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Friday's HOT MIC

Here is your HOT MIC for the day.

Some thoughts about the currently manufactured outrage.

First, the original sourcing of the story was two anonymous sources who weren't present at the meeting but had been briefed. The Weekly World News wouldn't go with that sourcing.

Second, as Deb notes below, Dick Durbin is not known for being a reliable or non-partisan source. Jake Tapper did some actual reporting on this.

Read the whole thread, but Tapper is directly contradicting Durbin.

But if Durbin really thinks "shithole" is the worst thing ever said in the Oval Office, Durbin is either completely mendacious or completely ignorant of, eg, both Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. And disingenuously unaware of what adult men say in conversations.

Third, no matter what Trump actually said, Haiti really is a shithole.

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.