‘You’ve Asked Me Eight Times!’: GOP Guest Blows Up When CNN’s Blitzer Pushes on Neo-Nazis


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Today, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pushed RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer on whether or not President-elect Donald Trump needs to do a better job of disavowing the neo-Nazis who convened and celebrated his election this weekend. Today, he told writers from the New York Times that he condemns their behavior, but Blitzer wanted to know if that was enough. He questioned whether the President-elect should put out a statement to the entire country.

Spicer repeatedly said that Trump has plenty of other things to worry about, but Blitzer wouldn’t let up.

Eventually, the guest snapped, asking what more Trump can do to disavow white nationalists and saying things like, “At some point, you’ve gotta take his position and move on!”

Once again, Blitzer pushed for more, asking why the neo-Nazis like Trump so much.

“I don’t know! That’s really not my focus, figuring out why certain groups support him!” he said, moving on to call the repeated questions about white nationalism “preposterous.”

Did you think Blitzer was done? He wasn’t! He asked why Trump is so quick to tweet about Hamilton or the New York Times when he’s mad at them but won’t disavow the alt-right until he’s asked.

Spicer exploded, “You’ve asked me eight times, the same question! I’ve told you what his position is. That’s not his focus! His focus is making this country better for all Americans, creating a better country, creating a better education system for all Americans, rebuilding our inner cities. That’s what his focus is. So I get that you guys all want to ask the same question over and over again and make him denounce it eight ways to Sunday, but it’s not what he wants to talk about!”

He went on to ask if Trump needs to rent a plane and write his disavowal in the sky.

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CNN Anchor Needles Pence For Failing To Condemn Trump’s Racism

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CNN’s New Day Chris Cuomo quizzed Gov. Mike Pence’s debate performance and asked him why he didn’t stick to his “own truths” on many of Trump’s odious positions that he refuted in the past.

Gov. Pence didn’t answer the question and then made believe the Trump positions on his Muslim ban never happened. Pence said, “I’m not — I’m not frustrated at all about it, Chris. Donald Trump and I have been very, very clear about the issue of suspending immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, or some of these other issues.”

Cuomo cut and and replied, “But governor that’s not what he said…What he’s said…”

Pence interjected, “Our position is we’re going to suspend immigration from countries compromised by terrorists.

Cuomo begged to differ. “But Governor that is a finessed position. We both know that where he started was saying there is a problem with Islam, that Muslims should be kept out of the country.

“You condemned those comments, and you did so strongly as the governor of Indiana when you were backing Ted Cruz. You said we can’t say that when he said what he said about the judge not making it about the case about his ethnicity you condemned those comments. Why do you not condemn them now,” he pressed.

Pence replied, “Well, because it’s not Donald Trump’s position now.’

Chris didn’t let him get away with that. “But what he has said about women, about Mexicans, about Muslims matters and I know that you have said you don’t share those positions. And now, tacitly, you are accepting those positions because you won’t speak out against them. You understand that?”

Pence refused to answer and replied by bringing up Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment, as if that’s supposed to wash away every despicable thing Trump has said in the entire campaign.

Cuomo responded by saying, The next she said she went too far” and then he went where everybody wants to go but were afraid to go there.

Cuomo said, “And you know that very unsavory negative and hateful components have attached themselves to the [Trump] campaign.”

Pence responded by still attacking Clinton’s remarks, saying Hillary never really apologized and then moved on.

Tim Kaine may have not been as cool and level headed as Pence during their debate, but the aftermath has put Pence and the Trump campaign in a bind.

By John Amato


Fox seeks to extend cable news domination in post-Ailes era

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Fox News dominated the cable news landscape for 20 years under Roger Ailes, but faces questions about whether it can extend its reign going forward.

The shocking departure of Ailes amid allegations of sexual harassment has left Rupert Murdoch, the 85-year old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, in charge. But with a myriad of other major media properties to attend to and age considerations, Murdoch’s role running day-to-day operations out of Nee York will only be in an interim capacity.

A source familiar with the situation says it will be “multiple months” before any permanent successor to Ailes is decided upon.

The same source says there’s no rush to make a decision because current to management at the network is stable in the hands of Murdoch, Bill Shine ( executive vice president of programming) and Jay Wallace (executive vice president of news and editorial).

Rivals of Fox see an opportunity, while longtime political fans of the network, who saw it buttress the conservative political movement, are openly worried the network could shift under new leadership.

Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, serve as co-chairmen and CEOs of Fox News’s parent company, and could use Ailes’s departure to reinvent the network.

“Fox News will be going through a dramatic transformation as it figures itself out without its creator,” said James Shepard, chair of the Communications Department at California State University, Fullerton.

“In the short term, I suspect we will see minimal turnover and experimentation,” he said. But in the long term, we may see softening of the most radical elements of programming and perhaps see more ‘fair and balanced’ news.”

Sky News in Britain, which is also operated by the Murdochs, doesn’t have the edge of Fox News in the United States. If there is a change, Shepard says it will be a sign that “the Murdoch sons want to put their stamp on the company by importing practices from Sky News in Britain.”

Shepard’s view isn’t necessarily a majority opinion.

The cable news network makes its parent company millions, and some think that alone means there will be no change.

Research firm SNL Kagan estimates Fox News generated $2.3 billion in ad sales alone last year. Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser says the operating profit for Fox News was $1.6 billion in fiscal 2015. That’s nearly 25 percent of 21st Century Fox’s overall operating profit.

“At this point Fox News is such a fine-tuned and well-oiled machine, I think even Mickey Mouse could step in and keep it running, says Doug Spero, associate professor of communication at Meredith College and TV veteran who includes ABC, CBS and NBC on his resume.

“They attract the same demos year after year and they’ve dominated with their prime-time lineup. Bill O’Reilly has been number one for years,” he said.

“As the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t terribly broken, don’t terribly fix it.’ Would they change the ideology or content? I don’t think so,” says Spero. “They’ve carved out their audience and if you’ve got the market, why mess with it? If the cash register keeps ringing, I can’t imagine the Murdoch family will allow that to stop.”

Fox has easily been number one in cable news for the past 15 years.

The network even recently finished at the top of all cable channels, including ESPN.

The competition with CNN and MSNBC hasn’t even been close, with Fox oftentimes at least beating the two audiences combined in both total viewers and the key 25-54 demo.

At the same time, many of Fox’s stars are aging, and it is not clear younger stars such as Megyn Kelly will stay with the network.

CNN has been making gains lately under industry veteran Jeff Zucker (who ran NBC before eventually going to CNN in 2012) and is clearly in a better positions of the two networks below Fox to make a serious challenge.

But is Fox vulnerable to a challenge?

The momentum of election years — particularly this one with the ratings gold that is Donald Trump — doesn’t always carry over into election off-years.

MSNBC, for example, finished second to Fox News after the 2012 re-election year of President Obama. The network finished so strong that MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the bold prediction that MSNBC would catch Fox in the ratings by the end of 2013. The exact opposite happened, with MSNBC falling backwards and behind a struggling-at-the-time CNN instead.

The key for both CNN and MSNBC, at least in terms of being truly competitive with Fox, is to have the kind of talent and compelling content foundation to keep audiences tuning in after the votes are counted on Election Day.

“Ailes has built a very strong machine. No one can deny that he’s built an empire at Fox News,”” says television veteran Doug Spero. “Yes, it’s bigger than one man, but it’s basically his baby. At this point, it’s so solid I don’t think it’ll budge even two ratings points even after he’s gone.”

Ailes was undeniably Fox’s most valuable employee.

But who will guide Fox News into next year and beyond?

Outside observers differ over whether the company will look outside for leadership.

Some media analysts see the top candidate as Bill Shine, Sr. EVP, Programming of FOX News and FOX Business. Under Shine, the business network has been enjoying its best 18 months in its history since he was promoted to handle the day-to-day operations in late 2014, even beating rival CNBC on some occasions, once an unthinkable feat.

Shine has been with the network since its inception in 1996, working his way up the ranks from producer to senior programming executive.

Jay Wallace is also seen as a strong contender for the job, having recently been promoted to executive vice president of news and editorial in April. Wallace replaced the now-departed Michael Clemente, who left the network last week for reasons — according to the network — unrelated to Ailes’ departure.

Wallace has also been with Fox News since Day 1, having started out as a tape coordinator. He now oversees daytime and weekday news programming.
The third and final serious contender internally is John Moody, executive vice president and editor. Moody has been with the network for four years and is Rome bureau chief for Time Magazine.

Another name making the rounds is David Rhodes. The current president of CBS News extended his contract last year through 2019.

But if the goal of the Murdochs is to use the Ailes departure as impetus to reinvent Fox News into a more traditional news outlet, Rhodes, 43, may be a viable option (if not costly given the existing contract) since he is also a former Fox News executive.

But David Parsons, a public relations executive for more than 40 years, with a focus on corporate and crisis communications, says another name with an impressive resume should be considered.

“I would see the candidate being embraced as having direct news experience, still young enough to navigate the digital world and all – someone like David Westin, former head of ABC News from 1997-2010,” says Parsons. “He was well respected and well liked, knows the political ropes and the talent handholding that are a big part of the picture.”

Chad Wilkinson, a longtime cable news producer and President of Liberty Media Strategies, sees Fox strongly considering a change but ultimately keeping with what’s worked for the past two decades in turning to Bill Shine, the EVP for programming and Fox Business.

“In the short term, I think Rupert taps Bill Shine to run the operation,” says Wilkinson. “
“Shine is respected by the staff and has done a strong job leading Fox Business since Kevin Magee has exited.

“Long term, I think Murdoch thinks long and hard about (CBS President) David Rhodes, but ends up staying the course with Bill Shine,” Wilkinson continues, adding, “Fox News is a money maker and staying the course with someone that knows the operation and what made it a success will win the job.”

By Joe Concha

Dan Rather slams media for acting like a ‘business partner of Donald Trump’ to boost their ratings

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Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday morning, legendary newsman Dan Rather took a few shots at the political coverage of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, accusing reporters of failing to ask follow-up questions and their bosses of essentially partnering with him to boost their ratings.

“So many journalists have had to recalibrate their expectations and their understanding of politics,” host Brian Stelter asked. “What has disappointed you in the media coverage of this [Trump’s] campaign?”

“What has disappointed me most is the lack of tough questions and the tough follow-up questions,” replied Rather.

Pressed by Stelter, “You don’t think he’s been asked tough questions?” Rather said reporters let Trump slide around giving direct answers.

“Well, he handles tough questions by doing the old side shuffle most of the time. And with rare exceptions — I give Jake Tapper credit here on CNN — with rare exceptions, nobody bores in and keeps asking the tough question,” the former 60 Minutes host stated. “The other thing that’s disappointed me a bit, and I do think there’s been some media complicity in the rise of Trump. It’s not the only factor, but it has been a factor in providing him so much airtime, and in some cases being complicit in arranging that airtime.”

“For the news viewer, for the consumer of news, I think never more has it been necessary to deal with skepticism. Not cynicism, never cynicism but skepticism,” he continued. “Skepticism, saying ‘OK, Trump is on for an hour and a half on this network. Why is he there?’ The answer, of course, is because he’s very good for ratings and very good for demographics.”

Asked by the CNN host if the networks should “have some sort of blackout” of Trump, Rather disagreed.

“No, I don’t agree with that at all. Certainly show him. But the control has to stay with the journalistic entity. What I worry about is in a way that the media is a political partner, a business partner of Donald Trump,” Rather explained. “The media wants the ratings. I don’t except myself from this criticism, by the way. Media wants the ratings. Trump delivers those ratings. So in a way, they’re business partners, where the role of the journalist is to be an adversary.”




Palin: Paul Ryan’s going down

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So $arah Palin, the half-term, half-brained former governor of Alaska, went on CNN to say that House Speaker Paul Ryan is toast for not backing GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

I’m sure the House speaker is quaking in his running shoes.

“I think Paul Ryan is soon to be Cantored,” the Wasilla Hillbilly told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, trying to give the impression that she was “in the know” by using former Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s name as a verb.

“His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his,” she said in Palin-speak.

Palin promises to work for Ryan primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, although she hasn’t bothered to tell him yet. Nehlen has endorsed Trump. (I didn’t realize it, but Wisconsin has its state primary in August, even though the presidential primary is over.) Perhaps someone should remind Caribou Barbie that Trump lost Wisconsin.

So she’s still looking for ways to remain relevant, and apparently the media are willing to give her those platforms.

Sher Watts Spooner

Obama on Trump: ‘This is not a reality show’

President Obama will be missed when his term expires…(ks)


President Obama on Friday urged the news media to closely scrutinize Donald Trump’s record and past comments, and avoid coverage that highlights “the spectacle and the circus” of the campaign trail.

Obama previewed his role as an anti-Trump spokesman and pressed the media to follow suit.
“He has a long record that needs to be examined. And I think it’s important to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past,” the president told reporters at the White House. “I just want to emphasize that we are in serious times and this is a serious job.”
Obama took a jab at Trump’s past as host of the “Apprentice” reality television series: “This is not entertainment, this is not a reality show, this is a contest for president of the United States.”
Obama made a measured and stern critique of Trump and Republicans in Congress. He refrained from commenting about Trump’s controversial tweet that showed him posing with a taco bowl to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
“I have no thoughts on Mr. Trump’s tweets,” Obama said, with a laugh. “As a general rule, I don’t pay attention to Mr. Trump’s tweets. That will be true for the next six months, so you can just file that one.”
The president indicated he’ll be playing up Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants and women to offer a contrast to voters between Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Obama said GOP voters will have to ask themselves “whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represent their values,” adding that Republican women, in particular, “are going to have to decide, ‘Is that the guy I feel comfortable with?’ ”
At the same time, Obama reiterated he’s not going to intervene in the Democratic presidential primary between Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
“On the Democratic side, let’s let the process play itself out,” he said.
But Obama also tacitly acknowledged Clinton’s big delegate lead means she is likely to become the party’s presidential nominee.
“Everybody knows what that math is,” he said.
By Jordan Fabian

The Former Apprentice Contestants Who Spoke Against Trump Met Opposition On CNN

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[Recently], former Apprentice competitors joined together to publicly disavow their former boss, reality television personality Donald Trump. They were pretty harsh, in fact, so Don Lemon invited them on CNN tonight along with a former Apprentice star who supports Trump.

Before the segment began, Lemon accurately predicted that it was going to get wild, telling the audience they were gonna want to see this.

Kwame Jackson and Randal Pinkett were on hand to describe their concern over the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” character that is metastasizing in Trump, as was Andy Dean, the supporter who has been stumping for his former boss all over cable news with generally unfavorable reactions from pundits involved.

A lot happened in the two-part confrontation. Dean revealed he’s been to over 20 rallies and hasn’t seen anyone on the Trump team incite or encourage violence. Jackson and Pinkett came down on him for failing to say “person of color” when talking about diversity. They revisited how “the culture of celebrity” and “fascination with everything shiny and bright” are to blame for Trump’s rise but must be resisted.

Dean got interrupted by all three of them multiple times, but did manage to point out that while six former contestants on the show signed the letter disavowing Trump, over 200 people have competed throughout the years.


CNN Tried To Humanize Donald Trump With Town Hall And It Was A Total Disaster

CNN Tried To Humanize Donald Trump With Town Hall And It Was A Total Disaster

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CNN did their best to try to humanize Donald Trump with a New York town hall, but the result was a disaster that showed why Trump is unelectable.

CNN did their best to try to humanize Donald Trump with a New York town hall, but the result was a disaster that showed why Trump is unelectable.

The Trump family town hall on CNN began with the now standard Donald Trump whining about the delegate process, claiming that NATO was obsolete, and promising to deliver a policy speech on that hot-button issue of unity.

Anderson Cooper brought out Trump’s family and things quickly ventured into Stepford territory.

The Trump kids were full of talking points. Ivanka Trump talked about what a dealmaker her father was. Donald Trump Jr. talked about the frustration of the electorate after 2008 and 2012. Eric Trump called his dad’s campaign an amazing success story because he has only been in politics for eight months. Tiffany Trump said that her father is a hard worker. Ivanka Trump later said that the Trump family is not a family of politicians.

Eric Trump was asked about what he bonded with his father over, and he answered work. He said, “We love building. We love concrete. We love jobs.”

Ivanka Trump tried to solve her dad’s problem with female voters by saying, “I think the facts speak for themselves. I have witnessed the female role models that he has employed in the highest executive positions in the Trump organization my entire life.” Eric Trump praised his dad for being authentic and writing his own tweets.

What became obvious early on in the town hall was that for a family whose gimmick is that they are political outsiders, they were very well rehearsed on the campaign’s talking points.

The problem was that the Trump family made the creepy Romney clan of 2012 seem like the warm, friendly neighbors next door. The Trump family wants you the voter to know that they love their dad and that they think he will make America great. The Obama family has always given off a warmth in their interviews. There was no warmth to the Trump town hall.

If the purpose of the CNN town hall was to humanize Trump, it was a disaster. If this is the man that represents the Republican Party in the general election, the GOP is seriously screwed.

The fake was overwhelming during the town hall. The town hall was all about selling Trump as a president. It was impossible to find a genuine moment between Trump and his family. The Trump family gave a stump speech for Donald Trump.

CNN gave Trump a platform to show his warmer side. Instead, the Trump family tried to close the deal and sell the voters on Donald Trump as the next president.


Van Jones: ‘The Republican establishment has been completely destroyed tonight’

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CNN Democratic strategist Van Jones declared that Donald Trump had “completely destroyed” the Republican establishment following his Tuesday night wins in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina.

Noting that Sen. Marco Rubio had dropped out on Tuesday, Jones pointed out that Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) was the final “establishment” candidate in the race.

“The Republican establishment has been completely destroyed tonight,” Jones explained. “You literally have the only establishment candidate left is Kasich with one state! His own state that he camped out in for two months!”

“It doesn’t make any sense,” the CNN analyst added. “You cannot describe the devastation this guy [Donald Trump] has wreaked on the Republican Party. The Republican establishment has been destroyed tonight. And you now have Ted Cruz, who is the ultimate outsider, against Trump. And those are the only options left that are viable.”

Republican strategist S.E. Cupp agreed that the damage was done and that “it’s only going to get worse the farther he goes.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

Donald Trump Approvingly Retweets Mussolini Quote, Refuses to Condemn KKK

Donald Trump Approvingly Retweets Mussolini Quote, Refuses to Condemn KKK

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Is Trump dumber than George W. Bush appeared to be? (ks)


The presidential campaign of Donald Trump took yet another disquieting turn this Sunday, as the Republican presidential front runner approvingly posted a Benito Mussolini quote to Twitter and refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan on national TV.

Early on Sunday morning, Trump retweeted a user named “ilduce2016” — a reference to the Italian dictator’s title — who had written “‘It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.’ — @realDonaldTrump #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”

It later emerged “ilduce2016” is an automated bot set up by Gawker, which wrote they had registered the account “under the assumption that Trump would retweet just about anything, no matter how dubious or vile the source, as long as it sounded like praise for himself.”

On the Sunday edition of NBC News’ Meet the Press, Trump said he knew what he was doing and even praised the fascist’s word choice.

“Mussolini was Mussolini,” Trump said, reported the Hill. “It’s a very good quote, it’s a very interesting quote. I know who said it, but what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else?”

“You want to be associated with a fascist?” host Chuck Todd responded.

“No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes,” Trump retorted.

In a separate appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Trump refused to condemn former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke or the KKK itself, saying he didn’t know enough about either to pass judgment. Duke has previously endorsed Trump.

“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump said, reports CNN. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I don’t know — did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”

Host Jake Tapper again asked Trump whether he would like to take the opportunity to disavow Duke and the KKK.

“I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about,” the candidate responded. “You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. You may have groups in there that are totally fine — it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.”

“OK. I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here,” Tapper said.

Of course, Trump hasn’t innocently stumbled into the good will of racists. Thanks to his positions on immigration, Islam and race, Trump has earned numerous endorsements and praise from groups like the far-right American Freedom Party and the American Nazi Party.

In November, he infamously retweeted doctored statistics on black crime originating from a neo-Nazi account. A later study of his social media habits found Trump tends to retweet users who follow top white nationalist accounts or use hashtags like #WhiteGenocide.

According to Time, Trump knows very well who Duke is. In 2000, he condemned the former KKK official in a statement ending his presidential bid that year.

“The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani,” Trump said. “This is not company I wish to keep.”

Tom McKay