This week, as President–Elect Donald Trump went about the business—and I do mean business—of building his #CabinetOfDeplorables, the full scope of his many conflicts of interest finally began to come into view.
Meet the Press: Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH); Roundtable: Helene Cooper (New York Times), Mark Murray (NBC News), Danielle Pletka(American Enterprise Institute) & Matt Bai (Yahoo News).
Face The Nation: Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Vin Scully; Virginia Tech Prof. Dr. Marc Edwards; 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes; Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York); John Shinholser & Honesty Liller (McShin Foundation); Bryan Stevenson(Equal Justice Initiative); Roundtable: Molly Ball (The Atlantic), Ed O’Keefe (Washington Post), Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review) & Ruth Marcus (Washington Post).
This Week: Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Roundtable: Dan Balz (Washington Post), Carol Lee (Wall Street Journal), Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks) & Republican Pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson.
Fox News Sunday: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI); Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; Roundtable: Michael Needham(Heritage Action for America), Gerald F. Seib (Wall Street Journal), Julie Pace (Associated Press) & James Rosen (Fox News).
State of the Union: Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Roundtable: Former South Carolina State Rep. Bakari Sellers (D), Republican Strategist Alice Stewart, Former South Carolina State Sen. Andre Bauer (R) & Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI).
60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi (preview); and, a report on a family in Colombia with a genetic mutation causing Alzheimer’s that may help scientists prevent the disease someday (preview).
Late night shows:
Monday: Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green; Tuesday: Actor Mahershala Ali; Wednesday: Tomi Lahren (The Blaze); Thursday: Comedian Chelsea Handler.
In her new book, Megyn Kelly raised questions about the integrity of some of her fellow journalists.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly claimed that some journalists who supported Donald Trump would pre-arrange difficult questions with the real estate mogul to preserve some appearance of neutrality.
Fox’s Howard Kurtz asked Kelly about the charge, which she laid out in her book “Settle For More,” that hosts on Fox and other networks relied on this arrangement to maintain credibility without putting any actual pressure on Trump’s campaign.
“Are you suggesting they were play-acting?” Kurtz asked.
“Yes. It was acting,” she replied, claiming that this information was “confirmed to me by more than one television executive.”
Kelly, who tangled with Trump repeatedly during the campaign, also wrote in her book that the President-elect routinely offered journalists gifts of free airfare and stays at Trump hotels in exchange for favorable coverage.
Megyn’s co-worker, Sean Hannity, urged President-Elect Trump to bring back the media blacklist.
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday said that, if he were Donald Trump, he would ban several major news organizations from covering the president-elect.
“@politico @CNN @NBCNews @CNBC @MSNBC @nytimes @ABC @CBSNews,” Hannity tweeted. “Are all biased and Corrupt. ‘Fake News.’ If I were @realDonaldTrump NO ACCESS!”
Hannity’s tweet comes on the heels of remarks on his Fox News show Tuesday night in which he urged Donald Trump to freeze out the press.
“The media already had its chance to cover Donald Trump fairly and honestly,” Hannity said. “They blew it. And in my opinion, it’s time to re-evaluate the press in this country, and maybe it’s time to change the traditional relationship that the press will have with the White House.”
“Morning Joe” Scarborough suggested that the press is doing Trump a big favor by not portraying him as “black Jesus”… or something.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asserted this week that Barack Obama’s presidency was easily undermined because he came into office like he was “black Jesus.”
During a discussion about Donald Trump’s improving approval ratings on Wednesday, Scarborough conceded that Obama was more popular after he was elected. But he said that the new president would benefit from low expectations.
“Obama came in as black Jesus,” the MSNBC host declared. “I don’t want to come in as redneck Jesus if I’m a president of the United States. You want to come in where people — like Ronald Reagan — actually underestimate you.”
“And the media, once again, has done Donald Trump a great favor,” he continued. “What have they told us over the past week? He’s a white supremacist, he’s a Nazi, he’s bringing Nazis back to America.”
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