Bernie Sanders Goes There: ‘We Have a President of the United States Who is a Racist’


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During a speech honoring Martin Luther King Jr., possible 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called President Donald Trump a racist. Sanders was speaking at a King Day town hall held in Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, SC. In plain words, the Independent Senator said “today we talk about justice and today we talk about racism. And I must tell you, it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist.” This echoes similar statements Sanders made in November of 2018 during a speech to the National Action Network, a nonprofit group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton. Then, Sanders said  “But we must be honest and straight-forward and say that we have a president who is a racist, a president who is a sexist. A president who is a homophobe. A president who is a xenophobe Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Goes There: ‘We Have a President of the United States Who is a Racist’"

Here’s How Fox News Accidentally Killed Off Ruth Bader Ginsburg With an Ill-Fated Graphic


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The hosts of Fox & Friends quickly apologized for an errant graphics package that appeared on Monday morning’s program which prematurely memorialized the life (and death) of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. It was an accident,” Steve Doocy said. Ainsley Earhardt followed with “We apologize, big mistake.” Mistakes made on live television have existed since broadcast technology was invented, but the digital age has not been terribly kind to television broadcasters as these sorts of gaffes are immediately captured and memorialized by websites like ours. Such is the case with this example, which has led to the inevitable question of how does a mistake of this magnitude even get made in the first place? First of all, nearly every newsroom in America likely has an obituary pre-written for Justice Ginsburg, who is recovering from Continue reading "Here’s How Fox News Accidentally Killed Off Ruth Bader Ginsburg With an Ill-Fated Graphic"

CNN Anchors Challenge Rep. Omar on Claim Lindsey Graham is ‘Compromised’: ‘Based on What Evidence?’


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Newly sworn-in Rep. Ilhan Omar raised eyebrows on Wednesday when she tweeted a 2015 video of Senator Lindsey Graham calling out then-candidate Donald Trump, calling him a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” and adding “they got to him, he is compromised!” While it is true that Lindsey Graham’s public opinion of the Commander in Chief has shifted dramatically, it’s not entirely clear what Omar meant to say about Graham. But right-0f-center media immediately saw Omar’s tweet as an irresponsible outing of the confirmed bachelor, and not unfairly. Take, for example, the lede of FoxNews.com’s write up:

A hard-left Democrat from Minnesota is facing backlash and accusations of homophobia after repeating baseless allegations pushed by MSNBC and liberal activists that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is somehow being blackmailed into supporting President Trump.

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Here’s How Fox & Friends Covered Giuliani’s ‘I Never Said There Was No Collusion’ Bombshell


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During a Wednesday evening interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani offered a jaw-dropping clarification over alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia interference in the 2016 general election. “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign,” Giuliani said, before falsely claiming he had always said there was no collusion between the President and Russia. Except he had. And so has President Trump. Repeatedly. So the cable news morning news programs jumped all over this Thursday morning. MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN’s New Day led with this stunning development. So how did Fox News’ Fox & Friends cover this significant development in the biggest news story of the last two years? They didn’t. They completely ignored it. Which is strange since, over the past year and a half, the claim “there’s no evidence of collusion” has been persistently repeated Continue reading "Here’s How Fox & Friends Covered Giuliani’s ‘I Never Said There Was No Collusion’ Bombshell"

Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Hits Trump After US Troops Killed in Syria Bombing: ‘Clearly’ ISIS is Not Dead


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Brian Kilmeade is quickly becoming the policy iconoclast on Fox News opinion-based programming. While nearly all of Fox News conservative-based opinion shows are consistently pro-Trump, Kilmeade occasionally stands out in the crowd with reasonable criticism on some of President Donald Trump’s policies (though this is far and away the exception to the rule.) Fox & Friends hosted a studio audience on Thursday’s show and took questions about various topics of the day. One such guest asked about the situation in Syria and Trumps’ “pulling the troops out.” The guest continued “we’re afraid that’s going to create a vacuum where ISIS could rear its ugly head again,” before asking guest Pete Hegseth to opine. Hegseth, who has served multiple tours in the U.S. military, claimed that “we have got to keep crushing ISIS and the folks that wish us harm” before parroting President Donald Trump’s position that the U.S. Continue reading "Fox’s Brian Kilmeade Hits Trump After US Troops Killed in Syria Bombing: ‘Clearly’ ISIS is Not Dead"

Joe Lockhart: ‘Rudy Giuliani’s Number One Job is to Confuse People’


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Former White Press Secretary Joe Lockhart appears to believe that Rudy Giuliani is doing a bang-up job. At least in the manner that he defines the former New York mayor’s current job description. After a jaw-dropping interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday night in which the personal lawyer to President Donald Trump proclaimed that he “never said that there was no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia AND proclaimed that sharing internal Trump campaign polling data with Russian oligarchs tied to Russian intelligence operations that interfered in the 2016 general election, Lockhart redefined Giuliani’s job in a way that actually makes sense. “Rudy Giuliani’s number one job is to confuse people,” Lockhart said. Mission accomplished! Giuliani and President Trump have claimed that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interference operations numerous times. So Giuliani now saying that he never made that claim,  is in fact Continue reading "Joe Lockhart: ‘Rudy Giuliani’s Number One Job is to Confuse People’"

Former ICE Director Thomas Homan to Fox & Friends: Nancy Pelosi is ‘Disgusting’


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Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning and discussed to hosts (and live studio audience!) the many sides of immigration policy, border wall and the current record government shutdown which has entered its 27th day. The Fox & Friends co-hosts and the in-studio audience had established themselves as blaming the shutdown on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi instead of President Donald Trump (who has publicly owned the current shutdown in a televised Oval Office meeting with Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer.) Host Steve Doocy asked Homan what to make of Pelosi’s recent letter to President Trump suggesting a later date for his State of the Union speech until after the government shutdown, citing inadequate security detail due to furloughed federal employees. Doocy asked, “What say to Nancy Pelosi?” Homan replied simply “She’s disgusting.” This elicited a big laugh and round of Continue reading "Former ICE Director Thomas Homan to Fox & Friends: Nancy Pelosi is ‘Disgusting’"

Joe Scarborough: Rudy Giuliani Just Told America That Trump’s Campaign Colluded With Russia


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Morning Show host Joe Scarborough believes that the Russian Collusion jig is up. Based on the jaw-dropping interview Rudy Giuliani gave to CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday night, in which the personal attorney to President Donald Trump proclaimed, among other things, that “he never said there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia.” Narrator: He had. Giuliani’s comment runs counter to both his and President Trump’s previous statements, raising the nation’s eyebrows about the very noteworthy position shift. Or as Scarborough claimed, “Rudy Giuliani just told America and the world that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia full stop.” Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

Sen. Mark Warner Calls for Bill Barr to Withdraw: ‘Disqualified Himself’ with Unsolicited Mueller Memos


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Senator Mark Warner appeared on MSNBC’s I Wednesday morning and called for William Barr to withdraw his nomination for Attorney General. While most seem to believe that Barr will ultimately be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, many see the Democratic side of the aisle aiming to ding Barr’s reputation regarding the looming report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. During confirmation hearings Tuesday, Barr differed sharply from President Donald Trump’s “witch hunt” claim and supported former AG Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself. He did leave open to interpretation how he may release Mueller report findings, to which Warner to take issue. The Virginia Senator said, “I think Mr. Barr, unfortunately, in a sense disqualified himself when he sent these unsolicited memos that seemed to say hey look at I’m against the Mueller investigation.” Barr had penned memos providing his insight on the Mueller investigation which is at issue and Continue reading "Sen. Mark Warner Calls for Bill Barr to Withdraw: ‘Disqualified Himself’ with Unsolicited Mueller Memos"

Maggie Haberman: Jared Kushner Is Effectively Running the White House


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NY Times reporter and CNN contributor Maggie Haberman appeared on New Day Wednesday morning and explained comments she had previously made that Jared Kushner is effectively the White House Cheif of Staff. Haberman is a well-source and respected White House reporter and so her insight into the “palace intrigue” surrounding President Donald Trump, his Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and the president’s son-in-law Kushner is notable. Host John Berman teed Haberman up by asking his guest “over the last two days I understand you have heard from sources as to whom they think is running the White House as the de facto chief of staff. Who is that?” Haberman replied simply “that would be one relative, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.” She then clarified “What you will hear from people around Jared Kushner is ‘that’s silly, he’s got his own discrete pieces of work,’ and those things are  Continue reading "Maggie Haberman: Jared Kushner Is Effectively Running the White House"

CNN’s Josh Campbell: ‘American People Have Been Shell Shocked By Lies from This Administration’


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CNN’s Josh Campbell is a former FBI investigator turned cable news commentator and frequent critic of President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on the Department of Justice and in law enforcement institution for which he formally worked. During Wednesday’s New Day, he provided insight into the recent Attorney General confirmation hearing and how it relates to the Russian Collusion probe. William Barr’s handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation report as potential Attorney General has become major cable news fodder since confirmation hearings began Tuesday. While most believe he will easily get confirmed, there is concern that he may include a layer of opacity between Mueller’s findings and what the public will learn through a potentially edited Barr report. Campbell offered “The issue is transparency and what is going to be made public.”  He then added “the American people have been shellshocked by lies from this administration. Every single day big and small Continue reading "CNN’s Josh Campbell: ‘American People Have Been Shell Shocked By Lies from This Administration’"

Trump Touts Benefits of Wall Technology: ’77 Major or Significant Walls Built Around the World’


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US President Donald Trump winks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2019 As a record government shut down enters its 26th day over border wall funding, President Donald Trump sought to remind his Twitter followers that, in his opinion, “Walls” are an effective security measure and cited 77 major or significant Walls built around the world.” Trump tweeted: Trump later added: A cursory Continue reading "Trump Touts Benefits of Wall Technology: ’77 Major or Significant Walls Built Around the World’"

David Webb Piles On CNN Analyst for ‘White Privilege’ Gaffe: She Threw ‘Her Team Under the Bus’


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Conservative radio host David Webb appeare on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning to discuss his recent interview with CNN contributor Areva Martin on his conservative Sirius radio show. That interview as newsworthy as Martin erroneously called out Webb’s “white privilege” unaware that the right-of-center radio host and Fox News contributor is a black man. This mistaken identity politics ploy quickly went viral as many on saw it as an example of irresponsibly using race to make political points. Or that was the subtext of the conversation on conservative morning show Fox & Friends. After Webb described his background and the back and forth with Martin, co-host Ainsley Earhardt appeared to express empathy for Martin’s mistake and noted her apology. Webb didn’t seem impressed especially since he called out Martin’s apology. “Well, she apologized. You know, you’re caught. What do you do? So she apologized.” He then adds “But in that apology, she Continue reading "David Webb Piles On CNN Analyst for ‘White Privilege’ Gaffe: She Threw ‘Her Team Under the Bus’"

Former Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Asks Why We Don’t Hold Trump to Same Standard as Steve King


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Amidst the bipartisan rebuke of Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) racist comments revealed in a New York Times, for which he just lost all his committee assignments, Trump-critic and former GOP Rep. Mark Sanford wondered on CNN Tuesday why Republicans don’t also rebuke President Trump. Host Alisyn Camerota jumped right in with the question when the interview began, asking Sanford directly, “Should Congressman Steve King resign?” “Not my call to make, but effectively, given what the House did last night, his resignation has already taken place,” said Sanford, who himself resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2009 after his own scandal when he was governor of South Carolina before becoming a member of Congress. “Committee assignments are where the real work gets done in Congress. That’s where any individual member has real leverage in the political process. With that taken away, effectively his legs have been Continue reading "Former Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Asks Why We Don’t Hold Trump to Same Standard as Steve King"

Fox & Friends Explains Reported Concealing of Putin Meeting Notes: Trump ‘Simply Didn’t Like Leaks’


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Fox & Friends covered two bombshell reports that were published over the weekend and predictably painted in the most favorable light of “media bias” against President Donald Trump. The NY Times reported Friday details of how the FBI was so alarmed by the Trump’s behavior, particularly after firing former FBI Director James Comey, they launched a counter-intelligence investigation into whether Trump was either somehow compromised by the Russians or working with Vladimir Putin at a risk to national security. The Washinton Post published a report on Saturday that detailed how careful President Trump has been in concealing notes from his many personal meetings with Putin, suggesting of course that he may be trying to hide something. Trump and Putin met privately for two hours in Helsinki last year, the specifics of that discussion are still unknown. Fox & Friends has a well-earned reputation for promoting the most favorable analysis and Continue reading "Fox & Friends Explains Reported Concealing of Putin Meeting Notes: Trump ‘Simply Didn’t Like Leaks’"

HBO Releases Game of Thrones Final Season Trailer and Announce Premiere Date


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Mark April 14th on your calendars if you are a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones as that’s when the final season of the epic magic reality show begins to air. HBO announced the date and released an almost two-minute trailer that features characters Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow who appear to be confronted by once and former leaders of Westeros. Fans of the show will notice Jon Snow drawing Longclaw and Arya drawing Needle which is everything viewers have waited for all these years. Season 8 will be the final season of Game of Thrones and will include eight episodes to conclude the series.

Trump Hits Back at ‘Corrupt’ FBI Investigation Bombshell: ‘No Reason’ and ‘No Proof’


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President Donald Trump is pushing back on Friday’s bombshell New York Times report that the FBI opened an investigation into whether or not Trump may be working for the Russians in the days after he fired former FBI Director James Comey. Notably, Trump is not taking aim here at the reporting of the NY Times reporting but instead undermining the institution that oversaw the investigation, or more to the point, the “corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons. Continue reading "Trump Hits Back at ‘Corrupt’ FBI Investigation Bombshell: ‘No Reason’ and ‘No Proof’"

Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Hears Trump Will ‘Take Anything in the Twos’ For Border Wall Funding


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Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy broke some news on Friday morning when he revealed that, according to his sources, President Donald Trump’s request for more than $5 billion dollars to fund a border wall is only a high-bar negotiation tactic, and that he “will take anything in the twos.” As the historically long U.S. government shutdown enters its third week over the Trump administration’s insistence that U.S. Congress fund the border wall, the political stalemate as led to real-world consequences and complaints from non-essential government employees like FBI, TSA and Border Patrol agents. But according to Doocy, Trump would take any Democratic congressional offer that was two billion or higher. Given Fox & Friends very cozy relationship with the White House, and that Deputy Communications Director Bill Shine oversaw Fox News programming as recently as a year and a half ago, it is completely reasonable to Continue reading "Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Hears Trump Will ‘Take Anything in the Twos’ For Border Wall Funding"

CNN’s New Day Mocks Using Disaster Relief to Fund Wall: ‘Who’s Going to Pay for the Wall? Hurricane Victims!’


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CNN’s New Day shared reporting that the Trump administration is looking into border wall funding from unused disaster relief funds that Congress approved for victims of national disasters in Puerto Rico, Florida, and California. Hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota then mocked President Donald Trump’s famous campaign call and response to his “build that wall” base in which then-candidate Trump would ask “who’s going to pay for that wall?” Of course, his loyal supporters would yell in response, “Mexico!” In this instance, Berman asked the same question, to which Camerota replied “hurricane victims!” Federal disaster relief money for people who insist on rebuilding homes in fragile hurricane paths is an issue for another post, but its an odd flex for Trump to take money explicitly designed to help victims in one area to build a wall that doesn’t have a political consensus. It would be rather stunning Continue reading "CNN’s New Day Mocks Using Disaster Relief to Fund Wall: ‘Who’s Going to Pay for the Wall? Hurricane Victims!’"

Joe Scarborough: Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are Co-Conspirators in Trump ‘Horror Show’


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In the plainest of terms, Joe Scarborough believes that the Trump administration is a “horror show” and believes that establishment Republicans in Congress like Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Kevin McCarthy are “co-conspirators.” In a Friday morning harangue that shifted his typical animus focused on President Donald Trump, Scarborough opened Morning Joe by going off on GOP congress who, in his esteem, are “complicit by their action or, more importantly, by their silence.” “The party of Lincoln and the party of Reagan, they’re suffering through a massive moral collapse,” he said, adding “It is sad and it is dangerous for this country and I believe it is the beginning of the end of my old party.” Senator Graham caught the largest serving of Scarborough bile due to his complete transformation from a presidential candidate who warned the nation about Trump to one of his leading apologists/toadies. The context of Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are Co-Conspirators in Trump ‘Horror Show’"