Washington Post Reporter Fact Checks Fox News on Trump and Trade: Four False Statements in 90 Seconds


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A Fox & Friends segment on Tuesday featuring Fox Business Network reporter Jackie DeAngelis argued that President Trump may be seeing his trade war proved right in real time, based on new economic data. But Washington Post video editor JM Rieger called b.s., with four “false statements” from the segment, in a Twitter thread. A short time later, he upped the count to five. The segment in question is above, and Riger quoted from it as he did a blow-by blow. The first of his original four points was that the mechanics are not a mysterious or debatable point. Tariffs are “paid by importers, not China,” he wrote. Fellow WaPo reporter Phillip Bump later added an illustration in an article on the segment. “On one side, you have people saying that Earth is flat. On the other side, you have people saying that it is some sort of Continue reading "Washington Post Reporter Fact Checks Fox News on Trump and Trade: Four False Statements in 90 Seconds"

Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Accuses Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Having ‘Hamas Agenda’ to Rebut Her Trump Criticism


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Firing back at Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her public outrage at the “hate agenda” of President Donald Trump, Fox News host Pete Hegseth lobbed an incendiary charge at the Congresswoman, equating her media criticism of the New York Times’ coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with supporting a “Hamas agenda.” Appearing on a Fox News Hannity segment that launched several rhetorical volleys against “the Squad” of freshmen Democratic Congresswomen, Hegseth tried to defend Trump’s not-so-subtle prejudicial attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore by tying her to the Palestinian terror organization. “If you look at how Rashida Tlaib talked about President Trump having a ‘hate agenda,’ I can therefore look at her and say that she has a Hamas agenda,” Hegseth claimed, before mounting a defense for a newspaper that his network routinely condemns. “She criticized the New York Times, because they, in her mind, favored Israel when Hamas Continue reading "Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Accuses Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Having ‘Hamas Agenda’ to Rebut Her Trump Criticism"

Did Ted Cruz Drop an F-Bomb While Raging at Pro-Trump Bias on Fox News in 2016? Former Staffers Don’t Doubt It


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The relationship between President Donald Trump and Fox News is never far from the news of the day. Whether it comes up on CNN or MSNBC, or is written about by Politico, or even brought up by a Trump Tweet, the network’s Trump coverage, relationship, and staff decisions, is an ongoing topic. That’s not a new development, though. It’s not even just since Trump took office. In fact, it goes all the way back to the Republican primary, back into 2015, and it was talked about not just by rival networks or Democrats at the time, but openly among conservatives and supporters of other candidates for the Republican nomination. In a juicy new political tome due out on July 16, Politico’s Tim Alberta talks about it, and in a tidbit going around on Tuesday, specifically about how Sen. Ted Cruz felt about the topic. An anecdote in the book,
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An Emotional Ed Henry Announces on Fox & Friends He is Donating Part of His Liver to His Sister


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With a burst of emotion, Fox News Channel Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry told the Fox & Friends audience on Sunday morning that he’ll be taking some time off. He’s donating part of his liver to his sister on Tuesday. “So, I’m going to donate part of my liver on Tuesday,” he said as the show came back from commercial, his voice immediately breaking with emotion. Henry worked through a few moments of being overwhelmed as he talked to his colleagues about what it means to donate a part of one’s liver, how it is an organ that regenerates and grows back, and how doctors have evaluated him for the surgery and prepared him for it over a period of a few months already. Without going into any private details, he said his sister’s condition is hereditary and that although she was on the list for a donor kidney, he Continue reading "An Emotional Ed Henry Announces on Fox & Friends He is Donating Part of His Liver to His Sister"

Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series


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NBC’s Today broadcasted a segment on Monday promoting a new movie about the sexual harassment case against former Fox News honcho, the late Roger Ailes — during which there was much talk about sexual harassment in the workplace, but none about sexual harassment in the NBC workplace. No one, for example, made even a passing reference to the network’s own scandals, even the one involving former Today co-host Matt Lauer, who we stress to immediately repeat hosted this very show. (And has been defended by those still on it.) Most of the segment focused, of course, on the actors and their roles, a typical on-air promotion. But the discussion also covered Ailes and the scandal, as well as Fox News. Actress Naomi Watts said she was attracted to the role of Gretchen Carlson by the courage it took to take down someone “at that level of power.” Continue reading "Today Show Fails to Mention Own Sexual Harassment Scandals During Segment on Roger Ailes Series"

Fox Reporter Calls Out Abusive Trump Crowd Booing Her, Fellow Reporters at Rally: ‘Such an Unfortunate Environment’


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At President Trump‘s campaign rally last week, the MAGA crowd abusively booed and taunted reporters, as they often do at Trump events, and on Sunday’s Media Buzz a Fox Business reporter was critical of that environment. She also noted she didn’t have anything identifying her as being from FBN, implying it might have acted as a shield with the crowd. Host Howard Kurtz asked his panel about the media environment and criticism of the rally by the press, and about CNN and MSNBC cutting away during the event. “CNN took about five minutes of it, and broke away,” said Kurtz. “They said, well, anchor John Berman said, ‘after about four minutes it was all about attacks on the medial.'” He asked Fox Business Network correspondent Kristina Partsinevelos, “how did it seem to you?” In her answer, Partsinevelos brought up the crowd’s hostility and the environment around Continue reading "Fox Reporter Calls Out Abusive Trump Crowd Booing Her, Fellow Reporters at Rally: ‘Such an Unfortunate Environment’"

Dan Bongino Melts Down on Conservative Writer, and Publications She Writes For, Over Twitter Joke


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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino went after a conservative writer and the publications she writes for this week over a joke she posted on Twitter. The tussle started after Washington Examiner contributor and Arc Digital columnist Kimberly Ross posted the following, making light of Twitter’s follower algorithm, on the social media platform Monday night:

By the next morning, the infamously fragile Bongino had found Ross’s Twitter joke — and erupted. Bongino accused Ross of having a “sorry following” and “opinions worthy of an amateur-hour conspiracy theorist.”

Mark Levin Bashes Brian Stelter for Bashing Levin’s Book…That Bashes Media for Bashing Conservatives


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CNN media critic Brian Stelter lamented the success of Fox News Channel everything critic Mark Levin‘s book Unfreedom of the Press – already #1 on Amazon a day before it is released – in his newsletter on Sunday night, and conservative media criticism website Newsbusters pointed it out on Twitter. That prompted a retweet from Levin and now here we are. Starting at the beginning, this is the excerpt from Stelter’s newsletter.

Mark Levin’s hate-the-media book is No. 1

Right-wing commentator Mark Levin‘s book “Unfreedom of the Press” comes out Tuesday. Thanks to his numerous plugs on the radio and on Fox, he’s at No. 1 on Amazon’s hardcover and paperback book chart right now, ahead of Howard Stern‘s new book. His overarching message: You can’t trust the press…
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SNL Mocks Fox’s Jeanine Pirro as Drunken Trump Fangirl


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Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong appeared as a drunken Jeanine Pirro on “Weekend Update,” throwing a martini in Colin Jost’s face after he told her congressional Democrats could force testimony against President Donald Trump if they begin impeachment proceedings. Strong as Pirro began by thanking her sponsors for sticking with her after she was briefly suspended due to a monologue criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar’s religious headwear. Jost commented “it’s rumored Fox News only kept you on the air because Donald Trump called the network on your behalf.” “Yes! That’s because Donald Trump is a class act,” she said. “He is the Michael Jordan of presidents and the Wesley Snipes of taxes. He’s a wiz in the boardroom and sometimes whizzes a little in the bedroom.” “Judge Jeanine, I hate to ask this, but have you been drinking?” Jost asked. “Colin, I haven’t been drinking,” she replied, Continue reading "SNL Mocks Fox’s Jeanine Pirro as Drunken Trump Fangirl"