President Donald Trump ripped into NBC News last Friday night after they reported he was offered a pardon to then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan if he was jailed for illegally blocking asylum seekers.
He called it a “Fake Story” and said the “Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day”:
Another Fake Story on @NBCNews that I offered Pardons to Homeland Securiy personnel in case they broke the law regarding illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Of course this is not true. Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day!
CNN’s Chris Cuomo is the subject of a profile by The Hollywood Reporter this week, and it has been buzzy already, for both his general take on himself (“testing others is my commodity”) and his defense of lengthy Kellyanne Conway interviews.
But one thing of note, particularly at Mediaite, is that he laid a few light burns on some of his competitors; among them, NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Among his other roles at NBC News and MSNBC, Todd is of course the host of the venerable Meet the Press. Cuomo offered a comparison with CNN’s own Jake Tapper, who on Sundays hosts the competing State of the Union.
When asked about network shows, Cuomo was apparently dismissive of their larger ratings, arguing cable has more influence.
“I would argue that Chuck Todd ain’t Jake Tapper. Jake Tapper has a much bigger footprint in politics than Chuck Todd does.”
He Continue reading "CNN’s Chris Cuomo Disses NBC’s Chuck Todd: He ‘Ain’t Jake Tapper’"
2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg blasted the hypocrisy of evangelicals supporting President Donald Trump in an interview Sunday.
The Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was asked on NBC’s Meet the Press about his comments calling into question Trump’s belief in god.
“How do you square that assessment with the fact that the Evangelical Christian community is so devoted to his candidacy,” NBC anchor Chuck Todd asked.
“It’s something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable,” Buttigieg replied. “Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants, and making sure that you’re focusing your effort on the poor.”
“But also personally, how you’re supposed to conduct yourself,” Buttigieg continued. “Not chest-thumping, look-at-me-ism, Continue reading "Pete Buttigieg Calls Out ‘Unbelievable’ Hypocrisy of Trump’s Evangelical Supporters"
NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian said Thursday that members of Robert Mueller‘s team are frustrated with the way the attorney general characterized their findings, even with regard to the evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
NBC confirmed reporting from the New York Times and Washington Post that special counsel investigators were taking issue with Barr’s characterization of their findings on obstruction, but their reporting had more details about those frustrations.
“I think we’ve taken it a little further,” Dilanian said of his reporting, during an appearance on MSNBC. “There are members of Mueller’s team who are frustrated that William Barr stepped in and cleared the president on obstruction when Robert Mueller didn’t do that.”
“The intent was to allow Congress and the public to make their own decision about the evidence,” Dilanian said.
Dilanian also revealed new reporting that some on the special counsel’s team Continue reading "NBC’s Ken Dilanian Reports That Members of Mueller’s Team Think Evidence of Collusion is ‘Very Compelling’"
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson opened his show Friday night going off on the liberal media and NBC/MSNBC in particular following a report from journalist Yashar Ali.
To recap: Ali described today he had a fairly innocuous scoop about Democratic primary debates that somehow resulted in into NBC News managing editor of politics Dafna Linzer calling him to, as he put it, “bully me on behalf of the DNC.”
“I’m not naive to the fact that this incident is going to be twisted by some with an agenda to discredit the media and say they collude with political parties,” he tweeted. “But I think its more important to expose bad behavior then keep it under wraps. What Dafna did was unethical.”
Tonight Carlson covered the “pretty shocking” exchange and said, “The head political executive at NBC News was doing errands for the DNC. She’s a hack.”
He pointed Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Rips NBC Over Editor Allegedly Bullying Reporter: ‘Doing Errands for the DNC’"
Nancy Pelosi is set to make history today as she’s sworn in for the second time as Speaker of the House — and she sat down with Today show host Savannah Guthrie for a wide ranging interview that serves as a good preview of the year to come.
Top of the bill: the partial government shutdown, which just entered its 13th day.
“This is the Trump shutdown through and through,” Pelosi told Guthrie on NBC. “That doesn’t mean we take any joy in the fact that there is a Trump shutdown — we want government to open.”
“Are you willing to come up and give him some of this money for the wall?” Guthrie asked.
“No, no. Nothing for the wall,” Pelosi replied. We’re talking about border security. There is no amount of persuasion he can do to say to us we want you to do something that Continue reading "Nancy Pelosi on Shutdown Negotiations: Trump ‘Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About’"
NBC News reporter Anna Schecter was supposed to interview Jerome Corsi, the original birther and associate of Roger Stone (who is or was a Donald Trump insider), but at the last possible moment he bailed, after his lawyer got off the phone with Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s office and advised him not to do it.
Corsi announced on Monday that he expects to be indicted by Mueller, and Schecter was set to interview him about that. But after the phone call, his lawyer called it off. Schecter tweeted about the cancellation in the afternoon, and appeared on All In later Tuesday night to discuss it with host Chris Hayes.
Three tweets covered the cancellation in real time.
Jerome Corsi’s lawyer just told me he’s expecting a call from Special Counsel’s office today. He says it could be an indictment. @NBCInvestigates
NBC’s war against its $69 million host continues…
The Today show’s Hoda Kotb and NBC correspondent Jenna Bush Hager are set to appear on E! News at 7 p.m. Friday night to dish on the fallout from Megyn Kelly‘s controversial “blackface” comments earlier this week.
Hager was on the Megyn Kelly Today panel when Kelly asked why blackface in Halloween costumes was considered out of bounds.
“But what is racist?” Kelly asked. “Because…you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”
Hager and Kotb spoke out about the moment to E! News, which released a preview clip of their interview.
“It was horrifying, because it wasn’t what we Continue reading "NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Talk Megyn Kelly ‘Blackface’ Controversy: ‘It Was Horrifying’"
Liberal lawyer Michael Avenatti is facing an investigation after Senator Chuck Grassley asked the Justice Department to look into the misconduct allegations raised against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by his client Julie Swetnick, as the Senate Judiciary chair believes he may have “knowingly misled” the Senate.
“Maybe if Grassley was actually a lawyer that knew something about the law, he would realize what he has done,” Avenatti tweeted in response to Grassley’s questions. “He just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October!”
Maybe if Grassley was actually a lawyer that knew something about the law, he would realize what he has done. He just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October!
As Megyn Kelly‘s counts down her final days at NBC amid a stream of reports on her imminent ouster, her former Fox News colleague bashed her in an op-ed calling out her history of racism.
Kirsten Powers, who once served as a contributor at Fox during Kelly’s time there as an anchor, wasn’t too shocked by her comments earlier in the week condoning blackface Halloween costumes and questioning why it would be seen as offensive.
“‘Megyn Kelly said something really racist,’ should not be a surprising sentence to anyone,” Powers wrote in the Thursday USA Todayeditorial, adding that “the original sin was that Kelly was hired by NBC at all.”
“Kelly had a long track record of racial demagoguery at Fox News before she ever set foot in the NBC studios. It would be different if she had come to terms with her own racial animus and worked to Continue reading "Kirsten Powers Shreds Megyn Kelly in Op-Ed: The System Tolerates Racism ‘in a Pretty White Package’"
Megyn Kelly‘s lawyer is set to meet with NBC executives on Friday, Mediaite has confirmed, and he’s armed with a demand: that Ronan Farrow bear witness to the proceedings.
Kelly’s lawyer Brian Friedman will meet with NBC brass and has requested that Farrow — who left NBC News last year after the network declined to run his expose on Harvey Weinstein — be present.
Farrow recently accused NBC News of blocking his reporting on Weinstein, a charge that was denied by network chief Andy Lack. Megyn Kelly covered the spat on her NBC News morning show, questioning NBC’s handling of the Weinstein report, and suggesting the network use an “outside investigator” to find out what happened.
In the next few weeks, NBC and Kelly’s relationship soured. Her comments this week defending blackface ignited a controversy that earned public rebukes from her NBC colleagues, and a strong condemnation from Continue reading "Megyn Kelly’s Lawyer Wants Ronan Farrow to Attend Meeting With NBC Executives"
NBC News chief Andy Lack lit into one of his star anchors at a town hall meeting with the network’s news division on Wednesday, Mediaite has learned.
A day after Megyn Kelly sparked controversy by defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes before an all-white panel on her show, the head of a network that just last year hired her away from Fox News on a reported $69 million deal condemned the host.
“There is no other way to put this but I condemn those remarks, there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them,” Lack told staff, according to a transcript obtained by Mediaite. “Very unfortunate.”
Kelly issued an emotional apology for the racially insensitive comments on her NBC show Wednesday morning. Kelly’s contrition came after her NBC colleagues devoted a remarkable amount of airtime to the controversy.
Lester Holtcovered her comments Continue reading "Why Is NBC News Actively Hyping Megyn Kelly’s Blackface Controversy?"
Julie Swetnick, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of drugging women and participating in gang rapes in the 1980s, spoke out at length about her allegations in an interview that aired on MSNBC Monday.
NBC News started off by noting it could not independently verify her claims. Swetnick spoke to NBC News correspondent Kate Snow about her allegations, made in a statement released last week, that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge attended a party where she was drugged and gang raped. While she did not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her, she claimed she witnessed him participate in gang rapes. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and denied even knowing Swetnick.
Swetnick, a current government employee being represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, told Snow that at parties Kavanaugh was “very aggressive, very sloppy drunk, very mean drunk.”
“I saw him go up to girls and paw on Continue reading "WATCH: Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick Backtracks on Some Claims in Extensive NBC News Interview"