“Never been so disappointed in a news crew in my life.”
“CBS This Morning” hosted Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday morning to talk about his new book that attacks the left and many Americans are asking “why?” Why invite him on the air? The title of Trump Jr’s book is “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
That alone should have been a heads-up that maybe choosing to interview the president’s eldest son was a bad idea. But it was also a heads up that if they were going to actually interview him, perhaps they should have been prepared?
As many noted on social media, the panel of CBS hosts was not prepared, they let him spew his false talking points and ugly beliefs with little push back, and when the conversation went off the rails they resorted to flattery to get him to change subjects – just like people do with his father.
Case in point: Here is Donald Trump Jr. attacking transgender people live on CBS’s air:
CBS This Morning hosts tried to move the interview along quickly as Don Jr. started pushing anti-trans talking points pic.twitter.com/LeVjPGyFEu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 5, 2019
“CBS This Morning” hosts’ solution? Not pushing back, not explaining why his point of view is offensive, but, flattery: “Are you interested in running for political office?”
More flattery: Trump Jr. is identified on the chyron as “The President’s Son.”
Or here: Trump Jr. is reminded polls show a majority of Americans now support impeaching and removing President Trump from office.
“Well I think that was a very plus-D poll,” he says, meaning heavily weighted with Democrats. In fact, among the polls that show majority support for impeaching and removing Trump is a Fox News poll.
CBS hosts didn’t bother to push back on nearly anything Jr. threw at them.
In this same clip, Jr. calls Washington, D.C.’s airport “middle America.”
.@DonaldJTrumpJr believes that the impeachment process will “vindicate” his father.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 5, 2019
Trump Jr. kicked off his first two minutes in the interview by attacking House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, then saying, “My father put the transcript out. Read it,” referring to the transcript of Trump’s infamous July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, in which he engages in attempted extortion.
But President Trump did not, at all, “put the transcript out.” In fact, the official White House call summary says it is not a transcript. No actual transcript was ever released.
And yet, none of the three “CBS This Morning” hosts pushed back on Jr’s lie.
Americans are angered at “CBS This Morning,” and with good reason. Take a look:
shame on you
— #TrumpFascism and the #RepublicanFascistParty. (@PinchandScrimp) November 5, 2019
“CBS This Morning” had the chance to ask Donald Trump Jr tough questions, but the anchors failed to effectively take control of the conversation. He was able to rant against Hunter Biden, the media and trans athletes with little pushback.
— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) November 5, 2019
Because we shouldn’t use our own eyes and ears.
Trump’s transparency: Hide reports, hide phone transcripts, hide Putin notes, hide taxes, hide visitor log at White House, Stop holding press briefings.
Trump’s “LOVE” via Trump’s supporters: pic.twitter.com/MSNAupooXL
— Dianne Reum (@LibertyIsALady) November 5, 2019
MY EXACT QUESTION.
— Stephen Harrington (@_StephenH) November 5, 2019
Just watched trump jr walk all over CBS this morning never been so disappointed in a news crew in my life
— William Wright (@William88819776) November 5, 2019
@GayleKing I treasure you on the CBS morning show, but was incredibly disappointed this morning with your interview of Don Trump Jr. I respect even-keeled journalism, but you and your colleagues allowed him open reign to spin falsehoods. https://t.co/VHskXLpqi9
— Eric B (@ezb60613) November 5, 2019
Damn. I’d just started watching CBS This Morning. I thought I found a decent morning show. I was wrong.
— Philly Snowflake (@phillysnowflake) November 5, 2019
— Beth Tuura (@tvbethy) November 5, 2019
Tried hard to listen to Donny tRump Jr on CBS this Morning but just could not, had to turn off the sound. I love the show but why give voice to the lunatic rantings of this idiot? Sorry CBS this morning but this was a fail for you. @CBSThisMorning
— Daisy Mae (@hduffyg) November 5, 2019
This interview with Don Jr. on CBS this morning is nauseating. Can’t believe they invited him on the set.
— adrienne wright (@YOadriennnnnnne) November 5, 2019
Appallingly bad performance by the CBS This Morning on-air team with Donald Trump Jr interview. Embarrassing.
— mark rast (@photomarkrast) November 5, 2019
Cannot believe CBS This Morning allowed Don Jr. on their show, as much as he & Trump call them “Fake News”, now Gayle & the others have allowed him to use them to promote his book of evil, in which he speaks horrible things about those they hate for all the wrong reasons.
— Anita Blount (@anitablou) November 5, 2019
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‘No Ethics’ Matt Gaetz Gaslights in Defense of Cruz – Gets Roasted for Having ‘No Moral High Ground’
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, decided to weigh in on Ted Cruz abandoning his constituents for a trip to sunny Cancun while some of them literally froze to death. Gaetz came out by defending Cruz, saying no apology was necessary.
More specifically, Gaetz gaslighted the general public, by saying, “Ted Cruz should not have apologized.”
The Senator from Texas who used his two little girls as a shield for his bad behavior did not apologize.
“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” which is what Cruz told reporters, is no apology.
Many have accepted Gaetz’s false claim that Cruz apologized, but blasted him for saying that Cruz should have gone further, and resigned.
Others reminded Gaetz that he is hardly in any position to be a moral arbiter.
Take a look:
Congratulations. You’re a failed humanhttps://t.co/FYYJp0IFfI
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 19, 2021
Of course you would say that 🙄
Gaetz’s job? Carrying his makeup bag around to appear on Fox News
Let’s not forget the illegal taxpayer funded studio 😡
— Debbie (@DebbieSVA) February 19, 2021
He should have resigned instead.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) February 19, 2021
Spoken like a guy who brought a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 19, 2021
Trumpism, in a nutshell: https://t.co/vesLpI378h
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 19, 2021
We already know you have no ethics
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) February 19, 2021
Dude actually took first responders away from helping people freezing in their homes to get a police escort to the airport on Wednesday.https://t.co/0XYI5zX4ho
— Jedi, Interrupted 🏳️🌈 (@JediCounselor) February 19, 2021
Shitposting as a mode of governance https://t.co/ERvDPz3LNZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 19, 2021
This politician is so consumed with tribalism, he’s lost touch with humanity. Never become this guy. If you have the means, help people in need wherever and whenever you can. https://t.co/Dy33AWOnLt
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) February 19, 2021
You know if that was some Democrat, you guys would have vilified them!
Stop with the double standard and the shamelessness.
Is that the lesson you learned from Trump — never apologize and never take accountability for your mistakes?
— Marcus Baram (@mbaram) February 19, 2021
Huh? His first responsibility is to the people of Texas. He let them down big time. of course though you do not get that.
— marybl (@marybl62) February 19, 2021
He needs to apologize to everyone in TX, including his dog.
— Pvt 1st Class, Army of the Decent (@smallsoulbites) February 19, 2021
Ted Cruz should not have fled to Mexico, on vacation, during a pandemic or statewide emergency. There, I fixed it for you.
— MamaDuck (@benjean2) February 19, 2021
Conservatives excused an insurrection and people wanting to murder the Vice President. They have no moral high ground.
— Matt Johnson (@mpj214) February 19, 2021
Someone is a little jealous of Cruz’s surge in the biggest-jerk-in-Congress derby. https://t.co/wjx5R9nhiq
— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) February 19, 2021
And you shouldn’t drink and drive, but here we are https://t.co/fCmxhCudAR
— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) February 19, 2021
Larry Kudlow Trashes Kamala Harris in Expletive-Filled Hot Mic Outburst on Fox News
Larry Kudlow is returning to cable news after a nearly three-year stint in the Trump White House as the president’s economic advisor, and he kicked off his first day at his new job with an expletive-filled attack on Vice President Kamala Harris.
Harris has been under fire for her recent – and entirely taken out of context – comments about vaccine distribution, taken from an interview with Axios that aired on HBO over the weekend.
First, what she actually said.
“There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris said, speaking about when the Biden administration took office. “And so in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
Tuesday afternoon Fox News played a short excerpt of Vice President Harris’ coronavirus vaccine distribution comments, setting off Kudlow.
Fox News dishonestly decided to play just this part of her remarks: “in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
In the background, on a hot mic, Kudlow repeatedly screamed “bullshit! bullshit! bullshit! bullshit!” as Mediaite noted.
But the Vice President is correct.
There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations when the Biden administration took office less than four weeks ago. Vaccines were shipped to states, and then they and local leaders were forced to try to figure it out. Distribution, transport (which requires sub-zero temperatures), how to administer the vaccine, who should get it first, how to schedule, whether or not to have mass vaccination sites, how to pay for it all, everything. Zero help, including basics like exactly when to expect how many doses, from the federal government.
Kudlow was reacting to Fox News’ out-of-context quote, but he’s absolutely wrong on the facts.
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) February 16, 2021
Sarah Sanders’ Lies Were Even Worse Than Originally Reported — Here’s How She Got Away With Them
In her tenure as White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders became legendary for her ability to lie at the podium.
But according to conservative commentator Andrew Egger, writing for The Bulwark, Sanders’ real “success” for the Trump administration did not come from how frequently she lied — it came from the fact that most of her lies were boring.
This story first ran in June, 2019.
“Her morose, plodding style and Bartlebyesque refusals to grant reporters a single inch of ground poured cold water on news cycle after news cycle that might otherwise have ignited,” wrote Egger. “The downside, of course, was that she lied a lot. But even here she distinguished herself from [predecessor Sean] Spicer, whose sweaty, frantic tall tales—that was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!—always invited heaps of instant ridicule. Deadpanning her way through boring, misleading briefing after boring, misleading briefing, Sarah Sanders managed to take most of the fun out of calling her out—as much of a victory as Trump could typically hope for, under the circumstances.”
There were certainly some falsehoods so egregious that they did catch the media’s attention. The time that she lied that “countless” FBI agents told her they had lost confidence in former Director James Comey, for example, which she herself admitted to former special counsel Robert Mueller was a lie. And her claim that CNN reporter Jim Acosta had attacked a White House intern, which was the pretext for revoking his press credentials and which she tried to back up with doctored video footage.
But these lies were the exception rather than the rule, said Egger. Most of her ignoble talent lay in her ability to simply deny things, over and over, relentlessly, until reporters just gave up. This has been the norm on everything from reporters asking her questions about the Mueller investigation, to the times the president has glorified the idea of violence against journalists.
“It wasn’t any single heroic act of staggering duplicity that earned Sarah Sanders her paycheck at the White House,” concluded Egger. “It was the mealy spaces between the highlights: the constant barrage of bald denials of plain fact, all delivered in a bored monotone that made them seem not outrageous, or even particularly notable, but simply tiresome. How will they manage to replace that?”
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