Hillary Clinton does not lie! Got that? She does not lie! Okay, right now your reaction is about the same as the audience that heard Charlie Crist claiming the other day in Florida that Hillary is honest. That means you are probably already laughing. Unfortunately for Donny Deutsch on With All Due Respect today, he made the same claim about Hillary today. No sooner were the words out of his mouth than you could tell that Deutsch realized that he would be mocked for that claim so he quickly qualified it but, of course, it was too late. Sorry, Donny, but you should expect at least a full weekend of well-deserved mocking.
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
Ken Burns still can't get over his obsession over Donald Trump. Last June, in his Stanford commencement speech, the documentary filmmaker with the outdated Beatle haircut went all drama queen over the candidacy of Donald Trump. Well, he still can't get Trump out of his mind even if he is unable to speak his name.
In an interview with Carl Quintanilla, host of CNBC's BINGE, Burns takes us on a troubled trip deep into the heart of liberal darkness. His obsession is mostly amusing but he still continues to pretend that he is "nonpartisan" which is an easily disprovable lie. The interview begins with the clip of Burns' Stanford campaign speech thinly disguised as a commencement address:
Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic magazine can hardly contain his excitement. He believes he has found the key, THE KEY, to finally bringing down the candidacy of Donald Trump. According to Friedersdorf, if voters spend the time to watch thousands of hours of raw unedited footage of The Apprentice, it will make them realize that (GASP!) reality TV not quite real and that much of it has been left on the editing room floor thus causing them to turn against Trump.
If you can read his reality TV exposure premise without bursting out laughing starting with the title, The People Behind The Apprentice Owe America the Truth About Donald Trump, then you have more self control than your humble correspondent.
Muchx latinx limpian sus carx con Kleenex. Huh? What was that? Well, it is a new attempt by the ultra politically correct to purge the Spanish language of any hint of gender based words which would include almost all its nouns and adjectives. Because the new words sound so much like a variation of "Kleenex" I call this new PC language the Kleenex language aka idiomx Kleenex. If you think this is some wild exaggeration then check out the MTV Unbound video below at the 2:10 mark of Kat Lazo asserting with Stalinist insistence that you MUST use "latinx" in place of "latina" or "latino."
Don't be so modest, Bob. You have an amazing power. Any presidential candidate who you either work for directly or declare to have won before Election Day is doomed to fail. That power that you are so reluctant to brag about is known far and wide within political circles as the "Shrum Curse." We saw the latest demonstration by Bob Shrum of that power on With All Due Respect on September 2 as chronicled by your humble correspondent who anticipated its effects in this Newsbusters article, WADR: Will Shrum Curse Doom Hillary's Campaign?
If Donald Trump said it, then it must be false. That seems to be the philosophy of many liberals, including Politico senior staff writer Michael Grunwald. In this case, Trump correctly described Jonathan Gruber as the architect of ObamaCare in a speech today in Des Moines, Iowa. Gruber was once embraced by liberals and was praised by them many times over and over and over again as the "architect of Obamacare." However, ever since November 2014 when video revealed Gruber as stating that lack of transparency is a huge political advantage in promoting ObamaCare and mocking the "stupidity" of the voters, he has become a big liability for them and now they must deny many times more than thrice what they once enthusiastically embraced.
How do you review a hotel before it even opens? It's simple if you are an over the top liberal moonbat columnist who has a political grudge against the owner to extent you are perfectly willing to toss all credibility away in order to make strictly ideological points.
In this case it is Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak who panned Donald Trump's new Washington hotel opening today, the Trump International Hotel. Her column isn't so much as a review since it was written before the hotel even opened as it is one long hate screech against Trump:
Michael Smerconish wants to help the Libertarian presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld participate in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. The big problem is that the Libertarians must show they have reached a level of 15% support in an average of five national polls and they aren't there yet. Therefore Michael Smerconish has an idea for his viewers: lie like hell. I kid you not.
Smerconish made this unique suggestion on his CNN show on Saturday. His idea is that if a pollster contacts you that you should lie and tell him that you support Gary Johnson for president even if you don't. The whole purpose would be to get the Libertarian ticket level of support to 15% to get them into the presidentials debates. Here is Smerconish recommending that you lie to pollsters:
If attending a Burning Man Festival is important to you, then there is something severely lacking in your life. However, in recent years the Burning Man Festival has become so hyped in the media that now the ultra wealthy glitterati has decided that it is an important checkoff on their bucket list. This has caused resentment among the peon attendees who greatly resent the hated One Percenters bringing along their home comforts and forsaking the common herd to live in their own cloistered community.
Yeah, it is all incredibly silly but now the revolt of the Burning Man peasants has caught the attention of the media. The UK Telegraph has chronicled the burning issue of the class and culture divide at Burning Man. Your humble correspondent doesn't have a dog in this fight but I have to admit that I enjoy the spectacle of the "hooligans" ruining the Burning Man experience for the bored wealthy via guerrilla tactics and acts of sabotage.
Why, 7-11, WHY? Is no one in your convenience store chain organization familiar with that old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" And fix it they did. Oh how they fixed it.
Despite the fact that the 7-11 presidential coffee cup poll has accurately predicted the outcome in every election since it began in 2000, this year they changed it in a major way. So is the nation leaning red or blue? Neither. According to their new method the USA is an indeterminate purple. Yes, this year you can pick a purple cup. The completely unnecessary, and confusing change, was reported recently in Fortune:
Sanctuary cities? What are they? I never heard of them. They must be phantoms.
Such was the feigned ignorance of Democrat vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine on CNN's New Day on Thursday. It was so embarrassing in its pretense that even host Chris Cuomo had to call Kaine out on it as you can see:
This election is over! You got that? Hillary Clinton has already won.
Only one not so little problem. The one making this declaration is none other than the Eddie Mush of politics aka Bob Shrum. This time, the extremely unlucky political consultant (0 for 8 in presidential candidate wins) who infamous for possessing the "Shrum curse" might have cast a pall of misfortune upon the Hillary Clinton campaign with his gloatingly confident prognostication of certain victory for her. In fact, she has pretty much already won according to Shrum who was jubilantly performing an end zone victory dance while speaking to John Heilemann today on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect.
You didn't need to have the sound working while viewing MSNBC's Morning Joe today to know things were not going well for Hillary Clinton. The sad looks on the faces of hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough pretty much revealed the story. A sense of gloom had descended upon the set of Morning Joe as Mika led off detailing the latest drip, drip, dripping of Hillary scandals. Then Joe joined added to the mournful mood by noting how the polls have been tightening in recent days. This was all in stark contrast to the upbeat mood of just a few weeks ago when Hillary was so far ahead in the polls that they were practically declaring Donald Trump's political funeral.
Jonathan Chait, you are absolutely right. Last October Chait wrote in New York magazine that "Hillary Clinton Pretends to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal." And as further proof of Hillary Clinton's pretense on this issue, we have verification today from Politico in an article written by Doug Palmer. Of course, Palmer wanted the readers to believe that Hillary was really really sincere in her supposed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership. Unfortunately for him a line buried in his story overturned his premise about Donald Trump and Hillary being equally opposed (snicker!) to the TPP.
So let us now join Palmer trying oh so hard to make the case for Hillary's sincere opposition while accidentally revealing the quote that makes a mockery of that premise.
Mark Thompson, chief executive of the New York Times, has written a highly padded opinion piece that boils down to one important thing he wants to get across to you rubes: Trump = Hitler. Oh yeah, he includes one very slight caveat so you don't think of him as your usual leftwing loon. The rest of his piece is mostly yawn inducing padding which serves as filler for his basic premise.
So let us get to Thompson's unintentional humor as he stresses that Trump is like Hitler because, get this, they both spoke off the cuff. I kid you not.
If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the story and identified him as "an economist" with no reference to his crucial role in being the architect of Obamacare.
This is sort of like doing a story about Wall Street and then citing Bernie Madoff as "an investor" somewhere deep inside the article. So let us start out by taking a deep plunge way down into the article and bring up the amost hidden quickie quote from Gruber who, oh yeah, was only the primary architect of this enormous flop:
Are you looking for a job? Well, good news. The New York Times is looking for a Global Warming (now called "Climate Change" when the warming bit didn't happen) editor. Anyone can apply. Here is the happy announcement from the Times:
Fox News' Shepard Smith went way over the line today while interviewing Wall Street Journal reporter James Grimaldi. Actually that's putting it mildly. Smith crashed through the barrier of at least putting up the appearance of neutrality and broke into the realm of flat out bias of the worse sort by charging Donald Trump with racism. If you think I am exaggerating, watch the following video of the exchange for yourself and you be the judge.
Vox and some other liberal outlets seem to have a new shtick going. They know that they can't portray Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation as ethical so they admit that there was perhaps a smidgeon of corruption there. Having given ground on that Vox then proclaims that even though there were problems in the past, the promise by Hillary to reform the Clinton Foundation IF she is elected president is a very welcome development.
Before finally hailing Hillary, Matthew Yglesias concedes that perhaps there were problems with the Clinton Foundation in the past such as being "kind of a modern political machine." However, before Yglesias makes his ethics concession, he first rejoices that finally, finally the Clintons have seen the light by promising to reform the Clinton Foundation IF Hillary is elected president.
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine blasted Hillary Clinton's ethics. Of course, being a Hillary supporter he must have realized he went too far so he also bizarrely slammed people who dare to criticize Hillary. Finally he ends up worrying that her corrupt image could harm her in the election or even beyond. Yes, it is a real rollercoaster ride so let us join Chait in his initial blast mode as you can tell from the title of his article, Hillary Clinton’s Ethics Problems Are Worse Than She Understands: