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Highly Questionable: CNN Blames NYC Gym Thief for Cooper Account Attacking Trump

<p>Late Wednesday afternoon, CNN muddied the waters by blaming a New York City gym hacker/thief on a bizarre series of events that started earlier in the day when Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account called President Trump a “[p]athetic loser.” The freak incident furthered what’s been a difficult week for the network after Friday’s flawed Trump/WikiLeaks story that yielded zero punishment because, well, CNN wants us to trust them since they mean well.</p>

‘11th Hour’ Celebrates Alabama ‘Earthquake’; ‘Very Significant Night’ for America

<p>The mood on Tuesday’s <em>11th Hour </em>was rather jubilant following Democrat Doug Jones’s victory in the Alabama Senate race, with assembled MSNBC guests touting the “earthquake” that resulted in a “very significant night” for the ages in America. While it’s significant that an accused child molester and predator didn’t win the race, MSNBC was undoubtedly going to be celebratory no matter who the Republican opponent was as long as the liberal candidate won.</p>

Ex-NYT Editor Swoons: ‘It’s a Historic Night in Alabama’ Putting State on the ‘Right Road’

<p>Late Tuesday night, longtime<em> New York Times</em> editor Howell Raines joined MSNBC’s<em> The 11th Hour </em>to gush over the “historic night” in his home state of Alabama and declare that Democrat Doug Jones’s victory put the state on “the indisputably right road” “for the first time in 175 years.”</p>

Will Networks Cover? Strzok, Page Texts Trash ‘Awful’ Trump as ‘Idiot,’ ‘Loathsome Human Being’

<p>On Tuesday night as the election results came in from Alabama, a number of news outlets reported on the Department of Justice obtaining thousands of text messages between controversial FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page showing their disdain for “awful,” “idiot,” and “loathsome” President Donald Trump, creating yet another headache for Robert Mueller as the Trump-Russia probe drags on.</p>

WH’s Huckabee Sanders Cites MRC Study in Heated Debate with NBC’s Welker

<p>During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited the latest Media Research Center study by Rich Noyes, which showed that the Trump coverage on the major broadcast network evening newscasts was 90 percent negative toward the President. Sanders was being openly lobbied by NBC's Kristen Welker to accept a congressional investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the President when the White House official began noting the media’s refusal to cover policy issues. </p>

‘It Makes Me Angry’; CNN’s Baldwin, Cillizza Bewail Media Attacks by Sanders, Trump WH

<p>If the meltdowns by CNN personalities inside Monday’s tense White House press briefing weren’t crazy enough, the reactions on <em>CNN Newsroom </em>were close as host Brooke Baldwin and CNN Politics editor-at-large Chris Cillizza admitted that Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made them “angry” as she called out the media’s liberal bias.</p>

CNN Is Screwed: Network Botches Date, Significance of Trump Jr./WikiLeaks E-Mail [UPDATED]

<p>With the publication of a Friday afternoon story on<em> The Washington Post</em>’s website, CNN was dealt another embarrassing blow to its credibility thanks to a significant error in the date of a September 2016 e-mail to then-candidate Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and others in their orbit about a WikiLeaks document dump. </p>

CNN Is Screwed: Network Botches Date, Significance of Trump Jr./WikiLeaks E-Mail [UPDATED]

<p>With the publication of a Friday afternoon story on<em> The Washington Post</em>’s website, CNN was dealt another embarrassing blow to its credibility thanks to a significant error in the date of a September 2016 e-mail to then-candidate Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and others in their orbit about a WikiLeaks document dump. </p>

Matthews Implies Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement Could Cause Another Benghazi

<p>A day after President Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, MSNBC’s <em>Hardball</em> host Chris Matthews declared in a “raw” prediction to Politico’s Susan Glasser that the move could lead to another Benghazi attack and thus the deaths of innocent Americans.</p>

‘Hardball’ Frets ‘Effective’ Al Franken Had to Resign; ‘New Republican Age of Consent Is 14’

<p>Over time, one learns that you can always count on MSNBC’s <em>Hardball</em> to produce baffling moments. Thursday was no exception as the show featured <em>USA Today</em>’s Susan Page bemoaning the “sad picture” of “effective” Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) resigning from Congress while host Chris Matthews sneered that “[t]he new Republican age of consent is 14 if” Roy Moore “wins” in Alabama.</p>

‘CNN Tonight’ Beclowns Itself, Again Questions Trump’s Health; Argues He’s Not Well

<p>On Wednesday’s <em>CNN Tonight</em>, the show opened itself up to some well-deserved mockery by again questioning the health of President Trump and used his Jerusalem speech to argue that he’s “not in perfect health” and could be starting to slur his words. “New Tonight; Did President Trump Slur His Speech,” the snarky CNN chyron read to the delight of faux Republicans, liberals, and Resistance followers everywhere. </p>

‘Shadows’ of Conspiracy? Smerconish Says He’s ‘Not Convinced’ Franken Groped Tweeden

<p>So-called independent talk radio host and CNN host Michael Smerconish made a fool of himself on Thursday afternoon’s <em>CNN Newsroom</em>, arguing that he’s “not convinced” Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) actually groped KABC Radio host Leeann Tweeden because “[t]here are shadows behind his fingers.”</p>

Watch This MSNBC Meltdown for the Ages Over Trump’s ‘Delusional,’ ‘Orwellian’ Jerusalem Speech

<p>MSNBC suffered a meltdown for the ages on Wednesday afternoon following President Trump’s speech recognizing of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, unleashing guest after guest condemning the “delusional” and “Orwellian” speech that will cause people to die now that America’s credibility has been “shot.”</p>

‘Hardball’ Guest: Trump Has Followed the ‘Zionist Movement’ in Taking Jerusalem from Arabs

<p>Ahead of President Trump’s official announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, Arab American Institute president James Zogby appeared on Tuesday’s <em>Hardball </em>to uncork a series of anti-Israeli tirades against “the Zionist movement” and Trump continually breaking the hearts of Palestinians over Jerusalem.</p>

MSNBC Republicans Rejoice at Flake Donating to Alabama Democrat; ‘There Is Hope’

<p>On Tuesday’s edition of the liberal Republican group therapy show known as <em>Deadline: White House</em>, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and <em>New York Times</em> columnist Bret Stephens celebrated Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s donation to Alabama Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones as a sign of “hope” that some in the party will stand up to against Roy Moore and President Trump.</p>

MSNBC Guest: ‘We Must Act Soon’ Against Mentally Ill Trump or Risk Him Going ‘Violent’

<p>Late Sunday afternoon on MSNBC, Yale School of Medicine forensic psychologist Bandy Lee seemed to hint at the need for the overthrow of Presidents Trump, proclaiming that he’s so mentally unstable that “[w]e must act soon” or risk him turning violent with catastrophic consequences for all of us.</p>

About Time: ABC Suspends Ross Without Pay for Monumentally False Scoop on Flynn

<p>Early Saturday night, ABC suspended chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross for only four weeks without pay for the latest and most egregious error of the journalist’s career, falsely claiming on Friday that candidate Donald Trump had instructed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials. Cecilia Vega read almost the entire statement about Ross’s “incorrect reporting” while anchoring Saturday’s <em>World News Tonight</em>, but ignored the sentence referring to Ross’s suspension.</p>

Yikes! ABC’s Ross Issues Embarrassing ‘Clarification’ on Bombshell Flynn Scoop

<p>On Friday’s <em>World News Tonight</em>, ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross issued an embarrassing correction to a bombshell scoop he offered hours earlier about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s, revealing that Flynn was told by President-elect Trump and not candidate Trump to reach out to Russian officials. This marked another black eye for Ross, coming five and a half years since he falsely claimed the man behind the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre was a Tea Party member.</p>

What? MSNBC Guest Ornstein Laments Small States Having a ‘Super Majority’ in the U.S. Senate

<p>On the Thursday edition of MSNBC’s <em>All In</em>, guest and longtime American Enterprise Institute scholar Norm Ornstein showed his elitist disdain for the Founding Fathers and our constitutional government, bemoaning how less than half the U.S. population has a “super majority or close to it” in the U.S. Senate. </p>

ABC Giddy: Flynn Is ‘Prepared to Testify’ Against Trump, Family, WH; Ordered to Speak with Russians

<p>In comments that have sent Twitter into a frenzy, ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross reported Friday morning that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is “prepared to testify...against President Trump, against members of the Trump family and others in the White House” now he’s pled guilty to lying to the FBI in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.</p>

CNNi Links Barton to Conyers, Franken, Moore; Rye Slams ‘White…Women’ Calling for Conyers to Go

<p>Near the end of Wednesday’s <em>State of America</em> on CNN International, the show published a head-scratching graphic that placed Republican Congressman Joe Barton (Tex.) alongside other political figures who, unlike Barton, have been accused of sexual misconduct. To make matters worse, CNN political commentator Angela Rye ripped into “white, liberal women” for supposedly forcing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to call for Democratic Congressman John Conyers (Mich.) to resign.</p>

Anticipated Variety Piece Details Matt Lauer’s Horrifying, NSFW Behavior Toward Women

<p>Hours after NBC fired <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct,<em> Variety</em> published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door. Writers Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister pursued this story for two months and the results have not only led to Lauer’s ouster, but a ripple affect across the industry and network.</p>

Anticipated Variety Piece Details Matt Lauer’s Horrifying, NSFW Behavior Toward Women

<p>Hours after NBC fired <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct,<em> Variety</em> published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door. Writers Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister pursued this story for two months and the results have not only led to Lauer’s ouster, but a ripple affect across the industry and network.</p>

Anticipated Variety Piece Details Matt Lauer’s Horrifying, NSFW Behavior Toward Women

<p>Hours after NBC fired <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct,<em> Variety</em> published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door. Writers Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister pursued this story for two months and the results have not only led to Lauer’s ouster, but a ripple affect across the industry and network.</p>

Anticipated Variety Piece Details Matt Lauer’s Horrifying, NSFW Behavior Toward Women

<p>Hours after NBC fired <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct,<em> Variety</em> published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door. Writers Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister pursued this story for two months and the results have not only led to Lauer’s ouster, but a ripple affect across the industry and network.</p>

Anticipated Variety Piece Details Matt Lauer’s Horrifying, NSFW Behavior Toward Women

<p>Hours after NBC fired <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct,<em> Variety</em> published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door. Writers Ramin Setoodeh and Elizabeth Wagmeister pursued this story for two months and the results have not only led to Lauer’s ouster, but a ripple affect across the industry and network.</p>

Virtual Signaling? CNN to Skip WH Christmas Party to Thumb Nose at Trump

<p>On Tuesday night, CNN announced that they will be boycotting Friday’s annual White House Christmas party between the Trump administration and the news media, blaming President Trump’s “continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN” to skip the event. <em>Politico</em> had the story first just before 6:30 p.m. Eastern, citing a quote from a CNN spokesperson.</p>

Blitzer Teams with Ex-Obama Official for Love Letter to ‘Free and Independent’ CNN International

<p>As expected, CNN responded to President Trump’s weekend tweet criticizing CNN International by basking in self-righteous indignation, including a Monday afternoon response by Wolf Blitzer that featured hilarious claims such as CNNi being “free and independent” while proving Trump’s point by inviting on a former Obama official to sing their praises.</p>

Steyn, Concha Mock Loony Newsweek, New Yorker Pieces as Cases of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’

<p>On Tuesday’s <em>Tucker Carlson Tonight</em>, fill-in host Mark Steyn and <em>The Hill</em>’s Joe Concha enjoyed themselves at the expense of the latest liberal media diatribes, showcasing new cases of the incurably stupid Trump Derangement Syndrome involving everything from the death of Charles Manson to the attack on Republican Senator Rand Paul (Ky.).</p>

Matthews Hammers Brazile for Arguing the 2016 Election ‘Was Not a Legitimate Election’

<p>Former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile continued her book tour with an appearance on Tuesday’s <em>Hardball </em>where she faced a stiff grilling from host Chris Matthews for her belief that the 2016 presidential election was illegitimate due to Russian meddling.</p>

‘Hardball’ Frets GOP ‘Will…Milk the Al Franken Thing’; Touts Dems as Responsible Purgers of Deviants

<p><em>New York Times</em> columnist Michelle Goldberg continued on Tuesday’s<em> Hardball </em>to dig herself a hole when it comes to being inconsistent on sexual misconduct claims, bewailing to host Chris Matthews that “Republicans will certainly milk the Al Franken thing” while touting leftists as true moral arbiters purging alleged miscreants from their ranks.</p>

Why People Hate the Media: Journalists Lash Out at Sanders Asking What They’re Thankful For

<p>On Monday afternoon, some journalists provided another small nail in the coffin of the media’s credibility when they lost collective minds on Twitter over White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asking reporters to share what they’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving. Sanders still allowed reports to ask questions and most responded with thoughtful answers, but a few ignored it (including the Associated Press’s Zeke Miller and Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson). </p>

Vox: NYT’s Thrush Suspended Amid Investigation of Inappropriate Sexual Advances

<p>On Monday morning, Vox.com published an extensive, heartbreaking, and upsetting story revealing four women have come forward to Laura McGann about unwanted sexual encounters with<em> New York Times</em> reporter Glenn Thrush that’s now resulted in his suspension from the newspaper. McGann detailed experiences (including her own) that largely revolved around trips to a bar near <em>Politico </em>and ended with Thrush attempted to kiss and fondle women who were in their 20's. </p>

Stelter Frets ‘Stupid’ Mistakes in Media Are ‘Amplified by Some Right-Wing Outlets’ to Discredit the Press

<p>CNN’s <em>Reliable Sources</em> host Brian Stelter invited on HLN’s <em>S.E. Unfiltered</em> host S.E. Cupp for an illuminating 22-minute podcast released Friday dealing with conservative distrust in the news media. It featured solid points by Cupp and complaints by Stelter that mistakes in the media have unfairly been “amplified by some right-wing outlets as if the entire press is culpable.” </p>

Must Watch: Here Were the Big Moments from the Jake Tapper-Leeann Tweeden Interview

<p>Amidst all the coverage Thursday devoted to KABC Radio host Leeann Tweeden’s sexual misconduct claims against Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.), the most important segment took place on CNN’s <em>The Lead </em>as Tweeden sat down for an emotional 33-minute-long interview with host Jake Tapper.</p>

CNN’s Tapper Grills Begala About Double Standard Over Clinton Allegations; Begala Spins

<p>Prior to his emotional interview with KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden, CNN’s <em>The Lead</em> host Jake Tapper briefly grilled former Bill Clinton confidant Paul Begala on the late and sudden examinations on the part of the media concerning Clinton’s sexual misdeeds.</p>

CNN Panel Brushes Aside Franken Allegations to Knock Moore; ‘He Was Just a Comedian’

<p>A Thursday afternoon <em>CNN Newsroom</em> panel showcased political tribalism as three liberal journalists downplayed the disturbing sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Senator Al Franken (Minn.) by harping on the fact that Franken was “just a comedian” while those against Roy Moore and President Trump were far more serious.</p>

NYT’s Stephens Suggests Republicans Should Be Forced to Support Moore ‘To Learn’ a ‘Lesson’

<p>On MSNBC Wednesday night, New York Times columnist and faux Republican Bret Stephens insinuated on Hardball that conservatives and Republicans condemning Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore should be forced to back Moore so that they “learn the lesson” to not support Steve Bannon-backed candidates. Host Chris Matthews led into Stephens by conceding that, in politics: “If you’re on a certain side, you put up with just about anything bad on your side and you say, so's your old man to the other side and you stick to your side.”</p>

‘Uranium Delirium’; Matthews Lashes Out at Calls to Investigate ‘Closed Case’ Uranium Deal

<p>MSNBC’s <em>Hardball </em>host Chris Matthews reluctantly waded into the Russia uranium deal story on Tuesday’s show, blasting the calls for a special counsel to investigate the “closed case” Obama-era deal and mocked the story as one that “the right-wing wants you to think is the biggest scandal since the Rosenbergs.”</p>

Tapper: ‘The Media Treated’ Bill Clinton’s Accusers ‘Poorly’; Not Given ‘Same Respect’ Moore’s Have

<p>CNN’s<em> The Lead </em>host Jake Tapper made a keen observation on Monday afternoon about the media’s double standard when it comes to sexual assault accusers, pointing out that “the media treated” Bill Clinton’s female accusers “poorly” and were never afforded “the same respect” Roy Moore’s accusers have rightfully received these past four days.</p>
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