Fmr Fox Newser Kirsten Powers: If Obama Said All That in Helsinki, ‘Fox News Would Burn to the Ground’

CNN commentator Kirsten Powers had some words for President Donald Trump as well as a cables news competitor over the remarks he made at the Helsinki summit this week. Don Lemon asserted that Trump’s clarification which includes that “other people” could have been involved in the meddling of the 2016 election “undermines his own clarification” that he accepts the conclusions of the US intel agencies that all point to Russia as the culprit. Powers insisted that he was “giving cover” to congressional Republicans, who many have spoke out condemning Trump for not holding Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable at their joint press conference, adding Trump “rarely gets pushback” from people in his own party. She then invoked Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who criticized Trump over his “ridiculous” tweet blaming the US for poor relations with Russia, something she’s certain the president did not expect. “Look, I get Continue reading "Fmr Fox Newser Kirsten Powers: If Obama Said All That in Helsinki, ‘Fox News Would Burn to the Ground’"

CNN’s Burnett: Ex-Trump Aide Michael Anton Cancelled Interview Because He Can’t Defend President

Michael Anton, a former Trump official, bailed on an interview Monday night because he could not defend President Donald Trump‘s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, CNN’s Erin Burnett said. The CNN host said on Monday that Anton, a former National Security Council spokesman, “was scheduled to be on this show, but he’s not on, because he said he can’t defend it.” Trump shocked the political world on Monday when, during a joint press conference with Putin, he called into question whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, as the US intelligence committee has concluded. “My people came to me… they said they think it’s Russia,” Trump said. “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.” The president was widely condemned by both sides of the aisle — even Continue reading "CNN’s Burnett: Ex-Trump Aide Michael Anton Cancelled Interview Because He Can’t Defend President"

CNN’s John King Dubs Trump’s Meeting With Putin ‘The Surrender Summit’

CNN chief national correspondent John King nicknamed the meeting and subsequent presser between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin “the surrender summit,” as the American leader appeared to side with the Kremlin over his own intelligence services on the issue of election interference in 2016. “I’m shaking my head like everyone else you’ve spoken to in the last 30 minutes or so,” King said to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “I’ve been here for 30 years. I came to Washington in the final months of the Reagan administration and I have never seen an American president simply surrender to the leader of Russia.” “You should call this the surrender summit,” he added. King continued by outlining all the many issues he had with Trump’s mishandling of the presser with Putin:
“He could have said we’re not going to resolve what happened in 2016: ‘President Putin says he
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CNN Airs Russian State TV Clip Claiming Election Meddling Indictments Blatant Attempt to Torpedo the Summit

On Sunday, CNN aired footage of Russian State television claiming that the indictment of 12 Russians for election meddling was actually an attempt to undermine the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. As translated by CNN, the narrator says in the clip:
“They are blatantly trying to torpedo the summit because there is no other way to explain why. On the eve of the summit, the U.S. announced charges against 12 Russians who allegedly participated in the interference in the U.S. Elections. In an instant, you could hear the cries to cancel the Trump/Putin meeting, but the meeting is crucial for the whole world more than ever before. The European political heavyweights are sure of it.”
Prior to playing the clip, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Frederick Pleitgen noted, “the Russians were taking a very similar line to President Trump. Continue reading "CNN Airs Russian State TV Clip Claiming Election Meddling Indictments Blatant Attempt to Torpedo the Summit"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on Trump-CNN Flap: Jim Acosta Was ‘Trying to Hijack the Question’

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz today briefly addressed the media spat involving CNN’s Jim Acosta and his own colleague John Roberts. You may remember a few days ago when President Donald Trump decided to call on Roberts while bashing Acosta and CNN as fake news, saying he would rather get a question from a “real” news network. Roberts was criticized for lacking any show of support, but he later put out a statement saying “fake news” attacks against any network are unfair. “What’s gotten missed in a lot of the controversy here,” Kurtz said on MediaBuzz today, “is that he called on John Roberts. Jim Acosta was interrupting. He was trying to hijack the question, which he has done before with President Trump. This is not some scrum where they’re walking to the helicopters.” He said the criticism of Roberts for not standing up for a fellow reporter was “off-base. Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on Trump-CNN Flap: Jim Acosta Was ‘Trying to Hijack the Question’"

Jake Tapper Responds to White House Pulling John Bolton Interview Over Supposed CNN ‘Disrespect’

CNN’s Jake Tapper opened this morning’s two-hour special edition of State of the Union by briefly addressing the minor dust-up between his network and the White House. Tapper is live in Helsinki today for the big summit between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and national security adviser John Bolton was scheduled to be a guest on the program. But as Tapper revealed, and Sarah Sanders later confirmed, the White House pulled the interview after that press conference exchange between Jim Acosta and the President:

CNN Host Blows Up Over Partisan Bickering About Russian Meddling: ‘This Was Terrorism!’

On Saturday, CNN host Michael Smerconish lost his cool after reading a tweet from a reader asking if he would hold former President Barack Obama accountable for the Russian meddling in the U.S. election. “Will you hold Obama accountable?” the viewer probed. “You say you are fair. We will see. I mean all this meddling happened under Obama and no one cares. This is why the American people get so frustrated with the media. This is why Trump will win again in the midterms and in his reelection bid.” “Here’s what I’m looking for, instead of this going on between liberals and conservatives, Republican and Democrats, what happened to when we were united against a common enemy?” Smerconish said in response. His voice rising, the CNN host continued on: “This was terrorism. We were the victims of a terror strike and will the commander-in-chief on Monday Continue reading "CNN Host Blows Up Over Partisan Bickering About Russian Meddling: ‘This Was Terrorism!’"