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?’"

Former Trump Lawyer Ty Cobb: Robert Mueller is an ‘American Hero’; Investigation is Not a Hoax


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Ty Cobb served as the White House attorney for roughly nine months of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and in a recent interview with ABC News Podcast The Investigation revealed his great respect for Mr. Mueller and refuted President Donald Trump’s claims that his investigation is a “witch hunt.” When asked if he has the same opinion of Mr. Mueller as does the Commander in Chief, Cobb said “I don’t feel the same way about Mueller,” adding “I don’t feel the investigation is a witch hunt.” He also vouched for the character of Muller, calling him “an American hero.” “I think Bob Mueller’s an American hero,” Cobb said, adding “even though he came from an, arguably, privileged background, he has a backbone of steel. He walked into a firefight in Vietnam to pull out one of his injured colleagues and was appropriately honored for that. I’ve Continue reading "Former Trump Lawyer Ty Cobb: Robert Mueller is an ‘American Hero’; Investigation is Not a Hoax"

Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt: The Mueller Investigation Has ‘So Far Proven No Collusion’


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In light of a massive Congressional request for documents to 81 individuals that are either current or former members of both the Trump administration and Trump campaign, Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt claimed that, so far, the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as “proven no collusion” between Russian election interference and the Trump campaign. Fox & Friends is reportedly the favorite program of President Donald Trump because the hosts, guests, and segments aired are almost exclusively in support — or some the parroting of — rhetoric that benefits the White House. And a recent jaw-dropping article in The New Yorker alleges in stunning detail just how coordinated Fox News opinion programming and the White House communications team are often in line. After playing a clip of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) discussing the significant investigation in the name of Congressional oversight, Ms. Earhardt said “so…Mueller investigation has proven no collusion Continue reading "Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt: The Mueller Investigation Has ‘So Far Proven No Collusion’"

Kevin Corke Spreads Fox News’ Pro-Trump Misinformation By Falsely Reporting Collusion ‘Without Evidence’


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Fox News White House reporter Kevin Corke falsely claimed Monday morning that, during an appearance on CBS Face the Nation, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) cited no evidence of collusion in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. This small but insidious bit of misinformation is a terrific example of the symbiotic relationship between the Trump administration and Fox News, which Jane Mayer illustrates so well in her jaw-dropping report in this week’s The New Yorker, as well as a damning indictment on the lack of journalistic integrity. During a rather pedestrian hit on what Fox News considers to be a news program, the White House reporter followed the parroting of a tweet put out by President Donald Trump, and spoke of Schiff’s appearance in the context of “Democrats are on the offensive.” Corke explained that the president’s political foes are taking “a Continue reading "Kevin Corke Spreads Fox News’ Pro-Trump Misinformation By Falsely Reporting Collusion ‘Without Evidence’"

Trump Reportedly Ranks All Fox News Anchors For Loyalty: Steve Doocy is a 12 out of 10


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The New Yorker just published a very thorough report by Jane Mayer that takes a detailed look at the remarkably cozy and symbiotic relationship that President Donald Trump enjoys with his favorite cable news outlet Fox News. One such detail in the report: how the Commander in Chief privately ranks Fox News talent on their loyalty to him on a scale of 1 to 10.

The Making of the Fox News White House”, bearing the dek, “Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?” which reveals the critical angle Mayer takes in her article. Much of what has reported covers very familiar territory for Mediaite readers, but the investigation develops a compelling narrative that is sure to get some pushback from defenders of Fox News. (It’s also worth noting that the standard New Yorker demographic may not be as fluent with cable news drama as Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Ranks All Fox News Anchors For Loyalty: Steve Doocy is a 12 out of 10"

Joe Scarborough Explains Why More Bad News is Making Trump’s Approval Ratings Rise


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Morning Joe addressed the news of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows President Donald Trump with 46% approval ratings, which is the highest approval rating for any poll, not including Rassmussen polling results which are historically higher for Republicans than other polling outlets. While Trump scored best among Republicans with 88% approval. 60% of both rural residents and whites without college degrees as well as 54% of men and whites, though the results of voters saying they are likely to vote for Trump in 2020 still hovered at 41%. Co-host Mika Brzezinski compared these numbers to the previous president, noting that “these numbers are worse than what Barack Obama faced at this point in the 2012 cycle when he led his hypothetical opponent by five points,” but noted it’s 8 points better than the 38% approval rating Bill Clinton saw at the same time in his first term. Continue reading "Joe Scarborough Explains Why More Bad News is Making Trump’s Approval Ratings Rise"

Andrew McCabe Explains Trump Memos: ‘We Wrote Down Things When We Spoke With People We Didn’t Trust’


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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe explained on Tuesday the proliferation of memos produced by FBI officials that have become an important part of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. During an appearance on The View, McCabe continued the promotional tour of his new tell-all and score-settling tome Threat that has driven the news cycle since it was teased Thursday morning of last week. In this very special episode of McCabeapalooza, the former Justice Department official (who was dismissed after an Inspector General alleged his “lack of candor” over press links) was challenged by co-host Meghan McCain, who opened her critical line of questioning McCabe’s credibility. “I don’t believe you’re a reliable narrator,” McCain opened, before adding “And I’m not convinced this shot to just some kind of P.R. Campaign to stop yourself from getting indicted. You were fired at the recommendation of the FBI.”  Continue reading "Andrew McCabe Explains Trump Memos: ‘We Wrote Down Things When We Spoke With People We Didn’t Trust’"

Andrew McCabe Defends Lisa Page and Peter Strzok: ‘Good People Who Served This Country Well’


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Somewhere in a tony part of Long Island, Sean Hannity’s head has just exploded. Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sat down with Today’s  Savannah Guthrie, revealing a treasure trove of solid Mediaite headlines. In this very special Mediaite post, we look at McCabe’s full-throated defense of his former FBI colleagues Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. When asked if he ever witnessed “clear bias against the president” byPage and Strzok,  McCabe replied, “not once, not from Lisa Page, not from Pete Strzok, and not from anybody else on that team.” He then called them “good people who served this country well,” before adding “They made some poor decisions in their private lives and in terms of the communications they exchanged with each other, that’s brought incredible grief and scrutiny on the FBI. I’m sure they regret that, but good people make bad decisions every day.” For those who Continue reading "Andrew McCabe Defends Lisa Page and Peter Strzok: ‘Good People Who Served This Country Well’"

Andrew McCabe: Trump’s Public ‘Lies and Slander’ About My Family Have Been ‘Horrific’


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Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe sat down with Today’s Savannah Guthrie and expounded on a number of topics that have been in the news cycle as part o the promotional tour for his tell-all and score-settling book Threat. McCabe has received a metric ton of criticism from President Donald Trump and his media allies after he opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the Commander in Chief for fear that he may be somehow working on behalf of the Russian government and ostensibly putting US security at risk. Towards the end of a wide-ranging interview, Guthrie asked: “Let’s talk about the president, in some ways, it’s almost personal.” She then outlined the numerous ways that Trump has attacked McCabe before asking “what would you say to him right now if you had the opportunity?” McCabe first noted that he didn’t expect to get that opportunity before revealing “how horrific Continue reading "Andrew McCabe: Trump’s Public ‘Lies and Slander’ About My Family Have Been ‘Horrific’"

Bernie Sanders Mocks Media’s Obsession With ‘Billionaire’ Howard Schultz: ‘Oh Isn’t That Nice’


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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced on Tuesday his intentions to run for president in 2020 and a pre-taped interview with CBS Morning host John Dickerson ran shortly after the Sanders revealed his candidacy on Vermont Public Radio. Things got a bit testy when Dickerson brought up Howard Schultz, who is also exploring a run for highest office, saying that the former Starbucks CEO  has claimed that he “will not run as anything but an independent candidate.” Sanders identifies as an Independent though in 2016 he sought the nomination from the Democratic party, an received less than fulsome support from the Democratic party. Sanders appeared to recoil at the mention of Schultz’s name asking his interviewer “why are you quoting Howard Schultz?” before answering his own question “He’s a billionaire!” Sanders continued with “but because we have a corrupt system, anybody who is a billionaire and can throw ads Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Mocks Media’s Obsession With ‘Billionaire’ Howard Schultz: ‘Oh Isn’t That Nice’"

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run: ‘Time to Move the Revolution Forward’


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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running for president in 2020. Sanders announced his intentions during an interview on Vermont public radio, which CNN’s New Day quickly picked up and played for its viewers. The balance of the clip aired on CNN revealed Sanders spending most of his time hitting President Donald Trump in a remarkably harsh and critical manner. Sanders called him an “embarrassment to our country,” a “pathological liar,” and a “racist, xenophobe, homophobe.” One gets the sense after listening to the clip that Sanders does not hold President Trump in very high esteem. Sanders then mentioned the “second reason” he is running for the nation’s highest office in 2020 is that he “began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign and now, it’s time to move that revolution forward and make sure that that vision, those ideas are implemented into policy.” A rush transcript of his statement:
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Twitter Seems Angry With Reports That Aaron Sorkin Is Reviving The Newsroom: ‘Have We Not Suffered Enough?’


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Aaron Sorkin is enjoying such a lovely moment in his somewhat mercurial career, that reports are surfacing that he is considering bringing back the formerly canceled premium cable drama The Newsroom.  Actress Olivia Munn revealed last week to Entertainment Tonight’s Leanne Aguilera that conversations were afoot with Newsroom cast and showrunner Sorkin:
“Tom Sadoski and myself, we’ve actually been having conversations with Sorkin about that,” she tells ET of the actor who played her on-screen love interest, Don Keefer, on the show. “He’s very busy, but we have very high hopes that it would be able to come together, hopefully.”
ThHe Newsroom was an HBO drama that was set in the New York City studios of a fictionalized cable news outlet called Atlantis Cable News, or ACN. The show started Jeff Daniels as the irritably truth-telling cable news anchor, Sam Watterson as the oft be-bowtied executive, and various other Continue reading "Twitter Seems Angry With Reports That Aaron Sorkin Is Reviving The Newsroom: ‘Have We Not Suffered Enough?’"

Here’s that Giannis Antetokounmpo Bounced Pass Alley-Oop Dunk That Nearly Broke Twitter


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The NBA All-Star game is known for over-the-top offensive highlights (and zero defense), and Sunday night’s game between Team Giannis and Team LeBron was no exception. HOWEVER. The 2019 iteration of this annual celebration of deep-threes and run-out dunks featured an alley-oop so outrageous, that it nearly broke Twitter as a result. As one can see in the video above, the play started when the former University of Kansas player Joel Embiid stole a skip pass, hit a streaking Stephen Curry who then, impossibly, offered the bounce pass of all bounce passes that led Giannis Antetokounmpo to a high-rising dunk in which his head is roughly level with the ten-foot rim. The high-rising “Greek Freak” shows off his world-class athleticism in this highlight but the real star of the show? Curry’s impossible bounced pass alley-0op pass. Might be the first in recorded history? Shit’s crazy. And so thought many people on
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Charles Blow To Jussie Smollett: If You Faked this Crime, ‘We Need to Know Are You Crazy?’


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CNN contributor Charles Blow shared harsh words for actor Jussie Smollett over new allegations that he may have staged the alleged hate crime that he reported to TMZ last month. Blow often offers progressive opinions and frequent critic of both President Donald Trump and his base but in this instance, he came down harsh on the Empire actor. The New York Times columnist first shared his experience of his one meeting with Smollett, who he found to be “the sweetest…the most gracious person.” But then Blow called him out, saying “So if you did this, we need to know are you crazy? Did you literally lose it? Because nothing is adding up about why he would do this.” Watch above via CNN.

Rev Al Sharpton: Jussie Smollett Ought to ‘Face Accountability to the Maximum’ If He Perpetrated a Hoax


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Rev. Al Sharpton addressed news that the alleged assault against actor Jussie Smollett appears to not be how it was originally reported by TMZ last month. The star of the television program Empire has claimed that he was the victim of a hate crime that included attackers who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him all while wearing red hats saying MAGA. But over the weekend Chicago police revealed that not only has that story fallen apart, but strongly suggested that Smollett had engineered the attack as a hoax and the two attackers were two Nigerian brothers paid by the actor to stage the attack. When initial reports broke, Sharpton claimed “we should come with all that we can come within law enforcement to find out what happened and the guilty should suffer the maximum.” Now that the story appears to be very different, Sharpton “still maintain(s) that. Continue reading "Rev Al Sharpton: Jussie Smollett Ought to ‘Face Accountability to the Maximum’ If He Perpetrated a Hoax"

Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video


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President Donald Trump, a.k.a. the commander-in-chief, a.k.a. the leader of the free world, used his vast and powerful sphere of influence to share a video designed solely to mock his Democratic Congressional foes. Early Friday afternoon after, and shortly after a Rose Garden speech in which he declared a National Emergency at the southern US Border to release border wall funding (and oddly admitting that it was something that he didn’t need to do,) President Trump shared the following video produced by Twitter user @Carpedonktum. The video (which you can watch above) depicts dour reactions of Democratic Congressional members (and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)!) during his State of the Union speech and is set to the tune of Everybody Hurts, the R.E.M. single from Automatic for the People which was released Continue reading "Troller-in-Chief: Trump Mocks Democrats SOTU Reaction With ‘Everybody Hurts’ Video"