Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:00:01 +0000
On a new MSNBC Show called The Point, Ari Melber welcomed Contributing editor at the Atlantic and CEO of Ish Entertainment, Michael Hirschorn, to discuss Trump from a fascinating angle: as a reality show star and how this affects his ability (or inability) to serve as President.
A famous quote of Hirschorn is particulary prescient right now:
"There is a psychosis common to many reality stars, where they lose a grasp on the distinction between "reality" and reality."
Is this Trump's problem? Or, better phrase, is this ONE of Trump's many, many problems?
When they applied this litmus test to Trump's first month in office:
Hirschorn: There is an almost precise match between how Trump has governed and Trump as a host of the Apprentice. People may not remember this, but before Trump was the host of the Apprentice, he was a little bit of a hasbeen, he was a bit of a punch line, he was a bit of a joke
Melber: How DARE you
Hirschorn: Well, I am sure in two months that may be a very hard thing to say. His brand from the 80's was a deal guy. He was the guy who could kind of schmooze you and make it happen. He understood how to find the middle ground. When the Apprentice came on, he was kind of rebranded as The Guy Who Will Fire You. He is The Boss. He is The Father Figure.
(excuse me while I go vomit at that last sentence)
(ok, I am back)
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:01 +0000
The professional sex scolds at One Million Moms (actually lonely Monica Cole and her overheated fax machine in the supply closet at the American Family Association World HQ) have penned their review of The Mick (Spoiler alert): Disgusting Prime Time Television Show Has Children Playing Into the Hands of Jezebel
I get the feeling I might like this show. Tell me more, Monica!
The Mick centers on Mackenzie “Mickey” Murphy, an irresponsible, foul-mouthed, alcoholic, pill-head who is forced into raising her rich sister’s intolerable kids after the sister flees the country to avoid a federal indictment.
The sister, by any chance, is she named ‘Ivanka’? Asking for a friend.
In Tuesday’s episode, “The Mess,” 13-year-old Chip and his friend Andrew are asked to go somewhere more private with an older girl during the “white trash high school party.” The young boys end up naked in a bathtub together as they wait for the girl to get them all drinks.
Been there, done that.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:41:45 +0000
Former awful president George W. Bush, of all people, basically took Trump's presidency apart on The Today Show. Bush did say it's only been a month, and to give him a chance, but every other statement he made seemed to renounce Trump's approach as contrary to the long-term interests of the United States.
In a wide-ranging interview that shied away from directly criticizing the current commander in chief, former President George W. Bush said it's critical for the media to hold accountable “people who abuse their power." He also said he favored an immigration policy that was more "welcoming.
Matt Lauer asked Bush if he ever considered the media to be "the enemy of the American people."
"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account," Bush told TODAY in an exclusive interview. "Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power."
Bush was asked about the media's role in light of President Donald Trump's recent characterization of the media as "enemies of America." He noted he spent a lot of time during his two terms trying to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to embrace an independent press.
"It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves," he said.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:01 +0000
Sean Spicer is now confiscating staffers' phones in a desperate attempt to pretend to appear that this administration can do anything about preventing leaks. Even news of this ham-handed attempt was leaked, which probably just shows how much contempt is out there already.
I'd say this was embarrassing, but then again, everything about this administration has and continues to be a national and international embarrassment.
The White House has had it up to here with leaks. Trump's administration is so fed up with the amount of information being released — unsanctioned — to the media that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has allegedly begun conducting surprise phone checks on his staffers, though he has declined to comment on the claim. In an ironic, but not altogether surprising twist, Spicer's most recent attempt to crackdown on leaks was, well, leaked.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:01 +0000
The Hunting of the Snark: Ross Douthat's fractured fairy tales about Trump.
You Might Notice a Trend: Killing the gerrymander with math.
By Ken Levine: Writing the Oscars.
Dennis Hartley provides a list of 10 movies about the movies.
Did you miss some of the Oscar-nominated films? Catch up with Lance Mannion's reviews of Jackie and other movies.
This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:01 +0000
Saturday night voters decided to make Delaware the first state to turn a local special election into a referendum on Trump and his incompetent and extremist regime. Democrats won back the majority in the Delaware state Senate by convincingly winning a suburban district in New Castle County. Democrat Stephanie Hansen beat Trump fanatic John Marino by a much wider margin than anyone expected– or that history predicted. Note: Marino’s campaign slogan was “Make Delaware First Again."
Hillary had won the district 54% to 41% and the last time Marino ran for the state Senate seat there he nearly won-- 51-49%. But with both sides focusing on Trump, Hansen benefited from a turn out over double what is normal for a special election. She built on Hillary's win and annihilated Marino 7,314 (58.13%) to 5,127 (40.75%).
There are special elections coming up in Los Angeles, Georgia, Kansas, Montana and South Carolina. In L.A., proven progressive state legislator Jimmy Gomez is running in a wide open primary with 23 candidates, many of whom are decent enough but none of whom have the experience to craft and pass cutting edge progressive legislation like he has. And two of the best-financed of the 23 are shills for the Charter School billionaires. In deep blue districts like CA-34, Republicans aren't a factor-- Charter School shills are the stand in for the GOP.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:31:00 +0000
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi announced he would not attend tonight's Academy Awards because of Trump's travel ban, but won Best Foreign Language Film for "The Salesman."
"I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country, and those of [the] other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fear – a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.
"Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others, an empathy which we need today more than ever."
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:00:01 +0000
Andy Samberg saved a lot of time at the Independent Spirit Awards by honoring those who are still alive?
— IFC (@IFC) February 25, 2017
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:56:00 +0000
Of all the people to make excuses for political malfeasance, it would have to be this one. Gov. Chris Christie told CNN that a special prosecutor isn't necessary to investigate Russian ties to Trump and said Reince Priebus should be forgiven for badgering the FBI over their Russian investigation.
Since the White House refused to supply Tapper's show with a surrogate to comment -- Gov. Christie became that surrogate. Call it an audition, since Kellyanne's television appearances have been curtailed.
Remember when Gov. Christie was calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the Clinton Foundation?
I forgot, only Democrats are required to have special prosecutors. My bad.
Gov. Christie is lucky he wasn't indicted as well in the Bridgegate scandal that saw his top aides go down because of illegally closing down lanes of the Washington Bridge for political payback.