ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA - AUGUST 24: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY - MANDATORY CREDIT - 'FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Former U.S. President Donald Trump poses for his booking photo at the Fulton County Jail on August 24, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Trump was booked on 13 charges related to an alleged plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Trump and 18 others facing felony charges have been ordered to turn themselves in to the Fulton County Jail by August 25. (Photo by Fulton County Sheriff's Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Weekend Media Wrap, Vol. 6: 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”:

The Washington Post’s Charles Lane raised one caveat during Sunday’s broadcast of “This Week” on ABC, noting that indictment fatigue — where it concerns former President Donald Trump — could be a real thing.

Lane posited that as the indictments continued to roll in, each one carried less weight because the novelty had begun to wear off. Not only that, each indictment appeared to do more to rally his base than it did to drive them away from him.

“He raised more money in one day off this mug shot moment than he did about the first indictment in Manhattan,” Lane said. “This has not only lost the power to shock certain people, it’s become a rallying point for him.”

Sarah Isgur commented on the situation as well, noting that the broad nature of the indictments could also create more confusion — and result in fewer people coalescing against the former president.

“I think part of the problem that we’re seeing with these repeated indictments, they’re very broad. Even some lawyers I don’t think can follow all of the different sort of charges and what they exactly mean,” she said.

CBS News, “Face the Nation”:

Former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill sat down with CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” to discuss the recently confirmed death of mercenary Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, who recently led a failed coup attempt against Moscow.

Prigozhin’s death in a plane crash last week — which many suspect came about as the result of a direct order from Russian President Vladimir Putin — initially sparked rumors that he had faked his own demise.

“We’ve all been expecting something like this,” Hill said, giving weight to the notion that Putin had, in fact, been behind Prigozhin’s death — and that he had intended to send a very clear message. “The message to the whole system is, ‘Don’t try anything’ and even, ‘Don’t criticize.'”

CNN, “State of the Union”:

Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) touted his state’s access to abortion during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” claiming that women came to Illinois from neighboring red states — where abortions were harder to get — in order to gain access to those services.

Pritzker also told host Dana Bash that the state of Illinois had plenty of available jobs – more jobs than people, in fact. What Pritzker left out was the fact that despite the apparently booming job market, people have continued to flee his state in record numbers since he took office.

According to a census report published in June of 2023, Illinois lost 146,000 residents in 2021 alone. Over 23,000 of them moved to Florida, and another 51,000 left Illinois for Missouri, Indiana, or Wisconsin. A report from the Illinois Policy Institute indicated that one resident left Illinois every 3 minutes and 43 seconds. The number one reason given for the mass exodus? Overtaxation.

NBC News, “Meet the Press”:

Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, co-chair of the No Labels party, pushed back on the idea that any third party candidate was doomed from the start, arguing that the same people making the claim now had also “predicted Trump could never be president” during the 2016 presidential election.

Marks Moulitsas wasn’t buying it, however, claiming that No Labels “literally stands for nothing” and added, “You are creating this idea that there’s a mythical unicorn creature that will agree with these people who want something” that was neither President Biden nor former President Trump.

FOX, “Fox News Sunday”:

Founding chairman of No Labels Joe Lieberman — a Democrat-turned-independent — continued the discussion on the fight to make a third party viable with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Shannon Bream. And one of the main issues, as he pointed out, was ensuring that their potential candidate could make it onto the ballot in all 50 states.

The No Labels party has floated the possibility of naming a potential candidate on Super Tuesday, assuming that the two major parties fail to be on a path to nominating candidates other than Biden and Trump.

MSNBC, “Inside With Jen Psaki”:

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to clean up a mess she made earlier in the week with regard to abortion access. During the GOP debate on Wednesday, in an effort to rebut something that was said on the debate stage, Psaki claimed, “No one supports abortion up until birth.”

Critics quickly corrected Psaki, noting that a number of Democratic Senators had voted to allow just that — and several states already allow abortion through all 40 weeks of pregnancy for any reason.

Psaki addressed the topic again during her Sunday morning MSNBC show, “Inside with Jen Psaki,” and adjusted her claim to say that no one was specifically “advocating” for more late-term abortions.

Psaki went on later in the show to address the latest indictment against Trump in Fulton County, Georgia, pressing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on whether or not the former president might actually spend some time behind bars.

“We don’t know what the judge will do … but it’s feasible that Trump or others who violate these terms could be thrown in jail?” Psaki asked.

“Absolutely,” Bottoms replied.

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