When they go low, we go....lower? Apparently, that was the way things went in one CNN panel Friday morning as former CIA agent Philip Mudd suggested that President Trump deserves “a pacifier and a rattle” and be placed “in the crib” while CNN historian Tim Neftali expressed dismay at the United States having become a “20th century banana republic.”
Appearing on CNN Wednesday afternoon to participate in the network-wide meltdown over James Comey’s ouster as FBI Director, longtime liberal journalists and CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein invoked Watergate but went further, fretting that “this is terribly dangerous moment in American history.”
Appearing as a panel member on Monday's New Day, CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd reacted angrily to video of the RNC's Sean Spicer dismissing reports that CIA members believe the Russian government hacked the DNC for the purpose of helping Donald Trump get elected, as the CNN analyst declared that he would like to "jump through the TV" and take him "behind the shed." He then derided the Republican official as "someone who doesn't know his a** from a hole in the ground" for suspecting partisan motivations by CIA members against Trump.
Last month, yours truly, with the help of commenters (and in a supplemental post found here), shredded the idea proposed in a column at Slate.com that journalists should eliminate the words "terrorist" and, by extension, "terrorism," to describe genuine acts of terrorism committed by terrorists (unless those words are uttered in quoted remarks by interview subjects). Sadly, in the course of covering the topic, I learned that that the Newspeak practitioners pretending to be journalists at Reuters have already done this in association "with specific events."
Now Philip Mudd, who "comments on counterterrorism and security policy for CNN" and is a former “deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center,” wants to travel part of the way down that road. Mudd wants to effectively eliminate the T-words when describing "seemingly random attacks with debatable motivations," while continuing their use for "politically motivated Islamist revolutionaries" such as "Osama bin Laden."
Wow, the unintended hilarity just keeps coming from "The Rachel Maddow Show."
Last night a genuine rarity occurred when one of Maddow's guests, Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell during George W. Bush's first term, ridiculed an earlier guest, former CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd. (Video clip after page break)