- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

After news emerged Tuesday that President Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey, the press added a jolt of melodrama and liberal agenda to their coverage within minutes.

“The firing of Mr. Comey has pushed the deranged, bloodthirsty media over the edge,” the Media Research Center said in a statement. “Rather than reporting the facts, the media rushed to breathlessly pushing Democratic talking points and conspiracy theories untethered to reason or reality. The notion that this is in any way comparable to Watergate is hysterical.

“Any media report that leaves out how Democratic officials flipped from slamming Comey’s handling of the email investigation to feigning outrage and mourning his dismissal is worthless,” the conservative press watchdog noted.

The trend was rampant across the broadcast networks, according to the organization’s analysts.

“ABC and CBS on Wednesday went into full panic mode,” writes analyst Scott Whitlock, noting that the networks used dramatic music and visuals, comparing the director’s firing “to Richard Nixon during the darkest days of Watergate,” suggesting that it was a historic moment.

“Now, there are calls for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation. Democrats compare this to Watergate,” said a somber ABC morning host George Stephanopoulos. His co-host Robin Roberts turned to liberal journalist Cokie Roberts to push this hyperbolic narrative, Mr. Whitlock said.

“That’s understandable that people are comparing it to Watergate because, of course, what happened there is that President Nixon fired the special prosecutor because he was getting too close,” Ms. Roberts told the network.

There were similar parallels on NBC, as well as CNN.

Mr Whitlock called The New York Times coverage downright “apocalyptic.” The news organization suggested it was a political scandal of mammoth proportions.

Meanwhile, Media Research Center analyst Nicholas Fondacaro had a startling description of a certain CNN legal commentator during the cable network’s rush to cover the event.

“Jeffrey Toobin loses his mind over Comey being fired,” Mr. Fondararo wrote in his judgment of the coverage.

“I have not seen anything like this since October 20, 1973, when President Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor. This is something that is not within the American political tradition,” Mr. Toobin said in his segment.

“That firing led indirectly but certainly to the resignation of President Nixon. And this is very much in this tradition. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is something that is completely outside how the American law is supposed to work,” the commentator concluded.

“Only time will tell if Toobin’s assertions were correct. But his attitude and demeanor were way over the top. That’s not to mention that his tirade was based on what little information is available to the public, which means all of his pontificating was mere speculation,” Mr. Fondacaro pointed out.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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