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WATCH: Fox News Host DEFENDS CNN Reporter, Tells Trump To Go F*ck Himself

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Even Fox News is calling Donald Trump out for attacking the media.

After a press conference that will go down as the most embarrassing and confusing ever given in this nation’s history, Fox News host Shep Smith blasted Trump for attacking the press, specifically CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Trump often praises Fox News while bashing the other major news outlets and once again attacked the media during his first solo press conference in which he appeared to be just telling reporters what he was told to tell them.

Trump repeatedly referred to CNN as “fake news” and personally attacked Acosta while he was trying to ask questions about the Russia scandal that has engulfed the White House.

“Russia is fake news,” Trump claimed.

“Russia — this is fake news put out by the media….The leaks are real. You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them. I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said. You saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.”

“If the information coming from the leaks is real, then how can the stories be fake?” Acosta asked.

Trump responded by trashing CNN for not taking him at his word instead of verifying his claims and reporting the truth. He then praised Fox & Friends for kissing his ass like a good propaganda machine.

“When you call it fake news, you’re undermining the confidence in the news media,” Acosta shot back. Trump replied by telling Acosta that he knows when he should get good or bad stories in the news and suggested that the media should get in line and write the stories he wants them to write.

Seriously.

Trump went on to excuse his demand by saying he won the election and claimed his administration is running smoothly despite all the recent reports that say otherwise.

Well, Shep Smith was not amused and he took Trump to the woodshed for it.

First, Smith addressed Trump’s disastrous attempt to hold a big boy conference all by himself.

“It’s sort of our job to let you know when things are said that aren’t true,” Smith said in defense of the media. “This president keeps telling untrue things and he does it every single time he’s in front of a microphone … some of them aren’t really big, but they’re coming from the president.”

He then attacked the logic of Trump’s claim that Russia is “fake news.”

“He says Russia is a ruse, it’s fake news. The leaks are real, but the news is fake. So, that’s impossible. It’s very confusing,” especially when Trump says thing that are “demonstrably, unquestionably, opinion aside, 100 percent false.”

Then Smith passionately defended Acosta.

“He’s an accomplished reporter — a guy I’ve never met, but a good reporter. [Trump was] treating him like … I’m not even going to use the word. I’m not going to give Twitter the love it needs. It’s crazy what we’re watching everyday, it’s absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia, as if we’re some kind of fools for asking the question.”

“Really?” Smith continued into an epic conclusion. “Your opposition was hacked, and the Russians were responsible for it, and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening, and we’re fools for asking the questions? No, sir, we are not fools for asking this question, and we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people. We have a right to know, we absolutely do, and that you call us ‘fake news’ and put us down like children for asking this question is inconsequential. The people deserve that answer.”

Here’s the video via YouTube.

Donald Trump should be ashamed of himself and the media should absolutely keep doing their jobs by calling out Trump’s lies every day.

U.S. Politics

Rep. Elijah Cummings says Trump’s account of canceled meeting was a Complete Fabrication

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Rep. Elijah Cummings

DAILY KOS 

Dated 2-16-2017

Cummings: Trump made up cancelled meeting

BY MARK HENSCH

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says President Trump invented a story about him cancelling a scheduled meeting between them.

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today,” he said in a statement Thursday, according to NBC News.

Trump recounted a planned huddle with Cummings that ultimately fell through during a press conference earlier Thursday.

“I was all set to have that meeting,” he said at the White House. “We called him and called him. I spoke to him on the phone and he wanted it.”

“[Cummings] was all excited and then he said, ‘Oh, I can’t move it,’” Trump recounted. “‘It might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting.’

“He was probably told by Schumer – or some other lightweight – ‘don’t meet with Trump, it’s bad politics.’ That’s part of the problem in this country.”

Cummings disputed Trump’s account later Thursday, insisting he remains eager to discuss “the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs” with the president.

Full Transcript and Video: Trump News Conference

TRUMP: Let’s go set up a meeting. I would love to meet with the Black Caucus. I think it’s great, the Congressional Black Caucus. I think it’s great. I actually thought I had a meeting with Congressman Cummings and he was all excited. And then he said, well, I can’t move, it might be bad for me politically. I can’t have that meeting.

I was all set to have the meeting. You know, we called him and called him. And he was all set. I spoke to him on the phone, very nice guy.

QUESTION: I hear he wanted that meeting with you as well.

TRUMP: He wanted it, but we called, called, called and can’t make a meeting with him. Every day I walk and say I would like to meet with him because I do want to solve the problem. But he probably was told by Schumer or somebody like that, some other lightweight. He was probably told — he was probably told “don’t meet with Trump. It’s bad politics.”

And that’s part of the problem in this country. OK, one more.

Here’s Rep. Elijah Cummings complete response to Trump’s fabrication on his office’s website (emphasis from original) .

February 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 16, 2017)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s press conference:

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today.  Of course, Senator Schumer never told me to skip a meeting with the President.

“I was actually looking forward to meeting with the President about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs.  What I have been doing for the past several weeks is working closely with my partner on these efforts, Senator Bernie Sanders.  My goal was to finalize our proposal to allow HHS to negotiate lower drug prices so I could present it to the President.  The President has said many times that he supports this proposal, so I wanted to have our bill ready to get his support.

“I also sincerely have no idea why the President made this claim in response to an unrelated question about the Congressional Black Caucus.  I am sure members of the CBC can answer these questions for themselves.

“The skyrocketing price of prescription drugs is an issue that affects every American family—not just people of color—and I hope the President will make good on his promise to finally allow HHS to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of American families.  I look forward to meeting with him on this issue and others.”

After being elected President, Donald Trump warned that the pharmaceutical industry is “getting away with murder.”

He has said that Americans could save hundreds of billions of dollars if Medicare were allowed to negotiate prices directly with drug companies.  “We don’t do it,” he said.  “Why?  Because of the drug companies.”

He also said:  “We need new bidding procedures for the drug industry.”  He added:  “Pharma has a lot of lobbyists and power.  There is very little bidding on drugs.”

The most chilling aspect of this is Donald Trump may even beleive his own nonsense.

That would make him delusional.  There is one slightly more palatable explanation: Trump thinks Americans aren’t smart enough to figure out he’s lying.

Lefty Coaster