July 20, 2017: Exhaustion Equality | Teflon President | Tucker Raging
July 10, 2017: Donald Jr. Center Stage | Tillerson Fail | Climate Denial Watch
1. Exhaustion Equality
Dear Readers, we thought it was just us, Blue State inhabitants, who were suffering from Trump fatigue, but we are increasingly seeing signs the other side’s energy is flagging, too. It is not just that Fox’s ratings and Breitbart’s readership may be ebbing, it’s that other frontline troops on the Right may also be wearying. The conservative blogger Erick Erickson posted this call for help Wednesday on his website, The Resurgent:
July 6, 2017: Korean War | CNN War | Mainstream Media War
Happy Monday. Russia is the story that just keeps on giving.
We have the latest reactions to everything from Donald Jr.’s escapades in collusion to our president’s suggestion that we share a cyber technology team with Russia. Also, do you know the difference between and a meteorologist and climatologist? If not, we explain below why it’s relevant. Finally, we profile The Donald -- not the man, the Reddit.
June 29, 2017: Healthcare Blues | Bias Wars: CNN, TMZ | Palin Laments
1. Get Ready for War
Is the Right ready for war? At times, in the last few days, it certainly seemed so.
The reaction was fierce in some quarters to North Korea’s launch Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range that experts said could reach Alaska.
June 26, 2017: Healthcare Rhetoric Heats Up | CNN Is Fake News | Bernie Double Standard
1. GOP Healthcare Blues
Facing a stalemate on Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the Senate health-care bill until after the July 4 recess. While Mitch McConnell is known to be a master tactician, the Right media were skeptical that he could work his magic.
June 22, 2017: Can Pelosi | Otto Warmbier Mocked | Relax on Spicer
1. Forget the Medicaid Cuts. Be Nicer, Democrats.
Senate leaders finally unveiled their draft of the bill that would repeal Obamacare but it’s a bill that has been in trouble from the start. Just three Republican no votes would sink it, and it will be hard to make both conservative opponents and liberal opponents happy.
June 19, 2017: Liberals Self Injure | Witch Hunt Heretics | Happy Marriage Day
1. Let Us Help You in Your Time of Need
The Republicans were full of friendly advice for Democrats yesterday, the day after the GOP won the hotly contested special election in the Georgia 6th Congressional District. The advice? Lose Pelosi.
June 15, 2017: Alexandria Blame | Mueller Back Talk | Virginia’s Anti-Trump Message
1. The Left's Big Gift to the Right
The shooting of a Republican congressmen last week might have been a moment for all to acknowledge that political partisanship has become too toxic on both sides. We’ve seen not one sign, however, that the Red Media is taking responsibility for its own contributions to the hate fest. In fact, quite the opposite. But, sadly, through self-inflicted wounds -- i.e. the comedian Kathy Griffin holding the head of a decapitated Trump -- the Left has made it all too easy recently for its opponents to be self righteous.
June 12, 2017: Undermining Mueller | Tory Meltdown | NYT Assassinates Trump
1. Blame and Loathing in Alexandria
It didn’t take long. Soon after a gunman opened fire on members of a Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va., the Red Twittersphere was seething with blame. Who was responsible for a gunman gone mad? None other than the liberal media for vilifying Trump.
June 8, 2017: Trump Creepy, Not Criminal | Censorship Bias | Sessions Resignation
1. Mueller: Let the Undermining Begin
As we reported last week, even before the former F.B.I. director James Comey began speaking at the Senate Intelligence hearings on Thursday, the Right was preparing to assault his credibility. Since then, it has hammered away with any point that might undermine his credibility.
June 5, 2017: Paris ‘Revolution’ | Intern Terror Suspects | Kelly’s “Rough Start”
1. Comey: Trump Creepy, Not Criminal
The former F.B.I. director James Comey released his testimony yesterday before his much anticipated appearance this morning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. If you were a liberal what you heard was that everything that has been reported in the press about Trump’s interference with Comey was correct.
June 1, 2017: “Fishy” Followers | Paris Pressure | Planned Parenthood Corruption
1. Paris ‘Revolution’
In the wake of Trump’s pullout from the Paris climate accord, mayors and governors across the country pledged to make their own commitments to cut greenhouses gases. While this was largely regarded as a positive development in the Mainstream Media, some in the conservative media -- which, you would think, believe power should be exercised at a local level -- saw rebellion afoot. “Democrats plot ‘Revolution’ to circumvent Trump’s Paris decision,” whined a headline in The Daily Caller.
May 29, 2017: Jared Troubles | Breitbart Sinks | Portland Murders
1. Trump’s “Fishy” Twitter Followers
Since Donald Trump is president of the United States it seemed entirely possible that most of his 31 million Twitter followers were real. (Barack Obama had 89 million.) But Trump’s account is growing so fast — he added 2.4 million followers in May — that social media experts are getting suspicious. Newsweek reported that about half are automated bots of fake accounts and — better still — that the president is so obsessed with ratings that he may even be paying for them even now: “Trump's Twitter account saw an unusual spike in followers over the weekend, many of which appear to have been created artificially.”
May 25, 2017: What 23 million? | A ‘Very Silly Budget’ | The Kasowitz Connection
1. A Problem Named Jared
In wake of revelations in The Washington Post that Jared Kushner might have requested a “safe and secure” back-door channel to Kremlin, the conservative media have been caught in a bind. The alt-right press in particular has never liked Kushner. It sees him as a globalist undermining its America First agenda. However, with his troubles threatening to paralyze the entire Trump presidency, many were offering a defense -- albeit halfheartedly.
May 22, 2017: Trump in Saudi Arabia | Coup D’état | Scandalous Non-Scandal
1. AHCA Cuts 23 million. Hooray.
Well, the long awaited Congressional Budget Office score of the House Republican replacement of Obamacare is in, and this is the bottom line: if it passes, 23 million people will be booted from the insurance rolls by 2026. That is ugly math for re-election.
May 18, 2017: Roger Ailes Dies | A Masterstroke? | Show Me the Memo
1. He Didn’t Give Offense
Leaving a swirl of scandal in his wake in Washington, President Trump headed to Saudi Arabia this past weekend. The international stage normally makes a president look grander, but Trump had some significant obstacles to navigate. In his campaign, he had criticized his predecessor for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” and had said “Islam Hates Us.”
May 15, 2017: Trump on the Edge | Two Scoops of Anger | Open Marriage
1. The End of an Era: Roger Ailes Dies
The word transformative is used far too often and is rarely accurate. But you cannot say it is hyperbolic when talking about Roger Ailes.
May 11, 2017: Standing by Trump | Comey Replacement | Omaha Ha Ha
1. A Fine Line: Trump on the Edge
Last week, we noted that Trump loyalists were towing the White House line on the firing of the F.B.I. director, James Comey. But then came Trump's impulsive tweets on the dismissal and his hint that he might have recorded conversations with Comey. Some voices on right-wing outlets began to raise questions.
May 8, 2017: Unfair France | Homocons for Trump and Le Pen | Rape Allegations
1. Comey Confusion
Ok. Let’s get the big reaction out of the way quickly. The Red Media that has (mostly) supported Trump all along, like Breitbart, Fox News, the radio host Mark Levin, etc., backed the president bigly on his decision to fire the F.B.I. director, James Comey, in dramatic fashion on Tuesday. As Fox News’s Sean Hannity put it: "James Comey ... is a national embarrassment. It's that plain, it's that simple…..And frankly, he's very lucky President Trump kept him around this long."
May 5, 2017: But Don’t Call It Trumpcare | Hillary Bashing | #FireColbert
1. J’accuse! French Election Was Unfair.
By yesterday afternoon U.S. time, it was clear that France would reject Marine Le Pen in favor of the centrist Emmanuel Macron. The election took a fraught turn in the final days when Macron dramatically announced that his party had been the victim of a major computer hack. It seemed like a repeat of the American election, with Russian trolls favoring a more extreme nationalist regime. But the alt-right press argued that French law, which forbade discussion of the emails in the media so close to an election, gave an unfair advantage to Macron.
1. But Don’t Call It Trumpcare
If you don’t succeed, try and try again. Only earlier this week, it looked as if the G.O.P. would fail a third time at repealing Obamacare. But House Republicans were able to pass the legislation mid-day yesterday, squeaking by with just one more than the 216 votes needed.