Monday Morning Tab Clearing

For your consideration.

Who Decides What’s Disinformation?

What if the “fake news” is really fake news?

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

Chappelle’s Last Netflix Special

“The Closer” delivers more of what people love and hate about the GOAT.

Norm Macdonald, 1959-2021

The SNL comic has died of cancer at 61.

Jon Stewart on Biden vs Trump

A useful insight from the former late night comic.

Jon Stewart Blasts Congress for Indifference to 9/11 First Reponders

Almost eighteen years after the greatest terrorist attack on our country, we haven’t taken care of those who risked it all.

Can Coverage of Women Candidates Be Non-Sexist?

Gender bias is real. Most examples cited, though, aren’t.

Comedy is Not Funny

Is political satire even possible in the age of Trump?

White House Correspondents Dinner Once Again Demonstrates Why It Shouldn’t Exist

As has often been the case, the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is arousing some degree of controversy, mostly because of the comedy or lack thereof.

Smug Liberals, Conservative Trolls, and Jake Tapper

Two seemingly contradictory essays out today highlight the exhausting political conversation environment.

Trump Skips Nerd Prom, Attacks The Press In Speech To Supporters

Instead of attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, Donald Trump spent his Saturday attacking the press and the First Amendment.

Attack on France Is an Attack on the United States

We are legally, morally, and practically obligated to respond. Let’s not do so stupidly.

‘War On Christmas’ Apparently Now Being Fought With Coffee Cups

You may not be aware, but your local Starbucks is the new front in the ‘War On Christmas.’

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

The debate is ultimately academic.

Bernie Sanders ‘Gaining Momentum’ and Drawing ‘Overflow Crowds’

The New York Times really, really wants a horse race for the Democratic nomination.

Jeb Bush: Sure, I’d Invade Iraq Just Like My Brother Did

Like most Republicans, Jeb Bush either fails or refuses to recognize what an utter, unjustifiable disaster his brother’s decision to invade Iraq actually was.

Justice Requires Holding Both Baltimore’s Rioters And Its Police Responsible For Their Actions

There is no excuse for last night’s rioting in Baltimore, but that should not deflect attention from the problems with that city’s police.

Stewart’s Guardian Interview

Some observations about Stewart’s interview (and some digression from me–okay, a lot of digression by me).

Guy Nobody Has Heard of Replacing Jon Stewart as Daily Show Host

Trevor Noah will be the next host of The Daily Show. Who’s Trevor Noah? Exactly.

Jon Stewart Leaving Daily Show

Jon Stewart is stepping down as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after sixteen years.

Crossfire Canceled Again

CNN’s effort to bring back a show that had outlived its prime years ago has, predictably, failed.

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

A desperation move by NBC News?

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

Larry Wilmore Taking Colbert Report Time Slot

Larry Wilmore is getting a much-deserved promotion.

Obama Ambassador Follies

President Obama is rewarding unqualified hacks who raised huge sums for his campaign with ambassadorships.

Want To Understand The GOP Hardliners? Talk To Their Constituents

To borrow a phrase from Stephen Colbert, if you want to understand how Congress works, you better know a District.

Crossfire Returns with New Hosts

CNN is reviving the Crossfire shoutfest with Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones as hosts.

The Day CNN Melted Down In Boston

Yesterday was not a good day for the Cable “News” Network.

Why Rand Paul’s Filibuster Mattered

Rand Paul’s filibuster is one that all American’s should thank him for that.

“Shocking” Obama Video Turns Out To Be Not So Shocking

A five year old “shocking” video of President Obama speaking to a group of African-American ministers proves to be not very shocking at all.

Politics Stinks

There’s no doubt about it, our political culture is pretty horrible.

Political Advice For Romney: Act Like A Misogynistic, Plutocratic Jerk And You’ll Win The Election

National Review’s Kevin Williamson has some truly bizarre advice for Mitt Romney.