With the first 2016 presidential debate approaching on Monday, a portion of Tuesday’s Hardball on MSNBC was dedicated to looking back at some iconic moments from past debates and host Chris Matthews used the time to express his sheer anger that still permeates four years later at Mitt Romney for his “terrible performance” in the first 2012 debate where he “walked in like he’s a better man” than President Obama.
Reacting to Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech to conclude the Republican National Convention (RNC), Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s AM Joy host Joy Reid ruled late Thursday that Trump channeled a “conservative talk radio” culture in pledging “to white America” that he would “protect” them from illegal immigrants and secularists.
Judging from MSNBC weeknight anchor Rachel Maddox's actions while covering Wednesday night's events at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, she has never heard the motto “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.”
In an obvious attempt to diminish the importance of GOP speaker Natalie Gulbis before she had a chance to utter a single word, the liberal host stated that Gulbis “is the 492-ranked pro golfer in the world” and mocked her for being on one season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice reality show.
After spending the previous hour on Monday smearing Pat Smith’s speech about her son’s murder in Benghazi as having “ruined” the night, an MSNBC panelist questioned why Republicans turn to “fiery, committed” African-Americans at Republican National Conventions (RNC) “to make [their] case” and another compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Boston Tea Party.
From the moment that Pat Smith concluded her Monday night speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) about how her son was murdered in the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, MSNBC had their marching orders to annihilate, demean, and smear Smith for her attacks on Hillary Clinton that left the assembled cast of liberals confused at the “gross accusation” that’s “ruined” the entire night.
On Thursday night, MSNBC’s The Last Word spent the duration of its show on the Nice, France truck terror attack and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni lamented that the “really, really volatile moment” could be used have negative connotations on both European and “French politics” in light of Brexit with “feelings of nativism, wanting to close doors.”
In an Internet meme from President Obama’s first term, George W. Bush asked America, “Miss Me Yet?” Even though The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky is a liberal, he does miss Dubya, after a fashion. In a Monday column, Tomasky called Bush “one of the worst presidents” ever but conceded that when he was POTUS, the Republican party was a mere “war-starting, economy-wrecking” outfit, while today’s GOP is far worse in terms of “open racism and paranoid sociopathy.” Tomasky sees Bush as well-positioned to spearhead the reform Republicans need: "After Trump (hopefully) loses, Bush should try to lead the GOP back to planet Earth…The best remaining way for Bush to salvage his reputation is to trash Trump’s.”
Eyebrows were raised Tuesday on Morning Joe after the New York Times featured a Harvard study that highlighted the relationship between race and the use of force in police shootings. Even Roland Fryer, the author of the study, described it as “the most surprising result of his career.” Panelists were most troubled by the findings of “no racial bias” in 1,300 incidents of police shootings in Texas, Florida and California. Bewildered Eugene Robinson described the results as “not comporting with reality” while melodramatic Mike Barnicle “got a headache reading it.”
MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday finally mentioned the controversy over the misleading edits in Katie Couric's recent documentary, Under the Gun. Joe Scarborough blasted the production as "one of the most stunning things I've ever seen...just a complete hit job on a group of Americans." The host prompted his panel for their take on the "purposely biased" documentary. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and Chris Cillizza revealed they hadn't seen the relevant segment, but still condemned the edits.
Morning Joe regulars know that Mika Brzezinski has made a virtual art form out of her facial expressions and body language. On today's show, Mika put on a particularly demonstrative display of horror while asserting what she sees as Ted Cruz's lack of appeal to women voters.
The question on the table had been Donald Trump's surprisingly strong showing among women in yesterday's New York Republican primary. The Donald scored 59% of women voters, almost equaling the 63% of men voters he garnered. Gene Robinson was stumped to explain it. When he posited Ted Cruz as the alternative to Trump, someone to whom voters would be expected to "flock," Mika broke in: "I don't think women are going to flock to Ted Cruz." Mika accompanied her comment with animated expressions, looking to the sky, taking a deep breath then sharing a horrified look with someone offstage to her right. You can catch Mika's contortions 40 seconds into the video clip. See also screencap below.
Clinton campaign advisor Joel Benenson's recent whining about how "negative" the "tone" was from the Bernie Sanders campaign prompted an incredulous reaction from NBC's Kasie Hunt.
Brian Williams’s mouth is getting him in trouble again. The disgraced ex-Nightly News anchor on Monday closed out a segment on Castro by declaring liberal Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson a “Pulitzer Prize-winning communist.”