The major cable TV networks are all having a really hard time booking Republicans to defend President Trump on prime time.
CBS’ Charlie Rose said that his producers’ efforts to reach out to 20 Republican members of both the House and Senate were all fruitless in the wake of the New York Times’ explosive report on the existence of a memo written by former FBI director James Comey, which alleges that Trump tried to improperly interfere in the agency’s investigation of one of his cabinet members.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2017
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes responded to the tweet from CBS News, saying he was relieved it wasn’t just his own efforts to book Republicans that were striking out.
Glad it's not just me! https://t.co/egIlovB8Oc
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 17, 2017
In addition to MSNBC and CBS, Fox News’ Bret Baier — host of Special Report — told viewers on Tuesday night that he had been unable to confirm any Republicans to appear on his program.
“We’ve tried tonight to get Republicans to come out and talk to us, and there are not Republicans willing to go on camera tonight as of yet,” Baier said. “We’ll see if that changes.”
Conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer, who was being interviewed on Baier’s program, added that it was particularly stunning that in addition to Republican members of Congress, no White House staffers were going on the air either.
“So who is going to step out now and defend the president in these denials?” he added.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.