Fox News’ Howard Kurtz Briefly Addresses Seth Rich Family Lawsuit Against Network

Towards the end of this morning’s MediaBuzz, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz briefly covered the lawsuit filed by Seth Rich‘s family against the network. To briefly recap: Rich’s family is suing Fox News over the report the network eventually retracted that spread the conspiracy that his murder was part of some plot. “Fox says it cannot comment on pending litigation,” Kurtz said. “The network said at the time that the web story ‘was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting.'” Watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Jeff Flake Calls on Republicans to Challenge Trump in 2020 Primary Elections

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake isn’t seeking re-election in 2018 — but says he or another “decent” Republican may just have a shot at the presidency in two years’ time. The senator joined CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, discussing the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other controversies arising from President Donald Trump’s White House. Flake, an ardent anti-Trump lawmaker who’s fiercely opposed the president on some issues, said he hasn’t yet ruled out taking on Trump in the 2020 Republican primaries. “People want to remember the Republican Party as the decent party, and it is not right now … I don’t know who will step up in the end, I hope somebody does,” Flake said. “I’m not ruling it out but I certainly think the odds are long that I would do it.”

Ben Shapiro to CNN’s Stelter: CNN Has Been ‘Pretty Bad’ in Covering the Gun Debate

Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro faced off with CNN’s Brian Stelter over media bias on Reliable Sources this morning. Shapiro said people don’t trust the media on Trump because people overhype everything, but Stelter suggested that may have to do in part with a “decade-long movement on the right to discredit the media.” The CNN host also asked Shapiro what he thinks the “most egregious media bias” is. And it didn’t take long for Shapiro to bring up Stelter’s own network:
“The coverage of the gun debate has been absolutely egregious. And I don’t want to single out your network, but CNN’s been pretty bad on this from a conservative perspective. The idea that when there’s a mass shooting that the media feel the necessity to put on TV not only survivors but specific survivors… and that they decide to single out certain events and not other events in Continue reading "Ben Shapiro to CNN’s Stelter: CNN Has Been ‘Pretty Bad’ in Covering the Gun Debate"

SNL Ridicules Betsy DeVos’ 60 Minutes Trainwreck: Behind the Scenes I Am ‘Much Worse’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — or, at least Kate McKinnon’s uncanny impersonation of her — was offered a shot at redemption on Saturday Night Live following her recently botched interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes. McKinnon played DeVos on the show’s latest episode, appearing on “Weekend Update” to clear up her stance on several issues. The SNL version of the education secretary addressed her views on charter and public schools, as well as arguably being one of the most hated cabinet appointees in the Trump administration. “I don’t like to think of things in terms of school,” the mock-DeVos said, echoing a statement the secretary made on 60 Minutes. “It should be up to the states. In Wyoming, for example, where there are many potential grizzlies, there should be a school for bears. In Louisiana, crocodile crossing guards. In North Carolina, stop being trans, and that’s what’s best for them! That’s Continue reading "SNL Ridicules Betsy DeVos’ 60 Minutes Trainwreck: Behind the Scenes I Am ‘Much Worse’"

CNN’s Stelter: Sessions Gave ‘A Win to the Hannitys of the World’ With McCabe Firing

CNN’s Brian Stelter opened today’s Reliable Sources with the whirlwind news weekend of Andrew McCabe‘s firing and President Trump‘s attacks on Robert Mueller. “President Trump’s allies in the media,” he said, “have spent almost a year trying to discredit this probe. They’ve been acting like there’s something to hide.” Trump lawyer John Dowd said yesterday the Mueller probe should end, and now the President himself is saying this:

CNN Panel Slams Hillary Clinton for ‘Backwards’ Comments: Don’t ‘Criticize the Voters’

Amid all the big Trump news today, CNN’s State of the Union panel also addressed Hillary Clinton‘s recent comments on the kind of voters that President Trump appealed to. Clinton spoke of Trump’s “backwards” appeal like this: “You didn’t like black people getting rights? You don’t like women, you know, getting jobs?” Nina Turner pointed out to Jake Tapper that Ohio, for example, voted for Barack Obama both times, saying it’s “very hurtful” for Clinton to “lump all Ohioans and all people” in like that. “In politics, we should not criticize the voters,” she added. Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher agreed and said Clinton’s comment “not only misreads history, it misreads the present moment.” And Jen Psaki, former Obama White House communications director, noted the “massive flip” in some places from Obama to Trump and said it “doesn’t validate what she said.” “There was a larger Continue reading "CNN Panel Slams Hillary Clinton for ‘Backwards’ Comments: Don’t ‘Criticize the Voters’"

Trey Gowdy: Trump’s Done ‘A Hell of a Lot Better’ on Russia Than Obama

On Fox News Sunday this morning, Congressman Trey Gowdy said that President Trump has been doing a better job responding to Russia than former President Barack Obama did. Chris Wallace, who was recently critical of Trump’s wishy-washy statements on Russia, asked Gowdy, “Do you think the President has stood up, has taken action against Vladimir Putin or do you wish he had been tougher to him?” Gowdy responded, “I think he’s done a hell of a lot better job than President Obama did.” He elaborated:
“It wasn’t Donald Trump who laughed when Mitt Romney said Russia was our number one geopolitical enemy and it wasn’t President Trump who handed that awkward reset button to the Russians and it wasn’t President Trump who said on a hot mic, ‘I’ll have more flexibility in the second term.’ All of that was Obama.”
Gowdy said he still Continue reading "Trey Gowdy: Trump’s Done ‘A Hell of a Lot Better’ on Russia Than Obama"