Using the bully pulpit of her own MSNBC show, Joy Reid blasted fellow members of the press for immediately reporting President-elect Donald Trump’s often bogus claims on Twitter and using them for headlines — only to have his story fall apart hours later
Recently Reid criticized the media, saying if they ignored the president-elect’s tweets, he’d be forced to hold a press conference.
On Sunday, the MSNBC host took that line of thought a step forward, using the public’s furious response to Republican plans to gut ethics oversight as a jumping off point.
“This week Republican lawmakers tried to put the foxes in charge of the henhouse when they attempted in secret to give Congress the power to essentially oversee ethics investigations of its own members and then hide those investigations from the public,” she began. “But that effort was stopped by you, the American people, who flooded congressional offices with thousands and thousands of calls. Not that you’d know it from headlines like this: ‘House Republicans back off gutting ethics watchdog after backlash from trump.’ ‘House Republicans pull plan to gut independent ethics committee after Trump tweets.’ ‘House GOP reverses on ethics change after trump criticism.'”
“If outraged constituents were the engine driving the Republican mea culpa, think of Donald Trump as the caboose sending those ‘Donnie come lately’ tweets stating the obvious after America had already spoken,” she continued. “It’s a pattern we’ve seen again and again as the press struggles on how to get a grip on how to cover a reality show person who communicates via Twitter without any other source of information or contact with the press and regularly contradicts his own aides after they have gone on TV and said things they learned from talking to him.”
“We’ve seen the same error over and over again, repeating that Trump claim that he saved a thousand jobs at Carrier in Indiana then walking the headlines back. Running glowing headlines regurgitating Trump taking credit for 5,000 new jobs at Sprint. Donald Trump took credit for a Sprint jobs deal that had nothing to do with Donald Trump. In fact it had been publicly announced months earlier. Or how about reporting that Trump would hold his first post election press conference on January 11th, which he very well might do — but there’s every reason to be skeptical after the one he promised on December 15th and the one from Melania Trump on her immigration status on and on, claim after claim made on Twitter that doesn’t pan out.”
“Dig beneath the headlines and you get to the real truth about Trump,” she advised.
Watch the video below via MSNBC:
WATCH: Trump blurts out a massive lie about Dem congresswomen — after being asked about Melania
President Donald Trump on Friday falsely accused Democratic congresswomen of using the phrase "evil Jews."
Trump ignited a firestorm over the weekend after saying that the congresswomen of color should "go back" to their countries of origin. At a rally on Wednesday, his supporters chanted "send her back" after Trump attacked one of them, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
But on Friday, Trump insisted the congresswomen were the real racists.
"You know what is racist to me? When somebody goes out and says the horrible things about our country, the people of our country, that are anti-Semitic, that hate everybody, that speak with scorn and hate -- that to me is really a very dangerous thing," Trump said.
Iran says it has seized British oil tanker
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had captured a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf after Britain seized an Iranian vessel earlier this month, further raising tensions along a vital international oil shipping route.
Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.
The Revolutionary Guards said they seized the tanker at the request of Iranian maritime authorities for "not following international maritime regulations," state television reported.
Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller
Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"