Tag: Matt Lauer

There’s no magazine for the Memorial Day weekend but the guys from Mag Men are still around. In this episode, the group discusses the sometimes absurd and makes-no-sense reopenings and how its confusing. There’s also the criticism of keeping parks, tennis courts, soccer fields and hiking trails closed.

Also up for discussion is Ben Smith’s piece in the New York Times about Ronan Farrow and how resistance journalism gets a pass when the writers are misleading or get something wrong.

It’s all crazy martinis today! Join Jim and Greg as they respond to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski begging Twitter to start censoring Trump’s tweets.  They also have little use for Matt Lauer re-emerging and portraying himself as a victim. And they unload on the bizarre coverage of Joe Biden’s options for a running mate, drooling over the thoroughly unqualifed Stacey Abrams while doing no work to research far more viable options.

Victor Davis Hanson looks at the cultural factors that helped fuel — and conceal — widespread misconduct by powerful men in Hollywood and Washington.

Bill shares his thoughts on the latest sexual assault revelations regarding Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. He also weighs in on the chances the GOP can get tax reform passed. Then Bill interviews Gordon Chang about North Korea’s new and most dangerous missile test to date. Next, Bill talks with Seth Leibsohn about his candidacy for Congress in Arizona. After, Bill discusses “fake news” and the state of journalism today with Martha MacCallum. Finally, Steve Wynn explains why Pres. Trump’s speech in South Korea was so important and why he thinks Kim Jong-un’s belligerent actions will ultimately lead to the downfall of his regime.

Rusty Humphries: Bad Boys Get Spanked


Rusty HumphriesRusty Humphries returns to Whiskey Politics to discuss news personalities, politicians, and power brokers being outed as molesters, gropers, and general pervs. We also touch on Facebook filtering conservative posts, Net Neutrality, holiday movies worth seeing, Matt Lauer, Mel Gibson, Roy Moore, and why Rusty thinks Al Franken has a legitimate shot running for president in 2020 (seriously).

Is Feminism the Answer to Sexual Harassment?


So, the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie Home wrecker? Next, you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never mind about that last one, he never even seemed nice.

One popular response to the daily casualty toll of harassers is to suggest that we should all embrace the feminist explanation of male/female relations. That boils down to “believe all women” because women don’t lie about these things. It’s hard to imagine a flimsier philosophy. As the New York Times’s Bari Weiss observed, this fetishizes women as “Truth personified,” which cannot withstand a second’s scrutiny. Of course, women lie about these things. The Duke lacrosse team was falsely accused of rape, as was a University of Virginia fraternity. Remember the Scottsboro Boys? And a woman working for the ironically named Project Veritas attempted to sting the Washington Post by spinning a false tale about Roy Moore (in hopes of discrediting the Post and Moore’s truthful accusers).

Women are often victims, but they are not angels. Yes, powerful men abuse their positions to get sex. But any serious reckoning with sexual misbehavior has to take account of the women who use their sexuality to gain advantage too. Just as everyone knows men who’ve harassed, they also know women who’ve slept their way to the top.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are generally encouraged by reports suggesting CIA Director Mike Pompeo may soon replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and Sen. Tom Cotton would be tapped to lead the CIA.  They also discuss the latest lurid allegations against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and longtime “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor.  And they react to the reporting on Matt Lauer’s misbehavior, including the nugget that he had a special button under his desk that would lock his door.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are very cautiously optimistic about tax reform getting done after the Senate Budget Committee approved the Senate bill and several of the likely holdouts now seem ready to pass it.  They’re also concerned following the latest North Korean missile test, which seems to indicate the communist regime could hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-armed ICBM.  And they react to NBC firing longtime “Today” host Matt Lauer over sexually inappropriate actions.

It’s Not Flight 93 and Trump Cannot Save America


-1My old friends Dennis Prager, Bill Bennett, and Rush Limbaugh, among many others, seem to have made a transition. It’s not enough to vote for Trump. No, even reluctant supporters must now talk themselves into believing that conservative “principles” require a vote for Trump. Like John C. Calhoun, who discovered that slavery was not only not immoral, it was a “positive good,” some Republicans are urging that a vote for Trump is a moral imperative. To oppose him is, in Bennett’s words, “moral superiority.” Rush Limbaugh, who travels in a private plane, condemns anti-Trump intellectuals at tiny, poorly funded think tanks for “wanting their checks.”

To justify support for an emotionally stunted, aspiring authoritarian, Prager, et al., argue that the country “cannot survive” four years of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Limbaugh warns that this is a “Flight 93” election – meaning we either storm the cockpit and risk death, or surely die.

Bad analogy. The passengers on Flight 93 were pretty sure they were going to die. The only question was whether to go down fighting and possibly disrupt the terrorists’ plans, or to die passively. Those passengers ought to remind us that much remains right with America, because the voices crying doom are particularly piercing just now.

NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum Put Clinton, Trump on the Firing Line


CinC ForumWednesday night, NBC News held their Commander-in-Chief Forum, a chance for voters to spend an hour assessing the capabilities of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Focused on the most important facet of the presidency, our nation’s defense, it was hard not to feel queasy by the end of it. I’m sure I wasn’t the only viewer muttering, “In 135 days, one of these people is going to be the President of the United States.” (Full disclosure: I might not have used the word “people.”)

Matt Lauer first welcomed Hillary Clinton for her 30-minute shift in front of the small audience of veterans aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. If there was any question if Lauer — a Clinton Foundation “Notable Member” — would take it easy on the Democrat, it was answered with a resounding “no.”

Lauer laid into the former Secretary of State about her use of personal e-mail and a server to discuss obviously classified issues, even when she was overseas. “Why wasn’t it disqualifying,” he asked, “if you want to be commander-in-chief?” Predictably Clinton hedged on the issue, noting her vast experience in handling classified material yet insisting that “none of the e-mails sent or received by me” bore a classified header. Left unmentioned was the fact that the FBI refutes this claim.