The Trump Administration is once again raising my blood pressure with its brazen disregard of the First Amendment and other ways I know I’m no longer on vacation

I had a lovely vacation. The family and I spent two weeks driving around Germany. We went to Berlin and Munich and Dresden among other places and we ate wursts and sauerkraut and drank beer and saw castles and drove on the Autobahn and didn’t worry about Donald Trump and his fuckery (very much). It was nice!

But all vacations and nice things must come to an end.

The Trump Administration gave the finger to the free press in a novel and Kafka-esque fashion way yesterday, announcing that the day’s press briefing was not only going to be off-camera, but that the press was not allowed to report that the press briefing was going to be off-camera.

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This is insane. This is insane and a subversion of norms and it is another dangerous assault on the First Amendment. And it wasn’t the only time this week this administration pulled this bullshit. Monday’s press briefing was also held off-camera, infuriating CNN’s Jim Acosta to the point of tweeting his socks in protest:

Acosta then accused the White House of being a bunch of fucking cowards:

But yesterday’s announcement took Monday’s off-camera press briefing and pushed things further, an attempt to muzzle the press on what facts they were actually able to report. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before the press is not allowed to report at all on what was actually said in the briefing, or — more likely — that the press briefings are cancelled altogether.

This White House does not want you to know what it is doing, which is exactly why we must demand to know. The Trump Administration has demonstrated time and time again that it does not want to be held accountable to the American people and that it will continue to tear at the First Amendment if we and the media do not insist that it obey the principles of the Constitution, right Jim?

In other infuriating Trump/media-related news, Tucker Carlson accused of CNN of not practicing journalism, which is REALLY FUCKING RICH COMING FROM A FOX NEWS PERSONALITY.

“When you’re so myopic on a particular person, in this case the president, why wouldn’t you cover him live to actually hear what he has to say?” Concha said. “Unless that unfiltered version of Trump doesn’t allow for commentary, punditry, or speculation around the latest ‘bombshell’ that came via unnamed sources.”

The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host then dropped the comment that is sure to bother anyone associated with CNN.

“It’s not really journalism what CNN is practicing anymore. It’s advocacy,” Carlson said. “And again, that’s okay. I think there’s a role for advocacy, but why does the channel continue to brand itself as a news outlet?”

Fuck that guy.

Speaking of guys that can fuck the fuck right off: Sean Hannity. In the past 24 hours or so, he’s called Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski “unhinged” and offered to pay for their therapyasked Megyn Kelly if she’s proud to be working alongside “conspiracy theorist” Rachel Maddow; which is particularly ironic because he brought the insane Seth Rich conspiracy back up again after promising that he wouldn’t discuss it anymore.

And as for Donald Trump himself, he gave an interview on Fox News this morning in which he claims that his witness-tampering tweet threatening James Comey with recordings of their conversations “wasn’t very stupid.”

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Nevermind he just debunked that completely insane and possibly illegal tweet with a tweet yesterday saying that he did not, in fact, have any tapes. So why did he tweet it in the first place? Obama, uh duh. (He also suggested that he’s still considering firing Mueller, that Mueller was “bothersome” and that we’ll have to “wait and see.” He’s just the best.)

Some things to make you feel a little better? Ryan Murphy is promising that American Crime Story: Versace is going to be a “bracing cold slap against the policies that the current government has,” and in this hilarious clip, some of RuPaul’s best drag queens give members of the GOP the drag names they so richly deserve.

In Other TV News

Playing House returns on USA tonight. This is a moving essay by creator and star Jessica St. Clair explaining her decision to incorporate her struggle with breast cancer into the show this season.

GLOW debuts on Netflix today! Here’s what you need to know about the series before you binge it this weekend. Meanwhile, the creator of the original GLOW is complaining that he’s been ignored and making vague threats.

Star Trek Discovery’s (and formerly The Walking Dead’s) Sonequa Martin-Green gives zero fucks about the racists who are mad that the new series is helmed by a black woman.

A former Bachelor (and Bachelor in Paradise) contestant tweeted a dumb racist thing about this season of The Bachelorette and Bachelorette Rachel WAS NOT HAVING IT. Rachel is far too good for this very stupid show.

Speaking of Bachelor in Paradise, it’s set to start filming again next week. It was going to debut on August 8, but that date will move back and the show is expected to address the shutdown, reportedly. Oh, and the season is going to be two hours shorter than originally planned which just added two hours to your friendly blogger’s life.

We now know when Fox’s fall season will begin.

Still Star-Crossed is getting the boot from Monday nights over on ABC and is heading to Saturdays, which is not all that surprising as ABC never seemed to have much confidence in the “Romeo and Juliet” series.

Making a Murderer‘s Brendan Dassey is one step closer to being released.

Amazon is set to rake in all of the money for 30-second NFL ads.

Wait, what?

In your OH HELL NO news of the day, Bill Cosby is planning to give a series of town halls on how to avoid being charged for committing sex crimes. For some reason, people are not happy about this. Can’t imagine why.

Renewals

Better Call Saul has been quietly renewed by AMC for a fourth season.

In Development

Casting News

R.I.P.

Gabe Presser, Newsman for over 60 years

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

GLOW: A new series about the very awesome Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in the 1980s. Series premiere. Netflix

Playing House: Season three premiere. 10 p.m., USA

Nobody Speak: The Trials of the Free Press: More timely than ever. Netflix

SATURDAY

Orphan Black: I don’t know, I’m just trying to put something in here. This Saturday is pretty empty in terms of programming.  9 p.m., BBC America

SUNDAY

Veep: Season finale. 9:30 p.m., HBO

Silicon Valley: Season finale. 9 p.m., HBO

Preacher: Season premiere. 9 p.m., AMC

Power: Season premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Keanu Reeves, Cat Deeley, Ali Kolbert Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Ashley Graham, Ryan Serhant

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