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Isikoff Says NBC News Hiding ‘ENTIRE’ Juanita Broaddrick Rape Interview

Sunday, October 16, 2016 14:17
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POLITICS
Oct 13

‘Surf & Turf’ with Tim Burger & Blain Rethmeier featuring Michael Isikoff

Invite only chat with Tim Burger, Blain Rethmeier, and Michael Isikoff

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Hi Michael. Thanks for kicking off our inaugural ‘Surf & Turf’ chat. First question: Surf or Turf? Be creative and be specific! But most important, be yourself!

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Turf– Porterhouse Steak, 22 ounces, to be devoured while watching the Nats tonite. Let’s get down to business!

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Now you made me hungry! Speaking of business, how fired up is your household about the Nats in post-season? And btw — welcome and thank you for being here in this CRAZY season!

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Totally fired up. We expect Maxie to be on his game tonite– and then its on to the Cubs! (and time for Bryce to step it up a notch.

Blain Rethmeier
Edelman

As an adult in the press corps, how would you grade the media coverage of the campaign? Does it seem like a race to the bottom and to jump to conclusions for not only the candidates but also the media?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

I think the press is doing its job, which is to vet the candidates. There is a legitimate question about whether we should have found some of these Trump women before, but on the other hand, he kind of opened the door with his debate comments

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

As you note, it’s now about “all the would-be President’s women.” You’ve always been one of the best journos seeing where the puck is going, what crazy thing will happen in the next debate? What human or other prop will Trump use?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

I’m wondering whether there will be another debate. Trump apparently just cancelled a Hannity appearance tonite. Don’t know what to make of it, but I wonder if he’s going to go into a Gotterdamerung bunker.

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Canceled on Hannity! Did he roll over and say I’m not coming on your show? So yeah, what are the chances The Donald will just blow off the next debate? Hard to imagine for many reasons but if there’s a time for a first this is it.

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Look– I’m not sure what the strategy is at this point. What does Kellyanne do on the Sunday shows if she goes on. Kind of tough for her to attack the women as not to be believed (and lets not forget the role her husband..

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

played in the Paula Jones case, see Uncovering Clinton

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Fair point. You were way ahead of the Clinton women in the 90’s … Did Trump’s impromptu press conference resurface any old memories?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Indeed it did. But just for the record, its amazing to watch how D’s who attacked those women are now embracing the Trump accusers, while the Rs who believed them attack them.

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

So hypocrisy is alive and slithering as always?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Also, amazing to me the distortions on both sides. Did you catch Krugman the other day suggesting the Clinton accusers were all about “infidelities” and therefore not serious?

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Ha, well Ms. Broaddrick would beg to differ, whatever you think of her credibility. I did notice one of The Donald’s accusers is 70 or so. Not his usual age range (ie his own).

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Tell us about the Kremlin’s role in this election. From Trump advisors’ connections to the DNC hack and Trump’s encouragement therof… You’ve had great scoops…

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Broaddrick told her story to NBC and the WashPost in 99. Both organizations closely vetted her story and chose to run it. Also, NBC has the full tape of the original Lisa Meyers interview. Folks have made much of the fact that her claim about…

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Yes, her affidavit, as I recall, was chilling.

Michael Isikoff
Yahoo News

the conversation she had with Hillary wasn’t in the interview that run. Broaddrick said it got cut out; Lisa Myers has since agreed Broaddrick said this then- and NBC chose to cut it out..So NBC ought to check its archive …

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

and run the full interview. (AS long as they’re now culling their archives!)

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

NBC was not covered in glory by its zigzag handling of Billy Bush.

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Any views on his treatment by the network?

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

I love how you are always dependably an equal opportunity investigator, though I know what it’s like to have both sides accuse one of bias.

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

No, they weren’t awkward, to say the least. The point is, you don’t let the lawyers make editorial decisions about what to run and when. You ask them for advice and then make the decision yourself.

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

I got accused by both sides all the time. Sort of goes with the territory, no?

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Being accused by both sides is where it’s at. We expect politicians to complain.

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Yep, but you’re a bear. Shifting gears … what are your intel sources saying about the Russian hack and this election? Are we to believe the press accounts?

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Here’s the URL again of one of Michael’s numerous stories about Russia and Trump, this one a particular scoop: https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-s-intel-officials-probe-ties-between-trump-adviser-and-kremlin-175046002.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma 

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Yes, pretty clear the Russians are behind this. Just look today at how Sputnik posted the latest Podesta emails before WikiLeaks did! That said, you have to wonder if the Russians have major second thoughts about helping Trump

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

LOL, picking the wrong horse, if the present trend continues…

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

My guess is the whole Trump thing has sort of blown up in their face.

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Should we stay tuned on Russia? Is there more reporting you’re doing?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

That said, there is amazing stuff in these Podesta emails. Did you catch the one where HRC says the Saudis– as a government! — are funding the Islamic State !

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Hey guys, got to run in a minute. But don’t we need to take time out to honor Dylan! Truly the most well-deserved Nobel of all time!

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Yes, that one was amazing. Is that deemed a leak, btw? But anyhow, what will she do about that if elected POTUS? That seems to be a pretty big thing to act on.

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Yes, congrats to the great American Troubador!

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Yes! Thank you Mike! And thank you Bob Dylan! We hope you can join us again soon.

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

We’ll let you go…. but how agree that Trump and Bannon are conspiring to eat Fox’s lunch and start their own “news” company to cater to the YUUUUGE Trump following? Btw, can the average Trump voter can afford Trump hotels and apartments?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Absolutely! You guys go your way– and Ill go mine (for now!)

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

And where are you having that porterhouse… home or out?

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

Delivered!

Blain Rethmeier Edelman

Ha! Go Nats! Thanks again Mike.

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

Beautiful. Thanks again, and we will be tangled up in (red white and) blue again soon!

Michael Isikoff Yahoo News

See..you…later!

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

–30–

Tim Burger VICE Contributor

While we are done for the day, we are adding congrats to @Isikoff for winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for his recent documentary, “Uniquely Nasty,” on the US Government’s persecution of gays. URL in next post:

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