on the hostages, telling Bash that nine Americans are still among the missing since the October 7th Hamas attacks in Israel.

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized students in the United States and all over the world as more and more campuses report anti-semitic protests, demonstrations, and even attacks aimed at Jewish students.

“Those who protest for Hamas, you’re protesting for sheer evil. There are a lot of misguided people out there, that don’t know the facts. You’re talking to people who deliberately targeted civilians, who raped and murdered women, raped — who beheaded men, who burned babies alive, who kidnapped little babies and hostage — Holocaust survivors, you name it. These are the people that you’re supporting,” Netanyahu said.

Referencing comparisons between Hamas and the Nazi regime, he continued, “Who do you protest against? Do you protest against the Nazis?” he asked. ” Or do you protest against the Allies? … It’s an indictment of higher education in some of our universities.”

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Former Governor Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) joined “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream to discuss the third Republican primary debate — and the fact that Haley’s poll numbers have been moving in a positive direction.

Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador the the United Nations still ranks third in most recent polls — behind former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) — but her numbers have been slowly ticking upward, especially as global tensions rise in the wake of the October 7 terror attacks Hamas committed in Israel.

“Our solution should be this,” Haley said of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. “I mean, we should have three priorities. One, to help Israel eliminate Hamas; two, support Israel with everything they need, no questions asked; and three, to make sure we do everything we can to bring the hostages home.”

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki raised a question on her MSNBC show, “Inside with Jen Psaki,” about the evangelical Christian community in the United States largely supporting former President Donald Trump — and to weigh in on that subject, she brought in the pro-abortion Reverend and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

Warnock, who has repeatedly promised to protect abortion rights — or restore them, as the case may be — despite the fact that many Christians believe in the sanctity of human life, said that Christians supporting Trump were a “deep contradiction.”

“Does it bother you that the evangelical community seems to be — continues to very much be behind Donald Trump?” she asked. “Is that surprising?”

“It’s a deep contradiction,” he replied. “It’s a deep contradiction, and I think that when the history of this period is written, we will have a lot to say about that. You cannot account for the divisive voices at work in our country, sadly, without reference to what’s happening in huge segments of the American church.”

“I come out of a tradition that has always tried to use our faith to bring us together,” he continued. “I like the way Jimmy Carter used his faith. I liked the way Martin Luther King Jr. and Ella Baker … in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, how they used their faith.”


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