What happens when America's most respected journalists, pundits and commentators are forced to stay up past their bedtimes and watch a Republican candidate win the 2016 presidential election? The last 24 hours have revealed exactly what happens -- professionalism and integrity get tossed to the curb, and the true colors of the media elite come shining through.

ABC's Martha Raddatz chokes back tears while bashing Trump over foreign policy

As Hillary Clinton's path to victory narrowed before the eyes of a stunned nation, Martha Raddatz of ABC lost complete control of her ability to remain objective and impartial.

Considering that Raddatz was one of the co-moderators of the town hall debate between the 2016 presidential candidates, one would expect Raddatz to be able to hold her biases in check. Sadly, this proved not to be the case.

When asked by George Stephanopoulos about the American troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a visibly-emotional and shaken Raddatz did manage to respond with a substantive critique of Donald Trump's foreign policy, but not without her voice breaking several times during her reply.

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC assures viewers they have not gone to hell

While Raddatz was choking back tears on ABC, a highly-agitated Rachel Maddow of MSNBC took the less subtle approach. “You’re awake, by the way.

You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream," she reassured viewers. "Also, you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell. This is your life now, this is our election now, this is us, this is our country – it’s real.”

Van Jones blames Trump victory on 'white-lash'

The winner of the "best meltdown of the night" award goes to Van Jones of CNN.

The former Obama aide did not appear to choke back tears like Raddatz or Maddow; instead, he used his airtime to insist that Trump's victory was the direct result of anti-black sentiment against President Barack Obama.

“People have talked about a miracle,” said Jones. “I’m hearing about a nightmare. This was a white-lash! This was a white-lash against a changing country.

It was a white-lash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.”

During his rant targeting the approximately 59.6 million Americans who supported Trump, the CNN commentator alleged that he had "Muslim friends texting me tonight asking if they should leave the country." While there was enough drama in Jones' performance to earn him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- in spite of his ridiculous, offensive, juvenile race-baiting rhetoric -- none of his CNN colleagues asked to see proof of these text messages, thereby missing a golden opportunity to conduct some real investigative reporting.

Meanwhile, journalists continue to insist there's no such thing as media bias.