Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly is reportedly talking to longtime Fox host Sean Hannity about teaming up to bring their storied success to a new television network.
According to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, who is one of the most connected journalists covering Fox News, O’Reilly is in talks with Hannity to join Sinclair Broadcasting, a conservative-leaning news network that has a massive reach.
Sherman explained the possibility Sunday morning on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show. Sherman is an MSNBC contributor.
“My sources in and around Fox say that [Hannity] and Bill O’Reilly are potentially in talks to take their shows to Sinclair,” Sherman said. “Bill O’Reilly has wanted to get back into the game.”
“So Sinclair has really wants to build the future of a conservative media empire and poaching Fox’s biggest names would help them do that,” he explained. “This, again, is the groundwork for what I think will be the next conservative media platform in the post-Roger Ailes era.”
.@GABRIELSHERMAN’s sources tell him Bill O’Reilly could be coming back to TV via Sinclair media. Thoughts? #AMJoy https://t.co/RTQOE82QR1
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) July 23, 2017
Sherman followed up his MSNBC appearance with two weeks reiterating his on-air comments. He also added that O’Reilly has been in talks with Newsmax TV:
As I reported this morning on @amjoyshow, Bill O’Reilly has talked Hannity about teaming up to go to Sinclair Broadcasting, sources say.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 23, 2017
Impt to note O’Reilly also considering @newsmax TV as a possibly landing pad
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 23, 2017
However, Sherman wrote on Twitter that he is “skeptical” of an O’Reilly-Hannity alliance because they’ve not been the best of friends over the years:
I’m skeptical though of an O’Reilly-Hannity alliance because the two had a lot of bad blood from their time at Fox News
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 23, 2017
O’Reilly was fired from Fox in April over allegations that he sexually harassed women while at Fox News. O’Reilly settled with the woman out of court, not because he was guilty, but because he wanted the allegations to go away, he later said.
Since his departure from Fox, where he dominated cable news television for years, many have questioned where O’Reilly would end up. O’Reilly has said he’s still interested in doing television. Meanwhile, he hosts a podcast on his website, BillOReilly.com, and joins Glenn Beck on his radio program each Friday. O’Reilly has even hinted at the possibility of doing an in-house television program.
As far as Hannity, it appears all is well with him at Fox. He currently has some of the best ratings on the network and is thriving with President Donald Trump in office. However, since the departure of Roger Ailes’ and Bill Shine from Fox, questions have been raised over Hannity’s future at the network given that Rupert Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, are now running the day-to-day operations.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the future of conservative media, but wherever O’Reilly and Hannity end up, it’s clear they will have very large audiences as they have cultivated millions of loyal followers over the years.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doesn’t believe the Senate will repeal Obamacare and pass a health care replacement bill anytime soon. Paul offered the sobering update over the weekend during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
When asked if he believes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has enough votes to pass an Obamacare replacement, Paul said he doesn’t believe McConnell does.
“You know, I don’t think right now he does,” Paul said.
“The real problem we have is that we won four elections on repealing Obamacare but [the Senate GOP’s replacement bill] keeps most of Obamacare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies and creates something that Republicans have never been for and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund,” Paul explained. “That’s not a Republican idea to give taxpayer money to a private industry that already makes $15 billion in profit.”
When asked by show host Chris Wallace what course of action Republicans should take should they fail to pass health care reform, Paul suggested they repeal Obamacare and its taxes, regulations and mandates then worry about passing a replacement bill later.
“What I’ve suggested to the president…if this comes to an impasse, I think if the president jumps into the fray and says ‘Look guys, you promised to repeal it, let’s just repeal what we can agree to,’” Paul explained. “And then we can continue to try to fix, replace or whatever has to happen afterwards.”
“But the one thing we should do is try to repeal as many of the taxes, as many of the regulations and as many of the mandates as we possibly can,” Paul emphasized, noting that he’s optimistic for compromise to come to Senate Republicans.
Paul explained that he can’t currently support the Senate’s health care bill because it keeps the heart of Obamacare alive, which Paul called the bill’s “fundamental flaw.”
“Mandates on insurance cause prices to rise and young, healthy people then say ‘Ill wait until I get sick [to buy insurance].’ And then the insurance pool gets sicker and sicker — it’s called adverse selection, we also call it the ‘death spiral,’” Paul said. “The Republican plan admits that it will continue.”
“The Republican plan doesn’t fix the death spiral of Obamacare, it simply subsidizes it,” Paul explained.
McConnell over the weekend announced that any vote on a health care replacement would be postponed until Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returns to Washington. McCain is recovering at home in Arizona after undergoing surgery on Friday for a blood clot above his left eye.
.@RandPaul: “I don’t think Republicans should put their name on this [bill].” https://t.co/rE5W333VUU pic.twitter.com/OMPNg9e78k
Shepard Smith blew up at the Trump administration during his show when another revelation about the Russian meeting in June 2016 broke into the headlines, apparently contradicting Donald Trump Jr.’s that the whole story was out. He made the comments Friday on Fox News while speaking with Chris Wallace.
“The emails, well in fact, this was supposed to be,” Wallace said, “and what the Trump folks took the meeting to accomplish was the Russian government trying to give information about Hillary Clinton as part of an effort to swing the election to Donald Trump. So, you know you’re exactly right, we’ve been told a variety of stories. We’ve gotten – and who knows if we’ve even gotten to the end of the story, we’ve only got to the end of the story with the emails.”
“I know that we haven’t,” Smith said, “I know that we haven’t because there’s news breaking at this moment, Chris.”
“Fox News can now confirm,” Smith said dramatically turning to the camera. “New, more, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, the lawyer from Russia, the interpreter, this new guy we found about today, and a mystery person. John Roberts confirms there was an eighth person in that meeting.”
“We don’t know there may have been more but there was an eighth,” he added.
“Jared Kushner filled out his form, I think it’s an F-86,” Smith explained, “saying who he had met with and what he’d done. Very important stuff, you can go to prison for messing it up, y’know, intentionally.”
“He went back and added one hundred names and places,” he continued. “None of these people made it. They – we’re still not clean on this, Chris, if there’s nothing there, and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this, nothing came of it, there’s a nothing-burger, it wasn’t memorable, didn’t write it down, didn’t tell ya about it because it wasn’t anything so I didn’t even remember it!”
“With a Russian interpreter in the room at Trump Tower,” he added sarcastically.
“If all of that, why all these lies?” Smith demanded. “Why is it lie after lie after lie? If you’re clean, come on clean! Y’know?”
“My grandmother used to say, ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive,’” he said, paraphrasing a Shakespeare verse.
“The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling!” He exclaimed. “And there are still people out there who believe we’re making it up. And one day they’re gonna realize we’re not, and look around and go, where are we and why are we getting told all these lies.”
“You know, I don’t know what to say,” Wallace responded, almost speechless. I think there’s a lot of truth to everything that you’ve said.”
On Friday it was discovered that the meeting in June 2016 with Trump Jr. and other Trump associates with a Russian lawyer also included a Russian-born lobbyist who is said to have had counter-intelligence experience in Russia, and two unidentified persons. Critics have taken this to show that Trump Jr. had not being completely upfront about all the details of the controversial meeting.
President Trump said that he was proud of the transparency of his son for divulging the emails about the meeting.
A panel between conservative commentator Ben Shapiro and a representative for the Council on American-Islamic Relations blew up Friday.
The discussion came on Fox News and centered around controversial comments that Shariah law advocate Linda Sarsour recently made, when she called on Americans to wage “jihad” against President Donald Trump.
Sarsour said at an event late last month:
And I hope that we, when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts us from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers, not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here, in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”
Florida CAIR director Hassan Shibly defended those comments during his fiery discussion with Shapiro, which was moderated by Fox News host Dana Perino. Shibly claimed Sarsour’s comments were taken out-of-context and said that “jihad” actually means “to struggle for good.”
“She was very clear that it’s our duty as Americans and as Muslims to but forward our best effort and to struggle to speak truth to power, to help the disenfranchised, to stand for the oppressed to matter the cost is of speaking out. And she’s actually paying the price of speaking out and calling out the Trump administration’s attacks on minorities, attacks against woman,” Shibly said. “Linda is a revolutionary American-Muslim proud hijab-sporting activist and we stand with her, we’re proud of the tremendous work she’s doing.”
Shapiro, however, vehemently disagreed.
“I don’t think anybody is claiming that she openly called for violence against President Trump, but jihad means more than “internal struggle” or “struggle for good,” Shapiro explained. “We all know there are terrorists all over the world who invoke the word “jihad” as justification for what they do — and Linda Sarsour knows that too. She knows how to make a headline. She’s a radical anti-Semite who has backed terrorists in the past.”
That’s when Shibly forcibly interrupted Shapiro and directed him not to “smear” Sarsour because she wasn’t present to defend herself.
“You just don’t like a vocal Muslim-American woman proudly standing for justice. Don’t smear a woman who’s not here to defend herself,” he said. “Shame on you.”
Then Shapiro turned the tables on Shibly.
“Fine, I’ll talk about CAIR instead. CAIR is an organization that was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007,” Shapiro explained.
“Right, shift the topic!” Shibly shot back. “Don’t try to drown out the conversation.”
Perino, who was filling in for regular show host Martha MacCallum, tried to reign the conversation back into a peaceful debate. She asked Shibly why Sarsour would use the word “jihad” given the strings attached to it.
Shibly’s response left Perino and Shapiro nearly speechless.
“Well, that’s why it’s so important that she used that word because we must reclaim that word from the extremists that have misdefined it and misrepresented it,” Shibly said.
“What?!” Perino said back, surprised while Shapiro chuckled.
“The only way we can reclaim our words, and reclaim our language is by leaders proudly and unapologetically using it in the right context so we can show the world what jihad really means,” Shibly explained.
Perino said it’s “too late” for Muslims to “reclaim” the word, but Shibly disagreed. That’s when Shapiro issued Shibly a challenge: as a CAIR representative, condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization with terrorism ties.
But Shibly refused to do so and accused Shapiro of trying to “distort” their conversation. As the discussion came to a close, Perino gave that last word to Shapiro.
“If you want to reclaim the word ‘jihad,’ you should start by condemning organizations that promote jihad all over the world instead of associating with them,” he said, before Shibly interrupted him again.
“Jihad doesn’t mean terrorism,” Shibly said.
“Then condemn organizations that participate in it,” Shapiro shot back. “This is not hard.”
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens explained why he thought Sean Hannity receiving the William F. Buckley award was the perfect symbol of “post-literate” conservatism that is replacing the legacy that Buckley left behind. Hannity fired back from his Twitter account Thursday.
“The conservatism [Buckley] nourished was fundamentally literary,” Stephens explained. “To play a significant part in it you had to know how to write, and in order to write well you had to read widely, and in order to do that you had to, well, enjoy reading. In hindsight, 2008, the year of Sarah Palin, was also the year when literary conservatism went into eclipse.”
“Suddenly, you didn’t need to devote a month to researching and writing a 7,000-word critique of Obama administration’s policy on, say, Syria to be taken seriously as a conservative foreign-policy expert,” he continued.
“You just needed to mouth off about it for five minutes on “The O’Reilly Factor.” For books there were always ghostwriters,” he added, “publicity on Fox ensured they would always top The Times’s best-seller lists.”
Further on Stephens wrote, “And so we reach the Idiot stage of the conservative cycle, in which a Buckley Award for Sean Hannity suggests nothing ironic, much less Orwellian, to those bestowing it, applauding it, or even shrugging it off.”
“The award itself is trivial, but it’s a fresh reminder of who now holds the commanding heights of conservative life, and what it is that they think,” he concluded.
Hannity further manifested Stephens’ contention that he represented “post-literate” conservatism by responding via missives on Twitter.
For the first time in my life I partly agree with @BretStephensNYT I do not deserve the WFB award. I also never deserved the 2 Marconis…..
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
Nor do I deserve the Radio Hall of Fame, Free speech awards from Talkers or the R&R tall host of the year awards I have won. Nor do I care
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
“For the first time in my life I partly agree with [Bret Stephens,] I do not deserve the WFB award. I also never deserved the 2 Marconis,” Hannity responded, listing his awards and achievements. “Nor do I deserve the Radio Hall of Fame, Free speech awards from Talkers or the R&R tall host of the year awards I have won. Nor do I care.”
“To my audience that has given me the honor of 30 years on radio 22 years on Fox, I thank you. You mattter [sic], Faith, family Country matter,” he continued tweeting. “As long as you honor me with these opportunities I will continue to fight hard for the things I truly believe in.”
As long as you honor me with these opportunities I will continue to fight hard for the things I truly believe in. Not what WFB, Media, NYT’s
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
Believes in. I’m not Buckley, Rush, Mark, or anybody else. I’m myself. I will fight for limited Govt, lower taxes, less regulation,
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
Energy independence, school choice, balanced budgets, secure borders, defeating Isis and radical Islam. And will battle a corrupt media.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
“I will also fight for the forgotten men and woman in America left behind, in poverty, on food stamps, and out of work. That matters to me,” Hannity explained.
So @BretStephensNYT I’ll say to you and the @nytimes (Fake News) I do not care what u think. God bless America.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 7, 2017
He followed it up by reposting a tweet calling Stephens a “jealous loser” who wishes he had Hannity’s success. Apparently in agreement, Hannity added, “Can ANYONE think of just ONE memorable thing [Bret Stephens] has written? WFB was on my show numerous times, would WFB trust the [New York Times]?”
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto went through a list of all the violence coming from the left since President Trump was elected in order to show what he saw as hypocrisy of the media on Trump’s offensive tweeting. The monologue aired Monday at the end of his show.
“So ABC News reports that after his CNN wrestling tweet,” Cavuto began, “President Trump will have to own any violence that might come as a result. The New York Times cites some journalists’ fears the wrestling themed portrayal of violence is dangerous, saying it could incite attacks or threats against news media employees.”
“CNN itself says it is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” he added.
“But I guess it’s really not a sad day when it’s former New Year’s host Kathy Griffin holds up the president’s bloody head,” he added. “Not so sad there.”
“Or when a Shakespeare in the Park troupe murders Caesar-style a President Trump look-alike. That’s OK,” he explained. “Just like rioters at UC Berkeley turning violent to shut down a pro-Trump speech by Ann Coulter is OK, only weeks after doing the same exact thing to protest another conservative speaker was deemed OK.”
“Or turning over cars and lighting them on fire at the president’s inauguration is OK,” Cavuto continued. “Or left-wing professors urging violence against Trump supporters, including one, Eric Clanton arrested for assaulting Trump backers with a bike lock. That’s OK. Or liberal actress Sarah Silverman calling for a coup, that’s OK. Or Charlie Sheen calling for the president’s death, that’s OK.”
“Or Johnny Depp musing about another actor killing another president,” he added. “That’s OK. Or liberal journalists such as VOX’s Emmett Reinsin defending such acts because that’s OK, they’re all OK.”
“You know what, NO, they’re not OK, not a one of them is OK,” Cavuto protested. “Not remotely OK.”
“There is a big difference my friend between speaking your mind and quite another proving you don’t have one,” Cavuto continued with a list of rhetoric from Democratic leaders. “Entertainers proving they’re twisted is no excuse for real leaders proving they’re worse.”
“Top Democrat Tim Kaine calling for a fight in the streets against President Trump. Hillary Clinton vowing to lead the resistance against, you guessed it, President Trump,” he listed. “Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee calling for his impeachment, voting against anything President Trump wants in the meantime, all the time.”
“All OK,” Cavuto surmised.
“The moaning, the burning cauldrons of violence they fear coming from the right,” he continued, “ignoring all that real violence that has been coming from the left, from them. Not from others, from themselves. Not a few cases, lots of cases, not too few to care, too many to mention.”
“Yet the media seems to only fear a silly pro-wrestling tweet from the president right now,” he added, “oblivious to the very real act of violence that still has Congressman Steve Scalise in a hospital, right now. So forget who’s tweeting silly stuff, focus on who’s doing far more serious stuff. Leaving aside I’m not really a fan of the president going off message with these tweets, that not I’m against his tweeting just against things that do nothing to advance his agenda.”
“But to say these tweeting distractions breed violence, that, that would be news,” Cavuto concluded. “Ignoring the very real violence perpetrated by the left, that would be fake news.”
Trump was widely criticized in the media for a tweet containing an animated video of himself wrestling and beating a man with the CNN logo superimposed over his face. The White House has offered no apologies for what some in the media said was inciting violence against the press.
On Saturday evening’s episode of “Watters’ World” on the Fox News Channel, in honor of the Independence Day holiday, host Jesse Watters aired a remarkable video of him asking basic U.S. citizenship test questions to college students at Arizona State University. It’s fair to say most of these students wouldn’t pass the citizenship exam, but how well would you perform?
Among the questions asked to the students were:
1. How many senators are there?
“Is it seven or 12?” one student said.
“I know this,” another student said. “50.”
2. What month is the presidential election?
“December,” one student said.
“January,” replied another.
“April,” guessed another.
“March,” a student said, to which Watters replied, “It’s in the fall.”
“August,” the same student guessed again.
“August is the summer,” Watters said while laughing.
3. What year did America declare its independence?
“1984,” one student guessed.
“You’re way off,” Watters replied.
“1884,” the student then guessed.
To pass the U.S. citizenship exam, applicants must correctly answer at least 60 percent of up to 10 civics and government questions asked by a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer, who chooses from a list of 100 questions. All 100 questions are provided by USCIS on its website, along with the answers.
This writer carefully searched the full list of questions and found the following five to be the most likely to trip up test takers: (1) “How many amendments does the Constitution have?”; (2) “If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?”; (3) “The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.”; (4) “What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?” (5) “Who was President during World War I?”
If you think those questions aren’t difficult, then the rest of the exam — which features questions such as asking people to name the current president and where the capital of the United States is — will look even easier, making the college students’ responses in the “Watters’ World” video appear even more pathetic.
USCIS reports the national pass rate as of September 2016 for the civics and history exam is 91 percent, but polling has shown American citizens perform worse than those applying for citizenship.
A 2016 Ipsos Public Affairs poll found just two-thirds of 2,000 respondents, all of whom self-identified as American citizens, could name the current speaker of the House of Representatives. Only one-third knew Benjamin Franklin once served as an important diplomat. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed answered all five of the randomly selected questions asked to them.
Interestingly, Republicans scored higher than Democrats and independents. Forty percent of Republicans answered all five of their questions correctly; only 35 percent of independents and 33 percent of Democrats earned a perfect score, according to a report by USA Today.
Charles Krauthammer went on the offensive during Wednesday night’s airing of “Special Report With Bret Baier,” calling the Clinton-Pelosi center-left “dead” and “mute.”
During the Fox News airing, Krauthammer set his sights on Nancy Pelosi’s response to Tuesday’s loss of Democract Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth Congressional District’s special election.
“[Pelosi] said ‘we have to get our message out,’” Krauthammer said. “They don’t have a message. This is the same reason that Hillary lost.”
Krauthammer also added that the Clinton-Pelosi center-left is over.
He said, “It’s dead. It’s mute. It has nothing to say. So having nothing to say, they have now fixated on Trump. It’s all on the resistance. What they learned last night is that is not enough. That isn’t enough to energize people.”
The election went south for Ossoff early on in the evening on Tuesday. When the numbers showed Republican candidate Karen Handel taking over in the expected liberal districts, the eventual outcome didn’t seem surprising to many.
The election was called in favor for Handel at about 9:56 p.m. ET.
Handel won with 51.9 percent of the vote to Ossoff’s 48.1 percent, despite previous polls which indicated that Ossoff would have a large lead in the race just a week prior to election day.
Fox News anchor Trish Regan excoriated CBS’s Scott Pelley after he suggested that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was somehow asking to be shot during last week’s GOP congressional baseball practice.
During the Thursday broadcast of “CBS Evening News,” Pelley said, “It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress yesterday was foreseeable, predictable, and to some degree self-inflicted. Too many leaders and political commentators who set an example for us to follow have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which — it should be no surprise — has led to violence.”
Regan, who was filling in for Neil Cavuto “Your World,” expressed her disgust with Pelley’s comments during the show’s Monday airing.
“‘Self-inflicted?’” she cried. “Come on!” she reacted.
Media analyst Joe Concha and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino chimed in with their thoughts on Pelley’s snafu.
Concha said, “Scott Pelley, let’s make this clear, is not a reckless pundit. He is the anchor, or was of the CBS Evening News. Walter Cronkite … is turning over in his grave.”
Regan said that Pelley’s comments were premeditated.
“Those words are carefully thought out,” she said. “He knew what he was writing. He wrote that ahead of time, he delivered that message, and he chose to say the word ‘self-inflicted.’”
“Doesn’t that speak volumes to about where some members of the media and the left are right now?” Regan added.
Bongino then claimed that the media is liberally biased.
“Well, the media is the left!” he said. “That’s a horrifying, embarrassing, disgusting statement to make. ‘Self-inflicted’ while Scalise is in the hospital recovering in critical condition? I mean, don’t you have any pride or dignity in your network? Can’t you rise above the moment just while the guy’s in critical condition and wait until he can at least stand on his two feet again?”
“There’s an epidemic of violent talk and violent rhetoric … that’s exclusive owned by the far-left,” he added.
On Saturday evening’s episode of “Watters’ World” on the Fox News Channel, a segment aired showing Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips interviewing college students to ask them what their thoughts are about terrorism. Their answers are unbelievably scary, and in some cases, stupid.
“Do you think we should be using the word ‘radical Islam’ in talking about ISIS, or do you think that term may be too offensive to use and could offend people too much?” Phillips asked.
“No, that’s definitely wrong,” one student said.
“It might be on the more offensive side,” another student said.
One student argued “radical Islamic terrorism” is inappropriate because a similar term hasn’t been used to define Christian terrorists in the United States.
“There’s been domestic terrorism with Christian groups, for example, and you don’t really call them, you don’t go around saying ‘radical Christianism’ or ‘radical capitalist,’ things like that, right,” the student said.
“Which attacks would those be?” Phillips asked the same student.
“Um, I can’t name from the top of my head, but I know that — I’m trying to think, there’s certain like churches — I actually can’t name any off the top of my head,” the student said.
College students’ views on Islamic terrorism and other issues have undoubtedly been shaped by the significant ideological imbalance in most major universities, an imbalance that heavily favors leftist causes and views.
In September 2016, researchers Mitchell Langbert, Anthony Quain and Daniel Klein published a study in Econ Journal Watch in which they examined the voter registration data of faculty members at 40 U.S. higher-education institutions. Of the 7,243 professors looked up, 3,623 were found to be registered Democrats and only 314 were registered as Republicans, a ratio greater than 11 to one.
Professors aren’t leaving their left-wing ideologies at the classroom door, either. According to a report by Toni Airaksinen at the College Fix, which conducted an analysis of social justice academic programs at major colleges and universities throughout the United States, more than 100 higher-education institutions now provide students with the ability to specialize in left-wing social justice programs.
According to Airaksinen, “The Fix found at least 64 American colleges that offer minors in social justice or a substantially similar field, such as social justice leadership. At least 18 offer four-year degrees in the field, and at least 15 offer master’s degrees.”
Geraldo Rivera, Fox News’ roaming correspondent-at-large, said on Saturday members of Congress should consider making a dramatic change to the way they have been campaigning, by temporarily ending popular town hall meetings with their constituents.
In an appearance on Saturday with “Fox and Friends,” Rivera discussed the heated, dangerous political climate many members of Congress are now operating in, especially in wake of the shooting of five people, including Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), on Wednesday at a practice for a charity congressional baseball game.
“I think Congress has to rethink these town hall meetings right now,” Rivera told the “Fox and Friends” hosts. “Unless they get the kind of security you get at an airport, with Gabby Giffords and now what happened with Steve Scalise, I think you’ve really got to understand that there is a kind of an urgent, aberrant, emotional involvement now, and for right now, we’ve got to cool it. We’ve got to be hyper-aware that our elected officials are vulnerable.”
“Fox and Friends” co-host Pete Hegseth then asked Rivera if he thought since town hall meetings have long been a tradition of the American political process whether it should be up to leaders of the Democratic Party and the progressive movement to tone down their “resistance” and “confrontation” rhetoric to help cool down the current political climate.
“I think those are lovely thoughts, Steve,” Rivera said. “But I think it’s gone too far. Now, you have a special counsel. Now, you almost have a shadow government. Now, you have [special counsel Robert] Mueller, with enormous power, enormous responsibility. He’s going to be looking, you know, in some ways — and I in no means mean to denigrate his moral character — but he’s going to be looking to justify his role. He’s going to go six ways to Sunday; it’s going to be like the old Whitewater investigation … I think that it’s really very, very serious and unsettling times, and there’s going to be great frustration on both sides — the extremists on both sides, with easy access to these killing weapons, assault rifles and so forth.”
Town hall meetings, which involve members of Congress meeting with and usually answering questions from the public in their home district, have become increasingly heated in recent months, especially for Republicans, who have been forced to defend policies that are unpopular with many on the left.
Rivera isn’t the only one who has called for an end to town hall meetings as a result of the recent shooting. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) said on Thursday he believes town hall meetings should be reduced until tensions settle.
“I’ve been at the end of some of those town halls where the police had to carry people out and I get concerned not only for your own safety, but for the safety of the people who are there, who actually come to be heard and even if you have an opposing opinion, that’s great,” Barletta said to WILK 103.1 news radio.
“These town halls I believe have just become targets for people to incite other people, and it’s not good,” Barletta added.
A new report by right-leaning outlet Mediate says former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly is significantly expanding his website Billoreilly.com, adding several journalists and at least one producer to help turn the site into “a major enterprise.”
According to Mediaite’s report, published Friday afternoon, a Fox News Channel producer resigned from FNC to work for O’Reilly’s website, specifically a video project. According to the report, “broadcast plans” will soon be announced.
In a podcast airing on Billoreilly.com on April 24, O’Reilly said he plans to air progressively longer podcasts on Billoreilly.com that will eventually become a full news program. On April 27, in a podcast titled “O’Reilly Lays out Plans for the Future in Last Free Podcast,” O’Reilly said his website will launch a video news program and “maybe go into some other networks as well.”
It appears those plans could be developing in a way that’s more advanced than many expected.
Since being fired from Fox News in April, rumors have swirled over where O’Reilly might end up, with many suggesting the host could join one of a few existing conservative rivals to Fox News. But the latest report by Mediaite is not just another O’Reilly rumor. Mediate was able to reach O’Reilly, who told Mediaite, “We are assembling a team of journalists and are considering a number of options as Billoreilly.com is quickly developing into a major enterprise.”
On Thursday, Variety reported conservative news network One America News is rumored to be “eagerly courting” O’Reilly. OAN CEO Robert Herring tweeted on Wednesday a cryptic message suggesting O’Reilly could be coming to the network.
Bill O’Reilly coming to One America News? #BillOReilly #OANN
— Robert Herring (@RobHerring) June 15, 2017
Herring later confirmed with Variety he is interested in hiring O’Reilly, but said he “can’t tell [Variety] anything that’s going on yet.”
With O’Reilly building a team of journalists to work with him at Billoreilly.com, it seems unlikely O’Reilly will be joining any one network, but it remains possible the former star could be aired on multiple networks/websites, which could explain why rumors of his involvement with other networks have persisted alongside his efforts to build a staff at his personal media website.
O’Reilly continues to join Glenn Beck on “The Glenn Beck Program” every Friday. You can listen to his latest appearance here.
Former Fox News host Jedediah Bila had an enormous life-changing announcement on “The View” – she told her co-hosts that she had gotten engaged over the weekend to her boyfriend.
“On a happier note,” Whoopi Goldberg said, “something went on over the weekend, I didn’t know anything about it, but, what happened, Jed?” she asked.
“Can anyone in the audience see something different about me?” Jedediah smiled widely as she held up her engagement ring. The audience burst into applause and excited screams.
Thirty-eight-year-old Bila was engaged to Jeremy Scher at a bed and breakfast. She told her co-hosts and the audience more details about how he popped the question.
“I have to say, the band was a little big,” she said of her engagement ring, “which helps on the way out I was able to swing it around and hide it, it’s a little big so I have to get it adjusted.”
“But he surprised me, took me to a bed and breakfast,” she continued, “the only sign that something was up is that he’s always late to get ready like I’m always ready dressed and he takes forever, he was fully dressed an hour early,” she said, “I was like something’s happening, I didn’t know what it was, but it was wonderful.”
She also posted a picture of her engagement on her Instagram account.
A post shared by Jedediah Bila (@jedediahbila) on
Bila is a conservative commentator, author and columnist, and calls herself a “superhero wannabe” on her Instagram profile. Congratulations to Jedediah!
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.”
The goal of the government establishment parading former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Community on Thursday was to remove President Donald Trump from office, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson explained in a monologue on his show Friday that because Trump is still in office, Comey’s testimony failed to trigger its desired effect.
“As of 8 PM Eastern Time tonight, Donald Trump is still the President of the United States, and that means that on the most basic level, Comey’s testimony failed to achieve its goal. Make no mistake, removing Trump from office was the goal,” Carlson said.
For months, Democrats have alleged that Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign and American democracy. But according to Carlson, nobody in Washington “actually believes” that. Instead, they use the Trump-Russia narrative as a means to try to expel Trump from the White House.
To prove his point, Carlson went on to explain that last summer during the height of the presidential campaign and before the Russia narrative blew wide open, progressives trying to keep Trump from the White House tried to paint him as a racist.
“Trump was supposed to be the biggest racist since Bull Connor,” Carlson quipped.
The Fox host said that Hillary Clinton based her entire campaign strategy on the “Trump is racist” narrative and lost because it turned out to not be true.
Once that narrative fell on its face, Carlson said some creative person came up with the narrative that “Trump is a traitor.”
“A Russian agent posing as a 70-year-old New York real-estate developer,” Carlson said. “It sounded kinda far-fetched, but for some reason it kinda worked. Half the country seemed to buy it and 100 percent of CNN viewers were all in.”
“It’s been all [Russian President Vladimir] Putin since then,” he added.
Now that the Trump-Russia narrative has begun to fall apart thanks to testimony made by Comey and others, Carlson explained that progressives are trying to paint Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a Russian spy.
Carlson pointed out that zero evidence has surfaced to prove the allegations made by Democrats: that Trump or key members of his administration, like Sessions, somehow colluded with Russian operatives to undermine American democracy.
Still, that hasn’t stopped Democratic leaders, like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), from calling on Sessions to resign, which proves the real motive behind their words and actions, Carlson said.
“Again, this is not about truth or fairness, much less protecting this country from foreign threats — it’s about toppling, let’s not lie about it, a democratically elected government that the permanent class in Washington doesn’t like,” he explained.
Kellyanne Conway shut down questions of alleged tapes between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump during an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” on Thursday.
When pressed about details of Trump’s response to Comey’s hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Conway refused to provide any specific answers.
“Well, at the White House, we’ve been referring everyone, Martha, to his private lawyer, Marc Kasowitz,” Conway said. “And today, I’m happy to report, I can actually refer you to Mark Kasowitz, the President’s private lawyer’s statement. And you ran some of it. I really would tell the public if you want to see the full statement from Marc Kasowitz, go ahead and pull it up.
She continued and added, “I’m sure you can access a publicly, if not through the White House website. And it’s an important statement, because it reflects the President’s opinion, his lawyer’s characterization of the particular testimony. But I think it’s important, because if this was a classic legal case, you would have one side go and the other side go. That’s not how congressional testimony works. The other side does not respond.”
MacCallum directly asked Conway whether or not tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey existed, and Conway wasn’t having any of it.
“I can’t comment on that,” Conway emphatically said.
When asked by MacCallum why Conway couldn’t comment on the notion of private tapes, Conway answered, “Because I can’t comment. I work in the White House.”
“But if there are no tapes, can’t you just say that?” MacCallum asked in response.
Conway fired back, “I can’t comment on that. And the President has also said that he won’t comment any further on that.”
Fox News apologized over comments by their host that appeared to support internment camps for Muslims in Europe as a solution for terror attacks. The comments and apology were made on Fox & Friends Sunday.
The episode occurred as a results of the British politician Nigel Farage saying that the country needed to do more to stop terror attacks or there would be more voices calling for internment camps of the 3,000 or so Muslims on terror watch lists.
“We are as a people, very slow to anger, we are remarkably tolerant of things,” Farage said. “But I do think, bear in mind this is now the third terrorist incident that has happened in my country in the space of as many months.”
“The mood that I get now is we want some real action,” he added. “We don’t just speeches given outside #10 Downing Street, we want genuine action.”
“If there is not action, then the calls for internment will grow,” he added. “We have over 3,000 people on a known terrorist list, and we’re watching, monitoring their activities. But a further 20,000 people, you know who are persons of interest, namely they’re linked in some way to extremist organizations. Unless we see the government getting tough you will see public calls for those 3,000 to be arrested.”
However, Farage said he was not in favor of internment because of the danger that “decent, fair-minded Muslims” might become alienated.
Later in the show, host Clayton Morris brought up the policy when speaking with British commentator Katie Hopkins, who seemed to be in favor of it.
“Talk about the nuts and bolts of this. Nigel Farage earlier on the show a short time ago, bringing up the word ‘internment,’ bringing up the specter here in the United States of internment camps, Japanese internment camps,” he said, “you’re mentioning deportation and rounding up, mass incarceration.”
“What would that look like, do you think Theresa May,” he asked, “do you think that the British government would actually do that?”
“I don’t think they got the stomach to do that,” Hopkins answered. “I don’t see how they have the political will to do that. I also see how they pander still relentlessly to these preachers who are on the wrong side of this argument, people who are against the prevent strategy for counter-terrorism.”
Later still, Morris apologized for the network, clarifying that no one would advocate such a thing.
“Earlier on the show, we had a couple of guests mention the word internment, the idea of internment camps, as a possible solution to this,” he said. “I think I made it well-known my feeling on that, which I find reprehensible, but on behalf of the network, I think all of us here find that idea reprehensible here at Fox News Channel. Just to be clear.”
Carl Higbie, a supporter of President Trump, cited the internment of the Japanese in World War II in November as justification for a proposed national registry of Muslims.
The internment of the Japanese during World War II is generally considered a heinous episode of American history – many U.S. citizens lost their property and livelihood in the order given by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace grilled former Vice President and climate change alarmist Al Gore Sunday over claims he made in his popular 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The more than 10-minute interview was mostly civil until Wallace confronted Gore over the faulty claims. Wallace reminded Gore that in his documentary he claimed that unless the world “took drastic measures the world would reach a point of no return within 10 years.”
Wallace added that in his publicity of the movie, Gore claimed that if the world didn’t act, man-made global warming would result in a “true planetary emergency.”
Many predictions made by scientists and other climate change alarmists like Gore have failed to come true. For example, in 2007 Gore predicted that the summer Arctic ice in the North Pole would completely disappear by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions.
That, however, never came true. The same can be said for many of Gore’s claims and that’s exactly what Wallace confronted him over.
“Weren’t you wrong?” Wallace asked.
“No,” Gore replied. “Well we have seen a decline in emissions on a global basis. For the first time they’ve stabilized and started to decline. So some of the responses for the last 10 years have helped, but unfortunately and regrettably a lot of serious damage has been done.”
“Greenland, for example, has been losing one cubic kilometer of ice every single day. I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day. The same thing was true in Honolulu just two days ago, just from high tides because of the sea level rise now,” he added.
Gore went on to explain that the world is now only going to face “some” of the many consequences he once warned about.
“We are going to suffer some of these consequences, but we can limit and avoid the most catastrophic consequences if we accelerate the pace of change that’s now beginning,” Gore said.
Among other predictions Gore made that never came true was his claim that storms would become more intense and the world would see stronger hurricanes on a more frequent basis. He also claimed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa would lose it’s snowpack by 2016. But that also hasn’t happened — and it’s not even close.
Watch Gore’s interview below. The relevant portion begins around the 8:30 mark:
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.
In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative journalist Michelle Malkin slammed left-wing comedian Kathy Griffin for her recent ruthless attack on President Donald Trump and her reaction to the backlash.
On Friday, Griffin broke down at a press conference about the incident, during which she blamed Donald and Melania Trump and Donald Trump’s children for “trying to ruin my life forever.”
“What’s happening to me has never happened — ever — in the history of this great country,” Griffin said, “which is that a sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the first lady, are personally — I feel — personally trying to ruin my life forever. Forever.”
On Friday evening, Malkin appeared on “Hannity” to discuss Griffin and her press conference, and she didn’t pull any punches.
“This Kathy Griffin press conference was an utter dumpster fire,” Malkin said. “She really is the worst kind of soulless troll. And I really don’t have anything better to say about [Griffin’s attorney] Lisa Bloom, who is essentially a mooching tick on a soulless troll.”
“I think the worst part of the press conference was the crocodile tears, as you mentioned, of Kathy Griffin, and an outright lie,” Malkin told host Sean Hannity. “You know, on top of everything else, Kathy Griffin is just the worst kind of liar, because she said she’d never hurt a child, even though she is on record in an interview with Vulture Magazine saying that she specifically … said she was going to target Barron Trump. As a mother of a 13-year-old son who would have just been just as traumatized by that bloody, sick and vile image of Donald Trump that Kathy Griffin and Tyler Shields were responsible for, as a mother, my blood boils.”
Watch the latest video at &amp;lt;a href=”//video.foxnews.com”&amp;gt;video.foxnews.com&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;
On Tuesday, Griffin landed in incredibly hot water after a photo and video emerged of a photoshoot in which Griffin held a lifelike, bloody replica of a head that looked like Trump.
In a video released by TMZ, Griffin bragged about the photoshoot, which was run by photographer Tyler Shields, saying, “I won’t give away what we’re doing, but Tyler and I are not afraid to do images that make noise,” Griffin added.
The backlash against Griffin was so immense that she issued an apology on Tuesday in a video posted on Twitter.
“I sincerely apologize,” Griffin said in the video. “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic, I cross the line—I move the line, then I cross it; I went way too far.”
Right-wing rock music singer Ted Nugent called into “The Specialists” to bash Kathy Griffin on her disgusting photograph, but ended up having to defend his controversial comments on former President Obama. He made the comments on Friday.
“Well it’s absolutely false,” Nugent said, “I mean I absolutely respect the greatest law enforcement investigators in the world of the Secret Service when they were forced to come investigate me when I expressed fear of my government. My quote was that I was afraid if Obama was elected again I would either be dead or in jail because of all of the farmers and ranchers and citizens across this country who unload on me on a regular basis where they’re being persecuted by various bureaucrats. And I’m sure you’re well aware of that, the EPA, and the Endangered Species Act, USDA, but that’s a different subject.
“I expressed fear of my government,” he said. “But Pelosi and Feinstein and Boxer sent the Secret Service to investigate me and they concluded absolutely conclusively, I did not threaten anybody’s life, yet Kathy Griffin and the whole left talking points including our own friend Juan Williams, just repeats the lie that I threatened the president’s life, never happened.”
“Well, Ted,” Eboni Williams asked, “what did you mean when you said, ‘Obama he’s a piece of bleep, I told him to suck on my machine gun, hey Hillary you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bleep,’ I mean, what did you mean by that if it wasn’t a threat?”
“Well I’m glad you asked that because what Kathy Griffin is hysterical over and I gotta tell ya, I know why – because she’s out of her mind,” Nugent responded. “President Trump and his family were reacting to her vile actions.”
“My statements were in response to an outrageous attempt to ban certain types of firearms that would do nothing except help bad guys with more gun-free zones,” he added, “I was on stage at a rock’n’roll concert when Obama was a senator, not the president, and I made an outrageous metaphor telling him that we will not accept his gun control laws, but I never threatened anyone.”
“We’re talking apples and grenades here. I did nothing to harm anyone, she came out with symbolism that was truly vile,” he concluded.
Nugent has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump, and was invited to the White House to meet the president, along with Sarah Palin and Kid Rock.
During Thursday’s airing of “Outnumbered,” conservative host Meghan McCain called Hillary Clinton’s latest appearances “unhinged” and “erratic.”
McCain said that Clinton’s latest public speaking events have bordered on “unusual,” and noted that Clinton just can’t seem to get over the fact that she lost the 2016 presidential election to then-candidate Donald Trump.
After airing footage of Clinton’s Wednesday appearance at #CodeCon, where she threw her own party under the bus, McCain called Clinton “emotionally unhealthy.”
“I inherited nothing from the Democratic Party,” Clinton said during #CodeCon. “I mean, it was bankrupt. It was on the verge of insolvency. Its data was mediocre to poor — nonexistent, wrong. I had to inject money into it — the DNC — to keep it going.”
“I’ve been around politicians who have lost big,” McCain said. “Normally they do [get over it]. This is unusual, I’m telling you — to go on TV, to be this angry to be blaming everybody else but yourself; she’s clearly not dealing with it emotionally in the way that I think is healthy.”
McCain noted earlier in the segment that Clinton blamed “24 separate things” during Wednesday’s panel for her election loss.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, excoriated Fox News on Thursday, saying that the “mob-like mentality” of its “fringe audience” caused her to cancel her upcoming public appearances over fear of grievous injury.
After giving the commencement speech at Hampshire College – where she called President Donald Trump a “racist and sexist megalomaniac” — Taylor said that Fox News aired footage of her speech and as a result was inundated with threats.
In a statement released on Thursday, Taylor said:
“It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my public lectures scheduled at Seattle’s Town Hall and at the University of California, San Diego this week. I am canceling my appearances for fear of my safety and my family’s safety.
Since last Friday, I have received more than fifty hate-filled and threatening emails. Some of these emails have contained specific threats of violence, including murder.
Earlier this month, I delivered the commencement address at Hampshire College’s graduation ceremony. My speech at Hampshire was applauded but Fox News did not like it. Last week, the network ran a story on my speech, describing it as an ‘anti-POTUS tirade.’ Fox ran an online story about my speech and created a separate video of excerpts of my speech, which included my warning to graduates about the world they were graduating into. I argued that Donald Trump, the most powerful politician in the world, is ‘a racist and sexist megalomaniac,’ who poses a threat to their future.
Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements. I have been repeatedly called ‘n*****,’ ‘b***h,’ ‘c**t,’ ‘d**e,’ ‘she-male,’ and ‘c**n’ — a clear reminder that racial violence is closely aligned with gender and sexual violence. I have been threatened with lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in my head.
I am not a newsworthy person. Fox did not run this story because it was ‘news,’ but to incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience, anticipating that they would respond with a deluge of hate-filled emails — or worse. The threat of violence, whether it is implied or acted on, is intended to intimidate and to silence.
In some sense, then, they have been successful.
In the last few weeks, white racists have committed heinous acts of violence. On May 20, a white ‘alt-Right’ sympathizer, Sean Urbanski, murdered an African-American Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Urbanski was a member of a Facebook group called ‘Alt-Reich: Nation.’ And just this past weekend, a white supremacist in Portland, Oregon, murdered two men and attempted to murder another, when all three stepped in to stop an Islamophobic and racist attack on two young women riding public transit.
President Donald Trump finally decided to release a half-hearted and subdued tweet to oppose the murders in Portland, but with not nearly the same vigor he has used to incite his base against immigrants, while also whipping up anti-Muslim hysteria. The lethargy of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in responding to the actual threat of white supremacist, terrorist violence encourages the development of its networks and organizations across the country.
The cancelation of my speaking events is a concession to the violent intimidation that was, in my opinion, provoked by Fox News. But I am releasing this statement to say that I will not be silent. Their side uses the threat of violence and intimidation because they cannot compete in the field of politics, ideas, and organizing. The true strength of our side has not yet been expressed in its size and breadth, and so they believe they are winning. We have to change this dynamic and begin to build a massive movement against racism, sexism, and bigotry in this country. I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.”
The Washington Times reported on Thursday that Taylor, in her speech, told the students that the world in which they would soon become a larger part of is “increasingly dangerous,” and noted that Trump’s campaign consisted of “racism, corporatism, and militarism.”
A spokesperson for Princeton confirmed with HigherEd that Taylor is currently on sabbatical and is aware of the threats she has received as a result of her commencement speech.
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.
Fox News Channel host Jesse Watters hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend to quiz young people about the meaning of Memorial Day and past military conflicts involving the United States. The answers were both hilarious and horrifying.
“This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day, a day for remembering America’s fallen soldiers,” Watters said during a Saturday evening episode of FNC’s “Watters’ World.” “But how much do Americans really know about the history of that sacrifice? I have to warn you: It is shameful.”
There are plenty of “shameful” answers to Watters’ questions to choose from, but several worth highlighting came in response to Watters’ simple question about the Revolutionary War.
“Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?” asked Watters to several beachgoers.
“The French,” responded one woman.
“That’s a good question,” said one man. “I don’t know.”
“China,” answered another young woman.
“North versus South,” responded one particularly confident-sounding man. “The Confederate versus the Union.”
Watters also asked people to name the victor of the U.S. Civil War.
“Britain,” replied one woman.
“America and Britain and Spain, some part of Spain, and uh, uh yeah,” said another young woman.
As funny and disturbing as the answers were to Watters’ questions, the results shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Numerous studies and surveys have shown Americans know very little about their own history and even less about world history.
As a writer for the Smithsonian Institution noted in a 2015 article, in 2008, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute surveyed more than 2,500 people and found only about 50 percent could properly name the three branches of government (executive, judicial, and legislative). Similarly, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” found in 2014—the most recent test data available—only 21 percent of male students in the eighth grade and 16 percent of female eighth-grade students scored “proficient” or higher in NAEP’s U.S. history assessment.
Americans’ poor understanding of history is nothing short of pathetic, but as the nation celebrates Memorial Day, it seems more than just a little funny and sad; it’s also, as Watters stated in the introduction of his segment, “shameful.”
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, says the president should track down the people leaking information in violation of “secrecy acts” and throw them a jail, a move Gingrich says would cause the “leaks [to] dry up dramatically.”
.@newtgingrich: “You start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.” pic.twitter.com/K5SFp8WXvD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 28, 2017
“I want to draw a distinction,” Gingrich told “Fox and Friends” on Sunday. “There’s political garbage, there are people who go across to the Starbucks near the White House, and they sit and they tell insider stories. That’s unfortunate, and you ought to fire them if you can find them, but that’s not the same as violating the secrecy acts. People who violate the secrecy acts ought to go to jail.”
“What happened with the Manchester information, for example, after the bombing in Manchester, undermined the British investigation, weakened our relationship to our allies, and is dangerous,” Gingrich continued. “Whoever leaked that should go to jail. Now, you start putting a few people in jail, you’ll see the leaks dry up dramatically.”
Gingrich’s comments about Manchester refer to leaks within the intelligence community revealing important information about the United Kingdom’s investigation of the Islamic terrorist attack in Manchester, England, on Monday, in which a suicide bomber killed 22 innocent people and wounded more than 60 after an Ariana Grande concert.
On Thursday, U.K. officials temporarily suspended intelligence sharing with U.S. agencies after details about the terror investigation were leaked to the press.
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States takes “full responsibility” for the leaks.
“We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened,” Tillerson said, according to a Reuters report. “With respect to the release of information inappropriately … certainly we condemn that.”
On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was “very angry” about the leaks.
“British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!” Trump wrote.
British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the U.K. gave to U.S. about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
The Trump administration has been forced to deal with numerous leaks—some illegal, others merely political inconveniences—from the very start, and big media outlets, including many that have been overtly critical of Trump, have relied on unnamed sources in many of their most damaging reports about the president and his administration.
On Sunday, Trump once again dismissed any reports relying on unnamed sources, saying, “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names …. it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names….
Mary and Joel Rich, parents of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, penned an op-ed on Tuesday in The Washington Post calling out media figures who reported their son’s death as nothing more than a “baseless” conspiracy theory, pleading with them to stop, as it was causing them “unbearable” pain.
Mary and Joel wrote that instead of being allowed to grieve their son’s death, they instead were subjected to a constant barrage of reporter questions and speculations about Seth’s murder, and whether or not they thought it was part of a conspiracy theory.
“We have seen no evidence, by any person at any time, that Seth’s murder had any connection to his job at the Democratic National Committee or his life in politics,” Seth’s parents wrote. “Anyone who claims to have such evidence is either concealing it from us or lying.”
Seth was shot and killed near his D.C. home in 2016. The case was never closed, but law enforcement officials claim that they believe Seth was killed during a botched robbery.
Mary and Joel noted that “conservative” media outlets continued to push the theory that their son’s murder was because Seth reportedly turned over DNC emails to Wikileaks.
“Those theories, which some reporters have since retracted, are baseless, and they are unspeakably cruel,” Seth’s parents wrote. “There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare. We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son’s murder.”
Fox News on Tuesday retracted a story published last week that contained inaccurate information about Seth’s murder.
A statement from Fox read:
“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”
However, later on Tuesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity professed that he would not back down from investigating Seth’s death and reiterated that it was Fox that retracted their reporting on the case — and he retracted nothing.
“This issue is so big now,” Hannity said. “That the entire Russia-collusion narrative is hanging by a thread, if in fact, take Seth out of it – there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth-teller, that actually was the source for WikiLeaks and not Russia, working with the Trump campaign.”
“That, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask,” he said. “And I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career.”
“And all you in the liberal media,” he concluded, “I am not Fox.com, or FoxNews.com, I retracted nothing!”
Monica Lewinsky destroyed Fox News in a Monday New York Times op-ed which addressed her dissection by the network during former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal.
The former White House intern said that Fox News’ coverage of her and her sexual relationship with Clinton was a “nightmare” and that as a result, she felt she became a “whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse” in the eyes of the public.
Titled “Roger Ailes’ dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote, “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. On Fox, it seemed, no rumor was too unsubstantiated, no innuendo too vile and no accusation too abhorrent.”
“Other cable news channels didn’t hesitate to join the race to the bottom,” she noted. “Let’s not pretend that Fox News was the only network to cover this story in the gutter.”
Referencing Fox specifically, Lewinsky said, “The comments on television and online were excruciating. I ceased being a three-dimensional person. Instead, I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse.”
She continued, piling onto her perception of media destruction, “Just days after the story broke, Fox asked its viewers to vote on this pressing question: Is Monica Lewinsky an ‘average girl’ or a ‘young tramp looking for thrills?’”
Lewinsky later insinuated that it was her story with Clinton that essentially coined the phrase “internet trolling.”
“Our world — of cyberbullying and chyrons, trolls and tweets — was forged in 1998,” she wrote, referencing the cheating scandal and the media circus surrounding it. “It is, as the historian Nicolaus Mills has put it, a ‘culture of humiliation,’ in which those who prey on the vulnerable in the service of clicks and ratings are handsomely rewarded.”
Lewinsky signed off her op-ed by invoking the name of the late Roger Ailes, former Fox News Chairman and CEO, who passed away last week at the age of 77.
“Farewell to the age of Ailes,” she wrote. “The late Fox chief pledged Americans fair and balanced news. Maybe now we’ll get it.”
Clinton admitted in 1998 his 1995-1996 relationship with the former White House intern was “not appropriate.”
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.”
Tucker Carlson warned America on Thursday night that the political progressive movement will end badly if those involved insist on removing President Donald Trump from office at all costs.
“The modern left is no longer an ideological movement,” Carlson said on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
He continued, “Instead it’s an organized movement around identity politics.”
Arguing that “modern” progressives refuse to fight a fair fight, and in order to make their case, some of them are willing to resort to violence in order to make their voices heard, Carlson noted that “sub-groups” and “tribalism” are dangerous notions for America.
Carlson added, “Violence is what separates politics from war. It’s when hurt feelings become dead bodies, the point at which countries become ungovernable.”
Carlson revealed that of the progressives he’s hosted on his Fox show, some have outright refused to decry political violence.
Noting that if political ideology doesn’t change for progressives and leftists that “we are in danger.”
Conservative Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce was forced to apologize on Tuesday after describing a 10-year-old autistic child as a “snowflake” in need of a “safe space.”
After accidentally being struck by Vice President Mike Pence’s hand during a speech honoring military families at the White House for National Military Spouse Appreciation day, the child — Michael — felt that he was owed an apology, and his persistence in getting one was documented in a video that went viral last week.
During a segment that aired on Fox News on Friday, Bruce mocked the autistic child’s needy plea for an apology and said, “I guess we’re giving birth to snowflakes now, because that looked like that kid needed a safe space in that room,” and claimed that the child “pretty much stalked the vice president afterwards.”
“The fabric on his sleeve touched his nose maybe,” Bruce said. “He stalks the vice president, says, ‘you owe me an apology.’”
See the original video below.
On Monday, the child’s mother — Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee — appeared on CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper” to decry Bruce’s comments about her autistic son.
“Michael is 10 years old,” Herrera-Yee said. “He is on the autism spectrum. He’s a military child. And he loves the White House.”
She continued, “I was devastated when I saw what they were saying.”
“People who — they didn’t even know his age,” Herrera-Yee added. “They didn’t know who he was, but really taking out of context a really innocent interchange between the vice president and my son.”
Bruce’s apology came on Tuesday’s airing of “America’s Newsroom.”
“First of all, I am so sorry to the family. My intention was never to hurt a kid and his mom. We had absolutely no idea that Michael was on the autism spectrum. And as a gay woman and feminist, I have spent most of my adult life working to improve the lives of women and children and those who are disenfranchised. I get it and I apologize. I also appreciated the boy’s mother — Dr. Herrera-Yee’s — public comments, and her clarity on this. A main lesson here, no matter intent, is to leave kids out of our political discussions. We certainly agree on this.”
See Bruce’s apology in the video below.
WATCH: Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Tammy Bruce apologize for mocking ten-year-old boy on autism spectrum as a snowflake. pic.twitter.com/U3kIKF8J5S
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle for the position of White House press secretary. Guilfoyle appears regularly on the Fox News Channel and is a co-host of the network’s primetime show “The Five.”
The New York Times reported on Friday Guilfoyle has caught the eye of Trump as a potential replacement for Sean Spicer, the current press secretary.
According to the Times’ report, “while Mr. Trump has raised the Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle to allies as a possible press secretary, he has spent several hours with Mr. Spicer this week, praising his television ‘ratings’ during the briefings.”
In December, prior to Spicer being named to the position, reports surfaced Guilfoyle was one of the top candidates for the job and that she and Spicer, a former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, might split the responsibilities.
Mediaite, a right-leaning outlet that covers media-related news, reported in December, “Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle has been making a push for the White House press secretary role. Per the report, Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer is still seen as the favorite for the position. But the team is looking at offering Guilfoyle an ‘ancillary role,’ and that there is consideration of perhaps having Spicer and the Fox host split the position.”
Reports indicated at the time Spicer was the choice of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Guilfoyle was backed by chief strategist Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart.com.
The reports about Guilfoyle emerged on the same day Trump suggested on Twitter he might support ending regular White House press briefings entirely.
In one post, Trump wrote, “As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….”
As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
In a follow-up post, Trump wrote, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???
Charles Krauthammer called former President Barack Obama’s “Profile in Courage” acceptance speech “complete moral condescension” during Fox News’ Monday night airing of “Special Report With Bret Baier.”
“It’s been a full 100 days but it’s nice to be reminded of why we should be grateful as a nation that he is gone,” Krauthammer said about Obama’s Sunday night speech. “There are a lot of arguments you can make on either side of the debate about Obamacare but notice how it was complete moral condescension. The other guys are cowards because I, and the people who support me, and oppose the legislation, stand with the poor and the afflicted and all of that and the others are on the side of the rich and powerful. That is nonsense.”
Claiming that Obama always assumed he was “on the side of angels” during his presidency, Krauthammer said a firm goodbye to the former president.
“Obama did that all through his presidency – always assuming he was on the side of the angels and always the one who was willing to go against public opinion when it was completely the opposite,” Krauthammer said. “He reminded us, reminded me, it’s been 100 days, but good riddance, Mr. President.”
While accepting the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage award, given annually to public officials whose “actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership,” Obama took aim at Republicans and at the passing of AHCA.
During his speech, he blasted Republicans and said that it doesn’t take “courage” to help those who aren’t needy.
“As everyone here now knows, this great debate is not settled, but continues,” Obama said. “It is my fervent hope, and the hope of millions, that regardless of party, such courage is still possible, that today’s members of Congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions.”
Calling on politicians to do what “is right” for people instead of politicians, Obama said, “I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential, but it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable, and the sick and the infirm — those who often have no access to the corridors of power.”
See Krauthammer’s comments on “Special Report With Bret Baier” below.
Professor Jonathan Gruber, who is the chief architect of Obamacare, attempted to blame the law’s failures on President Donald Trump on Sunday.
During a segment on “Fox News Sunday” where host Chris Wallace noted the recent Obamacare premium hikes and the fact that health insurance companies are dropping from the marketplace, Gruber tried to pin Obamacare’s failures on Trump.
Noting that in Iowa all but five counties have only one insurance company — Medica, who said recently they are considering leaving the Iowan marketplace completely — Wallace said that Iowans, like many Americans, are facing a severe shortage of health insurance options thanks to Obamacare.
But according to Gruber, Trump is the man to blame.
“Look, and whose fault is this?” Gruber said. “Before President Trump was elected, there were no counties in America that did not have an insurer.”
Gruber tried to bury his outrageous claim by moving on, but Wallace wasn’t having it.
“Wait, wait, wait, wait,” Wallace interrupted. “Wait, you’re going to blame the problems with Obamacare on President Trump?”
Indeed, Gruber was. He went on to say that Obamacare was working fine before Trump “undercut” the Obamacare enrollment and renegaded on the “obligations [Obamacare] makes to the insurers.”
“And as a result, premiums are going up and insurers are exiting,” Gruber added.
However, that isn’t exactly the truth. Health care premiums under Obamacare have been going up for years. To make matters worse, and to make health insurance even more unaffordable, plans today come with insane deductibles, making many plans useless.
But it was announced last October that Obamacare premiums would skyrocket an average of 24 percent in 2017, while some states, like Arizona, saw increases up to 116 percent — long before Trump was in the White House or even elected president.
Gruber wasn’t able to make many more accusations before Wallace had to move the segment along.
Still, during the rest of the 11-minute segment, Gruber further blamed Obamacare’s collapse on Trump, saying that Trump’s election last November caused “massive uncertainty” in the marketplace, causing premiums to go up and insurers to exit the marketplace.
He also claimed that before Trump, health insurance companies were making a profit and happy with Obamacare. This, however, is demonstrably false.
On Friday night’s episode of “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, conservative commentator Michele Malkin attacked cable-television comedians and hosts of late-night talk shows for their “hate-filled” rhetoric against President Donald Trump and Republicans.
Watch the latest video at &amp;lt;a href=”//video.foxnews.com”&amp;gt;video.foxnews.com&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;
“I really don’t know how much lower these clowns in late-night can get,” Malkin said. “I don’t want them to be filtered, I don’t want them to be censored. I want them to keep showing America how hate-filled and how vile and how filthy so much of their thinking about public discourse in America really is.”
Malkin said the attacks are fueled by a desperation to “stay relevant” and argued late-night shows used to appeal to all audiences, but now don’t.
“There was a time when late-night comedy could appeal to a broad demographic of people in America,” Malkin said. “And, you know, whether it was stupid pet tricks or talking about doing pranks on your kids at Halloween or the bread and butter of so much of late-night TV: having on fellow celebrities to chat about the tinsel-town fluff. But, no, no. These people now, I think, believe so much of their own press … where do these people get off thinking that we actually care about their opinions on serious policy matters?”
Malkin’s view of late-night television isn’t imagined. According to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, the number of jokes made about Trump in his first 100 days in office by late-night hosts in their opening monologues smashed the previous record and is currently on pace to break the record for most jokes made about a president in a single year. In his first 100 days, there were 1,060 jokes made about Trump. The record for a single year is 1998, when President Bill Clinton was dealing with his infamous scandal involving Monica Lewinsky.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was not accepting of former national security advisor Susan Rice’s refusal to testify before congress about their investigation into the alleged Russian hacking, and said that if he needs to, he’ll subpoena Rice, and force her to sit before Gowdy’s subcommittee.
Rice refused to testify because the requests from Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) did not have bipartisan support.
Appearing on America’s Newsroom on Fox News, Gowdy told host Bill Hemmer that they’ll take a more forceful approach with Rice, as she is a “very important witness.”
“There are other ways to invite people other than via a letter,” said Gowdy. “There are things called subpoenas. You shouldn’t have to use them with a former national security advisor, but if you do, you do.”
Gowdy speculated that Rice’s refusal to testify may be that the information she has is sensitive, but says this is why he’s having these meetings behind closed doors.
“Members of Congress don’t pick the witnesses, lawyers don’t pick witnesses. Facts pick the witnesses,” he concluded.
On Saturday evening, President Donald Trump held a large rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, instead of attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual event that celebrates the relationship between politicians and the media. Presidents have historically attended the event, but Trump chose not to, citing extreme bias in the media.
Liberals across the country attacked Trump for his decision not to attend the event. Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj, who hosted the dinner, said Trump “can’t take a joke.”
Among Minhaj’s many jokes was this jab: “We have to address the elephant not in the room. The leader of our country is not here. But that’s because he’s in Moscow.”
Another suggested it’s a good thing Trump spends a lot of time golfing, a frequent claim made by liberals: “Every time Trump goes golfing, the headline should read, ‘Trump Golfing. Apocalypse Delayed. Take the W.’”
Conservative Michelle Malkin isn’t laughing. In a Sunday morning interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” Malkin said the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is nothing more than an “annual narcissism fest.”
“I thought that what Trump did, in leaving the swamp and doing that rally last night, was absolutely brilliant,” said Malkin, who also said many of the jokes were “vile.”
Malkin said by ignoring the event, Trump has contributed to making the dinner more irrelevant.
“This is an annual gathering of ‘news-fakers’ and Hollywood America-haters and Trump-bashers, who get together to convince themselves that they are absolutely indispensable to American democracy and our constitutional republic,” Malkin said. “And they’ve become more diminished and more irrelevant and more exposed than ever thanks to the Trump White House and the Trump administration and Trump campaign.”
Watch the latest video at <a href=”//video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>
Malkin also said Trump’s Harrisburg event was a big success and represented “vintage Trump.”
“I wish he’d do this every weekend,” Malkin said. “I think it would be fabulous.”
You can watch Trump’s full Harrisburg speech below:
Since being fired from the Fox News Channel earlier in April, speculation has run wild over what former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly would do next. On Thursday, O’Reilly dropped a hint that he may be returning to television sooner than many expected.
In a podcast airing on Billoreilly.com on Monday, O’Reilly said his plan going forward is to air progressively longer podcasts on Billoreilly.com that will eventually become a full news program. On Thursday, in a podcast titled “O’Reilly Lays out Plans for the Future in Last Free Podcast,” O’Reilly said his website will launch a video news program and “maybe go into some other networks as well.”
“So, I hope you consider it and sign up because we will be here Monday through Thursday with our audio broadcast, and we are working on making it a video display,” O’Reilly said.
“We’re going to expand the concept on BillOReilly.com, and maybe go into some other networks as well,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly reiterated his plan to expand what he’s calling the “No Spin News” later in his podcast as well.
“We really appreciate you guys hanging with us the first week on the ‘No Spin News,’ it’s very nice of you to do that,” said O’Reilly. “We think we provide a unique perspective on the news, by the way, and as I said in the beginning of this broadcast, we’re going to expand it. So, we’re going to expand it.”
“A lot of people interested, I’m taking my time,” O’Reilly said. “There’s a lot of things that I have to clear up, as I mentioned on Monday when I first came on the air. There’s a lot of things in play, and you’ll know what the deal is.”
On Friday, media industry website Mediaite reported “conservative fat cats” are considering the formation of a new conservative media outlet.
According to Mediaite’s report, the pace of the “serious discussions” has been picking up in the wake of rumors suggesting additional changes are in store at Fox News. A source reportedly told Mediaite that “two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network” are met Friday to discuss creating a rival to Fox News.
The group is concerned that Fox News is moving too far left and that an alternative to the conservative media powerhouse would be well received by audiences angry with the television network’s new direction.
President Donald Trump has said he’s “open” to a radical change to the Senate’s rules that would end the 60-vote requirement now needed to invoke cloture, which a parliamentary term for ending debate, on most issues. Under the current rules, unless 60 senators agree to end debate, legislation can be filibustered indefinitely without an up-or-down vote, making it virtually impossible to pass legislation without either a huge majority in the Senate for one political party or bipartisan support.
“The filibuster concept is not a good concept to start off with,” Trump told Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum in an interview that aired Saturday evening. “We have so many bad concepts in our rules and its forcing bad decisions.”
Trump also called the rule “archaic” and said he’s open to seeing the system change.
“Maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because for the good of the nation things are going to have to be different,” Trump said. “You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair. It forces you to make bad decisions.”
MacCallum then asked Trump to clarify what he’d like to see changed, to which Trump replied, “Well, you look at the voting, you look at the filibuster system. It used to be—you know, I always thought a filibuster, where you stand up and talk all day and somebody else gets up there.”
“You don’t do that anymore,” MacCallum said.
“No, you don’t have to do it anymore,” Trump said. “Today, you say ‘filibuster’ and guys sit home and watch television or whatever they do. I think the filibuster concept is not a good concept to start off with, but if you’re going to have a filibuster, let someday stand up for 20 hours and talk and do what they have to do, even if they’re reading comic books to everybody.”
Watch the latest video at &lt;a href=”//video.foxnews.com”&gt;video.foxnews.com&lt;/a&gt;
The 60-vote filibuster requirement is not mandated in the Constitution; it’s simply a rule of the Senate. In order for the rules of the Senate, including the 60-vote requirement, to be changed, a two-thirds majority is ordinarily needed. However, only a majority of votes is needed in the Senate, which is controlled by the Republican Party, to change the two-thirds-majority rule, which means if Republicans truly desire to end the 60-vote rule, they can do so without a single Democratic Party vote.