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When a Witch Hunt Finds Real Witches – POLITICO

So, the fake news is not fake after all. And the liars, well, they seem to be in the Trump camp. And the connections with Russians, well, coulda happened.

From Politico –

As it turns out, there is a good reason for the witch hunt President Donald Trump keeps complaining about. Witches exist, and a handful of them convened a coven on the 25th floor of the Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, on the pretext of casting a hex on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Source: When a Witch Hunt Finds Real Witches – POLITICO Magazine

Morning Joe says he influenced Congress in the Ethics Bill fight.

The man moves mountains

Joe Scarborough has moved a lot of bowels in his time, as he drolls on, mostly about himself, in the wee hours of the morning. But recently, he  suggested that MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ influenced the actions of Congress to kill the bill to gut the Ethics Committee. We say ‘hmmmm’.

But not that far

With his dismal ratings, it would be a stretch to believe that the telephones in Congress were lit up by the actions of this talking head. But Joe is known for liking the sound of his own voice more than any voice he has ever heard. It makes sense for him to believe that his maudlin little show is altering the course of the nation.

The power of the talking press

Perhaps Joe Scarborough could influence his fellow Republicans to avoid doing stupid stuff, like attacking programs that actually do some good for Americans. And of course, continue to move the bowels of his viewers, a little at a time.

Please look at me!

MSNBC is struggling to redefine itself in the aftermath of the Trump election, and even before that. They are tacking to the right, adding conservative hosts, and looking to draw ratings by promoting the noise of loud, self-absorbed people. Good luck with that.

FoxLite

Becoming FoxLite is not going to sway viewers to the network. It might even lose them some. The Morning Joe brand has even been extended to Way Too Early, which now has Morning Joe on top of the name. Way Too Early has been lackluster for years, and nothing they try seems to prop it up.

 

 

Two Journalists Have Been Killed in an Attack on an Afghan Army Convoy — TIME

A U.S. photojournalist for National Public Radio (NPR) and an Afghan journalist were killed Sunday on assignment in southern Afghanistan. A statement said David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were part of an NPR crew traveling with an Afghan army unit near to Marjah, Helmand province, when their convoy came under fire. “Their vehicle was struck…

via Two Journalists Have Been Killed in an Attack on an Afghan Army Convoy — TIME

Megyn Kelly Hits Back at Jokes About Handling Donald Trump ‘Gender Attacks’ — TIME

Megyn Kelly fired back on Thursday at comedian Trevor Noah, after he mocked her prime-time interview with presidential candidate Donald Trump during Wednesday’s episode of The Daily Show. “So grateful I have men like (Noah) 2 advise on how to deal w/gender attacks- I’m sure his life experience far better than mine on this!” Kelly…

via Megyn Kelly Hits Back at Jokes About Handling Donald Trump ‘Gender Attacks’ — TIME

Can Virtual Reality Save Journalism? — Fortune

We’re in the midst of another “journalism is screwed” news cycle, spurred by layoffs and missed revenue targets at a number of promising digital media outfits. This weekend, articles about grueling traffic demands and high turnover at Business Insider only fueled the hand-wringing. The message: The media industry’s existing business models aren’t working, and the…

via Can Virtual Reality Save Journalism? — Fortune

President Obama drops the mic after roasting Trump, GOP, and the media — theGrio

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can’t wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy. “Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe,” Obama cracked at the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night. “That was a slap in…

via President Obama drops the mic after roasting Trump, GOP, and the media — theGrio

Morning Joke

Joe Scarborough uttered an unbelievable statement of ignorance this morning on Morning Joke, the MSNBC show that everyone loves to hate; Joe asked where the United Nations were in times like these.

Well Joe, about the time you were a representative from the great state of Florida, conservatives started belly-aching about how the UN was trying to be come a one-world order, how they wanted to take over our military, and how they were mostly a bunch of commies because they would not agree with every ridiculous position we took. So, those same idiots refused to pay dues to keep the UN running. And they started talking about how the US would act unilaterally. You see, at the time we put boots on the ground in places like Grenada, and won spectacular victories against opponents that might as well have been in the stone age. We were feeling like big dogs. The porch was ours.

Not so anymore, with a corrupt military that costs too much, debt we cannot get rid of, and an economy that is adjusting to the new world order we refused to acknowledge was coming our way. What better time to start bitching about the UN that we so clearly gutted when we were on top. What absolute hypocrisy. A republican bitching about the UN they strangled. It is almost as bad as calling France our ‘first ally’ after demanding freedom fries. The world should fear us; we are acting nuts.

Joe and Mika contemplate whirled peas. From Vanity Fair.

Morning Joe is one of the most-watched shows on MSNBC, and that ain’t saying much. Ratings have been tanking for years, and Morning Joke, as we refer to it, has become more vapid and meaningless, as Joe Scarborough issues long and monotonous statements designed to provoke controversy, and get the network out of a dismal third place. In an attempt to stave off a catastrophe, the network ran to the center, hoping to become the one thing that no one wants; straight news. Results have been modest. The network is mired in third. Joe Scarborough is doing his part though, attacking the President, attacking the candidates, attacking anyone to get some traction on a network going nowhere.

The UN is dead, Joe. You and your friends killed it.