‘You Can’t Take the Bait’: WaPo’s Costa Says Trump Uses ‘Fake News’ to Provoke Reaction From Media

Through his presidential campaign into his taking up residence in the White House, there has been one constant with Donald Trump — his ongoing war with the media. Nary a day goes by without him taking pointed shots at media outlets and the press as a whole. Yesterday, for instance, he labeled ABC and NBC “fake news” over recently released polls. Chris Matthews addressed this issue with a couple of reporters who have had a lot of personal experience dealing with Trump — MSNBC’s Katy Tur and the Washington Post‘s Robert Costa. Tur said that Trump has a “problem with the facts more than he has a problem with the press” and said that it’s helpful to “laugh it off when he tries to go after you.” Matthews then asked Costa his thoughts about the president using the term “fake news” all the time against the media, especially Continue reading "‘You Can’t Take the Bait’: WaPo’s Costa Says Trump Uses ‘Fake News’ to Provoke Reaction From Media"

Democratic Strategist: We Can’t ‘Purify Ourselves Into Irrelevance’ Over Abortion

On MSNBC this morning, Lis Smith warned her fellow Democrats that their party risks being a coastal party instead of a national one if they purge pro-life candidates. “My concern is that if we impose these purity tests that we will purify ourselves into irrelevance, and we will purify our party to the point where we can only win elections in states that touch salt water,” Smith contended. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently said that every Democrat should be pro-choice and that is “not negotiable.” (This was after the DNC and Bernie Sanders received some flak for supporting a pro-life mayoral candidate.) In comments flagged by the Washington Free Beacon today, Smith said that “one thing that was sort of troubling to me was on Friday, we saw Tom Perez come out and say, you know, we will only support candidates who are pro-choice.” The “very Continue reading "Democratic Strategist: We Can’t ‘Purify Ourselves Into Irrelevance’ Over Abortion"

‘Bizarre to the Point of Alarming’: New Report Details Trump’s Cable News Addiction

trump-4 President Donald Trump‘s affinity for cable news is, by now, very well known. But a Washington Post report released Sunday offers stunning new details on an addiction that one prominent GOP strategist told the paper is “bizarre to the point of alarming.” The Post‘s report quotes Trump telling advisers and friends that he has “the world’s best TiVo.” He watches religiously in the morning — reportedly flipping between Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC. Some Trump confidants reportedly told the Post that, despite claims to the contrary, Morning Joe is still on the President’s radar. Occasional Trump Tweets rebutting opinions of host Joe Scarborough would seem to confirm that he continues to monitor the program. Throughout the day, Trump apparently keeps tabs on the shows — watching the broadcasts in a dining room near the Oval Office. At night, it’s reportedly off to the residence where he Continue reading "‘Bizarre to the Point of Alarming’: New Report Details Trump’s Cable News Addiction"

Prediction: Rachel Maddow is Going to Dominate 9:00 P.M.

Rachel Maddow 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."

‘Give Me a Break’: Jeff Sessions Wants You to Know He Actually Loves Hawaii

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi spoke with Jeff Sessions and John Kelly on Friday, and he asked the Attorney General about the disparaging remarks Sessions seemed to make about the federal judge who halted President Trump‘s latest attempt to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries. Earlier this week, Sessions drew media attention when he scoffed at District of Hawaii judge, Derrick Watson. “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions said at the time. When Velshi asked about this, Sessions said his statement was “perfectly correct” since Watson was blocking Trump’s executive order. Velshi pushed back on this, noting how Sessions “diminished a federal judge” on the grounds that Hawaii isn’t part of the U.S. mainland. “I wasn’t diminishing Continue reading "‘Give Me a Break’: Jeff Sessions Wants You to Know He Actually Loves Hawaii"

Fox Guest Says ‘MSNBC Is an Apologist for the Islamists’

On night two of a Bill O’Reilly-less Factor, one of the guests ripped MSNBC over how two of its anchors reacted to comments from President Trump today. In the hours that followed the horrific shooting in Paris, ISIS claimed responsibility. When Trump was asked about it earlier in the day, he said that it sounded like it was a terrorist attack. (French President Francois Hollande later said in public remarks that it was likely terror-related.) Both Brian Williams and Chuck Todd responded to Trump’s initial remarks by saying he was getting ahead of the facts. Jim Hanson, executive vice president at the Center for Security Policy, told guest host Dana Perino, “It’s absurd. MSNBC is an apologist for the Islamists and they need to stop doing that. It was refreshing to hear President Trump actually say what every sentient being can see.” Hanson Continue reading "Fox Guest Says ‘MSNBC Is an Apologist for the Islamists’"