• CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’
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    CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’

    CNN’s public relations department responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump Tuesday and suggested he had “more important issues” to contend with than taking jabs at the success of the network’s primetime hosts.“Yesterday was a bad day for the Cuomo Brothers. New York was lost to the looters, thugs, Radical Left, and all others forms of Lowlife & Scum. The Governor refuses to accept my offer of a dominating National Guard. NYC was ripped to pieces. Likewise, Fredo’s ratings are down 50%!” the president declared on Twitter, referring to CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo as “Fredo.”“Surely you have more important issues than TV ratings to address. But since you’ve made it a priority, we’ll correct the record,” came the reply from CNN’s PR shop. “@ChrisCuomo has had his highest ratings in history for the past two months.”Also Read: Fox News Wins Total Viewers for Weekend Protest Coverage, CNN Tops Key DemoMonthly Nielsen research ratings were released Tuesday, though the president’s statistic more closely matched one from a Daily Mail piece released over the weekend. Rather than monthly ratings, the Mail compared Cuomo’s peak with the previous week, reporting “Cuomo Prime Time” ratings plummeted 49% since he announced his coronavirus diagnosis in March.According to Tuesday’s new monthly ratings report from CNN, the network had its most-watched May ever in total-day and primetime viewership. “Cuomo Prime Time” was CNN’s top-rated program for the month among total viewers, bringing in an average of 1,948,000. In the advertiser-coveted age demographic of viewers 25-to-54, it saw an average of 513,000.Meanwhile, Trump-favored network Fox News hit some milestones, too, logging its 47th consecutive month in the top spot across all of cable in total-day viewership and 221st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network in total viewers across both total-day and primetime.Read original story CNN Disputes Trump’s Chris Cuomo Jab: ‘Surely You Have More Important Issues Than TV Ratings’ At TheWrap

  • ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio
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    ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio

    “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy told viewers Friday that the reason he and his colleagues were still working from home and not heeding their own calls to get “back to work” was governmental restriction — which he corrected shortly after.“People have had it up to here. We’re sick of being closed. We’re ready to move on but — Ainsley, Brian — all of us are in really restrictive areas right now and that’s why we are not all sitting together on the same couch, or even in the same studio: Because the governments won’t let us right now,” said Doocy, who broadcasted alongside Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade from Fox News’ Manhattan studio before the coronavirus pandemic hit.In New York, however, news media is considered an essential business, meaning “the governments” can’t direct anyone in that industry to stay home. News organizations have taken it on themselves to decide when to reopen their bureaus. Fox News leadership has been communicating with employees through the crisis and at one point hoped to have them all back in the offices by May 4, which obviously didn’t happen.Also Read: Trump Rages Against Fox News%u2019 Neil Cavuto Over On-Air Hydroxychloroquine WarningStill, some talent, like Bill Hemmer and Greg Gutfeld, chose to remain working in the Fox News studios. Just across the street from Fox News’ headquarters, Savannah Guthrie made no secret of working from NBC News’ studios when she returned to “Today” after quarantining, either.Later on Friday’s show, Doocy retracted the statement, saying, “I need to clarify: We are simply following the government protocols and guidelines. Ultimately, if you are lucky enough that you can work from home, you should.”Watch his initial comments below:Brian Kilmeade says to "people who are critical of us" that NYC is actually "one of the safest places to be … because they cleared everybody out." Ainsley Earhardt replies that he only means that "theoretically … I don't want people to hear that and go back and get sick." pic.twitter.com/9G34jvkGt7— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 22, 2020Read original story ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host Falsely States ‘Governments Won’t Let Us’ Air From Studio At TheWrap

  • ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’
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    ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’

    ABC News’ Will Reeve got caught going pants-less on “Good Morning America” Tuesday and responded good-naturedly on Twitter.“I have ARRIVED,” he tweeted before adding, “in the most hilariously mortifying way possible.”He was responding to one of the many tweets that called him out for very clearly not being fully dressed below the waist during his morning hit, which was done remotely. Like most other on-air personalities in the age of the coronavirus and social distancing, Reeve was telecommuting, beaming himself into the nationally-aired show live from his living room.Also Read: Fox News' Dana Perino's Tips for Working From Home: Keep a Schedule, Step Away When You CanOn-air talent often jokes about only wearing business attired up top, even during in-studio hits, but the whole gag hinges on viewers not being able to tell.Earlier on Tuesday, he responded to the original viral tweet about the slip-up. When Detroit News film critic Adam Graham tweeted a picture of Reeve pushed back a little too far from his home office setup with his legs visible and captioned it “put some pants on,” the reporter wrote back, “They’re shorts I promise.”He also added he “will not be getting hired as a camera operator any time soon.”To his immense credit, Reeve continued to have fun with the situation all morning. When one Twitter user incorrectly identified him as colleague Tom Llamas, he wrote it was “definitely” Llamas: “for sure 100% no way was it me framing up the shot alone and blowing it.”Hey put some pants on my guy pic.twitter.com/PpCIBRrjP5— Adam Graham (@grahamorama) April 28, 2020Read original story ABC News Reporter Responds After Being Seen Without Pants on Air: ‘Hilariously Mortifying’ At TheWrap

  • NY Times Rejects Sean Hannity’s Legal Threat: ‘No Basis’ for Retraction or Apology
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    NY Times Rejects Sean Hannity’s Legal Threat: ‘No Basis’ for Retraction or Apology

    The New York Times is refusing to apologize to Fox News’ Sean Hannity or retract pieces he says falsely tied his name to at least one American coronavirus death.“We’ve reported fairly and accurately on Mr. Hannity and there is no basis for a retraction or an apology,” a Times spokesperson told TheWrap after Hannity posted legal letters to his website and threatened to sue the Times and some of its columnists unless the paper retracts and apologizes for pieces that his lawyers claim mischaracterized Hannity’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.Reached for comment Tuesday, a Fox News spokesperson said the primetime host’s letter speaks for itself and pointed TheWrap to Monday night’s “Hannity” program, where he reiterated the points made in his Monday post. His letter dealt specifically with Times columns published on March 22, March 31 and April 18 by Ben Smith, Kara Swisher and Ginia Bellafante, respectively.Also Read: Hannity Accuses NY Times of Libel for Linking His Show to Man's Coronavirus Death“What they wrote was false. It is provably false. Then, rather than do the ethical, honest, journalist thing which would be correct — and that’s retract — and then apologize, what did they do? They secretly stealth-edited their mistake, to me an admission of guilt. The stealth addition, by the way, rendered their phony headline false,” Hannity said Monday night, echoing the content of the legal letter sent to the Times earlier in the day by his attorney, Charles Harder.He went on to accuse “the mob and the media” of attempting to prevent President Donald Trump from being re-elected in 2020. (Harder has also represented the Trump campaign in its various lawsuits against media outlets.)Watch Hannity’s segment above.Read original story NY Times Rejects Sean Hannity’s Legal Threat: ‘No Basis’ for Retraction or Apology At TheWrap

  • Sean Hannity Responds to Challenge to Support First Responders – by Buying Yankees Tickets
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    Sean Hannity Responds to Challenge to Support First Responders – by Buying Yankees Tickets

    Sean Hannity joined the CombatCOVID19Challenge on Sunday — but instead of buying groceries for a community center or delivering food to hospitals, like some of his other Fox News colleagues, the primetime host donated 500 Yankees tickets to medical workers in New York.The catch, of course, is that the Yankees — and the rest of Major League Baseball — currently aren’t playing any games due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so it’s not immediately clear when any of the medical workers would be able to use the tickets. (And whether health-care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic are going to be eager to return to a crowded stadium anytime soon.)The CombatCOVID19Challenge was started by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) two weeks ago to “encourage Americans to support each other” and demonstrate “acts of kindness and compassion,” particularly for essential workers on the front lines, as the nation fights against COVID-19.Also Read: Counties Where Hannity Viewers Outnumber Tucker Carlson's Have Had More COVID-19 Deaths, Study FindsThe challenge has since spread across social media, with various political and media figures tagging one another to participate by showing something they’ve done to give back to their communities.Hannity — who tagged his “friends” Eric and Lara Trump to participate in the challenge after him — was first challenged by “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt, who delivered groceries to her local community center.The Fox News host has been vocal in the past about his desire for the country to reopen so he can attend baseball games again.Also Read: Sean Hannity Insists He 'Never Called the Virus a Hoax' One Week After Doing Just That (Video)“You’ll have to accept they’re not going to have popcorn and peanuts because you have to keep your respirator off the whole time to eat it, but maybe you could have a hot dog, and, you know, you take a bite and you put your mask back on. You know, you slip a straw with a beer or coke, and you sip it that way with your mask on, what’s the big deal? That doesn’t bother me,” Hannity said during an April 16 episode of his radio show. “If the option is that I get to go to the game but I have to get the temperature checked, wear a mask and gloves, I’ll choose to go. My choice, everyone else has to make their own minds up.”Challenge met. I called my friend Randy Levine of the NY .@Yankees and purchased 500 Yankee Tkts for The Hero medical workers all over NY. Randy and Hal Steinbrenner and the Yankees immediately donated 500 more tkts!! I now Challenge My friends .@LaraLeaTrump and .@EricTrump https://t.co/YLQEMEMauY— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 26, 2020Read original story Sean Hannity Responds to Challenge to Support First Responders – by Buying Yankees Tickets At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’
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    Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’

    Fox News’ Bret Baier isn’t convinced by President Donald Trump’s Friday claim that he was being sarcastic when he suggested ingesting or injecting disinfectants to treat COVID-19.“Well, that’s not how it looked in the briefing and not how it came across in the briefing,” Baier said of Trump’s Thursday night statements, which he made to Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, during a press conference.“What’s problematic for this president is that sometimes he goes on these riffs and when you’re dealing with medical things, statements — when you are riffing from a podium — sometimes that works great on other topics when politics comes into play,” Baier continued. “But when riffing about possible cures or treatments, it didn’t seem like it was coming off as sarcastic when he was talking and turning to Dr. Birx on the side.”Also Read: White House Press Secretary Blames Media for 'Negative Headlines' About Trump Suggesting Disinfectant InjectionsThe network’s chief political anchor noted Trump’s comments “spurred all kinds of coverage,” which is true: Trending topics on Twitter Thursday night into Friday afternoon included the words “Clorox,” “Lysol” and “bleach.” Lysol released a statement urging consumers not to ingest their products. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blamed all that on the media Friday.“President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterday’s briefing,” McEnany said in a statement. “Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”“Obviously, this is his answer to that criticism,” said Baier of Trump’s walk-back, noting the president “does get himself into these issues.”Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto, too, hit Trump on his own show Friday, saying, “From a lot of medical people with whom I chat, that was a dangerous, crossing-the-line kind of signal that worried them because people could die as a result. Now, he might have said he was sarcastic and flippant and making the comment; I quoted directly from his full remarks. Nothing was taken out of context. I am not part of some fake news media or what-have-you. I want to be very very clear on that. Whether it cuts to the left or the right, I am not here to carry any party’s political water. I am here to help you folks out with what is real and what progress is being made, what is a legitimate issue and what is not. That’s to take nothing away from the president’s health care task force and doing yeoman’s work in trying to get this thing under control, but saying remarks like that really don’t help the matter any.”Read original story Fox News’ Bret Baier Rejects Trump’s Claim Disinfectant Comment Was Sarcasm: ‘That’s Not How It Looked’ At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage
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    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage

    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski railed against Fox News and some of its hosts on “Morning Joe” Friday for being Trump “puppets” amid the coronavirus pandemic. She also used her Twitter account to repeatedly promote a “Daily Show” clip criticizing the network.In her monologue, she referenced Thursday night’s press briefing from President Donald Trump, during which he suggested that injecting disinfectant into human beings could kill the coronavirus, segueing into her Fox News critique: “We often try and sort of stay away from our colleagues in the business, but Fox News has several puppets for this president constantly going on the air, constantly repeating what he says verbatim, going after his quack ideas of hydroxychloroquine, trying to find quack people to put on the air to try and back up the president’s unimproved claims. Yesterday it might have been too much. It might have been too much to say that you should inject your body with disinfectant to try and get rid of the virus.”She went on, “There are some folks on Fox News that we usually stay away from who just take these ideas and run with them because it makes Trump happy, because they speak for him, because they speak on a daily basis and get their message straight.”Also Read: Fox News' John Roberts Shoots Down Coronavirus Conspiracy Theorists: 'There Is NO Vaccine'Brzezinski accused some hosts on the network of working “for” Trump in spite of her hope that “Fox News will do their best.”On Twitter, she promoted a “Daily Show” clip that showed Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs downplaying media coverage of the virus in recent weeks, writing a plea for her followers to share the video. Brzezinski then posted the same clip again and used the hashtag PawnHannity. Posting negative nicknames is a tactic often employed by Trump himself. Hannity himself has responded to the clip featured in the “Daily Show” montage, which shows him saying the virus response is a “hoax.” He told Newsweek earlier this month, “I never called it a ‘hoax.’ I said it was a hoax for them to be using it as a bludgeon on Trump.”She said, “we want the word to get out that there are some hosts and (of course the WH) who may been endangering lives from the beginning.”Watch the “Daily Show” clip, which she also promoted right on the show, below.Hi Twitter friends could you please retweet this and ask others to retweet as well — we want the word to get out that there are some hosts and (of course the WH) who may been endangering lives from the beginning. Please show this! pic.twitter.com/FjGxYbPzdk— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 24, 2020PawnHannity and others really misled many from the very beginning. Listen to their words, but watch with care. dangerous pic.twitter.com/FjGxYbPzdk— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 24, 2020Read original story MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage At TheWrap

  • Ex-Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Retorts After Jeanine Pirro Calls Tucker Carlson ‘Gretchen’ on Air
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    Ex-Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Retorts After Jeanine Pirro Calls Tucker Carlson ‘Gretchen’ on Air

    During a Tuesday night chat on Fox News, host Judge Jeanine Pirro referred to primetime colleague Tucker Carlson as “Gretchen,” leading one-time Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to offer up a few saucy comebacks via her Twitter account.“Will never forget how @JudgeJeanine tried to take me down from within Fox but she just can’t seem to forget my name. Freudian slip because she knew i was telling the truth? I live rent free in their brains. Me and Whitmer. Ghost of Gretchen!” tweeted Carlson, who brought the first of many public accusations of sexual misconduct against the late Roger Ailes in 2016, leading to his eventual ouster from the cable network he built.In the segment at hand, Pirro and her colleague were discussing Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, a frequent target of President Donald Trump who is fighting to keep her state closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Carlson referenced the lawmaker in both of her responses to the slip-up.Also Read: Gretchen Carlson Compares Victim-Blaming of Sexual Harassment Whistleblowers to Survivors of Domestic Violence“That’s quite a ‘wino’ mistake!!! Call me Governor? Haha,” she tweeted, referencing online chatter about instances where Pirro appeared, to some viewers, to be drunk during live broadcasts of her show. Fox News has denied those rumors.New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali and “Ellen Show” executive producer Andy Lassner both jumped on Carlson’s seeming willingness to spill tea on Twitter and asked a few questions.Ali asked if Pirro is as “insufferable” in real life as he finds her on television, to which Carlson replied, “She’s what u think.”When Lassner questioned whether or how much the judge might have been drinking when Carlson was an anchor on the network, she wrote back, “Uhhh ………..”Jeanine mistakingly calls Tucker Carlson “Gretchen” pic.twitter.com/Vf0lm746iD— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 22, 2020Read original story Ex-Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Retorts After Jeanine Pirro Calls Tucker Carlson ‘Gretchen’ on Air At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Questions Trump’s Immigration Ban: What About My Au Pair?
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    Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Questions Trump’s Immigration Ban: What About My Au Pair?

    Hours after President Donald Trump announced Monday night he would be temporarily suspending all immigration, “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt questioned on-air what that meant for her and others like her, given her au pair is foreign-born.Earhardt, recently divorced and a now operating as a single mom, reflected on how the immigration ban could affect farmers in America on work visas, then said, “Many families here — including mine — we have au pairs and we rely on them. I go to work at 3 o’clock in the morning so I need her there and I need her in my house so that she can help me with my daughter.”The mother of four-year-old Hayden continued her critique of the president’s vague plan, saying, “Many families rely on child care from other countries. These au pairs come here on work visas. They have to go back to their country to get the visas renewed and we’ve been talking in my house about how that’s gonna happen. So these are all things — these are questions that we have that hopefully the president will roll out a plan and we’ll all be in informed on all of this is going to affect all of our lives.”Also Read: Trump Says He Will 'Temporarily' Ban All Immigration, Cites Both Coronavirus and 'Jobs'In an interview with People last fall, Earhardt elaborated on what life looks like for her now that she’s a single mother whose job starts before the sun is up. She picks her daughter up from school herself, given the unique hours of her gig. Still, she admitted at the time, “It does have its challenges because it’s just me.”Using the current coronavirus pandemic as only partial justification, Trump announced Monday that he intends to sign an executive order halting all immigration to the United States on a temporary basis.“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” Trump tweeted on Monday night.It is unclear what prompted the decision on Monday, or why protecting “jobs” was included as a justification. While it’s true that the U.S. is currently mired in a severe economic contraction, the situation is a side effect of shutdown measures taken across the country in an attempt to facilitate social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 40,000 people domestically since Feb. 29. There is no evidence that any of the jobs lost since the shutdowns began were actually just given to immigrants instead.Ainsley Earhardt is concerned about Trump's temporary immigration ban because her au pair is an immigrant: "Many families rely on child care from other countries … hopefully the president will roll out a plan and we'll all be informed" pic.twitter.com/7OkUrBfdKX— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 21, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Questions Trump’s Immigration Ban: What About My Au Pair? At TheWrap

  • Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video)
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    Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video)

    On her Fox News show Thursday night, Laura Ingraham made a coronavirus comparison Dr. Anthony Fauci was quick to correct and call “misleading.”“Laura, this is different,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told Ingraham when she compared the responses to SARS and AIDS to the response of the current coronavirus pandemic.Fauci, who is a leading member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, explained, “HIV/AIDS is entirely different. We don’t have a vaccine for HIV/AIDS but we have spectacularly effective treatment. People who invariably would have died years ago, right now, are leading essentially normal lives.”Also Read: Kayleigh McEnany Calls CNN, MSNBC 'Shameful' in First Fox News Appearance as White House Press Secretary (Video)He further clarified, “SARS is a different story. SARS disappeared. We developed a vaccine, we were in the process of going through the various phases, we showed it was safe, we showed it induced a good response and then SARS disappeared and we didn’t need to develop a vaccine for SARS. So, I think it’s a little bit misleading, maybe, to compare what we’re going through now with HIV or SARS. They’re really different.”Ingraham’s line of thinking had been that “life goes on” after other infectious disease outbreaks, whether or not those have proven vaccines. She questioned why “going back to normal” was possible after the onset of HIV/AIDS and SARS, but not the coronavirus.Dr. Fauci has to explain to Laura Ingraham why Coronavirus is not like HIV pic.twitter.com/saYbY2Y5R9— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 17, 2020Read original story Dr Fauci Corrects Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on ‘Misleading’ Coronavirus Claim (Video) At TheWrap

  • White House Says Kellyanne Conway ‘Well Aware’ What COVID-19 Means After Inaccurately Referencing ‘COVID-1’
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    White House Says Kellyanne Conway ‘Well Aware’ What COVID-19 Means After Inaccurately Referencing ‘COVID-1’

    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, attempting to take a shot at the World Health Organization — and has been brutally mocked for her seemingly scientifically inaccurate comment. The White House, however, claims she did not misspeak.“This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks,” she declared, “and so you would think the people in charge of the World Health Organization, facts and figures, would be on top of that.”COVID-19 means, in reality, “coronavirus disease 2019,” a reference to the year the strain currently causing a global pandemic was first discovered. It has nothing to do with the number of previously-discovered strains, as Conway seemingly suggested.Also Read: Fox News Contributor Bill Bennett Inaccurately Says Coronavirus 'Is Not a Pandemic' (Video)“No wonder the WHO has lost the plot, they didn’t even bother watching the first 18 COVIDs,” sniped New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait on Twitter.“They learned nothing from the carnage of Bowling Green,” replied Slate’s Will Saletan, referencing another infamous on-air mistake from Conway.Others joked about movies with numbers in their titles, wondering how Conway could watch K-9 if she hadn’t seen the first eight and if she had seen the first 2000 Space Odysseys?Lawyer Bradley Moss, however, didn’t let her off easily and, in fact, cautioned that the jokes might be what she wanted in the first place: “Kellyanne is not dumb, folks. She’s rather intelligent. She’s simply gaslighting, depending on the fact that the president’s base either doesn’t know the facts here or doesn’t care so long as they get to mock the subsequent liberal outrage.”A White House official told TheWrap, “Kellyanne is well aware that ’19’ refers to the year.  She attends Task Force meetings daily and sits right behind Drs. Birx and Fauci.  Kellyanne never mentioned ’18 other coronaviruses’. In three different interviews today, Kellyanne made the same point: The WHO has one job, to anticipate infectious disease pandemics. They are charged with managing the information – the facts and figures –  and are paid handsomely to do so. ‘This is COVID 19, not COVID 1’ on one show addressed the sheer number of years the U.S. has given billions and billions of dollars to WHO and were failed by them when it came to the origins, severity, human-to-human transmission and such related to Coronavirus.”Kellyanne Conway: "This is COVID-19, not COVID-1 folks, and so you would think the people in charge of the World Health Organization, facts and figures, would be on top of that." pic.twitter.com/losQ3H4ZhW— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 15, 2020Read original story White House Says Kellyanne Conway ‘Well Aware’ What COVID-19 Means After Inaccurately Referencing ‘COVID-1’ At TheWrap

  • Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information
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    Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information

    Fox News is facing intense scrutiny for its initial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and a lawsuit filed in Washington is asking a state court to bar the network from sharing false information about the pandemic.The top-rated network was sued Thursday by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics. TheWrap has reviewed the ten-page document, in which Fox News Corp., owner Rupert Murdoch, AT&T TV and Comcast were named as defendants.The organization is seeking an injunction to prevent Fox News from “interfering with reasonable and necessary measures to contain the virus by publishing further false and deceptive content.” Fox News, the suit says, violates the Consumer Protection Act, which ” declares unlawful and prohibits deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce.”Responding to Thursday’s lawsuit, general counsel for Fox News Media Lily Fu Claffee said, “Wrong on the facts, frivolous on the law. We will defend vigorously and seek sanctions as appropriate.”Also Read: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News' Laura Ingraham: 'Why Are You on TV Again?'In the last month, Fox News’ on-air talent has been criticized for what they have shared about the virus, both on-air and through their social media accounts. (At the time of this article’s publication, FoxNewsLiedAsPeopleDied is a trending hashtag on Twitter.)Much of the criticism stems from the New York Times’ opinion section, which has published some scathing pieces recently that attack Fox News’ coverage and what the authors say are the effects of that coverage. Kara Swisher, the veteran tech journalist who co-founded the site ReCode, wrote in an op-ed this week that she blamed Fox News for her aging mother’s initial lack of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.Swisher wrote that her mother’s “primary source of news” is Fox News, and the older woman initially did not take the coronavirus threat seriously because of what she watched.Also Read: 74 Journalism Professors Sign Letter Calling Fox News' Coronavirus Coverage a 'Danger to Public Health'“But she was not concerned — and it was clear why. … In those days she was telling me that the COVID-19 threat was overblown by the mainstream news media (note, her daughter is in the media). She told me that it wasn’t going to be that big a deal. She told me that it was just like the flu,” Swisher wrote of her mother, who continued to go out to eat with friends for some time and went as far as to threaten to block Swisher’s number if she kept talking about the seriousness of the pandemic.That characterization earned Swisher a two-day fight with Fox News’ ratings behemoth and primetime host Sean Hannity.“You got one far-left media mob maniac over at ‘The New York Times’ using the virus to attack her least favorite network, oh, and yours truly,” Hannity said during his show Wednesday. “Yes, she’s accusing Fox News of putting her mother and the elderly people at risk.”Also Read: Sean Hannity Insists He 'Never Called the Virus a Hoax' One Week After Doing Just That (Video)“In order to help the media mob out, we put it all together for them [in a timeline] so they can’t plead ignorance when I think about suing them,” said Hannity, who had already unleashed a series of tweets about Fisher earlier in the day. He referenced his Jan. 27 interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a now-recognizable figure in the fight against the virus, and noted the conversation took place “six days after the first confirmed case of the United States.”In a different New York Times piece, writer-at-large Charlie Warzel pointed not necessarily to Fox News hosts’ on-air coverage but their online behavior. He described a Medium post by Aaron Ginn, a Silicon Valley product manager and “growth hacker,” that argued the true severity of the virus. Fox News’ Brit Hume tweeted a link to the post on March 21 to his over one million followers. By the next day, eight of his Fox colleagues had also shared the post, including Bret Baier, Laura Ingraham and Sebastian Gorka, who together have over five million followers. (Baier did tweet the Medium article, but also asked his followers to read a thread of information on the site that offered a “strong counter-argument to the medium article.”) Medium later removed Ginn’s post.“Within hours, the blog post was amplified across conservative media,” Warzel wrote.Some Fox News Media opinion hosts have been dismissive of the dangers of the coronavirus, especially in the virus’ earlier days in America. Former Fox Business host Trish Regan, for instance, described it as another effort to impeach President Donald Trump. She and her network parted ways at the end of March.Fox News — which Thursday gave $1 million to Feeding America in a joint donation with Facebook designed to ease the strain of the pandemic — began implementing work-from-home strategies for employees in mid-March, ramping up efforts to keep employees home as the virus spread. Hosts who still appeared in the studio started sitting six feet apart and the tone of coverage started to change as Fox News added two additional doctors to its roster of contributors.Fox News sent out an internal memo Friday stating that the earliest date staffers could expect to be back in their offices is May 4.Read original story Millions of People Get Coronavirus Updates From Fox News – This Lawsuit Says the Network Gave Them False Information At TheWrap

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’
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    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’

    Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sparred on Twitter Friday, and not for the first time, either.It all started when Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on marginalized communities and communities of color, writing, “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities. Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions. Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”Ingraham retweeted the congresswoman’s call to action, adding, “The Doctor of Mixology will save us!” in a reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s former job as a bartender.Also Read: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Laura Ingraham After Grammar Tweet: 'You're a Neo-Nazi Fan Favorite'“Didn’t you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID ‘treatment’ that you tweeted & Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I’m sorry, why are you on TV again?”She followed up with a link to a report that Twitter did, in fact, remove a tweet from the primetime host that promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine as having been used by one hospital in New York with “very promising results.” Ingraham went so far as to compare the patient to the Biblical Lazarus, a man believed to have risen from the dead by Jesus.“Typical liberal,” Ingraham branded her. “Doesn’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘admitting privileges’ versus ‘employed by’–maligning a man who has spent his life teaching and saving lives of late stage cancer patients.”The duo fought on the platform last August, too. During that interaction, Ocasio-Cortez called Ingraham a “neo-Nazi fan favorite” after the Fox News host corrected the grammar in one of her tweets.Read original story Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham: ‘Why Are You on TV Again?’ At TheWrap

  • ReCode Co-Founder Blames Fox News for Aging Mother’s Lack of Coronavirus Concern
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    ReCode Co-Founder Blames Fox News for Aging Mother’s Lack of Coronavirus Concern

    In a scathing New York Times op-ed, Kara Swisher, the veteran tech journalist who co-founded the site ReCode, blamed Fox News — not Facebook or Google — for her aging mother’s initial lack of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.Swisher wrote her mother’s “primary source of news” is Fox News and initially didn’t take the coronavirus threat seriously because of that.“But she was not concerned — and it was clear why. Her primary source of news is Fox. In those days she was telling me that the COVID-19 threat was overblown by the mainstream news media (note, her daughter is in the media). She told me that it wasn’t going to be that big a deal. She told me that it was just like the flu,” Swisher wrote of her mother, who continued to go out to eat with friends for some time and went as far as to threaten to block Swisher’s number if she kept pestering her about the seriousness of the pandemic.Also Read: Fox News Coronavirus Town Hall Sets Record With 4.41 Million ViewersSwisher blamed “Fox, the whole Fox, and nothing but the Fox” for her mother’s attitude instead of Facebook or Google in the opinion piece, which was titled “Fox’s Fake News Contagion.” She added that “it sometimes feels like Fox News is eating my mother’s brain.”The writer did also note, “Thankfully, Mom had not gone as far as claiming the coronavirus is a plot to hurt President Trump — a theory pushed by some at Fox News heavily at first.”Fox Business Network parted ways with Trish Regan after she shared that exact talking point. While Swisher wrote that she was afraid for her mother in a way she has observed is familiar to other adult children of aging Americans who are becoming more interested in the right-leaning network, Fox News Media itself has also been hit by the coronavirus. Six confirmed cases in the New York offices have coincided with an overhaul of company procedure. All interviews are now down by Skype and the select few employees still working in the building instead of telecommuting are asked to take their temperature every morning.Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Primetime host Sean Hannity, however, confronted Swisher on Twitter, writing in a series of posts, “Hey Kara whoever u are. I’ll accept you are a pest, but you are also ignorant, lazy and a total hypocrite.”Read original story ReCode Co-Founder Blames Fox News for Aging Mother’s Lack of Coronavirus Concern At TheWrap

  • Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast
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    Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast

    Fox News on Sunday issued an explanation for Saturday’s episode of “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” which was marred by “technical difficulties” and the appearance of host Jeanine Pirro, whom many viewers thought seemed disheveled and perhaps even tipsy.“Jeanine Pirro was broadcasting from her home for the first time when she encountered several technical difficulties which impacted the quality of her show, including the loss of a teleprompter,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “As we have previously said, we are operating with a reduced staff working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our employees in these unprecedented times.”An individual close to the network also said Pirro did her own hair and makeup for Saturday’s show, noting that even in-studio talent is working with reduced hair and makeup staff as a result of new protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And the former New York state judge’s usually well-coifed hair did appear to get less telegenic as Saturday’s episode went on.Also Read: Was a Disheveled Judge Jeanine Pirro Tipsy After Fox News Show Delayed for 'Technical Difficulties'?Pirro also joined her show roughly 15 minutes into the regular broadcast time, apologizing for “the technical difficulties” when she finally took over for network anchor Jackie Ibanez.A good portion of the Twitterverse quickly had a field day based on tweeted clips from the show, with several noting similarities to Cecily Strong’s impression of a liquor-toting, drink-spilling Pirro on “Saturday Night Live.”New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica tweeted that the show could be retitled “Happy Hour With Judge Jeanine.”And actress Minnie Driver, using a vulgar British term for drunk, suggested Pirro was “the only fantastic side effect of COVID19 sublime content” on Fox News. Read original story Fox News Explains Judge Jeanine Pirro’s ‘Technical Difficulties’ in 1st Home Broadcast At TheWrap

  • White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline
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    White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted Wednesday to statements made by President Donald Trump Tuesday that he hopes to see America “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” She said the experts appointed to the coronavirus task force might not have been “well-informed” when it came to the deadline.“I don’t know how well-informed they were,” Grisham said when Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked, “How real is this Easter date and how well-informed was the rest of the task force that the president was going to say that yesterday, that his goal was to open up by Easter?”She went on to say that Trump “is very hopeful” and wants to give Americans who are out of work or isolating at home a message of hope, too.Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus Shutdown“It’s tough and I imagine a lot of people want to try to get out there and get back to work, as long as they are social distancing, so we’ll see what happens once the 15 days goes past and we’ve got new data sets,” she said.Tuesday, a few hours after the president made the Easter proclamation during a Fox News town hall, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public face of the task force, cautioned against being too rigid with the date. Instead, he said the timeline “is really very flexible.”“We just had a conversation with the president in the Oval Office talking about, you know, ‘You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible.’ On a — literally — day-by-day and week-by-week basis, you need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,” he said.Read original story White House Press Secretary Suggests Coronavirus Task Force Not Informed Before Trump Announced Easter Deadline At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy
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    Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy

    Fox News’ Brit Hume defended comments from Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick Tuesday night, saying it is “entirely reasonable” that elderly Americans could be fine with dying amid the coronavirus outbreak to save the U.S. economy.“The utter collapse of the country’s economy — which many think will happen if this goes on much longer — is an intolerable result,” the 76-year-old told primetime host Tucker Carlson. “[Patrick] is saying, for his own part, that he would be willing to take a risk of getting the disease if that’s what it took to allow the economy to move forward. He said that because he is late in life, that he would be perhaps more willing than he might have been at a younger age, which seems to me to be an entirely reasonable viewpoint.”Patrick sent shockwaves through viewers Monday night when the 63-year-old said on Carlson’s program, “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that’s the exchange, I’m all in.”Also Read: Fox News Tells Staffers to Take Temperature Before Work as Coronavirus Cases in NY Office Reach 6Patrick explained he wants the country to “get back to work” and spoke for older Americans: “We’ll take care of ourselves.”On Tuesday, Carlson asked Hume what about that idea “enrages” people. Hume said he couldn’t read minds, but had a theory the reaction had something to do with President Donald Trump and partisanship.“We are living in a country in which people’s reactions to nearly everything have something to do, when you drill down, with how they feel about Donald Trump and to the extent that what the lieutenant governor said on your air last night is similar to the overall message to what Donald Trump has been saying, I think some of the reaction to it may flow from that,” he suggested.Earlier Monday, Trump expressed his desire to have Americans back to work by Easter, which falls on April 12.Last night Dan Patrick said grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy. Tonight Brit Hume said its "an entirely reasonable viewpoint" pic.twitter.com/pArEpeXpsu— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 25, 2020Read original story Fox News’ Brit Hume: It’s ‘Entirely Reasonable’ the Elderly Would Want to Die to Save Economy At TheWrap

  • Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
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    Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

    President Donald Trump shared a shocking accusation on air against New York governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday that turned out to be a headline pulled straight from rightwing conspiracy site Gateway Pundit.Trump, who has publicly been at odds with Cuomo about the responsibility of the federal government during the coronavirus outbreak, appeared on Fox News during a two-hour town hall on the pandemic. During the telecast, Trump grabbed a piece of paper and rattled off the headline: “NY Gov. Cuomo Rejected Buying Recommended 16,000 Ventilators in 2015 for Pandemic, Established Death Panels and Lottery Instead.”Also Read: Trump Wants US 'Opened Up' by Easter -- Less Than 3 Weeks Away -- After Coronavirus ShutdownThat Gateway Pundit piece, published Sunday, relied on a Friday column by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey. McCaughey’s post stated that in 2015, Cuomo “asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had” instead of buying 16,000 new ventilators.” She then criticized Cuomo for other ways he allocated money in 2015, including the purchase of solar panels.There was no link between any possible ventilator purchases and the solar panels.“So, he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us,” Trump said during the town hall.Dani Lever, Cuomo’s communications director, told TheWrap via email, “He obviously didn’t read the document he’s citing – this was a 5 year old advisory task force report, which never recommended the State procure ventilators – it merely referenced that New York wouldn’t be equipped with enough ventilators for a 1918 flu pandemic. No one is, including Mr. Trump.”Watch the moment below, via Media Matters For America’s Matthew Gertz:President Trump just read a Gateway Pundit headline during a live Fox News town hall on coronavirus as a way of sticking it to Gov. Cuomo. https://t.co/1HW7ReuSUY pic.twitter.com/GaGT3cUjUS— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 24, 2020Read original story Trump Repeats Unproven Gateway Pundit Conspiracy Theory About NY Governor Andrew Cuomo At TheWrap

  • Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus
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    Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the media late Sunday night, criticizing news outlets — including Fox News — for near-constant coronavirus coverage and what he sees as criticism of his handling of the pandemic.“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the @nytimes, & the @washingtonpost, and all I see is hatred of me at any cost. Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he wrote at around 11:30 p.m., after a day full of tweets and retweets.Trump has been particularly critical of the media during the coronavirus outbreak. During a press conference Thursday, he attacked the New York Times and Washington Post, saying, “I know the truth and people out there in the world, they really don’t know the truth. They don’t know what it is.”Also Read: Fox News Media Headquarters in NY Hit With 4 Cases of CoronavirusMeanwhile, the outlets themselves have been ramping up measures to protect employees and outlining the seriousness of the threat facing the country in programming and articles.NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Craig Melvin have been hosting “Today” from their homes. At Fox News, where a fourth employee was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Saturday, hosts have implemented social distancing on all shows, sitting at least six feet apart from one another.The president has criticized Fox News for what he sees as attempts by the network to be “politically correct” repeatedly in recent months.Read original story Trump Lashes Out at Fox News and Other Media for ‘Destroying Themselves’ During Reporting on Coronavirus At TheWrap

  • Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Says Stock Market Dive Is About ‘Foreign Policy’ as Much as Economics
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    Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Says Stock Market Dive Is About ‘Foreign Policy’ as Much as Economics

    Maria Bartiromo is in high demand at Fox News and Fox Business, where she’s been doing more appearances on the networks’ shows than normal as the stock market fluctuates in relation to coronavirus fears. In between some of those show hits, she sat down with TheWrap this week to explain why the fluctuations are a “foreign policy” issue and what, exactly, really causes them.“This is as much a foreign policy story as it is an economic story,” the “Mornings With Maria” anchor said Tuesday, one day after U.S. stock markets sank, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking 7% and the S&P 500 down 6.6% an hour into trading. She noted that the ups and downs of the market were about more than just coronavirus fears, and had plenty to do with oil prices and other unexpected factors, too.“Okay, so the stock market trades on the expectation of earnings growth,” she continued, explaining that a person who buys stock in Apple likely does so because Apple has the potential to sell a large number of iPads and iPhones. “If you don’t have any flights going in and out of China, if you don’t have anybody working in these factory lines to produce the product — they’re home quarantined — then they can’t make the products then companies can’t sell the products … What does that mean for Apple’s bottom line? They’re not going to earn what you thought they were going to earn because they can’t sell the product. So, the growth story just changed.”Also Read: How Fox News' Maria Bartiromo Scored Another Ratings Win for 'Sunday Morning Futures'“The growth story is no longer in place, and that’s when investors start selling. So with the coronavirus situation now the whole question is, ‘Will the economy keep growing?’ Or will the economy slow down? Are we going to see a sharp slowdown, to the extent that companies can’t make the money that we thought they were gonna make because they can’t sell the products that they thought they were gonna make? I think this whole coronavirus has created a lot of lessons for us in America. The number-one lesson is America is way too reliant on foreign places to produce our goods,” she shared. Bartiromo cited not only goods like iPhones, but the very ingredients needed for prescription drugs.It’s that mixture — Bartiromo’s ease of explaining the market combined with her unique opinions and analysis — that has her booked on shows back-to-back from morning until night.“I am lucky because I love what I do,” she said. “I don’t think you could work really hard and be at work all the time and do work at the pace that I work if you didn’t love it because you would be miserable.”Read original story Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Says Stock Market Dive Is About ‘Foreign Policy’ as Much as Economics At TheWrap

  • Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment
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    Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment

    Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile clapped back at Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel Tuesday, responding to her comment about the Democratic primary being “rigged” against Sen. Bernie Sanders.In fact, Brazile told McDaniel to “go to hell.”Earlier on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel discussed the ongoing Super Tuesday voting and what the evening’s vote tallies will mean for remaining campaigns: “It does depend on how big a lead that Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates. I don’t see anybody getting out soon and it’s leading towards, potentially, a brokered convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”Also Read: Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary; Sanders Is Distant Second“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans. First of all, stay the hell out of our race,” she said after co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith rolled the clip of McDaniel’s comments. “I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to the Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process.”After she lambasted the GOP for, in her estimation, not having its own primary process, she concluded, “Ronna, go to hell!”Henry audibly said, “Whoa,” so Brazile doubled down: “No, go to hell! I’m tired of it, Ed. We’re not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee. If you have the delegates and win, you will win.”Her comments came one day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed former vice president Joe Biden, just as former Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke did.On NBC’s “Today” Tuesday morning, Klobuchar denied that the coalition of former candidates behind Biden was an attempt to quash Sanders’ progressive campaign.Read original story Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment At TheWrap

  • Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video)
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    Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video)

    Journalists at MSNBC paid tribute to colleague Chris Matthews after his abrupt on-air resignation Monday night, and so too did Fox News’ Tucker Carlson … in his own way.“Boy, you never thought you’d see that happen. I’ve known Chris Matthews very well since 1995 when I started appearing on his show regularly. He’s everything you think he is. Groveling in the end couldn’t save him; it never does. I would say his real sin, of course, was being old and unfashionable. That’s why they’re making him leave,” Carlson said on his show Monday night.Matthews, who was identified Friday by reporter Laura Bassett as the once-unnamed “famous broadcast journalist” she had accused in a 2017 piece of making inappropriate comments to her when she was a guest on his show, quit Monday. In recent days, the “Hardball” veteran issued an apology to Bernie Sanders and his voters for comparing a Sanders caucus win to a Nazi victory.Also Read: Mika Brzezinski on Chris Matthews Resignation: I Understand 'Cancel Culture' But Is There a 'Better Way'?In his commentary, Carlson then asked why Joy Reid, another MSNBC host, was still on the air after her 2018 scandal involving old blog posts. Two years ago, the FBI investigated the possibility that Reid’s long-defunct blog was compromised by an “external party” responsible for the homophobic content in recently unearthed posts, according to the MSNBC host’s lawyer. Similarly, he brought up other NBC News officials and hosts who have had scandals associated with their names.“As long as we’re making people leave for moral crimes, you gotta wonder why is Joy Reid still on the air, who lied and got the FBI implicated in her lie? Or Noah Oppenheim, the buddy of Harvey Weinstein, or Andy Lack? Joe Scarborough still works there? Really? Amazing,” he said.Representatives for MSNBC and NBC News didn’t immediately return a request for comment.Watch Carlson’s clip above.Read original story Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’
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    CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’

    Various CNN talent and representatives have issued responses to Fox News’ Sean Hannity as he’s berated them on Twitter over the past few days, calling his accusations “rich” and suggesting the real source of his ire is a forthcoming book about Fox News from CNN’s Brian Stelter.On Saturday, one day after attorney Michael Avenatti was found guilty on all three charges related to his attempts to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Hannity lashed out at Stelter online, tweeting a link to a piece that reviewed a number of television news hosts speaking to Avenatti before he was charged. Stelter’s face is displayed prominently in the lead image.Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, responded with a reminder he’s writing a book about the relationship between some at Hannity’s network and President Donald Trump.“For my forthcoming book about Fox and Trump, I sent fact-checking Q’s to some of Hannity’s lawyers and confidants today,” Stelter wrote. “A few hours later, Hannity lobbed a bunch of Twitter missiles at me. Complete coincidence!”Also Read: Michael Avenatti Found Guilty on All Three Counts in Nike Extortion TrialHannity began his attack again Sunday, after Stelter addressed his own dealings with Avenatti during a segment of his Sunday show. Hannity’s renewed attacks came with a pretty self-aware preface: “Alright, I haven’t done this in a while and I’m sure the write-ups will say ‘Hannity rages in a tweet storm against .@brianstelter and CNN.’ But here it goes…”From there, he used insulting nicknames to describe Stelter and CNN’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy. He castigated Stelter for “arrogance,” then brought up cable news ratings, where Fox News has continuously outpaced both CNN and MSNBC.Darcy responded after Hannity accused the CNN team of being “stenographers” for network head Jeff Zucker, writing, “Given the level of stenography you do for the man sitting in the White House, it is quite rich for you to make that accusation against anyone else.”Similarly, Emily Kuhn, the communications director for CNN Digital as well as Stelter’s “Reliable Sources,” referenced the forthcoming book again Sunday, musing, “Must be an interesting book if someone is reacting like that.”Hannity tweeted another round of insults a few hours after that, calling the others “creepy” and “hacks.”Read original story CNN Journalists Respond to Sean Hannity’s Twitter Attacks: ‘Quite Rich of You to Make That Accusation’ At TheWrap

  • Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to Fox News Viewer: ‘You Are Not an Informed Citizen’
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    Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to Fox News Viewer: ‘You Are Not an Informed Citizen’

    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly spoke about the state of media and slammed Fox News Wednesday night, saying a person who only watched that network wouldn’t be “an informed citizen.”During a lecture at the Drew University Forum in Morristown, N.J., according to the Washington Post, Kelly rebuffed former boss President Donald Trump, saying, “The media, in my view — and I feel very strongly about this — is not the enemy of the people.”He went on, “We need a free media. That said, you have to be careful about what you are watching and reading, because the media has taken sides. So if you only watch Fox News, because it’s reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen.”Also Read: John Kelly to Leave White House by End of YearKelly also condemned Trump’s ouster of former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a witness when the House began its impeachment probe.In a Thursday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said she was “disappointed” by his comments.“I was in the room with him when he actually backed the president on many of the things he’s now saying weren’t great. I thought it was a little disingenuous,” she told Fox News’ morning hosts.Read original story Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to Fox News Viewer: ‘You Are Not an Informed Citizen’ At TheWrap

  • Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report)
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    Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report)

    A lengthy Fox News research document warns its employees to be wary of “disinformation” spread by several Pro-Trump guests, including the president’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani and network contributor John Solomon, according to a Thursday report from The Daily Beast.The document, dubbed “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration,” is 162 pages long. It’s “especially critical of Solomon,” The Daily Beast reports, after he made several unsubstantiated claims the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Solomon is a former opinion columnist at “The Hill,” where his work “fueled” Giuliani to “dig up dirt in Ukraine,” according to the report.“John Solomon played an indispensable role in the collection and domestic publication of elements of this disinformation campaign,” the briefing notes.Also Read: Fox News Stars Rail Against Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote: 'Going to Be Associated With Judas'Solomon’s “questionable reporting,” as the report put it,  has also been referenced multiple times by President Trump on Twitter. He and Giuliani did not respond to TDB’s request for comment.A rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.The research document, put together by Fox News’ senior political affairs specialist Bryan S. Murphy, also claims Giuliani is especially gullible when it comes to Ukrainian fake news; this stems from his desire to find out more about Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukraine, according to the report.Giuliani shows a “high susceptibility to disinformation” shared by Ukrainians Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko and his associates, according to Murphy’s writing.Also Read: Fox News' State of the Union Coverage Got Twice as Many Viewers as CNN, MSNBC CombinedMurphy’s report also calls out Fox News guests Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova for “spreading disinformation.” The married couple worked alongside Giuliani to find out more about Hunter and Joe Biden, according to The Daily Beast, and were employed by indicted Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Both Toensing and DiGenova did not respond to TDB’s request for comment.You can read the full report here.Read original story Internal Fox News Document Warns That Pro-Trump Guests Are Amplifying ‘Disinformation’ (Report) At TheWrap