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senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 05:57 PM Jul 9

Only Lawrence O'Donnell seems to have the guts to

criticize his peers' coverage of this epically important Presidential race. He goes after them with real anger and shock. He scorched the WH press corps for their insanely aggressive coverage of Biden's "health problems" yesterday and told the truth about what was really going on.

He reminded his fellow journalists that the only reason they even know that a neurologist visited the WH eight times is because THIS WH releases visitors' logs. Guess who did NOT do that? Of course they use this transparency against Biden to baselessly smear him. When the WH proves there is nothing to this story, they continue with their baseless "but people have questions" coverage.

If you want fearless coverage of what is at stake and how the beltway press is covering it, watch his show. I am really looking forward to it tonight. Of course, I'm lucky to be on the west coast so I can watch at seven o'clock. I have a feeling it's going to be good.

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Only Lawrence O'Donnell seems to have the guts to (Original Post) senseandsensibility Jul 9 OP
That is the only commentator I watch now because he has the most experience in and out of Congress. JohnSJ Jul 9 #1
He does have experience and I enjoy that senseandsensibility Jul 9 #6
chaos poozwah Jul 10 #47
He was a co-staffer lefthandedskyhook Jul 9 #30
I agree. I make it a point to watch him every night Deuxcents Jul 9 #2
he has loads of experience working in the depths of govt. the others are just blabber mouths with msongs Jul 9 #3
Lawrence worked in government, did he not? shrike3 Jul 9 #4
He was a long time staffer in the Senate. Desert grandma Jul 9 #14
Thanks. shrike3 Jul 9 #16
Senate Judiciary Committee, I think. elleng Jul 9 #32
Yes. Desert grandma Jul 9 #33
Sure as heck has, so I contunue to learn, go from DU to Amanpour, to The West Wing!!! elleng Jul 9 #34
And guest starred as President Bartlet's father... 3catwoman3 Jul 9 #35
an awful moment, in his role as Jeb's father. elleng Jul 9 #36
Plus his work on "The West Wing" foretold much of what's going on csziggy Jul 10 #51
Thank you Lawrence! Desert grandma Jul 9 #5
Yes and he really makes senseandsensibility Jul 9 #9
Yes, Lawrence is my breath of fresh air. Silver Gaia Jul 9 #18
Joy is good bdamomma Jul 9 #39
I do watch Jen and Rachel Jilly_in_VA Jul 10 #52
THIS malaise Jul 10 #45
Lawrence did a great job taking down the media. wnylib Jul 9 #7
The truth, it seems, does not set the Magat influenced free. GreenWave Jul 9 #8
Lawrence anchors MSNBC imho. yorkster Jul 9 #10
I agree with everything you said senseandsensibility Jul 9 #37
I've watched a few clips of Lawrence posted here. He cuts through the bullshit. Hermit-The-Prog Jul 9 #11
I try to watch The Last Word every night Marthe48 Jul 9 #12
Yes bdamomma Jul 9 #40
I can't make it till 11 either but happy feet Jul 10 #41
Lawrence and Joy are solid. Hope22 Jul 9 #13
Need a whole lot more "journalists" to join the reality brigade and inform NoMoreRepugs Jul 9 #15
Lawrence O'Donnell is must watch TV. SunSeeker Jul 9 #17
Biden could be replaced is just not thinking things. elias7 Jul 9 #19
Yes, this narrative is being pushed senseandsensibility Jul 9 #24
He is the only one we watch montanacowboy Jul 9 #20
I'm getting there senseandsensibility Jul 9 #21
Katie has her own show on the weekend karin_sj Jul 10 #43
I like her a lot. nt spooky3 Jul 10 #53
She's really good proud patriot Jul 10 #56
As of now LoD is the only newscaster i will listen or trust MistakenLamb Jul 9 #22
He's great Lemon Lyman Jul 9 #23
Here's last night's breaking news Last Word opening for those who missed it: Rhiannon12866 Jul 9 #25
and this is the reason trump targeted him for firing TasminCat Jul 9 #26
Yeah, as I recall senseandsensibility Jul 9 #27
Thank you; he's truly a superstar! elleng Jul 9 #28
I'm super cautious BigmanPigman Jul 9 #29
"...so I can watch at seven o'clock." markodochartaigh Jul 9 #31
This message was self-deleted by its author Blue Idaho Jul 9 #38
Last night, O'Donnell pointed out that NYT Deminpenn Jul 10 #42
They don't care about the truth karin_sj Jul 10 #44
NYT is butt hurt Biden won't Deminpenn Jul 10 #48
He's the best karin_sj Jul 10 #46
Did Joe really need to release information about the neurologist visits? While we play by all the rules the other-side Pepsidog Jul 10 #49
Well, he has nothing to hide and I think it's great he released it senseandsensibility Jul 10 #55
Lawrence is the only one left on the TV I still make a point to watch. GoodRaisin Jul 10 #50
KnR - love Lawrence! Everytime the rest of them dump on Biden, I turn it off. My way of protesting the nonsense. n/t iluvtennis Jul 10 #54

senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
6. He does have experience and I enjoy that
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:09 PM
Jul 9

but I think it's more that he does not let himself get swept up in the beltway narrative and takes his role as a journalist seriously. The experience probably helps him see the big picture, but it takes courage to speak out against his peers in this atmosphere.

msongs

(68,385 posts)
3. he has loads of experience working in the depths of govt. the others are just blabber mouths with
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:01 PM
Jul 9

little experience IMO

 

shrike3

(5,370 posts)
4. Lawrence worked in government, did he not?
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:03 PM
Jul 9

He knows the ins and outs, how government works more than the most of them do.

elleng

(133,377 posts)
34. Sure as heck has, so I contunue to learn, go from DU to Amanpour, to The West Wing!!!
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:33 PM
Jul 9

Lawrence wrote THIS episode entirely, The Debate!!!



Jimmy Smits as Matthew Santos. (Running for Dem Presdent,

Alan Alda as Senator Arnold Vinick. (Running for Rep President.)

3catwoman3

(24,565 posts)
35. And guest starred as President Bartlet's father...
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:42 PM
Jul 9

...who was the headmaster of the boys' school young Bartlet attended.

And was executive producer for a while.

csziggy

(34,162 posts)
51. Plus his work on "The West Wing" foretold much of what's going on
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 01:06 PM
Jul 10

I've recently been re-watching that show and have been struck by the correlations between what happened in the Bartlett White House to what is happening now in real life. During Bartlett's run for re-election, his MD came out. Calls were for him to resign or to drop out of race were rampant. It was eerie watching that sequence while similar events were happening in real life with Biden.

I've finished those episodes and am now in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Same old, same old there.

Desert grandma

(998 posts)
5. Thank you Lawrence!
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:08 PM
Jul 9

Lawrence is calm, thoughtful and has years of experience in the beltway. While other MSNBC hosts were in "pants on fire" mode, he remained calm and resolute about the real stakes in this election. He understands how the media will shape the narrative if they can (that's YOU, NY Times), and I watch his show because it contains FACTS, not innuendo. Thanks for posting senseandsensibility!

bdamomma

(64,687 posts)
39. Joy is good
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 10:05 PM
Jul 9

reporting on Project 2025 every night now. Lawrence has a calming voice and I like his reporting.

Jilly_in_VA

(10,430 posts)
52. I do watch Jen and Rachel
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 01:09 PM
Jul 10

on Monday nights when they're on. Also Nicolle occasionally (although I'm basically not a daytime TV watcher).

wnylib

(22,956 posts)
7. Lawrence did a great job taking down the media.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:10 PM
Jul 9

Joy Reid did a great job taking Congressional members to task.

Two media heroes in the midst of flunkies.

yorkster

(1,936 posts)
10. Lawrence anchors MSNBC imho.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:21 PM
Jul 9

The combination of his experience, his intelligence, and his temperament are unbeatable.
In different ways, I think Ali Velshi and Rachel Maddow approach a similar degree
of skill . I love Joy Reid''s passion for the truth and her eloquence.

senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
37. I agree with everything you said
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 09:46 PM
Jul 9

His temperament is ideal. He does show anger when it is appropriate (like now), but in a subdued, serious way. And he does not tolerate BS.

Marthe48

(17,895 posts)
12. I try to watch The Last Word every night
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:25 PM
Jul 9

Last edited Tue Jul 9, 2024, 10:37 PM - Edit history (1)

But several times the last week, I can't make it to 11 PM. Lawrence is fearless.

happy feet

(978 posts)
41. I can't make it till 11 either but
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 04:50 AM
Jul 10

I listen to the last word via apple podcast app while walking in the morning. You can also watch replays via msnbc web site

NoMoreRepugs

(9,853 posts)
15. Need a whole lot more "journalists" to join the reality brigade and inform
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:30 PM
Jul 9

the American public they are about to see their country as they know it disappear if the SlobFather has his way.

elias7

(4,109 posts)
19. Biden could be replaced is just not thinking things.
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:54 PM
Jul 9

First of all, he has already won the nomination
Second of all, he has been a phenomenal president for the past four years
Third of all, he was the only nominee four years ago who was felt to be able to beat Trump.
Fourth of all, who the hell do they think should be nominated at this late date?
Talk about undermining your own party.

senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
24. Yes, this narrative is being pushed
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:22 PM
Jul 9

not because of reality but because of "vibes". Too many politicians and almost the entire media just "feels" that it should happen.

montanacowboy

(6,182 posts)
20. He is the only one we watch
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 06:59 PM
Jul 9

nothing else, no Joy, no Rachel, especially no Ari (worthless), no one in the am and no Nicole.
Been in Canada for a week with NO cable and it was wonderful. I only need DU, fuck the media.

senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
21. I'm getting there
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:02 PM
Jul 9

Haven't watched CNN since before the "debate" and have cut my MSNBC watching in half. I still like Joy and Katie Phang when she is in for Ari.

Lemon Lyman

(1,408 posts)
23. He's great
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:21 PM
Jul 9

He worked on The West Wing. He wrote and consulted, even acted in it. It's probably part of the reason it was such a good show. Sorkin, Lawrence, + good writers, and + good actors.

Rhiannon12866

(212,412 posts)
25. Here's last night's breaking news Last Word opening for those who missed it:
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:27 PM
Jul 9
Biden's doctor: Neurologist visits to White House were to see other people - The Last Word - MSNBC
https://www.democraticunderground.com/132124312

BigmanPigman

(52,128 posts)
29. I'm super cautious
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 07:51 PM
Jul 9

these days. I used to watch certain MSNBC shows/hosts that had been mostly objective but now even some of them are pissing me off. I change the channel as soon as I hear more divisive BS.

markodochartaigh

(1,489 posts)
31. "...so I can watch at seven o'clock."
Tue Jul 9, 2024, 08:02 PM
Jul 9

I hear that. I'm having to be careful about what I watch to close to bed or I sleep restlessly. I find that I can sleep well after Lawrence O'Donnell because he is so fact-based and matter of fact.

Response to markodochartaigh (Reply #31)

Deminpenn

(15,628 posts)
42. Last night, O'Donnell pointed out that NYT
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 09:42 AM
Jul 10

didn't even bother to check if Biden was at the WH when the neurologist made his visits. If they had, they'd have learned that on 5 of 8 visits, Biden was traveling and not even at the WH. Ironic, since I'm sure the NYT WH reporter was probably on at least some of those 5 trips.

karin_sj

(978 posts)
44. They don't care about the truth
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 09:59 AM
Jul 10

It's shocking but not surprising that they wouldn't check something out that was so easily verifiable. But then again, they only care about pushing him out, not reporting the facts.

karin_sj

(978 posts)
46. He's the best
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 10:04 AM
Jul 10

He's been on the right side from the get go. Joy has come around and has been pounding on the media, the orange monster, and the republican's horrible plans for our country. Katie Phang is also worth watching, as is The Weekend. It's interesting how some of the former republicans have been the some of the most staunch pro Biden voices, like the Lincoln Project and Michael Steele. They can see the immense danger to our country and they know how ruthless and cutthroat the republicans are.

Pepsidog

(6,287 posts)
49. Did Joe really need to release information about the neurologist visits? While we play by all the rules the other-side
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 12:50 PM
Jul 10

lies and stonewalls about everything. Even the President is entitled to some degree of privacy related to medical matters. I’m tired of always playing by the rules only to get gut-punched and steamrolled by the most corrupt political party in history and an incompetent press corps.

senseandsensibility

(18,544 posts)
55. Well, he has nothing to hide and I think it's great he released it
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 02:19 PM
Jul 10

But you're right, he can't win with the corporate media. Facts don't matter anymore. It's scary.

GoodRaisin

(9,135 posts)
50. Lawrence is the only one left on the TV I still make a point to watch.
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 01:00 PM
Jul 10

I especially love the way he insults Trump.

iluvtennis

(20,209 posts)
54. KnR - love Lawrence! Everytime the rest of them dump on Biden, I turn it off. My way of protesting the nonsense. n/t
Wed Jul 10, 2024, 02:07 PM
Jul 10
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