Sean Hannity Likens Russia Probe To Birther Conspiracy

In an effort to discredit the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, Fox News host Sean Hannity compared the probe to conspiracy theories questioning where former President Barack Obama was born. 
“This has now become, like, Russia-Trump conspiracy ― birther conspiracies, you know? Sort of truthers,” Hannity said Monday on his show.
Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump and the chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice, agreed. 
“Right,” Sekulow said as he nodded, calling the investigation a “witch hunt” and a “false narrative.”

The birther conspiracy theory is rooted in racism and claims Obama wasn’t qualified to be president because he wasn’t born in the United States. Trump backed away from the so-called birther movement toward the end of Obama’s presidency, but he once led Continue reading "Sean Hannity Likens Russia Probe To Birther Conspiracy"

Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Was A Ratings Flop

The debate over whether NBC host Megyn Kelly should have given air time to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones garnered a lot more attention then her interview with him, one analysis found.
With just 3.5 million viewers, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” came in last place among the four major networks during the 7 p.m. time slot, according to Nielsen Media Research. Neilsen hasn’t released details of its insights, but several media outlets obtained early copies. 
Kelly’s new show, which premiered this month, was beat out by an ABC rerun of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” with 3.7 million viewers, a CBS rerun of “60 Minutes” with 5.3 million viewers, and Fox’s U.S. Golf Open Championship coverage with 6.1 million viewers.
In the crucial 18-49 Continue reading "Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Was A Ratings Flop"

Infowars Says ‘Deep State’ Sent Megyn Kelly To Take Down Alex Jones

The people behind the far-right, conspiracy theory website Infowars say they’re convinced NBC host Megyn Kelly conspired with government manipulators to take down Infowars creator Alex Jones during her controversial interview with him. 
“She’s gotten a bigger megaphone, she’s gotten a bigger sponsorship from the deep state, and she’s about to do her hatchet jobs, which I think are going to ultimately fail and we will continue to beat by reaching the people directly through the internet,” Infowars’ Washington bureau lead Jerome Corsi said on Jones’ show Monday.

The “deep state” (which Corsi mentions around the 12-minute mark in the video above) refers to one of Jones’ favorite conspiracy theories, that a body of people are secretly influencing and manipulating government policy. 
The baseless accusations add a new dimension to the outrage over Kelly giving airtime to Jones, who has claimed that the 9/11 attacks were an “inside Continue reading "Infowars Says ‘Deep State’ Sent Megyn Kelly To Take Down Alex Jones"

Reporter Punched By GOP Candidate Gives Fiery Defense Of Free Press

Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs delivered a fervent defense of the free press on Monday during the sentencing of Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman-elect from Montana who assaulted him last month. 
Jacobs delivered a statement to the court in which he recounted the violent encounter with Gianforte: After the reporter asked the politician about the cost of the Republican health care plan, Gianforte slammed Jacobs to the floor and punched him, injuring his elbow and breaking his glasses. 
Jacobs said he’s afraid that such careless violence is a reflection of our current political climate.  
“While I have no doubt that actions like these were an aberration for Congressman-elect Gianforte personally, I worry that, in the context of our political debate, they have become increasingly common,” he said in court. Continue reading "Reporter Punched By GOP Candidate Gives Fiery Defense Of Free Press"

Breitbart Fires Reporter Over Her Islamophobic Tweets Post-London Attack

Ultra-conservative news site Breitbart has fired one of its writers over her Islamophobic tweets following last week’s terror attack in London. 
Katie McHugh confirmed reports of her firing Monday morning on Twitter and linked to a fundraising page on the site WeSearchr, where she reiterated some of the comments made in her most inflammatory tweets and asked for $10,000 to help her with interim living costs and medical expenses.

“Breitbart News fired an editor for speaking frankly about Islam and Muslim immigration,” McHugh told WeSearchr, according to the fundraising page. “If there were no Muslims in London, there would be no Muslim terror attacks, period.
“I said Continue reading "Breitbart Fires Reporter Over Her Islamophobic Tweets Post-London Attack"

Sean Spicer Struggles To Provide Any Actual Information At Press Briefing

At the White House’s first press conference in nearly two weeks, press secretary Sean Spicer dodged nearly every question reporters asked him before abruptly ending the briefing.
Spicer spent around 11 minutes Tuesday on a preamble largely detailing President Donald Trump’s recent international trip. He left about 20 minutes for questions from reporters, who pressed him to elaborate on Trump’s recent tweets and last week’s reports that Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner had talked to Russia last year about the possibility of opening up a secret communication channel.
In response to questions about whether Trump knew of the alleged discussions, Spicer repeatedly insisted that reports citing anonymous sources did not merit discussion.
“I’m not going to get into what the president did or did not discuss, but what your question assumes Continue reading "Sean Spicer Struggles To Provide Any Actual Information At Press Briefing"

First Advertiser Pulls Ads From Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show, the automotive classifieds site, said Wednesday that it’s pulling its advertisements from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show.

“The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make out advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.”

Hannity has been in hot water for continuing to peddle a conspiracy theory linking the unsolved July slaying of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to WikiLeaks. Washington, D.C., police say they they suspect Rich was shot during a robbery attempt while walking in his neighborhood. There’s no evidence his slaying has anything Continue reading "First Advertiser Pulls Ads From Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show"