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  • Ex-CIA Head Hayden 'Stunned' by Kerry's Caves on Iran Nukes

    06/25/2015 5:23:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Working title for John Kerry's memoirs: The Art of the Disastrous Deal . . . On today's Morning Joe, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said he was "stunned" to hear Kerry recently say that the Iranians' work toward weaponizing a nuclear device is not as important as some are suggesting and that they don't have to come clean before an agreement. Hayden later said that the US must walk away from the deal unless Iran agrees to "anytime, anywhere" inspections, something that for now the ayatollah's agents are refusing. The alarm Hayden sounded today is in line with the letter...
  • Heilemann, Capehart Clash With Kristol Over Confederate Purge

    06/24/2015 8:58:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bill Kristol has supported the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds for 15 years. But when he took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the left's "frenzy of self-righteousness" in the wake of Charleston, he brought down on his head a deluge of ugly criticism. On today's Morning Joe, Jonathan Capehart and John Heilemann eschewed the kind of scatalogical suggestions that had been made to Kristol on Twitter, but engaged in a barrage of criticism of their own. Capehart accused Kristol of "belittling" the families of the Charleston victims, while Heilemann—telling Kristol he was "trolling"—sarcastically said...
  • Mika Schools New Yorker Editor Who Bragged of Condescending to Trump

    06/22/2015 6:48:38 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The screencap shows New Yorker editor David Remnick, on today's Morning Joe, raising his hand to proudly plead guilty to condescending to Donald Trump, whom he had just called a "comical blowhard" in regretting that he was "conceivably a player" in the presidential race. Mika Brzezinski is no fan of The Donald on the issues, so give her extra credit for sticking up for his relevance to the race. Schooling Remnick, she said that Trump has the guts, which many lack, to "liquefy" the likes of George Stephanopoulos and others with one line. Mika was alluding to Joe Scarborough's statement...
  • Cardinal Suggests Rush Doesn't Understand Pope On Environment

    06/21/2015 8:07:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 93 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Cardinal couldn't have been more polite, but it didn't take much reading between the lines to get what he was asserting: that when it comes to the encyclical on the environment, Rush Limbaugh doesn't understand what the Pope was saying. On today's Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace played a clip of Rush saying that the encyclical "is suggesting is that everyone should vote for the Democrat party. How in the hell else do you interpret it when the Pope sounds like Al Gore on global warming and climate change?" Responded Cardinal Donald Wuerl: "one of the great blessings of...
  • Mika Gushes: Brian Williams Will Be 'Great' for MSNBC

    06/19/2015 7:21:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yes, what could be better for an already-troubled network than to be saddled with a disgraced hand-me-down from the mother ship? On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski gushed "I think that it's great for the network" that Brian Williams will be joining MSNBC as its anchor of breaking news. As dutiful employees, it's understandable that MSNBC people would greet Williams impending arrival respectfully, as did Joe Scarborough in saying--without excitement--that he was "very excited." But Mika went beyond the call of duty with her "great for this network" line. View the video here.
  • Morning Joe: Joke Could Be On Those Who Mock Trump

    06/18/2015 7:47:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "People who think he's a joke and a fool need to be careful because by the end of the campaign, the joke may be on them." That's how Joe Scarborough summed up the surprisingly respectful analysis of Donald Trump's candidacy on today's Morning Joe. Introducing the segment, Scarborough suggested that if Trump sticks to a Perot-like populist message, he could get 15% of the primary vote. When Joe turned to Steve Schmidt, this NewsBuster expected the former McCain campaign manager and establishment Republican to dump on Trump. But to the contrary, Schmidt agreed heartily with Joe and went on to...
  • Oxymoronic: Hillary's Manufactured Authentic Moments

    06/17/2015 5:16:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What does it say about Hillary Clinton that her campaign feels the need to artificially create supposedly real, authentic moments for her? On today's Morning Joe, Kasie Hunt observed that in this election cycle, "the demand seems to be for raw, unfiltered, real type of moments. I think that they're trying very hard to create that with her." Jon Meacham—seizing the oxymoronic irony—jumped in: "they're manufacturing it." Bingo. Nothing says raw, real and unfiltered like a moment manufactured by a horde of hacks, handlers and hangers-on. View the video here.
  • Judd Apatow: Kochs Don't Care About People But Hollywood Liberals Are Different

    06/16/2015 6:00:59 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How can Judd Apatow, once ranked the smartest guy in Hollywood be so . . . ? On today's With All Due Respect, big comedy macher [credits include Lena Dunham's Girls] Apatow said it was "ridiculous that anyone thinks that rich people care about other people. When the Koch brothers give a billion dollars, it is not out of a great concern for the masses." To his credit, Mark Halperin twice pressed Apatow as to whether his notion that rich donors don't care about other people also applies to rich Hollywood liberals. Apatow eventually asserted that there's a difference: "Hollywood...
  • Kristol Cracks Up When Dean Claims 'Hillary Is Change'

    06/16/2015 6:19:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Think of Hillary Clinton. I know, I know, but work with me. Now think of the first 100 things that come to mind. Is "change" one of them? It is for Howard Dean, and Bill Kristol found that hilarious. On today's Morning Joe, explaining his early endorsement of Hillary, Dean claimed that "Hillary Clinton is change." That was enough to provoke hearty laughter in the normally-composed Kristol. Manifestly in a jocular mood, Kristol later turned the PC tables on Mika Brzezinski. When she claimed that young people are very enthusiastic about Hillary, Kristol told Mika that she needed to hang...
  • Hillary Aide Denies Mook Lied About Her Untrustworthiness

    06/15/2015 6:50:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Polls show Americans don't think Hillary is trustworthy. Then her campaign manager denies there are such polls. Then her pollster denies that the campaign manager didn't tell the truth about it. Not exactly a formula to build trust. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough mocked Robby Mook for having, as our Jeff Meyer reported, denied the undeniable, claiming on yesterday's Face the Nation that "no poll" shows Americans don't trust Hillary. Said Scarborough sarcastically: "well, actually, yeah, they do. You have to respect him for saying they don't." When Scarborough confronted Hillary pollster Joel Benenson with the fact that Mook...
  • MSNBC Worries Hillary Crowd Too White, Too Small and None Too Enthusiastic

    06/13/2015 11:29:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Love the smell of flop sweat in the morning? That might have been the aroma wafting off Roosevelt Island today as Hillary "kicked off" her campaign [whatever happened to "you only get one chance to make a first impression?" Guess Hillary doesn't use Head & Shoulders.] On MSNBC's Weekends with Alex Witt today, two reporters painted a picture of a crowd that was smaller than hoped for, not overly enthusiastic, and problematically pale. View the video here.
  • Boo-hoo: Barnicle Blames NY Post for Exposing De Blasio's Crime-Fighting Failure

    06/09/2015 4:51:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about killing the messenger . . . Mike Barnicle has blamed the New York Post for the fact that New York City has become less safe under Mayor Bill de Blasio. On today's Morning Joe, Barnicle--holding up the front page of today's Post--whined that part of the problem is "the way crime is now covered in this city--especially in this paper, okay? If someone is shot in Times Square, or a guy with a hatchet in midtown is attacking people, it's on the front page." Boo-hoo. The fault, dear Barnicle, is not in the Post, but in de Blasio,...
  • Schultz Show Compares Scott Walker on Harley to Dukakis in Tank

    06/08/2015 6:32:38 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Apples and oranges: or shall we say, Harleys and Abrams. On this evening's Ed Show on MSNBC, guest John Nichols of the far-left Nation mag and guest host Michael Eric Dyson lamely tried to analogize Scott Walker riding a Harley to the infamous episode of Michael Dukakis in a tank. The difference? Walker is a for-real biker and Harley owner. Dukakis did serve two years in the Army, but there's no evidence he did tanks before his ill-fated ride during the 1988 campaign. Check the photos at the foot to see the difference. You'll note that the hopelessly buttoned-down Dukakis...
  • Scarborough Accusing MSNBC of Voter-Suppression 'Fearmongering?'

    06/04/2015 5:46:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Will Joe Scarborough be hearing from some MSNBC suits? You can imagine Joe being called on the carpet for having, on today's Morning Joe, not-so-subtly accused his own network of "fearmongering" the issue of minority voter suppression against Republicans. During a discussion of Hillary's planned speech of today on expanding the voting calendar, Scarborough spoke of "cable news" and "cable shows" driving ratings by "fearmongering" the notion of Republicans supposedly engaged in voter suppression. So which cable news network could Scarborough have in mind? Fox News? Nope. CNN? Meh. Googling "MSNBC voter suppression" yielded 136,000 hits, including links to virtually...
  • Mika Miffed 'Jabby' Jindal Dared Mention Monica Lewinsky

    06/03/2015 6:21:51 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski apparently thinks that when it comes to discussing Bill and Hillary Clinton--those paragons of integrity--certain subjects should be taboo. On today's Morning Joe, Mika took umbrage that about-to-announce Bobby Jindal dared mention that Bill had lied about Monica Lewinsky. Mika was miffed that Jindal thought it was "blase" to bring up Monica. She later called the Louisiana governor "jabby" for having done so. View the video here.
  • Mika Wouldn't Give Santorum Same Pass as Sanders On Rape Remarks

    06/01/2015 6:45:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski just can't contain her liberal bias. On today's Morning Joe, Mika admitted that the the MSM has a double standard when it comes to reporting controversial things that Democrats and Republicans have done or said. Yet she promptly turned around and applied that same double standard to Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum. Discussing Bernie Sanders having written in 1972 that women fantasize about being raped, Mika agreed that if Rick Santorum had written the same thing, the press would go crazy. However, Mika claimed that wouldn't be because Santorum's a Republican, but rather would be due to "his...
  • Al Hunt: 'I Have No Idea What Bob Schieffer's Politics Are'

    06/01/2015 5:31:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Al Hunt the most oblivious man in Washington, or was he just not telling the truth? On today's Morning Joe, lauding Bob Schieffer upon his retirement, Hunt actually said "I have no idea what Bob Schieffer's politics are." No idea? Really? Maybe Al hasn't been watching Scheiffer, but NewsBusters and its parent MRC have. Take a look at this link for a compilation of Bob's greatest hits on Republicans and his gushing praise of Democrats. Then come back and see us, Al, and let us know whether you now have an idea of Schieffer's politics. View the video here.
  • Mika Muzzles Talk of Bernie Sanders Writing That Women Fantasize About Rape

    05/29/2015 7:01:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Willie Geist wondered out loud what would happen to a Republican candidate who had written that women fantasize about being raped--and Scarborough asked if he would he still be in the race? But when it's a candidate for the Dem presidential nomination who had written those words, well, that's a different story. On today's Morning Joe, when Joe Scarborough raised the matter of Bernie Sanders having written that women fantasize about being raped, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly tried to shut him down and turn the page. View the video here.
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Ana Marie Cox Calls Sidney Blumenthal 'Kind of a Scumbag'

    05/23/2015 7:05:16 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ana Marie Cox remains a committed liberal, her Christian coming out, as she described it, notwithstanding. Even so, she had a raw truth-telling moment this morning that will not please Hillary fans. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show, Cox declared that close Hillary associate and informal foreign policy adviser Sidney Blumenthal is "kind of a scumbag." A scandalized Kornacki quickly interjected "that's your characterization!" and a guest from the leftist Guardian dismissed the Hillary-Sidney connection as a campaign issue. View the video here.
  • Rendell: 'Tough Cookie' Hillary Will Put Republicans 'In Short Pants'

    05/22/2015 4:40:13 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Al Sharpton's MSNBC show today, former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell dared congressional Republicans to recall Hillary Clinton to testify about Benghazi. Calling her a "tough cookie," Rendell vowed that "Hillary will put them in short pants." Paging Camille Paglia . . . Rendell surely thought he was paying Hillary a compliment. But is this really the Hillary persona that Dems want to project: that of a woman who makes little boys out of grown men? View the video here.
  • Dem McMahon: Rubio Makes My Heart Melt, Will Be Nominee

    05/21/2015 5:45:41 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Dem strategist Steve McMahon prefaced his remarks with the standard tongue-in-cheek disclaimer about not intending to hurt, by praising him, the prospects of someone from the other party. On this evening's With All Due Respect, McMahon then proceeded to gush over Marco Rubio, saying that listening to him recount his life story as the son of immigrants "melts my heart." McMahon predicted that Rubio would be the Republican nominee. So . . . does McMahon's praise mean anything? Is Rubio really the Republican the Dems fear, or is it a don't-throw-us-in-the-briar-patch pitch on McMahon's part? View the video here.
  • Donny Doesn't Want to Sound Elitist, But 'Astounding How Ignorant People Are'

    05/21/2015 6:19:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For not wanting to sound elitist, Donny Deutsch came off an awful lot like the denizen of Manhattan and the Hamptons that he is. On today's Morning Joe, reacting to comments from a focus group of Iowa Republicans who were less concerned about Jeb Bush's policy positions and more concerned about his last name, Deutsch declaimed "I don't mean to sound elitist but it's astounding how ignorant people are." View the video here.
  • Valerie Plame's Husband: Jeb Plans to Kill or Torture All Arabs He Can Find

    05/20/2015 6:32:39 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jeb Bush: wannabe Arab killer and torturer. That was the portrait of the prospective Republican presidential candidate that Joe Wilson, husband of former CIA employee Valerie Plame, has painted. Appearing on Chris Hayes's MSNBC show this evening, Wilson claimed that the "conclusion you come to," looking at his foreign policy advisers, is that Jeb's plan is "to kill all Arabs we find on the streets," and if we can't kill them, "to torture them." View the video here.
  • Clashing Over Clintons, Conason Compares Scarborough to Nazis

    05/20/2015 7:55:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary Clinton must be worried if she's willing to trot out a bottom-of-the-barrel dead-ender like Joe Conason to defend her. Conason slithered onto the Morning Joe set today and it didn't take him long--quoting Winston Churchill--to compare Joe Scarborough to Nazis. Even then, Conason couldn't tell the truth, claiming Churchill hadn't been referring to Nazis, when he explicitly had. View the video here.
  • Scarborough Suggests NBC Wouldn't Punish Lauer If He Pulled a Stephanopoulos

    05/19/2015 6:31:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Joe Scarborough just suggest that the suits at his own network are craven cowards who put bucks over ethics? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough predicted that if Matt Lauer had pulled a Stephanopoulos, NBC would hesitate to punish him [just as ABC hasn't disciplined Steph], because Lauer's morning Today show "is where they make the money." View the video here.
  • Mika Hits ABC's 'Lack of Judgment' In Hiring Stephanopoulos

    On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski criticized George Stephanopoulos for covering the story of the Clinton Foundation story without disclosing that he had donated to it. But Brzezinski's biggest blast was reserved for ABC, which had hired the hyper-partisan Clinton adviser in the first place. Brzezinski hit the "lack of judgment of the people who are hiring him to think that he can just erase [his close Clinton ties] from his brain." View the video here.
  • Chris Matthews: 'There Was No Intelligence Saddam Had WMD. Never'

    05/15/2015 5:58:22 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 90 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's easy for people--with the possible exception of Jeb Bush--to say that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq knowing what we know now about WMD there. But Chris Matthews took things a foolish step further on this evening's Hardball, actually claiming that "there was no intelligence they had a weapon. Never was." Really? So Hillary, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy et al. were collective fabricators when they issued dire warnings, based on the intelligence they had seen, about Saddam's WMD? View the video here.
  • Howard Dean: Jesus Probably to Left of Democratic Party

    05/14/2015 5:13:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Jesus a Bernie Sanders fan? Could be, if you believe Howard Dean. On today's Morning Joe, Dean claimed that "if you look at the red-letter version of the Bible, Jesus was probably to the left of the Democratic party." Dean's declaration came in the context of a discussion of yesterday's forum on poverty in which President Obama and AEI President Arthur Brooks participated. Question: is Dean confusing the establishment of faceless government bureaucracies that can entrap people in dependency with the kind of personal caring for the downtrodden that Christ commanded? View the video here.
  • Josh Earnest: Sherrod Brown Should 'Apologize' to Obama

    05/13/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fire up the popcorn popper: this is getting fun. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war is breaking out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Saudi Snub So 'In Your Face' It Can't Be Spun

    05/12/2015 6:03:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hey Barack? Yes, Your Royal Majesty. Look, know what I said about coming to that thing at your place? Of course, oh Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Not going to make it--turns out I have to rearrange my stallion's sock drawer. On today's Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell acknowledged the undeniable: that the last-minute decision by Saudi King Salman not to attend the White House summit, after previously having informed John Kerry that he would be there, was such an "in your face" snub, so embarrassing to Kerry and the Obama White House, that "I don't see any way that...
  • Baltimore Pastor Complains Economy So Bad Rioters Only Found One Chain Store to Burn

    05/11/2015 4:53:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What a shame: if only the economy had been better, the rioters would have had more name-brand stores to burn. Seriously, this had to be one of the strangest statements to come out of the Baltimore riots. On this evening's Ed Show, Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant complained that because of economic "disenfranchisement," the rioters "could only find one anchor store in that neighborhood" to destroy. View the video here.
  • Surprise: Super-Lib Sachs Criticizes Krugman, Praises UK Conservatives

    05/08/2015 5:30:28 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was enough to make a blogger in mom's basement spit out his Cheetos in surprise. On today's Morning Joe income redistributionist and global climate kvetcher Prof. Jeffrey Sachs praised the UK Conservatives for creating jobs via an austerity budget. In a second surprise, Sachs criticized fellow lefty traveler Paul Krugman. Said Sachs of the Conservatives: "they governed well . . . they got the economy going again. They got it stabilized, they got the debt crisis Britain was facing under control and they created a lot of jobs and they got rewarded last night." And a bit later, the...
  • Barnicle: Clinton Cash Won't Hurt Hillary Because Impossible to Quickly Explain Scandals

    05/06/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Timer ready? Go!: foreign countries and rich people gave millions to the Clinton Foundation and/or paid Bill big bucks to give speeches. In return, the State Department pushed policies favorable to them. And, stop! I timed that at exactly eleven seconds. On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made the absurd claim that the shady dealings described in Clinton Cash, officially out today, won't hurt Hillary much because they're too hard for Americans to understand. "I challenge you to explain in one or two minutes to, you know, anyone, what is going on here with the Clintons and all this foundation...
  • Foreign Policy: Heilemann Horrified By Huck's Lack of Harvard or Princeton Degree

    05/05/2015 3:58:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For all the good their Ivy League degrees did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—when you consider the smoking ruin that is their foreign policy record—you'd think John Heilemann would have the good sense not to make an Ancient Eight sheepskin the sine qua non for a presidential candidate. But with his MSM elitism on full display, on today's With All Due Respect Heilemann had the chutzpah to suggest that Mike Huckabee doesn't clear the Commander-in-Chief bar because he lacks a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School or Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Huck has simply picked up some foreign policy talking points...
  • Campaign On Bill's 'Gotta Pay the Bills': That's Him, We're Focused on Her

    05/05/2015 12:30:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Hillary's campaign didn't outright hurl Bill under the bus. Even so, the former prez might be feeling a bit too close for comfort to the underside of a Greyhound. Asked by Andrea Mitchell today to comment on footage of poor ol' Bill saying he would continue to give paid speeches because he's "gotta pay our bills," senior Hillary campaign official Amanda Renteria said "that's President Clinton. We are focused on her." Whatever happened to "two for the price of one?" View the video here.
  • Mika: 'Not Sure I Care' If Prosecutor Mosby Being 'Political'

    05/04/2015 5:19:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Few things undermine the foundations of a just society more than people who have been granted the power to prosecute acting not on the basis of the facts and the law, but out of political motives. To which Mika Brzezinski says . . . meh. On today's Morning Joe, there was a discussion of the possibility that Baltimore prosecutor overcharged the police officers in the Freddie Gray case. And a clip was played of Mosby repeating the politically-correct phrase of the moment: that the rioters were not "thugs." After which Brzezinski declared: "You can't get a chance if there isn't...
  • Scarborough Calls Hillary Defender Howard Dean 'New England Version of James Carville'

    04/30/2015 6:59:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How did Howard Dean go from vivid voice of the New Left to political hack defending Hillary Clinton at all costs? Joe Scarborough called Dean on it today, telling Howard he had become the "New England version of James Carville." Dean, on today's Morning Joe, dismissed the latest Washington Post story suggesting possible financial improprieties at the Clinton Foundation as "a breathless piece of hot air" and, incredibly, Dean said he'd advise Hillary not to address the rising tide of questions. The depth of Hillary's dilemma is reflected in the fact that defenders like Dean are reduced to claiming that...
  • Scarborough Gives Pass to Pastor Who Incited Gray Congregation

    04/29/2015 7:38:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Yesterday, we reported on how just after playing a clip of the pastor who delivered the eulogy at the Freddie Gray funeral leading the congregation in an impassioned chant of "no justice, no peace!", Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensured were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." The chant wasn't the pastor's only incitement. He also told the congregation that "somebody is going to have to pay" for Gray's death. So when that pastor, Jamal Bryant, appeared on today's Morning Joe, don't you think Scarborough would have challenged him over his incendiary...
  • Gray Pastor: No Justice, No Peace! Scarborough: No One Wanted Violence

    04/28/2015 6:09:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!" Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means? It's true that later in the day, Bryant called for peace in the streets. But by then it was too late. Perhaps...
  • Barnicle: No Clinton Quid Pro Quo Because Bill Bilked Bribers

    04/27/2015 5:46:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How bad are things getting for Hillary when a popular argument among her defenders is that there was no corruption because Bill cheated the people who thought they were bribing her? Last week, we reported on Hillary fan Dorian Warren suggesting that Bill was "running serious game on many of these countries saying oh, I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made that same argument, claiming there was no quid pro quo because knowing Bill, he took the money saying "yeah, sure, I'll call him for you,...
  • Harris-Perry Guest: Don't Execute Tsarnaev—Could Become Spox for Reconciling with Islam

    04/25/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the rotten reasons not to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we'll give the booby prize to the one offered by Paul Raushenbush, a HuffPo religion editor and ordained American Baptist minister. On Melissa Harris-Perry's show today, Raushenbush imagined that in twenty years, Tsarnaev might become "a spokesperson for reconciling Islam with America. We don't know what this life is going to lead to." Anything's possible, but surely Tsarnaev's sentence should not be based on this sort of idle speculation. What made Raushenbush's argument particularly galling was his statement that "the idea of ending any life for any reason is for...
  • Donny Deutsch: People Want to 'Turn Page' on Hillary, But Rubio About the 'Future'

    04/24/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There's an understandable tendency not to take Donny Deutsch too seriously. He can come across not as a credible political analyst but as a guy more interested in his abs and biceps and the next lady at the next Hamptons cocktail party. But let's give Donny his due: as an ad man, he at times offers interesting insights on politics seen in terms of brands and marketing. He also serves as a credible bellwether for a certain segment of the East Coast Dem donor class. And so it was noteworthy that on today's Morning Joe, Deutsch declared that the string...
  • Carville Calls Schweizer 'This Anti-Disney, Gay Bike Bar Glenn Beck'

    04/23/2015 4:29:46 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Even by James Carville standards, this was bizarre. Toward the end of his appearance on Ed Schultz's show today, Carville called Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer "this anti-Disney, gay bike bar Glenn Beck or whatever this guy is." Maybe Carville will come back and explain what he meant. It's true that Schweizer was a contributor to one of Beck's books. And Schweizer is the author of "Disney Betrayed," which criticizes the company for various things including sponsoring "Gay Days" at their parks. But a casual listener might well have come away with an entirely different understanding of what Carville was...
  • Morning Joe Slams Howard Dean's 'Jihad' Against Clinton Exposé Authors

    04/23/2015 7:24:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, ardent Hillary Clinton fan Howard Dean ran into a buzzsaw when he tried to defend her against serious charges of conflict of interest by going after the authors of the stories rather than the substance of the allegations. Joe Scarborough ripped Dean's "comic-book politics" and called his conduct "unbecoming." New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters accused Dean of maligning his fellow reporters, and Mika Brzezinski taunted Dean, saying "you can go on your little jihad against the author, but it's not going to change the facts." View the video here.
  • By Not Endorsing Hillary, De Blasio 'Maybe Playing More Dangerous Game Than He Realizes'

    04/22/2015 3:04:06 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 39 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Serious question: what did Mark Halperin mean when he said that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio "may be playing a more dangerous game than he realizes" by refusing so far to endorse Hillary? On today's With All Due Respect, Halperin prefaced his ominous observation by saying that there is "furor in Hillary Clinton's camp" over the matter. De Blasio's omission certainly is striking, considering that he was Hillary's campaign manager when she ran for Senate from New York. View the video here.
  • Hillary's NH Chair: I Know Where She Stands on Issues, Just Not Ones You're Asking About

    04/21/2015 3:26:12 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This was pretty funny. William Shaheen, Hillary's New Hampshire co-chair and husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, appearing on today's With All Due Respect, boasted that he knows where Hillary stands on 10 different issues. But when hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann put Shaheen to the test, asking him where Hillary stands on the Keystone Pipeline and the Trans Pacific trade deal, Shaheen had to sheepishly admit that he didn't know Hillary's view on either issue, despite his boast and having specifically said that he knows where Hillary stands on trade. View the video here.
  • MSNBCer: Maybe Bill Gamed Foreigners, Taking Money But Never Telling Hillary

    04/21/2015 5:40:53 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How bad are things getting for Hillary when the best her defender can do is float the notion that Bill was ripping off foreigners trying to influence his wife the Secretary of State? On today's Morning Joe, MSNBC contributor Dorian Warren, responding to the Clinton Cash revelations, said that Bill Clinton "could have been running serious game on many of these countries saying I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" View the video here.
  • Milbank Suggests Schieffer Should Seek Dem Nomination

    04/19/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, it was tongue in cheek. But still, it revealed an underlying truth . . . On today's Face the Nation, when Bob Schieffer wondered why the Dems have fielded only one presidential candidate, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank responded by suggesting that Schieffer himself should go for it. Milbank said there was a "real opportunity" for someone to run against Hillary by filling the Elizabeth Warren slot and then observed that Schieffer would "have some free time after this summer" [since he has announced his retirement.] Schieffer began a Shermanesque response: "if nominated I would not" before dissolving in...
  • Maureen Dowd Disses Obama: a 'Feminized Man'

    04/18/2015 6:59:28 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Maureen Dowd's Sunday column ostensibly centers on the problem of Hillary's persona being alternatively too masculine or too Chipolte-granny feminine. But in passing, Dowd discharges a major diss in the direction of President Obama. Analyzing lessons learned from 2008, Maureen writes that "Hillary saw the foolishness of acting like a masculine woman defending the Iraq invasion after she fell behind to a feminized man denouncing it." Barack Obama: feminized man. Ouch.