MSNBC Panel Suggests Murdoch Planted Story in WSJ About Ex-Wife as Game of ‘Divorce Politics’

Last night, a curious story appeared in the Wall Street Journal, alleging that U.S. counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner about his dear friend Wendi Deng Murdoch — who also happens to be the ex-wife to publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch. The article suggested that Deng Murdoch used her influence with both Kushner and Ivanka Trump to curry favor with the Chinese government and to pursue their interests, a bold claim to be sure. Vanity Fair’s William Cohan has an interesting take on just what is going on with that story. He said it was Murdoch using his media influence to go after his ex-wife. Cohan appeared on an MSNBC panel led by Stephanie Ruhle this morning and explained his thought process, reminding viewers that the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, is owned by the Australian businessman. “Rupert Murdoch owns the Wall Street Journal and that’s where this story appeared, Continue reading "MSNBC Panel Suggests Murdoch Planted Story in WSJ About Ex-Wife as Game of ‘Divorce Politics’"

Federalist Editor: Wall Street Journal ‘Provided Zero Evidence’ For Trump-Pornstar Report

Mollie Hemingway, editor at Ben Domenech’s factory of contrarianism — also known as The Federalist — said on Fox News that the Wall Street Journal provided “zero evidence” to back up their report that Trump’s lawyer arranged payment for a porn star to keep quiet about an affair. The Journal reported that Michael Cohen arranged to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $130k just weeks before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence regarding a sex affair with Donald Trump, alleged to have occurred in 2006, when he was married to Melania. Cohen has denied the report and provided a statement, signed by “Stormy Daniels” — real name Stephanie Clifford — that denied she had sex with Trump. And appearing on Howard Kurtz’s MediaBuzz Sunday morning, Hemingway declared that the WSJ report doesn’t meet her journalistic standards. “Well, the Wall Street Journal asserted something as true but provided Continue reading "Federalist Editor: Wall Street Journal ‘Provided Zero Evidence’ For Trump-Pornstar Report"

Trump Claims He Didn’t Say He Has Good Relationship With Kim Jong Un Despite WSJ Releasing Audio

This morning, President Donald Trump got his Sunday started by taking to Twitter to rail against the Wall Street Journal over an interview he gave the paper last week. One of the big revelations from that conversation was Trump’s declaration that he actually has a “very good relationship” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Of course, this raised many eyebrows considering that Trump has publicly denigrated the reclusive and erratic leader numerous times. At the start of his morning tweetstorm, Trump claimed that the WSJ falsely represented what he said. According to the president, his actual words were “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un.”

Who is Stormy Daniels? Meet The Porn Star Trump May Have Paid to Keep Sex Affair Secret

Everyone’s favorite Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to a former porn star one month before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about a sexual affair with Donald Trump. That’s according to a bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal that dropped Friday afternoon. Per the report, Cohen arranged payment to Stephanie Clifford a month before the 2016 election, as Trump found himself dogged by a number of other allegations of sexual misconduct. The affair with Trump — believed to be consensual — allegedly took place in 2006, after Trump had married his third wife Melania. According to people familiar with the matter, the encounter happened at a July 2006 Lake Tahoe golf tournament. So who is Stephanie Clifford? Fans of her work might recognize her as Stormy Daniels. Or Stormy Waters. Or, simply Stormy. Stormy is a remarkably accomplished performer, having won an Adult Video Continue reading "Who is Stormy Daniels? Meet The Porn Star Trump May Have Paid to Keep Sex Affair Secret"

What?! Trump Tells Reporter ‘I Probably Have a Very Good Relationship With Kim Jong-un’

They call each other “Rocket Man” and “Dotard.” They argue about whose nuclear button is bigger. And they apparently are totally cool with one another. In a new interview published Thursday, President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he believes he has a strong relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un of North Korea,” Trump said. What?! Trump went on to admit that his positions on so many things are subject to change — if not outright disposable. “[Y]ou see that a lot with me and then all of a sudden somebody’s my best friend,” Trump said. “I could give you 20 examples. You give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.” [image via screengrab] —— Follow Joe DePaolo (@joe_depaolo) on Twitter