U.S. Politics

Sunday Talk: Think Different

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SUNDAY KOS

Steve Jobs, the late co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple, was said by many peopleto be a “genius“—just like Donald Trump.

Both men built global brands through their vision, hard work, and determination—and, in Trump’s case, thanks to a “small loan” from his father.

But perhaps the greatest similarity between the two titans of industry is that both were surrounded by a so-called “reality distortion field.”

This enabled Jobs to convince his workers that the impossible was possible, and createsome of the most iconic technology products of the 20th century.

For Trump, it enabled him to convince Republicans that, despite a well-documented history of racism, xenophobia, and sexism, he’s actually a good guy.

This goes a long way toward explaining why Mike Pence couldn’t believe that Trumphad said all of the terrible things that he’s said; and, why so many Republicans wereshockedshocked!—to find that groping is going on in his casino.

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Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT);Roundtable: Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist Sara Fagen, Heather C. McGhee (Demos) & Ruth Marcus(Washington Post).

Face The Nation: Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook; Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Roundtable: Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), John Heilemann (Bloomberg Politics), Jamelle Bouie(Slate) & Susan Page (USA Today).

This Week: Interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile; RNC Chair Reince Priebus; Paul Krugman (New York Times); Grover Norquist(American for Tax Reform); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos, Democratic Strategist Stephanie Cutter, “Independent” Strategist Matthew Dowd, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) & Republican Strategist Mary Matalin.

Fox News Sunday: Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta; Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Bill O’Reilly (Fox News); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Maureen Dowd (New York Times),Jason Riley (Wall Street Journal) & Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Democratic Strategist David Axelrod; Republican Strategist Mark McKinnon; Roundtable: Progressive Activist Van Jones, Republican Strategist , Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. André Bauer (R) & Kirsten Powers (USA Today).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on the use of artificial intelligence in cancer care (preview); and, an interview with actor Bryan Cranston (preview).

The second Presidential Debate, co-hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper & ABC’s Martha Raddatz, will air on all networks and cable news channels beginning at 9 pm EDT.

Late night shows:

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Monday-Friday: Reruns.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Monday: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA);  Tuesday: Radio PersonalityCharlamagne Tha GodWednesday: Bryan Christy (National Geographic);  Thursday: Guest TBA.

Elsewhere…

Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity got into a public feud.

A brewing professional rivalry between two of the biggest stars on Fox News turned openly hostile on Wednesday, as Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly traded insults over their vastly divergent approaches to covering the 2016 presidential race.

The unusually public exchange began when Kelly criticized Trump for refusing to conduct interviews in “unsafe spaces,” opting instead for the friendly confines of Hannity’s show.

“Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock, will go on ‘Hannity’ and pretty much only ‘Hannity’ and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days which doesn’t exactly expand the tent for either one of them,” Kelly said during a Wednesday broadcast of “The Kelly File.”

Hannity tweeted at Kelly soon afterward, telling her to direct her ire at Hillary Clinton, adding: “Clearly you support her.”

They subsequently kissed and made up.

Meanwhile…

Kelly issued an on-air apology after citing a clearly fake email from WikiLeaks’ Clinton oppo dump.

“In what appears to be a reference to Bernie Sanders, or it’s absolutely clear it’s people on the left, calling them ‘bucket of losers,'” she [Kelly] continued.

After being cautioned by her guests that the emails were unauthenticated and therefore shouldn’t be considered anything to be discussing, she continued to try to hammer on the “bucket of losers” phrase.

At the end of her show, she read this statement.

“Team Clinton strongly denies that she called anyone a bucket of losers. That was apparently a doctored quote and not real. We apologize for that error.”

And, in related news…

Jesse Waters defended himself as a “political humorist” following a blatantly racist O’Reilly Factor segment.

Bill O’Reilly’s top lackey stepped in a pile of outrage on Wednesday when his supremely unwatchable man-on-the-street sketch, featuring blatantly racist mockery of Asian people, went viral.

For five minutes, Jesse Watters took his smirking dudebro persona to the streets of New York City’s Chinatown to ask Asians—some of whom didn’t speak English—if they do karate, where he can buy some homeopathic herbs for “performance,” or whether he’s “supposed to bow to say hello.” Carl Douglas’s tacky hit song “Kung Fu Fighting,” featuring a quintessential “Oriental” riff, played throughout the pre-taped package.

Literally the only funny thing in the entire ordeal was when Watters attempted to excuse himself by calling himself a “political humorist.”

“As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are,” he wrote, hours after the video blew up. “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense,” he added, completing what was undoubtedly a Fox PR-driven effort to get a non-apology out there and move on. (Prior to that, Watters’ response was to retweet supporters and taunt a critic calling him racist.)

#SorryNotSorry

– Trix

 

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