Wednesday's HOT MIC

Here is today's HOT MIC.

This is cute...

The article that follows proclaims that Smith is "the Fox News star who's not afraid to take on Trump."

Two notable things here. First, since Smith is a liberal, he's portrayed as being one of the only real "journalists" at FNC. To say Shep does pure reporting every day would stretch even the grandest imagination to its breaking point. But, hey, MSM has gotta MSM.

The second thing is that Smith's two decade presence at FNC really shreds the cliche liberal view of the network. True, it's mostly right-leaning conservative opinion, but it is also the network that has had Smith and Geraldo Rivera on the payroll for a very long time. Add to that the fact that FNC's liberal contributors are actual liberals and there is quite a contrast between it and CNN and MSNBC.

FNC's main rivals tend to hire conservative or Republican contributors only if they are willing to bash other conservatives and Republicans.

Juan Williams isn't bashing Democrats on "The Five".

It's a lie that FNC is a 24/7 conservative propaganda machine as long as Shep is there in the middle of every day. MSNBC may point to Joe Scarborough as proof of its political diversity, but just how Republican has he seemed lately?

True, the cable news model is just generally awful and has probably done more to ruin political discourse than even social media. There is, however, more diversity of political opinion in one day on Fox News than you'll find on MSNBC and CNN in a week.

Well, this is interesting.

Tablet's Lee Smith suspects that the erroneous date on the Trump Jr. email someone from the House Intel Committee shared with CNN last week was part of a government sting to find out who the leaker(s) on the committee is/are.

SEE ALSO: Trump Jr. Asks House Intel Committee to Investigate Leaks from His Dec. 6 Interview



Any ideas of what Concha might be talking about?


Alabama Today:

The Tea Party-aligned Republican, who has served in Congress since January 2011, announced his diagnosis in an emotional speech on the floor of the House Wednesday morning.

Brooks said he will have surgery on Friday and will have to miss several important House votes next week that were rescheduled after his surgery was on the books.

Brooks also added that losing the Senate primary in August may have saved his life. He was running against eventual nominee Roy Moore, but came in third to Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who both went on to a run-off. Brooks said had won, he would not have been able to schedule his physical, which ultimately led to his diagnosis.

“God does work in mysterious ways,” he said.

Indeed He does. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

Mark your calendars, folks -- this looks like a must-see.

Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, The 15:17 To Paris features the real-life heroes actually playing themselves.

Via Deadline Hollywood:

On August 21, 2015, Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone thwarted a terrorist attack on a Thalys train bound for Paris from Brussels. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

The film will be opening on February 9 in the United States and February 7 in France.