Author: Howard Kurtz

Parting shot: Franken, in disgrace, quits with blast at Trump and Moore

FOX NEWS Let’s face it, it looked like Al Franken was going to skate. A few weeks ago, when Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden went public with her tale of unwanted kissing and that cringeworthy groping photo, it was a major embarrassment for the Minnesota senator. But it didn’t seem likely to cost him his job. Even after a couple of other women came forward with stories of butt-grabbing during photo ops, the media and political consensus was that the former “SNL” star was in an entirely different category than the allegations against, say, Roy Moore. Then the...

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Turnabout: Why Trump, GOP leaders are now backing Roy Moore

FOX NEWS When the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore were first published, President Trump was quick to distance himself. While a “mere allegation” should not be allowed to destroy someone’s life, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.” Mitch McConnell said that if Moore won the Senate seat in Alabama, he would face possible expulsion. “If he were to be sworn in,” the majority leader said at a Wall Street Journal forum, “he would immediately be in...

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Trump hits FBI, Clinton as debate over Mike Flynn plea intensifies

FOX NEWS President Trump reacted to Mike Flynn’s guilty plea yesterday by switching to his favorite target.  “Well, I feel badly for General Flynn,” he told reporters. “I feel very badly.  He’s led a very strong life, and I feel very badly… “I will say this:  Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame.” It’s worth noting that “they” negotiated a guilty plea from Trump’s former national security adviser in the Russia investigation. And even if the president believes his former opponent...

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More media bashing: Trump hits ‘fake’ networks, CNN, ‘Morning Joe’

FOX NEWS There’s a post-Thanksgiving buffet of possible topics, from the Senate scramble over tax reform to just who’s running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to whether Sarah Huckabee Sanders actually baked a pecan pie. (Really. That became a thing after correspondent April Ryan challenged the authenticity of said pie on Twitter. Seriously.) But let’s start with the president of the United States slamming the media for the umpteenth time: This is no longer a feud or a battle but a permanent feature of the Trump tenure. Trump now says all the networks, with one notable exception, are unfair...

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Biden’s 2020 trial balloon: Why some liberals say his past would haunt him

FOX NEWS There is talk of Joe Biden running for president in 2020, much of it generated by Joe Biden himself. I think that’s highly unlikely, if only because Biden will turn 78 right after the election. But the way the discussion is playing out is quite revealing. Whatever Biden’s flaws as a politician — his past presidential runs have been flops — he does have a down-to-earth, ride-the-Amtrak authenticity that resonates with working-class voters. He would have fared better than Hillary Clinton in such states as Michigan and Pennsylvania. He speaks — sometimes far too long — from...

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New accuser alleges sex assault by Roy Moore as he threatens to sue Washington Post

FOX NEWS Kurtz: Why reporters have to cajole sources ‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz explains how and why journalists and reporters in recent stories like the Roy Moore and Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandals get sources to go on the record to tell their stories. The attempts to discredit the Washington Post for its reporting on Roy Moore have reached the point of absurdity. And in light of a new accuser who told a tearful, gripping tale at a televised presser yesterday, perhaps skeptics will take a different view. Beverly Young Nelson, appearing with Gloria Allred, said that when she...

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Trump vs. Schumer: A troubling detour into politics after terror attack in New York

FOX NEWS There may be an important immigration debate to be had in the wake of what was undoubtedly a terrorist attack that killed eight people in Manhattan. It did not get off to a good start yesterday. Instead, hours after an Uzbek citizen allegedly used a truck to murder and injure pedestrians, there was sniping between President Trump and Chuck Schumer. I took heat from plenty of liberals for saying, after the Las Vegas massacre, that Hillary Clinton and some Democrats might have waited one day before slamming the GOP on gun control (not that we shouldn’t have...

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Trump rips NBC, eyes TV licenses, but is he serious?

FOX NEWS A Washington Post story yesterday described President Trump as really, really mad. In fact, he was said to be “livid.” That, the story said, was at a July meeting when he asked Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis and others why he should prop up the Obama nuclear agreement with Iran when he considered it a disaster. “‘He threw a fit,’ said one person familiar with the meeting. “… He was furious. Really furious. It’s clear he felt jammed.” So H.R. McMaster came up with a plan to get Trump to “compromise,” the Post says. The key thing here—beyond...

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