The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: ‘A Pap Smear Campaign’

Larry Wilmore looked at the political fight over Planned Parenthood: “Another failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood by the right? This is the eighth vote to defund them in eight years — two more, and they get a free breast exam taken away from a low-income woman!”

Larry also lambasted the willful lack of nuance, context, or facts in the anti-Planned Parenthood campaign — such as refusing to discuss the key information on medical research — and he coined a new phrase for what’s going on: “That’s why I’m calling this Planned Parenthood attack for exactly what it is — it’s a Pap smear campaign. It is, I’m sorry, but it is, that’s exactly what it is. And in a Pap smear campaign, people don’t care about facts. So these attacks don’t seem to be revealing any illegal activity. Instead, they’re shaming women, their health practitioners, and doctors.”

Larry also teamed up with the rest of The Nightly Show crew — Holly Walker, Robin Thede, and even Mike Yard — to show the makeshift substitutes procedures that women will need if their health services all get defunded.

Over at The Daily Show, Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams looked back at the crazy people the show has interviewed over the years, who seem so amazingly willing to say outrageous stuff. “They are real, and they do know who we are,” Jessica explained, “and they don’t care, because we bring a camera with us.” And after working on an update segment, Jessica even found that they’re still happy to keep on talking.

Conan O’Brien was looking forward to Thursday night’s Republican debate: “Just like Celebrity Apprentice, you’ll see Donald Trump on TV yelling at people you barely recognize.”

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots band all got specially heckled — by the legendary Don Rickles.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mike Lindell

Ronna McDaniel secured a fourth term as chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Friday with roughly two-thirds of the votes cast, leaving her challengers in the dust, including millionaire conspiracy-monger Mike Lindell, who had projected a winner’s confidence on the campaign trail.

Keep reading...Show less

Charles McGonigal

Youtube Screenshot

The arrest of Charles McGonigal, chief of the FBI counterintelligence division in New York from October 2016 until his retirement in 2018, reopens festering questions about the troubled election that put Donald Trump in the White House. Among the crimes charged against McGonigal in two lengthy federal indictments is a secret financial relationship with Oleg Deripaska — a Russian oligarch close to dictator Vladimir Putin and associated with Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, himself convicted of crimes and pardoned.

During his FBI career, McGonigal oversaw investigations of Deripaska and other oligarchs suspected of various crimes, including espionage. Now the exposure of his illegal connection with Deripaska may provide fresh insights into Trump's tainted victory.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}