Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt Parrots Trump’s False Claim That He Can’t Fix Child Separation

On Fox & Friends on Tuesday, co-host Ainsley Earhardt took an administration line on the child separation at the southern border, repeating as fact the assertion that the ball is in Congress’ court, not the administration’s. “Congress has to do something about this,” she said. “It’s really not up to an administration.” Earhardt is uncritically repeating President Donald Trump, who said last week: “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.” This is the line being repeated across all administration outlets, but is simply not correct. The reason so many children are being separated from parents right now is attributable directly to the administration implementing a “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting as criminal all who attempt to enter the country illegally. That means holding and charging as criminal all “attempted” crossings as well as actual crossings. Continue reading "Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt Parrots Trump’s False Claim That He Can’t Fix Child Separation"

CNN’s John Berman Manipulatively Rephrases Kellyanne Conway to Make Her Point Worse

The top topic of the week is the separation of children from their parents by our government as a direct result of specific Trump administration policy. It is an extremely unpopular policy that is under fire from nearly every direction, and easily criticized without resorting to sarcastic, fake questions designed to put words in someone’s mouth. But that didn’t stop John Berman. On Monday evening, Kellyanne Conway and Chris Cuomo duked it out in a disastrous interview that went totally off the rails. On CNN’s New Day on Tuesday morning, Berman replayed the clip before summarizing Conway’s, and therefore Donald Trump’s position on the issue in Berman’s own words. “Kellyanne Conway was on with Chris Cuomo last night,” he began, “and she’s saying it’s not about these parents being separated from these children at the border, it’s about the crime that is committed, at times, by undocumented immigrants in the Continue reading "CNN’s John Berman Manipulatively Rephrases Kellyanne Conway to Make Her Point Worse"

Kurtz Challenges Rob Reiner for Calling Fox ‘State-Run’: Presume You Know Fox Has Thriving News Division

Hollywood producer and director Rob Reiner recently called Fox News “state-run media” and put the cable network in the same group as Infowars. On Sunday, Howard Kurtz asked Reiner if he was including the news division in that characterization and the Hollywood big shot made some exceptions. On Morning Joe earlier this month, Rob Reiner was discussing his new film about the Iraq War, and complained that the media was not critical enough of George W. Bush, and too critical of Bill Clinton. During that appearance, he said that Donald Trump is supported by “essentially state-run media, you know, with Fox and Breitbart and Sinclair and Alex Jones.” On MediaBuzz, Kurtz brought this up and said to Reiner. “I presume you know that Fox has a thriving news division with Chris Wallace and Bret Baier and Shepard Smith and a whole bunch of reporters,” he said. “So Continue reading "Kurtz Challenges Rob Reiner for Calling Fox ‘State-Run’: Presume You Know Fox Has Thriving News Division"

CNN’s Brian Karem Doubles Down on WH Briefing Outburst: I’m Sorry I Held My Temper So Long

On Reliable Sources Sunday, CNN contributor Brian Karem — who also serves as a White House correspondent for Playboy Magazine and Executive Editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel — was offered the chance to apologize for his outburst during a press briefing last week where he demanded to know if Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had any empathy for parents being separated from children at the border. Karem did apologize — but not to Sanders. After replying the briefing clip, host Brian Stelter asked Karem, “Do you regret losing your cool?” “I have an apology to make,” said Karem. “I apologize to every human being who has had to suffer, who have less — who has less than I do. And I did not come to the table sooner. I’m sorry to those people for waiting so long and holding my temper.” After the briefing fight, several people on Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Karem Doubles Down on WH Briefing Outburst: I’m Sorry I Held My Temper So Long"

Rudy Giuliani: Trump Will Not Issue Any Pardons in Mueller Investigation

On State of the Union on Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked Trump attorney and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani whether President Trump would pardon Paul Manafort, who was sent to jail after his bail was revoked on pending charges. Tapper asked Giuiliani directly about it. “If Manfort is convicted, will President Trump pardon him?” Giuliani responded equally directly, and covered more ground than just Manafort. “The President is not going to issue any pardons in this investigation, he said. He did, however, point out that once the investigation is complete and all charges have been settled, the President still has the power to take action. “When it’s over? Hey, he’s the President of the United States,” said Giuliani. “He retains his pardon power.” The former New York City Mayor told Tapper that pardons, as well as firings, would “just cloud what is becoming a very clear picture of Continue reading "Rudy Giuliani: Trump Will Not Issue Any Pardons in Mueller Investigation"

Steve Bannon: Donald Trump Doesn’t Lie, and Never Has ‘To My Knowledge’

President Donald Trump doesn’t lie and hasn’t lied to the American people, said former White House Chief Strategist and Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon Sunday on This Week. Guest host Jon Karl played clips of the President promising never to lie before saying to Bannon point blank that this was a campaign promise the President “obviously broke. He has not always told the truth.” “I don’t know that,” replied Bannon. “From what I’ve seen, he has.” Karl asked him again, “you think the President has never lied?” “Not to my knowledge, no,” Bannon said again. Then he joked “except when he called me ‘Sloppy Steve.'” After some back and forth, Karl repeated again, “he says things that aren’t true all the time.’ “I don’t believe that,” said Bannon. “I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects to people in this country.” Bannon Continue reading "Steve Bannon: Donald Trump Doesn’t Lie, and Never Has ‘To My Knowledge’"

Ted Cruz Whoops Jimmy Kimmel at ‘Blobfish Basketball Classic’, Says Kids Are the Real Winners

After all the trash talk and hype, the so-called “Blobfish Basketball Classic” has ended with Sen. Ted Cruz emerging victorious, winning over TV host Jimmy Kimmel 11 to 9. But the real winners are these kids, says Sen Cruz. Jimmy Kimmel agrees. The game, called the Blobfish Basketball Classic because of the tweet that started it all, was played Saturday night at Texas Southern University’s Arena in Houston, Texas. There was a lot of build-up, and the two men agreed to raise money through the event for the charities of their choice. The two charities are both focused on children. Senator Cruz played for Continue reading "Ted Cruz Whoops Jimmy Kimmel at ‘Blobfish Basketball Classic’, Says Kids Are the Real Winners"