Jake Tapper Torches Trump For Pushing Conspiracies in Scathing Monologue: He Just ‘Makes Stuff Up’

Jake Tapper held nothing back during Wednesday’s The Lead as he went off on President Donald Trump for touting a conspiracy theory about a politically motivated FBI informant in his presidential campaign. “U.S. officials tell CNN that that source was not planted within the campaign,” Tapper began. “He wasn’t a campaign staffer as far as we know. There is obviously a lot we don’t know. But there’s no evidence as of now that this was done for political purposes as the president is alleging. We’re told that the FBI was trying to figure out just what the Russians were up to and whether they were getting help from any Americans.” “Now, while we await the investigation into this matter by journalists and by the Justice Department inspector general, it’s worth remembering while we’re sticking to the facts and telling you just what we know, President Trump apparently has Continue reading "Jake Tapper Torches Trump For Pushing Conspiracies in Scathing Monologue: He Just ‘Makes Stuff Up’"

Jake Tapper’s CNN Panel Turns Into Shouting Match Over DACA Fix: Trump ‘Blew It Up!’

A CNN State of the Union segment descended into chaos Sunday as panelists engaged in a blame game over the absence of an immigration bill to fix DACA and pave a path to citizenship for the Dreamers. It began when CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the group whether such legislation is a realistic possibility, seeing as certain moderate Republicans are joining Democrats in an attempt to force action. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) said she hopes things will progress, but that she’s still unsure whether enough politicos will get on board. “I’m feeling positive that it’s going to happen, but then you never know because things change, I don’t know with people getting intimidated and then they don’t want to do anything,” she told Tapper. Linda Chavez, a former White House staffer under the Reagan administration, approached the question with a serious dose of skepticism, but said she thinks Continue reading "Jake Tapper’s CNN Panel Turns Into Shouting Match Over DACA Fix: Trump ‘Blew It Up!’"

In The Wake of Mass Shootings, The Media Must Do Its Part to Stop the Glorification of Killers

Our nation faced another massacre, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas, that left ten people dead and ten more wounded. It should go without saying that these tragedies occur far too often and each is more heartbreaking than the next. In the wake of every mass shooting, the country tears itself apart in search for answers. The left pushes for gun control while the right pushes a focus on mental illness and increasing school security. And there’s renewed frustration with lawmakers asked to “do something.” Despite the STOP School Violence Act that was passed by Congress and the gun reforms Florida made after the Parkland shooting, many still feel it’s not enough, since these shootings are still happening. But while our elected officials remain largely stagnant on this issue, perhaps we in the media can make reforms of our own. When a mass shooting is active, Continue reading "In The Wake of Mass Shootings, The Media Must Do Its Part to Stop the Glorification of Killers"

CNN’s Jake Tapper After Santa Fe School Shooting: ‘Ask Yourself, Are We Failing Our Children?’

There has been yet another school shooting in America, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Addressing the scourge of shootings on The Lead on Friday, CNN’s Jake Tapper read through a list of deadly attacks on our nation’s campuses, from the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 dead to other recent tragedies, such as the one at Huffman High School that received considerably less media coverage. He then ended with the Santa Fe attack which is so fresh, that the final death toll did not flash on the screen. Tapper then replayed a tape of a Santa Fe student speaking to Continue reading "CNN’s Jake Tapper After Santa Fe School Shooting: ‘Ask Yourself, Are We Failing Our Children?’"

Jake Tapper: ‘I Just Would Like The Truth and Facts To Be Respected Again In This Country’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper appeared on The Late Show and spoke about covering the Trump presidency. While discussing the one year anniversary of the Mueller probe, Stephen Colbert expressed to Tapper that all he wants is “the truth.” “I want somebody to say what actually happened,” Colbert elaborated. “Because I think the greatest damage- Donald Trump will come and Donald Trump will go… I worry that we will no longer value knowing what the truth is anymore. I think that’s the value of the Mueller investigation… It’s knowing what the truth was so we can have some sort of an ethical or moral spine to this moment.” “Yeah, and you know what? I’ll do you one better,” Tapper replied. “You want the truth about Russia and possible collusion, I just would like the truth and facts to be respected again in this country.” While giving credit to Continue reading "Jake Tapper: ‘I Just Would Like The Truth and Facts To Be Respected Again In This Country’"

Jake Tapper Interviews Michael Avenatti, Doesn’t Ask About Threats to Daily Caller

Hours after Michael Avenatti threatened to sue the Daily Caller News Foundation over an unflattering article about his past business dealings, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump appeared on CNN for an interview with host Jake Tapper —but Tapper didn’t ask Avenatti about the threat during the entire five minute sit-down. Considered one of the best journalists in Washington, D.C. among conservatives and liberals, Tapper either ran out of time during the segment or didn’t consider the matter worth asking about. Either way, it’s a disappointment to those, like myself, who have looked to Mr. Tapper for years as one of the best examples of how a respected journalist should conduct himself. Tuesday’s interview with Avenatti, however, was anything but an example of objective journalism. While the Daily Caller News Foundation is obviously a publication with a conservative bent, the Continue reading "Jake Tapper Interviews Michael Avenatti, Doesn’t Ask About Threats to Daily Caller"

Bernie Sanders: ‘Beyond My Comprehension’ Why White House Won’t Just Apologize for McCain Comment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted White House staffer Kelly Sadler Sunday for what he called a “crude and stupid” joke about Sen. John McCain with whom he’s worked for more than ten years. Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sanders said he couldn’t understand why no apology has been issued. “It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful of an American hero,” he said. “It is another thing for them not to apologize.” Sanders said it was “beyond my comprehension,” adding that the administration’s failure to rectify the situation has left him completely flummoxed. “I just don’t know what goes on in that White House mentality for there not being an apology for that terrible remark,” he told Tapper. Tapper noted Sanders has had a long history in Congress with McCain, even hugging McCain on the floor of Continue reading "Bernie Sanders: ‘Beyond My Comprehension’ Why White House Won’t Just Apologize for McCain Comment"