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Monday, June 18, 2018

Does Hillary Owe Us An Apology? Or Does The Media Owe Her One?

Way back in April, 1994 Hillary Rodham Clinton held a press conference concerning Whitewater, the granddaddy of all phony Clinton scandals. Pressed about whether she and her husband should have known that their Ozarks real estate partnership was doing badly and paid off its loans, she responded flippantly. “Shoulda, coulda, woulda,” she said. “We didn’t.” […]

August 29, 2017
Seth Meyers on chaos

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Surveys Trump Chaos, From Capitol Hill To Mar A Lago

Taking “a closer look” at the House Intelligence Committee hearing, Meyers is bemused by the behavior of the House Republicans, who were keen to discuss anything but the bombshell FBI director Comey laid before them.

So committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) asked whether the Russians had somehow changed vote tallies in specific states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, or Ohio — an allegation that nobody has ever made.

March 22, 2017
Trump, Benghazi, Yemen Raid

Fox Gave Benghazi 10 Times More Coverage Than Trump’s Botched Yemen Raid

Based on the Benghazi precedent, it is very clear that if a similar set of facts had emerged during a Democratic presidency, Fox’s coverage would have been apocalyptic. Instead, the network’s commentators have sought to carry water for the president.

March 5, 2017
Donald Trump

White Grievance And The Coming Storm

For more than a year Trump’s “truthful hyperboles” and barbaric campaign persona have played to the fantasists on the right and on the left. Either we have elected an opportunistic, conservative businessman who is only just beginning to understand the constraints on his office, or we are standing on the doorstep of the apocalypse.

November 21, 2016
Revenge of the forgotten class - working class voters

Revenge Of The Forgotten Class

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.

November 11, 2016
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Conservative Press Wallows In Latest Clinton Conspiracy

Watching Trump’s ugliness projected onto a big screen, conservatives recoil. But they’re really just watching a self-portrait.

October 21, 2016
Chris Wallace moderates third and final debate

Debate: Will Fox News’ Chris Wallace Let Trump Off Easy?

Given the constraints Wallace has placed on himself — and his network’s history of conservative misinformation — here’s what to expect at final the debate.

October 19, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, U.S. July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The Media’s Crusade Of Scandals Against Hillary Clinton

Anyone who’s followed Hillary Clinton’s political career has seen this happen time and again. Ballyhooed charges of wrongdoing and/or perjury that collapse in the light of evidence, only to have newly imagined allegations follow almost at once.

July 27, 2016
Patricia Smith speaks at the Republican National Convention.

The Republican Convention Is Weaponizing Grief

Patricia Smith was one of a staggering six total parents who appeared onstage to link the Democratic nominee and Democratic policies with the deaths of their sons, the rest of whom were killed in incidents on the U.S.-Mexico border or involving undocumented immigrants.

July 20, 2016
NRA national cemetery ad

Veterans’ Groups Call Out The NRA: ‘Don’t Use Our Dead To Score Political Points’

Veterans’ groups are criticizing the National Rifle Association for releasing a pro-Donald Trump ad that was apparently filmed at a national cemetery in violation of government policy, calling for the ad to be taken down and accusing the gun group of “using our dead to score political points.”

July 4, 2016

Farewell To Fox News’ Benghazi Hoax

With the House Select Committee on Benghazi finally releasing its findings, and the report representing the eighth and (likely) final government investigation into the deadly event, the Benghazi hoax, as sponsored by Fox News for four years, finally comes to an impotent and ignominious end.

June 29, 2016

Cartoon: The Gowdy Committee Still Searching In Benghazi

Surely, they’ll find something soon.

May 17, 2016
Wayne Simmons on Fox News

Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media’s Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”

April 30, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Trump Makes Strange Bedfellows Of Hillary Clinton And Megyn Kelly

Clinton denounced Trump’s “attitude about — and what he has said about — so many women; the way he treated Megyn Kelly, who is a superb journalist.”

April 6, 2016
Hillary emails Jeff Danziger

Cartoon: Hillary’s Emails

“I’ve changed my mind…”

February 3, 2016

Movie Review: ‘13 Hours’ Is A Lot Of Blood And Guts, But Little Politics

There’s no kill like overkill. If sheer film combat bloodshed were an antiwar commentary, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi would win the Nobel Peace Prize.

January 15, 2016

Ambassador Is A Dangerous Job

Many worry that the political circus around Benghazi will deter American officials from taking risks in the name of diplomacy. That would deny America its first line of defense. The best way to honor Stevens would be as a patriot-diplomat who accepted risk in service to his country.

January 14, 2016

Benghazi Panel Continues Interviews, Surpasses Length Of 9/11 Inquiry

The committee investigating the fatal attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will interview several high-profile Obama administration officials this week, including former CIA Director David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

January 7, 2016

How Fox News Plans To Use Michael Bay’s Benghazi Film To Sink Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Run

Spoiler alert: It involves lying. Treating a Michael Bay film as if it’s a documentary with bearing on Hillary Clinton’s service as secretary of state doesn’t make a lot of sense. But that’s exactly what Kelly did.

January 6, 2016

Only Softballs? Transcript Shows Trump Lied About Democratic Debate

Not only did CNN’s Anderson Cooper pose several tough questions to Clinton, from the very beginning of the debate, but he seized every chance to pillory Hillary in framing questions he put to the other candidates. (And he did ask her — and the others — about the damned emails.)

November 3, 2015

Waiting For The Media’s Benghazi Mea Culpa: The Press Sponsored The GOP Charade For Years

For years, Republicans often found willing partners in the Beltway press who were also eager to overplay Benghazi and play it as a blockbuster scandal. The press cannot, and should not, simply whitewash the very important role it played.

October 27, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Jeb’s Kryptonite Is Questions’

But the even more crucial question, as Seth discovered: Does Jeb even want to be president, or is he simply running due to family pressure?

October 27, 2015

House Democrats Will Stay On Benghazi Committee

But, they say: “Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”

October 23, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Binge-Ghazi’

Trevor Noah highlighted the House GOP’s never-ending quest to launch investigation after investigation to bring down Hillary Clinton.

October 23, 2015

A Clinton Trial Under House Fire Again

We’ve seen this movie before. First it was one Clinton. Now it’s another. Just the names are changed. Remember the matter of President Clinton’s impeachment in 1999? Seems like yesterday.

October 23, 2015