Howard Dean Blasts MSNBC For Focusing On Bill Clinton’s Tarmac Meeting: ‘This Is Crap’


Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) lashed out at MSNBC host Alex Witt on Sunday after she claimed that former President Bill Clinton’s impromptu tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta was “inexcusable.”

During a Sunday discussion about Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal on MSNBC, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio focused on Bill Clinton’s recent decision to board the attorney general’s plane unannounced on a tarmac in Phoenix.

“No one else would have seen the spouse of someone else under investigation,” Percio said. “It does play into Donald Trump’s issue that the system is rigged.”

“As innocent as it may have been,” Witt said, turning to Dean, “politically, isn’t it almost inexcusable?”

“Here’s what’s inexcusable,” Dean shot back. “We’re spending all this time on television talking about a visit between Loretta Lynch and President Clinton. Why aren’t we talking about how to get jobs back in America? Why aren’t we talking about what we’re going to do about healthcare? Why aren’t we talking about foreign policy? This is ridiculous. This goes on and on and on and on. Nobody wants to take the serious issues seriously.”

“Should it not have been done?” Witt pressed. “Should Bill Clinton have known better? Should Loretta Lynch have known better?”

“Maybe they should have known better, maybe all kinds of things should have happened,” Dean replied. “Can’t we starting talking about issues that effect the American people in this campaign? How long is this going to go on? When are we going to talk about substance? When are we going to talk about jobs? When are we going to talk about healthcare? When are we going to talk about education? When are we going to talk about prison reform?”

“When Bill Clinton stops doing unforced errors,” Percio insisted.

“Nonsense!” Dean exclaimed. “This is crap. We ought be talking about serious stuff, not who did what to who. The reason this happens is because the right wing has got nothing on the Clintons, and all they can do is make up stuff like this.”

By David

Dissecting Trump’s ‘woman’s card’ comment


Donald Trump concluded that the only reason why Hillary Clinton is winning primary contests is because of her gender. Chris Hayes talks with Katie Packer and Jess McIntosh about the two frontrunners and the women’s vote.

Duration: 6:31


Trump invokes infamous ‘America First’ slogan

Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss speaks to Rachel Maddow about the historical significance of “America First” which was invoked by Charles Lindbergh in 1941 to urge the U.S. to stay out of World War II and refrain from helping allies defeat Adolf Hitler.

Duration: 8:17

An Exasperated Hillary Pushes Back Against Maddow: ‘I Am Ahead!’



Hillary Clinton expressed some agitation during tonight’s MSNBC town hall when Rachel Maddowasked her about the primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Maddow was asking about Sanders potentially dropping out after California “if you’re ahead in the vote, if you’re ahead in pledged delegates.”

Clinton interrupted to cry, “I am ahead! I am way ahead on both!”

She touted the millions more votes she has than Sanders and said “what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn’t add up!”

Clinton went on and on about sharing goals with Sanders before again emphasizing to Maddow, “But I am ahead! And let’s start from that premise while we talk about what happens next!”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

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While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

During her interview with former Sec. of State Clinton, Maddow went the extra mile by going back to Clinton get her discuss Donald Trump’s abortion punishment comments after she had already taped the interview.

Maddow got Clinton to offer a different perspective that didn’t match up with the Beltway conventional wisdom on the Republican Party and Trump:

What I think is going on is that, you know, they know, because of his personality, because of his divisiveness, which is much more out there than what you see among other Republicans, not that it’s that different, but the way he expresses it. You know, going after Mexicans as rapists, and criminals. Insulting women. Barring Muslims.

You know, that reflects a certain strain of belief within the Republican party. It’s not totally outside the pale of what many of their leaders have been saying, campaigning on, winning elections on. What they’ve done is to create the environment where someone emerges who is truly, in their view, a personality they don’t know what to do with. And yet on issues it– they should look in the mirror.

Rachel Maddow didn’t talk about emails or the other shiny Republican created objects that the media gets infatuated with. Instead, she asked intelligent questions, and she got smart answers.

During her interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maddow gave Sanders the room to discuss the Republican Party in blunt terms, “And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you — and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.”

Rachel Maddow delivered two of the best candidate interviews that voters will see anywhere in 2016. Her interviews were informative to the electorate and demonstrated how it is possible to provide both entertainment and information. By not trying to make the news, Rachel Maddow added to the political discourse and provided two hours of shining programming in a sea of 24-hour cable news muck.


NY Post Predicts MSNBC President Phil Griffin Soon to be Fired


It’s not news that many presume MSNBC’s top dogPhil Griffin is in a perilous spot. After all, he has passively presided over a period of comparatively dismal ratings for the network and the small moves he has made have consistently seemed to backfire. Maybe most important, it took Comcast hiring back NBC veteran Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC for the cable net to even feel like a serious place for news at all.

Now the New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson is offering some specific speculation on Griffin’s demise. She points to the hiring of Janelle Rodriguez from CNN to oversee MSNBC dayside programming — a position that Atkinson had previously pointed out was Griffin’s primary job at this point.

Obviously, this sort of prognosticating must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, many have been prepping for Griffin’s MSNBC funeral for years now. But we can add to the story. Mediaite correctly reportedthis last year when Lack came in:

Mediaite has also been told that Lack is considering a total overhaul of MSNBC’s daytime programming.

That happened. In that same article we reported:

NBC insiders tell Mediaite that while Lack likes Griffin personally, he has serious questions about Griffin’s ability to effectively run a big cable network like MSNBC. And, so far, we hear, nothing Lack has seen has changed that impression.

That rings particularly true now in light of an underreported development at the network that was not mentioned in the Post piece, MSNBC’s hiring of respected news vet David Bohrman to help oversee MSNBC political coverage. At the least, Lack is bringing in a seasoned team to make Griffin completely dispensable.

Atkinson concludes her piece with a real head scratcher:

And what of Griffin? Our 30 Rock-ologists wouldn’t be surprised if he lands with former colleague Jeff Zucker at CNN. Just speculation, of course.

Of all the people who, at the least, suspect Griffin has been in over his head at MSNBC, its got to be his former boss Jeff Zucker. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a role for Griffin at CNN, but one would expect a serious demotion from where he is, or at least was, before Lack came back to fix the leaking MSNBC ship.


CNN host backs Melissa Harris-Perry’s ‘scorching’ indictment of MSNBC: ‘She deserved better than this’

Melissa Harris-Perry (CNN/screen grab)

Melissa Harris-Perry (CNN/screen grab)


CNN media critic Brian Stelter came to the defense of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, saying that the controversial weekend host “deserved better” than to be silently dumped by the network.

In an email posted last week, Harris-Perry explained that she had been absent from several weekend broadcasts after the network took her off the air in favor of election coverage. And she suggested that she would not host the show again until the network returned editorial control to her staff.

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [Andrew] Lack, [Phil] Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

Over the weekend, multiple sources confirmed that MSNBC intended to part ways with Harris-Perry in the coming days. And on Sunday, Stelter said that Harris-Perry had told him in a text message that she was in severance talks with MSNBC.

“I’m a direct time slot competitor of hers so I have an interest in this,” Stelter noted. “And I know Harris-Perry is a polarizing figure. Some people are very happy she has been sidelined, but I think she deserved better than this.”

“Harris-Perry’s talk show was unique,” he continued. “Love it or hate it, she booked people who otherwise weren’t seen or heard on TV. In some ways, she symbolized the Obama era of MSNBC. But that era is ending.”

Stelter observed that Harris-Perry’s statement about her treatment at MSNBC was “scorching.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it in cable news,” he said. “And it has led to her exit… But by marginalizing her, the channel is taking a risk.”

As The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi pointed out: “All of the changes carry a potential perception risk that MSNBC… is diminishing the contributions of its minority personalities.”

Watch the video below from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast Feb. 28, 2016.

MSNBC to sever ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after host’s critical email



MSNBC intends to part ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network’s treatment, insiders at MSNBC said.

Harris-Perry refused to appear on her program Saturday morning, telling her co-workers in an email that she felt “worthless” to the NBC-owned network. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” wrote Harris-Perry, who is African American. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [NBC executives] or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

The rebuke, which became public when it was obtained by the New York Times, has triggered discussions involving the network, Harris-Perry and her representatives about the terms of her departure, said people at MSNBC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks with Perry have not been finalized.

The flap with Harris-Perry, who did not respond to a request for comment, follows a strategic transformation of MSNBC that has swept up several of its minority program hosts. Specifically, the network — which typically finishes far behind Fox News and CNN in cable-news ratings — has been trying to emphasize breaking-news coverage during daytime hours while maintaining a slate of liberal hosts during prime-time hours at night. Like its competitors, it has emphasized breaking campaign coverage, which lately has bumped Harris-Perry from her regular spot.

The network earlier faced some outcry on social media over its irregular preemptions of Jose Diaz-Balart, who hosts a two-hour bloc from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. Diaz-Balart’s disappearance from the air prompted a hashtag —#MasJose — and a petition to encourage MSNBC to feature him on the air more often.

Diaz-Balart’s hosting duties are also in question at the network, with one senior executive terming his chances of continuing his program beyond another month at “50-50.” Scenarios under review include extending the “Morning Joe” program into Diaz-Balart’s slot or creating a new program hosted by one of “Morning Joe’s” regular personalities.


MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Apologizes After Saying Guest Knows His ‘Sh**’ (VIDEO)




Matthews, who hosted Sununu for a discussion of the 2016 field ahead of the MSNBC’s Democratic presidential debate, sent his guest off by saying: “Please come back. You’re kind of cranky, but you know your shit.”

“I shouldn’t have said that word,” Matthews followed up almost immediately. “That was a Trump word.”

After returning from a commercial break, the MSNBC host again apologized for his language, and blamed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for introducing it to the conversation.

“I have to apologize again for that word,” Matthews said. “I–I don’t know how I get it into my head into tonight’s broadcast. It’s a four-letter word, not a good word to be using on television. It’s funny, if there is irony in this business. We blurted out the candidate, Donald Trump used the exact same word.”


Watch below.

Chris Matthews applauds Donald Trump for destroying the falsehood that George W. Bush kept us safe: “Democrats never had the stones”

Chris Matthews applauds Donald Trump for destroying the falsehood that George W. Bush kept us safe:
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Matthews also thanks Jeb! for his “stupidity” and “finally getting this one out in the open”

Chris Matthews opened Monday night’s edition of “Hardball” remarking on what he called the most striking development of the 2016 campaign thus far: “It took a political newcomer, Donald Trump, to say something we already knew but nobody had said before, that President George W. Bush did not keep us safe in the eight years he was president of the United States.”

Matthews, noting the ongoing “war of words” between establishment favorite Jeb Bush and the dominating political neophyte over the national security legacy of George W. Bush, applauded Trump for bringing his brashness to this latest fight, something Matthews charged, “the Democrats never had the stones” to do.

“I’m not a big fan of Donald Trump on many occasions,” Matthews said before arguing that Trump had “awakened us all” to the fact that Jeb is dishonest when he praises his big brother for “keeping us safe.”

“He didn’t keep us safe or the people on those planes, those four planes, safe that day,” Matthews charged. “He didn’t keep those safe, those men and women forced to choose between jumping from 100-story roof and being killed by the smoke and the fire. And he didn’t keep safe the hundreds of firefighters killed that day doing their courageous duty.”

Matthews then took umbrage with Republicans’ gall to hold Hillary Clinton personally responsible for the deaths of four Americans in “in a remote building in war-torn North Africa, miles, 400 miles from the capital of that country,” while ignoring “a concerted, highly coordinated attack using our commercial airliners and our training,” in order to give George W. Bush a pass.

“Again, I want to thank Trump, and Jeb, of course, for finally getting this one out in the open, by throwing out the red meat. By saying, ‘he kept us safe,” Jeb let us know what we knew already, that actually, W. didn’t keep us safe, did he?”

Watch Matthews, via Mediaite:

H/t: DB

Campaign 3.0? Biden To Announce Presidential Decision In 48 Hours



If he decides to enter the race, this will be his third attempt.

“Everyone’s a bit weary about the speculation,” Harwood said.

H/t: DB