Monday Links and Open Thread

  • Friday’s numbers: Tucker Carlson-Eric Bolling-The Five 1-2-3.
  • Treacher: Good news, Kurt Eichenwald is all right after all.
  • Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar:  The Nick Shurn Matter
  • F&F video: on pressuring electors to switch their votes.
  • ICN nitpicks reports on Megyn’s fashions and Thomas Roberts’s demotion.
  • Q&A: Megyn Kelly and Wemple discuss Hemmer, Tucker, Media Matters, etc.

49 thoughts on “Monday Links and Open Thread”

  1. Although i have heard brief mentions on FNS that i do not recall whom or where and i understand the WASH TIMES has done a story on the dem wikileaks story coming from a disgruntled dem worker they all say the leak was to Assange and “who believes Assange.” i have not seen a single mention of Craig Murray in any USA news and would like to know if anyone else has. A dichotomy seems to be occurring internationally as as left wing La Nacion and Diario are publishing the unsupported CIA leak story as factual as are USA newspapers. All other international sources i have seen are focusing on the UK connection. If a dem staff worker is the leak source not the CIA, we have some big league lies being printed. That Russian cyber attacks occur concurrent with leaks is in not proof of cause only correlation. As it seems the docs were physically carried out of the USA according to a member of British government how is that not the focus of the story? Is there a ball being dropped here? All of you see a more complete selection of USA news than I. The guy that wrote this story is 72 years old, been a Journalist in and out of the USA all his adult life. Consider congress has passed a bill for Obama to sign that may be based on information contrary to the evidence. Clearly somebody has to be wrong. Anyone know whom?
    Claims of Russian government hacking fail to provide evidence
    By Jay Brodell
    editor of A.M. Costa Rica

    Reports from Washington and even from the U.S. commander-in-chief that the government of Russia hacked servers of the Democratic presidential campaign are troubling.

    Even more troubling is the possibility that Democratic politicians and major newspapers are using unsubstantiated claims to smear the Republican president-election.

    The situation has reached expats here, and a few have pointed out that a British diplomat, Craig Murray, said last week that he was involved in getting the controversial documents in Washington from an unhappy Democratic National Committee worker.
    An analysis of the news
    As search of news files shows that although the story is widely published in Europe, only the right-leaning Washington Times of all the major media outlets has reported on the Murray statement.

    In addition, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has said that his organization did not get the emails from Russia.

    The main problem is that U.S. spy agency leaders, all political appointees, have not offered any evidence of their claims of Russian involvement. A White House source has said only this is the type of trick the Russians would play. There may be more incriminating data that is being kept secret.

    Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the Russian hacking was the reason she lost the presidential election. She blamed a personal vendetta by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The New York Times wrote a lengthy news story Friday that said Democratic National Committee technical staffers were told months before the election that a cyber intruder was hacking its computers and said the same group had hacked the White House servers. There was no mention of official Russian government involvement.

    The newspaper blamed a hacker that used a Russian version of Microsoft Word.

    Another reader said by email over the weekend that even if the Russians did hack the Democratic National Committee computers they should be praised for bringing to light duplicity on the part of campaign leaders.

    The emails that Wikileaks released showed the national committee worked against Bernie Sanders for the benefit of Mrs. Clinton so she would win the nomination. Wikileaks also released emails that insulted Catholics, suggested Mrs. Clinton received advance notice of some presidential debate questions and other unflattering reports. The hacked emails also spawned a litany of conspiracy theories generated in online outlets.

    Presidential electors picked by voters Nov. 8 are meeting today in their own states to cast votes that are expected to formally
    Clinton and V. Putin
    Mrs. Clinton blames Vladimir Putin for her loss

    elect Donald J. Trump. Republican campaign staffers have said they believe the undocumented claims about Russian hacking is a ploy to cause some electors to vote for Mrs. Clinton instead.

    Even La Nación, the major Spanish-language outlet in Costa Rica published an editorial Sunday that accepts the claim of Russian hacking as a fact. “The gravity of the acts, despite what had been the intentions, is undeniable,” said the newspaper.

    Murray, who is an associate of Assange, gave his interview to the British Daily Mail. He said he flew to Washington and met with the Democratic Committee leaker. He said the emails later published by Wikileaks were legal leaks and not from illegal hacks.

    His claim is all over what is being called the alternate media that generally supports Trump. But it appears that not even the Associated Press has picked up on the news story or sought out Murray for additional information.

    Said Murray on his own website:

    “I have watched incredulous as the CIA’s blatant lie has grown and grown as a media story – blatant because the CIA has made no attempt whatsoever to substantiate it. There is no Russian involvement in the leaks of emails showing Clinton’s corruption. Yes this rubbish has been the lead today in the Washington Post in the U.S. and the Guardian here, and was the lead item on the BBC main news. I suspect it is leading the American broadcasts also.”

    Putin, of course, denies his government was involved in the hacking, and Trump has dismissed the idea. But the U.S. Congress has agreed to conduct an investigation.

    And congressmen have just passed a bill to counter foreign propaganda that is being considered an unconstitutional intrusion on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This is the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act that is awaiting the signature of President Barack Obama. Critics claims the bill creates a new bureaucracy empowered to issue pro-U.S. propaganda, pay media outlets that favor the U.S. policies and spy on other journalists.

    Alternate media sites said they fear they will be on a U.S. hit list. The bill seems to be in response to claims of Russian hacking.

    • My fav is Miracle on 34th. I watched it with my girls every year. Should have never been colorized. My oldest thought we should turn it into a car ad, we did, in color sadly. However, we gave it a Wonderful Life ending after proving the local dealer was real, not insane. “Every time you hear car keys jingle …..”

  2. Wht has Murdoch not sent the Brink struck to Rick’s house? Does anyone know? he should be an Obvious FBN target. I am cool with Maria B but1. this guy is got heavy IQ and 2. Rick is the guy L’il Ezra Klein told on live TV that he had no idea o what he was talking about. When a lefty says that you know there is gold im dem der hills.

  3. After three hours with three hep departments and three phone calls, a GoDaddy guy on twitter spotted my mention of them and fixed it in five minutes. When you assign your best people to twitter you might just have a Peter Principle thing going on.

  4. Have to agree with ICN re: Megyn Kelly being the “breakout star” of the election season. Kelly was already a big star before the whole thing with Trump at the debate. If anybody, one (or a few) of MSNBC’s “road warriors” qualifies. I’d cast my vote for Katie Tur who always provided good, informative reports and didn’t get rattled when Trump would call her out at rallies with attendees turning to her and shouting profanities.

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