Author: By Erik Wemple

‘Fox & Friends’ host tests border-wall flip-flop line for Trump: It’s ‘symbolic’

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump, and “Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade. (Left: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post; right: Getty Images) Don’t be surprised to hear from President Trump that he views his central campaign promise of a glorious border wall as a “symbolic” gesture. Because that convenient flip-flop line has already been presented to the “Fox & Friends” audience. “Has the wall almost become symbolic? I know the president ran on it,” said “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy to Fox News contributor and former congressman Jason Chaffetz. “It was a mantra. But...

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Memo to Sarah Huckabee Sanders: You don’t decide who gets fired in the U.S. media

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS President Trump. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) At a White House briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to address this week’s great Twitter-born media controversy: A string of tweets in which African American ESPN anchor Jemele Hill called President Trump a “white supremacist,” among several other things: Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 The height of white privilege is being able to ✌ignore✌his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me....

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‘Fox & Friends’ errs in discussion of Scaramucci allegations

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Images of President Trump, left, and “Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade. (Left: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post; Right: Getty Images) At the top of its Thursday morning edition, the failing “Fox & Friends” screwed up in a report on Anthony Scaramucci, the recently installed White House communications director. Wouldn’t you know: The popular program that shills daily for President Trump took at face value Scaramucci’s tweeted allegations, and found itself backtracking. At issue was Scaramucci’s ill-considered — and later deleted — tweet of Wednesday night, in which he appeared to...

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WATCH: Rachel Maddow warns media about forged document on Trump-Russia: ‘Heads up, everybody’

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Rachel Maddow (MSNBC via Associated Press) It wouldn’t have been the first time that a major media organization had reported a stunning development that turned out to be untrue. But it surely would have made the Top 5. On her MSNBC program last night, host Rachel Maddow told viewers that her show had received an apparent NSA document over tip-routing portal SendItToRachel.com. Though Maddow didn’t display the document or detail all of its allegations, she did say that it purported to be very secret. “People who are in a position to recognize or authenticate this...

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Departed CNN staffer Eric Lichtblau: ‘I’m as baffled as anyone by this strange turn of events’

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS CNN President Jeff Zucker. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters) In late June, CNN announced that three top editorial staffers had resigned over a story regarding a President Trump ally — Anthony Scaramucci — that the network had retracted. The news stunned newsies. “Journalists deserve reprimands, time-outs and maybe even a few hours in the pillory for honest work gone wrong. But it’s a mistake for readers to overstigmatize all errors and sideline the responsible reporters,” wrote Politico’s Jack Shafer, who nodded to Craig Silverman’s work on journalistic consequences. The CNN trio — Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex...

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Bob Beckel’s racist outburst will result in lawsuit, attorney says

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS Roger Ailes in New York on Feb. 9, 2015. (Charles Sykes/Invision via Associated Press) It’s one of the great ironies of the late Roger Ailes’s Fox News: He used legal levers — arbitration clauses, nondisclosure clauses — to prevent details about the network’s inner workings from leaking to the media. Yet these days — after Ailes’s death last week and his ouster from Fox News last summer amid a sexual-harassment scandal — the legal system is coughing up a bulging file of scandalous allegations about the network as a workplace. The trail started last summer,...

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Reince Priebus is a dunderhead (and he can’t sue me for saying so) – Washington Post (blog)

GOOGLE NEWS White House Chief of State Reince Priebus with other Trump administration officials. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) The courts have interpreted the First Amendment so as to allow the Erik Wemple Blog to call people names. “Defamatory statements are those that harm a person’s reputation and are clearly more than insults,” writes David Schultz in the “Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court.” So it’s perfectly legal to state: Reince Priebus is a dunderhead.Reince Priebus is a lunkhead.Reince Priebus is a ninny.Reince Priebus is a dunderpate.Reince Priebus is a birdbrain. Grounds for all those statements come from an interview between Priebus, President...

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Bill O’Reilly’s gone, but don’t worry: His protege has the sexism covered

THE WASHINGTON POST OPINIONS (Screen shot) Attendees at a panel discussion in Berlin booed and hissed at Ivanka Trump when she attempted to credit her father’s bona fides on women’s and family issues. “That is something I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” said Trump, to an unappreciating audience. Lefty Euros shaming the daughter of a Republican president? No better topic for discussion on the upwardly mobile roundtable Fox News program “The Five,”...

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