Jake Tapper Rips Into Trump Over “Fake News” Claims: The Media Didn’t Fire Michael Flynn, You Did [VIDEO]

Via Mediatite:

During this today’s broadcast of CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper took aim at President Donald Trump’s continuing war with the mainstream media, who the president now blames for the ouster of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Pointing out that the president today attacked reports surrounding Trump advisers being in contact with Russian intelligence officials, Tapper highlighted the fact that White House press secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday that Trump specifically pushed Flynn out over an erosion of trust.

However, during a news conference today, Trump called Flynn “a wonderful man” who had been treated “unfairly” by the “fake media.” “The media, of course, did not fire General Flynn,” Tapper noted. “President Trump did.”

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    “Bannon said I only fired him because of fake news bullies though”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    When it comes to Russian puppets, plants, moles, spies, sleepers, sycophants and traitors in the Trump admin, there’s been way too much “extreme petting” and not enough “extreme vetting”. Sad!

    • William

      “It only leads to trouble and, seat wetting.”

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        .. and thanks to Dumpf’s pee-pee fetish, plenty of “extreme bed wetting” too.

      • WitlessProtection

        I see what you did there, even if no one else did. Oh BRAD!

  • William

    If only Tapper’s balls had dropped before the election.

    • Xiao Ai

      Plastic Surgery costs $.

  • Lazycrockett

    Yesterday it was because he was untrustworthy today its fake news, tomorrow yeah he was a russian spy but whatevs.

  • Gigi

    Tapper’s on fire this week. Keep it up, Jake!

    • TrollopeReader

      and Rachel (very strong ratings) and some of the msnbc anchor / reporters … esp. this week — not taking idiocies from the likes of Mo Brooks (AL-R) and Steve King (R- Iowa Melons).

  • Lazycrockett
  • Ben in Oakland

    Unfair? The man admitted to LYING.

  • The one small silver lining in all this: It’s becoming increasingly obvious Donald’s falling apart, and hopefully just might take the GOP down with him.

    I know… cold comfort, but I’m trying to find it where I can and even the barest glimmer of schadenfreude is about all I’ve got.

    • charemor

      I have been thinking the same thing and wondering just how much longer Trump can tolerate being confronted before it destroys him.

      • TampaDink

        I’m hoping that length of time can be measured in weeks rather than months or years.

        • paganguy

          I guess it’s too much to hope for days…

          • Like that line on SNL went: I’d like to have just one day where a CNN news alert doesn’t scare the shit out of me.

          • teeveedub

            John Oliver said this week that he realized how far things had gone when he felt relieved when his phone got a news alert and it was “only” that Mary Tyler Moore had died. Dark.

          • Bad Tom

            I think days is quite possible.

          • Librarykid

            When questioned about the rise in anti-Semitic activity in the US in the press Conference with Netanyahoo, he began is answer with his startling electoral college results, a clear sign that the elevator is no longer going all the way to the top floor.

          • thatotherjean

            “No longer going. . .” Is there any evidence that it ever did?

          • Librarykid


          • TampaDink

            At this point, hope is all I have.

          • Librarykid

            like cut flowers

      • MonochromeMouse

        I’m hoping it all ends in either a McCarthy style on-air screaming meltdown, or a Budd Dwyer style on-air… uhm… let’s call it an alternative press conference.

        • bzrd

          odds for
          1) taken out of the orange house in handcuffs
          2) taken out in a straitjacket
          3) cardiac arrest gurney ride

          • Todd20036

            Frankly I really don’t think trump could be blackmailed by the Russians.

            You really think getting caught with his pants down with a 6 year old would anger his base?

            I’m sure don’t

        • Librarykid

          I’m hoping for a bug-eyes cerebral event from which there is no recovery. In the aftermath, I want all of his henchmen (basically all Republican elected and appointed officials who have stifled the investigation into Russiagate) to be convicted as traitors and sent where they will not see daylight for decades. In their going down, I want them to squeal on the dark money masters like, but not limited to, the Koch brothers so that they will be taken down, too. Total destruction and scorched earth is my wish.

    • AtticusP

      There’s a rumor that he’s preparing to send U.S. ground troops into Syria.

      He may be well on his way to impeachment, but he’s going to do a lot of damage on the way down.

      That’s my fear, anyway.

      • It’s horribly selfish for me to say this, but I will: I’m damned glad my nephew is out of the 1st Infantry. If y’all ever wonder why I get a little defensive with the “all cops are bad” talk, it’s because that’s what he is now, a state trooper and by all accounts a really good one. Even checks in on some of the isolated folks on his regular patrol route to make sure they’re okay.

        We very nearly lost him during his last deployment to Iraq and he had to be resuscitated several times before they were able to stabilize him on the medevac.

        I weep for anybody who is injured, maimed, or who loses a loved one because we have a madman in the White House.

        • 2patricius2

          One of my nephews is a cop, too. Whenever I hear of a cop being killed in his jurisdiction, I fear that it is him, until I find out it was not. Some cops are bad. Some just were not properly trained on how to respond to some of the people they have been called to deal with – and that includes people who are mentally ill. But I have known many who can walk into a tense situation and defuse the passions all around them.

          • I tend to feel there are several rough categories of police: There are the police officers who represent the epitome of service to the public. Then the cops, who are just people doing a job, some good, some not so good, but they’re not malignant or anything like that. Then there are the assholes, the bigots, and the corrupt who make the rest look bad.

            The top problem is there aren’t enough officers and cops willing to police themselves of the bad ones.

          • David L. Caster

            Two constants of nature are often overlooked: (1) There are hacks in every profession; and (2) no job is perfect, that is, the working environment will have its problems.

            I often tell the professionals I mentor that most of their problems will not be with the work itself—the craft—but with people. If more than one individual is involved in the project or production process, some percentage of the time will be spent dealing with interpersonal dynamics and dysfunction. The more people (sometimes euphemistically called stakeholders) the greater percentage of the time that will be consumed solving people problems as opposed to focusing and working on the widget (the “thing” that’s supposed to be produced).

        • whollyfool

          Same here.
          Best wishes to your nephew, and 2patricius2’s nephew as well.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        A couple of sites have suggested that Trump “needs a war,” and the most likely candidate is Iran. A proxy war with Iran in Syria would probably serve his purposes, but that would probably go against what Putin wants, since Putin has been so staunchly supporting Assad (as has Iran). And it would piss off Saudi Arabia, which Trump has been careful not to piss off so far.

        • Chucktech

          Oh, we can’t piss off Volodya and the rich Saudi pigs… Trump’s got too much money and business interests at stake…

      • Homo Erectus

        I hope it works out better for him than the last time he sent troops in – only for the sake of the troops.

    • greenmanTN

      The promise of schadenfreude is the only thing keeping me (somewhat) sane.

      Oh, you discovered the person you elected doesn’t actually give a shit about you? Well nobody could have predicted that, 🙄

    • Librarykid

      Please God, Please God, Please God, Please God, Please God, Please God.

    • B Snow

      I’d like to believe that, but I thought the same thing before the election. 🙁

  • Ben in Oakland

    This was published in today’s SF Chronicle– slightly edited from the original, which was far pithier. .

    National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has resigned after less than a month, admitting to lying about communications with Russia, in particular about sanctions imposed by the Obama administration due to Russian interference in our election. The Trump administration knew about these conversations for at least a month. The Obama administration certainly knew about them. Government officials have concluded that Flynn may have been compromised, leaving him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. There are also other known instances of Trumpian communications with the Russian government before the inauguration.

    Along with Rex Tillerson’s and Paul Manafort’s known ties, Trump’s put(in)-ative financial ties to Russia, and knowledge about the extent of Russia interference, a cynic might conclude something about the degree of Russian ownership of the new administration. A constitutional lawyer might even call it treason.

    But I’m not a lawyer. So I’ll just ask three questions.

    1) How stupidly incompetent does a national security advisor have to be not to
    know that conversations with foreign powers are going to be recorded? 2) When
    are we going to hear the Republican Chorus singing their rousing rendition of
    “Lock him up! Lock him up!”?

    And 3): How’s that swampy-drainy thing working out for us?

    • Well, look back to Flynn’s tenure as DIA chief in the Obama administration. From wiki:

      On April 30, 2014, Flynn announced his retirement effective later in 2014, about a year earlier than he had been scheduled to leave his position. He was reportedly effectively forced out of the DIA after clashing with superiors over his allegedly chaotic management style and vision for the agency. In a private e-mail that was leaked online, Colin Powell said that he had heard in the DIA (apparently from later DIA director Vincent R. Stewart) that Flynn got fired because he was “abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc.” According to The New York Times, Flynn exhibited a loose relationship with facts, leading his subordinates to refer to Flynn’s repeated dubious assertions as “Flynn facts”.
      In an interview with Al Jazeera, Flynn criticized the Obama administration for its delay in supporting the opposition in Syria, thereby allowing for the growth of Al Nusra and other extremist forces: “when you don’t get in and help somebody, they’re gonna find other means to achieve their goals” and that “we should have done more earlier on in this effort, you know, than we did.

      Basically, he seems like the kind of guy who, like his boss, believe he always knows what’s best and even when told “No, don’t, that’s not our policy” — won’t shut up.

      About all I can figure is Flynn assumed his boss had complete control over the intelligence community and that any prior indiscretions would be swept under the rug.

      Remember: After his retirement in 2014, what did Russia do? The same damned thing they obviously did with Donald: They recruited him, initially through the bland inducements of frequent paid appearances on Russia Today. Since nothing happened then or in 2015 when he went to that gala dinner with Putin, Stein and others, he must’ve assumed it was all cool. Basically, blinded by hubris and presumed privilege that if he does it, it can’t be illegal or wrong.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Far more detail than I know about him. Thanks. I was pretty sure he was garden variety a-hole.

      • greenmanTN

        Kind of like Comey. I don’t have a single goddamn thing to add to this conversation but I’m gonna stir up some shit anyway.

        Edit: He should be UNDER the jail!

    • Chucktech

      Thanks for this article. Minor quibble: A constitutional lawyer might even call it treason. A constitutional lawyer would know this, technically, is not treason. Sedition or traitorous behavior, sure. But treason requires us to be at war.

      • Ben in Oakland

        Well, that’s why I said I’m not a lawyer!

        Can we just agree to call it alternative treason?

  • Talisman

    NOW they act like journalists…

    After spending the better part of a year aiding and abetting this criminal.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      $$$ before country

  • Ninja0980

    Too bad they didn’t do this during the campaign when it mattered.

  • PickyPecker
  • hdtex


  • HZ81


    Yes, you read that right. The POTUS needs a breather after a rough 3 weeks on the job.

    • W was the same way. he’d sign a bill or two, go to a fundraiser, and then need a solid month clearing shrubbery and golfing back in Waco so he could ‘relax.’

      • True, but not every single weekend.

      • HZ81

        God, those were the days, huh? It used to infuriate me when the press would indulge his brush-clearing photo ops. A. Fucker is from New England. B. It’s a Ranch Estate! He’s not fucking skinning cattle or any strenuous “manly” bullshit. STFU!

        Ok, rant over. 🙂

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Low energy, no stamina, weak!! Sad!

    • popebuck1

      COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. Imagine if he really were hard at work.

      • HZ81

        Ha, good way to look at it.

    • Acronym Jim


  • SnowFlake

    trump is a disgusting pig

    • Jerry Kott

      and he received the votes of swine! The country is infected with Swine Flu and doesn’t know it.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This is for the youngsters among us.

    Let’s not forget that Republican Dan Burton lead an investigation into Socks The Cat to question the use of White House postage and stationary used to answer mail addressed to the Clinton’s cat. However, they are fucking cool with Treason.

    Let that sink in.

  • Jeffg166

    Real reality is closing in.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Lol ! What was she trying to eat?? Looks like either doggie poop or one of those disgusting Trump steaks.

  • Michael

    The only “fake news” comes from the Putin/Trump regime. Every day.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The news is getting worse every hour and I am getting happier every hour.

    NBC Just Implicated Mike Pence In The Flynn-Russia Cover-Up

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Pence you say? Rebecca, you make me so happy.


      • William

        Let’s Boogie!

      • djcoastermark

        Lets groove tonight, share the spice of life.Baby slice it right. We’re gonna groove tonight !

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      I’m certain Paul Ryan is getting quite gleeful.

      • BearEyes

        probably, but he’s quite spineless and will fold like a cheap suit if he ever encountered a real crisis.
        his Ayn Rand fetish would be a disaster too

        • paganguy

          Wouldn’t it be lovely if they could prove that Ryan and McC knew about it too?

      • Chucktech

        In the likely gleeful event that Trump crashes and burns, leaving us with a Pence presidency, Pence will probably last long enough to select a new VP (probably some other dim bulb christian douche), keeping Ryan in third place.

    • Ruh-roh. Mikey’s “I take over after Donald shits the bed” strategy might be in danger.

      This is my “I’m so shocked & upset” face, really, trust me. I also personally fired Flynn, so y’all can stop blaming blameless Donnie for that.

      But seriously, we knew Pence was a smooth liar when he spent that entire VP debate denying Donald had ever said the things he was on video tape saying. I mean, the whole GOP/Trump empire is based on gaslighting the country, but Pence had the whole aggrieved, “I don’t know why you believe such hurtful things!” tone down flat.

      Nevertheless, I still would rather Pence as Prez now than Cheeto Hitler — in as much as I’d choose to saw off a limb rather than be tortured to death. Neither is desirable but one at least has an America still existing come this time next year.

    • my stars, i’m having a hard time keeping up in the betting pool of “which one will quit next?”

    • Cuberly

      Thank you! You just answered the question I had, asking why Ryan was up for being Prez & not Pence.

    • Todd20036

      I’m starting to really think we are seeing the end of any chance for camps

      Yes I really considered that possibility

  • Mark

    Why the fuck weren’t they ripping in to him during the campaign cycle? Too little too late assholes.

    • They feared his supporters, because Donald spoke to the Republican Id far more purely than any candidate before him.

      • greenmanTN

        That really is the issue, isn’t it? Ids on parade, resentment. Since this seems to be a remake of Forbidden Planet, I want to be Robbie. I don’t have the legs to carry off Anne Francis.


        (The camera adds 10 pounds.)

        • Bad Tom

          Yow! That’s an excellent picture of Robbie the Robot!
          Altaira Morbius: Where have you been? I’ve beamed and beamed.
          Robby: Sorry, miss. I was giving myself an oil-job.
          Altaira Morbius: Robby, I must have a new dress, right away.
          Robby: Again?
          Altaira Morbius: Oh, but this one must be different! Absolutely nothing must show – below, above or through.
          Robby: Radiation-proof?
          Altaira Morbius: No, just eye-proof will do.
          Robby: Thick and heavy?
          Altaira Morbius: Oh, no, Robby. It must be the loveliest, softest thing you’ve ever made for me, and fit in all the right places, with lots and lots of star sapphires.
          Robby: Star sapphires take a week to crystallize properly. Would diamonds or emeralds do?
          Altaira Morbius: Well, if they’re large enough.
          Robby: Five, ten, and fifteen carats, and on hand. I will run the dress up for you in time for breakfast. Sleep well, miss.
          Altaira Morbius: Thank you, Robby. I don’t care now whether I do or not!

          • greenmanTN

            What a perfect ankle, what a lovely shin.

            Sorry. I digress therefore I am…


          • Dazzer

            Now I’ve got to go and watch the movie. Again. Thank you so much for that. 😉

            I watch it about once every seven or eight years – and it’s overdue now.

          • greenmanTN

            I like that movie. I am not really a fan of musicals (Why did they just bust out singing?!) but there a few I like, more rock than musical.


          • GeoffreyPS

            I have a friend who dislikes musicals, but doesn’t seem to be as bothered if it is ALL singing like in Evita or Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s the transition from speaking to singing that she finds jarring.

          • greenmanTN

            That bugs me a bit too. “Why did they just bust out singing? People don’treally DO that!”

            Plus I literally cannot sing, so that complicates things. You know that sound your dog makes when it hears a siren? That’s me singing. I think I’m a little better than I used to be but I’m afraid to test it since me singing has been known to cause miscarriages.

          • GeoffreyPS

            My oldest sister wanted to see it and was babysitting the rest of us so she snuck us into the theater. She was sixteen, I was six. The acid queen scene scared the crap out of me.

          • KarenAtFOH

            Best robot ever.

          • David L. Caster

            My favorite character from that movie.

          • grada3784

            He was in a Twilight Zone episode and another movie too. I think it was the Invisible Boy.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    That was a beautiful take down, too bad it came after the election. That said, it’s time to play a game…..


    • Joe in PA

      Rinced Penis is next.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        That or Kellyanne Conjob, she’s starting age and the Donald doesn’t like any woman who isn’t at least an 8.5

        • Tor

          “But I’ll lie for you, Donald. I’ll lie real good.”

      • Ben in Oakland

        Why can’t you libs spell?
        It’s Rancid Penis.

        • Joe in PA

          That’s libtard to you buster. 🙂

    • GeoffreyPS

      First – Priebus (because revenge is fun). Second – Spicer (because he was mocked by a girl!). Third – Conway (because she is becoming a liability and being recognized as the lying face of the administration).

      Bannon will be fourth if Rosie O’Donnell ends up playing him on SNL because mocked by a girl….

  • Rebecca Gardner

    YAY! Let’s fuck the environment.
    I really hate these people.


    • That has Tillerson’s fingerprints all over it.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Joe in PA

      “Rogue Melania”…. teeheehee.

  • david fairfield

    Why do these news people keep trying to confuse the public at large with facts, when everyone knows that facts are fake? Only Fox’s facts are factual.

    • MonochromeMouse

      And even on Fox they are only facts if they are favorable to trump.

  • Lazycrockett


    I suggest you find something else to do for an hour this evening.

  • Helen Damnation 🍑™

    Nixon created the EPA and T-Rump wants to kill it. He really is worse than Nixon in every conceivable way.

    The bill, introduced by Florida Republican Matt Gaetz and co-sponsored by Kentucky’s Thomas Massie, Mississippi’s Steven Palazzo, and Georgia’s Barry Loudermilk doesn’t bother with anything like wondering what happens to the data the agency collects, or the enforcement the agency carries out. It doesn’t sweat the details of employees or contracts. There’s nothing about what happens to the Clean
    Air Act, or the Clean Water Act, or the Endangered Species Act, or
    … anything at all.
    Just ‘terminated.’


    • William

      Why do I hear Mary Poppins reading the first two sentences of your post?

    • Halou

      Can the states institute their own separate EPAs?

  • vernacular100

    Jake finally gets with the program.
    I guess Kelly Anne scared the shit out of him Saturday night!

  • boobert

    Gee, I guess trump buckled to media pressure and had to fire flynn. But if they repport fake news, why did he cave ? lol

    • grada3784

      But it was the Best and Bigliest cave ever.

  • JWC
  • TuuxKabin

    and . . . ?

  • Jay Silversmith

    Dolt 45: “If you can’t bamboozle them with bullshit, always try to baffle them with baloney.”

  • Tom Ato

    Would I lie to you?
    Would I lie to you honey?
    Now would I say something that wasn’t true?
    I’m asking you sugar
    Would I lie to you?

  • Chanel5

    I saw something a little bit ago that Bannon isn’t happy with Breitbart. In fact, he was livid. They posted that Priebus was going to lose his job. Bannon says he’s not. Wonder how he likes being on the other side of fake news.

  • DesertSun59

    This pronouncement by the SCROTUS proves he’s completely delusional.

  • joe ho

    Too bad Jake didn’t show this much fervor in pursuing the story during the campaign.

    Instead he reveled in Podesta tweets that were mean to Bernie.

    Too little, too late, Jake.

  • coram nobis

    We’re still finding out about fake stories the fake media didn’t cover in alternate-facts world.The Bowling Green Massacre, the Invasion of the Body and Fender Snatchers, the Jihad at the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean, and the latest outrage, the Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.


    • TuuxKabin

      There’s gotta be an award for what you write. How many have you received? Those are funny, please allow to re-use.

      • coram nobis

        Re-use? Sure. H/t always goes well.

        • TuuxKabin

          What a guy! Thanks!

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  • Halou

    Flynn is a traitor, and Trump is too if he is trying to cover for him.