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CNN Unmasked: Trump Is ‘Bat Crap Crazy,’ ‘Psychotically Demented’

<p>Immediately following President Donald Trump’s fiery campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, CNN completely dropped their thin façade of an objective news organization. In the wake of the address, there were many cries on <em>CNN Tonight</em> accusing the President of being truly out of his mind and unfit to hold the office of the president. Host Don Lemon declared that Trump was “clearly trying to ignite a civil war in this country.” But he wasn’t the only one who was off the wall.</p>

MSNBC Cuts Away from Trump Rally to Smear Him and Supporters

<p>Throughout President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, MSNBC’s <em>The Last Word</em> would break away from the live video in order to do on-the-fly commentary, which often included attacking the President on what he was saying. Towards the end of the of the 10 o’clock hour, host Lawrence O’Donnell left the Trump rally behind to really give his stacked liberal panel a good go at Trump and his supporters.</p>

CNN’s Tapper Links Louise Linton Instagram Controversy to Trump

<p>President Trump was renowned for his prolific and infamous use of Twitter to both aid his message and to stir up controversy. But during Tuesday’s <em>The Lead</em> on CNN, host Jake Tapper tried to link someone else’s Instagram controversy to the President. The controversy was sparked by Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who got into a heated exchange over a comment left on an Instagram photo.</p>

O’Donnell Eagerly Hopes for Leaks on Afghanistan Troop Deployments

All eyes were on President Trump Monday night as he addressed the nation about the country’s future actions in regards to the War in Afghanistan. And without giving too many details, the President declared that there would be some form of troop increase but noted that there were conditions to our aid and limits to the costs we were willing to bear. But that wasn’t enough for MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell who bemoaned Trump’s address and eagerly awaited White House leaks to the details.

Well, it was a speech like no other,” he mocked the President. “Tonight, the President announced that he will not announce an increase in troop strength.

He then played a clip of Trump’s speech where he stated that:

I've said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

O’Donnell claimed that Trump’s 26-minute-long address failed to “clarify anything” about the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan. “If this speech is meant to be interpreted as an increase in troop strength in Afghanistan, it's the first time a president has announced an increase in troop strength without actually announcing an increase in troop strength,” he sneered.

And to try and drive his point home, O’Donnell played clips of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and even Lyndon B. Johnson announcing troop increases for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam respectively.

Just as O’Donnell was wrapping up the first segment, some 12 minutes later, he expressed his excitement for the potential of White House leaks on the matter. “The second stage of reporting on this, which I'm sure will start late tonight or tomorrow, it will be leaks from inside the Trump administration about exactly what the troop increase is going be and when it's going to happen, all of that,” he hyped.

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MSNBC
The Last Word
August 21, 2017
10:04:25 PM Eastern

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Well, it was a speech like no other. Trump administration sources had indicated that he was going to announce a 50 percent increase in troop strength in Afghanistan by sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. Tonight, the President announced that he will not announce an increase in troop strength.

DONALD TRUMP: A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions. I've said it many times how counterproductive it is for the United States to announce in advance the dates we intend to begin or end military options. We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities.

O’DONNELL: “We will not talk about numbers of troops.” That is new for the American presidency. At no point, tonight did the President clarify anything about what would actually change militarily for the United States in Afghanistan. If this speech is meant to be interpreted as an increase in troop strength in Afghanistan, it's the first time a president has announced an increase in troop strength without actually announcing an increase in troop strength.

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10:16:17 PM Eastern

O’DONNELL: The second stage of reporting on this, which I'm sure will start late tonight or tomorrow, it will be leaks from inside the Trump administration about exactly what the troop increase is going be and when it's going to happen, all of that. It will all have to come through leaks because it wasn't in the presidential speech.

After Aiding Antifa, MSNBC Questions the ‘Pitfalls of Free Speech’

Over the course of last week, on NBC and MSNBC, host Chuck Todd gave a leg up to the violent Antifa movement by letting them defend their assaults on the police and innocent people not once, but twice. Todd’s interviews showed just how tolerant he was those who use violence to shut down free speech. And while Todd was absent from MTP Daily on Monday, Katy Tur picked up his torch and proudly pushed back against the First Amendment’s acknowledgment of a person’s right to free speech.

And challenging the First Amendment,” Tur declared during the show’s opening tease. Should extremist groups have the right to rally? We'll delve into the power and pitfalls of free speech.

When Tur finally got around to targeting free speech rights later in the show, she began by bringing up the controversial rally in Boston, Massachusetts, and counter-protest that dwarfed it. “Over the weekend the debate over free speech raged on,” was how she described the events of Saturday, with no mention of the bystanders beaten or the police doused with bottles of urine by Antifa.

She defended the counter-protest claiming that they believed “the free speech event was a thinly veiled way to shield hate groups in the wake of the deadly crash in Charlottesville.

Tur then trained her sights on the liberal American Civil Liberties Union. “The ACLU helped the unite the right group obtain a protest permit in Charlottesville and says it will continue to consider requests from hate groups seeking legal help to protest,” she said.

Reading from a New York Times op-ed, Tur seemed to suggest that defending free speech was the wrong side of history. “A recent Op-Ed in The New York Times argues, quote: ‘Sometimes standing on the right side of history in defense of a cause you think is right is still just standing on the wrong side of history,’” she stated.

ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Lee Rowland joined Tur to defend her organization’s commitment to battle for free speech rights. After introducing Rowland, Tur immediately hit her with an even more ridiculous argument made by the NYT op-ed:

Lee, that New York Times Op-Ed also goes on to say: “Prioritizing the First Amendment rights could make the distribution of power in this country even more unequal and further silence the community's most burdened by histories of censorship.” Do you agree or disagree?

I can't say I agree because we've been through an entire century where we've seen the First Amendment play out,” Rowland responded. “And I'd like to think that the moral arc of the universe or the least our country is closer to justice than it was when we began decades ago.” She had to remind Tur that without the First Amendment, the progress made by the Civil Rights movement would not have happened.

Rowland explained that the beauty of the First Amendment and the goal of its advocates was “that all of us can speak truth to power no matter whether we're trying to change the status quo for better or worse in your eyes or my eyes, and still do that in a way that in the long run lifts up all voices.

It’s 2017, and NBC and MSNBC are sowing doubts and skepticism of free speech while lifting up those who look to silence and intimidate their opponents with brutal violence.

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MSNBC
MTP Daily
August 21, 2017
5:01:13 PM Easter [Tease]

KATY TUR: And challenging the First Amendment. Should extremist groups have the right to rally? We'll delve into the power and pitfalls of free speech. This is MTP Daily and it starts right now.

5:38:29 PM Eastern

TUR: Welcome back. Over the weekend the debate over free speech raged on. A conservative group called Boston Free Speech organized a rally in the city. Rally organizers say their event was not intended for white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK, and while dozens turned out for that event, an estimated 40,000 counter-protestors swarmed Boston common and spilled out into the streets. The counter demonstrations believe the free speech event was a thinly veiled way to shield hate groups in the wake of the deadly crash in Charlottesville.

The ACLU helped the unite the right group obtain a protest permit in Charlottesville and says it will continue to consider requests from hate groups seeking legal help to protest. But now the group which fiercely defends everyone's right to free speech and the right to protest is saying they will no longer defend hate groups who want to protest with firearms.

But some critics on both the left and the right say it's time for the ACLU to rethink how they defend the First Amendment. A recent Op-Ed in The New York Times argues, quote, “sometimes standing on the right side of history in defense of a cause you think is right is still just standing on the wrong side of history.” Chuck Todd spoke with the author of that critique, K-Sue Park.

K-SUE PARK: Historically we haven't achieved a democracy that protects all speech equally and freely. Even if the First Amendment has been applied to lots of different groups in an attempt to provide equal representation.

TUR: Lee Rowland is a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech and Privacy and Technology Project and she joins now. Lee, that New York Times Op-Ed also goes on to say: “Prioritizing the First Amendment rights could make the distribution of power in this country even more unequal and further silence the community's most burdened by histories of censorship.” Do you agree or disagree?

LEE ROWLAND: Well, probably with that statement I can't say I agree because we've been through an entire century where we've seen the First Amendment play out. And I'd like to think that the moral arc of the universe or the least our country is closer to justice than it was when we began decades ago.

And we did that with a robust First Amendment, right, and nobody could say that the lines of the Civil Rights struggle didn't overcome the kind of power imbalance and structures of racism and oppression that people are pointing to today. So I actually, with all due respect to that critic and others, I think, frankly, it's asking the wrong question. I don’t think the First Amendment—

TUR (cutting Rowland off): What is the right question?

ROWLAND: The right question is what do First Amendment principles look like on the ground in our new factual reality? And I think that's something we'll have to grapple with and I think Charlottesville is an important turning point for those of us who do free speech work to think long and hard about whether or not we're going to represent groups who effectively seek to use the First Amendment, to wield it as a weapon of armed revolt. That's not what we're about at the ACLU. That's not what the First Amendment is about and it never has been.

So, the question now is: How do we effectuate these really fabulous principles, right? The principles that all of us can speak truth to power no matter whether we're trying to change the status quo for better or worse in your eyes or my eyes and still do that in a way that in the long run lifts up all voices.

And I know that I believe that defending armed groups who are hoping for a violent confrontation -- and by the way, that's regardless of whether they're white supremacists or not, but people hoping for a violent confrontation are not heroes of the First Amendment. And I do think there's a risk that if the ACLU starts representing people who are more and more heavily armed that it depresses free speech in the long run, right, because nobody wants to leave the house or go to a protest with their five-year-old and that's the world that they want to live in.

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CNN’s Stelter: Should Journalists Start Questioning Trump’s Sanity?

CNN host Brian Stelter really earned his ‘ridiculous figure’ moniker during Sunday’s edition of the so-called Reliable Sources, after he began his show by with a monologue asking if journalists should start questioning President Trump’s sanity and views on race. “Now, this is not a normal week so this is not a normal show,” he declared. “President Trump's actions and inactions in the wake of Charlottesville are provoking some uncomfortable conversations, mostly off the air if we're being honest.”

Stelter asserted that questions about Trump’s sanity and attitude towards race were happening in homes across the country and across everyone’s social media. He then admitted that the liberal media were asking the same questions, but not how you would expect them to be.

These conversations are happening in news rooms and T.V. studios as well. It’s usually after the microphones are off, of after the stories been filed, after the paper has been put to bed, people’s concerns and fears and questions come out,” he claimed. “Questions that often feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV.

But Stelter was being far from honest. Although he claims that such questions were “out of bounds, off limits, and too hot for TV,” they’re not because his colleagues have been pushing them since before Trump was elected. They have even been pushed in front of Stelter on his own show several times and on CNN. He even hyped a Democrat bill that would require Trump to get a mental evaluation.

Back in February 2017, he brought on washed up reporter Carl Bernstein who claimed Trump’s thoughts were his brain tumors. “His words are an MRI of his mind. And so far that MRI is showing all kinds of masses in the brain that ought to concern not just reporters but people all over this country,” he told Stelter. And during the election, Bernstein described Trump as a “neo-fascist … sociopath.”

Bernstein had also claimed to Stelter, without citing a source, that military leaders were asking such questions about his sanity. “I think it also goes to the question that many military leaders in this questions raised by military leaders in this country now,” he smeared. “By the intelligence community. By people in Congress, about the stability of the President of the United States. This is an index of his state of mind, visually.”

And on MSNBC, Morning Joe diagnosed the President with a mental disorder while serial liar Brian Williams and his band of late-night misfits slammed Trump as a madman.

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My impression has been since President Trump's inauguration, there's been a lot of tiptoeing going on. His actions have been described as un-presidential, as unhinged, and sometimes even crazy,” Stelter himself touted during his anti-Trump rant. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways.” He then proceeded to run clip after clip of people questioning Trump’s sanity, including late-night comedians and liberal newspapers.

As for questions about Trump’s view of race, accusations of him being a racist date back to before he decided to run for president. The sheer quantity of reporters and commentators calling Trump and his cabinet racists is too many to count. Although, Stelter’s buddy Bernstein has done an unhealthy amount of both.

And just before Stelter wrapped up his opening diatribe, he had one more question to add to the tough ones: “Is it time for objective journalists, I don't mean opinion folks I mean down the middle journalists to address these questions head on. And if so, how in the world should they do they do that?” Clearly, he’s not being close to honest with the public given what has been exposed by the MRC.

With a serious tone and a straight face, Stelter opined about how tough such questions were to ask. “But we in the national news media can't pretend like our readers have viewers aren't already asking. They are asking,” he suggested. But if Stelter is to be believed, are they asking questions because of the President’s actions, or have they just been getting it pounded into them for over a year?

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CNN
Reliable Sources
August 20, 2017
11:00:38 AM Eastern

BRIAN STELTER: Welcome to our viewers in the United States and around the world. This is Reliable Sources our weekly program about the media. Now, this is not a normal week so this is not a normal show. President Trump's actions and inactions in the wake of Charlottesville are provoking some uncomfortable conversations, mostly off the air if we're being honest.

In discussions among friends and family and debates on social media, people are questioning the President's fitness. But these conversations are happening in news rooms and T.V. studios as well. It’s usually after the microphones are off, of after the stories been filed, after the paper has been put to bed, people’s concerns and fears and questions come out.

Questions that often feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV. Questions like these:

Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he's unfit, then what?

These are upsetting polarizing questions that are uncomfortable to ask. But we in the national news media can't pretend like our readers have viewers aren't already asking. They are asking. This is how deep the country's divide has really become.

My impression has been since President Trump's inauguration, there's been a lot of tiptoeing going on. His actions have been described as un-presidential, as unhinged, and sometimes even crazy. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways. It gets said more in private than it gets said on TV.

For instance, this sound bite was never meant to be heard on TV at all. Last month Senator Susan Collins was overheard on a hot mic saying that Trump's handling of spending was incredibly irresponsible. Democratic Senator Jack Reed responded by saying he thinks Trump is crazy.

STELTER: This week, Republican Senator Bob Corker questioned the President's stability. Watch.

STELTER: Now some Democrats, not surprisingly have gotten further. California Democrat Zoe Lofgren asked if Trump has early stage dementia. She says she wants a medical, mental exam conducted. Another California Dem, Jackie Spear called for Trump's removal under the 25th amendment. And Al gore said he should resign. You’re also hearing liberal corners of the news media and the entertainment world. You saw late night economics got very serious this week. Jimmy Kimmel made jokes about making Trump a powerless king but he meant what he said about getting Trump out of office.

STELTER: Now, if you’ve picked up your Sunday paper, you’ve seen that the papers are filled for cries with change. This is the Los Angeles Times the liberal editorial board there saying: “Enough Is Enough.” Trump is, quote, “a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions.” Now all of his brings me back to those questions that are tough to ask out loud on national television:

Is the President of the United States suffering from some sort of illness? Is he racist? Is he fit to be commander-in-chief? And one more, is it time for objective journalists, I don't mean opinion folks I mean down the middle journalists to address these questions head on. And if so, how in the world should they do they do that?

Chuck Todd Doubles Down on Giving Antifa Violence a Platform

On Thursday, NBC’s Chuck Todd drew criticism when he decided to give Antifa, a radical leftists group recently designated by New Jersey as a domestic terrorist organization, a platform on his MCNBC show MTP Daily. But come Sunday’s Meet the Press, Todd doubled down and decided to have a so-called “debate” about whether their use of violence to shut down free speech was justifiable. Antifa supporter and Dartmouth Professor Mark Bray again appeared with Todd to spread his twisted ideas.

When describing what Antifa was, Todd downplayed the group’s radicalness by simply saying they were “a far-left political movement that argues it's necessary to confront hate groups sometimes with force.” No mention at all of their assaults on police, and innocent Trump supporters during the 2016 election, their attacks on reporters in Charlottesville, nor their “Welcome to Hell” chaos at the recent G20 summit in Germany.

You seem to be a very small minority here who is defending the idea of violence, considering that somebody died in Charlottesville. Why do you defend confronting in a violent way,” Todd began the “debate” by asking Bray.

The leftist radical argued that the movement was not that small of a minority and claimed that their indiscriminate violence was somehow them exercising their right to “self-defense.” “I think that a lot of people recognize that when pushed, self-defense is a legitimate response to white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence,” Bray said.

There was no clarification from Todd of how Antifa’s definition of “fascist” only applies to those who don’t hold liberal beliefs. Their definition blankets nearly everyone on the right and now covers those on the left who question their tactics of shutting down free speech.

With the sense of “how can you argue against this,” Todd turn to Richard Cohen President of the Southern Poverty Law Center and asked: “Richard, why do you believe this is a mistake?

Cohen came down in support of the First Amendment. “I think it's a spectacularly bad idea to give one group of people the right to silence another group of people,” he explained to Todd. It's contrary to our values embodied in the first amendment.” He also warned that if white nationalists were driven underground, it ran the risk of further radicalizing them to the point where they could start launching attacks.

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Todd did question Bray about the ineffectiveness of violence during the Civil Rights movement. “Well, there's a big difference between confronting fascism and confronting other forms of violence,” Bray claimed. We can see that during the '30s and '40s there was no public opinion to be leveraged by nonviolent resistance.” But Todd failed to mention that counter-protests were ineffective against the rise of the Nazis in the 30s because they were using the same violent tactics Antifa was using in the present-day to intimidate and shut up opponents.

Bray then tried to say Cohen was abusing his “privilege” and claimed he was arguing that people shouldn’t defend themselves period. “You know, it's not an issue of defending yourself. It's an issue of trying to silence other people. No one is saying that, you know, if you're slugged in the face that you have to sit there and take it,” Cohen shot back. “It's a very peculiar notion of self-defense to say you can censor people.

For the rest of the “debate,” Todd let Bray spread his unfounded propaganda with no true push back or confrontation on the lies. There were no questions from Todd about Antifa’s argent support for communism, an ideology that was responsible for killing over 100 million people and counting. And no mention of Antifa throwing bottles of urine at police in Boston, their assault on an elderly man, or the dragging of an older Trump supporter across the ground.

By not pushing back on this kind of radical violence and treating it like it has a place at the table in our political discourse, Todd is giving them permission to continue.

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Meet the Press
August 20, 2017
11:09:22 AM Eastern

CHUCK TODD: Welcome back. I'm joined now by two gentlemen with very different views on how to respond to white supremacists when they take to the streets. Mark Bray is a Dartmouth professor who has studied the Antifa, anti-fascist movement. Antifa is a far-left political movement that argues it's necessary to confront hate groups sometimes with force. Professor Bray is the author of Antifa: the Anti-Fascist Handbook. And Richard Cohen is president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is an expert in hate groups and he said direct confrontation simply leads to the more kind of violence we saw in Charlottesville.

Gentlemen, welcome to you both. I'm going to try to have this sort of debate-y, so Mark Bray, I'll start with you. You seem to be a very small minority here who is defending the idea of violence, considering that somebody died in Charlottesville. Why do you defend confronting in a violent way?

MARK BRAY: Well, first I would contest the notion that I’m that small of a minority. I think that a lot of people recognize that when pushed, self-defense is a legitimate response to white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence. We've tried ignoring neo-Nazis in the past and seen how that turned out in the '20s and '30s. And the lesson of history is you need to take it with the utmost seriousness before it's too late. We've seen the millions of deaths that have come from not taking it seriously enough and we can see that really the way that white supremacy grows, the way that neo-Nazism grows is by becoming legitimate, becoming established, becoming everyday, family friendly, wear khakis instead of hoods. The way to stop that is what people did in Boston, what people did in Charlottesville. Pull the emergency brake and say you can't make this normal.

TODD: Richard, why do you believe this is a mistake?

RICHARD COHEN: I think it's a spectacularly bad idea to give one group of people the right to silence another group of people. It's contrary to our values embodied in the first amendment. It's likely to drive the people who are trying to censor underground where they may resort to illegal means to express themselves like bombs. And lastly, it's likely to lead to a terrible spiral. We saw that in Berkeley, the Antifa came and shut down a speech. The next time the white nationalists brought their own private army. And so where does something like that stop? Yesterday in Boston, you know, when we saw thousands and thousands of people peacefully protest, that seemed like a much stronger answer to white supremacy than clubs and guns.

TODD: Andy Young made the point, Mark, earlier in the show that essentially there were those in the Civil Rights movement that wanted to confront violently and he made the not-so-subtle reminder, they're not here anymore.

BRAY: Well, there's a big difference between confronting fascism and confronting other forms of violence. We can see that during the '30s and '40s there was no public opinion to be leveraged by nonviolent resistance. If you get fascists to be powerful enough in government, they're simply not going to listen to the kind of public opinion that nonviolence can generate. That's the argument for resistance to Nazis. The other point that I'll make is a lot of people don't have the choice whether they can defend themselves or not. We’ve seen that even before this sort of, what you called it spiral of violence, started there were attacks on mosques, there were attacks on synagogues. A lot of people are under attack and sometimes they need to be able to defend themselves. It's a privileged position to be able to say that you never have to defend yourself from these kinds of monsters.

COHEN: You know, it's not an issue of defending yourself. It's an issue of trying to silence other people. No one is saying that, you know, if you're slugged in the face that you have to sit there and take it. The question here is when white nationalists want to walk down the street, should people stop them. And that's a very different issue. It's a very peculiar notion of self-defense to say you can censor people.

TODD: Some of the criticism of the Antifa movement, Mark, is that you're actually against speech. That you want to shut down this speech and that borders on censorship.

BRAY: Well, let's be clear that Antifa are not calling on the government to censor anyone. In fact, they resist the notion of turning to the government or turning to the police, who we've seen have been infiltrated by white supremacists who have been sympathetic to the, sort of, return to law and order notion of fascism. And so the idea is the real enemies of free speech are fascists. We've seen that historically. We’ve seen that they're the ones that if they have their way will shut down speech. It also differs in the sense that anti-fascists see this as a political struggle. They don't see fascism as a difference of opinion or as kind of a different perspective to consider. Instead they see fascists as the enemy. I think that we need to come around to that notion, considering there is no doubt what they have done historically.

TODD: Richard, I know the concern is that it makes martyrs out of the white supremacists.

COHEN: Yes.

TODD: And one could argue that the Antifa movement helped the President make his arguments of, quote, “both sides.”

COHEN: Sure, sure, sure.

TODD: Do you buy that?

COHEN: Well, look, to some degree there was a lot of ugliness that the Antifa brought there. I think they play into the hands of the white nationalists who say, “Look, we are the ones who are embattled.” The answer to bad speech is more speech. We saw it in Boston yesterday.

BRAY: We've seen that fail historically. Fascism cannot be defeated through speech. And we can also see Charlottesville did give attention to white supremacy but it's not like your average American can name any of the groups that were out there. Instead, they were unable to do the things that we see make movements grow, embed themselves in communities, establish networks, express their message. Instead, we see, and I can tell you from my book, from my research, there's a lot of empirical examples of anti-fascism working and stopping these groups from growing.

TODD: All right, Mark Bray, Richard Cohen. I've got to leave it there. I imagine though the debate doesn't stop here. Thank you both for coming on, I appreciate it.

ABC, NBC Downplay Antifa’s ‘Urine’ Throwing Violence in Boston

On Saturday, counter-protesters descended on Boston, Massachusetts to try and stop a gathering billed as a “free-speech rally,” which was attended by some white nationalists. It didn’t take long for the radical leftist element known as Antifa to bring the chaos as they violently assaulted innocent people and the police. But come Sunday, both ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Sunday Today downplayed the violence Antifa brought with them.

During the introduction to ABC’s report on the Boston rally, reporter Stephanie Ramos touted the protesters claiming “people who showed up to counter protest were passionate, few were rowdy, but similar scenes played out across the country.

When it came to reporting the facts of the violence by leftist extremists, Ramos’ report was sorely lacking. All she had to show of the violence was a clip of police dispatch asking they needed gas masks and briefly mentioning that 33 were arrested.

That’s despite the fact that the police commissioner told reporters that his officers were assaulted with bottles of urine, which were thrown at them.

But Ramos did manage to tout how counter protesters chased a man as they shouted: “run Nazi, run.” “This man chased out of the park, running toward police as crowds chant after him,” she claimed without ever verifying what his political beliefs actually were.

Anchor Willie Geist started off NBC’s Sunday Today by asserting that “there were some arrests, but were largely peaceful and a far cry from what we saw last weekend.” And despite the fact that six officers were injured in the violent clashes, reporter Morgan Radford callously described the protest as “really what you would call the calm after the storm.

What they didn’t show a lot of was Antifa’s brutal clashes with the police. France24 White House Correspondent Philip Crowder tweeted out his footage of the radicals battling with the police. In his video, an agitator can be heard berating a black police officer saying: “You stupid ass black bitch! You're supposed to be on our side!

There was no mention by any of the network news reporters of the older woman who was assaulted and dragged across the ground by an Antifa thug for waving an American flag. But Radford did claim the protests were a part of “a heated debate over the difference between free speech and hate speech.

Again, there was no mention that the Supreme Court and the liberal ACLU have said that hate speech was protected as free speech under the Constitution of the United States.

The blind eye ABC and NBC have turned to Antifa comes after the State of New Jersey had formally added the group to their list of known terrorist organizations.

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ABC
Good Morning America
August 20, 2017
8:02:26 AM Eastern

PAULA FARIS: But we’re going to start here, with a day protests across much of the country. One week after the deadly violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

DAN HARRIS: The largest gathering this weekend in Boston, where tens of thousands of counter protestors utterly overwhelmed what was billed as a free speech rally. Where at least one far right figure was expected to speak.

FARIS: Some incredible images. But there were clashes with police. Stephanie Ramos was right there. Good morning, Stephanie.

STEPHANIE RAMOS: Paula, Dan, good morning. The free speech rally demonstrators were totally outnumbered by counter protesters. But the police commissioner tells me his department was ready for this. People who showed up to counter protest were passionate, few were rowdy, but similar scenes played out across the country.

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Across the country, tensions running high as protesters and police swarmed the streets.

UNIDENTIFIED POLICE OFFICER: Tonight's rally protest has concluded. At this time, you are being asked to leave.

RAMOS: In Dallas, people gathering against white supremacy. Police on the scene in riot gear and on horseback.

CROWD: This is what democracy looks like.

(…)

RAMOS: And in Boston, at least 40,000 people streaming through the streets. According to police. Trying to stop this free speech rally, out of concern that it would be a platform for white supremacists. Despite denials from the group's organizers. That rally featured at least one white supremacist speaker. But it ended quickly. And that's when things got heated.

BOSTON POLICE DISPATCH: Anybody coming down here, come down with a gas mask coming down here.

RAMOS: This man chased out of the park, running toward police as crowds chant after him.

CROWD: Run Nazi run.

RAMOS: Police forcefully pushing protesters back. Making at least 33 arrests.

UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: I wanted to come out and confront them head on and I didn't want to miss this chance.

RAMOS: This, just a week after the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville when violent protests between white nationalist groups and counter protesters turned deadly.

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NBC
Sunday Today
August 20, 2017
8:02:08 AM Eastern

WILLIE GEIST: Let's begin this morning with the protest held on Saturday in cities across the country. There were some arrests, but were largely peaceful and a far cry from what we saw last weekend. Morgan Radford was in the middle of the biggest rally in Boston, on Saturday. Morgan, good morning.

MORGAN RADFORD: Willie, good morning. Protests erupting from coast to coast. This is really what you would call the calm after the storm. The largest protest was here in Boston where more than 40,000 people took to the streets, far more than authorities expected.

[Cuts to video]

Protests breaking out across the country. Police fending off protesters in Boston. Skirmishes at a confederate rally in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A March for diversity in Venice, California. And solidarity marchers flooding the streets of Dallas. A heated debate over the difference between free speech and hate speech.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Resist. Resist. We've got to resist. We can't allow this stuff to come into the city of Boston.

RADFORD: In Boston about a hundred activists gathered under a small rotunda separated by police, affirming their right to express their views. Many distanced themes from the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who were part of last weekend's violent protest.

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RADFORD: As they huddled, thousands of counter protesters surrounded them, telling them their views had no place in Boston.

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RADFORD: Out of tens of thousands of protesters, over 30 were arrested and half a dozen police officers injured. The end of a rally marking the beginning of a tough conversation.

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[Cuts back to live]

RADFORD: This morning the city is grappling with how to move forward. The mayor came out and thanked everyone who showed love and not hate. This, as four more rallies are expected throughout the country today.

MSNBC’s Tur Pesters Charlottesville Victim’s Mother About Trump

Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville, Virginia when a white nationalist terrorist drove through a crowd of counter protesters on Saturday. Her mother Susan Bro, who has vowed to carry on her daughter’s mission, appeared on MSNBC Live on Thursday to have an interview with host Katy Tur. If you thought the interview would be about Heather or how her mother planned to continue you’d be wrong. Out of the seven questions, Tur asked in the aired portion of their taped interview, five of them were about the President.

Tur’s first question was indeed about Heyer, but that was all. “I'd love if you could tell us a little bit more about your daughter. What moment are you going to hold on to,” she inquired. But from there, she went right into five straight questions about Trump:

He also told reporters that he would be reaching out to you. Have you had a chance to speak with the President?

Bro explained that ever since her daughter’s untimely death, her schedule had been really full. “When we got home from the funeral and reception I was completely drained, and we had family gathered around. I had my phone turned off,” she said, noting she had three phone calls from him. “And so it feels awful, but I just haven't had time to talk to the President, but yes, he has reached out.”

Oftentimes in public tragedies like this, the President will be invited to speak at a memorial service. Was President Trump invited to this one?

According to Bro, she allowed no politicians to speak at her daughter’s memorial service. “I just felt like there will be plenty of time later for political speeches, that sort of thing, but this was all about my daughter and her life and her legacy, and that was totally my focus,” she told Tur.

You said yesterday that you're speaking now because your daughter cannot speak now. When you do have a chance to speak to the President, what are you going to tell him?

“My daughter had a mission to make things fair and equitable for everyone, and I'm going to continue that mission,” Bro reiterated. “And anything he can do to further that mission; I'll be behind him.” The answer may not have been enough for Tur, because she quickly followed up with: “What would you like to see him do?” Bro didn’t know and didn’t want to “presume to know what the President does or how he does it.”

Unironically, Tur prefaced her last question about Trump by claiming “I don't want to make this about politics.” She then proceeded to call into question the President’s comment that there was violence “on all sides” that day.

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Surprisingly, Bro sounded almost like the President, saying: “I did not because I'm a person who believes: Have all your facts before you make a statement, and I did not watch the rally.” “And so whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant. The guy mowed my daughter down. Sorry, that's not excusable,” she added.

The last question to be aired by Tur was her asking Bro about the other white nationalist marches that were coming up, and wondering: “What does it say to you about where we are as a country?”

Bro’s answer was stunningly beautiful and really brought a humanizing aspect to the conversation:

What that says to me is that there are people who feel marginalized, there are people who feel their voices are not being heard, and I think that everybody needs to sit down and have an honest and painful discourse. We need to listen to each other, stop the name-calling. Once you put somebody into a name, you put them in a box and then you can put them on a shelf and you don't really have to look at them. But people are much more complicated than that.

“So as much as I detest what the nationalists seem to be trying to say, they have a voice that they're trying to express and somebody needs to find out what it is that's bothering them, in the same way,” any group wants to be heard, she added.

(H/T The Washington Free Beacon)

Transcript below:

MSNBC Live
August 17, 2017
2:52:45 PM Eastern

KATY TUR: Susan, thank you very much for joining us. I'd love if you could tell us a little bit more about your daughter. What moment are you going to hold on to?

SUSAN BRO: I think I'm going to hold on to the stubborn little girl that I remember and the conversations that we had in the later days of her life. Because she and I shared a lot of the same political and activist views, and we just enjoyed sounding off of each other. Some of our dinners together are my greatest treasures. But honestly the late night messages that we would send each other too, “I love you, I love you too,” those quick little things those I’m going to miss a lot.

But those are the things that I hold on to because I don't have any regrets knowing that we had those -- she knew she was loved all the way through her life, and that means a lot to me.

TUR: Susan, the President tweeted yesterday: “Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman. She will be long remembered by all.” He also told reporters that he would be reaching out to you. Have you had a chance to speak with the President?

BRO: I have not. I did -- when we got home from the funeral and reception I was completely drained, and we had family gathered around. I had my phone turned off. We had Heather's dog, who was not doing well. We took her to the vet. And so I didn't even turn my phone on until around midnight and then I saw that his office had called about three times, and I had several meetings scheduled this morning. One to set up the foundation for Heather's funds that have come in. And so it feels awful, but I just haven't had time to talk to the President, but yes, he has reached out.

TUR: Oftentimes in public tragedies like this, the President will be invited to speak at a memorial service. Was President Trump invited to this one?

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BRO: No, ma'am. No public officials were allowed to speak. I had a minister who was a community leader speak at her funeral and I actually had two of those. And that was all I would allow. I just felt like there will be plenty of time later for political speeches, that sort of thing, but this was all about my daughter and her life and her legacy, and that was totally my focus. I would not allow any politicians to speak. And certainly asked, but I just said no.

TUR: Totally understand that. Absolutely. You said yesterday that you're speaking now because your daughter cannot speak now. When you do have a chance to speak to the President, what are you going to tell him?

BRO: My daughter had a mission to make things fair and equitable for everyone, and I'm going to continue that mission. And anything he can do to further that mission, I'll be behind him.

TUR: What would you like to see him do?

BRO: I don't know. I don't know. I wouldn't presume to know what the President does or how he does it, so I really wouldn't try to speak to that at all.

TUR: I don't want to make this about politics, but politics is so consuming this tragedy and so consuming everything that happened in Charlottesville that day. The President went on to blame both sides, again, just the other day saying there was violence on the left, there was violence on the right and equating the two. Did you have a reaction to that?

BRO: I did not because I'm a person who believes have all your facts before you make a statement, and I did not watch the rally. I don't know if there were non-peaceful protestors there. I don't even know what the KKK and others were doing. I saw a few sound bites of the sample fighting but it was the same sound bite over and over.

And so whether there was violence on both sides or not is irrelevant. The guy mowed my daughter down. Sorry, that's not excusable.

TUR: Your daughter was there protesting hate. She was protesting racism. She is protesting this white nationalist protest that was trying to save a statue of the confederate president. There are other nationalist marches planned for other cities in this country. What does it say to you about where we are as a country?

BRO: What that says to me is that there are people who feel marginalized, there are people who feel their voices are not being heard, and I think that everybody needs to sit down and have an honest and painful discourse. We need to listen to each other, stop the name-calling. Once you put somebody into a name, you put them in a box and then you can put them on a shelf and you don't really have to look at them. But people are much more complicated than that.

So as much as I detest what the nationalists seem to be trying to say, they have a voice that they're trying to express and somebody needs to find out what it is that's bothering them, in the same way, any group -- I think all groups need to start talking to one another, stop the punches, stop the kicking, stop the -- once you've thrown a punch, once you've thrown a kick, once you’ve hurled a rock, you've become irrational.

And I'm looking for honest and painful discussion about what's bothering everybody, because that's the bottom line. We're all bothered, so let's figure out what the sources of that pain and hurt and anger are.

Dem Scandals: Nets Blackout Indictments and Assassination Hopes

Thursday was a terrible day for the Democratic Party as they were rocked by two major scandals. First, Missouri State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote on Facebook that she wanted President Trump assassinated. Second, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT staffer, Imran Awan was indicted on bank fraud among other charges. Again, it was a damaging day for the Dems but you wouldn’t know it from watching the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) who ignored all of it.

As documented by the local CBS affiliate out of St. Louis, Missouri, State Senator Chappelle-Nadal was in a conversation with a friend, on her private Facebook page, who claimed his cousin was on Trump Secret Service detail. The friend seemed to allude to the idea that Trump would be assassinated “sooner…not later.” The man then said he was probably going to get a visit from the Secret Service, to which the state Senator responded: “No I will. I hope Trump is assassinated!”

Chappelle-Nadal was now facing calls from elected officials higher up the Democratic Party food-chain to resign immediately:

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.: "I condemn it. It's outrageous. And she should resign.”

U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis: "(C)alling for the assassination of the President is a federal crime. … (She is) an embarrassment to our state. She should resign immediately.”

But as one would be expected of such a vocal radical leftist, she refused. “There is no way in hell I’m resigning,” she told a local radio station. “When the President apologizes, I’ll apologize. But I’m not apologizing for being frustrated and angry at the bigot that we have in our White House.”

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Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., things were heating up in the case of a Democratic Party IT aide and his wife who were indicted on multiple counts of bank fraud and lying to authorities.

According to a Fox News report, “Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems.”

Awan was fired by most of the Democrats he worked for but the Congresswoman from Florida, Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept him on her payroll until his July arrest, that’s “even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network. “

“Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties – and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan,” the Fox News report noted. In total, Awan managed to send more than $4 million to Pakistan.

These two scandals were a publicity nightmare, so it’s no wonder the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and CBS) chose not mention them. Instead, all three networks hyped a story about a sports photographer who was hit in privates with a baseball. NBC really wanted to bury both stories because they filled their air-time with reports of a diamond ring around a carrot and the Powerball jackpots.

NBC Spends 60 Percent More Time on Trump than Barcelona Terror

There was sad news out of Barcelona, Spain on Thursday as an apparent ISIS terrorist attack gripped the historic city. As of the writing of this piece, it had been reported that the vehicle attack had claimed the lived of 13 people and left over 100 injured. But despite the attack and suspects still at large, NBC Nightly News couldn’t find it in them to shake their Trump fixation. They actually gave Trump related stories roughly 60 percent more coverage.

NBC gave the Barcelona terrorist attack four minutes and 32 seconds of total airtime while they gave Trump related stories seven minutes and 34 seconds. Time totals don’t include teasers or commercials.

The network started off their evening broadcast with the Barcelona terrorist attack. That time was split between two segments: One about the attack in general, with second segment describing how difficult it was for law enforcement to prevent and defend the public from such attacks.

They immediately followed up their attack coverage with a litany of the latest developments in the President Trump/Charlottesville saga. This coverage was divided into three reports with the first hyping how the President was under fire on all sides. The next two reports dealt with the fall out of the Charlottesville violence: Tech companies cracking down on hate speech and the removal of Confederate monuments.

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In contrast, NBC’s fellow members of the Big Three Networks (ABC and CBS) didn’t have such profound statistics.

CBS Evening News gave the terrorist attack six minutes and 41 seconds, which was comprised of three different stories ranging from the attack itself to the history of vehicles being used for terror. As for Trump related stories, they dedicated a solid seven minutes over three stores, a difference of 19 seconds. They highlighted GOP Senators rebuking Trump and mentioned a poll showing how 62 percent of Americans were in favor of keeping Confederate monuments.

ABC’s World News Tonight, unlike their competitors, was the only network evening broadcast to have inverse numbers. Over three reports, the network spent six minutes and 15 seconds covering the Barcelona terrorist attack. That’s compared to the three minutes and 29 seconds they gave to Trump related stories, of which they only ran one.

Really Chuck? MSNBC’s Todd Aids in Promotion of Antifa Violence

President Trump drew tremendous criticism from the liberal media when he noted that there was violence in Charlottesville, Virginia “on all side.” But despite its own hammering of the President, MSNBC brought on a staunch supporter of Antifa during MTP Daily to champion their violent approach to stopping opponents, as they displayed in Charlottesville. Host Chuck Todd, a self-proclaimed political referee, offered little to no push back against his violently radical guest.

The MSNBC host welcomed his guest with open arms, asking: “Mark Bray, you are writing this book Antifa, the Anti-Fascist Handbook. Explain this movement and its roots.

So anti-fascism goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when leftists of all stripes fought back against Mussolini and Hitler,” Dartmouth “lecturer” Mark Bray claimed. “The main perspective of Antifa is essentially that rather than simply waiting for the threat to materialize, you stop it from the beginning.” He even admitted that what they did in Charlottesville was try to deny a platform.

After confirming that Bray followed the radical beliefs of Antifa, Todd’s next question wasn’t about the legality or morality of using violence to shut down free speech. It was concerning Antifa making the neo-Nazi’s look good. “What do you say to those that are concerned that: ‘Hey, you're handing -- you're allowing this -- these white supremacists to claim victim hood here,’” Todd probed. What do you say to that criticism since the President is trying to essentially create a false equivalency here?

Chuck Todd never questioned his guest’s romanticized explanation about what Antifa stood for or their own anti-semitic streak. He failed to do his due diligence and mention that Antifa promoted communism, a bloody ideology responsible for the deaths of roughly 100 million people.

There was also no mention from Todd of the fact that Antifa’s definition of fascism only applies to those they say it applies too, regardless of whether or not they’re actually fascist, a neo-Nazi, or a white nationalist. It often just applies to those who don't take the liberal position on any particular issue. Their violence was even felt at world economic summits like the G20 where they’ve clashed with police.

Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was the only one on the panel that appeared to find Antifa’s methods abhorrent. “I think fighting fire with fire under the circumstances is going to lead to what we saw in Charlottesville,” Cohen said. “We don't need the Antifa to come and make a spectacle out of it, to embolden these people. They love it.”

Unbelievably, Todd actually pushed back on Cohen’s criticism of using violence instead of debate. He even made the Antifa argument for his guest: “The historical aspect of fascism has only been defeated with violence. I assume this the argument you’d make, right, Mark?” Cohen seriously had to remind everyone that in the United States people had the freedom of speech:

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These people have a right to espouse their ideas. No one – Hate is not illegal in this country. Hurting people is illegal, and we have first amendment rights and we can't squelch them by having people show up at rallies with clubs.

The Antifa advocate’s response was chilling as he denounced the First Amendment. “So, I mean, if no one is praising the Weimar Republic for giving Nazis the right to assemble. No one is really lauding that,” Bray said coldly. “And I'd rather have people confronting them than sitting idly. There are no great memoirs written of people who sat idling by and watch Nazism rise to power.

Todd was unfazed by Bray; only half-heartedly asking if his guest if he was concerned about violence leading to more violence.

Antifa’s fluid definition of fascism, coupled with their love of violence, makes them a legitimate threat to anyone unlucky enough to attract their ire. And now Chuck Todd just gave them a platform to elevate and promote themselves.

Transcript below:

MSNBC
MTP Daily
August 16, 2017
5:40:06 PM Eastern

CHUCK TODD: Well, speaking of that fight, let's go to that issue there. Mark Bray, you are writing this book Antifa, the Anti-Fascist Handbook. Explain this movement and its roots.

MARK: Right. Right. So anti-fascism goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when leftists of all stripes fought back against Mussolini and Hitler. Most people think of Nazism as something that died with WWII, but it really rebranded itself, grew again in a lot of European countries, in the United States.

And so the modern Antifa movement grows out of the 70s and 80s in Great Britain and Germany when a lot of immigrants, when a lot of leftists, punk rockers had to physically defend themselves from neo-Nazi attacks, predominantly through skinheads. And that's where it grew and that's where we can trace its lineage from today.

The main perspective of Antifa is essentially that rather than simply waiting for the threat to materialize, you stop it from the beginning. You say no platform for fascism and that's what we're seeing with the attempts in Charlottesville and elsewhere.

TODD: I'm curious, first of all, are you an advocate of this sort of confrontation?

BRAY: Yes, I am. Yes.

TODD: What do you say to those that are concerned that: “Hey, you're handing -- you're allowing this -- these white supremacists to claim victim hood here?” What do you say to that criticism since the President is trying to essentially create a false equivalency here?

BRAY: Well, I think there's two parts of it. One is how does -- how do far right movements grow? I say they grow by becoming normalized, by not being confronted, by being able to present themselves as family friendly and respectable. So part of the reason why the alt-right called themselves alt-right is to present that mainstream image.

And the opposition that people showed in Charlottesville really marred and tainted that. So I think that by showing up and confronting it, it prevents the ability of being able to be presented as mainstream and connect to that, I think, really you need to be able to prevent them from being able to organize. People who are involved in politics know that for movements to expand, they need to be able to organize and grow, and if you stop that, it prevents it.

Historically we can see that Nazism and fascism were not stopped by polite dialogue and reasonable debate. It had to be stopped by force and unfortunately, self-defense is necessitated in the context that we're seeing today.

TODD: Mark, you didn't see this, but Richard was shaking his head no. Why do you say that is not the right way to confront these white supremacists groups?

RICHARD COHEN: I think fighting fire with fire under the circumstances is going to lead to what we saw in Charlottesville.

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We don't need the Antifa to come and make a spectacle out of it, to embolden these people. They love it. That's why they came with helmets on and shields, because they want to portray themselves as martyrs. They want to portray the white race as being embattled. The idea that we want to encourage the Antifa to come with clubs, you know, in all due respect it seems crazy to me.

TODD: But address Mark's other point here. Well, mark, you go ahead. I was going to get him to respond to your other point, which is the historical aspect of fascism has only been defeated with violence. I assume this is the argument you’d make, right, Mark?

COHEN: Well, I guess what I would say is we have the police, we have law enforcement, and if, you know, if the neo-Nazis act violently, we can depend upon them shut them down. These people have a right to espouse their ideas. No one – Hate is not illegal in this country. Hurting people is illegal, and we have first amendment rights and we can't squelch them by having people show up at rallies with clubs.

TODD: Mark, I'll go ahead and give you the last word.

BRAY: So, I mean, if no one is praising the Weimar Republic for giving Nazis the right to assemble. No one is really lauding that. We're looking back and saying isn't it unfortunate that this threat was not taken seriously earlier and stamped out before millions of people could be killed. That's the historical argument that I make. And I'd rather have people confronting them than sitting idly. There are no great memoirs written of people who sat idling by and watch Nazism rise to power.

TODD: Are you at all concerned about the rise violence begets violence begets violence? Mark.

BRAY: Self-defense is important.

NBC Elevates White Nationalist, CBS Talks With Black Trump Voters

In the wake of President Trump’s wild press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, the Big Three Networks put extra focus on Trump, along with questions about how he views race in the United States. So come Wednesday, NBC Nightly News aired a report where they sat down with a self-described white nationalist to hear him sing the praises of the President. In contrast, CBS Evening News held a small focus group where they spoke with three Republican women, two black and one white, who defended Trump.

After the President's remarks, white supremacists have come out of the shadows to cheer his message, viewing it as a validation of their own racist beliefs,” announced NBC Anchor Lester Holt as he led into the segment.

Reporter Jacob Soboroff interviewed William Johnson, a white nationalist who lived in California. “And do you believe that Donald Trump saying things like that will ultimately bring America closer to your goal of a white ethno-state,” Soboroff asked him.

Soboroff let Johnson ramble on about how the only solution, in his mind, to America’s racial problems was segregation and about how he believes Trump would aid in meeting his “racial goals.” “Would you all be here today and as emboldened as you are today without Donald Trump,” Soboroff quickly followed up. Johnson told the reporter that he’d been “emboldened” long before Trump, 35 years according to him.

What Soboroff failed to mention was that the Trump campaign had denounced Johnson and his beliefs during the 2016 Election. Johnson was accidentally selected as a California delegate and then removed from the position when the error was discovered.

On the other hand, CBS Reporter Mark Strassmann wanted to know what average Trump supporters were thinking and not the racist fringe.

According to all three of the women, none of their support had wavered since Charlottesville. And when it came to his reaction to the violence there: “No, I don't look at him as, you know, my pastor or my moral leader. I look at him as the leader as it relates to governmental issues,” Janelle Jones, one of the black women told Strassmann.

“No. It's history. I wasn't born back then. You wasn't, either. So why is that affecting us? If anything, we should grow and learn from it,” said Lucretia Hughes, the other black woman when asked about what she thought of Confederate statues and monuments.

Strassmann asked them to explain their support of the President despite all the criticism he had received post-Charlottesville. “I think for myself, period. Nobody's going to tell me what to think or how to think. I'm not gullible and I'm not blind,” Hughes boldly stated. “It's my decision if I'm going to support someone or not. Not go by what other people has to say.”

“I honestly don't think we will see this issue of racial divide addressed until we remove identity politics out of the political process,” added Jones.

It’s a fair question to ask: Was all of the media attention the white nationalists were getting playing any role in helping them to get energized? Well, it could be argued here that Soboroff’s interview with Johnson gave him a national platform for him to preach his twisted worldview.

Transcripts below:

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NBC Nightly News
August 16, 2017
7:11:13 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: After the President's remarks, white supremacists have come out of the shadows to cheer his message, viewing it as a validation of their own racist beliefs. Including some here in California, a part of America that you might least suspect. NBC's Jacob Soboroff has more on that.

[Cuts to video]

JACOB SOBOROFF: The Southern Poverty Law Center says California has more hate groups than any other state, even in Los Angeles, where white nationalist William Johnson was elated with President Trump's press conference.

DONALD TRUMP: I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don't have any doubt about it either.

WILLIAM JOHNSON: He is the most honest president since George Washington and the cherry tree.

SOBOROFF: Just watching all this, and hearing Trump say all that, you got visibly excited.

JOHNSON: Yes. That is an honest man saying what he believes in his heart.

SOBOROFF: And do you believe that Donald Trump saying things like that will ultimately bring America closer to your goal of a white ethno-state?

JOHNSON: Well, I think that America needs to take a different direction, whether it needs to come into my direction, I don't know. We have a festering racial problem that's only going to get worse. I think the only solution is separation. But there may be another solution and Donald Trump is going to, I think, bring us -- help us overcome the racial divide. I think that he will encourage fair-minded deep-thinking people to realize that separation is the only way we can achieve racial goals.

SOBOROFF: Would you all be here today and as emboldened as you are today without Donald Trump?

JOHNSON: Well, I've always been emboldened. I've been emboldened for 35 years but the rank and file American is becoming more emboldened.

SOBOROFF: To join your cause?

JOHNSON: To be proud of their heritage. Whether it's white, whether it's confederacy. Whatever it is. To be proud that you're white and to group together and want to support white issues.

[Cuts back to live]

SOBOROFF: President Trump claims he has disavowed people like Johnson, but Johnson says that is exactly the group Trump has energized. What's next? The white nationalist says the murder in Charlottesville will temporarily set back his movement until it emerges stronger than ever before and he credits the President for that. Lester?

HOLT: Fascinating conversation, Jacob, thank you.

...

CBS Evening News
August 16, 2017
6:41:3o PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: With the President under fire, Mark Strassmann checked in with some Republicans who voted for him. Janelle Jones, Ellen Diehl, and Lucretia Hughes.

[Cuts to video]

MARK STRASSMAN: Has your support for Trump lessened one bit?

LUCRETIA HUGHES: Absolutely not.

ELLEN DIEHL: Not at all.

JANELLE JONES: No.

STRASSMAN: Not one bit?

JONES: No, I don't look at him as, you know, my pastor or my moral leader. I look at him as the leader as it relates to governmental issues.

DIEHL: We're not looking for somebody charming. We're looking for a man who knows how to turn things around, and he's got a track record of turning things around.

STRASSMAN: When you saw Charlottesville what, did that say about where we are as a country?

DIEHL: It wasn't necessarily a completely black-white issue, but I think that the media is turning it into a black-white issue. It's definitely a left-right issue, but it's left fringe and right fringe.

STRASSMAN: The confederate statues don't bother you?

HUGHES: No. It's history. I wasn't born back then. You wasn't, either. So why is that affecting us? If anything, we should grow and learn from it. Just like Martin Luther King said: ‘You don't judge people by the color of their skin. You base that on their character.’

STRASSMAN: How do you explain what your support is for a president, given the criticism that he's had on this race issue?

HUGHES: I think for myself, period. Nobody's going to tell me what to think or how to think. I'm not gullible and I'm not blind. It's my decision if I'm going to support someone or not. Not go by what other people has to say. And to me, what I've and what I love, I'm not-- he's not going to lose my support anytime soon.

JONES: I've been a Republican before Donald Trump. I will be a Republican afterwards. I honestly don't think we will see this issue of racial divide addressed until we remove identity politics out of the political process.

[Cuts back to live]

STRASSMAN: These Republican women say if a president deserves blame for making racial tensions worse, it's Obama, not Trump for the identity politics they say Democrats have practiced for last eight years. Anthony.

MASON: Mark Strassman, thanks.

Nets Spend 77 Percent of Evening News on Wild Trump Presser

In a jaw dropping spectacle in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, the President went off on the media while ranting about his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Trump stepped in it when he appeared to defend the alt-right and doubled down on his original comments from Saturday. The presentation was originally supposed to be the unveiling of an infrastructure proposal that would overhaul the system.

The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) could not get enough of Trump’s fiery and furious tirade as he went to battle with the press. And their evening news broadcasts later that day were commanded by the coverage of Trump. Minus their commercials and teasers, the total air time the networks set aside for all their news coverage combined was 58 minutes and 38 seconds. Of that total time, they spent 45 minutes and 31 seconds on Trump’s wild press conference (77.6 percent).

The coverage was absolutely pervasive on CBS Evening News where they dedicated all 21 minutes and 13 seconds of total news time to the Trump show. That’s right, they used 100 percent of their air time to talk about what Trump said or tie racism back to him in some way. Nothing else was talked about from the whole wide world of news.

On NBC Nightly News, their total news time was 18 minutes and 49 seconds. They came in second with their total Trump press conference coverage lasting 13 minutes and 18 seconds (70 percent). That means they only gave five minutes and 31 seconds to all the other possible stories to cover.

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ABC’s World News Tonight had roughly 18 minutes and 36 seconds of total news time and 59 percent of it was talking about Trump’s display (11 minutes). This means they only spent seven minutes and 36 seconds on other news stories.

The overwhelming amount of coverage the Big Three Networks afforded to Trump’s spectacle completely drowned out other major news stories of the day.

For instance, CBS and NBC completely omitted how, over night, the murderous North Korean regime blinked and backed down in their game of chicken with the United States. They noted it during their Tuesday morning broadcasts but left only ABC to cover it by evening. One would think the possible aversion of a nuclear attack would be major news.

They also ignored the radical leaders of Iran threatening to pull out of the nuclear agreement. According to Fox News Channel’s Rich Edson on Special Report, “Iran's President threatens its restored nuclear program would be more dangerous than the one suspended two years ago.” He also noted how their parliament chanted “death to America” as they voted on increasing funds for military programs.

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And it had been a day since Politico published a damaging story about how the “Obama team was warned in 2014 about Russian interference,” and did little to stop it. “There was no explicit warning of a threat to U.S. elections,” they wrote. “But the official said some diplomats and national security officials in Moscow felt the administration was too quick to dismiss the possibility that the Kremlin incursions could reach the United States.” There was no mention of this story on Monday or Tuesday.

And for all of their coverage of the Trump’s press conference, the Big Three Networks didn’t discuss the President’s infrastructure proposal in any detail. NBC was the only network to mention it, but it was only to describe why the conference was called at all.

ABC and NBC also omitted Trump’s strong words condemning the murderer who drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters in an ISIS style attack. “Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family, and this country. And that is-- you can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want,” he exclaimed to the press. “The driver of the car is a murderer, and what he did was a horrible, horrible, inexcusable thing.”

Instead of covering any of those other major stories, ABC chose to report on a lawsuit between jewelry maker Tiffany & Co. and Casco. Meanwhile, NBC hyped the newest popular song on iTunes that literally plays no music.

Lying Katy Tur: Trump ‘Never’ Denounced Hate Groups in 2016, But He Did

During Monday’s MTP Daily, MSNBC’s Katy Tur proved once again she wasn’t ready for prime time when she got into a heated argument with Ohio Representative Mike Tuner about whether or not President Trump had ever denounced hate groups during the 2016 campaign. “I don't think he did. I was there every day,” she chided her guest who was accurately saying Trump did.

The argument began when Tur asserted that the president wasn’t hitting that “softball” of denouncing hate groups. “Today was the third chance to say: ‘I don't want your support, don't march in my name.’ And we did not hear that from him,” she said, cutting Turner off.

“We certainly heard it from the campaign where people repeatedly came to him and said: ‘Denounce them now, denounce them now, denounce them now,’ and he did,” he reminded her.

Respectfully Congressman, I was there every step of the way during the campaign and it took him awhile to condemn hate groups,” she shot back as she rolled her eyes. “He never said to white nationalists explicitly. And if he did, I can't remember it off the top of my head, but I don’t think he did. He never said: “I don’t want your support.’

But that was a lie. Because during the March 3 GOP primary debate hosted by the Fox News Channel, Trump told a moderator: “I totally disavow the Ku Klux Klan. I'd totally disavow David Duke. I've been doing it for two weeks. This is, you are probably the 18th person that's asked the question.”

Another instance of Trump denouncing the KKK was documented by CNN in an article titled: “Trump denounces David Duke, KKK.” The first sentence in the article explained how “Donald Trump issued a crystal clear disavowal Thursday of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke after stumbling last weekend over a question about the hate group leader on CNN.”

And just a few days before Election Day, Trump denounced the support he received from a newspaper associated with the KKK. As the LA Times wrote on November 1: “Donald Trump's campaign Tuesday night said that he ‘denounces hate in any form’ and disavowed support for his candidacy offered by a newspaper associated with the Ku Klux Klan.”

This publication is repulsive and their views do not represent the tens of millions of Americans who are uniting behind our campaign,” a campaign statement to the press said.

Even after the election, Trump denounced the Alt-Right. In an interview with The New York Times, the then President-elect rejected the support of the Alt-Right saying: “I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group,” and “It’s not a group I want to energize, and if they are energized, I want to look into it and find out why.”

But all of that apparently didn’t ring a bell with Tur. “I don't think he did. I was there every day. And then why would he not say it today,” she snapped at Turner. “When you condemn somebody, you pretty much condemn them. There’s not much wiggle room on condemn,” he joked in response.

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I feel like you're trying to – you’re trying pretty hard to make him look better than he is, he does,” she suggested of her guest. Turner continued to state the fact that Trump “very clearly” denounced them during and after the campaign. “No he didn’t,” an obviously frustrated Tur whined.

Turner appeared to slyly call Tur out by noting how she was making it political:

We're not going to let this political discourse of the blame game of how many times does denounce have to happen before denounce has happened and come together. Because there are those who want to use this for politics. This is not political.

Tur commands an extensive rap sheet of vigorously arguing her false facts as 100 percent truth. One of her more infamous moments came when she claimed she couldn’t recall President Obama promising the Russian president that he could be “more flexible” after the 2012 election. Her excuse for the forgetfulness was that she wasn’t reporting on politics at the time.

So the serious question is: Since according to Tur, “I was there every step of the way during the campaign,” then why can’t she remember the facts this time? She either has a really bad memory or she’s playing a political game as Turner suggested.

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MSNBC
MTP Daily
August 14, 2017
5:04:54 PM Eastern

REP. MIKE TURNER: Jesse Gooding wrote a book about his Civil Rights leadership. And in that book is the story of our community coming together. And I think that’s what we need to see what the President. People who love our country should not be thwarted or challenged by those who hate. Our country is a country that should be proud. We’re the country that elected Barak Obama as president of the United States. These hate groups; they need to be isolated. They need to be set aside and we need to come together as a country that loves our country and loves each other.

KATY TUR: So why are we not seeing our President do that? Seems like a pretty softball to hit?

TURNER: Well, you know, I think the President has that opportunity. What we need –

TUR (cutting off Turner): He has that opportunity, but he's been given multiple chances to hit that ball, congressman and he hasn't done it. Today was the third chance to say: “I don't want your support, don't march in my name.” And we did not hear that from him.

TURNER: Well, I think we have heard that from the President. We certainly heard it from the campaign where people repeatedly came to him and said: “Denounce them now, denounce them now, denounce them now,” and he did. I think he has. But I don't think the issue is “denounce.” I think we all understand and agree we denounce. We denounce and these are hate groups. They're not us. They're not the people who love our country.

TUR: Respectfully Congressman, I was there every step of the way during the campaign and it took him awhile to condemn hate groups. It took him awhile to condemn David Duke. He didn't do that initially. He never said to white nationalists explicitly. And if he did, I can't remember it off the top of my head, but I don’t think he did. He never said: “I don’t want your support.”

TURNER: He did. He did.

TUR: I don't think he did. I was there every day. And then why would he not say it today? These protestors –

TURNER: What you're saying is did he condemn them—

TUR: No, no. Hold on hold on hold on. Let me finish what I'm saying.

TURNER: When you condemn somebody, you pretty much condemn them. There’s not much wiggle room on condemn.

TUR: You say to David Duke: “I don't want you trying to fulfill my promises. I don't want you protesting in my name. I don't want you saying that you believe what I think is that this is okay for you to do it.” You go out there and you be forceful. … I feel like you're trying to – you’re trying pretty hard to make him look better than he is, he does.

TURNER: This president condemned very clearly throughout the campaign and now.

TUR: No he didn’t.

TURNER: We're not going to let this political discourse of the blame game of how many times does denounce have to happen before denounce has happened and come together. Because there are those who want to use this for politics. This is not political. This goes to a very dangerous issue in our country. We have to isolate hate, pull everyone together. That's what the President needs to be doing right now.

Nets Still Not Happy, Condemn Trump for New Condemnation

On Monday, President Trump called out the racist hate groups involved in Saturday’s chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to calling them “evil” and “repugnant,” Trump said: “Those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.” This full throated denouncement was exactly what the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) craved from the President, but now that they had it, they shifted their attacks to: “What took him?”

President Trump finally finds the words to condemn white supremacists two days after facing an intense bipartisan backlash for blaming quote “all sides” for the violent unrest in Charlottesville,” sneered Anchor Lester Holt during the opening tease of NBC Nightly News. Soon thereafter, Holt called Trump’s first remarks “tone deaf” and then mocked him for trying “today to find the right notes.

During NBC’s first report of the evening, Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson touted the attacks from his detractors. “’Too little too late,’ his critics say, with the CEO of Merck, Ken Frazier, quitting the President's manufacturing council as a matter of personal conscience.’” She hyped.

The President sees the alt-right and white supremacists and all that crew as part of his base. His view: ‘Pull and keep as many of those voters as I can,’” failed former GOP Chair Michael Steele told Jackson.

ABC Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega began her report on World News Tonight by saying: “Nearly 48 hours after that car plowed into pedestrians on the streets of Charlottesville, President Trump today finally stepping before the cameras to give that hate a name.” Then adding: “Under fire all weekend, it started, not with what he said, but what he didn't say.

The network’s sensationalist anchor, David Muir kicked off the program by announcing that “we begin with President Trump, aware of the increasing pressure, coming before the cameras today at the White House and for the first time since Saturday condemning hate groups by name.

During CBS Evening News, White House Correspondent Major Garrett turned the snark up to 11 when he chastised Trump. “The leader of the free world, President Trump, was behind his daughter, Attorney General and Vice President in denouncing white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name,” he chided.

Garrett also pretended that leftist counter protesters didn’t do anything violent during Saturday’s clashes, not that it justified the car attack. “On Saturday, the President implied counter-protesters and armed shield-wielding white supremacists were equally to blame,” he said.

That initial equivocation echoed ways in which Mr. Trump has played to racially motivated segments of American politics,” Garrett added.

Trump’s latest and most refined condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville was exactly what they had been begging for him to do. But not that they got it from him, they moved the goal post and bemoaned how it wasn’t good enough.

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NBC Nightly News
August 14, 2017
7:00:31 PM Easter [Tease]

LESTER HOLT: Tonight: “Racism is evil.” President Trump finally finds the words to condemn white supremacists two days after facing an intense bipartisan backlash for blaming quote “all sides” for the violent unrest in Charlottesville.

7:01:33 PM Eastern

HOLT: Good evening. And thank you for being with us tonight. After what to many came off as a tone deaf response to this weekend's racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump tried today to find the right notes as he took to the podium again to address the tragedy. This time calling out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists by name for sowing the seeds of hate that blossomed into bloodshed on a Charlottesville street Saturday, when a car driven into a crowd left a young woman dead and more than a dozen others injured.

It was part of a horrific day that also saw two officers killed in a helicopter accident. Tonight the President's words and actions under scrutiny as he faces a major test of moral leadership. Our Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson has the latest.

[Cuts to video]

HALLIE JACKSON: President Trump today delivering the message many wanted sooner.

DONALD TRUMP: Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.

JACKSON: In unscheduled remarks, the President explicitly condemning those groups after he didn't on Saturday, triggering an onslaught of outrage in these last 48 hours.

TRUMP: To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable.

JACKSON: “Too little too late,” his critics say, with the CEO of Merck, Ken Frazier, quitting the President's manufacturing council as “a matter of personal conscience.” The President attacked Frazier on Twitter within minutes. His response to Charlottesville took longer to evolve. Saturday an initial response seemed to spread the blame.

MICHAEL STEELE: The President sees the alt-right and white supremacists and all that crew as part of his base. His view: “Pull and keep as many of those voters as I can.”

...

CBS Evening News
August 14, 2017
6:32:05 PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: Today, two days after this domestic terror attack, and after meeting with the attorney general and the F.B.I. director, the President finally condemned the hate groups by name.

MASON: The President took a lot of heat for failing to call out white supremacists immediately after the attack. Now the job of his chief political strategist appears to be in jeopardy. Major Garrett is at the White House with more on that. Major?

MAJOR GARRETT: The leader of the free world, President Trump, was behind his daughter, Attorney General and Vice President in denouncing white supremacists and neo-Nazis by name. On Saturday, the President implied counter-protesters and armed shield-wielding white supremacists were equally to blame.

GARRETT: That initial equivocation echoed ways in which Mr. Trump has played to racially motivated segments of American politics, starting with his five-year advocacy of the birther movement that questioned whether President Obama was born in the U.S. Mr. Trump has also been slow to denounce Ku Klux Klan figures like David duke as he was in February of 2016.

Slate’s Bouie: The ‘Roots’ of Charlottesville Found at the White House

In the aftermath of the Charlottesville attack, two of the Big Three Networks (ABC and NBC) were quick to cast blame on President Trump for the violence and the lives lost on Sunday. To round out the Big Three, CBS brought up the rear during Face the Nation where guest Jamelle Bouie argued that if one was looking for the “roots” of the attack, “you don’t have to look very far from the White House.

The root of Bouie hyperbolic accusation was a question from moderator John Dickerson, who teed up his Slate colleague to smear the President. “Jamelle, the President said he wants to find out what happened in Charlottesville, and seek for the roots of this. What's your reaction to that,” he asked.

That if you're looking for the roots why white supremacist and neo-Nazis felt emboldened to March on a college town, you don’t have to look very far from the White House,” Bouie asserted. You just have to look at Trump and his refusal to, at any stage condemn these people.

The Slate writer also slammed Trump claiming he “refused to condemn” Klansman David Duke for supporting his presidential campaign. But that’s not at all true according to the facts. As was well documented back in March 2016, Trump denounced Duke and his hate group several times.

"I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK," Trump told the cast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. "Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now." He even called Duke “a bad person.”

But Bouie didn’t end his smearing there.

Bouie then suggested Trump wanted the support of racists and neo-Nazis in his base. “At a certain point, you're going to have to say that maybe the reason he doesn't condemn these people is because in one way or another he may see them as allies, see them as part of his activist base,” he surmised.

I don't know how one deals with that, but if you're trying to examine the roots of this, then I think you have to look there,” he lamented.

It’s clear by Bouie’s disregard for the facts that his main goal was just to try and get the muck he was flinging to stick to the president. But such hyperbole does nothing to help stop the hate and bitter discourse. It does more to perpetuate division than bring people together.

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CBS
Face the Nation
August 13, 2017
10:53:24 AM Eastern

JOHN DICKERSON: Jamelle, the President said he wants to find out what happened in Charlottesville, and seek for the roots of this. What's your reaction to that?

JAMELLE BOUIE: I think my reaction echoes everyone on this panel. That if you're looking for the roots why white supremacist and neo-Nazis felt emboldened to March on a college town, you don’t have to look very far from the White House. You just have to look at Trump and his refusal to, at any stage condemn these people.

Whether it’s David Duke that he refused to condemn, whether it's the fact that he brought someone like Steven Bannon, whose Breitbart catered to these people, into the White House. You look at the President's behavior. At a certain point, you're going to have to say that maybe the reason he doesn't condemn these people is because in one way or another he may see them as allies, see them as part of his activist base.

And that--I don't know how one deals with that, but if you're trying to examine the roots of this, then I think you have to look there.

Cokie Roberts Blames Trump/Sessions for Sending ‘Signals’ to Racists

Following the horrific domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, the media was on the hunt to cast blame on someone and lump them in with the racist that carried out the attack. And during Sunday’s This Week on ABC, commentator Cokie Roberts found her target in President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to her, they were to blames because they were sending silent signals to white supremacists to empower them.

The President has to share responsibility,” she exclaimed. The fact is, through that campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow south, like I did, recognized immediately.

It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it,” Roberts added.

Her fellow ABC commentator, Matthew Dowd, seemed to agree. Although, he spread the blame around and seeming to suggest that anyone who wanted to get tough on immigration played a role. “Who shares responsibility? It's not only the man, it’s not only the movement but anybody that points their fingers at Mexicans and Muslims shares responsibility in this,” he asserted.

Moderator George Stephanopoulos played off of Roberts saying: “To the point of those emboldened by the President’s words,” as he proceeded to read a recent statement from Klansman David Duke in support of the President. “The President can't seem to find words to denounce this,” he spat. Stephanopoulos’ statement was not entirely accurate, because, during the election, candidate Trump rejected Duke's support, albeit after some pressure.

A short time later, Roberts set her sights on Attorney General Jeff Sessions as she continued the debunked smears of him being racists. “Jeff Sessions has gone backwards on a lot of things having to do with race,” she falsely declared. Taking a look at the Obama federal investigations of how police treat people of color. He's saying, let's not do that anymore.

She then lied and claimed Sessions was all for keeping black voters suppressed. “He's doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists,” she added.

Robert’s accusations against Attorney General Sessions had zero footing in reality. In fact, Sessions had a record of combating the KKK in his home state of Alabama. When Sessions was a state prosecutor, he sought the death penalty for a Klansman who killed an African-American man in a hate crime. And as Alabama’s Attorney General he drove the state’s Klan chapter into bankruptcy.

These baseless accusations against Sessions and condemnation of Trump only serve to further divide the American people. Their hyperbolic knee-jerk reactions stir up more hate and bitterness while directing it at the wrong people.

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ABC
This Week
August 13, 2017
9:07:37 AM Eastern

MATTHEW DOWD: And more so, think, when you think about this, who shares responsibility in this? Who shares responsibility? It's not only the man, it’s not only the movement but anybody that points their fingers at Mexicans and Muslims shares responsibility in this.

COKIE ROBERTS: The President has to share responsibility. The fact is through that campaign, he blew all kind of whistles that those of us who grew up in the Jim Crow south, like I did, recognized immediately. It was just calling out to these white supremacists who then felt empowered by it. And the President now not calling them out. You know, he should listen to Nikki Haley, his now U.N. Ambassador. She's the person who started bringing down Confederate monuments. And she did it so graciously, and exactly the right tone, after the killings of Mother Emmanuel Church.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: To the point of those emboldened by the President’s words. David Duke Friday night. Here’s what he said: “We're determined to take our country back. We're going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That's what we believed in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump.” The President can't seem to find words to denounce this.

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9:11:21 AM Eastern

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Pierre Thomas, we have seen a rise in hate crimes being documented by the Justice Department over this last year.

PIERRE THOMAS: George, while the country has made great progress in terms of race, racism remains a disease that plagues this country. It's like cancer. Even when it's in remission, it's still a threat. Since 2000, we’ve seen a 52 percent increase in the number of hate groups. There were 602 in 2000, there are now 917 according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. So this is a really significant issue that always is lurking in the background ready to explode.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Cokie Roberts, one of the things we’re going to learn here: Can the President learn from his mistakes?

COKIE ROBERTS: Well, we’ve haven't seen that the past. And the question is whether he can do it in the future. But this is also a really watershed moment for the Justice Department. Because it’s not just categorizing these hate crimes. Jeff Sessions has gone backwards on a lot of things having to do with race. Taking a look at the Obama federal investigations of how police treat people of color. He's saying, let's not do that anymore. Let's keep voting rights suppressed. He's doing a lot of things that send signals to these white supremacists.

NBC Lashes Out at President Trump After Charlottesville Attack

Saturday was marked by bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia after an apparent white nationalist plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters in a blatant attack. And on the morning after, NBC’s Sunday Today put President Trump in their sights as they unloaded on him while appearing to pin the blame for the attack on him. At one point even claiming he “enjoys” the support he gets from the bigots who were rallying in Virginia.

President Trump condemned the violence there on Saturday but he did not specifically speak to the white nationalism that was on display,” complained Anchor Willie Geist as he was getting ready to hand the report off to Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell. “The President also did not respond to questions, including one about the political support he enjoys among some white supremacists,” she chided.

One of Geist’s guests was Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville. Geist was very interested in hearing how Signer would slam the President. “Mr. Mayor, you did thank the President of the United States for condemning the violence broadly. But you have been critical of him beforehand,” he hyped. You say, quote, ‘I place the blame for a lot of what's happening in America, a lot of what you’re seeing, at the doorstep of the White House.’” Feigning curiosity, Geist asked what he meant by that.

Signer was eager to lay the blame at Trump’s feet:

Look, there's an old saying when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you. These groups, these influences in American politics prior to a couple years ago, they were around but they in the shadows … We saw a conscious decision to dance with all these devils in our politics. We saw them on full display. Now they're comfortable to come out in open daylight.

Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd joined Geist to add his two cents to the bashing session. “Look, you can't say it's anything other than deliberate,” Todd asserted, complaining that the President denounced the violence ‘from all sides,’ and not just the white nationalists. He also suggested that Trump’s Justice Department wouldn’t have opened a civil rights investigation had it not been for “Ted Cruz basically pressuring Justice Department to do what they did…

NBC’s Hallie Jackson pretended not to know what violence was occurring from all sides. “And made this vague allusion to violence between protesters and counter protesters. And again, even after getting pushed didn't specify what violence they were talking about,” she dismissed.

Geist questioned Trump’s sincerity and seriousness in his address after the attack. “You’re talking about Nazis, you’re talking about the KKK, you’re talking about white supremacists,” he sneered. If you cannot come out and quickly and readily and quickly condemn that, what can you do?

To that, Todd parroted Congressman Mark Stanford who said Trump had “unleashed a demon” on us all with his presidential campaign. Todd ended his comments by asserting “he, more than anybody else has a responsibility to” exorcise the demon from the country.

This grotesque and hyperbolic language has no place in the rational conversation that needs to happen right now. It only serves to drive down the discourse and stir up more of the same kind of hate we’ve been seeing.

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NBC
Sunday Today
August 13, 2017
8:04:01 AM Eastern

WILLIE GIEST: President Trump condemned the violence there on Saturday but he did not specifically speak to the white nationalism that was on display. One line of the President's, in particular, coming in for harsh criticism. NBC's Kelly O’Donnell is covering the President. Kelly, good morning.

KELLY O’DONNELL: Good morning, Willie. The President did denounce the violence in Charlottesville and called for national unity, but some critics, including prominent Republicans, say the President needed to do more, to assign blame to white supremacists and label this incident as domestic terrorism. The President also did not respond to questions, including one about the political support he enjoys among some white supremacists.

GEIST: Mr. Mayor, you did thank the President of the United States for condemning the violence broadly. But you have been critical of him—

MICHAEL SIGNER: At long last.

GEIST: --beforehand. You say, quote, “I place the blame for a lot of what's happening in America, a lot of what you’re seeing, at the doorstep of the White House.” What do you mean by that?

SIGNER: Look, there's an old saying when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you. These groups, these influences in American politics prior to a couple years ago, they were around but they in the shadows.

We saw a conscious decision to dance with all these devils in our politics. We saw them on full display. Now they're comfortable to come out in open daylight.

GEIST: He didn't specifically condemn what happened and the people who carried out the act allegedly in Charlottesville. “On many sides” and many tweets where he could have corrected that, could have gone further and didn't.

CHUCK TODD: No. Look, you can't say it's anything other than deliberate. He has a reputation for not being afraid to call individuals out, whether they're members of the media, politicians that make him upset, fellow world leaders. So we know he's capable of singling folks out. I think, Willie, in some ways the rest of the Republican outrage speaks for itself. The President does the many sides and you have this just litany of Republican leaders wanting nothing to do with that. Marco Rubio calling it domestic terrorism, Ted Cruz basically pressuring Justice Department to do what they did very quickly after he called for them to open essentially a civil rights investigation.

GEIST: Appears that the White House staff is falling in line with the President. They’ve been given many many opportunities, many chances by all of us, people asking: “Do you think the President went far enough when he said it happens on many sides, that's specifically going after what happened yesterday.” And they wouldn't. They wouldn't go further.

HALLIE JACKSON: About ten seconds after he said that phrase that is catching, obviously so much criticism right now, the “on many sides” words-- I reached out to the White House and said: “What did he mean by that? What sides are you talking about? Can you clarify what the President is saying?” And the response was not a walk-back or a sort of trying to spin what the President said. Instead, it was: “Yeah, he meant all sources and all sides.” And made this vague allusion to violence between protesters and counter protesters. And again, even after getting pushed didn't specify what violence they were talking about.

GEIST: This is a political layup. You’re talking about Nazis, you’re talking about the KKK, you’re talking about white supremacists. If you cannot come out and quickly and readily and quickly condemn that, what can you do?

TODD: No, and the ambiguity there. Mark Sanford, the congressman from South Carolina, I want to give him credit for this quote. He has said: “Candidate Donald Trump's campaign unleashed a demon that has been out here on race.” Nobody is saying it should be directly tied to him, but the demon has been unleashed. He, more than anybody else, has a responsibility to help-- all of us do – but he has a responsibility to lead and try and get rid of the demon.

SNL’s Weekend Update Special Portrays Eric Trump as Intellectually Disabled

The busy and eventful summer for the Trump administration was too much of calling for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which was between seasons. Which was why, on Thursday night, the network brought back their Weekend Update skit for a half hour long comedy special. The special had some pretty humorous moments. But for good natured people, the show took a dark turn when a bit involving President Trump’s adult sons portrayed Eric Trump as a person with an intellectual disability.

When their portion of the skit began, they the fake Trump sons joined the fake news anchors to “talk about some of the amazing things my father is doing,” according to Don Jr. (played by Mikey Day).

“ISIS is on the ropes, the border has never been more secure and the story of the summer--” the Don Jr. character began before Eric Trump (played by Alex Moffat) blurted out: “When you met with the Russians?” Don Jr. corrected his brother and tried to down play the meeting with Russians, but Eric continued to speak out of turn in not understanding what a “subpoena” was:

MOFFAT (Eric): But last week you got some peanuts.

DAY (Don Jr.): I told you it's a subpoena, not some peanuts.

MOFFAT: Sub peanuts?

DAY: Subpoenas.

MOFFAT: Sub peanuts.

DAY: We’ll work on it. We'll work on it.

“Look, all my father did was give me some advice. He said, ‘Son, go out there and tell the truth,’” the Don Jr. character told anchor Colin Jost. “And then he winked” shouted Eric.

Clearly fed-up with his brother, Don Jr. handed Eric a fidget spinner to keep him occupied. “You want to play with your fidget spinner, buddy,” he asked in a patronizing tone. After Eric was handed the fidget spinner, he just stared at it as it sat there motionless.

“Eric … Eric, you have to spin it, buddy,” Don Jr. explained as he flicked it for him, to the roaring laughter of the studio audience. “Yeah, it's a fidget spinner, it's what it does, man.” The Eric Trump character was amazed by the spinning. Don Jr. continued to explain to Jost how the Russia story wasn’t a problem for him, while continuously restarting his brother’s fidget spinner.

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“And I built a hotel,” Eric again blurted out. “You sure did, bud. You want to show Colin,” Don Jr. asked him as Eric pulled out a Lego set:

DAY (Don Jr.): He did this all by himself. [Laughter and applause]

MOFFAT (Eric): See, I do real estate, too.

DAY: You sure do, pal. Look who's checking in. You got Batman over here. Storm trooper. You got Captain Jack Sparrow. And who are these guys right here, buddy?

MOFFAT: The cleaning staff. [ Laughter ]

These type of “jokes” are just mean spirited and disappointing. One would think adults would find it in poor taste to mock someone for being intellectually disabled, especially considering NBC had declared Donald Trump’s “worst offense” was mocking a disabled reporter. And that’s not to mention the existence of the national movement of “Spread the Word to End the Word,” which swept the nation with aims to combat the stigma of intellectual disabilities.

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Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition
August 10, 2017
9:04:19 PM Eastern

COLIN JOST: A lot of the news coverage surrounding the Trump administration was negative this summer but here to talk about some of the President's accomplishments are first sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. [ Cheers and applause]

MIKEY DAY [as Donald Trump Jr.]: Thanks for having us, Colin.

ALEX MOFFAT: I'm Eric.

DAY: They know that. [ Laughter ] Colin, thanks for letting us come here and talk about some of the amazing things my father is doing. ISIS is on the ropes, the border has never been more secure and the story of the summer –

MOFFAT: When you met with the Russians?

DAY: No, Eric, it’s our surging economy. No one cares about my meeting with the Russians anymore.

MOFFAT: But last week you got some peanuts.

DAY: I told you it's a subpoena not some peanuts.

MOFFAT: Sub peanuts?

DAY: Subpoenas.

MOFFAT: Sub peanuts.

DAY: We’ll work on it. We'll work on it.

COLIN: What about the reports that your father actually helped craft the statement you made to the public to mislead them deliberately?

DAY: Look, all my father did was give me some advice. He said, "Son, go out there and tell the truth."

MOFFAT: And then he winked! [ Laughter ]

DAY: Okay. You want to play with your fidget spinner, buddy?

MOFFAT: Uh-huh. [ Laughter ]

DAY: Colin, I mean, what is the big deal? … Eric … Eric, you have to spin it, buddy. [ Laughter ] Yeah, it's a fidget spinner, it's what it does, man. My dad gives me advice all the time. “Don Jr., always trust your gut.” “Don Jr., always be the best dressed in the room.”

MOFFAT: “Eric, the minions aren’t real.”

DAY: Yeah, stuff like that. [Spins Eric’s fidget spinner] Colin, you know, bottom line, my father's presidency has been a resounding success and I will be cleared -- [ laughter ] Eric. [Spins Eric’s fidget spinner] I will be cleared of any wrongdoing by the grand jury.

MOFFAT: And I built a hotel.

DAY: You sure did, bud. You want to show Colin?

MOFFAT: Yeah! [Pulls out a Lego building]

DAY: He did this all by himself. [Laughter and applause]

MOFFAT: See, I do real estate, too.

DAY: You sure do, pal. Look who's checking in. You got Batman over here. Storm trooper. You got Captain Jack Sparrow. And who are these guys right here, buddy?

MOFFAT: The cleaning staff. [ Laughter ]

DAY: Okay!

Nets Scorn Trump’s Double Down on Threats to North Korea

In two separate address to the press on Thursday, President Trump doubled and tripled down on his powerful threats to North Korea. After denouncing the President’s original tough warning of “fire and fury” on Tuesday, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were equally bitter with him after he told them that “if anything maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.” So during their evening news casts on Thursday, they sounded off as they chided the President for taking a stand.

On NBC Nightly News, Anchor Lester Holt went low and immediately used the island of Guam as a weapon to strike Trump. “President Trump fired off another round of vague but ominous sounding threats at North Korea this afternoon,” he claimed as he began the show. “In his latest verbal salvo, the President seemed to paint another red line, this time over Guam, the U.S. island North Korea threatens to bracket with missile strikes.

As that war of words plays out between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, suddenly caught in the middle are 160,000 Americans living and working on the U.S. territory Guam,” added Holt as he led into the network’s second of three stories on the North Korea situation.

And during one of NBC’s reports, White House Correspondent Kristen Welker seemed to think it was unfair that Trump would lay blame for the North’s nuclear proliferation on previous presidents. “The President also lashed out at his predecessors calling them “ineffective,” and acknowledging a new round of sanctions might not be enough to solve the problem,” she reported.

CBS National Security Correspondent David Martin used his leading segment on CBS Evening News to knock the Commander-In-Chief, suggesting he prioritized North Korean statements too high when compared to their nuclear weapons. “And speaking to reporters for a second time this afternoon, the President seemed as upset by some of the things Kim Jong-un and his spokesmen have said as he is about the regime's nuclear weapons program,” Martin quipped.

After Martin’s report, Anchor Anthony Mason brought on Obama’s Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell to criticizes the sitting President. “Anthony, I think the President's statements of the last two days are reckless,” Morell asserted. According to him, Trump was playing “a dangerous” game of “dare-double dare.”

At a time when he should be trying to maximize policy options, he's narrowing them,” Morell continued, noting Obama’s red line blunder and the limiting of options. “So I don't think the statements are helpful to U.S. interests.

On a side note, Mason did not introduce Morell as Obama’s deputy CIA director. He left out the part about which president he worked for.

Meanwhile, on ABC’s World News Tonight, Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega touted the North Korean’s anti-U.S. marches in defiance of warnings. “In North Korea, marching in the street. The country rallying as it issued that threat to strike the U.S. territory of Guam,” she highlighted for viewers.

These reports on the latest confrontation with the communist regime were more than just relaying what was going on to the public. They’re active attempts to undermine an administration that’s working to avoid all-out war. That is clear since they tout polls purporting to show the public’s unease with the White House on the subject.

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NBC Nightly News
August 10, 2017
7:01:31 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: President Trump fired off another round of vague but ominous sounding threats at North Korea this afternoon. In his latest verbal salvo, the President seemed to paint another red line, this time over Guam, the U.S. island North Korea threatens to bracket with missile strikes.

DONALD TRUMP: Let's see what he does with Guam. If he does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before what will happen in North Korea.

HOLT: The President's comments came during what is the closest thing we’ve seen to a full-fledged presidential news conference in months. Mr. Trump seemingly eager to sound off on everything from the Russia investigation to the opioid crisis, which he called a national emergency. We have it all covered but let's start with the crisis in North Korea and NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

[Cuts to video]

KRISTEN WELKER: A defiant President Trump escalating his war of words with North Korea. Digging in on his threat of fire and fury.

TRUMP: If anything maybe that statement wasn't tough enough.

WELKER: The President also lashed out at his predecessors calling them “ineffective,” and acknowledging a new round of sanctions might not be enough to solve the problem, even denying internal discord when it comes to communications in his administration.

7:04:35 PM Eastern

HOLT: As that war of words plays out between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, suddenly caught in the middle are 160,000 Americans living and working on the U.S. territory Guam. A U.S. military stronghold and an island within striking distance of North Korea. Our team has made its way to Guam tonight, where residents are on edge as NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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CBS Evening News
August 10, 2017
6:31:17 PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: Good evening. I'm Anthony Mason. President Trump today defended his "fire and fury" warning to North Korea, saying “it's time somebody stuck up for the people of America.” In fact, he said, he might not have been tough enough. So he got tougher today, saying that if the North Koreans even think about launching an attack, quote: "Things will happen to them like they never thought possible." And the North has been thinking about an attack on Guam, the U.S. territory in the western Pacific where about 160,000 people live. We begin tonight with National Security Correspondent David Martin.

DAVID MARTIN: North Korea has already denounced his earlier "fire and fury" statement as “a load of nonsense.” And speaking to reporters for a second time this afternoon, the President seemed as upset by some of the things Kim Jong-un and his spokesmen have said as he is about the regime's nuclear weapons program.

6:35:38 PM Eastern

MASON: Michael Morell is a former deputy director of the CIA, and now our CBS News senior security contributor. He joins us from Tokyo. Michael, the President said his "fire and fury" warning wasn't tough enough. From your vantage point in Tokyo, what do you think?

MICHAEL MORELL: Anthony, I think the President's statements of the last two days are reckless, and I think they're reckless for two reasons. One is that Kim Jong-un has been shown to be provokable, and so this playground game of "Dare-double dare" is dangerous.

The second reason that-- is that statements such as this boxes the President in from a policy perspective. At a time when he should be trying to maximize policy options, he's narrowing them. He's at risk of making the same mistake here that President Obama made on the Syria red line. So I don't think the statements are helpful to U.S. interests.

MASON: At the same time, secretary of state Tillerson appears to be trying to calm things down. Are mixed signals damaging U.S. credibility, though?

MORELL: Anthony, clarity in foreign policy is one of the keys to success. And right now, we have three voices. We have the President's very tough rhetoric that's being read as possible U.S. preemptive action. You've got secretary Tillerson's statements, which walk back significantly. And then you've got Secretary of Defense Mattis' statements that are tough but they talk about a U.S. response to a first step by North Korea. One of the great frustrations here in east Asia is they don't know what U.S. policy is, and they're asking, "What is U.S. Strategy?"

MASON: Michael Morell in Tokyo. Thanks very much for being with us.

Nets Ignore Cuba Harassing, Trying to ‘Deafen’ U.S. Diplomats

There was bizarre news out of the U.S. State Department on Wednesday as the Associated Press reported that U.S. diplomats had to return home from Cuba after experiencing “physical symptoms,” which included “potentially permanent hearing loss.” The mysterious incidents led to the United States expelling two Cuba officials from their Washington, D.C. embassy. Despite the stunning revelations, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) gave the story zero time later that evening.

Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, Anchor Bret Baier delivered a news brief on the developing story. “The AP says Cuba may have placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of several embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them,” he reported. “The Americans eventually came home.”

As reported by the AP, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told the press that the first of the incidents dated back to the fall of 2016, during the Obama administration. “She would not say what the symptoms were except that they were not life-threatening,” the AP added. Nauert would not go into detail about what had occurred, but FBI and Diplomatic Security Service investigators were looking into the matter.

“U.S. diplomats are among the most closely monitored people on the island,” the AP noted. “It’s virtually impossible for anyone to take action against an American diplomat without an element of the Cuban state being aware.”

The AP’s breakdown of the incidents, which came from an anonymous diplomat, painted a chilling picture:

In the fall, officials said the affected diplomats and their spouses began to experience symptoms of hearing loss so severe and puzzling that an investigation was launched, and it was determined that they were at risk. They were allowed to leave Cuba, the officials said. No children were affected, but at least some of the adults who were are believed to have suffered permanent hearing loss, according to the officials. They said the Cuban government had denied any involvement.

What made the Big Three Networks’ dead silence on the issue even more disgusting was the fact that they were in love with Cuba.

So when President Obama allowed travel to Cuba, the networks were all over it. NBC’s Kerry Sanders glorified his boarding of a cruise ship to the communist regime as ‘a pinch-me moment.’ ABC shamelessly threw aside the Cuban exiles living in America to hype Anchor David Muir getting on a plane to the island.

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And when the murderous Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro died in November 2016, they wept with his communist supporters. In fact, 94 percent of their coverage ignored the “economic disaster” he created for the people there. As reported by the MRC’s Scott Whitlock at the time, CBS’s Charlie Rose “reported from Cuba on Tuesday, trumpeting the “legacy” of the “thunderous” Fidel Castro and the “anguish” over his death.”

And after Donald Trump was elected president, the networks feared he would “roll back” President Obama’s “legacy” in opening up Cuba. NBC’s resident Castro apologists, Andrea Mitchell bemoaned about how “Havana tonight open for business. But now on edge, afraid President Trump is about to shut the door once again to most U.S. travelers.”

Clearly, they have more of an affinity for Cuba than the welfare of U.S. diplomats there since ABC chose to report on hikers finding a mountain lion, CBS flipped for a new dinosaur getting a name, and NBC went gaga for Oprah’s new line of frozen food.

Transcript below:

Fox News Channel
Special Report
August 9, 2017
6:21:51 PM Eastern

BRET BAIER: State Department officials say the department is expelled two Cuban diplomats from their country’s embassy here in Washington. It’s in response to a series of incidents that left American diplomats in Cuba with physical symptoms. Officials tell the Associated Press the symptoms include potentially permanent hearing loss.

The AP says Cuba may have placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of several embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them. The Americans eventually came home.

NBC Slam: Trump and N.K. Sound Like ‘a School Yard Squabble’

The war of words between the United States and North Korea continued on Wednesday, as the communist regime threatened an attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. And despite the fact that the North Koreans had successfully miniaturized a nuclear bomb to fit on a warhead, NBC Nightly News still thought it was a priority to slam President Trump for getting tough on the regime that had kidnapped American citizens.

If the stakes weren't so potentially grave, it might otherwise sound like a school yard squabble,” quipped Anchor Lester Holt as he came on the air. “The war of words escalating tonight between the United States and North Korea over nothing less than nuclear weapons.

Earlier in the day, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told North Korea to cease any actions that would endanger the U.S. or its allies or face “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

It was a statement similar to the Presidents, but Holt didn’t seem to have a problem with it. “And now today Secretary of Defense Mattis with his own more artfully worded but no less threatening message,” he seemed to approve. The only real difference was the man saying it, so it proves the bias against the Commander-In-Chief.

Holt handed the first report of the evening off to Correspondent Bill Neely, who was live in South Korea. He immediately started his report by highlighting the anti-Trump marches occurring in the North. “On the streets of North Korea today, a show of defiance,” he explained. “The U.S. the enemy, Kim Jong-un and nuclear weapons their defense, they said, against the threat from President Trump.

Neely seemed skeptical of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he told the press that “the American people should sleep well at night.” He also seemed perturbed by Tillerson defending Trump’s “fire and fury” comments from the previous day.

In NBC’s third report on the unfolding situation with North Korea, they dedicated the entire segment to the backlash Trump had received for his threat. “As the President faces perhaps his greatest test of leadership yet, he's also spawned a backlash among some who feel his fiery threat to the North was out of bounds,” hyped Holt, as he led into the report by White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.

Welker touted the criticism of the President being flung by Republican Senator John McCain, who told her that “Teddy Roosevelt once said: “Walk softly but carry a big stick.” And that's not what's being employed here.

On Tuesday, NBC also glorified McCain’s criticism of Trump after he claimed he couldn’t think of another president who would have said what Trump said. But in reality, President Harry Truman said startlingly similar words before dropping the second nuclear bomb on Japan to end WWII.

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The NBC Correspondent only managed to squeeze in one supporter of Trump’s statement, and only granting it a few measly seconds. She quickly played a clip of Obama-lapdog Ben Rhodes who smeared the President by saying: “This is the kind of thing you would expect to hear from the North Koreans, not from the president of the United States. And frankly, it's not the kind of rhetoric that will reassure our allies.

NBC’s reporting on North Korea here is viewed in a totally different light with the understanding that it’s their “job” “to scare people to death” with the fear of Trump and North Korea. As the network’s Brian Williams admitted to Tuesday night on MSNBC.

Transcript below:

NBC Nightly News
August 9, 2017
7:01:29 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Good evening and welcome, everyone. If the stakes weren't so potentially grave, it might otherwise sound like a school yard squabble. The war of words escalating tonight between the United States and North Korea over nothing less than nuclear weapons. President Trump's “fire and fury” remarks met with North Korea's threat to attack a vital U.S. territory. And now today Secretary of Defense Mattis with his own more artfully worded but no less threatening message, warning North Korea against actions that could lead to, quote, “the destruction of its people.” Our Bill Neely is in South Korea tonight with the latest developments.

[Cuts to video]

BILL NEELY: On the streets of North Korea today, a show of defiance. The U.S. the enemy, Kim Jong-un and nuclear weapons their defense, they said, against the threat from President Trump.

DONALD TRUMP: Fire and fury, like the world, has never seen.

NEELY: And from the island of Guam, now directly threatened by North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turning down the temperature.

REX TILLERSON: The American people should sleep well at night.

NEELY: And defending the President.

TILLERSON: What the President is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un would understand because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language.

NEELY: That message reinforced today in another stark warning from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that North Korea should stop considering “actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.” It would, he said, “lose any conflict it initiates.” Mattis' comments followed a new, very specific threat from North Korea, that it's preparing military plans to strike the American Pacific island of Guam.

7:08:26 PM Eastern

HOLT: As the President faces perhaps his greatest test of leadership yet, he's also spawned a backlash among some who feel his fiery threat to the North was out of bounds. But while his choice of words may have taken some within his administration by surprise, the White House says it's underlying message did not. Here is Kristen Welker.

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KRISTEN WELKER: Those words were his according to the White House, who said the president didn't discuss specific language with his top advisors but had previewed the tone, including with chief of staff John Kelly. Still, the President's combative remarks sparked a backlash from some lawmakers.

JOHN MCCAIN: Teddy Roosevelt once said: “Walk softly but carry a big stick.” And that's not what's being employed here.

WELKER: Privately, administration officials acknowledge they've spent the day trying to turn down the heat. But the President may have added to the mixed messaging, tweeting: “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.”

WELKER: Tonight, some supporters say Mr. Trump's unconventional tough foreign policy talk shows strength.

REP. ADAM KINZINGER: This is how North Korea talks, so why not give it a shot to say: “Hey, we've got some fire and fury for you too if you want to play that game.”

WELKER: But critics warn:

BEN RHODES: This is the kind of thing you would expect to hear from the North Koreans, not from the president of the United States. And frankly, it's not the kind of rhetoric that will reassure our allies.

WELKER: The President's leadership facing its fiercest test yet in what’s shaping up to be one of the most dramatic standoffs since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: Every president over the last 70 years has essentially felt that what matters in a crisis like this is not tough talk but tough action.

Brian Williams: ‘Our Job’ ‘Is to Scare People to Death’ With Trump and N.K.

In a rare moment of truth from MSNBC’s serial liar late Tuesday night, Brian Williams admitted on his show The 11th Hour that “our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject.” The subject Williams was referring to was the confrontation between President Trump and North Korea. That comment came during a roughly 16-minute segment where he and the stacked panel talked about the threat of North Korea and smeared President Trump for his recent comment to the radical regime.

With U.S. intel saying the North can now outfit a missile with nukes and the President seems to use the same overheated language as the North, as he deals with a genuine overseas threat,” Williams chided during the show’s opening tease.

Williams went on to bemoaned Trump’s threat to North Korea from earlier in the day; when the President said: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Williams was also fearful for the almost 200,000 U.S. citizens living on the island of Guam as the North Koreans threatened an attack there.

This genuine overseas threat comes at a low point in terms of public trust in this president,” Williams poked, alluding to a recent CBS poll claiming people didn’t trust Trump to handle North Korea effectively:

And just today, there were new poll numbers from CBS News on this very issue. Just 35 percent of Americans say they are confident in Trump’s ability to handle the situation with North Korea's nuclear program. 61 percent, 6 in 10 say they are uneasy about it.

The disgraced MSNBC host then touted a clip of a “nuclear expert” slamming the President, with Williams calling it “the most sobering quote of the evening.”

The nuclear expert was Joe Cirincione, a former official for the left wing Center for American Progress and a backer of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. According to him, the most concerning part of the situation with North Korea wasn’t their potential attacks against U.S. cities, it was Trump.

No, what you’re worried about is you have two insecure, inexperienced, impulsive leaders in control of a vast amount of destructive force, squaring off in the most heavily militarized area on Earth,” Cirincione spat. “That got out attention for good reason,” Williams added.

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Even former General Barry McCaffrey made an appearance to attack the President. “But they are dealing with a president with an incoherent world view,” he said, trying to sound sympathetic to the current generals. “And Brian, I would just assert, never in my experience has any president made this kind of a blustering statement, never mind implying the use of nuclear weapons.” But that’s not entirely accurate.

He may not have experienced a president make that kind of statement, but it has happened before. President Harry Truman said something eerily similar to the Japanese during WWII:

If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this Earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as they have not yet seen.

All of their hyperbolic analysis of the North Korea situation took on a new meaning when Williams let it slip that their job was to “scare people to death on this subject.” It made it clear that their goal was to drive down the public’s trust in the President to handle this threat.

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The 11th Hour
August 8, 2017
11:00:02 PM Eastern

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Tonight, Donald Trump tells North Korea to stop their threats or face “fire and fury. With U.S. intel saying the North can now outfit a missile with nukes and the President seems to use the same overheated language as the North, as he deals with a genuine overseas threat.

WILLIAMS: Hours after that, the North Koreans threatened a missile attack on Guam. For those not familiar with Guam, it's a U.S. territory, population 168,000 U.S. citizens. There are roughly 12,000 U.S. Military and their dependents, family members. Roughly a third of the island is a U.S. military base. This genuine overseas threat comes at a low point in terms of public trust in this president.

And just today, there were new poll numbers from CBS News on this very issue. Just 35 percent of Americans say they are confident in Trump’s ability to handle the situation with North Korea's nuclear program. 61 percent, 6 in 10 say they are uneasy about it.

WILLIAMS: Then there is this: Perhaps the most sobering quote of the evening came during an interview with a nuclear expert, the head of a global security foundation. He was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow program earlier tonight.

[Cuts to video]

JOE CIRINCIONE: The seriousness of this situation cannot be overestimated. Not because North Korea could hit us in a bolt out of the blue attack that could take out Los Angeles or Seattle. No, what you’re worried about is you have two insecure, inexperienced, impulsive leaders in control of a vast amount of destructive force, squaring off in the most heavily militarized area on Earth. … They are blowing through this President’s red lines like tissue paper. What is trump going to do now?

[Cuts back to live]

WILLIAMS: That got out attention for good reason.

GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY: But they are dealing with a president with an incoherent world view. And Brian, I would just assert, never in my experience has any president made this kind of a blustering statement, never mind implying the use of nuclear weapons. You don't threaten people in public. You threaten them in private, and then you have to be prepared to follow through with what the threat was. So, this was a real blunder on the part of Mr. Trump.

ANDREA MITCHELL: You have reactions tonight from John McCain and from Dianne Feinstein. Dianne Feinstein saying that this is so ill-considered that it's bombastic, that it is not helpful, that the only short path is a diplomatic path, and I know she has been by the intelligence committee, and I know personally there have been briefings there.

And from John McCain saying that no other American president he has ever known would have used this language. Not Eisenhower, not Reagan not any other president.

WILLIAMS: Malcolm, our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject, so the talk isn’t as free as it is.

Brian Williams: ‘Our Job’ ‘Is to Scare People to Death’ With Trump and N.K.

In a rare moment of truth from MSNBC’s serial liar late Tuesday night, Brian Williams admitted on his show The 11th Hour that “our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject.” The subject Williams was referring to was the confrontation between President Trump and North Korea. That comment came during a roughly 16-minute segment where he and the stacked panel talked about the threat of North Korea and smeared President Trump for his recent comment to the radical regime.

With U.S. intel saying the North can now outfit a missile with nukes and the President seems to use the same overheated language as the North, as he deals with a genuine overseas threat,” Williams chided during the show’s opening tease.

Williams went on to bemoaned Trump’s threat to North Korea from earlier in the day; when the President said: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Williams was also fearful for the almost 200,000 U.S. citizens living on the island of Guam as the North Koreans threatened an attack there.

This genuine overseas threat comes at a low point in terms of public trust in this president,” Williams poked, alluding to a recent CBS poll claiming people didn’t trust Trump to handle North Korea effectively:

And just today, there were new poll numbers from CBS News on this very issue. Just 35 percent of Americans say they are confident in Trump’s ability to handle the situation with North Korea's nuclear program. 61 percent, 6 in 10 say they are uneasy about it.

The disgraced MSNBC host then touted a clip of a “nuclear expert” slamming the President, with Williams calling it “the most sobering quote of the evening.”

The nuclear expert was Joe Cirincione, a former official for the left wing Center for American Progress and a backer of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. According to him, the most concerning part of the situation with North Korea wasn’t their potential attacks against U.S. cities, it was Trump.

No, what you’re worried about is you have two insecure, inexperienced, impulsive leaders in control of a vast amount of destructive force, squaring off in the most heavily militarized area on Earth,” Cirincione spat. “That got out attention for good reason,” Williams added.

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Even former General Barry McCaffrey made an appearance to attack the President. “But they are dealing with a president with an incoherent world view,” he said, trying to sound sympathetic to the current generals. “And Brian, I would just assert, never in my experience has any president made this kind of a blustering statement, never mind implying the use of nuclear weapons.” But that’s not entirely accurate.

He may not have experienced a president make that kind of statement, but it has happened before. President Harry Truman said something eerily similar to the Japanese during WWII:

If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this Earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as they have not yet seen.

All of their hyperbolic analysis of the North Korea situation took on a new meaning when Williams let it slip that their job was to “scare people to death on this subject.” It made it clear that their goal was to drive down the public’s trust in the President to handle this threat.

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MSNBC
The 11th Hour
August 8, 2017
11:00:02 PM Eastern

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Tonight, Donald Trump tells North Korea to stop their threats or face “fire and fury. With U.S. intel saying the North can now outfit a missile with nukes and the President seems to use the same overheated language as the North, as he deals with a genuine overseas threat.

WILLIAMS: Hours after that, the North Koreans threatened a missile attack on Guam. For those not familiar with Guam, it's a U.S. territory, population 168,000 U.S. citizens. There are roughly 12,000 U.S. Military and their dependents, family members. Roughly a third of the island is a U.S. military base. This genuine overseas threat comes at a low point in terms of public trust in this president.

And just today, there were new poll numbers from CBS News on this very issue. Just 35 percent of Americans say they are confident in Trump’s ability to handle the situation with North Korea's nuclear program. 61 percent, 6 in 10 say they are uneasy about it.

WILLIAMS: Then there is this: Perhaps the most sobering quote of the evening came during an interview with a nuclear expert, the head of a global security foundation. He was interviewed on the Rachel Maddow program earlier tonight.

[Cuts to video]

JOE CIRINCIONE: The seriousness of this situation cannot be overestimated. Not because North Korea could hit us in a bolt out of the blue attack that could take out Los Angeles or Seattle. No, what you’re worried about is you have two insecure, inexperienced, impulsive leaders in control of a vast amount of destructive force, squaring off in the most heavily militarized area on Earth. … They are blowing through this President’s red lines like tissue paper. What is trump going to do now?

[Cuts back to live]

WILLIAMS: That got out attention for good reason.

GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY: But they are dealing with a president with an incoherent world view. And Brian, I would just assert, never in my experience has any president made this kind of a blustering statement, never mind implying the use of nuclear weapons. You don't threaten people in public. You threaten them in private, and then you have to be prepared to follow through with what the threat was. So, this was a real blunder on the part of Mr. Trump.

ANDREA MITCHELL: You have reactions tonight from John McCain and from Dianne Feinstein. Dianne Feinstein saying that this is so ill-considered that it's bombastic, that it is not helpful, that the only short path is a diplomatic path, and I know she has been by the intelligence committee, and I know personally there have been briefings there.

And from John McCain saying that no other American president he has ever known would have used this language. Not Eisenhower, not Reagan not any other president.

WILLIAMS: Malcolm, our job tonight actually is to scare people to death on this subject, so the talk isn’t as free as it is.

Nets Dismayed by President Trump’s 'Fire and Fury' Threat to North Korea

In an extraordinary moment on Tuesday, President Trump issued a daring warning to the radical North Korean regime. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” Trump told the cameras with his arms crossed. And as would be expected, Trump’s statement dominated the day. And during the evening broadcasts of the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC), they were all visibly distressed and criticized the comment.

It is the most fiery, overtly military threat President Trump has ever launched at North Korea, a chilling warning in response Kim Jong-un's threats to the U.S.,” exclaimed ABC Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz near the top of World News Tonight. “This dramatic escalation of rhetoric, all the more alarming given the latest extraordinary intelligence assessments of North Korea's nuclear capabilities,” she added before finally delving into the new threat from North Korea.

On NBC Nightly News, Anchor Lester Holt cranked the fearmongering up as he started the program by saying:

The crisis with North Korea reached an unsettling new level today with news of a possible major breakthrough in Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons capability, and the most provocative statement yet from President Trump, who met North Korea's recent verbal threats with this chilling threat of his own…

He also described the scene as “the President painting a dark and ominous image.

Meanwhile, the full report on the matter was delivered by the network’s Andrea Mitchell. And while she kept the report itself focused on North Korea, she wrapped it up with the criticism Trump had received. “Democrat Diane Feinstein calling them bombastic and recommending diplomacy,” she noted. “Republican John McCain saying he can't think of any other president who would have used that kind of rhetoric.

But that’s not true. Because according to CBS Evening News, an eerily similar statement was uttered once before by a president.

CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett started off his report by providing some historical context by noting how “President Trump's rhetoric sounded very much like a speech Harry Truman gave after the first U.S. atomic bomb strike at Hiroshima.” Garrett then played this clip of President Truman addressing the nation:

If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this Earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as they have not yet seen.

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The CBS reporter also mentioned how Congressman Darrell Issa commented that the situation was the “greatest crisis … undoubtedly since the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

But despite the effort to provide the historical context, CBS highlighted a poll they released on Tuesday claiming people didn’t trust Trump to handle North Korea. “Only 35 percent of Americans told us they are confident about that. 61 percent said they are uneasy,” asserted Anchor Anthony Mason.

ABC’s Martha Raddatz also hyped the CBS poll.

But the way they’re sowing fear during this crucial and uncertain time does not help the people feel confident in the situation. Because you know you have a hyperbole problem when CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin is telling you to calm down.

Transcripts below:

ABC
World News Tonight
August 8, 2017
6:31:37 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a Tuesday night. And we begin with North Korea. President Trump warning the regime today against making any more threats toward the U.S. With that promise that the U.S. would unleash “fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen.” It comes after U.S. intelligence determined North Korea's weapons program has now reached a dangerous milestone. ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz tonight, with President Trump's entire statement on camera. His warning to North Korea.

[Cuts to video]

MARTHA RADDATZ: It is the most fiery, overtly military threat President Trump has ever launched at North Korea, a chilling warning in response Kim Jong-Un's threats to the U.S.

DONALD TRUMP: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening, beyond a normal standard, and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power. The likes of which this world has never seen before.

RADDATZ: This dramatic escalation of rhetoric, all the more alarming given the latest extraordinary intelligence assessments of North Korea's nuclear capabilities. First reported in The Washington Post, and confirmed by ABC News, U.S. intelligence analysts believe the North can now produce a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles including its intercontinental ballistic missiles. Kim Jong-Un's claim that he was standing next to such a nuclear device last March was met with some skepticism, but this latest intelligence assessment says he has indeed produced that device.

RADDATZ: It is without question the greatest challenge President Trump now faces. And the President's tough new words –

TRUMP: Fire, fury and frankly, power.

RADDATZ: -- Come as Americans are worried about the North Korean threat according to polls. Just days after the UN enacted strong sanctions, a CBS News poll found 61 percent of Americans are uneasy about President Trump's handling of North Korea.

...

NBC Nightly News
August 8, 2017
7:01:30 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Good evening. Thank you for being here tonight. The crisis with North Korea reached an unsettling new level today with news of a possible major break-through in Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons capability, and the most provocative statement yet from President Trump, who met North Korea's recent verbal threats with this chilling threat of his own:

HOLT: The President painting a dark and ominous image of the same day NBC News has learned U.S. Intelligence now believes North Korea has managed to create a nuclear warhead small enough to be launched aboard an intercontinental ballistic missile. Our Andrea Mitchell begins our coverage.

ANDREA MITCHELL: Tonight North Korea threatened Guam while some are slamming the President's comments, Democrat Diane Feinstein calling them bombastic and recommending diplomacy. Republican John McCain saying he can't think of any other president who would have used that kind of rhetoric.

...

CBS Evening News
August 8, 2017
6:34:16 PM Eastern

MAJOR GARRETT: President Trump's rhetoric sounded very much like a speech Harry Truman gave after the first U.S. atomic bomb strike at Hiroshima.

HARRY TRUMAN: If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this Earth. Behind this air attack will follow sea and land forces in such numbers and power as they have not yet seen.

GARRETT: Asked if the President was looking toward war, Counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was no point explaining.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I think the President's comments were very strong and obvious.

GARRETT: In another historical echo, California Republican Darrel Issa compared the standoff to the most dangerous Cold War nuclear confrontation.

DARRELL ISSA: It represents the greatest crisis probably since-- let me rephrase that-- undoubtedly since the Cuban Missile Crisis. This is something that can hit us and our allies, and it's with a rogue nation that we suspect would use it.

6:36:09 PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: The President has sad in the past we will handle North Korea, but in a CBS News poll out today, only 35 percent of Americans told us they are confident about that. 61 percent said they are uneasy.

ABC, CBS Ignore Trump ‘Vowing to Win’ Against Opioid Addiction

In a statement to the press on Tuesday, President Trump declared that the United states would fight and win the battle against opioid addiction. Despite the fact that opioid overdoses killed tens of thousands last year, with 2017 on track to set a grim record, ABC and CBS skipped over Trump’s latest statement and new recommendations from his opioid commission. NBC was the only network in the Big Three to even mention them.

And now we turn to another major story,” announced Anchor Lester Holt during NBC Nightly News to denote its importance. “President Trump today vowing to win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic in this country.

NBC’s Blake McCoy traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to report on their dire reality. “This past Saturday, Hamilton County saw 22 suspected overdoses in 24 hours, prompting public health officials to issue a community wide alert,” he reported. “Dr. Sammarco, the coroner here, said she's already seen 313 overdose deaths this year, the county easily on track to pass last year's record, 403 deaths.”

On Fox News Channel's Special Report, Correspondent Kevin Corke went into a bit more detail on what the administration was looking to do:

This is a situation that affects millions of American families and the White House and this administration who is saying tonight they are going to aggressively approach the battle against opioid abuse in this country. Most notably they hope to do so by having more arrests and more prosecutions.

They looked at this scourge and they let it go by. And we're not letting it go by. Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society,” said the President in a clip Corke began his report with.

“President Trump's working vacation continued today with what he called a major briefing on the epidemic of opioid drug use in the U.S.,” Corke stated. “The briefing comes as the President's commission, created to study the matter, is asking him to declare the opioid fight a national emergency and to wave the federal rule that restricts the number of people who can receive residential addiction treatment under Medicaid.”

After Trump’s “major briefing,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told reporters “when you have the capacity of Yankee Stadium or Dodgers Stadium, dying every single year in this nation, that's a crisis that has to be given incredible attention. And the President is giving it that attention.”

Both ABC and CBS have covered the opioid epidemic in depth for a long time (well over a year), which made their silence on Trump’s briefing and the opioid commission’s public recommendations even more disappointing.

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NBC Nightly News
August 8, 2017
7:06:47 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: And now we turn to another major story. President Trump today vowing to win the battle against the deadly opioid epidemic in this country. Though he stopped short of taking his commission's recommendation to declare a national emergency over it. Tonight NBC's Blake McCoy takes us inside a community in Ohio where this crisis is truly hitting home.

[Cuts to video]

BLAKE MCCOY: Beneath Cincinnati's scenic beauty lies an epidemic that is rotting away at this community. This past Saturday, Hamilton County saw 22 suspected overdoses in 24 hours, prompting public health officials to issue a community wide alert.

DR. LAKSHMI SAMMARCO: We're yelling as loudly as we can and nobody's listening. The ones that don't listen end up here.

MCCOY: Dr. Sammarco, the coroner here, said she's already seen 313 overdose deaths this year, the county easily on track to pass last year's record, 403 deaths.

MCCOY: As the crisis drags on, there's growing concern about heroin fatigue.

POLICE CHIEF THOMAS SYNAN: We can't say we're not overwhelmed. We are. It is frustrating to know that you want to help people but you don't have the tools and resources to do it.

MCCOY: First responders, responding again and again in a community ravaged by addiction. Blake McCoy, NBC news, Cincinnati.

...

Fox News Channel
Special Report
August 8, 2017
6:11:44 PM Eastern

KEVIN CORKE: This is a situation that affects millions of American families and the White House and this administration who is saying tonight they are going to aggressively approach the battle against opioid abuse in this country. Most notably they hope to do so by having more arrests and more prosecutions.

[Cuts to video]

DONALD TRUMP: They looked at this scourge and they let it go by. And we're not letting it go by. Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society.

CORKE: President Trump's working vacation continued today with what he called a major briefing on the epidemic of opioid drug use in the U.S. A Healthcare crisis that killed nearly 100 Americans daily. The briefing comes as the President's commission, created to study the matter, is asking him to declare the opioid fight a national emergency and to wave the federal rule that restricts the number of people who can receive residential addiction treatment under Medicaid.

The problem is metastasizing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which said in a statement: “The amount of opioids prescribed and sold in the U.S. quadrupled since 1999. But the overall amount of pain reported by Americans hasn't changed. This epidemic is devastating American lives, families, and communities.”

TOM PRICE: When you have the capacity of Yankee stadium or Dodgers stadium, dying every single year in this nation, that's a crisis that has to be given incredible attention. And the President is giving it that attention.

CBS Bemoans Google Memo as ‘Major Setback’ to Diversity

Come Monday, technology company Google was still reeling after an internal and controversial memo circulated by an employee went viral. The 10-page memo, which questioned the company’s diversity efforts, was the work of one person, but for CBS it meant a setback for all. “Tech-giant Google’s efforts to improve its image as a company that promotes diversity have been dealt a major setback, in the form of a memo from a male employee,” announced Anchor Anthony Mason during CBS Evening News.

The irony of being disgusted by a diverse opinion, albeit a controversial one, was lost on the network as they played up the memo as a travesty.

This isn't sort of an isolated or fringe perspective in Silicon Valley,” diversity attorney Joelle Emerson told CBS reporter John Blackstone. “Lots of people from majority group, white men, in particular, might push back against organizations’ diversity and inclusion efforts.

Blackstone complained that Google wasn’t diverse enough: “Google has made efforts to diversify, but progress has been limited. Its total workforce is 69 percent male, 36 percent white, 35 percent Asian, only 2 percent black.” His bemoaning the racial and gender breakdown of Google’s workforce ignored the fact that the Supreme Court had ruled that using quotas to hire people was unconstitutional.

The CBS reporter found one former Google employee who seemed to suggest the company was a bastion for racists. “Like, I had experienced some amount of microaggressions and some major-aggressions at Google. For a long time, I dealt with it and just kept them inside,” they said. “I can guess that they have seen previously people talk about that internally and nothing happened.

Google responded with a statement saying the document ‘advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. It's not a viewpoint this company endorse, promotes or encourages,’” Blackstone added.

Seeming eager to find out if the employee was fired for committing a thought crime, Blackstone begrudgingly mentioned that “the writer's identity is known inside Google, but the company did not respond to our request for more information about him or his status at Google.”

But according to Bloomberg, James Damore, the employee in question, confirmed that he was fired by the tech-giant. “James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for ‘perpetuating gender stereotypes,’” Bloomberg wrote.

Firing him could be seen as confirming some of the claims in the memo itself – that the company’s culture makes no room for dissenting political opinions,” Bloomberg whined, missing the point that it means just that.

It means that Google fired Damore for THINKING the wrong thing. Or as Google’s Vice President Danielle Brown put it, he held “difficult political views.” This action could possibly be illegal since the firing appeared to be based on differing political opinions.

Were Damore’s comments controversial and greatly unpopular with many people? Yes. But they were not some “major setback” to diversity as Anchor Anthony Mason described them. What liberals view as wrong-think is actual diversity. Google's firing of the employee did more to set back diversity than the original comments. Liberals only want the diversity they can see, and activity stamps out the diversity of the mind.

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CBS Evening News
August 7, 2017
6:54:42 PM Eastern

ANTHONY MASON: Tech-giant Google’s efforts to improve its image as a company that promotes diversity have been dealt a major setback, in the form of a memo from a male employee. A memo that's gone viral inside Google. Here’s John Blackstone.

[Cuts to video]

JOHN BLACKSTONE: At Google today, where only 20 percent of technology workers are women, the stinging 3,000-word document suggested reasons why. “Biological causes” “may explain why we don't see equal representation,” The unnamed Google engineering employee wrote. "Men have a higher drive for status” and “women on average have more neuroticism,” “this may contribute to the lower number of women in high-stress jobs."

JOELLE EMERSON: This isn't sort of an isolated or fringe perspective in Silicon Valley.

BLACKSTONE: Joelle Emerson is an attorney who helps companies promote diversity.

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EMERSON: Lots of people from majority group, white men, in particular, might push back against organizations’ diversity and inclusion efforts.

BLACKSTONE: Google has made efforts to diversify, but progress has been limited. Its total workforce is 69 percent male, 36 percent white, 35 percent Asian, only 2 percent black. As a black female engineer, Erica Baker was a rarity at Google. In 2015, she left after nine years.

ERICA BAKER: Like, I had experienced some amount of micro-aggressions and some major-aggressions at Google. For a long time, I dealt with it and just kept them inside.

BLACKSTONE: Still, she surprised the document spread so widely inside Google.

BAKER: I can guess that they have seen previously people talk about that internally and nothing happened.

BLACKSTONE: Google responded with a statement saying the document “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. It's not a viewpoint this company endorse, promotes or encourages.”

[Cuts back to live]

The writer's identity is known inside Google, but the company did not respond to our request for more information about him or his status at Google. Anthony?

MASON: John Blackstone outside Google's offices in San Francisco. Thanks, John.

ABC Pushes Possible Pence Run in 2020 Despite Official Statement

Over the weekend, The New York Times claimed in an article that Vice President Mike Pence was running a “shadow campaign for 2020,” which brought a scathing rebuke from Pence and President Trump. But despite the denials from the White House, ABC’s World News Tonight ran an entire segment about the idea, laying out the evidence and only briefly mentioning the Vice President’s reaction. And they were the only network in the Big Three (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to give the non-story any significant time.

We turn now to President Trump lashing out tonight after a report in The New York Times suggesting Vice President Mike Pence might be getting ready to run for president himself in 2020,” hyped sensationalist Anchor David Muir. “The report points to among other things, the many trips Pence has made in just the first 200 days in office.

The network’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl started off his report by mocking how angry President Trump got on Twitter after reporters incessantly called his New Jersey stay a vacation. “But that isn't all President Trump's tweeting about,” Karl quipped.

He's upset with The New York Times, apparently, about this report suggesting that fellow Republicans and possibly even his own Vice President are positioning themselves to run for president in 2020 if Trump himself does not run,” he reported.

Karl read from the Times piece where they claimed Pence was “acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a no. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago,” because of a busy schedule.

To seemingly to back up the claims of the Times, Karl noted that “Pence has traveled extensively since the inauguration.” He then added that “in just the first 200 days he's made at least 26 trips across the country, including stops in Ohio, Florida, and Iowa.

Only then, did Pence’s strong denouncement of the assertions get mentioned by the ABC correspondent. “The Vice President shot down the report, issuing an official statement calling it, quote: ‘Disgraceful and offensive,’” Karl stated. But he failed to mention the part where the Vice President said: “the allegations in this article are categorically false.”

And it wasn’t until they were about to move onto the next story, did they think to mention why Trump was in New Jersey. “And Jon, the President has said he is away at his golf club for 17 days in part, because of the renovations at the White House,” Muir asked. “This is a $3.4 million renovation project that was approved and planned under the Obama administration, and we expect it to be finished by the time the President returns later this month,” Karl answered.

The harping on this non-story by The New York Times only serves to try and drive a wedge between the President and the Vice President. Since they know Trump likes to watch the news, they hope to work him up enough to get him to turn on Pence. Meanwhile, on CBS and NBC, Pence’s stern push back seemed to be enough to get them to back off.

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ABC
World News Night
August 7, 2017
6:36:12 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: We turn now to President Trump lashing out tonight after a report in The New York Times suggesting Vice President Mike Pence might be getting ready to run for president himself in 2020. The report points to among other things, the many trips Pence has made in just the first 200 days in office. ABC's Chief White House Correspondent, Jonathan Karl, with what the Vice President is now saying tonight.

[Cuts to video]

JON KARL: President Trump tonight is settling into his 17-day stay at his New Jersey golf club –

DONALD TRUMP: Everyone having a good time?

KARL: But don't call it a vacation. Trump tweeting: “This is not a vacation. Meetings and calls.” And that he's "Working hard" and is "Going to New York next week for more meetings."

But that isn't all President Trump's tweeting about. He's upset with The New York Times, apparently, about this report suggesting that fellow Republicans and possibly even his own Vice President are positioning themselves to run for president in 2020 if Trump himself does not run.

The New York Times says Vice President Pence's “schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a no. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago.”

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Pence has traveled extensively since the inauguration. In just the first 200 days he's made at least 26 trips across the country, including stops in Ohio, Florida, and Iowa. The Vice President shot down the report, issuing an official statement calling it, quote: "Disgraceful and offensive."

Meanwhile, one of the President's top advisers is conceding that his support has begun to slip a bit.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: His approval rating among Republicans and conservatives and Trump voters is down slightly. It needs to go up. They are telling him just enact your program –

KARL: But the President himself seems to disagree, tweeting today: "The Trump base is far bigger and stronger than ever before."

[Cuts back to live]

MUIR: So let's bring in Jonathan Karl live in Washington tonight. And Jon, the President has said he is away at his golf club for 17 days in part, because of the renovations at the White House?

KARL: David, the entire West Wing has been emptied, including the Oval Office. Contractors are repainting the walls, refinishing the floors, putting in new carpet. They’re also replacing a 27-year-old heating and air-conditioning system. This is a $3.4 million renovation project that was approved and planned under the Obama administration, and we expect it to be finished by the time the President returns later this month.

NBC’s Mitchell Thankful Senator Flake Denounced ‘Lock Her Up’ Chants

The theme of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday was all about complaining how “broken” U.S. politics have become under President Trump. According to the stacked anti-Trump panel, most of the blame belongs to the “anti-intellectual” of “the extreme of the right-wing.” In the mix, Hillary super-fan Andrea Mitchell couldn’t help but smear the Republicans who were critical of her beloved Hillary. Yet she found herself thanking ‘Republican’ Senator Jeff Flake for standing up to those who chanted “lock her up.”

“I really appreciated that Jeff Flake said the ‘lock her up,’ those cries at the Republican convention by Michael Flynn no less,” she touted, before claiming it was the lowest point of “what I view as the Republican Party.”

Mitchell was also taken aback by how much animosity there was for highfalutin elitists like herself and the rest of the panel, “even among those who are college-educated. Extraordinary.” That teed up Moderator Chuck Todd, who recently bemoaned about how he was taught to be impartial, to get in his own smears of the GOP.

“She referenced a stat here I want to put it up here on this issue, sort of the anti-intellectual streak that’s taking place in the Republican electorate,” he chided, noting a poll that showed 58 percent of Republicans thought colleges had a “negative effect” on the country. “It was a startling, wait a minute, I thought we all agreed college was good.”

Todd handed it off to Heather McGhee, of the left-wing Demos Action, to explain where that animosity came from. And according to her, it had almost nothing to do with the radical leftists that run amok and everything to do with the GOP losing its base as people got smarter.

“It's actually the more that you study the history and the world, you understand how much we've fallen short on values of justice and equality and you want to tend to work more veraciously towards those goals,” McGhee asserted. She also suggested that it was a narrative concocted by the right-wing media and “Republican strategists [who] began to really recognize how much more highly educated folks were trending towards being more liberal.”

McGhee then claimed it was a conspiracy to smear institutions of higher education by focusing on the left’s looney college programs and their violent rioting because of conservative speakers. “It's like the liberal outrage campus of the day,” McGhee said. “And that's where that's coming from. There's been a real spotlight, a distortion I think of the news of what is coming out of college campuses.”

Towards the end of the program, Mitchell had more to say about those in college. She insisted that Millennials were increasingly tuning out of elected politics. Assuming she’s referencing the decline in their turn out between 2012 and 2016, it’s clear that she doesn’t understand that Hillary couldn’t energize them.

But according to Mitchell the GOP was responsible for scaring them away:

…that is a very effective strategy by, you know, the extreme of the right-wing right now is trying to claim that there was election fraud and taking this fake commission and making it into a real fear factor for people who won't tip their toes into elected politics.

Clearly, Mitchell still can’t get over, or understand, Hillary Clinton’s defeat by the likes of Trump.

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NBC
Meet the Press
August 6, 2017
10:51:21 AM

CHUCK TODD: But Andrea, I guess the question is: Is the Republican Party’s problem Trump or the fact that they, they don't know what the definition of conservative is right now?

ANDREA MITCHELL: I think it's a combination. And it's partly because they have this Republican President who is not really a Republican and not really a conservative. And, what Jeff Flake was talking about is that he voted against prescription drugs, he voted against the George W. Bush proposals that busted the budget, in his view. He views himself as a real conservative. He's making a distinction between conservatism and populism, and I think that's a good conversation to have for Republicans as well as Democrats.

What you're seeing, David, in your precinct and elsewhere and certainly in West Virginia which is, you know, ground zero of Trump country, is, anger against elites. People feeling that they've been passed over, anger, you know, you see the state, the stats on anger against elite colleges, even among those who are college-educated. Extraordinary.

So it's anger against all of us, the media, as well, and Trump has just tapped into that. And I really appreciated that Jeff Flake said the “lock her up,” those cries at the Republican convention by Michael Flynn no less, the call and response was really a nadir of the Republi-- what I view as the Republican Party.

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TODD: Heather, I want to -- she referenced a stat here I want to put it up here on this issue, sort of the anti-intellectual streak that’s taking place in the Republican electorate. 58 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a negative effect on the way things are going in this country. That is a -- I mean, it was a startling, wait a minute, I thought we all agreed college was good. We can have a debate about openness in ideologies at universities, but when did we go all the way there?

HEATHER MCGHEE: Well, I think you really have to sort of follow the thread of this narrative. You know, Republican strategists began to really recognize how much more highly educated folks were trending towards being more liberal.

And we can talk about why that might be, I mean, Republicans would say it's a nefarious liberal bias on campus. Other’s might say it's actually the more that you study the history and the world, you understand how much we've fallen short on values of justice and equality and you want to tend to work more veraciously towards those goals.

But if you look at right-wing media. A narrative has taken root, it's like the liberal outrage campus of the day. And that's where that's coming from. There's been a real spotlight, a distortion I think of the news of what is coming out of college campuses. That it's very clear, you start to see it pop-up Breitbart, you start to see it pop-up on Fox News and then it moves into the Republican voter.

11:24:34 AM

MITCHELL: But one of the things that really strikes me when we talk about college campuses and Millennials is the sort of tuning out of politics, elected politics. And it gets back to what I think we really need to see in both parties, is focusing on legislatures and on governors and thinking. And not being afraid of being purged from the rolls, and that is a very effective strategy by, you know, the extreme of the right-wing right now is trying to claim that there was election fraud and taking this fake commission and making it into a real fear factor for people who won't tip their toes into elected politics.

CNN’s Zakaria: Democrats ‘Out of Touch’ With Voters on Immigration

On Wednesday, two GOP Senators, with help from the White House, rolled out a new legal immigration proposal that put emphasis on certain merits to receive a green card. And as the Media Research Center reported later that night, the liberal media was up in arms. But CNN’s Fareed Zakaria took a different approach during his show Global Public Square are Sunday. According to him, the Democratic Party were the ones “out of touch” with the feelings of many Americans.

He blamed it on the party’s ability to demonize those that simply disagree with their dogma. He recalled the story Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, who wanted to add a pro-life stance to the party’s platform in 1992. “He fully understood that the motion would be voted down. But the Democratic Party refused to permit him even to air his views, so great was his heresy,” Zakaria explained as an example.

“That sent a strong signal to working-class Catholic and evangelical voters that if they did not fall in line on this one issue they were no longer welcome in the party,” read Zakaria, from a book by Mark Lilla.

The CNN host cited poll data to prove the point that in 2016 the Democrats lost some support since 2012 based primarily on the issue immigration:

Look at the Democracy Fund's voter survey, done in the wake of the 2016 election. If you compare two groups of voters, those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and then Hillary Clinton in 2016 and those who voted for Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016. The single biggest divergence on policy between these two groups is immigration.

“In other words, there are many Americans who are otherwise sympathetic to Democratic ideas, but on a few key issues, principally immigration think the party is out of touch,” Zakaria added.

According to a Harvard scholar Zakaria was citing, the Democratic Party had a problem reconciling it’s FDR era position of promoting unity and its current hobby of driving cultural wedges between us and calling it individualism.

“Immigration is the perfect issue on which Democrats could demonstrate that they care about national unity and identity,” he said, touting their political ability.

Yet Zakaria also chastised the GOP plan, saying: “To be clear, I think that the bill that the Republicans rolled out this week is bad public policy and mean spirited symbolism.” That’s despite the fact that the proposal was crafted after the immigration systems of Canada and Australia, two counties the left says we need to live like because of their socialized health care and gun control.

Zakaria seemed to beg the Democrats to get themselves together and take the lead on an immigration solution. “Democrats must find a middle path on immigration. They can battle Donald Trump's drastic solutions but still, speak in the language of national unity and identity,” he told them. “The country's motto, after all, is, ‘out of many, one,’ not the other way around.”

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CNN
Fareed Zakaria GPS
August 6, 2017
10:01:39 AM Eastern

FAREED ZAKARIA: In 1992, Pennsylvania’s Governor Robert Casey, Democrat dedicated to the working class, asked to speak at the national convention in New York City. He wanted to propose a pro-life plank for the party platform. Mostly as a way to affirming his Catholic beliefs. He fully understood that the motion would be voted down. But the Democratic Party refused to permit him even to air his views, so great was his heresy.

In his brief brilliant forthcoming book The Once and Future Liberal, Mark Lilla writes: “That sent a strong signal to working-class Catholic and evangelical voters that if they did not fall in line on this one issue they were no longer welcome in the party.”

I wonder today if Democrats aren't making the same mistake on immigration. To be clear, I think that the bill that the Republicans rolled out this week is bad public policy and mean spirited symbolism. But that’s not the issue.

Lilla acknowledges he is, in fact, a pro-choice absolutist on abortion. But he argues that a national party must build a big tent that accommodates people who dissent from the main party line on a few issues.

In Lilla’s view, there is a larger crisis within American liberalism. The movement has had two very different visions. The first one Franklin Roosevelt’s: A collective national effort to help all people participate in the country’s economic and political life. It’s symbol was two hands shaking, an affirmation of the binding strength of national unity.

The more recent liberal project has been centered on identity, affirming not unity but difference. Nurturing a celebrating not national identities but subnational ones: Women, Hispanics, Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans.

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Immigration is the perfect issue on which Democrats could demonstrate that they care about national unity and identity. And that they understand voters for whom this is a core concern.

Look at the Democracy Fund's voter survey, done in the wake of the 2016 election. If you compare two groups of voters, those who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and then Hillary Clinton in 2016 and those who voted for Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016. The single biggest divergence on policy between these two groups is immigration.

In other words, there are many Americans who are otherwise sympathetic to Democratic ideas, but on a few key issues, principally immigration think the party is out of touch. And they are right. Consider the facts. Legal immigration in America has expanded dramatically over the last four decades. In 1970, 4.7 percent of the American population was foreign born, today it's 13.4 percent. That's a large shift in a small period of time and it is natural that it has caused some anxiety and the anxiety is about more than just jobs.

In his 2004 book Who are We?, the Harvard scholar Samuel Huntington asserted that America had more than a founding ideology, in had a culture, one that had shaped it powerfully. “Would America be the America it is today if in the 17th and 18th centuries it had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish or Portuguese Catholics,” Huntington asked. “The answer is no. It would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico or Brazil.”

Democrats must find a middle path on immigration. They can battle Donald Trump's drastic solutions but still, speak in the language of national unity and identity. The country's motto after all, is, “out of many, one,” not the other way around.

Chris Hayes and Al Gore Compare White House to GoT’s 'Red Wedding'

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes invited former Vice President and climate alarmist Al Gore onto All In on Wednesday to promote his new climate change propaganda film. While on the show, Hayes invited Gore to hammer and smear the current White House. Gore went to an extremely dark place when he compared the administration was run to a bloody and brutal mass murder in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones.

Last week somebody said it was like the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, with people coming and going and I’m going to fire everybody, and it was really wild,” Gore chided, to Hayes’ amusement.

But wait-- I want to stop you there. Do you watch that like everybody else does and just say, ‘What the heck is going on,’” a very giddy Hayes inquired. “You’re talking about Game of Thrones or the White House,” Gore jokingly asked, drawing the roaring laughter of Hayes and his studio crew.

What made Gore’s comparison, and Hayes’ joy, exceptionally grotesque was that the Red Wedding scene was a massive betrayal and a butchering of people. During the bloody massacre, Queen Talisa Stark, wife of Robb Stark the King in the North, was stabbed multiple times in the stomach with the intent to kill her and her unborn child.

And with a smile on his face, Hayes answered his guest, quipping: “Both, but the White House in this case.” “No, it’s deeply troubling. And for me, the most troubling part of it is that it serves as a set of constant distractions from the problems we should be addressing. Nothing’s getting done,” Gore responded as he began to tout the actions of Congress.

It was then Hayes’ turn to slam Trump, and Republicans in general, by noting a “connection between climate denialism and Trumpism.” In a rambling question to Gore, he asked:

But you know you have an entire movement and political party that rallied around a preposterous conspiracy theory which was that there was a coordinated conspiracy driven by multiple scientists and institutions around the globe to deceive people about the basic science of this matter and if you can believe that, it’s not surprising to me that you would produce a president like this. Do you feel like there’s a connection there?

According to Gore, “Donald Trump is the most extreme form of a trend that actually started earlier.” The “trend” he was speaking of was the sort of dumbing down of society that occurred “when television began to dominate the media space.” He then lamented that we used to make “better decisions than any other country.

So not only does Al Gore think the White House is run by Lord Walder Frey (the architect of the Red Wedding), but he loathes those who put Trump in the White House. And during all of this, Hayes had no push back for his guest. He was just sitting there enthralled by Gore’s disparaging comments.

Transcript below:

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MSNBC
All-In
August 2, 2017
8:53:24 PM Eastern

CHRIS HAYES: You were someone who is very associated in, I would say your public profile, with a certain approach to governance that might be called data driven, technocratic.

AL GORE: Reason based.

HAYES: Right. I just wonder, you were in an administration for eight years. You served in the United States Senate. You were the son of a United States Senator. You’ve been around governance. You’ve been around public service. What it is like to watch the way this White House functions? And from your perspective, there are a lot of people who watch and say I’ve never seen anything like this, you heard the phrase: “This is not normal.” You’re someone who has been around, you’ve been in these meetings. Do you feel the same way watching this White House function the way that it does?

GORE: Oh, yeah. I think in the process, the President has been isolating himself from the rest of the country. You see Republicans in the House and Senate now moving to separate themselves in increasing numbers from the dysfunction and distractions, constant distractions in the White House. Last week somebody said it was like the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, with people coming and going and I’m going to fire everybody, and it was really wild. But for me--

HAYES: But wait-- I want to stop you there. Do you watch that like everybody else does and just say, “What the heck is going on?”

GORE: You’re talking about Game of Thrones or the White House?

[Laughter]

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HAYES: Both, but the White House in this case.

GORE: Yeah, sure. No, it’s deeply troubling. And for me, the most troubling part of it is that it serves as a set of constant distractions from the problems we should be addressing. Nothing’s getting done. That’s why the congress is now moving on its own, or beginning to.

HAYES: I think there’s a connection between climate denialism and Trumpism in this respect: That people talk about Trump as being this sort of outlier of Republican Party or the conservative movement, and he is for many reasons he is, partly. But you know you have an entire movement and political party that rallied around a preposterous conspiracy theory which was that there was a coordinated conspiracy driven by multiple scientists and institutions around the globe to deceive people about the basic science of this matter and if you can believe that, it’s not surprising to me that you would produce a president like this. Do you feel like there’s a connection there?

GORE: Oh, yeah, absolutely. I think that Donald Trump is the most extreme form of a trend that actually started earlier.

I’ll tell you the break point in my observation, was when television began to dominate the media space.

HAYES: The worst, isn’t it?

GORE: Well… Your show is certainly one of the exceptions, Chris.

ABC, NBC Ignore West Virginia’s Governor Ditching Dems for GOP

Early Thursday morning, President Trump teased a big announcement that would be made at his campaign rally in West Virginia later in the day. Like many things in Washington lately, the announcement leaked early and it was one liberals couldn’t stand: Jim Justice, the governor of the state, was changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

It’s rare for sitting governors to change their party affiliation, but that didn’t matter to ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News who ignored the news altogether.

CBS was the only network in the Big Three to give the story any time. But during CBS Evening News, Anchor Anthony Mason down played the development with a mere 13-second-long news brief:

The President is promising a big announcement at a rally this evening in West Virginia. Spoiler alert: The news is the governor of West Virginia is switching parties. Democrat Jim Justice is becoming a Republican.

Perhaps the party switch was too hard for ABC and NBC to swallow. Especially since the switch further solidified the Republican party’s dominance in the 50 states. With the affiliation swap of Governor Justice, the GOP now controls the governorship in 34 states.

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And on top of that, there are two gubernatorial races set to be held later this year in New Jersey and Virginia. The race in New Jersey doesn’t look good for the GOP to retain it, but the race in Virginia is still anyone’s game.

Instead of reporting on the rare party identification switch of a sitting U.S. governor, ABC World News Tonight thought it was more important to dedicate 17 seconds to a list of the most stolen car models in America. Meanwhile, on NBC Nightly News, Anchor Lester Holt spent 30 seconds reporting on a Boeing test flight that drew an outline of the plane in the sky.

Transcript below:

CBS Evening News
August 3, 2017
6:38:54 PM Eastern [13 seconds]

ANTHONY MASON: The President is promising a big announcement at a rally this evening in West Virginia. Spoiler alert: The news is the governor of West Virginia is switching parties. Democrat Jim Justice is becoming a Republican.

But Brian Williams? Chuck Todd Laments: ‘I Would Be Fired for Lying’

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd spent the first 20 minutes on Wednesday’s MTP Daily complaining about the White House and its “credibility crisis.” “If it's Wednesday, we've come a long way from George Washington and that cherry tree. Tonight, the White House credibility crisis deepens,” he mocked, as he started his show after the administration was found to have misled on several occasions. “I would be fired for lying,” he lamented, noting how people are skeptical of the press.

Todd began his opening rant by playing a clip of the day’s White House press briefing where Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked: “Do you see any circumstances where it's appropriate to lie from the podium?” “And it's a question that had to be asked TODAY of this White House,” an irritated Todd sounded off.

But NBC was nowhere to be found back in late 2013 when Fox News’ James Rosen cornered State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki on the Iran deal negotiations, asking: “Is it the policy of the State Department, where the preservation of the secrecy of secret negotiations is concerned, to lie in order to achieve that goal?” NBC was also nowhere to found when the Obama administration was caught editing the question out of their archived video in early June of 2016.

They’ve compounded misleading statements with misleading statements about those misleading statements,” Todd bemoaned about the current White House. They've been caught in blatant contradictions and petty fabrications. Where to begin?

Perhaps it’s best to start with those who are the pot calling the kettle black.

Unironically, Todd whined to NPR’s David Folkenflik that he has talked to people who have told him they “don't know what to believe” anymore between politicians and the media. “And they sort of throw up their hands and say: ‘I give up.’”

But who could blame them? It’s not like they can look to MSNBC for completely factual coverage.

Take Andrea Mitchell for example. When Justice Neil Gorsuch was still in the early stages of the nomination process, Mitchell lied and claimed that President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was never granted a meeting with any GOP Senators when, in fact, he met with 16 of them. That was a lie also told by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

There were numerous MSNBC hosts, like Katy Tur, who rewrite history to suit their political arguments for the day. And others, like Stephanie Ruhle, who parrot debunked Planned Parenthood propaganda.

But the network’s Rachel Maddow really took the cake when she completely fabricated a scandal involving President Trump and ‘missing funds’ for his inauguration. The evidence for her accusations broke down to: “The inauguration didn’t look like it cost $107 million, so there for Trump must be doing something shady.”

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And for all of Todd’s chiding that no one could “take [the Trump administration] at their word at anything,” they constantly took the Obama administration’s word on everything, despite their lies about Operation Fast and Furious and the Benghazi attack.

In describing his reaction to those skeptical people, a clearly frustrated Todd, declared: “I always want to say: ‘I would be fired for lying.’” “You would be, but not everybody believes that,” Folkenflik responded without missing a beat. But would he really? Because all the evidence points to no. MSNBC has yet to fire any of the previously mentioned liars.

And that’s not to mention their most infamous embarrassment: Brian Williams. Despite Williams’ disgraceful lying about his time in the Middle East, MSNBC found it appropriate to keep him on the payroll. And with enough time, he eventually got his own show during the 2016 election called The 11th Hour. The network also conducted an internal and secret investigation into Williams’ offense, but have never been forthcoming with their findings.

There is an abundance of evidence that shows how MSNBC has an ankle high bar for truth telling standards, and they’ll help up those who manage to trip on it. So Todd’s job is secure. And since that’s clearly the case for MSNBC, in the words of Chuck Todd himself: “Why should we or the public or Congress or the world take them at their word at anything?

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MSNBC
MTP Daily
August 2, 2017
5:00:34 PM Eastern

CHUCK TODD: If it's Wednesday, we've come a long way from George Washington and that cherry tree. Tonight, the White House credibility crisis deepens.

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I don't think it's appropriate to lie from the podium or any other place.

TODD: More cases of team Trump's taste for fake news. But are they misstatements, miss directions or simply makes?

GEORGE COSTANZA: Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it.

TODD: The line between truth and fiction continues to get blurry.

5:01:31 PM Eastern

TODD: Well, good evening. I'm Chuck Todd here in New York and welcome to MPT Daily. Tonight's lead is one that we as journalists don't take pleasure in writing. Folks, it’s one thing to evade. That’s common in politics. But it's another when you mislead and get caught. And it's a whole another animal if you flat-out lie.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you see any circumstances where it's appropriate to lie from the podium?

SANDERS: Absolutely not. I don't think it's appropriate to lie from the podium or any other place.

TODD: And it's a question that had to be asked TODAY of this White House. But cover this White house over the past few days, it has been a mind numbing combination of shocking, frustrating, and depressing because as bad as we thought the credibility crisis was, it's gotten much worse.

They’ve compounded misleading statements with misleading statements about those misleading statements. They've been caught in blatant contradictions and petty fabrications. Where to begin?

5:06:14 PM Eastern

TODD: Why should we or the public or Congress or the world take them at their word at anything?

It's extraordinarily uncomfortable. As a journalist, we believe we're referees, we're calling balls and strikes. When you get lied to as a human being, you immediately look at that person, whoever lied to you, you look at them differently. So, yes, I think us in the press corps, we're sitting there—we’re more skeptical at anything that comes out of the White House. Trump's base is very skeptical of us. Herein our dilemma.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK: So, well, this is about credibility. I mean, one of the facets of this when you think about it is that reporters react badly, news organizations react badly when being lied to. As you felt you were perhaps lied to by Jay Sekulow in that clip. Because credibility is the currency of the realm here. Like, we’re not trading things, we’re not doing commodities here. This is what we’re trying to do: We're trying to traffic in information, context, and truth so people understand the world around them and this defeats that purpose. So the press has a credibility issue in part because of our failing. And in part because of the fact that we have been used as a political target to bludgeon for political purposes by folks on both sides but particularly the right.

5:10:39 PM Eastern

TODD: And I said this yesterday-- There is some segment of the population that is, you know, watching, you know, what the politicians are saying, watching the press and thinks: “I don't know what to believe, and I don't know who to believe.” And they sort of throw up their hands and say: “I give up.” And I've had that conversation with folks and I'm like: “what, are you kidding me?” I always want to say: “I would be fired for lying.”

FOLKENFLIK: You would be, but not everybody believes that.

TODD: I know.

ABC, NBC Fear and Smear Trump’s Legal Immigration Reform, ‘Crackdown’

At the White House on Wednesday, the President rolled out a new legislative proposal to reform the current legal immigration system by having it focused on skilled labor and other merits. And as would be expected, the liberal media was foaming at the mouth over it. Their disgust was obvious during ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News where they smear it and touted the irate out bursts of CNN’s Jim Acosta.

President Trump endorsing a new immigration plan that would ultimately cut legal immigration into this country in half,” declared ABC Anchor David Muir, with worry in his voice. “And from the White House podium today, a fierce debate over what the Statue of Liberty really stands for.

ABC Correspondent Mary Bruce lamented the new bill, complaining that “the bill pushes skilled workers and English speakers to the front of the line, and limits admissions based on family connections.

And what about protections for dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children,” she went on to fret. “… the White House says they still don't have an answer.

To begin the segment on NBC, an uneasy Lester Holt announced that “it would slash legal immigration by half over a decade, with strict new conditions that have some critics up in arms.” He handed it off to National Correspondent Peter Alexander, who wasted little time in tearing the proposal down, “The President's proposal going beyond the campaign promise to crackdown on illegal immigration,” Alexander claimed.

Alexander also showcased the opposition to the proposal. In a recorded statement, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin denounced the plan, saying:

The biggest flaw in this proposal is the notion that there are long lines of Americans waiting to pick fruit and to work in hospitals and hotels and restaurants and meat processing plants. Exactly the opposite's true.

But what went undiscussed by Alexander, was that most of the jobs Durbin mentioned were seasonal ones covered by the H2B visa program. The H2B visa program was actually expanded under the Trump administration, which was something that had not been reported by NBC News when it occurred earlier in the summer.

Those two members of the Big Three glorified CNN’s Jim Acosta haranguing of White House Adviser Stephen Miller over the morality of the bill. “Miller was challenged on whether the bill lives up to American values,” touted ABC’s Bruce. she played a clip of Acosta talking about how the bill went against the poem on the Statue of Liberty. On NBC, Alexander played a clip of Acosta underhandedly implying racial motives by the White House.

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Both ABC and NBC also blacked out the fact that the new legal immigration proposal was crafted after the merit-based immigration systems of Canada and Australia. Both of those countries were often used as examples by the left for how the United States should live and operate. So apparently, Canada’s health care system and Australia’s gun control regulations were good enough for the U.S., but their immigration systems weren’t.

CBS was the only network in the Big Three to take a more measured approach to the bill. “The President wants to place new limits on legal immigration and create a new system that would be based more on merit and skills,” reported Anchor Anthony Mason during CBS Evening News. And after playing a long clip of the Miller/Acosta bout, he noted that “for the record, a poem, The New Colossus was written by Emma Lazarus for an auction to raise money for the construction of the pedestal on which Lady Liberty rests.

Transcripts below:

ABC
World News Tonight
August 2, 2017
6:33:43 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Now to the major development from the White House today. President Trump endorsing a new immigration plan that would ultimately cut legal immigration into this country in half. The measure also favors highly skilled workers. There was immediate reaction even from some Republicans today. And from the White House podium today, a fierce debate over what the Statue of Liberty really stands for. ABC's Mary Bruce on the hill again tonight.

[Cuts to video]

MARY BRUCE: Eager to tackle a key campaign promise, President Trump today made a surprise push to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

DONALD TRUMP: This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families.

BRUCE: Standing with two Republican Senators, the President embraced their bill to slash legal immigration in half. The bill pushes skilled workers and English speakers to the front of the line, and limits admissions based on family connections. Those Senators described the plan as modest and incremental, but today Stephen Miller, one of the President's top advisers called it a "sea change."

STEVEN MILLER: What President Trump has done today is one of the most important legislative moves that we've seen on this issue in many, many years.

BRUCE: But Miller was challenged on whether the bill lives up to American values.

BRUCE: And what about protections for dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children? The President told David in January, that announcement was coming soon.

MUIR: Mr. President, will they be allowed to stay?

TRUMP: I'm going tell you over the next four weeks.

BRUCE: Today, 27 weeks later, the White House says they still don't have an answer.

[Cuts back to live]

MUIR: So let's get to Mary Bruce live on the hill for us tonight. And Mary, the President endorsing this bill today, but give us a reality check as you often do. Does it have enough support at this point to pass?

BRUCE: David, tonight this bill doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It lacks support even from Republicans. Congress has a long to-do list up here, and right now, immigration reform isn't on the schedule, David.

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NBC Nightly News
August 2, 2017
7:05:58 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: To the White House now. President Trump today throwing his support behind a plan to profoundly change immigration policy in this country. It would slash legal immigration by half over a decade, with strict new conditions that have some critics up in arms. NBC News National Correspondent Peter Alexander has details.

[Cuts to video]

PETER ALEXANDER: President Trump tonight vowing to dramatically cut legal immigration by prioritizing English-speaking immigrants with skills that help grow the economy.

DONALD TRUMP: This competitive application process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy.

ALEXANDER: The President's proposal going beyond the campaign promise to crackdown on illegal immigration.

TRUMP: These illegal workers draw much more out from the system than they can ever possibly pay back.

ALEXANDER: Mr. Trump's message tonight reinforced by one of his top aides.

STEPHEN MILLER: We're saying our compassion, first and foremost, is for struggling American families.

ALEXANDER: Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller clashing with reporters.

JIM ACOSTA: Sounds like you're trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.

MILLER: That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you've ever said.

ALEXANDER: The new bill backed by two conservative Republican Senators already facing fierce backlash on Capitol Hill.

DICK DURBIN: The biggest flaw in this proposal is the notion that there are long lines of Americans waiting to pick fruit and to work in hospitals and hotels and restaurants and meat processing plants. Exactly the opposite's true.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: This immigration proposal is not going to go anywhere because it really would devastate the economy.

ALEXANDER: The President trying to get back on message with his base, drawing a hard line on immigration.

[Cuts back to live]

Tonight the President insists the proposal, if passed, would be the most significant change to the nation's immigration system in half a century. But saying it and doing it are two very different things for a President still waiting for his first legislative victory. Lester?

CNN/Al Gore Propaganda: Climate a Matter of ‘Right and Wrong’ Like Civil Rights

The highlight of CNN’s primetime lineup Tuesday was  The Climate Crisis town hall where they teamed up with former Vice President and climate alarmist Al Gore to push his propaganda. “Consensus in the scientific community is clear. Sea levels are rising. The oceans are warming,” moderator Anderson Cooper declared as he started the program. The event became even more ridiculous when Gore equated getting people to believe him was like the Civil Rights movement, in that “it's just really a question of right and wrong.”

Gore’s shameful self-aggrandizing came after Cooper teed him up to push for more U.S. resources to be diverted to solar energy. “You know, you talk about solar, why does the U.S. only get about 1 percent of its electricity right now from solar,” he asked. Progress was slow, according to gore, but a tipping point was to happen very soon.

The former Vice President then smeared those skeptical of his radical and wrong predictions by equating them to racists that opposed the Civil Rights movement. “When I was a boy growing up a lot of the time in the south, I remember when the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum,” he recalled. “I'll tell you the resistance to Civil Rights laws was just as fierce if not more so than the resistance to solving is the climate crisis.”

“Ultimately, we crossed a political tipping point and people realized oh, it's just really a question of right and wrong,” Gore added without a peep from Cooper.

Out of the nine average Americans who were selected to pose questions to Gore, only two of them offered any kind of push back to his claims. One questioned the morality of actively seeking to put coal miners out of work, while the other dried up Gore’s assertion of rising sea levels.

James Eskridge was the mayor of Tangier Island, an island that has been in the process of being reclaimed by the ocean. But Mayor Eskridge knows it’s not the rising water levels behind it:

I've been working the Chesapeake Bay for 50-plus years and I have a crab-house business out on the water. And the water level is the same as it was when the place was built in 1970. I'm not a scientist, but I'm a keen observer and if sea level rise is occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it?

Being the highfalutin elitist that he was, Gore scoffed at the Mayor’s statement, asking: “What do you think the erosion is due to, Mayor?” Eskridge explained that wave action and storms were responsible for the erosion that “has been going on since Captain John Smith discovered the island and named it.”

“And if I see sea level rise occurring, I'll shout it from the housetop,” Eskridge joked. “I mean, we don't have the land to give up, but I'm just not seeing it.”

Clearly fed up with the conversation, Gore seemed to lament about having to dumb down what he was saying to convince simple people:

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Well, arguments about science aren't necessarily going to be of any comfort to you.

Yeah. Okay. Well, one of the challenges of this issue is taking what the -- what the scientists say and translating it into terms that are believable to people where they can see the consequences in their own lives. And I get that and I try every day to figure out ways to do that.

There was no mention by Cooper of Gore’s hypocrisy of living an extravagant life style where he got to prance around the globe on a polluting private jet while living in a home with a $30,000 utility bill. But Cooper did allow him to twist a claim he once made to suit recent events.

“Probably the single-most criticized scene in that movie was an animated sequence showing that sea level rise plus the storm surge would bring ocean water into the 9/11 Memorial site where the Twin Towers were and people said that's ridiculous,” he said as he noted how “Super-storm” Sandy did just that.

But Gore’s prediction was not that a storm would flood the site, but that rising sea levels would reclaim the site and permanently reshape the coast line of Manhattan, and much of the United States, by 2014. And since we’re talking about Gore’s wrong predictions, let’s talk about what he had said about hurricanes.

According to Gore’s movie, Americans should be afraid because nearly every future hurricane was going to be another Katrina and was going to reach category four and five in strength nearly every time. But according to NOAA’s own data, since 2010 the U.S. had only been hit by six hurricanes with the strongest one being a category two. In fact, the last time the U.S. experienced a stronger hurricane was back in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma made landfall.

Of course, there was no mention of any of that since CNN was more than happy to aid Gore in his endeavor to push climate change propaganda and alarmism.

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The Climate Change Crisis
August 1, 2017
9:00:35 PM Eastern

ANDERSON COOPER: We're here for a special CNN town hall on the climate crisis with former Vice President Al Gore. I'm Anderson cooper. I want to welcome our viewers watching in the United States and watching around the world. Consensus in the scientific community is clear. Sea levels are rising. The oceans are warming. But there's not a consensus, at least among politicians here, what to do about it. Now, 11 years after the release of a film "An Inconvenient Truth,” Vice President Al Gore is out with a new film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power."

9:23:48 PM Eastern

MAYOR JAMES ESKRIDGE: Vice President Gore, Mr. Cooper, I'm a commercial crabber and I've been working the Chesapeake Bay for 50-plus years and I have a crab-house business out on the water. And the water level is the same as it was when the place was built in 1970. I'm not a scientist, but I'm a keen observer and if sea level rise is occurring, why am I not seeing signs of it? I mean, our island is disappearing, but it's because of erosion and not sea level rise, and unless we get a sea-wall, we will lose our island, but back to the question, why am I not seeing signs of the sea level rise?

AL GORE: What do you think the erosion is due to, Mayor?

ESKRIDGE: Wave action. Storms.

GORE: Has that increased any?

ESKRIDGE: Not really. I mean –

GORE: So you're losing the island even though the waves haven't increased?

ESKRIDGE: Yes. This erosion has been going on since Captain John Smith discovered the island and named it.

GORE: Well –

ESKRIDGE: It's got to our doorstep now and we focus on it more.

GORE: Well, arguments about science aren't necessarily going to be of any comfort to you and I'm sorry for what you're going through and your neighbors on Tangier Island. I read about you in the paper. There was an article in The Washington Post I believe after President Trump called you up. Won't necessarily do you any good for me to tell you the scientists do say that the sea level is rising in the Chesapeake Bay and you’ve lost about two-thirds of your island already over a longer period of time and the forecast for the future is another two feet of -- what would another -- if there was another two feet of sea level rise, what would that mean for Tangier Island?

ESKRIDGE: Tangier island, our elevation is only about four foot above sea level.

GORE: Yeah.

ESKRIDGE: And if I see sea level rise occurring, I'll shout it from the housetop.

GORE: Okay.

ESKRIDGE: I mean, we don't have the land to give up, but I'm just not seeing it.

GORE: Yeah. Okay. Well, one of the challenges of this issue is taking what the -- what the scientists say and translating it into terms that are believable to people where they can see the consequences in their own lives. And I get that and I try every day to figure out ways to do that.

9:31 14 PM Eastern

GORE: And the predictions of the climate scientists in the past have, unfortunately, come true. When the first movie came out, you referred to it, one of the-- probably the single-most criticized scene in that movie was an animated sequence showing that sea level rise plus the storm surge would bring ocean water into the 9/11 Memorial site where the Twin Towers were and people said that's ridiculous. But when super-storm Sandy hit, sure enough, years before it was predicted to occur, the ocean water flooded into that site.

9:49:31 PM Eastern

COOPER: You know, you talk about solar, why does the U.S. only get about 1 percent of its electricity right now from solar? I mean, if it's so great?

GORE: Well, it's increasing rapidly, and the big change in the cost reduction has come just in the last few years, and where technology particularly is concerned, also politics sometimes, there was a great economist who died a few years ago, Rudy Dornbush, and he said this. He said, "Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could."

And we've seen that with all these technological advances like the smartphones and so forth. We've seen it in politics also. When I was a boy growing up a lot of the time in the south, I remember when the Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum. I'll tell you the resistance to Civil Rights laws was just as fierce if not more so than the resistance to solving is the climate crisis. Ultimately, we crossed a political tipping point and people realized oh, it's just really a question of right and wrong. Take the gay rights revolution.

Nets Ignore Pentagon Program ‘Compromised’ by Poorly Vetted Immigrants

During Tuesday’s Special Report, Fox News Channel confirmed that the Pentagon had suspended their program that allowed certain immigrants hastened U.S. citizenship, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). “Lawmakers tell us the program has been, quote, "compromised." With reports that some enrollees are unaccounted for tonight and fears of foreign infiltration spreading across Capitol Hill,” announced Anchor Bret Baier at the top of the show.

Although Fox News Channel’s confirmation was exclusive, talk of a “compromised” program had been around for a while, with no mention of it by the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC).

In describing the purpose of the Pentagon’s program, Fox News Channel’s Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen explained that “since 2009, the Defense Department has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces under [MAVNI] … In exchange for service, the foreigners selected for language or other needed skills can receive an expedited path to U.S. citizenship.”

The knowledge of the MAVNI program possibly being compromised by hostile actors had been publicly talked about since at least late June of 2017. In a public Congressional Hearing on June 28, Oklahoma Representative Steve Russell told his colleagues that “the program has been replete with problems to include foreign infiltration.”

“So much so that the Department of Defense is seeking to suspend the program due to those concerns,” Congressman Russell added.

The possible ending of MANVI was first reported by The Washington Post on June 26. “The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows,” they wrote.

According to an official Pentagon memo obtained by NPR, and reported on in early July 2017, “the potential threat posed by individuals who may have a higher risk of connections to Foreign Intelligence Services." “And it refers to an ‘elevated’ risk of an insider threat,” NPR added.

In his report on Tuesday, Rosen mentioned that the IG review of the program had been going on for 15 months and reported that the Pentagon was not answering major questions:

And one of those lawmakers is also saying to me now that he isn't getting answers from the Pentagon to the questions: Where are these people? What do they know? Where are they serving? And, what are their numbers?

It’s a truly shocking revelation that went unreported by ABC, CBS, and NBC for over a month. Since the program was completely suspended with concerns of it being “compromised,” and now with reports of unaccounted soldiers, let’s see if it will get on the radar of the Big Three Networks.

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FNC
Special Report
August 1, 2017
6:00:44 PM Eastern

BRET BAIER: But we begin tonight with a Fox News exclusive. The Defense Department Inspector General has completed an investigation into a Pentagon program that offers foreign-born individuals an expedited path to citizenship in return for military service. Lawmakers tell us the program has been, quote, "compromised." With reports that some enrollees are unaccounted for tonight and fears of foreign infiltration spreading across Capitol Hill. The Pentagon is saying little on the record tonight but is acknowledging, quote, "potential security risks to the homeland." Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen with the exclusive story.

[Cuts to video]

JAMES ROSEN: Since 2009, the Defense Department has enrolled more than 10,000 foreign-born individuals into the U.S. armed forces under a program called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI. In exchange for service, the foreigners selected for language or other needed skills can receive an expedited path to U.S. citizenship. Among the success stories is the army's soldier of the year in 2012, Sergeant Saral Shrestha of Nepal.

But lawmakers on three committees tell Fox News MAVNI has big problems, that the ranks have been, quote, “compromised” due to inadequate vetting and some MAVNI enrollees are now unaccounted for. The lack of discipline in implementation of the program has created problems elsewhere, said Republican Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma, a retired Army officer who first sounded the alarm a month ago.

STEVE RUSSELL: The program has been replete with problems to include foreign infiltration. So much so that the Department of Defense is seeking to suspend the program due to those concerns.

ROSEN: In deed, Fox News has confirmed exclusively that the Pentagon Inspector General began investigating MAVNI almost 15 months ago and issued a report in late June, its contents classified, evaluating the services compliance with security reviews for and monitoring of MAVNI enrollees.

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“The Department of Defense is conducting the review of the MAVNI pilot program due to potential security risks associated with the program,” a spokesman told us. Adding that they are suspended from taking new applications. But the Pentagon cited pending litigation for saying nothing more. A lawsuit filed in February against Defense Secretary James Mattis, in which seven MAVNI enrollees, all naturalized U.S. citizens, alleged their careers were crippled after DOD began restricting access to security clearances issued under MAVNI last fall.

GEN. JACK KEANE: I agree with suspending the program until we get to the bottom of it. If there is a penetration, this is a serious threat to us. ISIS has always had the desire to use migration as a way to penetrate into countries. They have done that successfully in Europe because of open borders, mass immigration with no vetting.

[Cuts back to live]

ROSEN: One lawmaker told Fox News that a backlog of cases led to applicants being enrolled in the armed forces before full clearance checks have been completed. Another problem was the use of MAVNI to hire workers like cooks, drivers, mechanics who did not possess the specialized skills MAVNI was created to exploit. Bret.

BAIER: That’s an amazing story, James. Do we know how many people are unaccounted for?

ROSEN: No, it could be-- We believe it's more than one because its “people.” It could be ten or more. We don’t know because the Pentagon isn't telling us. Some lawmakers have received classified briefings. And one of those lawmakers is also saying to me now that he isn't getting answers from the Pentagon to the questions: Where are these people? What do they know? Where are they serving? And, what are their numbers?

BAIER: And that’s a security we’ll be asking about going forwards. James Rosen, thank you.

CIA Director Pompeo Blasts NYT for Publishing Name of Clandestine Officer

At roughly nine o’clock Eastern Time Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry broke in with breaking news from the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. At the forum, CIA Director Mike Pompeo took to the stage slammed The New York Times for putting the life of an officer at risk. “We had a publication, you work for Bret, that published the name of an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. I find that unconscionable,” he angrily declared to the thunderous applause of the audience.

“What he was particularly angry about, the President’s CIA Director is the fact that The New York Times back in early June published an account of the new chief of Iran operations at the Central Intelligence Agency,” Henry announced as he began his report.

According to Henry, Fox News was refusing to share the officer’s name because they still worked undercover:

[The Times] noted that officials who commented on the identity of this person who's running Iran operations at the CIA spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is still working on a clandestine basis and this could, obviously, put his life in jeopardy if the Iranians figured out, if other officials around the world figure it out.

And for the same reason, this blog won’t mention their name or link to the offending article published by The New York Times. Notes of “[redacted]” are edits by this blog’s author.

“The C.I.A. declined to comment on [redacted]’s role, saying it does not discuss the identities or work of clandestine officials,” The Times wrote without a care. “The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because [redacted] remains undercover, as do many senior officials based at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va.”

The Times claimed one of the reasons they published the name was because it had appeared in other articles. Their second reason was that Donald Trump was the president. “[Redacted] is leading an important new administration initiative against Iran,” they said.

“It justified to The New York Times publishing, at least in their eyes, the name of this clandestine official because they wanted to tell the public about the Trump administration's approach to Iran and how it was going to be more aggressive than the Obama administration,” Henry explained.

In The Times report, the authors gave a description of where the officer lived, their spouse, work ethic, regions they operated in, and a detailed overview of their career and a few operations they were a part of.

It’s common practice in reporting to leave out the names of undercover officials to protect their identity and their life. But by their own admission, The New York Times published the name of the official partly due to the fact that Donald Trump was president. That is a disturbing diversion from standard protocol for largely a political reason.

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FNC
The Five
July 20, 2017
9:00:17 PM Eastern

DANA PERINO: This is a Fox News alert, earlier this evening CIA director Mike Pompeo slammed The New York Times for outing an undercover CIA officer. Let's bring in Fox News' Ed Henry for more on this story. Ed.

ED HENRY: Dana, good to see you. A dramatic development tonight. This is happening at the Aspen Security Forum, this is an annual event out in Colorado where every summer these various security officials, military leaders get together and talk about the top issues of the day.

Russian interference, by the way, in the last presidential election was also a major topic. We'll get into that because [Mike] Pompeo the CIA Director also got frustrated by a series of questions from reporters and panelists about that.

But what he was particularly angry about, the President’s CIA Director, is the fact that The New York Times back in early June published an account of the new chief of Iran operations at the Central Intelligence Agency. And they basically named this official even though he's a clandestine official and his identity is supposed to be secret. The CIA Director teed off on The New York Times for publishing his name.

MIKE POMPEO: We had a publication, you work for Bret, that published the name of an undercover officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. I find that unconscionable. [Applause]

HENRY: Now, Fox News is also withholding the identity of the CIA official because The New York Times in their own account in June did say he was still working as a clandestine official. They noted that officials who commented on the identity of this person who's running Iran operations at the CIA spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is still working on a clandestine basis and this could, obviously, put his life in jeopardy if the Iranians figured out, if other officials around the world figure it out.

The New York Times, by the way, in their June account justified publishing the name by saying: Number one, his identity had been previously named in other news accounts. And they also fell back on the notion that since he is running Iran operations for President Trump, who is pushing a more muscular approach toward Tehran. It justified to The New York Times publishing, at least in their eyes, the name of this clandestine official because they wanted to tell the public about the Trump administration's approach to Iran and how it was going to be more aggressive than the Obama administration, and potentially even include attempts to overthrow the Iranian government.

So, this is a dramatic development tonight, the CIA Director is saying that this could put this official in jeopardy and that the name should never have been published.

(…)

MSNBC’s Melber Claims Trump Can’t Fire Mueller; NBC Says He Can

In the wake of President Trump’s interview with The New York Times, where he hammered his Attorney General and pressed on the Russia investigation, MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber demonstrated that NBC can’t get its story straight. “And with regard to [Special Counsel] Mueller … just to be clear, neither the new FBI director nor the president has any ability to remove the special counsel,” Melber told colleague Katy Tur during Thursday’s MTP Daily. But just over a month earlier, their colleagues were freaking out about just that.

“And while all of that was playing out today, the future of Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel in the Russian investigation has called into question,” announced Anchor Lester Holt during June 13’s NBC Nightly News. “Will they stay or not? This comes after a friend of the President says he thinks Mr. Trump is considering removing Mueller.”

“President Trump under fire amid explosive allegations he's considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading the Russia probe,” added White House Correspondent Kristen Welker during her report.

Melber’s new comments came after reporters from The Times questioned Trump about what he would do if Special Counsel Mueller looked into the Trump family finances. Trump refused to answer with any specifics but that didn’t stop the media from jumping to the worst possible scenario.

So what sort of control, really, does the President have over those departments and what can he do? Can he end up firing all of those people that he's naming in that New York Times interview,” asked Tur. “No, he doesn't have lawful authority to remove all of those individuals, though he does over some,” Melber responded.

And if Melber’s assertion wasn’t clear enough, he reiterated himself, saying: “No, Mr. President, we have rules here that codify what it takes, and the president doesn't directly do it and he can only be dismissed for cause, unlike the FBI director who can be dismissed for any reason.

Of course, the President has the power to fire Mueller. Is it advisable? Probably not.

But how do we know Melber is wrong? Because after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the primetime cable channels (including MSNBC) compared Trump to Nixon 107 times on the first night. They made the connection because Nixon committed what was called “the Saturday night massacre” when he fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal.

Even the National Review’s Rich Lowry said that Trump had that authority. “All sorts of people will tell Trump not to fire Mueller. But we can be pretty certain that Trump didn’t sign up for a free-floating investigation into his businesses and that he believes — and must feel confirmed in the belief — that fortune favors the recklessly bold,” he wrote. “If Trump doesn’t fire Mueller, it will only be because every other day he’s talked out of following his instincts.”

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MTP Daily
July 20, 2017
5:08:27 PM Eastern

KATY TUR: So what sort of control, really, does the President have over those departments and what can he do? Can he end up firing all of those people that he's naming in that New York Times interview?

ARI MELBER: No, he doesn't have lawful authority to remove all of those individuals, though he does over some. I will say one thing in fairness to President Trump and one thing that's so wrong with his comments.

In fairness when you play, as you fairly did, the entire context of some of those comments, what you hear are reporters pressing him on what are commonly called hypotheticals and then saying: “Well, what are you going to do about it?” And he showed some fairly un-Trumpian restraint in saying: “Well, I don't think it's going to happen. I'm not going to answer that.” He did not actually go as far as to say what he would do about this so-called red line. And so –

TUR: Most people wouldn't put themselves in that position though.

MELBER: No, they wouldn't. And he is who he is, but I just want to be fair to the White House that this is not some situation where he did tweet or go give a speech raising a red line about family finances. He's being asked repeatedly from porters, which is our job. I'm not even saying this to criticize the reporters. I'm just noting “what are you going to do about it” and he said, “Well, I don't think it's going to happen.”

(…)

TUR: So is he effectively, could you say, warning Chris Wray: “You've it got to be loyal to me?” Ultimately they do serve at the pleasure of the President, but they also serve the Constitution.

MELBER: That's correct. They have a duty to uphold the Constitution and the law. And while he does higher and fire the FBI director, so in that broad sense he overseas him, the FBI director, as a matter of the chain of command, formally reports to the deputy attorney general. And with regard to Mueller, who is going to be protected from all of this to a certain degree because of the role of the special council-- just to be clear, neither the new FBI director nor the president has any ability to remove the special counsel.

TUR: Can he undercut him?

MELBER: Well, I mean, the question is how cooperative or uncooperative or obstructive is he being?

TUR: Yeah.

MELBER: But you do run the hypothetical I was talking about earlier, which in fairness the president has not reached yet and you say that he is seeking the dismissal of the special counsel, the short answer is: No, Mr. President, we have rules here that codify what it takes, and the president doesn't directly do it and he can only be dismissed for cause, unlike the FBI director who can be dismissed for any reason.

TUR: Ari Melber, thank very much.

Nets Blackout Report Showing Postal Service Broke Law to Support Hillary/Dems

In a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the United States Postal Service felt the heat bipartisan scorn for decades of violations of federal election laws. “A new report tonight states that Postal Service employees were allowed to take leave from their jobs and still get paid as they campaigned for Hillary Clinton last year,” announced Fox News Channel Anchor Bret Baier during Special Report. Evening in light of the report by Postal Service’s oversight office, ABC, CBS, and NBC failed to inform their viewers.

The systemic disregard for federal election law wasn’t just the concern of Fox News. Even the liberal Washington Post found the need to report it to their readers. “The Postal Service’s Office of Special Counsel and inspector general found that the agency violated the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees from working for or against a political candidate or party during election season,” wrote Lisa Rein.

“These allegations came to light because of one person, a postal worker named Timm Kopp. Investigators say he did something no one else did: spoke up,” reported Fox News Correspondent Ellison Barber.

At the Senate hearing, Timm Kopp explained to the panel why he was committed to his noble deed. “The union is always involved highly in political activities. And I did not want this to be a partisan thing by no regards,” he said. “I wanted it to be a thing where the general public does not lose trust with the integrity of the Post Office.”

“Federal employees, including postal workers, are allowed to use their time off to campaign or donate to political candidates,” The Post said. “But by directing that time off be granted even over the objections of local post office managers who said they would be understaffed, the Postal Service showed a workplace bias toward Clinton and other Democrats endorsed by the union.”

“The local post office manager pushed back and tried to deny the time-off requests, the letter carrier, Timm Kopp, testified Wednesday, but was rebuffed by upper management,” The Post’s Rein added.

And the objections to the Postal Service’s actions came from both sides of the political aisle, which was evident by the comments of both Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Ron Johnson, as shown on Fox News:

SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL: A period spanning at least three administrations, several different parties, and five postmasters general.

SEN. RON JOHNSON: How can you have such long-standing systemic violation of the Hatch Act and yet no body’s really held accountable?

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Barber also noted that “according to the report, 97 members took leave to be part of an AFL-CIO program that sought to help elect Hillary Clinton and other pro-worker candidates.” There was also a National Association of Letter Carriers newsletter that directed their members on who to support, which was not illegal but the report said it was an example of the biased allowed to take place.

According to the Office of Special Counsel’s report, the unbridled violations by the Postal Service go back almost three decades. But the disturbing nature of these federal violations by a federal entity were not enough to stir the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to action. But CBS did find the time to run a two minute and eight-second report on how Jurassic Park got the speed of the T-Rex completely wrong.

A mailman can out run the T-Rex apparently, but they can’t out run congressional oversight.

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Special Report
July 19, 2017
6:08:03 PM Eastern

BRET BAIER: A new report tonight states that Postal Service employees were allowed to take leave from their jobs and still get paid as they campaigned for Hillary Clinton last year. The postmaster general said today any violations of the law were unintentional. Correspondent Ellison Barber tonight on going postal for Hillary. Good evening, Ellison.

ALLISON BARBER: Good evening, Bret. These allegations came to light because of one person, a postal worker named Timm Kopp. Investigators say he did something no one else did: spoke up. Today he told the Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee why.

[Cuts to video]

TIMM KOPP: The union is always involved highly in political activities. And I did not want this to be a partisan thing by no regards. I wanted it to be a thing where the general public does not lose trust with the integrity of the Post Office.

[Cuts back to live]

BARBER: According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Postal Service did violate federal law by showing an institutional bias towards union backed candidates when they allowed union workers to take unpaid leave and participate in campaign activities.

Investigators say workers did receive compensation through the union's political action committee. The legal violations centered around ‘get out the vote efforts’ led by one of the nation’s largest federations of unions: the AFL-CIO.

According to the report, 97 members took leave to be part of an AFL-CIO program that sought to help elect Hillary Clinton and other pro-worker candidates. The report points to a union newsletter in the fall of 2016 to show some of that alleged bias. Writing quote: "The article titled ‘Trump vs. Clinton,’ praised Clinton's record and announced the National Association of Letter Carriers support for the following candidates for U.S. Senate in six priority battleground states."

All of those were Democrats. The report says the violations are systemic and likely started in the '90s.

[Cuts back to video]

SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL: A period spanning at least three administrations, several different parties, and five postmasters general.

RON JOHNSON: How can you have such long-standing systemic violation of the Hatch Act and yet no body’s really held accountable?

[Cuts back to live]

BARBER: The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in certain types of political activities but not all of them. It's an administrative restriction and not a criminal statute. National Association of Letter Carriers tells Fox News they reject these findings and do not see a violation of the Hatch Act. But the Postal Service says they are already correcting the issues outlined by the Office of Special Counsel. OSC says they are not taking disciplinary action because problems were not exclusively attributable to any particular employee. Bret.

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