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Endorse This: Trump’s Boorish Behavior ‘Comes With The Dinner’: ‘Morning Joe’

The cast of Morning Joe Monday made the ultimate case for why journalism and discussion about the process of running for office — i.e., “process pieces” — is useless at best, and harmful at worst.

Joe Scarborough, Mark Halperin, Mike Barnicle, and Mika Brzezinski took turns analyzing a Sunday New York Times piece called “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private,” which summarized early on its findings from dozens of interviews with women who had worked for, been social with, or dated Trump:

Their accounts … reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections. The interactions occurred in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them.

But in discussing the article, Morning Joe fell back on cable TV punditry’s most reliable hedge: talking about how the article would affect the process of the election — and how it fit Donald’s “anti-PC” character — instead of talking about what it actually said about Trump.

“I will comment on this in the spirit of Reince Priebus,” Mark Halperin said, shedding any pretense and simply parroting GOP talking points. “If that’s the best they got on these issues and Donald Trump, Donald Trump should be celebrating that story.”

Instead of talking about the consequences that Trump’s misogyny could have in office — 18 of the world’s heads of state are women, and many hundreds more are elected members of national and international democratic bodies — it’s easier to talk about the imaginary opinions of future voters who, coincidentally, always seem to walk lock step with pundits’ imagined opinions of them — until they don’t.

Photo and video: MSNBC, Media Matters for America

Late Night Roundup: Sympathy For…Ted Cruz!

Larry Wilmore looked at the recent controversial interview of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) by Mark Halperin, in which Halperin kept asking Cruz about his Cuban heritage. Larry felt nauseous at what he was seeing — that somebody managed to almost make him feel sorry for Ted Cruz.

The Daily Show highlighted President Obama’s complex and nuanced discussion of poverty during a forum at Georgetown University — and the predictable reactions from Fox News.

Seth Meyers gave a blistering take on Jeb Bush’s continuing trouble with the simple questions he’s gotten asked about the Iraq War.

James Corden delivered another performance piece, for this season of college graduations: “Commencement Speech for Non-Graduating Seniors.”

Endorse This: The ‘Body Man’ Test

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Reggie Love, the former body man for President Obama, was put through a special obstacle course during a TV appearance promoting his new book: Protecting “Senator John Heilemann” from such campaign trail disruptions as a crazy Ron Paul fan, a pesky reporter at the public rope line, and a football getting thrown from out of nowhere.

Click above to watch Love weather the gauntlet — then share this video!

Video via With All Due Respect/Bloomberg Politics.

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Top Beltway Pundit Suspended For Calling President A “Dick”

Mark Halperin, editor-at-large of Time and keeper of what is perhaps the most insidery blog on politics and D.C. in existence, also contributes to MSNBC, but was suspended this morning for jokingly characterizing the president as having been “kind of a dick” at his press conference yesterday (watch the video below):

Attempts to delay/censor the remarks failed, and Halperin’s former Time colleague, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, didn’t hold back, reportedly calling the network to complain about the “inappropriate” remarks.

The irony here is great. Halperin regularly handicaps debate performances and grades candidates on speeches, the language they use, and their public image. If one were writing a “report card” for Halperin’s “Morning Joe” performance, he’d earn between a D and an F.