Saturday, October 19, 2019

HA! Chris Wallace Says In Response To Trump Attack, ‘One Of Us Has Daddy...

Donald Trump just tweeted at Chris Wallace today. Maybe he’s hoping that Wallace will go the way of Shepard Smith. Somebody please explain to Chris Wallace of Fox, who will never be his father (and my friend), Mike Wallace, that the Phone Conversation I had with the President of Ukraine was a congenial & good one. It was only Schiff’s made up version of that conversation that was bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019 Raw Story: It isn’t the first Time Trump has gone after the younger Wallace. In a 2015 debate where Trump attacked former Fox News host Megyn Kelly for “blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump also attacked Chris Wallace for not being as great as his father. “The great Mike Wallace was a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He was a tough cookie and he was great. And the son is only a tiny action of Mike, believe me.” If Trump’s comment ever stung him, Wallace is over it. “One of us has daddy issues, and it isn’t me,” he says. Trump does have Daddy issues. Right now, all he can talk about is how terrible Joe Biden and his son are. Trump claims to know all kinds of celebrities, because he’s such a hot shot himself. Does he not know that the well-adjusted sons of famous and successful fathers, the Michael Douglases and Rob Reiners of the world, are not comparing themselves to Dad, they’re being their own men? And because their fathers raised them to have confidence and forge their own path, they’re able to realize their own potential and not spend their lives enthralled to their fathers’ image and feeling inadequate — like Donald Trump? Trump’s neuroses and lack of self-awareness are getting so pronounced that even those of us who took a couple of psych classes in college can see his issues as clear as day. Pity he can’t. And just for the record, there’s no indication Mike Wallace was ever friends with Trump. He interviewed him once on “60 Minutes.” Mike Wallace interviewed thousands of people on that show, including an old landlord of mine who went to prison for Medicare fraud. Seriously. His name was Paul Zander. I guarantee you, Zander didn’t consider Mike Wallace a friend, au contraire. Wallace and his film crew showed up on the sidewalk outside Zander’s medical prosethetics shop in Westwood, while Zander, who was out on a huge bail bond, while awaiting adjudication of his case, stared out the shop window in disbelief. Things were bad enough when his two buddies from Iran, who managed to flee the country before the feds descended, left him holding the bag, I believe under the doctrine of joint and several liability, but don’t quote me. And then Mike Wallace showed up. It was not a good time. Walllace put people on the hot seat. Trump is actually lucky that Wallace deigned to waste a ten minute interview on him, he usually fried much bigger and more interesting fish. CBS News: “There are a lot of things to do,” Mr. Trump said. “You know, a fertile imagination and a fertile mind, Mike, it’s really amazing what can be thought of.” “Politics?” Wallace interjected. “No, not politics,” Mr. Trump said. “You said you could do a better […]

Bombshell: Shep Smith Out At Fox News, The Day After Barr Met With Murdoch...

Donald Trump has been saying for some time that the United States should launch it’s own cable TV network to compete with CNN and which would “tell the truth.” Last week Shepard Smith drew a reprimand for being critical of Tucker Carlson. Then, Thursday William Barr went to meet with Rupert Murdoch. Friday was Smith’s last day at Fox, and Smith happened to be one of the few voices at Fox that was willing to oppose Trump by broadcasting actual facts and not devoting himself to fawning admiration — which is apparently what is demanded and there is no room for dissent. Announcement from Fox News: Shepard Smith is stepping down from his role as chief news anchor. This afternoon's show was his last. Fissures between news and opinion at Fox News are for real. — ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) October 11, 2019 This is a breaking story, which will be updated, but this should make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. There is no way that this development can be viewed in a positive light. Trump demanded loyalty from Fox News, he bristled and screamed when he didn’t get it, and now it looks like William Barr is not only his attack dog, he’s also his PR man, and he convinced Rupert Murdoch to see things Trump’s way. That’s only speculation, but it’s a reasonable theory that fits the facts. Roger Ailes is down in Hell laughing right now. UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. PDT — As anybody who has witnessed terminations in corporate America knows, it is a sign of hostility and disgrace when an employee is walked out of the building by security. Such was the treatment that longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith received by the network on Friday. Sources directly familiar tell me many Fox News and Fox Business staffers were "shocked" when Shep Smith announced his departure on @foxnews, some were visibly upset. He was escorted out by security, per sources. Fox plans to have a set of rotating anchors host his time slot. https://t.co/FfW2QUNaoD — Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 11, 2019 Any illusions that this was a planned in advance and mutually agreed upon, amicable, split have totally been shattered — but you already knew that, right? Poor Shep Smith, he was adjudicated an Enemy of the People and summarily dealt with. Who’s next, Chris Wallace? UPDATE 2X October 12, 2019, 4:40 p.m. PDT: Friends, a Fox publicist sent me the following email this afternoon. I verified her identity and I verified that Jo Ling Kent, the NBC journalist who reported that Smith had been escorted from the building by security, had deleted the tweet and printed a retraction. This is legit. Hi Ursula- Ali from FOX News here- reaching out in regards to your police below. Jo Ling Kent went on to delete her tweet that included the report of Smith being escorted out of the building, given it was false. Can you please update your piece to note that? https://politizoom.com/2019/10/11/bombshell-shep-smith-out-at-fox-news-the-day-after-barr-met-with-murdoch-hello-state-television/ Also- Shepard released a statement denying that his departure was due to Murdoch’s meeting with Barr. See here. New statement from Shep Smith’s spokesman: “The decision to leave was Shep’s and his alone – he will be taking an extended period of time off to be with his family. Following […]
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Things Come Undone, Shocking Behavior on the Sunday Morning Shows

Down South, Sunday morning means church. But throughout much of blue America, it means the New York Times, the farmers’ market, and Sunday talk shows, the period during which the news is analyzed, not made. Today revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the nation is coming undone. Where to begin? How about Fox News, where none other than Sith Stephen Miller decried the coup instigated by those anti-American Deep Statists against the greatest president to bless this nation. Up with this, even Chris Wallace would not put: Via CrooksandLiars: “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple,” Miller charged. “People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation is you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.” “Enough with the rhetoric,” Wallace shot back. “Let’s talk about some specific facts in this.” Done? Nyet. “How about answering my question?” Wallace interrupted after Miller tried to avoid the topic. “I understand,” Miller replied. “I understand that you have your question, I have my answer.” “It’s a non-answer at this point,” Wallace observed. Well, alrighty then. It must be frustrating to be the Trumpiest of the Trumpers, go on Trump TV, only to get one’s ass grilled for brunch. Over on CNN, yet another Trump apologist got ridiculed by known liberal Democratic-Socialist Bill Kristol, not at all happy that Trumper David Urban refused to actually answer a question, preferring instead to focus upon meany Adam Schiff and his “made-up” story about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. “Pathetic” Kristol labeled the attempt, as the two began shouting over each other: via Rawstory: After Urban frantically attacked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for reading a parody of the highly redacted transcript of Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Kristol said he was making too big of a deal about it in order to deflect from the president’s criminality.”This is pathetic,” Kristol began only to have Urban yell over him and what followed was a quick-paced back and forth. “This isn’t about the chairman [Schiff], it’s about the president of the United States,” Kristol charged. “Will you defend the president’s behavior? The real transcript?” Short answer? No. “You think President Trump’s behavior was proper?” Kristol demanded. “Is it proper for Adam Schiff to read something,” Urban attempted, which Kristol dismissed as unimportant. To be real clear, this particular “always-Trumper” believes the real scandal is Schiff’s characterization of the transcript, and not the obvious illegalities within the transcript. Once respectable Republican Lindsey Graham demonstrated that he either continues his descent into madness, or is having an increasingly difficult time fulfilling his role as the wholly compromised U.S. Senator in charge of covering for all things felonious Trump. Lindsey wonders why we haven’t yet heard from all the witnesses and are going forward on “hearsay,” apparently forgetting that Trump admitted to the gist of the charge, and also banking on Trump supporters’ inability to understand the words “impeachment investigation.” Also via Rawstory, from Face the Nation: “The complaint sounds like a legal document,” Graham insisted. “Who helped this guy write it or this girl write it. We are not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. […]

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