TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden joins Israel's Prime Minister for the start of the Israeli war cabinet meeting, in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. US President Joe Biden landed in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023 as Middle East anger flared after hundreds were killed when a rocket struck a hospital in war-torn Gaza, with Israel and the Palestinians quick to trade blame. (Photo by Miriam Alster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIRIAM ALSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 18: 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”:

During a panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week,” The New York Times’ David Sanger noted the impact of President Joe Biden’s response to the ongoing war between Israel and the terrorist group, Hamas, that was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,400 Israelis during the brutal October 7th massacre.

Biden’s decision thus far to continue to support Israel — as the United States has always done — has put him at odds with members of his own party. His response, Sanger explained, represents “the first foreign policy issue where we have seen the president split with completely the progressive wing of his own party.”

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan that he was both “pro-Israel” and “pro-Palestinian” during an appearance on “Face the Nation.” Van Hollen also expressed disappointment that Biden’s push for a two-state solution — a proposal that has been repeatedly rejected by the Palestinian side — was not met with a more enthusiastic response.


CNN, “State of the Union”:

CNN anchor Jake Tapper pressed Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) on the anti-semitic left-wing protesters who surrounded the Democratic National Committee headquarters, forcing a lockdown, who violently clashed with police.


“At another rally just down the street from here at Union Station, crowds were chanting from the river to the sea, long live the intifada. What do you make of this as a as a Jewish-American, a proud progressive, a Democrat? There’s anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party these days,” Tapper said.

Raskin appeared to wave off the criticism of his party, saying, “There’s anti-semitism everywhere these days.”

Raskin went on to say that he had been disappointed to see those protests, adding, “I mean, I’m glad that they’re young people who are taking an interest in peace and social justice. And those people I encourage.”

“But for those who are somehow tempted to engage in pushing and shoving like, you know, Kevin McCarthy in Congress, but doing it outside, I’m totally opposed to that,” he continued, taking a shot at the former House Speaker after claims that he had gotten physical with another House member. “They should study the history of nonviolent movements in America, like the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, the LGBTQ movement, the environmental movement that have been the great civilizing movements of our time and of American history that have transformed things. And that does work better than violence.”


NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

NBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki joined host Kristen Welker to break down the most recent NBC News poll on “Meet the Press” — and he described a “sea change” in the difference between President Joe Biden’s approval ratings at the beginning of 2023 compared to his current ratings.

Kornacki noted that the new poll — which showed Biden’s overall approval at 40% and his disapproval at 57% — marked the lowest rating for the president on NBC poll. In early 2023, Biden had an approval rating of 46% and a disapproval rating of 50% — meaning that he was only underwater by 4% at the beginning of the year, compared to 17% in the current poll.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream to discuss the ongoing situation in Israel — and the way in which some elected leaders in the United States have reacted to it — and he responded specifically to comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) about sending aid to Israel.

“We’re done supporting and funding this violence,” Tlaib said, holding up Israel’s targeted response to Hamas as somehow equivalent to Hamas’ outright massacre that killed more than 1,400 — most of them civilians, and some of them children. “We’re done watching children being pulled out of the rubble, blood coming down their faces. We’re tired of allowing, you know, folks to be able to think that the answer to war crimes on October 7th was more war crimes.”

Pompeo’s response was simple: “The singular best way to protect the people that are living in the Gaza Strip is the destruction and the annihilation of Hamas. That’s pretty straightforward, and it should be done as quickly as possible. The lives that they’ve lived in the last years, sitting under a terrorist government, have not been good. The fact that Israel’s now determined to do it is both decent and moral and good for the people living there, good for the people of Israel, and great for the United States of America as well.”

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) told former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki that there should never be conditions on aid to Israel — conditions that some in his own party, namely Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), have called for — but then said that the United States should “use” the longstanding relationship with Israel to “press” leaders toward considering the global impact of their next steps.

Calling Israel the United States’ “best partner,” Goldman added, “There should never be conditioning of aid to Israel … Our support for Israel must be unconditional, and we should never put actual specific conditions on any aid that goes there. We should however, as we are doing, use our relationship with Israel to press them to do the necessary things for the good of not only Israel but also the broader Middle East & the global community.”

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