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CNN's Jim Acosta: When Reporters Make A Mistake, 'Trump Wants To Weaponize It'

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:00

During a White House briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got very testy during an exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta, who then told CNN viewers that Trump's intentional attacks on the free press as fake news are inappropriate and very dangerous.

Host Brooke Baldwin asked him, "What was that like?"

Acosta replied, "Well, it's another day at the White House."

He continued, "I think what came up during this briefing was a pretty clear example of what the White House wants to do when it comes to the free press in this country. Every time there is a mistake, an honest mistake, it seems that this White House, this president wants to weaponize it and use it as a way to go after news outlets in this country."

This is in line with what was written in Axios this weekend.

Mike Allen reported on Trump's tactics against the media. "He just hammers something into submission, whatever it may be. ... With the media, he just wears it down, wears it down, then somebody slips and makes a mistake."

Maybe Trump will call that fake news also.

The Trump administration is good at picking apart those who they feel their rivals are and the free press is their #1 enemy. As it is in every banana republic.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump 'Should Immediately Resign'

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:49

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was direct. "President Trump should resign," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour today in response to a question about her remarks about holding Trump to the same standard as Harvey Weinstein.

"These allegations are credible. They are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony and many of them are heartbreaking," she said, before restating her belief that he should resign.

Gillibrand added, "Whether he will ever hold himself accountable is something you can't hold your breath for, so Congress should have hearings. They should do their investigation. They should have appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable."

And now you understand why there's such a right-wing freakout over "due process" for Al Franken, right?

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Sarah Sanders Barks At Jim Acosta: News Media 'Purposefully Misleading' Americans

Mon, 2017-12-11 15:16

Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to be visibly rattled and hostile during her propaganda press briefing today, and her anger boiled over when she was asked about the photo posted by Dave Weigel.

CNN's Jim Acosta pinned her down on it, to her deep chagrin.

The original question was this: "I wonder if you can explain the discrepancy to the incidents like this which he calls fake news and talks quite a bit about and his silence on actual disinformation campaigns like Russia, Iran during the 2016 election to deliberately spread falsehoods. Why his silence on that and does he recognize the difference between these two?"

Whenever Huckabee Sanders starts her answer with the word "Look," you can assume she is lying and that she is angry.

"Look, the president is simply calling out a very direct and false accusation lodged against him," she said. "There was nothing more than an individual trying to put their bias into their reporting and something that, frankly, has gotten a little bit out of control."

Just getting warmed up, she continued, "We've seen it time and time again over the last couple of weeks a number of outlets have had to retract and change and re-write and make editor's notes to a number of different stories and some of them with major impacts including moving markets. This is a big problem and we think it should be something taken seriously."

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Ex-GOP Governor Calls For Franken's Reinstatement After ‘Absence Of Anything Resembling Due Process’

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:25

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R) has called on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) not to resign his Senate seat over sexual harassment allegations until he can receive “due process” from the Ethics Committee.

The Star Tribune reported that Carlson’s remarks were made in a Sunday posting on his blog.

“Being a victim can be painful but the answer to an injustice cannot be to create another injustice,” Carlson writes. “I am deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process.”

The former governor points to reports that one of Franken’s accusers may have been “coached” by Roger Stone, a longtime ally to President Donald Trump.

Now reports are surfacing that Leeann Tweeden, Franken’s prime accuser, may have been coached by Roger Stone, a major Trump operator. Since there was no vetting, we only heard her story. But there has been no explanation as to why she attended a USO event in 2009 honoring Franken and was captured on tape joking around with him. This is three years after she claimed to be traumatized by Franken.

She continued in 2011 with a tweet containing a photo of her and Franken together.

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Chuck Grassley's 'Booze Women And Movies' Are No Match For Great Liberal Politics!

Mon, 2017-12-11 14:11

This had to be one of the weirder comments coming from a Republican not currently working in the Trump White House. Chuck Grassley, 83-year-old Senator from Iowa, defended his party getting rid of the Kardashian / Trump Children benefitting estate tax, saying:

“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”


It turns out Chuck Grassley, and this is true:

  • has never tasted beer.
  • has slept with only one woman in his entire life. (That's real nice for Mrs. Grassley, but it's not the way most people do it.)
  • And how about movies, Chuck? Only post-code family pictures?

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Speaking of movies, a lot of people pay monthly for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, and consider it worth it for access to the entertainment those services provide. (Not to mention cable!)

So what's it worth to you to have curated videos of the day's political news? Videos that won't go away just because Sinclair thinks they don't meet a conservative agenda?

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CNN Analyst Defends Roy Moore: He Won't Be Voting On Slavery

Mon, 2017-12-11 13:12

In a knockdown segment, Ed Martin, a CNN commentator and rabid Trump supporter defended Roy Moore's candidacy after he said America was better under slavery by claiming Jews still loved each other under Nazi occupation and Moore won't be voting on slavery.

The looks of disgust and outrage on the panel members painted a very clear picture.

CNN host Kate Bolduan sparred with Martin, who lied his way through this entire segment.

The CNN host read off just a few of Moore's outrageous statements on homosexuality, Islam and being an Obama birther.

To deflect, Martin claimed he didn't have the time to verify all of Moore's controversial remarks "I don't know when or how he said it and they are making it sound like it's the end of the case."

Bolduan interrupted, "No, no, no. Ed, Ed, Ed. This is like the third time just to me that you've said that, that you haven't heard the context and you don't know when it these were said. You've had the time to look at it, I can go through them right now if you want."

Of course Martin has the time to look at them, he's going on-air to address them and I'd bet he studied them intensely.

Martin acted like he was the host and said he didn't think we have the time, but he could answer each of them.

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Evangelical Women’s Group: Being Pro-Choice Is Worse Than Being A Pedophile

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:31

On Tuesday Alabama voters will face a tough decision - elect a twice removed Judge who has been accused of child molestation of children as young as 14 or elect a pro-choice, gun owning Democrat who successfully convicted KKK members who murdered children at a church.

Frank Luntz did a focus group last week where he met with a group of 9 Alabama voters and their verbal and intellectual gymnastics used to justify voting for Moore is truly disappointing:

This group of conservative Alabama voters say all 9 of Roy Moore's accusers have been paid to lie against him. #ALSen

— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) December 9, 2017

Today, NPR interviewed Penny Young Nance, the head of the evangelical group "Concerned Women for America" to discuss her organization's views on the Alabama election and what she said was pretty much what was expected: a pedophile is better than a democrat.

She made it clear that the only issue she cared about was abortion. Period.

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Committeewoman Joyce Simmons Quits RNC Over Financial Support For Roy Moore

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:14

Not all Republicans are sticking their head in the sand to support a suspected pedophile.

Joyce Simmons, a GOP member from Nebraska emailed the 168-member governing body Monday to tell them what disgusting pigs they are for deciding to throw their financial support to Judge Moore.

She didn't use those exact words, but you get her meaning.

BIG: RNC National Committeewoman Joyce Simmons (NE) quits 168-member GOP governing body over RNC support for Moore. Her email to RNC members:

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 11, 2017

My question is how will Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the White House throw her under the bus if they are asked to comment on her resignation?

I guess she doesn't buy into the despicable Federalist and their claims that in 1979, Alabamians were all lining up to have sex with fourteen-year-old girls to start up a big family -- as if it were the 1700's.

Liberal Redneck: 'Roy Moore Is An Unbelievable Bag Of Sh*t'

Mon, 2017-12-11 12:09

It's pretty hard to argue with anything said in this YouTube video. If the South wants to continue to perpetuate stereotypes it'll keep electing frauds and hypocrites like the child molester, Judge Roy Moore.

Source: Patheos

Trae Crowder, the Liberal Redneck, has a message for the decent people of Alabama: You don’t have to let the nasty stereotypes prevail on Tuesday because you’re not alone in your support of Doug Jones.

… He’s a judge who’s been kicked off the bench twice for refusing to do his job, he’s taken money from his own non-profit, he’s openly admitted that he thinks the last time America was great was before the Civil War, he thinks all legislation should be drafted by Jesus, and he presumably believes that the Devil invented dinosaurs and gay people.

This dude represents everything that’s wrong with the South.

Crowder ends with, "No matter what happens on Tuesday, the new South belongs to us. Fuck Roy Moore!"

NBC: Mueller Looking At 18 Days After Officials Were Told About Flynn

Mon, 2017-12-11 11:37

NBC News reports this morning that Bob Mueller's investigations seems focused on creating an accurate timeline of White House actions after they were informed of Flynn's vulnerability to blackmail by Russia:

The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn's firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, say two people familiar with Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

Multiple sources say that during interviews, Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses, including White House Counsel Don McGahn and others who have worked in the West Wing, to go through each day that Flynn remained as national security adviser and describe in detail what they knew was happening inside the White House as it related to Flynn.

According to several sources already interviewed by Mueller, it appears the goal is in part to determine if Trump or top officials tried to cover up the information about Flynn.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

WATCH: Trump's Accusers Speak Out On His Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:51

Via Brave New Films on Facebook:

LIVE Press Conference: Trump Accusers Speak Out – Demand Investigation. Women share firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by Donald Trump and demand an investigation by Congress.

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David Frum Chides CNN For Hiring 'In-House Trump Associates In Order To Promote Trump Falsehoods'

Mon, 2017-12-11 10:00

While discussing Trump's goal to discredit main stream journalism, David Frum explained that news outlets like CNN--who hired Trump surrogates on-air to appear to be balanced--made a big mistake because all they did was promote Trump's multitudes of falsehoods to its viewers.

CNN's Brian Stelter's discussed Trump's war on the media with journalist icon Carl Bernstein and conservative David Frum during today's broadcast of Reliable Sources.

As they debated the merits of journalism and the serial lying of the Trump administration, Bernstein discussed Mike Allen's article in Axios and explained how a few mistakes fuel Trump's barrage on the topic.

[Trump's] argument isn't broadly true: Most reporters work hard to be fair and accurate. And national outlets have risen to this historic era with unprecedented resources and consequential journalism.

As they continued to discuss the topic, Frum made a very important argument against hiring practices within the cable TV news industry. He thought the "both sides" argument was not valid either.

When he talked about the media, he rightfully excluded Fox News as a press organization that "have an interest in finding the truth."

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Morning Joe: Trump's Influence On The Line In Alabama Election

Mon, 2017-12-11 09:00

The Morning Joe crew didn't make predictions about tomorrow's special election in Alabama, writing Doug Jones off as a non-factor but talking about the possible effect of Sen. Richard Shelby in his non-endorsement.

"It's really all about Roy Moore, the entire race. I think it's a gamble. This guy could be his colleague in few weeks or months. It's rare you see that kind of attack when the odds are against you. That's why I thought it was brave," John Heilemann said.

"I think it's a strong statement by Shelby. He has just been reelected in 2016. He won with 65% of the vote. He consistently wins about 26% of the vote in that state. He's pretty politically secure in his position in Alabama. Not to in any way diminish the fact he's trying to make a strong statement. the only modified comment a little bit in terms of bravery.

"He's the kind of Republican who would speak to the kind of voters that Jones needs. Because the African American voters are not going to be enough. He can turn them out as we talked about earlier. Barack Obama turned out historic, record numbers of African Americans in 2008 and 2012, but he still got 38% of the vote in Alabama. You need a big black turnout for jones to win. But that's not going to be enough. It's going to be a bunch of white Republicans who are going to need to switch parties basically and vote for Jones, and Shelby's the kind of person who sends an important signal to them," Heilmann said.

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Want A Nice Piece Of Art For Christmas? Blue America 'Gung Ho!' Contest

Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

This is an especially crucial election cycle. I don't think there's ever been more at stake than now with this madman in the White House and a Congress filled with enablers and cheerleaders. We can't get Trump out of office next November... but we can and will put a check on him by defeating lots and lots of Republicans in Congress, starting with Paul Ryan and working our way down.

To that end, the wonderful Nancy Ohanian has donated one of her gorgeous signed prints, "Gung Ho," to Blue America to use for raising money for the candidates we've endorsed this year. She would like to see Congress flip from red to blue and so would we... and we know you would too.

So this is how this works. Just contribute any amount to any of our candidates on this page. One dollar; ten dollars, $1,000... it's up to you. Split it between all the candidates, give it to your favorite candidate or split it between 2 or 3 candidates... all up to you. (Just not more than $2,700 to any one candidate.)

Next week (Monday, December 17), we'll pick one name randomly and send that person the signed "Gung Ho" print by Nancy. Easy, right? 

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Open Thread - Toy Train Tricks Go Viral

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:30

How many hours did it take to make this under-two-minute video?

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With XTC

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:00

"Is this song about marijuana?" It's been a debate that a few of my friends have had for three decades now.

The topic came up again in a late night conversion over the weekend. I finally figured it was time to find out for sure so I tweeted out the question to a person who would know.

Thank you Mr. Partridge for settling it once and for all.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Peggy Noonan: Doug Jones May Be 'Too Liberal' For Alabama

Sun, 2017-12-10 22:00

Oh, Peggy.

Our little patron saint of the three bourbon lunch really is struggling with a way to tell Alabama voters to hold firm to the faith of the purity of Republicanism when faced with a "flawed" candidate like Judge Roy Moore. She can't come out and tell them to support a child molester, but she can tilt her head in that oh-so-concerned way and purse her lips and suggest that maybe Doug Jones is just too liberal for Alabama.

"Be true to your own political principles, but have some faith and don't make decisions that are not ones that you're really comfortable with. I just think that's the way to go on this. I believe though, guys, in fairness, I don't think it's all shirts and skins, team red and team blue in Alabama. There are, for all Moore's eccentricities, we could, I'm sure, agree on that. For all his eccentricities, he represents a more conservative way of thinking about essential issues, including social issues such as abortion, which we've gotten into so much when we get to this. Jones is progressive for the state of Alabama and there will be people who try to make serious decisions based on that. I agree with you that they still have to make a decision that is the right long-term one."

It's that abortion thing, you know. Letting women decide about their bodies is just a bridge too far. But let's look at those "eccentricities" that Peggy waved aside. They aren't exactly things that scream "Republicanism is great!":

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sun, 2017-12-10 20:39

Happy Monday! Here's the round up to start the week.


Bungou Stray Dork: In fighting for net neutrality, focus on tactics that will actually work.

Politics Plus: The attack on DACA undermines US intelligence-gathering.

The Carpentariat: Don't over-interpret the Alabama Senate race.

Booman Tribune: Mueller has the Trumplings in the White house feeling pretty jumpy -- and that in itself is revealing.

Bonus link: If Jesus appears on toast, what appears on ">a meat sandwich?

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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Alabama Republican Senator Says He Couldn't Vote For Roy Moore

Sun, 2017-12-10 15:00

Let's hope there are more Republicans from Alabama than the polls are showing who are going to follow Richard Shelby's lead. It seems voting for an accused child molester was more than the Senator could stomach:

Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn't vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election.

The Alabama Republican said he's already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate.

"I'd rather see the Republican win, but I'd rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn't vote for Roy Moore. I didn't vote for Roy Moore," Shelby told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. In some cases, the women who have come forward about the relationships have alleged sexual abuse or assault. Moore has denied all the allegations.

Shelby said in November that he would probably write-in a candidate instead of casting a vote for Moore.

The Alabama senator said he has no reason not to believe the women who have come forward, adding that where there's "a lot of smoke, there's got to be some fire somewhere."

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'Thirty People Backed Up Those Eight Women': ABC's Martha Raddatz Calls Out Roy Moore Spokesperson

Sun, 2017-12-10 14:00

ABC's Martha Raddatz called out Roy Moore campaign strategist Dean Young on Sunday after he casually called women liars for accusing the GOP candidate of sexual misconduct.

During an interview on ABC's This Week, host Martha Raddatz discounted Young's defense of Moore, noting that "the behavior he's accused of would most likely not be in front of you or anyone else."

"Their stories are falling apart," Young said of the women who have accused Moore. "[Accuser Beverly Young Nelson] told you one thing weeks ago and now -- two days ago -- she's coming out with attorney Gloria Allred's circus and saying, 'Well you know, Judge Moore didn't write all this [in her yearbook].'"

Raddatz quickly corrected the Moore surrogate: "You are talking about Beverly Young Nelson who alleges Moore groped her and bruised her next in the late 1970s when she was 16 years old. And as evidence of knowing him, she has been showing an inscription Moore made in her high school yearbook before the alleged assault."

Nelson later explained that she had made notes under Moore's yearbook inscription, causing conservatives to label her as a liar.

"Does that mean the rest of it is a forgery?" Raddatz asked Young.

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