Members of the mainstream media reacted with confusion and skepticism when a visitor to the White House posted a photograph of President Trump as faith leaders prayed over him, with a laying on of hands.
“Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for [the president] & [the vice president],” the tweet read.
Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP . pic.twitter.com/JrDOSJyFeN
— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017
The post was composed by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University.
Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the history and traditions of Christianity recognizes the ritual of “laying on of hands” that is even recorded in the Bible.
Harris Faulkner discussed the reaction from the mainstream media on Fox News’ Outnumbered.
“Well there are actually some new questions on whether the mainstream media are out of touch with much of America, after this reaction to a photograph,” she explained. “Evangelical leaders lay their hands on President Trump as they prayed over him at the White House earlier this week.”
Erin Burnett of CNN was quoted in her reaction, which seemed to be out of ignorance of the existence of the ritual.
“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Faulkner also cited the reporting from the progressive news site Huffington Post, where they question Trump’s faith while covering the story.
“Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, has demonstrated a basic lack of understanding about the Christian faith,” the Huffpo writer said, “including what constitutes an evangelical. But his Christian supporters aren’t fazed.”
The author cited a report attributing confusion on the part of Trump about the distinction between Presbyterians and evangelicals. Another link went to a Huffpo article citing Biblical verses that were taken to be contradictory to policy items on Trump’s political agenda.
Conservative commentator Mark Steyn described the resistance of the left to “ostentatious” acts of faith on Outnumbered.
“There’s a secular elite that doesn’t like, it’s actually creeped out by ostentatious displays of faith. So a little kind of rump, residual, episcopalianism is like OK, but when you actually got laying on of hands, that’s, ‘Woah! That’s way too much, man!’” he exclaimed, throwing his hands up in mock pantomime.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) says that he believes an attack by North Korea on U.S. soil could be imminent, and much sooner than some may expect.
Appearing on the Friday airing of CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” Coons warned that North Korea could have the capability to launch an effective and devastating attack as early as 2019.
Speaking to CNN anchor Pamela Brown — who was sitting in for the show’s namesake, Jake Tapper — Coons said, “We may be facing a North Korean nuclear-armed country that has an ICBM capable of hitting the United States within two years. We don’t have a lot of time.”
Adding that his opinion on a timeframe was a “rough guess,” Coons explained, “In open source reporting, that’s been talked about as the time it likely will take them. I think this latest missile test took a number of us by surprise in being more successful than expected.”
Coons then turned his sights to President Donald Trump in a plea to arm the U.S. with allies in order to neutralize the threat.
“This is not the time for President Trump to be undermining NATO or the EU or the G20 or our partnerships with the rest of the world,” he added.
“I think we’re in a race against time,” Coons said about a possible North Korean attack on the United States earlier in the segment. “And frankly, a race that we may well lose.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to his Twitter account to explain why CNN might have committed a crime when they threatened to expose the identity of a Reddit user to created an animated video the president later tweeted.
The public furor over the controversy has prompted some to wonder if CNN committed an act of extortion or coercion.
A user of the Reddit social media platform claimed that he was the creator of the animated video the president tweeted intended to mock CNN, but some called an incitement to violence.
#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said that he figured out the man’s identity by using autobiographical details he had left in his social media footprint. He contacted the man on Monday, but before they communicated, he deleted his online posts and published a lengthy apology.
CNN’s article on the event implied that if the man continued in his online trolling that they would reconsider revealing his identity. Kaczynski has vigorously denied the charge that they bullied him into apologizing or that they had ever threatened him.
“Troubling,” Cruz tweeted about the story. “I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….’”
Cruz later tweeted another law that CNN might have broken.
“Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: ‘A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person… to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will… Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule..”
The backlash to CNN’s actions came not only from the right, from also from some on the left who said that it was thoroughly unethical for a journalist to bully the subject of a story.
A CNN panel completely imploded Sunday afternoon when a discussion over President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets descended into a shouting match.
Trump ignited controversy Sunday when he tweeted a video of himself literally taking down “CNN.” The video was from a WrestleMania appearance Trump made back in 2007. But CNN’s logo was superimposed on one of the wrestler’s heads, and Trump took that wrestler to the ground and began beating him.
Many have accused Trump of inciting violence against the media with his tweet. CNN political commentator Ana Navarro said Trump’s tweets will cause someone to murder a member of the media, while others called for his impeachment. Trump was even compared to brutal dictators for his tweets.
But Trump’s supporters said Sunday that the tweet was a mere joke and shouldn’t cause alarm. CNN political commentator Kayleigh McEnany hammered home that point Sunday during a panel with CNN anchor Brian Stetler and liberal CNN political commentator Sally Kohn.
“I think it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek, satirical video. Nothing serious,” McEnany said, explaining, however, that she wouldn’t have advised the president to tweet the video.
McEnany explained that she believes Trump definitely has a right to criticize the media. After all, according to Trump and his supporters, the media is biased against Trump, so he has a right to defend himself.
Indeed, according to a Harvard study, more than 90 percent of CNN’s coverage of Trump during his first 100 days as president was negative. That’s in addition to the wild anti-Trump political rhetoric that has dominated the news since he was elected president last November.
But Kohn took serious issue with McEnany’s point.
“I actually can’t believe that this is happening. But, um, it was Donald Trump who said Barack Obama wasn’t a citizen of this country. It was Republicans who said he had a Kenyan-colonialist mindset that literally questioned his legitimacy to even be in the White House,” Kohn said.
When McEnany tried to respond, Kohn completely went off.
“I can’t believe you can defend this! I mean, really?” she questioned. “Is there, is there…so my question is there no line? Like, if that had been a picture not of a CNN logo…but it had been Jake Tapper’s head he was punching, would that cross a line for you? What if it was a picture of Donald Trump holding a bloodied CNN logo up?”
“When does it cross the line?!” Kohn screamed.
“Sally, you appear to have a listening problem, Sally,” McEnany responded. “Because I said it was not advisable for him to send that out.”
“And you defended it!” Kohn shot back. “And you defended it. You said it was just a joke.”
“I said it was not advisable,” McEnany reiterated. “Yes it was just a joke. And by the way, you should take an inward look because the Hollywood liberal elite are the ones calling for the assassination of the president.”
McEnany was referring to Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp, who recently came under fire after he appeared to call for the assassination of Trump. Depp later apologized.
“There is a difference—” Kohn tried to say several times as she and McEnany talked over one another as McEnany cited many instances where liberals appeared to support violence being used against Trump.
Watch the explosive exchange below:
Trump has ramped up his rhetoric against the media on Twitter in recent days to previously unseen levels. On Saturday, he labeled CNN “garbage journalism” and slammed MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. He even labeled Brzezinski “dumb as a rock Mika.”
Also on Saturday, Trump said he would change his nickname of CNN from “fake news CNN” to “fraud news CNN.”
President Donald Trump is a fan of Twitter, and he loves to use his Twitter account to speak directly to his followers and America.
But since becoming president, Trump has come under fire for the way he uses his account. Prior to becoming president, it was normal for Trump to fire off tweets critical of the media or tweets that criticized people by name. Some believe Trump’s tweets are evidence he’s not fit for office, while others shrug them off because it’s normal for him.
However, after some controversial remarks directed at MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski this week, Trump found a way to take his Twitter criticisms to new heights on Saturday.
He began Saturday by wishing Canadians a happy Canada Day. Then he criticized NBC for firing Greta Van Susteren from her MSNBC show, remarking that Susteren was fired because she refused to “go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”
Next, Trump hit the dozens of states refusing to turn over voter information to the Trump administration’s panel investigating voter fraud. “What are they trying to hide?” Trump asked.
Then Trump issued one of his most poignant criticisms of CNN to date.
“I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!” the president wrote.
I am extremely pleased to see that @CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
To round out his Saturday morning tweet storm, Trump took one final slash at Scarborough and Brzezinski.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!” Trump wrote.
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
But Trump wasn’t done there. Just after 6 p.m. EST Saturday evening, Trump issued a three-tweet tirade against CNN, probably the news network that he criticizes the most for being “fake news” outside of “the failing” New York Times.
Trump was responding to people who criticized his direct use of social media to air out his grievances.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won…the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!” Trump wrote.
“I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!” he added.
The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
….the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
He then followed those tweets up with another that reiterated the fact that he will continue to use social media to communicate directly with Americans:
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
After lashing out at Brzezinski on Twitter this week, one member of Congress, Democrat Shelia Jackson Lee (Texas), called on Trump to resign.
First, three journalists resigned for publishing a story last week that connected a Trump transition team member to a Russian investment bank. The story hinged on a single anonymous source and was later proven false.
Then Project Vertias, led by journalist James O’Keefe, released a number of undercover videos purportedly trying to further damage the journalistic credibility and reputation of CNN.
And according to a report from the Independent Journal Review, CNN had a total of four journalism blunders in June.
Now, it appears the rough month has had a lasting effect on viewers.
On Tuesday, CNN’s primetime viewership peaked at only 886,000 overall viewers, whereas MSNBC peaked at 2.77M and Fox News peaked at 2.79M viewers. In the coveted 25-54-year-old demographic, CNN was only able to amass 308,000 viewers at its peak.
On Wednesday, it was much of the same. CNN peaked at 908,000 viewers where Fox and MSNBC both peaked over 2 million. The 25-54-year-old demographic was just as dismal.
CNN’s total viewership from Wednesday. That their primetime lineup is all under 1 million is something else…this a major issue. pic.twitter.com/U1WSQwHRoE
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 30, 2017
But on Thursday, CNN was able to pick it up a little, and they carried just over 1 million viewers during Anderson Cooper’s and Don Lemon’s shows. However, they still trailed behind MSNBC and Fox by more than a million peak viewers.
Things got even worse Friday night after CNN producers aired a fake cover from National Enquirer as something real.
Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator, went nuts on former spokesperson for the George W. Bush administration, Pete Seat, over President Donald Trump’s tweets about “Morning Joe” anchor Mika Brzezinski’s “bleeding face.”
About the president’s tweets, Seat said, “President Donald Trump is a fighter. We knew this during the campaign; when he feels under attack, he comes out and fights back. This is partly what the American people wanted him to do. They knew this going in, that he is a fighter and you see this all the time. People are questioning his mental fitness for the job on networks all across the spectrum. People are saying that he should be physically harmed. These so-called celebrities making comments like that all the time. The guy is under a lot of pressure and he’s fighting back.”
During Seat’s remarks, Boykin can be seen in the video making an array of what appear to be shocked, disgusted, and incredulous faces.
“Most people watching this in the heartland just don’t care,” Seat added.
Boykin couldn’t hold his comments any longer and broke in during the middle of Seat’s comments and said, “Pete, Pete, Pete, Pete, this is ridiculous! This is absolutely absurd you are not condemning this petty, vindictive, sexist attack from the President of the United States against a female journalist.”
“How much longer will Republicans allow Donald Trump’s childish behavior, his petty vindictiveness to consume this country’s politics?” Boykin asked. “This has to end. And the only way it ends is if people like you, who call yourselves respectable Republicans have the courage to stand up and say something about it.”
Trump on Thursday eviscerated “Morning Joe” co-host Brzezinski over an alleged facelift.
Trump wrote, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
During the panel discussion, Boykin later set his sights on First Lady Melania Trump.
“Melania Trump said she was going to fight against cyberbullying,” he said. “Well, Donald Trump is the chief cyberbully in our country and she needs to stand up to her husband today and look him in the face and say, cut it out.”
He continued his rant and said, “This is shameful, it’s disgraceful, he’s making a mockery of our country and the presidency and the White House.”
CNN panel moderator Kate Bolduan asked Seat for a response to Boykin’s comments, and in response, Seat asked Boykin when Democrats would own up to the notion that Democratic policies are precisely what put Donald Trump in office.
Boykin began ranting in an erratic manner against Seat, and Bolduan had to butt in to break up the fracas.
“Let me jump in, let me jump in, let me jump in,” Bolduan cried. “Keith, I know you can hear me, stop talking.”
Bolduan complained that there’s no room to talk policies currently when the president is paying more attention to Brzezinski’s face and his feud with the mainstream media than he is to policies.
“This president is tweeting about it!” Boykin yelled at Seat, referring to Trump’s comments about Brzezinski’s face. “We’re not supposed to focus on what the president is talking about? The president is tweeting about it!”
Seemingly close to tears, Boykin continued, “How can you say the media is focusing on it when the President of the United States is talking about this, this morning?!”
“He’s not talking about health care, he not talking sanctuary cities, he’s not talking about immigration, he’s talking about Mika Brzezinski and saying that she’s bleeding from a facelift!” he ranted.
His voice beginning to waver, Boykin added, “That’s unacceptable behavior from the president of the United States and I’m quite frankly sick of it!” he cried. “I’m sick of having to go on television every week and talk about this stupidity because people like you Pete continue to defend this. It’s unacceptable, it’s un-American, stand up and have some courage for a change!”
Despite CNN’s June scandal which saw three journalists “resign” their posts at the network due to posting an “improperly vetted” story, CNN opted to tackle the pro-immigration stance by using “Sesame Street’s” Elmo as a tool to appeal to those against immigration laws.
During a Monday segment, “Elmo” was used a propaganda tool to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which was pushed forward full steam ahead due to the 9-0 vote from the Supreme Court.
In a panel discussion featuring Sesame Workshop’s Sherrie Westin, CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, David Miliband from the International Rescue Committee, and of course, Elmo, the quartet discussed the fate of the children of Syria.
CNN reporter Ward asked Elmo, “Did you find that the Syrian little girls and little boys were a lot like your friends here in America?”
“Yeah, they really were,” Elmo sadly responded. “It was very interesting because they like to play and learn just like Elmo and all of his friends at Sesame Street.”
As part of the propaganda sketch, Elmo visited a refugee camp in Jordan.
“Elmo thinks it’s important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that’s very important,” the long-running “Sesame Street” staple noted.
He added, “It was really sad because Elmo’s new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn’t safe for them to stay, and that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared.”
Explaining to the viewers that perhaps the United States should take a “child’s perspective” at looking at immigration and the “staggering number of children who are displaced,” Westin noted that “this was an area where we really had to try and do something to help.”
Rush Limbaugh, nationally syndicated conservative radio show host, thinks there’s a possibility that the ruination of CNN could end up being part of Donald Trump’s presidential legacy.
During the Tuesday airing of his show, Limbaugh’s opener said, “Could Donald Trump be the end of CNN? What a legacy that would be.”
Noting that three members of CNN’s investigative unit resigned — or as Limbaugh put it, were fired — as a result of publishing a story about Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci allegedly meeting with Russians to collude with them over the 2016 presidential election, which turned out to be a highly inaccurate story, Limbaugh added, “It turned out to be total BS, like everything else that CNN has reported with this Russian story.”
Limbaugh added that Trump is simply a mastermind playing with the media.
“[The media are] like cats,” he said. “He’s got this little red laser light and is just causing them to make fools of themselves and everybody’s laughing at ’em as they’re crashing into walls, the sofa and the floor.”
Referencing the ouster of the three individuals involved in the bogus story, Limbaugh said, “So they’re gone, and now we’re told that brand-new procedures have been implemented at CNN to make sure something like this can’t happen again. The president has tweeted, ‘What about all the other mistakes CNN has made?’ In fact, I think we’re gonna call ’em FNN here, Fake News Network. You know, people call ’em the Clinton News Network, but that’s kind of outmoded and outdated.”
Three journalists at CNN resigned Monday over a story that the network says was improperly vetted and should not have been published.
The story claimed that Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci had met with a chief executive from a Russian investment bank a few days before Trump’s inauguration. It further said that Congressional officials were investigating whether Scaramucci spoke to Dmitriev, the bank official, about possibly relieving U.S. sanctions on the Russian Federation.
But by Friday the story was scrubbed by CNN’s website. A note left in its place online explained that the story didn’t meet CNN’s journalistic standards.
“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” the note read. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
CNN announced on Monday that three journalists responsible for the story had resigned.
The story only cited one source, and CNN said it had not been published with their normal editorial processes.
CNN’s Brian Stelter lauded the reputations of the men who resigned.
[Thomas] Frank worked for USA Today and Newsday for three decades, pursuing investigations and covering the Iraq war as an embedded reporter, before coming to work at CNN.
He was part of an ambitious new investigative unit that was created last winter, bringing together existing teams from within the company and new hires like [Eric] Lichtblau.
A veteran of The New York Times who won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006, Lichtblau joined CNN just three months ago.
[Lex] Haris, who was named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January, was previously the executive editor of CNNMoney.
Scaramucci had accepted their apology on Saturday, saying, “CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted.”
.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on. https://t.co/lyVajCKNHx
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017
“Fake news” has been a contentious issue since the election, as Democrats have blamed the ubiquity of false stories for driving down Hillary Clinton’s favorability, while President Trump and his allies now decry the many leaks from the “deep state” that undermine his agenda.
CNN was forced to issue a retraction late Friday after they made an unfounded connection between a Trump adviser and Russia.
On Thursday, CNN published a potentially explosive story that linked Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank. The story was reported by CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank.
Talking Points Memo describes the details of the story:
As CNN reported, Scaramucci met with Kirill Dmitriev, the fund’s chief executive, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland just four days before Trump’s inauguration. Congressional investigators reportedly want to know if they discussed lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia—a policy shift for which Dmitriev has strenuously advocated, according to CNN.
A spokeswoman for RDIF told CNN that they did not, though she declined to describe the conversation. Scaramucci also told the network that “there is nothing there.”
Dmitriev “came over to say hello in a restaurant, and I was cordial,” Scaramucci said in an email to CNN.
But by late Friday night, CNN had scrubbed the story from their site and removed its links from the network’s social media accounts. CNN’s editors replaced the story with an editor’s note explaining the story’s removal.
In the note, CNN’s online editors said Frank’s story didn’t meet CNN’s editorial standards. The news outlet also issued an apology to Scaramucci.
“On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” the note read. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
On Saturday morning, Scaramucci responded to news that CNN had scrubbed the story and said he accepts the network’s apology.
“.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on,” he wrote.
.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on. https://t.co/lyVajCKNHx
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017
An archived version of CNN’s story can still be viewed here.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota simply refused to stop interrupting Kellyanne Conway after asking Conway the same four questions, even though Conway responded four times.
During a Friday interview, Camerota asked Conway what The White House was planning on doing to thwart further alleged Russian hacks into the United States electoral system.
Conway patiently answered the question in varying ways three times, but Camerota was not satisfied.
“My question for you is ‘What is The White House’ — what is President Trump now doing to prevent Russia from doing this again?” Camerota pressed.
Conway responded, “He has been very clear, on the record, that he believes in any type of numbers of measures to make sure that democracy flourishes, and that voter integrity is intact.”
Conway went on to continue, but Camerota interrupted her once again and said, “Such as? … What is he doing, specifically, to try to stop this?”
“Alisyn, I realize that we just like to say the words ‘Russia, Russia’ to mislead the voters and I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well, but you’ve asked me this same question three times now and I’ve answered it.”
Clearly triggered, Camerota exclaimed halfway through Conway’s remarks, “Kellyanne!”
Left-wing cable-news outlet MSNBC enjoyed historic ratings gains in May, and after a brief stumble the first week of June, appears to have found its place back on top of the cable-news mountain in the key 25-54 demographic during primetime on weekdays.
According to ratings provided by TV Newser, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow destroyed her competition on Wednesday and Thursday, earning 745,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic and 979,000 viewers, respectively. Her biggest competition at the 9 p.m. hour came from “The Five” on Fox News, which finished with a two-night average of 592,000 in the key demographic.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper finished slightly behind “The Five” on Thursday at 9 p.m., earning 591,000 key demo viewers, but Cooper beat all his competition, including Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, at 8 p.m. (Cooper’s show often runs for two hours).
Sean Hannity enjoyed stellar ratings at the 10 p.m. hour on Thursday, bringing in 747,000 viewers in the key demo, but that wasn’t enough to beat out MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who earned 754,000 viewers. Hannity did beat out his competition at the 11 p.m. hour, however, with 600,000 viewers. Hannity’s victory at 11 p.m. was the only hour of the evening Fox News beat out all its competition, who were bolstered by the high-profile testimony given by former FBI Director James Comey earlier that day.
Fox News also struggled with the key 25-54 demo during the day. CNN beat Fox News handedly, 594,000 to 489,000.
Despite these struggles, Fox News remained the number-one network in total viewers Wednesday and Thursday, in both primetime and daytime ratings. Because of the high interest from the anti-Trump left in the Comey hearings, it’s likely Fox News will rebound next week.
It’s also important to note Fox News’ ratings have improved compared to this time in 2016. As DePauw University professor Jeff McCall noted for the Indianapolis Star, Fox News’ “prime time audience in May was 11 percent higher than for May 2016.”
Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and staff writer for The New Yorker, was fired up over former FBI James Comey’s prepared remarks on Wednesday, calling President Donald Trump’s purported maneuvers an “obstruction of justice.”
During his appearance on CNN, Toobin blasted Trump and said, “There is a criminal investigation going on of one of the President’s top associates, his former national security adviser, one of the most — handful of most important people in the government. He gets fired. He’s under criminal investigation and the President brings in the FBI director and says, ‘Please stop your investigation.’ If that isn’t obstruction of justice, I don’t know what is.”
In his remarks, Comey claimed that Trump prompted him to drop a federal investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, who was dismissed over his failure to disclose Russian communications.
Comey’s statement outright made allegations that the president had high hopes that the former FBI Director would drop the investigation of Flynn.
“[Trump] then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,’” Comey wrote in his prepared remarks. “I replied only that ‘he is a good guy.’ … I did not say I would ‘let this go.’”
Comey’s statement also added that Trump put pressure on him to “lift the cloud” of the Russian investigation, which was initiated to look into possible election interference by the Russians. Comey claimed that Trump said to him, “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”
Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday.
See Toobin’s remarks in the video below.
“If [this] isn’t obstruction of justice, I don’t know what is”: Jeffrey Toobin reacts to Comey’s prepared testimony https://t.co/fCg15m1Sdn pic.twitter.com/qDicj7Ceeh
Does President Donald Trump believe in human-caused climate change? That’s the question everyone is asking after CNN aired a “State of the Union” interview with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley that seems to suggest Haley believes Trump does support the theory humans are causing global warming.
In the CNN interview, host Jake Tapper asked Haley whether she would be willing to agree that a 2012 tweet by Trump calling global warming a conspiracy “created by and for the Chinese … to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive” is “nonsense.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Haley responded by saying the Paris Agreement’s terms have disadvantaged U.S. companies and caused economic problems.
“The regulations from the Paris Agreement were disadvantaging our companies,” Haley said. “I knew that as a governor. The jobs were not attainable as long as we had to live under those regulations. It was not possible to meet the goals, had we attempted to do that.”
Tapper later asked Haley again to comment on Trump’s 2012 tweet, calling the post “a big box of crazy.”
“President Trump believes the climate is changing and he believes pollutants are part of the equation,” Haley responded. “So, that is the fact. That is where we are. That’s where it stands. He knows that it’s changing and that the U.S. has to be responsible for it, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Haley’s comments have been the subject of much conversation, with many writers alleging the statements indicate Trump supports the theory of man-caused climate change. The Washington Examiner, for instance, included in its title of a story on the subject, “Trump believes in climate change.” The Daily Mail (U.K.) published an article with a title that read in part, “Nikki Haley claims Trump DOES believe in climate change.” The first part of the first paragraph in a CNN article promoting the interview reads, “President Donald Trump does believe in climate change and that humans have a role in it, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told CNN’s Jake Tapper.”
Trump has in the past repeatedly referred to the theory as a “hoax,” so some media outlets are treating Haley’s comments as though they are revelatory. They aren’t.
The numerous news stories about Haley’s comments undoubtedly prove one thing: Most Americans, especially on the left, don’t understand what climate-change skeptics actually believe, despite countless books, studies, lectures, speeches, and conferences on the topic.
When I’m not writing for The Blaze, I work as an executive editor for The Heartland Institute, perhaps the world’s best-known climate-skeptic organization. I’ve read literally hundreds of articles on the subject, heard numerous speeches, and know personally some of the leading voices in the debate. It should be clear to anyone who has spent any time at all researching this subject that the overwhelming majority of climate-change skeptics believe Earth’s climate has been warming for more than a century. Many also believe humans have had some impact, although skeptical scientists hold a wide array of views on that particular topic, and virtually all of them say the impact is much more limited than what someone like Al Gore would claim.
It is not in any way surprising to hear that the president believes humans are contributing in some form to higher temperatures. The more important questions in the debate have always been related to how much impact humans are having and whether warming is even a bad thing or can be stopped using the measures suggested by climate-change alarmists.
Almost everyone agrees Earth’s climate is warming and that Earth’s climate has warmed and cooled many times in the past. Nothing in Haley’s response denies the skeptics’ position on the theory of human-caused climate change, but it does reveal just how ignorant many people are about the debate.
During his time at the Fox News Channel, Bill O’Reilly became the most successful, well-known name in cable news. He unquestionably assisted the network in its astounding rise to the top of the cable-news mountain, so when the owners of Fox News, the Murdoch family, decided in April to dismiss O’Reilly in the wake of news reports revealing O’Reilly had been accused in the past of sexually harassing several women at the company — allegations O’Reilly has firmly denied — they knew they’d, at the very least, take a brief financial hit.
Less than two months after O’Reilly’s departure, the Murdoch family fortune has declined substantially, as investors unsure of Fox News’ future have scrambled to escape what some think is a very slowly sinking ship.
According to an analysis by Forbes of the Murdochs’ fortune, the family’s net worth is estimated to have declined by more than $1 billion since April 1.
Forbes reports the decline is largely due to falling stock price of Twenty-First Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News. On March 28, just a few weeks before O’Reilly was dismissed, the share price of Twenty-First Century Fox was $32.44. On Friday, it was trading around $27.93, a decline of 13.9 percent. About 70 percent of the Murdoch fortune is invested in Twenty-First Century Fox stock.
Investors’ sell-off of Fox stock has been due largely to concerns over whether Fox News, one of Twenty-First Century Fox’s most important businesses, can recover after losing O’Reilly and enduring numerous other scandals. In 2016, Roger Ailes, who had long run Fox News, was forced out of his position amidst claims of sexual harassment and allegations that he mistreated several female employees at the company. (Ailes passed away at the age of 77 on May 18.) On May 19, Fox News co-host Bob Beckel, a longtime Democrat, was fired from the network from making a “racist comment” to an African-American employee.
Bolstered by Fox News’ troubles and numerous unfavorable news stories related to the Trump administration, Fox News Channel’s competitors have gained significant ground on the Murdochs’ network. After years of Fox News dominating CNN and MSNBC, both networks have made significant strides in the key 25-54 demographic. In May, MSNBC beat CNN and Fox News in the key 25-54 demographic during primetime on weekdays for the first time since September 2000, according to Nielsen. However, ratings from the end of May and early June show Fox News may be making a comeback.
Fox News continues to have the largest total cable-news audience, both during the day and in primetime, but the shrinking gap between FNC and its competition has been enough to convince many investors to sell off their stock in Twenty-First Century Fox, a trend that has had a significant financial impact on the Murdoch family.
The Blaze reported on Wednesday left-wing cable-news outlet MSNBC enjoyed historic ratings gains in May. For the first time since September 2000, MSNBC surpassed CNN and Fox News in the key 25-54 demographic during primetime on weekdays, according to Nielsen.
Fox News, which has dominated cable news for the better part of the past 20 years, struggled to find solid ground for much of the month in the wake of multiple embarrassing news stories and the dismissal of cable-news giant Bill O’Reilly.
Liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow gained the most from O’Reilly’s departure. Capitalizing on Donald Trump’s toughest month yet as president, Maddow won the 9 p.m. hour in total viewers over CNN and Fox News for the first time in 20 years. Although Fox News remained the top cable-news network over the course of the month, CNN and MSNBC gained significant ground on Fox and routinely won the key demographic in primetime.
Despite these setbacks, Fox News ended May and began June much stronger, suggesting Fox News could be back on the rise. On Wednesday, Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” won the 8 p.m. hour with 550,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, according to TV Newser. “Hannity” won the 10 p.m. hour by more than 30,000 key-demographic viewers (MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell came in second). Also, FNC’s Bret Baier won the 6 p.m. timeslot and Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” finished in second, just barely losing to CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett.
On Thursday, Fox News performed even better, according to TV Newser’s ratings. It won handedly in primetime in the key demographic, beating competitors CNN and MSNBC in every primetime timeslot, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., except for MacCallum’s “The Story,” which fell 11,000 viewers short of matching Burnett’s “OutFront.” The biggest surprise of the night was FNC’s “The Five” beating out (barely) Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. Over the past month, Maddow has dominated Fox News at the 9 p.m. timeslot. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” had the best performance of any cable-news show, easily winning the 25-54 demographic with 619,000 viewers.
CNN host Erin Burnett nearly lost complete control of her own show on Thursday night as CNN political analyst and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon went head to head with CNN contributor and former Trump spokesman Jason Miller over the president’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Avlon began on the offensive and stated that the president’s move to leave the Accord was more about the “nationalist wing of the White House” than anything else.
Burnett interjected and asked Miller about Trump’s claim that he’s pulling out of the Accord over jobs, when there are many jobs within the “green” industry to be had.
“The reason they call them green jobs is because they’re so expensive to create,” Miller answered. “Many of these green jobs aren’t self-sustainable — they have to continue putting money into them.”
Miller added that the U.S. would see financial ramifications of epic proportion had they stayed in the Paris agreement.
After this, Avlon began shouting at Miller, telling him to “stop using spin and fake stats.”
Miller, clearly offended, told Avlon “You can’t tell me to stop!” and repeating “no, no” time and time again while Avlon continued shouting over everyone trying to speak.
Burnett finally interjected and took control of the conversation, which by this point had spiraled wildly out of control. Once she’d gotten things under control, Burnett then gave each of the men a chance to speak.
About leaving the Paris Accord, Trump, during a Thursday conference held in The White House’s Rose Garden, said, “We’re getting out, and we will start to renegotiate and we’ll see if there’s a better deal. If we can, great. If we can’t, that’s fine.”
Progressive news network MSNBC is showing historic gains in May during one of the most turbulent months of the Trump presidency. They are registering higher ratings in ways they haven’t seen in 17 years.
MSNBC topped CNN and Fox News in the key A25-54 demographic during primetime on weekdays for the first time since September 2000, according to Nielsen.
MSNBC averaged 532,000 adults 25-54 during weekday prime this month, more than Fox News (524,000) and CNN (455,000). In total viewers, MSNBC weekday prime averaged 2.2 million viewers (vs. CNN’s 1.3 million and Fox News’ 2.5 million), the closest MSNBC has been to FNC since June 2001.
According to TVNewser, Rachel Maddow made the greatest gains, winning the 9 PM hour in total viewers over CNN and Fox News for the first time in 20 years. Her show was the top rated cable news show for adults 25-54 for May.
Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell also won the demo race against Sean Hannity on Fox News, but was bested for total viewers. Ratings for O’Donnell’s show in the demo was MSNBC’s best since April 2003.
“The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” won the 11 PM slot in both total viewers and in the key demo for the month, the first time MSNBC had beat CNN and Fox News for 16 years.
Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough was able to celebrate hitting one million total viewers for the first time ever. Their senior producer shared the news on his social media account:
This month (May) was @Morning_Joe’s most-watched month in the history of the show. Thank you to our loyal viewers. pic.twitter.com/D27FuI1qZk
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) May 31, 2017
Fox News’ fortunes seem to have sunk during the same time it’s been hit with talent like Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren leaving, while others like Bill O’Reilly have been fired under controversial circumstances. Even Sean Hannity was highly criticized for his persistence in covering the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, despite the family asking him to stop.
Fox News has also faced several lawsuits from former and current employees alleging sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of race.
When the Fox News Channel fired cable news giant Bill O’Reilly in April, reports surfaced revealing Fox News’ owner, the Murdoch family, wanting to move the network in a different direction. Out with the old guard, in with the new. More hosts similar to Megyn Kelly, who is now at NBC News, fewer like the ones who built the network from the ground up, including O’Reilly.
About one month later, Fox News has a completely different news lineup, and the results thus far have been nothing short of disastrous.
On Thursday, TV Newser reported Fox News, which once dominated its competitors in virtually every timeslot, is now losing across the board in the key 25-54 demographic.
The results are most notable in primetime, which used to carry Fox News’ most reliable audience. Now, Fox News is running a distant third to hosts who previously drew audiences half the size of O’Reilly’s.
On Thursday, at the 7 p.m. hour, Fox News’ “The Story,” hosted by Martha MacCallum, lost by more than 100,000 viewers in the 25-54 demographic to CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett. Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” beat MacCallum by nearly 60,000 viewers.
At 8 p.m., Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” lost to both CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes.
At 9 p.m., Fox News Channel’s “The Five” was absolutely demolished by Cooper and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which won the key demographic by more than 200,000 viewers.
Of all the Fox News hosts in primetime, Sean Hannity performed the best, although he still finished third to “CNN Tonight” with Don Lemon and MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.
Across the board, cable news is benefiting significantly from having President Donald Trump in the White House, but it appears the liberal networks have been able to capitalize on Trump-related news better than Fox News has, and it seems clear at least some of Fox News’ previously very loyal audience has parted ways with the network after O’Reilly was fired.
O’Reilly, who joins Glenn Beck on “The Glenn Beck Program” every Friday, told Beck on Friday there’s “no doubt” that “Fox News has a problem.”
“They have a problem,” O’Reilly said. “Fox News has a problem. There’s no doubt about it. Whenever you lose a key person in any industry, competitive industry, sports, media, you better have a plan. And it doesn’t look like FNC has a plan.”
“The Trump haters are going over to MSNBC, and there’s a lot of them, a lot of Trump haters,” O’Reilly said. “So, they’re being bolstered by the problems the president is having. But on the Fox News side, they made their decisions. They didn’t have to make those decisions, and they really didn’t have a plan. You know when you take a guy like me out of the lineup, and I’m doing 5, 6 million views a night, you better have a plan to replace that.”
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said although he’s not ruling out the possibility President Donald Trump deliberately attempted to halt an FBI investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, he’s not going to assume the media reports are correct and throw the president under the bus.
On Tuesday, the New York Times and other media outlets reported an unnamed associate of former FBI Director James Comey said Comey kept detailed notes of conversations he had with the president, including one conversation in which Comey reportedly wrote that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go,” in reference to the FBI’s investigation of Flynn.
“Do you consider this to be a growing body of evidence that the president might have attempted to obstruct justice?” Tapper asked Rubio, who serves on the Senate intelligence committee.
“We don’t know yet,” Rubio responded. “Number one, I haven’t seen those notes. Number two, we have yet to take the testimony from Director Comey. You say someone who knows him says—well, we’re going to have him in two weeks before the intelligence committee. He’ll be asked that question. So, in two weeks we’ll know a lot more based on the testimony he gives under oath before the committee and the country publicly. Until then, we won’t know.”
Rubio later reiterated the point that no president should be allowed to “impede an investigation,” but he also insisted that it’s not clear that occurred.
“If any president tries to impede an investigation—any president, no matter who it is—by interfering with the FBI, yes that would be problematic,” Rubio said. “Not just problematic, it would be obviously, you know, a potential obstruction of justice that people have to make a decision on—any president. That said, we don’t know if that’s what happened here.”
“I’m not disputing the press accounts, but I am also not going to accept them,” Rubio also told Tapper.
Rubio’s careful approach appears to be the exception, not the rule. Since the story broken earlier this week, Trump supporters have been quick to dismiss them as obviously false, while many Democrats and liberals have called for Trump to be impeached—despite having never seen the actual evidence against him and despite the fact Comey was required by law to report any potential obstruction of justice to federal authorities, which he didn’t do.
U.S. Rep. Al Green called for Trump to impeached on the House floor on Wednesday morning, USA Today reported.
“It’s a position of conscience for me,” Green said. “This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”
“This latest move [to appoint a special prosecutor] by the Trump administration is too little, too late,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, according to a New York Times report. “We cannot afford to have Congress sit back and watch this play out the same way it just did, with Trump and his stooges obstructing another investigation into their corruption and high crimes. Congress needs to act now to impeach Trump.”
Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann says that President Donald Trump influence on CNN tanked his negotiations to return to the cable news network to criticize the president.
In an interview with the New York Times, Olbermann said he was talking to MSNBC to return to their airwaves, but they didn’t want him to do commentary, so he rejected the offer. Then he said that Trump stomped on his return to CNN.
“There was an offer, then there wasn’t an offer, then there was an offer. And Trump didn’t like me, and apparently exerted influence on that,” he said.
CNN denies that Trump had anything to do with the failure of the deal. A spokeswoman for the network told the New York Times that Olbermann wasn’t considered for CNN, but for HLN, a spinoff channel. They also said that the “brief preliminary conservations” happened a year ago, before Trump was elected.
Olbermann has been on a one-man crusade against Trump since before the election in acerbic videos he produces for GQ magazine with his fiery commentary against the president. His latest video missive published Monday with the antagonistic title, “Yates’ heroism reveals Trump’s treason. He covered up for a Russian stooge, fired a loyal American[.]”
The last time Trump referenced Olbermann, he had moved out of the real estate mogul’s building. “Keith is a failed broadcaster,” Trump wrote in response, “and the people in the building couldn’t stand him. He is just trying to use ‘Trump’ to get publicity and stay relevant. The prices of Trump apartments are today the highest they’ve been. When people find out he is leaving Trump Palace, prices will probably go up.”
Watch an example of the combative anti-Trump commentary from Olbermann below:
On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, Tapper aired a questionable depiction of Stephen Bannon, a top adviser in the White House.
In the cartoon, which Tapper illustrated himself, Bannon is depicted with numerous pockmarks on his face and deep red marks over his nose and around his eyes. Bannon’s shirt is also covered in what looks like coffee, food or mud.
The cartoon pokes fun at a recent incident involving Bannon, in which Bannon posed for a picture in his office with Shmuley Boteach, a rabbi. In the background of the photo is a large whiteboard showing some of Bannon’s goals, along with checkmarks next to tasks, presumably indicating an accomplishment. However, some of the tasks that are coupled with a checkmark have not actually been accomplished.
For instance, one of the goals listed was “5,000 more border patrol agents.” Although the money has been officially requested to hire the new agents, the funds have yet to be obtained and spent.
In Tapper’s cartoon, a grossly overweight Bannon shows off the “other side” of his office whiteboard, displaying secret goals, such as “Come up with good spin on being fired from [the National Security Council],” “Get Paul Ryan fired” and “Don’t get fired!”
Tapper is a former cartoonist. His “Capitol Hell” cartoon ran for nearly 10 years at Roll Call, according to a 2014 report by Politico.
Tapper’s Bannon cartoon, which aired as part of Tapper’s regular “State of the Cartoon-ion” segment, unquestionably paints Bannon in a negative light, especially his appearance. Political cartoons often depict political figures negatively, but Tapper claims to be an unbiased news authority, not a satirist.
Numerous viewers complained to Tapper over social media over his depiction of Bannon.
“@jaketapper Usually like this part of your show, but why the gratuitous food stains on Bannon. Didn’t see that in photo. It’s a cartoon, but really?” wrote John Coqtosen.
@jaketapper Usually like this part of your show, but why the gratuitous food stains on Bannon. Didn’t see that in photo. It’s a cartoon, but really?
— John Coqtosen (@johncoqtosen) May 7, 2017
“@jaketapper Simply horrible television,” wrote Kevin Groenhagen.
@jaketapper Simply horrible television.
— Groen Zone (@KevinGroenhagen) May 7, 2017
“#CNNSOTU #thisweek #AMJoy how’s your rating? Fox new [sic] wins night after night and post solid growth,” wrote user CindyForTrump.
@jaketapper #CNNSOTU #thisweek #AMJoy how’s your rating? Fox new wins night after night and post solid growth Thursday, May 4 https://t.co/htl7NQ4FV6 pic.twitter.com/c6JB1NdWBb
— CindyForTrump (@immigrant_legal) May 7, 2017
“@jaketapper breaking news bannon out at whitehouse [sic] .. this was your day to day coverage 3 weeks ago lol … #fakenews,” wrote another user.
@jaketapper @jaketapper breaking news bannon out at whitehouse .. this was your day to day coverage 3 weeks ago lol … #fakenews
Bill Nye, known for his 1990’s science kid’s show who has since become an outspoken advocate on “climate change,” accused CNN of doing a “disservice” to its audience on Saturday by having a real scientist on their network to discuss climate change.
The CNN “New Day Saturday” panel, which included Nye and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University,” became heated after Happer said the climate change that Nye talks about is a “myth.”
“There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet?” Happer, who has advised President Donald Trump on climate issues, said.
“Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” he explained.
Nye hit back and said Happer didn’t understand the “rate,” or speed at which carbon dioxide is entering the atmosphere. Then he ripped CNN for not having only climate change alarmists on their network.
“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said.
When asked why he’s a skeptic, Happer — a real scientist — explained that climate change alarmism is built on a dishonest foundation.
“Let me point out that science is not like passing a law,” he said. “You don’t have a vote to say how many are for the law of gravity and how many are against — it’s based on observations. And if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less. So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true, it’s based on flawed computer modeling.”
Nye, who is not a real scientist, immediately shot back at Happer.
“That’s completely wrong,” Nye shot back. “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”
Nye added that he “encourages” everyone to look at the facts. For years, climate change alarmists said the polar ice caps would melt completely by the mid-2010’s causing the sea levels to rise by meters, which would then put low-lying coastal areas across the world under water. None of these things ever happened. In fact, ocean waters have not warmed on an overall average basis, despite claims made by people like Nye and former Vice President Al Gore.
Not only that, but a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government agency that monitors the climate, whistleblower said the agency for years manipulated climate data for political reasons — meaning to show that climate change is happening when it really isn’t.
Still, Nye spouted his talking points and lectured Happer for being a “climate change denier.”
I encourage you to cut this out so we can move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology. We want advanced wind turbines…advanced concentrated energy plants. If we were to do that, we would have at least 3 million new jobs in the United States that could not be outsourced. We would not need to have our military on the other of the world defending what people call “our oil.” We could move forward and we could export this technology. We could be world leaders in this instead of wringing our hands and cherry picking data and pretending that this problem that’s obvious to the scientific community but it is somehow not obvious to you.
Later in the interview, Happer said the Trump administration should back out of the 2016 Paris Agreement, a global agreement made last year on greenhouse gas emissions. Happer compared the agreement to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasements of Germany dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938, known as the Munich Agreement.
That agreement allowed Hitler to take over territory in what was then Czechoslovakia known as the “Sudetenland.” Hitler said he wanted the territory because it was occupied mainly by Germans and Austrians. We now know, however, that it was just one more step in Hitler’s plan to begin conquering Europe.
The comparison Happer made stunned Nye and the CNN hosts, who demanded that Happer explain his comparison.
“It is an appropriate comparison because it was a treaty that was not going to do any good,” Happer explained. “This treaty also will not do any good. Anyone who looks at the results of doing what the treaty says can see that the effect on the earth’s climate is — even if you take the alarmist computer models trivial — it will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
The contentious exchange came on “Earth Day 2017,” also the same day that people across the world were marching “for science.”
A survivor of a 2013 chemical-weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised President Donald Trump on Friday for choosing to order a missile strike against an airbase in Syria.
Trump, many congressmen, and members of the intelligence community have said Assad is responsible for chemical attacks made against civilians in northern Syria on Tuesday. In the attack, at least 86 people were killed, including 28 children. The Turkish Health Ministry reported on Thursday the nerve agent used in the attack was sarin.
On Thursday, Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against an airbase belonging to the Syrian government. Trump claimed in a statement on the attack that there “can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council.”
Assad’s government has denied it is responsible for the chemical-weapons attack.
Speaking on CNN’s “Newsroom,” Kassem Eid, a survivor of a chemical attack launched by Assad in 2013, said he was “overwhelmed” with joy when he learned of Trump’s attack.
“I saw the news. I cried out of joy,” Eid said. “I jumped. I thanked God. I don’t know, I was overwhelmed. We’ve been asking for protection. We’ve been asking for consequences for more than six years. And today, for the first time, it happened. For the very first time we see Assad held accountable—just for once—held accountable for his crimes against humanity.”
“I was overwhelmed,” Eid said. “I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States. I felt grateful for each and every person who lobbied and called, kept on talking until someone actually listened.”
CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Eid whether he agreed critics of Trump who say the president is being hypocritical by defending Syrians in once instance and temporarily refusing to let Syrian refugees enter the country.
“With all due respect,” Eid said. “With all due respect, I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days ago when people were gassed to death, when civilians were gassed to death. I didn’t see you in 2013, when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that led us refugees, that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria.”
“If you really care about refugees, if you really care about helping us, please help us stay in our country,” Eid continued. “We don’t want to come to the United States. We want to stay in our country. We want to stay in our country, with all due respect. This is hypocrisy. If you really care, if you really care, help us stay in our country.”
Eid’s incredible message conflicts with what many critics of Trump have said about Syrian refugees, including Hillary Clinton, who recently said during a speech in Houston Trump can’t “in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next, close America’s doors to them.”
On Friday, Trump asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a decision against Trump’s temporary travel ban made by a federal judge in Hawaii.
“To be sure, this order has been the subject of heated debate,” the Department of Justice wrote in its opening brief filed with the appellate court. “But the precedent set by this case will long transcend this order, this president, and this constitutional moment.”
John Kasich surprised supporters on Sunday when he announced on CNN he doesn’t believe he’ll run for political office again. Kasich’s term as governor of Ohio will end in January 2019, and some have speculated Kasich could challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican primary at that time.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, host Dana Bash asked Kasich whether he’d be interested in challenging Trump for the GOP primary in 2019.
“Governor, before I let you go, I have to point out that you’ve been keeping a very busy schedule, and you’ve been keeping up your political profile,” Bash said.
“There’s a new pro-Kasich political organization, you’ve been traveling the globe, you’ve got a new book coming out and the title is your campaign theme: ‘Two Paths: America Divided or United.’ I know you’re not going to tell me right now whether you plan to challenge President Trump in 2020,” Bash said before getting cut off by Kasich.
“No, no, no,” responded Kasich, who then went on to explain that he has no ambition of challenging Trump in 2020.
“My job, believe me, my job is to be a voice that’s constructive,” said Kasich. “I’m not really interested in running for political office again. I’m interested in being a voice that can help bring the country together again. And I don’t want to be self-righteous or any of this stuff. I’m doing the best I can.”
“So, you’re not running for political office again?” asked Bash. “You’re not going to run for president?”
“I don’t see it,” Kasich responded. “I just don’t see it.”
“Ever?” asked Bash.
“I don’t see it, Dana,” said Kasich. “Look, I have other things I have to do. You don’t close the door on anything, but I don’t have my eyes on that.”
Kasich has been one of Trump’s biggest critics going all the way back to when the two men were both committing for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Some anti-Trump moderates in the GOP have been hoping Kasich would lead the charge against Trump in 2019, but after today’s interview with Bash, it seems increasingly unlikely that will happen.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer laid a mic drop worthy burn on CNN during Thursday’s White House press briefing.
Earlier, CNN reported that Trump associates may indeed have had communications with the Russians during the 2016 elections that led to damaging information about the Hillary Clinton campaign. When asked about it by a reporter in the press pool, Spicer was actually ready for the subject to be brought up.
“So let’s actually look at what CNN reported,” began Spicer. “They reported that anonymous U.S. officials have told them that information indicates that association of the campaign, and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive of anything which is bordering collusion. The last line of said, ‘The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place.’”
“I think there’s more – probably more – evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion [with the Russians].”
Spicer went on to remind the reporters that in the CNN report it states that, “the FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place.”
CNN released another explosive accusation citing U.S. officials saying that they have obtained information that suggests Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russian authorities on hacked information that damaged Hillary Clinton in the election.
“CNN has learned new details of the FBI investigation into potential links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” Anderson Cooper reported.
“Well Anderson,” Pamela Brown added, “the FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, U.S. officials told us. FBI Director James Comey made his bombshell announcement, as you’ll recall, Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia.”
“So the FBI is now reviewing that information,” she continued, “which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records as well as accounts of in-person meetings, according to the officials we’ve spoken with. And the information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that this investigation is ongoing.”
“The FBI would not comment,” she concluded, “nor would the White House, though Trump officials have denied there is any evidence of collusion.”
“If you’ll recall,” Evan Perez added, “in addition to Comey saying that the investigation includes looking at connections of Trump associates, he also explained what it means that the investigation is actually being done.”
“The standard is,” Comey explained during his congressional testimony, “I think there are a couple different at play, a credible allegation of wrongdoing or a reasonable basis to believe that an American may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”
“One law enforcement official,” continued Perez, “said that the information in hand suggests, “people connected to the campaign were in contact and appeared that they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who we spoke to said that it was premature to draw that inference from the information that they gathered so far. Since, at this point, it’s largely circumstantial.”
“The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion actually took place,” he explained, “but the information suggesting collusion is now a large part of the focus of his investigation according to the officials that we talked to.”
BREAKING – US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians https://t.co/KqFr3GgAPP https://t.co/sDUcxttgC8
— CNN (@CNN) March 23, 2017
The coordination under investigation includes the stolen emails handed over to WikiLeaks from campaign manager John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.
The Trump campaign has roundly denied such allegations, and said that the leaks are false, made up by the media, and also released by malicious partisan members of the “deep state” of bureaucrats clandestinely organized to undermine the presidency.
CNN’s Erin Burnett characterized the Trump administration’s preoccupation with leaks as a “deep paranoia” while interviewing Former CIA Director James Woolsey Friday about recent developments with the White House.
“The Trump administration has developed a deep paranoia for what they call the ‘deep state,’” Burnett began. “Career employees in the government that they say are out to get them or against their agenda, and are working in the shadows against them. Perhaps that’s part of the reason they’re coming out so suddenly and firing these attorneys, we don’t know. But this does seem to be a part of it, doesn’t it?”
“It’s really kinda hard to say, exactly,” Woolsey responded, “why this is all kind of clumsy and messy. It’s not that hard to do, and you do it from administration to administration.”
“Sometimes there’s disagreements about who oughta have more responsibility,” he explained. “Back when I was DCI in the early nineties, we thought the FBI was trying to get too much authority over counterintelligence that we ought to have, and they thought that we had too much authority over counterintelligence. Sometimes there’s normal pushes and tugs between different parts of the bureaucracy but it doesn’t have to be like this, like what we’re seeing.”
The Trump administration might disagree with Burnett’s description of their “deep paranoia,” about the “deep state,” given that leaks to the media led directly to the resignation of Mike Flynn as the national security advisor to President Trump. Flynn later registered as a “foreign agent” doing work that might have benefitted the government of Turkey, to the apparent surprise of Vice President Mike Pence.
Other leaks have plagued the administration at every step, prompting some to speculate about the existence of the “deep state,” or an organized group of Obama hold-overs and other government employees ideologically hostile to Trump and his agenda.
“It doesn’t have to be like…this” – Fmr. #CIA Dir. James Woolsey on rift b/t #Trump admin. and the “deep state” https://t.co/f4TX0q0gMI
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 11, 2017
Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer derisively described the attacks from the “deep state” as the “revenge of the losers” on Fox News.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to condemn one of her own on Sunday when confronted by the comments Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) recently made about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Last Wednesday, during a dinner at the Washington Press Club Foundation, Richmond said Conway “really looked kind of familiar in that position,” referencing a photo of Conway on her knees on a couch in the Oval Office taking a picture of President Donald Trump and presidents of historically black colleges.
But when confronted with her caucus member’s comment Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pelosi completely dodged the topic and tried to turn the discussion on Trump.
“Shouldn’t the congressman apologize to Kellyanne Conway, and honestly where is the Democratic Party in expressing outrage over this?” host Jake Tapper pressed.
“Well, I wasn’t at the dinner. I’m just finding out about this. But the fact is, I’m still in sort of a state of, what is going on here that the person who occupies the White House is a person who was on that Hollywood video that said the crude things he said about women,” Pelosi said.
“You all are criticizing Cedric for something he said in the course of the evening. And he maybe should be criticized for that. I just don’t know the particulars,” she added. “But I do everyday marvel at the fact that somebody who said the gross and crude things that President Trump said — wouldn’t even be allowed in a frat house — and he’s in the White House.”
Tapper appeared almost stunned by Pelosi’s comments, but he tried again. He went on to clarify his line of questioning to ask if the Democrats’ “moral authority” is being undermined because they don’t criticize Democrats who make sexually crude comments toward women — only Republicans.
“Well, I think everybody was making crude comments,” Pelosi replied. “I—I just don’t know…I wasn’t at the dinner.”
Pelosi’s flat refusal to criticize Richmond’s comments is surprising given that even Chelsea Clinton publicly denounced the comments last week as “despicable.”
Fox News network once again beat out CNN and MSNBC in ratings for February, and did it so soundly that they surpassed the competition combined.
According to Nielsen Research, Fox News won for the eighth consecutive month in total viewers over basic cable with 1.75 million viewers. Nickelodeon garnered 1.15 million and HGTV garnered 902,000 viewers.
The 21st Century-owned cable news network was also up 39 percent in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, with 592,000 total viewers. In total viewers and the key demographic, Fox beat MSNBC and CNN in both categories combined.
And Fox is still dominating the top shows in cable news.
Overall, Fox News had 13 of the top 15 programs in cable news.
MSNBC’s “The Rachael Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were the only non-Fox programs to break the top 15, finishing seventh and 13th, respectively.
February 2017 was the network’s 182nd consecutive month as the most-watched cable news channel in total viewers. It was also the network’s highest rated month since November 2016.
Fox News has been shuffling personnel around with Tucker Carlson taking over Megyn Kelly’s spot after she left for MSNBC. Ratings have increased dramatically with the new anchor, who has used his program to debate combatively many figures on the left, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Compared to Megyn Kelly’s performance as host of “The Kelly File” in February of 2016, Carlson is up 31 percent in total viewers with 3.28 million and is up 55 percent in the key demographic with 695,000 viewers.
Greta Van Susteren also announced a move to MSNBC after leaving Fox News, and admitting that she had been sexually harassed by Roger Ailes.
While many have seen Fox News as the pro-Trump news outlet, he had attacked them for what he saw as bias in the past, and some Fox personalities have been very critical of the 45th president, including Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace over Trump’s attacks on the media.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, known for his work with Edward Snowden, highlighted the hypocrisy of Democrats over government leaks on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning.
Under former President Barack Obama, Greenwald noted that Democrats hated government leaks, but explained that it’s an entirely different story now that President Donald Trump is in office.
Greenwald pointed to fellow panelist Carl Bernstein, known for his work in the Watergate scandal, as reason why it’s important for government employees to give journalists critical information the public needs to know that might not be exposed otherwise.
The “problem,” Greenwald went on to explain, is that Democrats, under Obama, have unleashed a “war” on government leakers.
If you look at the last eight years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, but also journalists, implemented by not Donald Trump but by the Obama administration. More sources prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act than in all previous administrations combined. Journalists such as James Rosen at Fox News and Jim Risen at The New York Times and those of us who worked on the Snowden reporting constantly threatened with prosecution or having our phone records subpoenaed and the like. And Democratic officeholders in D.C. were virtually unanimous in the idea that people who leak information that’s classified are villains, they’re traitors, they oughta go to prison.
However, now that Trump is in the White House, Democrats have completely flipped their position on government leaks, Greenwald said, which has allowed Trump to declare his hatred for leakers as well.
“This framework has been created, both rhetorical and legal, over the last eight years that says that people who leak classified information regardless of how important that information is, ought to be punished, and that’s the rhetoric and framework Donald Trump is seizing on,” Greenwald said.
“It’s the reason why it’s been so damaging to have watched Democrats, who suddenly love leaks now that it’s helping them, weigh such an aggressive war on journalism and investigative reporting over the last eight years,” he explained.
Watch Greenwald’s comments below:
.@ggreenwald: “There has been a “concerted war” on whistleblowers and journalists “by the Obama administration” https://t.co/fTuZKMCG1g
— CNN (@CNN) February 19, 2017
Government leaks have been a huge problem for Trump in the opening weeks of his presidency. Details from classified documents and phone conversations have been routinely leaked, which many believe lead to the ousting of Micheal Flynn, who served as the national security adviser for a mere three weeks.
CNN says that U.S. investigators are corroborating certain parts of the dossier that was the focus of their report that angered the Trump administration in January and precipitated a feud between the network and the president.
For the first time, US investigators say they have corroborated some of the communications detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials tell CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier prior to Trump’s inauguration.
None of the newly learned information relates to the salacious allegations in the dossier. Rather it relates to conversations between foreign nationals. The dossier details about a dozen conversations between senior Russian officials and other Russian individuals. Sources would not confirm which specific conversations were intercepted or the content of those discussions due to the classified nature of US intelligence collection programs.
The corroboration gives officials “greater confidence” that the dossier is accurate as they continue the investigation into its veracity, according to sources to CNN.
CNN Exclusive: US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier https://t.co/vYafflXj7y https://t.co/ppbjSLoLgJ
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 10, 2017
When asked to comment on this new development, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded, “We continue to be disgusted by CNN’s fake news reporting.” This has been the line from the White House since the original reporting when Trump railed against the network and his allies attacked and boycotted CNN in a contentious rhetorical battle.
CNN says Spicer called them back later and offered a more complete statement.
This is more fake news. It is about time CNN focused on the success the President has had bringing back jobs, protecting the nation, and strengthening relationships with Japan and other nations. The President won the election because of his vision and message for the nation.
CNN has tried to distance itself from the “Buzzfeed dossier” which was released soon after the CNN report but was roundly criticized in journalistic corners as being below standard ethical industry practices. Buzzfeed is being sued for publishing the report that had very salacious accusations against Trump.
Trump has since given critics more reason to accuse him of being too easy on Putin and the Russians when he said in an interview with Bill O’Reilly that America was just as murderous as Putin’s Russia is. He was criticized for the comments by both left and right sides of the aisle, while Putin demanded an apology from O’Reilly for calling him a “killer.”
Six U.S. agencies are investigating the possibility that Russia gave secret aid towards Trump’s campaign to win the presidential election. Meanwhile some Republicans have come out against the alleged Russian tampering in our election, especially Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Author and Newsweek columnist Michael Wolff admonished CNN host Brian Stelter over the weekend, saying the cable network media correspondent comes close to being “quite a ridiculous figure.”
Wolff’s blunt criticism of Stelter came Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” during which Stelter quoted from a Jan. 26 Newsweek column that Wolff authored titled, “Why the media keeps losing to Trump.” In it, Wolff wrote:
The media strategy is to show Trump to be an inept and craven sociopath. The Trump strategy is to show that media people are hopeless prigs out of touch with the nation (e.g., CNN’s media correspondent, Brian Stelter, who turns to the camera every Sunday morning and delivers a pious sermon about Trump’s perfidiousness) and nursing personal grudges.
Then, on Sunday, Wolff and Stelter came face to face to discuss the article. During the interview, Stelter asked Wolff, “Do you feel that my style is wrong or my substance is wrong, trying to fact check the president?”
Wolff didn’t sugarcoat his response.
“I think it’s — and I mean this with truly no disrespect — I think you can border on being quite a ridiculous figure,” he replied.
“It’s not a good look to repeatedly and self-righteously defend your own self interest,” Wolff added. “The media should not be the story. Every week, in this religious sense, you make it the story. We are not the story.”
Stelter pushed back, asking Wolff if “there’s room for one hour a week on CNN for this.”
Wolff responded: “Listen, I love your show. I just wish you wouldn’t turn to the camera and lecture America about the virtues of the media and everyone trying to attack it. The media will be fine.”
“The media doesn’t need defending in this moment?” Stelter pressed Wolff.
“The media doesn’t need defending by the media, certainly,” Wolff insisted.
Stelter hosts “Reliable Sources,” which airs every Sunday. According to the show’s official Twitter profile, the program focuses on “the story behind the story — how news and pop culture get made.” Stelter also appears on CNN periodically throughout the week to discuss media stories.
According to CNN Money, employment levels in the United States saw a massive gain at the beginning of the year.
The unemployment rate has risen to 4.8 percent, which may sound like a negative, but is actually a sign that Americans are looking to get back into the job market. The kind of jobs people have been diving into have been mixed.
The quality of jobs is another issue. For example, America added 76,000 retail and restaurant jobs in January. Those tend to be lower-paying, low-skill positions.
But the U.S. economy also gained good-paying jobs. Construction added 36,000 workers. Financial services businesses hired 32,000 new workers and health care gained 18,000 new jobs.
While manufacturing barely added any jobs in January, some see the outlook for factory jobs improving under President Trump.
“Manufacturing jobs are going to get more in demand. He’s going to put a focus on jobs,” says Edward Fleischman, CEO of the ExecuSearch Group.
This momentum has also seen how much people earn go up with paychecks rising 2.5 percent.
“With the unemployment rate so low and very few unemployed people looking for work, it’s getting harder and harder for employers to find workers, and that’s driving up wages,” says Luke Tilley, chief economist at Wilmington Trust. “This is a solid jobs report.”
Trump has made a promise to create 25 million new jobs over the next ten years, and has already taken steps to see to it that this happens by making deals with business leaders such as Mayoshi Son of Sprint Corp who vowed to bring 50,000 jobs to America.
According to a new poll out by CNN/ORC, a surprising number of Americans believe that while the Russian hacking did happen, it didn’t really effect the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections much.
Overall, nearly 8-in-10 say they have been closely following news about Russia’s attempts to influence the US presidential election last year, including 84% of Democrats, 75% of independents and 72% of Republicans. But the partisan agreement ends there.
Majorities say that if the assessment were to prove true, these attempts would be a crisis or major problem for the US (65% say so), and that the outcome of the election would have been the same regardless of the information released (58% say that). Further, 56% say that despite this situation, the US ought to continue its efforts to improve relations with Russia rather than take strong economic and diplomatic steps against Russia.
According to the poll, 43 percent believe that it is extremely likely or very likely that the intelligence community’s assessment of the Russian hacking is accurate, with 32 percent saying it is somewhat likely. Only 24 percent think it likely didn’t happen.
Unsurprisingly, the view that the hacking effected the elections are split along partisan lines, with 65 percent of democrats believing it ruined Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s chances, versus only 10 percent of Republicans who would agree with that view.
During a segment during CNN’s New Day, former CIA official Philip Mudd made the claim that Wikileaks editor Julian Assange was a “pedophile who lives in the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” during discussion about the Russian’s involvement of the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.
Here’s the clip:
According to McClatchyDC, the accusation comes from a dating website known as toddandclare.com, which allegedly sprung a plot against Assange as he was public enemy number one with the 2016 Clinton campaign.
And they’ve done it at a time when WikiLeaks has become a routine target of Democratic politicians who portray Assange as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his reported efforts to disrupt the U.S. election.
One part of toddandclare’s two-pronged campaign put a megaphone to unproven charges that Assange made contact with a young Canadian girl in the Bahamas through the internet with the intention of molesting her. The second part sought to entangle him in a plan to receive $1 million from the Russian government.
Due to this, Wikileaks made a threat via Twitter to sue CNN for the comment unless “within 48 hours they air a one hour expose of the plot.”
We have issued instructions to sue CNN for defamation:https://t.co/YLfyQ9ROCy
Unless within 48h they air a one hour expose of the plot.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2017
In reaction, CNN deleted the tweet containing the video, and posted an apology from the New Day Twitter account.
We’ve deleted a tweet that included a video clip from New Day earlier this morning. Here’s our statement: pic.twitter.com/qJqTtzy69T
— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2017
If they hoped this apology would appease Wikileaks, however, CNN was sadly mistaken. Coming back with a response, a Wikileaks secondary Twitter account called the Wikileaks Task force posted that CNN made the apology, but in retracting the allegation of pedophilia made “another two.”
CNN retracts Assange ‘paedophile’ defamation.
But makes another two in the ‘apology’ https://t.co/jAYl1GkJJ3https://t.co/7D5Y9ss28Z
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) January 4, 2017
The account also makes reference to the website, justice4assange.com, where questions about Assange’s dealings with the two Swedish women accusing him of sexual assault are answered, and asserts that the accusations weren’t even made by the two women.
A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Netanyahu’s government has “ironclad” information tying President Barack Obama directly to the anti-Israel resolution passed last week by the United Nations Security Council.
David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman, said on CNN Sunday that top Israeli officials have evidence that Obama not only pushed the deal to pass, but he helped “craft” it.
“Well, we have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and from sources in the Arab world, and it’s really an unfortunate legacy, kind of last minute jab at Israel that actually distances peace,” Keyes said.
“We have full confidence that the information is accurate,” he added of the accuracy of the information. “This resolution is shameful and actually pushes peace farther away.”
Keyes doubled down on his comments during a second interview with Fox News, where he explained that an “abandonment” of Israel by the Obama administration is currently playing out for the world to see.
“I think what we’re seeing is an abandonment of Israel, and an abandonment of a long-standing American policy,” he said.
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The White House already has acknowledged President Obama made the decision for U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power to abstain. Unclear was how involved the Obama administration was in crafting and pushing the resolution itself – which initially was put forward by Egypt, and then pursued by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.
However, the White House denies that Obama had any hand in the drafting of the resolution.
Still, Netanyahu has vowed that Israel will not abide by the resolution and has already started planning with his government how they will respond. They have already summoned many of their ambassadors — mainly from countries that voted for the resolution — including their U.S. ambassador.
And while the Obama amdinistration has not been the biggest friend of Israel, President-elect Donald Trump has already pledged that under his leadership, things will change.
Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) have also said in the days following the passing of the resolution that all U.S. funds to the U.N. should be cut until the international body revokes the anti-Israeli measure.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a CNN interview aired Sunday that he’s upset over the fact that President Barack Obama doesn’t get enough credit for being the “most transparent” president in United States history.
Earnest made his comments during an interview with CNN host Brian Stelter, who said that many journalists would disagree with Earnest that the Obama White House has been the most transparent in history, noting the complaints of journalists and denied Freedom of Information Act requests.
Earnest responded by saying that the Obama administration has responded to “hundreds of thousands” of FOIA requests, but argued that there is “no constituency in American politics for transparency in government beyond journalists.”
“If this constituency — journalists — are gonna be effective advocates for the issue that they care about, they need to remember that they have a responsibility not just to criticize those who are not living up to their expectations,” he went on to explain.
“Any activist will tell you that the way that you get people to support you and to support your cause is to give them credit when the credit is due, to applaud them when they do the thing that you want them to be doing,” Earnest added.
The press secretary said that journalists not acknowledging Obama’s transparency is one of the reasons he’s had a “beef” with the press during his time in the White House.
But not only that, Earnest alleged that President-elect Donald Trump has no “incentive” to be transparent
“Given the fact that President Obama has been the most transparent president in American history, and given the fact that he has not gotten much, if any, credit for that from journalists, what incentive does Donald Trump, who I think has a predisposition against transparency when you consider the way he handled his tax returns, what argument does anyone have that there is an [incentive] for him to be more transparent?” he said.
After the fatal shooting of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on Monday by a gunman shouting “Allahu Akbar,” the media once again proved they are incapable of reporting a story accurately, especially when it goes against the liberal agenda.
Although the shooter was clearly heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in video footage from the assassination in Ankara, multiple CNN anchors and reporters refused to mention as much.
They reported only on what the man was saying in Turkish, which was “Don’t forget about Aleppo. Don’t forget about Syria.”
But’s it’s clear from the entire video that, indeed, the gunman also shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic. It is a phrase often uttered by Islamic terrorists while they are carrying out attacks.
Not all on-air personalities, however, refused to report the key context. To her credit, CNN foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward did mention it.
Anchors Jon Berman and Cairo-based reporter Mohamed Fahmy, however, glossed over the words mouthed by the gunman.
TheBlaze reported earlier on the shooting that killed Karlov and left several others injured.
The attack comes at a pivotal time for Russia-Turkey relations. The two countries have been on opposite sides of the ongoing Syrian civil war. Russia has for months helped to prop up Syrian dictator Bashar Assad while the Turkish government has supported Syrian rebels. Thousands of Syrians have died in the years-long war, many of whom perished in the recent uptick in violence occurring as a result of the Assad regime moving in to retake the ravaged city of Aleppo from rebel fighters.