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    One of the founding Fox News Channel anchors, Uma Pemmaraju, has died at the age of 64. Pemmaraju was behind the anchor desk when the cable news channel launched in October 1996.  At the time, she was one of the only Indian-American news anchors who had managed to make it to the national level.  'We are deeply saddened by the death of Uma Pemmaraju, who was one of Fox News Channel's founding anchors and was on the air the day we launched.  Uma Pemmaraju, one of the first Fox News Channel anchors in 1996, has died at the age of 64 Uma Pemmaraju is pictured alongside her daughter, Kirina Alana Devi, right 'Uma was an incredibly talented journalist as well as a warm and lovely person, best known for her kindness to everyone she worked with. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her entire family,' said Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott. Pemmaraju's first role at the news channel was anchoring Fox News Now and Fox On Trends. She then left the network but rejoined once again in 2003 as...
    Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon are not pleased about the direction of Fox News’ political coverage after the network "snubbed" former President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington D.C. last week. On Wednesday, August 3, Giuliani appeared on the latest edition of Bannon's podcast, "War Room: Pandemic," where the pair griped about what they said was the network's decision to become more "anti-Donald Trump." “The other day, Donald Trump returns to Washington D.C., for the first time since he left to give a keynote address on law and order and anarchy in our major cities,” Bannon explained. READ MORE: Rudy Giuliani whines that the January 6th hearings are an 'attempt to try and destroy' Donald Trump "Mike Pence gives a 17-minute bromide like a high school kid, cut and paste. Absolutely ridiculous," Bannon continued. "They cover 17 minutes [of Pence] and they blow a commercial break, which is like a mortal sin over at Fox. They blow a commercial break to cover all of that. … Why do they have their thumb on the scale for a...
    NBA superstar LeBron James has applied to trademark the phrase 'Shut up and dribble!' after Fox News star Laura Ingraham insulted him with it in 2018. The basketball icon's firm Uninterrupted Inc. plans to apply Ingraham's insult on a slew of digital products, likely to be sold in the so-called 'metaverse' virtual world, it was revealed Tuesday. That filing will apply to 'downloadable virtual goods, namely, computer programs featuring footwear, clothing, headwear, eyewear, bags, sports bags, backpacks, sports equipment, art, toys and accessories for use online and in online virtual worlds.'   The feud began in 2018 after James criticized former President Donald Trump's administration, saying Trump 'the number-one job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f*** about the people.  James also famously called Trump a 'bum' on Twitter after Trump rescinded Steph Curry and the Golden State Warrior's invitation to the White House after their championship win. Ingraham, a well known supporter of Trump, said James' comments were 'barely intelligible' at the time and told him to stop the...
    The January 6th Select Committee hearing on Thursday evening confirmed with testimony from witnesses that former President Donald Trump knew within 15 minutes of leaving his rally that rioters were attacking the Capitol, but chose to watch Fox News instead of speaking out or calling in police. On Thursday evening, the January 6th Select Committee held a hearing intended to expose the 187 minutes Trump spent at the White House following his rally, during the Capitol riot of January 6th. This is the eighth hearing of Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results and the resultant attacks of January 6th. Former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger and former press aide Sarah Matthews are also testifying during this select committee hearing. After video testimony from retired DC Metro Police Sergeant Mark Robinson confirmed that a motorcade had been organized for a pathway to the Capitol, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-AL) said that after 45 minutes of waiting they were released. This order of events allowed the select committee to infer that Trump was aware of the actions taking place at the...
    Andy McCarthy of the National Review weighed in on former President Donald Trump’s legal exposure during Tuesday’s Jan. 6 Select Committee hearing. In a segment with Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley and anchors John Roberts and Anita Vogel, McCarthy concluded that the committee presented evidence that Trump is unfit to serve as president and “may be guilty of a crime.” Roberts began the conversation by asking Turley if more Republicans were sitting on the committee how the proceedings might be different. “Well, I think that they were absolutely right about how having the opposing side, not on the riot itself or the elections, but just having questioning from the other side of the aisle would have added greater credibility and I don’t think it would have undermined this powerful testimony,” Turley responded. “These are respected Republicans like the speaker of the Arizona House. And some of this was extraordinarily compelling, you know,” Turley continued, referencing Rep. Rusty Bower’s testimony, which had ended just before their conversation. Turley praised Bowers and noted his recounting of the threats he faced “was really...
    Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert blasted Fox News and referred to former President Donald Trump as “Putin’s puppet” on Monday night when discussing the recent arrest of some of his show’s team members at the U.S. Capitol. Colbert explained that his own rubber rottweiler puppet — Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog — had extended invitations to interview members of Congress about the hearings of the January 6 committee. Several Congress members accepted, and so Colbert’s team visited the Capitol to conduct the interviews. However, last Thursday, U.S. Capitol police arrested Colbert’s team members, thinking that they had intruded. “[My team was] doing some last-minute puppetry and jokey make-them-ups in a hallway when Triumph and my folks were approached and detained by the Capitol Police, which actually isn’t that surprising,” Colbert said during his Monday night monologue. “The Capitol Police are much more cautious than they were say 18 months ago and for a very good reason. If you don’t know what that reason is, I know what news network you watch,” he added, knocking Fox News. He then mentioned...
    Donald Trump's former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has revealed that she is pregnant with her second child, sharing the happy news in a live Fox News broadcast on Thursday afternoon.  The 34-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter, Blake, with her husband Sean Gilmartin, 32, opened up about her expanding family during Outnumbered - which she co-hosts - telling her fellow on-air correspondents that she couldn't be more thrilled to welcome a new addition to her brood.  'So my husband Sean Gilmartin and I are about four-months pregnant,' McEnany shared, adding: 'What a blessing, we've prayed a lot about this, and God just blessed us with a child, a second child to join baby Blake, my daughter.' The TV host - who was the last person to serve in the role of White House press secretary before Trump's presidency came to an end in January 2021 - admitted that she has struggled to keep the news under wraps, joking that she almost blurted out she was pregnant to her co-hosts before sharing the news officially. 
    On Monday morning, June 13, former Fox News Political Editor Chris Stirewalt testified during a series of public hearings being held by the U.S. House of Representatives’ select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Stirewalt was working Fox News’ decision desk on Election Night 2020, and during his testimony, he recalled that then-President Donald Trump failed to understand some basic facts about the counting of election results. Trump and his allies were furious when Stirewalt, on Election Night 2020, called Arizona for now-President Joe Biden. Fox News, in fact, called Arizona for Biden before other media outlets, although Stirewalt’s reporting was totally accurate: Biden won Arizona — a fact that was upheld and confirmed by subsequent vote recounts. Stirewalt, a veteran of television news, did exactly what reporters are encouraged to do: He scooped the competition with his reporting on Arizona — and Fox News later “thanked” Stirewalt by firing him. MAGA World was furious with Fox News because of Stirewalt’s reporting, and the firing showed that pleasing Trump was more important to Fox News than having high-quality,...
    Fox News primetime shows went commercial-free for more than two and a half hours while not airing Thursday night’s hearing of the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot. The network announced this week it would broadcast its regular programming. Meanwhile, the hearing aired on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and other channels. The hearing began around 8 p.m. ET, coinciding with the start of Tucker Carlson Tonight, which forwent commercials for the hour. Tucker Carlson used the entire hour to downplay the storming of the Capitol and entertain conspiracy theories about that day. Carlson hosted several guests, including Tulsi Gabbard, who said Democrats created the committee because “they don’t want to deal with the real issues are struggling with.” Other guests included CPAC head Matt Schlapp, Jan. 6 truther Julie Kelly, and Federalist CEO Sean Davis, who said the hearing was “akin to the dissolution of the republic.” Carlson also hosted Darren Beattie, who called the riot “a clear hoax.” Hannity aired at 9 p.m. ET and also went commercial-less. The hearing ended during the time slot. For much...
    Donald Trump took to his Truth Social platform to launch a scathing attack on former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Saturday. The former president referred to Ryan, 52, as a 'pathetic loser' as he called for him to be ousted from the board of Fox News.  Trump's social media post came after Ryan declared Republicans didn't have 'the guts' to vote to impeach the former president in the wake of January 6.  Trump wrote in part: 'Did anyone notice that Fox News went lame (bad!) when weak RINO Paul Ryan, who is despised in the Great State of Wisconsin for being 'a pathetic loser,' went on the Fox Board.' Trump launched his new attack on his Truth Social platform In his criticism of Fox, Trump said that the network 'won't even talk about an obviously Rigged 2020 Presidential Election, not even a mention' Ryan was elected ten times consecutively in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district between 1999 and 2019 before his retirement. In his criticism of Fox, Trump said that the network 'won't even talk about an obviously Rigged 2020...
    Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images A stunning 61 percent of people who voted for former President Donald Trump believe in the same “replacement theory” that was cited by the suspect in the racist Buffalo mass murder. The suspect in last week’s terrifying racist attack  — an 18-year-old White man named Payton Gendron, said in an online manifesto that he was motivated by replacement theory. And when respondents to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll were read a description of the ideology, shocking numbers agreed with it. Respondents to the poll were asked “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A group of people in this country are trying to replace native-born Americans with immigrants and people of color who share their political views.” Especially given the publicity surrounding the ideology lately, it’s a bit surprising that over a third — 34 percent — of all respondents agreed, while 46 percent disagreed, and another 21 percent were “not sure.” But as the pollster pointed out, the belief was prevalent among majorities of right-leaning groups like Republicans, Trump voters, and Fox News viewers:...
    In the 16 months since Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump and the hosts Fox News hosts — especially its top-rated personality, Tucker Carlson — haven't exactly been subtle in approving of what happened and longing to see more right-wing violence. Trump has publicly mused about issuing pardons to the Capitol insurrectionists if he wins back — or rather steals back — the White House in 2024. Like many of the far-right Republicans in Congress, Trump has also made a martyr out of Ashli Babbitt, the QAnon believer who was shot during the Capitol riot when she tried to break into a secure area and quite likely attack members of Congress. Carlson, meanwhile, has been at the forefront of popularizing various often contradictory conspiracy theories, mostly intended to portray the Jan. 6 insurrectionists as noble patriots and lambaste any Republican who dares say otherwise. While these GOP leaders and media personalities are generally careful to avoid direct calls for violence, their overall message of sympathy and support for right-wing terrorism is undeniable. So Saturday's mass shooting in Buffalo, while horrifying,...
    Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended himself on Fox News on Wednesday as a “Reagan Republican” who opposed former President Donald Trump’s “offensive style and failed elections.” Esper, who came out with a book on Tuesday, said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends that Trump’s style was “unnecessarily coarse and divisive.” “And what you need in a president, because I’m a Reagan Republican, you need a president that will bring people together, that can unite the country, that can lead,” he continued. “And if you’re Republican like I am, you want somebody that can grow the base. And the only way you can advance core Republican policies is if you grow the base, win the country and win elections. You have to win elections.” Esper, who served as Pentagon chief between July 2019 and November 2020, criticized Trump in his book, A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times. It included numerous revelations such as Trump wanting to launch missile strikes into Mexico to stop illegal drug labs and Trump wanting to shoot protesters in 2020....
    Piers Morgan has a new show coming soon and the first episode appears to be everything he and Fox Nation would want to be, at least judging by a recently released preview. The 30-second preview video reveals what looks like a comparative interview between host and former President Donald Trump and features Morgan flatly telling his guest “you lost!” Trump, of course, has insisted he only lost the 2020 general election due to widespread voter fraud despite a complete lack of evidence that shows that to be the case. Piers Morgan’s new show Uncensored debuts on TalkTV in the UK on April 25th and streams on FOX Nation in the US. Watch above via Fox Nation.   Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    After a recent falling out with former President Donald Trump, Fox News appears to be gassing up another Republican contender for the 2024 nomination: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. On Sunday, the conservative network ran a piece on the new Republican man of the hour and gushed over DeSantis' fundraising prowess.   With the deadline to report March totals to the Florida Secretary of State approaching, DeSantis - branded 'a fundraising behemoth' by Rupert Murdoch's network - has raised more than $109 million through his reelection campaign and his political committee Friends of DeSantis.   The donations, first reported by the nonprofit Ballotpedia.org, make DeSantis, 43, the 2022 gubernatorial candidate with the most donations, followed by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott at $44 million, and Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at $14 million.      Fox went on to praise DeSantis' 'popularity, influence, and strength,' deeming him a worthy contender for Trump, who has raised $125 million through his Save America political action committee.  The network has gone to extreme lengths to defend the former president's decisions while he was in office, often praising his...
    Incoming CNN boss Chris Licht plans to nix the network's left-leaning commentary when he assumes the role of president this May, insiders say, and has already engaged in talks with rival Fox News about halting its aggressive coverage of them.  Former CBS exec Licht, 50, who headed Stephen Colbert's Late Show for six years until it was announced he was replacing ousted boss Jeff Zucker last month, has already begun closed door conversations with key figures at the conservative news network, two sources close to the matter told The Daily Beast Tuesday. During these discussions, the Beast reported, Licht made it known to the staffers that he is working towards a ceasefire on his network’s now-notorious negative coverage of the competing news station.  Licht told the Fox staffers that he plans to push hosts like Don Lemon and Jim Acosta away from 'opinionated and emotional' reporting that became prevalent during Donald Trump's presidency, and back to the station's roots as a hard-hitting news source, the insiders said. According to the insiders, savvy 'operator' Licht - described to the Beast as an intense 'social climber' by...
    Donald Trump, portrayed by James Austin Johnson, manned the phones for a 'FOX News Ukrainian Invasion Special' charity drive in support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on tonight's Saturday Night Live, serenading the dictator and saying 'I love you, Vlad.' Laura Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon, and Tucker Carlson, played by Beck Bennett, hosted the charity drive for the 'babies' - 'the sugar babies of Russian oligarchs.' 'Who will pour vodka in their mouths? So many horny mouths to feed,' McKinnon said. 'So many horny mouths to feed.' The two television personalities, they said, 'got in trouble' for the 'nice things we said about Russia and the mean things we said about Ukraine,' with McKinnon saying that Ingraham 'called the president of Ukraine pathetic [when] he stayed and fought with his people in a war, and I called him pathetic from a news desk in Washington.'  'We did sound really awful in hindsight and foresight,' McKinnon's Ingraham said.  (From left to right) Laura Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon; Tucker Carlson, played by Beck Bennett; Trump's son Don Jr., played by...
    Last week, Saturday Night Live opened with a plea for peace courtesy of the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York. The choir sang “Prayer for Ukraine, a poignant religious anthem, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Things went a bit—okay, a lot—differently this week. Rather than a solemn tribute, SNL opened with the “Fox News Ukrainian Invasion Celebration Spectacular,” a televised event broadcasting live from Trump’s tony country club Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. The special was hosted by none other than Fox News bigots Laura Ingraham (played by Kate McKinnon) and Tucker Carlson (Alex Moffat). “Now, Laura, we got into a little bit of trouble for all the nice things we said about Russia and the mean things we said about Ukraine,” offered Carlson. “I kept asking, why do we hate Putin? Aren’t liberals in America even worse?” “And I called the president of Ukraine pathetic. He stayed and fought with his people in the war, and I called him pathetic from a news desk in Washington,” added Ingraham. Not to be outdone, Carlson countered,...
    In a speech delivered to the New York State Democratic Convention on Thursday, Hillary Clinton suggested she may be the victim of defamation at the hands of Donald Trump and Fox News. She even said that “they’re getting awfully close to actual malice in their attacks.” “Actual malice” is a legal standard that a public figure must show was present when bringing a libel case. The Supreme Court has ruled that “actual malice” means a defendant made a defamatory statement “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” Trump and Fox News have long been critical of Clinton. Lately, they have seized upon a filing by Special Counsel John Durham to claim that Clinton spied on Trump while he was a candidate and president. One Fox News host even falsely stated that Clinton hired people to plant evidence in Trump’s servers in order to flag to federal authorities. These claims are wildly inaccurate. Addressing the convention, Clinton told attendees not to get “distracted” by “some new right-wing lie on Fox or...
    (CNN)Four years ago, Hillary Clinton was greeted with a bouquet by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo when she endorsed him at the New York State Democratic Party convention.But a lot has changed since then and, on Thursday, as she introduced Cuomo's successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, at the same event, Clinton, like her fellow state Democratic leaders, never mentioned his name -- even as the possibility of him attempting a political comeback looms over the party's immediate future."She is a governor for all of us," Clinton said of Hochul, who ascended to the governorship last August after Cuomo resigned over a series of sexual harassment allegations and a damaging report from the state attorney general's office. "And by the way, isn't it about time that the state that gave birth to the women's suffrage movement, the state that has always been at the forefront of progress and reform, isn't it about time we elected a woman as our governor?"As the convention in midtown Manhattan voted to endorse Hochul shortly before Clinton spoke, news began to spread that a New York judge had ruled...
    Kevin Hagen/Getty What if you had to have a civil political debate with someone who had zero obligation to the truth? It would be frustrating, right? If your debate opponent isn’t held to account for either past statements or acceptable facts, then there is really no debate. There is no way to win, and certainly no way to find common ground. That is the situation we are currently in with Fox News. Over the weekend FoxNews.com published a story from Brooke Singman, the headline of which claimed the Hillary Clinton campaign “infiltrated” Trump Tower servers, which was presented as de facto evidence in support of former President Donald Trump’s claim that he had been spied on. But The New York Times reporter Charlie Savage writes: “The entire narrative appeared to be mostly wrong or old news — the latest example of the challenge created by a barrage of similar conspiracy theories from Mr. Trump and his allies.” He also adds this rather pithy explanation of how this story perfectly exemplifies misinformation: Upon close inspection, these narratives are often based on...
    Former Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman explained his lawsuit against Trump surrogates and Fox News hosts during a Thursday morning appearance on CNN New Day. The former head of European affairs for the National Security Council National Security alleged a coordinated smear campaign before his testimony during former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. Vindman’s lawsuit summarizes his allegations as an “intentional, concerted campaign of unlawful intimidation and retaliation against a sitting Director of the National Security Council and decorated military officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, to prevent him from and then punish him for testifying truthfully before Congress during impeachment proceedings against President Trump.” Brianna Keilar opened by asking Vindman the reason for filing the suit. He replied, “This is a critically important effort to hold accountable corrupt officials, close relatives, and inner circle for Donald Trump in their effort to stifle the duties of official in the U.S. Government.” “This had an enormous chilling effect on both the folks that would come forward to report wrongdoing in that administration but also intended to suppress officials in the conduct of...
    Former Fox News mainstay Gretchen Carlson, who left the network under the cloud of sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016, accused her former TV home of spreading “fake news” on CNN Thursday. Carlson joined Fox in 2006, and was cohost of Fox & Friends for years before launching The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson in 2013. In 2016, she accused network co-founder and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and walked away following a settlement with the network. She appeared on Democracy in Peril with Jim Acosta on to talk about her former employer, the other Carlson at the network, and how she says both played a part in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Acosta aired a clip of Tucker Carlson questioning why the U.S. is supporting Ukraine, a country he has contended Americans have no allegiance with, amid its ongoing tensions with Russia. After accusing Fox News of allowing former President Donald Trump and others to push “the big lie” on air, Acosta asked Carlson her thoughts on the state of Fox News. “Why do you think Tucker does this?”...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been courting conservative influencers at the governor's mansion as his feud with former President Donald Trump grows.  Politico reported that DeSantis' team has been reaching out to conservative media and online personalities to get them face-time with the Republican governor.  On January 6, for instance, DeSantis invited social media stars to Tallahassee for a stop at the governor's office, dinner at the governor's mansion and drinks at Level 8 Lounge, a popular rooftop bar near the Florida statehouse, Politico said.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is inviting conservative social media influencers to spend time with him in Tallahassee On January 6, DeSantis invited a group to his office, to dinner at the governor's mansion and then to drinks at Level 8 Lounge, located near the Florida statehouse  The group included Fox News' Lisa Marie Boothe, Turning Point USA's Benny Johnson, Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer, The Rubin Report's Dave Rubin, New York Post and FoxNews.com columnist Karol Markowicz, Claremont Institute fellow David Reaboi and conservative writers Jordan Schachtel and John Cardillo.   Hammer shared photos of the group surrounding DeSantis at his...
    Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump, is being mocked on Twitter following his latest bizarre outburst about his father and the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, January 10, Eric Trump appeared on Fox News where he expressed disapproval of the legal actions New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is taking against the former president. He suggested that James' campaign platform centered on taking down Trump. “She ran on the campaign promise of suing my father because she didn’t believe in his political party,” he ranted. However, HuffPost highlights the facts about James' investigation into the former president noting that it is not about politics but instead, "it’s focused on potential Trump Organization fraud, including whether the company manipulated the value of its real estate holdings." READ: ‘Lying on purpose?’: Experts slam Manchin for ‘Trumpian lie’ Despite the facts, Eric argued that the case “violates the Constitution.” Like Eric, Donald Trump also believes there is some type of Constitutional violation where the suit is concerned as he insists that it is a form of harassment and is "depriving...
    On Wednesday, Anderson Cooper spoke with former longtime Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron about the House committee on Jan. 6 seeking Sean Hannity’s cooperation with its investigation. The committee sent a letter to Hannity on Tuesday seeking his voluntary cooperation. In the letter were several text messages from Hannity to Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) before, during, and after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The texts show that Hannity was concerned in the days leading up to that date, as well as then-President Donald Trump’s state of mind around that time. Cooper noted that Hannity had still not publicly acknowledged the committee’s request, before introducing Cameron, who worked at Fox News for more than 20 years before leaving in 2017. “Does it surprise you that the public has heard from neither Sean Hannity nor the Fox News Channel since those text messages were released by the committee last night?” Cooper asked. “I suspect that there’s been an awful lot of closed-door conferences about how to deal with it,” replied Cameron. “And I suspect that a lot of Fox News watchers...
    Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Capitol insurrection and attempted coup of the U.S. government by former president Donald Trump. There was a time not long ago when everything about that sentence would have made us laugh at the sheer absurdity of it. Nobody's laughing now. Trump was apparently persuaded by his advisers to cancel his scheduled press conference for Jan. 6 after seeing that he would not get live coverage on all the networks to spread the Big Lie and excuse the violent mob that stormed the capitol a year ago vowing to hang Vice President Mike Pence. He promised to deliver that message to his loyal followers at a rally next weekend instead, drawing a huge sigh of relief from most Republican officials in Washington who just want to keep a low profile and put the unpleasantness behind them. Unfortunately for them, however, it's not going away. Trump will be talking about this for the rest of his life and the January 6th committee is revving up for several months of public hearings. Even some MAGA Republicans...
    The House's select committee on January 6 revealed new text messages written by Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity and asked the prominent pundit to voluntarily cooperate with the ongoing investigation.  In a letter to Hannity released publicly Tuesday, Chairman Bennie Thompson called the Fox News host a 'fact witness' to the probe, noting how Hannity was 'expressing concerns and providing advice to the president and certain White House staff' before, during and after the January 6 Capitol attack.  New text messages show that Hannity wrote the night of January 5, 'Im very worried about the next 48 hours,' and also sent White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows media reports 'relating to a potential effort by members of President Trump's cabinet to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment' in the MAGA riot's aftermath,  Thompson's letter revealed.  Sean Hannity (right), pictured at a 2018 campaign rally with former President Donald Trump (left), was asked Tuesday by the House's select committee on January 6 to voluntarily cooperate with the Democrat-led probe  Less than a week before, on December 31, Hannity...
    Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are engaged! DailyMail.com can reveal Donald Trump's son popped the question to the former Fox News personality on New Year's Eve 2020 and they've been keeping their engagement under wraps for a year.  Sources confirmed to DailyMail.com: 'Don and Kim got engaged on New Year's Eve 2020 - which is Don's birthday. They've been together for almost four years now and have been friends for 15 years.' 'They've kept it private for the past year as they settled into life in Florida after moving from New York,' the source added. 'Both are focused on their children - they have six between them - and their work.' The couple plan on living in Jupiter, Florida in a new home after finally offloading Guilfoyle's apartment in Manhattan for $4.4 million and their $8.1 million Hamptons home.  DailyMail.com can reveal that Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle are engaged 'It's been an open secret for the past 12 months with everyone Kim runs into admiring her almost 8 carat diamond engagement ring,' a friend of the couple told...
    In this photo provided by the County of Los Angeles, incoming Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is sworn in as his wife Fabiola Kramsky holds a copy of the Constitution during a mostly-virtual ceremony in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2020. (Bryan Chan/County of Los Angeles via AP) Embattled Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon blamed a bid to recall him on Trump supporters and Fox News in a three-paragraph rebuttal statement filed with the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office. “California DOES NOT NEED another political recall attempt sponsored by Donald Trump backers and frequent Fox News guests,” Gascon wrote. “This is not about keeping Angelenos safe, it's about a political power grab by well-funded political operatives who have fought reforms — on juvenile detention, mental health treatment, police accountability in fatal police shootings, and the death penalty — for decades.” LA DETECTIVES FILL ROLE OF PROSECUTOR AS MURDER VICTIMS’ FAMILIES ABANDONED Recall organizers launched a campaign Dec. 6 to oust the controversial district attorney, who was elected a year ago on a platform that focused...
    Donald Trump mocked his successor in an interview taped Friday where he questioned whether Joe Biden is running the country after he called Vice President Kamala Harris the president during a graduation commencement speech. He told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo in the interview that aired Sunday that 'in the truest sense' Biden is 'not running the country.' Trump specifically pointed to Biden repeatedly referring to Harris as the president and flip flopping from one day to the next on issues he supports. The former president also told Bartiromo that he hopes for a rematch with Hillary Clinton in 2024 – even though he has not yet announced he is running. And he praised the relationship he forced with Xi Jinping when he was in the White House, even though the Chinese leader is a 'killer.' Bartiromo said to Trump in the pre-recorded interview that aired Sunday on her Fox program Sunday Morning Futures. 'Just today, [Biden] called Kamala Harris president again.' 'Oh geez,' Trump interjected. 'Do you think someone else is directing him?' she asked. 'Well, I never called Mike...
    Following a COVID outbreak among their cast, Saturday Night Live staged a makeshift show this week featuring a mix of sketches recorded earlier in the week with host Paul Rudd and all-time classics. It began with Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Kenan Thompson inducting Rudd into the illustrious Five-Timers Club—one started by Hanks, the first five-time SNL host. After an odd mix of new and very old Christmas-themed sketches, former head writer Fey and current one Michael Che sat down in chairs on stage for a stripped-down version of “Weekend Update” in front of a crowd of Hanks, Thompson, and Rudd (they shot it without a live audience thanks to the COVID scare). “Time magazine has made Elon Musk Person of the Year. You can read more about it on your phone while your Tesla is self-driving you into a lake,” joked Fey. Then, Che took aim at Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Brian Kilmeade texting Trump during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, begging him to say something—anything—to get his rabid supporters (who he’d incited) to...
    After a full day of silence, the hosts of Fox News finally quit ignoring their bombshell text message scandal and came out swinging. It's unclear, however, why they needed an entire day to draft their responses as what they finally offered was both lazy and incoherent. The text messages sent to Donald Trump's former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, on Jan. 6 indisputably prove that Fox News hosts deliberately lie to their audiences. Privately, the network's biggest stars were freaked out by the Capitol insurrection. They clearly, and correctly, saw it as something Donald Trump purposefully instigated. Publicly, however, they were willing to deflect blame from Trump, defend the rioters and minimize the violence. But rather than apologize to their viewers for spending 11 months lying to them, the hydra-headed Fox News monster just threw out a bunch of contradictory and not even remotely persuasive excuses. Laura Ingraham whined about "left wing media hacks" who are in "spin and defame mode." Tucker Carlson flatly claimed that the texts were "exculpatory" and "a tribute to the people who wrote them." Sean...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tore into Fox News hosts and anonymous GOP lawmakers who were outed by the Jan. 6th committee as sending pleading messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 6th.  The messages – including one by an unidentified GOP lawmaker telling Meadows  'the president needs to stop this ASAP' – were made public by Jan. 6 Committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Monday and Tuesday. 'Well, it's disappointing and unfortunately not surprising that some of the very same individuals who are willing to warn, condemn and express horror over what happened on January 6, in private were totally silent in public,' Psaki said Tuesday when asked about the newly revealed texts. White House Press Secretary ripped those who texted Mark Meadows on January 6th during the Capitol riot but remained 'totally silent in public' 'Or even worse, [who] were spreading lies and conspiracy theories and continue to since that time, so disappointing – not surprising. Unfortunately, we've seen a trend from some of the same individuals,' she said.  Among the...
    Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram made the first mention on Fox News of the text messages between Fox News hosts and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday morning, almost a full sixteen hours after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read them aloud. Texts from hosts like Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, and Sean Hannity urging former President Donald Trump to publicly address and distance himself from the January 6th riot were revealed by Cheney in a committee hearing that Fox News did not air, although CNN and MSNBC covered it live. Ingraham and Hannity did not mention the text messages on either of their shows Monday night, despite the story dominating media coverage elsewhere. Hannity even had Meadows on his show for an interview and made no mention of the texts. The revelation of the texts by Cheney kicked off a media storm as they counter the recent attempt by Fox hosts to downplay the January 6th insurrection and any alleged connection between Trump and the violence on that day. “The committee revealed messages sent by Donald...
    The House January 6th Committee has told former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows he may have violated federal record keeping laws regarding information on his personal cell phone and on email – as the House prepares to vote to hold him in criminal contempt.  Meadows has emerged as a key figure in the Jan. 6th investigation – with GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming reading into the record Tuesday three more text messages he received from fellow Republican lawmakers the day of the attack pleading with him to intervene with former President Donald Trump. 'It is really bad up here on the Hill,' one wrote him, according to Cheney. 'The president needs to stop this ASAP,' wrote another. 'Fix this now,' wrote a third lawmaker. The House is set to vote to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in criminal contempt after his failure to provide testimony. A panel report suggests he may have violated federal record keeping laws 'We know that for 187 minutes, President Trump refused to act,' said Cheney.  She shared those...
    After an interview with Sean Hannity in which the subject was not broached at all, Newsmax confronted former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the texts he received from Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News hosts — including Hannity — on Jan. 6. Newsmax host Rob Schmitt asked Meadows about the messages from Hannity, Don Jr., Brian Kilmeade and Laura Ingraham which implored the chief of staff to get former President Donald Trump to act and get control of his supporters during the attack on the Capitol. “They’ve got reports of text messages [the January 6 committee says] you gave them that show Fox hosts saying, ‘Hey, you gotta get this under control, Trump needs to say something,'” Schmitt said. “Don Jr. saying something. What’s your response to all this tonight?” Meadows, in response, accused the House Jan. 6 committee of trying to “weaponize” the communications he turned over. “We’ve tried very hard, in a very transparent and accommodating way, to share non privileged information,” Meadows said. “And what we found out tonight is that not only did...
    CNN Senior Political Analyst John Avlon went off on Fox News and their “lies” exposed after recently released texts from the cable network’s hosts revealed them to be aware of the damage being done on January 6th, and the different manner in which that event has been covered on air since. Rep. Liz Cheney read out texts sent to Mark Meadows from Fox News hosts that implored the then-White House Chief of Staff to get former President Donald Trump to forcefully speak out against the attack on the Capitol on that day. “Multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately,” said Cheney. “They texted Mr. Meadows and he has turned over those texts [to the committee].” “Mark, the President needs to tell people in the Capitol to go Home. This is hurting all of us,” Laura Ingraham texted as his supporters violently stormed the Capitol. “He is destroying his legacy.” “Please get him on TV,” texted Brian Kilmeade. “Destroying everything you have accomplished.” “Can he make a statement, ask people to leave the Capitol,” asked Sean Hannity. “He’s got to condemn this...
    Cheney noted that Trump did not take action to stop the rioting for many hours and implied that he did so intentionally. "Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s proceedings?" she asked rhetorically. The matter will go to a full vote in the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, which could vote as early as Tuesday. The House had previously already voted to hold Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign adviser, in contempt after he refused the subpoenas issued to him. He later turned himself in in November, but he vowed to fight the charges and warned that they would become the "misdemeanor from hell" for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Joe Biden. Meadows has sued Pelosi and members of the Jan. 6 Committee over the subpoena. Prior to the lawsuit, he had already turned over 6,000 pages of documents to the committee including the texts that Chaney read Monday. Here's the texts to Meadows that Chaney read before the vote: Rep....
    Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” covered a range of recent news, including actor Jussie Smollett being found guilty on five of six counts related to him staging a hate crime in 2019; New York’s civil probe of possible tax fraud by the Trump Organization; and Chris Cuomo’s firing from CNN. “On Thursday, a Chicago jury declared Jussie Smollett really bad at acting,” Jost began. “Smollett was found guilty of charges related to staging a hate crime. It’s the worst staged hate crime since my all-Christian production of Fiddler on the Roof.” “And in legal news where someone definitely won’t get convicted, Donald Trump is being investigated for fraud by New York attorney general Letitia James,” Jost continued. “James want to depose Trump under oath on January 7th. Come on, January 7th? That’s the day after his big anniversary.” Michael Che then brought up a report that Vice President Kamala Harris is sometimes unprepared for meetings and does not read briefing materials. “Wow, you know, it feels really amazing to finally see someone in the White House who is just like me,” Che joked. Che then...
    Two top FOX News hosts reportedly expressed their concerns about Tucker Carlson's Patriot Purge series before it aired earlier this month and two contributors quit over the documentary's claims. According to a report from NPR, senior FOX News figures Bret Baier and Chris Wallace raised their objections to the three-part documentary series to network leaders, including FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and president of the network's news division, Jay Wallace. Their complaints about the show's dubious claims eventually made their way up to Lachlan Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of FOX Corporation. But network executives still allowed Carlson's three-part documentary series accusing President Joe Biden of setting up the January 6 riots in order to 'conduct an ideological purge and persecute conservatives' to air earlier this month - even as some FOX News hosts debunked its claims.   FOX News hosts Chris Wallace, left, and Bret Baier, right, reportedly told network executives they had concerns about Tucker Carlson's Patriot Purge series before it aired The complaints were made to FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and president of the network's news division,...
    News broke Sunday evening that two conservative stalwarts, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, asked Fox News to cancel their contributorship deals in protest of conspiracy theories pumped out by prime time house Tucker Carlson. In many respects, this public protest was surprising, particularly for a cable news industry filled with pundits who prioritize publicity over principles. But close observers of the network — who have followed the internal fissures established during the Trump era — were not shocked by the development. Goldberg and Hayes, co-founders of conservative news outlet The Dispatch, had gone from regulars on Fox during the Obama administration to appearing remarkably infrequently, particularly in the last year of the Trump administration, and the year after he lost. But when they did show up on the network, neither were afraid to call out what they saw to be clear bullshit on display. Particularly when that bullshit emanated from the mouth of Federalist writer Mollie Hemingway. Hemingway is a hardcore supporter of former President Donald Trump. She appears on Fox News quite often, and never challenges the baseless conspiracy theories...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.Every month or so, while conversing with sources at Fox News, I express surprise that Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes are still employed by the network. The two men are reality-based conservative thinkers who refused to capitulate to Donald Trump. Unfortunately, Fox viewers rarely got to hear from them. This year they were booked by the network's producers so rarely that their contracts could be likened to golden handcuffs.Now they are ditching the cuffs. Hayes and Goldberg announced Sunday night that they have resigned from Fox. The pair wrote in a blog post for The Dispatch, their online home, that Tucker Carlson's "Patriot Purge" propaganda film was the last straw."Fox News still does real reporting, and there are still responsible conservatives providing valuable opinion and analysis," the men wrote. "But the voices of the responsible are being drowned out by the irresponsible," and Carlson is the case in point. CNN and many other news outlets have described how...
    Two Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, have resigned from the network in protest over Tucker Carlson’s Patriot Purge special about the events of Jan. 6, calling it “dangerous” and “revisionist history.” Carlson’s three-part special aired on Fox Nation and was loudly criticized by a variety of media commentators and fact checkers., including Mediaite’s Colby Hall, who wrote that it would be an “understatement” to label the series “a fever pitch of deranged conspiracy theories.” “There is no evidence that the FBI, or any government agency, orchestrated the attack or incited it,” wrote PoltiFact about Patriot Purge. “And there is no evidence that it was staged or a false flag.” Goldberg, formerly at National Review, and Hayes, formerly at The Weekly Standard, were part of a group of Never-Trumpers and Trump-skeptics who founded The Dispatch in 2019. They have carved out a unique niche for themselves in a conservative media world still rocking from the seismic impact of former President Donald Trump’s surprise success in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, even more shocking victory in the general election, and...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta repeatedly called "b*llshit" on the air Saturday, in a commentary blasting Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his network, as well as frequent guest Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "It's that time of the year, the days are getting shorter, it's cold outside — it's also when we start looking back at the past year," Acosta said. "And what a year it was over on Fox — or, as I've described it this year, the bullsh*t factory. Just in the last week, they've churned out so much BS it's hard to keep up." After playing clips from Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Jesse Watters, Acosta turned to Carlson. "We once honored you with the distinction of bullsh*t factory employee of the month, but now that 2021 is coming to an end, we decided to honor you as our first-ever BS factory employee of the year," Acosta said, noting that among other things Carlson has served as a mouthpiece for white supremacists, spread a false flag conspiracy theory about the Capitol insurrection, and most recently...
    Chris Christie’s whole political persona is as a straight-shooting tough guy who tells it like it is. Yet despite being pressed repeatedly by MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday, the former New Jersey governor declined to aim his fire at Fox News for peddling lies and conspiracy theories. Christie, who is laying the groundwork for a 2024 Republican presidential run, has been a ubiquitous presence on the talk-show circuit in recent days. Promoting his new book, Republican Rescue: Saving the Party From Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden, Christie has openly criticized ex-President Donald Trump while urging Republicans to let go of their false belief that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election. But while he has blamed Trump’s rhetoric and embrace of election conspiracies for the violence of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Christie hasn’t ruled out voting for Trump if he’s the GOP nominee in 2024. That stance has prompted some to remind the ex-governor that he was the “first mainstream politician to glowingly endorse” Trump during the 2016 election and accuse...
    Seth Meyers tore into Fox News for “brazenly and shamelessly” lying about the economy under President Joe Biden versus Donald Trump.  Meyers first pointed to what he called the “fundamental asymmetry between the left and the right,” adding that despite its flaws, the Democratic Party is “at least interested in attempting to govern competently.” “The other side, meanwhile, has been captured by a cult-like movement filled with authoritarian weirdos and cartoon gangsters who always look like they’ve either been chugging white wine spritzers after everyone turns on them in a Real Housewives reunion, or they just got hit in the balls with a swinging paint can by Kevin McAllister,” he added, throwing up pictures of Rudy Giuliani and Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. The host went on to hit at Fox News a second time, calling them out for being “willing to lie so brazenly and shamelessly about anything,” before airing a clip of Laura Ingraham comparing the economy under Biden and Trump. The Fox News host threw up what Meyers called a “deceptive” and “misleading” graphic regarding the economy under Biden versus Trump. The...
    Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has lifted the lid on how he vaulted from the political margins to Trump world insider, all thanks to the power of television.  In his new memoir he describes how he realized that then President Trump was an avid viewer and how to take advantage of the fact. 'Every time we were on TV, we weren’t just talking to people in the television audience; we were talking to POTUS,' Jordan writes, according to excerpts from 'Do What You Said You Would Do: Fighting for Freedom in the Swamp' obtained by Cleveland.com.  'We didn’t necessarily need to schedule a phone call with the president or try to arrange a meeting. We could talk to him directly through Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.'  Jordan, a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said he had been operating on the periphery of politics. But things changed quickly when he paid his first visit to the White House after Trump's 2017 inauguration for a bill signing. Rep. Jim Jordan developed a close relationship with President Trump after he realized...
    Donald Trump tore into his former favorite news channel for calling the Virginia governor's race for Glenn Youngkin after CNN and MSNBC, accusing the network of wanting a Democrat to win.  Asked by John Fredericks on The John Fredericks show why Fox was the last of the big three networks to project Youngkin winning, Trump replied:  'That's probably because maybe they wanted the Democrat to win. Who knows?' CNN and MSNBC called the race for Youngkin around 12:30 am, Fox made the same projection 10-12 minutes later.  While Youngkin had a clear lead all night, news networks held off on calling the race in his favor until late into the night, as votes from Fairfax, Virginia's biggest and heavily Democratic county, were delayed in pouring in.  'The problem is Paul Ryan is basically running Fox now,' Trump claimed. 'That's why Fox is no longer a great primer for us.'  Trump claimed that Ryan, former House GOP leader, and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell 'ganged up' on him when he was in office. 'How would you like to work with those...
    Former President Donald Trump appeared on the syndicated conservative talk radio program The John Fredericks Show Wednesday to weigh in on Glenn Youngkin’s election as governor of Virginia. Though he didn’t actively campaign for Youngkin, Trump became a major part of the race, largely because Terry McAullife tried —and apparently failed — to cast his opponent as a Trump disciple to rally the anti-Trump vote helped win Virginia for President Joe Biden. Trump’s commentary was largely predictable, and included taking credit for the Youngkin win. “I’ve heard Virginia is blue but I’ve never believed it was blue,” he said, adding “without MAGA he would have lost by 15 points, more…instead of giving us credit they say oh he’s more popular than [Trump].” But it was Trump’s continued attacks on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the network with which he has worked so closely, Fox News, that really stood out in the interview. “I think you have a new Majority Leader,” Trump said of McConnell, adding he thinks the Kentucky Senator is “the most overrated man in politics. I know well,...