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MSNBC’s Katy Tur weighed into the Charlottesville controversy as she interviewed Black Lives Matter creator, Patrisse Cullors, Monday afternoon. Seeking Ms. Cullors opinion on the matter, Tur allowed for her to incessantly rant about how the Trump base was composed of white nationalists that were seeking to overrun the country. “The white supremacists who showed up to Charlottesville, that is Trump's base.” Cullors emphatically declared, “And that base is not isolated. It is directly related to Trump's policies and the policies that have continued to harm and kill black people and our allies.” Tur offered no pushback to this nor any questions citing Black Lives Matter previously violent history in context of the current situation.
The panel of Morning Joe erupted with outrage Monday morning over President Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rally. Willie Geist noted a “pattern” being at work, stating, “There's always this beat, this pause, this wink and he did it again on Saturday where it happened on many sides.” New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor agreed as she noted her own experiences in encountering pro-Trump white nationalists at the 2016 RNC convention. The criticism crescendoed, however, with Donny Deutsch, who denounced Trump as a “pathetic, sniveling man” before screaming, “No, he is a racist. He is a racist! Can we just say it once and for all?”
As Americans across the country prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, some in the media have begun to speculate over whether or not there are, in fact, sinister undertones behind its arrival. In a piece for the Atlantic, Ross Anderson described in detail how eclipses were often dreaded by ancient kings and rulers as a foreboding sign of things to come. He then goes on to link this connection back to Donald Trump, warning how the current occupant of the Oval Office “should heed the signs. An eclipse sometimes bodes ill for a king.”
As many in the mainstream media continued to panic over President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments over North Korea, others in Congress began actively looking for ways to impede the President’s ability to protect the nation. One of these was Democratic Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who appeared on Thursday’s edition of Morning Joe to discuss these plans. Markey stated that he feared Trump’s comments had left “the impression that nuclear weapons are usable, and they're usable even if the United States is not attacked by nuclear weapons.” Markey continued on, with no pushback, explaining his intention, along with left-wing Congressman Ted Lieu, to transfer the power of the nuclear strike from the president to Congress.
Politico accused Stephen Miller in a new article of being a Soviet anti-Semite following his exchange with Jim Acosta on Wednesday. Entitled “The Ugly History of Stephen Miller’s ‘Cosmopolitan’ Epithet,” Jeff Greenfield goes on to explain how ‘cosmopolitan’ was originally a term used by Josef Stalin that served as an excuse “to purge the culture of dissident voices.” This accusation is particularly ironic given the fact that Stephen Miller is, in fact, Jewish.
Jim Acosta’s increasingly infamous shootout on immigration with Stephen Miller on Wednesday drew criticism from many, even on the set of Morning Joe. John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine, offered a blistering statement of Acosta’s performance declaring, “I agree with him, but he's destroying his own argument with his comportment.” Scarborough acknowledged as much and tepidly offered the suggestion that, “maybe we shouldn't have TVs in the press room after all.”
As Al Gore seeks once more to establish his bona fide climate change credentials, other liberals have begun seeking solutions of their own on the issue. In the Atlantic, senior editor James Hamblin proposed his own rather unique solution to the dillenia. Instead of eating beef, people ought to switch to a diet composed of the magical fruit otherwise known as beans. Citing the research of an environmental nutrition team from the University of Oregon, Hamblin goes on to explain at length how if people were to substitute beans for beef that “eco-anxiety” and greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced considerably. Desperate times call for desperate measures it appears as Hamblin ominously writes, “The beans for beef scenario is, it seems, upon us.”
Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk” has received widespread praise from critics and audience members alike and currently maintains a whopping 93% ‘fresh’ rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, however, it has received some negative attention by critics who have denounced the picture for not featuring more minorities or women in it’s scandalous quest for historical accuracy. The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, however, opted for a different route by praising the film as being, of all things, a ‘war film for the Trump era.’
The resignation of a key Obama DHS holdover, George Selim, has left many liberals seething as the department has begun to incorporate Trump policies. One example of this could be found in Monday’s edition of The Atlantic where contributing editor Peter Beinart mourned the end of an era. Praising Selim as a stalwart conservative Republican who had wrongfully been misjudged, Beinart went on to denounce key Trump officials such as Sebastian Gorka for their newfound influence. Explaining away the administration’s policies as “psychological ghettoization,” his article concluded that the Trump administration is, in fact, doing “exactly what ISIS and al-Qaeda want.”
CNN’s liberal bias was on full display as Wolf Blitzer relentlessly attacked Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler over her support of President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals within the military. Blitzer grilled Hartzler on virtually every single argument she made ranging from cost effectiveness to the morality of the decision. It was a stark contrast to the interview given to Democratic Congressman Scott Peters afterwards. Blitzer gave Peters ample time to bash supporters of the ban while offering no pushback whatsoever to any of the talking points offered.
The set of Morning Joe became chaotic Tuesday morning as the President’s tweets finally drove co-host Joe Scarborough off the deep end. The incident occurred after the President seemingly tweeted out a response to the panel criticizing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. What followed was a confused and disturbed rant by Scarborough which seemed to trouble even those around him. At its end, Scarborough frantically begged the President to cease watching the show yelling out, “I am 100 percent serious! He needs to stop watching this show!”
On Monday July 24, the parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard released a statement that they would be withdrawing their petition to have their son treated. While many in the UK and across the world mourned the travesty and injustice of the court’s decision, others sought to justify the reasoning behind it. In a piece for The Guardian, UCL health professor, Ian Kennedy, expressed sympathy for the plight of Charlie, but ultimately justified it on the basis that “children do not belong to their parents.”
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."