Trump Slams His Own Supreme Court Nominee: ‘I’ll Criticize Judges’

Donald Trump wants you to know he has no plans to stop attacking federal judges. “The courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It’s ridiculous,” Trump told an audience at National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner, Tuesday. “Somebody said I should not criticize judges. OK, I’ll criticize judges.” Though the statement was classic Trump, it was an extraordinary moment given that the “somebody” Trump was referring to was his own Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. During his grueling 10-hour confirmation hearing, Gorsuch repeated his discomfort with presidential attacks against individual federal judges. “When anyone criticizes the honesty, the integrity, the motives of a federal judge, well, I find that disheartening, I find that demoralizing,” he said. Gorsuch also defended his judicial integrity telling Senator Patrick Leahy that, “No man is above the law.” Trump has a long history Continue reading "Trump Slams His Own Supreme Court Nominee: ‘I’ll Criticize Judges’"

‘Tour De Force,’ ‘Masterful Performance’: Scarborough Offers Effusive Praise For Gorsuch

Morning Joe co-host, Joe Scarborough, took time away from his usual criticism of all things Trump to offer effusive praise for his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. “Yesterday was just a masterful performance by him,” said the morning host and former Congressman. “I thought if Ronald Reagan had ever had a confirmation hearing, it would have sounded a lot like that.” Scarborough lamented that the hearing had been overshadowed by Trump’s myriad of controversies and Twitter allegations, but the praise continued. “That guy delivered a tour de force, and in the age of Trump, I think he showed all of the characteristics that Americans are yearning for,” said Scarborough. “I think the Democrats are going to have an extraordinarily hard time stopping this man.” Scarborough and show regular Willie Geist speculated that, given his performance, it would be almost impossible for Democrats to Continue reading "‘Tour De Force,’ ‘Masterful Performance’: Scarborough Offers Effusive Praise For Gorsuch"

Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert used his opening monologue on The Late Show to poke fun at paranoia reportedly gripping The Trump White House. “Paranoia has seized the Trump White House,” said Colbert. “I’m surprised. I thought Russia was going to seize it.” Colbert cited a Politico article which suggested staffers were so frightened they were being spied on by a deep state, that some had taken to storing their work phones in drawers after office hours. “This paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington D.C. It happens every time. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it. Now you are the government,” suggested the comedian. Colbert then used an analogy to try and explain what was going on. “It’s like a dog who spent his whole life Continue reading "Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’"

Radical Journalism Ethics in the Time of Trump: Engagement and Pragmatic Objectivity

In a time of Trump, how should journalists serve the public? Should they join the protests? Become a partisan, opposition press? Or stick to neutrally reporting the facts? In this three-part series, media ethicist Stephen J. A. Ward, author of “Radical Media Ethics,” rejects these options. A proper response requires a radical rethink of journalism ethics. He urges journalists to practice democratically engaged journalism, which views journalists as social advocates of a special kind. They follow a method of objective engagement which Ward calls pragmatic objectivity. Journalists of this ilk are neither partisans nor neutral reporters of fact. In the first article in the series, Ward defines democratically engaged journalism. In this, the second article, he explains and applies pragmatic objectivity. In the final article, Ward will show how democratically engaged journalism opposes Trump’s tribalism of Us versus Them. In the first article in this series,
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Pelosi on Past Few Years of Democratic Losses: ‘We Have a Plan to Address That’

Anderson Cooper asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an interview tonight about who exactly is leading the Democratic party right now. Pelosi mentioned Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton being their most recent leaders before pointing to the “leaders in Congress” and the Democratic governors across the country. She did not mention Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Cooper pointed out to Pelosi that Democrats suffered huge losses across the country under Obama, but Pelosi said, “We have a plan to address that.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

WSJ Editorial: Trump Has a Credibility Problem, Most Americans ‘May Conclude He’s a Fake President’

donald-trump-1-1 The Wall Street Journal has an editorial out tonight with serious criticisms of President Trump for his “seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.” The crux of the editorial concerns the president’s wiretapping claim that has been refuted by a number of intelligence officials and the heads of the House and Senate Intel Committees. Yet, in the words of the Journal, Trump “clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle.” And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, because the editorial calls Trump “his own worst political enemy” and says his falsehoods and credibility issues will continue to hurt him:
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Continue reading "WSJ Editorial: Trump Has a Credibility Problem, Most Americans ‘May Conclude He’s a Fake President’"

Anderson Cooper to Pelosi: ‘How Damaging It Is for Democrats’ If There Was No Russia Collusion?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tonight and asked her about just how much faith the Democrats are putting in evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia coming out. They first talked about the controversy over the president’s wiretapping tweets––which FBI Director James Comey said this week he has seen no basis for––and Pelosi said Trump was either lying “or he didn’t know what he was talking about.” After she used the word “ineffective” to sum up Trump’s first two months so far, Cooper asked Pelosi if there is actually anything concrete on Russian collusion:
“There’s a lot of Democrats who are putting a lot of faith that there is some fire there, that there was some sort of collusion. If it turns out that there wasn’t, how damaging is it for Democrats?”
Pelosi said it’s not damaging at Continue reading "Anderson Cooper to Pelosi: ‘How Damaging It Is for Democrats’ If There Was No Russia Collusion?"