Saturday, May 25, 2019
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Trump Plans To Escalate War On Press, Punish Individual Reporters With Spots Of Them...

It’s no secret that Trump hates the press, because his vision of them is as a repository for press releases from the White House, nothing more, and certainly not as an institution that speaks truth to power. On that basis, Trump, who is punch drunk in the wake of William Barr’s short summary of the Mueller investigation, which he sees as the gospel, proving his innocence, is planning to escalate his assault on the “enemy of the people.” The Atlantic: Trump allies see Barr’s letter as a kind of Swiss Army knife—a tool useful in all kinds of situations. Not only is it exculpatory, they say, but it also implicitly rebukes the press for its coverage of the Russia investigation, inoculating Trump from any future scandal that reporters might unearth. According to a source familiar with internal discussions at the Republican National Committee and the pro-Trump super PAC America First, both organizations are “geared up for any nonsense to come.” They’re already prepared to attack reporters. “Any reporter who tries that will be hit with 30-second spots of all their ridiculous claims about collusion,” said the source, who, like others interviewed for this story, requested anonymity to describe private conversations. “Their tweets have all been screencapped. It’s all ready to go.” (“It’s the same thing we’ve been doing the last two years. We’re going to hold the media accountable when we see fit,” an RNC official clarified, adding that this would include digital clips shared on social media.) Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign previewed the in-your-face tactics they have in mind. A campaign official sent a letter to TV producers cautioning them against booking certain guests who had alleged that Trump colluded with Russia, including Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Even Trump’s ally, Mark Meadows, is invalidating this plan. He said, “Calling on the media to apologize is not something that most people would advocate for, as much as hitting the remote and changing to a different channel.” Donald Trump is such a child, that he needs everybody who has been “mean” to him (read: disagrees in any way) to be punished and to apologize and be sent to sit in the corner. He is never going to figure out how government works or how to behave as a statesman because he is constitutionally incapable of same. He’s just a coarse little buffoon of a man who managed to take advantage of television to jockey his way into the highest office in the land. His election has always been and always will be a complete travesty. Hopefully, cooler heads in his inner circle can prevail upon him to stand down from this insane course of persecuting the press. Although, if he goes ahead, it will backfire on him, and that will be interesting as well. Let the games proceed.
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Democrats demand answers after State Department yanked award from journalist critical of Trump

The Trump State Department rescinded an award for a Finnish journalist who’s been critical of Donald Trump on social media, and Senate Democrats want answers. Sen. Bob Menendez and other Democrats on the Senate...
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Trump Issues Enemies List, Including Schiff, Brennan, That He’s Giving To Television Producers

Enemies lists are not something that exist in a democracy — or at least not until today. Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for Trump for President, sent a memo today to “Television Producers” attacking the “credibility of certain guests.” Murtaugh alleges that the Mueller report states there was no collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign.  Then follows a list of Democratic leaders and others, whom Murtaugh accuses of “lying to the American people by vigorously and repeatedly claiming there was evidence of collusion.” Murtaugh says these people lied and made false claims on their airwaves and he now demands that their voices be silenced, in essence. Below are the names in the memo, what they said, and when they said it. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT): “The evidence is pretty clear that there was collision between the Trump campaign and the Russians…” (MSNBC, “All In,” 10/17/18) • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA): “I think there’s plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight.” (“CBS This Morning,” 8/5/18) • Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): “There was obviously a lot of collusion. The question is how high. Every day we – every day – every so often we get new information about involvement.” (CNN, “Erin Burnett OutFront,” 10/27/17) • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA): “In our investigation, we saw strong evidence of collusion.” (CNN, “Wolf,” 3/16/18) • DNC Chairman Tom Perez: “And over the course of the last year we have seen, I think, a mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians to basically affect our democracy.” (NBC, “Meet The Press” 4/22/18) • Former CIA Director John Brennan: “I called his behavior treasonous which is to betray one’s trust and to aiding and abet the enemy and I stand very much by that claim.” (NBC, “Meet the Press,” 8/19/18) Here’s the rest of the memo: Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions. You should begin by asking the basic question: “Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?” At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place.The American people have been bombarded by these accusations, through the media, for two long years. They have been told that their legitimately elected president had colluded with Russia – a claim proven to be false. At this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and a serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future. This is very sobering. Trump is backlash mode, and this is going to get ugly.
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Devin Nunes Sues Twitter Because Parody Accounts Hurt His Fee Fees

Donald Trump is not the only one who hates being poked fun at. Devin Nunes is now bringing legal action against Twitter, for two parody accounts, @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow. Nunes is claiming anti-conservative bias, and good luck proving that one up. The law is clear about public officials and satire. More or less, if you put yourself in a fishbowl, don’t be annoyed when people watch your every move. In any event, here are some excerpts from Nunes’ complaint. Per Fox News: Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some accounts called “Devin Nunes Mom” and “Devin Nunes Cow.”https://t.co/rP8srxu2hI pic.twitter.com/3zywEF8Yqo — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 18, 2019 Here’s the standing law: According to many courts, a public official is a government employee who has, or appears to the public to have, a significant role in the business of government and public affairs. Such people are considered to be held in a position that would draw or even demand public scrutiny. They also are considered to have significant ability to defend themselves regarding such public scrutiny and therefore cannot claim defamation unless the statement is not only proven to be false, but the defamer is proven to have shown reckless disregard for that falsity. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254. Nunes is spinning his wheels on this one. But maybe he’s trying to set a precedent, so Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, and the whole lot of them can sue. Don’t hold your breath.

Fox News Replaces Jeanine Pirro With Donna Brazile, Washington Post Calls Bulls*it

Take a moment to glance out the window and see if any porcine cuties have, by chance, sprouted wings and are whirling around the garden. And are the piggies wearing lipstick? And while you’re at it, if you have any friends in Hell, give them a jingle and find out if it’s freezing Down There, because Fox News has replaced Jeanine Pirro, at least for the time being, with none other than former DNC chair Donna Brazile. Wait, you say — doesn’t Fox hate Donna Brazile? Didn’t Fox carry on and on about Donna Brazile cheating by leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton? And didn’t Brazile hate them back, bigtime? Yeah, but: this is show biz, and the Washington Post lays it on the line better than anybody I’ve read so far: All of this mutual enmity makes for a perfect Washington story, in which both parties set aside their principled objections in favor of their unprincipled interests. Brazile needs a gig and a platform; Fox News needs a strong liberal voice so that it can continue attempting to cast itself as a purveyor of fair-and-balanced coverage. So they inked a contributor contract, as Variety reported on Monday. Fox News host Dana Perino called Brazile’s signing a “bold move” as she introduced the new contributor on Monday afternoon’s show. Said Brazile: “I’ve been on and off Fox for the last 15 years, but this is an opportunity to reach across the aisle, to reach even within my own political party and to independents and others who might want to hear what’s happening within the Democratic Party, what’s happening in the country and, of course, hear my perspective….” Oh, yes, Fox News viewers want to know what’s going on within the Democratic party. Yes, indeed. And Fox News now feels it has a duty to reach out to Democrats. Did somebody drop LSD in the water supply in Los Angeles, or are the rest of you able to read the same tweets that I am? Donna Brazile on being signed as a Fox contributor: "There's an audience on Fox News that doesn't hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience." — HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) March 18, 2019 Howard Kurtz does “Media Buzz” at Fox News, so it’s official, Fox News is suddenly consumed with a burning desire to hear from the Democrats. And here’s what Fox viewers have to say about the new hire: Fox pulling Judge Jeanine and bringing on Brazile is like someone breaking up with you but you won't stop calling, so he/she has to take out an order of protection. Fox not being subtle about how much they hate their own viewers with their latest moves. Cut the cord. — Jenxyb (@Jenxyb1) March 18, 2019 Watch as they plummet, now they hired Donna Brazile as a contributor and pulled Judge Pirro! — TIREDOFPOLITICSMEDIA (@mediaIsNuts) March 18, 2019 Disgusting!! #1 @FoxNews will now take a nose dive. Known liar & cheater Brazile!! — CT (@CTomme2) March 18, 2019 I guess this means you can only like one liar and cheater. — paulie (@calpaulie) March 18, 2019 The Washington Post’s final words on this topic: Similarly, the idea of “reaching across the aisle” on a cable-news set is risible. Brazile is, again, a television pundit who’ll be laying out her […]

Jeanine Pirro Gets Suspended By Fox, Trump Loses It On Twitter. Is He Losing...

If a wandering space traveler came back to Earth once every ten years or so, on a routine reconnaissance, say for a periodical called, “The Lightyear,” I can only imagine her astonishment at the difference between what emanates from the Oval Office in 2009 and 2019. Obama was a “cool dad” on Twitter and his mentions of things like national emergencies were confined to the swine flu epidemic and issues of unquestioned urgency — not made up invasions by non existent forces, for the purpose of ginning up his base of supporters. Obama was technically the first social media president, because the technology didn’t really exist for any other president, prior to his time. All that has totally changed. Now we have a *resident whose highest literary expression, and philosophical depth, is to be found in 280 characters or less, replete with raging caps and exclamation points. He has honest to God said on Twitter, “I fancy myself something of a writer,” in response to which a real writer, J.K. Rowling, burned him to the ground. This weekend’s rage fest on Twitter, in the wake of the Fox News troubles, is vintage Trump. And make no mistake about it’s meaning: Trump is simultaneously defending his side and escalating the war, after two of his generals, Tucker Carlson and Jeannine Pirro, were struck down in combat in the same week — and for who knows how long. Double explosions happened within days of one another. Tucker Carlson was publicly censored when Media Matters dug up tapes from his shock jock days, wherein he endorsed sex with underage girls, just as long as they were married. Carlson and Fox News found themselves on the receiving end of ad cancellations, so Carlson went on a vacation, which Sean Hannity assured the world was already planned. Here’s a few snippets if you missed the Carlson debacle.  “Wait, wait! Hold on a second. The rapist, [read “husband”] in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.” Along the same lines, he defended Warren Jeffs, saying that charges against him were “bullshit” because “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.” Carlson also had plenty of awful things to say about women in general. At one point, for example, he said he feels sorry for Justice Elena Kagan, who at that point had been nominated for the Supreme Court. “I feel sorry for her in that way. I feel sorry for unattractive women. I mean it’s nothing they did.” He also said women are “like dogs” because “they hate weakness” and “they’re extremely primitive, they’re basic.” He also called Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” Carlson feels sorry for Justice Kagan and there is no question in my mind but that she returns the sentiment — in spades. Then, the next bomb landed on “Judge” Jeannine Pirro (or she pulled the pin on the grenade and blew herself up, depending upon your viewpoint.) Pirro actually had the hubris to question a sitting congresswoman’s patriotism. Here’s a catch-up. “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Ms. Pirro said. […]
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Congress To Subpoena Former Fox News Reporter To Testify Re: Suppression Of Stormy Daniels...

This is potentially a smoking gun. As you know, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer wrote a bombshell expose on Fox News and the White House, details of which are in my Fox News story from March 11. Briefly, Fox entertainment reporter Diana Falzone got wind of the Stormy Daniels hush money story in 2016, at a time in which it might have had a significant effect on the election. She was told by the head of news, Ken LaCorte, “Good reporting, kiddo, but Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.” Later on, Falzone was demoted at Fox, then later sued the network for gender discrimination, and left. When she left she signed the obligatory NDA, not to discuss her employment there. Since then, the House Oversight Committee decided to investigate the matter. On Tuesday, the committee’s chair, Elijah Cummings, sent a letter to Falzone, requesting the following: All documents relating to women alleging extramarital affairs with president Trump; All documents relating to payments on behalf of him or anyone to silence those people. Falzone’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, told MSNBC’s Ari Melber, “a valid government investigation trumps an NDA.” Based on that, it looks like the truth is going to come out about what Fox News knew about Stormy Daniels and when it knew it. Smith also said, “A news organization really interested in news would have run with this story, put a lot of resources into this story, done whatever they needed to do, to get such a story. We’ll see what the evidence shows about how Fox reacted to this story.” Ari Melber then quoted News Director LaCorte, “Daniels was trying to get the story out without fingerprints, and ultimately without enough proof to publish. [Ken LaCorte said that] he stopped the story, and that was the legitimate reason,” quoted Melber. Smith rejoined, “We think that we will be able to show that Ken LaCorte is a liar…for one thing, he didn’t stop the story and that’s going to be evident.” Melber than asked who stopped the story and the lawyer hesitated, and then he asked, “Was it someone famous?” Smith laughed. Here’s the entire exchange on tape below. This could be explosive. If Fox News did indeed suppress a story of this caliber of importance to the American people, for the specific purpose of seeing that it’s chosen candidate won, then there is no question whatsoever that Fox News is no kind of a news outlet whatsoever. To the yous and mes that revelation will come as no shock, but to the rank and file to see Fox News’ motives so blatantly exposed, may be quite another kettle of fish. This story, if true, goes against every single standard of journalistic ethic in the book.
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Advertisers Urged to #DropFox by Outraged Activists

A coalition of activist groups is protesting in front of Fox News Headquarters in New York City today to bring attention to the network's recent controversies—as the cable channel tries to woo companies in the...
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Democrats reveal Journalist Protection Act to make ‘certain attacks’ on media a federal crime

President Donald Trump likes to verbally attack a lot of people. Unless you’re an avid Trump supporter, you’re probably going to fall into his line of fire one way or another. As we all...
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With Blocked Ads Proving Her Point, Warren Says Facebook Shouldn’t Have Power to Decide...

In a move Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) described as a perfect example of why her plan to break up tech giants is necessary, Facebook late Monday took down ads from Warren's presidential campaign that...

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