Ex-Fox News Correspondent Pans Network: It ‘Drowned Out Straight Journalism With Partisan Misinformation’


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A Fox News original hire who served as a correspondent for more than two decades is calling out the network for allowing its opinion hosts to overshadow its journalists. Carl Cameron, who was a regular on such programs as Special Report and Shepard Smith Reporting, expressed his views in a video promoting his new venture — a progressive alternative to the Drudge Report, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported. In the video, Cameron explained why he signed on to Fox News in the first place, and what made him leave. “The idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me,” Cameron said. “But over the years, the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left.” Cameron told the Post that viewers often made assumptions about his politics based on his employer, but he never commented either way. “I kept my personal beliefs very Continue reading "Ex-Fox News Correspondent Pans Network: It ‘Drowned Out Straight Journalism With Partisan Misinformation’"

Ex-Fox News Correspondent Pans Network: It ‘Drowned Out Straight Journalism With Partisan Misinformation’


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A Fox News original hire who served as a correspondent for more than two decades is calling out the network for allowing its opinion hosts to overshadow its journalists. Carl Cameron, who was a regular on such programs as Special Report and Shepard Smith Reporting, expressed his views in a video promoting his new venture — a progressive alternative to the Drudge Report, The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported. In the video, Cameron explained why he signed on to Fox News in the first place, and what made him leave. “The idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me,” Cameron said. “But over the years, the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left.” Cameron told the Post that viewers often made assumptions about his politics based on his employer, but he never commented either way. “I kept my personal beliefs very Continue reading "Ex-Fox News Correspondent Pans Network: It ‘Drowned Out Straight Journalism With Partisan Misinformation’"

‘The Trump-Fox Feedback Loop’: CNN’s Stelter Analyzes the Pro and Anti-War Factions at Fox News


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CNN host Brian Stelter said Donald Trump’s military policy toward Iran is reflective of the “Fox-Trump feedback loop,” pointing to reports that the president backed off missile strikes against the country after conversations with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Stelter, who made the comments on Sunday’s airing of Reliable Sources, began the segment by showing a 2015 clip of Meet the Press host Chuck Todd in which Trump said he gets his military advice from “the shows.” “Tucker Carlson, Fox host, has been staunchly in the anti-war camp, advising the president, pleading with the president not to talk to Iran,” Stelter observed. “But there’s also a pro-war faction at Fox. Sean Hannity talking about Trump bombing the hell out of Iran.” “Here is what’s interesting about what happened,” he continued. “The president pulled back from the strike plan, the hosts on Fox, some of them like Brian Continue reading "‘The Trump-Fox Feedback Loop’: CNN’s Stelter Analyzes the Pro and Anti-War Factions at Fox News"

John Oliver Torches Fox’s Greg Gutfeld’s ‘Breathtakingly Stupid’ Iran Comments: ‘He Needs to Be Put to Bed’


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HBO’s John Oliver went after Fox News host Greg Gutfeld over comments on Iran which the comedian termed “breathtakingly stupid.” During his monologue on Last Week Tonight Sunday, Oliver played back remarks on Gutfeld from The Five — which aired several days earlier. “We’re now in a time where it doesn’t matter how large your population is, because the population is no longer expendable in war,” Gutfeld said. “It’s now about the machines that you have. Drones are now replacing bones… So it’ll be stuff versus stuff. And fortunately for us, we have the best stuff.” “That is breathtakingly stupid,” Oliver said — to laughter from his audience. The comic then likened Gutfeld’s comments to those of a drunken child. “If someone said that to me at a dinner party, my response would be, ‘Excuse me, this child is drunk. Someone gave him wine — I don’t know Continue reading "John Oliver Torches Fox’s Greg Gutfeld’s ‘Breathtakingly Stupid’ Iran Comments: ‘He Needs to Be Put to Bed’"

CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents


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CNN political analyst David Gergen says he thinks Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is a bigger influence on some of President Donald Trump’s decisions than any of the former presidents he’s spoken to recently. Gergen was speaking with Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom Sunday night, who was asking about a segment in Chuck Todd’s interview with Trump where he said he’s spoken with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. “Do you see their hands in any of the choices President Trump has made as president?” Cabrera asked Gergen. Gergen shot down the question, saying “I think these have been courtesy calls for the most part. I don’t think they swayed his decision making.” “Listen, Tucker Carlson, Fox anchor, had more influence in the president’s decision not to hit Iran than did any of the former presidents,” Gergen continued. “He is not turning to them as previous presidents Continue reading "CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents"

CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents


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CNN political analyst David Gergen says he thinks Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is a bigger influence on some of President Donald Trump’s decisions than any of the former presidents he’s spoken to recently. Gergen was speaking with Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom Sunday night, who was asking about a segment in Chuck Todd’s interview with Trump where he said he’s spoken with former presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. “Do you see their hands in any of the choices President Trump has made as president?” Cabrera asked Gergen. Gergen shot down the question, saying “I think these have been courtesy calls for the most part. I don’t think they swayed his decision making.” “Listen, Tucker Carlson, Fox anchor, had more influence in the president’s decision not to hit Iran than did any of the former presidents,” Gergen continued. “He is not turning to them as previous presidents Continue reading "CNN’s David Gergen Says Fox’s Tucker Carlson Has ‘More Influence’ on Trump Than Former Presidents"

Jonathan Swan Details Axios Report on Chaos of Trump Presidential Transition


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Axios’ Jonathan Swan appeared on MSNBC to detail his Sunday report on a large trove of leaked documents detailing the frenzy of Donald Trump’s presidential transition following the 2016 election. Swan spoke with Steve Kornacki, who was filling in for Kasie Hunt on Kasie DC. “The documents we have are the documents that were produced after they fired Chris Christie,” Swan said. “Trump fires — actually [Steve] Bannon fires [Christie] after the election and they toss aside most of his work, start from scratch with the names.” “So there was this frenetic frenzied period where the leadership … President Trump, Reince Priebus, were coming up with names for the top jobs,” he continued. “This was dumped on the back of the Republican National Committee. They had a team of two dozen—almost all of them in their 20s, and they did the best job they could on Continue reading "Jonathan Swan Details Axios Report on Chaos of Trump Presidential Transition"

Jeanine Pirro Attacked Jeff Sessions on Her Fox News Show After He Blocked Trump From Hiring Her: Washington Post


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According to a new profile, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro used her show to attack then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he reportedly blocked President Donald Trump from hiring her. The item is one of several pieces of information offered about the Fox host and staunch Trump ally in a new Washington Post profile series detailing Trump’s associates and confidantes.
“For a while, Trump considered Pirro for a Washington job, interviewing her for a top Justice Department position under Jeff Sessions — a job she lobbied hard to get, according to a senior administration official. But Sessions blocked the appointment, the official said, after which Pirro attacked Sessions on her show for recusing himself from the Russia investigation,” The Washington Post reported.
The article also outlines Pirro’s past as district attorney for Westchester County in New York and her attempted bid in politics. The article also describes that talk about giving Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Attacked Jeff Sessions on Her Fox News Show After He Blocked Trump From Hiring Her: Washington Post"

Fox’s Chris Wallace to Cotton: Could Trump’s Iran Decision Be His ‘Red Line Moment?’


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Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace pressed Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on the difference between former President Barack Obama declining to enforce a “red line” in Syria and President Donald Trump calling off a strike on Iran. Wallace noted Cotton was highly critical of Obama’s decision, and aired a clip of Trump calling the red line a “blank threat.” “Does this run the risk of being President Trump’s red line moment?” Wallace asked. “No Chris, I see some differences between the two situations,” Cotton replied. “First, President Obama’s Syria policy was a mess. Second, he himself in his own words drew that red line, and then third, he failed to enforce it.” “Here, President Trump’s Iran policy is working,” the senator continued. “One reason they’re lashing out is because of the maximum pressure campaign that has driven their economy to near depression levels of activity.” “Second, Continue reading "Fox’s Chris Wallace to Cotton: Could Trump’s Iran Decision Be His ‘Red Line Moment?’"

Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’


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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro piled on 2020 presidential frontrunner Joe Biden over recent campaign missteps, saying he should “stick to making friendship bracelets.” Pirro noted that Biden has faced criticism from his competitors in the Democratic primary for his praise of “civility” in working with segregationist Democratic senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. “I don’t remember things being this bad 15 months before the Republican primary,” Pirro said. Pirro also brought up that Biden mentions President Barack Obama in campaign speeches even though Obama has been silent on the state of the Democratic primary. “Even Joe’s best pal Barack is uncharacteristic all silent these days. Joe has to remind him that they are besties with the best friend forever bracelet. Joe, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for your best pal Barack to endorse you,” Pirro said. Earlier this month, Biden was made fun of for deploying a Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Piles on Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign: ‘Stick to Making Friendship Bracelets’"

Jesse Watters Teams with Don Jr. to Bash Media Outlets, Praise President Trump


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Fox News host Jesse Watters took time out of his interview with Donald Trump Jr. to praise President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign rally and bash other media outlets’ coverage of the event. Watters offered up his criticism of the media to Trump Jr. during his interview with the president’s son on Watters’ World Saturday night. “The media was totally disrespectful of this speech. You have an incumbent president officially launching his candidacy for reelection in primetime in a key swing state in Florida. And they don’t seriously analyze this and how he’s framing the issue,” Watters said. Watters then played a clip of various shows criticizing Trump’s Orlando rally this week. “The media–the more they attack the president the stronger the bond is between his supporters and him,” Watters said. Trump Jr. agreed saying “the level of hate and disdain the media has for these hard working people, now they Continue reading "Jesse Watters Teams with Don Jr. to Bash Media Outlets, Praise President Trump"

CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’


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CNN media analyst Bill Carter appeared astounded by Sean Hannity’s recently revealed texts with former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, saying the Fox host appeared like a “propaganda operative.” “Hannity has been known to be known as a partisan commentator, but here he’s like a propaganda operative because he’s connecting with someone very much in the mix of the story,” Carter told CNN’s Ana Cabrera Saturday evening. Recently unsealed court documents show that Hannity exchanged hundreds of messages with Manafort, often discussing his then-ongoing prosecution by the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cabrera described the messages as “stunning.” “Any news organization would not want their journalists to be involved in this and he has distanced himself from being a journalist … this seems another step to me,” Carter said. “He’s actually involving himself in a story with a witness trying to get the Continue reading "CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’"

CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’


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CNN media analyst Bill Carter appeared astounded by Sean Hannity’s recently revealed texts with former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, saying the Fox host appeared like a “propaganda operative.” “Hannity has been known to be known as a partisan commentator, but here he’s like a propaganda operative because he’s connecting with someone very much in the mix of the story,” Carter told CNN’s Ana Cabrera Saturday evening. Recently unsealed court documents show that Hannity exchanged hundreds of messages with Manafort, often discussing his then-ongoing prosecution by the Department of Justice and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cabrera described the messages as “stunning.” “Any news organization would not want their journalists to be involved in this and he has distanced himself from being a journalist … this seems another step to me,” Carter said. “He’s actually involving himself in a story with a witness trying to get the Continue reading "CNN Media Analyst Astounded by Sean Hannity’s Texts with Paul Manafort: Like a ‘Propaganda Operative’"

Read Some of the Wildest Texts Between Sean Hannity and Paul Manafort


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Prosecutors today released a trove of text messages between former President Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Fox News host Sean Hannity. The 56-page document released Friday shows a long-ranging correspondence between Hannity and Manafort. The messages often discuss Hannity’s programs, the Fox host’s support of Manafort and grievances about various Democratic political figures and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team Hannity’s name is redacted from the first part of the document only identified by a blue avatar, but is later fully identified in the documents as a recipient of Manafort’s messages. Here are some of the highlights of the document. The full document is available on Google Drive. [Images via screengrabs]

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Says Trump’s Story About Iran Strike: ‘Doesn’t Hold Together’


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace questioned President Donald Trump’s account of his decision to call off a strike against Iran, after the country shot down a U.S. drone this week. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die,” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning, explaining his abrupt decision to call off a strike on Iran. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” Shepard Smith spoke to Wallace about the timeline of the decision to call off the strike, noting a discrepancy between Fox News reporting and the president’s claims. “Something is wrong there,” Smith said. “I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up,” Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Says Trump’s Story About Iran Strike: ‘Doesn’t Hold Together’"

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Says Trump’s Story About Iran Strike: ‘Doesn’t Hold Together’


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace questioned President Donald Trump’s account of his decision to call off a strike against Iran, after the country shot down a U.S. drone this week. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die,” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning, explaining his abrupt decision to call off a strike on Iran. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” Shepard Smith spoke to Wallace about the timeline of the decision to call off the strike, noting a discrepancy between Fox News reporting and the president’s claims. “Something is wrong there,” Smith said. “I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up,” Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Says Trump’s Story About Iran Strike: ‘Doesn’t Hold Together’"

CNN, Fox, C-SPAN and More Protest SC Dems Giving MSNBC Exclusive Live Coverage Rights


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Executives at C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, CBS News, and ABC News co-signed a letter to the South Carolina Democratic party protesting the exclusive rights and access granted to MSNBC for the state party’s convention Saturday, where many of the Democratic 2020 candidates will be appearing. Earlier this week, news broke that these outlets would not be able to do live coverage, and surprising no one, those other networks were not happy. Fox News told Mediaite they had lodged a complaint, and C-SPAN political director Steve Scully was extremely critical in comments he made to The Washington Examiner. The Greenville News reported Thursday that the state party is “allow[ing] at least” the local PBS affiliate to live stream the event too. But C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, CBS News, and ABC News sent a letter to Trav Robertson, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party, making it clear they’re not Continue reading "CNN, Fox, C-SPAN and More Protest SC Dems Giving MSNBC Exclusive Live Coverage Rights"

Tucker Carlson Torches the Koch Brothers: Conservatives Should Rethink If They’re Really ‘On Their Side’


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Fox News host Tucker Carlson took a torch to a pair of the Republican party’s top donors on Wednesday night: Charles and David Koch. Carlson’s evolution from Koch defender to critic has been documented on this site, in a thorough piece by Caleb Ecarma. Carlson took his opposition to the billionaire brothers a step further Wednesday night with a lengthy monologue that first laid out the vast breadth of their wealth and political influence. The Fox News host did argue that the Kochs and their family (“who by the way are very nice people”), “have been grotesquely and repeatedly maligned by the media,” which has “convinced many conservatives that the Kochs much be on their side.” “In the case of the Kochs, conservatives might want to pause and rethink the relationship,” Carlson continued, before laying out the billionaires’ instances of conservative heresy. “They are… totally opposed to most conservative Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Torches the Koch Brothers: Conservatives Should Rethink If They’re Really ‘On Their Side’"

Greg Gutfeld Goes Off on CNN for Cutting Away From Trump Rally: ‘You’re Not Allowed to Turn It Off!’


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Fox News’ Greg Gutfield blasted CNN for cutting away early from President Donald Trump’s Orlando campaign rally, arguing the network isn’t “allowed” to cut away early. “Once CNN was criticized they turned it off. You are a news network. You are not allowed to turn it off. We can change the channel, but you are a cable news network,” Gutfield said. “They react emotionally to this. … all that is left you can go after his personality and micro-flaws in Tweets.” Jesse Watters agreed, saying “the media did not treat it the way it would treat a normal president in these times. … They didn’t discuss it seriously.” The Five mainly had praise for Trump’s designated campaign launch Tuesday night, save Juan Williams who called the rally “boring.” “It seems to me that my experience of it was so disappointing, it was boring,” he said. “I heard Continue reading "Greg Gutfeld Goes Off on CNN for Cutting Away From Trump Rally: ‘You’re Not Allowed to Turn It Off!’"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Networks Not Carrying Entire Trump Rally is ‘Unfair’ and ‘Shows a Lack of Class’


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Fox News’ Howard Kurtz attacked other networks for showing “a lack of class” by not carrying President Donald Trump’s Orlando rally live in its entirety like Fox News did. “Fox News carried the whole thing live, but MSNBC didn’t deign to cover a minute of President Trump kicking off his reelection campaign and CNN took two or three minutes and dumped out of it,” Kurtz said — then accusing MSNBC and CNN of showing a “lack of class” by not carrying the rally live and uncritically. “What I have to say about this is it’s a lack of class,” Kurtz said on America’s Newsroom Wednesday morning, speaking with Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith. Trump made little to no news in the rally launching his re-election bid Tuesday, deploying his rally staples of bashing CNN as “fake news” and attacking Hillary Clinton, who is not running for president in 2020. Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Networks Not Carrying Entire Trump Rally is ‘Unfair’ and ‘Shows a Lack of Class’"