• 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

  • NBC News’ Chuck Todd Admits He Was ‘Naive’ About GOP’s ‘Misinformation’ Campaign
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    NBC News’ Chuck Todd Admits He Was ‘Naive’ About GOP’s ‘Misinformation’ Campaign

    A Rolling Stone interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd from last week began trending on Twitter Thursday as its rediscovery led readers back to his admission he was “naive” about the GOP and Trump administration’s disinformation campaigns.When asked about Sean Spicer’s lies during his time as the White House’s press secretary, Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” confessed he “really believed they wouldn’t do this” at the time.Also Read: Chuck Todd Lambasts Political Pundits for Inaccurately Comparing Trump Probes to McCarthyismHe called his 2017 line of thinking “just absurdly naive in hindsight.”Todd went on to say he wasn’t alone in the naïveté: “I think we all made the mistake of not following Toni Morrison’s advice, which is when people tell you who they are, believe them.” The quote was followed by an editor’s note more accurately attributing the quote to Maya Angelou.Also Read: Chuck Todd Regrets His 'Facial Expressions' in 'Alternative Facts' Kellyanne Conway InterviewThough the interview was six days old as of Thursday, it was reanimated online, maybe as people sat at home catching up on the week’s reading after the holidays.“Three years after Kellyanne Conway introduced the doctrine of ‘alternative facts’ on his own program, a light went on for Chuck Todd,” Jay Rosen wrote. “Republican strategy, he now realized, was to make stuff up, spread it on social media, repeat it in your answers to journalists — even when you know it’s a lie with crumbs of truth mixed in — and then convert whatever controversy arises into go-get-em points with the base, while pocketing for the party a juicy dividend: additional mistrust of the news media to help insulate President Trump among loyalists when his increasingly brazen actions are reported as news.”Also Read: Merriam-Webster Throws Shade at Kellyanne Conway's 'Alternative Facts'The New York University professor went on to say that Todd’s description of himself as naive was “an astounding statement that cast doubt on his fitness for office as host of ‘Meet the Press,'” and he wasn’t alone.“After Chuck Todd‘s revelations, why is he the host of MEET THE PRESS one of the most influential news programs that allegedly holds politicians accountable? Why is the bar so low? It’s so painful for the rest of us who have actual skin in the game & so damaging for our democracy,” wrote New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali.A representative for NBC News did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.Read original story NBC News’ Chuck Todd Admits He Was ‘Naive’ About GOP’s ‘Misinformation’ Campaign At TheWrap

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