On Fox News, the kids are definitely not all right, as Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery demonstrated on their Fox News Specialists show earlier today. (What, exactly, are they specialists on, by the way? Do we know? Or is that just a catchy term for right-wing propagandists?)
Eric Bolling kicked off the fun by pooh-poohing Bernie Sanders' correct claim that thousands will die under the Senate version of Trumpcare.
To which young Kennedy Montgomery shrugged, informing the audience that "we're all going to die."
"And they can't predict -- there's no way unless they are absolutely psychic and have a party line to heaven, they don't know who's going to die or when or how many people," she assured Fox viewers.
Well, you know what? We actually DO have a way to scientifically estimate that number, which is what Bernie based his assertion on. It's not really all that tough.
And yes, we're all going to die. But speaking for me and mine, I'd like that to be the consequence of an actual fatal event, and not an easily preventable one if only we'd had access to treatment. Is that fair?
[h/t Media Matters]
Sadly, the beautiful sport of gymnastics has been tarnished by a problem that is pervasive when it comes to adults coaching young athletes. Incidents of unforgivable sexual abuse of young gymnasts often went unreported and action wasn't taken, USA-Gymnastics admits. They issued an open letter of apology for the many incidents that were ignored and the subsequent abuse that is simply unacceptable.
"60 Minutes" aired an expose on the role of USA-Gymnastics in silently facilitating years of abuse back in February of this year, based on the work of a few investigative journalists from the "Indy Star." They discovered that there were cases of abuse that were, like most sex abuse, unreported and buried under the mat. USA-Gymnastics, in a break from its past behavior of ignoring much of these incidents, has taken steps to adopt the standards of SafeSport.org.
Thanks to the courage of former elite artistic and rhythmic gymnasts who testified about their own horrific experiences in front of a Senate Judicial Committee, USA-Gymnastics has admitted culpability. USAG has taken measures to educate and protect its members from this type of trauma.
Sean Hannity is throwing a man-baby size tantrum over the fact that folks are refusing to swipe right on Trump supporting folks trying to find a date on the best online dating (hookup) site, Tinder. On his Wednesday show (aka, right wing cry fest), he whined:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Alright so I don't know if you have the same thing, what do they call this matchmaking thing, timber and all that other stuff that they got? Tinder and all that other stuff?
KATIE HOPKINS: Yeah, we have that.
HANNITY: OK so there apparently Donald Trump according to the Sacramento Bee is saying people will ask straight up do you vote for or do you support Trump. And if you did boom, that's it.
You know, I would never date a Trump supporter and I think that this is a SUPER valid question to ask of friends, dates, etc. Admitting you support Trump demonstrates, generally, that you are ok with:
Yeah it was a hoax and fake news mere moments ago, but hey! If Trump can blame Barack Obama for Russia hacking our election, then Russian hacking all of a sudden is real.
Investigate everybody, I say!
Most of Trump's tactics involve, "nothing is ever Trump's fault" and if it looks like it is then "blame everybody else." And nobody helps Trump and his surrogates push that tactic more blatantly than Fox News.
I'd love to get access to the email group of Trump surrogates, that's for sure. The daily talking points, the debates on what and how to use them. Because there's massive amounts of collusion between Team Trump, outside surrogates, and Fox News.
I can dream, can't I?
Jay Sekulow, a lifelong pro-life advocate and an attorney for Trump was the subject of a blockbuster Guardian story which reports, "Jay approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family."
Maybe that's why Trump likes him so much, he's a chip off the ole block.
Some Fox News personalities, including Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity, have recently been pushing the talking point that Obama is really the one who needs to be investigated and put under oath over Russia hacking our election.
Anyone who thinks Trump's meetup with Republican Senators yesterday went well? Hear what one Republican Senator told the New York Times:
A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy, according to an aide who received a detailed readout of the exchange.
Mr. Trump said he planned to tackle tax reform later, ignoring the repeal’s tax implications, the staff member added.
In case you've been dead for a month, the reason the Senate healthcare bill was written in secret, the reason it's details are still foggy, the reason it cuts Medicaid, is because if the Republicans don't find the money for the massive tax cuts they plan, they'll come up against the tried and true deficit hawks in their own party. They found the money in Medicaid.
So they have to do the healthcare first to have the budget money for their tax cuts. Trump himself said so in April:
Dr. Alieta Eck drew ridicule from MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday by suggesting that the way to give Americans better health care was to allow people to buy insurance through the National Rifle Association (NRA).
During a discussion with a panel of doctors who support President Donald Trump's effort to "repeal and replace Obamacare," Ruhle asked Eck how legislation could improve the health care system.
"If you were to sit down with Mitch McConnell and say, 'Leader McConnell, what you need to do to get this thing through,'" Ruhle wondered. "Speaking as a doctor, what would you tell him?"
"How about letting other groups form -- not just employer based," Eck opined. "So if a group like the NRA or some other group or a township..."
"How can the NRA create health care," Ruhle interrupted, rolling her eyes.
One physician on the panel reacted by burying his face in his hands while others cackled out loud.
"I'm going to go with a no on that one," Ruhle said.
Next time some Trumper lectures you about "respecting the office of the president," Show them this video:
Donald Trump thinks of himself as a Don Draper type. EWW.
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Stephanie Ruhle and her guest Megan Murphy were disgusted. Video and transcript via Media Matters:
STEPHANIE RUHLE (HOST): All right, I have to, have to share with you the bizarre exchange President Trump had yesterday with a female reporter who came to the White House. She was in the Oval Office. Can you just look at this for a minute?
Sean Hannity's latest shtick is to run segment after segment trashing either Rachel Maddow for getting tremendous ratings or reporters and other media outlets who are aggressively questioning the Trump administration.
Hannity's latest target is CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
Hannity spent over four minutes attacking CNN and Acosta in particular as being hostile to his BFF - Trump.
And in Hannity's mind, Acosta is the "unhinged" one.
Hannity opened up by saying, "Over the past few weeks, CNN has really made great strides in solidifying their position as one of America's premier fake news networks."
"And one of its top pushers of fake news is none other than the so arrogant and combative and whiny, senior WH correspondent Jim Acosta," Sean said.
Hannity defended Trump for turning off the cameras during their press briefings and then said, "CNN's White House darling is really starting to become unhinged, kinda like liberal Joe!"
Hear that, Joe Scarborough?
Hannity claimed "Acosta is very much in line with his colleagues at CNN - led by Jeff Zucker - who are using fake news now as a political weapon against the Trump administration."