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CNN’s Jim Acosta vs. Spicer: “Why Not Turn The Cameras On, Sean?”


Monday: CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta is not satisifed with audio recordings of the daily press briefing and asks why the cameras are not on: JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Does he still… SPICER: Jim? (CROSSTALK) SPICER: Jim? (CROSSTALK) ACOSTA: Sean, Sean, can you answer whether the president still believes the… (CROSSTALK) ACOSTA: … to Israel. SPICER: There's no camera on, Jim. ACOSTA: Maybe we should turn the cameras on, Sean. Why don't we turn the cameras on? SPICER: Jim? ACOSTA: Why don't we turn the cameras on? SPICER: I'm sorry that you have to do — Jen, go ahead. ACOSTA: Why not turn the cameras on, Sean? They're in the room, the lights are on.

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Attkisson on CNN: Reporters Not Following Normal Rules Of Journalism Because They See Trump As A Threat


On the Monday edition of his FOX News show, Tucker Carlson addressed a false story published by CNN that linked Trump advisor Anthony Scaramucci to a Russia-controlled investment fund that is being investigated by the Senate. CNN ultimately retracted the story and three employees resigned. Carlson also interviewed investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson about the anti-Trump bent in mainstream news. Attkisson spoke about how the media establishment has "exempted" themselves from the normal journalism rules and rules of political behavior because they see Donald Trump as "such a big threat." "They retracted the story completely and admitted it did not meet CNN's editorial standards and that's saying something," Carlson said. Carlson also noted one of the reporters involved in this story was also involved in another false story. Eric Lichtblau reported that Jim Comey would contradict President Trump and say he never told the president he was not under investigation in his Senate testimony. That never happened. Carlson also noted Eric Lichtblau, one of the reporters involved in this story, wrote another false story earlier in the month that claimed Jim Comey would testify to the Senate that he never told President Trump he was not under investigation. That never happened. "It's been seven months though since Trump won the presidential election. Since then, precisely no evidence has emerged to support the claim that Trump somehow colluded with the Russian government in order to win the race. But you'd never know that from watching that channel which has become home for conspiracists on the Russian question worldwide," Carlson said the Monday night broadcast of his FOX News show. "Overall, 93% of CNN's coverage of the Trump administration has been negative. 93%," Carlson reported. "Idi Amin would get more balanced coverage. Anybody would. Fidel Castro certainly has. CNN, in other words, is no longer just a news organization, it is a campaign with a political mission run, not surprisingly run by a man named Jeff Zucker who once expressed interest in running for office himself. Like any campaign, it is great at some things. Pushing a message, hurting opponents. And not so good at others like reporting the news. This is a change. How did it happen?" Attkisson said there has been a sea change in the way the mainstream media covers the news because of the 'Hitleresque threat' they see in President Donald Trump. "They would say a Hitleresque threat. That means they don't have of journalism in this case. I think it's more of a threat to the system of favors, money, and access that has been developed through what we have known as a political establishment," Attkisson said. Attkisson also said political operatives have made their way into newsrooms and made it so there is little difference between how the news is reported and the narratives that pundits want to advance: ATTKISSON: This is a confluence of factors including we have now invited pundits and political operatives into our newsroom not just as commentators and pundits but also as reporters, anchors in editorial positions. So, sometimes there's little meaningful difference now I think between the people reporting the news and the political operatives who want to advance news narratives. That's a problem. I also think that the establishment, I'm talking Democrats, Republicans, and the media establishment have exempted themselves from the normal journalism rules and rules of political behavior because they see Donald Trump as such a big threat. They would say a Hitleresque threat. That means they don't have to follow the normal rules of journalism in this case. I think it's more of a threat to the system of favors, money, and access that has been developed through what we have known as a political establishment. Attkisson said the election of Trump means that access bought by lobbyists who "make sure certain political hearings don't happen," is now almost worthless. "Washington survives on a system that has gone on for decades of access and money where people have spent decades paying into certain politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, to make sure certain political hearings don't happen, to make sure certain laws have provisions written in. All of a sudden, overnight, all of that access they've bought, all the hard work they have done as lobbyists and so on is almost worthless if Trump's reality of Washington comes into play and nobody seems to like that," Attkisson said. "The news media is suffering a credibility gap in general because it has decided to blur together like I have never seen before — opinion and advocacy journalism with what I think people would like to think is more straight news, journalism, reporting of just the facts. I think that harm is going to take a long time to dial back if they even want to dial it back. And I'm not sure we do," Attkisson told Carlson. Attkisson made a comparison to how news is delivered in North Korea. She said people are getting an artificial reality created by people who are putting out narratives, political or corporate, where people are not getting an accurate delivery of the news. She also spoke about "formerly reputable" news organizations that are no longer trusted and how there are "very little repercussions" for those who report news that turns out to be incorrect. ATTKISSON: I kind of liken it in the extreme to the situation as it must be in North Korea. if you have a TV and can watch the news and it's going to be a version that's approved and put out by the state, I think in some respects we are getting artificial reality created by people who are putting out narratives, whether Democrats, Republicans, or corporate interests and people sense, at least some people, that they're not getting an accurate picture. And I think if you are like me, there is very little that I see reported on the news that I instantly believe without doing my own checking because so many formerly reputable news organizations have been proven to be 180 degrees wrong not just a little bit wrong. So many insisted President Trump was under investigation when he wasn't. So many that insisted it couldn't be true that Comey had told him three times he wasn't under investigation, when that was the case. These sorts of things with very little repercussions when the reporting turns out to be wrong based on, I think, highly inadequate standards, reporters doing things that wouldn't be allowed in journalism schools but doing them now with impunity.

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Franken: Obama Did Nothing About Russia Because He Didn’t Want To Put His Thumb On The Scale


Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), in an appearance on Morning Joe Monday, said then-President Obama did not do anything about intelligence reports showing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election because he didn't want to put his thumb on the scale. "Of course, actually, yeah, I think they did think Hillary would win," Franken said of President Obama's handling of the Russian meddling reports. "And I think they didn't want to look like they were putting a thumb on the scale and that's why they didn't do more. I wish they had, obviously." "I actually think that the president thought that since Trump was saying the election was rigged, he didn't want to seem like he was putting his thumb on the scale," Franken said. SEN. AL FRANKEN: Of course, actually, yeah, I think they did think Hillary would win. And I think they didn't want to look like they were putting a thumb on the scale and that's why they didn't do more. I wish they had, obviously. And what's interesting now is I think this is, is this the first that Trump has acknowledged that Russia did this? SCARBOROUGH: Yes. (LAUGHTER) SCARBOROUGH: You were talking about it earlier, I referenced Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. We also have been talking about Barack Obama's extraordinary Jedi mind tricks. Where he comes out of retirement, he comes down from the Jedi temple where Luke was, and all he has to do is just wave his hand and Trump admits the health care bill is mean, and admits that Russia's meddling in the election. Doesn't listen to the CIA or the other 15 intelligence agencies; he listens to Obama. FRANKEN: Well, not only that he has not, we've gotten testimony that he didn't talk to Comey about it. SCARBOROUGH: Right. FRANKEN: He hasn't talked to Spicer about Russia meddling. He hasn't talked to Jeff Sessions about it. We have to stop this from happening again. SCARBOROUGH: Right. So let me ask you, why didn't we stop it the first time? Why didn't the Obama administration in September tell us? Because it seems to me we had a right to know in September that the Russians had invaded our country in a sense, in a cyberwar and they were trying to influence our elections. I would have liked to known that in September. FRANKEN: I actually think that the president thought that since Trump was saying the election was rigged, he didn't want to seem like he was putting his thumb on the scale. SCARBOROUGH: But he was Campaigner in Chief. FRANKEN: I know, but he didn't want to look the Thumber in Chief. SCARBOROUGH: Right. FRANKEN: So I think that was part of it. Also they're dealing with it and they were weighing a lot of different options, cyberattacks on them. They obviously didn't play it right. Look where we are now.

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Trump: Obama Knew About Russia And “Did Nothing”


In an interview with FOX & Friends aired Sunday, President Donald Trump said then-President Obama knew about Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and "did nothing about it." PETE HEGSETH, FOX & FRIENDS: I opened up the failing "New York Times" and "The Washington Post" this morning. No mention at all of this bill that you're signing today. For veterans who are so passionate about this, it's such a historic bill, are they going to cover this? And if they don't, why don't they cover it the way they cover every breathless scandal in the media today? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. But nobody wants to talk about that. The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even — before the election. And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me — in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad. HEGSETH: That never leaked out. TRUMP: That doesn't leak out, no. They're very selective leaks. With sources. I always love the sources, many of which don't exist. But no, there's a — there is a theme going on in the country, and hopefully, it's somewhat of a sickness in that sense. But you know what? I am so proud of what we've done in such a short period of time.

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‘The View’ Panel: Supreme Court Taking On Trump Travel Ban; Did Obama Fail On Russian Hack?


Whoopi Goldberg and 'The View' co-hosts discuss the implications of the court's allowing parts of the ban to go into effect until it hears the case. The co-hosts also discuss the president's claim that Obama "did nothing after being informed in August about Russian meddling."

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Ties White Nationalist “Alt-Right Movement” To Trump Victory


NBC NEWS: The movement believes in protecting white European identity — ideas traditionally associated with white supremacy. Its founder, Richard Spencer, credits the election of Pres. Trump with thrusting it into the national spotlight. "Immigration reform, American jobs, and free speech," NBC's Morgan Radford said are the issues that tie the 'alt-right' to the Trump agenda. NBC then played a video of Richard Spencer, an extremist who claims he founded the alt-right-, at a conference where terms like "Heil Trump!" were used and the Nazi salute could be seen. However, the president has never mentioned the 'alt-right' nor condoned the activity of these groups. "Today, they are wearing business suits. But make no mistake, a hundred years ago they were wearing white hoods. Today, they are just hiding behind Twitter accounts and social media," Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League told NBC. This report aired on Sunday's broadcast of NBC Nightly News.

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How Nixon Would Have Tweeted Watergate


Justin Sherin, PoliticoAs President Donald Trump continues to mouth off about the Russia investigation on Twitter—he recently admitted that he’s the target of an obstruction of justice probe—some have cracked wise on Twitter about what President Richard Nixon’s Twitter account might have looked like during Watergate, had social media existed in the 1970s. “The Jews,” surely—they’d show up a lot. Not to mention Teddy and that poor drowned girl, and…

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