Are we really gonna believe Brian Ross? … Shortly after news broke that former Obama and Trump administration official Michael Flynn had reached a plea deal with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, ABC’s Brian Ross claimed that “candidate” Donald Trump ordered Flynn to initiate contact with Russians. Almost all the other reporting references a post-campaign, transition time frame. Are we to believe Ross? Don’t forget, Ross has a long history of mischaracterizing news as it unfolds.
The National Review’s David French throws some cold water on Ross’ claim.
Did Flynn cause a stock market dip? … The AP reported via tweet: “BREAKING: Stocks turn sharply lower after ex-Trump adviser Flynn pleads guilty, says he will cooperate with Russia probe.” But is that what really happened? CR’s Chris Pandolfo messaged me shortly after the tweet to say, “At the same time as details of the Flynn story were breaking, it was reported that a vote on the tax plan would be delayed.” Shortly thereafter, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he had the votes to pass the tax bill, and the market began to rebound.
Different Russian news ignored … I’ve been making regular mention of developments regarding Fusion GPS, the Clinton Campaign, and Russian information making it into the hands of the FBI. The mainstream media has by and large ignored these developments. Our friends at NewsBusters outline how the Associated Press and New York Times have ignored the new developments for four weeks. The AP is most troubling, because many other organizations, like local newspapers, rely on them for national content. When the AP ignores something, it’s as if it doesn’t exist.
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Holy Geraldo … Yesterday I appeared on the “Steve Deace Show.” While taping, Deace’s producer Aaron McIntire tweeted out a photo of my reaction to a video package. I am seldom at a loss for words. What did it? McIntire rolled footage of Bette Midler telling Barbara Walters that Geraldo Rivera had ganged up with another man to sexually assault her. Watch the episode for our breakdown of Geraldo’s shocking tweetstorm calling into question accusations of sexual assault in the news biz.
Geraldo’s book … The Daily Beast’s Erin Gloria Ryan has a book report, of sorts, that you really need to read. She read Geraldo’s 1991 book and outlines how it was “a horndog’s bible of workplace harassment.” It’s pretty clear that Geraldo should have not entered this fray.
Merry Christmas from Wonkette … CRTV’s Jon Miller, host of the White House Brief and author of the accompanying daily email, just sent me something with the message “this made me say WTF.” In the spirit of Christmas Present, Wonkette’s Evan Hurst writes, “Go Fuck Yourself, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, You Debased Redneck Motherfucker.” In the words of jolly old St. Nicholas, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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