FORGET MEDIA BIAS. THIS IS A SIMPLE CASE OF JOURNALISTIC MALFEASANCE. On the Wednesday, February 15, cable cast of MSNBCs "Morning Joe," during an interview with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), the questioning get's tossed to Mike Barnacle for his two minutes of fame as an interviewer. But Instead of a question, what we got was a blubbering condemnation of the White House, a bogus meandering premise and an explosive soft ball (to use a sports metaphor) tossed to his interviewee. Raymond Burr could not have done a better job of leading the witness.
IN THE WAKE OF MICHAEL FLYNN'S RESIGNATION as National Security Adviser a column by Eli Lake for Bloomberg has been getting much play in the press and presidential tweets. In this interview with FOX News' "Happening Now" co-anchor Jenna Lee, Lake offers a fair assessment of the embattled retired general's communications with a Russian Ambassador. and portends a slippery slope for the Trump White House. According to Lake, "Flynn is only the appetizer, Trump is the entree ... having the success of knocking out Flynn in less than a month is not going to sate their (Trump's political opposition) appetite."
"PEOPLE ARE SO LOCKED INTO THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA BUBBLES ... it's just this reinforcing disease of hearing your own opinions spouted back at you constantly. "With these words, journalist Chadwick Moore, presents a plausible rationale for our divided society. Moore, himself gay and a Democratic supporter of Hillary Clinton, penned a profile of right-wing Breitbart editor and activist, Milo Yiannopoulos, for the New York Post only to be ostracized by his leftist friends for having even addressed the subject. So "mean-spirited and paranoid" was the response, it motivated Moore to reconsider his politics and align with more conservative, libertarian values.
WHAT DO MILLER BEER AND WHITE HOUSE SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR Stephen Miller have in common? Both go down better if they are put on ice. In the case of the beer, it tastes better. In the case of Stephan Miller, he needs to chill out and stay away from cameras. Miller made the Sunday talk show rounds February 12, 2017 and it was ... well it was different. Confrontational and a tad autocratic could be putting it mildly. A staunch defense of presidential authority to be sure. But as in the line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much" so Mr. Miller's protestant tone stood in the way of whatever strong case he was attempting to make; and he did have some valid points. But these were lost in a combative, dictatorial style which exposed youthful crude vigor and zealotry run amok.
IT ISN'T EVERY DAY WHEN THREE HEADS OF THE POLITICAL AND LEGAL STATE AGREE, but count Thursday, February 9, 2017 as one of them. Responding to the decision by a 3-judge panel in the case of whether or not to lift or maintain an injunction on President Trump's temporary 7-nation travel ban, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, FOX News analyst Charles Krauthammer, and MSNBC's "Hardball" politics ringmaster Chris Matthews all came to the same conclusion: it stunk. Not that the Trump administration didn't contribute to the decision with a weak defense; as Krauthammer said of Trump's Justice Department lawyer, "he was a minor leaguer who had to bat in the World Series."
WHO IS STEVE BANNON? By some accounts these days he is the most powerful man in the world and to that end the pundits of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" point to the unusual amount of press being accorded a White House staffer just two weeks into his new gig. From the cover of Time Magazine, to Saturday Night Live, to the Vatican, Bannon's image in the press has been larger than life and shockingly larger than that of his boss, President Donald J. Trump. What does it mean and what does it portend? ... an interesting take on Trump's enigmatic Chief Strategist.
THERE IS MORE THAN JUST A LITTLE BIT OF PSYCHOLOGY behind the "weaponization" of terms like Hitler and fascist. As one commentator puts it, "it can make the aggressor appear like the victim." But the depth of such usage these days has got politicians and celebrities alike crying foul. President Trump has been the most obvious target but as this video points out, European politicians are also routinely caricatured with the mustache, hairstyle and accouterments of Der Furor. It's something dubbed "Godwin's Law" the short form of which is, "if you can't beat your opponent, bring up Hitler."