Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher of The Nation, went off on John McCain in an ill-advised, unhinged Wednesday morning tweet, declaring the decorated Navy veteran and former Vietnam prisoner of war an "armchair warrior." As best can be determined, vandenHeuvel is upset that the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate has previously stated that if Russia did indeed meddle in the 2016 presidential campaign, he would consider it an act of war.
Journalist Glenn Thrush, who recently took his Democratic partisanship from Politico to the New York Times, filed “Trump Finds That Attack-Dog Strategy Has Its Limits” for Saturday’s New York edition. The news media was not at all happy with Donald Trump Twitter mockery of liberal Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, and Thrush piled on Trump. Thrush is a self-described “hack” for the failed Clinton campaign, and also has a history of sensitivity to insults to Democrats -- don’t dare call (failed) Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis “abortion Barbie”! That explains the self-satisfied tone here, lecturing Trump on how to respond to accusations of Russian meddling and how to treat his Democratic opponents.
Thursday afternoon on CNN, reporters from several networks surrounded Republican Senator John McCain and attempted to get him to call Donald Trump’s election illegitimate. McCain spoke to the reporters in the hallway immediately following a Senate hearing where Intelligence officials testified about the Russian hacking of the DNC this past Summer. Ever since Clinton lost the election, the media has been desperately trying to pin her loss on Russian influence. While the only thing that has been made evident is that Russia was able to access private DNC e-mails after DNC officials clicked on a phishing e-mail, somehow that means that Russia hacked the U.S. election, at least according to the media.
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning went gaga over liberal comedian Jon Stewart's and the 17 years of his Daily Show. Charlie Rose gushed that "it became, for all of us, a, kind of, cultural event — more than a show." He later added, "There was nothing quite like him. A lot of people did it very well....But Jon had a special place." Rose, along with Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, later marveled over the show's "extraordinary collection" of comedians. The newscast also touted several clips of the Comedy Central program mocking Republicans.
On Tuesday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of how the election of a President Hillary Clinton could dramatically change the U.S. Supreme Court, co-host Chris Cuomo fretted that it was "really frightening" to hear Republican Senator Ted Cruz talk about obstructing Clinton's judicial nominees and allowing the number of Supreme Court justices to remain at eight. Cuomo: "I think you got Ted Cruz laying some really frightening groundwork, saying, 'You know, eight is fine on the Court. Eight is fine.'"
Ahhh the birther issue and the media. You just have to love the double standard. In the middle of all the Donald Trump birther ruckus, there is one small detail that seems to be going unmentioned. Here is the story as headlined by none other than the New York Times on February 28, 2008.
CNN International host Christiane Amanpour was at it again on Monday night in flashing her far-left ideology as she used her eponymous show to angrily maim critics of Hillary Clinton and (a select few) in the media as sexist for raising questions about her health and hiding the pneumonia diagnosis and unwilling to let “a girl have a sick day or two.”
Early Wednesday afternoon, Washington Post writer Chris Cillizza attempted to silence those who pointed out his massive double standard in reporting about the health of Republican Senator John McCain (Ariz.) during the 2008 presidential campaign and his rampant dismissal of any doubts being raised about Hillary Clinton’s physical state here in 2016.
To borrow a phrase from President Obama, let New York magazine’s Chait be clear: “Republicans nominated Donald Trump [because] Republican voters like Donald Trump. This theory has the virtues of simplicity and truth.” Chait’s peg for his Friday post, however, was an “alternate theory” he rejects: that “Trump prevailed at least in part because liberals blew their credibility by hyperbolically denouncing previous Republican presidential candidates, thereby conditioning Republicans to ignore the warnings when Trump came along.”
A CNN.com article reporting on John McCain’s primary challenge included what could be a shot at John McCain’s age — or simply a typo. In a story from Tuesday night, Eric Bradner explained, “And McCain faces a test from Kelli Ward, a conservative 33 years McCain's junior who had suggested his age (he turned 80 on Monday) means he's too old for a sixth term. good.”
Donald Trump has, to borrow a phrase from Barack Obama, changed the trajectory of the GOP, contended Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Marshall in a Thursday post. “The white ethno-nationalist party which Trump has brought out of the shadows and mobilized,” wrote Marshall, “is now and will continue to be the Republican party…This seems like a transformative event.” Even if “committed Trump supporters” constitute only “10% to 20%” of the party, argued Marshall, it doesn’t matter: “If Trumpism were simply a loud and radical faction within the GOP, there would be some comparable faction opposing it…But there's not. In other words, the size of the Trumpite faction within the GOP (and I'd argue it's quite large) is beside the point because it demonstrably rules the GOP.”
During Monday night's edition of MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes, the liberal host tried again and again to get guest Jeff Flake to condemn Donald Trump and recommend that members of the Republican Party not vote for him, even going so far as to ask the GOP senator from Arizona: “Who are you going to vote for for president this fall?” Ironically, Hayes brought up Albert Einstein's motto “about insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result” while time after time asking Flake variations of the same question regarding the Republican presidential nominee.