Friday, February 22, 2019
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BBC Journalist Violently Attacked at Texas Rally After Crowd ‘Whipped Up Into a Frenzy’...

A BBC correspondent shared on social media a video of his colleague being attacked at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas Monday night, laying blame with the increasingly anti-press rhetoric the president...
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All hail the Queen!

Off with his HEAD!   The Queen of Hearts   Alice in Wonderland I can’t seem to say it enough these days, I really do love it when they eat their young! The age old logic brain teaser has always been, which came first, the chicken or the egg? But that oldie-but-moldy is about to be replaced by the updated brain teaser x 2.0, Which came first, the Coulter fan, or the Trump supporter? This is already shaping up to be another in a long line of weeks that his Lowness would seriously like to pass through unconscious, in a two bucket KFC cholesterol coma. Damn those positive, glowing physical results he keeps demanding from his doctor! The news today is that the “border security” negotiations to stave off another partial government shutdown have broken down. It is generally accepted that the deadline to reach an agreement in time to avoid a shutdown is tomorrow, to give both the House and the Senate time to abide by their rules of consideration, and still pass the bill in time for Trump t sign it. Everybody is running around, high fiveing about the way that Nancy Pelosi is handing Trump his head on a cheap, $0.99 Store aluminum platter every time he turns around. This is true for liberals, because she’s constantly embarrassing him by shutting his overstuffed derriere down at every turn. But for Trombies, Pelosi is evil incarnate. She’s not beating Trump, she’s using cheap tricks to stifle his brilliance. But Ann Coulter?!? That’s a different kettle of fish. granted, talking about Trump and Coulter, that means a bunch of carp with full mud veins, but fish nonetheless. Fish that have been left out in the sun for two weeks. In this instance, Ann Coulter is actually a much greater existential threat to Trump than Nancy Pelosi, since Pelosi is something that Trump can use to rally the base, but Coulter is supposed to be rallying the base for him, against her. and That ain’t happening. In her naked power grab against Trumpenstein, Coulter is drawing on her long experience in dealing with the mental midgets that make up her audience, Keep It Simple Stupid! Coulter has gone on every show from Real Time with Bill Maher to Fox and Friends, spouting the same, absurdly simple yet effective message, “Is it wrong to hold the President accountable for the one promise he talked about every, single day on the campaign trail for 18 months?” Trump has been hoist on his own petard. It has been reported, and yet to be contradicted, that “the wall” was a metaphorical construct, engineered by Roger Stone and Sam Nunberg, to remind Trump to talk about immigration to rile up his racist base. But now, like a failed lab experiment, it has morphed into a virus that threatens all life on planet Alpha Trumptori One. Coultergeist is not going away anytime soon. She fell for Trump’s “Of course I’ll respect you in the morning, baby!” line, and now she wants her goddamn ring. Amusingly enough, Coulter has set herself up to look like a wrong-side-of-the-tracks- romance rebound victim here, considering those pesky reports that she dated conservative dragon slayer Keith Olbermann when they were at Cornell University together. But I’m sure that Coulter somehow or other doesn’t find that particular skeleton in her conservative closet as amusing as I […]

David Pecker ‘Apoplectic’ Over Jeff Bezos Investigation Which Now Includes Roger Stone Carter Page

National Enquirer CEO David Pecker was well known for “publishing for an audience of one, “ i.e., Donald Trump, according to Jerry George, a 26 year veteran of the Enquirer speaking to CNN [as reported by Daily Mail] recently. He also told told Trump in no uncertain terms that there would be “no negative press on Trump or his organization.” George said, “When David Pecker came on as CEO, he brought with him a silent editor, and that was Donald Trump.” But now, the Trump/Pecker narrative has changed and George says, “I think there’s a very strong chance that David Pecker may end up doing time.” What’s changed, is that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ standing up to the National Enquirer’s alleged blackmail attempt over “dick pics” of Bezos with his girlfriend, may have invalidated Pecker’s immunity deal with federal authorities, (made in connection with a $150,000 payoff to a former Playboy model that Trump was allegedly involved with,) and Pecker is, understandably, more than a little upset. Vanity Fair: “Several days ago, an A.M.I. leader advised us that Mr. Pecker is ‘apoplectic’ about our investigation,” Bezos wrote. “A few days after hearing about Mr. Pecker’s apoplexy, we were approached, verbally at first, with an offer. They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation. . . . In the A.M.I. letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: they will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that A.M.I.’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.’ If we do not agree to affirmatively publicize that specific lie, they say they’ll publish the photos, and quickly.” […] Pecker, meanwhile, would appear to be licking his wounds. There’s already speculation that the blackmail allegations could blow up his immunity deal, which expressly warned against illegal activity over the next three years. On Friday morning, A.M.I. issued a cautiously worded statement on the matter: “American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.” Bezo’s blog post has been described as “the everything story” from the man who gave us the Everything Store.The Atlantic: But Bezos’s post did something that has become common in this cultural-political moment. His blog post is, well, a blog post. But it is also so salacious, so bizarrely stimulating, that it overwhelms the thinking brain and presents instead as pure spectacle. In a little more than 2,000 words, Bezos seemed to rip every headline out of the newspaper and bind them in an eternal neon braid: the mighty power of billionaires, the immiseration of American journalism, the thin smudge of porniness that smartphones have layered onto reality—all of that, and President Donald Trump (who is a close friend of David Pecker, AMI’s chief executive), and the corruption […]

drumpf Jr. Rips WaPo’s Superbowl Ad on Twitter; Twitter Users Unload.

drumpf Jr. must have gotten bored with worst Superbowl ever, so he decided to start a TwitStorm by taking issue with The Washington Post’s ad honoring journalism and journalists that have given their all for their craft: The only controversy I see there is I wish they had spent the 5 mil investigating the crimes of Uday’s father. But Uday felt differently: He tweeted, then had to duck and cover…. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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CBS News’ Trump Q&A was awful. Is it time for the press to just...

In an era of shocking Trump statements, his claim during a Sunday interview with CBS News that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is indifferent to the suffering of human trafficking victims certainly qualified as...
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New York Times publisher rolls over for Trump in toothless interview about ‘fake news’

More than three years after Donald Trump rode the down escalator inside Trump Tower to announce his radical campaign for president, more than three years after he began waging a vicious war on the free press...
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WaPo: ‘When They Go Low, Melania Trump Calls Her Lawyers’

“Unprecedented” is an overworked and worn out word in Trumpworld. Most recently, it has been used to describe Melania Trump’s unique relationship with the press. It’s a rule of thumb that First Ladies don’t go suing publications that have portrayed them in less than a flattering light, but Melania just this week obtained a public apology and damages settlement from yet a third media outlet she has sued in as many years. British publication, the Telegraph, printed the following apology for a recent story on Trump, stating that they would pay her “substantial damages” as well. The Telegraph: Following last Saturday’s (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story “The mystery of Melania”, we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family.  Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump. We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the article. The article also wrongly claimed that Mrs Trump’s mother, father and sister relocated to New York in 2005 to live in buildings owned by Mr Trump.  They did not. The claim that Mrs Trump cried on election night is also false. We apologise unreservedly to The First Lady and her family for any embarrassment caused by our publication of these allegations.  As a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs. The story at issue was based on excerpts from the book, “Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women,” by Nina Burleigh and published by Simon & Schuster. Now here’s what’s interesting: Neither Burleigh nor Simon & Schuster were sued. Plus, Burleigh wrote the Telegraph, disagreeing with their retraction, stating that her book, and consequent article thereon, were “well-sourced,” “fact checked,” and “benign.” Washington Post: “The book was published in October and has been widely excerpted and reported on in American publications . . . The book was lawyered for months in advance of publication,” Burleigh said. “Furthermore, the points they objected to include facts that have been previously reported by other writers.” She criticized the Telegraph for apologizing for “accurate reporting” and called the apology “regrettable.” A Telegraph editor told her that the paper does not have the resources to back-check her reporting in Slovenia, the first lady’s home country, she said. “They defamed me by calling my work ‘false,’” Burleigh told The Washington Post Monday, adding that the Telegraph failed to also publish her responses to Trump’s lawyers who had challenged the story. Burleigh also suggested that the retraction was over fears of California lawyer Charles Harder, who represented the first lady in a defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail, another British publication, and is representing the president in lawsuits against […]
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Rachel Maddow Leads MSNBC to a January FREEZE-OUT of Sean Hannity and State TV...

The new year has started off with a big bang for MSNBC and it's star anchor Rachel Maddow. For the past couple months, her program has been smothering her Fox News competition, Sean Hannity....
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Rudy Giuliani made HIMSELF irrelevant to the media.

Nah, I ain’t talking about Ghouliani’s oral farts on the Sunday morning talking head smorgasbord, that’s just the same old shit in a different colored tie.And I’m not talking about his desperate paddlefooting on Monday, what I like to call the “Giuliani Box Step,” dancing back to where he started. I’ll start to give a shit about that once he learns the tango. No, what I’m talking about is Giuliani’s ill fated interview with The New Yorker magazine. The funny thing is that Rudy’s bone headed admission didn’t come as a result of masterful, insightful probing of the person conducting the interview, and it sure as hell wasn’t the dreaded “Gotcha!” question. In fact, it was a throwaway question at the end of the interview, something that the journalist threw in almost as if to satisfy his own curiosity about something. The Nosferatu in a shiny suit was asked, “Do you worry about the effect that your representing President Trump may have on your legacy?” Even if Giuliani wasn’t expecting the question, I cannot believe that he hasn’t thought about it seriously, egomaniac that he is. His reply was stunning; “I am afraid it will be on my gravestone. ‘Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump.” Somehow, I don’t think that will be it. But, if it is, so what do I care? I’ll be dead. I figure I can explain it to St. Peter. He will be on my side.” That’s the ol’ ballgame right there, as far as Giuliani’s viability as a public spokesman for Trump going forward is concerned. Giuliani blithely admitted that he’s a serial public liar on behalf of Trump three different ways in less than 100 words.  Here’s what I mean. First, his epitaph clearly shows that he’s aware of what he’s been doing, “Rudy Giuliani lied for Trump.” End of story. Second, what follows immediately afterwards?  “But if it is so, what do I care? I’ll be dead.” If Giuliani thought that his epitaph was an unfair representation, don’t you think that his next words would be something like, “Which would be a shame, since I have never purposely or knowingly lied or misrepresented facts on behalf of anyone.” But no, he’s perfectly down with the fact that this is the impression that most people have of him. And lastly, this little pearl from swine, “I’ll explain it to St Peter.” Ummm, explain what to St Peter? Explain exactly why you were bullshitting for the President? Explain how you weren’t bullshitting for a two bit grifter with a terrible spray tan? I dunno, call me stupid, but somehow or other, I think that St Peter already has the 411 on that topic. So, attention CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN, and all the ships at sea. Let me give you a quick refresher on your code of ethics. Your responsibility is to report the new, in a fair and unbiased manner. It is not to routinely air stream of consciousness bullshit from every yahoo who walks in front of a camera. And Rudy Giuliani has just admitted, from his own rubbery, flapping lips, that his only purpose in life is to wildly sling bullshit, like a deranged howler monkey, in the service of Donald Trump. With that admission in your hip pocket, there is no longer any ethical reason to see his lyin’ face, or hear his lyin’ […]
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Right Wing Provocateur Launches Birtherism 2.0 Against Kamala Harris. Chris Cuomo Runs With It.

So this is a thing that happened today. Right wing provacateur and noted member of Densa, Jacob Wohl, posted a tweet alleging that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be President because she is not a US...

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