Sunday, March 24, 2019
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Trump scandals still demand way more coverage—like how the press covered Bill Clinton

Michael Cohen's candid congressional testimony on Wednesday, Feb. 27, during which Donald Trump's former personal attorney detailed the criminal enterprise that has long surrounded the president, once again catapulted Trump scandal coverage back to the...
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Rachel Maddow STOMPS Sean Hannity with 4th Straight Monthly Win vs State TV (aka...

A couple of years ago Fox News was regarded as an invincible monolith on cable news that no other network could challenge. It was a fallacy created by their catering to a hard-core right-wing...
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These are dangerous times

It was challenging to keep up with all of the news this past week, as well as the downright bizarre behavior of the current White House resident. Some things still managed to stand out, and they are really quite disturbing—more disturbing...
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FOX News Brazenly Lies to Smear Democrats Who Were on a Mission of Mercy...

On a day when there is an abundance of newsworthy stories to report, Fox News went out of its way to deliberately spread false accusations aimed at Democratic members of Congress. While they could...

Washington Post Confronts Sarah Huckabee Sanders On Latest Towering Lie About Trump and Violence

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” — Dostoyevsky Sarah Huckabee Sanders is to Pinocchio what an F-22 is to “Flyer,” which is what the Wright brothers called their first bi-plane, back in the days of Kitty Hawk.  She is the liar ne plus ultra, the high priestess, nay, the supreme goddess of lies. Her most recent contribution to lying, which she has modeled into a veritable art-form, in her time as White House press secretary, is to claim that Donald Trump does nothing but condemn violence — she assures us that he is the first person to do so — and that any misunderstanding on that topic is due to mis-reporting and not to anything Trump ever said. Friday a reporter asked Sanders to comment on the topic of the Coast Guard lieutenant armed with guns and a hit list, which included Democrats and journalists. Here was her response in the Washington Post: Sanders: “I certainly don’t think that the president at any point has done anything but condemn violence — against journalists or anyone else. In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence and the media is the first people to blame the president.” There are white lies and then there are giant bold faced whoppers, and this last one was a doozy. And bear in mind, it’s not an original lie. She said the same thing, in so many words, in June, 2017, when she claimed Trump, “in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything quite the contrary.”  Apparently, the Washington Post couldn’t stand it, and so they sent Sanders an email Friday afternoon containing these facts. And bear in mind, that the Washington Post interactive fact checker has over 8,000 lies on record since Trump took office. But the Post only asked Sanders to comment on a few short squibs. If Sanders had been unaware at that her categorical words amounted to a continuation of Spicerism from the briefing room lectern, PolitiFact, The Post and others highlighted the several occasions on which Trump, often at rallies, either smiled on violent acts. Just one example, from a February 2016 rally in Iowa: “So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell . . . I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.” There are several others along those lines. The president has encouraged violence through body language as well. At a rally before last year’s midterms, Trump praised Rep. Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who’d body-slammed a reporter for the Guardian during his 2017 campaign. “Never wrestle him. You understand that? Never. Any guy who can do a body-slam. He’s my kind of . . .,” said Trump last October. “He’s my guy. . . . So I was in Rome with a lot of the leaders from other countries . . . And I heard about it. And we endorsed Greg very early, but I had heard that he body-slammed a reporter.” Amid those […]
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CNN needs to cut ties with its newly hired GOP operative—and now

Every news organization makes mistakes. Journalism is an imperfect craft and is sometimes practiced at a breakneck pace. The question is: What do news outlets do when confronted with overwhelming evidence that they messed up?...
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Trump Declared War On Press 2 Years Ago Oblivious He Swore To Protect It...

Once again, Donald Trump is calling for “retribution” against the free press. Two years ago today he called the media the “enemy of the people” for the first time. That was a dark day for democracy and things have only gone downhill from there. He has treated the press as his enemy, complete with advocating violence against them on social media and inciting his followers to assault reporters. Then there’s this eight second clip, depicting violence against CNN reporter Jim Acosta, which Donald Trump Jr. deemed worthy of retweeting, just last month. And don’t forget the clip of Trump bashing a suited man with a CNN logo for a head in the wrestling ring, or the Trump train running down a CNN reporter on train tracks, in a cartoon. No innudendo there. Trump just doesn’t grok the fact that he swore an oath to uphold the constitution of these United States, and part of the constitution, right up there at the top because it’s so important, is freedom of the press. That’s what he swore to uphold. He is clearly oblivious that that is what he did, with his hand on two bibles, that windy January day. Au contraire. Trump thinks that it is his power that is supposed to be unfettered and unqualified, and that, if anything, the constitution is in the way of his power and accumulation of wealth, upon which there should be no restrictions, whatsoever. Trump just can’t comprehend that he is one hundred eighty degrees off base about his own job description, and that’s the problem, not the free press. Stonekettle posted an outstanding blog on this topic Sunday. Maybe if Trump would read this, he’d finally get a clue. Stonekettle Station: By design, the President’s power is supposed to be restricted. That’s what the presidential oath of office directly implies, that’s why it requires the office holder to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and not a political ideology, or the government, or even the country. The fact that Trump does not understand this, is in point of fact utterly incapable of understanding this, is evident in every word he speaks and every action he takes from his assertion that the Press is the enemy of the people to his declaration of a national emergency to override congress and thus the will of those self same people. Stonekettle goes on to say that the press, “is the only private enterprise whose rights are specifically enumerated in the Constitution,” without qualification, because, “the Press is the watchdog of liberty and the enemy of tyrants.” Indeed it is the enemy of tyrants, and that’s why Donald Trump hates it. The press holds him accountable and he wants to do exactly that with them, and he can’t. Trump’s vision of the role of the press is that of servile sycophant to him and stenographer of his wishes, and it makes him crazy that there is the other kind, people who speak truth to power and record fact. Not that the press is perfect, quite the contrary. Our press, like our government, is a reflection of who we are as a people. The Press is free to publish articles at the highest levels of journalistic integrity or to print the alleged sexual escapades of popular entertainers. The Press is a private enterprise, a business – often (hopefully, if you work there) for profit – and so I’ll […]
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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 […]

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