Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton phoned into Morning Joe, Friday, and Mika Brzezinski could not contain her excitement. “I don’t know, are you? Are you sure?” Brzezinski exclaimed excitedly, when Clinton said she was happy to be on the program. Brzezinski didn’t seem to hold anything back, informing Clinton she would support her if she won the Democratic nomination: “I would vote for you if you won.”
Hillary Clinton is not a lesbian, but her wardrobe did stay at a Holiday Inn Express for a softball tournament. So says Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart writing on Slate’s “Outward” page.
New York Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse and White House scribe Julie Hirschfeld Davis teamed up to paint the president as wringing his hands over the current divided state of U.S. politics. One potential culprit almost wholly exonerated? The president himself. Thursday’s report, “Obama’s Plea to ‘Fix Our Politics’ Has Both Sides Looking Inward,” portrayed Obama as regretful, while skipping his bouts of arrogance and the clear animosity he feels toward his GOP opposition. They also pinned the beginning of the division to Robert Bork's failed Supreme Court nomination, without mentioning Sen. Ted Kennedy's scurrilous anti-Bork speech.
The Washington Post “fact checkers” rarely appear in the paper (mostly on Sundays), so it’s unusual that Glenn Kessler's column appeared in print after the State of the Union on Wednesday and and after the GOP debate on Friday.
Apparently, the Republicans were worse fact-manglers than Obama. The headline Wednesday was “Some claims depend on how you tilt the numbers.” The headline today is “Debaters put forth some claims that are head-scratchers or downright wrong.”
CNN's Anderson Cooper donated over four minutes of air time on Thursday night to Laurence Tribe, and gave the liberal Harvard Law professor a platform to advance the birther issue against his former law student, Ted Cruz. Professor Tribe slammed Senator Cruz for his defense of his "natural born citizen" credentials at the GOP presidential debate earlier in the evening: "Most of what he said is nonsense. I mean, all of these examples about Rubio and Jindal are simply distractions."
Appearing on Friday’s NBC Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd hyped the birther attacks on Ted Cruz as damaging to the Texas Senator’s campaign: “...it has unnerved Cruz. You saw him. What got him to attack Trump? He avoided it for six months....This has rattled him. We're now on day seven where every day he has had to answer questions about this.”
The journalists at Good Morning America on Friday joked about just how white the Academy Award nominations are. According to Chris Connelly, they are less diverse than the Republican presidential field. A sarcastic Connelly quipped, “Just saying, the seven-person lineup for last night's A-list Republican candidates debate was more diverse than the Academy Award 20 acting nominations. None of which went to a person of color for the second year in a row.”
Broadcast-network comedy-talk programs such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon took two weeks off over Christmas and New Year’s. Real Time With Bill Maher got a winter break college students would envy (two months -- remember, it’s not TV, it’s HBO) but the show returns Friday night, and to promote it, Maher gave an interview to The Daily Beast. He and the Beast’s Marlow Stern talked mostly about the presidential races, though Maher fulminated a bit about how one of his major hobbyhorses, the Tea Party, allegedly came to be.
As GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared as a guest on Friday's New Day on CNN, co-host Alisyn Camerota took exception with Fiorina, the previous night's debate, taking a dig at HiIlary Clinton's marital problems and unorthodox, political-based relationship with her husband. Camerota suggested sexism as she complained that the GOP candidate was "suggesting [Hillary Clinton] should be at home with her husband." Fiorina finally called out the CNN host for "stretching" her words to come to such conclusions.
Ted Cruz: undocumented Canadian candidate? Andrew Cuomo didn't quite go quite that far, but the New York governor surely took a birther shot at Cruz during his appearance on today's Morning Joe.
Invited on to comment on Cruz's claim that Donald Trump represents "New York values," New York Governor Cuomo said: "You think the sign says only people from Canada that happen to come from Spanish-Irish descent? We said everyone is welcome."
The Brookings Institution, the leftist think tank, is wailing and gnashing its teeth over its finding that in many metro areas, "income inequality," their favorite bogeyman, is being "driven by declining incomes" among their poorest residents. The problem isn't so much that the rich are getting richer as it is that the poor are getting poorer. As a result, "Inequality is higher today in most metropolitan areas than in 2007."
Well golly gee, I wonder who has controlled U.S. economic policy while this calamity has occurred? Brookings predictably failed to call out President Obama or even his administration by name, instead blaming "a federal government hamstrung by partisan gridlock and budget constraints." At the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, Josh Boak's Thursday coverage at least mentioned the president's name, but failed to note the role that the subpar economic growth since the recession's official end in mid-2009 caused by his policies has played.
Always desperate for attention, the far-left New York Daily News tabloid attempted to work itself back into the political discussion on Friday as the far-left outlet placed on its front-page a picture of the State of Liberty giving the middle finger with the headline: “DROP DEAD TED! Hey, Cruz: You don’t like NY values? Go back to Canada!”
MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews teamed with guests April Ryan and Steve McMahon early Friday morning to lambaste Republican presidential candidates Chris Christie for supposedly being disrespectful to President Obama during Thursday’s GOP debate and Carly Fiorina for arguing that she likes to spend time with her husband compared to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Multiple times throughout the two hours of post-GOP debate edition of MSNBC’s Hardball late Thursday and early Friday, Chris Matthews expressed confusion at Ted Cruz’s attack on Donald Trump and “New York values” by wondering if it’s like accusing all San Francisco Democrats of being gay or playing Harold Hill in The Music Man by “playing to the hicks” in Iowa.