This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump managed to accomplish something else that seemed impossible -- in this case, he actually inspired some liberals to finally start railing against the many evils of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But liberal CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers had an amusing amount of trouble getting the words "Donald Trump" out of his mind as he was trying to go negative on Saddam Hussein as, four times in less than 20 seconds, Sellers repeatedly substituted the GOP presidential candidate's name in place of that of the former Iraqi dictator.
Making CNN Tonight host Don Lemon repeatedly have to jump in to correct him, Sellers asserted that "Donald Trump" had "killed tens of thousands of his own citizens," and that "Donald Trump," before meeting his "demise," was planning to use chemical weapons against Israel.
Hillary Clinton’s road to the Democratic nomination may be strewn with stones like Bernie Sanders, who won the West Virginia primary Tuesday night. But Clinton can always count on rock-solid support from her base at the New York Times. On Wednesday’s front page, reporter Steven Lee Myers mounted an “everyone-does-it” defense of Hillary in her ongoing controversy over classified intelligence documents on her private home-brew server while she served as Secretary of State: “Sensitive Email Routinely Sent As Unclassified.” Meanwhile, the Times and the broadcast networks have ignored the latest revelation in HRC's classified document saga: All the emails from Hillary Clinton’s top IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano, who set up her private server, have gone missing.
"At the end of the day" has been voted the most irritating, hackneyed expression in the English language. If once in a while it slips into our speech, no big whoop. But in her interview on With All Due Respect today, when Hillary's political director, Amanda Renteria, used the expression twice in her very first answer, it caught this NewsBuster's attention.
And so I found myself counting. Three, four--could this really go on? Yes! Five, and . . . a final sixth time before the interview finally ground to an end! Not to be too apocalyptic, but it has been said that losing the New York primary could be cataclysmic for Hillary. Is the end of days on the mind of the Clinton campaign?
Live television, particularly news broadcasting, is bound to have the occasion slip-up or gaffe here and there. Some nights are much better than others and some much worse. Tonight, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews had four such slips of the tongue, including confusing an NBC reporter's name with that of a movie star.
What's next: a "Hillary cloth--perfect for wiping servers?" Seriously, has fatalistic, gallows humor set in at Hillary's campaign? Or has her staff perhaps been infiltrated by moles from competing campaigns trying to sabotage her? Hillary's official campaign store sent out an email this morning featuring beer koozies. The first reads "More Like Chillary Clinton. AMIRITE?" The second shows the Hillary 'H' logo all frosted over. Think of it: her scandals aside, Hillary suffers from a public image of a chilly, frosty personality. But rather than trying to warm Hillary up, her campaign reinforces the negative image with frosty, Chillary koozies? Really?
Perhaps even more telling and ominous: the email's subject line is "Before They're Gone." Double-entendre, anyone? Come to think of it, those items could be a good investment. Imagine how much more that "Chillary" koozie will bring on eBay if Hillary says sayonara before the first primary.
Imagine, if you will, that a conservative Republican legislator in Texas who played a role in preventing direct-to-consumer sales of Tesla electric automobiles in the Lone Star State was on the record telling the media that he blamed "Mr. Tesla" for failing to do his part to make nice with the powerful car dealership lobby in Texas. But alas, it was a Democratic state legislator, Rep. Senfronia Thompson, who made the relevant remarks.
In some ways, the gaffetastic Chris Matthews is the Joe Biden of cable news. Tonight on his Hardball program, the liberal pundit seemed to think that Blockbuster video stores are a fairly ubiquitous thing in suburban and small-town America. In point of fact, Blockbuster closed up shop entirely in January of 2014, felled by the ease and convenience of cable TV video-on-demand and video-streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Desperate to tear down 2016 Republican frontrunner Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, co-host Matt Lauer led off Friday's NBC Today by proclaiming: "Governor's gaffe?...Presidential hopeful Scott Walker under fire for saying his experience with union protesters has prepared him to take on ISIS. Is it the first major blunder of the presidential race?"
Covering a live congressional staffer walk-out to protest the decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York to fail to indict police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner fatalities, CNN's Brooke Baldwin mistook Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings for Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia). The anchor corrected herself moments later, with the aid of guest and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.
C'mon man! That's no way for a plucky VP like you to talk just two days before the elections! As a loyal member of the DNC email list, last night I received a message from Joe Biden that sounded decidedly down in the mouth; frankly fatalistic.
Here's how Good Ol' Joe opened [emphasis added]: "No matter what happens on Tuesday, I'm proud of you, Mark." "No matter what happens?" Not exactly a bold prediction of victory! Particularly when it was followed by this: "You've helped to keep us in this campaign." Just kept us in it? Don't you remember when Hillary threw her hat in the ring for 2008? She boldly declared that she was "in to win!" Now that's confidence!
Running defense for Barack Obama on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted "some of the President's defenders" pushing back against a video of the commander-in-chief sloppily saluting Marines while holding a coffee cup by "circulating this photo of George W. Bush during his presidency...saluting service members while holding his dog, Barney." [Listen to the audio]
Lauer noted that despite Obama gaffe going viral on social media and "sarcastically being called the 'latte salute,'" it "didn't take long for that photo [of Bush] to come out as well."
During a segment on Thursday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, fill-in host Kristen Welker noted Joe Biden making a string of gaffes – which included using an anti-Semitic slur – during a trip to Iowa, but then she and her guests proceeded to excuse his offensive remarks as merely being part of his charm. [Listen to the audio]
The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza observed: "Joe Biden is probably the most 'real,' I suppose, politician you have these days. He does say what's on his mind. Unfortunately, what's on his mind often gets him in trouble."