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Peak Spock Speaks

peak spock speaks

Aspiring novelist Ben Rhodes created narratives for the Obama administration. In a NYT story he once took credit for creating a media echo chamber to push the president’s Iran nuclear deal.

But on election night 2016 Rhodes found himself at a loss for words.

Peak Spock Speaks

Now he’s written a book. It’s titled “The World as It Is.” Or “Peak Spock” as Maureen Dowd calls it.

In the book President Obama consoles despondent young Ben by telling him, “There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.”

Back on earth Obama says, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early.”

To which Matthew Continetti asks, “What was he early for?,” “Fundamentally transforming America?” “The moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”?

Nope. According to Ms. Dowd, “We just weren’t ready for his amazing awesomeness.”

Ben Rhodes now works for MSNBC. His brother, David Rhodes, is president of CBS News.

Samantha Bee Full Frontal Parts

Samantha Bee

Saturday Night Live had a Weekend Update sketch in the 70s called Point/Counterpoint. It starred Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin playing pompous journalists debating the news. And it always degenerated into personal insults. Like this opening rebuttal remark by Akroyd: “Jane, you ignorant slut.”

It was almost as funny as the Claudine Longet Ski Invitational. Lorne Michaels had to apologize for that one.

Crude Crack

And so did Samantha Bee, for a crude crack she made this week about Ivanka Trump. But, like SNL, she’s still on the air. For now.

White House Correspondents Nerd Prom

nerd prom

Hardened reporters cringed at Michelle Wolf’s comedy routine at the White House Correspondents dinner. She hit a new low when she played the light side of abortion for laughs. She didn’t get many.

Nerd Prom

And I haven’t seen anyone ridicule women the way Wolf attacked Sarah Huckabee Sanders since um … well, maybe The Donald.

North Korean Cheerleaders

North Korean CheerleadersNorth Korea brought 229 famous but mysterious cheerleaders to the winter Olympics. But the biggest North Korean cheerleaders were to be found in the American media.

They fawned over Kim Yo Jong, a sibling Kim Jong Un did not have murdered. She works in North Korea’s propaganda department.

North Korean Cheerleaders

The media obsession was too much for BuzzFeed. It wants to know “what the hell is wrong with you people?”

Warning: S***storm of Profanity

s***storm

When I read the paper yesterday morning I knew we were in for a MSM s***storm. That’s because on page A4, in a story headlined Trump Vulgarity Roils DACA Deal, The Wall Street Journal said “shithole.”

As in:

“President Donald Trump questioned why the U.S. would admit people from “shithole countries…”

And that was in the lead sentence. Then they did it again in the third sentence. And again in this morning’s paper:

The fate of young undocumented immigrants was in doubt and the odds of a government shutdown appeared to be growing in the wake of President Donald Trump’s dismissal of “shithole countries” in Africa and his rejection of a bipartisan proposal to aid the so-called Dreamers.

Trump also wanted to know why we don’t import people from Norway instead of Haiti. Norway, for its part, said it didn’t want to come here.

I haven’t been to Haiti so I can’t say if Trump’s assessment is accurate. But one man’s s***hole can be another man’s money pot. That is if you’re the Clinton Foundation doing good deeds in Haiti.

I have been to Djibouti, Africa and the president may be on to something there.

Trump made his colorful comments during a closed bipartisan meeting to work out a DACA agreement. The day before he held a televised bipartisan meeting and uttered many nice words. In that meeting he said he’d sign any bill brought to his desk.

But back to the bad words. CNN would not be outdone. Gateway Pundit which apparently is an avid watcher, says CNN said S***hole 36 times on Thursday night.

Pussyhat, on the other hand, long ago entered the media vernacular. Right around the time Madonna pondered blowing up the White House.

And it took Bess Truman 25 years to get Harry to say manure.