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Friday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

CHARLES HURT: Behold, the anatomy of a “fake news” smear.

The latest drive-by character assassination of White House adviser Stephen Miller began, as it so often does, in a fact-free live TV orgy of public posturing by a journalist eager to display his virgin-snow virtue when it comes to unalloyed hatred of President Donald Trump.

This time it was CNN anchor Jake (Mr. Trump calls him “Fake”) Tapper, who invited Mr. Miller on his Sunday show to respond to Mr. Tapper’s complex conspiracy theory about how the president is somehow unfit or too mentally unstable to occupy the White House.

Obviously, Fake Tapper missed the report on Twitter that actually Mr. Trump is a “very stable genius.”

Anyhoo, Mr. Miller had no intention of playing any of Fake Tapper’s reindeer games. Instead, he wanted to talk about the unrelenting unfairness of CNN and its coverage of Mr. Trump.

When Mr. Miller refused to engage in Mr. Tapper’s conspiracy fantasy, the anchor changed his mind and decided he no longer wanted Mr. Miller on his show.

“I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewer’s time,” he petulantly whined before cutting off Mr. Miller’s mic.

I lost faith in Tapper nearly eight years ago.

You might remember a story from June of 2010, during the "Free Gaza" campaign to send "supply" ships past an Israeli blockade to prevent weapons from reaching Hamas terrorists there. One such ship, the Mavi Marmara, was chartered by an purported charity organization in Turkey. Israeli commandos boarded to inspect the cargo, were attacked by what ABC News described as "passengers," and several people were killed and many more were injured, including a few Israeli soldiers.

One of those killed was 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, who held dual Turkish-American citizenship. He was born in New York state, but moved to Turkey at the age of two, and apparently never even visited the US again.

Jake Tapper took this opportunity to grandstand on This Week with his guest, Senator John Cornyn, demanding to know how the US should react after "a US ally kills a US citizen."

The transcript has disappeared from ABCNews.com, but I still have the partial quote saved in my notes for a segment I did on this back then for PJTV. My response to Tapper then was: "When a former American ally [Turkey] is making the first of several broadcast moves to reestablish hegemony over the near east, our very first concern should be, 'Did the Israelis first check the passports of all the men who were attacking them, just in case one of them might have lived in the US when he was two years old'."

But, hey, Jake -- don't let the realities on the ground (or on board the ship) stop you from making hay against Israel or a Republican Senator.

Sheesh. This happened eight years ago and Tapper still has me irritated like a fresh rash.

I suppose it would be easier for me to let go if Tapper would stop with the grandstanding -- but I think we both know that's not going to happen.

So this happened:

More from Mediaite:

Stunning footage has surfaced of MSNBC’s Chris Matthewsthat appears to show him asking for a “Bill Cosby pill” before interviewing Hillary Clinton.

The footage, unearthed by The Cut, shows Matthews preparing to interview Clinton during the presidential campaign in late 2016.

“Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” he innocently jokes, before diving in. “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?”

The footage ends with Matthews looking pleased with the witticism he unleashed on his staff.

Cosby, you may remember, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women.

Hey kids, it's time to play another round of "What If?!?"

What if any host at Fox News had said this?

Yeah, that's mostly rhetorical.

And I think we can all agree that Kurt Schlichter wins Friday.

Twitter when it is serious and good:


The Daily Star:

The VSS Unity spaceplane passed a fresh glide test – hitting 670mph – from an altitude of around 50,000ft.

It means Virgin owner Richard Branson can press ahead with plans for flights into space by April.

Amended life goals:

1: Hit the lottery.

2: Take a Virgin Galactic trip into space.

3: By a condo on a golf course that has a patio that's perfect for breakfast cocktails.