An Evening with Don Rumsfeld and Winston Churchill’s Biographer

September 2nd, 2021 10:15 PM

Washington — Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time secretary of Defense, adviser to presidents and three-term member of Congress, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 23 after a stately ceremony in the cemetery's large chapel. His friends and associates filled the chapel, and I wish I could report on what luminaries were present, but I cannot. Everyone was wearing a mask. The media…

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Rumsfeld Dies, MSNBC's Mohyeldin Blames Him, U.S. For Mideast Misery

June 30th, 2021 5:05 PM

Former two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Given his role in the Iraq War, both in its conception and in how it was fought, it was inevitable that media reaction would be at least somewhat critical. On his MSNBC show, Ayman Mohyeldin, however, went much further, blaming him and the U.S. for the misery that exists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Media Are Still Peddling One of the Great Myths of the Depression

April 18th, 2020 10:30 AM
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once cautioned newcomers to learn from those who held the same positions before. “Try to make original mistakes rather than needlessly repeating theirs,” he said. Harry Kazianis should have taken Rumsfeld’s advice before writing this annoying paragraph on April 2: "The rapidly worsening pandemic is shaping up as the defining…
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More Hollywood Hate: Director Unveils Biopic About ‘Ruthless’ Cheney

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October 4th, 2018 2:48 PM
A new character assassination, er, I mean biopic about Vice President Dick Cheney is set to hit theaters this Christmas. Starring Christian Bale in the titular role, Vice appears to be less of a thoughtful political drama detailing Cheney’s role during the Bush years, and more of a gritty, gangster movie, depicting the vice president’s quest for absolute power.
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'View' Crew Begs Rumsfeld to Condemn Trump to Impeachment, and Fails

May 25th, 2017 1:09 PM
On Thursday’s The View, guest Donald Rumsfeld wouldn’t take the bait when hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin repeatedly pressured the former Secretary of Defense to sentence Donald Trump to impeachment. “Why would you want to engage in hypotheticals?” Rumsfeld pointedly asked the hosts, after they aggressively tried to get Rumsfeld to make a legal judgement on the sitting…
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Matt Lauer Fears Trump Doesn’t Have ‘Gravitas’ to be President

May 25th, 2017 1:07 PM
Interviewing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer tried to get the former Bush cabinet official to say that Donald Trump did not have the seriousness to be president: “You were here during the campaign and I asked you about Trump....And when I asked you did he have the gravitas to be commander-in-chief, you dodged it a little bit....you…
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Mika to Hillary Dead-Ender Dean: 'Your Partisan Whatever is Oozing

August 12th, 2015 9:16 AM
Partisanship oozing out of Howard Dean's wherever! On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski, exasperated by Howard Dean's dead-ender defense of Hillary on the email scandal, told him "your partisan whatever is just ooz[ing.]" You know Hillary is in hot water when even Andrea Mitchell had to report that there are "big" problems for Clinton on the email…

Jon Stewart: Fox News ‘Steeped in Distortion and Ignorance’

April 19th, 2015 12:12 PM
According to Jon Stewart, cable news is so awful that Daily Show staffers who keep tabs on it are essentially “turd miners.” That said, Stewart believes that the most foul-smelling poop comes from Fox News. In a Saturday profile in the left-wing British newspaper The Guardian, Stewart told writer Hadley Freeman that MSNBC is preferable to Fox “because [MSNBC isn’t]…

PBS’s Smiley Joins Documentary Filmmaker in Trashing Rumsfeld

March 27th, 2014 5:40 PM
On Wednesday night, Tavis Smiley welcomed film director Errol Morris onto the set of his PBS program to talk about Morris’ new documentary on former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Unlike Bill Maher, who challenged Morris when he interviewed him last Friday, Smiley joined Morris in maligning Rumsfeld throughout the entire interview. [Video below. MP3 audio here.] Smiley seemed…

Maher Said What? Time to Stop Demonizing GOP, Starting with Rumsfeld

March 24th, 2014 6:33 AM
Bill Maher's weekly show on HBO is occasionally a pleasure to watch, at least to this conservative, because he's that rare liberal willing to turn sacred cows on the left into hamburger. Last month, for example, he challenged MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for her network's obsessive with the Bridgegate scandal she clearly hopes will sideline New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's…

SecState Kerry Deeply Offends Ally Israel with 'Boycott' Comments; Was

February 3rd, 2014 3:10 PM
Imagine, if you will, it's the midterm election year of 2006 and President George W. Bush's secretary of state making careless remarks which seem to lend moral validity to an economic boycott of the United States's staunchest ally in the Middle East. The Washington Post would surely glom onto such an embarrassing gaffe and play it up as much as possible. Yet when John Kerry made…

NBC's Guthrie to Rumsfeld: Do You Take 'Responsibility' for 'Specter o

September 4th, 2013 12:33 PM
In an exclusive interview with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie attempted to blame the Bush administration for President Obama's difficulty in garnering support for military action against Syria: "Looming over this debate time and time again has been the specter of Iraq. Most recently, the U.K. Parliament, many members…

WashPost's Milbank Mocks Nikki Haley, 'Reached Out to' White Supremaci

May 24th, 2013 7:04 PM
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank mocked South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley as someone who has "reached out to a minority" in the form of white supremacists since they are a "minority," as he reacted to accusations that a member of her reelection committee is a white supremacist. Milbank:

Rumsfeld: ‘Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Improve the Lives of Th

May 20th, 2013 11:10 AM
Former Secretary of Defense and CEO, Donald Rumsfeld has a brand new book focused on business, politics and more. In “Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life,” released on May 14, Rumsfeld expounded on capitalism, and why we need more people to defend it in our society. “I suppose if more business leaders defended capitalism, there…