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CNN Anchor: Trump Putting Journalists In Danger; “Declaration Of War On Media” Has “Emboldened” War Zones


CNN's Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent, served a guest host on Wednesday's broadcast of CNN's News Day. Ward fretted people in war zones have been "emboldened" by President Trump's "declaration of war on the media." Ward, expressing concern for members of the media in dangerous areas of the world, said to guest Chris Cillizza, 'I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible?' It should be noted Chris Cillizza is a Washington-based political correspondent and commentator. RELATED: CNN's Cuomo: This Whole Fake News Thing Needs To End, And It Needs To End Right Now Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem, who has received new-found fame after his exchange with White House deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday's press briefing, said Ward is "absolutely right" and talked about the trial and tribulations of reporters who have been jailed and even killed. "Our newspapers after Donald Trump's election, we've gotten threats from both the far left and the far right," Karem said. "They are emboldened, it is dangerous, and the fact of the matter is, it is insulting to the memory of the people who have given their lives for the cause for providing information to the public to then be told you are fake media, you do not matter, and what you're doing is false." Karem went as far to predict "we are going to see a reporter face physical harm because" of Trump. "And quite frankly, every one of us should stand up against that because it is undermining the First Amendment. It is dangerous, making it dangerous for reporters. You're absolutely right, there is going to come a time, and it's not going to be too far off I surmise when we're going to see a reporter is going to face physical harm because of this," he said. Transcript, via CNN: CLARISSA WARD, CNN HOST: Chris, at what point does this become dangerous? And I'm not just talking about dangerous in terms of tearing at the social fabric, I'm talking about dangerous as in a journalist gets hurt, because I can tell you working overseas in war zones, people are emboldened by the actions of this administration, emboldened by the all-out declaration of war on the media. If I'm getting it in the neck, Chris, I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible, Chris? CHRIS CILLIZZA, EDITOR AT LARGE, CNN POLITICS: I don't want to say we're past that point. BRIAN KAREM, 'PLAYBOY' WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We are past that point. CILLIZZA: I think it is already dangerous what the Trump administration is doing, which is Brian's point. They are trying to taken an honest mistake, or not even a mistake, and turn it into the norm as opposed — the rule opposed to the exception, which is a very dangerous thing because that's willfully misleading, frankly. The idea that Dave Farenthold, who was my colleague for a very long time and doesn't toot his own horn enough, the idea he was attacked for doing what he did had nothing to do with the quality of the journalism he was doing. It was 100 percent about it was a bad story for Donald Trump. In Donald Trump's world the media is judged by you are good if you write things that are good for Donald Trump. You are objectively bad if you criticize Donald Trump. It is not our job to be liked by Donald Trump. It is not our job to report the news — as Sean Spicer said and Sarah said it yesterday, you guys ignore the news that's important. You know, I do think the Russian hacking of an election is important news. CUOMO: Right. CILLIZZA: We can debate collusion. They're right, there's no evidence of that. But this is about the broader hacking of an election. In Dave's case it was about a charitable organization that didn't give to charity for the man who was running to be the president of the United States. It doesn't have to do with the fact Donald Trump is a Republican. I guarantee you a million times over, because I know Dave personally, if it was the Hillary Clinton Foundation doing the same thing, he would have done the same reporting. That's what's maddening when you're watching this.

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Chris Cuomo: Trump Has Desire For “Absolute Power”


CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo talked about the Trump White House's "desire for absolute power" in a panel Wednesday morning featuring CNN's Chris Cillizza and Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem, who has received new-found fame after his exchange with White House deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Tuesday's press briefing. CUOMO: Which because once again, it's if I don't acknowledge it, it doesn't exist. That is a signature Trump move that we've seen him do to great effect here in New York for a very long time. And let's be honest, it's working for him at this level as well. But at the end of the day, we've been here before, my brothers. You know, it is not new for the White House to be inimical to the media. But we have not seen, at least in my experience, and please weigh otherwise, starting with you, Chris, is, his is a de facto declaration of making the media an enemy of the state. That is what this effort winds up amounting to, that is not just Cillizza, it's not just Cuomo, it's just not one story, it's all of them all the time, they're all fake, don't trust them, only trust us. That is saying that this unique and beautiful dynamic that we have in this country, this messy thing called democracy needs to change and in favor of this White House and it's almost a desire for absolute power when it comes to reckoning the truth. That is new. Watch the full panel: More transcript where Cuomo asked Karem if he is afraid the administration will strip him of his White House pass: CUOMO: Yes, you're right, Chris. You're right. There's certainly a conflation and we know why. Every time the president hears the words Russian interference, he hears bad for Trump. That's why he denied it so long in the face of such obvious facts. That's why he doesn't want to take it on in the way some in his administration the way some would like him to do. There are obvious incentives there for him. We get it in his own mind. But, Brian — KAREM: Yes? CUOMO: — what I want to hear your head is on is this fundamental proposition, which is, look, just because they don't like it doesn't mean it's untrue. That has become the standard what's untrue is only what people want to believe. KAREM: Well, there is — yes, there are people who are confined to their philosophical cul-de-sac and they're going to believe what they're going to believe no matter what the facts tell them. But in all honesty and to be fair to the White House, in the interest of fairness, Sean Spicer and his staff have done things to make that White House a little more transparent. They have brought in cabinet members. They do conduct briefings. They have introduced the Skype component so people outside of the beltway can ask questions. So, all of that is supportive of the First Amendment. But I feel there is a great incongruity between what the press staff would like to do and what the president would like to do. And I could be wrong because I don't know. But the fact of the matter is, there is a constant reinforcement from the administration as to what they believe versus what facts show. So, you're absolutely right. It's a huge concern. CUOMO: Any concern on your part that they're going to pull your credentials? KAREM: I've been asked that. I don't know. I guess if they do I will be here or I'll be somewhere. CUOMO: You've got a home right here, Brian. We always like people who want to speak truth to power on this show. Fahrenthold, let me ask you something, because we're going to have another example in real time of how this dynamic goes too often. So, in one of the clubhouses of one of Trump golf clubs, they have "TIME" covers on the wall that is not a real "TIME" magazine cover. So, the magazine finds this out, they say, take it down, you find this out, you report on it. What is the reality of the situation? And how is it being treated at the White House? Because I've got to tell you, all their friends on social media are attacking this understandably so from their perspective as fake. What could be fake about this other than the cover itself? FAHRENTHOLD: Well, there's nothing fake about it. We've gone a lot of lengths to document how many clubhouses this was in. I found it in five clubhouses at least so far. Yes, it's an a "TIME" magazine cover from March 2009. It's all about Donald Trump and they hung it up in all these places. It's faked. It never happened. It's not based on anything in reality. So, we asked the White House and the Trump organization, where did this come from? Who made it? Did President Trump know it was fake? And basically got no answers from them. The only answer we got back was from Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying, we won't comment on the decor of the Trump Organization's clubs. (CROSSTALK) KAREM: I'm sorry. Whenever it's something they don't want to talk about, I can't tell you the number of times I've been told, we can't talk about that. We'll defer that to this. We can't talk about that. We'll defer to that. We're not going to discuss decorum (ph). If it's something that is as you pointed out earlier, if it's something detrimental to the administration, they're very quick not to comment or to minimize it. Whereas, if it's something that's very — like I said earlier, that's typical of most folks when you try to put the best face forward. What's different about it is, they should at least address the issue. If you're going to accuse us of being fake media, and you put up a fake media cover, the hypocrisy of that alone is going to make it, you know, a topic on, I don't know, every stand- up comedian's circuit in the country and probably overnight shows.

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Bernie Sanders Rips Federal Investigation Of Wife Jane Sanders: “Pathetic”


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is interviewed by CNN's Erin Burnett on the federal investigation into Burlington College when his wife Jane Sanders was president. Sanders said his wife is the "most honest person I know" and called the FBI investigation "pathetic." "My wife is about the most honest person I know," Sanders said Tuesday night on CNN's OutFront. "All I will tell you now, Erin, is that it is a sad state of affairs in America." Sanders would not acknowledge that his wife who has retained legal counsel is under investigation. "I think it's fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it's not only that they get attacked, but it's their wives and their families that get attacked," the Vermont Senator said. "When she came to that college it was failing financially and academically. When she left it was in better shape than it ever been," Sanders said of the non-defunct institution.

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Dem Rep. Jackie Speier: I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Flynn Is A “Witting Agent” For Russia


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Joining me now from Capitol Hill, Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California. She, of course, sits on one of those committees investigating the Russia probe, with the Russia probe, conducting the Russia probe, Senate intelligence — the House Intelligence Committee. I just gave you a promotion, Congresswoman. It's great to see you. Thank you so much. On the FBI interviews with Carter Page, do you — does house intel still want to speak with Carter Page as part of your investigation? Because that has not happened yet, has it? REP. JACKIE SPEIER (D-CA), INTELLIGENCE AND ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES: No. And it's certainly someone that I want to hear from. He is a significant person in the probe, I believe, because he was on Donald Trump's campaign as a foreign adviser. He also has a firm that has only one other member, an investment firm, and is a former executive of the state owned company in Russia, Gazprom. There is speculation as to why he made that trip back in July, 2016, when he gave the address to the new economic school for the graduation class. Russia is very good at luring Americans and others to come to the country, to receive honoraria, much like Michael Flynn did. And I wouldn't be surprised if he is an unwitting agent or witting agent. So that's all something that we have to explore in the months ahead.

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CNN’s Don Lemon to Media: If Trump Doesn’t Answer Our Questions, You Have To Follow Up


CNN's Don Lemon says he is surprised that it appears White House correspondent Jim Acosta is the only one "standing up" to the Trump administration. Earlier today, Acosta repeatedly interrupted the White House press briefing to try to get the cameras turned back on. "They're the American peoples' cameras, not the White House's cameras," he said. "Someone has to take a stand and turn the cameras on and see what the ramifications are, becuase they can't kick everybody out… I can't believe that people aren't standing up." While there was no video, the full unedited audio of today's press briefing streamed live and is available for replay below:

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Dem Sen. Markey Misses ‘Travel Ban’ Details: “If You Are Muslim, You Cannot Come To The United States”


In a Monday morning appearance on CNN, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) expressed "disappointment" that the Supreme Court did not issue a ruling saying that "a Muslim ban in and of itself is unconstitutional." "It goes right to the heart of the Statue of Liberty staring at the Trump Tower in New York City every single day," he said, "In terms of what it stands for." Editor's note The Supreme Court never had an opportunity to rule on whether a complete 'Muslim ban' would be unconstitutional, because one was never proposed. President Trump's 'travel ban' is not a ban on all Muslims only people from six mideastern countries. The Supreme Court has also carved out exceptions for anyone with a tangible connection to U.S. persons or institutions. Also, the text written on the Statue of Liberty is not legally binding. "It still doesn't deal with this fundamental flaw with the Trump order, which is, at its heart, it is a Muslim ban," Markey said about the Court's exceptions. "It says to all refugees: If you are Muslims, you cannot come to the U.S. of America, regardless of the reason why you are turning into a refugee."

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Rahm Emanuel: Republicans In Congress Aren’t “Up To Speed” With Trump’s Base


Sunday on CNN's 'Fareed Zakaria GPS' Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Republicans in Congress do not understand President Trump's base. He also explained the Democrats plans for 2018 and 2020 — to accuse Republicans of being a "blank check" for President Trump.

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Kasich: Neither Party Cares About Poor People; Congress “Cowering” On Health Care


Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells CNN's Dana Bash that both parties "cower in the wings because of partisanship" while considering the GOP health care bill. Full interview: JOHN KASICH: Dana, this is the 21st century, and this is the craziest time I have ever seen in politics. And maybe this is a signal that, instead of people just confessing their loyalty to one party or the other, maybe they ought to be confessing their loyalty to the country. And, look, I have been attacked all of my career. And the fact is, is that you have got to stand up on your own two feet, explain how you feel about things and be a leader. I don't think we have enough leadership. I think there are too many people that cower in the wings because of partisanship, not just Republicans, Democrats as well. If you try to get a great number of governors, Republican or Democrat, to speak out on this, where are they? All you hear are crickets and chirping, because they're worried about upsetting their base. Dana, the problem we have in the country today is… BASH: Or getting — or getting ads run against them like that. KASICH: Pardon? BASH: Or having ads… KASICH: Well, I mean, so what? Then get — if you can't take a fastball on the inside, get out of politics. If you can't take a pitch thrown at you, and you can't get out of the batter's box, quit. Don't — don't — don't whine. And I don't think Senator Heller is whining. But I also want to say that not only Heller, but Sandoval, Brian Sandoval, is a great governor. His popularity is sky-high in Nevada. And you know what he's saying? I'm worried about poor people. You know what? Both parties, both parties ought to be worried about poor people, because I don't think either party particularly cares about helping poor people. You look at the rates of poverty, you look at the problems in this country, we have not designed a system to get people work. Everything we're talking about now, getting people healthy, giving them health care, is designed to get them to work. It's designed to give them an opportunity to have a better life. This is not some kind of a welfare system. This is a — look, if you're sick and you're hungry, you don't work. If you're healthy and you're fed, you can get a job.

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HHS Secretary Tom Price: Senate Health Bill “Would Not Pull The Rug Out From Under Anybody”


Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pitched the Senate Republican health care reform bill on CNN's 'State of the Union' Sunday morning. "What I'm telling you is the system, the plan that we would put in place, would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks," Price told CNN's Dana Bash. "We would not pull the rug out from under anybody. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. We want to make certain that health care is available to all Americans. Right now we have 28 million Americans who are uninsured. Is that a plan that works for patients? That's the kind of thing we're trying to fix."

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