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  • 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. 

    [...]

    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

  • Flashback: In 2010 Larry King Live Interview, Donald Trump Advocated For Racial Profiling Of Latinos

    Trump: “Mexico Doesn’t Have A Lot Of Blondes, Ok?”

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    During a 2010 interview on CNN’s Larry King Live, Donald Trump advocated for Arizona’s contentious SB 1070, also known as the “Papers Please” law, which compelled law enforcement officers to ask for proof of citizenship based on someone’s “race, color or national origin” or “thick foreign accent.”

    Trump justified his support for the law claiming “there’s killings all over the place,” “the drug dealers are coming in,” and backed the racial profiling aspect of the law saying “Mexico doesn’t have a lot of blondes.” In 2012 the Supreme Court struck down key provisions to the law, including the requirement that immigrants obtain or carry immigration papers and allowing police to arrest suspected undocumented immigrants without warrants.

    LARRY KING (HOST): Arizona’s new law – what do you make of it?

    DONALD TRUMP: Well, it all starts with the federal government not coming out with a law. They’ve been talking about it for years and they still haven’t done anything. And Arizona is really getting crime-ridden, I mean these people coming over, there’s killings all over the place, there’s shootings all over the place.

    KING: But do you favor stopping people on the streets?

    TRUMP: I think, you know, what are you going to do? You’re going to stop people to see whether or not they’re supposed to be there and personally as a citizen I wouldn’t mind. I really wouldn’t mind.

    KING: You wouldn’t?

    TRUMP: I would not personally mind.

    KING: You’re from Slovenia, would you mind if people from Slovenia were stopped if they looked funny?

    MELANIA TRUMP: Well I think everybody needs to have papers and be legally here. So we need to have papers if we go anywhere else in the world so people need to have also the  papers here.

    […]

    KING: But can you see where Mexican-Americans might be a little offended at – if they look the wrong way?

    TRUMP: Well I can see that, but if you think about it, I mean nobody wants to say it, you have a Mexican-American and then you have a blonde guy walking down the street, well Mexico doesn’t have a lot of blondes, ok? And these are the people that are coming across the border.

    KING: So you’re in favor of profiling?

    TRUMP: I am favoring going out and keeping – if people come into the country illegally I am favoring saying you have to get them out. You need laws. We have no law – nobody even knows what the law is. People are streaming across the border and sometimes it’s the drug dealers and what’s happening now the drug dealers are coming in and that’s a big problem. They’re coming in and they’re killing.

     

     

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

    Sean Hannity: "He's Off The Rails Attacking Me Every Day, Blaming Me For Trump"

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    From the August 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): The "Never Trump" dead-enders, that's what I call them, now have actually taken it another step further and they've launched a TV ad campaign, they want to sabotage any chance Donald Trump has of beating Hillary Clinton and they want to help Hillary Clinton become president. And let me be clear: if you're a Republican conservative and you're not supporting Trump, you are helping to make Hillary Clinton president. Whether you want to hear that or not, that is a fact, it's irrefutable. If you're supporting Gary Johnson over Trump to send a message, you're helping Hillary. That's my answer, that's what I believe, and I have a certain fidelity to the truth to always be honest with my audience, and that is the truth. You want to vote for Gary Johnson, that's a half a vote for Hillary. You want to oppopse Trump, you want to stay home, that's a half a vote for Hillary.

    [...]

    Well let me just say to all of you -- and that includes the commentator class, that includes the Jonah Goldberg class, that includes radio hosts, you know, Glenn Beck, it's a holy war for him at this point. I mean, he's off the rails attacking me every day, blaming me for Trump. Well no, I was fair to everybody Glenn, whether you want to admit it or not. I know I was fair, my conscience is clear, and I, frankly, I'll proudly pull the lever for Donald Trump with a clear conscience. 

    Previously:

    Sean Hannity: I'll Take Responsibility For Trump If He Goes Back On His Promises

    Sean Hannity Calls Wall Street Journal Editor A "Dumbass With His Head Up His Ass"

    The Continuing Conservative Media Civil War Zeroes In On Sean Hannity

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

  • Broadcast News Widely Covers Anthony Weiner Story, Ignores Abuse Accusations Against Trump Campaign CEO

    Wash. Post, NY Times Also Give More Prominence To Weiner Saga In Print Than Abuse Allegations Against Trump Campaign CEO

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    Broadcast network news programs devoted significantly more time to lewd behavior from Anthony Weiner, the husband of an aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, than to allegations that Donald Trump's campaign CEO engaged in domestic violence and workplace sexual harassment. The outlets treated the Weiner story as a major campaign issue even though Weiner is playing no direct role in the Clinton campaign.

    Politico reported on August 25 that Trump’s campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, “was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident with his then-wife in 1996.” The charges were later dropped, but the police report says that Bannon’s wife claimed that he “pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account.” BuzzFeed on August 29 reported that Bannon had also been accused of sexual harassment by a co-worker while working as an investment banker in the 1990s. 

    On August 29, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, announced that she was separating from Weiner following reports that he had sent lewd photos of himself to another woman.

    One might think media would focus more on the Bannon story, which involves allegations of criminality against the CEO of a presidential campaign, than on the dissolution of the marriage of a candidate's aide. That was not the case.

    ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted more than half an hour of coverage to the Weiner-Abedin story -- roughly 10 minutes for each network -- according to a Media Matters review of their morning and evening news shows (NBC’s Today and Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America and World News Tonight, and CBS’ CBS This Morning and Evening News) on August 26, August 29, and the morning of August 30. Those same programs devoted only 39 seconds in total to covering either of the Bannon stories, with all of that coverage coming from Good Morning America.

    Two of the nation’s leading newspapers for national political coverage, The New York Times and The Washington Post, similarly gave the Weiner-Abedin story more emphasis in their print editions. Both papers devoted 1,400-word front page articles to their separation. By contrast, the Times placed its August 26 story on Bannon’s alleged abuse on page 13, along with a portion of a page 10 August 27 piece and a single sentence of a page 1 August 27 piece. The Post devoted a large portion of a page A04 article on August 27 to the allegation. Neither paper covered the sexual harassment allegation in their respective print editions.

    Not only was the amount of coverage uneven, but in its coverage the broadcast news shows repeatedly framed the Abedin-Weiner story as something that could harm Clinton’s campaign as well as recall for voters Clinton’s own marital problems, a frame that wasn’t applied to the Bannon story. 

    NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell on Today claimed “of course” there would be political fallout for Clinton, connecting the Abedin story to Clinton not having a press conference and suggesting that it would remind voters “about Hillary Clinton's own choices 20 years ago, 19 years ago,” an apparent reference to Clinton’s decision not to leave her husband after he had an affair.

    CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell on Evening News said it was “about the last thing Hillary Clinton's campaign needed, a scandal involving the husband of her top aide Huma Abedin.” O’Donnell also asked CBS political director John Dickerson if the story “change[d]” things for Clinton and her campaign. 

    ABC correspondent Cecilia Vega on Good Morning America noted that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attempted to turn the separation “into a political attack,” adding that Trump “is not holding back, so is the Clinton campaign worried that this will be a distraction for them?” ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd also claimed the story “is a problem for the Hillary campaign” because “independents out there look at it and say, ‘Do we really want to go back to all this again?’”

    The Times and the Post’s coverage made the same connection. The Times alleged the Weiner story “threatens to remind voters about the troubles in the Clintons’ own marriage over the decades” and “evokes the debates that erupted over Mrs. Clinton’s handling of the [Monica] Lewinsky affair.” The Post also pointed to “a different ending to the parallel between Bill and Hillary Clinton and each wife’s public embarrassment by the sexual indiscretions of her politician husband.”

    The only mention of either Bannon story on broadcast news shows was during Good Morning America’s August 26 edition, which treated Bannon’s alleged spousal abuse as a passing issue. ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl briefly stated that the domestic violence allegation could cause “more turmoil ahead for the Trump campaign CEO,” but he didn't mention any impact on the overall campaign or Trump specifically. ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos also briefly brought up the domestic violence allegations with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to ask if Trump was “aware of [the allegation], is he OK with it,” to which Conway claimed ignorance and Stephanopoulos quickly moved on. 

    The coverage of Bannon’s alleged abuse in the Times and the Post​, while given less prominence than its Weiner-Abedin coverage, did mention a potential negative impact to Trump’s campaign. The Times claimed that while Bannon’s appointment was “part of an effort to reset a candidacy that has stumbled with minority and female voters,” Bannon “brings to the post his own bumpy background that includes misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.” In an article the next day, the Times noted the abuse allegation has “created distractions for Mr. Trump’s campaign and raised questions about [Trump’s] management style.” The Post also made the same case in an article that same day. However, none of this coverage, in broadcast or print, noted that the Bannon allegations came on the heels of other women claiming Trump had sexually harassed them in the workplace.

  • Sean Hannity: I'll Take Responsibility For Trump If He Goes Back On His Promises

    Hannity:“If Trump Wins And Doesn't Keep The Promises I Mentioned, Blame Me”

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    From the August 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): His agenda is infinitely better than hers, and if you can't see that, then that's your problem. You own it. You own her. You own every dumb thing she's about to do. I blame you. Got it? I'm going to name names regularly if she wins. Now, on the flip side of it, if Trump wins and doesn't keep the promises I mentioned, blame me. I'll take the blame and responsibility. OK? Gladly. I will proudly pull the lever for Trump.

    Previously:

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

    Here Are The People Sean Hannity Has Attacked To Defend Trump

    Donald Trump Praises Sean Hannity For Their Indistinguishable Views on Torture

  • Limbaugh: Caller Who Was “Chiding Me” For Not Calling Out Trump’s Primary Immigration Promises Doesn’t Get Trump Supporters

    Rush Limbaugh: “I Have Tried All Last Fall To Explain To People Why People Like You And Others Support Trump And Why You Are Not Going To Abandon Him”

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    From the August 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

    CALLER: These things that the media pick on with [Donald] Trump and what he says and trying to say things about flip flopping with this immigration issue and these other policies, they are just nitpicking at his words. And to me, it displays nothing but a lack of common sense. Some of the things that I hear these media people say, and you had a caller on yesterday who made that comment, you know,  he’s going to lose his base flip-flopping – it only takes common sense to read between the lines and the big deal is this --  

    RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): Wait, now, wait. Let’s go back to that caller because the caller was in part chiding me and in part chiding Fox News because his specific complaint was that during the fall campaign, Trump kept assuring people that illegal immigrants were going to be rounded up and deported. He kept saying, they gotta go. They gotta go. They gotta go back. And all the other candidates were out saying, is this going to happen? We’re not going to round up 11 million, I’m not going to do it, I’m telling you the truth and he’s not. And then so Trump goes on to get the nomination. Now that the media is reporting Trump is flip-flopping on this and may not send them back -- that guy called yesterday, he was livid that some in the media, including me, didn’t call Trump out on it at the time. And you’re calling that nit -- I’m not arguing with you I’m just recasting what this guy said so people know what you’re referring to. And you’re saying, you’re saying that that’s nitpicking, that’s not the point, whether Trump is going to deport them or not. Not that that has nothing to do with why you support him, right?

    CALLER: You answered it Rush, you said they don’t care. And that is so true, those are minor details to the majority of people who are supporting Trump. And it’s the same thing with the tax return thing. I do not care what is in Donald Trump’s tax returns. You know why? Because he’s not a career politician. He made his money in the private sector, doing something else, and I don’t care where his money came from or what his tax return says. If he were a career politician, I would say that it is required. But I just don’t feel like it is a big deal.

    LIMBAUGH: I have tried, and I’m sure you’ve heard this if you are a regular listener, I have tried all last fall to explain to people why people like you and others support Trump and why you are not going to abandon him. I got blue in the face trying to explain it.   

    Previously:

    Rush Limbaugh: "I Never Took" Trump "Seriously" On Immigration Proposals

    Rush Limbaugh Warns Republicans Against Supporting Immigration Reform 

    Rush Limbaugh Warns Pro-Trump Poll Truthers They Could "End Up Creating A False Reality"

  • On Fox, Lisa Boothe Lashes Out At “People Like Beyoncé” Who Push The “False Narrative” Of Racial Bias In Police Shootings

    Boothe: “I Really Think That There Is Danger Here For Society, The Mainstream Media, Corporations, To Let This False Narrative Continue To Be Perpetuated"

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    From the August 30 edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered:

    DAGEN MCDOWELL (CO-HOST): Remember the players -- who hands up, don't shoot? They were not, they were not reprimanded for that at all. They were not fined by the NFL. 

    HARRIS FAULKNER (CO-HOST): And that was narrative that turned out not to be true. 

    MCDOWELL: Right, it was complete lie and a falsehood, and nothing happened to them. 

    LISA BOOTHE (CO-HOST): And the idea that there is somehow racial bias in police shootings has also been dispelled as fiction, and I really think that there is danger here for society, the mainstream media, corporations, to let this false narrative continue to be perpetuated because there is police officers lives at risk. And we've seen it from people like him. We’ve seen it from people like Beyoncé, and people allow it, and this society allows it. The mainstream media allows it. Corporations allow it. And it is a big problem because, as I mentioned, there are police lives at stake. It needs to be dispelled as fiction, and people need to call it out for what it is, which is fiction.  

    Previously:

    Fox's Katie Pavlich: "Police Aren't Shooting Innocent Black Men"

    Fox Host Criticizes Beyoncé's VMA Performance By Dismissing Police Brutality

    Fox Criticizes Beyoncé For Walking Red Carpet With Mothers Of Victims Of Violence