Mark Finkelstein

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Lives in Oak Island, North Carolina

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On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough claims to be "fine" with President Trump's impending acquittal. Scarborough says that despite the coming vote to prevent John Bolton's testimony, "the truth will be shouted from the mountaintops" and "will only make the Republicans look worse."



On New Day, angst-filled CNN political commentator John Avlon asks, "will the headline be: Lamar Alexander saves the republic, or saves the Republican party?" In other words, the republic will be lost if Alexander votes against witnesses. 



On New Day, CNN "senior political analyst" John Avlon offers the preposterous proposition that John Bolton's prospective testimony at the impeachment trial would be "the equivalent of Nixon's smoking gun tape." 



Perhaps in a sign of anticipatory anguish over the Dems' impending defeat, Joe Scarborough went on an epic rant this morning, trashing and sliming the members of the Trump defense team. Scarborough, repeatedly calling the team a "confederacy of dunces,"  saved his most repellent comments for Ken Starr. 



On Morning Joe, Democrat Donny Deutsch, panicked at the prospect of Bernie Sanders winning the nomination, says that Democrats who think Sanders can defeat President Trump are are "smoking something."



On MSNBC's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and his blushing bride Mika Brzezinski went gaga over Adam Schiff's two and a half hours of presenting the Democrat case on impeachment. Each of them cried "virtuoso performance"! Bravo! Throw the flowers in his illustrious path! 



Joe Scarborough has once again assumed his role as a strategic advisor to the Democrats. On Morning Joe, Scarborough warns Democrats that it would be a "sucker's deal" for them to trade testimony by Hunter Biden for that of John Bolton at the impeachment trial.



In appearances on both MSNBC's Morning Joe and CNN's New Day today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer repeatedly accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of going along with an alleged "coverup" by President Trump of the impeachment trial, "hook, line, and sinker."
 



Question: in addition to her duties as an NBC correspondent, is Heidi Przybyla also serving as a PR flack for the Biden campaign? You have to wonder after watching Przybyla's performance today on Morning Joe. Przybyla didn't merely highlight the memo that the Biden campaign has put out as a pre-emptive response to charges of Ukraine corruption—she passionately embraced the memo's findings. 



Joy Reid's "body-language expert" Janine Driver says she believes Bernie Sanders was "lying" when he denied telling Elizabeth Warren that a woman couldn't beat President Trump. 



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says that the families, children, and grandchildren of defenders of President Trump will be punished by history. Vengeance will be visited on the descendants of the pro-Trump sinners.



CNN commentator Joe Lockhart spouted the conspiracy theory that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo possibly could have allowed "a Benghazi" against Marie Yovanovitch, who at the time was the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. 



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough expresses great skepticism on Elizabeth Warren's claim that Bernie Sanders told her that a woman couldn't beat President Trump.



Given MSNBC's penchant for propagating wild theories, perhaps the network should rename itself "Conspiracies 'R Us." Rachel Maddow, MSNBC's leading host, damaged her ratings and her reputation, such as it was, by going all-in on wild Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, only to see them debunked. Last week on Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski floated the off-the-wall notion that President Trump has "dirt" on Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio, and is using it to blackmail them into supporting him.



On her MSNBC show, after praising Iran for having "stepped up" and admitting it shot down the airliner, Joy Reid explicitly adopts Iran's Trump-blaming position on the matter. Using the identical term that Iran employed, Reid put the onus for the shootdown on Trump's "adventurism." 



After CNN rolls a clip of Dem Rep. Jackie Speier saying the airliner shoot-down is "yet another example of collateral damage from the actions that have been taken by in a provocative way by the President of the United States," Alisyn Camerota expresses support for Speier's statement, saying, I think it’s fair to say this would not have happened if there were not tensions between the US and Iran."

 



Reacting to Lindsey Graham's praise of President Trump's speech about Iran, and Marco Rubio's praise of the briefing given to senators about the situation, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski suggests that Trump is blackmailing them.



Based on crowd size and man-in-the-street interviews, CNN reporter Fred Pleitgen, reporting from Tehran, claims that the killing of Qasem Soleimani has "unified" Iran.



Joy Reid interviews Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, regarding the strike on Soleimani. Contrary to what she was no doubt hoping for, Engel says it was likely that Soleimani was indeed in Iraq to plan an attack, and moreover that he had no reason to doubt that he directed the attack on the US embassy in Iraq. 



CNN's John Berman calls the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani "murder." Berman and co-host Poppy Harlow also not-so-subtly suggest that President Trump's ordering of the strike was a "wag the dog" move in the context of the impeachment proceedings and re-election campaign.