Some Predictions About Tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate.

Safe Bets For Tonight: It’s hosted by CNN and NYT, so the questions to the candidates are going to suck. The moderators want this to become a professional wrestling match, so look for lots of questions crafted to spark fights among the candidates. I predict Erin Burnett will ask Warren and Sanders about how they…

NYT, CNN play Gotcha! with Senator Kamala Harris' Environmental Record.

The Exxon oil wells off the California coast are a dark cancer on our fair nation.  And when the pipeline that carried Exxon’s oil from those wells broke, and bespoiled  miles of coast line and poisoned wildlife, Then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris vigorously intervened. Harris and her successor successfully  assisted in the criminal prosecution of the oil pipeline…

How the press keeps helping Trump spread his crooked Ukraine conspiracy

Tapped to handle damage control on the stunning revelation that Donald Trump aggressively tried to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his possible 2020 Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo engaged in reckless bouts of misinformation during appearances on Sunday morning shows yesterday—and the hosts did nothing to stop him. In…

Trump's new press secretary taunts CNN on Twitter; it doesn't go well

As the saying goes, to err is human, whereas to err; double-, triple-, and quadruple-down on the erring; and then take out a Sharpie to alter an official government weather map before denying you did so is oh-so-Trumpian. For some reason, Donald Trump’s new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, thought it would be a good idea to tweak…

Confirmed: Trump lies to reporters more often than he lies to any other group

Press advocates scored an important legal victory this week when a U.S. District Court judge ordered the White House to reinstate media credentials to reporter Brian Karem, whose access had been stripped away by Donald Trump's team after a dust-up during a Rose Garden ceremony in July. There, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka called Karem a…

Larry Kudlow goes full Orwell in new CNN interview

On a good day, listening to top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow discuss economics is like watching the chief herpetologist at the Bronx Zoo run around screaming in the gift shop with a Gaboon viper latched to his scrotum. Today, he looked even more out of his element.  In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar,…

Trump flips out on NBC reporter for pointing out his stupidity

Watching White House press conferences these days is like watching psych ward orderlies try to convince their patients not to eat live pigeons whole in the exercise yard. Yesterday was no different. After whining that President Obama enjoyed the “benefit” of 0 percent interest rates and two payroll tax cuts (you know, because his predecessor had left him with…

Trump dupes the press about passing gun laws—again

Folding like a cheap suit, Donald Trump once again signaled that he's going to stand in the way of any kind of gun reform legislation in the wake of two more massacres that left 31 people dead and dozens more injured. Trump lying about gun laws and brazenly walking back his public pledges for action…

What Bernie Sanders gets right with his critique of the corporate media

For generations, the politicians consistently and publicly finding fault with the news media have largely been Republican. But as frustrations rise on the other side of the aisle this campaign season, more Democrats are speaking out, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders. His structural critique of corporate media in America is an important one and goes to…

Memo to media: 'Congress' isn't blocking new gun laws—the GOP is

Obstructionist Republicans have been blocking common-sense gun laws for years, even as the laundry list of gun massacres continues to grow. The radical maneuver comes against overwhelming public support for Democrat-backed legislation. If ever there's been an example of an entire political party in America completely out of step with the country, this is it….

Media 'optics' police hounded Obama and Clinton for years, now give Trump a pass

What a difference a new administration makes. After spending years as self-appointed patrollers of so-called political optics, relentlessly ticketing Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for supposedly major and minor infractions, the D.C. press has dropped that pursuit under Donald Trump. No longer obsessing over how things look or bemoaning a lack of proper theatrics, Beltway…

Why the D.C. press isn't equipped to handle Trump's racist re-election crusade

Doubling and tripling down on his bigoted commentary and racist tweets, Donald Trump is all but boasting that his re-election run will be fueled by hate speech and hardcore white grievance. Unlike anything ever seen before in American politics (remember, segregationist George Wallace didn't have a Twitter feed), Trump's re-election strategy is to basically spark…

KS-Sen: Kris Kobach (R), “I might still support Trump if he said 'I'm a racist'”

Yes, he said that: x YouTube Video Republican Senate candidate Kris Kobach left CNN anchor Chris Cuomogobsmacked Tuesday night when he had to seriously think about whether he’d continue to support Donald Trump for president if he openly admitted to being a racist, saying he’d have to weigh who Trump was running against. Appearing on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time to…

Dark days: When journalists won't name Trump's blatant racism

Three months ago the Associated Press updated its influential AP Stylebook, which news editors and producers across the country use as a guideline in terms of what language to use when covering today's current events. In a key and dramatic change, the AP this year began urging news outlets to accurately describe racist behavior when it's…

The press soft-pedals GOP’s wild and dangerous insurrection in Oregon

The political and militia showdown that's been unfolding around Oregon's state Capitol is a stunning news event by any modern standard. After fleeing the state in order to prevent a quorum that's needed for a vote on climate change legislation, Republicans are being aided by right-wing militia members who are promising to lay down their lives for…

How the press played along with Trump's Iran 'crisis' charade

Dubbed “the decider,” Donald Trump basked in lots of undeserved media glory last week after he invented a crisis with Iran, then claimed to have solved it by calling off a planned bombing raid on the country at the last minute. Largely missing from the tick-tick “crisis” storytelling was the media acknowledgement that the whole episode…

CNN's new 'political editor' tied to the shameful Seth Rich conspiracy story

This is craven. Because Donald Trump twiddles his tweeter thumbs at CNN 24/7, the network has apparently bowed to the “pressure,” hiring a former Trump DOJ official and Republican operative, Sarah Isgur Flores, to oversee its 2020 election coverage. That’s not a typo. It’s not meant to say “to oversee its quarterly urinal cake acquisition”…

Rudy Giuliani: “As far as I know” Trump Didn't Tell Cohen to Lie….

Rudy appeared today on CNN’s State of the Union and spouted a bunch of gobbledygook framed by two classic examples of temporizing…. opening with “As far as I know”…. x Rudy Giuliani: “As far as I know, President Trump did not have discussions … in which he told (Michael Cohen) or counseled him to lie. If…

TV Networks Set To Kiss Trump's A** Tomorrow Night.

Nothing like continuing to give Trump all the air time he wants.   (CNN)The major television networks will provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump's prime time address on border security on Tuesday. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox broadcast network all said on Monday that they had agreed to the White House's request for air time….

The times, they are a-changin'

There is an ill wind blowing in Washington DC right now, and the staff in the west wing had better make sure that all of the windows are closed, or before too long, His Lowness could end up catching a cold that could be the presidential end of him. The winds have subtly shifted in…

With Omarosa, the media is setting a disturbing double standard.

* Spoiler Alert * I will not be watching Chuckles' big interview with Omarosa on Meet The Press tomorrow. And I won't be watching on Monday either, when Tweety interrupts her every sentence. In fact, I won’t even use her picture on this diary. As far as I'm concerned, Omarosa Manigault Newman is nothing more…