Tag Archive: MSNBC

QoTD: “We’ll always have Obamacare.”

Over at Fox News, when they’re not reassuring the peeps on Jesus and stuff, the joint operates as a well-financed disinformation machine. If you watch Fox News, Fairleigh Dickinson research suggests you know less than people who watch no news at all. By contrast, MSNBC. The national news media has been eating little bits of Chris Christie for a month now, revelation by revelation. But maybe nobody’s taken a bigger bite than MSNBC. With Steve Kornacki TV’s Christie scandal newsbreaker and Rachel Maddow the best Christie scandal explainer, MSNBC rules Christie’s slow implosion on the teevee. A relief to watch facts drive the news, after 3 years of breathless coverage of Christie as little more than swaggering political celebrity. But that’s me; I like the news. Bill Maher likes the news, too, but humor more. From his blog:

Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris Christie came along and put you under his spell.

@CoryBooker on the way in to Somerset Dem HQ for @mariecorfield


Cory Booker is on the road to Somerset Dems HQ, the freshly-minted United States Senator making the rounds of key campaigns up and down the state. Also here, is Marie Corfield, who PolitickerNJ gave a shout-out with its Purple Heart Award for hard-charging to take Tea Party Republican Donna Simon’s LD16 seat Tuesday, broken bone and enormous cast notwithstanding.

photo-21I’m living and breathing that campaign right now so I just want to take a second, before Cory Booker gets here to thank the many, many people who have put their pull, their money, their friendship and advice behind one of the best state candidates I have ever seen. That includes Senator Booker, who I don’t think would be here if not for Corfield, who has attracted considerable attention in her race against Simon in the district that spans Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon and Middlesex.

I’ll update later after the Senator gets here. Meanwhile, read this exclusive interview Jersey Jazzman snagged with the teacher Christie wagged his finger at last night.. Hottest news in the last 24 hours. And Dave Weigel of Slate and MSNBC – who covering Christie and took THAT picture of Christie arguing with yet another constituent – just arrived to cover this.  

Barbara Buono on The Ed Show

Yes, I know I already posted video of another appearance by the Democratic nominee on MSNBC today. She’s made three such appearances on the network over the last couple weeks, according to her campaign. Christie gets plenty of attention, and you’ll hear some repetition of theme and slogan in this interview with Buono, but as his fundraising, paid TV spots and exposure dwarfs hers, I’ll just post this, with guest host Michael Dyson, for your consideration. A friendlier interview than the one with Martin Bashir.

Barbara Buono on Martin Bashir MSNBC (Video)

“If you can’t govern, you’d better well entertain.”

      – Martin O’Malley, Gov of MD & past president of Democratic Governors Association, discussing Gov. Chris Christie

Here is a 6-minute video of Senator Buono’s appearance  yesterday with an interrupting Martin Bashir. What I find frustrating about this has less to do with Buono than the host, who appears to fully grasp the negatives of the sitting governor – 44th in job creation, property taxes up about 20%, and unemployment way higher than national average – but persists in the face of those facts to address his guest only like loser material, and not a legitimate candidate on his show specifically to discuss those failings, not merely her standing in the polls. That’s not entirely his fault, though, Buono misses several opportunities to take better control of the interview. Live by the sword, die by the sword; this is what political TV interviews are like in the 24-hour news cycle. More interested in personality than issue, horse race over bedrock policy differences. Yes, even on MSNBC.

There is, finally, some substance. Buono has to set Bashir straight on what’s behind Christie’s dropping of legal efforts to stop marriage equality, Christie’s failure to release promised medical profiles. And finally, Christie’s continuing support for the architects of the shutdown, even as he tries to distance himself from his own party’s more objectionable Tea Party shutdowners by “objecting” to their actions (as he raises money to support them).

What do you think, Blue Jersey? Does this make a dent?

Rush Holt on Syria: “Intervention in a civil war is something that is rarely justified” (Video)

Rush Holt did a 12-minute interview on UP with Steve Kornacki on Syria, discussing the intelligence reports he and other members of Congress are getting from the White House, and where it is lacking, the difficulty of unclear goals, and the need to avoid “quagmire,” and his opinion that working with Congress has not been a strength of President Obama’s – including working with members of his own party in Congress. The whole discussion is worth your time. Below are just two pullouts:

The intelligence on who did what to whom is moderately convincing. Nobody’s using the phrase ‘slam dunk’. And they’d better not, because it’s not that good. It’s good. There is strong intelligence. But all the world knows American intelligence is fallible. We certainly had a reminder of that ten years ago. [snip]

Its not shaping up in the view of the world to be an international operation. And I should make the point that it’s the view of the world that counts. If the purpose of this is to enforce international standards of acceptable behavior, it’s not so much what Congress thinks, it’s not so much even what the American people think. It is what the world community thinks, because it’s the world community ultimately that determines whether this enforcement of world standards is being carried out. And by that measure, we’re not getting there.

Video is just over 12 min. Short ad. Worth the wait.

ICYMI: Steve Lonegan on UP with Kornacki (video)

NJ on teevee this weekend: Compare Lonegan below, with Cory Booker on MTP.

Quite a lot of Saturday’s UP with Steve Kornacki was devoted to New Jersey, the ascendent Cory Booker and his right-wing opponent Steve Lonegan (whose interview is below). Lonegan faces a Wednesday, October 16 special election against a Democrat whose national star has risen whilst playing ‘bipartisan’ footsie with Chris Christie, who also scored as some of Cory Booker’s stardust rubbed off on him. Now, there’s a little bit of a shift. Christie has made his obligatory endorsement of Lonegan, and dashed away, far away (feeling’s mutual). And Christie and Booker are once again on opposite sides of a dividing line neither one of them always sees.

For me the question of whether the flawed Booker gets my vote is best summed up here. If you’re on the fence or considering sitting this one out, this interview is for you.

Bonus: Below, Lonegan on UP. Below the fold, the segment devoted to this Q: Are New Jerseyans are finally remembering Christie’s a Republican?

Brief ad. Totally worth the wait. So’s the look on Lizz Winstead’s face, the entire convo.

Frank Pallone on Up with Steve Kornacki

Frank Pallone was a guest this morning on UP with host Steve Kornacki, who started as a Jersey political reporter. Two videos:

Below: A convo about the spike in superPAC campaign spending, and discussion about how he’s funding his campaign.

Below the fold: Kornacki interviews Pallone on the delay of the employer mandate of the ACA, which the former Chair and now ranking member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee was a key player in drafting and defending.

Continuing UP’s Jersey-centric weekend, Sunday morning 8am Barbara Buono will be Kornacki’s guest.

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Barbara Buono on MSNBC The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

ICYMI, Sen. Barbar Buono was on MSNBC’s The Last Word last night. An exceptionally friendly interview – in fact, host Lawrence O’Donnell framed Chris Christie’s $1.5M ad buy as “running scared” of challenger Buono early in this race for governor. Certainly, Buono gets more of an opportunity to complete a sentence than the last time she was on MSNBC, late last month, with sputtering, interrupting (14 times) Chris Matthews, whom the Senator (rightly) appraised as “an ass” afterward.

Blue Jersey, what do you think?

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