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At the top of her 10:00 a.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Monday, anchor Hallie Jackson worried that President Trump’s upcoming nomination of a Supreme Court justice would provide “kind of a lifeline for Donald Trump, given other news his administration may not want to talk so much about, like the Russia investigation.”
Minutes later, citing analysis from NBC’s daily political newsletter First Read, Jackson warned: “The idea that, yes, this is a major headline for President Trump, it’s also kind of a lifeline. Because there are other major stories that the president sure doesn’t want to be talking about, that he doesn’t have to talk about because of the Supreme Court pick.”
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She then listed all the negative news stories the liberal media would rather be focused on:
Everything from the debacle happening in North Korea, the Putin summit coming up, the trade war that is hurting farmers, many of whom voted for him, migrant kids still separated from their parents, the Special Counsel showdown. The president, in a way, is almost getting rescued by this pick tonight.
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Associated Press Political Reporter Lisa Lerer noted that the prime time announcement was “being debuted like the premiere of The Apprentice” and observed: “I mean, if there’s anything that we know this president understands, it’s how to make a media splash.” She scolded: “And he is doing this to the fullest possible extent, in part, to wipe those thousands of kids still separated from their parents off the front pages.”
Lerer assured viewers that the press would be back to hammering the administration soon enough: “I think it’s unclear whether he’ll be successful. He may be successful for a couple days, but you know, this is going to go on for weeks.”
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At that point, Jackson did acknowledge that a Supreme Court nomination was actually a...
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