MSNBC Rehires Sam Seder After Firing Him Over Alt-Right Smear Campaign

MSNBC has decided to rehire Sam Seder after the political commentator was fired earlier this week over an old, out-of-context remark about Roman Polanski. Seder came under scrutiny after conspiracy theorist and alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich dug up and amplified an old tweet where Seder made a sarcastic comment about rape apologists. When MSNBC leadership was notified of Seder’s tweet, they took it at face value and initially moved to let Seder’s contract expire at the end of its term. This decision faced instant backlash from media observers who thought the network was being willfully deceived by Cernovich’s online smear campaign. According to The Intercept, MSNBC has reviewed the matter and decided to renew Seder’s contract. Seder gave a statement in response to his welcome back to the network:
“I appreciate MSNBC’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for Continue reading "MSNBC Rehires Sam Seder After Firing Him Over Alt-Right Smear Campaign"

Morning Joe Speculates Wildly About Trump’s Health After #DentureGate: ”That Impairment is Chilling’

Morning Joe addressed President Donald Trump’s very-slurry Jerusalem speech, and the panel took to speculating wildly about his mental fitness. The good folks at Morning Joe must have missed Mediaite’s investigation into Trump’s bizarre speech, which determined (inconclusively, of course) that his brief speech impediment was caused by his dentures trying to desperately escape from his mouth. After playing a clip of the speech followed by a 1980s video of Trump speaking rather eloquently on world affairs, MSNBC analyst Steve Schmidt kicked things off by remarking this isn’t the first time the now-president is “clearly slurring his words.” “I don’t know what the cause of it is,” Schmidt added, before noting that when the display is paired with alarming comments from Republican lawmakers questioning Trump’s fitness, as well as the rebuke of Trump from allies, “the question of his fitness, of his stability is in the air.” Continue reading "Morning Joe Speculates Wildly About Trump’s Health After #DentureGate: ”That Impairment is Chilling’"

Chris Matthews: ‘The Whole World is Watching’ Alabama, and They Remember George Wallace

The theme of Wednesday night’s Hardball panel discussion on Roy Moore was all the many people who are watching the Alabama Senate candidate — and all those who will be watching him on Capitol Hill should Moore be elected to the United States Senate. Host Chris Matthews began by talking about the people in Washington who are likely to cast wary glances at Moore should he win next Tuesday’s election in Alabama. “I wonder if the Republican Senate caucus is going to feel very happy having a guy like Roy Moore among them in all their meetings,” Matthews said. “With all the pages and interns watching him. And the kids will be watching that guy too…And you can bet there will be scuttlebutt among the interns. ‘What’s up with that guy? You keeping away from him?'” But it’s more than just Senate pages who have their eyes on the Continue reading "Chris Matthews: ‘The Whole World is Watching’ Alabama, and They Remember George Wallace"

Morning Joe Panel Relentlessly Grills Corey Lewandowski on Roy Moore: ‘Read the Paper Corey!’

Morning Joe had former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Wednesday morning, and the panel had a simple question: would Lewandowski have advised President Donald Trump to endorse Alabama Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore? And over the course of a painful five minutes of relentless grilling, Lewandowski miraculously managed to avoid giving a straight answer to that incredibly simple question. When first asked, it appeared Lewandowski was set to hit the president for his endorsement of Moore, stating: “Here is what I think. I think the political operation in the White House needs to be significantly overhauled. The president has gotten bad advice, and look I’m very critical.” Lewandowski tried to bring the discussion over to Trump’s policies, but after he was pressed on the Moore endorsement, he repeated the GOP party cop out line that “the people of Alabama will decide” on Moore. He also Continue reading "Morning Joe Panel Relentlessly Grills Corey Lewandowski on Roy Moore: ‘Read the Paper Corey!’"

After MSNBC Cuts Ties Over Polanski Tweet, Sam Seder Says Network is ‘Afraid’ of Mike Cernovich

Earlier this week, TheWrap’s Jon Levine — a Mediaite alum — reported that MSNBC was cutting ties with contributor Sam Seder over an eight-year-old tweet about Roman Polanski. The tweet resurfaced after right-wing Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich convinced the alt-right and MAGA crowd to amplify the tweet in a smear campaign against Seder, making it appear he was a rape apologist (something that is more than a little ironic considering Cernovich’s own history.) Following the news that MSNBC was not keeping Seder due to a willful misreading of an out-of-context tweet by a known provocateur, Media Twitter pilloried the network for its decision, with some claiming it was “deeply embarrassing” that MSNBC fell for “Cernovich’s smear campaign hook, line and sinker.” As for Seder, he believes that MSNBC has shown it fears Cernovich and the far-right media community. Speaking to the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Seder Continue reading "After MSNBC Cuts Ties Over Polanski Tweet, Sam Seder Says Network is ‘Afraid’ of Mike Cernovich"

Conservative NYT Columnist Bret Stephens: Roy Moore ‘Makes Anthony Weiner Look Good’

In recent days, Republicans in Washington have reversed course on embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore and signaled that they’d be fine with the accused child molester winning the election this month. With President Donald Trump tweeting out an official endorsement of Moore this week, the RNC has decided to reinvest in the race and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has softened his stance towards Moore. As other Republican senators have either remained silent on Moore or presented justifications for Trump’s endorsement, conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens tore into the GOP for being “morally bankrupt.” “Until last year, I voted Republican in every single election,” Stephens said on MSNBC Tuesday morning. “I think I speak not only for myself but for many other people that I could never vote, ever again, for a party that is making an open endorsement of a man against whom there Continue reading "Conservative NYT Columnist Bret Stephens: Roy Moore ‘Makes Anthony Weiner Look Good’"