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job. >> the oscars ceremony is being held in los angeles where we can expect more celebrities to speak out. >> almost for sure. that's it for us. we'll see you back here at 10:00 eastern for an hour of newsroom. >> don't go anywhere. smerconish is coming at you next. i'm michael smerconish coming to you from philadelphia. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the president is at war with both the fbi and media despite saying this. >> i love the first amendment. nobody loves it better than me. nobody. >> a few hours after the president spoke those words to cpac several media outlets including cnn and the "new york times" were barred from a white house press briefing. we'll talk about the ramifications and contrary to
what the administration might say, the opposition party isn't the media but the democratic party, and they are in the worse shape since reconstruck. today they elect new leadership. who will be in charge? plus, one of america's premiere public high schools plans a seminar about racial civil rights and gets attacked for supplying in one critic's words racial indoctrination. can't we all just get along? and it is oscar weekend, so here's my prediction, that we will surely hear some political speeches from hollywood's elite, and i'll ask the hamilton actor who confronted vice president pens last fall if he thinks such grandstanding helps or hurts their cause? plus, one cnn viewer had harsh words for me this week, and i shall reply to mr. rush limbaugh. but first, despite his repeated attacks on the media and this network, president trump apparently thinks that i'm fair. i hope that remains his view at
the end of this commentary. last saturday i hosted christopher ruddy, the ceo of news max and that night chris spent time with the president at mar-a-lago leading politico to report this. cnn makes the president's blood boil, but there's at least one personality on the network who trump apparently has a soft spot for, as newsmax ceo and longtime pal chris ruddy dished to police crow's hadas gold, trump recently told ruddy he thought michael smerconish was pretty fair. that's a change from when i was hired at cnn three years ago. yesterday at cpac the president railed against the dishonest media and fake news, and he singled out cnn. >> i want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. it's fake, phony, fake. they are the enemy of the people. because they have no sources. they just make them up when there are none.
>> just hours later at a white house briefing his press secretary sean spicer denied access to cnn, the "new york times" and other select media outlets. what set the white house off? cnn's continued coverage of the president's connection to russia. cnn recently reported that the fbi rejected a recent white house request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between trump's associates and russians known to u.s. intel during the 2016 campaign. now, ironically at the media gaggle that spicer hosted the primary focus was reporting by cnn and the "new york times." in the that briefing spicer explained to the media that the white house was first presented with information by an assistant fbi director that had a "new york times" report was false but that the fbi refused to communicate that directly to the media or the public. at cpac the president continued a strategy that's becoming familiar, focusing on the way in which stories end up in the
news, anonymous sourcing rather than rebutting the substance of those reports. remember, were it not for the leaks about the trump administration in its first month, michael flynn would still be the national security adviser despite having spoken with the russian ambassadors about sanctions but claiming otherwise publicly and to the vice president, a situation that could have created a risk of blackmail. there, too, the president complained more about the fact that flynn was subreasoned by intelligence leaks than the fact that his national intelligence adviser had engaged in communications seemingly at odds with the logan act. if this all sounds confusing, keep in mind the common denominator. the president's war with the media is a backdrop for the evolving story about his ties to russia and what matters most is transparency and getting to the bottom of what, if anything, occurred. less important will be the way in which that information comes to light. one other thing. the support not only at war with
the media. he's now laid down the gauntlet with the fbi. yesterday he tweeted this. the fbi is totally unable to stop the national security leakers that have permeated our government for a long time. they can't even find the leakers within the fbi itself. classified information is being given to the media that could have a devastating effect on u.s. find now. that sort of public rebuke by a commander in chief is unprecedented. it's been an article of faith for all countries and forever that a head of government or a head of state and president trump is both should never criticize his armed forces or related organs of his government because to do so demonstrates weakness to our adversaries and undermines morale at those vital defense and law enforcement entities. i can't think of any instance anywhere that this has ever occurred. fairness, mr. president, is a subjective assessment, but facts are not. what do you think?
tweet me your thoughts at smerconish. i'll read some throughout the course of the program and now to discuss the president's latest anti-media assault as well as the democratic party's choose of a new cleared is jonathan martin of the "new york times." jonathan, what's the political calculus by the white house in laying down and drawing this line in the sand for both "the times" and cnn at other outlets? >> replacing hillary clinton with a new enemy or a new foil at least, michael. thanks for having me on. look, i think the president is used to non-stop combat and controversy and feuds and keeping this show going. this is how he lived his life in the private secretary whore he was in business and became be a tabloid fixture and what he did when he was on a reality show and sort of like has kept that in politics and what he's not done though is made the jump from that kind of showmanship to being the commander in chief in a way that i think a lot of folks in his own party were hoping for.
he does not have a political opponent any longer, and so now what he is doing, he's trying to create a new one out of the news media. can that work in the short term, yes, absolutely and especially when you're a republican and your voters are disposed to not like the media in the first place. is it a sound strategy for the medium to longer term? i'm skeptical. >> it plays well with 46% of the country, right? i mean, to have the door slammed on cnn and the "new york times" in many of the red states i'm sure is music to their ear. >> sure it is, but ultimately the stories about his administration are going to be about the underlying substance of his policies and his conduct, and it's not going to be about the -- the nature of the coverage itself. this is not a nation of brian stelters. this is not a nation of media critics, and people ultimately are going to care about his job performance, so he can keep this going for a while and ultimately this is not a sort of long range
plan, i don't think, and the -- the stories themselves are going to be what shapes public opinion about him. >> a final -- >> go ahead. a final question on this issue. >> yeah. >> do you believe this is an attempt at inoculation so that as the russian story continues to evolve he'll be able to shay, look, i told you. that's all fake news. we've already been there and done that. >> look, i think it's not just the russia story, it's critical coverage general, michael. i think what he and his advisers want to do is set up a construct where people don't have faith in facts as portrayed by the mainstream news media, and if you constantly criticize the media and raise doubts about their coverage than when they are tough stories it's easier to try to rebut them, not on factual grounds and just on, you know, saying, well, you know, it's not true because they are never true, so, yeah, that's absolutely what he is thinking
and trying do. it's smokescreen politics. >> yesterday page one of "the times" above the fold you wrote about what's going on within the dnc and the vote that the will take place about an hour from now. are we seeing in perez v. ellison clinton versus sanders red redux. >> i think there's elements of that, michael, but given what's happened in this country over the last month or so, it's been overwhelmed. this race, and by the way, this race, are as you know, party committee races after losing presidential races are pretty high-profile affairs. the future of the party is debated. the way forward. michael, this thing has been so overshadowed by both president trump's first days, and also the backlash to president trump that it has been kind of reduced to almost sort of a faculty club type campaign. the stakes don't seem as consequential given what's happening in the country and the conversation that we're just having a minute ago about what
president is doing. that said, yeah, broadly, keith ellison from minnesota is from the bernie wings of the party, more of an insurgent candidate and more of a progressive. tom perez, ideologically, not terribly different from ellison. no question he reflects more of the establishment wing of the party, has the support of a lot of governors, the obama folks to some extent support him. that's generally how it's fallen. it's not totally that way but that's generally how it is and the question today is this party committee, the dnc. just largely comprised of clinton and obama folks, party regulars. is there enough support there from the traditional wing of the peter to get perez over the top on the first ballot. if that doesn't happen this thing could go for a while. >> we're going to find out soon. jonathan martin thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me, michael. >> so the president regards the media as the opposition party but, of course, that would be the democratic party and, today,
as i've just discussed with jonathan the party elect's new media. chair of the suck democrats who had been running and dropped out and is endorsing former labor secretary thomas perez and someone who spotted him ohio congressman tim ryan. you'll remember he challenged nancy pelosi for the minority chair. jamie, let me begin with you. i said the democratic party is in the worst shape since reconstruction. you don't have the white house or the governorships or senate. am i being simplistic if i say today a choice that has to be made is should the party be more progressive or more centrist to win? >> listen, michael. we've been in this situation before, a similar situation in 2004. i remember when we lost all of these senate seats in the south and george w. bush won re-election and -- and they kept control of the house and the senate. but guess what happened two years afterwards. we won back the house and won
back the senate and two years after that we won the white house and in 2009 when barack obama put his hand on that bible and took the oath of office, at that point we had the majority of governorships, statehouses, attorneys general and secretary of state. we can get back to that point again but the common thread in all that have was we had a 50-state strategy where we poured in resources to every state in the nation to build our base and get the vote out and if we do that i think this party will be in good shape. >> congressman, there's a fundamental decision i think that needs to be made here by democrats in the house hand in the senate, and that is how do we handle president trump? do we oppose him full bore, or do we troy and work some things out? maybe it's infrastructure, maybe it's preserving elements of the affordable care act. there's a poll from pew research that says 72% of democrats are
concerned that the party won't fight enough, won't do enough in terms of its opposition. what's your thought on that issue of how to deal with him? >> i think you've got to fight him hard, michael, when he violates some of our basic fundamental values like what we're talking about with a ban on a certain religion and giving preference to a certain religion for people who are fleeing a war-torn area. we need to step up and fight that and any of those issues like that we need to fight like hell against him. i think we need to remain open to any opportunity that may present itself that will help our constituents that may put our people back to work. now, let's remember, trump said and i'm from youngstown and akron, ohio. he was going to open up the steel mills. well, that's funny because there's no blast furnaces around so there's nothing really to open up. he said he was going to open up the coal mines and he hasn't done that, so we need to also have a progressive economic daj where we're going to put poem back to work right now, and if democrats don't have an
alternative economic and a robust economic message, all the other stuff is going to fall by the wayside because that's what people are thinking about in swing congressional districts, in swing senate districts and across the country. what's on their minds is will they have a solid pension? will they have a job that's increasing their wage year to year, and do they have secure health care for their family? and if democrats don't fight trump and push a robust economic message for them we will continue to be in the wilderness and we need to make sure we understand that right now. >> jamie, i saw a poll that shows that donald trump even though his numbers have declined since coming into office still beats elizabeth warren should there be a head-to-head, and what that brought to mind for me is the fact that your problem within the democratic party, just as republican party has this issue is passion resides, you know, this those outliers. the more liberal individuals i believe are the more passionate,
you've got to keep them in the tent, but whether you can sell that brand of progressivism nationwide i think is -- is a big question mark. >> yeah. you know, mike a. i think the big thing that we have to do -- i was a former high schoolteacher and i used to teach my students the best way to show your side and not tell. it's really important to do that. for years we've been telling the working people we're for you. now we actually have to show that to them. do that not through our words but through our deeds and we can do that in states in which we do have the democratic majorities. use those as testing places for our democratic progressive agenda and then showcase that to the nation and say we've done this in this state, we will do this the next time that you give us the authority and the power to be in the majority again. that's what we have to do. we have to have a progressive agenda that is showing and not telling. >> final comment from you, congressman. you know, kenny rogers said you
got to know when to hold them hand know when to fold them. sometimes you need new faces. i mean, you stepped up to the plate to run against nancy pelosi and i think the message was, hey, you've had your shot and it's time to step aside. >> well, i certainly did make my case. i do think we need new faces in the party. i think we need, you know, faces that are from the midwest. if you look at a lot of our leadership around the country, the midwest is forgotten. the great lakes states are forgotten. the south is forgotten in so many ways, and if we don't have ambassadors from the democratic party convincing people in tennessee or southern indiana or mississippi that we can pull working class voters from those communities, then we're going to continue to be in the wilderness where we are today, and so having new leaders -- and in a big tent party, and this is why i love jamie because jamie was talking about how we need a big tent party. we're not going to agree on
everything, but i will tell you, michael. if we all agree on a progressive economic vision for the country, then we will pull those rural voters. we will pull those voters from maybe southern ohio and southern indiana into the democratic camp, but our message has got to be economic. we need new faces. we need new leaders, but we also need that robust economic message about working class people. not wyatt working class people, white working class, black, brown, white, gay, straight, everybody. i got it. >> jamie harrison and congressman ryan. thank you both. we appreciate you back here. for everybody else keep tweeting your thoughts on smerconish. here are an early two. smerconish, thank you, president trump, for your nice words about president trump. he's the only one of the media that's fair. you'll get me fired with thoughts like that. hit me with the second one, please. smerconish, it's not at badge of honor, when trump thinks your
head and shaking your head. mr. president, smerconish, you must be joking and the people antagonistic to trump always had my suspicions about that guy smerconish. still ahead, racial indoctrination day, what one "wall street journal" columnist labeled a seminar on civil rights at one of a midwestern's premiere high schools. parents and public officials find themselves in the swamp of racial polarization and tomorrow night is oscar night and will people be talking about the winners, the dress or the politics, and do political speeches by celebrities convince anyone to help those they seek to criticize? i'm going to talk to the "hamilton" actor who confronted vice president mike pence from the broadway stage.
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from literature, black lives matter or all lives matter, take ay. >> colin kaepernick, activism and symbols of america and white privilege in the college admissions process. now a "wall street journal" opinion piece referred to this as racial indoctrination day. the winnetka school has too many famous graduates to list, look at them all. what does this high school seminar and the reaction to it, that which it engendered, tell us about the times in which we live? joining me now two parents of the school's graduates. susan supports the seminar day and tony duncan has concerns about the format of the seminar and tony, let's start with you. what issues do you have with what's going to take place on tuesday. >> >> well, first, thank you so much for having me, michael. it's a pleasure to talk to susan about something this extremely important. i want to make my position very clear. first off, you'll be hard pressed to find anybody who actually is against seminar day. what it is that most are against is the politicizing of a very
non-partisan issue. racial equality is something that should not be left or right. it should be something that we approach for one simple value, and that is access to equal education and economic opportunities, so that is what i think is really missing from this seminar is that we need to get away from the ban dade and start looking at an opportunity to make a real cure. >> does that mean that conservative voices should have been given more of an airing? >> i think that conservative voices make up the fabric of america and why shouldn't they have a voice? i think when we start to politicize things we take away people that are very, very meaningful for this push for equal equality. when we look at the issues right now the issues are not racially stimulated. they are economically stimulated. what it is that we need equal education in our communities and we need economic opportunities. these things are not racial. they are economic, and we need to focus on that, yes. racism is a major issues.
my kids deal with racism right now in our community, but it's not what's holding us back. what's holding us back is the economics and the equal education. >> go ahead and respond to that. i know you're eager to do so. >> well, i'm -- i real think, you know what makes the school is the intellectual curiosity that they are really known for. when i was a junior back in 1968, i participated in a summer seminar of community affairs that was an entire summer with 10, 20 kids from the city, inner city and 20 kids from the school put together for the entire summer and we learned about each other and each other's neighborhoods and did projects in the city where we built a playground. we did role playing and it was -- it was really -- it was life-changing for a lot of us who ended up with careers that had to do with either community service or in my case i'm a reporter, but for most of us who participate that had summer it was really something.
>> and susan, you know, one of our children, a son of mine participated not for a full summer, they called it cross bridge, in exactly the kind of interactive program that you were apparently so positively affected bit. i guess my question, tony, is this. can you address these subjects without them getting political? here from the syllabus, it was it says for black lives matter or all lives matter, history context and critique. this workshop is designed to provide the historical context for both the black lives matter and all lives matter movements and examine the implications of both these movements in our lives, schools and united states. holy smokes, tony. you put that on the syllabus and you know people are going to have a beef without even hearing more about the way in which the issue will be presented. >> and that i think is the real issue, and to susan's point when she was in high school it was an entirely different situation. right now the situation is that there are economic challenges. we have the wrong ideas when it
comes to helping blacks and others minorities achieve racial equality. we need to come together and we need to say that this is an issue that's not about racism. it's about old racist practices that need to be uplifted to the 2017 status, and that is economic opportunities and equal education. our kids are not failing because of racism but because of inadequate schools that are almost criminal and. fact we don't get economic opportunities. we get low-wage jobs in our community. >> susan, you get the final word. here's my solution. my solution is tony ought to be a speaker because i like the idea of what's about unfold on tuesday but i think viewpoints like his should be a part of it. you get the final word. >> i think all of it makes the kids think and question and debate and i think that's all real good. i also think what's really good is the whole community came out, i mean, every seat was taken at a board meeting when they voted on this and 5,000 people signed
a petition for the seminar day, and it got people thinking and talking and i think that's always a good thing. >> no doubt. >> there was one speaker -- there was one speaker that -- who said that she was embarrassingly unenveloped as a graduate and she's now a teacher in boston and says she wished she had had this experience. >> and, again, this is because we put band-aids on the cure. >> good luck on tuesday. >> thank you. >> coming up, it's oscar weekend, the culmination of an awards season that's already been very political. one can only imagine who some of tomorrow's winners say in an acceptance speech. i'll talk to an actor who knows a little bit about political speech, brandon victor dickson who famously confronted vice president mike pence at a per tom arns of "hamilton" this fall. but then i realized there was.
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the oscars are tomorrow night. the only prediction that i'm going to make is that things are surely get political. they have been all awards season, including appointed golden globes speech by america's most decorated actress, meryl streep, which drew the ire of the president. how political should an evening be that's supposed to be about awarding artistic excellence? i have the perfect guest, the actor from hamilton who started a national debate this fall when he confronted vice president-elect mike pence from the stage after a performance of "hamilton." >> we are the diverse america who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir, but we truly hope
that this show has inspired you to uphold our american values and to work on behalf of all of us, all of us. [ applause ] >> besides playing aaron burr in "hamilton" on broadway right now brandon victor dickson starred in "shuffle along," "the color purple "and "rent" and "the scottboro boys." and i spoke with him earlier. >> hey, brandon, congratulations on all of your success. i have to tell you that soundtrack is a constant in my house and in all of our family cars, so i appreciate you being here. >> i appreciate you having me. how are you? >> i'm well. now in full disclosure, i have to tell you something, and that is i did not support your commentary when you delivered it the night that then vice president-elect pence came to see the show, and i remember so well-being on the air that day because it had happened the night before. i respect your right to say and
believe the things that you offered. it was the timing and the place. as my parents would say, time and a place, time and a place, time and a place. >> may i ask why? >> yeah. i thought he came to see a show. folks who were there came to see a show. they didn't come to hear had a political speech, and it reminded me of a night i spent a lot of money to go hear roger waters at madison square garden are. i wanted to hear all the music from pink floyd and instead he delivered this speech about habeus corpus rights for guantanamo prisoners and i thought that's not why i'm here. >> i understand that. one thing to understand is, you know, we oftentimes use the opportunity at the end of the show to talk about causes or organizations that we support. it's a time when we do step outside of the show and we speak about causes, particularly for broadway cares, fight aids and taking to the stage and saying something to the audience is not under ordinary for us or broadway at all and we thought it was important enough to make a statement, really try not to
make if politicized but make it unifying to these individuals who have run to really to hear from their constituents. i mean, the point of running for government is so that you can stand in front of the people that you are going to be leading and hear how they hear and feel their thoughts and it's important to seize any opportunity one has to speak to their elected representatives, no matter the situation. i think the way that we handled it actually was -- went over very well and i think everybody was -- was fine with how it took place. >> look, he apparently was cool with it, and i have to say that i think that you -- you voiced your opinion with dignity. as a matter of fact, just, again, i watched that tape and you shut down any prospect of booing at the outset. >> absolutely, absolutely. >> it's just the issue of whether it was expected that folks who are coming to a show are going to hear that at the end. i have to draw a contrast because tomorrow night with the academy awards we have come to expect that there will be political speeches by some of
those who win. >> absolutely. >> what do you anticipate tomorrow night? >> i mean, i anticipate we'll see more of the trend that has been building in hollywood and i for one am very happy about it. it's more important and impair that i have anybody who has a platform, a voice right now, that they stand up and speak their mind particularly by people who do not have a voice or platform. i hope they do take their opportunity and i look forward to hearing it and seeing it. the more that our entertainment being figures can participate in the discourse. you're an athlete or actor, so or so and you shouldn't speak up. that makes no sense. no matter who you are and what you do in this condition try you're a part of our democracy and if you have a voice you need to use it is. >> the night that vice president pence came to watch hamilton you said that you were alarmed and anxious and were you speaking on your own behalf and on behalf of the cast so i get i think politically where you're coming from. are you concerned that you --
that hollywood actors, those who is are not supportive of the president overplay their hand and you create you know a boogie man for the president to the beat up on. all of a sudden you're the broadway actors and the hollywood elite and in red state america that actually helps him. >> who is calling us a theater actor the elite. do you know what some of these people make? i think that -- i think that as actors and performers, again, you know, look, everybody is different. everybody has their own views. they have done their own research so who knows who has what ability to say the things that they have to say but i think that it's important. i think that it's important for entertainers and for athletes and for political figures. i think it's important for everybody to set an example, particularly for young people that you have to stand up and have you to express your opinion. now if you engage in positive discourse, maybe you will come across some information that helps to you change your point of view so you learn something about the feeling or the thoughts that you had about the issue that you were talking about, but we need to encourage
people to speak up, to speak out because the more people who participated in our democracy, the more our democracy grows. >> i hear you, but, let me talk to you, aaron burr, for just a moment. you're a smart -- you are a smart guy. politically speaking do you understand the point that i'm making that you may be playing into his hands if it becomes a pile-on? >> it's possible, but i -- i think the fact of the matter is this -- this currently i think we're in fairly uncharted territory so, you know, you calibrate as you go along but i think you have to take the first step and the first step is standing up. >> advise someone who today is preparing two speeches, one if i win, and this is what i say to thank folks and potentially here's what i will say about the product. you were very effective on the hamilton stage so what are the dos and the don'ts for an actor who does want to make a political statement? >> i think the dos to make sure that whatever you say, that you lead with mossitivity and you lead with love so that you can
continue to invite people into the conversation. you know, a lot of times we want to, particularly with president trump and voters who voted for him and elected him a lot of times we want to demonize the opposition and in our country we get into this process of winning andalusian, and i think that's important to make criticisms of the government as a whole and criticisms of the policies, but to do so in a way that you can individual the individuals who maybe were on the opposition before and who voted for somebody whom now you are in disagreement with that you opened the door for a conversation with those people because they have to be able to come together and peek with one another, and that is how you -- you also -- that's how you grow coalitions and grow consensus. >> any predictions, best picture, best actor, anything that you want to say? here's where i think it's going? >> you know, i really don't know. i think it's a real tossup. there's a lot of great work out there this year. you know, i'll tell you though, just selfishly i'm pulling for
marshal aly. >> i saw "moonlight" and it was fabulous. thanks so much for being here. as a matter of fact, i saw three of the ten nominated this year which is a lot for me. what are your thoughts? tweet me @smerconish. katherine, hit me with another one. most americans watching the oscars want to see the stars, not hear their political die trifnlts we don't care what you think! hey, jmwolverine, i think in a nice way i just said to my guest i didn't agree or prove of him calling out vice president pence, though he did it in a respectful way because you go to a broadway show, that's not what you expect to see but tomorrow night, if you're not expecting to see political speeches, then, you know, you haven't watched the oscars. that is what it has become for bert or worse. still to come, rush limbaugh criticized something i said this week on cnn, but he's not getting the story right, and i'm going to help him understand in just a moment. show me minivans with no reported accidents.
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. despite complaints from the president, there is another conservative leader who watches cnn, rush limbaugh, who earlier this week took umbrage at something i said on new year's day -- on "new day." here's the comment that got his goat. >> donald trump is the embodiment of a 30-year trend in the making, an embodiment of empowering rush limbaugh, the drudge report, breitbart, newsmax. they experspective control over primary voters in a way the traditional conservative leadership used to do, and that's why milo yiannopol 0 s would be extended an invitation to come to a gathering like cpac
but the problem comes that comes at the expense of reaching a much more middle of the road audience that you need in a general election. >> on the radio later that day rush took particular offense apt my use of the word empower. watch. >> who the hell empowered me? what does that mean? and who empowered fox news and who empowered matt drudge? who are these mysterious forces that are empowering us? who is it setting the table so that we can come in and dominate the way we have? who made that happen? donald trump is the embodiment of a 30-year trend in the making, an embodiment of empowering rush limbaugh, the drudge report, fox news. i don't even understand if i define these words as i know their meaning, this doesn't make any sense. who empowered me, mr. ered?
-- mr. snerdley? what does this mean and what is he even trying to say? >> rush, let me try to help you here. i was explaining that donald trump would never have been elected president without a climate that you helped create. among other things, he fostered and seized upon a distrust of the mainstream media and a dislike of all things clinton that have been your mantra for years. he was the nation's first nominee to mirror the populist brand of talk radio which you, rush, have championed, one in which compromise is the new "c" word and civility is perceived as weakness. when he hired steve bannon, the former executive chair of breitbart first at his campaign manager and then as senior white house adviser, the process you began whereby provocateurs have supplanted traditional political leadership was now complete, and it continues. what could be better fodder for
an a.m. talk radio audience than the blocking of media access for both cnn and the "new york times"? man, that will make the phones ring on monday? it's all high on entertainment value, but the societal question is at what cost? see, your job is to attract listeners and you do it well. your talent online from god provided you with influence over primary voters who now wield disproportionate control over politicians, but those politicians are not supposed to be entertainers. media personalities have a different agenda than those who are actually tasked with governing. their job is not to attract ears or mouse clicks but to get things done and where the climate that you've built is based on confrontation, not compromise, the american people get gridlock. that was my point, and i'll underscore it with mega dittos.
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them. smerconish may ab an ass but he doesn't let it affect his balanced take on issues. next. smerconish, you act like trump supporters were told to vote for. -- you might not even recognize what has taken place. my point is that the climate has been 30 years in the making. this climate of stirring the pot and demeaning anybody who wants compromise and solutions. they're the weaklings. they're the ones we kick sand in the face. and where did that all come from? it came from those who have influence and caucuses and primaries. the table was set beautifully for a guy from new york who comes along and fitting that bill. he would be a great talk show host if he wasn't president. smerconish, the white house did shut out cnn.
they shut out millions of americans that trust cnn for their news. that's a really good way to put it. what are we except a mirror, a reflection of the people that we seek to serve? so i think going forward i'm going to say it wasn't cnn and the times who were shut out. the american people were shut out. follow me on twitter and i'll see you next week. yes, sir, we need your password. the password that i use? yes, sir, your password. there's been another breach! sir! right. okay. i-h-a... ...t-e-m-y-j-o-b-1. ihatemyjob1? wanna get away? now you can with southwest fares as low as 59 dollars one-way. yes to low fares with nothing to hide. that's transfarency. sfx: clap, clap, ding
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