Mark Finkelstein

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Lives in Oak Island, North Carolina

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How far will the liberal media go to boost Beto O'Rourke's Hispanic street cred? In an article published today, the Associated Press wrote that in a speech he gave in his hometown of El Paso: "O'Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish, eliciting loud and sustained cheers."



CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper poses as a Just the Facts Man, but his command of the facts vanished on Sunday. When Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the " media got it wrong for so long" speculating on collusion in the Mueller investigation, Tapper offered the spit take that "I'm not sure what you're saying the media got wrong....Other than the people in the media on the left, not on this network, I don't know anybody who got anything wrong."



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says: "[Republicans] are hiding behind Donald Trump's own Roy Cohn, William Barr. Yeah, I said it. Donald Trump's own Roy Cohn." But now that the Mueller report has been so devastating to liberal hopes, the MSM has turned on Barr with a vengeance. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said: 



For two days running on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough tries to tie President Trump to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Scarborough also labels Trump a "millionaire" rather than a billionaire, suggesting that Trump is worth $30-40 million and perhaps as little as $10 million. 

 

 



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough makes an angry, ranting defense of the liberal media's coverage of the Mueller probe and alleged Russian collusion. He calls critics of the MSM "corrupt" and says they should be "ashamed."



You knew this was coming. For two years, Robert Mueller was a secular saint of the liberal media. But now that he has issued a report not to the MSM's liking, Mueller's halo is tarnished, and overnight he's become fair game for criticism. An opening salvo of the MSM attack on Mueller was launched on CNN's New Day this morning. CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said she was "completely unsatisfied" by the Mueller report, claiming it is "really atrocious" that Mueller did not rule on the question of obstruction of justice. 



How can I impeach thee? Let me count the ways....Still reeling from the pain of the Mueller report's failure to deliver any additional indictments, Joy Reid this morning fantasized a list of possibly impeachable offenses.  The most hilarious, reflecting Reid's unfamiliarity with the Bill of Rights, was her claim that  Trump's "attacking the media" could be grounds for impeachment. Reid said that while the criticism isn't a crime, "it's a violation of the First Amendment in a lot of ways."



Keep hope alive! Okay, yeah, the Mueller investigation looks like a bust, and won't produce any more indictments. But hey: there are still lots of other investigations out there! The dream continues! That was the theme of Joy Reid's MSNBC show this morning. Check out the mashup we've created, and you'll soon get the idea. From congressional investigations, to the Southern District of New York, it's investigations a go go!



Morning Joe glorifies Jimmy Carter on the occasion of his becoming the oldest living former president ever. And Joe Scarborough dismisses Carter's failures as either "beyond his control," or the result of mistakes by the Democratic party that "fell on his shoulders" in the 1980 election.



After his appearance on Wednesday's show, Morning Joe goes gaga for hard-left presidential candidate 'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg. Mika Brzezinski claims, "I was surprised by the number of Republicans who reached out to me, saying, I'm going to support him. Because I'm looking for someone."



Of all the Dems vying for the presidential nomination, Joe Scarborough has singled out one who's not even in the race as the person who not only could, but would, beat President Trump in 2020: John "Liveshot" Kerry. On today's Morning Joe, the panel was musing over the latest poll results on Dem contenders [see screencap below].Kerry was in there at a lowly 4%. But that didn't deter Scarborough from declaring that the failed 2004 candidate would win in 2020.



On New Day, CNN's David Gregory criticizes George Conway, the lawyer and husband of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, for his anti-Trump tweets. Gregory says the tweeting is not "appropriate," and that Conway should "keep it to himself." That hot take is less surprising when you look at his lawyer spouse.



On Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle dismisses the murder fantasy Beto O'Rourke wrote as a teenager in which he described enjoying killing two children with his car. "He was 16!! I mean, come on!!", said Barnicle. But during Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearings, Barnicle passionately argued that Kavanaugh's accusers had to be believed. 



On Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch suggests President Trump might issue a weak condemnation of the New Zealand mass shooting because Muslims were the target.



On CNN, NYT columnist and CNN contributor Frank Bruni suggests that a legal donation to Harvard made by Jared Kushner's father is not "morally different" from the crimes committed in the college admissions scandal. And so it was that this morning, CNN, with a big assist from New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Frank Bruni, found a way to tie the Trump family to the admissions scandal. 



On Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch says that the judge who sentenced Paul Manafort seemed to have a "hard-on" against the Mueller probe. Deutsch also wonders out loud whether Trump got a message to the sentencing judge to go easy on Manafort. 



Joe Scarborough loves to claim that he is still the conservative he was back in his days as part of the '94 Republican revolution. But Joe's moved left on a number of issues. And Scarborough hit a new low last night, recycling a classic pro-abortion line, tweeting: "Trump Republicans believe protecting life begins at conception and ends at birth." As I asked when retweeting it: "what's next, Joe: 'If you're against abortion, don't have one?'"



On this morning's New Day, co-host John Berman fretted that President Trump's signing of a check on days he was also fulfilling his presidential duties constituted a "jarring juxtaposition." Alisyn Camerota echoed Berman's concern over the "juxtaposition." That this was a ginned-up nothingburger is reflected in Berman's supposed concern that Trump signed a check on February 14th, 2017, "just after Michael Flynn was pushed out of the White House." But Flynn resigned on February 13th, so that awful juxtaposition that has Berman so verklempt didn't even happen on the same day. The faux outrage reached its absurd apotheosis when Camerota cited Trump for signing a check on the same day . . .  that he pardoned a Thanksgiving turkey.



Morning Joe had an F-word for President Trump today. No, not that F-word. Another one: "felony." Nine times in the show's opening segment, Joe Scarborough, Nick Confessore and Michael Steele accused President Trump of committing a "felony" in connection with alleged hush money payments. 



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough twice referred to Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of President Trump's children, as "Fredo." That is, of course, a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone, the weak, least-intelligent of the children of the Godfather, Vito Corleone.  After Scarborough's second use of "Fredo," Mika Brzezinski quietly corrected her husband: "you mean Don Jr." An unrepentant Scarborough responded: "okay, Don Jr., same thing." Panelist Steve Rattner, President Obama's former car czar, can be heard laughing in the background.