Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Tweet Not Just Anti-CNN, But ‘Anti-Freedom of the Press,’ He Wants Lapdogs!

CNN’s Reliable Sources opened this morning with a rather timely discussion of President Trump‘s anti-media attacks, following the President tweeting a fan-made video of him literally fighting back against CNN. After Brian Stelter wondered whether Republican leaders will actually speak out against these tweets, Carl Bernstein said the new tweet is “not just anti-CNN, it’s anti-freedom of the press, it’s anti-freedom of speech.” New York Magazine correspondent Olivia Nuzzi said the tweet is just the latest example of memes going from places like InfoWars and Reddit to the President of the United States’ Twitter feed. CNN commentator Ben Ferguson pushed back a bit and said it was a “humorous” tweet that didn’t imply violence. “Everybody knows that wrestling is fake,” he added. Stelter pointed out that so many people in the press get threats on a daily basis, but Ferguson said everyone keeps trying to make this into Continue reading "Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Tweet Not Just Anti-CNN, But ‘Anti-Freedom of the Press,’ He Wants Lapdogs!"

CNN Panel Melts Down When Ben Ferguson Brings Up Anthony Weiner During Gianforte Discussion

Following last night’s bodyslamming of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, Montana At-Large House Republican candidate Greg Gianforte has been front and center in the news cycle. So, of course, CNN had to convene a panel to discuss Gianforte’s actions and if they are representative of President Donald Trump’s impact on GOP politics. While panelists David Jolly and April Ryan saw parallels, with Jolly saying this was the environment Trump created, conservative commentator Ben Ferguson thought that Gianforte’s actions were inexcusable but solely his and shouldn’t be connected to the president. Yet, while making the point that Gianforte’s violence to a reporter had nothing to do with Trump, Ferguson ended up invoking not only Barack Obama but also Anthony Weiner. Yes, Anthony Weiner. And it caused the panel to break down. With Ryan noting that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence supported Gianforte, Ferguson cited Obama’s prior support of Weiner Continue reading "CNN Panel Melts Down When Ben Ferguson Brings Up Anthony Weiner During Gianforte Discussion"

‘Historically Ignorant’: CNN Panel Battles Over Trump’s Civil War Comments

Bakari Sellers and Ben Ferguson sparred on CNN over President Donald Trump‘s claim that had Andrew Jackson lived longer, the Civil War would not have happened. Ferguson argued the president’s words have been taken out of context, offering his own (generous) interpretation that Trump was saying Jackson “knew just how brutal war was” and “there’s a decent chance he could have had a different outcome if he was the leader and maybe it wouldn’t have been such a bloody conflict.” Sellers disagreed, calling Trump’s comments “historically ignorant,” noting Jackson “brutalized and killed — genocidal — a number of Native Americans,” and “owned 150 slaves.” Sellers went on to say that slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War, calling the president’s comments part of a “revisionist whitewashing of history.” “People are getting sick and tired of the race card getting thrown around,” Ferguson shot back. “To Continue reading "‘Historically Ignorant’: CNN Panel Battles Over Trump’s Civil War Comments"

Ben Ferguson Claims Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performed at Obama Inauguration (Did They?)

During a segment on CNN tonight, conservative radio host Ben Ferguson made a claim about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that was blatantly false and was later called out on it. Discussing the news that one of the members of the choir quit, stating that she can’t sing at the inauguration for President-elect Donald Trump (and comparing him to Hitler), Ferguson opened up the discussion by invoking abortion while bringing up President Barack Obama. Asked about the singer’s strong words, Ferguson asked “was the choir endorsing abortion when they sang when Barack Obama was inaugurated because he’s in favor of abortion?” He then said the choir member was grandstanding and, with political commentator Symone Sanders also on the panel, the segment went predictably off the rails. Before ending the segment, anchor Kate Bolduan provided a quick fact-check for Ferguson. “One clarification,” the CNN Continue reading "Ben Ferguson Claims Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performed at Obama Inauguration (Did They?)"

‘Highest Level of Trash-Talking’ Possible: CNN Panel Clashes Over Obama-Trump Spat

Conservative commentator Ben Ferguson clashed with the rest of CNN’s panel tonight on the spat between President Obama and Donald Trump. New York Times deputy culture editor Patrick Healy said of the current president, “He likes to get under people’s skin with not necessarily frontal attacks, but just sort of like nudge them psychologically.” And as he noted, it drives Trump crazy when people imply he’s a loser. Ferguson said there was actually nothing wrong with Trump’s response to Obama, pointing out just how much the current president was tying himself and his legacy to a Hillary Clinton victory. Nayyera Haq was bothered by Trump’s thin skin and propensity to trash-talk, but Ferguson shot back that this is the “highest level of trash-talking you can possibly have in politics” and it’s not only going one way. Haq said Trump could just “ignore it and Continue reading "‘Highest Level of Trash-Talking’ Possible: CNN Panel Clashes Over Obama-Trump Spat"

CNN Commentator Asks Marc Lamont Hill if He’s Gonna Move Every Time an Election Doesn’t Go His Way

ben-ferguson-marc-hilleditedDuring a panel discussion on CNN this evening, conservative radio host and CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson took a shot at fellow CNN political commentator Marc Lamont Hill over the consequences of elections. Discussing the recount occurring in Wisconsin and potential ones in Michigan and Pennsylvania, along with President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter freakout to the news, Ferguson first remarked that it would probably be a good idea for Trump to go and delete his recent tweets. He also noted that there is no evidence that millions illegally voted in the election, like Trump claimed when saying he would have won the national popular vote. Considering that Trump may have made the very case for a recount with his recent tweets, Ferguson said that Hill would agree with him that any recounts would be “meaningless and that it would be a “waste of resources.” Hill responded that it isn’t Continue reading "CNN Commentator Asks Marc Lamont Hill if He’s Gonna Move Every Time an Election Doesn’t Go His Way"

Trump Supporter on CNN: Abortion Question Was ‘Trap’ From ‘Liberal Media’

vlcsnap-2016-03-31-08h15m31s933Trump supporter and Tea Party activist Scottie Nell Hughes dismissed the importance of Donald Trump‘s comments that he would punish women who sought abortions under his administration, saying the question was a “trap” set by Democrats and the “liberal media.”

“It’s so far outside the mainstream even pro-life thinking, where did he come up with that?” asked CNN New Day host Alisyn Camerota.

“I think you have to look at the context and the situation he was in,” Hughes responded. “This is a typical trap that a lot of Democrats, lot of liberal media do when they ask the question [of] a pro-lifer or [of] a conservative. There is no easy answer out of it, because it is a complicated situation and because it’s a complex issue.”

“I think the fact that Mr. Continue reading "Trump Supporter on CNN: Abortion Question Was ‘Trap’ From ‘Liberal Media’"