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Deep Throat

We have not thought much of the New York Times‘s political coverage this past year. Whether it was sexplaining Hillary Clinton’s continuing crime spree at the State Department — where she committed the unpardonable act of being asked for favors from her Foundation which she did not then give out — or (and this is real!) devoting real estate to the fact that she hadn’t gotten the proper permits for a kitchen renovation, the Times never found a charge against Hillary Clinton that was beneath it to repeat.

But that was for Hillary Clinton. As we ranted back in November, when it came to Donald Trump, and the bombshell report by Mother Jones‘s David Corn alleging that according to a British spy man, the Kremlin had been cultivating Donald Trump as an asset for years, the Times couldn’t light a fire under its own ass fast enough to clear Trump of all crimes past, present and future.

How is that story, by the Times‘s Eric Lichtblau (who also wrote those “questions raised” stories about ties between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s State Department), holding up?

Oh, quite poorly. Quite poorly indeed!

Back then, Lichtblau and the Times quoted a “law enforcement official” (James Comey? Sure, why not? Totally definitely probably James Comey) saying

none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump. […]

The most serious part of the F.B.I.’s investigation has focused on the computer hacks that the Obama administration now formally blames on Russia. That investigation also involves numerous officials from the intelligence agencies. Investigators, the officials said, have become increasingly confident, based on the evidence they have uncovered, that Russia’s direct goal is not to support the election of Mr. Trump, as many Democrats have asserted, but rather to disrupt the integrity of the political system and undermine America’s standing in the world more broadly.

Last week, we learned the Intelligence community was briefing the current president and his enfant terrible successor about all the charges alleged in Corn’s original story (which, remember, the New York Times denied), including the pee hookers and such. You remember.

Today, McClatchy reports the FBI had been investigating Russians ties to Trump, and Russian financing of Wikileaks’s hacking of the Hillary Clinton campaign, as early as last spring:

U.S. intelligence agencies not only have been unanimous in blaming Russia for the hacking of Democrats’ computers but also have concluded that the leaking and dissemination of thousands of emails of top Democrats, some of which caused headaches for the Clinton campaign, were done to help Trump win.

The New York Times also said the FBI had found no ties — NONE — between Trump’s inner circle and Russia, like so:

Intelligence officials have said in interviews over the last six weeks that apparent connections between some of Mr. Trump’s aides and Moscow originally compelled them to open a broad investigation into possible links between the Russian government and the Republican presidential candidate. Still, they have said that Mr. Trump himself has not become a target. And no evidence has emerged that would link him or anyone else in his business or political circle directly to Russia’s election operations.

(Our bold.) Today, McClatchy?

The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Americans who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire and of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections, the sources said.

Let’s gander at the FAQ the NYT published after Buzzfeed published David Corn’s gentleman spy’s dossier:

Why did The Times report extensively on the hacking of the Democratic Party, but not this?

The Times did report before the election that the F.B.I. was investigating claims about Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia — an article that resulted from an extensive reporting effort. The Democratic National Committee and Podesta emails were public, their authenticity was not in doubt, and they contained newsworthy information.

Yes, John Podesta’s risotto recipe was definitely newsworthy, as were DNC staffers bitching among themselves that Bernie Sanders was a poophead. Not newsworthy? Intel agencies investigating whether Russia and Donald Trump were talking amongst themselves about how to steal documents from the Watergate Hotel the DNC and rig an election. And you know what they linked to there, right? The New York Times stating that the FBI had cleared Trump of Russian collusion.

That must be news to the FBI, which had joined a “working group” with five other Intel agencies investigating just that for almost a year now.

Will the New York Times name the “law enforcement official” who presumably lied to its august self? Will the New York Times admit it was packed full of shit? Sources say no, and fuck you is why.

[McClatchy]

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  • msanthropesmr

    A place called BuzzFeed gives us more real news than the NYT. And kitten videos. And wardrobe malfunctions.

    • Kevin Morin

      And adjectives. Lots and lots of breathtaking adjectives.

      • msanthropesmr

        Green, for example.

      • BadKitty904

        Shiny, candy-colored adjectives!

        • SmokinGood

          A veritable adjectival menagerie.

    • Vincent Ricola

      BuzzFeed figured out I was a “Daenerys” based on a series of fun questions, the NYT has never even bothered trying to figure me out.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Please come to the front desk to claim your prize.

    • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

      Hey, remember when our dear Wonkette had a section dedicated to wardrobe malfunctions? I was so much younger and full of hope then.

    • BadKitty904

      USA! USA!! USA!1!

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Comey can eat a bag of dick-votes. He’s just as guilty as the Russians in tampering with the election.

    • goonemeritus

      He’s worse, we pay Comey to keep us from being fucked over, that’s his job. Putin on the other hand can make a convincing case that he was just being the best Putin he could be.

      • georgiaburning

        Make Russia Great Again!

    • starfanglednut

      Yeah, fuck that guy. Def with votes. I wouldn’t go near him.

      • BigBoppa ~ Résistant

        Comey, McTurtle and the RNC all got a better deal from Putin. The fix has been in since long before Scalia died. They knew that already they had the SCOTUS pick in the bag the day Garland was nominated.

      • BadKitty904

        Gabba-gabba-hey!

        • starfanglednut

          Hi kitteh!

          • BadKitty904

            Whaddup, sugarbunch?

          • starfanglednut

            Not much, love. Just trying to crawl out of the post-election depression.

            You?

          • BadKitty904

            I hear ya, in re: heartbreak over GOPee treason and Dem betrayal. All I can suggest is hanging tuff and keep fighting – we outnumber them and our cause is just.

            In other news, my honeybun and my twin brother’s bf both proposed to us at our birthday supper. So, tomorrow morning, at 10AM – in the last hours of American democracy – we will have a double civil marriage. We’ll have the actual wedding sometime this summer.

            So, there’s that.

          • starfanglednut

            Congratulations, dearest kitty! Post pics!

    • BadKitty904

      I repeat – Blackmailed, Bribed, or Both?

  • o’look Skwerl!

    And my right wing friends all continue to deny it.

  • Nounverb911
  • WomanInTheResistance

    Fuck the NYT. And Disqus also too.

  • Anna Rompage

    Not that I necessary buy into all what this guy is posting, but it is pretty interesting to see him connect the dots..

    Bayrock by the way was owned or controlled by a close Putin ally…

    https://twitter.com/Khanoisseur/status/814583152379195392

    • tomamitai

      Dots nice, but what’s next? President Pence, or are his hands dirty too?

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      Based on what I saw during this election, 99% of the media could not connect the dots on a Weekly Reader puzzle page.

  • goonemeritus

    Wait now you’re telling me that Hillary did kitchen renovations without getting a permit?
    Sure Wonkette tells me now that the election is over and my vote has been cast. Were it not for electoral college I would have been partly responsible for giving the reigns of power to one of histories greatest monsters.

  • Shoto

    Secretary Clinton “hadn’t gotten the proper permits for a kitchen renovation.”

    Well alert the effin media!

    And while we’re on the subject of Clinton Crimes™, it’s highly probable that Secretary Clinton has torn the tag off of her mattress. Where is Jason Chaffetz when you really need him?

    • goonemeritus

      Has anyone really looked into Secretary Clinton’s garbage recycling rigor?

    • SmokinGood

      I’d accuse her of not cleaning up after the dog when she takes it for a walk, but if we’re being serious, you know she does.

      She probably lets it off the leash sometimes though. INPEECH!

    • Doug Langley

      I have it on good authority she was caught . . . jaywalking.

    • Ducksworthy

      Jason will get around to it. Just wait for the Putin Friends Funded Trump story to break and he’ll get right on the Hillary Mattress Tag Investigation.

  • WiscoJoe

    Wait, the New York Times publishes more than just Paul Krugman and the Arts section? Who knew?

    • goonemeritus

      don’t forget the crossword.

      • WomanInTheResistance

        I will give Will Shortz a pass. Grudgingly.

      • Creepoman

        The only thing I miss about no longer getting the paper (Denver Post carries both the LA Times and NTY Sunday puzzles).

      • ViveLaPeésistance

        Does this mean I have to stop buying the NYT Sunday Crossword puzzle books? What will I do during teleconferences?

      • Meccalopolis

        I do miss the crossword

    • Crystalclear12

      I was surprised too.

  • Valkyrie

    The New York Fucking Times fucked the world with Judith Miller et al., aiding and abetting W’s war crimes. Now this. I think NYT only sets out to be the best paper in the world so they can accumulate cover for being the most heinously dangerous paper in the world.

    Sorry, David Carr. You were a good one, and your idealism about the gray lady was sweet. But they’re evil.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    Let’s not forget that Lichtbleau swallowed the load of horseshit because he knew he’d been scooped by Slate. Slate, FFS!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Gail Collins, Paul Krugman, Frank Bruni and Charles Blow deserve better.

    Hey, WaPo, any chance of you using some of that money you’ve got for new hires to open a New York op-ed branch? (I know better than to hope for the fucking LA Times to do so, sadly…)

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Specifically, Frank Bruni deserves me. That may not be better for him than being on the NYT’s masthead, but it would sure be better for me. He can totally get it, is what I’m trying to say.

  • TJ Barke

    At the end of the day, none of this matters, because, all together now: IOKIYAR!

  • jowgajen

    Just a little reminder that there’s nothing to stop Donald from pardoning himself, his family and any of his associates on Friday afternoon.

    • WiscoJoe

      Integrity, decency and shame would stop him from… OH FUCK

  • Shoto

    Here’s the deal from where I’m sitting:

    It’s not a question of whether Drumpf has been (is) compromised by the Russians (very probably Putin himself), it’s only a question of the actual extent of that compromise. Is the leverage financial only, or does it also include audio / video recordings containing all manner of Drumpf Cavorting? I’m guessing it’s both. Nor am I being the least bit facetious about this.

    In short (and aside from the obvious mental illness), the orange man-baby is wrong. Very.

  • georgiaburning

    It is clear that Trump’s assertion that the Russians never hacked his campaign’s and the RNC’s computers is true. Why hack when you have superuser/administrator access?

  • Ruhe

    Surely Judith Miller can explain this apparent inconsistency.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      Probably something to do with those aspen trees, and their intertwined roots.

  • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

    And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.

    I don’t believe this for one second. Putting resources into disrupting a presidential election without a desired outcome other than disruption for its own sake is just plain not at all plausible. I would have to ask, “Why would they do that?”

    • Vincent Ricola

      There is also that talk about how Putin/Russia were going to pull out on helping Trump after he shit all over the Khan family because they didn’t think the American people would vote for someone who would go after a gold star family.

      Journalists can’t have it both ways. Putin is not Loki, he was disrupting to help Donald get elected because it was the best move for Russia.

    • BadKitty904

      Putin gains little, at best, by disrupting an election. He gains everything by putting his puppet in the White House.

      As we are clearly seeing right now.

  • doggiedaddy
    • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

      One positive thing that’s come out of this shit show is the abundance of museum quality memes.

  • And they did such a great job on the lead up to the Iraq War…

  • Thiazin Red

    Even at the time how did they say none? One of his campaign managers had to quit because of ties to Russia.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    OT: I suck at the twitter thing, but here’s a screen shot of an actual tweet. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e5beeb18abde8794571176d9929e604eab6338fba24cfd023059beb1b47ec27.png

    It’s Judith Miller concern trolling about Chelsea Manning and how many lives were lost because of Manning’s doc dump. I can’t fucking even.

    • goonemeritus

      How many died thanks to Ms. Millers cheerleading efforts getting us into Iraq?

    • Vienna Woods

      The replies to that tweet are brilliant.

    • ltmcdies

      Miller … I know that name….what did she write about…MRIs, MMAs, ….PCBs….Oh I remember …WMDs…in Iraq….maybe ….or not..

      Mind your piehole, M’am….you are kind a unreliable

    • BadKitty904

      How many died from leaks in the Mississippi dikes when New Orleans, a major U.S. city, was destroyed by Republican incompetence during President Cheney’s reign?

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Everyone that replies to her with “I dunno. How many people did your propaganda kill? Oh, LIKE MILLIONS” gets met with “Read my book.” Yeah, Judy, the likelihood that any of these folks want to give you money is pretty low.

    • Little Lulu ResistanceFighter

      I think the military court actually acknowledged that no one died because of her doc dump. I read that a day or two ago.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    But, when will we know for sure? This waiting makes me feel like it’s an interrogation in an enhanced fashion, NYT! Also, votes going into orifices in an uncomfortable way.

  • OneYieldRegular

    I abandoned the NYT a long time ago, though I still feel a bit uneasy that my go-to source for news has become The Onion.

  • AngryKatie

    It’s unlikely I will ever really trust the New York Times again. First there was the Judith Miller bullshit, then there was this, but the nail in the coffin was their (non)response to both.

    So congrats gray lady, you’re now lumped in with the Post and the Sun. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

    • JustDon’tSayPeePee

      Let’s not forget the Enquirer and Star.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Or their partners in the Clinton Cash follies, Fox and Breitbart (and at first the Washington Post, but apparently Mr Bezos wasn’t comfortable with the third generation of Phil Graham’s madness and decided to run a newspaper this time).

  • goonemeritus

    The NYT is reconsidering their use of Rudy Giuliani as their FBI liaison.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Sure. Now he’s their national cybersecurity liaison.

  • Crystalclear12

    They are bad and should feel bad.
    Can we have Franken or Warren talk to them?

  • I’m sticking with WaPo and Wonkette.

  • Beowoof14

    I see the newspaper of record has allowed itself to be now best used as the newspaper for the place where the dog goes.

    • WomanInTheResistance

      My dog has better taste.

  • Yr. Gma
  • cheetojeebus

    You know you’re basically asking them to put the shit back into the horse right?

    • Jenny

      Well their mouths are planted firmly on Comey’s butt so if they reverse that power, I think they’ve got enough to force it in!

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    That senior law enforcement official was fucking Dave Clarke. Eric Lichtblau can lichtballs

  • geoffalnutt

    “The Gray Lady” is stupid, greedy crack whore, after all. Who knew?

    • BadKitty904

      $$$ = That’s Why the Grey Lady Is for Trump…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQkIccS-W4U

      • spacecat in space

        10,000 upvotes for Ella, who has classed up the joint but rightly.

        • BadKitty904

          And, God knows, we need all the class we can get, especially this week.

  • BMW
    • Carpe Vagenda

      JFK libelz.

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  • Mr. Blobfish

    Teen Vogue has more credibility than the failing New York Times. Sad.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      NYT. All the shit that fits in print.

    • Run2Live

      I’m convinced Trump’s usage of “Sad” in his tweets is a euphemism for FuckYou.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Bless his heart

  • Creepoman

    Say, you know who else may have been a *tad* premature?

    • Mahousu

      Hey, c’mon, it could happen to anybody. I just got a little too excited, is all.

    • Doug Langley

      The architect of the Bay of Pigs invasion?

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Babies born before the 39th week of gestation?

  • yyyaz

    Have you ever noticed that when you present people with facts that are
    contrary to their deepest held beliefs they always change their minds?
    Me neither.

    Nice Mr. Michael Shermer of Scientific American sciencesplains why we are doomed. http://www.michaelshermer.com/2017/01/when-facts-backfire-why-worldview-threats-undermine-evidence/

  • Carpe Vagenda

    I believe we’ve found the smoking lack of enthusiasm (tm @maggienyt)

  • BadKitty904
  • Iam Reading

    After the judith miller thing, I gave up on NYT

    • alpacapunchbowl

      The handmaiden of the right, as a friend used to call her.

  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
    • Shoto

      The Journalamism is not pretty.

    • Carpe Vagenda
      • efoveks

        Awwwwww< KITTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Carpe Vagenda

          That would be the lovely and talented Bast. She’s a house panther.

          • WomanInTheResistance

            She is lovely. And talented, I am sure.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            She has my husband wrapped around the little finger she doesn’t, strictly speaking, have.

          • WomanInTheResistance

            Understandably.

          • Yr. Gma

            Looks a lot like my black boy.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            The kid works for a cat rescue, and they get a lot of bombays. Apparently people thought breeding them was going to turn out to be more lucrative than it turned out to be. We got her from one too.

          • Yr. Gma

            My guy is a hand-me-over from friends who couldn’t deal with his bounciness. He is a great cat.

          • AnnieGetYerFun

            We have one of those. We call her Baggy.

          • MC Planck

            Does she know the name of the wind?

          • Carpe Vagenda

            I wouldn’t doubt it. But I don’t think she’d give the wind the satisfaction. She’s a bit lordly. As you do.

  • BigBoppa ~ Résistant

    Disqus seems to have quit auto refreshing again.

    • Shoto

      I poured two cans of WD-40 on the monitor and still nothing.

      • Suttree

        I hit my cpu with a hammer and that didn’t help either. Maybe it’s time for the ether.

        • shivaskeeper

          No starter fluid yet. Shoot some canned air into all the vents first. If that doesn’t work, it’s time for ether.

          • Suttree

            Haha. I actually vacuumed it out the other day when I was looking to see if had any openings for RAM. The ether was for me!

          • shivaskeeper

            Fair enough.

        • Doug Langley

          Clearly you need a bigger hammer.

        • Meccalopolis

          Nothing more depraved

      • I started drinking White-out. No change so far

        • WomanInTheResistance

          I started drinking white wine. Also no change. Although probably more palatable.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          You have to mix it with vodka, kahlua, and heavy cream. A wite-out Russian.

    • WomanInTheResistance

      Disqus seems to have quit doing much of anything.

      • Nounverb911

        That’s okay, a minute ago Firefox couldn’t find the Wonkette.

        • WomanInTheResistance

          I’m not terribly conspiracy minded, but the timing of all this glitchiness is interesting.

  • Nounverb911
    • BosGrl

      I would seriously think about wearing a Depends. Not kidding. Those things are toxic waste dumps.

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      Are those Don’s Johns?

      • Nounverb911

        Hopefully they aren’t Vlad’s Johns….

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Um. Yes?

        The owner of the company that is providing portable toilets for the inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump is angry because someone is covering up their company name name with blue tape:

        The cover up is likely to have something to do with the company’s name: “Don’s Johns.”

        Workers for the Virginia company were surprised to find that someone was putting blue tape over the name every morning, according to the New York Daily News. An employee of the company explained, “We knew they were being covered up, because we’re delivering them there every night and they saw it. We wondered who was doing it. Now we know.”

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/016d577570905b1c041f9f427e4fb920855779055df90778476c9a0ce05eb82c.jpg

    • Jamoche

      “And finally, yes, before you ask, this article was planned before the piss scandal broke.”

      :D

  • ViveLaPeésistance

    Is Lichtblau up for a cabinet seat?

  • Reddishrabbit

    If memory serves McClatchey was one of the few good news source in the Iraqi WMD fiasco.

    • Scrofula

      There were a lot of agencies outside the US screaming about how there were no weapons. Weapons inspectors were there, saying no way.
      Didn’t break the evening news here.

      • Anna Rompage

        Hell, even the UN refused to sign off on Bush’s blunder…

      • DoILookAmused2u ?

        It did. It was just drowned out by the “Mushroom Cloud” chorous.

      • shivaskeeper

        There were agencies inside the US saying no WMD’s as well. They were ignored to.

  • HogeyeGrex

    that Russia’s direct goal is not to support the election of Mr. Trump, as many Democrats have asserted, but rather to disrupt the integrity of the political system and undermine America’s standing in the world more broadly.

    Po-tay-to – po-tah-to.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Well, as far as undermining America’s standing in the world goes, somebody in the Kremlin certainly gets a gold star.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Yeah. I’m not sure there is any possible thing they could do that would be more effective that getting the apricot shitgibbon elected.

    • TJ Barke

      All of Trump’s shady as fuck dealings in Russia, refusal to criticize Putin, badmouth NATO and the EU are just coincidences…

      • AngryKatie

        Malcolm Nance made an interesting observation about that. He pointed out that journalists look for multiple sources that will tell them the same thing, but intelligence operatives look for X’s and *’s to form when intel from different sources cross and intersect with each other.

        He said the X’s and *’s that you find between Trump and Russia paint a very clear picture if you know what you’re looking for. Journalists may write them off as coincidences, but they’re wrong.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      And why did the Times do it?

  • Roadstergal

    Well, that’s a great consolation to me while Drumf burns our government to the ground and destabilizes NATO.

  • JMP

    And yet moronic idiots will still refer to it as “the liberal New York Times”, despite the fact that it’s been a right-wing rag for at least 25 years, going back to their obsession with lying and claiming that the Whitewater fake scandal involved some sort of vague wrongdoing by the Clintons, and proving by their printing of all of Judith Miller’s lies about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction that in fact did not exist.

    • efoveks

      Ah, Yellow Press, I knew thee when!

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        it wasn’t yellow until those Russian hookers got done with it

      • HogeyeGrex

        It’s the Orange Press now.

    • Meccalopolis

      Back to Iran contra if you ask me and the CIA coke connection

    • SadDemInTex

      Yep…they lost my interest years ago.

  • Scrofula

    Don’t journos have a way to make sure their sources aren’t being (allegedly) paid by some shady (Giuliani) person to say, “Nope! No investigation here!”? Like say, a phone call to a different trusted source in the agency? Who might say, “Are you kidding, we’re working overtime here!”

    • HazooToo

      Yeah, but that doesn’t get them cookies from their fascist hairbeast overlord.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Yes. Journalists do.

  • Nounverb911
    • There are probably like 60 people in that picture… You REALLY think 60 people are going to show up for that shit-show?

      • Nounverb911

        Well according to the trumpanzees over two million are expected.

        • Yes, but according to trumpanzees, Herr Dipshit won the popular vote “in a landslide”. Counting is not their strong suit.

        • Suttree

          Of course! They just don’t break it down as 75% are protesters.

        • OrdinaryJoe

          ^^ Only if Vladdy the Pootty is doing the counting.

        • Edith Prickly

          They don’t understand numbers reel gud.

      • ViveLaPeésistance

        Half are bankers (you can tell by the top hats) and the others are the blow-up dolls they’re renting.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Where are the Stormtroopers and their friends in the pointy hats?

  • Vecchioivan

    All the news that fits we print.

    • Nounverb911

      My college newspapers motto was “All the news that gives you fits”.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      All the shit that fits in print.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      and what’s awesome is that nobody seems to have noticed that their election reporters were at the big New Years do in Mar a Lago. The whole failing NY Times thing was totally a little bone he threw them to keep new digital subscriptions ahead of the money they continue to lose.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Lichtblau helped break the NSA wiretapping story, and has never been able to follow up that act. He’s a little too hard up for his Next Big Story.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      There were so many he could have broke this year. But instead he tried to discredit someone who actually did.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      or his year end bonus.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Could have done like Farenthold and found things like tax fraud in Trump Foundation.

      • What, ACTUAL corruption instead of she sent emails????

        • Pierre_de_Fermat

          The Clinton Foundation and CLOUDS!!!!! There were CLOUDS!!!! Having an incompetent crook and his incompetent crook kook minions in the highest office is NOTHING compared to the menace of CLOUDS!!!!!

          • H0mer0

            “…so many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way.”

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Wonkette Style Manual Rule 169.69. Do not use the phrase “America’s newspaper of record” in the same sentence with New York Times. Ever.

    • Nounverb911

      I read on the internets that Breitbart is the new “Paper of Record”.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        Toilet paper, perhaps. Check those Donnie’s Johnies in DC

      • Jamoche

        Criminal record?

    • Vecchioivan

      And if you do, type it with a really snide voice.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Snide is the new caps lock?

        • Suttree

          BOLD ITALICS CAPSLOCK

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Eh. It was the shipping news until the rest of the local papers went under. It just doesn’t publish shipping news any more.

      • Meccalopolis

        My cousin’s husband actually covered the waterfront for the nyt. They screwed him and his loyalty remains undaunted. I don’t get it

        • Carpe Vagenda

          At one point, before little Pinch took over during the yuppie apocalypse, it was a paper. I used to get the sunday paper when I lived in NC because I couldn’t imagine not.

    • georgiaburning

      I thought it was “Auto Trader”

  • Nounverb911

    Trump doesn’t want Poppy Bush to ruin his party.
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/821844875268255744

    • jowgajen

      He can’t leave it at well wishes, he has to slyly brag about a letter.

      • mailman27

        (Not so) slyly. Regardless of political leanings can anyone deny that, as a person, this guy is a colossal dick?

    • AngryKatie

      Last president to have his inauguration festivities impacted by the health of a past president? Nixon.

      The parallels keep lining up don’t they?

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        I think we could survive another President Nixon. Can we survive Cheeto Hitler? Maybe we can assure Republicans they can pretend he’s a Democrat after this is all over? Would that help?

        • AngryKatie

          Right now the GOP are all afraid of Trump’s popularity, and running afoul of his base. But, his base wasn’t that big to begin with, and it’s shrinking with each new tweet and revelation.

          Our press might fold under his threats, but I don’t think the foreign press will. The UK, Germany, Israel, etc. all have a national interest in getting to the bottom of his relationship with Russia because it’s a threat to them. So whatever they find, that information will get out.

          The GOP are craven, not courageous. They’ll turn on him in a heartbeat if they think the ship is sinking and it will save their skins.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            But, in comparison to the size of _their_ base, his base genuinely is hyoooge. They’re not gerrymandering and keeping people from voting because they’re not vastly unpopular, and the crazies are a big chunk of their voters.

          • AngryKatie

            Dem’s hold 194 seats, and there are at least 20 House Republicans who either barely won their seat, or are in districts that are less crazy red so much as they are traditional red. So a sane majority isn’t that far a reach. The question is how much it would take to tip the 24ish Republicans against him.

          • Carpe Vagenda

            Ima go out on a limb since the Freedom Caucus (which is to say, the alpha bombthrowing wingnuts) have called a temporary halt on dismantling Obamacare, not that much if they go through with it.

          • AngryKatie

            your keyboard to god’s ears!

          • plukasiak

            the problem is that Trump’s base actually is a majority of the GOP in most GOP held states (and districts.) Opposing Trump prematurely could result in primary challenges that could end careers.

          • AngryKatie

            That’s not his base. His base are the ones that don’t care what he does or says, maybe 30% of his voters.

          • plukasiak

            angie…
            those people are the ones who will (and did) turn out to vote in the primaries. Loyalty to Trump has only increased since the GOP primaries…ALL THE WINGNUTS now love Trump.

            I mean, go to breitbart, and look at the comments section on any article about McCain.

          • MC Planck

            Right, so they’ll wait until Trump has caused maximum damage. And then replace him with Pence.

        • JD Mulvey

          Nixon really started to crash and burn when he started losing Republicans with integrity like Howard Baker.

          We don’t have those anymore.

          • Mike Steele

            last night, John Dean lamented that, at the very least, Tricky kept his madness behind closed doors (enemies list, etc.), while Donald’s a full-blown nut job for all the world to see. This has Dean a bit concerned, as he confessed to having ‘nightmares’ of the sort that didn’t keep him awake during the neurotic, but closeted, Nixon regime.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            That is my fear. He’ll have to tank badly before he can be impeached in this Congress.

          • JD Mulvey

            That may not take as long as you think. Trump’s not exactly beloved by the Republicans in Congress.

            The big diff between now and 1973 is that I don’t expect a single one of them to oppose Trump just because it’s the right thing to do. Support for him will need to become career poison. I think we can get there.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            I think McCain, Graham and maybe someone like Tom Cotton are a few that can be brought around to the idea that it’s the right thing to do, though for McCain the getting even aspect will be huge. The best thing for Trump keeping power is for him to sign every scrap of paper they send him. If he is a rubber stamp for the assholes, they’ll stay the course.

          • JD Mulvey

            Collins and Murkowski and even Little Marco are gettable votes too –but I’ll never forgive all of those assholes for those eight years of filibusters. They had ample opportunity to show a sliver of reasonableness. Merrick Garland?

          • They have no integrity. So long as he signs what they tell him to sign they will be fine with him.
            The second he balks….welll

          • Unpresidented Ron

            I guess it’ll save time…

        • Some of em are already screaming that. He was a registered Dem before he switched after all!

    • Yr. Gma

      Poor Poppy Bush. He has those sons and then this shit happens.

      • Well, he was also a fairly shitty president. I mean not by the standards of his predecessor, or his son, or the shitbag that was just “elected”, but compared to actual GOOD presidents…

        • AngryKatie

          I was talking about this with someone over the weekend. We agreed that we thought he was awful, and were glad to see him gone, but man would we faint with joy if he was to be the one being sworn in on Friday. Because compared to some of the options since, Poppy was fine. Just fine!

          We also agreed we’d happily trade Trump for Jeb!, Romney, Kasich, or Lindsey Graham. But probably not McCain, and definitely not Cruz. We couldn’t decide about Rubio.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Definitely not Cruz. McCain I would happily take over trumP. Rubio is such a dolt it’s hard to say, but I think he would be backed by a better faction than trumP has aligned himself with. Had GHWB never been in the Reagan White House, he might have been OK. His was the best Republican administration of my lifetime. Thin gruel perhaps.

          • AngryKatie

            I can never trust McCain after Palin.

          • Ducksworthy

            A historic permanently disqualifying decision.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            He does the right thing sometimes. I will always like him for shutting down the bigots in 08; Romney never did and a Trump cultivated it. He is too much a party man, but he does have some honor.

          • Rubio is an opportunist who is in it only for himself, whomever gets hurt be damned.
            In other words, it would be a wash

          • AngryKatie

            We called it a wash between awful and not insane. Couldn’t decide if not prone to showing up for work regularly was a negative or positive.

          • Oh yeah, he’s the best Republican President in my lifetime, but that is a LOW fucking bar. Christ, Fuck Marry Kill between Reagan, Dubya and Herr Twatter I’d take the kill option on myself.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          He was actually a way better man than Reagan, but he ran into the buzzsaw that was the reich wing’s willingness to commit fratricide to keep someone not their own from gaining anything.

          • tinker12

            Pappy Bush coined the phrase “Voodoo Economics” when referring to St. Ronnie Raygun’s Trickle Down ™ Bullshit Show.

          • It’s not hard to be better than Reagan, that’s a REALLY low bar.

        • Ducksworthy

          Iran-Contra style election rigging is so passe.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The first draft of this tweet had “soon to be” before “both hospitalized” but in a rare moment of self control, Trump decided to hold off on that version.

    • Incoming (AKA Large) Ham

      It read “Wish you were here (instead of me.)

    • Carpe Vagenda

      So pretty much the senior Bushes discovered that their colonoscopies conflicted with the inauguration?

      • Rick Hill

        I think they’re both in the hospital, right now

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I hope it’s nothing serious. But it amuses me to think that they scheduled not-urgent procedures to get out of going.

      • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

        His inauguration, is literally, killing them.

        • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

          Because I am a terrible person I think that if ol’ George the First (who, in retrospect, was not the worst of Republican presidents) died on the day that Uriness Littllefinger von Clownballs of Fubar is sworn in, that it would be a beautifully ironic historic footnote.

      • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

        I heard it was respiratory distress, for each of them. Sounds like they just can’t even, either.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Tweeting get well soon message to a 90 year-old former President. Classy as fuck. Elegant.

      • tinker12

        So personal also too. How much you wanna bet Pappy doesn’t Tweet?

        • Unpresidented Ron

          Certainly not in the ICU.

  • whitroth

    Don’t get me started… ok, too late. The RIGHT-WING media – National Review, for example – was referring to Trump as a fascist. Not ONE “mainstream” paper ever used that word, or considered it.

  • Nounverb911
    • IOnlyLikeCats

      He must feel really sorry for the general public.

    • Nounverb911
      • Huh. On the one hand, I liked Will and Grace and was sad to see it go. On the other hand, that X Files reunion was terrible, as these kinds of things tend to be. And, on the other other hand (Got an upgrade. Getting that second head installed next week), this had better not delay a second season of Travelers, because they very meanly left it in the middle of a perilous predicament. . .

        • plukasiak

          and the Arrested Development season on Netflix was profoundly disappointing as well.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    their authenticity was not in doubt

    You mean like pizzagate? That kind of authentic? Fuck you, NYT. Those emails are NOT necessarily authentic. There are claims of duplicates that don’t match, there’s evidence of them being deliberately edited to misrepresent their contents- see Sidney Blumenthal’s supposed statement that turned out to be him quoting a Newsweek article.

    Experts told PolitiFact that there is precedent to support Kaine’s claim. While most of the emails are probably unaltered, they said there is a chance that at least a few have been tampered with in some way.

    “I’ve looked at a lot of document dumps provided by hacker groups over the years, and in almost every case you can find a few altered or entirely falsified documents,” said Jeffrey Carr, CEO of cybersecurity firm Taia Global

    “I would be shocked if the emails weren’t altered,” said Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, citing Russia’s long history of spreading disinformation.

    But you guys just go on and keep supporting the wingnut contention that regardless the method that Wikileaks received them, we must accept as an article of faith that the contents are true and accurate

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Well, it was on the internet so it has to be true. Just ask the NYT.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Besides, their coverage didn’t really affect the election by exhaling every wingnut vapor wafting out of Steve Bannon’s butt into the Elite Media conversation as conventional wisdom. It was that Hillary was totally unlikable and didn’t meet the exacting standards they didn’t hold Bernie or Trump, or anyone else, to.

    • Mike Steele

      Two words for NYT: Judith Miller. I rest my case.

    • DonnaDiva

      Yeah, and the vast majority of people didn’t go find all the emails and read them. They relied on secondhand reporting, including from Wikileaks itself, where the contents were spun to look the most damning. Por ejemplo: the perfectly normal thing where campaigns pitch stories to reporters and columnists was turned into OMFG THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN AND MEDIA ARE IN COLLUSION!!1!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Seriously, if Politifact, which has a business model of hanging in front of wingnut groins making fig noises, thinks the Democrats have a point, the Times has no knees to kneel on.

      • plukasiak

        +1 for “a business model of hanging in front of wingnut groins making fig noises”. Regardless of the topic, its a great figure (no pun intended) of speech.

    • I am thinking the one wikidicks put up that said huma.goy-with a y- was probably a little altered

  • Carpe Vagenda

    My favorite part is definitely this (bolding from the original):

    ■ What exactly prompted American intelligence officials to pass on a summary of the unvetted claims to Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump and Congress. Officials have said they felt the president-elect should be aware of the memos, which had circulated widely in Washington. But putting the summary in a report that went to multiple people in Congress and the executive branch made it very likely that it would be leaked.

  • mancityRed6

    Didn’t Comey have a tRump sign in front of his house?
    You’d think with investigations and allegations against the nominee for the highest office in the land, he’d at least try to look impartial.

    • tinker12

      Today’s Rethuglican party is completely transparent in their attempts to murder America and Americans. They’re proud of how much sh!t they’re getting away with. Most people look at the GWBush administration as a failure, but to many it was a huuuuuge success. Hell, Cheney The Dick’s company made almost $35 BILLION from GWB’s war for fun and profit in Iraq. They fcking get away with everything, including murder.

      • mancityRed6

        I remember when the military didn’t have to rely on outside contractors to do the day to day stuff.

        • tinker12

          Me too. And they weren’t paying the contractors five to ten times as much to do the job a soldier would do. Whenever a ‘con says they want to “privitize” something — they really mean “profitize.”

          • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

            But that’s good, right? ‘Cause trickle down. Why do you hate the rich?

            Sorry, can’t even fake it. Fuck all these people.

      • Ducksworthy

        And Betsy De Voss’s brother made his fortune murdering the infidels.

        • Unpresidented Ron

          Really? I wasn’t aware they they bothered to check people’s religion before murdering them.

  • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend
    • Carpe Vagenda

      Not fair. Soon to be President of all the clowns, and Commander-in-Chief of people who should have had a better way to pay for college than being stoplossed until they’re disabled.

      • Ducksworthy

        Coming Soon: Use your VA Benefits to enroll in the new, improved, Trump University.

    • sosuume

      A pervert, a con artist and a fascist walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “what’ll you have Mr. President?”

    • Rags

      The trump to kittens Chrome extension doesn’t replace this image. Should I be sad?

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    The NYT was really planning on looking into those allegations about Donnie, but they were just too busy breathlessly speculating about Hillary’s latest seizure/brain aneurysm/case of Ebola or whatever

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Q; What’s the difference between the New York Times and Breitbart?

    A. Nothing.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Breitbart is aware that America outside Manhattan island exists as something other than overpriced rustic outposts clustered around the local waterways and the vast nobody important’s land where David Brooks’ stalwart blue collar yeomen live? And Breitbart’s a little more forthright about how they feel about women.

      • Ricky Gay

        And that Applebee’s has no salad bar?

        • Carpe Vagenda

          and you can spend lots of money at chain restaurants.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      The Times bothers to makes their disinfo look plausible to people with an IQ above room temperature.

      • Emberae

        That’s what’s been bugging me about NYT for a while now. Especially disturbing seeing as their stories are usually taken and echoed about by media outlets across the board.
        Of course, concern is a relative thing, now that “fake news” has evolved to what it is now.

        I’ll still occasionally find some really well thought out editorial pieces at The Times though!

        • BreakingDeadMen

          Overall, it’s a good paper…they dropped the ball here, they printed Judith Miller, and their coverage of Trump and Clinton was lacking in different ways for each. But, you know, read it critically like everything else.

  • Mike Steele

    FBI alleges there’s no bromance between Team Trump and Putin, but fail to explain ongoing contact between Boris/Natasha and Flynn, Manafort, etc. Guess what you find depends solely on where you look.

    • Ducksworthy

      Pretty much.

  • AncienReggie

    Yeah, weirdly, the Times has come to suck. Seriously suck. On the other hand, over at WaPo, all praise to Jennifer Rudin — yes, Jennifer Rudin! — for her outstanding work and sedulous labor slagging Donald Trump and the Republican Party for accepting that wretched creep as its standard bearer.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Yeah, the WaPo (with its warmongering neocon editorial board) has a better grip on what is happening and is outraged. Unlike the self-styled “paper of record”. I cannot believe how this has turned.

      • BearOmegaNomNom

        Tired eyes read that as “necrocon”. Talk about your accidental truth.

    • OppressedMass

      IK,R? What happened? I’ve given up reading NY Times and read only WaPo — which used to be about as enlightening as some shitty little school newspaper at some douchey private academy. Now they seem to be rising to the occasion and remembering their Watergate days….

      • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

        Don’t forget Buzzfeed and Teen Vogue. Oh, and Vanity Fair.

        Fixin’ to get religion again, just so I can say “God help us.”

      • Carpe Vagenda

        That’s because Katharine Graham’s children and grandchildren, who appear to have inherited Phil’s mental instability, sold it.

    • AncienReggie

      Sorry, Jennifer Rubin. Rubin.

      Jennifer Rudin is a woman I’ve long had the hot for, and her name just sort of floats to the surface. Whoops.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    “Russia’s direct goal is not to support the election of Mr. Trump, as many Democrats have asserted, but rather to disrupt the integrity of the political system and undermine America’s standing in the world more broadly.”

    Let’s assume this is true for the sake of argument…that’s still a goddamn good reason why Trump & Co. shouldn’t not be cozying up to them.

    In other words, it’s fucked in the best and worst scenarios.

    • BrianW

      Yes. Exactly this. The Russian government didn’t want to support Trump; they just wanted to burn down the system and their guy getting elected was a bonus. HOW IS THAT ANY BETTER??!

    • plukasiak

      What’s amazing is that the Times more or less said “Oh, since Russia was only trying to disrupt the election, there is no story here”.
      Although, given the Times hostility to Clinton, they probably saw Russia as their partner — and actually treated the leaks as such. “We can’t verify but here is what they said” can’t be acceptable for leaked emails, but unacceptable for memos written by highly respected former MI6 agents.

    • handyhippie65

      i believe that is putin’s true goal. to make us less. with us fighting ourselves, he can do as he pleases in eastern europe.

  • Lefty Wright

    I said the same thing when I read the NYT article in October. It was vaguely worded to sound like an official decision by the FBI while using an anonymous sources. I noticed that on my first reading, yet several main stream news sources treated that report as a fact instead of more of the media innuendo against Clinton and excusing Trump. They claim to be professional journalists but can’t tell bullshit from facts. My advice to anyone reading a report saying anything from unnamed FBI sources is to first assume it is bull shit, the same as anything exonerating Trump from being a sleazeball. Even official comments from Comey should be confirmed by other evidence.

    • WomanInTheResistance

      Official comments by Comey are the very ones that should require confirmation from other evidence.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Yeah, intelligencer had an article that flat out said sorry libs, the Times says it’s not true.

  • Mavenmaven

    Well, we know Maureen Dowd hated Hillary more than anything.

    • tinker12

      My thoughts exactly!

    • Shibusa

      MoDo wrote all kinds of pro-Trump things in her columns. And she always wrote about Obama as though he were an old boyfriend who’d dumped her–the tone was always bitter and snarky and mean.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        She made a rhetorical play for him – after all, he was running against Hillary – but he slapped her back because he can’t stand her. This, according to the equally vile David Axelrod, who predictably considers her a good friend.

    • puredog

      And now she has to live with herself. I wouldn’t want that job.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      You know, when she was briefly dating Michael Douglas, she reportedly said that Howell Raines (her personal who do I have to fuck, or at least the one who put her on the Op Ed page, as rumor would have it) forced her to write all that mean stuff. I never really bought it. She has a theory (seriously, she wrote a book about it) that she’s not married because men of the caliber she deserves are scared of her awesomeness. Actual awesome women married to powerful men bring out her Heather side.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Yeah. She must have felt relieved on Nov 9!

  • SophieCT

    I am so disgusted. An election was stolen and there is no recourse.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      I keep hoping there is going to be ironclad evidence of the collusion and he gets taken away in tiny handcuffs.

  • TundraGrifter

    Five agencies are investigating reports Russian money was funneled to the Trump campaign. I have no problem with Russian Pee Hookers – who hasn’t gotten a little wild off campus? But accepting foreign money in an American political campaign is just wrong. So is a campaign too stupid to know it got it.

    • BadKitty904

      Oh, I’m absolutely certain they knew they got it. They just didn’t want anyone else to know they got it.

    • Shibusa

      My kooky Uncle Dave has, for years, been absolutely certain that Obama raked in all kinds of foreign (meaning RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST) monies in his campaign coffers.

    • Considering rando Wesley on the street up and admitted he violated donation laws with his own 8 grand, I am thinking that ever so much campaign stupid is going to be pouring out like a mighty golden torrent

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Oh I’m sure they knew they got it – I mean, consider Donnie’s letters to UK and Cananananadian furriners, begging for them to contribute to his “historic” campaign – a violation of FEC rules that just slid past America’s notice because they were too busy screaming EMAILZZZZZZZ. They knew what they were doing.

  • RobKanC

    Screw the FBI. They knew about this shit and still Comey made sure our country is beholden to a foreign power.. Its like a traitor marathon in DC

    • Draining the swamp right into our homes!

      • handyhippie65

        after he fills it with crocagators.

  • Ducksworthy

    Screw the FBI, pardon Leonard Peltier.

  • MrBlifil

    Bill Keller’s really enjoying himself in retirement I’ll bet.

  • pgjack

    The NYTimes has hated the Clintons for decades. There has never been a slanderous rumor to unlikely for the Times to ignore. Whitewater, the Foster murder, hell, mass murder. Nothing was too ridiculous fro the Times to pass up. They have a few good editorial writers and their science reporting is good but the editorial staff and newsroom have been biased for decades.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Oh hey, I have to object here… you left out that the crossword is good also too.

  • Blender_415

    This is exactly why the NYT can continue to go fuck themselves sideways, from this afternoon’s splash page story on CA defying the Shitgibbon:

    “Some advocate defiance of the Trump administration to protect the state’s progressive agenda. But others see little sense in opening with belligerence.”

    Sorry, clowns, but there’s a metric fuckton of ACTUAL BELLIGERENCE coming at us from the Trumpsters. Damn right we’re going to fight back.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Fuck the NYT.

    • unclejeems

      As a California ex-pat, I approve this message.

    • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

      No quarter for traitors. #resist

  • janecita

    Ladies and gentlemen, our liberal media!

    • Begin Anew Day

      It may be media but liberal it ain’t.

      • janecita

        I know, I was being sarcastic;-)

    • Carpe Vagenda

      We called it the SCLM, back in the day.

  • handyhippie65

    the NYT is in donnie boy’s pocket. what a surprise.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I think they’re both in the same pocket. Lucky for whoever is wearing those pants the Sulzbergers turned out to be as shortsighted and ignorant as the Grahams at the Washington Post.

      • Keith Taylor

        And Trump is in Russian pockets, “rattling around with the loose change”, as one script of that old TV series HAZELL put it.

  • Poly_Ester

    Let’s hope that when the Russians try to make the USA a client state we are less cooperative than the Israelis.

  • monoglot

    I dropped my decades-long subscription to the Times 9 November after an incredible shit year of incredible shit “reporting” on all things election-related.

    Hacks.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Stopped buying NYT. Read WaPo online now. Miss a lot of the good stuff they did, but really, why should I subsidize a paper that can’t tell sh*t from shinola?

  • Unpresidented Ron

    I dunno, if the NYT wants to be the Völkischer Beobachter I say let ’em. That way we know what lies Trumplestiltskin wants us to believe.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    He is pretty hard core, and loathes PBO — especially after the recent pardons (didn’t like HRC either), but John Schindler has some scathing observations on DT. More recently, the FBI’s NY Field Office:
    https://twitter.com/20committee/status/821869104688664578
    //twitter.com/20committee/status/821869104688664578

    Does not change the fact an incompetent with questionable ties to a foreign power will be inaugurated on Friday.

    • Begin Anew Day

      ;>(((((

  • Poly_Ester

    “Come and get me coppers.” — Donald Trump

  • Begin Anew Day

    This recipe hub certainly knows how to cook!

    This entree is certainly delicious and all I can do is throw money at you for sharing it.

    Bon apetit! Sweet dreams!

  • Begin Anew Day

    After the way the NYT screwed the pooch with the Iraq war buildup they have had to endure my SEVERE DISPLEASURE!

    But they blew me off and went on to jam the works for Hillary and grovel at donnie’s feet.
    Now they have ventured into the ZONE OF IRE which smolders in my heart.

    They coulda been contenders! But they took the fall for the short change bets instead.
    Now all they are is BUMS.

    Redemption? They ain’t got in in them to redeem themselves. To admit their shortcomings is not in them and donnie has played them for the marks they are.

  • Penny Dreadful Says Resist

    I made a NYT pancake recipe for my kids this past weekend. How can I face them now?

    • DahBoner

      I remember when the NYT Sunday style glossy magazine had “day beds”, you know futons you put down on the floor for lounging around during the day for $7000. Hippy crash pads were never the same after that 😀

  • Robert Weiler

    Don’t forget David Sanger’s brilliant piece of front page worthy fiction, “Clinton’s email server probably hacked, experts say” wherein Sanger quotes 2 people, neither of them a computer security expert, neither of them with first, or even second hand knowledge, and only one of whom ventured to make a guess on probability based on no information. What more proof do you need?

  • BearOmegaNomNom

    Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “New York Times actual malice”, don’t it.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/trump-biographers-presidency-legitimate-214655

    “… The Trump Organization is this mom-and-pop boutique. It’s got less than 100 people, I think, working for it, and he’s about to take the reins of a portion of the federal government that employs over 2 million people, is global, touches on every key policy in American life, and in our overseas profile and he knows very little about most of all of that and papering that over with any kind of publicity or the good publicity, is in a strategy that’s a Hail Mary. And I think he’s going to be in for a rude awakening if that’s how he’s going to approach things, what his day-to-day life might become. …”

    Dog help us.

    • Smarter than Your Average Bear

      I can’t see the GOP leadership (did I just use that word /smh) is going to let him stay in office for long. He’s not a player – it has to be his way or the highway. Pence is a player and will go along with anything McConnell and Ryan want. Hopefully they will allow Jamie Raskin to impeach Trump (it’s a long shot but hey) then Pence can replace all the cabinet members – hopefully with more competence seeing as how one of them has already come close to starting WWIII with China.

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        Two questions to impeachment:
        — How will his cult react? Primary everyone or recognize that it’s over?
        — They need grounds for impeachment (and yes, they were not particular with Clinton, but they will need to be here). Obviously, DT has done lots of things, but what, oh what would they use … oh … wait … the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating him. They have subpoena power. So is (were?) the intelligence agencies.

        Assuming the cult will be enraged if he is forced out (and won’t someone think about Pepe?), the ideal solution would be a (forced) resignation with Pence taking over. Or impeachment if otherwise. And the 25th Amendment does set the stage for a coup as well, but that might not go over so well. Even though Pence is a true believer, I don’t think he could go all the way the leadership (such as it is) want, and the whole thing could be crashing down in 2018 or 2020. Still, Pence would be an awful Republican President, but not the weird character who will be inaugurated tomorrow. He could fire most of DTs folks and (maybe) get things into some shape.
        Geeze. This is how bad it looks now …

      • lookinoutforu

        You should write for Mad magazine, Yogi.

        • Pierre_de_Fermat

          No, I think he has a point (well, not Jamie Raskin). DT has the leadership on his side for now, but for several reasons (questionable self-dealing, suspected foreign ties, and the like), he cannot count on it (partly because they don’t like or trust him). You can’t be impeached for incompetence (although Gerald Ford did say What, then, is an impeachable offense? The only honest answer is that an impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers to be at a given moment in history). But you could be impeached for the consequences of that incompetence.
          And if the Senate Intelligence Committee finds “something”, then all bets are off on what follows. Supposedly, Bannon detests Ryan, and the animosity is well-known (they supposedly now have a ‘truce’)
          Ryan is not a Sam Rayburn and does not have control over the House, I’m not sure he really has control over his caucus (McConnell has more over his).

          While all this is happening, there is a concern about natsec folks leaving. Foreign Policy and Defense Policy.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    On the right … Eliot Cohen
    http://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/01/17/truth-in-the-age-of-trump/

    Admittedly, we fled town for the Inauguration. … the prospect of it filled me with disgust. I wanted to be far away from the pleasant city that is our national capital. Donald J. Trump has repeatedly revealed himself as a lying, crooked, narcissistic ignoramus, incapable of generous thoughts or deeds, indeed, incapable of seeing beyond himself at all. The idea of that man living in Lincoln’s house is nauseating. …

  • VagendaofNastyWoman

    Who’da thunk the Daily News would get higher marks for journalistic integrity this last election cycle? Plus their front pages rocked.

  • L Jean Camp

    Please do not click on any of those links. The NYTimes continues to earn revenue on the Trump Awesome No Russia OMG We Love Him story because we keep going back to it. The NYTimes is a dumpster fire. We should accept that.

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