In the midst of MSNBC’s rolling coverage Friday afternoon of what appeared to be an act of terrorism in Germany, breaking news anchor Brian Williams and NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel used the occasion to lament the rise of “a rightward tilt” in Europe of “intolerant” ideologies and parties against Muslims and Middle Eastern refugees.
By Scott Whitlock | | July 22, 2016 | 3:34 PM EDT
After a week of trashing Republicans as racist and “mutinous,” a giddy Chris Matthews ended MSNBC’s GOP convention on a high note, eagerly anticipating the way more “fun” Democratic convention next wee. Late Thursday night, Matthews enthused, “Philly’s going to be fun. I think it’s going to be a lot more celebrities, a lot more Hollywood, a lot more bold print.”
By Tim Graham | | July 22, 2016 | 3:01 PM EDT
Apparently, Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan isn’t the only newspaper dress-grader to drop political bombs into her critiques. Philadelphia Inquirer critic Elizabeth Wellington loved Melania Trump’s dress as an “an exquisitely put together if not angelic look.” But on a strictly political note, it apparently underlines her husband’s view that “white is always right.” She was a “not-so-subliminal billboard for what’s looking like the Trumpian view of an ideal America.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | July 22, 2016 | 2:59 PM EDT
And there went out another horse that was orange: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
So just how good was Donald Trump's speech last night at the Republican convention in Cleveland? Perhaps the best way to judge that is to analyze the liberal reaction. And from reading the over the top panicked editorial from the Washington Post, Donald Trump: The candidate of the apocalypse, his speech must have been so incredibly effective as to inspire such a level of liberal panic that it reached the heights of unintentional hilarity. Before we read the Washington Post editorial that comes across as self-parody, please watch the following Trump Apocalypse video to put yourselves in the proper mood:
By Samantha Cohen | | July 22, 2016 | 2:55 PM EDT
Friday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski sparred over the uncanny similarities between the reception of Barack Obama the candidate and Donald Trump the candidate. Scarborough reminded viewers that back in 2008, Obama supporters blindly followed the candidate’s promise of “hope” and “change” to the polls. Contrast that with Donald Trump in 2016, who is constantly chastised for his lack of specificity amidst his loud promises to make America “great” again.
By Mira Ebersole | | July 22, 2016 | 2:44 PM EDT
On the eve of the Democratic convention, CNBC’s Joe Kernen wanted to know why the media have failed to challenge Hillary Clinton on the issue of her personal wealth and the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation. Kernen, a Squawk Box co-anchor, pointed out that the media have been suspiciously silent on the subject of Clinton’s finances. During a discussion regarding a recent book about the Clintons, he referenced the two journalists who exposed the Watergate scandal: “Where’s Woodward and Bernstein on any of this?”
By Maggie McKneely | | July 22, 2016 | 1:42 PM EDT
As much as Hollywood hates Donald Trump, it’s amazing how many of them actually watched the nominee’s highly anticipated RNC speech last night. What’s less amazing were the typical cries of doom and gloom on their Twitter feeds in the wake of Trump’s remarks.
By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 22, 2016 | 1:31 PM EDT
The depiction of Donald Trump’s speech by liberal reporters and commentator continued into the next morning with CBS’s Charlie Rose greeting viewers with this stark opening: “Welcome to CBS This Morning. Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination, saying there can be no prosperity without law and order. His speech focused more on threats than hope.”
By Kyle Drennen | | July 22, 2016 | 12:58 PM EDT
Speculating over Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate on Friday, NBC’s Today fretted that the leading contender – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – might be too moderate for the left-wing base of the Democratic Party. In a report on the topic, correspondent Kristen Welker noted: “A former governor who also has national security experience, Kaine has emerged as the frontrunner. Some progressives have accused him of being too pro-trade and soft on Wall Street, but supporters say he checks all the boxes.”
PGA Threatens Boycott of NC Over LGBT Law, Allows Players to Compete in Country Where Homosexuality is IllegalBy Dylan Gwinn | | July 22, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT
The left’s war on the State of North Carolina continues unabated, on the heels of the NBA’s announcement to re-locate their 2017 All-Star Game due to North Carolina’s HB2 law, which makes the heinously draconian proclamation that men born as biological males use the men’s restroom, and women born as biological females use the women’s restroom.
By Samantha Cohen | | July 22, 2016 | 12:38 PM EDT
On Thursday evening, the curtains closed after the final act of the Republican National Convention. On Friday, the Morning Joe crew spent significant time dissecting the highly anticipated speech by GOP nominee Donald Trump, who channeled the modern day fears of Americans. Willie Geist hyperbolized the speech as one where Trump painted “a picture of an almost dystopian, Mad Max America.” Similarly, Mike Barnicle asserted “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”
By Clay Waters | | July 22, 2016 | 12:31 PM EDT
The final night of the Republican National Convention that crowned Donald Trump as the party’s nominee was greeted in dark tones on the front of Friday’s paper. Reporters Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin found a “vehement” and “incendiary” candidate, while Michael Barbaro found himself flabbergasted by Trump’s failure to show “humility, generosity and depth," and Adam Nagourney lamented "one of the darker speeches I’ve heard in American politics."
By Katie Yoder and Alatheia Nielsen | | July 22, 2016 | 12:23 PM EDT
Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night dominated the news this week, overshadowing other important stories and soliciting sexist attacks.
In Critique of Thiel, NY Times Lauds 'Militant Open-Mindedness' in Silicon Valley Punishing 'Deviations'By Tom Blumer | | July 22, 2016 | 12:13 PM EDT
New York Times reporter Farhad Manjoo and his editors apparently are so insulated in their politically correct bubble that they fail to recognize embarrassing text anyone outside of that bubble with two eyes and and ounce of sense can clearly see.
In a Wednesday piece (Thursday print edition, Page B1) designed to portray Republican National Convention speaker, Donald Trump supporter and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel as an outlier, Manjoo described Silicon Valley as a place of "militant open-mindedness" which will "severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought." Manjoo also illustrated how one Silicon Valley executive has allowed that area's culture prevent him from doing his own political homework. These are considered good things in Old Gray Ladyland.
By Sarah Stites | | July 22, 2016 | 11:46 AM EDT
At this week’s GOP Convention, Planned Parenthood volunteers and Votes Director Erica Sackin mingled with politicians, press, participants and protestors, distributing – you guessed it – condoms.
Each contraceptive read “Protect yourself from Donald Trump,” with assorted subheads like “If Trump had his way, abortion would no longer be safe or legal in America” and “You would have to pay hundreds of dollars a year just to access birth control.” Part of a larger Planned Parenthood project called “Toxic Trump,” the condom distribution is a concerted effort to malign the republican nominee and get voters on board with Hillary.