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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 31: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows
SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 25: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about funding for the I-535 Blatnik Bridge at Earth Rider Brewery on January 25, 2024 in Superior, Wisconsin. Biden touched on his economic agenda and recent federal funding for infrastructure projects.
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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”:

Radio host Charlamagne tha God addressed the apparent open lane for third-party candidates in the 2024 presidential race, and placed the blame fully on Democrats for failing to get the job done.

“This Week” host Jonathan Karl raised the question, noting that Democrats have expressed concern about third party candidates — like Cornell West or someone running under the No Labels banner — and asked Charlamagne to respond.

“That’s their fault,” he said. “That’s the Democrats’ fault. Because if Democrats were doing what they were supposed to be doing — especially for their base, which is black women a lot of times … 90% of black women vote or Democrats, 80% of black men — if you were taking care of your base, you wouldn’t have those issues. If Democrats were doing what they were supposed to be doing for the American people, they wouldn’t have those issues.”

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Professor Douglas Brinkley — a presidential historian — marked the one-year anniversary of former President Jimmy Carter’s transition into hospice care, and he noted that Carter is still “alert and eating and has an ability to understand what’s going on around him.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also made a Sunday morning stop on “Face the Nation,” defending former President Donald Trump’s insistence that America’s NATO allies be held to account if they failed to pay their dues.

“I want to have a system where if you don’t pay, you get kicked out,” Graham said. “But no, I’m not inviting Russia to invade Ukraine.”

CNN, “State of the Union”:

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” anchor Jake Tapper hosted a panel discussion on former President Donald Trump’s newest merchandising effort — gold $400 sneakers nicknamed the “Never Surrender High-Tops.”

“Bold, gold, and tough, just like President Trump,” a description of the shoes read. “They’re for the go-getters who don’t know the word quit. With a standout gold finish and the ‘T’ badge, these kicks are for true Patriots. Wrapped with an American flag on the collar, they shout out to the brave and the free. The Never Surrender sneakers are your rally cry in shoe form. Lace-up and step out ready to conquer.”

But Tapper’s guests were not convinced.

“That’s a lot of pairs of cheaply made tennis shoes,” former White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said.


NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Kristen Welker pressed Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on President Joe Biden’s economy — noting specifically that no matter what the numbers say, the American people don’t appear to be feeling the kind of economic strength that Biden continues to boast about.

Welker also pointed out the fact that Biden, when he ran in 2020, had promised to make himself the “bridge” that would lead to a new, younger “generation of leaders” going forward. So far, as he campaigns for reelection later this year, he does not appear to be stepping aside.

“Do you think it’s time to pass the torch?” Welker asked Klobuchar directly.

“I’m a believer in President Biden because I believe he’s a good, moral person that has the backs of the people of this country,” Klobuchar said, but avoided answering the question head on.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) joined host Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss recent polls, a number of which have shown that voters in both parties have concerns about President Joe Biden’s age and cognitive abilities.

“Obviously his age is going to be an issue in the election,” Bennet said.

According to the same Fox News poll, Bream noted that voters also appeared more confident in former President Donald Trump when it came to handling the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continued to beat the Trump-Russia drum, saying, “Donald Trump doesn’t just like Putin. He wants to be like Putin. His defenders in the Republican Party are all for it … And you better believe Russia is watching all of this.”

She continued down that same rabbit hole with her guest, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, asking him whether the recent judgments against Trump would lead to him being a target for foreign powers attempting to gain influence.

“I think foreigners will try to take advantage of it one way or another. They may be doing it already,” he said.

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