Every now and then, anchor Shepard Smith seems to feel the need to distance himself from most of the other on-air personalities on the Fox News Channel, and Monday afternoon saw the latest incident. Unfortunately, this time Smith had the opportunity served up to him on a silver platter by the Trump Administration, which released a grim new report from 13 federal agencies on the Friday start to the Thanksgiving weekend. As a result, many people went about their holiday activities without having heard of predicted weather-related consequences into the next 100 years.
Here is a short list of prominent conservatives and independent thinkers who've been accused by their critics of being an "Uncle Tom" or some other vitriolic variation on the overplayed left-wing theme of being a traitor to their race or gender ("Aunt Tomasina," "Uncle Juan," "Aunt Jemima," "Uncle Wong," etc.)[.]
Rachel Maddow gave covering fire for President Obama on her MSNBC show on Thursday over his initial decision to stay in Martha's Vineyard instead of visiting flood-stricken Louisiana. Maddow spotlighted the "scathing editorial" from a Lousiana newspaper criticizing the Democrat over the move, but defended the President by pointing a finger at former Governor Bobby Jindal.
There's been a lot of arrant nonsense spoken since the Paris attacks, but Margaret Carlson's might just take the cake . . .
On today's Morning Joe, Bloomberg columnist Carlson suggested that because the US is better than Europe at assimilation, potential terrorists sneaking into our country might not carry out their plots. Said Carlson: "maybe they become Americanized, maybe the anger goes away. Maybe what they snuck in to do they're not going to do because we do have an acceptance of these people." Great point, Margaret. If only we'd had a little longer to hug it out with the 9/11 terrorists.
As I noted earlier this evening, in an early question in the undercard GOP debate tonight, CNBC's John Harwood pressed Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on his staunch opposition to tax hikes. Well, later in the same debate, Harwood hit Jindal from the other side of the ledger as regards spending cuts, and the $1.6-million shortfall that the state treasury saw earlier this year. It, by the way, has since been closed.
Well, CNBC GOP debate moderator John Harwood didn't waste any time. Shortly into the "undercard" debate tonight, the journalist pressed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal about whether he would "do for the federal budget what you did for the Louisiana budget" and citing "many Republicans are opposed to the approach that you've taken in Louisiana" by "tr[ying] so hard to avoid anything that can be called a tax increase."
On the eve of Pope Francis's arrival in the United States, the Daily Beast's Samantha Allen groused about Catholic convert Gov. Bobby Jindal's "Embarrassing Abortion Obsession."
New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal appeared on a nytimes.com podcast and insulted every Republican candidate in nasty, personal terms, throwing around the words "idiot" and "xenophobic" and insulting Justice Clarence Thomas in a racially loaded fashion. Rosenthal then accused the 1988 George H.W. Bush using the Pledge of Allegiance as an issue "deliberately and specifically intended to remind Americans that Michael Dukakis was of Greek descent and therefore suspect."
Timothy Egan's liberalism, badly concealed in his previous guise as a news reporter for the New York Times, is in full and angry bloom in his columns, like "The Junk Politics of 2015," from the upcoming edition of the New York Times Sunday Review, mocking the Republicans with personal insults while dismissing Democratic problems. It included this howler: "At least one Republican wants to sic the Internal Revenue Service on his political enemies." Didn't Obama's IRS do exactly that to the Tea Party?
It took only 12 minutes into their live coverage on Thursday night of the deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana before CNN Tonight invoked gun control and President Obama with panelists lamenting the lack of “sufficient common sense” on guns, the need for a “more realistic in a interpretation of the Second Amendment” and that the issue will go down in history as President Obama’s “biggest defeat.”
Last night I noted how Chris Matthews took as literal a hyperbolic statement that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) made regarding the Supreme Court. Tonight, the Hardball host repeated the attack on Jindal, sneering that it put him in the "clown car."