It took 12 days, but it finally happened. With CNN and MSNBC going wall-to-wall with Malaysia Airlines “breaking news” that is in no way breaking, Fox finally found its opening last night to shoehorn in the most important issues of our time. “The media is running wild with the airliner story, as you know, and there is a big reason why: money,” said Bill O’Reilly, putting on his media-critic hat during Factor last night. “The network news doesn’t want to cover important stories, like the IRS and Benghazi, but they can cover the airliner without any political consequences.”
However, he narrowly missed being the first Fox News host to make the inevitable connection.
Those honors, Mediaite reports, go to Andrea Tantaros of The Five, who on Thursday evening compared the grieving families of those aboard Flight 370 to the families of the four Americans killed in Benghazi. “Think how long it took for them to get this kind of media attention,” she said. “Feels like the families of Benghazi — just saying.”
We’re not saying a memo definitely went around Fox News headquarters urging them to connect these particular dots, but don’t be surprised if the mentions become more common now that the floodgates have been opened.
“Cable news is in a brutal war for ratings,” O’Reilly added, making sure this particular “important” story got its due attention. “The Fox News Channel was the No. 1 rated cable channel in the country last week,” he said. “Not just news — all cable channels! We beat everybody.” He speaks, then, only from the highest of horses.
Most Viewed Stories
- Pompeo Dares Veteran Foreign Correspondent to Find Ukraine on Map (She Does)
- Tape Records Trump Ordering Goons to Get Rid of Ambassador Yovanovitch
- Republicans: There’s No Point in More Evidence, Trump Will Just Obstruct It
- Ratings Show Americans Don’t Care About the Impeachment Trial Enough to Watch It
- Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Literally Does Not Understand Words and How They Work
A true professional
This is what counts as a good showing for Trump’s popularity
President Trump’s approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship even as Americans remain deeply divided on whether the Senate should remove him from office, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The Post-ABC poll finds 44 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s overall job performance and 51 percent disapprove. While views of Trump remain negative, Trump’s approval rating is significantly improved from his 38 percent mark in late October.
A 56 percent majority approves of Trump’s handling of the economy, up 10 percentage points from September and his strongest rating on his marquee issue since entering office. By contrast, 39 percent approve of Trump’s handling of his impeachment, while 50 percent disapprove.
Bernie Sanders is doing very well among local unions
Most national unions haven’t picked a favorite yet in the Democratic presidential primary. It’s been a boon for Bernie Sanders. Rather than harming Sanders, a longtime labor ally who has promised to work to double union membership as president, the reluctance to offer endorsements at the national level has enabled more progressive-minded local unions and labor groups to come out in force for the Vermont senator.
Sanders has already racked up 11 labor endorsements, more than any of his Democratic rivals, most of which are from local, regional and statewide unions. And some are among the most powerful labor organizations in early-voting and Super Tuesday states.
What Trump called “headaches”
Hard to fathom this level of restriction
This should fix everything
“Sometime prior to that,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked when the White House will put forward the plan
A number that points to a major challenge for 2020 Democrats
Lindsey Graham made an unwanted cameo as Democrats laid out their case for impeachment this afternoon
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., challenged the argument from Trump’s defenders that impeachment must allege a violation of statutory law.
To make his point, Nadler played a 1999 video of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was a manager 20 years ago in the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton. The Constitution allows impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a term that has been debated during the Trump investigation.
“What’s a high crime?” Graham asked in the well of the Senate in 1999. “How about an important person hurting somebody of low means? It’s not very scholarly, but I think it’s the truth. I think that’s what they meant by high crimes. Doesn’t even have to be a crime. It’s just when you start using your office and you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime.”
Republicans have challenged the accusations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress as vague and not grounded in established law.
Seems like this meeting about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is missing some key players?
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel would travel to the White House next week along with his chief election rival and opposition leader, Benny Gantz, to discuss the administration’s blueprint for peace in the Middle East.
“President Trump asked me to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to the White House next week to discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land,” Pence announced alongside Netanyahu on a trip to Israel to mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and attend a global Holocaust forum.
Pence’s announcement of the pending visit, coupled with the significance of both Netanyahu’s and Gantz’s planned attendance, immediately ramped up speculation that the White House would finally roll out its much anticipated plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.