FLASHBACK: Media Slammed Clinton’s ’99 Trial as a ‘Stalinist’ ‘Coup’

February 11th, 2024 10:17 AM

25 years ago, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton at his impeachment trial. At the time, journalists sneered that the trial of was a pointless waste of the Senate’s valuable time, while viewers heard it was an attempted “coup,” something “Stalinist” that evoked memories of Nazi Germany. Republicans were like KKK “night riders,” motivated by racism in their vendetta against a…

Why Is Putin’s Army Inept?

October 7th, 2022 9:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- Whatever happened to the Russian Army? For that matter, whatever happened to the Russian Air Force or the Russian Navy whose flagship is now at the bottom of the Black Sea? The answer is nothing. Nothing has happened to the Russian military for 50 years, and President Vladimir Putin should have thought twice before heaving his armed forces into war.

Ron Klain Mocked for Hyping Article: '2021 Wasn't All Bad'

December 29th, 2021 12:41 PM

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was mocked on Twitter for hyping an Al Hunt flack piece called "2021 Wasn't All Bad."


Fmr. Cruz Aide: Trump Now Believes He'll Lose Nomination at Convention

April 13th, 2016 8:56 AM
Does Donald Trump think he's going to lose the nomination at the convention? Are his current complaints about RNC "dirty tricks," the system being "rigged," etc. a preview of the explanation he'll be offering when he does indeed lose?  Yes, and yes, if you buy what former senior Cruz aide Rick Tyler said on today's Morning Joe. After the show rolled video of Trump's attacks on the RNC, Joe…

On Nancy Reagan Burial Day, Al Hunt Stresses She Was 'Not Good Mother'

March 11th, 2016 6:19 PM
Has Al Hunt ever heard of de mortuis nil nisi bonum? Apparently not. On the day she was laid to rest, Hunt found it necessary to repeatedly assert that Nancy Reagan "was not a good mother." Interviewed by John Heilemann on today's With All Due Respect, here was Hunt: "she was a formidable person. Sometimes unpleasant, not a great mother, but she loved her Ronnie and had great political instincts…

'Morning Joe' Laughs As Hunt Reports GOPe 'Despair,' Heavy Drinking

March 7th, 2016 7:38 AM
Members of the Morning Joe panel got a good laugh today as Al Hunt reported on anguish in establishment GOP ranks. Hunt said that he "was at an event Saturday night with a lot of establishment Republicans and some Rubio people and despair so understates the case. [ Laughter ] I -- really, I've never seen anything like it. There was a lot of heavy drinking" after that. A bit later, Hunt imagined…

Year-End Awards: The ‘Harsh to the Huddled Masses’ Award

December 25th, 2015 10:10 AM
This week, NewsBusters is presenting the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2015,” our annual awards for the year’s worst journalism. Today, the “Harsh to the Huddled Masses” award, for attacks on the GOP candidates for their supposed hostility to immigration. Winning the trophy: Yahoo! News anchor Katie Couric for suggesting to GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz that he lacked “…

NYT’s Haberman Cheers Hillary’s ‘Best’ Debate Performance

October 15th, 2015 10:20 AM
During an appearance on PBS’ Charlie Rose on Wednesday night, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman heaped praise on Hillary Clinton’s debate performance and proclaimed that her campaign was popping champagne corks from her New York headquarters “to Nevada where the debate took place.”

Barnicle: 'Assault Weapon' Ban Would Take 'Real Courage'

October 6th, 2015 12:55 PM
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday, the roundtable turned to the NBC "town hall" Secretary Hillary Clinton had on gun control. Mike Barnicle began the discussion by declaring that it requires courage and hammering gun control for any gun control to be accomplished. Barnicle would then continue on against semi-automatic rifles, in particular the AR-15 and AK-47, because they are "military assault…

Al Hunt: 'Federal Raids on Maternity Wards' Under Trump Plan

August 18th, 2015 8:34 AM
Al Hunt did stop short of predicting something so horrible it could never happen in America--federal marshals armed with assault weapons hunting down children cowering in closets to forcibly return them to a Communist dictatorship. Oh, wait, that really did happen, under President Bill Clinton, when Elian Gonzalez was returned to Cuba at the point of a gun.  On today's Morning Joe an Al Hunt on…

Al Hunt Calls Trump 'Caitlyn Jenner of American Politics'

August 7th, 2015 8:16 AM
Prediction: Al Hunt will pay no price for calling Donald Trump the "Caityln Jenner of American politics." But can you imagine the outraged reaction on the left if a conservative commentator had said something similar about Hillary for her changing positions on everything from the Iraq war to gay marriage?   Reacting to Hunt's crack on Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough told Hunt "I think I can…

Ben Carson Brushes Back Al Hunt on Political Experience Question

August 5th, 2015 3:11 PM
When Bloomberg reporter Al Hunt cited Dr. Ben Carson’s lack of political experience as a possible weakness, on Monday’s Charlie Rose show, the GOP presidential candidate delivered a cutting comeback: “If you look at the collective political experience of everybody in Congress today, it comes out to just under 9,000 years and yet where has that really gotten us?”

Morning Joe Attacks Scott Walker: 'Flip-Flopping', Inauthentic

July 13th, 2015 11:44 AM
On Monday's Morning Joe, panelists Al Hunt, Mark Halperin, and Steve Schmidt discussed Scott Walker’s entry into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination. All three of them voiced concern about the Wisconsin governor and criticized him for “flip-flopping” and for supposedly being inauthentic. Bloomberg’s Hunt: “I think it's a question of authenticity. He has flipped on a number of issues. And…

Notable Quotables: One Week = Irreversible Lefty 'Transformation'

July 13th, 2015 8:52 AM
Journalists seize upon one week's good news for President Obama to proclaim he's "clearly" a "transformational President" who has engineered "a massive progressive shift to the left." And ABC champions the "Bernie-mentum" of socialist Bernie Sanders's far-left candidacy, cheering how his campaign events seem "more like rock concerts," while the boomlet for Donald Trump is merely evidence that "…