‘This Is Vile and Wrong’: Chelsea Clinton Tears Into Kathy Griffin Over Beheaded Trump Photo

chelsea-clintonedited-1 In a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, occasional CNN host Kathy Griffin posed with a model of a President Donald Trump’s severed head. Once the photo was published today, the internet went predictably wild, with Griffin facing quite a bit of criticism over the controversial pic. This afternoon, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton joined in the condemnation of Griffin, taking to Twitter to express her outrage over the photo. When one Twitter user said that Griffin needed a better PR team, Clinton responded by stating that it is never funny to joke about killing a president.

Questions Arise Over Fox News Sole Anonymous Source Exonerating Jared Kushner

A Fox News story out Monday defended Jared Kushner against a number of reports alleging the senior White House adviser attempted to set up a secret backchannel with Russian officials. The original Washington Post story — corroborated by The New York Times and other news outlets — reported that Kushner proposed establishing a secret backchannel with the Kremlin during a December meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Then came the Fox News story, published without a by-line, and the headline: “Jared Kushner didn’t suggest Russian communications channel in meeting, source says.” The report, which was retweeted by President Donald Trump, quotes a sole anonymous source claiming that during the December meeting “the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner.” The source for the story was only broadly described as being “familiar the matter,” Continue reading "Questions Arise Over Fox News Sole Anonymous Source Exonerating Jared Kushner"

Tapper: Trump Is ‘Inconsistent’ on Use of Anonymous Sources and ‘Not a Particularly Good Judge of Them’

Over Memorial Day weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain about the “fake news media” and their use of anonymous sources from the White House, claiming that much of the time he believes those sources are made up by “fake news writers.” However, this morning, he ended up retweeting a story from Fox News that was based solely on one anonymous source. In response to the president’s actions, CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out Trump’s inconsistency while also highlighting Trump’s past history with birtherism. After explaining the details of Trump’s recent tweets and the Fox News report, the CNN anchor took a shot at the president. “The president, I think it’s fair to say, is not only inconsistent about the use of anonymous sources, he’s not a particularly good judge of them,” he noted. Tapper continued, “As the unofficial head of the birther movement which sought to argue Continue reading "Tapper: Trump Is ‘Inconsistent’ on Use of Anonymous Sources and ‘Not a Particularly Good Judge of Them’"

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Slams Spicer for Taking So Few Questions at First Presser in Two Weeks

jon-karl Earlier today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held his first on-camera press briefing in over two weeks. However, despite President Donald Trump having just come back from his first foreign trip and the administration being hit with more bombshell news reports over the Russia probe, Spicer spent less than 20 minutes taking questions from the gathered reporters. At least one member of the White House press corps was not thrilled with this. Shortly after today’s briefing wrapped up, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl sent out the following critical tweets: In the wake of all of the negative news Continue reading "ABC News’ Jonathan Karl Slams Spicer for Taking So Few Questions at First Presser in Two Weeks"

Al Franken to The View: White House ‘Not Acting Like People Who Have Nothing To Hide’ on Russia

Senator Al Franken stopped by The View this morning to promote his new book, Al Franken Giant of the Senate and discussed the seemingly ceaseless flood of bombshells that emerge from the Trump administration on a daily basis. When Joy Behar asked him to comment on the Jared Kushner Russian backchannel saga, Franken responded:
Look, as you say, these are coming fast and furious and there always seems to be something that they hadn’t disclosed on the disclosure forms. And this bunch is not acting like people who have nothing to hide. And this was a meeting among several meetings that Kushner has that he didn’t disclose when he was legally supposed to disclose them. And who knows, we may get to a point where the question is asked, ‘What did the president know and when did hid son-in-law tell him?’
Franken went on to discuss other political issues Continue reading "Al Franken to The View: White House ‘Not Acting Like People Who Have Nothing To Hide’ on Russia"

Sean Spicer Snaps at Reporters Over Trump’s Foreign Trip Coverage: ‘Perpetuation of False Narratives’

Sean Spicer returned to the White House Press Room on Tuesday, and he held a combative exchange with several reporters over “fake news” from the media’s latest coverage of President Trump. As the press secretary talked up Trump’s international tour last week, Spicer bemoaned how many “absolutely false” stories were pushed out by news outlets throughout the trip. When CNN’s Jim Acosta asked for an example, Spicer pointed towards the erroneous story that President Trump wasn’t wearing his earpiece to receive the translation of a G7 speech from the Italian Prime Minister. Acosta acknowledged that reporters sometimes make mistakes, and New York TimesPeter Baker asked Spicer if he was possibly making too much out of a story that arose from a BBC reporter’s tweet. Spicer shot back that the story that came out of the tweet was fake, and there was “no apology” from those who perpetuated it. Continue reading "Sean Spicer Snaps at Reporters Over Trump’s Foreign Trip Coverage: ‘Perpetuation of False Narratives’"

Spicer Says President Trump’s Relationship With Angela Merkel is ‘Fairly Unbelievable’

The idea that there’s any tension in the relationship between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is fake news. So said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during his briefing on Tuesday. This, despite comments from Merkel over the weekend in which she said, “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.” And this despite a Tweet from Trump on Tuesday morning, in which he called out Germany for having a large trade deficit with the U.S. and not paying their fair share on defense spending. Ignore all that, Spicer said. In fact, said the Continue reading "Spicer Says President Trump’s Relationship With Angela Merkel is ‘Fairly Unbelievable’"