GOP’s Saint Patrick’s Day Tweet of Beto’s Mugshot So Bad People Can’t Believe It: ‘No This Didn’t Happen’


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Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate, the official GOP Twitter account started a huge backlash and engendered sympathy for a Democrat candidate for 2020 who was otherwise not having a great week: Beto O’Rourke. The amazingly ill-advised tweet, complete with mugshot given photoshop treatment, went out just after noon, and the last two hours have been almost exclusively negative reactions from prominent accounts on both the left and the right. Smooth. Here’s the offending tweet: And here are the replies that it’s hard to believe they didn’t see coming, starting with one that is a good summary of the general reaction.

Trump Demands Fox Save Jeanine Pirro from ‘Radical Left Democrats’: ‘Stop Working Soooo Hard on Being Politically Correct’


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On Saturday night, Judge Jeanine Pirro was conspicuously absent from her normal time slot on Fox News Channel. And on Sunday morning the network’s biggest fan had something to say about. President Donald Trump wants Pirro back on the air, he tweeted Sunday morning, tagging Fox News with his programming guidance. Fox must “stay strong” said the President, and “fight back with vigor” against being “politically correct.”

Australian PM Scott Morrison Condemns ‘Extremist, Right-Wing, Violent Terrorist’ in Christchurch Massacre


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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the horrific massacre at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, and described it as being motivated by extreme, right-wing ideology. “We are shocked, we are appalled, we are outraged,” said Morrison. “And we stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist, that has taken the lives, stolen the lives, and in a vicious murderous attack that has claimed so many New Zealanders.” He said the attack is a reminder of “the evil that is ever-present.” He also confirmed that one of the suspects currently in custody is an Australian citizen.

“I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody, I’ve been advised is an Australian-born citizen,” the Prime Minister said. Three people have been taken into custody in connection with the shootings, according to police, as was confirmed by the Prime Continue reading "Australian PM Scott Morrison Condemns ‘Extremist, Right-Wing, Violent Terrorist’ in Christchurch Massacre"

AOC Tweets ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts & Prayers’ After Mass Shooting at Christchurch Mosques


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In her address to her nation, the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that her thoughts as well of those of all residents were with the victims of the terrible mass shooting earlier that evening. The horrific attack, as we have outlined here, was a mass shooting that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four people are in custody as the investigation and recovery are both underway in the country. CNN tweeted a video of the Prime Minister offering her thoughts for those killed while praying. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) retweeted that and said “what good are your thoughts & prayers when they won’t even keep the pews safe?”

Late Show Parodies Giuliani Ally’s ‘Garth Brooks Defense’ as Music Collection: ‘The Greatest Cover Songs to Cover Your Ass”


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When Michael Cohen produced an email to back up his claim that Donald Trump “dangled” a pardon in exchange for his silence, the lawyer who sent the mail defended it by saying that the “friends in high places” line was merely a Garth Brooks reference. On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the cold open clip did a parody of this excuse in the form a fake music collection commercial à la the once ubiquitous “Now That’s What I Call Music!” ads. “Accused of obstruction of justice? Now there’s a collection of Garth Brooks songs you can use as a legal excuse,” the announcer says. “Introducing ‘Now That’s What I Call an Alibi!’ The greatest cover songs to cover your ass.” “You’ll get all of Garth Brook’s misquoted hits, like ‘Ain’t Going Down So Keep Your Mouth Shut’, ‘We Know Where Your Father-in-Law Lives’, And of course,
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WATCH: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Speaks on Christchurch Shootings: ‘One of New Zealand’s Darkest Days’


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“There are multiple scenes,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking to her nation a short time ago about the shootings that took place in at least two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday morning NZ time. The Prime Minister confirmed that at least one person is in custody, and confirmed that two Mosques were attacked in the mass shooting incident. She said that she could not give out the number of casualties and fatalities or other specific details. “What I can say is that it is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” she said. The Prime Minister called it “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” Ardern also suggested that many of the victims “may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here.” “They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us,” Continue reading "WATCH: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Speaks on Christchurch Shootings: ‘One of New Zealand’s Darkest Days’"

BREAKING: 40 Dead, 20 Injured in Mass Shooting at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand [UPDATES]


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[Updates at bottom of post] Original article (10:54 pm ET): The AP and other news outlets are reporting that a mass shooting has taken place in one, or possibly two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police have confirmed they responded to a call, and television outlets in New Zealand and Australia have extensively reported on the shooting over the last hour. In one report from New Zealand-based outlet TVNZ, they described the situation on the ground as chaotic, with police locking down neighborhoods and schools in the area of the two affected mosques. Reports on the number of people killed or injured vary greatly, anywhere between six and 30 people. TVNZ reported over 20 ambulances are already on scene, and triage at a Continue reading "BREAKING: 40 Dead, 20 Injured in Mass Shooting at Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand [UPDATES]"

Charlie Sykes Shreds Cruz, Tillis, and Others in GOP For Siding With Trump on Emergency Vote: ‘Spinelessness’ on Display


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On Hardball on Thursday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews spoke with Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post and Charlie Sykes of The Bulwark about the vote in the Senate, and how much of a rebuke it was of the president by by Republicans. Matthews, after introducing the segment, said the 12 Republicans who voted for the resolution against President Trump’s emergency declaration were demonstrating that they are principled. He turned to Sykes, who agreed, and noted what that says about those who did not rebuke Trump. “This was a very strong rebuke of the president, and 12 senators breaking with the president is certainly a beginning of something,” said Sykes. “But it could have been bigger and it should have been bigger. Now I thunk that a lot of senators who understood this is an easy vote, this was a red line vote, and yet they chose to cave in, they chose Continue reading "Charlie Sykes Shreds Cruz, Tillis, and Others in GOP For Siding With Trump on Emergency Vote: ‘Spinelessness’ on Display"

Colbert Opens with Trump Handing Out Security Clearances to Fox Hosts and a Pringles Can


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On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, the show’s cold open was a satirical clip in the format of their fake news feed (LSSC News) about the security clearance story in the news this week. It was amusing, maybe a little rushed, but a couple of laughs. As usual, it first started with an actual clip from CNN, followed by their own take. In this case, it showed an over the shoulder view of “Trump” authorizing clearances. First was Donald Trump Jr., then a promo shot of the FOX & Friends hosts, then a contest winner and the Pringles can man. Kim Jong Un got a clearance, but in a wig and under the name “Kimmy.” For each name, they had audio of actual Trump comments, obviously from other contexts, and for “Kimmy Jong Un” it was Trump saying “she’s beautiful.” Last up was Trump Continue reading "Colbert Opens with Trump Handing Out Security Clearances to Fox Hosts and a Pringles Can"

Former DNC Chair Ed Rendell Says House Should’ve Focused on Omar’s Remarks: ‘The Worst Slur You Can Make to a Jewish Person’


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On Thursday, Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham spoke with former governors, Democrat Ed Rendell and Republican Mike Huckabee, about the House resolution on anti-Semitism in the wake of remarks by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “The house voted overwhelmingly to approve a broad resolution calling out racism, and anti-Semitic comments without naming Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. And the Democrats seem to be, I don’t know, they don’t want to name her despite the fact that that’s what brought this whole thing up, obviously, initially, linking Jews to money, AND then talking about certain people having a divided allegiance to other countries,” said Ingraham. “Should it have been restricted to the anti-Semitism? A lot of Jewish Americans, at least on social I’m reading tonight, are pretty outraged.” “I think it should have focused on the anti-Semitism, and it should have said that congresswoman Omar made a mistake. Because she did Continue reading "Former DNC Chair Ed Rendell Says House Should’ve Focused on Omar’s Remarks: ‘The Worst Slur You Can Make to a Jewish Person’"

Tucker Carlson and Joe Concha Knock Media for ‘Gloating’ About DNC Debates: ‘Echo Chambers Are Quite Boring’


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After his monologue taking on the DNC’s announcement that they’ll be excluding Fox News Channel from their debate schedule, Fox’s Tucker Carlson spoke with guest Joe Concha of The Hill, on that topic and, more specifically, the reaction of other media like CNN to the DNC’s decision. CNN’s media critic Brian Stelter got particular attention from the two. Tucker began by noting, as he did in the monologue, that Fox spoke up on behalf of CNN when reporter Jim Acosta had his press corps access revoked. “Fox defended CNN’s right to cover the White House, to cover American politics, in the form of an amicus brief on behalf of Jim Acosta, who is very hard to defend. But on principle we did it anyway,” he said. “And now Fox has been banned from hosting Democratic debates and they are gloating. Tell me how this works.” “Well, for one, Continue reading "Tucker Carlson and Joe Concha Knock Media for ‘Gloating’ About DNC Debates: ‘Echo Chambers Are Quite Boring’"

Tucker Carlson: DNC’s Fox Ban is Part of Global Plan by Left to ‘Crush Dissent’ as ‘CNN Applauds’


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For his opening monologue on Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed the announcement by the DNC that they will be excluding Fox News from hosting Democrat primary debates ahead of the 2020 election. Carlson, obviously, took issue — and not just with the decision, but with other networks like CNN offering no objection. Carlson began by pointing out that CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was barred from a White House event last year, and that despite CNN’s attacks on Fox News, the network defended Collins. “As an organization, CNN has relentlessly attacked fox News over the years,” On the other hand, reporters ought to be allowed to ask hard questions of public officials. Executives here at Fox didn’t hesitate; They loudly came to Kaitlan Collins’ defense. So did Special Report anchor Bret Baier. So did this show.” Carlson showed a clip of his defense of Collins. He then brought Continue reading "Tucker Carlson: DNC’s Fox Ban is Part of Global Plan by Left to ‘Crush Dissent’ as ‘CNN Applauds’"

Fox’s Napolitano: Trump Won’t ‘Survive’ if ‘He Has Another Week Like the Last One’


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Former Superior Court judge and Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano argued in his latest column that if President Donald Trump has another week like this last one, his presidency won’t survive. At the Washington Times, Napolitano went through an exhausting list of hits Trump took in the last week to make the case. He covered the “pseudo-negotiations” of the Hanoi summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, the testimony about Trump from former fixer Michael Cohen, a bipartisan move in Congress to stop Trump’s emergency declaration, the New York Times report on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner‘s security clearance… it goes on. With regard to Cohen, Napolitano wrote:
While the world watched the pseudo-negotiations in Hanoi, House Democrats were conducting a public hearing, over the objections of their Republicans colleagues, about Mr. Trump’s alleged unlawful behavior before and while he was president. The sole witness Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano: Trump Won’t ‘Survive’ if ‘He Has Another Week Like the Last One’"

Hot Mic Catches Sam Zell on CNBC Reacting to Dem Congressman on Failed Amazon Deal: ‘What a Crock of Shit!’


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Billionaire real-estate mogul Sam Zell was on CNBC this morning speaking with Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) about the renewed effort to revive the failed Amazon deal, and a hot mic caught a hot moment after the discussion ended. Zell was co-hosting Squawk Box and interviewing Meeks about the deal. Meeks was a co-signer on an open letter to Amazon a few days ago imploring the company not to abandon the so-called HQ2 plans, which were publicly opposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats. Meeks had just told Zell that he wasn’t one of the “handful” who were blocking the bid but added as time ran out that he wants any deal to be ‘inclusive”, a reference to the social justice objections raised by the opposing Democrats. Zell ended the interview and the show’s anchor Melissa Lee had begun to move on. But Zell’s mic was still hot. “What a Continue reading "Hot Mic Catches Sam Zell on CNBC Reacting to Dem Congressman on Failed Amazon Deal: ‘What a Crock of Shit!’"

Rep. Adam Schiff Hires MSNBC & NBC News Contributor Daniel Goldman to Investigate Trump


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Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has added a new member to the investigative team digging into President Trump: MSNBC and NBC News analyst and commentator Daniel Goldman. Goldman, in addition to being an MSNBC pundit, is a frequent Trump critic on social media and participant in hashtags like “#TrumpResign.” Schiff has brought him on, with several other hires, as senior adviser and director of investigations Before he was an on-air political contributor at MSNBC, Goldman was an assistant U.S. Attorney in New York and was part of the prosecution in multiple mob cases, including Russian mobsters, a fact which he has referenced in relation to Trump. Goldman’s experience specifically with the Continue reading "Rep. Adam Schiff Hires MSNBC & NBC News Contributor Daniel Goldman to Investigate Trump"

For All the Debate on Whether Fox News is Propaganda, What Should We Make of NBC News’ Extreme Left Op-Ed Vertical?


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Propaganda is a hot topic this week. A New Yorker article has painted Fox News with the brush, and it has proliferated as a buzz word in non-Fox media. People, especially since the fall of the Soviet Union, have a lot of oddball uses for the word propaganda, and it is both too broad and too narrow in our daily parlance. In some formal ways it’s seen only as misinformation or PR on behalf of a head of state or the ruling party. In many informal and slang ways, it’s simply an insult for something you don’t like. But it should be seen as what it literally means, and that means it can be in service to more than just Donald Trump, for example. In the United States, power is widely distributed, even more than we may think or was intended. It rests with the executive, legislative, and judicial
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Tribune Columnist on Fox News Compares Cohen Testimony to Being Witness Against ‘La Cosa Nostra’


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Clarence Page, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, appeared on Fox News Channel’s Media Buzz on Sunday to discuss how the media covered the testimony before congress by former Trump fixer Michael Cohen last week. Host Howard Kurtz asked Page whether journalists were too quick “champion” and give a platform to the word of someone they’d previously bashed as a liar, who had in the past “yelled at or threatened journalists.” “I don’t know about ‘championing’ him, Howard, but I’m delighted they gave him a platform, the Democratic house gave him this platform as well,” said Page. “It reminded me of the Valachi papers, which nobody’s old enough to remember but me apparently.” Kurtz encouraged him to “educate us,” and Page explained that Joe Valachi famously informed on the mob to Congress back in 1963. Valachi’s public testimony about La Cosa Nostra, a term for the Sicilian Continue reading "Tribune Columnist on Fox News Compares Cohen Testimony to Being Witness Against ‘La Cosa Nostra’"

Bolton Distances Himself From Trump on Otto Warmbier Excuse: ‘That’s HIS View’


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On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, host Jake Tapper spoke with National Security Advisor John Bolton about the North Korea summit. Asked if he, like President Trump, took dictator Kim Jong Un at his word about the treatment of Otto Warmbier, Bolton refused to answer. The President said that he doesn’t believe Kim Jong Un “would have allowed” the brutal mistreatment of Warmbier to happen and that he will “take him at his word” that he didn’t know about it. Bolton told Tapper that Trump made it “very clear” he thinks what happened to Warmbier is unacceptable, but Tapper got right to the point. “Do you take Kim Jong Un at his word?” he asked. “The President takes him at his word–” Bolton began to reply. Tapper interrupted “No I know he does, but what about you?” “My opinion doesn’t matter,” said Bolton.” Continue reading "Bolton Distances Himself From Trump on Otto Warmbier Excuse: ‘That’s HIS View’"

Trey Gowdy: ‘I Will Continue to Not Believe’ McCabe Comments on Briefing Gang of 8 Over Trump Probe


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Fox News contributor and former SC congressman Trey Gowdy spoke with Martha MacCallum on Tuesday night regarding fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe‘s assertion that he had briefed the so-called “Gang of Eight” about the FBI’S Trump-Russia investigation and “no one objected.” McCabe’s claim was big news all day, but Gowdy does not buy it. McCabe said in an interview Tuesday morning that he had briefed the Gang of Eight– the intel body comprised the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate as well as the intelligence committee leaders–about the FBI opening a counterintelligence investigation into President Donald Trump and his ties to Russia. Gowdy told MacCallum he doesn’t believe it. MacCallum asked Gowdy what he thought McCabe was “getting at” with the assertion that he briefed leaders like Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Paul Ryan and “no one objected.” “That Devin and Paul knew Continue reading "Trey Gowdy: ‘I Will Continue to Not Believe’ McCabe Comments on Briefing Gang of 8 Over Trump Probe"

Iowa Voter Has Zero Interest in Gilllibrand Campaign Speech: ‘I’m Just Trying to Get Some Ranch’


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Democratic 2020 hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has made campaign stops in Iowa already, and spoke on Monday to a crowd at the Airliner in Iowa City, a popular stump stop in the state. The show was stolen, though, by America’s most popular guilty condiment: ranch dressing. Or at least, by a woman determined to get ranch dressing in the busy bar/pizza joint. CNN reporter DJ Judd caught the moment, first describing it in a tweet, then uploading video after. The video is great: