Saturday, May 27, 2017

NBC

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The man stands alone.

News veteran and former anchor at CBS, Dan Rather, late Wednesday night, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that President Trump is now the hunted, instead of being the hunter.

Claiming that the president is now on the defensive, Rather took aim at him and seemed to be infer a disastrous end to Trump’s presidency.

Talking about the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the investigation into Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, Rather said, “What a news night, it’s almost surreal, and dangerous to the country, but in the same token, I do think that there’s something reassuring about this.”

Rather continued, “Most of the early stages of the Trump presidency, the question begged, ‘Are we still a country of laws?’ or have we become — are we becoming — a question of men. And a man.”

“And today’s events, with the appointment of this special counsel — special prosecutor — gives a resounding answer,” he noted. “We’re still a nation of the laws, not of men. And now, facts are going to tell us what our destiny is and what our history will be — not Donald Trump’s version of a thing.”

Referring to the ‘leaks’ by White House staffers to the press, Rather appreciated the media’s coverage of the incident and thanked the American press for their efforts.

“These Times stories are big stories. Thank God for the American press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, [and] others who have been doing a terrific job,” he said.

Furthering his talk about the media, Rather claimed that “this is the day” that President Trump no longer has the upper hand.

“Up until today, President Trump has had the ability to control almost every news cycle,” he explained. “From this day forward, he no longer has control. And, instead, if you will, of being the hunter, he becomes the hunted. And, I think, you know, that’s extremely important to keep in mind: from here on out … he can’t control it.”

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Former president George W. Bush remained silent during the Obama years and only spoke up a few times to help his brother Jeb’s floundering campaign.

Bush is out promoting a new book and sat down with Matt Lauer from NBC for the first time in a long time.

Bush was asked about the division in America and he said one of the main problems is the media.

“When I was president, you (NBC) mattered a lot more, because there were like, three of you.”

Bush went on to describe that people are being “bombarded” with information and people use anonymous sources. “It’s a different world.”

When asked about Trump, Bush said that it’s “only been a month. He has four years.”

“Power can be very addictive and it is important for the media to call people account for their power.”

Bush says that the independent press is very important and needed in our democracy, but that we don’t really have it right now.

See the full interview below.

George Bush is selling his new book, “Portraits of Courage” that uses his love for painting to tell the stories of some amazing wounded warriors.

After Bush spoke to Matt Lauer, he was joined on stage with several of the brave service men and women who are featured in the book.

Bush is staying out of the political spotlight and doing his best to help wounded warriors, and that is something that everyone can respect.

Thoughts? Comment below.

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Saturday Night Live has seen a ratings boost through the elections, but is the the constant bashing of the president Trump and his administration going too far?

The only memorable sketches coming from the NBC studio are ones that are politically charged. SNL doesn’t even know how to start a show anymore without attacking some aspect of Trump and his administration.

Some people love what Saturday Night Live is doing now, while a lot of other have started to tune out, but what do you think.

Is Saturday Night Live attacking Trump and his administration too much?

Let us know your thoughts below.

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One of the new go-to terms for the radical left is “whitewashing”. Apparently that happens when a black journalist is replaced with a white woman.

That is exactly what happened at NBC when they announced that black journalist Tamron Hall was having her show canceled to make room for Megyn Kelly.

The National Association of Black Journalists do what liberal groups do all the time, complain about racism. They accused the network of “whitewashing”.

“NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting, but recent reports that Hall and Roker will be replaced by former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.”

There is one thing that this group is over-looking. Megyn Kelly is a huge star and NBC is paying her millions to join their team. Megyn just left Fox after starting out small and ending with the second highest rated show on the network and on cable news.

Hall was the first black female to be a co-host on “Today” when she started in 2014, but this decision doesn’t seem to be about race. It is about ratings.

Megyn Kelly wanted to leave Fox so she could work in the AM to spend time with her children in the evenings. Her show at Fox started at 9pm and that didn’t give her a lot of time with the kids.

Part of her deal was a different time-slot. Adding Kelly to the morning lineup will certainly help the ratings for NBC, and we will see when she starts in the fall.

NBC defended their move in a statement responding to the NABJ.

“NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity. We will continue to engage in the running dialogue we’ve had for many years with the National Association of Black Journalists and other advocacy groups to advance those goals.”

What do you think? Is NBC guilty of “whitewashing” or are the race baiters just crying foul? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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debate

If the first presidential debate were baseball then Hillary Clinton should be Pete Rose. She had some good hits, but should be banned for life.

After the first debate, there was a general consensus that Hillary did a really good job and was on her “A” game, but was it because she cheated?

The evidence proves that Hillary had some help on Monday night, but how much is the real question.

We already know that her podium was built in a way that gave the visual impression they were of similar size and stature.

We also know that Donald Trump was fact checked six times by moderator Lester Holt, while Clinton wasn’t fact checked once.

On top of the fact checking, Lester Holt didn’t even ask Hillary a follow-up question, but again asked Trump six follow-ups.

The cheating claims go much deeper than tough questions and podium sizes though.

A Fox News journalist in the Clinton reporter pool noticed something very weird the week before the debate. The journalist identified an NBC staffer delivering a package to Clinton’s campaign manager.

Not too weird right? What if I told you the NBC staffer was dressed in a Fed Ex delivery costume and when the Fox reporter asked about the unusual scene, he was escorted off property. He never saw a Fed Ex truck.

It appears that the campaign received the debate questions early and possibly even worked out a deal with NBC earlier in the month for no follow-up questions.

Hillary had scripted answers for every question with facts and delivered well thought out responses. She also looked down at her notes continuously during her replies.

Now is where it gets even worse.

Some people are even claiming that Hillary gave Lester Holt hand signs when she had a zinger she wanted to deliver based on something Trump said.

She would signal Lester like a third base coach, letting the moderator know when she wanted to steal the show. Watch the video below to see her in action.

Hillary really did do a good job on Monday night, and her confidence and stage presence was possibly all because she cheated.

Another website found nine instances of cheating by Hillary. Despite evidence that she cheated during the debate, she won’t be banned from politics.

The FBI found evidence she broke the law in their investigation into her email, but didn’t arrest her. We doubt she will get in trouble for cheating during a debate.

Do you think Hillary Clinton cheated during the debate? Let us know in the comments below.

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GOP Debate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been fuming CNBC’s handling of Wednesday’s Republican debate. Now? He’s telling NBC, “You’re fired!” from the network’s next scheduled debate on February 26, 2016.

In a strongly-worded letter, Priebus skewered NBC for CNBC’s performance.

He explained that NBC was going to be suspended from hosting any more Republican debates: “The CNBC network is one of your media properties, and its handling of the debate was conducted in bad faith… We need to ensure there is not a repeat performance.”

Priebus added: “Before the debate, the candidates were promised an opening question on economic or financial matters. That was not the case… “

And he took umbrage that CNBC asked questions that “were inaccurate or downright offensive…” and “hardly in the spirit of how the debate was billed.”

CNBC was roundly criticized—both during and after the debate—by key Republicans for similar bias.

When CNBC pundit John Harwood came out of the gate with his first question, asking Donald Trump if he was running a “comic book version of a campaign,” it was clear that it was going to be a long night.

The moderators were even criticized on stage, by the candidates. Sen. Ted Cruz eviscerated CNBC for asking “gotcha questions,” like the one asked to Trump, along with other biased questions asked to Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and John Kasich. And Gov. Chris Christie lost his patience too, when the media asked a long-winded question about fantasy football, rather than other issues that actually matter to the American public.

Priebus, for his part, has been venting about CNBC for days.

“I just can’t tell you how pissed off I am,” he said, in an interview. “It was insanity, just sitting there seething through this thing… These are people who put on a pretty decent show in the morning on CNBC. They did a debate four years ago that was a decent debate. Obviously, we had assurances that it was going to be straight up finance, which is what they do every day. And what was delivered was just nothing but a crap sandwich.”

The RNC is meeting with representatives from each major campaign to discuss how to better structure debates in the future—but it’s clear that NBC won’t be there any time soon.

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SNL

Just after Donald Trump announced his run for the White House on June 16, the candidate made a series of speeches that were controversial to say the least – particularly on America’s illegal immigrant problem and all the crime, social safety net costs and lost jobs associated with it.

When Trump was asked about how he would solve the nation’s illegal immigration problem, he led with his promise to build a steel reinforced concrete wall along every inch of the border with doors to let good people in and bad people out – something he affirmed again and again, without apology, and that he would make Mexico pay for it.

Trump’s message is simple – enforce the law.

With illegal aliens moving unchecked around the country… with rape, murder and other violent crimes at the hands of illegal immigrants on the rise… with the costs of supporting illegals through already broken social safety net programs… and unemployment rates that have hit black Americans particularly hard, Trump said he would enforce the law.

He would keep criminal aliens behind bars, crack down on businesses that hired illegals, cleanse the welfare rolls that draw illegal immigrants into the country, repeal the “anchor baby” loop hole that allows illegals to stay in the U.S. and crack down on “Sanctuary Cities” that provide safe harbor against deportation by the federal government.

For saying he will enforce the immigration laws already on the books, the professional Hispanic grievance industry – led by the National Council of La Raza – has called him a racist.

In the immediate aftermath of his comments, NBC said it had fired Donald Trump from The Celebrity Apprentice – something Trump denies because he quit the show to run for president. NBC also severed its relationship with Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

Having scored a pyrrhic victory against Trump, Hispanic groups celebrated – until NBC stole their victory by asking Trump to host the coming November 7 episode of “Saturday Night Live” – one of the most prestigious gigs in show business.

Following the announcement, Latino groups demanded that NBC to disinvite Trump as an SNL host saying his “inflammatory” remarks about illegal immigrants when he announced his White House run made him unfit for decent company.

Meredith Blake, writing for the LA Times, reported the reaction from Hispanic groups saying:

“We are appalled that you would enable Trump’s hateful speech for nothing [more] than a ratings ploy,” the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 civil rights and policy organizations, said in a letter to “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels and NBCUniversal Chief Executive Stephen Burke.

“There’s no question that this issue has struck a nerve in the Latino community and beyond, and there is growing energy and intensity,” said Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy organization.

What they couldn’t offer NBC in return for dumping Trump was the ratings bonanza NBC expects to harvest from Trump’s appearance in a business where audience reach is king.

When Trump appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on September 11, the show got its best Friday night ratings in 18 months. A few weeks later, Trump generated the biggest audience for CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” since its September 8 premiere.

While these other media appearances drew little controversy, Trump’s coming “Saturday Night Live” appearance has sparked anger because critics say it is nothing more than a “cynical ratings ploy” that could benefit his political campaign and potentially validate his views on immigration.

“‘SNL’ has become one of the most highly coveted platforms for candidates looking to connect with the American public,” Murguía said. “It’s appalling for a show to showcase a man whose campaign has been built on bigotry and demagoguery for the sake of buzz and ratings.”

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