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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 37: What You Missed If You Weren’t Glued To The Sunday Shows
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: Shannon Bream hosts "Fox News Sunday" at FOX News D.C. Bureau on March 17, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
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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”:

Former CENTCOM commander General Frank McKenzie joined ABC News’ Martha Raddatz to discuss the fact that since President Joe Biden’s administration withdrew all American troops from Afghanistan — with disastrous results — the terror group ISIS has been allowed to grow virtually unchecked.

McKenzie explained that ISIS was able to grow in part by using the internet to encourage radicalization in countries all around the globe, saying that ability “may be one of the most dangerous methods that ISIS can use to generate attacks.”

McKenzie went on to say that President Biden’s foreign policy — specifically his decision to abandon Afghanistan entirely when he pulled the last American troops out in 2021 — was creating an environment where ISIS could flourish.

“In Afghanistan, we have almost no ability to see into that country and almost no ability to strike into that country. And so, ISIS there is able to grow unabated,” he explained, warning that ISIS and other terror groups had already suggested they aspired to attack the United States. “There’s no pressure on them.”

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Wilton Cardinal Gregory, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, took President Biden to task during an Easter Sunday interview about Biden’s decision to lean in to celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility – which is traditionally held on March 31 – despite the fact that one of Christianity’s holiest days also fell on the 31st this year.

“I would say that he’s very sincere about his faith,” Cardinal Gregory, the first African American to serve as a Cardinal, began. But like a number of Catholics, he picks and chooses dimensions of the faith to highlight while ignoring or even contradicting other parts. There is a phrase that we have used in the past, a ‘cafeteria Catholic’ — you choose that which is attractive, and dismiss that which is challenging.”

CNN, “State of the Union”:

Governor Wes Moore (D-MD) joined CNN anchor Dana Bash on Sunday’s broadcast of “State of the Union” to talk about the complications that have arisen since the disastrous collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge earlier in the week.

“This is not a Baltimore catastrophe,” Moore said, noting that the amount of commerce that was coming to a halt for lack of access to the harbor was not insignificant. “This is a national economic catastrophe.”


NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) cautioned against giving additional aid to Israel in its war against the terrorist group Hamas, saying that when it came to making new arrangements for such aid, “leverage has to be used.”

Clyburn stopped short of calling for a halt to a shipment of bombs currently headed to Israel, however, arguing that shipment was part of a deal made in prior years and the United States should make good on promises already made.

“What were the agreements made last year and the year before?” he asked, adding, “We have to keep our word.”

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

“Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream spoke with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) about the 2024 presidential election, which is looming even closer as it appears both parties have settled on their respective candidates: President Joe Biden (Democrat) and former President Donald Trump (Republican).

Bream led with a poll that showed Trump with “an 11-point edge” over President Biden when it came to his handling of foreign policy, and asked Khanna what he made of the president’s reelection chances.

Khanna suggested that people had only soured on Biden because the war was dragging on, and argued that once the war was over — and Israel was secure — Biden’s poll numbers were likely to improve.

Bream pivoted to discuss the economy then, noting that in recent polls, over half of Americans (52%) said that they were “worse off” under Biden than they had been before he took office in 2021. Another 26% said that they had seen no change, and only 22% said that they were better off in that same time frame.

Khanna pushed back, arguing that the country was still recovering from the COVID pandemic and claiming that Biden had “created” millions of new jobs — despite reports clarifying that most of the jobs Biden claims to have “created” were jobs lost under draconian COVID policies and lockdowns coming back after those restrictions were lifted.

Khanna went on to say that Biden advocated for raising wages, but did not address the economic impact — primarily through automation and job losses — of a rising minimum wage.

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used her monologue on MSNBC to claim that former President Donald Trump — who was initially facing 91 charges and is still fighting 88 of them in multiple jurisdictions — was reaping the benefits of a “two-tiered system of justice” that she said favored him.

“Trump is not the victim of a two-tiered system of justice in this country. He has been a beneficiary. There is one system for the powerful, wealthy, and well connected like Donald Trump and there is another system for everyone else,” she said.

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