Thursday's HOT MIC

Here is today's HOT MIC.

This just in folks:

NBC News on Thursday afternoon corrected an explosive story it had reported earlier in the day that said federal authorities had wiretapped Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.

The correction was announced on MSNBC during "Meet the Press Daily" by the story's lead reporter, Tom Winter. He said US officials had told him that it "was not a wiretap" but instead a "pen register," meaning that Cohen's calls were not being listened to.

"In plain English, that means it was a log of phone calls that were made from specific phone line -- from a specific phone line or specific phone lines," Winter said.

No, in plain English, it means NBC was peddling FAKE NEWS!

It is to laugh!

In an interview with the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff this afternoon, Rudy Giuliani said he doesn't believe that gob-smacking NBC News report alleging that federal authorities wiretapped the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.

“Us lawyers have talked about it, we don’t believe it’s true,” Giuliani told The Beast. “We think it’s going to turn out to be untrue because it would be totally illegal. You can’t wiretap a lawyer, you certainly can’t wiretap his client who’s not involved in the investigation. No one has suggested that Trump was involved in that investigation. So they’re going to wiretap the lawyer, his client, and his client the president of the United States? I don’t think so, not if they want to stay out of jail. Disclosing a wiretap is a federal felony. I never took ‘em home when I was a U.S. attorney.”

Nothing surprises me about the deep state these days, but wiretapping the president's attorney seems like unprecedented dirty pool to me.



The Verge:

Twitter is urging all of its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. While Twitter’s investigation showed that there was no evidence that any breach or misuse of the unmasked passwords occurred, the company is recommending that users go and change their Twitter passwords out of an “abundance of caution,” both on the site itself and anywhere else they may have used that password, which includes third-party apps like Twitterrific and Tweetdeck.

Just to be safe.

Hey, we found our scruple!

They may have been quick with Cosby, but it's been over 40 years since Polanski became a fugitive escaping punishment stemming from charges for molesting a 14-year-old girl. Since then, the Academy not only didn't disavow him, but nominated him for two Oscars, one of which he won.

Let's just say that "better late than never" doesn't have as much "oomph" in light of the above.