Economist and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein made a Sunday night appearance on CNN, where he made it clear that he really hated all the jabs thrown at Donald Trump over the president’s absence from the White House Correspondents Dinner. Stein previously defended Trump’s decision not to attend the event, saying it would’ve just been another sparring match between the president and the press corps. Today, Stein told Ana Cabrera that he felt like vomiting as he watched The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj make “villainous” quips about how Trump is the “liar-in-chief.” Stein argued that since Trump continues to feed off of coverage from the “fake news” media, the press “should be laughing at themselves, not laughing at him.” Cabrera noted that the news media faced mockery as well last night, but Stein argued that the press continues to be “vicious” in their coverage, and Continue reading "The Media ‘Should Be Laughing at Themselves’: Ben Stein Blasts ‘Vicious’ Trump Slams at WHCD"
During his interview about the escalating situation with North Korea, President Donald Trump seemed to offer positive thoughts about Kim Jong-Un when he described the rogue leader as a “pretty smart cookie.” Trump had a wide-ranging interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, during which, he dismissed the notion of Russia’s 2016 election interference again, and he also took a moment to slam John Dickerson right on the spot. Trump was asked to discuss North Korea’s recent weapons tests, which eventually caused Dickerson to ask the president what he thinks about the hermit kingdom’s despotic leader. Trump answered by referring to how Kim took his father’s place at a relatively early age, and how Kim consolidated his power by killing family members and various generals who threatened his supremacy. “People are saying ‘Is he sane?’ I have no idea…but he was a young man of 26 or Continue reading "Trump: Kim Jong-Un is ‘a Pretty Smart Cookie’ For Maintaining Power in North Korea"
A new report is stating that White House national security adviser Sebastian Gorka is about to take on a new role outside of the Donald Trump administration. Washington Examiner heard from multiple sources who told them that Gorka will accept a position dealing with the “war of ideas” involved in counterterrorism and radical Islamic extremism. Gorka frequently appears as a media surrogate for the White House, and his anti-terrorism work has been part of his involvement with the internal executive organization, Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG). Washington Examiner was told that Gorka’s role in SIG was “always meant to be temporary,” but his departure is already prompting questions about the status of his security clearance. Gorka is one of several former Breitbart employees who were brought on board to be part of the Trump administration. Former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon was recently removed from his position on the National Security Council, Continue reading "Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Reportedly Taking On New Role Outside of White House"
Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance at Samantha Bee‘s Not the White House Correspondents Dinner today, where he brought back his famed impersonation of George W. Bush. “How do you like me now?” Ferrell said to an applauding audience. “Bush” went on to talk about how his administration could’ve dealt with media scrutiny a lot better if only he called the press “fake news” on a regular basis. He also touched on Fox News’ recent troubles before poking fun at Trump some more and showing off a portrait in the works of the current Commander-in-Chief:
“As you can see, I exhausted my palette of yellows and oranges. It’s clear that he has an unnatural color to him, it’s a strange hue, it’s not really orange or yellow. I have a new name for that color, they should just call it Mar-a-Lago.”Watch above, via TBS. [Image via Continue reading "Will Ferrell’s Bush Crashes Sam Bee’s Not-the-WHCD Event: ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’"
TBS’s Samantha Bee pulled no punches on Saturday night when she held the “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” as a satirical alternative to the real deal. “There are hundreds of journalists from the ‘failing’ New York Times to the failing ‘pile of garbage’ Buzzfeed, plus the failing what the f*ck is ProPublica,” Bee said in her opening remarks. “It sounds Mexican. I will go to Mexico and get them to pay for all your drinks.” Bee dedicated her monologue to talking about the societal value of the free media. Though the Full Frontal host ripped the press for being more attracted to spectacle than substance, Bee offered them praise for their ongoing work in spite of the current climate of anger and mistrust towards reporters.
“Much as I might love poking fun at the media, and as much as you kind of deserve it, I know Continue reading "‘Tonight is For You’: Samantha Bee Salutes the Press at the Not the White House Correspondents Dinner"
CBS previewed an interview President Donald Trump gave to Face the Nation, where John Dickerson asked him about North Korea’s defiance and continued threats against the United States. The rogue nation held a new ballistic missile test last night after weeks of an escalating standoff with America. This test comes shortly after Trump told reporters that a “major, major conflict” over North Korea’s nuclear activity was a possibility. Dickerson started off with these developments, asking Trump “is the pressure not working.” Trump responded that he “will not be happy” if North Korea continues with their weapon testing, and he declined to rule out the possibility of taking military action against them. From CBS:
“Well, I didn’t say, ‘Don’t test a missile,. [Kim Jon Un]’s going to have to do what he has to do. But he understands we’re not going to be very happy. And Continue reading "‘Pressure Not Working?’: CBS’ Dickerson Asks Trump About North Korea’s Missile Tests"
President Donald Trump began his rally tonight in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by ripping and mocking the media for continuing the White House Correspondents Dinner despite his absence. Trump told the crowd he “could not possibly more thrilled” to be away from the “Washington swamp” while celebrities and media personalities were “consoling each other in a hotel ballroom.” Trump eventually addressed the media directly, pointing at the cameras and saying “they would actually rather be here” than in Washington. After Trump let the audience ride with chants of “CNN sucks,” he went along and bashed the network and MSNBC as “fake news” yet again. “They would love to be with us here tonight,” Trump said, “but they’re trapped at the dinner which will be very, very boring.” Trump went on to bash the media throughout the rest of rally, hitting Hillary Clinton, the New York Times, and all Continue reading "Trump Scorches ‘Fake News’ Media, ‘Very, Very Boring’ WH Correspondents Dinner"