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’"

Tucker Carlson Has Reportedly Been in Trump’s Ear, Trying to Talk Him Out of Military Action Against Iran


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Tucker Carlson has reportedly, privately, been advising President Donald Trump against military action in Iran. According to the Daily Beast, the Fox News primetime host has had a number of personal conversations with Trump — in which he is advocating his opposition to U.S. military action against Iran. Further, he has been criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton — who have adopted more hawkish positions on Iran. From the Beast’s report:
A source familiar with the conversations told The Daily Beast that, in recent weeks, the Fox News host has privately advised Trump against taking military action against Iran. And a senior administration official said that during the president’s recent conversations with the Fox primetime host, Carlson has bashed the more “hawkish members” of his administration.
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Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’


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After firing a shot across the bow last week, CNN’s Jim Acosta is ramping up his attacks on Fox News, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. The White House correspondent is now suggesting his Fox News rivals receive talking points — even scripts — directly from the West Wing. Appearing on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Acosta tore into Fox News — likening much of its content to Cuban state television. “[At] certain hours of the day on Fox…it is very much a house organ for the president,” Acosta said. He added, “Have we ever witnessed a situation like that, where a network essentially just serves as an amplifier of the president’s message of the day? And to some extent, focused and fixated on the conspiracy theories that he spreads. That to me is very much the definition of propaganda and state TV.” Hewitt pressed Acosta — noting the Continue reading "Jim Acosta Disses Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson: They’re ‘Not Willing to Meet Me in the Schoolyard’"

Fox News Anchor Goes OFF on AOC For Border ‘Concentration Camps’ Remark: ‘Does She Not Owe Every Jew on the Planet an Apology?’


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Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer went off on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tuesday for saying that the U.S. is running concentration camps at the southern border. AOC took to Instagram live stream Monday to share her thoughts: “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border. And that is exactly what they are. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing.” “She used the extermination of six million people,” said Hemmer. “Has she ever been to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem? Or Auschwitz Berkinau in Southern Poland? Or Dachau in Germany? ‘Never again’ is the phrase that Jews all over the world use to make sure that the extermination between 1939 and 1945 never happens again,” Hemmer said, “and she’s using concentration camps to describe what’s happening on the Southern border. How in the world is that Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Goes OFF on AOC For Border ‘Concentration Camps’ Remark: ‘Does She Not Owe Every Jew on the Planet an Apology?’"

Trump Blasts Fox News Over Polls: Theirs Are ‘Always Bad for Me,’ ‘Something Weird Going On…’


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President Donald Trump tonight went after Fox News again, this time concerning the network’s “bad” polls. Trump said there’s “something weird going on at Fox” and again touted his campaign’s internal polling: It’s unclear why he tagged Fox News’ Bret Baier, but Baier tonight did cover Trump’s ABC News interview in a segment with Howard Kurtz (and briefly remarked at one point about how long it’s been since the president came on Special Report for an interview). [image via screengrab]

Fox News Repeatedly Misreports Their Own Poll Showing 50% Favor Trump Impeachment


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The only thing more shocking than a new Fox News poll showing 50 percent of Americans favor impeaching President Donald Trump is the brazen way in which Fox News falsely reported on it. The survey, released Sunday, showed that 43 percent of Americans want Trump impeached and removed from office, while another seven percent currently favor impeachment only. But for Fox News viewers, this meant being lied to about the poll at first, then eventually simply being misled. Viewers of Monday morning’s Fox & Friends First got to see anchor Heather Childers repeatedly describe the poll by saying that “at least half of U.S. Voters do not think President Trump should be impeached” and “A new Fox News poll shows most voters don’t want impeachment.” The problem was that the onscreen graphic during each of these clips showed the answer to a question that wasn’t asked in the
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Trump is Just Tweeting Out Fox News Chyrons Now


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Indeed, that is what’s happening. It’s well established that President Donald Trump not only loves binging on his favorite cable news program, but also that he loves to tweet out favorable Fox News clips. On Monday, several hours after Trump said all polls showing him down to Democrats are “Fake”, the president offered up this out of context note: Of course, our first instinct was to check in on Fox News. Sure enough, it appears the president was watching the network’s reporting on the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Minutes before Trump’s tweet came out, Fox ran the chyron – “Iran to defy Uranium Stockpile Limits” – as Julie Banderas spoke to former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman about the tensions between Washington and Tehran. Watch above, via Fox News.

Jeanine Pirro Brings Up Hillary Clinton to Defend Trump’s Foreign Dirt Comments


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Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro used her opening to defend President Donald Trump’s comments on whether he would accept information on his election opponents from foreign agents. “The question: whether or not if foreigners offer information, should your campaign accept it or call the FBI? Trump said he would do both,” Pirro argued. “He said hey, I think you may want to listen. There is nothing wrong with listening. Obviously, you would have to listen before you would decide whether the information should go to the FBI.” Pirro then accused Democrats of attacking Trump “so they can add another trinket to their Trump impeachment jar.” Pirro then brought up former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accusing her of “illegally spying on an American citizen to get information on an opposing presidential candidate.” Pirro then played an old clip of herself to say that she would accept information from any Continue reading "Jeanine Pirro Brings Up Hillary Clinton to Defend Trump’s Foreign Dirt Comments"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox


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CNN’s Brian Stelter criticized various Fox News hosts for questioning President Donald Trump’s decision to do an interview with ABC News, arguing the hosts were trying to convince Trump to stick with his “safe space.” On her show Saturday night, S.E. Cupp was asking her guests about Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulos where Trump suggested he would take information from foreign operatives if it was offered. Republican strategist John Brabender criticized the choice to do the interview. “People are not out there saying I want more Donald Trump,” Brabender said. “If I was at the White House, I would have said let’s give them access. … ten minutes of exclusive access is a lot of time with a president.” Cupp then played clips of Fox’s Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson appearing to criticize the choice to do an interview with Stephanopoulos in the first place. “They’re saying Continue reading "CNN’s Brian Stelter’s Hits Fox Hosts Encouraging Trump to Stay With His ‘Safe Space’ on Fox"

Julián Castro Defends Doing Fox News Town Hall: I’m Focused on the People Watching, ‘Not the News Organization’


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Julián Castro was the latest Democrat to go on Fox News for a town hall, and during an MSNBC interview that aired this morning, he defended his decision as other Democrats are opting not to go on Fox. David Gura noted the decisions by other Democrats and asked Castro why he made the call to go on Fox. Castro said he believes in “working with the other side” and reaching out. “Are you sympathetic to those other contenders who have said they’re not going to do these town halls?” Gura asked. Castro said he understands the other candidates’ concerns about Fox News, but said, “What I’m focused on is not the news organization. What I’m focused on are the people out there watching.” You can watch above, via MSNBC.

Tyrus Talks ‘Redemption’ For Criminals in First Fox News Hit Since Britt McHenry Harassment Allegations


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Former pro-wrestler and Fox News personality Tyrus made his first appearance back on the network Friday since reports emerged this week that he was accused of sexually harassing a co-worker. While Tyrus, whose real name is George Murdoch, was kicked off the Fox Nation show he hosted with Britt McHenry after she reportedly filed a sexual harassment report against him, he was given his own show on the digital streaming platform called, NUFFSAID. And it seems he is not taking any kind of break from Fox News, as he appeared on the Daily Briefing Friday with Dana Perino to discuss “redemption” — that is, in the context of President Donald Trump’s Second Chance initiative for felons “I think redemption is really the American way,” Tyrus said after Perino praised Trump’s program regarding ex-prisoners. “And for a long time, it seemed to be for certain aspects of our society it Continue reading "Tyrus Talks ‘Redemption’ For Criminals in First Fox News Hit Since Britt McHenry Harassment Allegations"

‘Cleanup on Aisle Four’: Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Hits Trump’s Attempts to Clarify Foreign Dirt Comments


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace chided President Donald Trump for his comments about accepting dirt on election opponents from foreign sources. Wallace noted the situation was becoming a mess. “My reaction to that like what you hear at a big grocery store: cleanup on aisle four,” Wallace said. America’s Newsroom anchor Sandra Smith noted that Trump somewhat walked back comments he made to ABC News in a Fox & Friends interview Friday. Trump said he would still take a look at information before turning it over to authorities. “Of course, you have to look at it, because if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad — how are you going to know if it’s bad?” Trump said. Wallace said Trump initially “indicated that he would absolutely take information that came from foreign countries and maybe he would report it to authorities.” He Continue reading "‘Cleanup on Aisle Four’: Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Hits Trump’s Attempts to Clarify Foreign Dirt Comments"

Fox’s Baier Confronts Julian Castro on Hatch Act: Obama ‘Gave You a Pass,’ Shouldn’t Kellyanne Conway Get One?


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Kellyanne Conway was deemed, by the Office of Special Counsel on Thursday, to have committed repeated multiple violations of the Hatch Act — a law which prohibits Federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity. Three years ago, 2020 presidential contender Julian Castro — then working as HUD secretary in President Barack Obama‘s administration — was found to have violated the same act. Bret Baier of Fox News wanted to know: What is the difference? The Special Report anchor posed the question to Castro at a Fox News town hall on Thursday night. “Today, a federal watchdog agency recommended that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for violating the Hatch Act,” Baier said. “Essentially campaigning while in federal office. When you were HUD secretary, the same agency accused you of the same thing. President Obama gave you a pass. Should President [Donald] Trump give Kellyanne Conway Continue reading "Fox’s Baier Confronts Julian Castro on Hatch Act: Obama ‘Gave You a Pass,’ Shouldn’t Kellyanne Conway Get One?"

Fox’s Cavuto Questions ‘Odd’ Timing of Sarah Sanders Exit: Is Trump ‘Pointing the Finger’ at Her for ABC Interview?


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Neil Cavuto finds the timing of Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ White House departure announcement to be somewhat curious. Speaking moments after the news broke on Thursday’s edition of Your World, Cavuto questioned whether the Sanders exit has anything to do with President Donald Trump’s widely-panned interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC. “The timing of this is odd,” Cavuto said. “Just after the George Stephanopoulos interview with the president — this hypothetical came up about would you accept intelligence from a foreign source? And the president, of course, reacted the way he did. He said yeah, I’d be open to it. Maybe he’s pointing the finger, why did you get me into this, Sarah Sanders?” Cavuto went on to note the long drought between press briefings — but absolved Sanders of blame. “Many have expressed frustration in the media that the president doesn’t hold as many press conferences, that Continue reading "Fox’s Cavuto Questions ‘Odd’ Timing of Sarah Sanders Exit: Is Trump ‘Pointing the Finger’ at Her for ABC Interview?"

Fox’s The Five Fawns Over Sarah Sanders: She Handled Press Briefings With ‘Grace’


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Fox News’ The Five heavily praised departing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders following her announcement she is leaving the Donald Trump administration. “She was one of the trusted advisors of the president. In addition doing the press secretary role, she is somebody who he used as a counselor,” host Dana Perino told Jesse Watters. “She was in his inner circle, and it speaks to her talent and grace and compassion and intellect. She is going to be really missed because she was a real crusader for the Trump agenda,” Watters said. Those press conferences, we don’t see them as much as we used to but they can be very, very entertaining and combative,” Watters continued. Perino noted it has been over three months since her last press briefing. Katie Pavlich also praised Sanders. “Being in the room with Sarah Sanders when she was giving those briefings, it was hot Continue reading "Fox’s The Five Fawns Over Sarah Sanders: She Handled Press Briefings With ‘Grace’"

Andrew Napolitano Warns Trump Against Accepting Foreign Dirt: ‘He Would be Committing a Felony’


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Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano warned President Donald Trump against accepting foreign intelligence on an election opponent and “he would be committing a felony” if he did so. Napolitano was speaking with Shepard Smith Thursday afternoon — when the Fox News anchor asked “Is there any way to argue that dirt from a foreign entity on a political opponent would be something that you can receive legally? Any wiggle room at all?” Napolitano flatly denied there is any “wiggle room.” “With respect to opposition research, the Federal Election Commission decided in other cases that that is a thing of value … that comes from a statute that prohibits receipt money or a thing of value from a foreign national. Whether the person is working for a foreign government or not,” Napolitano said. “So what the president said he would do to George Stephanopoulos would be felonious,” Smith asked. “Correct,” Continue reading "Andrew Napolitano Warns Trump Against Accepting Foreign Dirt: ‘He Would be Committing a Felony’"

Fox News’ Napolitano: Roe v. Wade ‘Most Abominable Decision’ Since Pro-Slavery Ruling Dred Scott


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Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano compared Roe v. Wade to a pro-slavery ruling made by the Supreme Court on Fox & Friends. Host Steve Doocy asked Napolitano for his opinion on an editorial from The Washington Post’s Ronald Klain criticizing the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority. “Donald Trump has put two serious legal scholars who are in the traditionalist vein on the Supreme Court. That’s the type of person he promises to put there,” Napolitano said in response to the article, to applause from a studio audience. Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said, “There is a fear that they’re losing the court. They want to change things.” “What they really fear is that Roe v. Wade may go away. This is the most abominable decision since Dred Scott v. Sanford,” Napolitano said to applause and cheers for the comment. Dred Scott was an 1857 Supreme Court ruling that Continue reading "Fox News’ Napolitano: Roe v. Wade ‘Most Abominable Decision’ Since Pro-Slavery Ruling Dred Scott"