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MSNBC tops Fox in key ratings for first time since 2000

This can’t all be the result of my hiding my mom’s TV remote over Christmas, but I’m sure that made a huge dent.* From The Hill: MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first...
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Even Fox News Admits That Fox News Is A Vessel For Conservative Propaganda; (with...

Donald Trump’s number one source for news and information is little more than a conservative comic book about politics and the rest of reality — and even they admit it....
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This is how Republicans get away with their lies: The media lets them do...

Start with a story that spends paragraphs repeating a series of Republican lies about abortion before getting around to acknowledging that there are lies involved, but gosh, it sure is a problem for Democrats. Now,...
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Mulvaney and Conway Hilariously Can’t Keep From Confusing Mueller and Barr

If the White House was a restaurant, “lies du jour” and “gaffes extraordinaire” would be the two dishes it would be known for. That being said, the performances by Mick Mulvaney and Kellyanne Conway on Sunday, were two for the books. Mulvaney was on ABC and Conway on Fox and they both stumbled over exactly the same material, to wit, they could not keep the words of Robert Mueller and William Barr straight, as they desperately tried to gaslight everybody that Trump had indeed been fully exonerated from any claim of obstruction of justice by the Mueller report. Take a look at the transcripts, courtesy of PoliticusUSA. First Mulvaney: These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate people. So what you’ve saw here is simply Mueller saying you know what? I’m going to let Barr call this one. He had plenty of evidence to say on collusion absolutely not and he [Mueller?]actually punted over to Barr. Again, that’s the way the system can and does work. Barr, if you go elsewhere in the letter, lower down again I don’t have a copy sitting in front of me, it says that he and Rod Rosenstein, who up until last week was a darling of the left, found not a single – not a single piece of conduct, not a single act that constituted obstruction. So that’s why we are absolutely comfortable saying that the president has been fully exonerated. Yes, Barr – excuse me – Mueller does use those words, but again, those are words you would typically find in this type of investigation. Then we have Kellyanne Conway over at Fox News, getting pushed into a corner by Chris Wallace, who, admirably, was relentless and made her stick to the point. It’s always amazing when a Fox host commits a random act of journalism and gets the facts. Kind of like a full blood moon, it doesn’t occur all that often, you want to catch it when you can.  WALLACE: …so when the president says that its total exoneration on obstruction, Kellyanne, that’s just not true. CONWAY: Well, the president is probably comparing that report and the ultimate conclusions of no conspiracy, no collusion, no contact with any Russian at a campaign that I managed into its final successful phases and have always been offended than anybody would think that we would cheat, lie, steal or talk to any Russians. That’s ridiculous and always was. We wasted a lot of money and a lot of time in people’s anxiety over it. WALLACE: Look — take yes for an answer, I’m agreeing with you on collusion. I’m asking you CONWAY: I’m always going to take yes for an answer on the Barr report. WALLACE: I’m asking about obstruction, though. CONWAY: We will see with the full report says but there’s nowhere in the Barr report that says the president obstructed justice. There’s nowhere in the Barr memo that says you or I (ph) obstructed justice. And remember, we — WALLACE: Well, there was no Barr report. Barr is simply summarizing — CONWAY: The Barr memo summarizing, but I think — WALLACE: Mueller. And Mueller says it did not exonerate him. Now, what is ludicrous, is that this is plain English being discussed. These are not abstract legal concepts, which might be […]
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Who needs advisors when you’ve got Melania?

I’m old enough to remember the Reagan White House, when Nancy Reagan tried “going Romanov” and consulting an astrologer to make informed decisions in order to protect her husband. ...

Trump Issues Edict To Journalists On Decorum After Forced To Reinstate Jim Acosta

The written rules which the White House established after being ordered by a judge to return Jim Acosta’s hard pass, are really no different than they have ever been — except now if you violate them they’ll take away your credentials. There’s an easy way to get around this, if the journalists have the guts to do it. If Trump won’t answer a reporter’s question, then the next reporter asks the same question, and the next, until Trump is forced to either deal with the issue or leave the room. The point will be made very quickly, if they all band together as one. Sam Goldwyn said, “If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.” That’s the kind of power Trump wants and the only place he has it is Fox News. It would be interesting to see what the power of the press really amounts to if they work together and go around Trump’s efforts to sabotage and silence them. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @ursulafaw56  
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"It really feels like a matter of time, frankly, before someone gets hurt."

This has gone on long enough: Throughout the presidential campaign, Mr. Trump would frequently turn the attention of rallygoers to the areas containing journalists, who would then be greeted with obscenities and taunts. Journalists are...
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Jennifer Rubin nails Trump again

in a piece at The Washington Post titled What did you expect from Trump? Rubin has been opposed to Trump since well before the election. Hers will be one of many voices reacting in horror/anger/fury/anguish/disgust to the performance at Trump...
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As Expected, Pete Buttigieg’s Success Cues Homophobic Innuendo On Fox News

Tucker Carlson is tobaggoning down the same icy mountain road, into the valley of irrelevance, as Laura Ingraham did before him. You may recall Ingraham’s sponsors bailing on her in the wake of the Parkland shootings. Several months after that, she lost her radio show, which diminished the vitriol and hate content of AM talk radio substantially. Carlson has also had sponsor cancellations and don’t be surprised if more show up on the horizon when this piece gets around the internet. “Dem darling”? Oh I cannot wait for the onslaught of veiled homophobic puns like this one. “Will Pixie Pete fly to the White House?”, “Will Buttigieg make America a fairy wonderland?” — Gary Bedard (@gbedard1) April 17, 2019 pic.twitter.com/gKoTCM5UCK — Crystal Warren (@happyenchilada2) April 17, 2019 Carlson is on thinner ice than he knows. If there is one thing that the gay community has going for it, it is a killer sense of humor. Is this your best shot, Tucker? Wait for the return punch! And don’t forget those delightful Trump statues that showed up one night in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, that were lovingly crafted by a member of the gay community. We loved ours in Los Angeles, West Hollywood to be specific. There was dialogue about dressing our life size Trump doll in a tuxedo and trundling him down to the Dolby Theater, where they hold the Oscars, and making him Lord of the Lobby. Accessories were discussed, and I won a free margarita that night, when I said that the Trump statue should stand there in it’s tuxedo, majestically holding a taco in each of it’s tiny hands. The statues showed up shortly after the “taco truck on every corner” crack was made by a Trump supporter, you see. There was also dialogue that night about mass producing the Trump dolls. I got a great idea (which earned me yet another brewski) about how the Trump dolls could be like the cabbage patch dolls, and we could send them to camp every summer — in Siberia. Carlson is a pee brained sap, and he’ll make the perfect foil for the comedic put downs which are a virtual guarantee if he keeps up this nonsense — which undoubtedly he will, unless his remaining sponsors start to get antsy again. This is going to be amusing. If Carlson continues with his put downs, he’s going to find out just how outclassed he is. I can’t wait.
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USA Today competes with Fox News to become Trump’s uncritical mouthpiece

Oh, USA Today, this is not right. This is precisely how you don't respond to having published an avalanche of lies and over-the-top, anti-Democratic (and anti-democratic) propaganda from the occupier of the Oval Office....

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