This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss the new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, Bill O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News and United Airlines’ latest screw up.
The contents of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, offers readers a revealing look into Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign. Allen and Parnes had unprecedented access. They explain how they were able to accomplished this in the introductory chapter:
We made one decision early on in our process that proved crucial in allowing us access to key players even at times when most of the media were walled off from Hillary and her senior staff. We agreed to conduct all of our interviews on background, which provided anonymity to our sources. That gave them an extra sense of security on the off chance that we broke a vow that we observed throughout our reporting: none of the material would appear before the election. We spoke to nearly everyone we asked to interview, up and down the ranks of the campaign, and many of them talked to us during pivotal periods of the race.
Without these guarantees, which protected our sources inside and outside the campaign from the possible reprisal of the next president, many of them would not have talked with us at all. Other would have been much less candid. The trade-offs enabled us to get an extraordinary look at the last, tumultuous chapter of the Clinton era.
Given what is revealed within Shattered, the decision to allow everyone to speak on background and to hold off on reporting any of their findings until after the election was a brilliant move. Many of the revelations have made headlines this week, but there is plenty of material that hasn’t been reported on yet, including but not limited to:
- Obama’s hatred of being compared to Bernie Sanders.
- Chuck Schumer and Claire McCaskill trying to push Debbie Wasserman Schultz out of her DNC Chairmanship before her email communications were leaked.
- Hillary and Bernie’s campaign teams working together at the DNC to quell any potential flair up from his deadender delegates.
- The Clinton campaign’s attitude about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State: ‘the Clintons and their aides never took seriously the possibility that she could be charged with a crime. “We always thought it was a joke,” the aide said.’
- Huma Abedin was the only member of the campaign staff who knew about Hillary’s pneumonia diagnosis.
In typical Clinton fashion, they are now on the hunt to find out who supplied the dirt to Allen and Parnes. According to Page Six:
We’re told the details in the book, which depicts the campaign as inept, “could only have come from someone in the inner circle.” Dennis Cheng, the finance director of Clinton’s presidential campaign, has been sending out messages to determine where the leaks came from.
One source said, “The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book. Dennis has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He’s on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin, throwing Hillary and her campaign manager Robby Mook under the bus.”
The drama, will it ever end? I sure hope not.
Speaking of drama, just a few days after the shocking removal of Dr. Dao from a United Airlines flight, United is now being accused of kicking a couple off of a flight. Fingers covered United Airlines latest screw ups here.
It was announced this week that Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News, and there was much rejoicing! After more than 20 years with the network and at least $13m in settlement costs, the bosses at Fox had finally had enough of the boorish bloviator and gave him the boot. O’Reilly released a statement in which he maintains that he didn’t do nothing wrong. Via Deadline Hollywood:
Over the past 20 years at Fox News I have been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television. It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.
I will always look back on my time with Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers. I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.
We at Enough Already, have no opinion about O’Reilly’s guilt or innocence. But we do know that we won’t miss him, because we didn’t watch his show.
Here’s Fox’s new evening lineup:
FOX NEWS: TUCKER CARLSON TO MOVE TO 8PM SLOT, THE FIVE SHIFTS TO 9PM pic.twitter.com/iFSBV4fkoY
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 19, 2017
O’Reilly isn’t the only “conservative” host embroiled in a legal battle. The war between Tomi Lahren and The Blaze continues. The latest development in that saga is The Blaze is counter-suing Lahren. From Law Newz:
Glenn Beck, and his conservative network, TheBlaze, have filed a counterclaim against firebrand news personality Tomi Lahren after she sued the organization for wrongful termination. In her lawsuit, Lahren claimed she was terminated because of her public pro-choice stance. Beck came back swinging in a 35-page counterclaim obtained by LawNewz.com and filed in Texas court on Monday. The countersuit states that Lahren was never fired from the network. Instead, the company says the network decided to bench her from air after a slew of bad behavior including Lahren’s mistreating of staff, and making public appearances without prior approval. In addition, Beck claims it is Lahren who is violating the terms of her employment contract with the network.
The lawsuit states that Lahren’s treatment of the floor crew during her shows was “inappropriate and unprofessional” and that she constantly complained about lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting and directing. The complaint also alleges that her “word choice on air” had to be addressed on a consistent basis because she border lined on profane. “Lahren turned down a number of advertisers on TheBlaze for unexplained reasons, limiting any chance for TheBlaze to recoup its investment into her and her show,” the paperwork states.
We’re having a difficult time caring about either of these stories, as they have exactly zero impact upon our lives. But others seem to believe that these ousters will redound to them personally and are openly celebrating the hosts’ demises.
Finally, Chelsea Clinton is back in the news this week because she’s receiving some award she doesn’t deserve. She was running her mouth to Variety because they’re the ones giving her a prize just for being her, when she said the following:
As someone who traveled across the country campaigning, were you surprised at the sexism that still exists?
I’m not surprised. I’m deeply saddened. I think it’s important for us to realize we can’t take progress for granted. Progress has to be continually defended as well as advanced. I think about this multiple times a day. It’s 2017, and we’re fighting again on fights that were settled a few years ago around gay rights, women’s reproductive health; fights to ensure we’re a country that’s always moving toward a more perfect union and not moving toward disunion, disunity, and segregation. We’re really in peril of moving backward. That’s not what I want for my children and their generation.
Ah, the deep thoughts of a shallow thinker. Quick, give her an award!