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CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin suspended by New Yorker after allegedly masturbating on Zoom call

CNN chief legal analyst and staff writer for the New Yorker Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the magazine and taken some personal time off from the network after colleagues saw him expose himself while allegedly masturbating during a work Zoom call last week.

What are the details?

Vice reported Monday that Toobin had been suspended by the New Yorker for allegedly exposing himself on the call, and updated the piece shortly thereafter to clarify “that Toobin was masturbating” during an election simulation that involved other employees of the New Yorker and some from WNYC radio.

Vice described the purported incident as such:

Both people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely, noted that it was unclear how much each person saw, but both said that they saw Toobin jerking off. The two sources described a juncture in the election simulation when there was a strategy session, and the Democrats and Republicans went into their respective break out rooms for about 10 minutes. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. The sources said that when the groups returned from their break out rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued.

Prior to Vice making updates to the story, Toobin told the outlet, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom,” he added. “I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

The New Yorker told The Washington Post, “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter,” but did not elaborate further. A spokesperson for CNN issued a statement saying, “Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted.”

According to the Associated Press, Toobin has been a writer at the New Yorker for more than 20 years, and an analyst for CNN since 2002. He has written several books, and his most recent was titled, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump.”

Anything else?

The phrase “Zoom dick” began trending on Twitter, in a nod to Vice’s original headline, which read, “New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident.”

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Jake Tapper schools top Biden official with constitutional lesson for defending false claim from Biden

CNN host Jake Tapper schooled a top Biden campaign official on Sunday who defended Joe Biden’s recent claim that Republicans are acting unconstitutionally by filing the Supreme Court vacancy with Amy Coney Barrett.

As TheBlaze reported, Biden has refused to state his position on court-packing, which Democrats have promised to do if Barrett is confirmed before Election Day.

On Saturday, Biden once again dodged questions about court-packing, instead claiming that, “It’s not constitutional what they’re doing.”

What happened on CNN?

Tapper confronted Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” over exactly what unconstitutional actions Republicans have taken. It did not end well for Bedingfield.

Tapper asked, “[Biden] said it’s not constitutional, what they’re doing. How is it not constitutional what they’re doing?”

Bedingfield claimed in response that Biden’s comments are referring to polls that show the majority of Americans want the winner of the election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“His point is that the people have an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote,” Bedingfield said. “And we are now in the midst of the election. Millions of people have already cast their votes. And you see that the vast majority of people say that they want the person who wins the election on November 3 to nominate the justice to take this seat.”

Tapper fired back, “That’s a poll. That’s not the Constitution.”

“So, by trying to — by trying to — that is their constitutional — there’s the constitutional process of advise and consent,” Bedingfield responded. “The American people get to have their say by voting for president, by voting for senators. We are now 23 days from the election.”

“Right, but it’s not unconstitutional,” Tapper shot back.

When Bedingfield then claimed that millions of “voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process,” Tapper gave Bedingfield another constitutional lesson.

“They elected the Senate,” Tapper informed Bedingfield.

Bedingfield responded by claiming “most Americans vehemently disagree” with confirming Barrett prior to the election.

“Again, Kate, that’s a poll,” Tapper fired back. “That’s not what the word constitutional means. Constitutional doesn’t mean, I like it or I don’t like it. It means it’s according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing.”


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CNN host panics over clip of Trump removing face mask: ‘That’s going to kill people’

CNN host John Berman panicked Tuesday morning when, during a panel discussion on his program about President Donald Trump, a producer played a clip of the president removing his face mask.

After being discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, Trump promptly returned to the White House, where his wife, first lady Melania Trump, has been battling her own coronavirus infection.

Upon walking onto a balcony at the White House, Trump, still technically infected with COVID-19, removed his face mask before saluting Marine One as the presidential helicopter departed the White House lawn.

What did Berman say?

The CNN host claimed Trump’s actions will “kill people.”

“We’re looking at 210,000 Americans dead, we’re seeing a rise in new daily cases, and the president, in that sunset boulevard gesture, whipped his mask off in front of the American people on the nightly news last night,” Berman began.

That’s when the clip of Trump removing his mask was put on screen.

“You know, take it off,” Berman begged. “Please, don’t even put it on the screen. Please take it off because that’s going to kill people.”

It’s unclear, however, exactly what Berman believes will “kill people.”

He was either referring to the fact that Trump could infect those around him, or he was suggesting that viewers who saw Trump remove his mask would emulate the president, placing themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Anything else?

Berman was not the only CNN personality to panic over Trump’s mask removal.

CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins drew significance to Trump’s actions while speaking on air with CNN host Erin Burnett. Collins said:

[L]et us remind viewers now that the president is on steroids and a drug that fewer than 10 people outside of clinical trials have gotten inside the United States to deal with coronavirus. He had a level of treatment and a level of care that most Americans would not get. That’s understandable — he is the President of the United States, obviously everyone expects that.

[W]hat the president is portraying by taking his mask off when he gets back to the Truman balcony to give this grand return to the White House is that everything is fine and, as he said, don’t let coronavirus control your life. But that is very much still a president who has coronavirus. Despite the lights and the flags and the staged entrance that the president wants to create, he still has coronavirus and he is only a few days into the diagnosis.

In response, actress Kirstie Alley ripped into Collins.

“What would you like him to do? Start crying like a little b***h so you can report that he’s …crying like a little b***h? He could have a hazmat suit on and you would report … he’s a f***ing lunatic in a hazmat suit. You hate him. Just report that,” Alley wrote on social media.

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Jake Tapper takes aim at Trump over COVID infection: ‘You have become a symbol of your own failures’

CNN anchor Jake Tapper had a stern message for President Donald Trump on Sunday, three days after the world learned of Trump’s COVID-19 infection.

During a monologue on “State of the Union,” Tapper excoriated Trump for “failed leadership” and “undermining” efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“Many Americans are likely feeling both sympathy and anger today, emotions that don’t necessarily mix well,” Tapper began. “Sympathy for all of those suffering, including President Trump, who remains at Walter Reed Medical Center. But also anger because so much — so much of all this pain could have been avoided.

Tapper continued:

So many of us since March have been doing everything we can to preserve the health of not only ourselves and our families, but our communities, our neighbors, you. Social distancing, wearing masks, holding events remotely, weddings have been canceled, jobs lost, children are missing out on in-person education, and their ability to see friends. It’s a real crisis. It’s going to leave scars. 208,000 Americans have died. Thousands of Americans have lost loved ones without being able to properly mourn or even say good-bye. But we’re in the middle of a once in century pandemic. Health experts say this is what we need to do in order to get to the other side.

“Regardless of the sympathy we may feel, we also know the president has been undermining these efforts, expressing disdain for health regulations and those who abide by them,” Tapper claimed.

Tapper went on to say that “Americans who don’t listen to science or medicine” are making “it worse for all of us” — and he claimed those individuals are “are taking your cues” from Trump.

Then the CNN journalist tore into Republicans for gathering together last Saturday, many of them maskless, during Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination announcement.

“My god. How are future generations going to try to make sense of these images of the Republican leaders of the nation acting like this during a once in a century pandemic with more than 200,000 Americans dead?” Tapper said.

“It’s not just through failed leadership or setting bad examples. You are all now literally risking spreading the virus yourselves,” he continued. “The president and his team have been behaving as if the pandemic is over. This callous indifference to the wellbeing of the citizens the president swore to protect, it’s no longer just theoretical, it’s no longer well, they might get the virus.”

Then, Tapper directed his speech directly to Trump, who remains at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is battling his COVID-19 infection.

“Sick and in isolation, Mr. President, you have become a symbol of your own failures. Failures of recklessness, ignorance, arrogance. The same failures you have been inflicting on the rest of us,” Tapper said. “Get well, and please, for the rest of us who don’t get to go to Walter Reed, get well and get it together.”

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Jake Tapper stops interview with Trump spokesman for listing Biden’s record on racial issues

CNN anchor Jake Tapper cut short an interview with Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh on Wednesday, after the spokesman for President Donald Trump began listing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s record — past and present — in regard to black Americans.

What are the details?

Tapper became visibly frustrated multiple times over Murtaugh’s answers during the interview about Tuesday night’s first presidential debate between the candidates, focusing particularly on Trump’s answer when asked to denounce white supremacists.

Murtaugh argued that the president has condemned white supremacy many times, including on Wednesday when he clarified his stance. Tapper pushed back against that and eventually pulled the plug altogether when the Trump campaign representative began firing back about Biden’s previous links to segregationists and his recent comments about African American voters.

“Which of these two men is better for the black community?” Murtaugh asked. “The president’s record is clear: lowest unemployment ever for black Americans, historical funding to historically black colleges and universities, the First Step Act — letting people out of prison early for nonviolence offenses, giving them a second chance at life.”

Then, Murtaugh went after Biden.

“Joe Biden, meanwhile, palled around with racist, segregationist senators to prevent reintegration of schools…,” he said.

“Oh, come on!” Tapper replied, repeating, “Come on!” while Murtaugh noted that Biden’s “own running mate [Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)] took him to task for that during a Democrat debate.”

Murtaugh was referring to Harris attacking Biden on his civil rights record early on during the primaries.

Tapper replied, “If you want to talk about what Joe Biden was doing in the 1970s, when he worked with segregationist senators, absolutely, have at it.”

The host continued to tell Muraugh to “have at it” while the Trump 2020 spokesman moved on to present day.

“Just in this election, [Biden] said that he believes all black people think the same, and he said if you’re not voting for him and you’re black then ‘you ain’t black.'”

With that, Tapper had had enough.

“You know what, I’m not Chris Wallace,” the CNN anchor proclaimed, referring to the Fox News anchor who moderated Tuesday’s debate. Tapper then cut the interview off.

You can watch the exchange in its entirety below. The questions on racial issues begin around the 5-minute mark:


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CNN asks Democratic senator to explain how nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is ‘illegal or illegitimate.’ He can’t.

Immediately after President Donald Trump announced his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court, Democratic senators began declaring the nomination “illegitimate.”

One of the loudest voices was Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding hearings next month on the Barrett nomination.

Blumenthal tweeted minutes after Trump’s announcement that the entire process was an “illegitimate sham” and went on to blast Barrett’s qualifications.

Blumenthal’s Twitter thread rant concluded with the senator saying he would refuse to meet with the nominee — despite decades of Senate tradition of senators of both parties meeting with nominees to the high court — and that he would not “treat the process as legitimate.”

Later Saturday, Blumenthal was interviewed on CNN by Wolf Blitzer and was actually confronted over his comments and asked to explain how the nomination was “illegal or illegitimate.”

He couldn’t give a straight answer.

CNN asked hard questions?

During his CNN interview, Blumenthal repeatedly returned to his claim that the nomination is “illegitimate” and a “sham.”

Following Blumenthal’s opening diatribe, Blitzer repeatedly asked the senator to explain exactly how the nomination is “illegal or illegitimate,” but the lawmaker had no straight answer.

“What are the Republicans doing that is illegal or illegitimate?” Blitzer asked, adding a note that the Constitution delineates exactly how nominations to the court are supposed to go down.

“The Constitution says the president has to nominate Supreme Court justices; the Senate has to advise and consent and confirm,” Blitzer continued. “So what what is illegal about what the president and the Republicans are doing? You say it’s illegitimate.”

Blumenthal danced around the question and claimed it is illegitimate because of the timing of the nomination, noting that “the vote on this nominee will occur literally at the end of October, a handful of days before an election.”

Blitzer wasn’t satisfied with the senator’s answer and pressed again.

“Where does it say that’s illegitimate in the U.S. Constitution or in the law?” the newsman asked. “Where does it say that what they’re doing … is illegal?”

Blumenthal was forced to admit that nothing the Republicans were doing was “illegal” or “illegitimate” under the Constitution.

But never mind that — the Republicans, he claimed, were violating the “unwritten rules.”

“Illegal it may be not under the Constitution,” the Connecticut senator stated. “Under the norms and traditions and unwritten rules of the Senate, it is illegitimate.”

An admission

Blitzer eventually forced Blumenthal to concede that, indeed, there’s nothing illegal or actually illegitimate about the Barrett nomination.

“What I hear you saying, Sen. Blumenthal, it may be inappropriate, it may be wrong — especially so close to an election — but you agree that there’s nothing illegal or totally illegitimate as to what they’re doing,” Blitzer said.

“It may not violate the letter of the Constitution,” Blumenthal admitted. “It violates the spirit of the Constitution.”

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‘CNN is fake news!’: Hilarious video shows live CNN shot crashed by hecklers

“CNN is fake news!”

That’s what CNN viewers heard Saturday as CNN Supreme Court reporter Ariane de Vogue reported live from outside the Supreme Court following Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“CNN is fake news! Yeah! It’s fake news! CNN. Fake News. It’s fake,” one man screamed.

Others in the raucous crowd then joined him, screaming “fake news” and loudly booing.

The crowd was so loud, in fact, that CNN host Wolf Blitzer had to stop de Vogue from continuing to report on Barrett’s nomination.

“Ariane, I want you to standby— we can barely hear what you’re saying because of the crowd behind you,” Blitzer said.

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Pro bodybuilder CALLS OUT Chris Cuomo for viral workout photo—challenges him to a lift-off for charity

In this episode of “Wilkow,” professional bodybuilder and owner of Tiger Fitness, Marc Lobliner, joined Andrew Wilkow in calling out CNN’s Chris Cuomo for a photo that has been widely circulated on social media.

The photo shows Cuomo casually holding a 100lb dumbbell over his head with one hand, while casually typing with the other.


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Lobliner challenged Cuomo to prove that he can lift a real 100lb dumbbell in a lift-off, and also “do some good” by raising money for a charity of his choice. He said Cuomo had not yet responded.

Watch the video below for more:

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CNN’s Don Lemon tries to backtrack on abolishing Electoral College, claims he did not say what he literally said

CNN host Don Lemon is attempting to backtrack from controversial comments he made on Monday in light of President Donald Trump having the opportunity to confirm his third Supreme Court justice.

What did Lemon say Monday?

Speaking with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, who said both Republicans and Democrats are being “hypocritical” in comparison to their 2016 position on Supreme Court vacancies during an election year, Lemon advocated dismantling the American electoral system.

“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said.

Specifically, Lemon said the Electoral College should be abolished — which would require a constitutional amendment — and Democrats should pack the Supreme Court with ideologically liberal judges.

“You’re going to have to get rid of the Electoral College, because the people — because the minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that — is that fair?” Lemon said. “If Democrats, if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed.”

What is Lemon saying now?

The CNN host claimed Tuesday that his words were taken out of context, alleging he did not mean exactly what he said.

“I woke up and saw these headlines like, ‘Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College.’ But let me tell you. I don’t care,” Lemon said, adding that he was merely responding to Cuomo’s suggestion of electing politicians with integrity.

“And I said, well then, we have to blow up the whole system. Right?” Lemon continued. “But I said here’s what Democrats can do. And I said that’s the danger. They can stack the court. But all of a sudden, I am calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College and what else do they say, and that I’m a Democrat because I said ‘we.’ I mean, the American people.”

Lemon went on to explain that he chose to respond to the criticism because the “context was so egregious.” He claimed critics used an out-of-context “sound bite” against him.

In fact, Lemon claimed he was not personally suggesting the abolition of the Electoral College — but merely repeating others who are.

“But here’s what I say, run and tell this: I do think that we need to look at the Electoral College because I think that it disenfranchises voters, both Democrats and Republicans. If you’re in a blue state, and all of the electoral votes go to the Democratic person, then the Republicans’ votes aren’t counted, the people who voted for the Republican candidate,” Lemon said.

“So, I do think it should be looked at because I think it does disenfranchises certain people,” he added. “Should it be abolished? That’s not for me to say. I’m saying, this is what Democrats are saying. Stack the courts. Get rid of the Electoral College. But there is no nuance and no context anymore.”

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Don Lemon wants to ‘blow up the entire system,’ pack SCOTUS with liberals to abolish Electoral College

CNN host Don Lemon is angry — and he wants to “blow up” the American electoral system.

On his show Monday, Lemon vented his frustrations over the prospect of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate confirming yet another justice to the Supreme Court.

Trump said over the weekend that the Republican Party would move forward “without delay” to fill the high court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed Monday the Republican caucus
already has enough votes to confirm a new justice.

What did Lemon say?

During a heated discussion with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, during which Cuomo argued that both Republicans and Democrats are being “hypocritical” with respect to the position they took on the Supreme Court vacancy in 2016, Lemon advocated the complete demolition of American governing systems.

“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said.

Lemon then specified how such destruction should occur: He suggested eliminating the Electoral College and stacking the Supreme Court.

“You’re going to have to get rid of the Electoral College, because the people — because the minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that — is that fair?” Lemon said.

Cuomo responded by noting a constitutional amendment — which requires two-thirds approval from Congress and three-fourths approval from states — is required to eliminate the Electoral College.

Lemon shot back, “If Democrats, if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed.”

Could Lemon’s wish come true?

Democrats are actively threatening to expand the Supreme Court and pack it with ideologically liberal justices if they win the White House and a Senate majority. It would definitely be possible if Democrats hold a majority in Washington, because Congress has the power to determine the number of judges on the Supreme Court.

However, abolishing the Electoral College would be a nearly impossible feat, requiring bipartisan support in Congress and in the majority of state legislatures.

Still, Democrats, angry that Trump handily won the 2016 election despite losing the so-called “popular vote,” are increasingly floating the idea of eliminating the Electoral College.

Such a move is politically expedient for Democrats because it would allow them to win more national elections, as the current American electoral system does not give the nationwide popular vote significance over the Electoral College. But Democrat-controlled states still have the upper hand. California, New York, Illinois, Washington, New Jersey, and Massachusetts — states that are essentially guaranteed to vote Democratic in a presidential election — hold over 50% of the Electoral College votes required to win the presidency.

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CNN: Packed BLM protests are much safer from COVID than packed Trump rallies

CNN medical analyst Leana Wen told the network’s Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto on Thursday that Black Lives Matter protests are much safer than Trump rallies when it comes to COVID-19 transmission.

What are the details?

Wen — former Planned Parenthood president — told Harlow and Sciutto that most people at Black Lives Matter demonstrations wear masks when convening because they believe masks work in tamping down transmission of coronavirus.

She said that rallygoers, however, often go to such rallies “in defiance.”

Wen began, “I think it’s important for us as public health experts to lead with the science, and the science tells us that this is a virus that does not discriminate. It doesn’t care why it is that people are gathering, but it does care about the conditions under which they’re gathering. So, outdoors, much safer than indoors. Wearing masks, obviously much safer than not wearing masks.”

Wen explained that participants’ behaviors during and after protests versus rallies are especially important when it comes to analyzing the risk and cutting down on community spread.

“I also in this case would distinguish between the behavior of the participants while at protests versus rallies,” she said. “At protests, many people are aware of the risks and are doing everything they can to reduce that risk, versus at many of these rallies we’re seeing people going in defiance. It’s their behavior during those events.”

According to Newsbusters, Wen also admitted, “I also worry about what they do after the events. They may not be self-quarantining and testing … as they should be.”

What else?

The outlet added that Sciutto later asked Wen if she believed outdoor protests have led to outbreaks when compared to indoor rallies.

She responded by citing a June CNN study and said, “There was a study looking at over 300 cities where protests occurred, and they did not find surges of infections tied to the protests.”

Newsbusters’ Kristine Marsh points out, “Even Wen’s points are contradicted by CNN’s own reporting. CNN has bashed outdoor church gatherings several times. Trump was holding outdoor rallies this Summer and yet CNN still smeared them super spreader events. They didn’t talk this way about the BLM protests.”

Marsh adds, “What CNN correspondent Boris Sanchez said on August 28, reporting from the March on Washington was even worse. Despite tens of thousands of protesters packed tightly to listen to speakers, some without masks, Sanchez told Anderson Cooper that protesting was worth being exposed to the virus.”

Sanchez at the time told Cooper, “The concern is with so many people in such an enclosed space, it may be impossible to avoid this virus. What I’ve heard, speaking to demonstrators, is essentially the message of social justice outweighs any of the risks from this pandemic. It’s that important to them.”

Sciutto concluded the Thursday morning segment by thanking Wen for “breaking through the fog of confusion and disinformation to lead us back to the facts.”

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Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper slammed for scrapping social distancing as the cameras pull away

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and CNN host Anderson Cooper were criticized on social media Thursday night, after viewers noticed that the two threw social distancing out the window as the cameras pulled away after carefully staying far apart during the candidate’s town hall.

What are the details?

Pundit Steve Krakauer shared footage of the incident, tweeting, “Joe Biden and Anderson Cooper are making a point of social distancing during the CNN Town Hall while on the stage. But when they think they’ve gone to commercial break, they get so close to each other that Biden is whispering in Cooper’s ear:”

Sure enough, the clip shared by Krakauer shows that after Cooper signs off for a commercial break, the cameras pull back but continue to show Biden approaching Anderson and the host leaning over as Biden appears to whisper in his ear.

Neither of them were wearing masks, which is noteworthy since Biden has repeatedly vowed that his administration would impose a federal mask mandate as long as it is legal.

The town hall was held in a parking lot and 35 cars were allowed for the “drive-in” event.. CNN reported that it “CNN is following all of the local guidelines and restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic,” according to the vice president of its special events team, “and everybody attending and working the town hall will have their temperatures taken and will answer screening questions.”

The outlet noted that in Pennsylvania, where the event was held, “wearing masks when outside of the home is mandatory.”

But Twitter users noticed that Biden and Cooper did not appear to be following the rules.

Several people called both men “frauds” and re-upped the common accusation that CNN is “fake news.” One person tweeted, “They are so phony. It’s sad that so many people are blind to it..” Another asked, “Can you catch Covid if the cameras aren’t rolling?”

Fox News” Pete Hegseth reacted to the footage, describing it as ‘mask-mandate Joe whispering sweeting nothings to @andersoncooper.”

Some folks wondered exactly what the two were discussing.

Others said the moment reminded them of when CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was caught on camera immediately removing her mask after a White House coronavirus briefing in May.

But there were those who came to Biden and Cooper’s defense, with one person tweeting, “They are both tested daily. They have to be in order to do their jobs effectively.”

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Sunny Hostin says violent riots are ‘manufactured by the Trump campaign.’ Meghan McCain hits back and puts blame on radicals — and the media.

Meghan McCain, co-host on “The View,” issued a scathing rebuke of mainstream media — specifically CNN — and its coverage of the nationwide riots over police conduct.

Her remarks came after fellow co-host Sunny Hostin said that much of the violence has been “manufactured by the Trump campaign.”

What are the details?

On Monday, McCain slapped much of the media for downplaying the riots’ violence and refusing to outright condemn the madness.

Co-host Sunny Hostin began by discussing a recent Fox News poll that found that the majority of surveyed voters said Black Lives Matter demonstrations are riots — not protests.

“If you really look at the facts, 93%, 93% of protests are nonviolent, nonviolent,” Hostin insisted. “And, in fact, when Trump has put in force, has put in federal enforcement, out of those 93%, the violence ratchets up.”

Hostin continued, insisting that much of the violence has been “manufactured by the Trump campaign.”

“And so more than 5% of the protests, actually, that are linked to the Black Lives Matter movement that was met by force by authorities compared to 1% of other sorts of demonstrations like COVID protests or protests about being unhappy about not being able to, you know, go to the barbershop,” she said. “And so this is manufactured by the Trump campaign, and I just wish that people understood that and knew that and just looked up the real facts about protests in this country.”

‘Radical Antifa people in this country’

McCain, clearly not having any of it, responded by telling Hostin that there should be no violence during protests and that settling for 7% is unacceptable.

“People are coming on and saying, ‘Oh, only 7% of the protesting is violent,'” she said. “Well, I wouldn’t get on a plane that had a 7% chance of crashing. We’re talking about deaths in the country. There’s been around 34 deaths as a result of protesting and rioting since this all started at the beginning of this summer.”

McCain said that much of the media — “particularly CNN” — has succeeded in downplaying such violence.

“I think the media, particularly CNN, has done a real disservice by trying to downplay the violence so much,” she insisted. “I mean, the idea of a peaceful protest with a video of a building on fire, people being shot, has been blasted all over social media all summer, and I think when you have a group of people in the media that want to act like nothing is going on.”

McCain said that the left should be held to account for the out-of-control demonstrations and violence taking place in U.S. cities.

“I think there are radical Antifa people in this country, just like there’s radical people on the right, and in the same way that I’m held to accountability for every crazy Trump supporter that does something crazy in the country, I don’t understand why people on the left aren’t taking accountability for some of this as well,” she mused.


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Shocking recordings reveal CNN President Jeff Zucker actually loved Trump, wanted to give him a weekly show

Fox News host Tucker Carlson released bombshell audio Tuesday of CNN President Jeff Zucker and Michael Cohen, the disgraced attorney who was once a member of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, indicating that Zucker once attempted to curry favor with Trump through Cohen.

The conversation took place on March 10, 2016, hours before the final Republican primary debate — which CNN hosted.

What are the details?

In the call, Zucker claimed any aspiring presidential candidate needed CNN on his side to win election:

Here’s the thing … you cannot be elected president of the United States without CNN. Fox and MSNBC are irrelevant — irrelevant — in electing a general election candidate. … You guys have had great instincts, great guts and great understanding of everything. But you’re missing the boat on how it works going forward.

Upon being told by Cohen to email Trump himself, Zucker refused — but admitted he is “fond” of “the boss,” a reference to Trump:

I’m very conscious of not putting too much in email, as you’re a lawyer, as you understand. And, you know, and as fond as I am of the boss, he also has a tendency, like, you know, if I call him or I email him, he then is capable of going out in his next rally and saying that we just talked, and I can’t have that, if you know what I’m saying.

Zucker then told Cohen that he wished he could talk to Trump every day:

It’s not that I don’t want to talk to [Trump] every day. I’ve just got to be careful because I’ve just got to be careful. I just don’t want him talking about it on the campaign trail. But you know what? I’m going to give him a call right now and I’m going to wish him luck in the debate tonight.

Shockingly, the CNN president even said he wanted Trump to host a weekly show on CNN:

I have all these proposals for him. Like, I want to do a weekly show with him and all this stuff. Is he back in New York tomorrow, do you know?

Later in the call, Zucker admitted that Trump would win the debate:

I think the other guys are going to gang up on him tremendously … and I think he’s going to hold his own, as he does every time. He’s never lost a debate. And you know what? He’s good at this. … He’s going to do great.

Finally, Zucker dispensed political advice for Trump. The CNN president said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would repeatedly refer to Trump as a “con man” during the debate, instructing Cohen to have Trump’s aides constantly refer to him as such preceding the debate so that Rubio’s attacks would not faze him.


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Kamala Harris gets slammed for promoting COVID vaccine ‘conspiracy theory’: ‘Anti-science bull***t’

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, was accused on Saturday of promoting a conspiracy theory about President Donald Trump and any forthcoming coronavirus vaccine.

What did Harris say?

Speaking with CNN host Dana Bash, the California Democrat suggested she would not receive the COVID-19 vaccine if it were released prior to the election.

Her reasoning? Harris suggested that Trump would “sideline” science and use the vaccine to manipulate the outcome of the election.

Bash asked, “Let’s just say there is a vaccine that is approved and even distributed before the election. Would you get it?”

Harris responded, “Well, I think that’s gonna be an issue for all of us. I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump, and it would have to be a credible source of information that talks about the efficacy and the reliability of whatever he’s talking about. I will not take his word for it.”

Earlier, Harris had said of scientists, “[T]hey’ll be muzzled, they’ll be suppressed, they will be sidelined, because [Trump is] looking at an election coming up in less than 60 days, and he’s grasping for whatever he can get to pretend that he’s been a leader on this issue when he’s not.”

What was the response?

Harris was accused of promoting a “dangerous conspiracy theory” and “anti-vaxxer” talking points.

  • “And here is Kamala Harris spreading a dangerous conspiracy theory about a potential coronavirus vaccine,” one person responded.
  • “This might be the most dangerous and reckless thing Kamala has done yet and deserves to be widely condemned.
    Lots of people expressed concern over polls showing Americans might not take a vaccine. Well now the Dems VP candidate is trying to add to that,” another person
    said.
  • “Kamala believes Jussie Smollett and not the FDA and the scientists,” one person mocked. They continued, “I mean, it actually makes sense. Kamala believes the Fine People Hoax, the Drink Bleach Hoax, and the Atlantic Hoax — now she refuses to believe scientists. She’s like one year away from selling healing crystals and essential oils on Facebook.”
  • “The President isn’t actually MAKING the vaccine himself.
    So Kamala doesn’t trust government, the CDC or Bill Gates (one of her party’s biggest donors)
    Revelatory,” another person
    responded.
  • “There are going to be Americans who refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris convinced them not to,” another person said.
  • “Simultaneously trust Fauci on lockdowns but not if he tells you to take a vaccine,” another person responded.
  • “The vice presidential candidate becoming an anti-vaxxer is a sad but unsurprising development. It’s anti-science bull***t like this which will get people killed, period,” another person said.

Is Trump ‘muzzling’ the experts?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, rebuked allegations that Trump has “muzzled” scientists during the pandemic.

“Let me clarify it. I have never been muzzled — never — and I’ve been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan. I’m not being muzzled by this administration,” Fauci said earlier this year.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter appears on C-SPAN — and callers absolutely torch him: ‘We all know you’re not reliable.’

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter appeared Tuesday on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” and people took the opportunity to call in live to the broadcast and issue searing condemnations of Stelter and his network’s reporting.

What are the details?

One man called in to comment, starting off with a criticism of CNN, lambasting the outlet for a chyron from last week that read, “Fiery but mostly peaceful protests after police shooting,” while buildings burned in the background behind a correspondent reporting from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The caller went on to refer to Stelter as “Humpty Dumpty” and “a stooge,” adding, “We all know you’re not reliable.”

According to
Fox News, Stelter admitted the chyron was a “mistake.”

“I don’t know who wrote it, probably a young producer who’s trying their best under deadline in a breaking news situation,” he said. “That kind of thing becomes easily criticized and probably not the right banner to put on the screen.”

Another man called in to confront Stelter, saying, “”You guys always talk about how many times Trump has lied. I’ve calculated that, I think with your chyrons…Yeah, I don’t know if there’s any journalists left at CNN, but I know that if I were to estimate, about 300 different distortions or misinformation that we get out of CNN — and you have to watch them in the airport, which is harsh — but if you added all that up to 46 months, it comes out to be 300,000-plus distortions of truth.

“So, my thing is, you guys — this is how low you’ll go,” the caller continued. “You went out, and you made lies, and you defamed a child,” referring to Covington (Kentucky) Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, with whom the network settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

The caller added, “And I don’t believe in dividing our nation, it hurts our great nation, and so CNN is really the enemy of the truth. That’s my opinion, thank you.”

How did Stelter respond?

Stelter replied:

I’m grateful for the call, and I know that you’re not the only person that feels this way. There has been a process of radicalization that’s happened in this country, with media bashing that is absolutely unprecedented. Ya know, 20, 30 years ago, conservatives talked about media bias and there were some really valid points to the critique. It is absolutely true that lots of journalists are based in New York and Washington [D.C.], they’re based in big cities, they have liberal leanings, and mainstream newsrooms are built to make sure that that bias doesn’t seep into the news coverage. And yet, sometimes it does. I absolutely acknowledge that.

He added, “I think it’s different to talk about things as if they’re enemies. No American is an enemy of another American. No news outlet is an enemy of America.”

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Don Lemon: ‘I don’t really understand how people will say CNN is biased’

CNN’s Don Lemon says he cannot “understand how people can say CNN is biased,” arguing that the left-leaning network’s negative coverage of President Donald Trump is simply delivering the truth.

What are the details?

Lemon — who is billed as a news anchor rather than an opinion host — and CNN in its entirety have built reputations for being openly anti-Trump since the president took office, leading Mediaite‘s Aidan McLaughlin to sit down with Lemon and allow him to respond to critics.

McLaughlin noted that “Lemon has faced criticism for his strident commentary on inequality in America, as well as his labeling of President Donald Trump as a bigot and a racist.”

When asked to response to those who accuse him of being biased for his rhetoric against President Trump, Lemon responded:

No. How is being factual bias? How is taking someone, how is taking evidence and someone’s own words and their own actions and their own policies, and just presenting it back to the public on television or whatever medium, whatever journalistic medium you happen to be in, how is that bias? By calling out the fact that the president calls certain countries shithole countries? Or the way he speaks to African-Americans. What happened with him and the Central Park Five. What happened with him and his father being sued for discrimination. How is that bias? That’s just the truth. Now, if the truth isn’t on your side, then what this administration will do is say that you’re biased and say that everything is negative because they don’t have the truth on their side.

According to Fox News, Lemon also “went on to defend CNN’s anti-Trump reputation.”

“This man is the president of the United States and I think it’s very easy to say that CNN is negative or is anti-Trump, because the truth is not on Trump’s side, so he attacks us and we are here to tell people the truth,” Lemon said. “I don’t really understand how people will say CNN is biased and focuses on the negative of Trump.”

Lemon’s defense of CNN echoes that of notoriously anti-Trump CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who has also argued that the news outlet is simply doing a public service with its coverage.

During an interview on Lemon’s show last year, the host asked Acosta for his response to “all those people who say ‘oh,’ that CNN, the press hates Trump, and that CNN loves the Democrats,” as Lemon asserted that “A Democrat, a Republican, regardless of who it is, if you hold a position of power, we, the journalists at CNN, are going to question you about it whether you like it or not.”

“That’s right,” Acosta answered. “We’re here to hold their feet to the fire, and just because we are pro-truth doesn’t mean that we are anti-Trump.” Acosta went on to plug his anti-Trump book.

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CNN guest says COVID-19 isn’t as big a concern for social justice protests because racism is a ‘public health crisis’

While discussing social distancing on CNN, Dr. Rob Davidson said that the lack of COVID-19 precautions at social justice protests aren’t as concerning as the crowd at the White House for President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech, because racism is a public health issue.

Members of the media heavily criticized President Trump for allowing 1,500 people to sit in close quarters outside the White House for his Thursday night speech, citing the risk of COVID-19 spread since attendees weren’t required to be tested for the virus, and very few people wore masks.

On Friday, however, thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C., in protest of police brutality against minorities. The protest was labeled as a “March on Washington” with the official title, “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” a reference to the Minneapolis Police Department killing of George Floyd.

Here’s what Dr. Davidson had to say about the RNC gathering:

“I was very concerned about the White House event last night, 1,500 people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, the head of the White House coronavirus task force in attendance without a mask, with his family and his elderly mother without a mask, and it’s concerning. We know people weren’t tested, only people in direct contact with President Trump had tests done. So I think we are going to see cases come out of that, and it’s just modeling bad behavior.”

And here’s what he had to say about the protest:

“Now when you juxtapose that with what’s going on in Washington, D.C. right now, people mostly wearing masks. Now true there is social distancing issues, however this is a public health crisis they are marching against. Systemic racism has taken so many lives in this country throughout our history. … I just think that when you’re marching against a public health emergency, you do every risk mitigation procedure you can, but we understand that you have to do the risk-benefit analysis, and the folks there are doing something very important today.”

Davidson draws the distinction that many protesters are wearing masks. However, one of the greatest concerns public health experts have consistently raised about mask use is that they fear people who wear masks will then neglect social distancing, leading to more spread of the virus.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta and panelists ignore DC riots, say President Trump’s White House convention speech could be the real danger: ‘Possible super-spreader event’

As riots and protests raged outside the White House Thursday night during and after President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech, CNN reporter and longtime Trump foil Jim Acosta was worried — worried about the well-being of people who were at the event.

He lamented after the speech that many people’s lives and health could be at risk.

But his focus was not on the chaos going on just feet from where he was reporting. He was not focused on the mayhem that saw lawmakers accosted and their lives threatened.

His concern was that people at the White House rally were not wearing masks or socially distancing and that the president’s RNC speech could become a “super-spreader event.”

On Friday morning, that appeared to be the main concern of CNN’s “New Day” panel, where the guests focused not on the chaos in the streets but on the “alarming” scene of mask-less event attendees sitting close to each other outdoors.

What did they say?

Despite the fact that many (though certainly not all) rioters and protesters were mask-less and not socially distanced while screaming at and attacking people on the streets just outside the White House, Acosta was determined to explain to the country how dangerous the Trump speech was — both in rhetoric and in coronavirus terms.

“We not only heard a lot of gaslighting tonight, we possibly saw and witnessed some super spreading from this event,” Acosta reported. “I talked to a senior White House official earlier this evening about all of these people — hundreds of people — sitting side by side in the audience not wearing masks.”

Acosta then went on to claim that the official just figured everybody was going to get the virus one way or the other.

“The senior White House official brushed off these concerns about the lack of social distancing at the president’s speech tonight,” Acosta reported, “saying — and get this, this quote might blow you away — ‘Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually.’ Those are the words coming from a senior White House official about the concerns being raised about this being a possible super-spreader event tonight.”

The next morning, his CNN colleagues on “New Day” also set the riots aside to share Acosta’s worry that what was really dangerous Thursday night was the RNC event.

Asked what he was thinking about when he saw the crowd at the president’s speech — though not asked what he thought when he saw crowd marching and rioting in the streets — and the lack of masks and social distancing, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, warned that the event may well cause the deaths of people who attended.

“The history books will be written about this chapter in our lives at some point, and it will show events like that say that in the middle of a pandemic — at a time when the country decided to shut down when there were 5,000, roughly, people who were infected — and at a time when there were more than 5 million infected, we started having events like that again,” Gupta lamented. “It’s really frustrating. It’s mind-boggling.

“Chairs were six inches apart. People were not required to be masked. They did not have to be tested,” he continued. “It was risky for them. It was a risk that they were posing to others.”

Gupta predicted, “There will be people who became infected as a result of that event last night, and there’ll be people who will spread it and possibly require hospitalization, may even die.”

Fellow panelist New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said, “The number of mask-less people last night was alarming.”

“This is obviously not an issue the president thinks that he can win on. It’s not an issue that the president’s advisors think that they can win on,” she said, blasting the administration’s treatment of COVID-19. “They know that if they are talking about the coronavirus, they are probably not on a winning side. And that is their cold, political calculation.”

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WATCH: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell issues classy response after being smeared by CNN’s Anderson Cooper

My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell was absolutely grilled for 23 minutes by CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week over his endorsement of the experimental drug oleandrin to treat COVID-19.

President Donald Trump expressed enthusiasm for the potential treatment after Lindell and Housing and Urban Development Secretary and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson promoted the drug during an Oval Office meeting in July.

“You really are a snake oil salesman. I mean, you could be in the Old West standing on a box telling people to drink your amazing elixir that there’s no proof [of],” Cooper said to Lindell during the CNN interview. “How do you sleep at night?” he added.

Lindell joined Glenn Beck on the radio program this week to to set the record straight (something Cooper never gave him the chance to do) and explain why he thinks the liberal media is pushing so hard against certain drugs like oleandrin and hydroxychloroquine.

Lindell said he’s been under attack ever since he “went all-in for this great president,” referring to his vociferous support for President Trump, but was still surprised by how hostile Cooper became during the interview.

“I was surprised. It was to be a five-minute interview. It was 23 minutes. Twenty-three minutes of attacks,” he said. “I’m going, wow, I must really be on the right page here, you know, struck the right chord.”

Glenn called Cooper’s interview an “absolute bloodbath” and noted how no one questioned fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo’s experimentation with various “natural remedies” for COVID-19, as recorded on-line by his wife Cristina Cuomo.

“It’s like hydroxychloroquine,” Glenn said. “It’s almost as if people don’t want things to work.”

“I’m so branded with the president … people are going to say, ‘Oh, they’re just attacking him again because he backs this great president’,” Lindell said.

“I don’t know why he was getting angry. Was [it] because I kept standing my ground? I don’t know. But it’s like he’s trying to destroy me,” he added. “And I’ve never backed down in my life. I’m not going to back down now. So you’re kind of doing some frivolous things here, Mr. Cooper, because I’m not going to back down.”

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CNN: “The Rioting Has To Stop” But Only Because It Will Hurt Joe Biden

Leave it to the mainstream media to finally take a moral stance on something, but only because it’ll hurt their selected political puppet during the dog and pony show election theatre. CNN‘s Don Lemon said the Kenosha violence is “showing up in the polling.”

Speaking to fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday evening, Lemon said the protests were a blind spot for Democrats.” He said the party was “ignoring this problem or hoping it will go away – and it’s not going to go away.”

During the segment, according to RT, Lemon freely admitted that his primary concern with the crisis was the possibility that it may hurt Biden’s ability to unseat President Donald Trump in the November election. “As you know and I know,” Lemon said to Cuomo, “It’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups.” The CNN host added that he believes the silence from the Democrats on the riots is the only line of attack against them “that is sticking.”

What happened to condemning violence because it’s wrong? Killing is wrong. Initiating unjust force or violence on peaceful people is wrong. Stealing is wrong. Strange that CNN won’t even state the simply morality of humanity. But that’s really no surprise. There’s no morality left in either politics (which is just a puppet show, as we know) or the mainstream media.  These people are absolutely insanely pushing this New World Order garbage, and it’s astonishing that others are still fast asleep right now.

It seems that at least some people are waking up to the spell the mainstream media, which is the government’s propaganda arm, has put on them at the commands of the puppet masters in the Federal Reserve. This political dog and pony show quickly became a talking point for Donald Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s team quickly tweeted out the video and gloated that even CNN anchors think Biden is “too weak to stand up to rioters and looters,” according to a report by RT

 

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Mother of Jacob Blake unloads on violent rioters, apologizes to President Trump on CNN

Julia Jackson, the mother of Jacob Blake, harshly condemned the violence happening in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the shooting of her son during an interview Tuesday on CNN in which she also apologized to President Donald Trump.

What did Jackson say to rioters?

Riots erupted in the southern Wisconsin city late Sunday just hours after Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha police, who were responding to a domestic incident. Businesses have been burned and looted, and two people were even killed late Tuesday as the riots entered their third consecutive night.

Jackson, speaking to CNN host Don Lemon, said she is “hurt” and “disgusted” by the community’s response.

“My family and I are very hurt and quite frankly disgusted. And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name,” Jackson said.

“You shouldn’t do it. People shouldn’t do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father’s child — our tragedy — to react in that manner is just not acceptable. And it’s not helping Jacob. It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men or women who has suffered in these areas,” she continued.

When asked by Lemon whether she has a message for politicians, Jackson used the opportunity to apologize to the president for missing his personal phone call and for comments that another family member had made about him.

“For our president, Trump: First I want to say a family member and I don’t know if it was heard or not said something that was not kind. She is hurting and I do apologize for that. Our outburst does not reflect our behavior. And then also, for President Trump: I’m sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different,” Jackson said.

She added, “I’m not mad at you at all. I have the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country. Like I said before and I’m not saying this to him directly: We should always get the details from the right source before we start throwing bricks.”

Anything else?

Blake, who survived being shot seven times, is paralyzed as a result of his injuries, a family attorney said, adding that at least one bullet tore through his spinal cord. According to a CBS News report, the bullets left holes in Blake’s stomach, caused damage to his kidney and liver, and required that “nearly his entire colon and small intestine” be removed.

“The medical diagnosis right now is that he is paralyzed and because those bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered some of his vertebrae… it is going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said, CBS News reported.

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CNN cuts away from Trump RNC speech, likens president to Pontius Pilate

CNN broke away from its coverage Monday of the Republican National Convention during President Donald Trump’s address to party delegates, in order to “fact-check” his statements and compared the president to Pontius Pilate — the Roman governor of Judaea who handed Jesus Christ over to be crucified.

What are the details?

The left-leaning news outlet cut off Trump’s speech to offer input on the president’s statements while Fox News and MSNBC stayed, according to The Hill, allowing anchors at CNN to provide their own fact checks.

Host Anderson Cooper said of the president’s statements, “It is sort of all the most recent greatest hits and false statements by the president, and I imagine what we’re going to hear a lot this week from the president who clearly wants to be out front every single day.”

Chief national correspondent John King replied, “It underscores the challenge, Anderson, for us in the news business and really for people watching at home if you are a voter who has not decided — if you are a voter who is not firm in your decision — to watch the next four days, because this is a sad thing to say but a lot of what you just heard from the president of the United States is wrong, misleading, or outright lies.

“He was the disruptive outsider last time, there were all these character questions about him 2016, but … there were enough people in enough places who wanted something different in Washington,” King continued. “They wanted Washington disrupted, they voted for Donald Trump and he got his Electoral College victory. Now he is the beleaguered incumbent, and you’re right, he often almost seems like Pontius Pilate.”

Mediaite reported that CNN cut away “as Trump ranted against mail-in voting, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s hearing before the House, and the RNC’s lack of cable news coverage.”

Anything else?

Liberal Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) also compared Trump to Pontius Pilate on CNN three years ago, accusing the president of “washing his hands” of the situation when he decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

TheBlaze’s Dave Urbanski noted at the time:

Among Pilate’s actions was a moment on Good Friday when — after determining Jesus committed no crime but seeing the crowd who wanted him dead getting angrier — he symbolically cast away responsibility for what was about to happen to Jesus by washing his hands.

“I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27:24).

With that, the Gospel says, Pilate “had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”

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CNN’s Don Lemon says ‘cultist’ Trump supporters need to be ‘deprogrammed’ before voting?

CNN anchor Don Lemon recently said that supporters of President Donald Trump are like “cultists” who need to be “deprogrammed” before voting in the upcoming election.

Lemon made the comments Friday while speaking with fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on the network.

During the conversation, Lemon shared his unvarnished thoughts on the tens of millions of Americans who support the president.

“If I had a real friend, who was involved in a cult, which I feel it is cultish behavior, I must try to help them,” Lemon said, comparing those who support the president to blind followers of a cult. “And you can only go so far until you say, until you reach bottom, I cannot deal with it. It’s like an addiction. Until you reach bottom and you want help, I can’t deal with it.”

“Here’s how I feel about this,” he continued. “I don’t care about whether you’re right or left. I’ve been right — I was a young Republican — and left. I am an independent now. And I am an independent thinker, and I believe in reality. I believe in facts. I believe one plus one equals two. And so, when I’m talking to people who, [are not] smart but, who think they are smart … then, I have to — I got to let you go.”

Lemon then suggested that a type of intervention is necessary before Trump supporters are allowed to vote.

“[Trump] lies to people and they believe it,” he said. “And so, what is that? Cultish behavior. And I think a lot of people need to be deprogrammed, right now, before they cast their next ballots.”

These are just the latest in a string of outlandish remarks made by Lemon recently, including his assertion that
Jesus Christ “admittedly was not perfect” and that racism could be solved if former President Barack Obama was “front and center” on Mount Rushmore.

Earlier this year, Lemon laughed until he cried while on air when two guests, anti-Trump Republican Rick Wilson and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali, used redneck accents to portray Trump supporters as stupid hicks.

Wilson described the Trump base as “the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump, that wants to think that ‘Donald Trump’s the smart one, and y’all — y’all elitists are dumb.'”

“You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling… your reading … knowing other countries … sipping your latte,” Ali chimed in shortly after.

The jokes tickled Lemon so much that he snorted and had to wipe away tears.

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