Hot Steaming Mess at White House Correspondents’ Association

The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner featured comedian Michelle Wolf as this year’s headliner. Apparently her jokes caused some controversy.

Donald Trump hated Wolf’s performance, saying she “totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance).” Ha ha! Seth Myers totally killed at the dinner in 2011!

Publications such as The Hill were scandalized by Wolf’s routine, as were several journalists. (They should reread Martin Niemoeller’s famous poem.)

WHCA President Margaret Talev issued a groveling apology to her members. Why? Because her organization handles credentialing of the journalists who cover the White House and she is probably afraid that Trump will take that away from her.

Does it matter? Not really; there’s really no need for credentialed White House correspondents anymore. The latest insight into the President’s thinking doesn’t come from his press office, it comes from his Tweets.

What we need from the mainstream media these days is rigorous analysis, historical context and investigative journalism, which they do . . . passably.

Source: Journalists Push Back On Correspondents’ Association’s Response To Michelle Wolf | HuffPost

An open letter to NYC Mayor de Blasio

Dear Jackass,

Now that your secret emails have become public, we’ve learned how much you hate the media. Apparently you never read Robert Townsend’s Up the Organization (1970), especially the part where he warns not to put anything in writing that you don’t want to come out later.

In response, you headed over to Room 9 to throw a hissy fit. In true Trumpian fashion, you didn’t apologize, you doubled down and flung further attacks on all three of the city’s newspapers.

You could have said, “As Mayor, you take a lot of heat. It’s part of the job and every Mayor has to deal with it. But sometimes it gets under your skin, so you vent to friends and associates. Afterwards, you go back to your job of doing the best you can for the citizens of this great city.”

That would have been my advice, But what do I know? I’m just a blogger here in the Transbaikal. I suggest that the next time the yak dung hits the fan and you’re thinking of holding a presser, you first consult with Mrs. Presser.

Sincerely,

Jerome Biteman, Editor
www.biteme.me

Questions I’d like to ask President Trump

  1. What will you do to Robert Mueller after you fire him?
  2. Do you plan to sleep with any more porn stars?
  3. What’s the best part of being Commander in Chief of the world’s strongest army?
  4. Why don’t you just lock up Crooked Hillary?
  5. Will you grant yourself a pardon?
  6. In the war between Amazon and Walmart, which side are you on?
  7. Which country has spent the most at Mar-a-Lago since you became President?

 

Hat-tip to “Stuttering” John Melendez!

Lawrence O’Donnell embarrasses himself on MSNBC

O’Donnell was speaking with Robert Reich about Trump’s steel tariffs and said that Trump was totally ignorant about economics.

O’Donnell graduated from Harvard with a major in Economics. Trump graduated from Wharton with a B.S. in Economics. Reich studied some Economics in the PPE program at Oxford, but has no Economics degree.

Trump may be (ok. make that “definitely is”) an idiot but, at least on paper. he knows as much economics as O’Donnell or Reich.

The Bitemaster calls “Bullshit!” on O’Donnell.

NRA is now the voice of the Alt-Right culture warriors

The NRA may be quiet in public in the days following the latest mass school shooting—but its online TV outlet has not missed a beat.

Over the past two days, NRA TV has gone after both law enforcement for bungling the shooting and media outlets for calling for more expansive gun laws. Host Dan Bongino accused the New York Daily News of being both “pure filth” and “not worthy of collecting dog excrement”—aka actual filth. Host Dana Loesch called for protesters to march “to the FBI offices” for its failure to act on the numerous reports it received that the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was dangerous and potentially unstable. Grant Stinchfield, another NRA TV host, added his thoughts on the Fourth Estate on Monday, suggesting reporters were eager for another shooting to push a gun control agenda.

Source: NRA Usually Shuts Up After Mass Shootings. Not This Time.

You thought you were getting screwed by Time Warner Cable . . . and you were right

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit (PDF) against Time Warner Cable, accusing the company of lying to both its customers and the FCC. The suit alleges that TWC “Systematically And Knowingly Failed To Deliver The Reliable And Fast Internet Access It Promised To Subscribers Across The State”

Source: Time Warner Cable sued in New York for rampant fraud, lying to the FCC – ExtremeTech

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/23/media/white-house-press-briefing-sketch-artist/index.html?sr=twCNN062317white-house-press-briefing-sketch-artist0735PMVODtopPhotos&linkId=39041337

Good one! Though the Bitemaster thinks the White House press corps should disband. Desk jockeys back in the newsroom can read and fact-check the tweets and faxes just as well.

Sean “Alternative Facts” Spicer announces four new “softball seats” in White House press room

Branching out beyond the traditional press core [sic!!], the White House is extending video conferencing access via Skype to reporters that simply don’t have the resources to fly to Washington D.C. for briefings.

Trump routinely packs his events with shills to cheer and applaud him. The effect is to both affect the public perception of his popularity and bolster his sagging morale.

Now he is taking the tactic to the White House briefing room: handpicked supporters will be able to use Skype to toss softball questions to embattled Press Secretary Spicer.

If I were Spicer, I wouldn’t wait another minute. Poor guy needs all the help he can get.

Source: White House adds press room ‘Skype’ seats for remote reporters | Digital Trends

White House press secretary upends tradition in first briefing – NY Daily News

White House Press Secretary Spicer held his first regular briefing today. And not one member of the press corps asked which of today’s statements were “alternative facts.”

Where is Stuttering John now that we need him?

Source: White House press secretary upends tradition in first briefing – NY Daily News