Brian Williams Very Politely Calls Out Mark Halperin’s Trump Boosterism (VIDEO)

FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, Mark Halperin, center, political analyst and Editor-at-Large for "Time" magazine, is shown during at National Media Symposium in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center fo... FILE - In this April 19, 2010 file photo, Mark Halperin, center, political analyst and Editor-at-Large for "Time" magazine, is shown during at National Media Symposium in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center for Education & Outreach, in Oklahoma City. MSNBC suspended political analyst Halperin for an off-color remark about President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" Thursday, June 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, file) MORE LESS
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MSNBC’s Brian Williams questioned Mark Halperin Thursday night on his “interestingly optimistic” take on Donald Trump’s chances, asking where he was getting information that led him to believe the GOP nominee had such a viable shot at the presidency.

Williams told the Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor, who critics say has taken a disproportionately pro-Trump outlook on the election, that he had been a reliable mainstream media ally of Trump’s.

“Mark Halperin, to you, I say this with charity in my heart as an every evening and weekly viewer,” Williams began. “When Donald Trump complains that he is not getting favorable coverage in the MSM, he has not been listening to you this cycle.”

“I think you’ve gone out of your way to find the path, argue for the path, forge the path for him, in an argumentative way with your co-host, to the nomination,” Williams continued. “Tonight I thought you were interestingly optimistic. Where are you getting the path of positivity you laid out on your broadcast tonight?”

Halperin, who appeared taken aback by Williams’ analysis of his own analyses, answered simply that it was “not a question of optimism.”

“It’s based on looking at the data and looking what’s going on in the battleground states,” Halperin said, before launching into a list of prerequisites necessary for Trump to take the lead.

“If there is a bit more of a national surge, and if it turns out his ceiling is higher than the Clinton folks think, if it turns out she doesn’t have the hold on the coalition of the ascendant that Barack Obama had, I think it’s possible he could find his way to 270,” he said.

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  1. I’m not sure how the biology or logistics worked out, but people say Mark Halperin’s children are all the spitting image of Donnie…

  2. Halperin has consistently been stressed to mask his political leanings!

  3. Avatar for cpease cpease says:

    He was more charitable than I would have been. When I see or hear Halperin, Lewindoski or Boris I mute or change channels. The only BSer that fascinates me is Kellyanne. That woman could lie her way out of a war zone and while it’s repulsive it’s like the accident you have to see.

  4. “Halperin, who appeared taken aback by Williams’ analysis of his own analyses, answered simply that it was ‘not a question of optimism’…”

    Of course not.

    It’s a question of being a shill.

    Sucking up to the right.

    And rolling over on his back to expose his belly to alpha-dog Trump.

    (ETA: Where is the real Brian Williams, and what have they done with him?)

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