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CNN legal analyst Areva Martin had the audacity on Thursday to compare O.J. Simpson to U.S. Senator John McCain. In conversation with Brooke Baldwin while awaiting the decision on whether or not Simpson would receive parole, Martin commented on the testimony of Simpson’s daughter, stating, “[it] reminded me so much of what Senator McCain's daughter has said about her dad, that he's her rock, he's her friend, he's her confidante. So you heard this very compelling testimony from O.J. Simpson's daughter.”
The cast of Morning Joe set their freakout level to def-con red in the wake of Donald Trump’s not-so-secretive dinner meeting with Vladimir Putin. “I’m not trying to make this look sinister,” a panicked Mika Brzezinski exclaimed frantically, “I'm not sure who is. We're just wondering what happened there.” An indignant Joe Scarborough deceivingly declared, “I don’t know what to say,” before going on to, disappointingly, say quite a bit on the matter. However, Mark Halperin arrived to steal the show in the end by stating, “If President Obama had done this exact thing and had not disclosed, there would be tons of questions about it.”
Keith Olbermann doubled down on his ridiculous accusations of treason against the Trump family with a tweet Monday morning. In response to President Trump’s tweet that most politicians would’ve gone to the meeting his son attended Olbermann replied, “Sure! Benedict Arnold would have. And Aaron Burr. And Charles Lindbergh. And Quisling. And Marshal Petain. That's politics! Annnnnd treason!” The initial charges of treason were idiotic enough, but now Donald Trump Jr. equates to the greatest traitor in American history?
On Tuesday, Politico came out with a piece by former Obama Justice Department spokesman, Matt Miller, entitled, "Will Trump Take Revenge On The Justice Department?" In the article, Miller predicted that the Donald Trump Jr. email controversy will eventually result in Trump attacking and destroying his own Justice Department. He based this claim on the President’s previous behavior towards the agency and decried him for treating it as "his own personal fiefdom, answerable to him in the same way he expected subordinates in his business empire to operate."
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania found himself under fire as he defended the Republican Medicaid proposal on Monday’s Morning Joe. Despite his repeated attempts to explain how the bill only curbed the rate of growth in Medicaid and did not cut actual spending, he was incessantly attacked by co-host Joe Scarborough. “Why is it we're going after the poor,” Scarborough exclaimed incredulously.
A new trip oversees by President Trump brought renewed criticism from the media as he levied criticism at his predecessor, specifically the Obama administration's poor handling of Russian hacking during the 2016 election. The subsequent reaction by the cast of Morning Joe on Thursday was laughable as they decried the commander-in-chief attacking “a former president on foreign soil.” Apparently, everyone there had seemingly forgotten about Barack Obama’s infamous ‘apology tour’ at the start of his presidency.
The media found themselves stumbling over old, discredited talking points Thursday as they attempted to keep the Trump-Russia narrative afloat on Morning Joe. At a press conference in Poland, President Trump referenced how the story of seventeen intel agencies supporting the claims of Russian hacking had been debunked. As a result, faux Republican, Joe Scarborough, was forced to do damage control with veteran Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. When asked to comment on the President's statements, Ignatius casually dismissed them and declared the criticism to be nothing more than, “a silly technical point.”
The panelists of Morning Joe continued to push the narrative that the fictional Medicaid "cuts" in the GOP health care bill would devastate the poor on Wednesday. With a brand new chart in tow, former Obama economic advisor, Steve Rattner, explained at length how the nonexistent "cuts" would ruin people at all walks of life, ranging from nursing home residents to the disabled. Co-host Joe Scarborough then dismissed those pointing out that Medicaid was not actually being cut as merely peddling "a talking point."
Howard Dean appeared on Monday’s MSNBC Live with Katy Tur and went on an unhinged rant against the state of American politics. He began by first stating that, “the right has been out of step with America for a long time.” This naturally prompted the question by Tur as to why Republicans then control the presidency and Congress. Dean answered by labeling far-right Trump voters as people “with guns that want to shoot up the place” and the NRA as a “white supremacist organization.”
Monday’s Morning Joe was, sadly, absent of Joe and Mika along with their normal crazy antics, but media hysteria ensued on the set, regardless. The hyperventilation that occurred in the room over the President’s WrestleMania tweet was so great that an oxygen tank probably should’ve been brought in at some point. With a dead serious tone, Willie Geist began by asking the panelists, “Did you perceive that tweet as a threat of violence against the press?” What followed afterwards was a panic-stricken discussion with references ranging from Greg Gianforte to Trump’s “minions” to America “leaving the reservation” as far as the world was concerned.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s partial upholding of President Trump’s travel ban, the liberal media has been forced to search for new arguments as to why it remains cruel and unjustified. The answer by the New York Daily News only demonstrates the severity to which the paper is suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. Consider for a moment, the possibility of us living in a parallel universe where the ban applied to Trump’s grandchildren.
The liberal media remained in damage control mode Thursday as they sought to contain the ever-widening blast radius emerging from CNN. Bret Stephens from the New York Times arrived on the set of Morning Joe to decry the White House’s attack on the media. Stephens defended CNN by claiming that the growing scandal merely represented a “mistake.” Co-host Joe Scarborough went even further in his criticism of the President by labeling his criticism of the media as “Stalinist.”
“You can’t fudge the numbers of the Medicaid cuts,” Joe Scarborough warned in an ominous tone on Wednesday’s Morning Joe. Decrying the “lying” Republicans, he then hypocritically exclaimed, “You slash $750 billion...after you’ve already slashed another $300 or $400 billion in an underlying budget, over $1 trillion in Medicaid cuts, that destroys health care in Trump America.” Following suit in an unsurprisingly toadyish manner, Mike Barnicle, then proceeded to laughably state that,“math is the reality here.”
Following his increasingly infamous spat with Sarah Huckabee Sanders over the credibility of the media’s recent reporting, Brian Karem, writer for The Sentinel and Playboy, took to the airwaves to vent his concerns to other highly regarded news intellectuals. This eventually led him to the entirely credible, and not at all untrustworthy, person of Brian Williams. “They've never admitted a mistake,” Karem whined and huffed incessantly to Brian, “There is never any accountability, yet they want to flip the script and hold us accountable while not accepting any responsibility themselves and that's a very childish maneuver.”
The cast of Morning Joe descended even deeper into their increasingly concerning case of Trump derangement syndrome Tuesday morning. Joe Scarborough referred to Republicans as “jackasses” while talking about health care. Steve Rattner joined in as he lamented how Trump’s future tax plan “is just for the rich.” Finally, Mika Brzezinski decried the “shiny objects” put into the media cycle by Trump and condemned the President’s “random” and “out-of-control” tweets about Barack Obama.
Monday’s Morning Joe began with a trip to the dark side as co-host Joe Scarborough fawned over Barack Obama’s tweet criticizing the Republican health care bill. He then proposed that the former president had persuaded Donald Trump to say the same in an interview via a "Jedi mind trick." Comparisons to Luke Skywalker quickly followed as members of the panel praised this demonstration of Obama’s “amazing power.” Trump, on the other hand, was compared, unsurprisingly, to none other than the notorious space slug, Jabba the Hutt.
Thursday, June 22, was marked, sadly, by the funeral services for American student Otto Warmbier following his captivity in North Korea. While others mourned the loss of this young man’s life at the hands of the tyrannical communist regime, MSNBC’s Morning Joe opted for a different route. How you ask? Why, by comparing President Trump to North Korea, of course! In an exchange with co-host Mika Brzezinski, Random House editor Jon Meacham compared the actions of Donald Trump at an Iowa rally to, “regimes like North Korea, where the dear leader speaks and we’re all supposed to salute.”
Thursday’s Morning Joe took the time to devote a whole segment to a new Netflix documentary entitled Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. In discussion with the director, Brian Knappenberger, the panel lamented the supposed deplorable attacks by Donald Trump and his supporters on the media and First Amendment. Time was taken to mourn the demise of the "critical" news site Gawker, dead at the hands of Hulk Hogan, and Trump supporter Peter Thiel. “This seems so important,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said reverently of the conversation, “I am beginning to feel like everything he [Trump] does...is far more serious than we could ever imagine.”
Eric Holder is set to re-emerge on the national political scene, wrote Steve Benen in a blog entitled, “Former AG Eric Holder: ‘Now is the time to be heard.’” Benen, a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, argued that Holder has recently begun to increase his number of public appearances and that more may follow in the near future.
Television’s favorite news couple, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, continued to push the mainstream media narrative that Trump is responsible for the nation’s toxic political climate on Monday's Morning Joe. Reading from a New York Times piece by Frank Bruni, Brzezinski quoted, “Lately Trump and his children have been playing the victims of all of this, but save your tears. He has been an enormous part of the problem.” She was all too happy to agree with the sentiment, stating, “I think the difference now is that the President is a part of it....I think it’s fueling the fire.”