CNN’s Kaitlan Collins is the Latest Target of a Nasty and Dishonest Social Media Smear Campaign

The weaponizing of embarrassing old social media posts has found a new target: CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins. On Sunday, the pro-LGBT, GOP group Log Cabin Republicans called out Collins for using a gay slur and disparaging lesbians in tweets dating back to 2011. Collins took to Twitter to issue an apology. “When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends,” Collins tweeted. “It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I Continue reading "CNN’s Kaitlan Collins is the Latest Target of a Nasty and Dishonest Social Media Smear Campaign"

Joy Reid Sued For Defamation By Trump Supporter She Claimed Lobbed Racial Slur at Teen

A California woman has filed a defamation lawsuit against MSNBC host Joy Reid for spreading the false claim on social media that she lobbed a racial slur at a 14-year-old boy. Reid spread a viral photo on her social media pages in June that showed the woman, Roslyn La Liberte, wearing a MAGA hat and apparently screaming in the direction of a young boy at a city council meeting. In now-deleted posts, Reid wrote that La Liberte “showed up [to the meeting], in her MAGA hat, and screamed, ‘You are going to be the first deported’ … ‘ dirty Mexican!'” According to La Liberte, however, her conversation with 14-year-old Joseph Luevanos was “civil” and the two hugged afterwards. What’s more, at the time Luevanos told reporters, “she was still trying to keep it civil which I appreciate.” In La Liberte’s lawsuit against Reid, filed on Tuesday Continue reading "Joy Reid Sued For Defamation By Trump Supporter She Claimed Lobbed Racial Slur at Teen"

Joy Reid and Panel Rip Anonymous Op-Ed Author: Wants to ‘Be Fitted for Their Superman Cape’

MSNBC’s Joy Reid this morning acknowledged she’s generally not in agreement with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but said there actually is something concerning about the anonymous Trump administration official who wrote the New York Times op-ed this week. The author said they’re part of a “resistance” within the White House to rein in Trump’s worst impulses, though Reid said, “Of course, steering the administration in the right direction didn’t involve stopping the separation and caging of immigrant children or using the constitutional option of removing Trump by the 25th amendment. No, the right direction is apparently the one where the resistor gets to preserve the things they like. You know, tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of big business. The writer is basically every Republican in Washington.” Former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller said that the solution to Trump’s actions in office is not trying to undermine him “through Continue reading "Joy Reid and Panel Rip Anonymous Op-Ed Author: Wants to ‘Be Fitted for Their Superman Cape’"

Omarosa: Michael Cohen Did What He Was Asked to Do, Now Trump’s Kicking Him While He’s Down

Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on MSNBC again this morning, speaking with Joy Reid about her book and the latest Trumpworld developments of the week. Manigault Newman talked about Steve Bannon being a “proud white man” and expressed her alarm at the alt-right influences in the White House. One of the people in Trump’s orbit Reid asked about was David Pecker, the American Media CEO and National Enquirer publisher who was granted immunity this week. Manigault Newman talked about the Enquirer‘s disturbing report about her brother’s murder and how Trump talked to her about finding a “better resolution.” Reid asked her at one point if she was “surprised” that Michael Cohen turned on Trump. “I adore Michael Cohen,” Manigault Newman said. “And I am sad to see him going through what he’s going through. I adore his wife. His daughter was my intern at the White House. She’s Continue reading "Omarosa: Michael Cohen Did What He Was Asked to Do, Now Trump’s Kicking Him While He’s Down"

Checking in on That ‘Investigation’ Into Joy Reid’s Hacker

It’s been more than three months since Joy Reid responded to anti-gay posts unearthed from her old blog by claiming that she was the victim of a nefarious hacker. As more embarrassing posts were unearthed — the majority of the offensive content included various anti-gay and anti-Muslim commentary — reporters pressed the liberal MSNBC host, her network, and her alleged cybersecurity expert on the hacking excuse. Despite the ludicrous explanation — the few concrete instances she provided as evidence of hacking fell apart under scrutiny — Reid stood by her assertions and her lawyer (not NBC’s) told reporters the FBI had been tapped to investigate. Following the near-universal skepticism that met her claims, there was the strange apology episode of AM Joy, where Reid quasi-admitted to screwing up, saying she “truly believed” she had not written the posts, and had a panel of LGBT rights activists take turns forgiving Continue reading "Checking in on That ‘Investigation’ Into Joy Reid’s Hacker"

Art of the Deal Writer: Dems Should Be Asking People ‘Do You Want Putin to Be President’ or an American?

Tony Schwartz, the co-author of The Art of the Deal, had some advice for President Trump‘s opponents after this big Russia-centric week. Schwartz spoke this morning with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who brought up how very similar Trump’s political rhetoric in the 80s compares to him today. Schwartz said current Trump is “diminished” and “unraveling,” saying the kind of pressure on Trump between the “investigations closing in on him” and the general stresses of the presidency don’t add up to anything good. “What happens to a person who’s psychologically unstable in that situation is that they begin to double down on all the things they’ve always done,” Schwartz said. “He’s living inside his reality.” He told Reid Trump’s “paranoia” has only heightened, said “Putin owns Trump,” and advised the media to just accept that the President lies, tell the audience that, and move on as opposed Continue reading "Art of the Deal Writer: Dems Should Be Asking People ‘Do You Want Putin to Be President’ or an American?"

MSNBC Guest on Bannon’s Claim Trump Isn’t Racist: Shouldn’t Ask ‘A Racist if Someone Else is Racist’

Tara Dowdell, a former contestant on The Apprentice, laid into former WH Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on AM Joy Saturday. Host Joy Reid asked Dowdell if as a contestant on The Apprentice she felt then-show host Donald Trump was racist and played a clip of Bannon defending him. “This guy is not a racist. He’s one of the most loving guys I’ve ever met. He’s a tough guy but I’ve never seen him as a racist. One thing I would say about populism, this kind of populist, nationalist movement you see throughout Europe, it is not racist,” Bannon told Piers Morgan. “Well, asking a racist if someone else is racist, I’m not sure how there’s any credence that should be given to Steve Bannon of all people,” Dowdell said after the clip. “He … helped to develop and execute Trump’s racist strategy. It’s one thing to be racist. Continue reading "MSNBC Guest on Bannon’s Claim Trump Isn’t Racist: Shouldn’t Ask ‘A Racist if Someone Else is Racist’"