While some may lament the bitter political divide in which this country currently finds itself, this is a golden era for cable news fight fetishists. And Mediaite is here to serve those insatiable urges. Case in point? The latest pugilistic stars of CNN, Ben Ferguson and Ana Navarro, both of whom self-identify as members of the Republican party, though the former supports President Donald Trump and the latter, not so much. At issue was Trump’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix last night in which he went on (and on…and on) about what he sees as the unfair treatment he receives from the media. It was equal parts full-throated and belabored and featured some unique moments like the crowd chanting “CNN Sucks!” and his odd comparison of how he is more “elite” than the media who covered him (among many others.) After the speech, Navarro questioned the President’s mental Continue reading "Ana Navarro Implies Trump Has ‘Early On-Set Dementia’; Ben Ferguson: ‘You’re Better Than That!’"
Before yesterday’s preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, twelve Browns players knelt while the National Anthem played to protest racial and social injustice. Last night’s demonstration gained even more notice as it was the first time since the pre-game protests first drew notoriety last year that a white NFL player took part. During a CNN panel discussion this afternoon on the issue, conservative political commentator Ben Ferguson drew the ire of everyone else when he suggested that the players involved — all but one are black — aren’t politically active. And, besides questioning their political and social awareness, Ferguson went so far as to question whether or not they were even registered to vote. Sportswriter Dave Zirin got the discussion started by stating that more NFL players are getting involved in the protest because of the Charlottesville protest and their belief that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is Continue reading "CNN Segment Blows Up as Ben Ferguson Suggests Black Football Players Aren’t Politically Active"
It was only a matter of time before we got a heated CNN panel fight following President Donald Trump’s crazed press conference where he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville and seemed to defend the alt-right. During tonight’s broadcast of Erin Burnett Outfront, Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy and political commentator Ben Ferguson tussled with each other for roughly ten minutes, as Bellamy felt Ferguson was practicing false equivalence and Ferguson took issue with Bellamy’s disrespect of the president. Early on in the discussion, Bellamy set the tone by telling Ferguson that he needed to be quiet and let him finish his point. Meanwhile, Ferguson attempted to say he agreed with much of what Bellamy was stating before segueing to claiming that we need to have a serious conversation about how there are agitators on the left who also want to start a race war. After a Continue reading "Charlottesville Vice-Mayor and Ben Ferguson Brawl Over Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Remarks"
Things got pretty heated during a CNN segment this afternoon following President Donald Trump’s public comments in which he condemned the violence “on many sides” at a Charlottesville rally. Considering that the event was a white nationalist rally, and it was counter-protesters who were the victims of a deliberate car crash, many felt that the president’s statement represented “awful false equivalence.” Political commentator Ana Navarro obviously felt that was indeed the case and absolutely shredded Trump for his morally ambiguous remarks. And in doing so, she also got into it with conservative commentator Ben Ferguson, who defended Trump comments. “This speech today was shameful,” she exclaimed. “Here is the bottom line. This was not many sides. This is one side. It is white supremacists trying to instill terror in America.” When Ferguson tried to interject, Navarro stopped him, telling him she had let him have his say, Continue reading "Ana Navarro Tears Into Trump: ‘Doesn’t Have the Spine or Guts To Call Out White Supremacists’"
Towards the end of Wednesday night’s broadcast of CNN Tonight, anchor Don Lemon found himself in the middle of an entire panel of yelling guests. And he ended up providing the perfect description for what it felt like. Panelists Charles Blow and Ben Ferguson went at it over the FBI raid of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s home, with Ferguson saying Blow personally wanted the Manafort issue to be directly tied to the Trump campaign. This led Blow to respond that Ferguson seemed to be psychoanalyzing him, causing the rest of the panel to pop off. With all four guests shouting at this point, Lemon made the following observation: “I feel like we’re in a bar.” That didn’t really seem to faze the panel, though, as they kept going, leading Lemon to say “stop” a whole bunch of times to talk radio host John Fredericks in order Continue reading "Don Lemon Sighs as Segment Gets Out of Hand: ‘I Feel Like We’re In a Bar’"
Well…that was something. During a CNN panel discussion this afternoon on the rising tensions with North Korea, two conservative political commentators absolutely went at it over President Donald Trump’s provocative “fire and fury” comments yesterday. Right off the bat, Republican strategist Rick Wilson set the tone by unleashing on talk radio host and CNN contributor Ben Ferguson. After Ferguson justified Trump’s remarks, stating the president was letting North Korea know it was a “new day,” Wilson straight up insulted Ferguson’s intelligence. “Ben’s answer to you betrays a level of naïveté about nuclear weapons and about the Korean peninsula in specific that is utterly staggering,” Wilson told anchor Brooke Baldwin. “That is some weapons grade stupidity right there.” And off they went. Wilson continued to hammer away at the use of the term “fire and fury,” pointing out that it sent a signal the US would use overwhelming force, while Continue reading "Rick Wilson and Ben Ferguson Go Off the Rails Over North Korea: ‘Weapons Grade Stupidity’"
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!"