FoxNews.com Smashes Traffic Record Despite Prolonged Twitter Hiatus


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Fox News continues to rule the roost of television viewership, but media observers might be a bit more surprised to learn that their online traffic is also getting impressive numbers despite their lack of presence on social media. Fox News Digital broke audience records in January with approximately 105.7 million unique clicks across a multitude of online platforms. This a 16 percent increase from their numbers around the same time last year, and its the highest month of engagement they’ve seen since the network was founded. “With the nonstop news cycle and the ever-evolving multichannel user, we have implemented new editorial strategies that make the FOX News Digital experience as seamless as possible for our users,” says Fox News Digital editor in chief Porter Berry. “We are confident that our numbers will only continue to grow.” Fox News Digital holds the number one ranking with 3.8 billion Continue reading "FoxNews.com Smashes Traffic Record Despite Prolonged Twitter Hiatus"

Alan Dershowitz on McCabe’s Claim DOJ Looked at Ousting Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Clearly an Attempt at a Coup D’état’


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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe‘s claim that the Department of Justice undertook serious discussions to try to remove President Donald Trump via the 25th Amendment rocked Washington on Thursday. And according to Alan Dershowitz, it’s an action which could be considered a coup. Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday, the Harvard Law professor emeritus argued that the 25th Amendment’s scope is limited to presidents who cannot perform their duties. “If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état,” Dershowitz said. He added, “The 25th amendment is about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office. It’s not about the most fundamental disagreements. It’s not about impeachable offenses. And any Justice Department official who even mentioned the 25th Amendment in the context of President Trump has committed a grievous offense against the Constitution. Continue reading "Alan Dershowitz on McCabe’s Claim DOJ Looked at Ousting Trump Via 25th Amendment: ‘Clearly an Attempt at a Coup D’état’"

Tucker Carlson Condemns Republicans Who ‘Play Along’ With Mueller Probe


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Fox News host Tucker Carlson condemned Republican lawmakers who have worked with Democrats to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, as he asked why “would anyone vote for thes people?” Carlson began his show by describing the Senate Intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia a waste of time, in response to the NBC News report on committee members reaching a bipartisan consensus on the president’s innocence. “The one thing we can’t do is fire Robert Mueller because actually our constitutional system doesn’t really acknowledge democracy, we can have someone who literally can’t be fired in the middle of the democratic republic — how does that work?” Carlson asked. “Republicans pushed that.” He continued:
“Why would anyone vote for these people — seriously, right? One side perpetuating what is a transparent fraud and causing the wheels of government to grind to a halt… because no one Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Condemns Republicans Who ‘Play Along’ With Mueller Probe"

Amy Klobuchar to Bret Baier: ‘I Love You’ But Fox News is Not Always ‘Comfortable for Democrats’


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Minnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar ventured into the “uncomfortable” territory of Fox News Tuesday night, and appeared to urge other Democrats to do the same. On tonight’s edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, Klobuchar sat for two full segments of questions from host Bret Baier, covering a range of topics that included the Green New Deal (she’s sort of for it), immigration (for), border security (for), and others. Toward the interview, Baier asked “Do you have the temperament to be president?” Although this is no longer such a high bar, Klobuchar answered in the affirmative. “I do,” she said. “I think I showed it during the Kavanaugh hearings and I’m sure that through my life in terms of how I dealt with adversity in my personal life, growing up with my dad with a pretty severe drinking problem — he’s doing well now Continue reading "Amy Klobuchar to Bret Baier: ‘I Love You’ But Fox News is Not Always ‘Comfortable for Democrats’"

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Shuts Down Trump’s Claim He’s Building the Wall: ‘Simply Not True’


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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith shot down President Donald Trump‘s assertion that he has already built some of his border wall, calling the claim “incorrect” in a segment Tuesday. After airing a clip of Trump declaring “we’re building a lot of wall,” Smith issued a searing fact check:
“That’s incorrect. He’s been saying it for a while now but it’s simply not true. The facts are these: workers have replaced and repaired sections of the existing wall and fences, but so far they have not built anything new. Construction is set to begin on a 14 mile extension in the Rio Grande Valley later this month. And this just announced deal in Congress could create 55 miles of new fencing and barrier. No wall. That’s if it passes in Congress. And if the president signs it. And even then, it’s ten miles less than what lawmakers offered the White Continue reading "Fox News’ Shepard Smith Shuts Down Trump’s Claim He’s Building the Wall: ‘Simply Not True’"

#MeToo Protest Erupts in New York After Police Charity Invites Bill O’Reilly to Speak


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A police charity group is backtracking from inviting former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly to speak at its monthly fundraiser in New York, after the event drew backlash from the #MeToo crowd, The New York Times reports. O’Reilly was kicked out of Fox News in 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment, ahead of the #MeToo movement that would soon engulf the entertainment industry. His recent invitation by the Police Athletic League, initially meant to raise money, instead preceded the resignation of a board member, outrage from the National Organization for Women, questions from reporters, and finally, the group withdrawing from the fundraiser Monday evening. Two expected attendees, the police commissioner and the Manhattan district attorney, had also said they weren’t going to attend the event, and a second board member resigned, but none said it was because of O’Reilly’s speech.

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Jesse Watters: Republicans Now Have ‘Get Out of Jail Free Cards’ Because of Racism From Virginia Dems


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Fox News host Jesse Watters said Republicans now have “get out of jail free cards” for their own scandals because of the blackface and sexual assault scandals currently embroiling Democratic politicians in Virginia. As The Five discussed the scandals rocking top Democratic officials in Virginia’s government — Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring‘s blackface scandals, as well as the two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax — Watters argued the controversy is a misstep for the blue party. “Here’s what the Democrats have done though, they have given the biggest political gift to Republicans,” Watters said. “They have doubled-down on a double blackface scandal and a double sexual assault allegation scandal.” “So now any time anything happens, Republicans get two get out of jail free cards, and any Republican commentator gets two talking points,” Watters said. “Wow, so this was all about you?” Continue reading "Jesse Watters: Republicans Now Have ‘Get Out of Jail Free Cards’ Because of Racism From Virginia Dems"

Fox News Host Hits ‘Sexist Feel’ to Criticism of Dem Sen. Amy Klobuchar


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Fox News’ Outnumbered took on the debate surrounding Sen. Amy Klobuchar‘s (D-MN) treatment of her staff, following her announcement that she’s running for president in 2020. Several reports dropped last week in which anonymous former staffers described a toxic work environment created by Klobuchar, a three-term senator. “I always get a little queasy about these inside political hit jobs from anonymous sources on the eve of somebody announcing their intention to run for president,” said Outnumbered guest host Charlie Hurt. “Obviously, there is a difference between being a tough boss in some sort of monster.” Hurt suggested the “sniping” at Klobuchar was the result of liberal Democrats opposed to the senator’s bid for president. “It feels like a bit of a hit job even if it’s true in some way and she is a tough boss,” said Outnumbered host Melissa Francis. “Only because it flies in the face Continue reading "Fox News Host Hits ‘Sexist Feel’ to Criticism of Dem Sen. Amy Klobuchar"

Chris Christie Reveals Trump Asked Him ‘Is It Over?’ After Access Hollywood Tape Dropped


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President Donald Trump — who takes pains to never show even the slightest bit of self-doubt in public — privately worried whether his campaign was doomed following the release of the Access Hollywood tape. That’s according to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, the governor claims Trump asked him whether the footage was a death blow to his candidacy. “He said, ‘Is it over?'” Christie said. “I said, ‘No, because you are running against the single worst presidential candidate in my lifetime. So we’ve got time to recover. But we’ve got to do it the right way.'” Christie credits the second presidential debate — which took place two days later — with helping Trump get past the controversy. “He went into that debate Sunday night, and he dealt with the issue, and he really really performed well in that debate,” Christie Continue reading "Chris Christie Reveals Trump Asked Him ‘Is It Over?’ After Access Hollywood Tape Dropped"

Trump Quotes Inane Media Criticism From Fox News Host Jesse Watters: ‘So True!’


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President Donald Trump quoted a mind-numbingly inane piece of media criticism from a Fox News host Monday morning in an attempt to undermine fact-checkers. Jesse Watters, who hosts a Saturday night show on Fox News, kicked off last week’s iteration with a lazy generalization: “The media fact-checkers are lying to you.” Watters’ dismissal of fact-checkers relied on reports that Trump’s recent false claims about violent crime in El Paso were false. Watters took issue with a specific headline from Vox, which he called a “distortion.” “The fact-checkers have become fake news,” he declared confidently. Trump parroted the remark on Twitter Monday, calling it “So True!”: Fact checkers can slip up — we’ve chronicled bad fact-checking on this very site — but to dismiss the entire practice as “fake” Continue reading "Trump Quotes Inane Media Criticism From Fox News Host Jesse Watters: ‘So True!’"

Former Congresswoman on Fox News: 2020 Democrats Have to Deal With ‘The Virginia Tar Baby’


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Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth said that 2020 Democratic candidates will have to deal with “the Virginia tar baby” on Fox News Saturday. Discussing the 2020 field on Neil Cavuto‘s show, the former New York Republican said: “They all have the Virginia tar baby to deal with.” “Excuse me for a second,” said fellow guest Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist, before cracking up with laughter. Hayworth was referencing the current scandal enveloping Virginia’s government: Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring‘s individual blackface scandals, as well as the sexual assault allegations against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. “Tar baby,” is a term with something of a double meaning that has landed politicians in trouble before (see: Mitt Romney, John McCain). While its benign definition holds the term to refer to a “difficult problem,” a racist interpretation is common. CNN political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson wrote about Continue reading "Former Congresswoman on Fox News: 2020 Democrats Have to Deal With ‘The Virginia Tar Baby’"

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Slams Fox News for ‘Double Standard’ on Trump’s ‘Executive Time’ vs Obama’s Golfing


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight called out Fox News for defending President Donald Trump‘s executive time when hosts on the network were so critical of his predecessor for golfing. The private schedules leaked to Axios show 60 percent of Trump’s schedule is “executive time.” Melber knocked Fox for the spin that “executive time is actually hard work or whatever, it doesn’t really matter anyway.” He showed clips of Martha MacCallum, Howard Kurtz, Greg Gutfeld, and Jesse Watters downplaying the scheduling, along with Eric Trump on Fox & Friends. Melber argued that Trump not working a lot should be something his own supporters should be concerned about, but more than that, Fox News slammed Barack Obama a lot for how much he played golf. And Melber showed some Fox Newsers who criticized Obama, including Sean Hannity saying he’s “the man who will no doubt set records Continue reading "MSNBC’s Ari Melber Slams Fox News for ‘Double Standard’ on Trump’s ‘Executive Time’ vs Obama’s Golfing"

Shepard Smith Hits Warren For ‘American Indian’ Texas Bar Flap: ‘This is Cultural Appropriation, Defined’


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Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) apology on Capitol Hill Wednesday for claiming to be “American Indian” on her 1986 Texas State Bar application aired during the afternoon’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting. And it seems the Fox News anchor was not all that satisfied by Warren’s mea culpa. Immediately after Warren’s session with reporters concluded, Smith noted the significance of the the final question the senator fielded. “That last question is the most appropriate one,” Smith said. “How will voters respond? Because this is cultural appropriation, defined.” Smith went on to blast Warren — and speculating as to whether she intentionally sought to gain an advantage by identifying as a Native American. “The question is, was she trying to gain some sort of advantage — in this case, in the Texas bar — over those that did not consider themselves ‘American Indian,'” Smith said. “Which she is not.” Continue reading "Shepard Smith Hits Warren For ‘American Indian’ Texas Bar Flap: ‘This is Cultural Appropriation, Defined’"

Marie Harf Defends Warren After Latest Native American Bombshell: ‘I Don’t Think Any of Us Should Play DNA Police’


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With the latest revelation that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who could be anywhere between 1/64th and 1/1,204th Native American, listed herself as such on her Texas State Bar registration card, Fox News contributor and former Obama administration official Marie Harf said people should lay off. “I don’t think any of us want to get into the business of being the DNA police, right? She took a DNA test that showed she did have some ancestry, ” Harf said on Wednesday. “I don’t think don’t think any of us want to come up with what percentage is enough to qualify on the bar,” she continued. When some said they do, Harf again said, “I don’t think any of us should play DNA police.” “Politically, Brad, is a different question,” she clarified. Harf then blamed the newsworthiness of the scandal on President Donald Trump.

Lara Trump Says Ivanka Has Done ‘More for Women in This Country Than Almost Anyone Else’


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First Daughter-in-Law and Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump claims that senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has done “more for women in this country than almost anyone else.” During a pre-State of the Union address interview on Tuesday night’s edition of Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum, the host asked Mrs. Trump how she feels about an art exhibit in which spectators are invited to throw crumbs at an Ivanka lookalike, who then vacuums them up. “As a family member, as an American, as a woman, I’m disgusted by this,” Trump said. “This is supposed party of women, the Democrats, and the far left, and Hollywood, to do something like this…” There os no evidence that the exhibit is not in any way affiliated with the Democratic Party, and the artist, Jennifer Rubell, lives and works in New York City, not Hollywood. “By the way,” Trump continued, Continue reading "Lara Trump Says Ivanka Has Done ‘More for Women in This Country Than Almost Anyone Else’"

Nick Sandmann’s Lawyers Preparing Libel Suit Against Media Figures at CNN, MSNBC, NPR and Others


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Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt: Democrats Want to Protect Geese, But Not Lives of Babies


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Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt tackled the looming foie gras ban in New York — over concerns that force-feeding ducks and geese is inhumane — asking why Democratic lawmakers don’t share the same concerns about abortion. As a bill to ban foie gras is considered, New York state just passed a bill loosening restrictions on abortion. Under previous law, abortions were allowed after 24 weeks of pregnancy only if the mother’s life was at risk. Now, abortions are allowed after 24 weeks if the mother’s health is threatened, or if the fetus could not survive outside the womb. In an interview with New York City Republican councilman Joe Borelli, Earhardt asked the question: “A lot of conservatives, and frankly a lot of people in New York overall, are concerned about this because they say there is not a protection for life when it comes to our babies. New Continue reading "Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt: Democrats Want to Protect Geese, But Not Lives of Babies"

Kellyanne Conway Literally Asks Why Abortion Rights Are ‘Women’s Issues’


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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway interrupted her stream of alternative facts about abortion to wonder aloud why abortion rights are considered “women’s issues.” On Monday afternoon’s edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner, Conway railed about Gov. (for now) Ralph Northam‘s (D-VA) comments regarding proposed legislation that would have reduced restrictions on late-term abortions in the state. Conway repeated the lie that Northam was advocating “infanticide,” which host Harris Faulkner failed to correct. Numerous other Fox News personalities have similarly promoted, or failed to correct, this lie. But Faulkner did push back when Conway “the mainstream media” of being “pretty much pro-abortion themselves.” “You say most of the mainstream media being pro-abortion, I’m sure some of them would definitely take exception to that as they do their jobs objectively,” Faulkner said. “They’re going to say they’re pro-choice, but are they for this war against Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Literally Asks Why Abortion Rights Are ‘Women’s Issues’"

Fox’s Napolitano Says National Emergency Unlikely to Get Trump His Wall: ‘The Law is Clear’


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Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano doesn’t think President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency will help him get funding for the United States-Mexico border wall he’d promised his voters. “I think the law is very clear and I think the President has been advised of it that if he signs an executive order declaring a national emergency and directing the military to spend money that has not been expressly appropriated for the wall or that has not been expressly appropriated for eminent domain– since much of the real estate where they want to build the wall is privately owned– I think it’s pretty clear that court will stop him from doing that,” Napolitano told Fox News’ Jon Scott, Monday morning. Napolitano said despite lacking bipartisan support and authority for funding, Trump might solicit wall funding anyway in order to relieve “political pressure” from his voters who are accusing him Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano Says National Emergency Unlikely to Get Trump His Wall: ‘The Law is Clear’"