Our Failed Media Open Thread:Both Sides!, They Bleat, Frantically

But when it comes to the real maestros of mealy-mouthing, there’s one publication leads the pack…

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    Ten bucks says that next week we’re treated to another op-ed from the NYT on civility.

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    Raoul says:

    Speaking of failed media. Chuck Todd is going to have Erick Erickson on his g-damned teevee show tomorrow morning.
    Todd has learned nothing. His producers have learned nothing. I’m beginning to feel they want the mayhem to be happening, since they keep rewarding the wingers who helped foment this situation.

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    MomSense says:

    Jesus fucking Christ. FTFNYT

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    Mike in NC says:

    I’m supposing Megyn Kelly gets her old job back at FOX, with a fat pay raise as well. Then she’ll play mean girl to all those terrible people back at NBC.

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    eric says:

    The David Simon tweet is a take-off of the greatest lawyer letter ever….

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    lumpkin says:

    The NYT is nothing more than a trolling operation. Cancel your subscription. Don’t feed the trolls.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)  🗳🌷 says:

    Literally blaming the victims. God, fuck the NYT! NBC was pretty bad covering the politics of the shooter. All they did was mention he was anti-Trump without giving any other proper context, like why he was anti-Trump.

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    Jay says:

    Driftglass has had the Media’s “number” along with the ReThug’s for going on 30 years now,

    “Like Prince Prospero in Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, a devastating plague has been sweeping across CNN president Jeff Zucker’s lands for many years. A plague of Republican madness and racism. Of paranoia and malignant ignorance. Depravity. Authoritarianism. And lying. Always. always lying.

    And always escalating. Always getting worse.”


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    Emerald says:

    Had to turn off MSNBC this morning when Alex Witt said that Trump must be really feeling emotional about the attack on the synagogue because of his beloved son-in-law and his daughter, who converted! I gagged.

    For the first time in years, CNN was better.

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    Jeffro says:

    Why won’t they just ask him: what if the bombs had been sent to you and to Fox News back in 2014, and President Obama had said “well, gee, I mean, Trumpov and Faux have been really really unfair and mean to me, so…?”

    ASK, media jellyfish! You have only your spines to reclaim!

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    Jeffro says:

    And at the risk of pointing out the obvious: this is just another extension of the Trumpov Doctrine, as (correctly) analyzed by Adam. The world/the media/etc etc etc will treat me “fairly” or else, with “fairly” of course meaning “favoring me, doting on me, feeding my bottomless narcissism”.

    Classic abuser mentality. “Sorry you almost got assassinated, but I told you not to criticize/oppose me!”

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Jeffro: Rules are different for malignant narcissists. They are perpetual victims, as Trump reminds us every day. Woe is he!

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    Jeffro says:

    @Mike in NC: I guess! He also complained that answering questions about 11 murdered Americans in the rain ‘messed up his hair’ and almost caused him to have to cancel his Klan gathering tonight. The nerve of those 11!!

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    Josie says:

    I thought when someone mentioned that in another thread, they were making it up. He actually complained about his hair?!? Unbelievable.

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    Raoul says:

    Anyone watch the video of Trump just awkwardly abandoning his open umbrella at the top of the AF1 stairs this morning? It’s kind of amazing.

    The ‘best’ (and by that I mean worst) part might be the staffer who, like 28 seconds later, walks up the stairs, steps around the umbrella, and also boards without closing and removing it.

    “Who’s the peon around here who closes umbrellas?!?” I suppose man #2 shouted once aboard. None of these f**kers are worth a dime. All high and mighty and yet lazy as an overfed sloth.

    I think it’s finally at one minute that a secret service guy is a capable enough human being to close the umbrella.
    (And indeed the secret service are capable, solid people.)

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    WereBear says:

    @Raoul: That is correct. They want the brainwashed third of the populace who will fall for their pond scum advertisers. Just like FOX.

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    lgerard says:


    That was Reince Prebius’s job. but no one replaced him,

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Raoul: I don’t know about the Secret Service. There’s a retired member in my subdivision who is a Tea Partier. And a special needs dad.

    Who does he think is going to make sure there’s funding for the supports his kids will need after he and his wife have shuffled off this mortal coil? Ain’t the turkeys he’s put up lawn signs for.

    I wouldn’t know how to begin to look for it but I remember a video of Barack and Michelle climbing the stairs to Air Force One in the rain: Barack holding the umbrella over both of them, making sure Michelle got inside, turning around from inside the doorway to carefully close the umbrella and whisk it inside. It was so graceful a move, almost like a bit of dance choreography.

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    Eljai says:

    @Emerald: Alex Witt is not up to the task. This morning when she referred to Dump’s argument for arming places of worship as “food for thought,” I had to stop myself from throwing the coffee pot at the TV.

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    mvr says:

    @Ohio Mom: There were things to worry about and complain about with the last administration (as there would be with any bunch of people having to do that job) but it was all dance choreography by comparison to what we have now. Except that this guy (DT)
    is a maestro of prejudice and resentment. Plays them for the rewards and denies the responsibility.

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    stacy says:

    @Eljai: Notice how MSNBC switched from Joy Reid to Alex Witt shortly after the story broke? Hmm…

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @The Midnight Lurker: No civility due for any of the collaborator scum of the Vichy Times. Once this is all over, they should suffer the fate that so many collaborator Frenchmen suffered after WWII.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    IIRC they all had their heads shaved and were hated by everyone with hair for the rest of that year. Few were criminally accused, IIRC. I was still not even an idea in my parents mind, so I could be wrong.

    Someone correct me if you know better, please.

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    jonas says:

    Hey, to be fair, remember when the NYT ran that story after that disaffected Sanders supporter shot up the Congressional baseball game? “All the Times Congressional Republicans Offended Lefties?”

    Yeah. Me neither. Never has the meme FTFNYT been more richly deserved.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    President Trump: “I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth.”

    He’s Holden Fucking Caulfield now?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @J R in WV: Petain was sentenced to death, but it was commuted.

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