According to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Friday, the Democratic primary race is a hyped-up media “mirage” and Hillary Clinton will almost certainly win the nomination. Appearing on Good Morning America, Kellly dismissed, “It seems to me like some sort of mirage. Because, you know, if you look at Clinton's long haul she's the favorite in every state after New Hampshire.”
By Dylan Gwinn | February 5, 2016 | 10:56 AM EST
Madoff was a very well done, 4-hour television event. Telling the story of, obviously, Bernie Madoff and his $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme, it had a very “Goodfellas” feel to it, complete with good use of flashbacks and music.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 8:19 AM EST
Then why the hell weren't those "top journalists" shouting it from the top of the evening news and in banner headlines? . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said "as we were leaving Iowa, I heard from a lot of top journalists who whispered "you know Bernie won." I heard that time and time again. 'You know Bernie won.'"
With Scarborough asking "where is this, Bolivia in the 1930s?" and Steve Schmidt saying it was "shady as hell," the blame was laid at the feet of the Democrat party, which runs an intentionally murky process so it can control things. No doubt. But what about the responsibility of those "top journalists" to blow the whistle? Why did they "whisper" and speak "quietly?" How might this campaign be different if the day after Iowa the headline had been either "Bernie Wins" or "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Throws Iowa to Hillary?"
By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 3:07 AM EST
In the middle of gathering Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s reaction to Thursday’s MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate, Hardball host Chris Matthews inquired which political party has “better people” and specifically if Democrats are “better human beings than Republicans.” Matthews’s bizarre foray into judging whether half the American people are “better” than the other comes, of course, as his wife Kathleen is running as a Democrat for Congress in Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District.
By Brad Wilmouth | February 5, 2016 | 1:36 AM EST
As former GOP presidential candidate and Senator Lindsey Graham appeared as a guest on Thursday's The Situation Room on CNN, after the South Carolina Republican bashed candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as possible GOP nominees, host Wolf Blitzer repeatedly pressed Graham to voice a preference for someone other than the GOP nominee, suggesting Michael Bloomberg or Hillary Clinton might be better for the "health of the country."
Matthews, Mitchell Applaud ‘Sterling’ Hillary in ‘Extraordinary’ Debate; ‘One of the Best I’ve Ever Seen’By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 12:42 AM EST
As they’ve done after a number of the debates thus far, Hardball host Chris Matthews hosted MSNBC’s post-Democratic debate analysis on Thursday night and, with the help of NBC News Clinton correspondent Andrea Mitchell, uttered a litany of noteworthy points ranging from Hillary Clinton being “sterling” on “an extraordinary night in American politics” to dubbing the debate “one of the best I've ever seen.”
Daily Beast Editor: Cruz, Trump Symptoms of GOP ‘Cancer’ Caused By Party’s Inability to Rein In Its ‘Wingnuts’By Tom Johnson | February 5, 2016 | 12:27 AM EST
Ted Cruz is a quintessential movement conservative and Donald Trump definitely isn’t. Nonetheless, Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN commentator John Avlon thinks the two have so much in common politically that he’s given them a portmanteau name: Crump.
In a Wednesday column, the self-consciously centrist Avlon claimed that Cruz and Trump are “different manifestations of the same kind of conservative populism that gets weak-kneed watching a strongman preach with fact-free certainty.” He argued that a “creeping Crump cancer” developed within the Republican party after the GOP “systematically purged” its moderate conservatives.
By Karen Townsend | February 5, 2016 | 12:09 AM EST
In ‘Quaaludes and Crackerjack,’ CBS’s Mom takes an unnecessary turn into lesbian land. Rosie O’Donnell guest stars as Bonnie’s (Allison Janney) ex-girlfriend. While attending a gay Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (since her ex-boyfriend is making her uncomfortable in her regular meeting), Bonnie runs into Jeanine (Rosie O’Donnell). Jeanine, as it turns out, is the leader of this group.
By Ken Shepherd | February 4, 2016 | 11:24 PM EST
"You guys get to vote in five days. We can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't screw it up!" – MSNBC debate co-host Rachel Maddow at the conclusion of the February 4, 2016 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire. This was the first and only one-on-one debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders before the Granite State primary on February 9.
By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 11:12 PM EST
Just as he did on January 24's Meet the Press, MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Chuck Todd chose to ask Hillary Clinton about her e-mail scandal not in terms of substance or reporting concerning new details about this but instead through a lazy, political lense as if he’s speaking on behalf of Democratic voters. In the first question, Todd provided anecdotal evidence that “many Democratic voters that our reporters have been running into in Iowa and New Hampshire” have been “worried about the e-mail issue.”
By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 9:51 PM EST
MSNBC host and Thursday’s Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Rachel Maddow wondered aloud to Hillary Clinton whether some of the positions she’s held at various points warrant concern for the Democratic Party that she’s “too far to the right...to be the party's standard bearer” in the 2016 general election.
By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 8:56 PM EST
Before footnoting Hillary Clinton’s awkward answer on her speaking fees to Wall Street firms from Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall, NBC News Clinton correspondent Andrea Mitchell gushed on Thursday’s NBC Nightly News how Clinton “show[ed] her softer, more reflective side in New Hampshire” with “a rare glimpse last night.”
By Ken Shepherd | February 4, 2016 | 7:52 PM EST
"You're kind of cranky, but you know your sh*t!"
That's how Hardball host Chris Matthews complimented his guest, former Gov. John Sununu (R-N.H.), as he thanked him for appearing on the Thursday night edition of Hardball.
By P.J. Gladnick | February 4, 2016 | 7:16 PM EST
Your last name could be Cruz or Rubio but unless you pass the stringent political tests of certain self-appointed gatekeepers, you are not authentically Latino. One such gatekeeper is Roberto Suro who wrote in a New York Times column that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio can't be considered to really be Latino because they do not subscribe to liberal identity politics. Suro details how both Cruz and Rubio have failed his political test of being what he considers to be a true Latino:
By Tim Graham | February 4, 2016 | 7:03 PM EST
One of the perks of having a weekend show on CNN is the ability to recycle your lamest talking points on CNN.com – look no further than Michael Smerconish. Back in 2010, he complained mightily that moderates couldn’t find a spot in the national conversation, that politics is based on the political extremes of talk radio.
Now in 2016, he's repeating his point, and insisting that conservative hosts really would like to see Hillary Clinton elected, since that would be great grist for their radio shows.