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  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert Explains How The AP Manufactured False Hillary Clinton “Pay-For-Play” Speculation 

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    From the August 29 edition of SiriusXM Insight's The Dean Obeidallah Show:

    ERIC BOEHLERT: So the [Associated Press] went in, they got access to Hillary Clinton’s scheduling from secretary of state, and they crossed matched it to see who she met with that were Clinton [Foundation] donors and they came up with the wildly misleading premise of the story and then this absolutely categorically false tweet.

    [...]

    The obvious implication, she’s running a pay-for-play shop and if you donated to the Clinton Foundation, that’s how you met with her, if you didn’t meet with her, well good luck. She turned this into some kind of cash turnstile. So if you then go to read the story, where did they get "more than a half?" Well "more than a half" was 85 out of like 174 meetings were with donors. And you read that and you think, “She was secretary of state for 1,400 days. How the hell did she only have 175 meetings with people?” And you think, “That doesn’t make any sense.” And then you read, oh, the Associated Press is taking the tiny subset of people. They’re leaving out every government worker she met with and every representative from a foreign government. So when you factually look at her schedule, she had something like 1,700 meetings, met with thousands and thousands of people. But the AP wanted to turn this into a story, so they threw out 90 percent of those meetings and said, “We’re only going to focus on the private citizens, and that’s where we’re going to get more than half.”

    Previously:

    The AP, And Why The Press Has Trouble Admitting Its Clinton Mistakes

    A Timeline Of The AP’s Flawed Clinton Foundation Reporting

    AP Executive Editor Refuses To Take Down Clinton Foundation Tweet She Admits Is “Sloppy”

  • CNN's Camerota Grills Mike Pence On Allegations Trump's Modeling Agency Violated Immigration Laws 

    Alisyn Camerota: "That One Of [Trump's] Own Companies, If They Employed Models Illegally, Doesn't That Point Out Some Hypocrisy?"

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    From the August 31 edition of CNN's New Day:

    ALISYN CAMEROTA (HOST): Governor, speaking of immigration laws, we just had on a model here from Germany who worked for three years with the Trump Modeling Agency. And she says that the Trump Modeling Agency violated immigration laws and had she and the other models work without the proper work visas. What's your response? 

    GOV. MIKE PENCE: Well, my response is that we've heard those kind of accusations before, even directed at the Trump family. I'm very confident that this business, like the other Trump businesses, has conformed to the laws of this country. But look, these are not the things, Alisyn, that people are talking to me about around the country. I spent a lot of time in Georgia the last couple of days. I was in North Carolina last night. The American people are concerned about this economy, they're concerned about security, they're deeply concerned about the impact of illegal immigration on this country.

    CAMEROTA: Yeah.

    PENCE: And Donald Trump is going to continue to focus on those issues, andI think that's why you see this race tightening up. And that's why I really do believe we're poised for a great victory in November. 

    CAMEROTA: Well I mean, on the topic of illegal immigration, wouldn't this be relevant? Wouldn't the fact that one of his own companies, the Trump Modeling Agency, if they employed models illegally, doesn't that point out some hypocrisy in this race? 

    PENCE: Well, as I said, I think the Trump organization can speak for itself on those issues. I'm very confident that they complied and conformed to the laws of the country. As I said, these sidebar issues that come up, his business enterprise can address those and I'm confident they'll address them forthrightly. I have to tell you, Alisyn, I said this to you at the Iowa State Fair, where the American people are focused now is on security, on gertting this economy moving again, ending the flood of illegal immigration, upholding our constitution and really making sure we have the highest standards of ethics in the highest office in the land.

    Related:

    Mother Jones: Former Models For Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally

    Previously:

    CNN Panel Highlights Trump's Immigration Hypocrisy With Report Of Him Having Models Circumvent Immigration Law

    This Is How Trump’s Closest Advisors Have Talked About Immigrants And Latinos

    Donald Trump’s Probable Immigration Plan Will Be Ripped Straight From Right-Wing Media

  • CNN Panel Highlights Trump's Immigration Hypocrisy With Report Of Him Having Models Circumvent Immigration Law

    Chris Cuomo: Trump Has Claimed H1B Visas Are "Being Abused" And Yet That's What This Report Is "Accusing Him Of"

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    From the August 31 edition of CNN's New Day:

     

    CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): Rebecca Berg, this other story, this Mother Jones story. It basically says, to Mark's description of the Clintons, you play by your own rules, that speculation. It seems to fall into that category with Donald Trump. This modeling agency that he has, women came forward saying they circumvented immigration law, they put us in these lousy apartments, and they were just milking the system and milking these women to modeland doing it on the cheap. How much do you think there there happens with this?

    REBECCA BERG: Well, it could be hugely consequential because it shows perhaps that there is some inconsistencies between what Donald Trump is saying and what he's actually done in his business career. But what we have seen with Donald Trump is that he likes to brag about taking advantage of loopholes in the law, not only when it comes to something like this, immigration rules, but also with taxation. And he's used the tax codes, as he said, to his advantage. And so if he can make the case that he was trying to take advantage of a broken system, there is a way that he could maybe maneuver this politically to a place where it's advantageous for him. 

    CUOMO: I don't know. It's not taxes though. 

    BERG: It's also something that Hillary Clinton --

    CUOMO: It's not taxes. These are the H1B visas that he's talked about being abused. He said, "I'm going to get rid of them because people abuse them and that's really wrong. We have to be tougher." That's what they're accusing him of in this piece. 

    ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Right I mean, basically that he had told the models who were coming into this country, "Just say that you're here for tourism." 

    CUOMO: Taking meetings. You're not working.

    CAMEROTA: "Yeah, you're taking meetings, you're trying to find an agent in this [INAUDIBLE] for tourism if they find your portfolio," because they really were coming in for work, "if they find your portfolio just say that you were looking for an agent." So is that a loophole or is that breaking the law? 

    MARK PRESTON: Well, it's clearly breaking the law, right? I mean in the end. I mean what Donald Trump, as Rebecca says, has said over and over again, "As a businessman, I'm going to take every chance I can to help myself out personally. But now that I'm running for president, I'm here to help you all out, and we will close these loopholes down." For some reason, that hasn't stuck to Donald Trump in this campaign, as a lot of things haven't stuck to Donald Trump.

    CUOMO: But working the taxes and breaking the law are two different things. Everybody wants to pay the least amount of taxes. We all get that. This could be something different. The question is, does it get that kind of traction that it needs?

    PRESTON: Right. And I would say this. Being in New York City with the tabloids, that could be his downfall in the sense that they could seize upon the story and run with it. 

    Related

    Mother Jones: Former Models For Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules And Worked Illegally

    Previously

    CNN's Chris Cuomo Highlights Trump’s Hypocrisy On Middle East Business Ventures

    Donald Trump’s Probable Immigration Plan Will Be Ripped Straight From Right-Wing Media

    This Is How Trump’s Closest Advisors Have Talked About Immigrants And Latinos

  • Fox Doctor: Trump "Showed An Incredible Degree Of Psychological Strength" With "The Small Hands Issue" At A Debate

    Keith Ablow: "To Be Able To Address Such An Intensely Personal Issue ... Showed An Incredible Degree Of Psychological Strength"

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    From the August 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

    AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Tucker, we are less than a month away from the first presidential debate, and this morning we're learning exactly how Hillary Clinton is planning to get under Donald Trump's skin. 

    BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yep, the Democratic nominee is consulting psychologists about Trump's biggest insecurities to bait him into making mistakes on the debate stage. 

    TUCKER CARLSON (CO-HOST): Well, psychiatrist and Fox News Medical A-Team's Dr. Keith Ablow is here to assess this strategy. Doctor, it's great to see you this morning. This doesn't sound like a crazy strategy to me, and it's something I think that every presidential candidate does during the debates. You're trying to figure out how to pick at the other guy's weaknesses. Will this work with Trump?

    KEITH ABLOW: Well, sure, it's something that every candidate probably does, probably should do. Psychology's a very powerful tool to unearth what does get under people's skin, if you will. But listen, with Donald Trump, kind of what you see is what you get. I have to say, when the small hands issue was raised during the debate, this supposedly got the Clinton campaign very excited. They thought, "Man, he's off his game." He wasn't off his game at all. Freud would have been standing up, like applauding, standing ovation. To be able to address such an intensely personal issue and say, "Listen, there's no problem in that department," to me that showed an incredible degree of psychological strength. With Donald Trump, he may err, he may make errors in saying what he thinks, telling us the truth, saying things that are gritty, perhaps attacking with some unkind words, which he could scale back, but you know what, his demons are on his sleeve. There's not a lot of psychoanalysis that hasn't been presented already. 

    Previously:

    Fox News Is Laying The Groundwork For Trump To Skip Out On Presidential Debates

    NBC's Chuck Todd: Trump's Campaign "Appears To Be One Gaffe Away From A Full Implosion"

    On CBS, Filmmaker And Historian Ken Burns Slams Trump As "Temperamentally Unsuited" To Be President

    Trump Campaign Co-Chair Blames Trump's Factual Error On Being Up “Early In The Morning”

  • This Is How Trump’s Closest Advisors Have Talked About Immigrants And Latinos

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is planning to deliver a speech focused on immigration on August 31. The supporters and hangers-on surrounding Trump -- who would likely have his ear were he elected to the presidency -- include Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, and Roger Ailes. Here's what you need to know about their background on immigration and Latinos:

    Ann Coulter

    Commentator Ann Coulter's Anti-Immigrant Book Adios, America Is A Series Of Recycled Nativist Talking Points. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has credited white nationalist website VDARE.com editor Peter Brimelow with inspiring her 2015 book Adios, America. In fact, many of the ideas presented in the book -- including her claim that immigrants “intentionally” set fires and litter -- appear to be closely modeled on those of white nationalist and anti-immigrant extremist movements in America. [Media Matters, 6/16/15]

    Coulter: Hispanics Will "Start Physically Attacking Blacks." While promoting her anti-immigrant book, Coulter complained about Hispanic immigrants and the "browning of America," predicting that "Hispanic groups will move into neighborhoods and say, 'We don't want any blacks here,' and start physically attacking blacks." [The Daily Beast, 5/26/15]

    Coulter: Americans Should Fear Immigrants More Than ISIS. Coulter has compared immigrants to terrorists from the Islamic State. During a May 26, 2015, interview on Fusion's America With Jorge Ramos, Coulter replied "yes" when host Jorge Ramos asked her about her assertion that Americans should fear immigrants more than the terror group. Coulter doubled down by saying, "If you don't want to be killed by ISIS, don't go to Syria. If you don't want to be killed by a Mexican, there's nothing I can tell you." [Fusion, America With Jorge Ramos, 5/26/15]

    Coulter: "'Real' Hispanics Are On Welfare." Coulter wrote that “"real" Hispanics, unlike Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), “are on welfare” in a May 2013 tweet:

    [Twitter, 5/6/13]

    Coulter Rejected A Hug From An Undocumented Immigrant. During a May 26 interview on Fusion's America with Jorge Ramos, Coulter refused to hug undocumented immigrant and DREAM Act activist Gaby Pacheco even when Pacheco persisted, saying the hug would be "a sign of my humanity and yours." [Media Matters, 5/29/15]

    Sean Hannity

    Sean Hannity Hosted A Town Hall Focused On Anti-Immigrant Fearmongering For Trump. Fox News host Sean Hannity dedicated two hours of his prime-time  show -- on August 23 and 24 -- to host an immigration town hall for Trump. The town hall served as an anti-immigrant bashing platform during which Hannity misinformed on crime and immigration,and fearmongered about the “absolutely staggering” effects that undocumented immigration has on the U.S.:

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): We have decided tonight to go in depth on the direct impact they are having on you, the American people. And tonight you're going to hear heartbreaking stories from just some of the many, many family members whose loved ones were victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and tomorrow we'll be joined by law enforcement experts.

    Now, to put it simply, the effects that illegal immigration is having on our country is absolutely staggering.

    [...]

    Tonight is about the truth. This is truth you will not hear from The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, certainly not CNN, the Clinton news network. [Fox News, Hannity, 8/23/16]

    Hannity Defended Trump’s Attacks On Federal Judge’s Ethnicity. Hannity defended Trump’s claim that the judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuit could not be impartial because he is Mexican and Trump wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. And Hannity doubled down on the attacks on the Mexican-American judge by saying that Trump was “rightfully calling out the fact that there is a conflict of interest” From the June 3 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Sean Hannity Show:

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Let me start by saying something else that needs to be said here. Towards the end of Hannity last night, we started the program, we covered a little bit of Donald Trump speaking in San Jose. Then I had a fight with Geraldo Rivera on the program over the issue of immigration and Donald Trump, I think, rightfully calling out the fact that there is a conflict of interest, the judge in the Trump University case. Remember nobody in the media covers the Laureate college case where Bill Clinton got paid $16-some-odd million, and many students from many poor countries feel like they were defrauded and that fraud has been committed against them. There's not one word about it in the media. Anyway, the judge in this particular case we found out is a member of the La Raza -- the race -- lawyers group. Remember La Raza? That's separate from the group that we hear about often, the advocacy group. But the word La Raza means "the race." So that's an indication that this guy might have radical views. Then we know that it came to light that the law firm, Robbins-Geller, appointed by the judge, Curiel, in this case to represent a plaintiff in the Trump University class action lawsuit. Well that law firm appointed by the judge, well they have a connection to Hillary Clinton in a couple of ways. One, they gave a $2,700 campaign contribution, at least the chairman Darren Robbins did. And it seems that Robbins-Geller paid the Clintons nearly a half a million dollars in less than a year in giving them paid speeches. Now I don't think I'd want a judge with those type of connections to that law firm presiding over a case that I'm involved in. And if that's not a strong case for a recusal, I don't know what is. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 6/3/16]

    Hannity: "I Agree With Mr. Trump” That Mexicans Are Criminals. Hannity defended Trump’s assertion that Mexico is sending “rapists” and “criminals” to the U.S. during a June 29, 2015, panel discussion. Hannity said, "I agree with Mr. Trump. As somebody who has been down to the border 11 times, I have seen the drug warehouses, I was there when criminals were arrested, I know the human trafficking side and the impact on our educational system, criminal justice system, et cetera --  our health care system." [Fox News, Hannity, 6/29/15]

    Steve Bannon

    Steve Bannon’s Fringe Website Breitbart News Consistently Uses Anti-Immigrant Slurs. Before joining the Trump campaign, Steve Bannon was the executive chairman of the 'alt-right' website Breitbart News, which  consistently uses headlines that denigrate undocumented immigrants. For example: “Report: More Than 925,000 Illegals with Final Deportation Remain in the U.S.,” “Report: Illegals Rushing to get into U.S. Before Trump Wall,” “Rape Deniers: 9 Facts About Illegal Alien Crime The Media Covers Up,” and “San Francisco Moves to Open Voting to Illegals.” [Media Matters, 8/18/16]

    Breitbart News Defended Trump’s Attacks On Federal Judge’s Ethnicity: Trump “Is Correct” To Question Judge Curiel’s Impartiality Based On His Mexican Heritage. Bannon’s website defended Trump’s racist attack against Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was presiding over the Trump University fraud case, agreeing that Curiel’s “Latino identity politics” would prevent him from being impartial. The article also attempted to falsely cast La Raza Lawyers association, of which Curiel is a member, as racist. From the June 6 article:

    Trump had questioned the impartiality of a federal judge.

    The controversy erupted when Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Gonzalo Curiel – the judge in the Trump University class action lawsuit – might not give him a fair shake because of the judge’s connection to Mexican political activism. After critics bemoaned such an accusation as racism, Trump doubled down on “Face the Nation.”

    “[Judge Curiel] is a member of a club or society, very strongly pro-Mexican, which is all fine,” Trump told CBS’s John Dickerson. “But I say he’s got bias.” The club Trump was referring to was La Raza Lawyers; an organization with the stated mission “to promote the interests of the Latino communities throughout the state.”

    Translated, “la raza” means “the race.” Imagine the outcry if white attorneys from Mississippi, such as this author, started a a (sic) legal association called “The Race” with the stated mission to promote the interest of white, Southern communities. Hollywood stars and entertainers, such as Bryan Adams, would boycott the state in perpetuity.

    Trump’s suggestion that a Hispanic judge may treat him unfairly because of Trump’s border security proposals, such as the wall, challenges the claim that liberal judges engaged in identity politics are never biased against non-liberals. And while Democrats were enraged by Trump’s challenge, Trump struck fear into the hearts of establishment Republicans not accustomed to challenging the politically correct code to which they have previously surrendered. [Breitbart News, 6/6/16]

    Laura Ingraham

    Laura Ingraham Didn’t Think Puerto Ricans Were American Citizens. In 2014, radio host Laura Ingraham launched an ignorant smear against Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, suggesting that her “immigrant family background” and her Puerto Rican-American heritage conflict with her “allegiance … to the Constitution.” Ingraham said Sotomayor's "allegiance obviously goes to her immigrant family background and not to the Constitution of the United States,” but Sotomayor is a Puerto Rican American who is both an American citizen and the daughter of American citizens. Puerto Ricans have had U.S. citizenship since President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917. [Media Matters, 2/4/14]

    Ingraham Mocked Prominent Hispanic Journalist José Díaz-Balart For Speaking Spanish. Ingraham  attacked prominent Telemundo journalist José Díaz-Balart for translating for a Spanish-speaking guest on his show. [Media Matters, 9/23/14]

    Ingraham: Mexicans "Have Come Here To Murder And Rape Our People." Ingraham echoed Trump’s claim that Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists, saying Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people. We know that.” From the March 4 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:

    CALLER: My thing about Trump is that, the thing is, he's not a polished person and I think people catch him off guard a lot. Like with the question with David Duke, I think simply he did not remember who David Duke was at the moment, and I think that caught him off-guard. I mean, obviously like if the reporter said, "Hey, you know, David Duke, the KKK member endorsed you." He probably would have said, "Well absolutely not." And the, see, thing about the Mexicans and murderers and rapists, everybody knows --

    LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Well, they have come here. They have. Yeah, they have come here to murder and rape our people. We know that. That doesn't mean everybody has, doesn't mean everyone who comes across the border is a nasty, horrible person, but they have violated our laws. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/4/16]

    Ingraham On Immigrants: "Nobody Has A Right To Be Here Except The People Who Are Born Here." Ingraham said of immigrants, “Nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here.” From the March 22 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show:

    LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): Donald Trump this morning was on Fox News talking about what the responsibilities of the U.S. government is today with keeping the border secure, locking it down. Those who come into the country, that are allowed to be here -- it's a privilege to come into the United States. It's not a right. Nobody has a right to be here except the people who are born here. Nobody has a right to come here. And somehow we've become the depository of radicals and wannabe Islamists who believe they can come here, meld into society, and then complain about society. Or worse, plan attacks against society. [Courtside Entertainment Group, The Laura Ingraham Show, 3/22/16]

    Roger Stone

    Roger Stone Attacked CNN Pundit For Her Ethnicity, Saying It Was The Only Reason She Was On Air. On Twitter, Trump ally Roger Stone criticized CNN commentator Ana Navarro by writing that “Black beans and rice didn't miss her.” He later doubled down on his comments on the June 6 edition of WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, by saying that her ethnicity is the only reason Navarro was hired by CNN:

    TOM ASHBROOK (HOST): Don’t we have to have some level of mutual respect to keep this project going? You famously have tweeted after CNN anchors and guests, they’re “moron,” “retarded,” called them “stupid negro,” “fat negro.” Even in your own expression, that seems outside the realm of openness to unity that surely we need.

    ROGER STONE: Well I would have to admit that calling Roland Martin a fat negro, that was a two martini tweet. And I regret that. I really do. I think it was inappropriate and I’m sorry I did it. As for my criticism of Ana Navarro of CNN as being unqualified for her job, having never actually elected anybody or ever actually worked on a campaign  --

    ASHBROOK: "Black beans and rice didn't miss her"? That sounds like a slur on ethnicity.

    STONE: Well, why else is she there? It's not on the basis of experience or expertise, so maybe to put it more delicately, you'd call it casting, but I don't understand why she's there given her lack of qualifications. [WBUR, On Point with Tom Ashbrook6/6/16]

    Roger Ailes

    Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Reportedly Said Navy SEALs Should "Have To Personally Kill An Illegal Immigrant" As Part Of Certification. New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman wrote in his biography of Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in the Room, that while Ailes has "been careful to moderate his immigration position in public," he nonetheless harbors appalling views on the subject. Sherman wrote that Ailes once said that Navy SEALs should "have to personally kill an illegal immigrant" as part of their certification:

    Ailes said that if he were president, he would solve the immigration problem by sitting the president of Mexico down and giving him a stern talking-to: "Your country is corrupt. You can now only take thirty percent of what the people earn instead of seventy percent. If you don't do that, I'll send the CIA down there to kill you." He had been careful to moderate his immigration position in public. "If I'm going to risk my life to run over the fence to get into America, I want to win. I think Fox News will articulate that," he told The New Republic a few months earlier. But Ailes told [Philipstown, NY supervisor Richard] Shea that as president he would send Navy SEAL trainees to the border as part of a certification program: "I would make it a requirement that you would have to personally kill an illegal immigrant coming into the country. They would have to bring home a dead body."  [The Loudest Voice in the Room, page 392, via Media Matters, 7/20/16]

  • Megyn Kelly Defends Rush Limbaugh After Radio Host Says He Never Took Trump Seriously On Immigration

    Kelly: "Some In The Republican Party Want To Demonize" Rush Limbaugh And Sean Hannity "For Getting Behind Trump"

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    From the August 30 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

    MEGYN KELLY (HOST): Listen, there's been a lot of finger pointing, right, in the GOP and a lot of what feels like a civil war between the people who support Trump in the party and the people who don't. And that was just a reflection of some of that. Your thoughts?

    BRENT BOZELL: Exactly. This isn't about Rush. This is about the fractured nature of the Republican Party, and the fractured nature of the conservative movement. Look, anything Rush says is going to trigger a reaction from someone calling himself a conservative, saying that Rush Limbaugh has betrayed the conservative movement. This is the nature of the politics this year.

    That caller -- if Rush were that impactful in this crazy year, when Rush Limbaugh said that Ted Cruz was the single most conservative candidate in the race, then Ted Cruz would have won the nomination. Look, the Trump people, Rush is absolutely right. The Trump people are lock step with Trump, and the people who aren't with Trump, I think they're going to be with Trump. But right now, like this caller, they're having a very hard time. Rush is caught in the crosshairs.

    KELLY: You tell me -- I mean, there's no question Rush is incredibly powerful and incredibly successful, but he -- he's not omnipotent, and he's not all -- you know, he can't do it all. I know Rush rather well. Back in 2008, he was behind John McCain. Back in 2012, he was behind Mitt Romney. It didn't carry them over the finish line.

    You know, I mean I think some in the Republican Party want to demonize, let's say Rush, or Hannity, or whoever it is for getting behind Trump, or not condemning Trump, just the same as, you know, it's happening the other way as well. People want to condemn the never-Trumpers for not getting behind a party nominee who's obviously extremely controversial.

    BOZELL: And if Rush were to say something critical about Trump, then there would be the furious backlash in the opposite direction about how he is costing the Republicans the election by going after the nominee. This is what I mean, you can't win this year. It is the craziest year ever. And I think what people have to do is take a deep, deep breath and understand Rush was advocating conservative principles long before any caller was calling him.

    KELLY: Mm-hmm. And he is a broadcaster. I mean that's what he is at heart. He's not a campaign manager who needs to get a non-Trumper elected. He's a broadcaster. In any event, the recriminations have only just begun.

    Previously:

    Hannity v. The World: Here Are The People Sean Hannity Has Attacked To Defend Trump (So Far)

    BEDLAM: Hannity, National Review, WSJ Editor Go To War Over Donald Trump

    Hannity: Glenn Beck Is On "A Holy War" Against Me For Supporting Trump

    Sean Hannity Has Given Donald Trump $31 Million In Free Publicity

    Hannity Praises Trump For Using A Teleprompter After Years Of Demonizing Obama For Using Them
     

  • Fox Regular: The Problem With Community Policing Is "That Young Black Males Don't Respect Authority"

    Sheriff David Clarke: "Why Is It That Young Black Males Don't Respect Authority?”

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    From the August 30 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

    MEGYN KELLY (HOST): What about that, community policing? The greater connection between law enforcement and the community. What's the problem with that if any? Why aren't we just seeing that everywhere?  
     
    DAVID CLARKE: Well, first of all, it's a two-way street. Any relationship is a two-way street. And what we're doing too much of is focusing on what the police can do better. Everybody can always do better. I try to do that with my organization every day. I tell them I need your best. We can get better. But nobody focuses on some of the things that are happening within the community. Why is it that young black males don't respect authority? Why is it so many young black males will not comply with a law enforcement officers lawful commands to take them into custody?

    Previously:

    Fox Regular David Clarke: Black Lives Matter Is "Garbage," A "Subversive Movement" Advocating "The Overthrow" Of Our Government

    Fox Regular David Clarke Disregards Obama’s Comments On The Shooting Of Dallas Police Officers To Claim President “Fuels This Sort Of Anger”

    Fox Regular David Clarke: "The Only Remnant Of Oppression [Left] For Black People" In America Is "The Democrat Party"

  • On Fox, Trump Surrogate Defends Tweeting Fake Picture Of Hillary Clinton In Black Face

    Mark Burns: "The Point Is, The Message Is Still True"

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    From the August 30 edition of Fox New's The Kelly File:

    MEGYN KELLY (HOST):  I got to ask you one other question because you said on another tweet that it turned out to be a fake picture of Hillary and Bill. In this one, they were at some sort of a costume party, and it showed her in blackface. It turned out it wasn't them. It was a fake picture, and I think you've acknowledged that now. Do you need to be more careful in your messaging and with the Twitter? 

    MARK  BURNS: My message still stands. I still stand by -- of course obviously that turned out to be a false picture. But hey --

    KELLY: That's two you've had to pull back.

    BURNS: People do make mistakes, like Facebook, they doing it to you right now on Facebook.

    KELLY: Yeah, but you're doing this. I don't have Facebook here, I have you. 

    BURNS: The point that I'm making is, you know, people make mistakes. But the point is, the message is still true. I'm standing behind my message. I'm not apologizing for that. Somebody got to speak up and tell the truth. It's going to be me. 

    Previously
    White Anchor Dismisses Criticism Of Trump Surrogate Who Tweeted A Cartoon Of Clinton In Blackface 

    On Fox, Trump Surrogate Pushes Conspiracy That Abortion Clinics Are “Strategically” Placed To Target Black Communities

    On MSNBC, Trump Surrogate Says Trump Will Not Allow Businesses To Continue To "Rape" America

  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes Calls Out Sean Hannity's Hypocrisy In Praising Trump's Teleprompter Use

    Hayes: "Sean Hannity, Who Has Repeatedly Attacked President Obama For Using A Teleprompter, Thinks It's Absolutely Fantastic When Trump Uses One"

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    From the August 30 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:

     

     

    CHRIS HAYES (HOST): For much of this presidential campaign, Donald Trump has utterly failed to stay on message. The candidate regularly undermining his campaign's best efforts with off-hand comments that have generated a seemingly endless string of controversies. But for the past few weeks, Trump has managed to steer clear of any truly disastrous gaffes. Sure, there have been boneheaded tweets and baffling policy inconsistencies, but there have also been no new fights with, say, the parents of a deceased soldier, no gratuitous insults of disabled reporters or a federal judge because of his heritage. And that's due in no small part due to his embrace of a device he once slammed as a sign of a candidate's weakness. 

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    Of course, that was then, and this is now. Turns out Trump actually really likes his teleprompters these days. He's been using them almost full time in recent weeks, and not just for speeches, but even at his rallies. Gone are the days of the free-wheeling, unpredictable Trump campaign event. Now he's just reading to everybody. In fact, Trump now uses a teleprompter far more than the average candidate. And his most ardent defenders wary of yet another off-message gaffe think it's a good idea. Fox host Sean Hannity, who has repeatedly attacked President Obama for using a teleprompter, thinks it's absolutely fantastic when Trump uses one.

    Previously:

    Ignoring Trump’s Prior Criticism Of Teleprompter Speeches, Right-Wing Media Lauded Trump’s Teleprompter Speech

    Hannity Praises Trump For Using A Teleprompter After Years Of Demonizing Obama For Using Them