Noah Oppenheim, The President Trump Of NBC News

http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/oliver-stone-pans-megyn-kellys-putin-interview/ar-BBCgxDm?li=BBnbfcL

Instead of focusing on Oliver Stone’s dead-on review of Megyn Kelly’s interview with Vladimir Putin, I’m focusing on the childish, moronic, Trumpian comments made by NBC “News” President Noah Oppenheim in response to Stone’s remarks. Oppenheim demonstrates why NBC hasn’t had a real news division in years. I won’t actually quote Oppenheim; you can read what he said in the article I linked to at the bottom of this post.

At Fox, Kelly was never mistaken for a new journalist. She was just another Fox blonde beauty who exhibited spewed the same combative far right wing behavior as all the other Fox TV personalities, and spewed the same sensationalized, fact devoid b.s. promulgated all over Fox. She adopted the same phony, hard-hitting, confrontational interview style which aped the one Bill O’Reilly employed. None of this made her a news journalist.

Oppenheim hiring Kelly after she quit Fox was a ratings stunt and nothing more. Notice that Oppenheim didn’t hire Kelly to actually read news; he hired her as a TV personality only, hoping her Fox notoriety would draw ratings. So far, as I expected, that gambit has failed miserably. The few viewers who watched the show learned absolutely nothing from Putin. Kelly can read the “hard-hitting” questions written for her to ask but she has no idea how to follow up with her questions of her own.

Oppenheim figured that Kelly would bring her large Fox audience with her to NBC and that new viewers who never watched her on Fox would discover that they liked her. When he concocted his hiring stunt, he failed to consider or he dismissed two facts: 1. Most Fox viewers will not watch NBC News since it’s just part of the evil MSM (mainstream media) so reviled by the GOP and its base. 2. Megyn Kelly is not likeable. She has adopted too hard an edge from competing with the macho man culture established and nurtured by Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes at Fox. She’s nice to look at but as soon as she starts talking, anyone not a Fox fan will turn her off. She hasn’t the warm and cuddly personality of the type Oppenheim has populated the Today show with.

So, Noah Oppenheim, pull out your chest and beat on it with your fists in your attempt to intimidate Oliver Stone. Your breast beating isn’t fooling anyone. You took a gamble on stunt hiring Megyn Kelly and, as expected, you lost. Of course to save face you’ll wait to cash in your chips and leave the game until Kelly’s contract is up and you fail to renew it. Or you may take some of those chips and pay her off to leave early. Either way, you’re the loser.

But with the way you childishly insulted Oliver Stone, perhaps after Sean Spicer is fired as White House Press Secretary, Trump will offer YOU the jump. You’ve already shown that you would fit right in with the low level of discourse in his administration.

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Donald Trump: All About Taking All The Credit And None Of The Blame

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Oh, so what Sean Spicer is claiming in the linked news article is that Donald Trump’s reality show bookers, I mean, his White House staff, didn’t thoroughly vet Michael Flynn before his appointment as Trump’s his National Security Advisor because they relied on the honesty and integrity of the Obama admin’s previous vetting of the man. Yes, Obama appointed him to run the Defense Intelligence Agency (which was typical of Obama except that Flynn was too much of a warmongerer even for Obama) but somehow it slipped Flynn’s mind to inform the DIA that he was accepting payments from Turkey, at the same time–a very slight conflict of interest of national security importance.  Of course the fact that Obama fired Flynn’s ass in 2014 is swept away in a dust cloud of ignorance, it being completely and officially ignored. Who reauthorized Flynn’s security clearance in 2016? Perhaps no one in the Obama was aware of Flynn in effect acting as a double agent for Turkey and the Russians while he was also then working for the Trump campaign. But I would bet all the money I wished I had that Trump was in some manner aware of it. Flynn and he knew the same Russians and perhaps the same Turks if Trump was and is doing business in both Russia and Turkey. You bet your ass he allegedly had to know.
 
But all that is “be that as it may”; if you’re the president-elect and you take your new job seriously, you’re fully aware that picking your candidate for your national security advisor, is a matter of vital national security importance that you pick the right person, and that means not relying on a previous administration’s vetting process but running it with your own staff.
“Why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?” [Spicer rhetorically asked at a press briefing earlier today]. Because Trump has always been all about taking all of the credit and none of the blame.
 
But again to emphasize how little importance Trump places on national security, remember that he pulled his military officers off the National Security Council and replaced them with that most internationally-esteemed national security expert…Steve Bannon, late of that national security and strategic military affairs website…Breitbart “news”.