President Donald Trump earned immediate and bipartisan rebuke last night after praising — and even imitating — the physical attack of a journalist during a political rally. In the summer of 2017, Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) became so frustrated with a question from Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs that he lost his cool, body slamming and striking the journalist. Gianforte initially denied the attack until a recording was released. He was later charged with misdemeanor assault, an eventually pleaded guilty. The congressman later apologized for the incident. Many noted the ugly timing of Trump’s comments, which came as his administration is being criticized for moral impotence in its dealing with the apparent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents. Khashoggi was a vocal critic of the Saudi royal family, and his alleged assassination is as clear an expression of silencing the press as one could possibly find. To wit, as Maggie Haberman put Continue reading "Trump Praising the Assault of a Reporter Neuters Fox News’ ‘Angry Mob’ Fear Mongering"
Joe Scarborough is no longer a member of the Republican party, but he still claims status as a proud conservative. But anyone watching his passionate frustration with the Democratic party on Morning Joe today might think he’s tipped fully to the blue side of the aisle. Though it’s better analysis that the avowed sports fan is just tired of watching a blow-out and his cheering for a closer game. After airing clips of President Donald Trump deriding Democrats during a political rally last night in the most simplistic and banal ways, Scarborough exasperated of the Dems “they’re just depressed right now.” He then seemed to channel the head football coach at his favorite college football team, Alabama’s Nick Saban, and went off on what he saw as weak and soft Democratic party leaders in comparison to their tougher Republican counterparts. “I’m sitting there going, you know, as a former Republican, when Continue reading "Scarborough Blasts Dem’s Weak Messaging: Republicans ‘Knock People’s Heads Off Their Shoulders’"
Writing for the Washington Post, Robert Costa reported yesterday that “hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a whispering campaign against Jamal Khashoggi,” claiming that the smear campaign was designed to “protect President Trump from criticism of his handling” of the alleged murder by Saudi operatives. Literally, blaming the victim. This became a topic on Morning Joe today, who seamlessly pivoted to a moment on Fox News’ Outnumbered which Mediaite pointed out yesterday. After an explanation why the Saudi Royal Family’s interests are threatened by the outrage over their seeming involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, Harris Faulkner took the discussion in a new direction when she noted the columnist was “tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.” After Marie Harf pushed back on that claim, Faulkner argued that she made her comment in an effort to provide the full context of Khashoggi’s connections. Harf fired back by saying, “people are using that to Continue reading "Morning Joe Blasts Harris Faulkner’s ‘Pathetic’ Smear of Jamal Khashoggi: ‘Very Trump-Like’"
During a Thursday night rally for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), President Donald Trump recalled the congressman’s assault of a journalist amid cheers from a supportive crowd. “We endorsed Greg very early but I had heard that he body slammed a reporter,” Trump said to the Missoula audience as they shouted and clapped. “And he was way up…this was like the day of the election, or just before, and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible he’s going to lose the election,’ then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did.” CNN’s New Day not only took great exception to the Commander in Chief’s comment and directly linked it to the alleged political assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. After airing the clip of Trump’s comment, co-host John Berman snarked “I want to start with nothing like making a Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Links Khashoggi Murder to Trump Rhetoric: ‘Literally Glorified Attacks on the Press’"
The coordination between the White House and Fox News has never worked more seamlessly. Perhaps credit is due to former FNC executive Bill Shine, who recently became Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, but as Juan Williams recently admitted, Fox News and the White House appear to be “joined at the hip” in terms of political messaging. Take for example news of a sharp increase in illegal immigration at the U.S. southern border. President Trump began tweeting about this issue yesterday, and like the loyal sycophants that their critics see them as, Fox & Friends began amplifying that rhetoric by design. Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins covered the spike in immigration over the past few months, but framed this not in a manner critical of the current administration (as they did under Obama) but rather as a scare tactic designed to get out the vote. (Side note: the Continue reading "Fox & Friends Goes Full Propaganda: If You Don’t Want Open Borders, ‘Vote for Republicans’"
During a press gaggle in the Oval Office yesterday, President Donald Trump appeared to demur on any forceful actions or investigations into the alleged political assassination of Washington Post columnist and Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi. Morning Joe opened today’s show with an edited segment of Trump’s noncommittal comments alongside his insistence that the Saudis are an ally of the United States, ostensibly due to the hundreds of millions of dollars they spend on military equipment from U.S. companies. If it appears that Trump’s rhetoric is placing financial gains over justice for a murdered American resident, well then you will be in agreement with Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who absolutely blasted the Commander in Chief for what they call “moral impotence” in dealing with a country that was the home of 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked the United States on 9/11. Scarborough called the Continue reading "Morning Joe Blasts Trump’s ‘Moral Impotence’: ‘World is Watching’ and ‘Seems You Are for Sale’"