Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author

President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate who wrote the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times Wednesday. The only public information about the author is that he or she is a “senior official” in the White House. “We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump cryptically explained to reporters. “I don’t want him in those meetings,” Trump added in regards to if the author has high-level security clearance. Trump also said he was considering taking legal action against the Times for an endangerment of “national security,” calling publishing the op-ed a “disgrace.” He also said that The New York Times‘ stock dipped slightly after Trump spoke out against the article’s publication. Trump said as much Wednesday as Continue reading "Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author"

Brian Ross Returns to Television With George Papadopoulos Scoop

Brian Ross, until earlier this year chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, returned to TV Friday with an exclusive on Law & Crime, Mediaite’s sister entity, about indicted former Trump aide George Papadopoulos. It was announced in August that Ross was joining Law & Crime as chief investigative reporter, along with Rhonda Schwartz, the former chief of investigative projects at ABC News, who joined as executive investigative producer. He hosted the trial network from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, and his upcoming show, Brian Ross Investigates, will debut in the coming weeks. On Friday, Ross told Mediaite and Law & Crime founder Dan Abrams that he attended Papadopoulos’s wedding at a court in Cook County, Chicago, IL and showed the exclusive, somewhat bizarre video from the event. “At dinner they said, ‘By the way, we’re getting married tomorrow. Would you like to come?'” Ross Continue reading "Brian Ross Returns to Television With George Papadopoulos Scoop"

Trump Hails Greg Gianforte, Who Bodyslammed a Reporter: ‘He’s a Fighter!’

Today in President Donald Trump‘s world of crazy, a ringing endorsement of a dude who assaulted a member of the press. Cue shock here. At a rally in Billings, Montana Thursday night, Trump did his usual rounds of lauding the members of his party whom he’s given his blessing, and that included Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT). Thing is, Gianforte bodyslammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs last year, and was charged with assault. “I’ll tell you what, this man has fought in more ways than one for your sake,” Trump said of Gianforte last night to the people of Montana. “He is a fighter and a winner.” “Everybody has to get out and vote for Greg,” he added. In the wake of the bodyslamming incident, Gianforte apologized for his conduct and ostensibly donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists as part of a settlement agreement. “My physical response to Continue reading "Trump Hails Greg Gianforte, Who Bodyslammed a Reporter: ‘He’s a Fighter!’"

Melania Trump Rails Against ‘Cowardly Actions’ of NY Times Op-Ed Author: ‘You Are Sabotaging’ the Country

Melania Trump, often quiet when it comes to controversial political topics, spoke out about the recent op-ed by an anonymous Trump White House official published by The New York Times. CNN’s Kate Bennett asked FLOTUS how she felt about the op-ed, which is making headlines nationally, and she was hardly complimentary of its author. “Freedom of speech is an important pillar of our nation’s founding principles and a free press is important to our democracy,” the First Lady said, breaking with her husband in her reaffirmation, rather than criticism, of one of our country’s most defining and necessary characteristics. However, she lamented that the author of the op-ed would not stand by their words if they leveled such grievous accusations against the president. “If a person Continue reading "Melania Trump Rails Against ‘Cowardly Actions’ of NY Times Op-Ed Author: ‘You Are Sabotaging’ the Country"

Associated Press Removes Article Claiming Death of Greek Director Based on Fake Tweet: ‘Gavras is Alive’

Even The Associated Press isn’t immune to news hoaxes. The news wire withdrew a story claiming that Greek film director Costa Gavras was dead. The news proliferated after a tweet apparently by known Italian news hoaxer Tommaso De Benedetti claimed to have news of his passing and the Greek Culture Ministry ostensibly fell for the trick. Meanwhile, according to Poynter, the Greek culture minister hadn’t even tweeted about Gavras, and that Twitter account was also a fake. “The story was based on what was believed to be a tweet from the Greek Culture Ministry,” AP admitted. “The ministry says it came from a fake Twitter account. Gavras is alive and spoke on Greek state television Thursday.” Continue reading "Associated Press Removes Article Claiming Death of Greek Director Based on Fake Tweet: ‘Gavras is Alive’"

Mike Pence Breaks From Trump On Jeff Sessions: ‘I Hold Him in the Highest Regard’

Sometimes it appears as if the President and the Vice President don’t speak. Vice President Mike Pence told CNN Wednesday that he holds Attorney General Jeff Sessions in “the highest regard.” Pence’s comment runs completely counter to President Donald Trump‘s repeated criticisms of Sessions, telling him to shut down the Mueller probe and calling it a “rigged witch hunt.” Sessions, for his part, recused himself from the investigation due to his part as an ally to President Trump during the 2016 election and his communication with the Russians. But the comment is more directly related to new reporting from veteran journalist Bob Woodward which claims that Trump called Sessions “ Continue reading "Mike Pence Breaks From Trump On Jeff Sessions: ‘I Hold Him in the Highest Regard’"

Trevor Noah Torches Kaepernick Haters For Torching Their Nike Gear: Burning Shoe Vids Are ‘Almost Like an Ad’

The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah poked fun at conservatives who are burning their Nikes after the sneaker empire chose protesting quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of their new “Just Do It” campaign. The poster featuring Kaepernick – which reads “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” – had Fox News pundits and their ilk furious at Nike. According to Noah, they have been burning their sneaks and ripping off logos on their clothes in protest. “Wow, people are so angry they’re burning their own shoes,” Noah opined. “You realize Nike already has your money, right? You’re only hurting yourself. Like I would love to see how they would protest Home Depot. ‘ALL THE WALLS IN MY HOUSE MUST GO!!'” “And also, I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know about you, but those flaming Nikes just make me want to pay even more,” he continued. “It’s Continue reading "Trevor Noah Torches Kaepernick Haters For Torching Their Nike Gear: Burning Shoe Vids Are ‘Almost Like an Ad’"