Category: Mainstream Media

July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Members of the mainstream media reacted with confusion and skepticism when a visitor to the White House posted a photograph of President Trump as faith leaders prayed over him, with a laying on of hands.

“Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for [the president] & [the vice president],” the tweet read.

Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP .

— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017

The post was composed by Johnnie Moore, a former senior vice president at Liberty University.

Anyone who is even remotely familiar with the history and traditions of Christianity recognizes the ritual of “laying on of hands” that is even recorded in the Bible.

Harris Faulkner discussed the reaction from the mainstream media on Fox News’ Outnumbered.

“Well there are actually some new questions on whether the mainstream media are out of touch with much of America, after this reaction to a photograph,” she explained. “Evangelical leaders lay their hands on President Trump as they prayed over him at the White House earlier this week.”

Erin Burnett of CNN was quoted in her reaction, which seemed to be out of ignorance of the existence of the ritual.

“Pretty stunning image, I mean, I’ll give you a quick peek at it,” Burnett said. “The president bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of touching him, it’s very strange, we’re gonna tell you what happened there.”

Watch the latest video at

Faulkner also cited the reporting from the progressive news site Huffington Post, where they question Trump’s faith while covering the story.

“Trump, who identifies as Presbyterian, has demonstrated a basic lack of understanding about the Christian faith,” the Huffpo writer said, “including what constitutes an evangelical. But his Christian supporters aren’t fazed.”

The author cited a report attributing confusion on the part of Trump about the distinction between Presbyterians and evangelicals. Another link went to a Huffpo article citing Biblical verses that were taken to be contradictory to policy items on Trump’s political agenda.

Conservative commentator Mark Steyn described the resistance of the left to “ostentatious” acts of faith on Outnumbered.

“There’s a secular elite that doesn’t like, it’s actually creeped out by ostentatious displays of faith. So a little kind of rump, residual, episcopalianism is like OK, but when you actually got laying on of hands, that’s, ‘Woah! That’s way too much, man!’” he exclaimed, throwing his hands up in mock pantomime.

Evangelicals who support Donald Trump made their peace long ago with his tendency to say absolutely terrible things. The fact that Donald Trump said in 2005 that he could grab women by a vulgar term for their genitalia because he's famous doesn't seem to be changing how social conservative leaders feel about him. Evangelicals who opposed him before still aren't fans. And the ones in his camp aren't fazed by the recording. That's because this isn't about how much they like the brash billionaire; it's about how unflinching they are in their opposition to Hillary Clinton. Robert Jeffress the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and a member of Trump's Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. According to The Daily Beast, he said Trump's comments were

Posted in Christian, Christianity, CNN, Donald Trump, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Mainstream Media, Politics, Religion, Trump

July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) deserves credit for his response Thursday to a series of false news stories about the House dress code.

Earlier this month, members of the media decried the “new” and “sexist” dress code in the House Speaker’s Lobby that prohibited women from wearing sleeveless dresses or open-toed shoes.

Some of the stories about the dress code painted a picture that could have been ripped from the pages of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — an oppressive rule implemented by a patriarchal government hell-bent on controlling women, an example of sexism in President Donald Trump’s America rivaling that in the Republic of Gilead.

There was just one problem with the stories — they weren’t true.

My colleague Jon Street detailed last week how multiple media outlets erroneously reported that the dress code was implemented by Ryan. It has, in fact, been in place for many years. Additionally, the same dress code requires men to wear jackets and ties at all times in the Speaker’s Lobby.

While the dress code did hold women to an outdated definition of business attire, it was not Ryan’s doing.

This is simply wrong. The Speakers’ Lobby dress code has been this way for decades. Can be argued it should change — but let’s be factual

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) July 7, 2017

But during his weekly press conference Thursday, Ryan responded to the controversy, telling reporters that “over the break, it came to my attention that there was an issue about [the] dress code.”

Ryan said that the dress code currently being enforced is “nothing new” and was in place under his predecessors. He pledged to “modernize” the dress code in the House.

“We will be working with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure the enforcement of appropriate attire is updated,” Ryan said.

.@SpeakerRyan statement on dress code: “Look for a change on that soon.”

— CSPAN (@cspan) July 13, 2017

“A dress code in the Chamber and Speaker’s Lobby makes sense,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that we need to bar otherwise acceptable business attire. So, look for a change in that soon.”

Ryan took the opportunity to “modernize” the current dress code for women, an action his predecessor — the first female speaker of the House — didn’t even undertake.

Glad to see @SpeakerRyan is updating the dress code for the House Floor. These unwritten rules are in desperate need of updates.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 13, 2017

So the facts: @SpeakerRyan wasn’t responsible for the outdated dress code but he is responsible for updating it.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 13, 2017

If Ryan were a woman or a Democrat, he would likely receive much more praise for demolishing an outdated definition of women’s business attire in the House. But since he is not, this article will probably have to suffice.

As an aside, the speaker could cement his legacy as a trailblazer for women’s rights by ensuring that men still be required to wear jackets and ties — even in July.

Posted in Commentary, House of Representatives, House Republicans, Jake Tapper, liberal media, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Politics, Sexism, Women's Rights

July 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Fox News’ host Eric Bolling assailed the mainstream media for what he saw as a biased obsession with the Russian investigation. He made the comments Wednesday on his show The Specialists.

“Time to wake up, America,” Bolling began. “Last night we had a special 11pm live show the Fox News Specialists after dark, so to speak. Anyway during some very heated debate regarding Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, I said collusion in and of itself is not illegal.

“Well the liberal media went apoplectic,” he explained. “But guess what, collusion isn’t illegal at all, and chatting about adoption policy certainly is not criminal. Politico magazine published a very nicely researched paper today highlighting several constitutional scholars and prosecutors who overwhelmingly agree with that thesis.”

“So, what’s all this hysteria about?” he asked. “I think I figured it out last night as well. This is a liberal media ‘witch hunt.’ A witch hunt not seen since Salem circa 1692.”

“Since the election the media have accused Trump of colluding with the Russians,” he continued, “they are totally invested in that narrative, completely invested in it. The problem is their investment is going belly up. For six months, the liberal media has delivered what they call ‘bombshell after bombshell.’”

“Well, guess what?” he said. “Bombshell after bombshell has fizzled out like a wet bottle rocket.”

“But the liberal media keeps on hunting for those witches,” he added. “They’ve become as pathetic as a Middle School boy with a crush on the cheerleader hoping for just once she agrees to date him.”

“Psst, liberal media?” he said mockingly, “she ain’t that into you.”

“So instead of beating that Russian dead horse,” he continued, “move on to something worth reporting – the economy are off the charts on fire, the borders are tightening, illegal immigration is way down, and ISIS is shaking in their sandals, waiting for another ‘mother of all bombs’ to be dropped on their you-know-whats.”

“Wake up liberal media, Trump is winning,” he concluded, “and I, for one, am totally not sick of winning yet.”

Bolling has been an outspoken defender of Trump on Fox News, first on The Five, and now on his show in the same time slot. Donald Trump Jr. gave the media more reason to obsess over the Russian collusion story when he released emails about his meeting where he hoped to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

CBS Miami's Mola Lenghi reports from Washington, D.C.

Posted in Donald Trump, Eric Bolling, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, specialists, Trump

July 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A new poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist shows that Americans trust President Trump much more than they trust the media. The poll was conducted  from June 21 to June 25.

While 30 percent of adults said they trusted in the media, 37 percent said they trusted in the Trump administration. While this is historically low trustworthiness for a presidency, its also very low for the media.

Trump has made it a special focus of his to bash the mainstream media that he believes is unfairly biased against him while giving Democrats and leftists a free pass.

Recently the feud escalated when Trump tweeted an animated image some say incited violence against CNN. CNN responded by allegedly threatening to reveal the identity of the image creator, who was a Trump supporter.

The poll also found that the intelligence community got high marks from Americans, with a trustworthy rating of 60%, while Congress continues to get low ratings, with only 29% trusting the legislature.

Americans are very divided on the trustworthiness of opinion polls, this opinion poll said. While half of Democrats believe they are trustworthy (50 percent), only 28% of Republicans believe opinion polls are trustworthy.

Trump has targeted the intelligence community and news media opinion polls for his Twitter ire in the past.

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017

Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017

The polls shows many more Americans believe that there was a loss of civility in politics after Trump was elected, than there were that said the same after former President Obama’s election. While only 35 percent said civility had declined in a Gallup poll after Obama’s election, twice as many, 70 percent, said the same thing of Trump’s election.

An online poll recently found that more Americans trusted the CNN news network than they trusted Trump, by a measure of 50 percent to 43 percent.

In the midst of President Donald Trumps fight against the media, a poll revealed one of his biggest targets is actually trusted more by americans. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more.

Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Poll, poll survey, Polling, President Donald Trump, Trump

July 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to his Twitter account to explain why CNN might have committed a crime when they threatened to expose the identity of a Reddit user to created an animated video the president later tweeted.

The public furor over the controversy has prompted some to wonder if CNN committed an act of extortion or coercion.

A user of the Reddit social media platform claimed that he was the creator of the animated video the president tweeted intended to mock CNN, but some called an incitement to violence.

#FraudNewsCNN #FNN

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said that he figured out the man’s identity by using autobiographical details he had left in his social media footprint. He contacted the man on Monday, but before they communicated, he deleted his online posts and published a lengthy apology.

CNN’s article on the event implied that if the man continued in his online trolling that they would reconsider revealing his identity. Kaczynski has vigorously denied the charge that they bullied him into apologizing or that they had ever threatened him.

“Troubling,” Cruz tweeted about the story. “I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….’”

Cruz later tweeted another law that CNN might have broken.

“Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: ‘A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person… to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will… Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule..”

The backlash to CNN’s actions came not only from the right, from also from some on the left who said that it was thoroughly unethical for a journalist to bully the subject of a story.

When a CNN reporter tracked down the Reddit user who claimed credit for creating a GIF that President Donald Trump tweeted of him beating up "CNN" in a wrestling match, network sources say they thought they were taking the high road by not naming the real identity of the user. In the story, CNN had found ? but would not identify ? the Reddit user, whose other posts included racist and anti-Semitic memes, "Because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again." But it was the next line that would leave the pro-Trump internet inflamed and the journalism community scratching its head, that "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change." Across the pro-Trump social internet, the line has been received as a threat, a warning that the network would doxx the Reddit user should he s

Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, GIF, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, President Donald Trump, Reddit, Trump, Trump tweets, Twitter

July 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN really didn’t have a good month of June.

First, three journalists resigned for publishing a story last week that connected a Trump transition team member to a Russian investment bank. The story hinged on a single anonymous source and was later proven false.

Then Project Vertias, led by journalist James O’Keefe, released a number of undercover videos purportedly trying to further damage the journalistic credibility and reputation of CNN.

And according to a report from the Independent Journal Review, CNN had a total of four journalism blunders in June.

Now, it appears the rough month has had a lasting effect on viewers.

On Tuesday, CNN’s primetime viewership peaked at only 886,000 overall viewers, whereas MSNBC peaked at 2.77M and Fox News peaked at 2.79M viewers. In the coveted 25-54-year-old demographic, CNN was only able to amass 308,000 viewers at its peak.

On Wednesday, it was much of the same. CNN peaked at 908,000 viewers where Fox and MSNBC both peaked over 2 million. The 25-54-year-old demographic was just as dismal.

CNN’s total viewership from Wednesday. That their primetime lineup is all under 1 million is something else…this a major issue.

— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 30, 2017

But on Thursday, CNN was able to pick it up a little, and they carried just over 1 million viewers during Anderson Cooper’s and Don Lemon’s shows. However, they still trailed behind MSNBC and Fox by more than a million peak viewers.

Things got even worse Friday night after CNN producers aired a fake cover from National Enquirer as something real.

Posted in CNN, Mainstream Media, Media, ratings

June 25th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN was forced to issue a retraction late Friday after they made an unfounded connection between a Trump adviser and Russia.

On Thursday, CNN published a potentially explosive story that linked Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment bank. The story was reported by CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank.

Talking Points Memo describes the details of the story:

As CNN reported, Scaramucci met with Kirill Dmitriev, the fund’s chief executive, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland just four days before Trump’s inauguration. Congressional investigators reportedly want to know if they discussed lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia—a policy shift for which Dmitriev has strenuously advocated, according to CNN.

A spokeswoman for RDIF told CNN that they did not, though she declined to describe the conversation. Scaramucci also told the network that “there is nothing there.”

Dmitriev “came over to say hello in a restaurant, and I was cordial,” Scaramucci said in an email to CNN.

But by late Friday night, CNN had scrubbed the story from their site and removed its links from the network’s social media accounts. CNN’s editors replaced the story with an editor’s note explaining the story’s removal.

In the note, CNN’s online editors said Frank’s story didn’t meet CNN’s editorial standards. The news outlet also issued an apology to Scaramucci.

“On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” the note read. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”

On Saturday morning, Scaramucci responded to news that CNN had scrubbed the story and said he accepts the network’s apology.

“.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on,” he wrote.

.@CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 24, 2017

An archived version of CNN’s story can still be viewed here.

Posted in CNN, fake news, Mainstream Media, Media, Russia

June 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN host Alisyn Camerota simply refused to stop interrupting Kellyanne Conway after asking Conway the same four questions, even though Conway responded four times.

During a Friday interview, Camerota asked Conway what The White House was planning on doing to thwart further alleged Russian hacks into the United States electoral system.

Conway patiently answered the question in varying ways three times, but Camerota was not satisfied.

“My question for you is ‘What is The White House’ — what is President Trump now doing to prevent Russia from doing this again?” Camerota pressed.

Conway responded, “He has been very clear, on the record, that he believes in any type of numbers of measures to make sure that democracy flourishes, and that voter integrity is intact.”

Conway went on to continue, but Camerota interrupted her once again and said, “Such as? … What is he doing, specifically, to try to stop this?”

“Alisyn, I realize that we just like to say the words ‘Russia, Russia’ to mislead the voters and I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well, but you’ve asked me this same question three times now and I’ve answered it.”

Clearly triggered, Camerota exclaimed halfway through Conway’s remarks, “Kellyanne!”

See the full exchange in the video below.

Posted in Alisyn Camerota, CNN, Kellyanne Conway, Mainstream Media, Media, Russian investigation, Videos

June 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan said during a Thursday news segment that defending and “cozying” up to President Donald Trump is similar to “hugging a suicide bomber.”

“My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him — it’s like hugging a suicide bomber,” she told host Craig Melvin. “He blows you up in the process with him.”

Clearly taken aback, Melvin responded and said, “That’s a little strong, Elise.”

Jordan’s unabashed comments came on the heels of Trump firing off several tweets on Thursday, claiming that there were no recorded tapes of conversations between himself and former FBI Director James Comey, a heavily debated topic.

The analyst noted that Trump isn’t to be trusted, and that he’s done nothing but waste the country’s time in a wild goose chase over tapes that purportedly don’t even exist.

During the segment, Melvin seemed to agree with Jordan’s comments about the president’s tapes and their validity.

“It would seem as if the president may have been lying all along about the existence of these tapes,” Melvin said.

After nearly a month of dodging questions whether there may or may not be tapes of discussions with Comey, Trump tweeted that no such tapes existed.

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

See the MSNBC segment below.

MSNBC political analyst @Elise_Jordan compares President Trump to a suicide bomber.

The Left is gushing with hateful and violent rhetoric.

— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 22, 2017

Posted in Craig Melvin, Elise Jordan, Mainstream Media, Media, MSNBC, President Donald Trump, Videos

June 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

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.

— 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.

NBC's "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly" kicks off this weekend and the former Fox News star isn't focused on ratings as much as simply putting on a great show. But she's well aware ? they're both important. Kelly tells TheWrap, "Lets not kid ourselves. Television remains a business. It's not just some noble pursuit that we offer for people's benefaction, but if you let that ratings trap dominate your thinking, you can become handicapped by it."

Posted in Cable news, CNN, Fox News, Mainstream Media, Megyn Kelly, MSNBC, Politics, ratings

May 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rush Limbaugh made clear Friday what he only hinted at Thursday on his radio show when he said that Montana Republican Greg Gianforte won his election despite attacking a reporter because people are fed up with the media.

Limbaugh put a caller on the air who said they were calling from Montana Friday.

“We moved out here a couple years ago,” the caller said, “live up here on a mountain off the grid, and it’s just a great area. But to get to the point, it’s just reeks of common sense people out in this area. And I think that the news coverage and the way they covered this Gianforte thing, I think it really helped Gianforte because people know that people may lose their temper once in a while if they’re goaded or pushed into it, but I really think that he’s a better candidate and people saw it and they just voted for Gianforte.”

“I think you’re right,” Rush responded. “That was my instinctive feeling yesterday that that was gonna be the result. You go back and look at the tape, I think I predicted that he was gonna win yesterday. I was never in the field of doubt about this I think the media was trying to place everybody in.”

“Here’s the thing about what Gianforte did,” he explained. “The media is their own worst enemy. When this stuff happens, what do they do? They go in there when one of our own was attacked and treated like a dishrag, and they act like everybody is outraged by it.”

“They act like it’s a great crime,” he added, “and that everybody wants this Gianforte guy buried, when the truth of the matter is, I would predict to you — I don’t know what percentage, but there’s a lot of people that watch modern-day journalism and get viscerally angry at reporters and their invasive questions, say, of people in grief or the way that Trump’s people or Trump are being treated. They get viscerally angry and there’s nothing they can do about it.”

“So they see something like this, and there’s a part of them that cheers it on,” Limbaugh concluded, “because they believe that journalists have gone way beyond the bounds of fairness and that they’re actually trying to criminalize certain political beliefs, and they’re fed up with it. I don’t doubt that for a moment.”

Limbaugh’s comments calling Gianforte “studly and manly” while referring to the victim as “smug and arrogant” were panned widely on social media Thursday. Gianforte initially said the reporter had been aggressive with his questioning and caused the altercation, but later apologized to him by name in his victory speech after the special election.

Late-night hosts have addressed the Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte who has been accused of body-slamming a Guardian journalist after being asked about healthcare.

Posted in Greg Gianforte, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Montana, Politics, Rush Limbaugh

May 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Kellyanne Conway had to be restrained by Secret Service after allegedly being heckled during an airport stop, The Daily Caller’s Mirror reported.

According to Washington photographer Mark Wilkins, Conway arrived at Washington Reagan Airport Monday evening and was greeted by a heckler who repeatedly shouted “Keep trashing America” at the president’s counselor.

Wilkins told the website that Conway had her fill of the heckler. The report alleged that Conway fired back, “I like the way you talk s**t when I’m walking away.”

The photographer claimed that Secret Service had to intervene, and put their arms up to block her.

“Secret Service stopped her,” Wlkins told site. “Two of them put their arms up and blocked her. The guy was just an a**.”

Noting that Conway was a “rockstar,” Wilkins said that he was impressed by her conduct.

After Conway’s break from the public eye – one that left many wondering where she was – Conway returned to television last week to excoriate Hillary Clinton’s apparent obsession with winning the popular vote against President Donald Trump.

During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Conway explained why she thought Clinton lost the 2016 election against Trump.

“It was many things,” Conway told Hannity after he asked whether Clinton had lost the election over arrogance, “but we also had a better candidate, better message, better campaign, better strategy and I think just more self-awareness overall.”

“I do want to push back on something Hillary said,” Conway continued. “She said that she was winning if the election were on October 27th, that’s actually not true if you look at the Real Clear Politics aggregate, and I did today, in the six states that went for Obama in 2012 but Trump 2016, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa.”

Calling Clinton’s lack of self-awareness “stunning,” Conway said, “The idea that she ignored Wisconsin meant that Wisconsin ended up ignoring her. And the idea that she yet again mentioned, ‘I won the popular vote.’ You know what the prize is for that? The participation trophy is second place.”

Posted in airports, Kellyanne Conway, Mainstream Media, Media, reports

March 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Executives at NBC are reportedly angry for not being in the loop on Rachel Maddow’s “scoop” on Trump taxes that blew up in her face and made them a laughingstock. Maddow blamed the viewers for the furor, saying that they exaggerated it to be something the show didn’t intend.

“Maddow now blaming viewers for all that hype and no delivery,” Fox News reported, quoting a statement that she made to the Associated Press.

Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal. It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.

Some Trump supporters noted that the taxes were a credit to Trump’s reputation, as it was speculated prior to the revelation that he wouldn’t release taxes because he paid very little. Maddow’s story showed that he paid much more than many expected, even exceeding the tax rate paid by his political opponents, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont).

“I don’t really care,” Maddow added. “It is funny to me that a president would spend this much energy and political capital to keep secret his finances and his taxes specifically and simultaneously would want to brag about how much money he made. If that’s really what he wants the story to be, he can release all of his taxes and we can all glory in his immense wealth.”

Page Six said insiders told them that executives at MSNBC’s parent network NBC were very angry with the segment because they were kept in the dark as it developed, but were made to shoulder the embarrassment of Maddow falling flat on her face.

A source told them that NBC found out about Maddow’s scoop at the same time the public did, and it appeared that the MSNBC president was trying to undermine NBC’s president.

“It’s their cable network, but it’s still NBC News. [NBC] did not appreciate being kept in the dark … To hype such a big story and not really deliver is a bit embarrassing. Airing a story you’ve hyped 20 minutes into your broadcast makes it a lot less of a ‘breaking news’ story.”

Rachel Maddow blames viewers for her Trump tax dud, says people “expected too much”

— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 16, 2017

Fox News beat out MSNBC and CNN combined in total viewers in February while dominating cable news in other categories and demographics.

Posted in Donald Trump, Liberals, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, NBC, Politics, Taxes

March 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In a move that was praised by President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the 46 remaining federal attorneys appointed by former President Barack Obama to resign Friday.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said in a statement:

The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition. Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated career prosecutors in our U.S. Attorney’s Offices will continue the great work of the Department in investigating, prosecuting, and deterring the most violent offenders.

Many saw the move as necessary and essential if the Trump administration wanted to remove any of the remaining legal road blocks between them and implementing their political agenda.

All the attorneys followed orders and resigned, with one exception: the U.S. attorney for the Southern Sistrict of New York, Preet Baharara, who is known for aggressively prosecuting Democrats in public corruption cases.

Baharara was later fired Saturday afternoon.

However, the Trump administration isn’t the only presidential administration to purge their administration of holdover U.S. attorneys. In fact, Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, did it in 2009.

And when Obama did it the tone from the mainstream media over the move was remarkably different than the tone they took on Friday when Trump did it.

One outlet, Politico, wrote in May 2009 that Obama was going to “replace” Bush attorneys en masse. On Friday, the same outlet wrote that Trump “ousts” Obama’s attorneys — a much harsher tone.

The story on Trump also made it seem as if Trump was the first president to demand such a mass resignation from U.S. attorneys — which simply isn’t true.

And the difference didn’t go unnoticed:

Trump “ousts” US Attorneys. Obama “replaces” them.

— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) March 11, 2017

Other Twitter users called out the organization for its bias:

This is why the MSM isn’t to be trusted. They have a liberal agenda, they just try to hide it from us.

— Chris Antenucci (@chrisantenucci) March 11, 2017

Media bias much?

— Mike (@Doranimated) March 11, 2017

@JayCaruso really amazing how media makes it seem trump is leading a revolution…he won the election democratically

— ML (@super_mario_21) March 11, 2017

@JayCaruso @RichardGrenell The MSM continues the slanted and biased headlines and articles. Not learning from their mistakes. #2020

— AdventureUs (@AdventureUs15) March 11, 2017

While another user noted that former President Bill Clinton did the exact same thing in 1993, which included then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.):

I’m confused, @JayCaruso. Was @JeffSessions “ousted” or “replaced?” @RichardGrenell

— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 11, 2017

Posted in Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Mainstream Media, Media, Media Bias, Politico

March 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN’s Erin Burnett characterized the Trump administration’s preoccupation with leaks as a “deep paranoia” while interviewing Former CIA Director James Woolsey Friday about recent developments with the White House.

“The Trump administration has developed a deep paranoia for what they call the ‘deep state,’” Burnett began. “Career employees in the government that they say are out to get them or against their agenda, and are working in the shadows against them. Perhaps that’s part of the reason they’re coming out so suddenly and firing these attorneys, we don’t know. But this does seem to be a part of it, doesn’t it?”

“It’s really kinda hard to say, exactly,” Woolsey responded, “why this is all kind of clumsy and messy. It’s not that hard to do, and you do it from administration to administration.”

“Sometimes there’s disagreements about who oughta have more responsibility,” he explained. “Back when I was DCI in the early nineties, we thought the FBI was trying to get too much authority over counterintelligence that we ought to have, and they thought that we had too much authority over counterintelligence. Sometimes there’s normal pushes and tugs between different parts of the bureaucracy but it doesn’t have to be like this, like what we’re seeing.”

The Trump administration might disagree with Burnett’s description of their “deep paranoia,” about the “deep state,” given that leaks to the media led directly to the resignation of Mike Flynn as the national security advisor to President Trump. Flynn later registered as a “foreign agent” doing work that might have benefitted the government of Turkey, to the apparent surprise of Vice President Mike Pence.

Other leaks have plagued the administration at every step, prompting some to speculate about the existence of the “deep state,” or an organized group of Obama hold-overs and other government employees ideologically hostile to Trump and his agenda.

“It doesn’t have to be like…this” – Fmr. #CIA Dir. James Woolsey on rift b/t #Trump admin. and the “deep state”

— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 11, 2017

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer derisively described the attacks from the “deep state” as the “revenge of the losers” on Fox News.

Posted in CNN, Donald Trump, Government, Government Leaks, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, NSA Leaks, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump

March 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Cameras captured the moment that MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell was escorted out of a meeting between U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson and the Foreign Minister for Ukraine. Mitchell was yelling questions about Russia and Vladimir Putin Tuesday when she was hurried out.

As the two shook hands and cameras whirred away, Mitchell can be heard in a loud voice, asking, “Mr. Secretary, China has said there will be consequences for the deployment now of anti-missile defenses in South Korea, can you respond?”

Meanwhile, State Department handlers can be heard saying, “thank you” over and over to signal that no questions will be taken.

“Can you respond? Excuse me Mr. Secretary can you respond?” she continued.

Then Mitchell tried to address the Ukraine foreign minister, asking, “Mister Minister are you sure the Trump administration will be strong against Vladimir Putin?” but the diplomat seemed to ignore the inquiry.

Finally she’s ushered out while loudly asking, “Can you assure us that Russia will not be able to move any further into Ukraine?”

As they push Mitchell out, she protests, “We haven’t had any time in here.”

WATCH: @mitchellreports escorted from room as she tries to question Sec. Tillerson, Ukraine FM on China and Russia.

— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 7, 2017

Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, later said that Secretary Tillerson assured him that the United States would continue to back Ukraine against Russia.

“[Tillerson] assured me that the United States would consistently continue to support Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression, that Ukraine is a key partner of the U.S. in the region, that the U.S. would also consistently support Ukraine on its path of reforms,” Klimkin told reporters.

The United States’ backing of Ukraine has come into doubt after President Trump’s continued statements of approval for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president has puzzled and angered critics by constantly diminishing Putin’s more totalitarian acts in Russia and elsewhere.

The issue of Russian relations is a sensitive one as Democrats and other critics of the administration push suspicions that there were nefarious connections and interactions between the erstwhile geo-political enemy of the U.S. and the Trump campaign. 

[H/T: the Right Scoop]

Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Rex Tillerson, State Department, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin

March 2nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

A senior administration source admitted that the White House was simply misleading reporters when it was leaked that President Trump was considering calling for a compromise on immigration in his speech before a joint session of Congress Wednesday.

Multiple sources reported the leak Tuesday, resulting in a flurry of commentary and opinion on the expected turn which never came in the actual speech from Trump.

Sara Murray of CNN reported about the misdirection in a panel Wednesday.

“Let’s talk about the bait and switch that the president pulled when it came to immigration yesterday,” Murray began.

He had this meeting with the anchors, he talked about a path to legal status, basically they fed up things that they thought that these anchors would like, that they thought would give them positive press coverage for the next few hours.

A senior administration official admitted that it was a ‘misdirection play’ and you will note that when the president was actually out there speaking to the American public, he didn’t talk about a path to legal status. He talked about reforming the legal immigration system so it’s merit-based.

“That means, fewer low-skilled workers,” Murray explained, “fewer people that are coming on family ties, more people coming on high skilled visas, that is still closer to a Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon framework of the world than ‘Gang of Eight’ who pushed comprehensive immigration reform.”

“It does make you wonder,” John King responded, “so we’re not supposed believe what the senior-most official at the lunch says, who then they allowed to be the president’s name, we’re not supposed to believe what they say?”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer got a response about the “misdirection” from Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Wednesday.

“A senior administration source is saying,” Blitzer explained, “that was simply what the source is calls a ‘misdirection play’ to give network anchors a storyline to generate some positive news coverage for the president. If that is true, that it was a ‘misdirection play,’ then what is your reaction to that?”

“Well, that’s a wonderful turn of phrase,” Murphy mocked, “a ‘misdirection play,’ another simpler way to describe that is a lie.”

Donald Trump once again lied to journalists in order to get good coverage for a couple of hours before he returns to his campaign pablum during his speech about blaming all of America’s economic problems on immigrants and once again doubling down on his theory of the case in which he throws them all out and our economy magically comes back to life.

The fact of the matter is that Donald Trump riled up the Republican base, further radicalized them on the question of immigration, and he is not going to come to Congress to try to do something responsible. And in the end, his immigration policy will just make this country weaker because we are built on the strength of being able to bring the smartest, brightest people from all around the world.

“And folks just don’t want to come to this country any longer,” Murphy concluded, “to try to make a better life or to try to start a company because of the way that Trump talks about immigrants, Muslims, and anybody who looks and feels different from him.”

.@ChrisMurphyCT: Donald Trump once again “lied” to journalists in order to get good coverage

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 1, 2017

Others noted that this is just the most recent “misdirection” from Trump on immigration, as he has subtly suggested the compromise a few times but hasn’t closed the deal. Trump had most recently said that the country has to deal with DREAMers, recipients of former President Obama’s amnesty, with “a heart,” making some demand that he legalize all 11 million illegal aliens in the country.

Some faith leaders are responding to Trump’s hardline on immigration by organizing an “underground railroad” of safe houses for illegal aliens. 

Posted in illegal immigrants, Illegal Immigration, Immigration Reform, Mainstream Media, News Media, Politics, President Donald Trump, Trump

March 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Fox News network once again beat out CNN and MSNBC in ratings for February, and did it so soundly that they surpassed the competition combined.

According to Nielsen Research, Fox News won for the eighth consecutive month in total viewers over basic cable with 1.75 million viewers. Nickelodeon garnered 1.15 million and HGTV garnered 902,000 viewers.

The 21st Century-owned cable news network was also up 39 percent in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, with 592,000 total viewers. In total viewers and the key demographic, Fox beat MSNBC and CNN in both categories combined.

And Fox is still dominating the top shows in cable news.

Overall, Fox News had 13 of the top 15 programs in cable news.

MSNBC’s “The Rachael Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were the only non-Fox programs to break the top 15, finishing seventh and 13th, respectively.

February 2017 was the network’s 182nd consecutive month as the most-watched cable news channel in total viewers. It was also the network’s highest rated month since November 2016.

Fox News has been shuffling personnel around with Tucker Carlson taking over Megyn Kelly’s spot after she left for MSNBC. Ratings have increased dramatically with the new anchor, who has used his program to debate combatively many figures on the left, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Compared to Megyn Kelly’s performance as host of “The Kelly File” in February of 2016, Carlson is up 31 percent in total viewers with 3.28 million and is up 55 percent in the key demographic with 695,000 viewers.

Greta Van Susteren also announced a move to MSNBC after leaving Fox News, and admitting that she had been sexually harassed by Roger Ailes.

While many have seen Fox News as the pro-Trump news outlet, he had attacked them for what he saw as bias in the past, and some Fox personalities have been very critical of the 45th president, including Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace over Trump’s attacks on the media. 

Posted in Cable news, CNN, Fox News, Mainstream Media, Megyn Kelly, Politics

February 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh told listeners that they should go a “drive-by media fast” and skip watching and reading the mainstream media in order to life a more optimistic life. He made the comments Monday on his popular radio show.

“Do you want to live a better life?” he asked his audience. “Do you really want to have a normal optimistic outlook on life everyday?”

Don’t watch that stuff! Don’t watch CNN, don’t read the New York Times. If you look at Drudge, and if you see headlines that portend the end of the world tomorrow, don’t click on it. Just avoid the crap that pollutes the daily “so-called” news that comes from left-wing news organizations.

You will be amazed. When it doesn’t take long either. Just two days. You go on a drive-by media fast, two days of it, and your outlook on life will be dramatically improved. You won’t believe it.

He addressed what he thought might be an common objection from people saying, “I gotta stay focused on the opposition.”

“No you don’t,” Limbaugh asserted. “I’ll do that for ya. I’ll tell you what they’re up to. And as a bonus, I’ll nuke it! Yu don’t need to expose – that’s why, one of the many reasons I’m here.”

“I know how to do this without it ruining my life,” he continued. “I know how to do this without it ruining my day. That’s why I’m here to run interference, to be the boundaries for you. I don’t watch half of this stuff anymore. Because it’s so predictable. And it’s so boring, and frankly, a lot of it is really just lame.”

It’s just lame, some of the analysis that you get to explain things out there. And there’s more speculating – y’know everyone thinks they’re a political tactician, so you’ll take – like this Obamacare versus tax story. You won’t believe the number of blogs that you will read, with the possibilities of what this means.

“And it’ll all be wild guesses rooted in esteemed political analysis,” he concluded, “and none of it is going to be based on anything factual beyond what is known. And it’s all to get clicks, and it’s all to get eyeballs and this kind of things. Stick to me, folks, and you won’t be led astray.

“Drive-by media” is a pejorative that Limbaugh uses to deride the media by comparing them to drive-by attacks by gang members. Limbaugh has been a stalwart defender of Trump, who seems to have taken on the tactic of attacking the press from radio talk hosts like Limbaugh and his colleagues.

President Trump, meanwhile, continued his assault on the media by castigating them as “enemies of the American people,” something even Republicans decried as overly authoritarian.

Posted in Mainstream Media, Media Bias, News Media, Politics, Rush Limbaugh

February 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer

NBC’s Chuck Todd said that he thought President Trump was attacking the press in order to distract from accusations into the administration’s involvement with Russia. He made the comments on Channel 4 News with Matt Frei Saturday.

“Whenever there is a troubling update, troubling news story on Russia,” Todd said, “and the allegations of their interference in the election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, when a story hits, within 24 to 36 hours, the escalation of media attacks goes up.”

“And this is just the latest,” Todd added, “this came literally 24 hours after news surfaced.”

“So it’s a distraction?” Frei asked.

“That’s right, 24 hours, Matt, after news surfaced that the White House chief of staff may have had improper contact with the FBI about the investigation. It’s not just the media, it’s not the only, any institution that he believes, that they believe, is getting in the way of their agenda they’re going after.”

So in this case the media, Russia, Russia’s a distraction that keeps them from doing their agenda. But look at just this morning we have news that the potential travel ban may reinstate in the seven countries that he identified, our department of Homeland Security, their intelligence agencies said you cannot identify a threat, a potential terrorist threat, based on anything from these seven countries.

“So they sort of poo-pooed the sense of urgency on it,” Todd concluded. “And the president essentially said ‘bad intelligence, I’m dismissing it.’”

“Does Trump have a point in the sense that he is getting a less fair shake than Obama did,” Frei challenged Todd, “that the press is just far more critical of him than of his predecessor?”

Todd offered a list of the ways the Trump administration stumbled, saying that their failings caused the rancor.

“I still think that a lot of this has to do with the initial way that the president took office,” Todd said. “Here you get elected in a very divisive election where you have a split decision, if you will, the popular vote went one way, but the electoral college went the other, and he never acknowledged that.”

He’s instead challenged the idea that he’s somehow got, that a majority of the country did not vote for him. And I think that lack of outreach has only stoked the fires a little bit.

So, it’s just created this hyper-combative atmosphere. And so is the press negative to be negative’s sake? Or is the White House bringing on this negative? It’s a chicken and egg. The relationship’s in a very, very bad place, let’s just put it that way.

NBC’s @chucktodd claims that Donald Trump’s administration lashes out at the media as a method of distraction.

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 25, 2017

The media has been in a rhetorical war with Donald Trump since he announced his presidency, and it has only worsened after the election and inauguration. Trump and his allies have targeted CNN News after their reporting on supposed intelligence damaging to the president and obtained by the Russians. The leaks to the media around the issue led to the resignation of Mike Flynn as national security advisor, and turned Trump against U.S. intelligence agencies.

Last week Trump called the press “the enemy of the American people,” prompting many of his critics to worry about his authoritarian tendencies, while thrilling his supporters that are suspicious of the media.

Posted in Chuck Todd, Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Trump

January 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

CNN’s Jake Tapper had just one word in response to President Trump’s top aide Steve Bannon telling the media to “shut up.”

.@jaketapper: Reminder that the president’s top aide just told NYT that the press should keep its mouth shut. No.

— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 26, 2017

His answer, delivered with a laugh, was simply, “NO.”

Bannon signaled that the administration saw the media as an enemy to be combated against in a scathing statement made to the New York Times.

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said during a telephone call.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

The rhetorical battle between CNN and President Trump broke out in open war after the cable news network released a story about intelligence officials warning Trump that the Russians might have compromising material about his history. Trump’s surrogates and allies have praised him for tackling the mainstream media, which they see as biased against conservatives. Meanwhile Jake Tapper has begun using his show to lob fact-checking missiles at the administration nearly on a daily basis. 

Posted in Donald Trump, Jake Tapper, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Stephen Bannon, Steve Bannon, Trump

January 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” tweeted a call for reporters to boycott President Trump’s press conference on her official Twitter account Sunday. It came during her panel discussion about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first press conference where he angrily denounced the media.

.@MASHAGESSEN: I think White House correspondents have to think seriously about whether to attend WH briefings. RETWEET TO AGREE #AMJoy

— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) January 22, 2017

The tweet quotes journalist Masha Gessen who spoke about her experience covering Vladimir Putin, saying that Trump is using the same tactics he used in Russia to divide the media. Gessen says that fact-checking is not good enough to cover Trump, which spurs Reid to ask,  “And what would you suggest? Because I do feel like the media feels flummoxed. What would you suggest that we do differently? “

Gessen answers with the startling suggestion to boycott the briefings:

Well, I mean again there are no easy solutions… I think White House correspondents have to think seriously about whether or not to attend White House briefings anymore. Because if the White House briefing is going to be used to spread disinformation, then what is the point of validating it by going there?

Reid agreed, offering simply, “Yeah.”

She vehemently indicated her agreement with the suggestion by adding in call caps on her tweet, “RETWEET TO AGREE.” A day later, the tweet has gotten more than 8,500 retweets and 6,000 favorites (at the time of publishing).

Many pundits decried Sean Spicer’s tone in the first press conference of the Trump administration Saturday where he took no questions from the media and berated them for two examples of what he perceived as bias. Monday Spicer had a much more traditional press conference where he took many questions and answered candidly. No reporters appeared to take Joy Reid’s suggestion to boycott the press briefing.

Posted in Liberals, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Politics, Sean Spicer

January 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The irascible liberal political strategist Bob Beckel returned to his old show, “The Five,” on Monday after a long hiatus when began when he and the network parted ways in June of 2016. 

Today is a big day for me. I am returning to The Five. Please watch and tell friends it’s so good to. Be back!

— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) January 16, 2017

Almost five got to admit I’m nervous. Please tune. In!

— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) January 16, 2017

Beckel showed he hadn’t lost his famously bellicose character in this pointed message he gave to the President-elect Donald Trump towards the end of the show.

.@RobertGBeckel has a message for President-elect @realDonaldTrump. #BeckelsBack

— The Five (@TheFive) January 16, 2017

Beckel seemed at ease with the other co-hosts of “The Five” as they reminisced over their fights and laughs from his previous tenure. As one of the few hosts on Fox News representing the left-wing side of the political aisle, Beckel’s fights and debates with his more conservative counterparts have become legendary.

At one point he even exasperated Dana Perino into cursing on air, causing her audio to be cut, while in another episode he actually flipped off a guest host who had enraged him.

Many fans of the show greeted the return on social media:

I may not agree with most of what Bob Beckel says, but I am so glad he is back on #TheFive! He has been missed. @RobertGBeckel 😊

— Amy Morgan (@AmyMorgan_95) January 16, 2017

Glad to see @RobertGBeckel back on The Five. The gang is all back together. #beckelsback

— Deborah Untch (@stldebbie2011) January 16, 2017

#TheFive I may disagree with just about everything @RobertGBeckel says, but I’m glad he is back he is by far the most entertaining liberal

— Gary 🚂🚃🚃🚃🇺🇸 (@SarcasTexan) January 16, 2017

Watching The Five because @RobertGBeckel is back! I missed the dynamic! #bobsback Glad to see him.back in his place on The Five set!

— ConservativeWoman (@Conservative_Lo) January 16, 2017

Seeing @RobertGBeckel on #TheFive made my day. Really glad that #BeckelsBack!

— Ms. Ruffin ® (@MsRuffin) January 16, 2017

Posted in Bob Beckel, Fox News, Mainstream Media, Politics

January 13th, 2017 by Staff Writer

C-SPAN viewers were surprised Thursday to find that one of their live channels was suddenly airing footage from Russia Today, the Russian state-owned news channel many have criticized as propaganda.

Apparently C-SPAN was broadcasting from the floor of the House of Representatives as Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters was speaking, and with no warning just switched to Russia Today’s news programming:

Here’s the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back.

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017

But before anyone could rush headlong into conspiracy theories about the Russians taking over our media in anticipation of a full-scale invasion, C-SPAN put out a statement on their Twitter account explaining the odd event:

This afternoon the online feed for C-SPAN was briefly interrupted by RT programming. We are currently investigating and troubleshooting this occurrence. As RT is one of the networks we regularly monitor, we are operating under the assumption that it was an internal routing issue. If that changes we will certainly let you know.

Russia Today has been criticized widely as being merely a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin and producing anti-American media masquerading as news.  In 2014, journalist Liz Wahl dramatically announced on-air that she could no longer work at Russia Today, saying that they regularly “whitewash” the actions of President Vladimir Putin. Last month Wahl opined at CNN that Russia was attempting to undermine our democratic institutions through the spread of disinformation, and said that accusations of Russian hacking fit the pattern of their meddling in other countries.

President-elect Donald Trump was also criticized for appearing on Russian Today last September during the presidential election. His campaign later said they did not realize they would be on the state-owned network. In 2015, the man who helped create Russia Today was found dead in a Washington D.C. hotel – he was also a former aide to Putin.

Posted in Congress, Mainstream Media, Maxine Waters, Politics, Russia, Russian Hackers

January 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Sarah Palin jumped into the contentious debate over the blockbuster reports that CNN and Buzzfeed dropped about Russian intelligence on President-elect Donald Trump. She cheered on her “fearless leader” and praised his angry press conference Wednesday where he boldly attacked the press.

She made the comments on a long Facebook post – here are some excerpts:

For one, when PE-Trump takes on corrupt lying lapdog media it is vindication and validation for those without a microphone who’ve been shot by reporters engaged in politics of personal destruction.

These “journalists” – bad characters that they are – hurt our nation tremendously; they disrespect those who fought and died to protect America’s freedom of the press; they spit upon the graves of our veterans. We deem those reporters and their publications irrelevant now.

HOPE in this arena soars upon seeing a fearless leader take on injustice.

APPRECIATION fills our heart when our new President exudes our collective red, white and blue courage in the face of purveyors of yellow journalism. Press members have worked as a herd of lost little lazy sheep. The herd is now decimated.

Palin has been a longstanding and outspoken critic of the press herself while being a stalwart supporter of Donald Trump from early on in the campaign. Now she’s lauding his attacks on the press, saying it will clear the road for the solutions he promised to America:

The impossible burden of dealing with unethical mediums is off our shoulder – and that’s one less excuse leaders will have as we ask them to finally do the job we send them to do in Washington.

Palin continued by advocating something diametrically opposed to Trump’s statements on the stump. “Get us out of debt,” she wrote, “Get off the addiction to OPM – spending Other People’s Money. We the people and our activism is the antidote.” But Trump had advocated borrowing much more money, citing the cheap cost of borrowing under current market conditions. He also seeks a trillion dollar stimulus spending bill, which Palin hasn’t attempted to square with conservatism, unlike her compatrioat Rush Limbaugh. 

She ends with what appears to be a hint at a future announcement of a large project:

*** And stay tuned for the next step in finally shooing away the pesky numbskulls in what was once “mainstream” media. I’m going to do my part. I’ll soon announce the most helpful, satisfying, exciting leap YOU can take with me as we help build America’s future together. ***

It’s going to be great again!

Last month she appeared to have parted with Trump when she posted a message critical of his Carrier deal and calling it “crony capitalism.” But she later accused news outlets, including the Blaze, of “fake news” for reporting it as a break with the President-elect’s economic agenda, but offered no explanation of why the reporting was false.

She also used her Facebook page to announce her change of heart over Wikileaks and their founder Julian Assange. While she had once compared him to the terrorist group al-Qaida, she apologized when she discovered how useful their leaks were to the Trump campaign.

Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Sarah Palin, Social Media, Trump

January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

A cartoon released today is making a lot of waves on social media, and the furor seems to part mostly along anti-Trump and pro-Trump lines.

The “pilot” cartoon will appear in the New Yorker and depicts an angry mob on an airplane voting for a man to take over flight duties from the “smug pilots” who have lost touch with the “regular passengers.”

The artist posted it on Twitter with a message that seems to anticipate the controversy:

One from this week’s @NewYorker. Hello politics, my names Will.

— Will McPhail (@WillMcPhail) January 2, 2017

The clever analogy is an attempt to skewer the anti-elite mood in the country that rejects intellectualism, and in its more extreme manifestations, any “expert” at all.

Many on the right saw it as a thinly veiled swipe at the election and Trump supporters, and they did not appreciate it one bit:

“People are accusing political elites of being out of touch?! Let’s prove them completely right with an asinine strawman!”

— Tacticool Elf (@Battlefieldtrip) January 2, 2017

As the plane took a nosedive, pilot Obama would promise the passengers that everything was okay. Any dissenters would be called racists.

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) January 2, 2017

This sums up what liberals think.
Understand, they think you are stupid + need to obey.@exjon @stephenkruiser @AceofSpadesHQ @LarryOConnor

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 2, 2017

Do you think there was actually someone at the New Yorker who thought this cartoon made sense, or is it just 100% trolling?

— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 2, 2017

nothing better than a New Yorker cartoon telling the plebs to shut up and let the powerful run the country

— Blup In Japan (@blippoblappo) January 2, 2017

It wasn’t all merely partisan entrenchment – some conservatives have noted that an overzealous desire to limit government and highlight biases in the mainstream media has pushed many to extremes. This has prompted some to begin calling this election season the beginning of the “post-truth” era in American politics where titillating “fake news” spreads far quicker than substantiated truth. Some on the right push back on this narrative, saying Democrats and those on the left destroyed honesty and integrity in politics decades ago. No doubt the debate will continue throughout President Trump’s tenure in the White House.

Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media Bias, Politics, Social Media

December 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

At first glance, it seemed like a dull if not confusing cover, given National Geographic’s repertoire of stunning photography, but upon closer examination, the magazine’s January 2017 issue becomes instantaneously polarizing.

“The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy,” reads the caption underneath a photo of a 9-year-old transgender girl, clad in pink cheetah print leggings and a T-shirt, staring directly into the photographer’s lens with melancholy eyes.

While many praised the move, some outlets noting the historicity of the image while others lauded it for sparking conversations, there was plenty of criticism to go around.

We devoted our entire January 2017 Special Issue to an exploration of gender—take a look #GenderRevolution

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) December 16, 2016

National Geographic is trying to highlight what it has dubbed the “gender revolution” with it’s feature about Avery Jackson of Kansas City, Missouri, but the conservative American Family Association sees it differently, calling the celebration of gender dysphoria “shaking a fist at God.”

“National Geographic shakes a fist at God and biblical authority on their radical mission to advocate gender confusion in upcoming issues,” the organization wrote on its Facebook page. “The biblical teaching of the truth about gender identity is confirmed by biological science.”

“Human sexuality is binary by design,” the memo continued. “Binary means there are two and only two options according to medical science — a child either has an XY chromosomal pattern or an XX. These are genetic markers which indicate God’s master design for humanity and create the capacity for human reproduction.”

Some Twitter users expressed similar disdain for the provocative spread.

@NatGeo Doesn’t take long to explore chromosomes it’s pretty straightforward the rest is a mental disorder in need of help

— sooneralum78 (@sooneralum78) December 16, 2016

@NatGeo there are two. What you FEEL. like you should be doesn’t change your gender

— Ricks_Reviews (@R_Ashenfelter) December 16, 2016

@NatGeo So you support child abuse. How progressive.

— Don Carpenter (@MrDonCarpenter) December 16, 2016

In a note on the magazine’s website, Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg said many readers have weighed in “with opinions, from expressions of pride and gratitude to utter fury” since the cover was first shared by National Geographic last Friday.

She also revealed that some have even threatened to pull their subscriptions as a result of the cover.

“Avery was able to capture the complexity of the conversation around gender,” Goldberg wrote. “We thought that, in a glance, she summed up the concept of ‘Gender Revolution.’”

The editor said the decision to feature Avery on the cover is a symbolic gesture to highlight the shift U.S. culture has made on transgenderism. When the magazine prints next month, the Kansas City native will become the first transgender person to be featured on the National Geographic cover.

Posted in LGBT, Lifestyle, Mainstream Media, Transgender

December 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer, which will be one of Facebook’s U.S.-based “fact checkers,” employs almost exclusively liberals, according to a report.

From the Daily Caller:

Almost all of the writers churning out fact checks for Snopes have a liberal background, and many of them have expressed contempt for Republican voters. The Daily Caller could not identify a single Snopes fact-checker who comes from a conservative background. Snopes did not respond to a list of questions from TheDC regarding the site’s ideological leaning.

At least two of the site’s fact-checkers joined Snopes after writing for Raw Story, a far-left publication that describes itself as a “progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media.” Several others have demonstrated liberal partisanship.

In the Daily Caller’s report, they outline at least six people on Snopes’ masthead that have alleged extreme liberal and progressive leanings — hardly a qualifier for an objective fact checker. Most of them also have a history of working at extremely liberal, anti-conservative news outlets.

Facebook announced last week that they were partnering with a handful of media organizations to begin fact checking news stories posted on Facebook. Several of the organizations include: Snopes, the Associated Press, ABC News, PolitiFact and — hardly unbiased organizations.

Together with Facebook, they will flag news stories that are fake or wildly sensationalized in order to stop the spread of misinformation, which became rampant during the 2016 election cycle.

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For its part, Facebook will use a variety of signals to identify stories that are likely to be false. These signals include stories that people post but later delete, and stories that include lots of comments about them being fake. Facebook says it will use these and other signals to populate a dashboard of dubious stories. Its fact-checking partners will get access to the dashboard. After they investigate the article’s claims, they can mark it as disputed and link to their own article debunking it.

If at least two fact-checking organizations mark a story as disputed, users will begin seeing a banner under the article if it appears in their News Feed. The banner reads: “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact Checkers.” Links to articles debunking the posted item will appear below it. Facebook will also penalize the disputed article so it shows up lower in the News Feed, Facebook says.

“I understand how sensitive this is and I have instructed our team to proceed carefully and focus on fighting spam, not flagging opinions,” Facebook founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “This is an early test, and I’m going to keep a close eye on it to make sure we’re fighting actual spam and hoaxes, and not limiting people’s freedom of expression.”

Posted in Facebook, fake news, Mainstream Media, Media

December 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Fox News host Tucker Carlson scolded the New York Times during his Friday show over the paper’s very obvious liberal bias.

According to Carlson, who spoke with the Times’ public editor Liz Spayd, the Times political bias was so obvious during the 2016 election, that instead of reporting, they became an “advocacy group” for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Spayd, who lambasted the Times for their out-of-touch election coverage following the election, argued that most of the Times’ journalists seek to have “high journalistic standards,” but agreed with Carlson that the “famous” reporters are often out-of-line by making their personal political biases known online, mostly via Twitter.

“I think that is outrageous, I think that that should not be,” Spayd said of the journalists who editorialize on Twitter. “Everybody is going to have their personal political views — we all do — but they ought to be personal. If you sign up to be a journalist, then that is what you ought to be.”

Spayd went on to explain that she thinks many of the reporters at big media companies like the Times are trying to deflect any backlash coming from mainstream liberals who think the media helped elect President-elect Donald Trump. When Carlson asked what the reporters think about conservative readers of the Times, like himself, Spayd said she doesn’t think the reporters much care what they think.

Carlson went on to say that he believes liberal advocacy reporting undermines the business model of large media organizations like the Times — which focus on subscription-based revenue streams versus advertising — and empowers alternative media organizations, which have been scrutinized following the election.

“Legitimate so-called sites like The New York Times or NBC News or The Washington Post have so debased themselves that people feel like, ‘I’m going somewhere else,’” he explained.

Spayd, however, contended that she thinks Fox News has also “debased” themselves by being in-the-bag for Trump throughout the election.

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November 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. vowed to “rededicate” his newspaper to “report America and the world honestly” after the paper was completely wrong with their election predictions — when they said Democrat Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide over businessman Donald Trump.

Of course, the Times was massively wrong and businessman Trump is now “President-elect Trump.”

In a letter written to the Times’ readership, Sulzberger thanked readers for their loyalty to the Times while reflecting how his newsroom could have made such horrible predictions.

In addition, Sulzberger address claims that the Times had become a highly-partisan newspaper during the election, favoring Clinton.

The complete letter read:

To our readers,

When the biggest political story of the year reached a dramatic and unexpected climax late Tuesday night, our newsroom turned on a dime and did what it has done for nearly two years — cover the 2016 election with agility and creativity.

After such an erratic and unpredictable election there are inevitable questions: Did Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters? What forces and strains in America drove this divisive election and outcome? Most important, how will a president who remains a largely enigmatic figure actually govern when he takes office?

As we reflect on this week’s momentous result, and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. We believe we reported on both candidates fairly during the presidential campaign. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president and his team.

We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our subscribers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all Times journalists, to thank you for that loyalty.

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin, a former reporter for the Times, criticized the Times and their agenda-driven reporting in a column Friday.

“Had the paper actually been fair to both candidates, it wouldn’t need to rededicate itself to honest reporting,” Goodwin wrote. “And it wouldn’t have been totally blindsided by Trump’s victory.”

“Instead, because it demonized Trump from start to finish, it failed to realize he was onto something,” he added. “And because the paper decided that Trump’s supporters were a rabble of racist rednecks and homophobes, it didn’t have a clue about what was happening in the lives of the Americans who elected the new president.”

Sulzberger’s letter came after the Times’ public editor, Liz Spayd, criticized the publication for clearly favoring Clinton over Trump. According to Spayd, the newspaper often times made Clinton appear organized and statesman-like, while making Trump and his campaign appear disorderly and confused.

In the future, Spayd suggested that Times reporters and editors ask mainstream Americans their perspectives instead of crafting elaborate think-piece narratives to push an agenda.

“[A]s The Times begins a period of self-reflection, I hope its editors will think hard about the half of America the paper too seldom covers,” she wrote Wednesday.

(H/T: Fox News)

Posted in Donald Trump, Mainstream Media, Media, New York Times

November 8th, 2016 by Staff Writer

But Newsweek also has a version — albeit unprinted — prepared should Donald Trump win the election Tuesday.

Several conservative-leaning blogs and Facebook discussion groups circulated a photo of a special edition Newsweek magazine cover that has been shipped to bookstores around the country emblazoned with the phrase “Madam President” juxtaposed with a picture of Hillary Clinton, indicating she had won the presidency, even though Election Day still looms.

Many of those blogs and social media users suggested the pre-designed cover is proof the election is rigged, and the media is in on it. But that theory excludes one important factor: There is a Clinton cover and a Trump cover being prepared, according to the Newsweek editorial team.

From the Editors: 2 special edition covers for 2016 election outcomes were produced by a Newsweek licensee, Topix Media, and not by Newsweek

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 7, 2016

The magazine is actually a commemorative edition that is not even produced by Newsweek. Topix Media, an unrelated publishing company, has been contracted to design the special edition covers under the Newsweek brand.

“For the past six months Newsweek Special Editions has been piecing together a Road to the White House Tribute Issue for both major party candidates,” Topix CEO Tony Romando told CNN after the leaked photo of the Clinton cover started making waves.

So why is it that only the Clinton version is in stores? Well, according to Topix, it was a business decision. Given most of the polls show the Democratic nominee winning the election, Romando decided his company would print and ship the Clinton version. News is, after all, a business. And, like it or not, it’s about beating competitors to the newsstands.

If the polls are wrong and Trump wins on Tuesday, the Clinton editions will be trashed and a Trump version will immediately begin printing and will be rushed to bookstores to replace the inaccurate editions.

“Unlike hard news magazines, commemorative editions for sporting events, elections and unfortunately deaths are created weeks, months, and even years in advance,” Romando explained to CNN. “The largest publishers in America have dozens of tributes ready to print at plants across the country.”

He even compared the controversy about the Clinton-Trump magazines to the Chicago Cubs’ historic win at the World Series, saying, “One minute after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series their commemorative T-shirts went on sale and the losing team’s T-shirts were scrapped.”

“This was a business decision,” he added. “Not a political decision.”

Nevertheless, news of the magazine covers spread like wildfire, as Trump has argued since day one that the process is “rigged” against him.

Posted in Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mainstream Media, Media

October 28th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, said Thursday that she believes the Republican presidential nominee has been “persecuted” by many members of the media, who she claims have covered him unfairly.

Conway’s answer came when CBN News correspondent Jenna Browder asked the Trump operative what about the 2016 presidential election has “tested” her faith the most. She said it’s been difficult to watch Trump be treated “really unfairly” by the press.

Kellyanne Conway (CBN News)

Kellyanne Conway (CBN News)

“I think that he is persecuted in a way that is incredibly unfair and out of proportion,” Conway said. “The media suffers from a lack of portion control when it comes to negative slop being thrown toward Donald Trump, and that’s unfortunate because I believe the voters deserve to have a free and open press and I believe the voters expect — and indeed merit — a real conversation on the issues.”

Earlier in their conversation about faith and the election, Conway said the presidential race has “deepened” her love and appreciation for the United States. She told Browder she has been “struck by the goodness of America” since joining the Trump campaign in August.

“I’m really tremendously, emotionally moved by these individuals and when you walk around, I listen to them say to Donald Trump, ‘Please bring jobs back to this part of Ohio,’ or, ‘Please save our country,’ or, ‘Thank you so much for running and making a sacrifice,’” she recalled. “[T]hey’re really focused on him as the change-maker.”

Conway’s suggestion about journalists’ treatment of Trump is not surprising. In his claims that the electoral system is “rigged” against him, Trump has time and again attacked the media’s coverage of his campaign. The Republican standard-bearer’s team frequently references a recent study by the Media Research Center, which says 91 percent of evening news coverage about Trump is negative.

Trump often calls reporters “dishonest,” “corrupt” and “sick” during his boisterous rallies. The GOP candidate’s condemnation of the press has become so commonplace that his supporters now taunt members of the media gathered in the press pens at his campaign events.

Earlier this week, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pleaded with Conway to instruct her boss to stop calling out the press during his stump speeches.

“He shouldn’t be doing that. I mean, can you talk to him? And say to him, ‘Mr. Trump, we only have a few days left, these are hardworking young journalists, they deserve to have some security,’ if you will, because some of those Trump supporters out there, they get pretty nasty with what they’re screaming at these young people,” he said.

.@wolfblitzer asks @KellyannePolls to have Trump stop calling out the media at his rallies

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 25, 2016

Conway, for her part, told Blitzer she would pass the message along.

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September 7th, 2016 by Staff Writer

After 14 years at Fox News, host Greta Van Susteren is leaving the network immediately, and according to her husband, she might take legal action against the channel in the future.

In a Facebook post about the decision, the former “On the Record” host wrote that Fox “has not felt like home for a few years.” On Friday, Van Susteren invoked the “key man clause,” which allowed the anchor to terminate her contract if and when former network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was not in control.

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale pose on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on Jan. 8, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband John Coale pose on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel’s Brit Hume on Jan. 8, 2009, in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Van Susteren said that she “could not wait” because of a time limit on the exit clause.

The broadcaster’s husband, John P. Coale, backed up his spouse in a phone interview with The New York Times Tuesday, telling the newspaper, “There’s so much chaos, it’s very hard to work [at Fox].” News of Van Susteren’s decision comes the same day Fox announced it settled with ex-anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million over sexual harassment allegations against Ailes.

Coale said the timing of the announcements was simply a “coincidence.”

The Times pressed Coale on why his wife chose to invoke the “key man clause.” In response, he said there is more going on at the network “than meets the eye,” adding he didn’t want to go into too much detail because there “might be litigation in the future” on the matter.

In a statement from Fox News, co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernathy said, “We are grateful for Greta’s many contributions over the years and wish her continued success.”

In Van Susteren’s absence, Fox’s senior political analyst Brit Hume will fill in as “On the Record” host through the presidential election, a post he said he is “happy to take on” until November.

“My Fox News colleagues have set a high standard for political coverage which I’ll do my best to uphold. I’m honored to be asked,” Hume added.

Ailes resigned from his lead position at the network in July, just weeks after Carlson brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against the former chairman. He has denied all allegations.

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August 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt blasted Donald Trump in a private Facebook post, calling the network’s one-time “Apprentice” host “toxic” and “demented.”

Greenblatt’s post laments the country’s “sad state of affairs thanks to a pompous businessman turned reality TV star” who believes speaking his mind is “refreshing.”

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment speaks onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment speaks onstage during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

“It’s actually corrosive and toxic because his ‘mind’ is so demented; and his effect will unfortunately linger long after he’s been told to get off the stage,” he wrote in the Monday post, which did not refer to the Republican presidential nominee by name.

While Greenblatt does not oversee any of the NBC News operation, the revelation will likely provide fodder for critics who feel the media skews largely to the left when it comes to politics. His Facebook message also knocked Trump for his ratings prowess, writing the billionaire’s show “consistently ran LAST in its time period, by the way.”

When it first began in 2004, “The Apprentice” was very successful for NBC, but in the final iteration of “Celebrity Apprentice” in February 2015, the show came in fourth place, losing to shows like ABC’s “The Bachelor” and CBS’ “Two Broke Girls.”

A person familiar with Greenblatt’s private page said Tuesday the post came from the NBC executive. The person, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump’s campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment

NBC, part of Comcast Corp. subsidiary NBCUniversal, declined comment Tuesday, as did Comcast.

Greenblatt took over as entertainment chairman in 2011. In June 2015, NBCUniversal said it was cutting its business ties with Trump because of his “derogatory statements” about immigrants.

The network dropped the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that were a joint venture between NBC and Trump, noting that he already had said he wouldn’t participate in “The Apprentice.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to take over as host in January.

But NBC Entertainment’s attitude toward putting Trump on the air hasn’t been consistent.

Six months after ending its relationship with Trump, the network featured him as host of “Saturday Night Live” — and earned the show’s best ratings in two years.

At a news conference in January, Greenblatt said if NBC never had guests that its executives publicly disagreed with that “we would be out of business.”

“We’re not in business with him, but love him or not, he’s one of the most important political figures of our time,” Greenblatt said.

Earlier this month, Greenblatt told a TV critics meeting he took a skeptical view of the idea that “Apprentice” served as a launching pad for the presidential bid that Trump began in June 2015.

“We were happy to have a show that was doing really well with a guy who was a big TV star,” Greenblatt said. “I don’t think there’s that much of a correlation of one to the other. … That’s what great about this country.”

He likened Trump’s successful run on ” Apprentice” to Ronald Reagan’s movie career and how it served as a useful prelude to his own second act in politics: “‘Bedtime for Bonzo’ helped make Reagan a national prominent figure,” Greenblatt said.

Greenblatt’s Facebook comments were first reported by the New York Post.

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July 23rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

A Politico reporter let an employee of the Democratic National Committee read a story he wrote about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton prior to its publication, according to emails allegedly sent by DNC staffers released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a special performance of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton' on July 12, 2016 in New York City. Clinton hosted a fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attends a special performance of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” July 12 in New York City. Clinton hosted a fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

According to an email purportedly sent by Mark Paustenbach, the national press secretary and deputy communications director at the DNC, he made an “agreement” with Ken Vogel, chief investigative reporter at Politico, to read a copy of one of Vogel’s stories “ahead of time.”

“Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back,” Paustenbach wrote in an email to a fellow DNC staffer.

Image source: WikiLeaks

Image source: WikiLeaks

Vogel’s story wasn’t particularly flattering to Clinton. He reported that only a small fraction of funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund — billed as a joint fundraising effort between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties — went to state parties.

Her campaign pushed back on the report: “Funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund are now being used to fund and staff organizing programs in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and states across the country that will register voters, recruit volunteers and organize Democrats to turn out and support candidates up and down the ballot,” Josh Schwerin, a Clinton spokesman, told CNN.

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July 23rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

A Politico reporter let an employee of the Democratic National Committee read a story he wrote about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton prior to its publication, according to emails allegedly sent by DNC staffers released by WikiLeaks on Friday.

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According to an email purportedly sent by Mark Paustenbach, the national press secretary and deputy communications director at the DNC, he made an “agreement” with Ken Vogel, chief investigative reporter at Politico, to read a copy of one of Vogel’s stories “ahead of time.”

“Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back,” Paustenbach wrote in an email to a fellow DNC staffer.

Image source: WikiLeaks

Image source: WikiLeaks

Vogel’s story wasn’t particularly flattering to Clinton. He reported that only a small fraction of funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund — billed as a joint fundraising effort between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties — went to state parties.

Her campaign pushed back on the report: “Funds raised through the Hillary Victory Fund are now being used to fund and staff organizing programs in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and states across the country that will register voters, recruit volunteers and organize Democrats to turn out and support candidates up and down the ballot,” Josh Schwerin, a Clinton spokesman, told CNN.

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