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Attkisson: “Well-Funded Actors” Manipulating News; “Trust Your Cognitive Dissonance”


Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson talked to FOX News' Shannon Bream about "transactional journalism" and how "well-funded actors" with "fake accounts" on social media try to manipulate news and the way we think. Attkisson's new book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote focuses on reporters and news outlets "suspending the normal rules of journalism" that circulate news to make you think this is what what everyone else is thinking. "Trust your cognitive dissonance. Try to be aware you're being manipulated or at least someone may be trying," Attkisson advised. "In general the journalists who have decided to take a stand against this president and announced in some instances that they're suspending the normal rules and procedures of journalism because they think this president is such a threat and in many instances they really believe that," Attkisson said Wednesday on FNC. "They are committed in some cases partisans, but just committed people who think they're doing the right thing. So I think you're going to get that sort of feeling from them. Also, they are also being cheered on by the people around them almost like a feeding frenzy with sharks. The people surrounding them are patting themselves on the back and saying, 'good jobs.'" "If you listen to the players I interviewed in this book that operate in the smear universe they themselves will tell you — this is kind of scary when you think about it — virtually very image you run across whether it is in the news or social media or elsewhere and even the comedy shows, it's being put there, they say, for a purpose by somebody who wants you to think something that may not necessarily be a consensus at all or may not even be true. And there are well-funded actors that use fake accounts on social media or powers of persuasion and a ton of money to try to manipulate what you think. So when you see the common narratives circulating on news outlet after news outlet and social media that everybody thinks this or that and you're thinking, 'Really, because I don't think that.' Trust your cognitive dissonance. Try to be aware you're being manipulated or at least someone may be trying," Attkisson said.

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Sekulow: Obama Owes Trump, American People Apology For Doing Nothing About Russia


Jay Sekulow, attorney for President Trump, said President Obama owes the president and the American people an apology for doing nothing about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election after he received intelligence briefings about it. Sekulow questioned why there is not a special counsel investigating former President Obama for his inaction. From Wednesday's broadcast of America's Newsroom on the FOX News Channel: SEKULOW: Well you know I'll give you my reaction as one of the president's attorneys, first. Here's what you've got, so President Obama knows all of these reported activities going on right and does nothing about it, zero. Why does he do nothing about it? He does nothing about it because he thinks Hillary Clinton is gonna be the President of the United States. Surprise, the president is now Donald Trump. So, now we have a special counsel investigating the so-called Russian probe and the Russian hijacking of the election, the Russian hacking into the election when we know the administration previously had all the information and did nothing about it. So here's my question that I would ask John Podesta and I'd ask anybody else… why do we have a special counsel dealing with the Russia hacking when they had that evidence and did nothing? Why don't we have a special counsel reviewing why President Obama did nothing after he assured the American people — he gets intelligence briefings, but then assures the American people that Russia did not interfere with the election – he does that in October. So I'm telling you what I thinks owed here – an apology to the president, an apology to the American people, and you know when the president said early on that this was a witch hunt every day that goes by… I'm not sure that's fair to witch hunts to keep calling it that. It's beyond that.

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Spicer to Obama: “Real Meanness Is Allowing American People To Believe Obamacare Is Still Alive”


White House press secretary Sean Spicer responds to former President Obama trashing the GOP replacement for Obamacare in a Facebook post. From Friday morning's edition of America's Newsroom on FOX News: Spicer: Well the real meanness is allowing American people to believe that Obamacare is still alive. Obamacare has failed in county after county they are left with no choices, rising premiums and skyrocketing deductibles. Obamacare is dead – it isn't an option. I think we need to face the reality of that. When people want to compare this bill with Obamacare it's an unfair comparison. Former President Obama's comments:

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Kurtz: Treatment Of Steve Scalise By MSNBC’s Joy Reid Is “Just Ugliness”


FOX News media critic Howard Kurtz weighed in on commentary delivered by MSNBC's Joy Reid on Steve Scalise, a victim of the baseball shooter. From Monday morning on FOX News: HOWARD KURTZ: What Joy Reid is doing is just appalling. Appalling! While Steve Scalise remains in a hospital bed fighting for his life, she is attacking him because she doesn't like his politics and then kind of justifying it on some moral level. 'Well, are we just supposed to ignore the fact that he hasn't voted the way that I think he should vote?' And then for Joy Reid to tweet that Scalise was attacked by a white man but saved by a Capitol Police Officer who she says is a black lesbian. Why bring race into it? Why bring sexual preference into it? It's just ugliness.

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Ken Starr: Jeff Sessions “Acquitted Himself Beautifully”


Ken Starr weighs in on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday. "I thought he acquitted himself beautifully. I think it was very, very plausible," Starr told FOX News host Martha MacCallum. KEN STARR, FORMER CLINTON SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: I thought the Attorney General was terrific. First of all, I've known the Attorney General since 1981 and I know him to be a man of honor, a man of the law. And I thought that came through, his passion and commitment to the rule of law came shining through. I don't think a lot was revealed today. I don't think we're much farther down the road. But I think that the American people saw that this attorney general is just a great human being with an enormous amount of passion and determination to try his very best to do the right thing. I liked his sense of moral indignation… A lot of what Director Comey suggested if I may say so was innuendo. But we've now seen a very honorable person defend himself, and I thought he acquitted himself beautifully. I think it was very, very plausible. And I have stated previously that I have serious problems with the way Director Comey conducted himself. And those were really explored against today by virtue of the Senators going through meticulously the Rosenstein memorandum, which enumerated the various areas in which the directory really violated perhaps law, but he certainly violated policy time and time again.

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Dem Sen. Coons: Investigation “Absurd” If Sessions Only Meeting With Kislyak Was In Front Of People


MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS: I mean, it's ironic because, you know, a lot of Democrats say, well, obviously, the president had decided he was going to fire the FBI director no matter what. So, I'm not sure why there is so much concern about, you know, Sessions' role in it given the fact that the argument made from your side has been that the president had decided that long ago on his own. But I do want to get through a couple of things here. This is Senator Tom Cotton, and I want to play this for you and get your thoughts on it. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. TOM COTTON (R-AR), SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: What do we think happened at the Mayflower? Do you like spy fiction? Have you ever in any of these fantastical situations heard of a plot line so ridiculous that a sitting United States senator and the ambassador of a foreign government colluded in an open setting with hundreds of other people to pull off the greatest caper in the history of espionage? (END VIDEO CLIP) MACCALLUM: Senator Coons, what do you make of that? SEN. CHRIS COONS (D-DE): Well, Senator Cotton certainly put that question well. I would say part of why these questions have come over and over to representatives of the Trump administration is because there were a series of episodes that were not appropriately initially disclosed, say, for example, the extent to which former national security advisor Mike Flynn represented foreign interest and failed to report them or the extent to which Jared Kushner had meetings with Russian leaders early and explored a backchannel in a way that was designed to avoid knowledge or oversight. MACCALLUM: But for the purposes of this hearing, which is what we were watching today, the question that was dangled by James Comey was, you know, well, there is a third meeting here, and we really can't talk about it in this open session. But — and also he said, you know, I knew that Senator Sessions would recuse himself for reasons I can't really go into here. So, he dangled a lot about specifically about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. COONS: That's right. MACCALLUM: And that I think is what Tom Cotton was getting at. I mean, the preposterousness of, you know, Kislyak and Sessions meeting at this big hotel in front of all these people and doing something nefarious does strike you, when you look at it that way, as kind of silly, does it not? COONS: If that were the only contact that where a subject of concern between folks in the Trump campaign and Russians, then it would seem absurd. But the point I was just making is that it's not. There was a wide range of contacts that really haven't been fully accounted for, that's why we've got a special counselor, Bob Mueller now looking into this. And I was encouraged that on a bipartisan basis, we heard calls from Republicans and Democrats today for Bob Mueller to have the resources and the independence he needs to carry that investigation forward.

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