Roger Stone claims he found Jesus, and Jesus promptly let him out of jail

Oh, and Trump’s detractors are “satanic.” Because of course they are. In a deeply corrupt move that would have made Richard Nixon vomit his small intestines, Donald Trump recently commuted the sentence of his friend, confidant, and chief ratfucker Roger Stone. Translation: Stone was involved in some hinky, illegal shit, he was a potential key…

Judge in Roger Stone trial slaps down motion to disqualify her

Roger Stone’s lawyers recently threw a Hail Mary, filing a motion to disqualify Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who presided over Stone’s trial for being a worthless ratfucker witness intimidation and lying to Congress. Well, the response to the motion is in, and it didn’t go Stone’s way: x BREAKING: Judge denies Roger Stone motion to disqualify her,…

Memo to media: Don't screw up the impeachment hearings

Four months after the Beltway press badly failed in its coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony on the Russia scandal, the D.C. press corps has a chance at redemption this week with the first public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump. Hopefully, newsrooms will be up to the important task at hand. “The stakes don’t get…

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 impeachment media coverage would likely be a disaster

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional testimony confirmed once again that Donald Trump has engaged in serious wrongdoing, including likely obstruction of justice. It also raised the possibility that Trump could be charged with crimes after he leaves office. Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday also provided something of a preview for what possible impeachment…

Adam Schiff humiliates Meghan McCain over question of collusion

In the annals of journalism, only two sentences have had the power to send a frisson of dread down the spine of any politician: “Hello, I’m Mike Wallace, and I’m from 60 Minutes” and “I’m Meghan McCain from The View, and I have a really stupid question to ask you that you’ve already answered a…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 131)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1494. Moved to change citizenship test 1495. Passed a new rule limiting abortion referrals 1496. Moved…

An opportunity lost

I am not going to re-litigate the entire 7 hour “Mueller experience.” That’s not what this is about. It turned out better than  I had feared, but not as good as I had hoped for. Actually, I was well pleased with the afternoon session in front of the Intelligence committee. I had written a couple…

About Trump's “Strategy?” Stop Laughing, It Worked.

We’ve all seen, heard of, or read about it. A well dressed, well off, PhD who gets skinned down to his skivvies by a 16 y.o. high school dropout with a 3 card monte table on a street corner. And no matter how often we see, hear, or read about it, it’s Donald Trump who…

Can the press atone for its Mueller coverage this week?

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony before Congress Wednesday not only provides a key opportunity to educate the public on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, it also allows the Beltway press a chance at redemption. It gives news organizations an opportunity to go beyond the White House spin and the media’s soggy…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 123)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers 1404. Used an emergency declaration to sell…

Major bookmaker changes odds of Trump impeachment from 8-to-1 to 2-to-1

It’s amazing what a verbal recap of the major conclusions of a report that’s been out for nearly six weeks can do. Seriously, did anyone read this thing? Judging by the reaction from the right-wing media especially, one would think Robert Mueller’s press conference yesterday had included new allegations that Trump was regularly getting happy-ending…

Hannity, et al., are freaking out over Mueller press conference

When you live 24/7 inside a giant acrylic hamster ball full of unicorn glitter farts and faerie dreams, reality can really chafe you when it finally rears its head. Sean Hannity and some Fox regulars are finding that out now. Today, in the wake of the Robert Mueller press conference — in which he stated in…

Time to sh*t or get off the pot.

I hope I find it as easy to wear off of Robert Mueller as I did with beer. It shouldn’t be hard, I’ve had more than my fill, and it’s time to stop before I wake up on the floor with the cat scooping litter over me. God knows that Robert Mueller himself is sick…