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30 Sep 2023
Geoffrey Dickens


NextImg:Defending ‘Joey From Scranton,’ Hating ‘Destructive’ Clarence Thomas

On the first day of the impeachment inquiry hearings into the Biden family scandals, ABC’s Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos advised his viewers it was “unprecedented” because it was the “first time we’ve ever had an impeachment inquiry absent evidence.” 

MSNBC’s Joy Reid claimed the inquiry was a GOP attempt to “gaslight” Americans into believing her beloved “Joey from Scranton who likes ice cream, Corvettes, Ray-Bans,” was part of a “nefarious, decades-long campaign to fatten the Biden family coffers without a single journalist noticing.” 

All of which makes The Atlantic writer and Biden biographer Franklin Foer’s view that Biden “has been covered” by the news media “tougher than he deserves” absolutely laughable. 

Meanwhile conservatives like Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia were labeled a “destructive force in American jurisprudence,” and Vice President Mike Pence was slandered as a hater who was “one notch short of stoning gays.”

This past month also saw Hollywood getting into the anti-GOP act with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David asking Elon Musk if he wanted to “murder kids in schools?”

The following are the worst outbursts from leftist journalists and celebrities from the past month: 

“Just moments away, House Republicans holding their first impeachment inquiry into President Biden despite no evidence of impeachable offenses….This is unprecedented. The first time we’ve ever had an impeachment inquiry absent evidence.”
— Co-host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, September 28.

“Every President who suffers an upside-down approval rating is going to moan about the media, and I think that there is some truth to it in his case where Trump caused the media to become so emotional, to get so engaged in covering all of the high drama. And I think, with the Biden administration, there’s been this desire on the part of the press to reassert its standards of objectivity. So I think, on certain measures, he’s probably right. He has been covered probably tougher than he deserves.”
The Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, author of The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future, on NBC’s Meet the Press, September 3.

“[Republicans] only care about hurting Joe Biden…Here’s the problem: they’re not starting from scratch with some unknown politician. They’re starting with Joe Biden, you know, Joey from Scranton who likes ice cream, corvettes, Ray-Bans and his family…..Biden has lived, practically, his entire adult life in the public eye, this impeachment inquiry is Republicans trying to rewrite history because they don’t like the current reality. They’re trying to gaslight you into believing a guy who was once mocked for being one of the poorest guys in the Senate, hatched some sort of nefarious, decades-long campaign to fatten the Biden family coffers without a single journalist noticing. I mean, how could we have missed it?”
— Host Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 13. 

“In a word — one word — the legacy is division. This is a much more divided country because of what Rupert Murdoch created with Fox News more than a quarter century ago. There was right-wing talk radio before — there were pamphlets — but he supercharged this far-right ecosystem — really a network of lies in order to create an alternative that is not rooted in reality….but instead rooted in a fantasy dragging America back to the past. That was and is Rupert Murdoch’s legacy.”
— Former CNN host Brian Stelter on MSNBC’s The Sunday Show, September 24.

“Objectively American democracy is in perilous condition. The nation’s politics are poisoned. Truth has become optional. Instead of desired or even required. The republic has, of course, always faced threats to it even before Rupert Murdoch, but so much of the current state of our democracy can be traced back to the beast of his creation. Good evening everyone, I’m Abby Phillip and Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as CEO of Fox News tonight. His legacy is outrage porn. Partisan red meat. Stoking relentless culture wars.”
— Host Abby Phillip on CNN Primetime, September 21. 

“Since FDR’s time in office, the legislative metric in the United States has been 100 days, not six months. This is a racist code whistle to every white supremacist in the country because it’s how long it took Adolph Hitler to take Weimar Germany to a complete and total dictatorship that included, by the way, the military swearing an oath of allegiance not to the nation but to the fuhrer. And the military was the institution amongst many in Germany that were the last holdouts to this. But once he was in power, they were the first to submit. And what Donald Trump is signaling to the officer core of the American military, ‘You get in line behind me, the leader, not the idea, not the Constitution or I’m coming for you, too.’ This is an epically dangerous moment.”
— MSNBC contributor/Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 25. 

“I want this to be really clear. There has not been a more destructive force in the American jurisprudence in the last 30 years than Clarence Thomas’s wife. They’re the most destructive force in American jurisprudence. Those two together, they form like a Voltron of evil.” 
— MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s The ReidOut, September 11.

Host Katie Phang: “Is [Mike] Pence appealing to a demographic that no longer needs him though, right? Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Trump’s opened the floodgates to the free flow of racism, xenophobia, and hatred. I mean, they don’t have to pretend anymore that they’re good, God-fearing folks, right?...Pence saying he would consider a woman for Vice President. And before we start waving our feminist flags about that, but that he would not dine alone with her, due to a promise he made to his wife when he was first elected to Congress….Is this just proof of how out of touch Mike Pence is with modern-day Americans?”...
Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson: “Mike Pence is one, is one notch short of stoning gays.”
— Host Katie Phang on MSNBC’s The Katie Phang Show, September 17.

“I think CNN was and maybe still is struggling about what to do about Donald Trump. That’s a problem that’s been going on for almost a decade and it’s not unique to CNN. This is the challenge every journalist in America is facing….It’s an incredibly hard problem to solve. This torrent of lies directed at an institution that’s trying to get to the truth and, Ari, that’s why we need this kind of coverage all the time to try to figure out the best path to being louder than the liars. That’s our job. We are supposed to be louder than the liars.”
— Former CNN host Brian Stelter on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, September 15.

“There’s a very high probability that the government will shut down, and we will be where we have been before. And the core cause is that there are a group of members of Congress who are not interested in practical governance. They’re right that our deficits are too big on the far right of the Republican Party, but they have no strategy to get there. And so they’re basically a bunch of nihilistic performance artists.”
New York Times columnist David Brooks on PBS NewsHour, September 22.

“The question is this: Let’s say Joe Biden — God forbid — dies in office, isn’t that still okay for the country? The country will survive it but if Trump wins, the country will not survive it. That’s a fact.”
— Co-host Joy Behar on ABC’s The View, September 26.

Co-host Joy Behar: “When I hear Republicans say, ‘Oh, it’s not man-made. It’s not about fossil fuels. You know, when Trump was president, all of that went up — the fossil fuel usage went up.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin: “Yes. And the regulations went down.”
Behar: “He is a menace to the planet. Please don’t vote for him. I’m begging you. Get him out of here. He’s so dangerous.”
— ABC’s The View, September 5. 

Actor/Seinfeld co-creator Larry David: “Do you just want to murder kids in schools?”
Tesla founder/Twitter owner Elon Musk: “No, no. I’m anti-kid murder.”
David: “Then how could you vote Republican?”
— Conversation that took place at the wedding of Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, as detailed in former Time editor Walter Isaacson’s new biography Elon Musk. A September 18  New York Post article reported Larry David confirmed the conversation: “‘His tweets about voting Republican because Democrats were the party of division and hate were sticking in my craw,’ David told Isaacson. ‘Even if Uvalde never happened, I probably would have brought it up, because I was angry and offended.’”

“Watching President Biden speak at the UN today gives me pride. The life of our Democracy is in the right hands.”
— September 19 tweet by film director Rob Reiner. 

“I’m not saying that ‘Animal House’ led directly to the election of Ronald Reagan two years later. But I am saying the movie empowered a generation of 20-somethings to aspire to a new hedonism.”
— Movie critic Ty Burr in the August 15 Washington Post article “I was on campus when ‘Animal House’ debuted. It changed everything. National Lampoon’s 1978 college comedy bred an era of excess, sometimes disguised as conservatism.”