Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty.

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on 8 counts, Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 tax and bank fraud charges.

“Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election,” Davis added. “If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”

Good question.

Guess how Fox is handling the convictions?

That War on Christmas is always a great distraction.


  1. Rich Woods says

    Better the War on Christmas than the War on [insert abstract noun and/or nation state here].

  2. mynax says

    The Tomi meme is apparently not true, and its image dates from last year. But I’m sure we’ll see how they hew to their Fair and Balanced promise in any case.

  3. rpjohnston says

    I hear they’re actually dragging some white woman’s corpse (killed by one of their boogeymen) through the street as a distraction.

  4. jrkrideau says

    I begin to understand why people who watch FoxNews know less than people who do not watch any news.

  5. whheydt says

    And in other news, Duncan Hunter (and his wife) R, CA50, have been charged on a 60 count indictment of misusing campaign funds.

    Perhaps that’s how to “Flip” the House. Put all the badly behaving Republicans in jail.

  6. walterw says

    The Tomi Lahren screenshot is fake. The reality is worse: The top story at Fox News is the arrest of an illegal immigrant in the death of that young Iowa woman. A story like that would be used for bad purposes in normal times, but when the president and his allies are trying distract from his legal and political problems… well, you can imagine.

  7. Ed Seedhouse says

    Did I plagiarize you or did you plagiarize me? From the twit machine by me:
    “Guilty, guilty,guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty,guilty, guilty.


    Guilty, guilty,guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty,guilty, guilty.
    2:51 PM – 21 Aug 20”

    That’s pacific coast time. I think I’ll go with “great minds think alike”.

  8. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re 2&6:
    yes, Tomi is clearly being used as a caricature, for satire, about how Fux News frequently highlights other “news” to distract from anything against their “buddy”.

  9. imback says

    @Ed Seedhouse, you’re both plagiarizing (paying tribute to I’m sure) Doonesbury during the Nixon years.

  10. Ed Seedhouse says

    “@Ed Seedhouse, you’re both plagiarizing (paying tribute to I’m sure) Doonesbury during the Nixon years.”

    I was there at the time and I certainly read the Doonesbury cartoon in question on the day it first appeared, and of course I remembered it before I made my twit, which I think is a yooooooge improvement.

  11. says

    I was barely born – okay, I was like 2 or something – so I didn’t read the Doonesbury cartoon at the time, but that cartoon also gave the name to that year’s annual collection, which one of my parents bought, so it was still around when I was 10 years old and looking for something to read. That was my first experience with Doonesbury, and a lot o f the jokes flew by because I wasn’t watching the news when I was two, y’know? But I remember it sooooo clearly.

    As for the quote – did you notice that there are exactly 16 “guilty”s for 16 guilty pleas/verdicts? (8 each for Manafort and Cohen)

    Sure, it’s echoing Doonesbury, but it was also tailored to the current situation.

  12. wzrd1 says

    Guilty of 8 out of 18 charges, with the potential for a retrial for the remaining 10 charges.

    In other, imponderable news, “My escape from Mayo”. 18 year old with aneurysm in the brain had to escape from a Mayo facility, which repeatedly and ineffectively sought guardianship of the young woman, as she and her parents wanted her to transfer to a different hospital system. Multiple ethical breaches on the part of Mayo seem to be present, enough to raise peers eyebrows to the ceiling. Assault also present, as a Mayo nursing assistant physically grabbed the young woman’s arm as she attempted to enter her parents vehicle, failing to stop her.

  13. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    I like how this nonsense apparently not only supersedes the Cohen story, but is worthy of a “Fox News Alert”, because that’s apparently breaking news? Anyway, even Fox News viewers can’t ignore this for longer than a few minutes, hours at best. Which might be enough time for the spin doctors there to come up with some strategy, mind…

  14. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Oops, should’ve read the rest of the comments first. Is this really a fake? That’s the problem with Fox News, they’re Poe’s Law in action, so…

  15. direlobo says

    Actually, the Fox News comment was: “LOCK HER UP”. No joke, Hannity spent 15 minutes (from what I read) ranting and raving about Clinton;s “crimes”.

  16. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    So, the big question is: how does anybody use this to set about dislodging Trump from the White House? He’s already in there, and possession is 11 points of the law

    Why the sudden interest in actual results?

  17. F.O. says

    @PZ your comment on the meme is misleading, it made me think it was actually what Fox said. Wouldn’t it be better to make it clear that it’s a meme?

  18. rrhain says

    I’ve got Officer Shrift going through my head.

    That’s a Phantom Tollbooth reference, for those who don’t know.

    Alas, the Republicans will also give Trump the shortest sentence they know: I am.

  19. Saad says

    FOX NEWS FIRST: Tibbetts slaying becomes immigration debate lightning rod; Trump in legal peril after Cohen deal?


  20. Akira MacKenzie says

    Considering that Festivus was entered the public consciousness in 1997, that would be a really neat trick?

    I suppose Obama was using Grover Cleveland’s Presidential Time Machine?

  21. Ed Seedhouse says

    @13: “did you notice that there are exactly 16 “guilty”s for 16 guilty pleas/verdicts?”

    Could that be the reason why both PZ’s headline and my twit both used the word “guilty” exactly 16 time do you think? The original Doonesbury cartoon, of course, used the word three times.

  22. says

    I kind of hope Trump pardons Cohen because it is an absolutely clear cut case of impeachment. Madison said as much about similar cases.

  23. jrkrideau says

    @ 5 whheydt

    Perhaps that’s how to “Flip” the House. Put all the badly behaving Republicans in jail.

    Might you not lose quorum?

  24. says

    @#20, Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y

    Why the sudden interest in actual results?

    I’ve always been more interested in actual results than empty rhetoric and political theater. (That’s why I refused to vote for Hillary Clinton — and will refuse to vote for anybody remotely like her — because if you look at her actual record of actions and votes she’s not merely a failure but actively evil; her record is not merely one of political sins of omission but of constant and deliberate votes and actions which would not be unexpected from Dick Cheney.)

    If the only result of all of this is that Democrats in Congress pat themselves on the back but continue to enable Republicans, then it’s just a waste of time and money. We can, metaphorically speaking, get all that at home.