Rachel Maddow reports on the role of partisan politics in the upcoming Scotland independence vote, where Scotland’s disdain for British conservatives could boost secession while empowering conservatives by taking Scotland’s liberals out of Parliament.
From the 09.17.2014 edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show:
As Lawrence O’Donnell noted in his Rewrite segment Thursday night, so much for the warped definition of “class warfare” and the working class being envious of the rich that Republicans like Mitt Romney and his ilk are constantly carrying on about. These employees proved that if you actually pay them well, respect them and act like you care about them, they’ll stand up for you.
Here’s more from The Boston Globe: Market Basket uprising’s success hard to replicate:
As celebration gave way to reflection the day after protesting Market Basket employees won the return of their leader, Arthur T. Demoulas, it remained unclear if the miracle of Tewksbury was truly a breakthrough moment for middle-class workers or a one-time phenomenon.
Ultimately what looked like a kamikaze mission ended in success, and as Demoulas offered thanks and congratulations Thursday morning outside company headquarters, one elated employee after another said they would do it again.
If you are black, you’re very aware of how this unfolds. If you aren’t black, you should watch this.
Things I’m pretty sure we all can agree on:
1. Racism still exists. (If you think it doesn’t, you’ll want to watch this.)
2. The statistics in this video are appalling and clearly not an anomaly.
3. We have to find a new way forward because the status quo isn’t working.
4. Melissa Harris-Perry is speaking the truth.Like Upworthy on Facebook
So what does #Ferguson want? I’ll let this guy explain.
Police sensitivity training ,diversity initiatives, body cameras for police and a fucking arrest. Would be a good start #ferguson
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) August 18, 2014
It’s a start of a conversation that is long overdue. So share with people. Talk with people. Listen to people who experience this kind of brutality every day. And learn about the black women who are also often ignored. If nothing productive comes out of Mike Brown’s senseless death, we have failed everyone.
Lawrence O’Donnell Rips New York Times’ Lazy Crime Report.
Just watch Lawrence do work on NY Times regarding Mike Brown. GOAT.
Just fucking wow.
Dallas Morning News ' Wayne Slater Tells National Media "Perry Has Bigger Problems Than ... Conventional Wisdom Suggests"
Maddow Urges Viewers To Read Texas Press About The Case.
From the 08.21.2014 edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show:
There are new developments in Iraq as Al-Maliki resigns from his position of leadership. Col. Jack Jacobs joins Michael Eric Dyson to discuss the political and military impact.
From the 08.14.2014 edition of MSNBC’s The Ed Show:
On Maddow, Rachel Maddow tells the truth about Ferguson Police Department’s racial profiling and how it played a role in the shooting of Mike Brown and the subsequent riots.
From the 08.12.2014 edition of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show:
According to Politico’s most famous (and best-connected) reporter, NBC’s White House correspondent Chuck Todd has been tapped as the likely replacement for the much-maligned David Gregory on “Meet the Press.”SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.
Allen crammed several other “Meet”-related nuggets in Monday’s edition of “Politico Playbook,” his daily newsletter of name-drops and Washington gossip.
And there was some hedging.
After reporting that Gregory will likely move on from NBC, Allen noted that his sources have cautioned that “nothing is definite or decided.”
Nevertheless, it’s been widely believed that Gregory has been on thin ice as “Meet the Press,” once the Sunday morning standard-bearer, has suffered in the ratings.
The New York Post reported last week that Gregory met with CNN president Jeff Zucker recently.
If Allen’s scoop does come to fruition, it will mean that fellow Politico scribe Dylan Byers gets to take a victory lap. Byers was already basking in the development on Monday, tweeting a link to a piece he authored at the beginning of the year.
In the piece, Byers offered three predictions for 2014: White House press secretary Jay Carney would step down by year’s end; CNN would elevate Jake Tapper to a primetime slot; and Todd would be named as the new host of “Meet the Press.”
Two out of three ain’t bad.
Carney, check Todd, check … http://t.co/raTECobo8q— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) August 11, 2014
H/T: Tom Kludt at TPM
During the Tuesday night broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow ended the show by discussing Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and his recent comments regarding his state’s high uninsured rate. A recent survey revealed that Mississippi is the only state to have seen its uninsured rate increase since the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Overall, the country has seen a significant decrease in the number of uninsured people. However, Mississippi’s uninsured rate has climbed to 21.46%. Only Texas currently has a higher uninsured rate than Mississippi.
When presented with these results, Bryant decided that President Barack Obama and the ACA were to blame.
“If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.”
Maddow highlighted Bryant’s refusal to work with any of the provisions of the ACA that would have helped bring health coverage to more Mississippians. The governor refused to assist in creating a state exchange even though his own state’s health commissioner, a Republican, had a well-designed exchange ready to be put in place. Due to Bryant’s intransigence, the HHS and other federal agencies were unable to work with the state exchange, and only two health insurance companies were willing to be placed on it. The governor also refused to expand Medicaid, which would have provided coverage to over 300,000 residents of his state. Instead, Bryant said that people have free coverage — the emergency room.
Rachel decided to use a visual metaphor to illustrate the effects of Bryant’s obstruction when it comes to Obamacare. The host brought out a model of a Lamborghini. The remote control car worked perfectly and she was able to drive it around the studio. After driving it around, she bashed it several times with a hammer. After causing severe damage to the car, she tried to drive it around again. Of course, it went nowhere. In mock outrage, Maddow kicked the car, called it a piece of junk and said nobody should get this car because it doesn’t work.
Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:
In a short four-minute segment, Rachel Maddow destroyed Bryant’s declaration that the ACA is to blame for Mississippi’s high uninsured rate. The fact remains that red state Republican governors like Bryant and Texas’ Rick Perry have done everything in their power to ensure that the health care law is a failure in their state. However, when presented with the aftereffects of their obstruction, they turn tail and blame Obama or Democrats for the negative impact of their actions. Republicans take a jackhammer to Obamacare in their states and then call it a piece of junk when it doesn’t work as promised.
During its coverage of the downed Malaysian passenger jet on Thursday, MSNBC found itself on the receiving end of a prank by an apparent fan of radio host Howard Stern.
Krystal Ball, a co-host of “The Cycle,” thought she had an eyewitness to the crash on the phone. She didn’t.
"Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass," the caller said.
Ball did not initially catch on to the prank, responding to the obscenity with an earnest question. The caller, likely expecting to be disconnected immediately, couldn’t believe the host’s obliviousness.
"Boy, you’re a dumbass, aren’t you?" he said, prompting Ball to cut to a commercial break.
The prank is probably familiar to any fan of Stern. CNN can almost certainly relate to MSNBC’s misfortune.
Former Republican Congressman Todd Akin appeared on MSNBC on Thursday to hawk his new book and defend the now-infamous comments that doomed his 2012 Senate campaign. During an interview in August of 2012, Akin told a local TV station that pregnancy that results from rape is “really rare,” adding, “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
In the bizarre 7-minute exchange with host Chuck Todd, Akin invented an entirely new rationale for those comments, suggested that President Bill Clinton is guilty of rape, and clung to the discredited science that underpinned his assertions. Watch it:
“Legitimate rape is a law enforcement term and its abbreviation for legitimate case of rape,” he began, insisting that he used the term “because of the fact that it’s an abbreviation” for “legitimate case of rape.”
“The thing that strikes me as odd is this is something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes,” he explained, “because it doesn’t make any sense to say a conservative is saying that rape is legitimate.”
Akin then pivoted to “countless other examples of Bill Clinton being involved in assault on women or indecent behavior” and attacked Hillary Clinton for representing a suspect accused of rape as a defense attorney. But confronted by Todd about the scientific validity of his claims — there is no scientific evidence that adrenaline or stressful situations impact ovulation — Akin insisted that the science was still on his side. “There have been six recent studies and we can provide you with a footnote for those that say that stress has an effect on pregnancy,” he said. Asked if there should be any instance where abortions should be legal, Akin said, “I think that what doctors should do is to try to save life” and suggested that he would support abortion in cases where the child has no chance to live and giving birth would kill the mother.
In his book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” Akin writes that he regrets apologizing for the 2012 remarks in a TV ad. While on book tour, Aiken has also compared himself sympathetically to Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI), who spearheaded an infamous Communist witch hunt in the 1950s.
A Texas councilwoman came under fire this week for blaming blacks for the problems of the local community and standing by it. And today, one Texas Democrat told MSNBC guest host Michael Eric Dyson that racists in Texas are very open and proud about their bigotry.
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart pushed back on Wednesday against the protesters who derailed a convoy full of immigrant women and children, as well as radio host Rush Limbaugh, for what he described as dehumanizing treatment toward people fleeing traumatic violence.
“I know a lot of people don’t have kids, and it’s easy when you don’t have a kid to call people like those dogs being dumped,” Díaz-Balart told MSNBC host Al Sharpton. “But you know something? There but for the grace of God go I in many opportunities. And what would you do? What would you do if your child was being raped, or being destroyed by gangs. What would you be willing to do for your children?”
On Tuesday, the buses, carrying about 140 undocumented Central American immigrants were blocked from entering a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta, California by the demonstrators, many of whom chanted “U-S-A” and “nobody wants you.” They were instead rerouted to another facility in San Ysidro, almost 70 miles away. More than 50,000 “unaccompanied minors” have come to the U.S. from Central America since late last year.
Limbaugh defended the demonstrators’ actions on his show on Wednesday, saying, “You can’t dump your dog on the street in most of America, but you can dump 50,000 kids from Central America” and then insisting he was not comparing the immigrants to dogs.
Díaz-Balart, who was recently hired to host his own show on MSNBC, told Sharpton that many of them are faced with rape, torture or other threats not only during their journey through Mexico, but at home. One 17-year-old Honduran girl, he said, told him that a local gang killed her younger brother after he refused to be recruited into its ranks.
“She said, ‘What could I do?’” Díaz-Balart said. “‘Do I stay here and be killed or become property — sexual property — of gang members that run amok in places like Honduras? Or do I take my chances and come here?’”
From the 07.02.2014 edition of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation With Al Sharpton:
CNN and Fox News have largely ignored the news that President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by companies that contract with the federal government - an historic measure that will protect up to 28 million workers.
On June 16, a White House official revealed that President Obama would sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The move comes seven months after the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure that has subsequently languished in the House as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to bring the measure up for a vote.
ENDA’s diminishing prospects led many LGBT activists and Democratic lawmakers to press Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors. The ACLU’s Ian Thompson hailed an executive order as “the single most important step" Obama could take absent congressional action to combat anti-LGBT employment discrimination. One estimate suggests that Obama’s executive order will protect up to 28 million workers.
In a June 16 segment highlighting the persistent problem of anti-LGBT employment discrimination, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow laid out the context of congressional intransigence that led to Obama’s decision to act unilaterally on the issue:
While Maddow’s network gave the news of the impending executive order 31 minutes of coverage, CNN and Fox News barely covered it at all, with each providing a mere 20 seconds of coverage:
An astonishing 69 percent of Americans think employment discrimination against LGBT people is already illegal; as Maddow’s segment highlighted, that figure even includes the Speaker of the House. But it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay - or for being perceived as gay - in 29 states. Meanwhile, workers can be fired for being transgender in 32 states. CNN and Fox’s failure to cover Obama’s executive order helps keep Americans in the dark about the reality of anti-LGBT workplace discrimination and makes it difficult to build momentum for a measure like ENDA.
In ignoring the executive order, CNN and Fox are repeating a troubling problem witnessed in the run-up to last year’s Senate passage of ENDA. Last summer, as the Senate moved closer to passing that measure for the first time in the legislation’s 20-year history, CNN and Fox both gave ENDA no coverage at all, even as both networks - and CNN particularly - fawned over the yet-to-be-born royal baby.
On Fox, silence is often the norm on LGBT issues, unless the network sees an opportunity to peddle religious liberty horror stories. The silence of CNN is more noteworthy, but it isn’t unprecedented. This spring, CNN joined Fox in completely ignoring the passage of Mississippi’s anti-gay license-to-discriminate law - a measure championed by anti-gay hate groups and which eerily echoed an Arizona bill vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. In that instance, CNN’s silence came as the network devoted hours upon hours to obsessive speculation over the fate of a missing Malaysian airplane.
While CNN and Fox have responded to the latest LGBT rights story with deafening silence, they still have the chance to cover the story and inform viewers about the ongoing need to pass ENDA when President Obama actually signs his executive order.
Equality Matters searched news transcripts provided by TV Eyes for the terms “employment discrimination,” “employment nondiscrimination,” “employment non-discrimination,” “workplace discrimination,” “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” “LGBT,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “executive order” for June 16-17, 2014. Reruns, teases for upcoming segments, and passing mentions were excluded.
H/T: Luke Brinker at MMFA
"In fact I think he’d be interesting because he started dialogues on poverty and some other issues that were sort of outside of what Republicans have traditionally talked about. So he could bring a very interesting voice into that space," he said.
h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM