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Perhaps it would help if they rescheduled the show and named it Much Later in the Morning, Joe. Syndicated columnist Mike Barnicle, a regular on MSNBC's Morning Joe, struggled yesterday not just with the pronunciation of Electoral College but with a Civics 101-level understanding of how it works.


"Jason Clarke is Ted Kennedy," declares The Daily Beast headline, "The Aussie Actor on the Controversial 'Chappaquiddick.' Based on Clarke's remarks to the Beast, he sure sounds like him. Daily Beast reporter Liza Foreman tells readers in her lede that she was "not all that familiar" with Chappaquiddick, the remote island where Kennedy drove off a bridge late at night with a young woman who drowned in the car while Kennedy escaped.


For years I've wondered if former NBC news anchor Brian Williams is an aspiring stand-up comic. What he said last night on The 11th Hour sealed it -- this guy can make people laugh, albeit not always intentionally. Williams's repeated episodes of fictional story telling fobbed off as news, often accompanied by exaggerations of his journalistic heroics, led to his downfall from NBC in 2015. He was back seven months later in a lesser role, consigned to the purgatory that is late night on MSNBC.
 


Hardly a news cycle passes without another phony controversy conjured by the left in a flailing effort to discredit Donald Trump before he takes office. The latest mock-outrage du jour stems from Trump's inexplicable refusal to observe the subtleties of diplomatic protocol by taking a phone call from another world leader without first getting it vetted through a State Department still run by the outgoing president of the opposing party. Such indelicacies can cause many a sleepless night for career diplomats. Have you no shame, Mr. President-elect?!


Ever since Rachel Maddow compared Donald Trump winning the presidency to the Cuban Missile Crisis, I've doubted there is another politician who can provoke her to such hyperbole. I was wrong, there is. His name is Mike Pence.


Conservatives need to get over their fixation with Ronald Reagan, liberals often announce. Maybe so, but conservatives might be more willing if liberals would stop gratuitously maligning an immensely popular and consequential leader with their pernicious, self-serving mythology. Don't hold your breath for this -- Reagan occupies a spot between Richard Nixon and George W. Bush, though still well below Joseph McCarthy's perennial top ranking, on the Official List of Liberals' Most Loathed Republicans.


Chalk it up to the rigors of a book tour, if one is inclined to be charitable. Otherwise this comes across as delusional.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, making the media rounds to flog his new book, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in an Age of Accelerations," made an assertion on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on Nov. 22 that surely set off guffaws coast to coast.


Even on his way out the door, they can't get off their bended knee. The last eight years have provided countless examples of media fawning over President Obama -- make that last dozen years, since his coming-out party at the Democrats' national convention in Boston.


Yet more evidence of a world turned upside down since Donald Trump won the presidency and charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation predictably plummeted -- National Public Radio is no longer a safe space for liberals to opine.

At least it wasn't early today for former congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, one of the main architects of the housing bubble that brought down the economy a decade ago and a man who has surprisingly managed to remain out of prison for his role in the debacle.

 


Less than two weeks after an election that sent liberals desperately searching for a dwindling number of safe spaces where they'll be shielded from opinions they don't share, the top editor at the reliably leftward Boston Globe has told his staff they must be "open" to new ways of covering President-elect Donald Trump and his administration.

Globe editor Brian McGrory sent out a message Friday to the paper's reporters and editors, with a full copy making its way to media critic/Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy and his widely read blog, Media Nation.
 


Predictions of Saturday Night Live's demise could be premature. Last night's show did something it hasn't in ages -- made me howl with laughter. Granted, I had to be patient. It wasn't until the third bit, after the cold open with Alec Baldwin again impersonating President-elect Trump as clueless and boorish, followed by host and former cast member Kristen Wiig and a huge cast of supporting players presenting a musical history lesson on Thanksgiving that was little more than a jab at "fake news" that liberals have deemed one of many convenient scapegoats for Hillary Clinton's inexplicable loss.


Little more than a week after Donald Trump won the presidency and sent the left into a collective meltdown that has the added benefit of being hilarious to watch, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show has emerged as must-see cable TV for transparently idiotic efforts to delegitimize Trump.

Maddow is raising the issue of Trump possibly hiring his son-in-law Jared Kushner, husband of daughter Ivanka, for a high-profile role in the White House as advisor or special counsel.


Latest contender for world's thinnest book -- The Clinton Campaign Songbook. There's only one song and her followers know it by heart, yet they never tire of singing it.

Lending her voice today to that ongoing choir was top Clinton spokeswoman/MSNBC commentator Karen Finney appearing CNN's At This Hour with John Berman and Kate Bolduan.


Brace yourself, it's already begun -- The Purge. Only a week since Donald Trump's unlikely ascension to the presidency, he's already taking aim at the very heart of democracy, as those working in journalism so often claim they embody. Late last night, NBC Nightly News ran a story with this deeply troubling headline -- "As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency."


Remember how Hillary Clinton in her concession speech and President Obama in his first remarks after the election claimed they were determined to do all in their power -- and more! -- to make sure that Donald Trump succeeds?

Yeah, I didn't believe them either. Now we're seeing concrete evidence that it was empty rhetoric and the shivs are out. Any time a liberal tells you that all he wants to do is help, you deserve the inevitable con that follows if you fall for it.


It's been one helluva week for MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, along with so many of her smug cohorts in the formerly safe ideological space known as the United States, since Donald Trump winning the election confirmed their long-held suspicion that they do in fact live in Amerikkka. 


You just knew there'd fireworks on at least one of the Sunday shows this morning on the first weekend after Donald Trump's earth-shaking upset in winning the presidency. That there was, and it was a thing to behold.

It began after longtime GOP conservative Mary Matalin questioned whether Democrat activist/CNN commentator Van Jones had walked back his election night claim that Trump's victory was propelled by a "whitelash" of angry white working class voters motivated by racial animus.


Now that they're slightly less shell shocked after their world was flipped upside down and shaken on that extended downer of an election night, liberals appear to be taking stock of the sobering new reality confronting them.

An example of this was evident on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show last night when Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, odds-on favorite to lead Democrats post-Hillary, decided it no longer serves any purpose in publicly insulting Trump's supporters regardless of her actual opinions about them.


Remember how liberals went over-the-top apoplectic when Donald Trump declined to explicitly state that he would accept the results of the election? And what are we seeing after Trump's victory? The most infantile elements of the left -- pardon the redundancy -- engaging in a collective hissy fit and refusing to accept the results of the election.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow tried last night to serve up a justifiable rationale for this churlish refusal and instead made a laughable analogy.


Among many moments of smarmy media contempt for Donald Trump during a long election night, Chris Matthews' exchange with former New York City mayor and Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani was an early contender for most self-righteous.

It came prior to polls closing on the East Coast and not a single state having been decided, and long before the magnitude of Trump's seismic victory set in.