Cable host reports mystery solved!

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

News orgs succumbed to "Telephone," cable host declares:
It started with this dramatic tease midway through last night's program:
MADDOW (5/25/17): On top of that, though, there is one mystery about James Comey's firing and the question of whether or not that was the president trying to obstruct justice in the Trump-Russia investigation.

There's one piece of that that we think we've solved tonight. We've got that exclusive, next, right after this break.
The Maddow Show had solved a mystery concerning James Comey's firing! Maddow was going to have that exclusive right after the break!

After a commercial break, Maddow began an interminable, 15-minute segment with this nugget statement:
MADDOW: So we've got some new information in the Trump-Russia investigation. It is not a blockbuster revelation, but I think it's important and clarifying. It's about a key part of the behavior of the Trump administration with regard to the FBI since Trump has been in office. So, not during the campaign, but since the inauguration.

And I think what is widely believed to have happened, what is widely believed to have—actually, widely reported to have happened at this key point in time—what we think we know about it I think is wrong. And I think we can correct that record tonight.

So just settle in for a second and follow this through with me.
In fact, we would have to settle in for almost fifteen minutes. But if we just settled in in for those many minutes, Maddow was going to correct the record on something which had been widely reported!

The analysts were catatonic by the time she was done.

We've just been informed that this is a holiday weekend, so we're going to wait until tomorrow to lay the whole thing out. But Maddow went on to tell the world that, based upon her program's reporting, she now believes that James B. Comey did not request more resources for the Russia probe shortly before he was fired.

Based upon her staff's reporting, she now believes that congressional sources engaged in a game of "Telephone," which ended up with people making misstatements about what Comey had actually done.

You're right! We specifically warned you about this possibility in real time. We didn't have to do any "reporting." We simply read the Washington Post and the New York Times, noting the weakness of their sourcing on the morning of May 11, the morning when this exciting report produced a banner headline across the front page of the Post.

(The exciting report topped the Times' front page too. Over the subsequent two days, it seemed to us that the Washington Post was walking its banner claim back.)

We discussed this report in detail, warning you that this is the sort of thing which happens when a chase is on. Last night, Maddow spent fifteen minutes telling us that her staff's reporting had broken this case wide open.

She forgot to say that she herself was one of the people who had "widely reported" the claim she now believes to have been mistaken. She did that because she chose to report this pleasing claim on Wednesday night, May 10, about ten minutes after it hit the web.

That's what happen when people rush, at times when a chase is on, to feed us the stories we'll like.

Wednesday evening, May 10! That was also the night when Maddow spent twenty minutes telling us that Andrew McCabe had "joined the Trump disinformation campaign" last February. Where did she get that explosive report, which she has never mentioned again? For unknown and unreported reasons, Maddow was accepting the word of Reince Priebus for this otherwise unsupported but highly dramatic claim.

Just for the record, Maddow produced no particular new "reporting" during last night's segment. She merely said that her staff had received a new statement from the Justice Department, in which the spokesperson we cited two weeks ago vehemently denied the claim in question again.

The analysts were catatonic by the time Maddow finished last night. Tomorrow, we'll show you the text of what she eventually said, after roughly ten minutes of laborious, trademark time-wasting.

For now, you can observe an instance of high pomposity in the service to strange ascot-covering! To do so, just click here. You'll be observing the sort of thing which happens when the press is conducting a chase.


Somewhat comically, that's what the signage behind the cable host said.


  1. I gather that a viewer who didn't watch the full 15 minutes of filler wouldn't have known that her "scoop" put Trump in a more positive light.

    1. Nothing can put Trump in a more positive light.

    2. pussygrabber pervert lying bastard fraud conman traitor tRump fired the FBI Director leading the investigation into his own campaign and Russian interference in our Presidential election. He then proceeded to call Comey a "nut job" while yucking it up with Russian goons and spies who he had invited into the oval office the very next day. He also told the Russian goons that he had to take the pressure off of the Russia investigation.

      Comrade DinC thinks we should view tRump in a more positive light because the story that Comey had asked for more resources shortly before he was unceremoniously fired. No, shitstain DinC, that does not mitigate in any way the corruption of your favorite orange pervert.

      Oh, looky here, more good news for the orange pussygrabber traitor"

      Jared Kushner proposed to the Russians that they set up a secret channel of communication using secure Russian facilities. That's what the Russian ambassador to the United States told Moscow about a December conversation he had with Trump's son-in-law and top adviser.

      This is a damning piece of news for the White House caught under an avalanche of revelations about its dealings with Russia.

      If it's true, it's the most difficult for them to explain in the context of an FBI investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S. election and whether Trump's campaign helped. Why would Trump's transition team need to secretly talk to the Russians, using their Russian channels?

      The White House declined to comment.

      Not a problem for Comrade DinC. Anything goes now, including espionage and treason as long as you can stomp on the black voters in this country.

    3. Dershowitz: Kushner Meeting Russians, Even Politically Coordinating With Russians "Just Not A Crime"
      ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Let's assume the worst case scenario.

      Let's assume the worst case scenario.

      Let's assume there was a quid-pro-quo.

      Let's assume that the Trump campaign promised: 'If you help us get elected, we'll drop the sanctions.'

      How is that different from what President Reagan did with Iran?

      President Reagan, the campaign, promised Iran that there would be some quid-pro-quo if Iran didn't hold back and release the hostages after the inauguration of President Reagan.

      So, when we start to criminalize things we don't like -- in the absence of federal criminal statue, and I still want to know: Where's the beef?

      What is the statue?

      What are they investigating them for? Is it obstruction of justice? Is it treason? Is it accessory to hacking?

      None of these things seems to me to constitute violations of federal criminal law.

      Dershowitz is a noted liberal Harvard Law Professor.

    4. Noted treasonous bastard, Comrade DinC, defends treason by the pussygrabber and his slum lord son-in-law.

      Here's one fucking crime, you asshole.

      "Certification for my SF86 security clearance form," Lieu tweeted alongside a picture of the form. "Which says false statement punishable by imprisonment. Jared Kushner lied on his form."

    5. How is that different from what President Reagan did with Iran?

      President Reagan, the campaign, promised Iran that there would be some quid-pro-quo if Iran didn't hold back and release the hostages after the inauguration of President Reagan.

      Do you agree with this, Comrade DinC?
      Do you agree with the historical accuracy of this assertion by Dersh? So that little bit of treason is oK with you too, huh? Let the hostages sweat a little while longer if it will help get your traitorous republican elected, right fuckface?

      In 1980 Carter thought he had reached a deal with newly-elected Iranian President Abdolhassan Bani-Sadr over the release of the fifty-two hostages held by radical students at the American Embassy in Tehran.

      Bani-Sadr was a moderate and, as he explained in an editorial for The Christian Science Monitor earlier this year, had successfully run for President on the popular position of releasing the hostages:

      "I openly opposed the hostage-taking throughout the election campaign.... I won the election with over 76 percent of the vote.... Other candidates also were openly against hostage-taking, and overall, 96 percent of votes in that election were given to candidates who were against it [hostage-taking]."

      Carter was confident that with Bani-Sadr's help, he could end the embarrassing hostage crisis that had been a thorn in his political side ever since it began in November of 1979.
      But Carter underestimated the lengths his opponent in the 1980 Presidential election, California Governor Ronald Reagan, would go to screw him over.

      Behind Carter's back, the Reagan campaign worked out a deal with the leader of Iran's radical faction - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini - to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.

      This was nothing short of treason. The Reagan campaign's secret negotiations with Khomeini - the so-called "October Surprise" - sabotaged Carter and Bani-Sadr's attempts to free the hostages. And as Bani-Sadr told The Christian Science Monitor in March of this year, they most certainly "tipped the results of the [1980] election in Reagan's favor."


      Your party has a long and glorious history of treason. (see, Nixon, DICK)

    6. mm - there's no proof of this charge. The NY Times wrote,
      In the book, "My Turn to Speak: Iran, the Revolution & Secret Deals with the U.S.," Mr. Bani-Sadr has written, "I have proof of contacts between Khomeini and the supporters of Ronald Reagan as early as the spring of 1980."

      Pressed to provide such proof today, Mr. Bani-Sadr offered instead indirection. He referred to a series of political intrigues in Teheran detailed in the book that led him to conclude that such contacts must have been occurring...

      Reagan campaign officials have strenuously denied that any such deal ever occurred. The persistent but unproven allegations were revived with the publication last month of an Op-Ed page article in The New York Times by Gary Sick...

    7. David, you first raised this point to excuse Kushner and then you said it didn't happen. You can't have this both ways. But I agree with mm that if this happened, it is treason and a terrible thing to do to the hostages and their families. Kidnapping is a crime and colluding to keep people imprisoned longer would make Reagan an accomplice, in my opinion. It is very ugly.

      The other problem is hiding such acts from the people. Because of the Iran Contra activities, I would not put it past Reagan to have done that deal with Iran. It is consistent with what we know did occur during his terms in office.

  2. Still, I love Maddow's show. She was right about Bridgegate. And for all those years Bill O'Reilly was worse therefore she should have been spared from any and all criticism.

    I love so much to sit in my chair and spend my time watching Maddow. She's not an idiot like Bob. No way.

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  4. It would be awesome to have Maddow's blood and mucus made into a syrup and to just pour it all over my flapjacks like every single morning

  5. Dershowitz is a noted Defense Attorney. Defense attorneys tend to think like...well, Defense Attorneys.

  6. And prosecutors think like Prosecutors: "As a prosecutor, I'm looking at a pattern of conduct.Corruptly impede an official proceeding, corruptly means you know what you're doing was wrong. Well, you know what you're doing is wrong when you're meeting with the FBI director and you ask the vice president and the attorney general to leave the room so you can have a private conversation about 'Give my boy Mike Flynn a break.'

    "You look at a pattern of conduct where again, you reach out to the intelligence directors to give Flynn a break and they say no, we can't call off the FBI. Then you go to the FBI director, he says no, I can't do that, I can't show you any loyalty, and then you fire that director. And then, after all of that, you know Flynn is under investigation. You give him a call. You say words to the effect of 'man, I know the feds are after you, but keep your head up.' Give me a break,
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