NY Times’ Wajahat Ali Blasts Trump’s Promotion of ‘White Supremacist Conspiracy Theories’: ‘Trump is Racist’


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New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali appeared on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle Monday morning and lit into President Donald Trump, called him a racist and noted that Trump’s promotion of white supremacy conspiracies is a “feature, not a bug” that defines this administration. Host Stephanie Ruhle opened the interview segment by mentioning Trump’s weekend tweetstorm in which the commander in chief “mentioned nothing about New Zealand but he went on to defend television hosts who have pushed anti-Muslim rhetoric.” Ali, the author of Off-Broadway play The Domestic Crusaders, wondered “wouldn’t it be lovely for the rest of us if (Trump) had as much gusto and passion in attacking the White Supremacists —  the number one terrorists in the U.S.  — like he does against John McCain, the press, black people, immigrants, Obama, Mueller?” He then added, “If he did that maybe we’d be a Continue reading "NY Times’ Wajahat Ali Blasts Trump’s Promotion of ‘White Supremacist Conspiracy Theories’: ‘Trump is Racist’"

Joy Behar Rips Lindsey Graham’s Tepid Defense of John McCain: ‘He Needs to Find His Testicularity’


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Like many other opinion-centric infotainment programs, The View opened Monday’s show by lighting into President Donald Trump’s voluminous  Twitter output in which the commander-in-chief complained about an SNL re-run, directed Fox News programming decisions, spouted conspiracy theories and, notably for viewers of The View, blasted Senator John McCain. Each co-host took turns lamenting Trump’s Twitter behavior before Meghan McCain was given the turn to gracefully respond to what she deemed as evidence of just how “pathetic” Trump is for attacking her father. But it was Joy Behar’s dinging of Senator Lindsey Graham for what she deemed as his very tepid response to the memory of his Senatorial best buddy that earned this Mediaite headline. After Trump twice blasted the recently departed American war hero  — and former GOP presidential candidate — Graham tweeted out what many saw as a soft defense of his former congressional colleague. Graham tweeted:

Fox & Friends Calls Out Media: ‘Insane’ to Link New Zealand Shooter to Trump’s ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric


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Fox & Friends opened Monday’s show by focusing on the aftermath of the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand that took the lives of 50 worshipping Muslims by an unhinged individual who espoused white supremacy ideology and even cited President Donald Trump as something of a role model. But the aftermath on which Mr. Trump’s favorite program focused was not the toxic ideology behind the deathly attack. Instead, they focused on what they portrayed as very unfair media attacks on the Commander in Chief noting the grave injustice of comparing Trump’s “invasion” rhetoric with that of the assailant. The Fox & Friends hosts showed a montage of numerous news media personalities and analysts offering pretty thoughtful insight and asking reasonable questions about the current political mood. After which, co-host Jedediah Bila offered both-sides in defending Trump from any comparisons to the New Zealand shooter, saying “Regardless of political ideology, you cannot Continue reading "Fox & Friends Calls Out Media: ‘Insane’ to Link New Zealand Shooter to Trump’s ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric"

Morning Joe Slams Trump’s ‘Abhorrent’ Weekend Tweet Storm: ‘Wouldn’t Accept it from Our Children’


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The set of Morning Joe spent a good part of Monday morning’s show lamenting the curious weekend Twitter behavior by President Donald Trump, in particular, his continued attack of Senator John McCain who passed away just six months ago. President Trump twice attacked the legacy of McCain, the former war hero who notably voted down the killing of Obamacare (which was a campaign promise of Trump’s) and even took a  shot at his daughter Meghan McCain who had understandably defended her father. Trump also tweeted out various unproven conspiracy theories and strangely specific programming directions to Fox News. Joe Scarborough said “People that know him say this privately…George Conway said it publicly…this is not normal behavior. It’s abhorrent.” Mika Brzezinski added, “We wouldn’t accept it from our children.” Scarborough followed by noting that “it’s so incredible that the people who still blindly stand by Donald Trump Continue reading "Morning Joe Slams Trump’s ‘Abhorrent’ Weekend Tweet Storm: ‘Wouldn’t Accept it from Our Children’"

Australian Broadcaster Waleed Aly Provides Emotional Response to New Zealand Mosque Shooting


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Australian broadcaster Waleed Aly delivered emotional and measured words to viewers of Australian network Channel 10 Friday morning following the mass shooting that took at least 49 lives. A gunman attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand after posting a wild 79-page manifesto that revealed motivation of hate and white supremacy. Aly opened by saying that he’d much rather not be addressing viewers tuned into Channel 10’s The Project, but he felt compelled to share his point of view, which can be summed up with the sad words “I’m not shocked.” He then listed numerous mass shootings that have past similar occurrences including the shooting of Muslims at a Quebec mosque, the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, and a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Watch the moving four-minute clip below, courtesy of Channel 10. “You’ll have to forgive me, these won’t be my best words…” On this heartbreaking day, Continue reading "Australian Broadcaster Waleed Aly Provides Emotional Response to New Zealand Mosque Shooting"

Trump Deletes Tweet Promoting Breitbart Interview Derided for Suggesting Violence


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President Donald Trump, or more likely his social media team, have deleted a Thursday tweet that linked to Breitbart.com featuring an exclusive interview that had been widely criticized for the promotion of violence. In the Wednesday interview, Trump seemed to threaten that things will get “very bad” if his supporters in the military, police, and motorcycle clubs decide to start playing “tough.”  The now-deleted tweet was posted at 3:05 AM EDT, an early morning timestamp that suggests it was likely scheduled for publishing earlier in the day. Seeing as the tweet came after news of the mass shooting of Muslims worshiping at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque that resulted in the deaths of roughly 50 individuals, many commentators saw this particular response as inappropriate. A screen capped image of the tweet can be seen below.   Given the volume of Trump tweets, it is a relatively uncommon occasion Continue reading "Trump Deletes Tweet Promoting Breitbart Interview Derided for Suggesting Violence"

Candace Owens Responds to Outrage After Being Named By Christchurch Mosque Shooter: ‘LOL!’


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Candace Owens is facing widespread condemnation on Twitter for what many have seen as an insensitive tweet in reaction to the deadly shooting at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque that left nearly 50 Muslim worshipers dead and nearly the same injured. The shooter, identified as Brenton Tarrant, posted a 74-page manifesto oddly presented in a question and answer format that named Owens as the person most influential behind his radicalization, though many see his posting as a clear troll. In response to the question “Is there a particular person that radicalized you the most” Tarrant offered:
“Yes, the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens. Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are
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Don Lemon to Chris Cuomo It’s ‘Beneath the Dignity of this Network’ to Interview Kellyanne Conway


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Don Lemon does not believe that CNN should be giving airtime White House Special Counsel Kelleyanne Conway and said as much to his friend and colleague Chris Cuomo, who had just interviewed Conway in the previous hour. Cuomo and Lemon are clearly close and share a great mutual respect for one another, and parade their bromance nearly every evening in an extended toss that often can take a full segment of programming and features a thoughtful discussion about the news of the day. During Thursday’s toss, Lemon made plain his feelings for Cuomo’s frequent invitation of Conway on to his show. “For me it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things,” Lemon said, adding “having someone on like that is giving them a platform they have not earned.” Truth is that nothing sends a shiver down the spine of a Continue reading "Don Lemon to Chris Cuomo It’s ‘Beneath the Dignity of this Network’ to Interview Kellyanne Conway"

Mediaite’s Aidan McLaughlin on DNC’s Rejecting Fox News: Less a Break from Tradition, More a New Justification


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Mediaite Managing Editor Aidan McLaughlin appeared on Law & Crime network Thursday afternoon to discuss DNC chair Tom Perez‘s statement that the party will avoid Fox News network as host for a primary debate in the run-up to the 2020 general election. The DNC’s announced rejection of Fox News came after an in-depth New Yorker report that suggested the often right-of-center cable news channel had crossed over from being a news and opinion outlet to a propaganda arm for the White House. Perez even cited the author Jane Mayer’s piece as evidence behind the now much-debated decision. After airing a clip of Fox News anchor Chris Wallace calling out the DNC decision in a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade. saying that “they were just looking for an excuse” inciting the New Yorker article. McLaughlin agreed with Wallace, noting that the Democratic party primary has never been hosted by Fox News, adding Continue reading "Mediaite’s Aidan McLaughlin on DNC’s Rejecting Fox News: Less a Break from Tradition, More a New Justification"

Howie Kurtz: New Yorker’s Fox News Bombshell is Like Covering the NY Times by Only ‘Quoting the Editorial Page’


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Fox News media critic Howie Kurtz slammed The New Yorker’s lengthy expose on the network’s questionable relationship with President Donald Trump, saying he believes Jane Mayer’s piece “is deeply flawed.” “[The New Yorker story] would be like writing a whole piece saying the New York Times is an anti-Trump newspaper and mostly quoting from the editorial page,” Kurtz said while on America’s Newsroom this morning discussing the DNC’s decision to bar Fox News from moderating debates. “You take the Michael Cohen hearings, the Mueller probe, the hush money investigation — all of those have been covered pretty fully and fairly by the [the network’s news division].” “Opinion people are something else, but that’s the distinction I want to make and the magazine article didn’t make,” he added. DNC Chairman Tom Perez cited The New Yorker piece — which detailed Fox News’s intimate relationship with Continue reading "Howie Kurtz: New Yorker’s Fox News Bombshell is Like Covering the NY Times by Only ‘Quoting the Editorial Page’"

Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Says He Would Have Worked for Hillary Clinton If Asked


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ABC News has obtained audio of former White House Chief of staff John Kelly during a Wednesday appearance at Duke University in which he revealed that would have worked for Hillary Clinton if she had won the White House. During a Q&A session,  Kelly was asked about a scenario in which Trump’s former Democratic rival had won the presidency and asked him to serve in her administration. “If Hillary Clinton had called me, I would have done it,” Kelly said. Kelly was also asked what advice he would give his successor Mik Mulvaney, to which Kelly quipped “run for it” to audience laughs, though he became more serious when he said that his successor should just tell President Donald Trump “what he needs to hear.” ABC’s Celia Vargas reported on remarks Kelly made which also included some gentle jabs at former boss President Donald Trump including calling his tenure at the White Continue reading "Former Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Says He Would Have Worked for Hillary Clinton If Asked"

Federal Government Reportedly Tracked Journalists Covering Caravan Border Crisis Via Secret Database


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A local San Diego television station room is reporting that the Federal government has been tracking journalists and immigration advocates via a secret database.

San Diego’s NBC 7 Investigates obtained documents that show the U.S. government “created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan and in some cases, placed alerts on their passports.”

San Diego County is the home of the Ysidro Port of Entry which has been a flashpoint in the recent debate over illegal immigration which the Trump administration has called a crisis and led President Donald Trump to call a National Emergency to release federal funding for a wall that he campaigned on.

As the “caravan” of Central American migrants reached the San Diego area border entry point, it also brought many journalists to the area. Documents uncovered by NBC7′ investigative team indicate many of these journalists were included in a Continue reading "Federal Government Reportedly Tracked Journalists Covering Caravan Border Crisis Via Secret Database"

DNC is Making a Major Mistake In Rejecting Fox News as Primary Debate Host


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The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday its plans to reject Fox News as host for a Democratic Primary debate in the run-up to the 2020 General Election. DNC Chair Tom Perez cited Jane Mayer’s recent New Yorker report that raised legitimate questions as to whether or not Fox News plays the role of a pro-Trump administration propaganda arm as the reasoning behind this decision. There is no shortage of smart people who have lauded this decision. And there are reasons to support shunning a network that often appears to be in the tank for the Trump administration.  But it’s my belief that Democratic party is making an enormous mistake by passing over Fox News; a mistake so big that could very well end up costing them the general election. News of the DNC’s rejection was first reported by the Washington Post’s esteemed media reporter Paul Farhi, who quoted Perez’s reasoning Continue reading "DNC is Making a Major Mistake In Rejecting Fox News as Primary Debate Host"

Don’t Count Her Out? Hillary Clinton Reportedly ‘Surprised’ by How Definitively People Took 2020 Announcement


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Hillary Clinton made a number of headlines when she revealed to News 12 Reporter Tara Rosenblum that she had no intention to run for President in 2020. This was the second time that she had made such a claim on the record, but the first to do so on video, and as result, this news went viral and played a big part in Tuesday’s news cycle. But New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is reporting via Twitter that reports of the death of Hillary’s presidential ambitions may have been premature. In a two-part tweet, Haberman revealed that according to her source that is “close with Clinton,” the former Secretary of State had not completely ruled out a 2020 run. Haberman tweeted:

GOP Senator: Trump Paid Off Stormy Daniels While in Office Because ‘The President Loves his Family’


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Sen. Mike Rounds had a curious answer to why President Donald Trump allegedly signed off what has been widely reported as hush money payoffs to adult film star Stormy Daniels, while in office. During an appearance on CNN’s New Day, host John Berman asked the Republican Senator from South Dakota what to make of claims that Trump signed off on checks in the Oval Office, checks that appear to have exposed Mr. Trump to criminal allegations in the Michael Cohen investigation led by the Southern District of New York. Berman noted that Cohen has revealed specific dates that reimbursement checks for hush money payments occurred on the same day that President Trump met with Angela Merkel, and another day he hosted the senators to talk about tax cuts. “This is a jarring juxtaposition, he’s conducting business with porn stars as he’s conducting business,” Berman noted, asking “Are you concerned about this?” Continue reading "GOP Senator: Trump Paid Off Stormy Daniels While in Office Because ‘The President Loves his Family’"

North Korea Reportedly Rebuilding Rocket Launch Site Days After Trump Accepted Kim’s Promise to End Testing


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Multiple outlets are reporting that North Korea has started rebuilding a satellite rocket launchpad and engine test site Tongchang-ri, which North Korea refers to as a “space launch center.” This report comes just days after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cut short a highly anticipated summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. In a press conference that followed that failed summit, Trump proclaimed he believed Kim’s promise to continue to cease the rocket testing. Mika Brzezinski shared this report and included the potentially embarrassing press conference moment in which Trump admitted his trust in the North Korean leader saying “ Kim promised me last night, regardless, he won’t do testing of rockets and nuclear, not doing testing. So, you know, I trust him. I take him at his word. I hope that’s true.” As the Washington Post put plainly, this development Continue reading "North Korea Reportedly Rebuilding Rocket Launch Site Days After Trump Accepted Kim’s Promise to End Testing"

Michael Caputo Dismisses House Oversight Investigation: ‘Play for Headlines’ and ‘Set Up for Impeachment’


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Former Trump campaign Michael Caputo appeared on CNN New Day Wednesday and threw cold water on the recent oversight investigation led House Democrats who have demanded documents from 81 individuals connected to the Trump campaign and administration. In a spirited but civil conversation with host John Berman, Caputo continued to explain the role he played in the Trump campaign and insisted that a text exchange he shared with Roger Stone regarding (which Berman read aloud) was exculpatory evidence and explained that he and his attorney did not believe was within the parameters of requested documents, which is why he did not turn over. After noting that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that he had nothing to hide and would be helpful with the investigation, Berman suggested Caputo “So if you have nothing to hide” why shouldn’t he also be helpful? Caputo made clear that appearing before Congress Continue reading "Michael Caputo Dismisses House Oversight Investigation: ‘Play for Headlines’ and ‘Set Up for Impeachment’"

64% of American Voters Believe Trump Committed Crimes Before He Became President


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A Quinnipiac University National Poll was released on Tuesday and the results are not kind to President Donald Trump, finding that 64% of American voters believed that Mr. Trump had committed crimes before he became president. Of the Republicans polled, 48% believe that Trump did NOT do crimes before moving into the White House, compared to 33% that did. But wait, there’s more. U.S. voters are evenly split  45 – 43 percent on whether Trump has committed any crimes while in office. By comparison, a similar poll in 1998 found that a majority of U.S. voters found Bill Clinton had committed crimes while in office 58-43. Those polled also seem to believe that Michael Cohen is more credible between Donald Trump50 – 35 percent. adding “Cohen told the truth, 44 percent of voters say, while 36 percent say he did not tell the truth.” Morning Joe co-host Willie Continue reading "64% of American Voters Believe Trump Committed Crimes Before He Became President"

Fox News Can Thank Their Own Curious Programming Choices for Allegations of Propaganda


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Jane Mayer’s long-form report in this week’s New Yorker that exhaustively documents the symbiotic relationship between Fox News and the Trump White House has caused quite the stir in media circles, and deservedly so. There are countless breaking news nuggets littered throughout the piece — such as the allegation that President Donald Trump asked the White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn to kill the merger between AT&T and Time Warner as punishment for CNN’s harsh coverage. But much of her 11,000+ word piece is a collection of stories previously covered here on Mediaite. When assembled in one essay, however, it creates a broader narrative, one that is damning for the cable news network. What goes somewhat overlooked in the New Yorker piece, however, is how Fox News is very different today than it was just a few years ago. This is best exemplified by the relatively new cast of contributors viewers Continue reading "Fox News Can Thank Their Own Curious Programming Choices for Allegations of Propaganda"

Sean Hannity Mocks Bernie Sanders’ Crowd-Control Barrier: ‘Why’s the Fence Up Bernie?’


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Guys. Bernie Sanders used crowd-control barriers and Sean Hannity is ON IT! In a ‘Hannity Watch” segment which was introduced as an investigation into 2020 candidates, the top-rated Fox News primetime host noted how Sanders had the temerity to used crowd control barriers during a weekend campaign announcement event at Brooklyn College. Sanders, an Independent senator from Vermont, has been a vocal opponent to President Donald Trump’s evolving demands for a border wall, and in the eyes of Mr. Hannity, his campaign’s use of a crowd-control barrier or “fence” is a terrific example of Sanders’ hypocrisy. Hannity’s logic here is that, since a 2,000 mile long and 30-foot concrete wall that Trump initially pitched to his “build that wall” adoring supporters — which would ostensibly need non-stop maintenance and monitoring that would come as a great expense to the Federal government, is very similar to a crowd-restraining metal stanchion, Sanders Continue reading "Sean Hannity Mocks Bernie Sanders’ Crowd-Control Barrier: ‘Why’s the Fence Up Bernie?’"