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Turns out there's at least one benefit to Hillary Clinton's run for president -- it provides a glimpse of a previously unseen aspect to filmmaker Michael Moore's personality.

Moore revealed this on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher over the weekend while talking with the host and actress/comedian Chelsea Handler about Clinton's "badass" awesomeness.


Vanity Fair magazine just ended its third annual "New Establishment Summit" in San Francisco, a three-day conclave bringing together "titans of technology, politics, business, media and the arts for inspiring conversations on the issues and innovations shaping the future." More accurately, what the magazine's predominantly liberal readership would deem "inspiring." At least one of those conversations, between New York magazine writer Frank Rich and purported humorist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Fran Lebowitz, hardly qualifies.


GOP nominee Donald Trump is alleging the game is rigged against him from a disturbing combo of inevitable voting fraud and slanted media coverage of the campaign. Predictably, media stalwarts blithely dismiss Trump's allegation as paranoid and delusional.

Perhaps they should not be so quick to laugh it off, given the media's track record when it comes to fiction fobbed off as journalism.


Nearly all the attention toward WikiLeaks' release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign has focused on what's contained in the correspondence. It's what is conspicuously absent from them that is also worthy of scrutiny.

On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh demonstrated one of the reasons he continues to draw the biggest audience in the industry -- by pointing out something no one else apparently noticed that, in hindsight, appears obvious.


They try, they really do, but those earnest sorts at state-run media known as National Public Radio can't hide their true colors.

This is especially true when the media outlet's reporters, editors and assorted hangers-on talk among themselves, as on the NPR Politics podcast.


Left-wing court jester Bill Maher wasted little time last night condemning GOP nominee Donald Trump's crude, demeaning comments about women as caught on an open microphone back in 2005. But in the process, Maher demonstrated how he's probably not the person that liberals want leading the charge this time around.

A single example of Maher's hypocrisy on this would be one thing -- how about three? And that's from last night's show alone.


Before there was Anti-Trump Psychosis, before there was Bush Derangement Syndrome, it was Ronald Wilson Reagan who could be counted on to derail liberals from the semblance of reality they occasionally cling to.

The years since Reagan left the White House, and the country in far better shape than when he took office, have lessened the left's visceral loathing for a statesman who ended the Cold War without reeling off a shot, after American liberals for decades repeatedly apologized for the Evil Empire instead of seeing it for the mass-murdering monstrosity that it was.


Truly bad sign for the Clinton campaign when one of their most reliable apologists in media denounces Hillary Clinton while also -- wait for it -- effusively praising Donald Trump.

Mika Brzezinski's surprising twofer came on today's Morning Joe in response to Trump's handling of a New York Times story over the weekend alleging that he may have legally avoided paying federal incomes taxes for nearly two decades after suffering a nearly billion-dollar business loss in 1995.

 


As anyone even vaguely familiar with Rush Limbaugh and the Clintons is aware, he has a thing about them, as do they about him, and it goes back decades. And when Limbaugh goes on a tear about Hill and/or Bill, it is a takedown to behold.

Such was the case for Limbaugh's listeners today after a weekend of monolithic media condemnation of GOP nominee Donald Trump in the wake of the New York Times' hit piece on Trump's illegally leaked tax returns which showed that he took a business loss of nearly $1 billion in 1995 and could have legally avoided paying federal income taxes for the next 18 years as a result.


Don't be surprised to see former counterrorism czar Richard Clarke working for Hillary Clinton if she wins the election. Based on what he said on yesterday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Clarke seems to be signaling that he's receptive to yet another high-profile government gig.

This became apparent when one considers the striking contrast in how Clarke perceives current threats to our country, specifically cyberattacks, and his well-publicized allegations of failure on the part of George W. Bush and co., to keep Americans safe on and after 9/11.


In an effort to revive Hillary Clinton's lackluster campaign, the New York Times yesterday published an interesting "oral history" of the first presidential debate in the year 2000 that pitted Vice President Al Gore against Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Provocatively titled "Debacle: What Al Gore's First Debate Against George W. Bush Can Teach Hillary Clinton," the story includes quotes unlikely to endear Gore senior adviser Bob Shrum to Gore but may endear Shrum to conservatives, if only briefly. This comes only weeks after Shrum's spectacularly premature prediction that the election was over as of Labor Day weekend.


Politico reporters Glenn Thrush and Brianna Ehley wasted little time demonstrating bias and their willingness to mislead readers in a story with the more-revealing-than-intended headline, "The Inside story of Clinton's sick day." Both were on display right out of the gate, in the first paragraph of the story.

Here's their lede -- "Hillary Clinton never lost consciousness, and never stopped talking on her phone -- and never put anyone else in danger -- after her near swoon at a Sept. 11 memorial on Sunday in New York, according to accounts offered by several people close to the candidate."


Don't expect to see much of author and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich on MSNBC anytime soon.

The retired Army colonel was among the "resources and assets" -- Rachel Maddow's euphemism for talking heads -- who appeared on her show after Wednesday's "historic" commander-in-chief forum on NBC featuring the two major party candidates separately taking questions from moderator Matt Lauer and from an audience comprised mainly of veterans.


It was just a matter of time before the piling-on from denizens of MSNBC's Morning Joe after Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's goofy Aleppo gaffe caught up with someone else on the show.

Johnson drew a blank in response to MJ regular Mike Barnicle's gotcha question, a flub that quickly went viral and dominated discussion during the rest of Thursday's broadcast.


If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America, President Lyndon Johnson allegedly complained in February 1968 while watching CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite pronounce from Vietnam during the Tet Offensive that the war was a clearly a stalemate and hence pointless for the United States to remain in the fight. Turns out this oft-cited tale is probably apocryphal, as American University professor and Media Myth Alert blogger W. Joseph Campbell has persuasively argued. On the night of Cronkite's report, Johnson was in Texas attending a birthday party for Gov. John Connally and could not have seen Cronkite's reporting, back in a nascent high-tech era before videocassette recorders and DVRs.


When it comes to liberals, what they omit from their narratives can be just as misleading as what they include.

Case in point: Rachel Maddow reporting on MSNBC last night about President Obama's visits to the nations of Laos and China. As the destination of a presidential visit, China makes sense but why Laos, you may wonder.


Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski wants it both ways. The extended coughing jag suffered by Hillary Clinton during a campaign appearance in Cleveland on Labor Day was, to Brzezinski's discerning eye, merely a "cough."

But no sooner had she tut-tutted away the latest example of Clinton showing she's hardly the picture of good health did Brzezinski excoriate Clinton's running mate, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, seated behind Clinton on that stage in Ohio, for not galloping to Clinton's rescue.


As GOP nominee Donald Trump attempts to draw black voters away from their decades-long allegiance to Democrats by accurately pointing out that African-Americans have little to show for their kneejerk support for the party, liberals will resort to creative interpretations of history to keep blacks in the fold. An example of this was seen on Fox News Sunday when host Chris Wallace was interviewing Democrat House member Gregory Meeks of New York about Trump's pitch to black voters.


Even by the fluid ethics of a liberal pol, this was brazen, and repeated for obvious emphasis. Appearing on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos this morning, Democrat vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine did what he could to limit damage from last week's release of FBI notes from the agency's "interview" with Hillary Clinton over her scofflaw decision to use private, unsecured (and hence inherently vulnerable) email servers while she was secretary of state.
 


David Plouffe isn't a doctor but he plays one on Sunday morning television, as viewers of NBC's Meet the Press saw today. Plouffe, a former senior advisor to President Obama and his campaign manager in 2008, was so harsh in his vilification of Donald Trump that even MTP host and closet ideological ally Chuck Todd felt compelled to defend the GOP nominee.