On New Day, Monday, co-host Alisyn Camerota convened the famous Trump voter panel to talk about their thoughts on the 45th President as the end of the first 100 days approaches. Views were sharply divided. Of six panelists, three said they were “very, very happy.” Another two said they had “reservations.” One man said he had regrets and reservations, and one woman said none of those options reflected her views. “I’m willing to give him a chance, but he’s not doing what I thought,” said one man, citing health care as a broken promise, “I expected him to work a little harder, a little more reasonable.” Another woman, part of the “very, very happy” camp, shot back placing the blame with Paul Ryan, Congress, and the swamp. “I blame a lot on Paul Ryan. I call him RINO Ryan,” she said. “I think they pulled Continue reading "‘You Don’t Play Golf!’: Divided Trump Voters Spar on New Day"
Joe Scarborough closed the first hour of Morning Joe, Monday, in a scolding mood, taking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to task over a letter he sent to nine cities warning they would lose federal grant money if they refused to cooperate with federal immigrations officials. In one missive, sent to New York City, the Justice Department wrote that the Big Apple, “continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime stance'” The letter drew swift recriminations from everyone on the show, with Scarborough taking particular umbrage. “It makes me mad,” he said. “He needs to apologize to the NYPD rank and file.” Panelists noted that crime in New York City had fallen consistently for 30 years and that the NYPD approach to law enforcement has been used as a model for cities around the United States. The show then played a Continue reading "‘He Needs to Apologize to the NYPD’: Scarborough Slams Jeff Sessions After Police Snub"
Comedian, John Oliver dedicated his most recent episode of Last Week Tonight to a takedown of Jared and Ivanka Trump. The presidential daughter and son-in-law are widely seen as moderating influences in the White House and have soothed the jangled nerves of liberals worried about an erratic Donald Trump. Oliver pointed out, however, that there really wasn’t much evidence for any of those beliefs, playing a clip of Ivanka telling CBS’s Gayle King that “My father agrees with me on so many issues, and where he doesn’t, he knows where I stand,” she declined to elaborate. “I think most of the impact I have over time most people will not actually know about.” “Oh, well, that’s convenient!” said Oliver. “So we should just give her credit when good stuff happens, and blame others when bad stuff happens? That’s not a job description of a political adviser, that’s a description Continue reading "‘The Apple Does Not Fall Far From the Orange’: John Oliver Rants Against Jared and Ivanka"
For a few months in 2016 and 2017, Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow battled for ratings dominance at 9:00 p.m. It was a fascinating contest to watch; Carlson was the undisputed king of the hour, but Maddow’s momentum was undeniable. That titanic struggle abruptly ended this week, however, with news that Carlson would move to 8:00 p.m, replacing the network’s ratings king, Bill O’Reilly. The reshuffle comes with a lot of unknowns for both their careers, but at least in the short-term, the field is clear for Maddow — and MSNBC — to seize 9:00 p.m. from Fox entirely. In many respects, we’ve been heading in this direction for several months. While first quarter ratings data for 2017 showed Carlson’s show at number 2 — just behind O’Reilly — the real story may have been Maddow, who rode the wave of Donald Trump‘s tax returns to Continue reading "Prediction: Rachel Maddow is Going to Dominate 9:00 P.M."
Tucker Carlson is being reminded that everything you say in the digital age will live forever. To that end, the Internet is now re-learning that the Fox News anchor didn’t really have a very high opinion of Bill O’Reilly. In the aftermath of O’Reilly’s dismissal from Fox News, video of Carlson has emerged from a 2003 interview on C-Span. During the talk, a much younger Carlson — still in his bowtie phase — offered a brutally honest assessment of the then-Factor host. “Bill O’Reilly is really talented. He’s a lot more talented than I am,” said Carlson. “But I think there is kind of a deep phoniness at the center of his shtick.” Carlson was on plugging his book, “Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News.” His on-air comments, echoed additional criticism he wrote in those pages against O’Reilly. “O’Reilly’s success is built on the perception Continue reading "WATCH: 2003 Tucker Carlson Trashes Bill O’Reilly: ‘Deep Phoniness at the Center of His Shtick’"
Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to dismiss the idea of a first “100 days” calling it a “ridiculous standard’ by which to judge his record. He added that the media would “kill” him no matter how many accomplishments he racked up.
With the end of his first hundred days approaching, the tweet seems to be an attempt to get ahead of negative coverage over a very thin list of legislative accomplishments. So far the president has been forced to watch his health care plans fail in Congress and his immigration executive orders halted by federal judges. In his tweet, Trump pointed to “S.C” likely a reference to the successful nomination of Judge Continue reading "‘Media Will Kill!’ Trump Slams 100 Day Marker as ‘Ridiculous Standard’"
No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017
On Thursday, France was rocked by another terrorist attack when a gunman opened fire along the nation’s Champs-Élysées. When it was over, a police officer was dead and a second was wounded. The attack came just days before the first round of voting in the nation’s hotly contested presidential election. In the aftermath of the shooting, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and one of France’s two leading candidates, offered a curious response, saying terrorism in the country was an “imponderable” threat that “will be a fact of daily life in the coming years.” The claim was reported near the bottom of a New York Times write up on the attack, with the paper of record suggesting the response was evidence of Macron “stepp[ing] back from the moment.”
Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who along with Ms. Le Pen has been leading in the polls, stepped back from the moment, Continue reading "Leading Candidate in French Presidential Race: Terrorism ‘Will Be a Fact of Daily Life’"