Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year to the fourth estate

Merry Christmas, Don Lemon.
I went to bed, but if you stayed up to watch the ball drop in Times Square you might have noticed that "leading" journalists were enlisted by the powers that be to drop the ball this year.

As this was happening:

At CNN, anchor Don Lemon, speaking with Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper and Brooke Baldwin, called the network’s festivities the “gayest New Years show on air.” He, Cohen and Cooper are all openly gay men. Cooper was taking tequila shots on the hour and seemed to be a getting a bit tipsy.

At NBC, one of the hosts, Chrissy Teigen, explained vaginal steaming to co-host Carson Daly about 15 minutes before midnight. NBC aired a photo of her carrying out the procedure. However, the network failed to broadcast a countdown clock or the ball drop in Time's Square.

It is no longer possible to take these people seriously.

The evening capped a wonderful week of "journalism." Remember these big stories?

Trump's former lawyer was in Prague. McClatchy reported that foreign intelligence exists placing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in Prague during the 2016 campaign, as is alleged in the infamous Steele dossier. The reporters who broke the story did not see for themselves some of the underlying intelligence cited in their report, one of the journalists who wrote the story revealed. He also suggested that the four anonymous sources cited also did not see the intelligence for themselves, meaning that the report is based on third-hand information.

Never mind.

Trump ruined Santa for a 7-year-old. In reality, skepticism of Santa was a common trope in Christmas movies long before Trump ever entered the Oval Office. “What is wrong with people?” Mike Huckabee asked. “It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.”

Never mind.

Trump has never visited the troops at Christmas. NBC: Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops on or before Christmas. Though he called military personnel on Tuesday, Trump did not visit a hospital or a military base.

Never mind.

In Iraq Trump revealed a secret SEAL team. Former special force members and military experts pointed out that the alleged special force operators shown, and any SEAL teams deployed to Iraq, are not in fact “covert,” as the Newsweek headline claims. Wesley Morgan, a military affairs reporter for Politico, in a tweet identified the soldiers as members of an advisory task force under the command of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, or CJSOTF-I, whose mission was not covert.

Never mind.

But he broke some law by signing MAGA hats. “There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” the Air Force said in a statement.

Never mind.

Ok, well then, you know, just Trump. Washington Post: A day after President Trump’s surprise visit to American forces in Iraq and Germany, questions persisted about whether he had jeopardized the political neutrality of the U.S. military by leveling partisan attacks and signing red “Make America Great Again” hats for the troops.

Just. Shut. Up.

Well, Baron's momma wears combat boots. It’s Melania’s shoe choice that really stood out though. The Timberland boots are being called an “out of touch” style selection by some on Twitter.
Never mind.

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