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Show a Little Class, Anderson Cooper

Cooper Bondi

CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

I am no expert on the fine art of social dynamics. Nonetheless, it seems pretty clear that in times of great national stress, such as the carnage in Orlando, our impulses should be to unite a nation reeling from its wounds.  But evidently that simple message of compassion and good sense never reached Anderson Cooper of CNN, who has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his interview with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that turned into a stern lecture about her role in the litigation of same sex marriage in Florida that ended two years ago.

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Meet an Americus Trumpus in a New Children’s Book


a-childs-first-book-of-trump-9781481488006_lgSome of us grew up with Where the Wild Things Are. But today’s kids get something more terrifying and nightmare-inducing when a children’s book, inspired by the Republican front runner Donald Trump, hits the shelves this summer.

No, really! It’s called A Child’s First Book of Trump by comedian Michael Ian Black and it comes out just in time for the Republican presidential convention. The parody book that’s intended for adults tries to figure out what to do when an “Americus Trumpus” enters the race for president.

As one article put it, an Americus Trumpus is:

Democracy Inaction


I’m watching the coverage of tonight’s Iowa Caucuses, and I am being reminded why I watch less and less cable news. Flipping between CNN and Fox News, I’m presented with breathless reports by people in rooms with lots of other people, marveling at the groupings of said people.

At Democrat caucus sites, I’ve heard reporters utter the phrase “this in democracy in action” many times, and the night is still young. Then, the camera pans over to four people while the reporter exclaims “These four people came over from the other camp!!!” You see, this is democracy in action, they keep telling me.

“Voldemort!” CNN and the Shooters-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named


UntitledAt 11:45 PM CNN’s Don Lemon reported (breaking news!) that the name of one of the suspected killers at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center massacre – who was subsequently killed in a shootout with police – was Syed Farook. This was at least two hours after the LA Times, Drudge, NBC News, Fox News, and The Daily Beast reported the suspect’s name – the name that had been circulating for hours, evidently, on social media after being picked up from conversation on a police radio channel sometime after the shooting.

The way that CNN deliberately concealed a name that had already been released on other major news outlets and subsequently twisted itself into a pretzel trying to avoid the conclusion that the massacre was a terrorist incident (to say nothing of an Islamic terrorist incident) was the kind of politically correct reporting that Todd Feinburg and I discussed with Massachusetts’ Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson on the recent “Radical Islam” edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast.

I watched the news on the investigation this evening, switching between Fox and CNN, and it would have been comical if 14 people hadn’t been killed earlier in the day. It is still, as I write, unclear what the police will conclude about the motive for the shootings.

CNN Improves Debate Rules; Fiorina the Big Winner


When facing a 17-person GOP field, cable networks had a debate dilemma: limit the number of participants or install bleachers. They chose the former, but their process is deeply flawed. Serious candidates like Perry and Jindal are shouting to an empty auditorium while vanity projects like Huckabee use the debate to hawk his book. (Buy Giblets, Gullets & Grifters, available now at your local Bass Pro Shop!)

We Have Met the Enemy and She Is Us, Does This Explain Marie Harf?


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While I was uploading some large files, I decided to try my hand at video editing by taking three clips of everyone’s favorite State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf, saying that, “we can’t kill our way out of this war,” with Islamic State. She also implies that jobs is the answer to radical Islamic barbarism, that they need a different path in life. She delivers basically the same propaganda (shades of Susan Rice) to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and MSNBC Joe Scarborough (who wanted to give her a mulligan on her previous comments but she declined).

I’ve included a bonus clip of Col. Ralph Peters, appearing on Fox News, who said that, “Marie Harf is Exhibit A for the comprehensive failure of the US educational system,” which is absolutely priceless taken in the context of her remarks over the last two days.

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The Party Of Government


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Only one thing can be said with confidence about the upcoming midterm elections: that semi-retired lawyers will retain a majority in both houses of Congress.

Disgust with federal incompetence is seeping into our bones and Americans are not taking it in stride.

Jay Carney, CNN, and the role of the “Fourth Estate”


This week we learned that Jay Carney is starting a new job at CNN.* “Of course he is,” quipped Glenn Reynolds. And of course he is.

Jay Carney spent the last six years as a paid, professional liar in the service of another professional liar. A snide, sneering jerk of a human being, constantly and consistently behaving like the smug weasel** we recognize from any number of 1980s high school movies. The nerds got their revenge by moving to Washington.

The Cruel Marketplace


The great thing about a marketplace is, it always tells you when you’re missing the mark.

Ricochet, for instance: we know we’re providing a useful and valuable service, but we also know we need to do better. Our customers — you — tell us that. When we launched the new site, memberships plummeted. When we got our act together, they picked up steam. We’re now growing about as fast as we were before the Great Migration.

If Piers Morgan Can’t Do It …


Somewhat overshadowed by the news that Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman next year, CNN President Jeff Zucker announced today that his network is giving up on the primetime talk show format (this is how completely snakebit Zucker is — he even gets outprogrammed when announcing business decisions).

The time slot formerly occupied by Larry King and then Piers Morgan will now belong to unscripted series helmed by the likes of Mike Rowe and John Walsh.

MSNBC, CNN in Race to the Bottom — Jon Gabriel


“MSNBC is in serious trouble.” That according to Dylan Byers, Politico’s left-leaning media reporter and regular critic of Fox News.

The Peacock Network’s crazy uncle in the attic has struggled to find a voice ever since Bush left office and Obama’s halo began to fade. Shockingly, MSNBC’s obsessions with racial insults, ritualistic Palin hate and New Jersey traffic reports have not translated to ratings or revenue.