NBC Is Building A Trump Normalization Machine

After running a proto-fascist campaign, President-elect Donald Trump will bring his hate, misogyny, and bigotry to the White House at the end of the month. And when he does, NBC will have a machine ready to normalize him. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough is cozying up to Trump, the network is literally paying Trump through Celebrity Apprentice, and MSNBC is reportedly in talks to hire Greta Van Susteren, a longtime Fox News host with a history of treating Trump with kid gloves. And now Megyn Kelly, who famously buried the hatchet with Trump by lobbing him a softball interview and then withheld information about him until after the election, is also going to work for NBC.

By any measure, the Trump normalization effort at NBC begins at the top, with the network actually paying money to Trump as a result of his Celebrity Apprentice executive producer credit. The problem here is simple: NBC will have a fiduciary relationship with the president of the United States. The network now has an incentive to weigh aggressive reporting about the president-elect against what it might lose in revenue if Trump’s reputation is damaged. NBC, after all, is the network that had the hot mic tape of Trump bragging about sexual assault — but it’s not the outlet that broke that news.

The tangles of the Trump-NBC connection were reflected in Matt Lauer’s recent interview with new Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which the two downplayed the conflict of interest posed by Trump’s role in the show. Far from raising concerns about a financial arrangement between a network and the president, Lauer instead teased the increasing personal involvement Trump could have on the show as the season goes on. That’s normalization, and it’s driven by a desire for profit margin, plain and simple. As the Trump administration draws nearer, we’re seeing signs that this approach could repeat itself in the news division.

–Media Matters

McConnell is shocked—SHOCKED!–that Dems may block his SCOTUS nominee

Read this. It’s funny. McTurtle is now claiming that it would be IRRESPONSIBLE for the democrats in the senate to block any republican SCOTUS nominee, after he refused for almost a year to even consider Obama’s nomination of Garland to fill Scalia’s seat. It’s so perfectly Republican in its blatant hypocrisy, like no one is supposed to recall what he and the republicans just did: literally steal a Democratic president’s legitimate SCOTUS nominee. Read this brief summary and then read the reaction from Flycaster I’m reprinting from the comments section at Daily Kos, it’s some of the best purple prose I’ve come across this week.



Comment from Flycaster:

“What a dumb ass. Seriously. Dunce cap that fuckmonkey already. Did you really think we’d let your shit for eight fucking years slide you unsufferable shit weasel? Fuck no. You gave us the play book on just how to fuck up, stall, delay, deflect, carp, whine , critique, deny, anything and everything the republicans want to do by doing it yourself for eight years. Trump is a one term president who will probably be impeached before his term is up for treason. We can do that to you and your precious agenda for as long as it takes for you to see reason. Not that you ever will. So the democrats are more than happy to return the favor and you are having a tantrum about it? STFU Mitch you chinless goat molester.”

Trump’s Russian Connections

Throughout Trump’s presidential campaign, he expressed glowing admiration for Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Many of Trump’s adoring comments were utterly gratuitous. After his Electoral College victory, Trump continued praising the former head of the KGB while dismissing the findings of all 17 American national security agencies that Putin directed Russian government interference to help Trump in the 2016 American presidential election.

As veteran investigative economist and journalist Jim Henry shows below, a robust public record helps explain the fealty of Trump and his family to this murderous autocrat and the network of Russian oligarchs. Putin and his billionaire friends have plundered the wealth of their own people. They have also run numerous schemes to defraud governments and investors in the United States and Europe. From public records, using his renowned analytical skills, Henry shows what the mainstream news media in the United States have failed to report in any meaningful way: For three decades Donald Trump has profited from his connections to the Russian oligarchs, whose own fortunes depend on their continued fealty to Putin.

–David Kay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter


Worst Right Wing Moments of 2016: A Review

It’s the time for end of the year lists, here’s a quick compilation of some of the worst horrors given to us by the right wing in 2016—it’s all here, I’m posting it so I’ll have a quick reference point the next time a friend (or journalist) argues that it’s time to “move on” or “forgive and forget.”

This is unforgivable shit.