Politics

CBS Anchor Lets Bias Slip: ‘We Were All Laughing’ Before at Republicans for Primary Chaos

The media's apparent delight about the in-fighting that defined the Republican primary was expressed Thursday by CBS This Morning host Gayle King.

Discussing the turmoil now gripping the Democrats after chaos at the party's Nevada convention and harsh words between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and party leadership, King mentioned that "we were all laughing" before at Republicans for similar problems before catching herself.

"[Sanders is] clearly very irritated that Democratic leaders would even suggest that he has something to do with the violence that may or may not occur," King said to Face The Nation host John Dickerson. "What is this doing to the Democratic Party? We were all laughing—not laughing, but saying the Republicans don't have it together, and now here the Democrats seem to be a hot mess."

"Well, the problem is they've got to find something to unify around, and if they're having these fights all the time, it's hard to talk about unity," Dickerson said.

It appeared King was referring to herself and other press members as the ones laughing at the GOP for its much-discussed problems over the past nine months.

The Republican Party did have a hectic primary with the surge of businessman Donald Trump in the polls and his romp to the nomination in spite of strong establishment opposition. However, the party is largely uniting behind him as the presumptive nominee, while followers of Sanders are crying accusations that the Democratic primary is rigged for Hillary Clinton.

Ugly scenes of fighting and screaming broke out at the party's Nevada convention last weekend, and Sanders supporters leveled death threats and harassment against the state's party chair. Sanders has made it clear he intends to fight the nomination all the way to the convention, despite Clinton being likely to lock up the nomination in June.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) feared Wednesday of a repeat of the chaotic 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago playing out this summer. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) ripped Sanders for inadequately responding to his followers' behavior.

Sanders was furious about accusations that his movement was based on violence, and his campaign manager Jeff Weaver has accused Schultz of a personal vendetta against the Vermont senator.