Posts by Mark Finkelstein  (Page 5)
 

Joy Reid Guest Calls Sessions a ‘Confederate Attorney General’

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Posted by    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/14/2017 at 4:30pm

How puerile can progressives be? Childish enough to taunt someone over his name, and even ascribe ideological views to a person based on his moniker. And here we thought liberals prided themselves on never judging people on their superficial characteristics.

On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Reid, and guest the Rev....

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Katy Tur: Trump Tried to Pull Me Onstage To Wave Like ‘a Wife or Something’

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Posted by    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00am 1/13/2017 at 10:00am

Of all the reporters with whom Donald Trump sparred during his campaign, a favorite target was NBC’s Katy Tur. Trump called Tur out by name more than once, as here and here.

So it was fascinating to hear Tur, appearing on today’s Morning Joe, report that Trump was very friendly to her...

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Scarborough on Cory Booker Grandstanding: ‘Irked’ Dem Senators Wanted ‘to Drag Him Away’

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

Cory Booker’s shameless gambit of launching his presidential bid by attacking Jeff Sessions has really gotten under this Insurrectionist’s skin. From my Quick Hit of this morning: “I reckon he earned the scorn of many of his fellow Dems for his transparent ploy.”

And so it was gratifying to get confirmation this morning...

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Mika: CNN/Buzzfeed “let their bias get in the way” in running Trump-Russia story

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:15am 1/11/2017 at 9:15am

Of all the Morning Joe crew, you might be surprised to learn that it was liberal Dem Mika Brzezinski who this morning took the toughest shots at CNN and Buzzfeed for publishing unverified stories containing salacious allegations regarding Donald Trump’s business dealings with, and personal behavior in, Russia.

Mika also speculated that...

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Valerie Jarrett exit interview: Republicans refused to do ‘What’s Good for the Country’

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Posted by    Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:15pm 1/9/2017 at 9:15pm

You might think that the Obama administration would be gracious on its way out the door. Fuggedaboutit.

Valerie Jarrett—asked by Greta Van Susteren during her inaugural MSNBC show this evening—what was her biggest surprise during her eight years in the White House, gave a nasty, partisan response.

Said the senior adviser to President...

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Santelli Calls Out Andrea Mitchell: ‘On Election Night, I Never Saw You So Unhappy’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:30am 1/8/2017 at 11:30am

Rick Santelli, the CNBC analyst whose glorious rant led to the creation of the Tea Party movement, created another memorable TV moment today.

On Meet the Press, reacting to reports that the Russians were happy on Election Night because Trump won, Santelli said to Andre Mitchell: “on Election Night, I never saw...

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Joy Reid Guest: Trump ‘Pushing Nation to Constitutional Crisis of Unprecedented Magnitude’

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

Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, intelligence and national security commentator Malcolm Nance said this morning that Donald Trump is “pushing this nation to a constitutional crisis of unprecedented magnitude.” Nance accused Trump of working “in the interest of a hostile nation and supporting, to a certain extent, a hostile...

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‘Repulsive’: Scarborough Rips Sean Hannity ‘Bromance’ with WikiLeaks’ Assange

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Posted by    Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:00am 1/6/2017 at 10:00am

On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough ripped as “repulsive” Sean Hannity’s “bromance” with Julian Assange, and more generally criticized the Republican change of heart on Wikileaks.  Background on the evolution of Hannity’s views on Assange here [note: from Daily Beast.]

Scarborough noted that when Wikileaks divulged information about a CIA operation some years...

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Meredith Vieira Shoots Down Criticism of Open Carry Law

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Posted by    Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm 1/5/2017 at 3:00pm

As soon as Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga said she didn’t want to “turn political,” you knew that was precisely what she was about to do. But when Golodryga proceeded to criticize the Texas open-carry law this morning, you might be surprised that it was Meredith Vieira who—excuse the expression—shot her down.

Vieir...

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Kellyanne Conway Makes Mincemeat of Mike Barnicle Over Confirmation Process

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:00am 1/3/2017 at 10:00am

Mike Barnicle learned a lesson the hard way this morning: don’t challenge Kellyanne Conway without having all your ducks in a row. It won’t end well. On Morning Joe, the subject was the Trump plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Barnicle snidely asked Conway “now, do you or do you not...

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Princeton Prof ‘Struck’ by People Questioning Obama’s Russia Sanctions

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Posted by    Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:30am 1/2/2017 at 11:30am

Whatever happened to those ‘Question Authority’ and ‘Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism’ bumper stickers that flourished on liberals’ cars during the dark days of George W.’s administration?

Now, in the waning days of a Dem presidency, a touching trust in the judgment of the president is in evidence on the...

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Former Obama Aide: Trump ‘Very Reminiscent of Cross-Burning on Your Lawn, KKK’

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

A former Obama White House adviser to President Obama, Karine Jean-Pierre, said this morning that “the thing about Donald Trump is that he is the known. He is, it is very reminiscent of cross-burning in front of your house. Of the KKK.”

Jean-Pierre made her outrageous remark in response to a question...

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Palestinian Rep Rejects Israel as Jewish State

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Posted by    Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:30pm 12/29/2016 at 2:30pm

Hanan Ashwari has for decades been the most recognizable face of the Palestinian government in the American media. As was clear this morning, she is also the face of Palestinian rejectionism of the very basis of the existence of the State of Israel.

Ashwari appeared on CNN after David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman,...

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NBC’s Jansing: Unlike Trump, Obama Decision Making ‘Very Professorial, Thoughtful, In-Depth’

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 8:30am 12/28/2016 at 8:30am

Then why did Barack Obama get so many things so wrong? That’s the question that inescapably arises in response to the claim by NBC correspondent Chris Jansing on today’s Morning Joe that Obama’s decision-making style is “very professorial, thoughtful, in-depth.”

Jansing said that Obama and Trump “could not be more different in...

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Dem on Trump: ‘To kill a hog, you have to jump down in the mud sometimes to get him’

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:00pm 12/27/2016 at 9:00pm

Donald Trump has not yet been inaugurated, but at least one Dem is talking—figuratively we presume—about what it would take to “kill” him.

On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show this evening, guest host Ed Henry was questioning Dem attorney Eric Guster about Rep. Maxine Waters’ statement that she would not meet with...

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WaPo’s Richard Cohen Rips Obama’s Failure of Leadership: ‘Waved a Droopy Flag’

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:55am 12/27/2016 at 8:55am

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is no conservative, and certainly no fan of Donald Trump. The headline of a column he wrote during the campaign, after all, was “Trump’s Hitlerian disregard for the truth.”

Which makes his column of today, “Thanks to no-drama Obama, American leadership is gone,” which absolutely rips the...

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CNN Historian Accuses Trump of ‘Big-Mouthing’ Obama by Speaking Out on Policy

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Posted by    Monday, December 26, 2016 at 10:00am 12/26/2016 at 10:00am

CNN’s presidential historian Douglas Brinkley this morning accused Donald Trump of “big-mouthing” President Obama by speaking out on policy issues during the transition. Co-host Poppy Harlow had teed Brinkely up to slam Trump, worrying that Trump had flouted the “one president at a time” tradition, and fretting that by doing so...

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