Has MSNBC begun to flirt...

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021

...with the return of transcripts?: Has MSNBC begun to flirt with the return of transcripts?

It's possible that The One True Channel has! Yesterday, we found a transcript for Brian Williams' program from Monday night. Today, we found a transcript for last evening's Last Word!

The practice still seems to be hit-or-miss, unlike the channel's journalism. But transcripts may be making some sort of a comeback, perhaps due to popular demand!

Transcripts may be making a comeback; the channel's journalism continues to lag. The overstatement will be general, the fidelity to Storyline pure.

Last night, the channel's leading star devoted her first 27 minutes to reports that Republican congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is being investigated for a possible crime. Gaetz is a gruesome propaganda machine, but let us repeat what we said:

The star discussed anonymously-sourced reports that Gaetz is being investigated. No charges of any kind have been filed. No one has any way of knowing if any charges will ever be filed, or if Gaetz is actually guilty of the alleged conduct.

At any rate, so what? The cable star burned 27 minutes on this report of a probe of a single congressman. All too typically, the first 17 of those minutes were devoted to the crackpot behavior of a tangential Florida figure who seems to be an associate of Gaetz. 

As innocent children drown in the sea, we liberals were entertained in this manner—with 17 minutes of "cable news" clowning concerning the weird behavior of this tangential non-Gaetz guy. 

In truth, this was pure entertainment. It was clowning all the way down.

On The Last Word, Lawrence devoted less time to this topic, but we were amused by something he said. We decided to go transcript-hunting, and there a transcript was!

In all honesty, almost all of cable news has been turned into propaganda. Tribal viewers know what they're going to hear when they go to their favorite channel, and that's exactly what they hear when they happily get there.

Transcripts may be making a comeback. Journalism, not so much!


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  1. "Gaetz is a gruesome propaganda machine"

    Ha-ha. ...'unlike Our liberal-goebbelsian pols', he didn't add. Thanks for the laughs, dear Bob.

    "It was clowning all the way down."

    And yet, somehow you felt compelled to watch it, dear Bob. So, what are you complaining about? One click would change the channel; that's all it takes.

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  2. "The overstatement will be general"

    How can a man who insists that "anything is possible" complain about overstatement? Understatement is not even a possibility when anything is possible. When anything is possible, a statement cannot be evaluated, and if it cannot be evaluated then one cannot know whether it an understatement or an overstatement.

    Claiming that overstatement is general is just Somerby's way of undermining reality, the truth of anything said by journalists and the media. Once we let go of the notion that reality exists and can be described, then we are all ripe for the fictions of Q-Anon and Trump, ripe to believe whatever shit the Republicans are shoveling today.

    A man who claims that anything is possible has no basis for complaining about overstatement. His own overstatement about the nature of reality disqualifies him from such a discussion.

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  3. "No one has any way of knowing if any charges will ever be filed, or if Gaetz is actually guilty of the alleged conduct."

    Does it count as evidence of guilt if Gaetz himself says it on the Tucker Carlson show?

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  4. "the first 17 of those minutes were devoted to the crackpot behavior of a tangential Florida figure who seems to be an associate of Gaetz."

    That figure is being investigated and has implicated Gaetz. That makes him far from "tangential" to the question of Gaetz's guilt.

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  5. "As innocent children drown in the sea..."

    ...other innocent minors are being sexually trafficked by a member of congress.

    But Somerby apparently doesn't care if young girls are forced into prostitution and used by much older men.

    Somerby never has understood why we have age-of-consent laws. Soon it will be time to update Centrist's list of wrongdoers Somerby has defended. Somerby is a hair's breadth away from transitioning from complaining about the time devoted to this alleged crime and saying that Gaetz didn't do anything that bad. He is already calling the reporting "clowning," as if sexual assault of a minor is just fun-and-games, and he is strongly implying that Gaetz may not be guilty of anything (despite his admission on the Tucker Carlson show). Tomorrow, he may claim that sex between older married men and 17-year olds is OK if the mama approves. Gaetz has admitted to behavior that is illegal in FL, and HE clearly doesn't think he's done anything wrong. Somerby is still trying to pretend that nothing happened and 27-minutes were devoted to nothing.

    Then he cries crocodile tears over drowning children while denying that the sexual abuse of teenagers is worth mentioning. Whatta guy!

    If Somerby were my neighbor, I would move. If Somerby were a check-out clerk where I shop, I would change stores. If Somerby were a host on a political talk show, I would change the channel. If he were a member of my family, I would never leave him alone in a room with my daughters. He is living, breathing, blogging proof that all human beings are not alike.

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    1. Gaetz is not married but he is engaged.

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  6. "On The Last Word, Lawrence devoted less time to this topic, but we were amused by something he said. We decided to go transcript-hunting, and there a transcript was!"

    Does Somerby then describe the funny think Lawrence said? Of course not. He talks about tribalism, as if it were Lawrence's remark, but it is Somerby all the way to the end of the "report." So why mention Lawrence at all? I guess, to pretend that this essay is about transcripts and not a manufactured smokescreen to cover up a blatant attempt to excuse Matt Gaetz (one of Trump's most loyal minions).

    Somerby apparently thinks no liberal commentator should say anything about any accused Republican until after the trial. Meanwhile, a court ruled yesterday that Hillary doesn't have to give another deposition about her emails to a conservative rat-fucking group.

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    1. Somerby thinks that liberal commentators should act like him -- i.e. defend Roy Moore, Donald Trump and Matt Gaetz. Even Somerby's favorite, Tucker Carlson, was unhappy at Gaetz.

      But not Somerby, since Somerby is a malevolent Trumptard.

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  7. Here's some decent media criticism, dear Bob.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/average-americans-stop-reading-corrupt-media-hemingway

    Incidentally, from Foxnews. And it makes sense. Perhaps foxnews is what you should read and watch, for a change, eh? Might do you some good.

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  8. Somerby, who gallantly defended Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Ron Johnson etc. now expresses deep concern about press treatment of Gaetz. Not surprising - Somerby is a Trumptard, after all.

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  9. It is difficult for Somerby to pretend that this report is based on nothing when Gaetz has issued this statement himself:

    "Mr. Gaetz said in an interview that his lawyers had been in touch with the Justice Department and that they were told he was the subject, not the target, of an investigation. “I only know that it has to do with women,” Mr. Gaetz said. “I have a suspicion that someone is trying to recategorize my generosity to ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”

    Mr. Gaetz called the investigation part of an elaborate scheme involving “false sex allegations” to extort him and his family for $25 million that began this month. He said he and his father, Don Gaetz, had been cooperating with the F.B.I. and “wearing a wire” after they were approached by people saying they could make the investigation “go away.” Mr. Gaetz claimed the disclosure of the sex trafficking inquiry was intended to thwart an investigation into the extortion plot."

    Note that the investigation was opened under the Trump DOJ, not something Biden initiated.

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  10. From TPM:

    "What’s he trying to get ahead of here?

    “I really saw this as a deeply troubling challenge for my family on March 16 when people were talking about a minor and that there were pictures of me with child prostitutes. That’s obviously false,” Gaetz told Carlson. “There will be no such pictures because no such thing happened.”

    The New York Times’ report made no mention of photos with child prostitutes, nor have there been any public allegations of such photos of Gaetz existing."

    Does this sound like the guy is innocent?

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  11. From Rawstory:

    "Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) drew ridicule on Wednesday when he proclaimed that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was innocent of any allegations involving underage sex trafficking.

    Jordan, who has long been one of Gaetz's staunchest congressional allies, told CNN's Ryan Nobles that "I believe Matt Gaetz" is innocent after it was revealed on Tuesday night that he's being investigated by the Department of Justice for potentially having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old.

    However, Gaetz may not want Jordan to be the man vouching for him, as the Ohio congressman has been accused by former wrestlers at Ohio State University of covering up sexual abuse by former OSU doctor Richard Strauss during Jordan's tenure as an OSU wrestling coach."

    When Republicans don't take responsibility for the sexual misdeeds of high ranking members of their own party, they sound a lot like Somerby does today. Right on cue, here is Somerby repeating conservative talking points and trying to whitewash another scandal, just as Somerby has never mentioned any sex assault claim against Trump himself, other than to call Stormy Daniels a grifter.

    Luckily, the courts today declared Trump's NDA's unenforceable. That should make the next year interesting, as details come out about all the rotten apples in Trump's barrel.

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  12. Gaetz has the full support of the alt-right too:

    "Not surprisingly, some in the Conservative world were quick to defend Gaetz. A number of QAnon supporters have thrown their support to him. And white nationalist Nick Fuentes has tried to downplay the charges by saying that Gaetz would have been fine if he just married his alleged victim.

    The Alt-Right commentator began, “We live in a society where age of consent law is the gospel. Age of consent law, if you violate that, crucify the man! Female teachers are having sex with middle-schoolers all the time and nobody cares about that.”

    Fuentes continued, “17… hmm … I don’t know that that’s a world shattering terrible thing. I don’t even know that it was immoral other than it was premarital. If Matt Gaetz had married her, I would have said …well… If he had married her with her consent and the consent of the parents this is completely moral. It’s very traditional and honestly, this is how it always used to be.”

    The non-profit group Unchained at Last (https://www.unchainedatlast.org/) is working to help women undo these forced marriages arranged by their parents when they were underage. This long-lasting consequence of sex with minors is overlooked by the public, and especially men like Somerby.

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  14. Everyone needs to know the kinds of scumbags the GOP send to office. Especially people like Gaetz, friend of Trump, Roger Stone, and proud boys. It’s a public service Maddow is providing. Why on earth Somerby thinks Maddow shouldn’t be discussing this is anyone’s guess, especially after Gaetz himself opened up the conversation.

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    1. Maybe because it refutes Bob’s contentions that both sides are equal in a way he finds embarrassing?

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