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Fox News host offers up old-school racist reason for why Booker may have left...

On Monday, Jan. 13, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his campaign for president. On Outnumbered, Fox News host Melissa Francis took it upon herself to theorize about why Booker may have ended his campaign,...
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Capitol Police and Senate to sharply limit press access during Trump impeachment trial

The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are rolling out an aggressive plan to keep the press away from senators and otherwise limit reporting during the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Reporters will be required to undergo...

The GOP Senate Is Hamstringing The Press Corp’s Coverage of Impeachment Trial

Mitch McConnell harps nonstop about how the Trump impeachment trial should follow the parameters laid down by the Clinton trial in 1998 — except where it comes to press coverage, which is tightly constrained, compared to twenty years ago. In fact, as the rules are presently laid out, the press has been relegated to spectators, who may end up watching the trial on television with the rest of us, rather than taking it down first hand. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover this. Roll Call: When the articles of impeachment are delivered to the Senate, a procession full of pomp and circumstance, just one video camera and no still photographers will be allowed to document the historic moment. No audio recording at all will be permitted, leaving radio reporters empty-handed. During the trial, a single press pen will be set up on the second floor of the Senate, where lawmakers enter and exit the chamber. Reporters will be confined to the pen, unable to move with senators. No movement will be allowed outside the corrals, and reporters and photographers will need to be escorted to and from the pen. […] Journalists’ time-honored practice of “strolling” with lawmakers — the walking, talking and relationship-building considered necessary by many resident reporters in the Capitol — is one that the new security apparatus will squelch during the trial. Credentialed members of the media, who go through security screening to enter the Capitol each day, will be screened a second time to enter the Senate chamber to watch the trial proceedings. Magnetometers will be set up in the Senate Daily Press Gallery, requiring reporters to enter the chamber one by one after being cleared by Capitol Police operating the machine. This has the potential to cause delays and shape coverage of the impeachment trial itself. If reporters cannot enter and exit the chamber swiftly when news breaks or something important happens, it will likely become more convenient to simply watch the trial on television or the internet. Some commentary from Politico Playbook: WE WOULD BE REMISS not to speak out forcefully here about the restrictive rules being imposed on the Capitol Hill press corps for the pending impeachment trial. They are ridiculous. This is a big moment in American history, and the American people are getting shut out. […] NYT’S CARL HULSE, a veteran Capitol Hill reporter for the New York Times, put it this way: “Pretty much an outrage. Either Senate Republican leadership has no interest in recording history or perhaps they just want to play down the coming events altogether.” BEHIND THE SCENES, via Marianne LeVine: Sen. ROY BLUNT (R-Mo.) used a PowerPoint presentation at lunch Tuesday to show how access to the Senate side would work during the impeachment trial, an attendee told LeVine. The presentation had pictures of different entry and exit points, including locations for media. According to the attendee, Blunt joked that based on the information, members who wanted to avoid reporters could do so, while others who wanted to talk to the press would know where to go. Avoiding reporters is precisely what’s wanted here. Republican Senators have a duty to their constituents and trying to skate out of it, rather than face it, is cowardice and it’s just plain wrong. Nevertheless, as you see, this is what they’re trying to pull. — KLOBUCHAR post-debate […]
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PBS reporter calls Trump a liar to his face

Okay, she was kinda-sorta diplomatic about it, but still. After Donald Trump blathered some nonsense about never, ever doing things for political reasons (really?), and claimed that he ran in one election (false) and won,...
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Ingraham, Carlson, Trump, Nunes, Combine to Announce, Fascism Is Here, Now.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden summed up what you and I have always believed about what it means to immigrate and become a citizen, beautifully: “It’s pretty simple, You read the document, you understand the document, you pledge allegiance to the document, and we shake your hand, and you are every bit as much of […]
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Desperate for positive numbers, Trump now cites OANN … who?

O(N)AN — is a purely pro-Trump media outlet, and with the entertainment segments of Fox News supporting him more than the news side, Individual-1 is scraping the bottom of that barrel. Compounding lies. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1139861307002368000 OANN is pro-Trump. Robert...
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John Solomon and The Hill’s Ukraine reporting debacle: What it tells us about the...

Closing the barn door two years too late, the editor of The Hill this week announced that the publication is going to review all the dubious Ukraine conspiracy reporting John Solomon did while he worked...
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2019, the year the press tried—and failed—to stand up to Trump

With Donald Trump becoming the first American president to be impeached in his first term, while holed up in the White House tweeting endless attacks around the clock like some internet troll, 2019 should...
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Chuck Todd confesses he was naive about GOP disinformation being spread on his program

A new Chuck Todd interview with Rolling Stone in advance of a special program on disinformation also demonstrates MSM complicity. Bothsideism writ large, and Jay Rosen takes Todd to task. Chuck Todd: “So look, whether...
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Stephen King Offers $75,000 To Stephanie Grisham If She’ll Just Do Her Job

Two masters of fiction are putting Stephanie Grisham in a corner and it will be interesting to see what her particular character dictates that she do. I’ll match that, making $150,000. But full press corps. https://t.co/ToewY1Qr5J — Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 8, 2020 This is delicious. How can she refuse? And it’s high time that this issue be confronted. The Trump administration’s watch word is “none of your business.” We’re not supposed to hear from witnesses at the impeachment trial, we’re not supposed to know how foreign policy is being conducted, we’re just supposed to sit in the dark, in what amounts to a press blackout. Good for King and Winslow calling bullshit. My prediction? I don’t think Grisham will take the money, because her position is indefensible, like that of her boss. You may recall that Mark Cuban offered Donald Trump $10 Million to the charity of his choice if he would debate him for two hours, on the issues alone. Trump never took his offer. The people in this White House are cowards.  

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