The new chief executive of the Donald Trump campaign owns a stake in Seinfeld royalties, a fact that naturally was used to make fun of Stephen Bannon on MSNBC. With All Due Respect co-host Mark Halperin admitted that “we jumped at the chance to combine Seinfeld” and Trump. The journalist then played an extended montage of reporters making fun of Bannon and clips of the comedy classic.
On Wednesday, the Morning Joe crew erupted over the revelation that notes from Hillary Clinton’s interviews with the FBI are being given to a congressional committee for review. According to guest Adam Schiff, a Democratic Congressman from California who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, this “opens a Pandora’s box of requests from Congress.” Bloomberg Politics Editor, Mark Halperin, believes it is one of the “most horrible precedents” he’s seen in a long time.
During a discussion on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect about concerns that the Republican Party would abandon Donald Trump, guest Donny Deutsch shared his own fantasy that would spell bad news for the GOP. “I actually believe something else is going to start to happen in the next few weeks if things don't turn around,” Deutsch warned, “I can actually see Trump bailing.” According to Deutsch this isn’t the first time the thought has crossed his mind.
Monday on Morning Joe, details emerged that a Clinton Foundation donor was appointed to advise then Secretary Clinton on the International Security Advisory Board. According to ABC News, Chicago commodities trader Raj Fernando was appointed to the board to advise Clinton on “nuclear security and other classified arms control matters” at the behest of the Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. According to the Clinton campaign, Fernando was appointed to “reflect a balance of backgrounds and points of view.”
On Wednesday, the discussion on Morning Joe was dominated by Trump’s Second Amendment comments yesterday as he highlighted the jeopardy the Supreme Court will be in if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Segment after segment, the co-host’s and panelists besieged the Republican nominee for his remarks that were akin to an “assassination attempt” on his Democratic opponent.
During Monday’s edition on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, co-host Mark Halperin and guest Donny Deutsch tackled one of the day’s hard hitting questions, “Okay Mark, when it comes to the publishing industry, why is this counterintuitive in certain ways, why are Clinton bashing books out there versus zero Trump?” Deutsch was curious about it because, “At this moment, the top three nonfiction books on the New York Times Best Seller list are all [about Hillary Clinton].” And neither one of them could figure it out.
Journalist and author Mark Halperin on Monday mocked the “unscientific” claims of liberal media bias from conservatives. The Bloomberg editor and With All Due Respect guest Donny Deutsch derided the 2016 claims as “conspiracy theories." After playing a montage of conservatives on Fox hammering journalists for coverage of Donald Trump, Deutsch seethed, “It's preaching to their audience which, A, loves conspiracy theories. I mean, they're talking to their audience.”
Have you ever had somebody try to sell you on something but the pitch goes on and on and on with a complicated explanation which is almost impossible to understand? If you are smart, you would walk away with your hand on your wallet.
Such was the case yesterday when Gene Sperling, Hillary Clinton's economic adviser, attempted to explain her economic policies on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect to hosts John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. His seemingly endless complex explanations seemed to frustrate the hosts until Heilemann asked Sperling to very briefly explain her economic policy. The result? Sperling went on another yet filibuster that did nothing to enlighten the hosts. This was actually one of several Sperling filibusters beginning with his overlong explanation about how Hillary no longer supports TPP even though most people think she still does after years of her enthusiastically promoting it.
At the top of Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Donald Trump launches a new attack against Hillary Clinton and says he's concerned the election is going to be rigged against him.” In a discussion with Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin minutes later, she noted: “...he made that intriguing comment yesterday about the system being rigged. Some people interpreted that as he’s laying the groundwork already that if he loses he can say, ‘Well, there was something unfair about the process.’”
Acting like an innocent bystander with no control over NBC’s reporting, on Tuesday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie declared that the media focus on Donald Trump’s controversies made it impossible for journalists to also cover the scandals swirling around Hillary Clinton: “I mean, this story [of the Khan parents] has now been kept alive for four days...By the way, pushing off some otherwise negative stories about Hillary Clinton that might be leading all the headlines.”
Wednesday on Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski continued to marvel over the “obvious excitement” at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. While the hosts insisted there was no comparison between the DNC and the RNC, they continued to build up the Democrats by knocking down the Republicans. The liberal hosts painted a picture of an “excited” DNC filled with “history” and “emotion,” compared to an RNC laden with “empty seats” and “sleepwalking.”
If you watched Morning Joe on Tuesday, you would think Michelle Obama was the only person who spoke on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Co-host Mika Brzezinski called the First Lady’s remarks “chilling” while Willie Geist hailed it as “the greatest in the history of conventions.” Co-host Joe Scarborough went so far as to say “her optimism and her hope reminded me of Ronald Reagan.”