The ongoing battle between New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and George Washington University media professor Dave Karpf took another bizarre turn on Thursday, when Stephens pulled out of a scheduled debate with Karpf because the clash would not be closed to the public. Intended as the end of a feud between the two men that began back in August -- when the professor compared the columnist to a “bedbug” in a post on Twitter -- the event was slated to take place on October 28 in Washington, D.C., until Stephens pulled out.
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens is doubling down on his fury at being described as a "bedbug" on Twitter by college professor David Karpf. He's still comparing this little Twitter insult to Hitler. His latest Times column was headlined "World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter: The spirit of certitude that dominated the politics of the 1930s is not so distant from us today."
Don’t be cruel to Bret Stephens. The New York Times columnist, who compared Republicans to murderous dictators and said the “serpent” Ted Cruz would sell his family into slavery, doesn’t like being called a “bedbug.” Not only that, he’ll complain to your boss if you do such a thing.
It was another par for the course night of nonsense on Hardball Tuesday, featuring MSNBC host Chris Matthews waxing-poetic about past presidents providing leadership in challenging times compared to Donald Trump. His panelists then suggested his rhetoric led to the death of Latinos in El Paso that he truly doesn’t care about.
MSNBC’s Hardball decided — to borrow a phrase from Scott Pelley — Tuesday night to make statements alleging analysis and facts that were divorced from reality, declaring that the President broke precedent by criticizing Joe Biden on foreign soil as a “low IQ individual” that’s a “historic slur” and was “absolutely astonishing” he’d treat Biden like an enemy of America.
An anti-Semitic cartoon in the International edition of the New York Times depicted Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog with a big nose and Star of David around his neck, leading a corpulent, equally large-nosed President Trump wearing a yarmulke. the cartoon does not mark the paper’s first foray into anti-Israel tropes. After its first response flopped, the Times issued a somewhat stronger statement, saying it was “deeply sorry” for publishing the cartoon. But the stakes were raised on Monday when the Times own columnist Bret Stephens criticized the paper: “A Despicable Cartoon in The Times.”
On Tuesday's MTP Daily on MSNBC, fill-in host Katy Tur fretted over the refusal of many Senate Democrats to vote in favor of the Green New Deal program when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought it up for a vote. Tur wanted to blind her guests with "science." The "science" demands radical change.
CNN confirmed to The Daily Beast Tuesday evening that they have hired former Jeff Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Isgur to lead the network's coverage of the 2020 Presidential Campaign. In addition to working at the Department of Justice during Sessions' tenure, Isgur has also worked for Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, while also serving as the deputy campaign manager for Carly Fiorina in 2016.
In similar fashion to their fellow lefties at CNN, MSNBC Live was beside itself on Thursday afternoon after President Trump’s letter canceling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s overseas visits to Afghanistan, Brussels, and Egypt. Host Katy Tur and assembled panelists blasted the “childish” “man baby” of a President for actions further illustrating the need for his removal via impeachment or the 25th Amendment.
In 2018 there was a torrent of ugliness directed at conservatives. Vice President Mike Pence was disgustingly derided as a “dangerous” Christian with a “mental illness” on ABC’s The View. When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was hounded by leftist activists at a Virginia restaurant, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin praised them as she condemned: “Sarah Huckabee has no right to live a life of no fuss, no muss, after lying to the press.”
Cable news and the networks have been hard at work trying to demonize Mississippi’s GOP Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith as a callous racist who wants to bring back the KKK’s reign of terror in the South from decades past. After liberal activists added to the drama by putting nooses on the state legislature lawn, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and her liberal guests tried to blame Hyde-Smith for the stunt, bashing her as “sick” “scary” and “disgraceful” while even urging Mississippi voters in the runoff election, to vote for her Democrat opponent, Mike Espy who is embattled in his own controversy.
A few segments before his unhinged rant suggesting prayer should be outlawed concerning tragedies like the California bar shooting and that gun rights don’t come from God, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews showed his disdain for the President and acting Attorney Matt Whitaker by screeching out of the blue at friendly panelists. This bizarre tangents came to a boil when he didn’t so much ask a question of The Washington Post’s Robert Costa as he did blurt out that Trump has “got steel [balls] to pulls this off” by firing Sessions and replacing him with Whitaker.