Journalists and CEOs from the leaders in the liberal media gathered last night at New York University for a panel discussion on the evolving media landscape, entitled: Media, Fake News, and the New Generation of Informed Citizens. Maggie Haberman from the New York Times, Ben Smith from Buzzfeed, Andy Lack of NBC News, and Richard Plepler of HBO were the major panelists, along with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei, who moderated the January 29 event.
Jim VandeHei, the former Washington Post reporter and co-founder of Politico, inspired a "Special Report" to Axios.com email subscribers headlined "How American politics went insane, in 6 steps.” That was the cleaned-up version. Inside the e-mail it was how politics went “bat [guano] crazy.” Mike Allen, his Axios co-founder, huffed and puffed that “ There are lots of reasons American politics went off the rails, but his VandeHei has proclaimed “six seminal events” caused our current insanity.
On Friday’s Morning Joe, political analyst Mark Halperin was surprisingly honest about the liberal bias in the media as he assured that President Trump would receive positive press coverage as long as he kept striking deals with Democrats. “This will get good coverage if he works with Democrats for as far as the eye can see. It will produce more liberal policies, which a lot of people in the media like,” Halperin proclaimed.
New York Times media reporter Jim Rutenberg dominated the front page of Business Day Thursday, showing his paranoia toward Trump and his media-loathing fans in “Target Practice – Trump’s latest attack on journalism has a particularly ugly edge.” His colleague, columnist Nicholas Kristof, warned that "Trump will get people hurt" with his rhetorical attacks on his enemies in the press.
On Tuesday morning, one of the more intriguing debates about media bias took place on MSNBC’s Morning Joe as the assembled co-hosts and Politico founder Jim Vandehei excoriated their colleagues in the media for flashing their liberal bias “in a way they never did before” in their collective desire to take down Donald Trump (to the benefit of Hillary Clinton).
The discussion of FBI Director Comey’s controversial decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her private server raged on Thursday’s Morning Joe. Opinions swirled around the table over Clinton’s flagrant mishandling of classified information. Surprisingly, the liberal Mika Brzezinski repeatedly referred to panelists as being “hostages [to the Clintons] for thirty years who don’t know how to think anymore.” The loudest critic was co-host Joe Scarborough, who asserted “Neither Hillary Clinton nor all the people around her should ever be within 1,000 miles of classified information again.”
It was the pot calling the kettle black on Morning Joe Tuesday. Joe Scarborough was up in arms over President Obama’s criticism of the media for not reporting the way he would like. Scarborough called Obama out for opting for more friendly news outlets that provided the “easiest questions and he would be speaking to his audience directly.” But the fact is Morning Joe had their own softball interview with the President.
Members of the Morning Joe panel tried their best to block and tackle for Hillary given the revelation that the person who set up her server has been granted immunity. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said the most troubling issue is the way things got from the SIPRnet--a Pentagon system used for exchanging Secret information--to Hillary's server.
Mukasey explained that someone must have taken something off SIPRnet and either transcribed it or summarized it and then put it on her server. Politico's Jim VandeHei suggested hopefully that if charges are brought it would be against the "staffers" who did that, rather than Hillary. Mukasey batted that away: "if she ordered that that be done . . . if she knew that that was the way it was being done, that it is being done on her order, that's a problem."
On Sunday, ABC’s This Week promoted Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Iowa, fueling speculation that he might seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. While the Sunday show was quick to play up Biden’s Iowa trip, fill-in host Jonathan Karl and his panel ignored a gaffe he made during a speech at Drake University on Thursday in which he referred to former Iowa Democratic Representative Neal Smith as his “old butt buddy.”
Jim VandeHei sees dead people. On today's Morning Joe, the Politico honcho agreed with Joe Scarborough's suggestion that Chris Christie is like Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense: [politically] dead but doesn't know it.
Ironically, Scarborough distanced himself from his own suggestion, twice saying that he didn't believe it. But when he asked his guest if the characterization was fair, Vandehei replied "I think it is. At best he's a live man stumbling."
Joe Scarborough has a warning for conservatives: going after Jeb Bush will make him more likely to run for president.
According to Scarborough, speaking on today's Morning Joe, Jeb is "his mother's son," "kind of "cranky" and "rough around the edges." If conservatives think they will drive Jeb out of the race by attacking him, "they've got him played exactly backwards." To the contrary, conservative attacks will make Jeb more likely to run "to prove them wrong."
Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Politico's Jim VandeHei absurdly claimed that Republicans would be in big trouble if they took control of the Senate in the midterm election: "...even if Republicans win, I think they're going to be in a hell of a jam. In that they're not going to be able to get anything done."