Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fox News

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Trump Twitter
A lack of filter can be good, unless we are talking about covfefe, er, coffee...

Jonah Goldberg and Mollie Hemingway, got into a heated argument, all because of one tweet from President Donald Trump.

During Thursday’s airing of the show, the two panelists got into a very heated debated.

Discussing a tweet from Trump, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…” and “…whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”

“It was, it was a bad idea,” Goldberg responded, “and it got him in a lot of trouble. And he’s still trying to back out of it. I gotta say, I don’t really care about the tapes, I always thought it was a bluff, to me it is perfect example of how he tries to run his presidency like a reality show, like wait for the big reveal at the big mid-season break kinda thing.”

“What does bother me about that tweet is his insinuation that it’s entirely plausible that members of the ‘deep state’ or the intelligence community, or law enforcement are bugging the Oval Office without his awareness,” he continued. “And that is a pretty provocative charge to make. I’m sure he’s making it, you know, if he ever gets pushback on it, he’ll say he was just speaking tongue-in-cheek, but I thought that was the more offensive part of it.”

“No, that’s ridiculous,” Hemingway interrupted, “you’ve had nothing but months of leaks from intelligence agencies about people affiliated with the Trump campaign or otherwise, it’s not insane at all to think that there might be surveillance since we’ve seen so many again, unmasked…”

“What allegations that Donald Trump has been surreptitiously recorded without his approval?” Goldberg said.

“What, I mean, the issue with that original tweet is that James Comey had already been leaking to the New York Times,” Hemingway responded, “and he’d been presenting stories as if he was some hero of the conversations he had had with Trump. That tweet actually got James Comey to admit that he did three times tell Donald Trump that he wasn’t under investigation. It got him to admit that he did say Mike Flynn was a good guy when he was asked about it by the president. And it did get him to admit also that he pledged his honest loyalty to Donald Trump which is contrary to what he had said to the New York Times the day before that.”

“It also got him a special prosecutor,” Goldberg responded.

“I think it’s naive to think that that would have not happened otherwise,” Hemingway said. “James Comey was clearly laying a groundwork in a campaign through his leaking and it’s kind of rewriting history.”

“That’s possible,” Goldberg allowed. “That’s possible, but my point still stands. There’s no evidence whatsoever that anyone was bugging or wiretapping the Oval Office or the President of the United States without his awareness.”

‘There was a lot of leaking…” Hemingway intervened.

“Leaking is not bugging!” Goldberg shot back.

“…of taped conversations,” Hemingway continued, “for a group of people that are not doing a lot of surveillance.”

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Unstumpable Trump
Without their insane conspiracies, what would the Liberal Media talk about all day?

Michelle Malkin, a conservative commentator, is of the opinion that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow can see black helicopters flying around her head.

Talking to Sean Hannity on Fox News last Friday, Malkin told him Maddow has probably become Reynolds Wrap’s “number one customer” for being insistent on covering the conspiracy regarding alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, almost every night, despite not having a shred of evidence to prove any of the allegations.

“I think that Rachel Maddow must be Reynolds Wrap’s number one customer because the tin foil hat consumption is through the roof,” Malkin said.

“Her number one goal is to bash and obstruct the Trump administration — it has been since day one,” Malkin explained. “And they’re going to beat that dead horse until they can’t do it anymore.”

Following the duo’s discussion of the several dozen times Maddow has tried to push the Russia-Trump collusion conspiracy theory without any supporting evidence, Hannity and Malkin moved on to excoriate the Rolling Stone magazine for claiming that Maddow was the “most rusted name in news.” Both journalists agreed that this only goes on to prove that the left continues to live in a bubble or an “echo chamber.”

During the show, Hannity also expressed his grief at the “breathless hysteria” created by the left-wing media outlets over allegations surrounding the Trump-Russia conspiracy, which have so far proved to be pointless.

“It is an allusion factory, it is an echo chamber,” Malkin said, referring to the mainstream media. She further elaborated that President Trump not only has to deal with the Washington swamp, but also those in the liberal media.

“People are sick and tired of it…there is so much real news that is going on,” Malkin said, calling Rolling Stone’s Maddow claims a “slap in the face.”

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Tucker Carlson, host at Fox News, spoke to Jim Devine, Democratic strategist, on Monday. The two talked about Devine’s seemingly insensitive tweet that suggested Republicans should be hunted. Devine’s tweet came just hours after the horrific shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

“So, Jim Devine,” Carlson asked, “under what circumstances is it morally acceptable to use violence for political ends?”

“It’s never moral, it’s never acceptable to use violence for political ends, except perhaps in the most extreme cases, I refer you to George Washington and those guys,” Devine responded. “The fact of the matter is we do with ballots in this country what they do with bullets elsewhere. And it is not uncommon in politics that we use the language of war.”

“We talk about fierce rhetoric,” he continued, “we talk about campus crusades, and so on. You were on a television program, and I don’t know what your body count was, when you were on “Crossfire,” I assume that there were no real casualties there.”

“Oh stop, oh stop, you know what,” Carlson interrupted, “I want to have a reasonable conversation. I don’t want to demagogue this, but in the hours after five people were shot, including the House majority whip, you sent out a tweet that said, ‘hunt Republicans,’ I mean it was clearly a reference to the assassination attempt against congressman [Steve] Scalise. It’s hard to imagine how you could justify writing something like that.”

“In the immediate aftermath of the shooting at the Sandy Hook School,” Devine answered, “we heard people say, ‘This is not the time to talk about gun violence,’ we heard lots of things follow this.”

“But that’s not what you were saying,” Carlson interrupted. “You were encouraging gun violence.”

“Absolutely not, I never encouraged gun violence,” Devine said, showing a sign that read “liberal hunting permit,” intended to portray an example of extremist rhetoric on the right.

“I’m just saying is that for too long, Republicans in this country have failed to distinguish the differences between politics and war,” Devine continued. “And a lot of Democrats have failed to see the similarities. You guys either have to tone down the rhetoric, or we have to step up.”

“Sarah Palin put the crosshairs on Congress,” he added. “I’m just saying hunt Republicans instead of Democrats.”

Carlson then asked Devine if an individual who did what he did should be permitted to carry a gun. Devine insisted that he was only using a metaphorical term and he didn’t mean to actually support violence.

“My point is, Tucker, very simply,” Devine said, “that when you put up obstacles to people voting, when you secretly plot to, in the Senate, to repeal health care that’s keeping 50,000 Americans alive, and you’re otherwise erecting barriers to the democratic process where we have elections where the people that get the most votes don’t win, then what happens is, that is tyrannical government.”

“You know what,” Carlson concluded, ending the segment, “you’re an unbalanced person, and I have to say, it’s distressing that more Democrats haven’t disavowed you.”

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Conway Leaks
Is that you Kellyanne?

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” on Monday, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s special counsel, refuted claims that she was leaking sensitive White House information to reporters.

“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy brought up recent reports accusing Conway of sharing confidential information to colleagues and certain journalists at a Washington DC party last Friday night.

A Twitter account that goes by the handle @KellyanneLeaks alleged that Conway was overheard by several people, criticizing President Trump, Reince Priebus the White House chief of staff, and Marc Short, Director of White House Legislative Affairs.

The Twitter account also posted pictures of Conway talking to reporters at the party. The account also claimed that she was overheard complaining about Short.

“Honestly, what the f*** does Marc Short do all day?” she reportedly asked.

According to the account, Trump told Conway to “go out there and say that booted FBI Director ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

Other attendees also saw Conway making fun of Priebus for telling White House staff to avoid talking to the press.

Politico published a similar report on Saturday:

“Kellyanne Conway was overheard Thursday night talking about her West Wing co-workers to fellow revelers at a party. Conway was having an off-the-record conversation with a group of reporters and other attendees at the British Embassy at their election-night watch party. She said President Donald Trump told her to “go out there and say ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

“It turns out you’re the big leaker from the White House!” Doocy said about leak reports.

Conway responded: “If I were a great leaker, I would get much better press, don’t you think? Part of why I don’t is because I won’t leak confidential information.”

She also shot back, saying she never leaks any information about or from the president.

“I never divulge what the president tells me,” Conway said. “I never would.”

Despite the large number of reports stemming out of various outlets, Sean Spicer has refuted claims and allegations, especially those coming out of Twitter, and maintained that Short and Conway are “very close.”

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At least Hannity isn't standing alone.

Sean Hannity, popular Fox News host, began losing advertisers on Wednesday following his controversial coverage of a conspiracy theory involving Seth Rich, the slain DNC staffer. In his response, Hannity blamed left-wing media activists for targeting his sponsors over the contentious story.

Buzzfeed News had a reporter talk to Hannity’s sponsors; apparently, Cars.com was the first advertiser to drop Hannity’s show.

“Cars.com’s media buy strategies are designed to reach as many consumers as possible across a wide spectrum of media channels,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

“The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content,” the statement continued. “We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.”

Peleton, a privae cycling studio company, also dropped its ads from Hannity’s show on Wednesday. The company tweeted its decision in response to a tweet regarding advertisements on the show. “We directed our media agency to stop advertising on Sean Hannity’s show. This will take a few days to take effect,” the tweet read.

The controversy surrounding Seth rich began when he was shot dead in an incident police officials claim to be a botched robbery attempt. However, conspiracy theorists were quick to latch onto the story, claiming that because nothing had been taken from the DNC staffer, he could have been killed in connection to the leaked DNC emails that were sent to Wikileaks. The leaked emails irreparably damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which she eventually lost. Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange fired up the conspiracy theories even further by subtly suggesting that it was Rich who was their source.

Following an investigator’s sensationalist claims regarding the conspiracy theory, Hannity was quick to take up the case. However, Fox News retracted its story immediately after Seth Rich;s parents began accusing the reporters and the investigator of distorting the facts of the case.

Hannity then tweeted his intentions of pursuing the story further. “Congress, investigate Seth Rich Murder! @JulianAssange made comments u need to listen to! If Seth was wiki source, no Trump/Russia collusion[.]”

However, Tuesday evening on his show, he gave up his pursuit out of respect of Seth Rich’s family. He said he would stop talking about the case to prove the real reason behind Rich’s murder.

Since then, Hannity has been criticizing left-wing media group Media Matters for America for encouraging advertisers to drop his show because of the controversy.

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Is there any truth?

Tucker Carlson, renowned Fox News host, slammed the mainstream media in his show on Friday, after the release of a recent study from Harvard University, which confirmed what President Trump, the White House, and his supporters have been claiming for months now.

According to findings of the study conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, a large majority of media coverage in the first few months of Trump’s administration has been largely negative.

The study discovered that in the Trump administration’s first 100 days, 80 percent of news coverage from the country’s leading news sources was negative, while a meagre 20 percent was positive. This is considerably more than any of Trump’s three predecessors; Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton received 41 percent, 57 percent and 60 percent negative coverage respectively, in their opening months after taking charge, the study found.

“The news media are liberal,” Carlson stated in the monologue of his show Friday. “It’s obvious in the stories they chose and maybe even more evident in the ones they ignore.”

“About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it,” Carlson explained. “And that would include progressive activists posing as reporters and the Democratic politicians whose water they carry.”

According to the study, left-leaning news outlets BBC and NBC News gave as much as 93 percent negative coverage in Trump’s first 100 days, which lead to Carlson claiming it was more of “advocacy” and not journalism.

“It’s not really news coverage at that point. It’s advocacy,” Carlson explained.

However, it’s not just Trump that the media dislikes, it’s also the issues that Trump has raised, the ones he stands for, and the ones that Americans voters supported in last year’s presidential race that the media dislikes, according to Carlson.

“The media disagree with those too, and they skew their coverage accordingly,” Carlson said, referring to issues like immigration, which had almost 96 percent negative coverage according to the Harvard study.

White House staffers and Trump have pressed the media for months now, to focus on the more positive news stories and legislative achievements coming from the administration. However, the press has been quite unrelenting in its negative coverage as shown by the study.

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Tip 1: Never let Pence take your picture.

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer gave President Trump some important tips to kick start his agenda that has now been “immobilized,” by his alleged scandal.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson characterized President Trump’s agenda as “immobilized” by the rise of scandals and obstacles surrounding him. Carlson asked conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer how the president could right the wrongs.

Krauthammer explained the five things that the president can do.

“Well I think you take your playbook from Bill Clinton,” he explained. “He’s caught up in the Lewinsky scandal. And in his case he knows he’s lying from the very beginning. Keeps on lying, but he was able to keep a straight face. Tried to keep his nose to the business he wanted to carry out. The famous statement, ‘I did not have sexual relations’ end with ‘and now I gotta go back to work.’ So he just pretended as if this thing was on the side, it was a distraction, he went back to work.”

“So what Trump needs to do is spend less effort and time and emotional energy on this,” he added. “Starting with, you make an unimpeachable FBI director appointment. Right now he needs to calm the craziness. I think he actually was helped by the appointment of this special counsel. Even though in the long run it means the White House loses control of this.”

“In the short run,” he explained, “people say, ‘well look there’s an investigation, let’s talk about health care, and let’s talk about tax reform. That’ll take care – it’s a way to deflect. If you make a good appointment for the FBI – by ‘good’ I mean politically astute. Which means somebody unimpeachable. On Special Report I said, what you need is an Elliot Ness.”

Krauthammer continued on to his third point, which was “stop tweeting.”

“Now that’s never gonna happen. Because I think he’s hard-wired like neurologically attached to his tweeting machine. But it would help because when you tweet you say what you really believe and that’s not always, that’s not usually the smartest thing in politics. You know, I tell the truth because it’s easier to memorize, but I’m not the president or a politician.”

“Number four, go on the foreign trip,” he added, “and thereby, number four, change the narrative. He’s got a real opportunity. It’s going to be a big deal what happens in Saudi Arabia. There’s gonna be 50 Sunni Arab countries there. There’s gonna be an announcement to the world of the total reversal of the Obama-Iran appeasement policy, where we chose a radical Shiite jihadist regime. We chose their favor over the Sunni Arabs who want to support us, and over Israel, which will be stop number two. That’ll be a big deal, it’ll allow him to announce and really exemplify a huge change in foreign policy.”

“The last thing,” he concluded, “is daily sessions with Dr. Krauthammer. I’m still licensed, board certified, and he’s the only one who can afford my rates.” After finishing his jokes, he explained, “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that kinda of, almost psychopathic ability to make distinctions as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything and it takes him over. So I don’t think he can, but that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

The past few weeks have been tough on the Trump administration with the constant supply of fresh leaks and criticisms from all fours.

Tucker asked if Krauthammer believes Trump could actually follow the tips. “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that almost kind of psychopathic ability to make distinctions, as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything, and it takes him over,” Krauthammer said. “So, I don’t think he can. But that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

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Fox News

Former Fox News Radio correspondent Jessica Golloher has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Fox News. The lawsuit came as a response to gender discrimination that Golloher experienced at the workplace. Her lawsuit claimed that the network had fired her after she had used the company’s hotline to report harassment.

The suit mentions that Golloher was fired within 24 hours of the phone call she had made reporting “sexist” harassment. The suits states that she was, “marginalized and subject to discrimination based on her gender.”

Golloher was noted saying that after she had filed a complaint with the company’s hotline, Fox terminated her employment by calling it a “budgetary” action.

Furthering emphasizing on Gollher’s statement, her attorney Douglas Wigdor said, “As we allege in the complaint, terminating an employee within 24 hours of utilizing the ‘hotline’ that Fox has touted as a defense to the O’Reilly sexual harassment matters is yet another indication of its lack of oversight and retaliatory animus for those that are brave enough to report unlawful conduct. What is even more dumbfounding, however, is that Fox Radio’s Vice President and General Manager, who conducted the termination in question was, according to media reports, fired from his prior job at ABC, after ABC learned of his improper use of on-line material that included a sexually explicit photograph that was turned over to the FBI.”

Court documents obtained by sources state, “Putting aside the fact that very few employees were even aware that a hotline existed prior to its mention in recent press accounts, Jessica Golloher, Fox News Radio Network’s Middle East/North Africa correspondent, did summon the courage, on April 17, 2017, to email 21st Century Fox’s purported independent investigator and request an opportunity to speak with her regarding issues at Fox.”

“Within 24 hours of sending this email, and knowing that Ms. Golloher had previously made internal complaints about gender discrimination,” the documents continued, “Ms. Golloher was, without any prior warning, fired — effective August 2017. The decision to terminate Ms. Golloher can only be described as a blatant act of retaliation.”

The lawsuit also brought to light the past events that had been occurring within the network since 2016.

“Simply put,” the suit stated, “any purported desire on the part of Fox to clean up its culture and actually encourage employees to come forward with complaints about discrimination in the workplace is nothing more than a move to salvage its reputation.”

In response to the lawsuit, a Fox representative came forward to speak of Gollaher’s case as “without merit” and stated her claims of “discrimination or retaliation” are “baseless.”

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Do I smell another settlement?

Fox News Anchor Kelly Wright held press a conference with his lawyer Doug Wigdor to discuss a lawsuit that had been filed by current and former against Fox New network for alleged racial discrimination and harassment.

His lawyer reminded the media of how Mr. Wright’s charges were are not bogus.

“Mr. O’Reilly would not permit Mr. Wright to come on his show to discuss how America could focus on achieving racial reconciliation in the midst of growing racial hostility,” Wigdor said.

“Instead Mr. O’Reilly told Mr. Wright that he should call up Roger Ailes and Bill Shine and offer to sing the national anthem at the Fox News town hall,” he continued. “Rather than viewing Mr. Wright as the two-time Emmy award recipient he is, Mr. O’Reilly saw Mr. Wright as a singing entertainer.”

In the conference, Wright said, “This hurts,” Wight said. “This hurts.”

Wright talked about how the viewers have no insight on to the issues that the many members of the network were facing.

“I am here reluctantly because I prefer sitting behind an anchor desk delivering news,” he said, “to you the viewer, reporting delivering the news to help provide you with information, insight, and some analysis about developments and issues that we face every day in this country and globally.”

He went to express his admiration for the people that the worked with, and of the discontent that he experienced towards the practices of the network.

“I am here reluctantly because I am not against any man or woman at Fox News,” he said. “The truth is I admire, I like, and even love the people who I work with and for. But I don’t like what they do.”

He explained how neither he nor his colleagues are associated with any conspiracies, & that their motive is only to raise a voice against the racial discrimination that takes place at the work place.  He said, “The people that I work with at Fox New …….my colleagues and those you see behind me are hardworking individuals who work tirelessly every day to do their best, give their best and be their best, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Let me make something very plain here. I, and the people you see with me, do not have any incentive from some left-wing conspiratory group or some left-wing financier to try to destroy Fox News.”

“The truth is,” he added, “I believe Fox News will continue to grow and prosper regardless any attempt by anyone to crush it. I believe that Fox will remain strong because there are millions of people who support the company in spirit and in trust.”

“But when that trust is broken with various employees because of racial bias, something has to be done,” Wright concluded. “As I have stated I’m like the men and women of Fox News – that’s why I’m here.”

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Jesse Watters, Fox News host, announced late on Wednesday that he is taking a sudden vacation from his show, “The Five” after receiving harsh criticism for his sexually charged remarks about Ivanka Trump.

“I’m going to be taking a vacation with my family, so I’m not going to be here tomorrow,” Watters said during his show, according to reports. “I’ll be back on Monday, so don’t miss me too much.”

His sudden departure comes only three days after his show was moved into the prime-time slot. Brian Stelter of CNN noted that Watters will miss two days of his first week in prime time and his weekend show too.

During his show on Tuesday night, Watters commented on the way President Donald Trump’s daughter held the microphone while talking about women’s rights at a panel discussion in Germany.

“It’s funny. The left says they really respect women and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss … so I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone,” Watters said.

Watters made a gesture with his hand tilted toward his mouth as he made the comment and then also gave a smirk to his co-hosts.

The very next morning however, Watters justified that his remarks were not, in any way, meant to be sexual.

“During the break, we were commenting on Ivanka’s voice and how it was low and steady and resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ,” he said. “This was in no way a joke about anything else.”

Watters’ comments come in the wake of Fox News’ severing of ties with Chairman Roger Ailes and former host Bill O’Reilly over a series of sexual harassment allegations.

The TV cable network fired O’Reilly last week.

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