MSNBC Anchor Makes Staggeringly Dumb Argument

I've caught Stephanie Ruhle's show a few times and enjoyed it, but she made an argument this week that was so monumentally stupid that it leaves one incredulous. So stupid that she apparently realized later just how absurd it was and answered her own question on another show. … [Read more...]

Spicer: Trump’s Tweets are Official White House Statements

Only 24 hours after Baghdad Kellyanne Conway scolded the media for paying attention to Trump's tweets, Sean Spicer told the reporters at the daily White House briefing that his tweets are actually official statements from the president. … [Read more...]

Right Wing Defends Gianforte’s Violent Assault on Reporter

After decades of bashing the media as part of their core political strategy, the right wing can't even bring itself to condemn an unprovoked violent assault on a reporter. A menagerie of right wing media outlets leaped to the defense of Greg Gianforte's criminal behavior. Like this panel on Fox News: … [Read more...]

Let’s See Tucker Carlson Being a Hypocrite

The Shorenstein Center at Harvard did a study of media coverage of the 2016 election and found that both Trump and Clinton got extremely negative coverage. Tucker Carlson, who thinks only Trump got negative coverage, said the report was done by "political hacks posing as journalists." … [Read more...]

Dear Anderson Cooper: Stop Hosting Jeffrey Lord

Anderson Cooper had professional Trump fellater Jeffrey Lord on his show, as he so often does, and criticized him for always reflexively defending Trump no matter what. "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it," Cooper said. And he's right. … [Read more...]

Bannon, Stone Helped Fox News Undermine Accusers

Politico Magazine has a long report about the various sexual harassment scandals at Fox News that says Trump BFFs Steve Bannon and Roger Stone helped Roger Ailes and Fox News investigate and smear those whose accusations could damage the network, including Ailes himself. … [Read more...]

Bill Shine Out at Fox News Too

First Roger Ailes went down, then Bill O'Reilly, and now Fox News co-president Bill Shine has resigned after allegations that he helped cover up the epidemic of sexual harassment at the network. Which means he was almost certainly forced out. … [Read more...]

Fox News 2: Electric Boogaloo

In the wake of the firing of Bill O'Reilly and a perceived shift to the left by Fox News, some conservative bigwigs are in the process of trying to launch a new cable network that would be Fox News 2.0, presumably with a third less rationality and double the hysterical overreactions. … [Read more...]

Tantaros Accuses Fox of Tapping Her Phone

Things may have just gotten worse for Fox News. Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host who was already suing the network for sexual harassment has now added a second suit, this time alleging that the network tapped her cell phone to leak dirt on her after she made the harassment allegations. … [Read more...]

WSJ: Fox News Dropping O’Reilly

[Update]: This was obviously written and scheduled to go up before the announcement from Fox that O'Reilly is indeed being let go.] The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by the Murdochs, the same people who own Fox News, is reporting that Fox is "preparing to cut ties" with Bill O'Reilly over more than a decade's worth of sexual harassment claims for which they've paid out millions in settlements. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly Announces a Sudden ‘Vacation’

Bill O'Reilly suddenly announced that he was taking a vacation announced Tuesday night on the air that he was taking a vacation, but the well-connected Gabriel Sherman says his sources at Fox are telling him this may be the last time he's seen on the air at the network. … [Read more...]

How Trump Turned the White House Press Corps Into a Joke

The White House press corps has always been an obsequious bunch, more lapdogs than attack dogs. But under Trump and Sean Spicer, even what little tough questioning they ever did is viewed as too much. Rick Perlstein chronicles the circus freak show they've created in the press briefing room. … [Read more...]