Weekend Links and Open Thread links Add comments Sep 162017 MediaBuzz videos: Trump’s deals; ESPN; softball tour; slant. Reliable Sources: Hillary; Jemele’s tweet was mainstream; Fox war on ESPN. F&F video: Harvey Levin previews OBJECTified. CNN bans Milo. The battle of the boobs. CNN launches ‘Pacific’. Colleagues react to Meghan McCain news. Sunday talkers: preview. Rubin Report video: Greg Gutfeld carolr527 I thought it was dicey to hire Meghan when her dad was still in the Senate. Could make things on the panel awkward if the others wanted to criticize him. J.J. I always assumed the Meghan hire was simply Rupert Murdoch doing a favor for John McCain or just trying to get on the good side of a powerful Senator. I read awhile back what McCain did to his 1st wife after he returned home. I lost just about any respect I had for the guy. I wish him good health, but America probably dodged a bullet that he was never POTUS. CDG24 There is a chance that there was some sort of favor, but Meghan must be really likable in person. She has gotten a lot of jobs that she wasn’t suited for and some of those probably didn’t care much who her dad was. There also is the likelihood that media outlets think she is more famous and/or relevant than she is. I think she had been unsuccessful at all of her previous jobs before coming to Fox. Two canceled shows on Pivot. Poor selling books. MSNBC had her as a paid contributor and never seemed to use her. Her writing and video work at The Daily Beast was awful. Not a respected political analyst. Nothing that should have given Fox a reason to hire her. Even more so when she had been in feuds with multiple people at the network. She was better at Fox than at other places and improved as a host from her early days on Outnumbered, but she still wasn’t that good when compared to many of her colleagues. sparty Meghan was better as a guest than a permanent piece of the ensemble. She is best taken in small doses. I hope Out# keeps the current format with two hosts and two rotating chairs. It’s possible there could be more changes. Either Sandra or Harris could become permanent host of ANHQ and Melissa Francis could become a co-host. Anybody but Lisa Montgomery. I couldn’t stand her when she was a VJ and she’s even worse now. Cecelia I wish they’d give that job to either Kennedy or Melissa Francis. Both those ladies have a decidedly non-pompous bent and sense of irony that is needed on that show. sparty Lisa Montgomery hogs the conversation and the camera. She is obnoxious. Cecelia I love Kennedy. Larry Kelly Something good came out of MTV. Nixon – niihpikiiookani Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment. Larry Kelly Neither is Boston’s Billie Joe McAllister. Saintsfan720 To each his/her own. But, I think Kennedy is awesome. Almost never miss her FBN evening show. carolr527 I adore Kennedy! She’s smart, funny, and witty. Some of her libertarian beliefs make my teeth ache, but I don’t find her smug. And she’s a genuine capitalist who thinks raising taxes on the wealthy is a dumb idea. She’s the kind of host I was hoping SE Cupp would be, but SE just doesn’t measure up. LenInFlux I don’t think SE Cupp would describe herself as a Libertarian, so she sort of comes off as just another Conservative pundit. Kennedy seems to stand out because she brings that contrarian view to a discussion. She seems to have dialed it back some since her show “The Independents” was cancelled, however. carolr527 My problem with SE Cupp is that she doesn’t come off as conservative to me. Not anymore. She was on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show on Friday. SE tweeted that she just loves Chelsea. What a shock – SE loves yet another liberal! I sound like a broken record, but liberals love SE because she constantly bashes other conservatives. gcblues neither the president or his supporters are conservative either. seems to be the latest craze. one day when people wake up they will wonder what was in the water that screwed with their minds so much. Son of Rusty Shackleford I always thought she was hired because Roger Ailes shares the same likes as Clay Travis. Nothing I ever heard from her convinces me otherwise. Cecelia Ha! Ailes did, indeed! He also happened to be a freaking genius. Cecelia I think Meghan was hired in an effort Fox has made to try and score a younger audience. She has improved on Fox in the way that Ronan Farrow, Luke Russert, and Chelsea Clinton did not on MSNBC. For all the Trump engendered ballyhoo around Katy Tur, she seems to struggle, and wears a facial expression that reads as scared and miserable most of the time. Fox did Meghan a favor by bringing her along at the speed that they did. Mike C. Meghan and Katy are the same age. Cecelia Obviously, Katy has more talent, but she was put into her gig a bit too soon. johnny dollar She used to know someone who used to have influence there. Nixon – niihpikiiookani She got her job the old fashioned way…… Cecelia The door was opened to her via her journalist parents and Olbermann, but to her credit she has chased bad weather via the Weather Channel and paid some dues doing fluff pieces for local tv. She moved up to covering news. She’s young, attractive, rather vulnerable seeming, and so was assigned to cover Trump who is considered to have an affinity for those attributes and whose candidacy was not really taken seriously by the media. The media is courting young viewers too. Hosting an MSNBC show was certainly quite the leap, to say the least. But the biggest part of that promotion is that she represents a media narrative about the president that he was only too eager to corroborate. Nixon – niihpikiiookani She also did a very poor job on The Weather Channel. Not as bad as that ghoul Julie Martin, but close. Grandpa D Same age as my grandson, although he’s not as famous. Nixon – niihpikiiookani Nothing could smarten up Chelsea Clinton. It didn’t take a village to raise that idiot. And, Katy Tur looks like she could use more fiber in her diet. Nixon – niihpikiiookani What he did to his first wife proves that no good deed goes unpunished. CDG24 It happened. Even when he wasn’t being criticized. https://youtu.be/IR6BgDgC8XE?t=1m27s J.J. Wow! Sensitive much? Geraldo was actually trying to compliment the guy. “Don’t invoke my father in that way….” LenInFlux Thanks for the link – never saw that. I’m just going by a general observation that her father was never a big topic of conversation on the show because she was there yet he would be talked about on Fox on a number of other shows over this or that. To me it’s a bad idea to hire someone as a co-anchor who has a father who is a prominent sitting US Senator. LenInFlux Very true – from the few times I watched Outnumbered I never once saw one of the other panelists criticize something her father said and he makes the Sunday politics rounds a lot and always had a lot to say. Cecelia Why does Brooke Baldwin have such an aversion to ta-tas? Larry Kelly Perhaps hers are less than bodacious? Cecelia I’ll let you be the judge of that. Lurker Cause her’s are FAKE, I can spot those are implants by her cleavage 😁🤣😄 Cecelia I’m kinda regretting having asked this question…😇 GATXER I dont blame you. Cecelia Does the article about Milo and CNN mean that Andrew Bolt wasn’t allowed to rent a CNN studio to film an interview with Milo? Not broadcast the interview on CNN, just rent out the technical facilities? Larry Kelly Money talks. Cecelia Does it? GATXER Thats the way I read it/ Cecelia Oh, I thought they wouldn’t rent it. Cecelia Here’s the clip of Brendad saying that CNN wouldn’t let them use their studio. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1vQ_3bMqQjo Cecelia In Jonathan Turley’s blog he has piece on why he is leaving the Methodist Church. Turley attends their annual conference and this year’s included the new addition of safety monitors who would be called in for discussion on sensitive topics that becomes robust enough to make other conference goers uncomfortable. This along with doctrinal grievances engendered Turley’s decision to leave. The ever-so-kind motive of protecting people from being offended Seems to be the all-purpose excuse for shutting down people with differing views. We see it with CNN’s decision that the presence of Milo might traumatize their studio staff(!) We see it being used in college campuses and outlets such as Google and Youtube. Brian Stelter frequently references this sort of…kind concern…either in attempting to get certain views off the airwaves, or in facilitating the airing of outright conjecture and invective that he’s hearing from his “concerned viewers” and other followers. Please God, deliver us from our kind and concerned keepers. They are tyrants, one and all. Grandpa D That was written by Darren Smith, weekend contributor. I can sympathize with him. Cecelia Oh, thank you. I didn’t see that. Grandpa D I follow Turley on twitter; he tweets links to his blog posts and apparently guest bloggers. I usually read each one, agree or not. Cecelia Turley keeps his standards no matter what party is in power. The Poweline guys are good too, Grandpa D. GATXER Thats why Turley and now Alan Dershowitz drive partisan hacks crazy……….they praised them when they were complaining about people they hate but when they do it to someone on their side….they lose their freaking minds. Minnesota Nice Concha hits the nail on the head once again. I guess Baldwin’s fake outrage is appropriate for a fake new network or as The Cable Game calls it VFN (Very Fake News). Cecelia Evidently the 1st Amendment comes way down in the list past “expressions so commonly used that your granny says them” in Baldwin’s sense of importance. Son of Rusty Shackleford After Clay’s appearance, I think of CNN as the Cleavage News Network. Minnesota Nice Amazon Deletes Negative Reviews of Hillary Clinton’s New Book https://buff.ly/2xauaZ3 Amazon has a history of deleting negative comments/reviews for liberals, another recent example is Amy Schumer. I have never seen or heard of Amazon deleting negative comments/reviews for conservatives. Cecelia Were they comments from Amazon patrons who had actually bought the book from Amazon? Larry Kelly My understanding is that they were not. Cecelia Well, then that would make difference. Minnesota Nice I read most were not, which I understand. However do they do that for conservatives? If so, I have never read about it. GATXER I downloaded it….didn’t buy it from amazon…….they allow you to leave reviews for books you didn’t buy from them…..funny they didn’t delete any 5 stars…….and while I’m only about 15% through it NOT a 5 star book. Id give it a 3 star so far. Yet 92% of reviews are 5 stars……I mean really???? Lurker CNN invited Clay back after that ( o Y o ) comment but CNN denied it So Clay played the recording of it LOL ➡️ https://twitter.com/JimmyOrr/status/909113867560681473 Lurker This Scott Feinberg IDIOT got OWNED & DELETED his Tweet LOL Here’s a screencap ➡️ https://s26.postimg.org/i4xnp0fjd/boobs.jpg https://twitter.com/ClayTravis/status/908799739835113472 =============================================================== Scott Feinberg @ScottFeinberg I can’t imagine which candidate this a$$hole voted for in 2016, can you? Clay Travis @ClayTravis Gary Johnson. Obama in 2008 and 2012. Kerry in 2004. Worked on Gore campaign in 2000. GATXER Thats they funniest snap Ive seen on twitter in a long time. Minnesota Nice When was the last time Fox News wasn’t a topic on RS? Stelter aka Zucker is obsessed with them. Mike C. He’s the infamous, deplorable Brian Steltermann. Cecelia stelter is a partisan automaton. Mike C. Correct. Cecelia I wish Reliable Sources would poll for the percentage of Americans who reverence the First Amendment and boobs, and then make Brooke Baldwin apologize. Larry Kelly Talk about not wanting to admit something https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sliding-nfl-ratings-could-throw-networks-for-a-loss/ “Others have pointed to the controversy around former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a fan turn-off.” No sh’t, Sherlock. Cecelia Calling POTUS a white supremacist is “mainstream”…because… we’re told… that “half of America” believes that Trump is that. For this reason, it was wrong of a spox to suggest that an ESPN employee should face consequences for calling the president a racist on the air. sheesh…that’s logic isn’t it… “The participants were then asked whether they were inclined to believe officials who said that a fire caused the tower’s collapse [9/11] or critics who claimed that explosives brought down the building. Among Canadians, 49% said they were inclined to believe the critics, while 37% of Americans said the same. In other words, the Canadians who responded to the online questions were somewhat more sceptical of the official account than were Americans.” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25370076 johnny dollar This weekend’s most popular links: 5 preview 4 Greg Gutfeld 3 the boobs 2 bans Milo And the most popular link in this weekend’s links… 1 Colleagues react to Meghan McCain news. Saintsfan720 Watching the debut of Harvey Levin’s new show on FNC. Enjoying the interview with Judge Judy. Don’t know how well this show will do over long term but good start in terms of quality, IMHO. Larry Kelly I don’t think I watched a singe show that won an Emmy. Damn liberal circe jerk.