Friday, February 2, 2018

Kay Tur calls BS on Paul Ryan for claiming memo is about protecting ‘civil liberties’

MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Monday called out House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for his assertion that the GOP is intent on releasing the House Intelligence Committee’s anti-FBI memo in the interest of protecting civil liberties.

“This is so far afield from what I remember Republicans doing in the early 2000’s when it came to the Patriot Act,” the host said.

“There was no way to put any sort of pressure or constraint on the intelligence community because it was protecting the homeland and protecting Americans.” “That’s ok to release to the public?” she mused. The controversial memo is said to focus on the FBI obtaining a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who former FBI agent Clint Watts noted had been on the bureau’s radar for his work in Russia. Republicans in favor of the memo’s release, including Ryan, suggest the document proves the DOJ handled Page’s FISA warrant in a biased way

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Watch Mika Cuts Off Fiery Michael Wolff Interview Over Haley Remarks: ‘You’re Slurring a Woman, It’s Disgraceful’

Things got very heated between Mika Brzezinski and Michael Wolff on MSNBC Thursday morning, and ended in flames after the Morning Joe host cut-off the interview over Wolff’s insinuations about UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

“You might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you’re slurring a woman, it’s disgraceful,” Brzezinski told Wolff.

“Mika, again, she has been accused of nothing — she has decided to deny something she was not accused of,” Wolff replied. “Certainly I have not accused her of this.” “Come on, are you kidding?” Brzezinski shot back. “You’re on the set of Morning Joe,0 we don’t BS here.” And, in an ending so dramatic one can only assume it was devised by a Morning Joe producer with an eye for the theatrical, Brzezinski abruptly cut off a stammering Wolff and ended the segment. “If you don’t get what we’re talking about, I’m sorry, this is awkward, you’re here on the set with us, but we’re done,” Brzezinski said. “Michael Wolff, thank you. We’re going to go to break now.”

Kellyanne Conway rants wildly in attack on fact checkers: ‘Americans are their own fact checkers

Counselor to the president and former Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway blasted journalist fact-checking of the administration during an appearance on New York’s 710 WOR Radio with Mark Simone.

“Hey, Kellyanne Conway, here’s something you guys got to work on,” Simone counseled. “Liberals seize more and more control of the infrastructure, they control the newspapers, they control the networks.”

“In the last few years, they’ve taken total control of the fact checking sites, and they’re very slanted,” Simone claimed. “Something’s got to be done about this.” “Yes, fact-checking the fact-checkers,” Conway agreed. Trump’s State of the Union speech was fact-checked by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Associated Press, USA Today, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News and even the BBC. “But look, Americans are their own fact checkers,” Conway said. “The stock market is something they know about because they’re part of the investor class,” Conway claimed of the American people. “And so, people know, they have their own facts and figures, in terms of meaning which facts and figures are important to them,” Conway continued. “I just have the faith in people to see through that,” Conway said. Early in Trump’s administration, Conway was roundly mocked for her defense of “Alternate Facts” to justify Trump positions

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Watch ‘Stormy weather perhaps?’: The View wonders if Melania Trump is trolling her husband with ‘low key shade’

The women of “The View” stood in solidarity with First Lady Melania Trump in wake of Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

“The First Lady broke tradition and arrived separately from him,” Whoopi Goldberg said. “She did not, I thought, look all that happy to be there, but maybe it was just me.”

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“I don’t know that she’s very happy right now, Whoopi, she seems very upset. I don’t know what could be happening right now in her marriage for her to be upset about though,” joked guest host Yvette Nicole Brown. “Stormy weather perhaps?” said co-host Sunny Hostin. “I don’t want to be flippant because my ire is for what the man did not for what Melania is going through,” Brown said. “Sometimes people joke, but I feel like Melania is in a hostage situation. Let me explain, I don’t want to make light of hostage situations. I don’t think she wanted this. I don’t think she thought this would happen. And I think she’s been doing the best she can with the situation she’s found herself in and so she has to publicly go out and deal with the stuff he’s doing. I can agree with you and I think she looked beautiful yesterday.” “There are real ramifications for these accusations,” McCain said. “But if he did this, it’s his fault that she’s in this,” Hostin said. McCain wants to see Daniels come out and be honest. Hostin explained that often non-disclosure agreements say that there will be a fine or you must return the money. The alleged $130,000 settlement could easily be covered by a major news outlet that wants the exclusive, but if the fine is more than the settlement it might be the reason Daniels stays silent and plays coy.

Watch MSNBC’s Ruhle Knocks Trump’s ‘Meaningless’ Unity Talk: Sounds Nice, But ‘That’s Not Who He Is’

President Trump spoke of unity and coming together in his State of the Union last night, and while Stephanie Ruhle said that all sounded good, it doesn’t quite mesh with who the President is.

“The President spoke about unity, and we do have the opportunity now to call him to that task,” she said.

“That’s not who he is. He’s the least gracious person in that position. If he added some graciousness––you know, when he talks about [the] African-American unemployment rate, he’s right. It is at its lowest. But it’s due, in part, to President Obama. Would it not help President Trump’s messaging if he gave a hat-tip to the last administration and then said ‘But I’m doing X, Y, Z, to further it.’ Instead, he’s wildly divisive, but then just says a few words about unity. That’s meaningless.”

Chris Cuomo, Sarah Sanders Collide on Russia Investigation: ‘Obsession Over a Total Hoax!’

Sarah Sanders and Chris Cuomo grappled with each other during a lengthy interview on CNN’s New Day, and tensions peaked once they reached questions about President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation.

From there, Cuomo asked Sanders what Trump’s point is in undermining the legitimacy and public faith of America’s intelligence community

Sanders pushed back on that characterization, and things really heated up when she started bashing the media’s “Russia fever,” which she called an “obsession over total hoax” and a “waste of taxpayer money.” “You guys want to paint these crazy, ludicrous things and create stories that aren’t there,” Sanders said. “We have spent a year digging and digging and digging. Everyone comes to the same conclusion, even the Democrats, there’s no evidence of collusion.” The interview proceeded with Sanders bashing the media’s “obsession” with “crazy questions” and Cuomo asking her why the media can’t take notice of an ongoing investigation into the nation’s integrity.

Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo nails Sarah Sanders on Trump’s immigration lies: He only wants you if you’re ‘rich and white’

During a contentious interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Cuomo pressed Sanders about what the president’s real goal is in ending America’s family reunification immigration policy, which has been in place for decades

“The idea, what the president said last night, somebody can bring in as many people as they want,” Cuomo said. “It’s just not true. It’s not true in the facts, not true in reality.”

“He wants people to come to the country but not those certain s-hole countries,” he said, referring to Trump’s declaration that we shouldn’t be accepting immigrants from “shithole” African countries. “He wants them rich and white. That’s not America.” Sanders tried to claim that Trump’s proposed merit-based immigration system is “colorblind,” but Cuomo said you can’t divorce it from the ugly things Trump has said about immigrants in the past.

WATCH: MSNBC’s Joe and Mika gang up on GOP pollster Frank Luntz for lavishing praise on Trump’s speech

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski hammered pollster Frank Luntz for praising the State of the Union address by repeating President Donald Trump’s falsehoods

“Why is it that everything he says drives the left nuts?” Luntz said. “Just because Republicans criticized Barack Obama — we all agree that it went too much, it was hyper-partisanship.

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“Many of the facts that you have even stated this morning repeating his facts are not accurate” Scarborough said. “Wage growth is about the same as it was for Barack Obama. The job growth, you actually Barack Obama over seven years doing slightly better.”
Luntz said that was over a seven-year period, not just one year in office — but Scarborough interrupted.
“Hold on, stop — don’t change the subject, don’t change the subject,” Scarborough said. “Let me correct you and correct the president, it does matter.” “I think because he’s literally screwed everybody in that room over a few times too many,” she said. “He’s been vulgar and racist and accused one of the senators in that room of giving sexual favors for money. He’s insulted the wife of a Republican senator in that room in the worst way possible.” Luntz asked what she thought of the speech itself, and Brzezinski seemed appalled that he had missed her point. “Your job, what you do, Frank, is you read rooms,” Brzezinski said. “You tell me what that room is supposed to respond like to the great dictator?”

They already busted him for lying!’ Morning Joe hammers Republicans for trusting ‘Trump’s courier’ Devin Nunes

Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” blasted President Donald Trump and other Republican hypocrites for their reckless handling of classified information to protect the White House from a special counsel probe.

“The only thing that Hillary Clinton has to do with Donald Trump right now is the same Republicans that were castigating Hillary for being reckless with classified information,

being reckless with classified information, are being more reckless for ignoring the FBI director (and) ignoring the deputy attorney general,” Scarborough said. “Paul Ryan is doing things that Hillary Clinton never approached.” “Gen. (John) Kelly was the head of the Department of Homeland Security before he became White House chief of staff,” said MSNBC analyst John Heilemann. “It boggles the mind that he would hear this warning and not heed it, No. 1. No. 2, Rod Rosenstein was on a suicide mission yesterday.” Heilemann said the ice is thin under Rosenstein’s feet, but he risked angering Trump even further by asking Kelly to stop the memo’s release. “In the long arc of history we’ll look back on Rod Rosenstein and say he exhibited an extraordinary amount of personal and political courage to put himself in that position,” he said. “For Trumpists right now who are pretending that the media didn’t say there was a problem — it’s all we talked about,” Scarborough said. “We criticized (then-FBI director James) Comey, we criticized (deputy FBI director Andrew) McCabe, we criticized them all. That doesn’t mean you blow up an investigation when they’re hot on the trail of finding out corruption in the executive branch.” “They’ve already busted him, for lying,” Scarborough said. “They’ve already busted him being a courier, he’s nothing but a courier for Donald Trump, holding that press conference, going down, grabbing the papers, coming back up. They’ve already busted him.” “Republicans are staking their credibility on a guy that, I’m sorry, I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw him,” he added.
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