Mark Finkelstein

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Lives in Oak Island, North Carolina

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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. 



Jake Sherman is no fan of Republicans in general or of President Trump in particular. He's the author of an unflattering book about the Trump White House, in which he also described Mitch McConnell's handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation as "merciless" and "Machiavellian." 



During a CNN New Day discussion of the pending Senate impeachment trial on New Year's Eve, substitute host Poppy Harlow managed to work in a snide Merrick Garland shot at Mitch McConnell.



On Morning Joe, WaPo's David Ignatius manages to turn Biden's transparent about-face for political reasons on whether he would comply with a Senate impeachment trial subpoena into a positive mark of his willingness to change positions as necessary, as compared to President Trump. 



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a wide berth to delay her supposedly "urgent" impeachment articles for weeks or even months, knowing the press will back her. Exhibit A is CNN's Alisyn Camerota. The New Day co-host made an impassioned defense this morning of Pelosi's decision to stall the delivery to the Senate of the articles of impeachment. After Camerota made her initial pitch for Pelosi's position, guest host John Avlon and Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim pushed back, saying Pelosi's position wasn't tenable and that she'd have to deliver the articles in fairly short order.



Self-awareness? Apparently not Joe Scarborough's strong suit. On Thursday's Morning Joe, Scarborough claimed to embrace a recent column by frequent panelist David Ignatius of The Washington Post that called for a "love thy neighbor" politics in which people "put aside" their grievances. "Truer words were never written," enthused Scarborough. That's all well and good, but not exactly the best messengers and considering the show that these principles were extolled on.



Gag me with a gavel! On her MSNBC show on Christmas Eve, Nicolle Wallace's Christmas gift to Nancy Pelosi was an opening segment that was nothing short of a love letter to the Speaker. 



It's one of the oldest moves in the liberal media's playbook: trying to pass off liberal Democrat candidates as "moderates." CNN played the game this morning . . . but an interesting Democrat actually reminded viewers of the truth: that the so-called "moderates" are actually to the left of where Barack Obama was when he first ran for president.  



On Morning Joe, Rick Tyler says the Christianity Today editorial critical of President Trump overturned the tables of "the money changers" in the temple. He adds that evangelicals who support Trump are telling others that "Christianity is sort of a farce. That it's not real. That it's not true." Rev. Al Sharpton approvingly added that the message of the editorial is that Trump-supporting evangelicals "would sell Jesus out if they thought they could get something from it."



Joy Reid and her panelists complain that the media is being unfair to Democrats, seeing impeachment through Republican eyes. The media "worships Republican hardball"? It's "dangerous" and "racist" to interview Trump supporters? 



On Morning Joe. Joe Scarborough twice claims that the scandal surrounding Hunter Biden's influence-peddling gig with a Ukrainian company has been a political "godsend" for his father Joe.



The Morning Joe producer would have had to hit the bleep button multiple times this morning to stop Steve Rattner from blurting out all the good news about the economy.  Democrat Rattner, President Obama's former "car czar" and Morning Joe's resident economist, painted a very positive picture of the economy heading into the 2020 election.



The Morning Joe crew revels in imagining President Trump's supposed pain over his impending impeachment. 



CNN's Jeffrety Toobin refuses to believe the results of CNN's own poll, showing a rather dramatic drop in Democrat support for impeachment: from 90% down to 77%. Here was poor Jeffrey, in the depths of denial:  "I don’t believe that poll for one second, the 90 to 77%. I don’t believe it. It makes no sense that that number would change like that . . . David, that poll is wrong. Just because I said so, okay?"



On Morning Joe, Edward Luce of the UK's Financial Times says if Bernie Sanders were the Democrat candidate, that unlike Jeremy Corbyn, he "wouldn't have the whiff of anti-Semitism about him." Donny Deutsch says that—a recent poll notwithstanding—neither Sanders nor Elizabeth Warren would "come close to beating Donald Trump."



Paranoia was striking deep on the set of AM Joy today. Host Joy Reid devoted a segment to a discussion of the supposedly serious possibility that President Trump would refuse to leave office after two terms, the constitutional limit of the 22nd Amendment notwithstanding.



The morning after a huge electoral loss by the left, be it here or abroad, conservatives enjoy tuning into liberal networks to savor the collective weeping, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments. But in the wake of Labour/Jeremy Corbyn's absolute demolition in yesterday's UK elections, Morning Joe, rather than donning sackcloth and ashes, offered  instead a dose of hard reality for Democrats.



Buh-bye forever, Republicans! That's Joe Scarborough's prediction—or perhaps just his fondest wish. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough said that 2020 could be "the last competitive" election for the GOP. Scarborough asserted that "chances are very good that by 2024, because of demographic changes, Texas goes blue."



Who said Joe Scarborough was consumed with hatred of President Trump? Take it back! Because Scarborough showed such admirable restraint on today's Morning Joe, saying Trump should only "maybe" be compared to the perpetrators of genocide and gas chambers.



Morning Joe absolutely unloads on Elizabeth Warren this morning. The proximate cause was the release of her memo on behalf of a corporate client seeking to avoid responsibility for cleaning up a toxic-waste site.  But the broader issue addressed was her lack of authenticity/honesty across the board. John Heilemann says her campaign realizes there's a "whiff of fraudulence" about her, and Steve Schmidt twice warns Democrats against nominating her.