The gruesome murder of Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi shredded the idea that the royalty of Saudi Arabia should be praised for reforming themselves. Princes who chop political opponents into little pieces are not nice people. That said, puh-leeze stop it with the adoration of a man who deserves none of it. Politico ran a headline gushing “Jamal Khashoggi: The Free Thinker Whose Murder Shook the World.” It turns out he was receiving lots of help "shaping" his work from one of Saudi Arabia's enemies.
MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews may have a show entitled Hardball and screech “let’s play hardball” at the top of each show, but it rarely squares with reality. Wednesday was no different as Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard appeared for a friendly chat bashing the Saudis but was not pressed on her coziness with the murderous Assad regime in Syria.
On Monday morning, Time Magazine released its top ten “shortlist” ahead of the Tuesday reveal for its annual “Person of the Year” issue and many of the nominees came as no surprise. Whether it was the March for Our Lives students or Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it was a liberal list made in heaven.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for allegedly "lying" to Congress about the Saudi prince's involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, says that Pompeo is "a relatively young man with great credentials, a great past behind him, who is going out and sullying his reputation for a man who may not be in the White House for another year."
Flying solo with fiancé Mika Brzezinski off ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, fellow co-host and faux Republican Joe Scarborough helmed the Morning Joe ship on Wednesday and opened with a seven-minute, uninterrupted rant against his former friend-turned-President Donald Trump, deeming him an illegitimate President who’s “Nixonian” and “Stalinist” in light of his Khashoggi statement and a report he ordered political enemies investigated.
Uh-oh. So in all the justifiable uproar over the apparent murder — gruesome murder at that — of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, over at Fox Howard Kurtz of Media Buzz has opened a window on an amazing liberal media/liberal Hollywood double-standard. Kurtz’s headline: “A Reckoning for Those Who Take Dirty Saudi Oil Money.”
Following what’s become a persistent narrative from the liberal media, Chuck Todd declared on Friday’s MTP Daily that the midterm message put forth by President Trump (and, by extension, the GOP) has been “a heavy dose of a bit of fear-mongering, conspiracy theories and even some mob-style antics.” Ah yes, so Todd is going to insinuate that Trump’s GOP are the real mob and not the left.
Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski went on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Thursday, to praise liberal candidates, bash Donald Trump and make wild predictions. Scarborough insisted that Trump won’t even run in 2020: “I don't think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection. He didn't want to be elected for president. He didn't think he was going to be elected.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lit into ABC News on Friday for running a story with one anonymous"Turkish official" claiming Pompeo heard an audio recording of an attack on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In the Trump years, a single anonymous foreign source somehow is more credible than a Secretary of State (and the Turkish foreign minister) on the record.
Thursday’s lead Hardball segment offered blistering hot takes concerning the likely death of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi with former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes suggesting that President Trump’s disdain for the press allowed for Khashoggi’s death and host Chris Matthews equating Jared Kushner to the Saudi Crown Prince.
Despite almost nine minutes of interview time, CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell on Thursday posed no tough questions to Joe Biden. Instead, she cheered the Democrat on as the “top choice” for Democrats in 2020 and praised him for “caring deeply about this country.” Pushing the former Vice President from the left, O’Donnell demanded, “If Democrats win the House, do you believe that they may move forward with articles of impeachment?”
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski, commenting on the Jamal Khashoggi news, calls supporters of President Trump "quislings," a term meaning traitors who serve as the puppet of the enemy occupying their country. But the show didn't get to a discussion of the news until after the panel bantered about last night's baseball game—for over four minutes.