Thursday Links and Open Thread

  • The Five video: Don Lemon’s Smollet reactions.
  • Wednesday’s numbers: Maddow-Tucker-Hannity 1-2-3.
  • Tuesday’s numbers: Sean Hannity-Tucker-Maddow 1-2-3.
  • Ruhles of engagement: Under Armor CEO and Stephanie.
  • Roger Stone slams Tapper and Gergen for anti-gay slurs.
  • Somerby: Maddow’s explosive allegation is empty palaver.
  • Lemon suggests it’s not Smollett’s fault, frets about FNC.
  • MSNBC aired Smollett news…nine hours after it happened!
  • Controversial CNN hire Sarah Flores talked to MSNBC first.
  • Wemple: Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, fine; Sarah Flores, not.
  • Videos: on CNN’s hire; with Hannity.
  • The freakout over CNN’s Flores hire is partisan gate-keeping.
  • Dems object to CNN hire; net vows to keep her off Dem events.

Updated 5:45 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today’s open thread.