President Donald Trump took time, earlier on this holiday morning, to give thanks to the troops in a video conference call. It was a nice gesture, without question, and Stephanie Ruhle and her MSNBC guests Thursday said as much. But they also took exception to a few things about the call. For starters, panelist Robert Traynham — a former staffer to GOP Sen. Rick Santorum — noted the fact that Trump was reading prepared remarks, rather than speaking from the hear. “Maybe I’m overreading this, but it didn’t seem to be very authentic,” Traynham said. “He seemed to be heavily scripted…I’m used to a president looking into the camera and thanking the men and women…talking about them and not about me — meaning the president. Talking about them and what they’re doing, and not about, to use his words, ‘a beautiful tax cut.’ It was a little bit disjointed. Continue reading "Stephanie Ruhle and MSNBC Panel Hit Trump Over ‘Scripted’ Call to Troops: ‘Didn’t Seem…Very Authentic’"
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a regular target for MSNBC’s Ari Melber. In October, The Beat host took on the Facebook creator for using hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as a prop to promote a new app. Then on Nov. 1, Melber called out Zuckerberg for ducking Congressional hearings on how Facebook was used by the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election. Wednesday night, Melber blasted Zuckerberg once more. His charge this time? Facebook isn’t concerned about posting fake news. It is only concerned with the traffic. “Facebook doesn’t just want to you connect,” Melber said. “It wants to you crave those connections. It stokes just about anything that meets that profitable craving. As a platform, they don’t care if news is real or propaganda from Russia as long as you keep clicking.” The Beat host went on to turn the focus specifically on Zuckerberg. “[T]he question for Mark Continue reading "Ari Melber Hits Zuckerberg: Facebook Doesn’t Care if it Posts Propaganda ‘As Long As You Keep Clicking’"
Have we reached the era of post-morality politics? That was the question posed on the chyron during MTP: Daily on Wednesday. Katy Tur, filling in for Chuck Todd, declared that question to be very much open in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against major figures from both parties. More than the scandals themselves, though, Tur went after those who turned a blind eye to protect a fellow party member in spite of their alleged actions. “When does character matter more than your party affiliation?” Tur said. “It’s starting to feel like the answer is never. And in an era of post-truth, when will we reach a level of post-morality politics? It’s starting to feel as if we may be getting closer to that.” Most notably, of course, Tur was referring to President Donald Trump — who all but endorsed Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Continue reading "Katy Tur Blasts Trump For Backing Moore: Starting to Feel Like the Era of ‘Post-Morality Politics’"
One of the strangest political stories in recent years occurred earlier this month when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) suffered several broken ribs when his next-door neighbor allegedly attacked him after Paul had finished mowing his lawn. Making the story even odder is that all arrows point to the altercation being about lawn care and property maintenance. On MSNBC this afternoon, host Kasie Hunt was attempting to segue into a segment about the Paul story — GQ had recently published a report providing additional details — when she awkwardly indicated how fascinated she was with the whole thing. “New details today on the incident that left Senator Rand Paul with six broken ribs,” Hunt said. “This might be one of my favorite stories, although, of course, we don’t want — clearly Senator Paul is still struggling.” She went on to highlight the revelations in the GQ report — such as Continue reading "OOPS? Kasie Hunt Awkwardly Says Rand Paul Assault Is ‘One of My Favorite Stories’"
“[People] are holding some people to a very different standard — like Bill Clinton… The reason why Democrats lost is because Bill Clinton’s behavior was accepted, it was pushed under the rug… These women who Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Calls Out Bill Clinton Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct: ‘This is Why We Have Trump’"
During an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy, podcast host Jimmy Williams suggested the South isn’t the only part of America steeped in “racism” — that, in fact, America itself was founded on racist ideals and continues to thrive because of it. “Let me be clear. Racism is not just in the South. It is in every state in this country. This country was founded on the backbone of racism and will continue to, sadly, for a long time to come,” said Williams to host Joy Reid — to which she responded, “Absolutely.” While discussing this country’s racist past is hardly controversial, but suggesting that racism continues to be the “backbone” which will support the nation’s success, is another matter. The political opinion writer brought up this statement while discussing the election prospects of Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, who is currently running against alleged child molester and Continue reading "MSNBC Guest Claims America’s Future Success Will be Based on “Backbone of Racism’"
Mediaite has learned that MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts is officially out at the network and will be replaced by Bloomberg’s David Gura. The network is claiming that Roberts is moving on and has provided the following statement: Per an MSNBC Spokesperson: “Thomas Roberts has decided to leave MSNBC for other endeavors. He’s been a valued member of the NBC News and MSNBC family since 2010, and we’re thankful for his contributions and Emmy Award-winning coverage for the news division. We wish him success in his new adventure.” This version of events runs counter to what Mediaite has heard which is that Roberts was made many unfulfilled promises and that MSNBC staffers are upset that Roberts, a very highly regarded colleague at MSNBC, has been forced out. MSNBC provided the following statement from Roberts: “Being your colleague, for nearly eight years, has been an unforgettable privilege for me. I will Continue reading "Thomas Roberts Out at MSNBC to be Replaced by Bloomberg’s David Gura"