‘This Is Now Espionage’: MSNBC’s Malcom Nance Calls For Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance to be Pulled

The Washington Post reported tonight that senior White House advisor Jared Kushner attempted to set up a “secret and secure” backchannel with the Kremlin––and suggested that Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States be used to do so. It is the sort a bombshell report that we’ve impossibly grown accustomed to of late, and immediately earned the sort of breathless coverage one finds on CNN and MSNBC of late. It was on the latter that MSNBC contributor and terrorism analyst Malcom Nance dropped some serious rhetorical bombs on All In with Chris Hayes that should cause concern for anyone worried about the viability of a Trump administration. Or… it’s fake news. Nance opened by respecting the rights of an incoming administration establishing relationships with foreign governments, noting that there is “nothing wrong with that.” He then turned serious, saying that “this nation is in a counterintelligence investigation.” He Continue reading "‘This Is Now Espionage’: MSNBC’s Malcom Nance Calls For Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance to be Pulled"

‘This Is Now Espionage’: MSNBC’s Malcom Nance Calls For Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance to be Pulled

The Washington Post reported tonight that senior White House advisor Jared Kushner attempted to set up a “secret and secure” backchannel with the Kremlin––and suggested that Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States be used to do so. It is the sort a bombshell report that we’ve impossibly grown accustomed to of late, and immediately earned the sort of breathless coverage one finds on CNN and MSNBC of late. It was on the latter that MSNBC contributor and terrorism analyst Malcom Nance dropped some serious rhetorical bombs on All In with Chris Hayes that should cause concern for anyone worried about the viability of a Trump administration. Or… it’s fake news. Nance opened by respecting the rights of an incoming administration establishing relationships with foreign governments, noting that there is “nothing wrong with that.” He then turned serious, saying that “this nation is in a counterintelligence investigation.” He Continue reading "‘This Is Now Espionage’: MSNBC’s Malcom Nance Calls For Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance to be Pulled"

That Price is Right Plinko Winner? Turns Out He’s a Trump Supporter Who Once Appeared on CNN

Well this is kind of crazy (though not for the subset of TV viewers who enjoy both The Price is Right and CNN’s Smerconish.) Ryan Belz is the 23-year-old Penn State graduate who became a viral sensation earlier this week for his appearance on The Price is Right. Seems he won $31,500 on Thursday’s episode — which was something of a “Plinko record” — and his celebration was just the sort of thing people love to share on Facebook feeds. It’s a fun clip to watch, which you can see below: But it turns out that this was not Belz’s first time on television! In the Spring of 2016 he was a guest on CNN to discuss the looming GOP National Convention with host Michael Smerconish. Seems he was a loyal supporter of the candiate Donald Trump, and was pledging his support for the future president no matter Continue reading "That Price is Right Plinko Winner? Turns Out He’s a Trump Supporter Who Once Appeared on CNN"

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Hannity Hits Back at Scarborough: ‘Do They Hold Hands Under The Desk?’

Sean Hannity Earlier today, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough took aim at fellow cable news host Sean Hannity in a manner that one doesn’t typically see. Taking exception to Hannity’s continued coverage of the conspiracy surrounding Seth Rich‘s death — a report that is so thinly sourced that FoxNews.com retracted it — Scarborough called Hannity’s coverage “gross and repulsive” before going on to deride the Fox News personality as having “no shame.” We reached out to Mr. Hannity, who is currently enjoying an early Memorial Day vacation, for comment on Scarborough’s critique. Hannity did not demure.  “LOL, Joe and Mika are so cute together. Do they hold hands under the desk?” he told Mediaite, adding “That would be the only reason to watch the low rated daily emotional breakdowns they have.” Hannity is facing scrutiny for his continued coverage of the Rich story, which has led  Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: Sean Hannity Hits Back at Scarborough: ‘Do They Hold Hands Under The Desk?’"

Zucker Jabs Cable News Competitors: ‘CNN Held to a Different Standard…People Come to Us For Facts’

The moment that the Manchester bombing story broke, CNN was in the middle of a panel discussion arguing the political motivations behind the firing of James Comey. Before CNN shifted gears to live news coverage, a predictable set of critics lit into what they saw as CNN’s apparent scoring of political points over covering the news. Fox News host Tucker Carlson went so far as to breathlessly call it “media malfeasance.” And it did seem a bit off to watch a re-hashed debate on the politics of President Trump’s firing of James Comey while other outlets were breathlessly covering the events in Manchester. But as facts became clearer, and Anderson Cooper came on to host the 8PM hour, CNN’s coverage effectively turned wall-to-wall on Manchester, and viewers desire to learn more about the most recent terrorist attack was instantly sated. But the criticism begged a question to which we sought Continue reading "Zucker Jabs Cable News Competitors: ‘CNN Held to a Different Standard…People Come to Us For Facts’"

Did President Trump Shove a NATO Leader Aside to be Front Stage?

Metaphor? Did President Trump just shove aside an unnamed NATO leader to be front stage? Is this the first step in making America great again? So many questions. President Trump is in Brussels, Belgium today, participating in the NATO unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall memorials.
Brussels, Belgium. Fortunately for editors of websites that focus on the intersection of media and politics he is making news, most notably his chiding of fellow NATO leaders for funding of collective defense. But our favorite moment we’ve seen thus far is Trump’s apparent bullying his way to the front of the stage, which you can see above courtesy of Steve Kopack’s twitter feed.

Theresa May: ‘I Will Make Clear to President Trump’ That Shared Intel Must ‘Remain Secure’

A growing and critical narrative of the Trump administration — depending on one’s political leanings — is the alleged leaking of critical intelligence in a manner that undermines strategic allies and covert investigations and operations. After the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which left 22 dead — and photos printed by NY Times that revealed the type of bomb used in the Manchester suicide attack — it now appears that Prime Minister Theresa May is jumping on board with those critical of some loose lips. Reports from the UK have suggested there is real “outrage” over these leaks, and speaking to a British news outlet, Ms. May did not demure. “Shortly, I will be traveling to the NATO summit where I will be working with international colleagues on defeating terrorism,” adding “I will make clear to President Trump Continue reading "Theresa May: ‘I Will Make Clear to President Trump’ That Shared Intel Must ‘Remain Secure’"