NBC’s new host of Meet the Press, Kristen Welker, largely disappointed this weekend in her debut. Donald Trump had agreed to a sit down interview, but it quickly devolved into a platform for his numerous lies and self-serving statements. Welker let Trump go on at length, failing to challenge him or fact check him in real time. Even though the interview was pre-taped, the network did not add fact checks to it before the broadcast, referring audiences instead to the NBC website where no one would bother to go.
"...I respected many others that said the election was rigged.” Haha. First he "respects" no one and second he shopped around until he found someone who agreed with him. He is, and always has been, the biggest looooser!
NBC committed journalistic malpractice...and it was deliberate. The results were utterly firseeabkw, but neither the network, nor Ms. Welker possess an ounce of integrity.
The further damage to democracy from platforming these endless lies and poisoning the jury pool is incalculable.
It's laughable to dissect Trump's confession...he's been publicly confessing since the Lester Holt interview... it's gained him millions, a cult following, and an excellent shot at reelection.
Legacy media had a choice, and each time they've chosen ratings and dollars over democracy. Just as GOP politicians have chosen corruption and tribe over democracy.
I'm hoping Judge Chutkan will move the trial date up, as she threatened to do if Trump wouldn't stop tainting the jury pool.
Jay is always there to "talk me off the ledge." However this really isn't about trump confessing to his crimes, the fact of his guilt is, at this point, not in dispute. You need look no further than Texas to see how far republicans have fallen, lots of facts there about Ken Paxton's corruption as well. Or the Wisconsin republicans getting ready to impeach a state supreme court justice before her seat is even warm. Or Tennessee restricting the rights of the minority party to speak on the house floor. The list goes on. Trump doesn't care if he incriminates himself, because he thinks he has a really good chance he will get away with it. He might be right; either, or both, of the federal cases are going to wind up in front of a corrupt US supreme court; and at that point it's a crap shoot as to how they will rule. And don't even get me started on "judge" Cannon in Florida, even if a jury finds trump guilty she can still toss the whole thing and find him innocent. Even the case in Georgia could face the corruption of the US supreme court, they could toss the whole thing. Then we have to worry about trump getting elected again in 2024, and I really don't worry about him getting more votes, or legitimately winning the electoral college; I worry a corrupt red state will simply not care who the people voted for. Now I know there are lots of obstacles to any of this coming true, lot's of people much smarter than I am are fighting to put trump in jail; and I do trust them. This is the true damage he has done to the country, not only do republicans no longer care about the rule of law; but he has the rest of us worried that the rule of law may not be enough to stop him.
Something that struck me, aside from the obvious, is Trump saying he didn't respect his highly placed lawyers as the reason he decided to go with Team Crazy's advice. "You get recommendations..." Is he admitting he didn't do his own research and instead went with vague recommendations from unknown, random sources to choose top advisers? Does he not realize those highly placed attorneys who he didn't respect are going to at least be witnesses for the prosecution, if not co-conspirators who are going to be even more inclined to thrown him under the bus. Doesn't he realize saying he didn't respect them isn't going to go over too well with them?
I didn’t watch, I can’t listen to Trump’s lies anymore. Also I am sick and tired of the mainstream media giving him a free platform. I will not contribute to the ratings by watching when I know I will see all the highlights endlessly repeated for several days.I wish the media would learn their lesson and stop covering him anymore than absolutely necessary.
Hammer, nail, meet coffin. BYEEEEEE!
I only saw a snippet yesterday, but my husband and I played it over and over laughing all the while. In response to some question or other, tfg says something like "I know that ... I didn't know that" all the while with his hands pumping that air accordion. "...many lawyers...many books" Many lies. Many lost court cases. Many years you should be in jail. So just keep yammering away, ya dimwit! Methinks SC Smith be listening to ya real good.
Jay, if you actually watched the MTP *cough-cough* "interview, more power to you. But by all accounts, it went the way of the infamous CNN "town hall", where Kristen Collins got played like a Stradivarius by tRump...lightweight Welker overwhelmed in the same manner, according to (non-MSM) reports, but did allow him to blather on about "my decision" to mount the "we wuz robbed" campaign, and ignoring much of his (legitimate) legal counsel. Whatever, the god-damned networks and cable news people just simply REFUSE to learn the lessons from 2016-20, and are STILL giving this pathological liar and sociopath a free platform to broadcast his venom...oy vey!
FYI, I quoted you today in my Bulwark piece about DeSantis and COVID.
My piece was done but that middle-finger line was irresistible to both me and my editor so I added it up high. (I'm a subscriber...)
He truly cannot shut up which is a godsend for Jack Smith, Fani Willis...
As much as I hate the free publicity, the forums to lie and spin, bring on the interviews. If he is prohibited from posting on TS, he will be even more willing to implicate himself via hubris in live venues and msm interviews. His statements are prosecutorial gold.
After reading the tRump "interview" quotes, they say that Joe Biden is "too old" to run for re-election...smh.
“The more Trump talks, the more the walls of his legal case close in. If he keeps boxing himself in like this, there might be few defenses remaining for him to cling to come the trial, now set for March 4, 2024.”
Please god, May it be so.
I too was disappointed that Kristen Welker chose Trump for her first interview. She must have gotten a lot of backlash because they kept mentioning that Biden has been asked for an interview also.
I actually thought she did a decent job of pressing him about his lies.
Something caught my ear that I hope someone will follow up on. When Trump was talking about Putin and Ukraine, he said, Ukraine was the “apple” of Putin’s eye. I think he meant it in the sense of Ukraine being something Putin really desired. I’m wondering if he had knowledge very early that Putin planned to invade Ukraine. Remember his private talk with Putin?
Everything he said was completely predictable things he’s been saying for literally years. There’s no excuse for Welker not to have been ready.
Still, it’s kind of remarkable that he seems to still think that if you confess to something on TV it somehow DOESN’T count.
That said, his only real defense has ever been “F you put me in prison I dare you.”