CNN’s Stelter Goes Off on ‘Friends of Trump’ at Fox News: ‘Talking Like Propagandists’

CNN’s Brian Stelter opened this morning talking about Fox News’ coverage of the Robert Mueller probe in the last week and how the anti-FBI rhetoric has been seriously ratcheted up. With the anti-Trump texts sent by FBI agents sent becoming a serious news item, reactions on Fox News have ranged from likening the FBI to the KGB and openly speculating about a “coup.” Stelter said there is an “assault” on the Mueller investigation coming from both Fox and the White House, calling it a “feedback loop in action.” And after showing Fox News framing the news as Mueller’s investigators being “in the hot seat,” he added, “This isn’t just an alternate reality. This is a reversal of reality.” Stelter singled out Jeanine Pirro‘s commentary calling for to be taken out in cuffs before saying this:
“I don’t say this lightly, but these FOTs––these Friends of Trump––they’re Continue reading "CNN’s Stelter Goes Off on ‘Friends of Trump’ at Fox News: ‘Talking Like Propagandists’"

GOP Sen. Cornyn: ‘Would Be a Mistake’ for Trump to Fire Mueller

Senator John Cornyn warned this morning that firing Robert Mueller would be a bad idea. One of the top Republicans in the Senate tweeted yesterday about the Mueller investigation and what the special counsel needs to do: He told George Stephanopoulos on This Week today he respects Mueller and “would think he’d want to eliminate challenges to the integrity of his investigation by eliminating agents who have taken positions either in text messages or through their political activity.” Stephanopoulos noted how the FBI agents who exchanged anti-Trump texts are no longer on the investigation. Cornyn said Mueller “needs to make Continue reading "GOP Sen. Cornyn: ‘Would Be a Mistake’ for Trump to Fire Mueller"

CNN Panel Rips Trump Over Fight With Gillibrand: He Has ‘Misogyny in His DNA’

On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, panelists ripped President Trump over his attack on Kirsten Gillibrand last week. After Gillibrand said the President should resign over the allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Trump tweeted this: Former Trump adviser Michael Caputo gave Gillibrand credit for being a notable voice on sexual harassment issues for years and said if he were a “cynical” Democratic operative, he’d recommend she do “exactly what she’s doing: take on the President.” He did say he didn’t think Trump’s tweet was a “sexist smear.” Former Obama WH Communications Continue reading "CNN Panel Rips Trump Over Fight With Gillibrand: He Has ‘Misogyny in His DNA’"

Fox News Slammed on Twitter for ‘A Coup in America?’ Chyron: ‘Incredibly Irresponsible’

Earlier today, we reported on Fox News’ Jesse Watters using the word “coup” to raise questions about whether the anti-Trump FBI texts reveal efforts to take down President Trump by any means necessary. His monologue was accompanied by this chyron in a subsequent interview with Kellyanne Conway: And Fox got some flak on Twitter over that:

Doug Jones Doesn’t Agree With Dem Senators Calling on Trump to Resign Over Allegations Against Him

Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones said this morning he doesn’t agree with the Democratic senators calling for President Trump to resign over the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. One of those Democrats is Cory Booker, who campaigned for Jones in Alabama, and Jake Tapper asked Jones this morning if he agrees that the President should resign.
“Where I am on that right now is that those allegations were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election. I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues. Let’s get on with the real issues that are facing the people of this country right now, and I don’t think that the President ought to resign at this point. We’ll see how things go, but certainly those allegations are not new and he was elected with those allegations front and center. Continue reading "Doug Jones Doesn’t Agree With Dem Senators Calling on Trump to Resign Over Allegations Against Him"

Mnuchin: Mueller Investigation Should Be ‘Over Quickly,’ There’s Nothing There

Before talking taxes on CNN this morning, Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin weighed in on the ongoing Mueller probe and whether the special counsel will be fired. On State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked Mnuchin if it would “alarm” him were President Trump to fire Mueller. Mnuchin said he was at dinner with Trump last night and hasn’t “heard anything about this, any firing.” He told Tapper he has no reason to think Trump would do it. He went on to say, “We’ve got to get past this investigation. It’s a giant distraction. Nobody has said that in any way this impacted the outcome of the election.” Tapper asked him if he thinks it should run its course. Mnuchin said, “I think it should be over quickly, since I think there’s nothing there. It should be over quickly. And people want to focus on other things.” Continue reading "Mnuchin: Mueller Investigation Should Be ‘Over Quickly,’ There’s Nothing There"