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MSNBC-Style 'Conservative' Charlie Sykes Bashes GOP 'Cult,' Fox News

Appearing as a panel member on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes displayed the latest example of why he is the type of right-leaning figure that liberal outfits like MSNBC include who will join liberal analysts in bashing Republicans.

Sykes took aim at Fox News for supposedly not informing its Republican-leaning viewers on the nefarious activities of President Donald Trump, and likened conservatives to a "cult" that always supports the "Dear Leader" and "Orange Deuce."

At one point, even when he was actually taking a shot at Democrats over the "insanity" of keeping Nancy Pelosi for so long as their House leader, he oddly suggested that she had done "wonderful things" in the past.

At 10:33 p.m. ET, during a discussion of the recent Georgia special election, Sykes argued that Democrats need to find a point between "hysterical opposition" and "being boring" if they want to start winning again, and then managed to praise Pelosi as he added:

How many elections are you going to put up, you know, a party led by Nancy Pelosi. That is kind of the definition of insanity, isn't it? I mean, she -- all the wonderful things that she's done -- 77 years old.

A bit later, after liberal host Bill Maher recalled that 90 percent of Republicans voted for Trump and wondered, "Can you get your party back? Do you have hope?" the right-leaning MSNBC analyst brought up an over the top reference to the horror film The Exorcist as he lamented:

Less every day -- 65 percent of Republicans don't even believe this took place, this Russian hacking. I mean, remember Linda Blair in The Exorcist? I honestly think that if Donald Trump came out and his head spun around 360 degrees and exploded with green projectile vomit, that 65 percent of Republicans would say it was brilliant performance art. (audience laughter and applause) And this is the challenge that we're up against. 

The MSNBC contributor then took aim at Fox News and theorized that President Richard Nixon might have survived Watergate if the cable news network had existed during the Republican's presidency as he added:

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You were talking about, you know, the alternative reality of Fox News. The reality is, is that you have a lot of Republicans that do not read these stories, do not read about this, and have quite frankly just decided that they're going to -- they're going to dismiss all of this. So this is the real challenge, that if you had Watergate with this media ecosystem, I'm pretty convinced that Richard Nixon would have survived, would have had Sean Hannity talking about the witch hunt. They would have all of that cover that would have allowed him to get away with the coverup.

Later on, as the group wondered why Republicans have remained so supportive of Trump, Sykes brought up his "cult" comparison as he explained:

Now, it is a cult. It is a cult of personality. And there's almost no other way to interpret it. I mean, I want -- and I've stolen this line, by the way, from Jonah Goldberg -- for me, watching the last few years has been like watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where people I've known for 20 or 30 years -- decent people who used to argue that character mattered and all of these things -- suddenly, they get them.

And they start, you know, figuring that, "No, we have to follow the Dear Leader -- whatever the Orange Deuce believes, we have to go along with." And so it makes it very, very difficult because the Democrats can come up with any line, but understand that, for the Right right now,  you don't have to be pro-Trump, you just hate the Left and the media more.

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Friday, June 23, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO:

CHARLIE SYKES, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: The Democrats have to find that sweet spot between hysterical opposition with which the Trump folks feed upon and being boring and vanilla as Jon Ossoff was. And they haven't really figured out how to do that. And, by the way, you know, how many elections are you going to put up, you know, a party led by Nancy Pelosi. That is kind of the definition of insanity, isn't it? I mean, she -- all the wonderful things that she's done -- 77 years old. What the Democrats miss is they thought they were going to make this a referendum on Trump -- Republicans made it a referendum on Nancy Pelosi. Look, every party needs some fresh blood, some fresh faces at some point.

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BILL MAHER: Only 10 percent of Republicans did not vote for Donald Trump, and they're still pretty much with him. What do you guys have to do to get your party back? Can you get your party back? Do you have hope?

SYKES: Less every day -- 65 percent of Republicans don't even believe this took place, this Russian hacking. I mean, remember Linda Blair in The Exorcist? I honestly think that if Donald Trump came out and his head spun around 360 degrees and exploded with green projectile vomit, that 65 percent of Republicans would say it was brilliant performance art. (audience laughter and applause) And this is the challenge that we're up against. You were talking about, you know, the alternative reality of Fox News.

The reality is, is that you have a lot of Republicans that do not read these stories, do not read about this, and have quite frankly just decided that they're going to -- they're going to dismiss all of this. So this is the real challenge, that if you had Watergate with this media ecosystem, I'm pretty convinced that Richard Nixon would have survived, would have had Sean Hannity talking about the witch hunt. They would have all of that cover that would have allowed him to get away with the coverup.

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BRADLEY WHITFORD, ACTOR: Republicans understand that their party affiliation is like a union membership -- "Well, I may not agree" -- I think a lot of them think Trump's an idiot, but "Well, I'm going to stick with my group."

SYKES: No, no, no, it's way worse than that. ... I used to say it was, you know, tribal politics. Now, it is a cult. It is a cult of personality. And there's almost no other way to interpret it. I mean, I want -- and I've stolen this line, by the way, from Jonah Goldberg -- for me, watching the last few years has been like watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where people I've known for 20 or 30 years -- decent people who used to argue that character mattered and all of these things -- suddenly, they get them.

And they start, you know, figuring that, "No, we have to follow the Dear Leader -- whatever the Orange Deuce believes, we have to go along with." And so it makes it very, very difficult because the Democrats can come up with any line, but understand that, for the Right right now,  you don't have to be pro-Trump, you just hate the Left and the media more.

On CNN, Montel Williams: GOP Would Send 140 Million to 'Death' w Health Plan

As Montel Williams appeared on Friday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss his recent USA Today article attacking Republican plans to repeal ObamaCare, the former talk show host accused congressional Republicans of not caring about their own family members and of supporting a plan that would send their relatives and 140 million other Americans to "death."

After recalling that, by the year 2020, 140 million Americans would be suffering from chronic illnesses, he added: "They are going to be looking for somebody to give them medication and health care. And what this bill does is sends them all to death." A bit later he further charged that congressional Republicans do not care about their own relatives: "This Congress is the richest Congress we've ever had in history. They can afford premium health care. They don't care about even their own family members -- their cousins, their aunts or uncles or nieces who they all know have just been sentenced to death."

Williams -- who endorsed Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich for President last year -- even turned on him for expressing a willingness to phase in Republican reforms on Medicaid over seven years. Williams: "Governor Kasich along with every other member of Congress have family members right now who are ill. And they need to look those family members in the face and say, 'Darling, I love you, but fend for yourself because we're not going to help you.'"

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Friday, June 23, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin:

(Montel Williams begins by recalling that his insurance company recently wanted him to find a less expensive medication to treat his Multiple Sclerosis even though he does not know of any.)

MONTEL WILLIAMS: And that's the reason I'm so angry about this ridiculously stupid piece of legislation that is honestly nothing more than a tax cut and a political agenda disguised as a health care bill because if they were really putting together a health care bill, the first thing we would do is to stop talking about this as if it's just a piece of paper. Right now, Brooke, in America today -- anybody watching us can look this up -- there are over 125 million of the 312 million Americans who right now suffer from a chronic illness. Out of that 125 million, 70 percent of them suffer from two. Now, these are real numbers. Forget all of the garbage that you're hearing about in this debate. These are real numbers. 

This 125 million people as of today will be as high as 140 million by 2020. And in 2020, they are going to be looking for somebody to give them medication and health care. And what this bill does is sends them all to death. (Brooke Baldwin visibly winces.) So we can talk about things and use these obscure things. Let's talk about the numbers. Right now, Brooke, I mean, it's ridiculous to think -- 

BROOKE BALDWIN: I know --

WILLIAMS: Go ahead.

BALDWIN: I know it's the numbers, but it's also the faces -- and I know you're getting worked up -- I know you're really passionate about this. But when we really hammer in on Medicaid, for example, and as I said, lower income and a lot of the elderly in this country like totally rely on it, and a point that you make in your piece -- which is a point I think you'e made before -- is when you think about the folks who really believe in Donald Trump who helped put him in, you know, the Oval Office, those are the folks who will really be hurt by this.

WILLIAMS: They will be, so here's what I suggest. I got the easiest fix, Brooke. I'm telling you right now -- for the American health care bill. Here's what we ought to do. The Senate and the Congress and let's also include the President of the United States and also our Supreme Court justices. Any bill that's passed for health care, they must sign on to that. That bill must end the amount of money that the public spends on Congress's health care. So Congress should be forced to take the exact same health care that we the constituents take. If they're willing to write a health care bill that way and put that in writing that says unequivocally that whatever we give to the American people --

BALDWIN: Is good enough for us.

WILLIAMS: -- is what we will have for ourselves, then let's all back that bill. And I guarantee you, you won't see it happen because, you know why? Because this Congress is the richest Congress we've ever had in history. They can afford premium health care. They don't care about even their own family members -- their cousins, their aunts or uncles or nieces who they all know have just been sentenced to death.

BALDWIN: But what about -- I'm looking at you and I remember in all of our conversations when you were on the trail, when you were really -- you were loving the Ohio governor, John Kasich. You were like "This is a guy who should be in the White House."

WILLIAMS: Yes. Yes.

BALDWIN: And even earlier this month, you know, even Governor Kasich said that he, too, was warming to this idea of a slow Medicaid rollback, albeit a bit more gradual. I think he wanted seven years, and this would be something like three. But your response to Governor Kasich, someone you really, really respect?

WILLIAMS: Well, I think the governor needs to understand that, again, we talk about numbers -- three years, seven years, let's roll it back. Let's look at three years from now, Brooke. It's 2017 -- 2020, there will be 140 million Americans who are going to require advanced forms of health care. And out of that 140 million, 100 million will require it for two different illnesses. Governor Kasich along with every other member of Congress have family members right now who are ill. And they need to look those family members in the face and say, "Darling, I love you, but fend for yourself because we're not going to help you.

BALDWIN: Meantime, these other Senators who are saying, "Thanks, but no thanks," they're saying it doesn't go far enough. You've got people on all different sides of the spectrum. And, Montel, you find me one of these members of Congress who agree with you who will sign up, and we'll have a big conversation on TV.

WILLIAMS: Guess what, I won't find one, but we'll keep working on it.

MSNBC: 'Mean' GOP Sees Health Care as 'Privilege,' 'Concierge Service' to 'Starve'

On Thursday's The 11th Hour on MSNBC, during a discussion of the debate over ObamaCare repeal, former Time magazine editor Rick Stengel -- also a former Obama administration official -- asserted that Republicans view health care as a "privilege" like a "concierge service" or "entitlement" that should be "starved." 

He and substitute host Nicolle Wallace both suggested that Republicans wish to "pick winners and losers" with regard to health care. Fellow guest and daytime MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle claimed that it is "mean" for Republicans to "cut" Medicaid as she also repeated her defense of Planned Parenthood as not just being an abortion provider.

At 11:32 p.m. ET, host Wallace referred to accounts that President Donald Trump had derided one Republican version of health care reform as "mean" as she set up a recent statement by former President Barack Obama. Wallace turned to Stengel and posed:

This President now famously called the House bill "mean," but your old boss -- President Obama -- put out a statement that sounded a little similar. He called it the "fundamental meanness of this bill" -- the Senate bill which would undo his signature law.

She then read from Obama's statement:

I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there's a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it's to make people's lives better, not worse.

The MSNBC host then posed: "Do you think that he is a powerful message with the kinds of voters who are going to be watching how their representatives vote on this?"

After declaring that he "agrees" with Obama, he observed that Democrats view health care as a "human right" that the government should try to provide. He then took aim at Republicans as he added:

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Republicans look at it as a privilege, as a concierge service, as an entitlement that needs to be starved. And that's what this bill represents. That's what he means about it being "mean" because it isn't about getting everybody on board the boat where we all benefit -- it's about throwing some people off and giving some people privileges.

After Wallace injected, "Picking winners and losers," he replied, "Yes."

Neither acknowledged the conservative argument that too much government intervention in the delivery of health care can lead to a lower supply of health services and fewer sick people actually receiving health care when they need it.

A bit later, panel member Ruhle began defending Planned Parenthood:

But you know what is getting its funding ripped out? Planned Parenthood. And there's a huge misunderstanding with what Planned Parenthood does. It's not the abortion store --

As Wallace injected, "It's a health care provider," Ruhle continued:

-- and if you take money away from Planned Parenthood it's a pro-life choice. No. It is a basic health care provider for women. If you ask a woman, "Who's your doctor?" they think about their OBGYN before they think about a general practitioner. This is life and death for women.

Stengel then jumped in: "Medicaid pays for half of the births in this country, and they're defunding Medicaid."

Ruhle then complained: "That's mean."

Not surprisingly, being an MSNBC brand of "conservative," Wallace did not challenge the liberal views of her guests.

Salon: 'Sociopathic' GOP Should Learn From 'Bigot' Scalise's 'Baptism by Fire'

In an article posted today, Salon politics writer Chauncey DeVega trashed Republican Rep. Steve Scalise as a "bigot" and accused the Republican party of being a "sociopathic" entity that has "weaponized" the Scalise shooting and is "drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs."

He also repeated the discredited claim that Scalise spoke to a "white supremacist" group in 2002, and even went so far as to claim that he was an "honored guest" at the racist group.

DeVega began his June 22 article, titled, "Steve Scalise is a Victim of Political Violence -- But That Does Nothing to Excuse His Hateful Politics," by recounting the shooting attack on Republican congressional members in Alexandria, noting that two Capitol Hill police officers heroically came to their defense.

The Salon political writer then continued:

David Bailey is a black man. Crystal Griner is a black lesbian. Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes. As reported by Salon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke.

Not mentioned by DeVega is that even liberal outlets like Slate, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast have run stories that undermined claims that Scalise spoke to the white racist EURO organization that were based on eyewitnesses, a promotion flyer for the conference, and a newsletter writeup after the event that did not mention Scalise's presence.

And, as the article noted that Scalise made a "tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference," it did not note that the Republican admitted that he was actually not sure whether he spoke to the group -- as he recalled that he had spoken to many groups in the same hotel without always knowing exactly what they were about -- and may have just made the apology to cover his bases before evidence surfaced that he was not a speaker at the EURO event after all.

The Salon article then became more harsh as it continued:

Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recently reported, "Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker."

After recalling that the Republican congressman has a record of opposing liberal agenda items on gay rights, DeVega argued that it was appropriate to take on the Louisiana Republican in spite of his current suffering as he obnoxiously referred to his shooting injury as a "baptism by fire." DeVega:

And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalise's personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution.

He then opined: "These objections are misguided."

A bit later, the political writer wondered if Scalise and Republicans would have a "grand epiphany" and change their ways as he claimed that "racism" and "bigotry" drive the Republican party's agenda:

As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities?

Will the Republican party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their party's agenda?

He soon further descried conservatives as he added:

Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, today's version of American conservatism -- as well as the Republican party -- is divorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs.

The Salon writer branded the GOP as "sociopathic" as he continued:

In addition, today's Republican party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, it's followers have little if any sense of linked fate and sympathy with those they consider "the other," including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims.

DeVega then used the words "racist" and "bigot" again, and accused "white conservatives" of feeling an "animus" toward minorities as he continued:

Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for individual LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both of these groups collectively.

After quoting President Donald Trump's recent declaration that "We are strongest when we are unified," the politics writer mocked the President as he added: "Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth."

The Salon writer then charged that Republicans had "weaponized" the Alexandria shooting as he concluded the article:

Given the politics of Trump and the Republican party, that "we" cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trump's comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Thursday, June 22, article from Salon:

David Bailey is a black man. Crystal Griner is a black lesbian.

Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes. As reported by Salon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke. Scalise reportedly went so far as to describe himself as being like "David Duke, without the baggage." He eventually offered a tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference.

Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recently reported, "Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker."

[quotes from the Washington Blade]

Some observers have argued that highlighting such facts is inappropriate, mean, untoward or overly insensitive behavior toward a man who is lying in a hospital bed, trying to recover from life-threatening injuries. Others say Scalise's voting record is irrelevant and the focus should instead be on healing the country's rancorous political atmosphere.

Many of these same voices, I would suggest, ignore how this situation has been caused almost exclusively by Donald Trump, the Republican party, and the right-wing media. And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalise's personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution. 

These objections are misguided.

(...)    

As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities?

Will the Republican party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their party's agenda?

The answer to both questions is most likely no.

Conservatives do not practice systems-level thinking. Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, today's version of American conservatism -- as well as the Republican party -- is divorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs. This nurtures a willful blindness to how macro-level political decisions about public policy actually affect individual people on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, today's Republican party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, it's followers have little if any sense of linked fate and sympathy with those they consider "the other," including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims.

Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for individual LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both of these groups collectively.

After the shooting in Alexandria, President Donald Trump issued a statement where he proclaimed, "We are strongest when we are unified." Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth.

Given the politics of Trump and the Republican party, that "we" cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trump's comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

MSNBC's Kornacki Finally Notices GA-06 Maybe Not Solidly Republican

You read it here first. Two months ago -- and again last night -- NewsBusters pointed out that there was a major hole in the dominant media theory that GA-06 was a "solidly Republican" district that Republicans should be embarrassed about having to defend in yesterday's special election.

In spite of Donald Trump just barely winning the district last November, many journalists and commentators touted former Republican Rep. Tom Price's landslide reelection from the same Election Day as evidence the district was still solidly Republican and that its coolness toward Trump was just an anomalous diversion from normalcy.

But it turned out that former Rep. Price did not face a serious candidate last November as his official Democratic opponent named on the ballot raised no money, did not campaign, and could not be found when local reporters tried to interview him.

But as recently as last night, MSNBC anchors like Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Chris Hayes and Greta Van Susteren were all still touting Price's landslide.victory. MSNBC "conservative" Steve Schmidt even joined in with the kind of analysis a liberal would approve of as he appeared with O'Donnell and called the result an "ominous win" for Republicans.

But this morning, MSNBC analyst Steve Kornacki burst that bubble as he appeared on Morning Joe and again later on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhl, and informed viewers that Price essentially had no Democratic candidate running against him last year, and that Trump's narrow margin of victory was the more significant number from last November's Election Day.

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On Morning Joe, MSNBC's Willie Geist brought up Democratic attempts to spin Jon Ossoff's loss as he posed: "The spin this morning from Democrats, which is that, 'Yes, we lost, but we made up 16 points from November where Tom Price won by 23 points.'"

Kornacki jumped in to exclaim, "No, stop, ohhh!"

Geist added: "I know that's the spin, so what's the Steve Kornacki answer to that?"

The MSNBC analyst took apart the misinformation as he began:

Okay, the comparison there, first of all, saying the House race last fall, "Wow, look at how much better we did." There was no House race in Georgia Six last fall -- let's be clear. The Democratic candidate was a name on the ballot -- the media couldn't find a picture of the Democratic candidate. 

He added:

I'm going to give you the total amount of money he raised for his campaign -- zero dollars. He spent -- he had no money in his campaign. Last fall, on the same day in the general election, Donald Trump carried this district by one point. That's why Democrats were so interested in this race. That's why you had tens of millions of dollars pouring in.

Kornacki seems to have only just learned of this angle since yesterday evening since he appeared on For the Record with Van Susteren and did not correct her when she made the same misleading claim about Price's landslide reelection, as he merely went along with the "solidly Republican" claim.

CNN's Avlon Blames Ossoff Loss on District 'Rigged' to Favor Republicans

Appearing as a panel member on Wednesday's New Day, left-leaning CNN political analyst and Daily Beast editor John Avlon tried to spin Democrat Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia on a "rigged system of redistricting" that gave Republicans a "heavy advantage."

Avlon: "All the money in the world can't fight a plus nine Republican advantage. Folks got to remember there's a rigged system of redistricting in this country which means all districts are not created equal. Republicans were set up to have a heavy advantage in this district."

He did not mention that, in the 2016 presidential election, the 6th Congressional District was the most competitive district in the state, with Donald Trump only receiving 48.3 percent of the vote versus 46.8 percent for Hillary Clinton -- which is nothing like a nine percentage point advantage.

Shortly after 6:00 a.m. ET, after CNN correspondent Jason Carroll narrated a setup piece in which he described the special election outcome as a "major loss" for Democrats, co-host Chris Cuomo went to Avlon and asked his take on the election. The liberal analyst immediately tried to put the best face on for Democrats as he began:

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First of all, all the money in the world can't fight a plus nine Republican advantage. Folks got to remember there's a rigged system of redistricting in this country which means all districts are not created equal. Republicans were set up to have a heavy advantage in this district. They ran a very experienced candidate who had statewide experience against a first-timer. And all that money and all that enthusiasm couldn't overcome those deficits.

He then further griped:

The other thing, Republicans successfully tied the candidate not only to, you know, who tried to campaign as a centrist, as some far-left millennial, but also to Nancy Pelosi. So there are deeper issues about turnout, about brand, and about that uphill climb folks have to succeed to bridge in order to win that kind of a district.

WashPost's Marcus Misleadingly Argues GA-06 Is Solidly Republican

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's MTP Daily on MSNBC, Washington Post editorial page deputy editor Ruth Marcus repeated the misleading claim that, because former Republican Rep. Tom Price has a history of winning landslide victories, the 6th Congressional District of Georgia should still be a solidly Republican seat.

The liberal Post columnist admitted President Donald Trump barely won the district as she began her prediction:  "I think if Republicans can't keep this seat, they're really in trouble in the Trump years, and here's why: Yes, Trump won it by a point, but Tom Price won it by multiple, you know, double digits repeatedly."

But she then added:

So the fact that this is a competitive seat tells you about the trouble that the Republican party is in right now in some congressional districts in the age of Trump. This should not be a -- this would not be a competitive seat were it not for Donald Trump. And to me that's what this race is about.

A glaring omission from her analysis of Price's recent wins in the district is that his last opponent who appeared on the ballot in 2016 -- Rodney Stooksbury -- seemed to be a hoax candidate as he did not raise money or campaign, and was unreachable when local media tried to interview him.

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If a name on the ballot in the Democratic slot can get almost 40 percent without even making any effort, surely it's not surprising if an actual candidate manages to score about 10 points better and run a close race.

Otherwise, it is not atypical for an incumbent to win reelection by landslide margins while a seat may then be more competitive when it comes open as it attracts stronger candidates and campaign spending on both sides.

CBS Omits Details From Castile Police Shooting Trial

As the three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday informed viewers that former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of committing manslaughter last year against black motorist Philando Castile, CBS conspicuously omitted two facets of the case that help explain why he was acquitted.

More than a year ago, Castile was tragically shot to death by Officer Yanez after Castile -- who had a concealed carry permit and therefore no criminal record -- informed the officer that he possessed a firearm during a traffic stop. The CBS Evening News report by correspondent Dean Reynolds recalled that Castile's girlfriend -- Diamond Reynolds -- famously live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.

The CBS correspondent recounted the anger and protests over the acquittal without giving any of the facts that were in the police officer's favor that helped create a reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors as to whether Officer Yanez had violated the law with his actions. Officer Yanez was on the lookout for a robbery suspect who looked similar to Castile, and Castile was found to have marijuana in his system.

By contrast, on the NBC Nightly News, correspondent Blake McCoy took the time to inform viewers of both key points: "He (Officer Yanez) said Castile -- a school cafeteria worker -- matched the description of a robbery suspect, that he smelled marijuana and saw Castile reach for a gun."

On ABC's World News Tonight, correspondent Eva Pilgrim mentioned the robbery, but not the marijuana: "Yanez said he pulled Castile over that night believing he matched the description of a robbery suspect."

It may still be debatable whether the verdict was the correct one, but it was bizarre that CBS ran a full report on the acquittal and failed to include these two critical pieces of information that helped explain what the jurors may have been thinking.

On Saturday morning, CBS This Morning ran a shorter report that also omitted these key details, ABC's Good Morning America also managed to omit both points in spite of mentioning the robbery on Friday's World News Tonight, and NBC's Today ran a piece similar to the one already aired Friday evening that included both points.

Below is a complete transcript of the CBS Evening News report from Friday, June 16:

SCOTT PELLEY: Today in Minnesota, a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting death of a black driver. Dean Reynolds is following the trial.

DEAN REYNOLDS: As the jury's acquittal sank in, emotions spilled onto the plaza outside the courthouse in St. Paul.

VALERIE CASTILE, MOTHER OF SHOOTING VICTIM: Damn! What is it gonna take? I'm mad as hell right now, yes I am!

DEAN REYNOLDS: Valerie Castile is the mother of Philando Castile, who was shot to death by police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a routine traffic stop almost a year ago. 

VALERIE CASTILE: This city killed my son, and the murderer gets away!

DIAMOND REYNOLDS, GIRLFRIEND OF SHOOTING VICTIM: We got pulled over for a busted tail light --

DEAN REYNOLDS: The case gained national notoriety because, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, was live-streamed on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend -- Diamond Reynolds.

DIAMOND REYNOLDS: He was trying to get out his ID.

DEAN REYNOLDS: That's Yanez screaming at her with his gun still drawn.

GERONIMO YANEZ, FORMER POLICE OFFICER: I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand out!

DEAN REYNOLDS: In the midst of the traffic stop, Castile told the officer he had a firearm, but Yanez insisted on the witness stand that when Castile reached into his pocket, he feared for his life and fired off seven shots -- five of them hitting Castile. Reynolds said Castile was simply complying with the policeman's request for identification.

DIAMOND REYNOLDS: You told him to get his ID, sir, his drivers' license.

DEAN REYNOLDS: John Choi is the Ramsey County prosecutor who charged the policeman with manslaughter.

JOHN CHOI, PROSECUTOR: He went beyond what the law requires. He was compliant. He wasn't resisting, and, at the end of the day, this was a traffic stop. Unfortunately, the jury didn't see it that way.

DEAN REYNOLDS: Late today, it was announced that Yanez will no longer be a police officer at the suburban department where he worked. But we'll have to wait and see, Scott, if that's enough to calm the protests that are planned for later tonight.

Mark Hamill Cheers MSNBC Liberal for 'Kicking Breitbart Butt'

After MSNBC counterterrorism analyst Malcolm Nance confronted Breitbart editor Alex Marlow on Friday's Real Time show, demanding that he retract an article from last April which accurately highlighted Nance "nominating" a Donald Trump property for a terrorist attack, actor Mark Hamill was so impressed with the liberal MSNBC analyst that the Star Wars icon praised him on Twitter and dubbed him a "Jedi."

After MSNBC's Joy Reid highlighted Hamill's tweet on her AM Joy show on Sunday, Hamill also threw some Twitter praise toward the far-left MSNBC host.

At 11:46 a.m. ET on Sunday's AM Joy, host Reid excitedly brought up the exchange from the "Overtime" segment of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. Nance was seen complaining that he received death threats after a Breitbart article about him:

MALCOLM NANCE, MSNBC COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST, CLIP #1: There was this article about a 35-year counterterrorism expert who claimed that they wanted Trump Tower attacked that was written in Breitbart. I got 31 death threats from that, and that came from your website. So are you going to secure that right now? Are you going to apologize to me?

NANCE CLIP #2: Your followers threatened my family, my children, my wife.

After an edit, the exchange between Marlow and Nance continued:

ALEX MARLOW, BREITBART NEWS EDITOR: Are you really suggesting that Breitbart doesn't get death threats, that our lives aren't put in danger --

NANCE: Well, no, no, no, no, no, you can apologize to me now, all right? I'm not threatening you.

MARLOW: Show me the story, and if the story is as you describe, I'll be happy to offer an apology to you --

NANCE: I will come to your office to see that retraction.

The MSNBC analyst did not quote or clarify the tweet in question which Nance deleted soon after its publication.

After the HBO clips had concluded, MSNBC host Reid then excitedly added:

Boom! For that clip, Malcolm got a shout out from the one and only Mark Hamill: "Thank you for your service, Malcolm Nance. Watching you calmly kicking Breitbart butt was hysterically satisfying! Hashtag "Don't mess with Jedi Master Nance." 

She continued:

Luke Skywalker called Malcolm a Jedi master, to which Malcolm replied: "The force is strong when the last Jedi backs a brother up!"

Ex-NYT's Abramson Blames Republican 'Rage Machine' for Political Division

Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson blamed a Republican "rage machine" for the level of political polarization that currently exists, and complained about how congressional Republicans are are conducting business.

She also oddly claimed that Democrats were not partisan in their reaction to President Donald Trump's nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch -- even though Republicans had to change the filibuster rule to keep Democrats from blocking his confirmation to the Court.

During the panel discussion, host Zakaria referred to a recent article she penned as he posed: "Jill, you've written that you think that, while all this is true, this is not a situation where both sides are equally at fault."

Abramson put the blame on Republicans as she began:

I do think that both sides are not equally at fault and that there's been a bit of a false equivalency at work, especially in the discussion of the past couple of days. I think that, in terms of political leadership right now, that both President Trump and the congressional leadership on the Republican side are extremely divisive, and that they are really benefiting from a kind of rage machine that operates in this country. 

She continued:

And, yes, let's just think of two recent episodes -- health care and repeal of Obamacare. You have when the Democrats were actually shaping that legislation originally and the Obama White House, they had open hearings, public hearings. Right now, the Republican-led Senate is having entirely secret process for formulating their bill -- no hearings. They won't even brief Democrats in the Senate about what's in that legislation

The former Times executive editor then brought up President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court and wrongly claimed Democrats were not partisan while Republicans were as she added:

And then when President Obama nominated a moderate -- Merrick Garland -- to the Supreme Court, Republicans refused to take action and hold a hearing on his nomination. The Democrats didn't do that with President Trump's nominee. So it isn't equivalent behavior on both sides.

A bit later, Zakaria picked up on her claims about Republicans being more extreme as he turned to another guest and posed:

It's not just what Jill Abramson said. There are people -- the American Enterprise Institute, you know, and the Brookings Institute -- who have kind of studied this and come to the conclusion that it is true that the Republicans have become more extreme than the Democrats, that while there is a polarization on both sides, the shift on the right is much more extreme than on the left. Do you buy that?

David Blankenhorn of Better Angels began by agreeing that there was some truth to that claim before shifting to not wanting to focus on which side is more to blame:

I'm familiar with that literature -- I think there's a lot of truth to it. But today I'm not that interested in figuring out who's more to blame. I'm honestly not. I'm mainly interested in recovering what was called on the show the common public square.

FNC's Pergram Wrongly Claims Scalise Accused of Meeting With KKK

The discredited claims that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise 15 years ago spoke to a white supremacist group founded by former KKK leader David Duke have left such a mark, that the claims even manage to make it onto Fox News Channel more than two years after the more dominant drive-by liberal media seized on them.

On Wednesday's Fox and Friends, as Fox News producer Greg Pergram reported in by phone in the aftermath of the attack on congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, he incorrectly recalled that it was the KKK that Scalise was accused of meeting with, when in reality the debunked accusation was that he spoke to a white nationalist group that was founded by Duke.

Additionally, Pergram failed to inform viewers that, even though Scalise issued an apology, the central claim that Scalise spoke to Duke's group was undermined both by a flyer from the event that did not list Scalise as a speaker, and by a man who helped organize the event who claimed that he invited Scalise to speak at a separate gathering in the same hotel that was not part of the white nationalist convention.

Just past 8:10 a.m. ET on Wednesday's show, as Pergram recalled Scalise's political history to fill in viewers on who the injured congressman is, the FNC producer incorrectly recounted:

You had a little bit of a hiccup about a year and a half ago because there had, you know, come out some information about him -- whether or not he had had a meeting with the Ku Klux Klan some years ago -- but he seems to have solidified his leadership position.

Below is a transcript of more of Pergram's comments from the Wednesday, June 14, Fox and Friends on FNC:

He came to Congress about eight years ago in a special election. He moved rather quickly up through the leadership ranks, you know, has been in leadership for a couple of years. You know, you had a little bit of a hiccup about a year and a half ago because there had, you know, come out some information about him -- whether or not he had had a meeting with the Ku Klux Klan some years ago -- but he seems to have solidified his leadership position. There was some thought when we had John Boehner leaving and, you know, Paul Ryan coming in and just all these kerfuffles in the House of Representatives, that he might have been in danger.

There was some question when Kevin McCarthy withdrew very abruptly to be the Speaker of the House -- about two years ago -- whether Scalise might try to move up. He used to chair the Republican Study Committee. Now, that's the largest block of conservatives in the House of Representatives. And that was kind of his ticket into leadership because if you're able to chair that group, it means you have a lot of political capital with conservatives. 

FNC's Pergram Wrongly Claims Scalise Accused of Meeting With KKK

The discredited claims that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise 15 years ago spoke to a white supremacist group founded by former KKK leader David Duke have left such a mark, that the claims even manage to make it onto Fox News Channel more than two years after the more dominant drive-by liberal media seized on them.

On Wednesday's Fox and Friends, as Fox News producer Greg Pergram reported in by phone in the aftermath of the attack on congressional Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia, he incorrectly recalled that it was the KKK that Scalise was accused of meeting with, when in reality the debunked accusation was that he spoke to a white nationalist group that was founded by Duke.

Additionally, Pergram failed to inform viewers that, even though Scalise issued an apology, the central claim that Scalise spoke to Duke's group was undermined both by a flyer from the event that did not list Scalise as a speaker, and by a man who helped organize the event who claimed that he invited Scalise to speak at a separate gathering in the same hotel that was not part of the white nationalist convention.

Just past 8:10 a.m. ET on Wednesday's show, as Pergram recalled Scalise's political history to fill in viewers on who the injured congressman is, the FNC producer incorrectly recounted:

You had a little bit of a hiccup about a year and a half ago because there had, you know, come out some information about him -- whether or not he had had a meeting with the Ku Klux Klan some years ago -- but he seems to have solidified his leadership position.

Below is a transcript of more of Pergram's comments from the Wednesday, June 14, Fox and Friends on FNC:

He came to Congress about eight years ago in a special election. He moved rather quickly up through the leadership ranks, you know, has been in leadership for a couple of years. You know, you had a little bit of a hiccup about a year and a half ago because there had, you know, come out some information about him -- whether or not he had had a meeting with the Ku Klux Klan some years ago -- but he seems to have solidified his leadership position. There was some thought when we had John Boehner leaving and, you know, Paul Ryan coming in and just all these kerfuffles in the House of Representatives, that he might have been in danger.

There was some question when Kevin McCarthy withdrew very abruptly to be the Speaker of the House -- about two years ago -- whether Scalise might try to move up. He used to chair the Republican Study Committee. Now, that's the largest block of conservatives in the House of Representatives. And that was kind of his ticket into leadership because if you're able to chair that group, it means you have a lot of political capital with conservatives. 

Ex-NYT's Abramson: GOP Budget 'Savagely' Took Money From Poverty Programs

Appearing as a guest on Friday's All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson slammed the Donald Trump administration's accomplishments so far as a "debacle" and declared that the Republican budget has "savagely" taken money from poverty programs and education.

Abramson: "I think both of the scenarios, Chris, that you just laid out equal debacle because, you know, he has done quite a bit, but I think what he's done has been, you know, altogether damaging both to the country and internationally. ... A budget that has savagely taken money from housing programs from the poor, federal money for the schools."

Near the end of the show just past 8:50 p.m. ET, host Hayes asked for her views on the administration:

Is the President accomplishing a lot while people are not recognizing how much he's getting accomplished? Or has it been an abysmal failure thus far? Jill, I'm curious where you come down on this?

Abramson fretted over withdrawal from the Paris Accord and over the Republicans' Obamacare repeal efforts as she began:

Well, I think both of the scenarios, Chris, that you just laid out equal debacle because, you know, he has done quite a bit, but I think what he's done has been, you know, altogether damaging both to the country and internationally as well. It was only two weeks ago that we were, you know, talking about the withdrawal from the Paris Accord which, you know, sets back, you know, all of the goals of environmental progress that the Obama administration spent years negotiating, you know.

The Senate is practically in lockdown right now negotiating their bill to repeal Obamacare in complete secrecy -- no hearings, no ability of Democrats to even find out what's in the legislation at this point. 

She then added:

Appointees who oppose the missions of their cabinet agencies in almost all respects. A budget that has savagely taken money from housing programs from the poor, federal money for the schools. One of the only areas where President Trump has actually wanted to increase money is in charter schools. So, you know, I think that, below the surface, he's been doing a whole lot of damage. And obviously some people may see that as accomplishment, but I don't.

Joy Reid Frets Scalise History on 'Race,' Guest Hopes He Stops 'Preying' on the Poor

As the Reverend William Barber appeared as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC to give his religion-based views on current events, host Joy Reid at one point seemed to worry about not being able to talk more about Republican Rep. Steve Scalise's conservative views and his history on "race," as she recalled the discredited story that the congressman spoke to a white nationalist event 15 years ago.

The Reverend Barber declared that he hopes that Scalise stops being "homophobic," and that Republicans -- presumably including Scalise -- stop "preying" on "the poor and on minorities and the sick," and at one point even quoted from the Bible a passage that seemed to suggest that Scalise suffered "woe" because of his legislative actions.

At about 11:20 a.m., after expressing hopes that Scalise recovers from his injuries, Reid worried about the Republican congressman's political history as she posed:

Steve Scalise has a history that it's -- we've all been forced to sort of ignore on race. He did come to leadership after some controversy over attending a white nationalist event -- which he says he didn't know what it was. He also co-sponsored a bill to amend the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

He voted for the House health care bill which -- as you said -- would gut health care for millions of people, including three million children.  And he co-sponsored a bill to repeal the ban on semi-automatic weapons. Because he is in jeopardy and everybody is pulling for him, are we required in a moral sense to put that aside at the moment?

The Reverend Barber began by hoping that the Republican's political views become more liberal after he recovers:

What we're required to say is we hope that -- we hope he recovers, and that when he recovers, there's a renewed mindset. If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being, you know, homophobic -- you shouldn't do it anyway. If you almost died but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else [to have] the same health care that you have.

The liberal reverend then seemed to hint that Scalise's political actions might have played a role in him suffering a tragedy as he quoted from the Bible and cautioned against "hypocrisy." Barber:

You know, the Bible, one of the guys that prayed, Walker, is from North Carolina, and he was saying how he prayed for everybody, well -- and he's a Christian -- well, the Bible says in Isaiah 10: "Woe unto those who legislate evil and rob the poor of their rights and make women and children their prey." The Bible calls whenever you just put on a face in a time of crisis but continue to do the same thing, it's called making graves look good that are still full of dead man's bones. In other words, it's hypocrisy.

He then suggested that Republicans are "preying" on some Americans as he added:

If Congress people pray for one another -- and they should P-R-A-Y -- but then if they pass policies that prey -- P-R-E-Y --  on the poor and on minorities and the sick, then we have a serious moral problem. And even our Constitution, Joy, says the only way you can get to domestic tranquility, the only way you can get to civility, is you must start with the establishment of justice, you must provide for the common good, and you must promote the general welfare. Changing the tone of words is not enough. You  have to have a change in the trajectory of policy. Prayer is not enough. Faith must have works.

He concluded by reiterating that he hopes Scalise changes his political views:

So I'm praying that the brother gets up and lives and then comes back and says, "You know, this experience has changed my thinking fundamentally -- not just about myself, but about the policies I support." And, lastly, Joy, they talked about raising a million dollars for charity. That is good, but if you turn around and take $600 billion from the poor and the least of these, and you don't vote to give people a living wage, personal privatized charity is not going to solve our social problems when it comes to the poor and the least of these.

Reid agreed: "Yeah, I think you'll get a lot of amens on that."

CBS Admonishes GOPers for Criticizing Dem 'Hostility' After Shootings

On Thursday's CBS Evening News, as Nancy Cordes filed a report with the latest on the aftermath of the Steve Scalise shooting, the CBS correspondent made a point of highlighting Democratic criticisms of Republicans New Gingrich and New York Rep. Chris Collins for complaining about "hostility" and "rhetoric" coming from the far left. 

Cordes notably did not mention that Rep. Collins had already decided to retract his comments as he feared they were not appropriate in the aftermath of the violence.

The CBS correspondent recounted gunman James Hodgkinson's anti-Trump views and then brought up Gingrich's comments as the report recalled:

NANCY CORDES: Hodgkinson's Facebook page was filled with anti-Trump, anti-GOP messages, leading a few conservatives to blame --

FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEW GINGRICH (on FNC's Fox and Friends): -- an increasing intensity of hostility on the left --

After omitting Gingrich's comments on the sometimes physical hostility toward conservatives on college campuses, the report then got to Rep. Collins as it continued:

CORDES: New York Republican Chris Collins told a local radio host --

REP. CHRIS COLLINS (R-NY) (audio from radio show): I can only hope that the Democrats do tone down the rhetoric. Some people react to things like that.

Cordes then showed some of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's criticism of Gingrich and Collins as she continued:

NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: How dare they say such a thing.

CORDES: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi argued she's endured hostile right-wing rhetoric for years.

PELOSI: This sick individual did something despicable, and it was horrible what he did -- hateful. But for them to, all of a sudden, be sanctimonious as if they don't -- have never seen such a thing before.

The same day's NBC Nightly News, by contrast, showed a clip of Rep. Collins from an appearance on MSNBC earlier in the day in which he expressed a belief that he needs to tone down his own rhetoric.

ZACK BARTH, SHOOTING VICTIM: It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or a Democrat. We're all Americans.

TOM COSTELLO, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: A sentiment echoing across the city with some lawmakers conceding they need to tone down the rhetoric.

REP. CHRIS COLLINS (R-NY) (on MSNBC): I'm actually somebody that needs to also measure my language in response and not necessarily punch right back.

And earlier in the day on Thursday, in an appearance on CNN's New Day, not mentined on CBS, Rep. Collins expressed a wish that he had not spoken out so quickly in the aftermath of the shooting.

On MSNBC, Eichenwald Accuses Republicans of Defending ‘Right-Wing Terrorists’

Appearing as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy, MSNBC contributor and Newsweek senior editor Kurt Eichenwald accused Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Republican members of Congress of defending "right-wing terrorists" during the Obama administration, as the liberal journalist tried to implicate mainstream conservatives in recent reports of hate crimes. Eichenwald: "In order to attack Obama. they said conservatives are right-wing terrorists. They told these right-wing extremists, 'You are one of us.' And it's not a surprise that the statistics show that when the Republicans control at least one house of Congress, this kind of violence goes up because it's not just Trump. Nobody is repudiating it."

CNN Presses Two GOP Guests on Global Warming, But Not Dem Guest

As two Republican officeholders and one Democrat appeared as guests in separate segments on Friday's New Day, CNN hosts repeatedly pressed the two Republicans from the left about the Paris Accord, but the Democrat was simply asked what his views were without challenge. Both Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota were preoccupied with whether President Donald Trump believes global warming is a "hoax," with Camerota so fixated that she spent most of one interview pressing on that same question over and over again. Camerota's Republican guest eventually called out some of her reasoning as being "silly."

CNN’s Camerota Presses Mike Lee on Global Warming, but Not Ed Markey

On Thursday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota was seen pressing Republican Senator Mike Lee from the left on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on global warming. But, later in the program during an interview with Democratic Senator Ed Markey, the same Camerota merely asked for his reaction and then did not challenge his left-wing response.

CNN Staff Laugh at Al Franken Hating Ted Cruz

As Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken appeared as a guest on Wednesday's New Day to plug his book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, CNN co-host Alisyn Camerota and other CNN staff off screen were inspired to laugh out loud at the liberal Senator joking about hating Republican Senator Ted Cruz. After the two discussed that Franken's staff are under orders to talk the retired comedian out of making jokes at inappropriate times, Camerota began reading from his book about his negative views of the Texas Republican. 

Humor: Chelsea Handler Skewers Anti-Trump Liberals as CNN Addicts

Chelsea Handler may be a far-left comedian known for railing against conservatives, but in Friday's episode of her Netflix show, she had fun at the expense of her fellow liberals as her Chelsea show ran a parody of an anti-Trump liberal named Gary who is obsessed with watching CNN. When his wife and children take away his TV, the poor guy goes to extreme lengths just to get the latest Trump news from CNN -- ranging from visiting a cross-dressing prostitute to breaking into a neighbor's home to watch Van Jones -- and then ends up in prison bullying his cellmate into keeping quiet while he indulges in David Gergen and Jake Tapper.

MSNBC Elevates Far-Left Jason Johnson to ‘MSNBC Contributor’

The Root politics editor Jason Johnson has been making regular appearances as a guest on both CNN and MSNBC for the past few years to give liberal political commentary, but now he appears to have tied the knot of sorts with MSNBC as he has just recently attained the status of "contributor." Just in the last couple of years, the race-obsessed Johnson has been known for repeatedly tying Republicans to the KKK and linking Steve Bannon to "terrorist groups"; and he even provocatively quoted a source recently who called the mayor of St. Louis a "f***ing white woman" to bolster an article in which he whined about a white Democrat being elected in the black-majority city. He similarly griped about the "white-splaining, cop-coddling" white Democratic mayor of black-majority Ferguson, Missouri, recently winning reelection.

CNN’s Hosts CAIR to Blame Trump for Anti-Muslim Violence in Oregon

IBRAHIM HOOPER, CAIR: I think this is just rep of unfort of the overall rise in bigotry in our nation within the last months and the year partic curing teh presid campaign and since the elctin in November. we've seen minorities increasingly targeted with violence and hate speech. American Muslims have been targeted. Mosques have been targeted but also African-Americans, Hispanics, refugees, immigrants. There's an overall rise in bigotry, unfortunately provoked to a large degree by President Trump's rhetoric, his appointments, his policy proposals. These things have led to an atmosphere in our society in which it seems to be acceptable to target minorities.

CBS Bizarrely Frets Over New Laws to Protect Police from ‘Hate Crimes’

On CBS This Morning Saturday, as the show covered proposed new laws to protect police officers from hate crimes, correspondent Tony Dokoupil and anchors Alex Wagner and Anthony Mason all oddly seemed to worry about whether it was appropriate to call it a "hate crime" to attack a police officer. During the report, Dokoupil even asked if the term "hate crime" would be "cheapened" if police offers came under hate crime protection. And in a short discussion after the pre-recorded piece concluded, after Wagner mused, "It really calls into question the definition of 'hate crime' and bigotry," Dokoupil injected: "It can be a hateful act, and yet not a hate crime."

On CNN, Atlantic’s Frum Slams Limbaugh; Injects Race into Montana Assault

On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion in which panel members fretted over Republican reaction to GOP Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte violently attacking a reporter, The Atlantic's David Frum managed to inject race into the discussion as he theorized about what Rush Limbaugh would have done if Gianforte were a black Democrat. Frum: "Had the congressman been a black Democrat, imagine what Rush Limbaugh would have said. Rush Limbaugh called the attack 'studly' and 'manly.' Imagine -- it would have -- you would have had an explosion of racial provocation."

 

CNN’s Mudd: ‘Trey Gowdy Ought to Have His A** Kicked’

On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, it was another case of Philip Mudd going over the top into violent imagery against a Republican official as the CNN counterterrorism analyst declared that South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy "ought to have his a** kicked" for asking former CIA Director John Brennan if he had seen "evidence" of the Donald Trump campaign colluding with Russia. Last December, Mudd notably flew off the handle about then-RNC official Sean Spicer as he proclaimed that he would like to "jump through the TV" and "take him behind the shed," tearing into Spicer as "someone who doesn't know his a** from a hole in the ground."

MSNBC’s Reagan: ‘True Americans’ Will Support Removing ‘National Security Threat’ Trump

Appearing as a guest on Monday's Hardball, liberal MSNBC political analyst Ron Reagan claimed that "patriots" and "true Americans" will support impeaching President Donald Trump, whom he called a "national security threat" and a "dangerious individual." The liberal analyst went on to assert that those who do not do so are "engaged in behavior that can only be described as 'treasonable.'"

Amanpour Tags Israeli Govt ‘Very Far Right,’ No Terrorist Label for Hamas

Appearing as a guest on Monday's At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, CNN International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour predictably found the current right-leaning Israeli government to be "very far right" as she discussed the difficulty for President Donald Trump to successfully negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The CNN correspondent also failed to give any label to the Hamas terrorist group which rules the Gaza Strip as she vaguely informed viewers that the Palestinian Authority is "embroiled in a whole Hamas side of the equation."

Maher Jokes About Roger Ailes Death as ‘Comeuppance’ After Audience Cheers

On Friday's Real Time show on HBO, liberal host Bill Maher took his latest opportunity to joke about the death of a prominent conservative as he recalled the passing of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. After some audience members immediately cheered and applauded the news, Maher went on to call it "comeuppance" and mocked the idea that one is not supposed to speak ill of those  who have just died as he accused Ailes of "making old white Americans more frightened and more ill-informed."

Lemon: Conservative Larry Elder Isn’t ‘Smart’ or ‘With It’

As Dennis Prager appeared on Thursday's CNN Tonight for a segment about how the conservative media are handling President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation, the conservative talk radio host received a substantial amount of pushback from host Don Lemon and right-leaning anti-Trump CNN commentator Tara Setmayer as Prager recalled the dominant liberal media's attempts to blame a spate of ant-Semitic acts on Trump's election. Host Lemon not only dismissed black conservative talk radio host Larry Elder as someone who is perhaps not "smart" and who has been "co-opted," the CNN host also wrongly tried to correct Prager's accurate recollection that the overwhelming majority of bomb threats against Jewish centers had been proven to have nothing to do with Trump supporters.

CNN Misquotes Trump as Saying He Could ‘Only’ Speak for Himself on Russia Collusion

On Thursday's The Lead, during a discussion of President Donald Trump's just concluded press conference, both host Jake Tapper and Jeffrey Toobin oddly made the same mistake in wrongly claiming that President Trump had stated that he could "only" speak for himself about whether his campaign colluded with Russia. In fact, what the President actually stated was that he could "always" speak for himself as he also claimed that his campaign "certainly" did not collude. Oddly enough, even though CNN replayed the relevant Trump soundbite during the discussion, neither Tapper nor Toobin even noticed they were misquoting him.

CNN’s Zakaria Hopes Trump Behavior Is ‘Incompetence’ and Not Something ‘Dark’

Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Tonight to discuss revelations that President Donald Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian officials in a recent meeting, CNN host Fareed Zakaria argued that "incompetence" by Trump would be a preferable explanation for the development rather than the more "dark" alternative of it being intentional. Sighing, host Don Lemon worried: "I'm a glass half full guy, but, I mean, it's, for you to say that the most benign or the best explanation is incompetency is -- we're at a very sad place right now."

MSNBC’s Reid Starts Regular Segment to Boost Dem Candidates for 2018 Midterms

Far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid appears to be so excited about the possibility of Democrats taking control of Congress in the 2018 midterms, she's already started a segment to promote Democratic candidates almost a year and a half before the general election even takes place. On Sunday's AM Joy, Reid ended the show with the "first installment of a new segment" as she showed no subtlety in naming it "Flip This House." When asked by Reid if she would support impeachment against President Donald Trump, New Jersey Democratic congressional candidate Linda Weber credited MSNBC with making her support impeachment, and went on to question Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's Christian faith.

On MSNBC, Fugelsang: ‘Right-Wing Christians’ ‘Rejected’ Jesus, ‘Voted for Judas’ Trump

On Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC, liberal comedian John Fugelsang mocked "right-wing Christians" as people who have "rejected the teachings of Jesus," and, by voting for Donald Trump, were voting for "Caligula, Judas, and the Golden Calf all in one convenient package." A bit later, after right-leaning guest Kirsten Haglund recalled that evangelical Christian pastors have been under pressure from church members to support President Trump, race-obsessed MSNBC host Joy Reid introduced race into the discussion as she wondered if President Barack Obama was viewed as an "alien" and that Trump is "what a President is supposed to look like" from the point of view of conservative church goers.

NBC Frets Trump Admin Getting Tougher on Criminals, Reversing Obama

On Friday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Hallie Jackson filed a report that focused on concerns by liberals about Attorney General Jeff Sessions giving orders for federal prosecutors to charge criminals with the aim to give tougher punishments, reversing former President Barack Obama's trend toward releasing criminals and seeking softer charges. Jackson spent a significant portion of the piece relaying liberal talking points from parties including former President Obama, "civil liberties advocates," former Attorney General Eric Holder, and an ex-convict who was released from a life sentence by Obama.

NBC Frets Trump Admin Getting Tougher on Criminals, Reversing Obama

On Friday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Hallie Jackson filed a report that focused on concerns by liberals about Attorney General Jeff Sessions giving orders for federal prosecutors to charge criminals with the aim to give tougher punishments, reversing former President Barack Obama's trend toward releasing criminals and seeking softer charges. Jackson spent a significant portion of the piece relaying liberal talking points from parties including former President Obama, "civil liberties advocates," former Attorney General Eric Holder, and an ex-convict who was released from a life sentence by Obama.

Whoopi Accuses Santorum, Republicans of ‘Bigotry’ Against Barack Obama

On Monday's The View on ABC, co-host Whoopi Goldberg labeled former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and other Republicans as "bigots" and, as she addressed them, charged that "[you] let your bigotry show first and foremost" while Barack Obama was President. As if Republicans only just started criticizing Democrats when Obama was elected, Whoopi claimed that Republicans could not "[get] over the fact that a black man became President."

CNN’s Cabrera Baffled at Ben Stein Finding Anti-Trump Minhaj Jokes ‘Sickening’

As Ben Stein appeared as a guest on Sunday's CNN Newsroom, host Ana Cabrera was visibly surprised that the right-leaning actor and economist slammed Hasan Minhaj's anti-Donald Trump jokes as "sickening" as the two discussed the liberal comedian's appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Stein also called out the media as a "joke" and a "sharp instrument of the left" that are constantly "attacking" President Trump.

CNN Gives Forum to Kids Suing Trump Admin Over Global Warming

CNN's New Day Sunday gave an unchallenged forum to a group of children who are plaintiffs in an environmental lawsuit alleging that the federal government and fossil fuel industry are in "violation of the fundamental constitutional rights of young people and all future generations." As two of the children and one legal counsel -- Julia Olson of Our Children's Trust -- appeared on the show, among other questions, CNN co-host Christi Paul sympathetically posed: "If you could say one thing to the people listening who have questions about what they're causing in the environment, what would you like to say to them today?"

MSNBC Likens ObamaCare Oppo to Jim Crow, ‘Death to Poor People’ Act

On Saturday's AM Joy, viewers could witness a near caricature of a group of liberals talking politics in the former of host Joy Reid, former MSNBC political analyst Jimmy Williams, Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah, and Karine Jean-Pierre of MoveOn.org, as the group pined for "cradle to the grave" guaranteed health care as a "civil right" and fretted "Jim Crow for health care."

CBS Frets Arrests of Drunk Driver Illegal Immigrants; Admits 72% Drop in Crossings

Saturday's CBS Weekend News filed a report in which correspondent Paula Reid fretted that some of the illegal immigrants rounded up for deportation had only been convicted of drunk driving, even though such activity is dangerous criminal behavior that claims the lives of thousands of Americans each year. And, even though the report ran a soundbite of President Donald Trump vowing to deport "drug dealers" and "criminal aliens," Reid seemed to think that deporting nonviolent offenders like drunk drivers was somehow contradicting this promise as she complained that arrests were "raising concerns."

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