Hillary Clinton has just come off the most humiliating political defeat in the memory of most Americans. Despite the unrelenting hype for her candidacy and the absolutely certainty among the mainstream media that she would win the 2016 presidential election...she lost. Unfortunately the media seems unable to quit with the Clinton hype since now they are going overboard in promoting Chelsea Clinton much to the annoyance of many. Even Vanity Fair, hardly a font of conservative views, is getting fed up with the continuous avalanche of Chelsea hype in the media.
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign could just as accurately been titled, Shattered: How a Pair of MSM Journalists Inadvertently Destroyed Their Credibility. The reason is that while authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes are now somewhat frank in revealing the faults of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, back when they were reporting on it they acted as cheerleaders for her.
The Democrats, and their mainstream media allies, are so desperate for just one electoral win to prove that President Donald Trump is on a downslide that they have even hailed no change in special elections since the November general election as some sort of moral victory. Below the surface, however, they know they need a victory in a special election. It wasn't delivered to them last week in Kansas in the special congressional election to fill the seat of Mike Pompeo who was appointed to head the CIA so now their hopes have been placed on the April 18 special election in the Georgia Sixth Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price who was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Please Senator Warner! Please find our Great Pumpkin and we will reward you with a presidential nomination! The Great Pumpkin in this case is proof of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia to somehow change the 2016 election results. They still continue to search with the spotlight now on Senator Mark Warner of Virginia who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. The reward for finding their Great Pumpkin is a ticket to the presidency as Politico reminded us in their April 13 puff piece by Austin Wright:
When is the best time to get something written by liberals resembling the truth about a liberal politician? The answer is after, and only after, that liberal politician has lost the final campaign of his or her career. Such is the case with authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes who in 2014 wrote a mushy book about Hillary Clinton called HRC. Of course, back then Hillary was looked upon as the heir apparent for the Democrat nomination in 2016 which resulted in a book chock full of cheerleading for the anointed one.
This was in sharp contrast to their new book due out on April 18, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, which finally reveals much of the truth about Hillary's character previously hidden by their waving pom-poms in their 2014 book.
It was the interview that went horribly off the rails for CNN's Brooke Baldwin on the April 7 edition of Newsroom. Her guest via Skype from Syria was a 2013 chemical attack survivor Kassem Eid who two days earlier pleaded for help from President Donal Trump on her show. He returned yesterday which is when he went way off the CNN message by not only heaping effusive praise upon Trump for his missile attack response but also strongly rejecting the premise inserted by Baldwin in a prepared Hillary Clinton clip that the president was hypocritical because of his refugee policy.
So how could the Washington Post Fact Checker, Glenn Kessler, possibly avoid awarding a bunch of Pinocchios on April 6 to Susan Rice for her recent flip-flop on the unmasking of Donald Trump campaign people? In a March 22 interview with Judy Woodruff, Rice denied any knowledge at all of this yet she later admitted to unmasking names in an MSNBC interview on April 4. Kessler acted all perplexed about the contradiction. He was so busy scratching his head over this that he somehow forgot all about the very obvious Pinocchios that should have been awarded while wondering Did Rice mislead on PBS?
In stark contrast to his CNN colleagues Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon who have desperately tried to downplay the significance of the revelations about former National Security Adviser Susan Rice unmasking the names of members of the Donald Trump campaign team on intelligence reports, Inside Politics host John King scoffed at Rice's change of stories about her role. When someone known for liberal hackery openly mocks Rice, you know the dam is bursting even at CNN.
A good way to judge how the fake news story about the supposed collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russians is holding up is to take a look at how liberal but skeptical reporter Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone is covering it. Almost a month ago on March 8, Taibbi was warning Democrats and the mainstream media to be very wary of this dubious story. Since nothing has been uncovered since then to lend a shred of credibility to this fake news story, Taibbi has progressed to openly mocking those who continue, against all evidence, to desperately hang on to this fairy tale in order to somehow bring President Trump down.
Warning! Do not look directly into the eyes of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson or you will not only turn to stone but place a curse upon your descendants for the next forty generations.
The Washington Post not only undermined its own story about diplomats being instructed to not look directly into the eyes of Secretary Rex Tillerson but had that report declared to be fake news by an Associated Press diplomatic writer. First let us look at the original March 30 fake news report by Anne Gearan and Carol Morello:
You probably don’t want to go to actor Jordan Gavaris for geo-political advice. The star of BBC America’s Orphan Black spouted off on Islam, terrorism and the attack on London. He also managed to bash Donald Trump as a “tyrannical fascist.”
"Paid family leave." You must use those exact words in that exact order or Mika Brzezinski will go into nitpick overdrive. Such was the case on the March 28 edition of Morning Joe when Mika was interviewing Congressman Raul Labrador who committed the high sin of saying several terms meaning just that yet annoying her by not reciting the exact approved liberal term.
Do you remember the time not so very long ago when, according to Democrats and liberals, big money in politics was the most evil thing about our political system? Well that was then. Starting most noticeably during the presidential campaign last Fall when Hillary Clinton outspent the Donald Trump campaign by about 2 to 1, Democrats and liberals have developed newfound respect for big money in politics to the extent they now actually brag about it. The latest example is Vox hyping big campaign spending in an article whose very title positively exults that Georgia Dems normally raise $10,000 for this House seat. This April they’ll have $3 million.
Liberals are so far gone in their Trump Derangement Syndrome that they can't even wait for an impeachment of President Donald Trump to actually happen in real life. They now have to have their fantasy fulfilled in fiction. In this case it is in the form of a play, "Building the Wall," and skips the actual impeachment by jumping to a post impeachment era in which people who worked for the Trump administration are put on trial.
Gosh, Senator Cleaver, your questions are so insightful and interesting that I wish this confirmation hearing could go on forever! Unless a nominee is a complete idiot, he (or she) will be incredibly polite during his confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. It is hardly the place to display a Fonzi ("Happy Days") attitude. However, Dana Milbank in the March 21 Washington Post suggests that the politeness demonstrated by Neil Gorsuch during his confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice could be insincere thus making him a judicial version of Eddie Haskell from "Leave It to Beaver." If you are one of the small handful of people still unaware of Eddie Haskell, he was the young character who displayed insincere polite flattery towards adults to cover up his true smart aleck attitude.
When Rachel Maddow tweeted on the night of March 14 that she had President Trump's tax returns, great jubilation broke out online among the left in general and by the Democratic Underground in particular. They anxiously awaited her MSNBC show less than an hour and a half later in joyful anticipation that finally, FINALLY they would see the downfall of Trump. Unfortunately, soon after her broadcast began, a horrible realization set in that this was nothing more that Maddow's version of opening Al Capone's vault since the income tax revelation showed that Trump paid a respectable $38 million on a 2005 income of $150 million.
Last week on CNN's "Believer" host Reza Aslan dined on filet of human brain. This week he had to endure the wild rantings of self-described messiah JeZus who, sounding a lot like an updated Charles Manson, claimed that global warming would cause a worldwide flood which is why his Hawaiian-based cult is building an ark. Oh, and unlike the Jesus of a couple thousand years ago, JeZus is also a polytheist who worships Pele among other gods. The interesting thing about JeZus is that, despite his over the top theatrics, his global warming claims don't really sound much different than the standard issue global warming alarmists promoted by the mainstream media such as Bill Nye the Science Guy.
When reading the series of charts containing a weird labyrinth of rather tenuous connections published in the March/April edition of Politico Magazine, it is hard not to channel Inspector Jacques Clouseau trying to connect the unrelated dots to make the case that was always far off the mark. The Politico dots on the series of seven elaborate charts are chock full of oligarchs, both Russian and Ukrainian, a beauty contest, a mixed martial artist, a dossier that no one has seen, a couple of Russian energy giants not to be confused with a regular Russian oil company, and, to top it off, a mystery person. This is the laughable evidence presented by reporter Michael Crowley to desperately give the Trump-Russia fake news story an aura of validity despite no proof.
Now that the Trump-Russia fake news story is crumbling as Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi warned liberals, how can the mainstream media continue to report on this fact-free topic? Simple. By invoking masters of fiction in the form of spy novelists. Therefore it is appropriate that Associated Press writer Hillel Italie consulted several of those fiction writers to comment on fake news fiction.
Be very careful Democrats and your mainstream media allies. The fake news story about collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia is a minefield that could destroy your credibility even beyond conservative skeptics who already don't believe you. So who is making this warning? One of the usual "rightwing" sources? Nope. The warning comes from the very very liberal Matt Taibbi and if you doubt his leftwing bonafides you can verify it right here on NewsBusters. Taibbi is very worried about the Trump-Russia story blowing up in the faces of the left as you can see in his March 8 Rolling Stone article, Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media: