MSNBC Hosts Skewer Howard Dean For His Defense Of Clintons

Amid a growing scandal suggesting the Clinton Foundation improperly accepted donations in exchange for political favors, 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill, can at least count on Howard Dean for support. The former Democrat National Committee chairman and one-time presidential candidate appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to criticize the author of a new book that promises to expose the Clintons’ actions.

Dean suggested author Peter Schweizer could not be trusted because he “is getting money from donors – big donors who support Ted Cruz.”

“You’re going after the author?” host Joe Scarborough asked.

He continued, noting that plenty of other news outlets are following up on the issues presented in the book, asserting that Dean must similarly criticize these sources – specifically the New York Times, which published an article that promoted the story to nationwide prominence.

“You’re actually going to have to condemn the New York Times, Joe Becker and Mike McIntyre,” Scarborough insisted. “They’re the ones that wrote the story.”

Dean accepted the challenge and went on to rip the Times as an outlet with numerous “incredibly sloppy” journalists on its staff.

“I have been threatened by reporters,” he asserted. “They were going to run a story that they knew wasn’t true and I knew wasn’t true unless I produced evidence to prove it wasn’t true.”

Scarborough cut Dean off, comparing him to previous guest James Carville, who consistently attempted to change the focus of the conversation.

“It’s always ‘look at something else,’” he lamented.

The host also coaxed Dean into admitting that he has no criticism of the authors behind the Times article being discussed.

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Could MSNBC Bite The Dust Because Of The Proposed Big-Money Mega-Merger That Just Collapsed?

With its ratings in a virtual death spiral and its position among cable news networks diminishing by the day, MSNBC could be facing a very bleak future, if not an outright existential crisis. That’s because its parent, Comcast, just pulled the plug on a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. So says the digital managing editor for the Washington Free Beacon, Andrew Stiles, in his analysis of the proposed big-money media marriage that never made it to the altar.

In an editor’s blog entitled “MSNBC’s Future In Doubt After Failed Comcast Merger,” Stiles notes that “the network’s future was in doubt long before the merger fell apart.” However, now that the telecom giants have abandoned their expensive effort to grease the Washington skids to try to win official approval of their plan to combine forces, Comcast may be compelled to take a long, hard look at the viability of the far-left news net that viewers are abandoning in droves.

Politico reports that Time Warner Cable and Comcast — which not long ago bought a controlling interest in NBCUniversal from General Electric — pumped tens of millions of dollars, reportedly more than $32 million, into lobbying firms and other means of regulatory influence to persuade the powers that be to bless the $45 billion merger. It was, as Politico notes, a strategy that had worked in the past.

“Comcast and its Washington chief, David Cohen, followed the company’s tried-and-true playbook, hoping free-flowing campaign donations and a ground assault could quiet congressional critics and win over the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department — much as it had in 2011, when it bought NBCUniversal. Instead, opponents are hailing Comcast’s failed strategy as a welcome sign that money can’t buy everything in Washington.”

Regarding that Comcast acquisition of control in NBCUniversal, Western Journalism published a post in December of last year detailing how Al Sharpton got his show on MSNBC after he helped to promote the deal among his political connections, including some in the White House. With virtually no professional TV broadcast experience, but with links to power and a no-holds-barred loyalty to Barack Obama and the Democrats, Sharpton was chosen to anchor Politics Nation. And despite a string of goofs and gaffes and controversies over his outside activism, Reverend Al survives in the anchor chair.

Now Politics Nation, as well as most other shows on the down-trending cable news network, could be facing a very uncertain future, given that Comcast’s political clout in Washington seems to be diminished. This harsh new reality leads one to reasonably wonder whether the company will decide that its political programming is less meaningful to DC movers and shakers and thus less valuable to the corporation.

In addition to the significant sagging in political relevance for its MSNBC unit, Comcast must also re-focus on the ratings disaster that continues to befall the network’s show lineup. In the coveted 25-54 audience demographic, Politics Nation, on a recent night typical of long-term trends, was very badly beaten in its time slot by both CNN and Fox News, which regularly trounces MSNBC overall.

Mediaite notes that one of the network’s weakest programs, All In with Chris Hayes, “was the lowest-rated show across all of cable news in primetime Wednesday night,” with only 77,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo.

Commenting on the collapse of the long-sought merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said in a statement on Friday: “Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away.”

The question now concerning MSNBC’s future is whether Comcast will “walk away” from the floundering network and, like it just did with the merger, pull the plug on an operation that has long been on life support.

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Ultra-Lib Ed Schultz Goes Off On Obama, Invites Him To Go ‘Face-To-Face’

Though MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has been an admitted and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama’s policies in the past, a recent disagreement between the two leftists regarding a proposed trade deal caused The Ed Show’s host to erupt in an on-air tirade against the president.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that would increase trade with 11 nations, is supported by Obama but opposed by many in his own party – Schultz included. The incident that prompted Thursday’s rant, however, was a direct jab against MSNBC included in an Obama speech on the subject.

“I wanna talk about some stuff that, uh, creates some controversy, because it’s important,” Obama said, “and one of those policies right now that I’m focused on is new trade agreements with other countries.”

He went on to explain that he wants to “set the record straight,” going on to excoriate the cable news network for its criticism of the TPP.

“If you were watching MSNBC and this stuff,” he continued, “you were thinking, ‘Oh, man. I loved Obama; but what’s going on here?”

After playing a clip of Obama’s remarks, Schultz – along with his guest, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – responded harshly to the criticism.

“If you can prove to the American people that there will not be a depression of wages,” he said, “if you can prove to the American people that this will create jobs, if you want to go face-to-face with me, President Obama, I’m ready to go because I have the facts, OK?”

Sanders chimed in that, to the best of his knowledge, media outlets CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC “have not discussed the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States of America,” adding that Americans “might want to ask why that is the case.”

In concluding his philippic, Schultz acknowledged that he has been an active supporter of Obama’s platform. Despite that loyalty, though, he noted that Obama has yet to sit down for an interview with him.

“I supported you big time,” Schultz said. “I was the first liberal talker to support you. I’ve carried your water big time when it comes to healthcare, I’ve carried your water on the economy and defending your move on the automobile industry. But, Mr. President, you can take shots at this network; but I guarantee you, you are wrong on this and you cannot prove to the American people … and Mr. President, your recovery of the economy, the automobile industry and healthcare will not be your legacy.”

h/t: The Blaze

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Liberal Media Not Showing Hillary The Same Love They Show Obama

MSNBC, which can always be counted on to defend Barack Obama against charges by conservatives and Republicans, isn’t treating Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton with the same blind love.

In a discussion with Media Matters’ founder David Brock on Morning Joe, discussing the soon to be released book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, Brock said that people should look at Clinton’s actions and that she should be held to account for them.

Mika Brzezinski, who previously had expressed her disbelief regarding Clinton’s email excuse, told Brock that we can’t look at her record because she scrubbed the email server she used while she was secretary of state.

Brock responded by saying that the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department should be enough evidence of her record, and that she followed regulations.

Brzezinski shot back, telling Brock that he didn’t need to give her a lesson on State Department regulations, and that “She scrubbed emails because she felt like it and that went against regulations.”

When the hosts and contributors on the liberal leaning MSNBC can’t defend Hillary Clinton, you know she is in real trouble.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Watch: Chris Matthews Is Not Happy The Republicans Are Attacking Hillary Clinton

On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.

This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:

We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.

It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.

The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:

Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.

Matthews: This thing being this book.

Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.

Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.

As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.

Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.

Matthews: Early.

Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy

Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.

h/t: Newsbusters

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