Mark Finkelstein

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Lives in Oak Island, North Carolina

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On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid claims that during the Bush era, "we were . . . starving people in Guantanamo." MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance then accuses President Trump of having pardoned a former Army officer, convicted of killing a suspected al Qaeda terrorist, for purposes of "greenlighting actual offenses by people who support their side."



Joe Scarborough proclaimed his opinion on the situation regarding the White House visit of the Boston Red Sox, celebrating their 2018 World Series victory.  All the players of color, with the exception of one Cuban-American, have announced that they are not going. All of the white players are going. Scarborough says that under the circumstances, he wouldn't go, and he wishes that one white team leader would announce that although he would like to go, he will not, and would instead "stay back" with his teammates of color.



CNN host John Berman tried to goad congressional Democrats into taking action against the Trump administration. On  New Day, Berman taunts Dems as "the boy who cried contempt," demands to know when "the rubber will meet the road," and frets that the Dems will "succumb to the delay tactics" of which he accused the White House. Washington Post reporter and CNN analyst Rachael Bade tried to cheer up poor John, assuring Berman, "you're going to see them go to court soon," although the Dems have to "look like" they're trying to work with the White House.



Joe Scarborough's white-hot hatred of Donald Trump apparently extends to members of the President's administration. On Morning Joe, Scarborough launched a nasty, personal attack on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Scarborough's stream of insults about Pompeo included the following: "absolute fool; disgraceful; beneath contempt; should be ashamed of himself; bumbling, stupid act; unworthy to hold any public office for the rest of his life."



The Joy Reid show stokes fears that President Trump will refuse to leave office if he is defeated in the 2020 election, saying there is a "significant threat" of that happening, and drawing parallels to the Watergate era, asserting that President Nixon floated the notion of using military force to remain in power. 



A New York Times story about gentrification in the historically black South Park neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina includes these lines:  "A few new homes rise high above the modest, single-story properties around them. Those houses, some longtime residents lament, feel so large that they evoke plantation homes, complete with second-story porches an overseer might use to keep an eye on the black residents nearby."



On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, a hyperbolic Malcolm Nance goes on an agitated rant, warning among other things that the nation could end of President Trump wins re-election in 2020.



Poor Alisyn Camerota. She had so been hoping that the Mueller report would bring President Trump crashing down. And now that it seems very unlikely that will happen, Alisyn is deeply bummed. Or, as Camerota put it this morning "they've broken my spirit," adding that the lack of action against President Trump is "disheartening." 



No one doubts that the liberal media sees itself as an active arm of the Democrat party. But MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian has now provided an absolutely brazen example of the phenomenon. Vossoughian subbed for Ari Melber on his MSNBC show The Beat. Interviewing ultraliberal Rep. Jamie Raskin, Vossoughian three times asked Raskin which was the best way that "we" should go after Attorney General Bill Barr and/or the Mueller report and testimony by Mueller.



On Morning Joe, after saying that he understands that it doesn't make "political sense" to impeach President Trump, Joe Scarborough calls for the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, calling him Trump's "lackey" and "stooge."



On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough claim that President Trump is actively tweeting in an attempt to distract from the letter that Robert Mueller sent to Bill Barr, but that they will not be distracted. Mika says that Trump "could tweet nudes: we're not looking." Scarborough looks into the camera, directly addressing "Donald," and suggests that instead of tweeting, he eat a variety of fast-food items that he names.



No fewer than eight times on his State of the Union CNN show today, Jake Tapper asked Kellyanne Conway whether President Trump's response to Charlottesville was, as he has said, perfect. When Tapper wouldn't drop his hair-splitting over "perfect," Conway eventually had enough, and took a shot at the liberal media: "it looks like you, and others, looking at 2020, are worried that this guy can't be beaten fairly and squarely." Shot back Tapper: "That's beneath you, Kellyanne. That comment is beneath you."



Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are accusing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr of endangering the lives of Trump opponents, including Scarborough himself. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough and Brzezinski expressed outrage that, by failing to charge Coast Guardsman Christopher Hasson with terrorism, they made him eligible for release on bail on lesser charges. Said Scarborough: "Barr will not charge this terrorist with acts of terrorism or a plot to actually kill people who run America's government, I guess because they don't support Donald Trump . . . I guess Barr doesn't think you're a terrorist if you try to kill people that don't support Donald Trump."



On the eve of Joe Biden's expected announcement of his candidacy, Morning Joe offered a very downbeat take on his prospects. Joe Scarborough said, " I have yet to talk to a Democratic activist or a Democratic fundraiser who is excited about Joe Biden getting in the race . . . almost every Democrat, to a person, that I have spoken with is concerned that this is going to end badly for Joe Biden, and that he should not get into the race."



A CNN New Day panel painted Kamala Harris as the loser in last night's CNN town halls. Three CNN journalists criticized her for not offering "something bold," instead using the "let's have a conversation about that" dodge. Alisyn Camerota got in a zinger at the end, suggesting that if Harris wanted to have a conversation, a town hall just might have been the right place to do it. Ouch!



MSNBC and CNN are pushing impeachment harder than the Dem presidential candidates themselves. On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski suggests Democrats have a "patriotic duty" to impeach and MSNBC contributor Adrienne Elrod twice says that Dems have "no choice" but to impeach. On CNN's New Day, Alisyn Camerota reacts almost angrily to Jeffrey Toobin's flat assertion that Dems won't impeach. Camerota says "I'm not so sure. The feeling is today . . . is that if you don't do something [impeach], if you're Congress and you don't do something, then you're saying that the President is above the law."



Appearing on today's AM Joy, former New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston claimed that President Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, built the first Trump fortune by "running whorehouses." That is a claim that is unverified, at best. The Washington Post wrote that the definitive biographer of the Trump family Gwenda Blair, "was careful not to say that Trump ran brothels. I think we don’t quite know that.”  And in 2015, even the liberals at Snopes.com addressed the question: "Did Donald Trump’s Grandfather Make His Fortune in Prostitution?" Snopes ruled: Mostly False.



On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough suggests that Democrats should not "play it safe" and simply try to remove President Trump from office in 2020 by beating him at the polls. Instead, Scarborough argues that the Mueller report suggests that Trump "deserves" to be impeached, and that Congress has a "constitutional responsibility" to begin impeachment proceedings.



CNN brings back Chris Cuomo to guest host on his former show, New Day. Cuomo proceeds to blast AG Bill Barr over his handling of the Mueller report, as if he's merely shielding the president. Cuomo also indulges in a humble brag about his looks. 



Reacting to the Bernie Sanders town hall on Fox News, Morning Joe praises FNC for opening the door to different points of view. DNC chairman Tom Perez is criticized for prohibiting FNC from conducting a Dem presidential debate. And panel members praise as fair FNC personalities Bret Baier, Martha McCallum, Chris Wallace, Bill Hemmer, and Shep Smith.