Quote of the Day:
“Sarah Sanders is defending the president’s claim that you have to use an I.D. to buy groceries.”
— Kaitlan Collins, CNN White House correspondent. She’s the reporter who was recently thrown out of press briefings by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine for asking “inappropriate questions.”
On that note…
“I just want a president who doesn’t think people get carded at the grocery store.” — Randi Mayem Singer, screenwriter of Mrs. Doubtfire.
Anthony Scaramucci goes to bat for CNN’s Jim Acosta: BE BEST
“This isn’t our best. It’s not who we are. I don’t always agree and am often upset with journalists but we are flashing warning lights now that we shouldn’t be flashing. The free press needs to be protected as well as their opinions. That’s why that Amendment was First.” — former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
Journo makes pee tape jokes with White House spokespeople
“Disappointing to me whenever I try to make pee tape jokes with white house spokespeople that they never seem amused at my incredibly funny quips smh.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast.
Kurt Bardella tells Trump how shit really is in D.C.
“Working for someone ‘respectable’ doesn’t in turn make you respectable … DC is littered with the bodies who worked for respectable people who turned out to be unethical pieces of shit.” — Kurt Bardella, publicist, former spokesman for Breitbart News.
Bardella was responding to Trump… who wrote: “Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion – a Hoax!”
Sam Stein is absolutely appalled by Trump officials
“I still can’t get over the fact that top Trump officials were told that their no tolerance immigration policy would cause severe psychological damage to young children and they went forward anyway.” — Sam Stein, The Daily Beast.
Rev. Al Sharpton to Trump: “You smarter than that.”
“Stop talking about things that you don’t know about. Some advice to Trump, refrain from talking and start checking the facts. …check your facts. …You smarter than that. …A fish wouldn’t get caught if it’s mouth wasnt open, the only person who can really make you look silly is you. Morning thoughts after pre dawn workout 8/1/18 #3 #RevAlsMorningThoughts.”
See Sharpton’s snazzy headband in his Instagram video here.
MSNBC national security analyst says Trump is ‘losing it’
“I’ve been reluctant to attribute Trump’s escalation to some knowledge that something is coming, since you can argue that being unhinged is his natural resting state….but he really seems to be losing it the past few days.” — Matthew Miller.
CNN’s Jim Acosta ‘is really classy’
“Late to it because I took twitter off my phone but i stood next to @Acosta last night for a lot of the Trump rally in Tampa and it’s remarkable how a lot of people in maga hats want to yell at him but even more of them want his autograph.” — Evan McMorris-Santoro, VICE News correspondent.
He added, “Jim is really classy when dealing with both groups btw.”
“I’ve worked in some dangerous places as a journalist but happily I’ve never had a mob screaming obscenities in my face. Props to @Acosta for keeping his cool.” — Sulome Anderson, foreign correspondent.
And another point of view…
“@CNN is straight up lying to you if any of its people ever say they don’t want to be the story. Jim @Acosta is chief example. He loves the attention. Period. Everything is about them.” — Curtis Houck, managing editor, NewsBusters.
Deep Thoughts With David Martosko
“So the takeaway is that the White House won’t discourage the president’s crowds from shouting down reporters and yelling that their networks suck during live broadcasts. Good to know. There’s a First Amendment tension between speech and press, and ultimately one side must lose.” — Martosko, U.S. political editor, Daily Mail.
BuzzFeed reporter reports on the Acela’s wifi prowess
“It pains me, though it does not surprise me, to report that the internet on the Acela works much better than the the internet on the Northeast Regional.” — Joe Bernstein, reporter, BuzzFeed News.
Media whore Avenatti unleashes another arrogant rant
“The more conspiracy theorists attack me, the more confident I become. It shows they see me as a significant threat to Mr. Trump and his continuation in office. They should, because I am. #Basta #FightClub.” — Michael Avenatti, lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels.
America in a portrait
John Aravosis is a digital strategist and editor at AMERICAblog.
Daisy Duke has seriously let herself go to hell. pic.twitter.com/ed6sO1Q36m
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) August 1, 2018
NYP’s Page Six: Hope Hicks is on the move, meets with balding “powerbroker” in Manhattan. Looks like Rob Porter is still safe — the post described the meeting as “pally.” Here.
Variety: The final episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” with Anthony Bourdain comes this fall. Here.
Daily Mail: Don Jr. shows off a “fuller figure” in a preppie pink shirt while girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle takes things up a notch in leather pants. Here.