Geraldo Rivera said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning that it’s tough to see former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “deteriorate” in live television interviews.“I’ve known him since he was a newly-appointed U.S. attorney in the Southern District here in New York. Then he became ‘America’s Mayor,’ and we all lived through that trauma with him when he was the most magnificent elected official on earth. To see him kind of deteriorate right before your very eyes — and I love the guy — but I think that this is…,” Rivera said.Co-host Steve Doocy asked what his Fox News colleague meant. Rivera responded by speaking about Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine and questioned why he wasn’t appointed as an envoy if he was going overseas to represent President Donald Trump.Also Read: Hillary Clinton Thinks 'Aliens Have Seized' Rudy Giuliani's Brain (Video)“He went to Ukraine to do what as what?” Rivera asked“We have a lot of people in the audience who are not agreeing with you, Geraldo,” said co-host Ainsley Earhardt.“I don’t come here for people to agree with me. I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart and from the bottom of my heart, I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga. I think the more he talks the worse it is for the President of the United States.”Also Read: 'Fox & Friends' Brawl: Geraldo Rivera Calls Out Brian Kilmeade's 'Arrogance' in Defending Attack on Iran (Video)This isn’t the first time Rivera has been questioned on the network in recent weeks. Earlier in January, he and co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized each other while debating the United States’ deadly strike against Iranian’s General Qassem Soleimani with Rivera saying that the strike was an act of unnecessary aggression on the part of the U.S.Watch the clip of Rivera speaking about Giuliani above via Fox News.Read original story Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Laments Watching Rudy Giuliani ‘Deteriorate’ At TheWrap
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz attacked CNN’s Manu Raju in the very early hours of Friday morning, calling him “obnoxious” in a tweet.“Manu, in your pissing fight w/ @MarthaMcSally EVERY GOP Senator agreed you were the MOST partisan/unfair Cap Hill reporter. Rather than address problem, CNN top brass ‘released the hounds’ on McSally. Your Qs aren’t hard, but when you’re obnoxious, we answer other reporters’ Qs,” he wrote on Twitter.Cruz’s tweet came as a response to Raju, who had written that when he tried to ask the senator if he defends President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine, for which he was impeached by the House, Cruz ignored him and “split.”Also Read: GOP Sen Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter 'Liberal Hack,' Shuts Down Impeachment Trial QuestionIn his response, Cruz also referenced an incident that took place last week. Republican Sen. Martha McSally called Raju a “liberal hack” and refused to answer his questions last Thursday. She went on Twitter later in the day to confirm and share the exchange.“You are,” McSally wrote in response to a tweet from Raju about the moment she called him a “liberal hack.” She later included a video of the encounter. Raju, the network’s senior congressional correspondent, followed up a half-hour later with the CNN video of the incident.Read original story Senator Ted Cruz Calls CNN Reporter ‘Obnoxious’ and ‘Partisan/Unfair’ At TheWrap
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough fact-checked statements from a Davos press conference by President Trump on Wednesday morning and didn’t hide his exasperation.Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, pointed out that the Washington Post has now chronicled over 16,000 “false or misleading claims” from the president since he took office.“He says he makes great deals. That speaks for itself: A man who’s gone bankrupt time and time again and continues to be mired in a North Korean missile deal where he was made to look like a complete fool,” Scarborough said.Also Read: Joe Scarborough Says Trump Impeachment Is 'About History,' Not Just Election (Video)He then referred to the phone call with the Ukrainian president that led to Trump’s impeachment, “He keeps talking about releasing a transcript. He never released the actual transcript. That’s a lie.”From there, Scarborough contrasted Trump’s insistence that he and the Ukrainian president both agree the call was a “perfect conversation” with the latest polling that shows 51% of Americans think the Senate should remove the president for office because of the call.In December, the House impeached Trump on charges that he abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress. The House voted on two articles of impeachment, drafted by the House Judiciary Committee, which charged the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Also Read: Joe Scarborough: GOP Won't Come on 'Morning Joe' to Talk Debt Unless 'Democrats Are in the White House'For abuse of power, the House voted 230-197; for obstruction of Congress, the House voted 229-198. The votes concluded a months-long impeachment inquiry process into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which sought to determine whether he solicited foreign power for his own political gain. And as the inquiry unfolded, the White House’s refusal to cooperate and attempts to block witnesses from testifying amounted to obstruction of Congress, according to the articles of impeachment.Read original story ‘That’s a Lie': Exasperated Joe Scarborough Fact-Checks Trump as Impeachment Begins At TheWrap
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” started the week by picking up where NBC’s “Meet the Press” left off on Sunday: Hammering GOP Sen. John Kennedy — and by extension, some of his Republican colleagues — for “repeating Putin talking points,” specifically by reiterating claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.On Sunday, Kennedy accused former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko of “actively” working for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign against President Trump.Also Read: 'Morning Joe': GOP Support of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Is Like 'Living in an Alternate Universe'Moderator Chuck Todd pushed back then, saying, “You realize the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin. This is what he said on November 20: ‘Thank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine. Well, let them sort this out among themselves.’ You just accused a former president of Ukraine. You’ve done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been duped?”Throughout Monday’s “Morning Joe,” the cable panelists made the same points, criticizing Republicans who fall in line to defend Trump. (That has been a months-long theme of the show, which is hosted by former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough.)Also Read: 'Morning Joe' Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of 'Shamelessness' After Impeachment Inquiry Vote“What about these Republicans, these so-called ‘conservatives?'” asked Scarborough, referencing his time in office. “People who stood by me as we fought against Russian influence and the spread of communism and fought for conservative values?”He slammed them for “going on national television, repeating Putin talking points. The United States Senate even gotta a warning from the intel agencies — Donald Trump’s intel agencies — that this is propaganda that Vladimir Putin has been trying to push for the past several years.”Watch the video above.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Rails Against Republicans ‘Repeating Putin Talking Points’ At TheWrap
Former national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton isn’t scheduled to testify during House hearings around the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump — and Jim Carrey thinks that is “just another profile in cowardice.”The outspoken actor on Tuesday again used his doodling skills to take on a former member of Trump’s administration. This time, he wrote “BOLTON” down the side along with, “…the tough get going and the weak get silent!”Just another profile in cowardice. pic.twitter.com/iIumZGlRHo– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) November 20, 2019Also Read: Jim Carrey Busts Donald Trump With NSFW Cartoon About House Impeachment Inquiry VoteBolton isn’t exactly being silent about everything, of course. He stepped down from his position in the administration in September and by early November, the Associated Press was reporting he had signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster worth approximately $2 million.The title, subject and release date of the book are not known and no other details have been made public. With the deal, Bolton will become the third person to parlay a Trump administration job into a lucrative book contract.Other former ambassadors, however, are testifying this month. Wednesday was the fourth day of hearings in Trump’s impeachment inquiry and, in fact, Bolton’s name was mentioned by Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland Wednesday as someone who “knew what we were doing and why” when it came to Trump’s dealings in Ukraine.Read original story Jim Carrey Takes Aim at John Bolton ‘Cowardice’ in Latest Political Artwork At TheWrap
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham responded Tuesday night to condemnation she received for a segment on her Monday show that questioned the patriotism and loyalty of National Security Council member, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was set to testify in the impeachment probe.Democrats “think they finally found their star witness: Army vet Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient and a White House NSC staffer,” she said. “While we of course salute Vindman’s service to this country, that service does not insulate him or any member of the armed services from criticism or scrutiny, especially when they’re still on active duty.”Also Read: Fox News' Laura Ingraham Criticized for Panel Suggesting White House Official Could Be Double AgentIngraham then aired some of the numerous clips of various network hosts, anchors and guests expressing outrage at criticism of him Tuesday.“Let’s face it,” she said. “If the lieutenant colonel had been on the call and dismissed any wrongdoing by the president, Democrats and the media probably wouldn’t sound like this.”Also Read: MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Calls Conservative Pundits 'Chickens--' for Questioning White House Official's Patriotism (Video)On Tuesday, Vindman, who is a Ukrainian-born refugee, testified about the phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president that started the entire impeachment probe. On Monday’s “The Ingraham Angle,” guest John Yoo suggested involvement in “espionage” in a discussion of the official and his then-impending testimony.No one on Monday’s Fox News program offered any proof of “espionage.”Later on Tuesday, after Ingraham’s segment had been criticized by CNN and MSNBC’s morning show anchors, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace went on-air to deride the unproven “espionage” claims. Responding to the clip of Yoo saying, “Some people might call that espionage,” Wallace said. “Except those people aren’t chickens–t like the three of you and they know that he passed a background check that the president’s daughter and son-in-law didn’t.”Read original story Fox News’ Ingraham Defends Questioning Lt Col Vindman’s Patriotism: ‘Service Does Not Insulate Him From Criticism’ At TheWrap
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” broke down for viewers Friday what it’s like to select a lead story for a morning show in the wake of a big political news day, which saw the death of a sitting congressman and the continued fallout from President Trump ordering that U.S. troops be withdrawn from northern Syria.Spoiler alert: It’s hard.Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, “What do you lead with this morning?”Also Read: 'The President Show' Star Anthony Atamanuik Reads That Trump Letter to Turkey's President (Video)She then shared a series of Thursday night tweets from contributor Charlie Sykes, who wondered the same thing and listed all of the related headlines:Helluva news cycle: what do you lead with?*Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo in Ukraine? *The G-7 Trump Doral grift? *Trumps awful Syria deal?… or *The president’s apparent endorsement of ethnic cleansing?*The apparent collapse of the Trump stonewall? *Rick Perry’s escape? *Sundland breaking with Trump story? *Elijah Cummings? *Romney’s dramatic floor speech on Syria?Also Read: Trump Still Most Tweeted-About Politician During 4th Democratic DebateBrzezinski noted, “And not on Charlie’s list: the admiral who led the raid to take out Osama bin Laden saying it’s time for a new person in the Oval Office as former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasts Donald Trump.”Co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out that with so much news to go over, the hosts and panel ran the risk of not conveying the seriousness. He worried that someone who just woke up and turned on the show might not realize “yesterday was one of the most significant days” in Trump’s administration.Trump’s decision to withdraw troops in northern Syria leaves America’s Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces. This week he appeared to urge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to invade and attack the Kurds, who have been an ally to America in the fight against ISIS.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Overwhelmed After ‘One of the Most Significant News Days’ in Trump Presidency At TheWrap
Fedor Alexandrovich at an abandoned school in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (FilmBuff) In September of 2013, American Chad Gracia — a writer, tutor, and former Slavic studies major — found himself in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. The documentary — out in theaters and on VOD Friday — focuses on Fedor Alexandrovich, a wide-eyed and wild-haired 33-year-old artist who worked for a time building sets for Karenin and who was born in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. Alexandrovich grew up with radiation in his bones and deep scars on his psyche, and he made it his mission to uncover the true story behind the disaster that shaped his life and his country.