Posts by Mark Finkelstein  (Page 4)
 

Chris Matthews: If you believe abortion’s murder, “you go after the person” who had the abortion

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Posted by    Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:00am 1/28/2017 at 7:00am

Chris Matthews gave generally respectful treatment to pro-life activist Abby Johnson, who appeared on last night’s Hardball in the context of discussing the March for Life. But Matthews challenged Johnson on the position—generally adopted by the pro-life movement—that the only person who should be punished is the doctor performing the abortion,...

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Ex-Mex Prez Vicente Fox: Trump Like ‘Hitler,’ GOP Like ‘Nazi Party’

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Posted by    Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:30am 1/27/2017 at 8:30am

In a live interview on today’s Morning Joe, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, explicitly compared President Trump to “Hitler,” and the Republican part to the “Nazi party.”

He did so in response to a request for clarification from Willie Geist, who noted that yesterday Fox had said: “when I saw...

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De Blasio Suggests NYC Won’t Help Deport Thieves, Because They’re Family ‘Breadwinners’

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Posted by    Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00am 1/26/2017 at 10:00am

If this weren’t so infuriating, it might be funny . . . Appearing on CNN this morning to discuss President Trump’s plan to cut funds to sanctuary cities, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio implied that the city will not cooperate in the deportation of thieves who don’t use violence because they...

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Cokie Roberts Doubts Melania Capable of Serving as ‘Truth Teller’ to Trump

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 12:00pm 1/25/2017 at 12:00pm

Don’t tell us Cokie Roberts is biased against the abilities of immigrants?!

On today’s Morning Joe, Cokie Roberts expressed doubt that Melania would be capable of carrying out a traditional role of First Ladies: that of serving as “truth teller” to the president.  Roberts said that it is traditionally the First Lady...

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Cokie Roberts: Shutting Out Syrian Refugees Like ‘Shutting Jews Out During WWII’

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 8:30am 1/25/2017 at 8:30am

Question for Cokie Roberts: how many refugees admitted into the US during WWII went on to commit mass-murder terrorist acts in our country?

The question arises because on today’s Morning Joe, Cokie contended that shutting out Syrian refugees would be like “shutting the Jews out during World War II.” Roberts made her...

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Dan Rather Lectures Kellyanne Conway on “Facts and Truth”

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00am 1/24/2017 at 7:00am

From the man who brought us “fake but accurate” . . . Dan Rather is possibly the living person least entitled to pontificate about the importance of truth in journalism and politics. So naturally, Chris Matthews invited him on this evening’s Hardball to do just that. Hat tip Colleen B.

In criticizing...

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Morning Joe to Aides Who Counseled Trump’s Combativeness: ‘You’re a Disgrace, Leave Today’

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Posted by    Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:00am 1/23/2017 at 10:00am

An extraordinary first half-hour of Morning Joe today. The thesis was that President Trump had gotten off on a seriously bad foot by failing to look back at history in his inauguration speech, sending a first and ungracious tweet about the Women’s Marches, sending Sean Spicer out to berate the press...

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Michael Moore Mansplains: Women Trump Supporters Are ‘Victims’ of ‘Ingrained Misogyny and Sexism’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:02pm 1/22/2017 at 1:02pm

Talk about mansplaining . . . could Michael Moore possibly have been any more patronizing and condescending to women? Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Moore approvingly cited and adopted actor John Leguizamo’s proposition that women who voted for Donald Trump were “victims” who did so out of “ingrained...

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Ashley Judd at DC March: ‘Hitler in these streets, new gas chambers’

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Posted by    Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/21/2017 at 2:30pm

Remember when there was serious discussion about Ashley Judd running as the Dem candidate for senator from Kentucky against Mitch McConnell in 2014? Maybe cooler heads prevailed, realizing what they would have had on their hands!

Check out Judd’s performance at the DC Women’s March today. After cutting off Michael Moore, she...

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Scarborough: Big Newspaper Boss to Staff After Hillary Lost: ‘We Did Our Best—Tried and Failed’

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Posted by    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00am 1/20/2017 at 10:00am

Joe Scarborough reported something stunning on today’s Morning Joe—an insight into just how blatantly, consciously biased one of America’s leading newspapers was in its effort to elect Hillary Clinton.

Said Scarborough:

“There was somebody that held an extraordinarily important position in print media who brought their people together after Hillary Clinton lost and...

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Barnicle: Medicare and Medicaid are ‘Pillars of Our Culture’

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Posted by    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:57am 1/20/2017 at 9:57am

If Mike Barnicle is right, our country is in trouble . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Barnicle declared that Medicare and Medicaid are “two of the pillars of our culture.” Barnicle described Americans as having “fealty” to the programs.

Have we really gone from a culture of self-reliance and rugged individualism...

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Young Boy Brags of Setting Anti-Trump Fire: ‘Screw Our President’

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:32pm 1/19/2017 at 10:32pm

It was a remarkable live-TV moment. During Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, reporter Griff Jenkins was at the scene of an anti-Trump demonstration in DC where a fire had been set in the street. Suddenly, a young boy [maybe 10-11] stepped up to say that he “kind of started the fire.”

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Barnicle Gossips: On Foreign Policy, ‘Nikki Haley Makes Sarah Palin Sound Like Henry Kissinger’

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:30am 1/19/2017 at 11:30am

Mike Barnicle might not bring much to the table, but he is still capable of passing along nasty remarks by unnamed sources. On today’s Morning Joe, discussing Nikki Haley’s preparations for her confirmation hearing as UN Ambassador, Barnicle said, “I was told by somebody within the world of diplomacy and international...

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Morning Joe: Obama Like Jackie Robinson, MLK, ‘One of Great Presidents We’ve Ever Had’

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:30am 1/18/2017 at 11:30am

Assessing President Obama’s legacy, the panelists on today’s Morning Joe seemed in competition to outdo each other with misplaced praise.

Historian David Maraniss led off, calling Obama “the Jackie Robinson of American electoral politics.”

Next up was Joe Scarborough, who upped the ante by placing Obama in the same category as Martin...

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Mika: MSM Makes Democrats ‘Sound Great, Makes Republicans Sound Like Complete — ‘

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:00am 1/17/2017 at 10:00am

Mika Brzezinski is an unabashed liberal, someone who pushed Elizabeth Warren to run for president and subsequently became a Bernie Sanders fan. But she has also proved herself willing to criticize her own, be they politicians or, as this morning, fellow members of the MSM.

On today’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski first criticized...

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Scarborough: Trump Will Blow GOP Apart—W Last Republican Prez

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:30am 1/16/2017 at 11:30am

Is the party—the Republican party, that is—over? That’s what Joe Scarborough is predicting. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough surmised that “Donald Trump, by the end, will blow apart the Republican party” and that people are “going to look at George W. Bush as the last Republican president.”

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Bob Woodward: ‘Russian Dossier’ on Trump a ‘Garbage Document’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 10:30am 1/15/2017 at 10:30am

When it comes to experience in evaluating the quality of leaked allegations, it’s hard to beat Bob Woodward of Watergate/Deep Throat fame.

So attention must be paid to what Woodward said on today’s Fox News Sunday about the so-called Russia dossier on Donald Trump. Woodward called it a “garbage document.” For good measure,...

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