Geraldo Rivera Blasts Trump for ‘Invoking the Language of Racism’: I Hope It’s Not ‘A Glimpse at His Soul’


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Geraldo Rivera said tonight he’s “saddened” by President Donald Trump engaging in racist and xenophobic language to go after the four female progressive congresswomen who held a press conference today to respond. He emphasized that he considers Trump a friend and said it “pains me for him to take the low road”:
“I was really saddened by what he said, invoking the language of racism and xenophobia in describing these four women. I thought it was very unnecessary. He picked a fight he didn’t have to. The Democrats were doing a great job at destroying themselves and being divided and he united them gratuitously. I don’t know why he did it. I don’t know what he was thinking. It is unfortunate. He says that he didn’t mean for them to go back to some foreign land, but I read the words he spoke, and you either believe the president or Continue reading "Geraldo Rivera Blasts Trump for ‘Invoking the Language of Racism’: I Hope It’s Not ‘A Glimpse at His Soul’"

Karl Rove Rages Against AOC for Comment About Getting Rid of DHS: ‘Moronic, Stupid, Naive, Dumb’


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Karl Rove went on a tear against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tonight over her comments in a recent interview about getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security. In an interview with The New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez, when asked if she would get rid of DHS, said, “I think so. I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush Administration did. I feel like it is a very qualified and supported position, at least in terms of evidence and in terms of being able to make the argument that we never should have created D.H.S., in the early two-thousands.” Fox News’ Martha MacCallum opened by talking about how DHS was created after 9/11 and, when she brought Karl Rove on, he started going off on the New York congresswoman:
“I think it’s moronic, stupid, naive, and dumb… I Continue reading "Karl Rove Rages Against AOC for Comment About Getting Rid of DHS: ‘Moronic, Stupid, Naive, Dumb’"

Fox News Anchor Martha MacCallum on Poor Polling Numbers: Trump Campaign Should Be Worried


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Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum believes President Donald Trump’s campaign should be worried about polls showing Trump would be crushed by Joe Biden in a general election. During a Wednesday morning segment, Sandra Smith — on America’s Newsroom — brought up polling from Quinnipiac that showed Trump polling well behind multiple candidates, with Biden ahead by 13 points. “It has all of those 2020 Democratic contenders, Martha, beating the president if it were held today,” Smith noted. MacCallum referred to an Axios piece, saying, “the president isn’t wanting to focus on the numbers right now and perhaps it’s wise to some extent.” “But you have to look at that if you’re on the Trump team and say there are some messages here,” MacCallum said. “Anybody on the Trump campaign would be wrong not to take notice of these numbers and asks what’s going on,” she said. MacCallum also Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Martha MacCallum on Poor Polling Numbers: Trump Campaign Should Be Worried"

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Hits Back at Michael Wolff for Claim Kavanaugh Was Fed Interview Questions


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Fox News’ Martha MacCallum tonight blasted Michael Wolff over a claim in his new book about her interview with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. At least one claim in Wolff’s book has already been rejected by the special counsel’s office, but he’s standing by it and the rest of the book. Wolff did an interview with The New York Times in which he was questioned about his fact-checking process and said this:
It’s a distinction between journalists who are institutionally wedded and those who are not. I’m not. You make those pro forma calls to protect yourself, to protect the institution. It’s what the institution demands. I’m talking about those calls where you absolutely know what the response is going to be. They put you in the position in which you’re potentially having to negotiate what you know. In some curious way, that’s what much journalism is about. Continue reading "Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Hits Back at Michael Wolff for Claim Kavanaugh Was Fed Interview Questions"

Fox News’ Amy Klobuchar Town Hall Wins Timeslot in Ratings with 1.6 Million Total Viewers


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Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) helped Fox News to a ratings win with a town hall event that led the night with 1.6 million total viewers. Klobuchar appeared at an hour-long forum hosted by Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Wednesday night from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and according to Nielsen ratings figures, won the cable news timeslot race in both total viewers and the advertiser-coverted adults 25-54 age group, with 235,000 viewers in the key demo. The forum was also tops in overall viewers for all of cable television. The performance of the event tracks with a previous Fox News town hall for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which posted 2,554,000 viewers total and 489,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic. The Sanders forum was also moderated by Baier and MacCallum. Klobuchar is the second Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Fox News in a town Continue reading "Fox News’ Amy Klobuchar Town Hall Wins Timeslot in Ratings with 1.6 Million Total Viewers"

Klobuchar Defends #MeToo Movement, Questioning of Kavanaugh at Fox News Town Hall


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Senator Amy Klobuchar did a town hall on Fox News tonight and was asked at one point about the #MeToo movement and her reactions to both Justice Brett Kavanaugh and her former fellow Minnesota senator Al Franken. Martha MacCallum questioned Klobuchar about her comment on Franken that “for some of these things, there should be due process, and I felt like this was one of them,” asking, “Why just for some of these situations?” “I think for all of these situation you’ve gotta have a process that works,” Klobuchar responded. “I did feel that there should be due process and I feel that everywhere.” MacCallum asked if she believes the #MeToo movement “has gone too far.” “You look at things on a case by case basis,” Klobuchar said. “I don’t think it’s gone too far because I think we still have harassment going on in the workplaces. Continue reading "Klobuchar Defends #MeToo Movement, Questioning of Kavanaugh at Fox News Town Hall"

McConnell Says Democrats Suffer From ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: Put Mueller Probe ‘To Rest’


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Democrats of “suffering from Trump derangement syndrome” in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accusing Attorney General William Barr of lying while testifying before Congress. “I think we ought to put it to rest,” McConnell said of Robert Mueller‘s investigation during an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum. “Mueller spent two years on this, interviewed hundreds of people.” “He reached the conclusion there was certainly no collusion on the part of the president’s part he brought no charges on obstruction,” he continued in the segment, which aired on The Story tonight. “They indicted a number of Russians that was clear what the Russians are trying to do he pointed to us, what else do we need to know? It’s time to move on.” After MacCallum asked McConnell about some Republicans asking to launch an investigation into the origins Continue reading "McConnell Says Democrats Suffer From ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: Put Mueller Probe ‘To Rest’"

Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders bucked many of the network’s critics by appearing at an hourlong town hall moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Monday, and the result was clarifying on a number of fronts. Here are the lessons Democrats should learn from the Sanders town hall. Sanders is getting generally high marks for his performance, and I would agree with analysts who say that overall, the net effect was positive for Bernie, politically. Particularly on the issue of health care, Sanders was effective at countering right-wing (Fox News) talking points. Democrats can learn a lot from his successes, as well as his missteps. But there are also lessons to be learned about the Fox News moderators, and how their performance relates to the separate questions of whether Democrats should appear on the network, and whether the Democratic National Committee should reconsider allowing the Continue reading "Lessons Learned from the Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall"

Fox News Audience Boos Martha MacCallum for Question on Bernie’s Voting Rights Proposal


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The crowd assembled for Fox News’s town hall with Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday night booed moderator Martha MacCallum for a question on the presidential candidate’s proposal to allow felons to vote. The Vermont senator argued at the town hall his belief that people with felony records should be allowed to vote while they’re in prison. “One of the things that upsets me very much is we have cowardly Republican governors who are working overtime to suppress the vote, to make it harder for people of color, for poor people, for young people, to vote,” Sanders said. “Every American 18 age or older, who is a citizen in this country, has the right to vote.” That prompted MacCallum to ask: “Couldn’t they say the same thing about you, that you just want felons to vote because it will be better for you?” “Oh come on,” Sanders replied. “I mean Continue reading "Fox News Audience Boos Martha MacCallum for Question on Bernie’s Voting Rights Proposal"

Bernie Sanders and Fox’s Martha MacCallum Spar Over Immigration: That’s ‘Not a Real Question’


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During a Fox News Town Hall on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders sparred with co-host Martha MacCallum over immigration. It started with McCallum asking this: “Immigration, and let’s talk a little bit about the border. The president, as you know, has said the capacity for asylum seekers that we’re full at the border in terms of housing, and it’s overflowing, a bad, untenable situation right now. He has suggested, and it’s been very controversial of the past few days, sending some of those people to sanctuary cities, which have said in the past that they have open doors for immigrants, and they have open doors for immigrants. So the overflow that we have no capacity for, where do you think they should go?” Sanders replied by noting, “We have a problem at the border. A serious problem. Correct me if you think I’m wrong, the problem is that we are Continue reading "Bernie Sanders and Fox’s Martha MacCallum Spar Over Immigration: That’s ‘Not a Real Question’"

Bret Baier Asks Bernie Sanders to Cut Criticism of Fox News at Town Hall: Can We ‘Get Over the Fox Thing?’


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Minutes into Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s town hall on Fox News, anchor Bret Baier asked the 2020 presidential candidate to cut out his criticism of the network. Sanders himself has taken heat for appearing on Fox News, a move he defended as necessary to getting his message out to the broader electorate. But the Vermont senator made his qualms with Fox News clear at the town hall, leading to contentious exchanges in the opening minutes between him and his moderators, Baier and Martha MacCallum. Early on, Sanders said that Fox News “doesn’t have a great deal of respect in my world.” A few minutes later, he criticized Fox News and the media overall for its fixation on personality over policy in presidential candidates. When Sanders was finished answering, Baier paused questioning to ask Sanders to “get over” his disagreements with Fox News for the sake of the town hall. Continue reading "Bret Baier Asks Bernie Sanders to Cut Criticism of Fox News at Town Hall: Can We ‘Get Over the Fox Thing?’"

Bernie Sanders Defends Appearance at Fox News Town Hall: Network Doesn’t Have ‘Great Deal of Respect’ in My World


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Senator Bernie Sanders‘ Fox News town hall started off a little combative, and the senator knocked the network a few times as he laid out his policy proposals. At one point, one woman in the audience brought up socialism and asked Sanders, “How can you challenge the idea that socialism is bad in the minds of the public?” Sanders pointed to Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, remarking, “Ask them, not me.” Baier wryly asked if this is “going to be a constant thing.” Sanders said it wouldn’t, telling Baier, “You ask me fair questions, I will give you fair answers.” He also made a point of addressing why he’s going on Fox News despite the DNC’s decision to not do any debates with them and other candidates not going on the network:
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Despite DNC Debate Ban, Bernie Sanders Will Appear at Fox News Town Hall on Tax Day


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has agreed to appear at a Fox News town hall this month, despite the fact that the Democratic National Committee has blacklisted the network from hosting primary debates. According to a press release from the network, Sanders will participate in a 1-hour town hall meeting on April 15th, which also happens to be the deadline for filing federal tax returns:
FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Monday, April 15th from 6:30PM/ET-7:30PM/ET in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Co-anchored by Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum, the town hall will focus on the economy and jobs. In March of 2016, Sanders notably participated in FNC’s only Democratic town hall during the 2016 presidential election cycle alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Nielsen Media Research, that Continue reading "Despite DNC Debate Ban, Bernie Sanders Will Appear at Fox News Town Hall on Tax Day"

Martha MacCallum Clashes with Eric Swalwell Over Trump Collusion Claims: ‘Are You Serious?!’


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Fox News host Martha MacCallum clashed with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) over the lawmaker’s past comments about President Donald Trump being a “Russian agent.”” “Was it not too strong a word to call the president a Russian agent?” MacCallum pressed. “That is a very strong charge and you said you would evidence to back that up. Do you stand by that?” Swalwell accused Trump of “acting on Russia’s behalf” in various foreign policy issues, which the host also questioned. “Is that what you really meant when you called the president a Russian agent?” she asked. “I just feel like that In light of the Mueller finding, that maybe it’s time for a little retrospective of what you said in the past.” After Swalwell insisted on laying out additional evidence, MacCallum gave a snarky response: “Mueller laid out 2,800 subpoenas and two years of evidence, but Continue reading "Martha MacCallum Clashes with Eric Swalwell Over Trump Collusion Claims: ‘Are You Serious?!’"

Fox News’ Juan Williams: Limbaugh, Coulter, and Hannity Are ‘Running This Government!’


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A Fox News panel on the government shutdown got heated tonight and Juan Williams in particular said that colleague Sean Hannityis one of a few notable conservative voices running the government. Martha MacCallum spoke with Williams, a liberal co-host of The Five, and Karl Rove about the border wall fight and Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-CA) letter to President Donald Trump about delaying the State of the Union. Rove blasted Pelosi over the move, saying she’s clearly doing this for political reasons and wants to “humiliate” Trump. “Shame on her,” he added. Williams said Trump’s the one taking a hard line on this and he clashed with MacCallum over whether Democrats are being hypocrites and on what exactly should happen at the border. “You’re hung up on whether or not the thing is called a wall,” MacCallum said. “No no no,” Williams retorted. “He wants a wall that is Continue reading "Fox News’ Juan Williams: Limbaugh, Coulter, and Hannity Are ‘Running This Government!’"

Lindsey Graham After Being Confronted With Past Remarks Vowing ‘Hell to Pay’ if Session Fired: ‘When Was That?’


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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced a seemingly uncomfortable moment on Fox News Thursday when confronted with his past remarks claiming there would be “holy hell to pay” if Jeff Sessions was fired. During an interview with Martha MacCallum just a day after the Attorney General’s ouster, Sessions listened to a playback of his July 2017 comments in which he also said that “any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong.” Once the clip ended, Graham asked MacCallum, “When was that? What year?” then explained his apparent change of tune. “Every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in and they can work with,” he said. “I like Jeff Sessions. I’ve known Jeff for a long time. I hope he goes and runs for his old Senate seat in Alabama. It’s clear to me Continue reading "Lindsey Graham After Being Confronted With Past Remarks Vowing ‘Hell to Pay’ if Session Fired: ‘When Was That?’"

Fox News Scores Historic Ratings For Midterm Elections, Topping Cable and Broadcast Networks


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Fox News scored historically high cable news ratings for midterm election coverage on Tuesday night, topping its cable news rivals and the broadcast networks. In primetime, Fox News averaged a whopping 7.78 million total viewers with 2.39 million viewers in the adults 25-54 demographic. That’s the highest-rated midterm coverage in cable news history, a Fox press release boasted. Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum co-anchored the Fox News special election coverage. Their cable news rivals trailed a few million behind, but also posted big numbers Tuesday night CNN followed with 5.07 million total viewers with 2.54 in the demo, and MSNBC came third with 4.74 million total viewers with 1.35 in the demo. Impressively, Fox News also beat broadcast networks ABC (5.56 million total, 1.95 million demo) NBC (5.69 million total, 2.28 million demo) and CBS (3.89 million total, 1. Continue reading "Fox News Scores Historic Ratings For Midterm Elections, Topping Cable and Broadcast Networks"

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Criticizes Trump for ‘Disturbing’ Attacks on the Press


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Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum recently sat down with Politico’s Anna Palmer for an interview on the Women Rule podcast, and one of the issues they discussed was President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the press. Just a few days ago, Trump was back on his “enemy of the people” kick, and he’s basically lashed out at every network but Fox News over the course of his presidency. Palmer asked MacCallum about the President lobbing out “fake news” all the time. “I find it disturbing. I think it’s a mistake,” MacCallum responded. “I think there have been mistakes on all sides of this equation. I think that often, the media doesn’t cut him a break.” She said the media tends not to “give him credit for anything,” but on the other hand she doesn’t like it when he attacks outlets as “the enemy of the people.” “It puts Continue reading "Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Criticizes Trump for ‘Disturbing’ Attacks on the Press"

Martha MacCallum Rejects Criticism of Fox News: Those Who Consider Us ‘State TV’ are ‘Clearly Not Watching’


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Martha McCallum is pushing back against critics of Fox News. As part of a profile piece run by the Hollywood Reporter, the host of The Story defended her network against those who believe it is “State TV.” “We have a lot of different voices,” McCallum said. “Anyone who treats it as a monolithic voice is clearly not watching.” The Fox News 7 p.m. anchor recently landed a major interview with Brett Kavanaugh days prior to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the allegation of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford. MacCallum, for the most part, received plaudits for her performance and tough questions — although there was some criticism. MacCallum told the Hollywood Reporter she had just three-and-a-half hours of prep time for the interview in the car en route from New York to Washington. “It’s the kind of thing you would like Continue reading "Martha MacCallum Rejects Criticism of Fox News: Those Who Consider Us ‘State TV’ are ‘Clearly Not Watching’"

Mediaite’s Ranking of Best Cable News Show at 7 P.M.: Chris Matthews, Erin Burnett, Martha MacCallum


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Welcome back to Mediaite’s weekly rankings of the best shows on cable news, hour-by-hour. Last week we crowned Bret Baier‘s Special Report the top show at 6 p.m. For 7 p.m., we have a similar lineup as last week, with some added star power as we creep into primetime. There’s the news veteran with a sharp tongue, an anchor who cut her teeth in business news (and has some surprising ties to President Donald Trump), and a host whose new show is making a splash. A reminder: We’re basing our rankings on a variety of factors, including; ratings, influence, entertainment value, the star power of hosts, the quality of guests, whether the show makes news, and its longevity. With that said, let’s dive into our ranking for the Best Show on Cable News in the 7 p.m. hour: 3. OutFront — Hosted by Erin
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