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How Donald Trump Set Off a Civil War Within the Right-Wing Media



“For 20 years I’ve been saying how it’s not true that talk radio is all about ratings and we don’t believe what we say,” he went on. “Then you watch how the media types rolled over for him. Obviously Donald Trump is very good for ratings, and at some point it’s hard not to conclude they decided the Trump train was the gravy train. I’ve been thoroughly disillusioned, and I’m not alone in that. It’s like watching ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’: Oh, my God, they got another one!”

When Trump declared his candidacy in June 2015, the part of his announcement speech that most clearly foreshadowed the campaign to come had to do with immigration. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he told the crowd at Trump Tower. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

The line struck Sykes as awfully familiar when he heard it. A month before, he had run a segment with Ann Coulter, who had just published her 10th book, an anti-immigration screed titled “ˇAdios, America!” Sykes was well aware of Coulter’s views, but he was taken aback when she began a riff on Mexican rapists surging into the United States (a subject that takes up an entire chapter of “ˇAdios, America!”). “I remember looking at my producer and going, ‘Wow, this is rather extraordinary,’ ” he told me. “When Trump used that line, I instantly recognized it as Ann Coulter’s.”

In fact, Corey Lewandowski had reached out to Coulter for advice in the run-up to Trump’s announcement speech. The address Trump delivered on June 16 bore no resemblance to his prepared text, which contained a mere two sentences about immigration. Instead, he ad-libbed what Coulter today calls “the Mexican rapist speech that won my heart.” When Trump’s remarks provoked fury, Lewandowski called Coulter for backup. Three days later, she went on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” and, amid shrieks of laughter from the audience, predicted that Trump was the Republican candidate most likely to win the presidency.

One evening this past March, Trump received Coulter at Mar-a-Lago. Though in recent years the two had developed a rapport on Twitter, she had met him face to face only once before he declared his candidacy, a lunch date at Trump Tower in 2011. Over lunch, Trump gave Coulter the impression that he had read her books. He also gave her a few items from his wife’s line of costume jewelry and told Coulter, who keeps a house in Palm Beach, that she was welcome to use the pool at Mar-a-Lago anytime.



When I watched this debate between Cenk Uyger of The Young Turks and Ann Coulter a few months ago, I said "Ah ha!", THAT'S where Trump has been getting all of this racist drivel about Mexican rapists planted in his head.

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Thu Sep 29, 2016, 09:31 AM (1 replies)

When class president & class clown debated. (Lawrence O'Donnell on fire last night.)


Watch what Michael Moore called “The most amazing open to a show I’ve ever seen”. Last night’s Lawrence O’Donnell. A 19-min uncut uncensored soliloquy wherein LOD disassembles Trump for his hatred towards women such as Rosie O’Donnell, and for doubling down on Fox News on his treatment of Latina beauty queen Alicia Machado whom he called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeper”.
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Wed Sep 28, 2016, 09:13 PM (7 replies)

MSNBC Delivers Biggest Dayside Audience in Network History

Congratulations Joy Ann Reid! You deserve praise for your strong progressive message, and for delivering MSNBC this time period's highest ratings in 13 years!


Airing on the weekends from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., AM Joy delivered the time period’s biggest total viewer audience since the 1st quarter of 2003 and biggest A25-54 audience since Q4 2012.


MSNBC drew its biggest total day audience ever in the third quarter of 2016, averaging 676,000 viewers. The network grew 80 percent in total day viewers and grew 83 percent in the key news demo from Q3 of 2015. MSNBC also edged CNN in Monday-Friday prime time viewers, by just .6 percent: 1,224,000 to 1,216,000. The network was up 96 percent in total prime time viewers, and improved 112 percent in the demo in prime time.

The ratings for Q3, 2016 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

Prime time (Mon-Sun): 1,224,000 total viewers / 297,000 A25-54
Total Day (Mon-Sun): 676,000 total viewers / 168,000 A25-54
Four programs stood out for MSNBC this past quarter: Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show, AM Joy, and the limited-run show The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.

Maddow beat Anderson Cooper 360 (at 9 p.m.) in total viewers and the demo for the third straight quarter.

Morning Joe gave the 6-9 a.m. time period’s biggest total viewer audience in the MSNBC’s 20-year history, breaking the record for the third consecutive quarter. Joe topped CNN in total viewers for the 6th consecutive quarter and won its third straight quarter in the A25-54 demo.

Airing on the weekends from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., AM Joy delivered the time period’s biggest total viewer audience since the 1st quarter of 2003 and biggest A25-54 audience since Q4 2012.

The 11th Hour, which debuted on September 6th, is leading CNN Tonight in total viewers (but not in the A25-54 demo). The program has given a significant year-over-year boost to MSNBC, posting a total viewer gain of 141 percent from the network’s 11-11:30 p.m. performance in September 2015.

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Wed Sep 28, 2016, 08:33 PM (19 replies)

Randy Rainbow Moderates the First Debate

Braggadocious? Is that even a word?

I don't know? Maybe. Who knows?

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Wed Sep 28, 2016, 06:34 PM (1 replies)

Tweet of the night

Take away from tonight's Presidential Debate?

Never send 16 Republicans to do a Woman's Job.

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 12:45 AM (2 replies)

Donald Trump’s first presidential debate confirmed he has no idea what he’s talking about


Updated by Matthew Yglesias
@mattyglesias matt@vox.com
Sep 26, 2016, 11:43p


You would see, in other words, that the Democrats had nominated an experienced politician — it’s what you do.

The other party, by contrast, seems to have done something weird. Their nominee, Donald Trump, seems erratic — peevish, visibly annoyed at being referred to by his first name, lashing out at Rosie O’Donnell for some reason — and mired in controversy. Accused of practicing racial discrimination in his businesses, he says being sued by the federal government is “one of those things” and even though he paid-up there was “no admission of guilt.” Pressed to release his federal income tax returns he said he can’t because he’s being audited, which really just seems like a confirmation that his returns would be interesting and worth seeing.

But beyond the personal controversies, he rather clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.

Trump doesn’t know much about the economy
Trump explained that he talks about how rich he is “not in a bragadocious way” but because “it's time that this country has somebody running the country who has an idea about money.”

And yet from his very first statement in the debate, Trump revealed a frankly bizarre level of ignorance about economic policy.

Literally the first thing Trump said after thanking the moderator was “our jobs are fleeing the country” when, in fact, employment has been steadily increasing for years.

Three sentences later he said the Chinese “are devaluing their currency and there's nobody in our government to fight them” when, in fact, the Chinese are trying to prop up the value of their currency in the face of a massive investor exodus from Chinese real estate.

He also said the Chinese “are using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China” which isn’t even how piggy banks work, much less the US-Chinese economic relationship.

He said that Mexico is feasting on American manufacturing and “building the bigger plants in the world” when, in fact, Tesla is currently building the biggest factory in the world right in California. The existing biggest factory in the world is also in the United States, where they build Boeing jumbo jets. Number three is a Mitsubishi plant located in Illinois.

One could continue with the factual specifics here, but the overarching theme is pretty clear: The Republicans nominated someone who doesn’t know anything about his signature issue. He lambasted Clinton for her involvement in NAFTA, which he said had devastated American manufacturing, but US manufacturing output has risen about fifty percent since NAFTA passed. And while it’s not true that the world’s biggest factories are opening in Mexico, it is absolutely true that both the Boeing factory and the Mitsubishi factory depend critically on international trade for their viability.



Go read the whole thing. Trump exposed himself tonight in front of 100 million people. He very obviously has NO IDEA what he's talking about. He's a bullshit artist, and his bullshit stunk tonight. Sometimes he can spin the words with panache and a bit of style. Tonight, he was just awful.

He seemed both naked and hollow. He acted petulant and snippy. You could see right through the bullshit to the sniffling man-child who was wayyy out of his league. Hillary was well-prepared to seize the initiative from the start. She led him around by the nose and had him over-reacting to every perceived sleight.

I'm doing the happy dance over here. Go Hillary!

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 12:06 AM (2 replies)

In Debate Ad, Tecate Turns Trump's Wall Into a Beer Prop

"A wall that brings us together."


"You're welcome, America."

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 06:15 PM (0 replies)

I swear to god, Lester, not one. fracking. question. about. e-mails.

Please, don't force EarlG to skewer you the way he did Matt Lauer!

At the moment, the conventional wisdom seems to be that you do actually have some journalistic integrity. But, I swear to god, Lester, if you start asking about Hillary's emails...there better not be any heavy objects near me and my TV. I swear to god!

Side note: Lester Holt and Matt Lauer are both registered Republicans. Ironically, the only registered Democrat who is hosting one of the debates, is the Fox Snooze guy, Chris Wallace.
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Sep 25, 2016, 05:29 PM (8 replies)

Maker of Deadly Fentanyl Kicks in Half a Million to Defeat Pot Legalization in Arizona

Maker of Deadly Fentanyl Kicks in Half a Million to Defeat Pot Legalization in Arizona

By Phillip Smith / AlterNet September 9, 2016

Marijuana legalization advocates have long argued that pharmaceutical companies, which could lose out if marijuana is legally available, are some of the staunchest supporters of pot prohibition, and now an Arizona company is making their case for them.

According to campaign finance reports posted online by the Arizona secretary of state's office, fentanyl manufacturer Insys Therapuetics has donated $500,000 to foes of the Prop 205 marijuana legalization initiative.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid several dozen times more potent than heroin. It has been linked to numerous opioid overdose deaths across the country, especially when mixed with heroin. Marijuana, on the other hand, has no reported overdose deaths, ever.

Insys isn't just any pharmaceutical company. Its sole product is Subsys, a sublingual fentanyl spray, and the company has shown that it's willing to bend the rules to sell that product. In the past month alone, two former company employees pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to an alleged kickback scheme to get doctors to prescribe Subsys, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against the company charging that Insys hawked the drug to doctors for off-label prescribing.



Posted by StrictlyRockers | Fri Sep 9, 2016, 08:56 PM (9 replies)

Department Of Justice Complaint Filed Against Trump And Pam Bondi In Bribery Scandal


By Jason Easley
on Wed, Sep 7th, 2016 at 10:11 pm

A complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over allegations that Trump bribed Bondi to get her drop an investigation into Trump University.


The complaint filed by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump asks for a DOJ investigation into Trump and Bondi, “The complaint read: “We believe that Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, and Donald Trump have violated federal voting laws including but not limited to bribery across state lines by way of a $25,000 campaign contribution from Trump to Bondi during her 2013 election by way of the Trump Foundation in return for AG Bondi dropping an investigation into Trump University. We ask the DOJ to investigate this matter and appreciate their rapid response. Thank you.”

Calls for a criminal probe are growing on both the left and the right. Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post asked why Trump wasn’t already under investigation for bribery.

Rubin wrote, “One cannot miss the giant red flag. Why is a charity giving money to aid a pol with whom the foundation’s head has pending legal business? Recall that after the gift was received an official act occurred, the very act Trump had been seeking, namely the decision not to proceed with the case against Trump University. Right there you have a prima facie case of bribery– a payment (an illegal one at that) and a quid pro quo.”

What Trump and Bondi did was about a clear a case of bribing a public official as it gets. Trump should have already been under investigation for bribery, and his status as one of the two people who could be elected as the next US president makes it vital for the FBI or the Department of Justice to put potential concerns about partisan howls aside and investigate the possible criminal activity of the Republican nominee.

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Thu Sep 8, 2016, 06:20 AM (21 replies)
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