Friday Links and Open Thread

  • Thursday’s numbers: Megyn Kelly-Bill O’Reilly-Hannity 1-2-3.
  • Griswold: Why Chris Wallace is right about fact-checking debaters.
  • Lean Lean: MSNBC cuts over a dozen producers in ‘restructuring’.
  • Outnumbered video: in email flap.  Q&A: Bret Baier.
  • Gray: Sean Hannity hasn’t changed, ridicules rumors of ‘Trump TV’.
  • Today’s firing demand: Drop Chris Wallace from third Prez debate.
  • Today’s CNN Lauer piece.  Video: with Charlie Rose.
  • Today’s NY Times Matt Lauer piece.  Today’s bonus NYT Lauer piece.
  • Flood: CNN’s 9/11 remembers the day, the dust, and the ‘legacy kids’.
  • Turner wants to sell its channels directly to consumers via streaming.
  • Pamela Brown, Eugene Scott on distinguished list.  Q&A: Robin Meade.
  • Videos: on nitpicking; did Brian Stelter?
  • Geraldo book deal axed because he defended Ailes.  Greta blames execs.

80 thoughts on “Friday Links and Open Thread”

  1. Moving a copy of this (with corrections and additions) to Friday, since it’s most likely my swan song.

    Only in the New England Patiots’ locker room were you hearing opposition to what the rest of the NFL locker rooms pointed out. Tom Brady cheated.

    Might the J$P forum be the equivalent of the Patriots’ players? Perhaps.

    I’ve noticed as a win in November by Trump looks a little better but still much more bleak than it did in late July you are seeing more and more attacks on others, tribal bias and fact-free arguments here and elsewhere — with people like Bolling, O’Reilly, Hannity and Joe Concha in the unenviable role of trying to defend the orange-colored bigot’s candidacy.

    Good luck. Losing is never fun says this long time Chargers and Padres fan. I feel as pessimistic about the upcoming NFL season as many of you must feel about November 8th.

    All I am saying is there are days when this blog is overrun with pro Trump sentiments and sensibilities.

    There was more balance and seemingly less bickering when we had a few Cruz supporters along for the ride.

    Chin up Trump devotees and defenders. A year from now your lives won’t be significantly different. Gay marriage will still be legal and so will AK-47s. Moreover, Mexicans won’t be swarming your neighborhoods raping and pillaging as Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham would have you believe — while wearing their ever present Christian cross necklaces.

    When you get to be as old as I am you’ll learn what really matters and not take politics quite so seriously realizing that the party differences are largely exaggerated to garner votes.

    In the words of author Richard Carlson’s book title, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff.”

    Smile — be happy.

    • I’m defending Trump’s candidacy? Now you’re just trolling. I’m defending objectivity in media.

      Name one fact-free argument I’ve made, Michael. Here’s the part where you actually have to be specific, which can be a challenge.

    • Give me a crappy sports analogy trashing the place and tell me to be happy. I felt so bad… now I’m smiling. Humming a tune even.
      ?Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.?

    • What are you talking about?

      You’ve gone absolutely bonkers over a column that pointed out how the media has gone absolutely bonkers about Lauer’s interview of Trump, to the point where you’re demanding that people fess up to being Cobcha devotees (and Fox… and Trump…and the My Pillow).

      You’re chiding US for taking politics too seriously!?

      Dude, go buy a mirror.

      • On twitter for some reason he emailed a Daily Beast reporter to tell her he disagrees with what you, I, and a few others said about Lauer. Unfortunately I didn’t say anything about Lauer, and when he finally admitted that I hadn’t, he switched the argument to claiming that since I made no comment that proves I agreed with Mr Concha! This may explain how he concluded Harris Faulkner is a ‘100% Trump supporter’.

        • Exactly. It’s like playing Russian roulette. Clinton is like using a semi-auto. Trump, a revolver. At least you have a chance with a revolver.

          • not sure you can make a determination on which would be worse. Bill’s first 2 years were so bad he was gridlocked for the next 6 forced to triangulate or get nothing. odummy just issued orders, screw the congress, i am sure that precedent will come back to bite us.

          • The next six years he was preoccupied with making a fool out of himself over an intern young enough to be his daughter.

          • and Grahm Ruddman and welfare reform. he did all the domestic damage the first 2 years. However, after 12 years of Reagan with a greater percent of capital going into tech instead of govt programs fueled the greatest growth decade since the 20’s. clinton’s first 2 year tax increase just slowed boom and made the first market crash in the last months of his leaving as a lame duck. now with the helicopter Ben legacy we get to see a few things that have never ever occurred before in economics. weeeeee

  2. Thank for posting the Courtney Friel video, Johnny. She seems a lot more mature now than in her Fox News days. Good for her 🙂

  3. Geraldo’s war memoir that won’t be published by Harper-Collins was titled “Geraldo Of Arabia.”

    Seriously, Geraldo??

  4. Excuse my French but what the hell is up on Special Report and the playing of video when Bret wants it? This whole week there seemed to be issues and there were 2 issues tonight alone. I really like Special Report and someone somewhere needs to get on the ball.

    • Bret needs to bang a few heads together. Get that straightened out.
      Noticed Clarence Page on the panel tonight. I think I’ve seen him there before, but not recently. Got to got somewhere without a McLaughlin Group.

      Here is Mr. Page’s eulogy of its legacy:
      “Before the Group came along, political talk shows tended to be polite interrogations of politicians, authors and other newsmakers. McLaughlin changed that. He bypassed the newsmakers to let us commentators argue about the newsmakers. He further enlivened the conversation by giving his panelists too many topics and too little time to make our points without raising our voices and talking over one another.”

      • Stephen Hayes took Clarence on tonight about the “Make America Great Again” slogan. Page thinks it is racist, Stephen said not so fast-it is not. Page gave Bill Clinton a pass for saying it because, and I am paraphrasing here, “it’s a Bubba thing. He didn’t mean it the same way Trump means it.” My husband and I both hooted at that blatant hypocrisy.

  5. Today’s most popular links:
    5 CNN Lauer piece
    4 Matt Lauer
    3 book deal axed
    2 Megyn diss
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Today’s firing demand: Drop Chris Wallace from third Prez debate.

  6. I knew this already but Larry King’s shows on RT aren’t by RT , it more like an agreement by RT to air the shows. Like your local station airing Ellen it’s not owned by the station just broadcast. Ora (the company behind Larry King’s shows gave a statement on twitter)
    But the media will say keep saying Russian TV because it sounds more seamy… at the same time saying that Larry King works for RT which isn’t true.

    • This is what the media has sunken to. Truth means nothing, as long as they score their political points.

        • They don’t care who they destroy. Look how Matt Lauer suddenly became a pariah, simply because Donald Trump acted like a fairly normal human being, while Hillary Clinton did everything but take the Fifth in her segment.

    • Even PBS NEWSHOUR did that tonight. All troops are marshaling all efforts for the next sixty days as Clinton’s narrow lead has forced them.

    “Meanwhile, Van Susteren thanked Fox News for returning personal photos and video shortly after admitting her regrets. The network removed her blog, GretaWire, without notice on Tuesday and Van Susteren had been lobbying the network to return personal content from the site.”


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