It’s obvious that Donald Trump has created an atmosphere in which anyone can say any appalling thing anyone wants, without fear of reprisal.
He wants to talk about "truth, lies, and leadership," and most of the time he's just forced to say the phrase "pee tape" over and over again.
Fox News personalities like Laura Ingraham push and push and push the edge of what is indecent outrage, and when they go over the line and start being punished for it, they fold.
As a demonstration of everything TV news does right and does wrong, it's hard to beat the media-storm created by former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg on Monday.
Some ancient beasts got into the background of what was supposed to be a serious live discussion of the tax bill. The reporter later tossed it off with “Jurassic Park” references.
Morning Joe is down yet another contributor: former U.S. congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been suspended by MSNBC as he fights back against claims of sexual assault. Mika Brzezinski confirmed the news on Friday’s edition of the Joe Scarborough-fronted morning show, just one day after The Huffington Post reported that Ford was terminated by Morgan Stanley following […]
MSNBC reversed course on Thursday, announced that it would rehire contributor Sam Seder just days after it had cut ties with him over a tweeted joke about Roman Polanski and rape from 2009. “Sometimes you just get one wrong — and that’s what happened here,” network president Phil Griffin said in a remarkable act of contrition. Griffin acknowledged the criticism that the network had received for its decision to cut ties with Seder — with many citing the role that pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich played in publicizing Seder’s now-deleted tweet — factored into the reversal.
Fox News's revamped nightly lineup will do little to stabilize its wobbling, increasingly directionless schedule, says Ken Tucker.
You think Fox News isn’t worried about recent nights in which MSNBC has beaten Fox’s Tucker Carlson in the ratings? Take a look at what’s been going on at Tucker Carlson Tonight. Fox News is trying to signal to its audience, “See?
On Monday’s Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi claimed that Kellyanne Conway secretly hates working for President Trump. Scarborough and Brzezinksi alleged that the former campaign manager and counselor to the president, who often takes to news shows to defend Trump, holds a different view of him when the cameras are not rolling. Brzezinksi said that after Morning Joe stopped filming, Conway said, “I need to take a shower.”
One of the more inexplicable stars of the Fox News channel is Eric Bolling, once one-fifth of “The Five” and now one-fifth of “The Fox News Specialists,” the show that has replaced “The Five” at 5 p.m. Confused? Not as much as Bolling is, routinely. A beefy former commodities trader who always looks as though he’s shaking off a brain-rattling tackle on the football field, Bolling somehow gained the confidence of Fox News executives a few years ago.
Earlier this week, Donald Trump’s Trump For President committee released its first 2017 campaign ad, which extols the president’s first 100 days in office. After listing Trump’s putative accomplishments, the voice-over narrator says, “You wouldn’t know it from watching the news,” and displays a composite picture of NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and CBS’s Scott Pelley — over which is stamped, in red capital letters, ”Fake news.” CNN has announced that it will not run the ad because, it says, “The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false.”
The man who’s been chosen to host the president-free White House Correspondents’ dinner will have to make his jokes somewhat president-free as well.
On Tuesday’s "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski discussed the feud with Trump and described the end of his tenure on the show.
Tucker Carlson interviewed President Trump on Fox News on Wednesday night. Carlson got some fresh reaction from the president about Tuesday night’s Rachel Maddow tax-return scoop: Trump has “no idea where they got it, but it’s illegal. … They’re not supposed to have it and it’s not supposed to be leaked, and it’s certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. … It’s an illegal thing they’ve been doing. … I think it’s a disgrace. ...
Washington, U.S. – 28/02/17 – U.S. President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives at the podium. On this night, in Biden’s place behind the President, we had to watch Mike Pense’s pursed-lipped “I thought I told you to be home by 10 p.m., young lady” sternness, and Paul Ryan’s serene, unblinking gaze at the back of Trump’s head.
Susan Sarandon, the great actor and less-great political analyst-activist, appeared last night on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes and proceeded to give the kind of interview that not only makes Fox News fans more confident in their contempt for liberals, but also leaves people like me — a fan of Sarandon as an artist — reconsidering who to root for her when she plays Bette Davis versus Jessica Lange’s Joan Crawford in the upcoming FX whoop-de-doo Feud. You may recall that Sarandon was a huge Bernie Sanders supporter and an aggressive anti-Hillary Clinton proponent. “Can you look me in the eyes and say, 24 days into the Trump administration, ‘This is what I expected it to be’?” asked Hayes.
There was no poetry read during the inauguration of Donald Trump early Friday afternoon. “It’s going to be only America first, America first,” said Trump, who gave a raised-fist salute at both the start and the finish of his speech. In a phrase that was immediately taken up and spread like wildfire on social media, Trump invoked “American carnage”: “The crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen so many lives… This American carnage stops right here, right now.” Of course, to those who oppose Trump, “American carnage” became one more bit of foreshadowing of the gloom-and-doom Trump’s critics believe his presidency ushers in.
Bill O’Reilly did his final O’Reilly Factor for 2016 on Tuesday night, and it was a doozy. It led off with a patented “Talking Points Memo” about those who want to abolish the Electoral College. Fox News viewers long ago got used to Bill using the phrase “Talking Points” as a substitute for the first-person singular.