On border security, Seth Meyers talks to a journalist who—unlike Trump—has actually been to the border

Hey, remember how the Trump administration is locking kids in fucking cages? It’s been a week where the signature Trump strategy of swamping yesterday’s hateful, ludicrous, racist, unstable, dangerous gibberish with a new day’s fresh presidential toilet tweets about, say, nuking millions of people, has proved…

MSNBC brings back Sam Seder after firing him over “alt-right” smear campaign

Earlier this week, an utterly disingenuous campaign to get MSNBC contributor Sam Seder fired over a 2009 joke tweet about Roman Polanski/rape apologists proved successful. Inspired by Mike Cernovich, who’s headed up such deliberately misleading (and harmful) efforts as “PizzaGate” and “date rape is not a thing,” a…

MSNBC cuts ties with Sam Seder after giving in to “alt-right” smear campaign

In a year that has already seen it come under fire for passing on Ronan Farrow’s domino-tumbling exposé of Harvey Weinstein, as well as for letting Matt Lauer run rampant across decades of pay raises, NBC is at last taking a principled stand against media figures who propagate sexual assault—and naturally, completely…

Here’s broadcaster Lawrence O’Donnell freaking out about some nebulous hammer

Ideally, a news anchor is supposed to act as a calming, unemotional intermediary between the audience and the terrible things happening out in the world. But, unbeknownst to many, beneath that relaxed, professional exterior is often nothing but a roiling sea of rage just waiting to spill over during the commercial…

Rachel Maddow believes someone is using fake Trump scoops to discredit the press

In March, Rachel Maddow quickly built up an unprecedented level of hype for an MSNBC show by teasing that she had obtained Donald Trump’s tax returns. It later turned out that she had one page from his taxes in 2005, but while the “reveal” was widely derided, it did give Maddow a huge ratings boost. Tonight, Maddow…

Former Fox News-er Greta Van Susteren is out at MSNBC

Just six months after jumping ship from Fox News to MSNBC, For The Record host Greta Van Susteren has announced that she’s “out” at the left-leaning cable news network. For The Record—essentially a continuation of Van Susteren’s old Fox show, On The Record—was one of the few TV news boats not to be lifted by the…

For the first time ever, a lot of people are watching MSNBC

The Donald Trump administration—specifically its many unsettling foibles and terrifying missteps—has been very good for the ratings of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, but he’s not the only one benefitting from Trump’s penchant for fucking things up. According to Variety, MSNBC just logged its first week ever in the…

Sensitive Brian Williams waxes poetic about the beauty of Syrian air strike

For many people with souls of iron or rot, last night’s U.S. military strike against Syrian forces—which Donald Trump authorized in retaliation for the recent, deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 civilians—was a stilling moment, shaking even the most fervent sabre-rattler with its portent of new…

Trump’s tax return got Rachel Maddow her highest ratings ever

Two days ago, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow stoked anticipation for her nightly broadcast with the announcement that her staff had acquired and would be reporting on “Trump tax returns.” Maddow later revealed that her show actually had a Trump tax return—the president’s 2005 1040 form—and then spent 24 minutes teasing its…

Based on these bloopers, TV journalists lost their minds in August

The continued warm August weather seems to have taken its toll on news anchors’ sanity. That’s the only logical conclusion one can take from News Be Funny’s monthly roundup of the worst in local, national, and international telejournalism. The theme for the recent August 2016 video seems to be hysterical, stoner-like…

Why “third place” meant “first place” on Iowa caucus night

If your Iowa caucus drinking game included doing a shot every time a commentator used the phrase “viable establishment candidate” with a positive connotation, you aren’t reading this right now, because you are dead. Last night, the major cable news channels—CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC—were just thrilled to report the…