Saturday Night Live found a way to brutally mock Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and President Donald Trump in the same sketch over the weekend, taking the duo to task for the sexual assault allegations waged against them.
O'Reilly, portrayed by Alec Baldwin, began the skit just like O'Reilly, with his talking points memo.
"The subject of tonight's talking points memo is the scandal everyone's been talking about all week, a scandal no one thought I'd have the guts to address head on, about the shocking allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of power that have been leveled against the Obama administration," Baldwin as O'Reilly teased.
And in case you do not know it, they were slamming O'Reilly for not saying a word about the scandal on his own show, he has ignored it like it never happened, even as he has lost over 70 sponsors and it has been everywhere on the news and on the internet.
Next, O'Reilly talked to a Fox News female correspondent who wouldn't sit with O'Reilly in studio and would only do her report 500 yards away from him. When O'Reilly began to make her uncomfortable with sexual assault hints, the reporter had her voice distorted and face blurred out.
And btw folks, we know about 5 women O'Reilly harassed, just think about how many there are we do not know about.
Afterward, O'Reilly went to commercial break, but acknowledged that more than 60 advertisers had pulled their ads from his show after recent allegations of sexual assault were leveled against him. That left products like dog cocaine - because you can teach a dog new tricks and Eliquis - it's Cialis for horses - to sponsor O'Reilly's show.
Then he finally addressed the allegations on the show.
"This week, several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox News," Baldwin, as O'Reilly, said.
Which makes fun of what O'Reilly atually said about women who file sexual harassment charges. He said they should be thankful they got the high paying jobs they did and that they should not make the company they work for look bad, he even said if they do not like where they work they should quit and get a job somewhere else.
Basically telling them they should just keep quiet if they are sexually harassed, or go get a job somewhere else. O'Reilly thinks that since they were lucky enough to get high paying tv news jobs they should just take the sexual harassment or go somewhere else, but never file a lawsuit against him or anyone at Fox, because it will make them look bad.
That's when O'Reilly brought on the one guy who is unimpeachable on all female issues to come to his defense: none other than Donald Trump, also portrayed by Baldwin.
"Thank you Mr. President, and thank you for coming to my defense last week even though no one asked you to. You even went as far as saying Bill O'Reilly did nothing wrong, Baldwin's O'Reilly told Baldwin's Trump. "That's based on?"
"A hunch, just a loose hunch," Baldwin's Trump responds. "I'm more familiar with this case than, say, health care, but I really didn't look into it much, no. I was busy being super presidential, by bombing a bunch of sh-t."
Basically you have one serial sexual harasser defending another serial sexual harasser, with Trump saying O'Reilly did nothing wrong and is a good guy, even though he has no clue what O'Reilly did or when he did it, because he was not there for any of it, and did not even work at Fox. And that just happens to be exactly what O'Reilly said about Ailes, before he paid out millions in settlemets and was fired from Fox, O'Reilly said Ailes was innocent and a good man, weeks before he was fired for harassment.
Afterward, Baldwin as O'Reilly thanks Trump for promoting sexual assault awareness month.
"That's right Bill, it's a subject near and dear to my hand," Baldwin's Trump said.
The entire segment makes was because of recent allegations leveled against the real Bill O'Reilly. News broke earlier this month that O'Reilly paid $13 million and has settled with five women who have accused of him of sexual harassment. O'Reilly of course has denied the allegations, but will not talk about it.
Of course, the segment also pokes fun at Trump, who was accused of sexual assault last October when an Access Hollywood tape surfaced of Trump bragging about grabbing women by the private parts and getting away with it because he is rich and famous.
SNL is done in New York, where O'Reilly works and lives. And I would bet he watches it, so I am sure he loved it when he saw what they did to him. I bet he was mad as hell, and lost his mind, maybe even threw the remote at the tv, haha.
Bill Maher Explains What Republicanism Is Under Donald Trump
Bill Maher pulled no punches Friday when analyzing the way the GOP had changed under the presidency of Donald Trump.
He said that "much of what Republicans have done since Trump took over isn't moving the party in a more conservative direction."
Their policies weren't even pushing it in a libertarian direction, Maher said.
Maher cited their plans to reverse the ban on lead ammunition, allow the use of a pesticide known to damage children's brains and scrap an Obama-era deal that forced vehicles to become more fuel-efficient as examples.
The late night host then summarized what he believed Republicanism had now become -- "looking at any problem and saying, what would a jerk do?"
Maher also slammed the GOP Hypocrisy Over the Strike On Syria.
He said they got their two favorite things, "a right-winger on the Supreme Court and a President blowing shit up."
He was referring to the Senate's dishonest confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Thursday night's U.S. military strike on a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Maher then pointed out the hypocrisy of the Syria situation, given how in 2013 almost all the House Republicans signed a letter arguing that then President Barack Obama needed congressional approval to take action following a similar chemical attack.
Trump, however, did not seek congressional authorization for Thursday's strike.
"Obama was president then and that would have involved bombing while being black," said Maher.
New Report Shows Republicans Are In Meltdown Over Trump
But of course you will never hear about any of this from O'Reilly, because he is too busy defending and lying for Trump, and trying to make you believe he is doing a pretty good job at being the president, even though he also knows that is a lie.
When the Republican Party decided to sell what little soul it had left to back Donald Trump, they knew what they were getting into. They were embracing a man who built his campaign on bigotry, racism, and bold campaign promises he had no idea if he could actually fulfill.
They also knew they were putting their support behind a man who never takes responsibility for his own failures and would gladly throw every single one of them under the bus if he felt doing so benefited his bottom line.
Without a doubt, Trumpcare's overwhelming failure was one of the most embarrassing moments for any new administration in U.S. history.
While Trump childishly said he would just let Obamacare explode following the GOP's failure to pass Trumpcare, Republicans are still working behind the scenes to repeal and replace the health care law like they said they would do on Day 1 -- yet clearly never had any plan on how to actually do that.
And a new report by Politico says that having to deal with Trump's incompetence is pushing the GOP to the verge of a full-on meltdown. According to the website:
A Wednesday evening meeting between top aides to President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders turned heated when the White House officials exhorted Speaker Paul Ryan to show immediate progress on the GOP's stalled plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
The meeting was tense. At one point, according to three sources briefed on the meeting, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus suggested it could be detrimental to Ryan's speakership if Republicans fail to pass a bill.
"It was really bad," said one person who was at the meeting. "They were in total meltdown, total chaos mode."
The article also goes on to say that the White House is desperate to show progress on one of Trump's signature campaign promises and seems to be taking the failures to do so out on House GOP leaders like Ryan.
The truth is, Trump made bold promises Republicans were never going to be able to deliver on. When he talked about health care during his campaign, he said his plan would provide cheaper, better coverage to more Americans -- but Trumpcare does not do any of that. So Trump was just flat out lying about all of it.
In fact, the only way we could fulfill Trump's promises on health care would be a universal/Medicare/Medicaid for all bill that takes the for-profit aspect out of health care completely. Of course, Republicans will never support that.
And btw folks, no matter what anyone tells you, as long as the insurance companies run health care, and they do it to make a profit, it will never be cheaper, and anyone who says it will is lying to you. The only way health care would be cheap for everyone is if we go to a single payer system that is a combination of Medicare/Medicaid, and the Republicans oppose that because the insurance industry bribes them to oppose it.
The Republican party puts the health care needs of the American people, so they can get millions of dollars in donations to run their campaigns, and nobody ever talks about it. People lack affordable health care and suffer and die for that, but the Republicans do not care, all they care about is getting that money from the insurance lobbyists, so they sell out the health of their own people to do it.
The failures of Trumpcare were very simple:
-- It was too radical for moderate conservatives.
-- It wasn't radical enough for far-right conservatives.
Regardless of which side of that stance any Republican is on, neither version of Trumpcare, as he promised, would have provided cheaper, better coverage for more Americans. The final version of the bill that ultimately never got voted on would have taken away health care from millions, gutted Medicaid, and drastically increased premiums for most Americans - especially those 50 and older.
Basically what we are seeing is a Republican Party that's quickly spiraling into chaos because the promises Trump made during his campaign are not possible. This puts the GOP in the position of getting pressure from the White House, and millions of conservative voters, to deliver on promises that are impossible - promises that were made by a completely incompetent clown who's going to blame them for his failures.
Russian Disinformation Works Because Trump Parrots The Same Lines
President Donald Trump aided Moscow's disinformation campaign during the 2016 U.S. election by spreading false information originating from Russian state-sponsored news outlets and internet bots, a cybersecurity expert testified before Congress on Thursday.
"Part of the reason active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the commander in chief has used Russian active measures, at times, against his opponents," Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during the panel's first public hearing on Russian election interference since Trump's inauguration in January.
The charge from Watts, a former FBI Special Agent who tracks Russian influence operations, came in response to a question from Republican Sen. James Lankford (Okla.), who asked why Russian President Vladimir Putin believed he could get away with interfering in last year's U.S. elections.
"They parrot the same lines," Watts responded, referring to Trump and Moscow. "Trump denies the intel from the United States about Russia. He claimed that the election could be rigged. That was the No. 1 theme pushed by RT, Sputnik news," Watts continued. "He's made claims of voter fraud, that President Obama is not a citizen, that Congressman Cruz is not a citizen."
In some instances, Trump and his campaign team propagated fake stories they appear to have learned about directly from Russian state media. Last year, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort accused the U.S. media of failing to cover a terrorist attack against the NATO air base in Incirlik, Turkey. There was no such attack -- but RT, Sputnik and pro-Russian Twitter accounts pushed a series of stories suggesting Incirlik was under threat.
According to Watts, pro-Russian Twitter accounts noticed Trump's loose relationship with facts and sought to capitalize on it. They "tweet at President Trump during high volumes when they know he's online and they push conspiracy theories," Watts testified.
It's likely Moscow will turn against Trump as it becomes politically and strategically prudent to do so, Watts warned. "They win because they play both sides," he said.
Russia began developing its active measures campaign in 2009, with its capabilities progressing all the way up until the 2016 election, Watts said. The U.S. was slow to catch on to the threat, he charged, because the intelligence community has been over-focused on terrorism and biased against open-source information.
"My two colleagues and I use three laptops and we do this at our house," Watts said. "But for some reason, the entire intel apparatus, with billions of dollars, will miss a tweet or a Facebook post that's right in front of them."
70 Companies Have Now Pulled Their Ads From The O'Reilly Factor
So far at least 70 companies have pulled their advertisements from airing during The O'Reilly Factor after The New York Times reported on April 1st that Fox host Bill O'Reilly and 21st Century Fox paid around $13 million over the years to five women, in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accounts of sexual harassment involving O’Reilly.
That included reports of verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls.
Before the NY Times report O'Reilly had thirty-six ads on the March 31 edition of The O'Reilly Factor. After the report only eight ads appeared on the April 6 edition of The O'Reilly Factor.
-- On the March 31 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, ads aired for 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
-- On the April 6 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, ads aired for only 6 minutes and 20 seconds.
-- Super Beta has aired five ads on the program since the New York Times report, making it the most frequent advertiser on The O'Reilly Factor since April 1.
-- O'Reilly has spent zero time on his program discussing the sexual harassment settlements since the New York Times report.
-- According to a study cited by the National Law Review, 70 percent of women who have experienced workplace sexual harassment say they have never reported it for fear of retaliation.
O'Reilly has lost 70 advertisers, so far, but he clearly does not care, because he has not said he is sorry, and has not discussed it at all.
Trump Jobs Report Shows Us He Lied About Adding Jobs
Donald Trump said he was adding all these jobs, and that he would be awesome at creating jobs, wrong!
Job Growth Loses Steam as U.S. Only Adds 98,000 Jobs in March
98,000 jobs were added last month. Economists had been anticipating a gain of about 180,000 jobs for the month.
This marks the weakest showing for the economy in nearly a year. Although it represents just one month's data, it will raise questions about whether improving business sentiment is actually translating into any meaningful action by employers.
The robust numbers in January and February led some analysts to conclude that the economy was benefiting from a Trump bump after President Trump's election, but hard data to support that argument has been scarce.
A month ago, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, claimed credit for the increased job creation on Trump's behalf, saying it was a result of the surge in economic confidence and optimism that has been inspired since his election.
The latest report could help answer the question of whether soft data, like stronger sentiment among businesses, was actually prompting companies to hire more workers.
And a lot of the job growth was from companies that had those jobs planned up to 2 years ago, so it had nothing to do with Trump. Now we have to see what the long term numbers are, this is a one month look at the numbers, and after 2 or 3 more months we will see the truth, no matter what it is.
Congressman Predicts Some Trump People Will End Up In Jail
A Democratic member of the House intelligence committee said Tuesday he expect members of President Donald Trump's inner circle will end up in jail as a result of the probe into whether his team colluded with Russia.
"I guess I would say this, that my impression is -- I wouldn't be surprised after all of this is said and done that some people end up in jail,' Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told Wolf Blitzer.
Asked by Blitzer to elaborate, Castro declined. And while he said the extent of the alleged collusion is "yet to be determined," his impression was that criminal charges and jail time would be the outcome of the investigation.
"If I was betting, I would say yes," he said of Trump associates going to jail.
"My impression is that people will probably be charged, and I think people will probably go to jail," he added.
In an interview late Tuesday with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), also a member of the House intelligence committee, took things one step further, saying,"“I will be surprised if people don't end up going to jail."
Both Congress and the FBI are investigating possible ties between Trump's associates and Russian government officials. Trump and his team have denied any wrongdoing, with the president taking to Twitter over the weekend to call the story phony and a total scam.
The Minority ranking member on the House intelligence committe Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), said last month there's "more than circumstantial evidence" indicating collusion between Russian government officials and Trump associates.
Internet Providers Bribed Republicans To Let Them Sell Your Data
This is what you get folks when you vote for Republicans, they are about to overturn a privacy law that blocks internet providers from selling your private info, without you knowing about it, or paying you any of it.
I might agree to allow it, if they paid me a percentage of what they get, but if they are not going to pay me I do not want them selling my info to anyone. And my guess is that if Trump signs the bill it will get reversed in the courts.
No matter what happens it shows that the Republicans are in bed with big business and they will screw you in a heartbeat, if they get money for it and big business wants them to do it. And of course you never heard a word about any of this from Bill O'Reilly, who claims to be a champion of the average American and the working man, while he ignores all the news like this that hurts the average working man.
House Republicans voted to overturn privacy rules Tuesday that were introduced by the Obama administration to prevent telecommunications and cable companies from sharing customers personal data without their consent or knowledge.
That data may include your web browsing history, Social Security number, information about your health and other sensitive details.
The Senate passed its version of the same bill last week. If signed into law by President Donald Trump, internet service providers will be able to collect and sell this sensitive information.
Unsurprisingly, many of the lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill have received campaign donations from companies or employees of companies that stand to benefit from it -- corporations such as AT&T, Verizon, AOL, and Comcast.
Some lawmakers, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), received upward of six figures from the telecommunications industry. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who introduced the bill, received $27,955.
Flake and other Republican supporters of rolling back the Federal Communications Commission regulation, set to go into effect later this year, argue that doing so puts internet privacy back in the hands of providers and that ending the regulation will increase consumer choice.
Opponents, however, say the bill is bad for consumers.
"It's special interest lobbying as usual," Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy said this week.
Republicans Vote To Keep Trump's Tax Returns Secret For The 3rd Time
Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee voted down a measure offered by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to the committee.
In a party-line vote Tuesday, 24 committee Republicans voted against the measure and 16 Democrats voted for it.
This is the second time committee Republicans have voted to keep Trump's tax returns secret and the third time the House has held a vote on the subject. In February, committee Republicans sunk a prior measure from Pascrell, and then, on the floor of the House, Republicans beat back a resolution, also from Pascrell, to force the release of Trump's tax returns. Both votes were along party lines.
Trump has refused to voluntarily release his tax returns for public review, though every other president since Gerald Ford has released some portion of their tax returns. Trump claims he can't release his returns because they're under a routine audit, but has provided no evidence of one.
There is also no law or regulation preventing individuals from publicly disclosing their tax returns when they are under audit.
In an often-testy committee hearing, Republicans argued that Democrats were simply playing politics.
Pascrell shot back it was entirely proper to use the law and added that the committee had a duty to ensure the president's business interests don't conflict with his work for the American people.
"It is our responsibility under the Constitution, Mr. Chairman -- very clear, very clear -- to provide oversight of the executive branch and root out conflicts of interest," Pascrell said. "That is our responsibility."
Republican Senator Blames Trump & Tillerson For Syria Chemical Attack
Donald Trump did what he always does when his incompetence leads to something negative -- blame other people -- but it seems rather obvious that Bashar al Assad's use of chemical weapons on Tuesday (after not using them since 2013) is linked to the Trump administration recently saying that removing him from power was no longer a goal or priority.
And it doesn't help that Trump is infatuated with Assad's top ally in Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Russia's already making excuses for the attack, blaming it on a leak from a terrorist ammunition depot that was hit by Syrian airstrikes.
But if we look at the timeline we see a different story:
-- The U.S. elects a Putin-loving candidate currently under investigation for potential treason involving colluding with Russia to undermine the 2016 election.
-- Even with U.S. intelligence agencies pointing to Russia as the culprit behind the attack against this country, Trump defends Putin while lashing out at our own intelligence officials.
-- As Trump continues to claim all these allegations linking him to Russia are FAKE NEWS or a hoax, Russia denies they were behind any cyber attack, with the state-run media helping support Trump's conspiracies.
-- Within the last week, both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley state that removing Assad from power in Syria is no longer a primary goal or objective of the White House.
-- A few days later, less than three months into Trump's administration (and for the first time since 2013), Assad uses chemical weapons on civilians, killing around 100, including 25 children.
-- Assad denies using chemical weapons.
-- Russia's defense ministry spokesman Igor Konoshenkov denies Syria used chemical weapons, instead blaming it on a leak from a "terrorist ammunition depot" that was hit by airstrikes.
It doesn't take a military strategist, or even someone with a great deal of common sense, to see that this is all linked. But you don't have to believe me, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) blamed the Trump administration for this attack during an interview with AM Tampa Bay Wednesday morning.
"In this case now, we have very limited options and look, it's concerning that the secretary of state, 72 hours ago, last Friday, said that the future's up to the people in Syria on what happens with Assad. In essence saying it is ok that Assad was gonna get to stay in some capacity," Rubio said.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that a few days later we see this," he added.
While Trump is trying to blame this on the weakness of the Obama administration, Rubio couldn't have been much more clear that he believes Assad's use of chemical weapons is linked to the White House saying they weren't concerned with removing him from power.
Dishonest Trump Says He Must Have Foreign Workers At His NY Golf Club
He says no Americans will work there for $14.00 an hour, which is just laughable. And this is the same guy who wants to spend billions to build a worthless wall to keep the foreigners out, while at the same time saying he needs more foreign workers at his golf clubs. Trump is such a dishonest clown it is ridiculous, and all you people that voted for this idiot are getting exactly what you deserve.
As President Donald Trump continues to promote his agenda of restoring American jobs, the Trump National Golf Course in Westchester County New York is seeking permission to bring foreign workers to serve as waiters and waitresses, according to a petition posted by the Department of Labor on Wednesday.
The workers are being sought under the federal H-2 visa program, which permits American employers to hire foreign laborers under temporary work visas as long as no qualified US workers want the jobs. The private club currently controlled by the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, is located just 35 miles from New York City and its vast labor market.
The petition to the Labor department effectively attests that there are no qualified American workers who want the jobs. The jobs pay $14.08 an hour. That's even higher than the average wage for waiters in the surrounding area. The posting also mentions the possibility of overtime, at $21.12, though it is not guaranteed.
No one from the golf course or the White House immediately responded to a request for comment Wednesday.
Businesses owned by President Trump or bearing his name have been big users of the controversial H-2 program in the past, seeking to hire at least 294 foreign guest workers since he launched his presidential campaign.
Many work as servers and house cleaners at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida estate that has recently been termed the Winter White House. Despite his focus on restoring American jobs, Trump claims that it is almost impossible to find qualified Americans who want temporary jobs in the service industry such as those available at many of his clubs and resorts that rely on the visa program.
Which is a lie, because we all know there are plenty of Americans who will do those jobs. It's just an excuse for Trump to get cheap labor from foreigners.
Trump Proves What A Clown He Is By Blaming Obama For Syria
And btw folks, notice that O'Reilly has not said one word about Trump saying these things in 2013, he just ignores it as if Trump never said any of it. O'Reilly also slammed Obama for blaming things on Bush after he took office, saying that once a new president is sworn in he gets the blame for everything.
Funny how O'Reilly now does not slam Trump for blaming Obama, especially when it was 4 years ago, and Trump supported the Obama position on Syria at the time.
Seth Myers Points Out That Fox News Is Like State TV For Trump
Seth Meyers took aim at Fox News sycophantic coverage of President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday night.
The Late Night host noted how the right-leaning network regularly gave Trump glowing, unquestioning coverage in exchange for unparalleled access.
"It's the closest thing we have to state TV," said Meyers.
Highlighting how Trump often tweets recommendations for the network's shows, Meyers said the president should have been "sworn in on a TV Guide, instead of a bible."
Trump Remains Silent About Russia After Syria Chemical Attack
Notice that Donald Trump never said one word about Russia refusing to blame Assad for the chemical attack in Syria. Even though every other world leader who spoke about it slammed Russia and Assad, because Russia is in bed with Assad, and Russia almost always votes against any sanctions against Assad when the UN tries to pass a resolution to punish them.
Trump never said one word about Russia's denials in Wednesday's rambling news conference. Instead, he bragged about his still-secret plan to resolve the crisis in Syria and threw a tantrum about Barack Obama. Even though Trump tweeted in 2013 that he supports Obama not going into Syria, now he says he screwed up in 2013, but then he supported him, and even told him to stay out of Syria.
After a deadly chemical attack in Syria killed as many as 100 innocent civilians, many of them children, Russia has come forward to deny what everybody in the world is willing to acknowledge - that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind for the attack on his own people.
While the official position of the United States and much of the world is that Assad was responsible and must go, Trump remained silent at Wednesday's news conference on Russia's open denial of Assad's role in the attack.
"U.S. officials rejected Russia's assertion that Syrian rebels were to blame for the attack," Reuters noted on Wednesday, adding, however, that "Trump did not mention Russia at all in his comments."
That's right folks. Trump did not say one word about Russia, a key player when it comes to Syria, in the rambling news conference. Instead, the crazy Trump bragged about his still-secret plan to resolve the crisis in Syria and threw a tantrum about Barack Obama and the supposed mess that Trump inherited.
As innocent people in Syria were left dead or fighting for their lives after Assad's chemical attack, Trump complained about having to carry out his responsibilities and refused to call out Russia for their denials.
It doesn’t matter who calls out Russia for their defense of Bashar al-Assad. It's all meaningless if the man at the top - Donald Trump - refuses to do so because of a bizarre affection he has for Vladimir Putin and Russia.
It's almost as if Moscow can do wrong in the eyes of Trump because Russian interference is largely the reason why Trump is in the White House to begin with.
If the United States wants to make a positive impact on the crisis in Syria and issue a strong and rational response, the president must call out Russia for constantly standing up for a man who continues unleashing barbaric chemical attacks on his own people.
Maxine Waters Says Bill O'Reilly Should Go To Jail
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) responded to sexual harassment allegations against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly with condemnation, saying "he needs to go to jail."
"It's all catching up with Bill O'Reilly and that sexual harassment enterprise that they created over there at Fox," Waters said Wednesday, referencing a New York Times investigative piece that brought to light some $13 million in sexual harassment lawsuit settlements that O'Reilly and Fox News have paid to women who had worked with the host.
"It shouldn't be in America that you can sexually harass women and then buy your way out of it just because you're rich," Waters told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. "If they continue to do this in the way that they have done, they need to go to jail. Bill O'Reilly needs to go to jail."
Since the Times investigation was published on Sunday, "The O'Reilly Factor" has lost more than 40 advertisers. O'Reilly denied the sexual harassment allegations in a statement to the newspaper, saying his prominence made him a target for lawsuits. Fox News said it was working with sponsors to relocate advertising from O'Reilly's show to other programs.
Just last week, O'Reilly made headlines for his racist and sexist comment about Waters. During an appearance on Fox and Friends, O'Reilly responded to a clip of Waters calling out the bigoted behavior of some of President Donald Trump's supporters by saying, "I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig."
Hours later, Waters said she had nothing to say to O'Reilly, but she did make her feelings known.
"I am a strong black woman, and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined," Waters said. "And I'd like to say to women out there everywhere: Don't allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are. Do what you do. And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country."
Trump on Wednesday even defended O'Reilly, saying he didn't think the TV host did anything wrong. Waters said she was not surprised. "They are two of a kind," she said.
Rachel Maddow Slams Trump's Confused Response To The Syria Crisis
Rachel Maddow slammed Donald Trump's weak and confused response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria on Wednesday, saying that not even the president's own Pentagon knows what the administration's policy is.
"What are you doing?" Maddow asked of Trump, who appears to have no clue how to move forward with a response to Syria's recent chemical attack, which has killed up to 100 innocent civilians, including women and children.
And of course O'Reilly put a spin on it and defended Trump, he has a short segment about what Trump said with a right-wing business guy, Lou Dobbs. Who has no government experience, and no foreign policy experience.
The two of them defended and promoted Trump, saying this: "He should understand that the United Nations will not work any better for him than it has for the preceding three presidents," Dobbs said. "He needs to bring the leaders of China and Russia and other countries together and first come up with a plan for the refugees. They have to try to understand the world order, and you have to have a president exactly like the one we have. Donald Trump actually knows what he's doing."
No foreign policy experts, no Syrian experts, just O'Reilly and Dobbs saying how great Trump is, two Trump stooges who spent the whole segment saying nothing, exceot what a great president Trump is.
Maddow said this:
"Pentagon officials have no idea what they're supposed to be doing toward Syria now at the Pentagon. After the president criticized the apparent chemical weapons attack today, nobody who's actually in the business of putting the president's money where his mouth is knows what he actually wants to them to do.
The Pentagon does not know. They have no idea what he wants. They're going to reporters to try to get answers that way. What are you doing? What do you mean? What are you signaling not just to our enemies and the people who would challenge us around the world? What are you signaling to our government and military? The people who work for you literally have no idea what you mean or what they should be doing."
The president's approach to foreign policy doesn't just project weakness and confuse our allies, it also emboldens our enemies to push the limits and test American leadership at a time when the commander-in-chief is clearly unstable and unfit to hold the office.
It's likely why North Korea is now flexing its muscle and launching missile tests. It could also be why, as some reports indicate, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waged a chemical attack on his own people - just to see how far he could go with Trump in the White House, he is testing Trump to see what he does.
Without a coherent foreign policy or stable commander-in-chief, members of Trump's own administration don't have a clue what the president will do next. For the safety and security of the American people and the rest of the world, this is a nightmare.
Lisa Bloom Drops A Bombshell On O'Reilly & Fox News
During an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, attorney Lisa Bloom dropped a bombshell by telling NBC's Kate Snow that she has been flooded with phone calls from women who were at Fox News who were sexually harassed.
Bloom was talking about her client Wendy Walsh when she said, "I've been flooded with calls all week, by the way, from Fox News women all week. I'm happy to talk to them."
Kate Snow asked, "Did you just say you've been flooded with calls from women who worked at Fox News?"
Bloom answered, "Yes."
Snow, "So are there others out there who you think want to talk?"
Bloom, "There are many others."
Snow, "How many calls have you gotten?"
Bloom, "I can't tell you, but there's a lot. This is a real problem."
Kate Snow brought up how this could be similar to the Bill Cosby case where there was a steady drip, drip, drip of women coming forward.
So far, advertisers have gotten away with pulling their ads from O'Reilly's show and reassigning them to other programs on the Fox News Channel, which is why it is important for consumers to demand that advertisers pull of their ads from Fox News until Bill O'Reilly is fired.
Fox News didn't clean up their culture of sexual harassment by getting rid of Roger Ailes. They just shoved it under the rug. And more women are out there. Fox News is not going to be able to ride this out and hope it goes away.
The women are most likely going to keep coming forward, eventually, the advertisers will probably leave, and when that happens Fox News will begin to feel it in their bottom line. Then and only then they might do something to O'Reilly, but at the worst they will probably just suspend him for a short time and talk about sexual harassment training.
One thing is true for sure, Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are now scared, because this is the kind of scandal that can hurt any company. But of course their viewers do not care, because they would only care if it was happening at CNN or MSNBC, when it's their people they could care less.
GOP Strategist Slams Donald Trump For Being A Bad President
O'Reilly says that Trump is doing ok for a president with no government experience, even though everyone else thinks he is doing terrible. O'Reilly also says that all the liberals simply hate Trump, so they give him bad approval ratings, ignoring the fact that people hate Trump because he is a spoiled rich guy who insults everyone and constantly lies about everything. Not to mention his 35% approval rating, which includes everyone but Republicans.
Now a GOP strategist is saying what we all know, that Trump is just a terrible president. But O'Reilly ignores this, because it kills his lie that only liberals hate Trump, and they only give him bad approval ratings because they hate him, not the terrible job he is doing and all the lies.
GOP strategist Rick Wilson said this: "Trump's poll numbers suck for a reason. It's not complicated. He. Is. Bad. At. Being. President."
In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, GOP strategist Rick Wilson said this:
The daily chaotic shitshow can't disguise the fact that he's just not good at the work of being the leader of our nation.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
He believes in nothing beyond his own ego needs, and lacks character, discipline, and management skills.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
He mistakenly thinks his skill as a game show host and in snookering enough rubes to vote for him was leadership.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
In reality, he's a weak man, a weak leader, and a weak thinker. He's crafty, not smart. He was more lucky than good and doesn't get that.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
Now -- as SOMEONE -- warned you, he's becoming the boat anchor around the neck of the GOP and conservatives.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
But he's at least attacking duh librul media, right? You still have THAT figleaf, right "conservative" media?
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
Domestically, you'll just look politely aside while he proposes trillion-dollar infra bills, an Ivankacare child care bill, and a VAT.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
No matter how much this deranged arsonist sets alight, "But. the MSM. but Obummer. but Killary" is a nice mantra while it all burns.
-- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 5, 2017
Rick Wilson is simply telling it like it is, and being an honest Republican, which is very hard to find these days. Donald Trump is just bad at being president. His polling numbers reveal that most Americans would agree with Wilson. Trump is awful, and Wilson's explanation of Trump shows his many character flaws and explains it all.
Trump is weak and he is an anchor around the neck of the GOP. Having embraced Donald Trump, the Republican Party must now take its just desserts and have its name forever attached to not only the most unpopular president in American history but to the president who most likely sold out the United States of America to Russia.
I believe what happened is the Republican party let Trump run and they thought if he won they could change him and make him seem presidential, and control him to do what they want. But it all backfired on them, and Trump stayed Trump, a jerk, he did not change and he did not become presidential.
Now they are stuck with him and they have no idea what to do with him. So I think they are leaking things about him and trying to get him impeached, so they can get rid of him and replace him with Pence. I am predicting Trump is impeached before the end of the year and replaced by Pence or someone else.
The Bogus Susan Rice Unmasking Story Shows How Right-Wing Propaganda Works
For most of the last decade, the flow of misinformation was often easy to track in the media, with the right-wing media often forcing mainstream outlets to follow the stories and tone they favored. Now, a couple of months into President Trump's administration, this pattern has changed and new players have entered the ecosystem.
Groups that used to be contained to their own little bubble have been able to insert themselves into the food chain and been able to spread not just misleading, but patently false information to right-wing outlets and sometimes even in turn to mainstream media.
Now a new dishonest allegation regarding Susan Rice, former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, illustrates how this new pattern can spread pro-Trump misinformation and propaganda from fringe sources into mainstream media outlets.
And O'Reilly used it big time, proving he is part of the right-wing propaganda system in the country. This whole story is made up by far-right loons, and yet O'Reilly reports it every night calling it a bombshell, when it's not even a firecracker.
Recently, fake news and the white nationalist alt-right movement have become two of the country's biggest problems in terms of fighting misinformation. Both government officials and websites like Facebook and Google are trying to lessen the harmful impact as websites that share fake news continue to mislead news consumers.
And the alt-right is growing in prominence thanks in part to President Trump's choice of Stephen Bannon, the former chairman of alt-right website Breitbart News, as his chief strategist. Fringe alt-right forums, on sites like Reddit, 4chan, and 8chan, exercise influence by pushing conspiracy theories and leading harassment campaigns.
And btw folks, O'Reilly says the internet is garbage, so do not believe anything you read online. Then he takes these made up news stories, like the Susan Rice story, from these fringe groups and reports it as if it was real news. So he is breaking his own rule, and using unverified online sources to report fake news stories.
For the record, the real reason O'Reilly says do not trust what you read on the internet is because he does not like what people like me say about people like him and all the other right-wing liars on tv and in print. He just does not like it when people call out his right-wing lies and propaganda and show he is a liar, so he tries to discredit us all by saying we lie about him and Trump. When 99% of what we report and write about is true and can be proven.
I prove most of what I say with video and or transcripts from his own show, and he never disputes any of it, or has me on his show as a guest to talk about it. I have been doing this for 17 years and O'Reilly has not asked me to be on his show one time, but he did have his attorney Diane Brandi send me a registered letter about 10 years ago trying to scare me into shutting this website down. As you can see, that never happened, and I welcome a lawsuit from O'Reilly.
These different groups do not operate in a vacuum. Repeatedly, they have come together to spread and amplify their misinformation and claims. Often, a claim will start on a fringe outlet or forum, and other such sites will amplify the misinformation, then fake news purveyors will push it, and then the claim will jump into more traditional right-wing media before sometimes spreading into mainstream media.
Trump aides and other people connected to Trump have even promoted some of those stories, including O'Reilly and almost all of Fox, crucially helping them break through at times.
And that brings us to Susan Rice.
On April 2nd, the dishonest Mike Cernovich, a self-described member of the alt-right, claimed in a post on Medium that the White House Counsel's office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking of Trump officials caught in surveillance of foreign officials after examining Rice's document log requests. With no actual evidence to prove those claims.
The claim then spread among fringe right-wing outlets such as The Gateway Pundit -- which said the unmasking was purely for political purposes -- and Infowars, and spread via posts on 4chan and Reddit. All highly partisan and dishonest news sources, 99.9% of what they report is unproven and simply their opinion.
The claim was then echoed by Bloomberg's Eli Lake, another Republican, who added a layer of credibility to the attempted smear, writing that Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.
Meanwhile, multiple fake news purveyors hyped the allegations, dubiously claiming that Rice could be headed to jail for treason. They even took a photo of Rice and Obama in the White House and put big words over it saying Rice Is Going To Jail. When it is all lies, and she is not going to jail, in fact, she never did anything wrong or illegal.
Lake even conceded in his piece that Rice's requests "were likely within the law."
Legal and national security experts echoed that conclusion, saying Rice's actions were not odd or wrong, did not indicate anything improper whatsoever, and were within the scope of the job of a national security advisor like Rice.
But Lake's caveats did not prevent him from going on both Sean Hannity's radio show and Fox News shows, where the right-wing host described the story as "worse than Watergate."
As the false claim spread to the O'Reilly Factor and into the mainstream media, some in the right-wing media criticized mainstream outlets for not giving the story enough attention or for not presenting it the way they would. Especially Bill O'Reilly, who was mad the mainstream media did not spread the lies as much as he did.
Fox News in particular insisted that something must be improper if not illegal about Rice's actions, and in their scramble they likely outed themselves as another outlet that the White House used as a puppet for the Rice leak.
This is the new media ecosystem in the Trump era. No longer are these false claims all originating in traditional right-wing media before mainstream outlets give in to pressure to cover them. Now they can start from these fringe pro-Trump propaganda outlets, with O'Reilly, Hannity, and the rest of the right-wing media picking them up.
Meanwhile, members of the alt-right continue to gain more prominence and acceptance in traditional conservative and conservative media circles. Indeed, radio host Rush Limbaugh, while hyping the Rice story, bragged that mainstream media outlets are not the arbiters anymore; whitewashed the original source of the story, Cernovich, as simply a pro-Trump blogger, and said CBS 60 Minutes tried to destroy him; and criticized mainstream outlets for dismissing the story because it was pushed by right-wing media.
This is the danger that the new media environment presents. The fringe is no longer being silenced; it has actively been raised into the mainstream by pro-Trump forces both known and unknown, and has been repeatedly validated by both mainstream reporters and especially an administration that has no hesitation about lying to the world.
It's crucial that mainstream media outlets understand this new environment and the kind of claims and conspiracy theories it puts forth. It is one thing to share the mainstream with extremist cranks, propagandists, and liars. It's another thing to succumb and do their pro-Trump misinforming for them. In other words, they need to do a better job of sourcing this information, and find out who first reported it, before they go on tv and report it as if it is true.
More Companies Pull Ads From The O'Reilly Factor Show
4-5-17 -- Update Wednesday night: Since Monday night, it is now more than 40 companies who advertise with Fox News that have announced they're splitting from the show - a response to a bombshell New York Times report indicating that O'Reilly and Fox News have paid around $13 million in settlements to address complaints brought by five of his former female colleagues.
30 companies have now pulled their ads from the show after the NY Times report that O'Reilly and Fox paid 5 women over $13 million in settlements, and that does not even count the $9 million he paid out in 2005, and the women we do not know about, that did not report him. With his money he could have also paid off some of them with cash, and we will never know about them.
More than 30 companies have pulled their ads so far over O'Reilly's history of harassment cases. At least 10 more companies announced Wednesday they were joining the rolling boycott of O'Reilly's program.
They were Subaru, H&R Block, Jenny Craig, LegalZoom, Visionworks, Coldwell Banker, Eli Lilly and Company, Touchnote, Old Dominion Freight Line, and BambooHR.
Another advertiser, WeatherTech, said it was "adjusting our advertising schedule" but did not confirm plans for the show.
Fox News has given no indication that the ad exodus might affect O'Reilly's career there. Even though they said that after Ailes was forced out they would have a zero tolerence for sexual harassment. His contract was set to expire this year, but has already been renewed. O'Reilly, 67, earns about $18 million a year for hosting the show.
Trump Is An Idiot: He Thinks His Defense Of O'Reilly Helps Him
Trump Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month By Defending Bill O'Reilly. And this does not help O'Reilly, it hurts him. For one it just makes the whole story known to more people, and that makes O'Reilly look bad, and two Trump is a man who has been accused of sexual harassment many many times himself. So he is the worst person in the world to be defending someone over sexual harassment claims.
Third, it helps to keep the story in the public spotlight, if O'Reilly and everyone who supports him just keep quiet about the story it will go away sooner, every day someone mentions it they keep the story alive for another day. And I would bet anything when O'Reilly heard Trump was defending him, he got mad and called him and told him to stop talking about it so it will go away as fast as possible.
Now Trump said he doesn't think O’Reilly, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, did anything wrong. When he has no idea if O'Reilly harassed those women, because he was not there. Nobody knows if it happened or not, except O'Reilly and the women saying he did. And if you have one or two complaints over the years, maybe he is innocent, but when it's 5, that we know of, that sure is signs of guilt.
In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Trump defended O'Reilly after the Times reported that O'Reilly or Fox News paid five women a total of about $13 million to settle claims of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior over the years.
"I think he shouldn't have settled; personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," Trump added. "Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."
O'Reilly has so far stayed silent on the scandal, despite losing at least 15 advertisers for The O'Reilly Factor, his primetime Fox News show.
Trump's comments echo statements he made about former Fox News chief Roger Ailes in July 2016, amid another sexual harassment scandal at the network. Trump claimed Ailes accusers had received help from Ailes and then said these horrible things about him.
"It's very sad. Because he's a very good person. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he's done. So I feel very badly," Trump told NBC.
More than a dozen women have accused Trump himself of sexual assault. Trump called them liars and threatened to sue them after the 2016 presidential election ended, but so far has taken no legal action.
The Washington Post unearthed a video in October of Trump claiming he can grab women by the crotch because he is a celebrity. He dismissed the comment, which was made in 2005, as locker room talk. But he said it in private and also said he can get away with it because he is rich and famous, while not knowing he was being recorded. Trump is the worst person in the world to defend someone over sexual harassment claims, and O'Reilly probably hates it.
Trump Advisor Bannon Removed From The National Security Council
Yeah, he was finally removed from a job he was not qualified to do, and never should have been doing in the first place. Bannon is a political hack, and has no experience in national security or foreign policy. He was just there to spy on people for Trump, plain and simple.
Trump's Russia denials just fell apart as after months of denying that they knew Mike Flynn had Russia connections, White House officials admitted that they knew Flynn had problems which is one of the reasons why Steve Bannon was on the NSC.
Rosie Gray of The Atlantic tweeted this:
Rosie Gray - @RosieGray
sr WH official tells me Bannon was only on NSC to keep an eye on Flynn & "de-operationalize NSC from Rice" & that he never went to a meeting
10:43 AM - 5 Apr 2017
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
In January, Trump released a memo on the organization of his National Security Council, which listed Bannon as a member of the principals committee. A number of officials from previous Democratic and Republican administrations raised concerns that the unusual inclusion would blur the lines between politics and national security work.
Trump also excluded the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence from National Security Council meetings except when "issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed."
In the new memo, Bannon's role is no longer included in the principals committee, and the Joint Chiefs chair and the DNI are again regular attendees.
21 Advertisers Have Now Dropped Bill O'Reilly
Yesterday morning it was two sponsors - Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai.
By lunch time it was eight. By the afternoon, it was 16.
This morning it is 21 corporations that have withdrawn their ads from The O'Reilly Factor. And O'Reilly has still not said one word about it, he ignores it just like he ignores the Russia scandal with Trump and all the other bad news about Trump.
Fox News is facing what The New York Times calls a major advertising revolt and singer Bette Midler among many others was reveling in it, tweeting this:
"Looks like Bill O'Reilly's next on the scaffold, and I'm popping Champagne! Fox watchers turn a blind eye to predators; no morality at all."
Instead of saying he is sorry and admitting he is a crazy old pervert who will get help, O'Reilly has threatened to sue accuser Wendy Walsh. But O'Reilly's stock has fallen so low he cannot even scare his accusers into silence and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell responded by inviting his audience to chime in with their opinion.
The list of advertisers fleeing to greener pastures is a long one. The following companies have dropped their ads on the Factor:
Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Orkin, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance (which is owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Credit Karma, Wayfair, The Wonderful Company, TrueCar, the Society for Human Resource Management and Coldwell Banker.
But many more are still buying ads on the show, and nobody should buy their products until they drop him too.
Congressman Adam Schiff Dismisses Phony GOP Outrage Over Susan Rice
Ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff tore into Donald Trump and Republicans on Tuesday for interfering in the Russia investigation and, more recently, distracting the American people by pouncing on the non-story about former National Security Advisor Susan Rice doing her job.
And now we know that Joe DiGenova is the source for the story, he is a conservative hack who constantly puts out lies. During the election he told people not to vote for Hillary Clinton because his sources told him she would be indicted within 40 days and would go to jail. And none of that ever happened. DiGenova is a far-right propaganda guy, and virtually nothing he says is true.
But O'Reilly is promoting his bogus story, proving he is nothing but a right-wing hack who should just get his paycheck from Trump.
On MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, Schiff said of White House attempts to distract from and interfere with the Russian investigation: "No matter what the White House throws at us, we're going to be pressing forward."
Given the repeated attempts by the White House to derail the probe, Hayes asked, "Can you be confident that the integrity of the counterintelligence investigation that we now know the FBI is undertaking can be protected and secure?"
Schiff said it's up to the FBI to remain proactive in the investigation and assured the American people that he would not be distracted from getting to the bottom of this major scandal:
"Trump is not going to change. He is who he is. So if they're making efforts at the White House to interfere with our investigation, they're going to continue to do that throughout the investigation. Whether they will risk doing that with the FBI, I don't know, but we need to count on the bureau to maintain the integrity of that investigation. And I can assure you no matter what the White House throws at us, we're going to be pressing forward. We're determined to overcome any obstacle and use every resource we have."
Schiff concluded by saying how important it is, despite Republican efforts, that the investigation is carried out in a way that's transparent, so people can see the evidence and trust the end result of the investigation. He plans to continue pushing for public hearings.
The Trump White House can cherry pick certain classified information to try to validate the president's insane conspiracy theories or pounce on the latest story about Susan Rice doing her job, but Democrats are unshaken by the president's many attempts to change the subject.
Dishonest Clown Trump Blames Obama For Syria Chemical Attack
Now the clown is blaming Obama for the Syria chemical attack, saying he should have done something about Syria when he was in office. Except in 2013 the clown was telling Obama to stay out of Syria, and the Republicans in Congress refused to give Obama the authority to use the military against Syria.
So as usual, Trump is a fricking liar who just makes it up as he goes. Talking out of both sides of his mouth, and showing the American people that nothing he says can be trusted to be at all true. And of course his stooge O'Reilly never mentions a word about any of this, while slamming Don Lemon at CNN for not reporting the made up Susan Rice story.
President Trump's statement on the Assad regime's chemical attack in Syria pulled no punches in blaming the Obama administration:
"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."
"President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack."
But Trump's tweets around the time that President Obama considered seeking congressional approval for military action in Syria (an idea discarded after the Syrian government agreed to destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles on September 10, 2013 in an agreement jointly negotiated with Russia) indicate an agreement with Obama's ultimate decision not to act, if not his methods.
Read the actual tweets about it from Trump in 2013:
June 15, 2013: We should stay the hell out of Syria, the "rebels" are just as bad as the current regime. WHAT WILL WE GET FOR OUR LIVES AND $ BILLIONS?ZERO
August 29, 2013: What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
September 1, 2013: President Obama's weakness and indecision may have saved us from doing a horrible and very costly (in more ways than money) attack on Syria!
September 2, 2013: If the U.S. attacks Syria and hits the wrong targets, killing civilians, there will be worldwide hell to pay. Stay away and fix broken U.S.
September 3, 2013: What I am saying is stay out of Syria.
September 5, 2013: The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria,fix U.S.A.
September 5, 2013: AGAIN, TO OUR VERY FOOLISH LEADER, DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA - IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN & FROM THAT FIGHT THE U.S. GETS NOTHING!
September 7, 2013: President Obama, do not attack Syria. There is no upside and tremendous downside. Save your "powder" for another (and more important) day!
September 9, 2013: Don't attack Syria - an attack that will bring nothing but trouble for the U.S. Focus on making our country strong and great again!
O'Reilly Slams Don Lemon For Not Covering Bogus Susan Rice Story
This whole story about Susan Rice is garbage, it is all made up by the far-right loons who simply want to get the media to stop reporting on the Trump/Russia scandal.
The former national security advisor's surveillance activity is neither illegal or unethical. Bill O'Reilly and his conservative friends are seizing on a report that former national security advisor Susan Rice requested the identity of anonymous people named in intelligence reports, claiming that it provides evidence for President Trump's lie that Trump Tower was wiretapped.
Bloomberg's Eli Lake reported Monday that Rice requested the unmasking of third parties whose information is collected during targeted surveillance of other individuals. Conservative media jumped on the claim and reported that it corroborates Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee's allegation that information about Trump's transition team had been incidentally collected during U.S. government surveillance of foreign officials.
But the reports, which originated from the far-right, fringe corners of the internet, do not reveal any illegal activity or violation of privacy laws. They also provide no support for President Trump's still entirely-unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration's surveillance targeted Trump officials.
Susan Rice's involvement in the unmasking was first reported by far-right extremist Mike Cernovich, who published a story on Medium Sunday alleging that the mainstream media has been attempting to cover up the revelation.
Cernovich, a white nationalist, misogynist, and a key figure in the Pizzagate controversy, has been called the meme mastermind of the alt-right.
Less than 24 hours later, Bloomberg's Eli Lake picked up the same reports on Rice's activity, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Unlike Cernovich, Lake noted that Rice's unmasking does not vindicate Trump's own tweets from March 4 in which he accused Obama of illegally tapping Trump Tower. Lake also did not allege that Rice's activity is unlawful, but he did write that her actions highlight a longstanding concern about surveillance programs.
Within hours, headlines highlighting Rice's involvement appeared across the conservative internet on sites including Breitbart News, the Daily Caller, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, the New York Post, and Gateway Pundit. And of course the O'Reilly Factor.
On Fox News, reporter Adam Housley called the unmasking unprecedented and stoked anger by claiming that the names of Americans who had done nothing wrong was disseminated to all of the NSC, some at DOD, Clapper, Brennan, basically the people at the top. Shortly after, Trump tweeted about the segment.
But according to national security experts, Rice's actions are far from unprecedented.
The names of unidentified Americans are masked in intelligence reports to protect the identity of third-parties. When someone with credentials to request the classified information asks for the names to be revealed solely to them, the process is known as unmasking.
The unmasking of unidentified Americans in intelligence reports is within the scope of the job of a national security advisor like Rice. According to Kate Martin, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Rice's actions are legal and probably do not even raise privacy concerns if the individuals were part of the Trump transition team.
When an American's identity in a classified intelligence report is unmasked, only those who have a security clearance and the authority to view the classified information may see the unmasked report, Martin said. The information may not be shared with individual members of Congress, let alone outside the government.
Conversations by foreign government officials are routinely surveilled, and those speaking with ambassadors should expect that their conversations may be wiretapped.
Given Russia's involvement in the U.S. election, it's not surprising that Rice would look at intelligence reports on Russia, including conversations by Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. If those conversations were with Americans, it follows that Rice would ask for the names to understand more about the conversation.
"There is no legal issue, and if the conversations were by official members of the presidential transition team conducting government business, it is hard to even see what privacy interest those individuals had in such conversations," Martin said.
On Twitter, Brookings Institution fellow Susan Hennessey expressed a similar skepticism at the validity of the so-called bombshell reports on Rice's unmasking.
Erik Wemple: A Real News Organization Would Fire O'Reilly
Not only is Fox not going to fire O'Reilly, they just gave him a new contract.
ALI VELSHI (HOST): So here's the issue, Erik. Fox does very well in terms of viewership, by Bill O'Reilly. Lots and lots of people watch Bill O'Reilly. Now there are advertisers, sponsors who don't want to be associated with the idea that there are sexual harassment allegations, but the viewers are still sticking with him. How does a news organization weigh those two things against one another?
ERIK WEMPLE: Well, a news organization basically says we can't have this guy on our air. Fox News, on the other hand, not quite a news organization the way we've come to understand them in this country. They just basically dig in, don't say anything, and hope this basically blows over.
Remember, in the past O'Reilly has had scandals. In 2015 he was exposed as either a great embellisher or actually a liar for things that he has stated about his own reportorial past in various hot zones around the world. And what did they do? They just dug in their heels and they called their critics far-left loons, or far-left campaigners and critics, and so on and so forth.
And what happened? O'Reilly's ratings increased. So whenever Fox News can get itself into a situation where they can tar their critics as being liberal, or lefty, or something like that, then they get stronger. So this is a dynamic that doesn't necessarily weaken Fox News every time.
15 Companies Have Now Pulled Their Ads From The O'Reilly Factor Show
At least 15 companies have pulled advertising from The O'Reilly Factor after revelations that several women have accused host Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment.
Following an explosive New York Times report that O'Reilly and Fox News had paid around $13 million in settlements addressing complaints brought by five of the conservative host's previous female colleagues, advertisers moved to remove their commercials from the show. Among the first were automakers Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai.
The exodus continued Tuesday, with Mitsubishi Motors, T. Rowe Price, Wayfair, Bayer, Credit Karma and Lexus among those confirming to reporters that they had pulled advertising from O'Reilly's show.
"The allegations are disturbing and, given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don't feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now," Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman Donna Boland told CNN, which first reported the company's decision to pull advertising on Monday.
Hyundai announced its decision late Monday night. "As a company we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity," a Hyundai spokesman said.
Fox News is "working with these advertisers to address their current concerns about the O'Reilly Factor," Paul Rittenberg, the network's executive vice president of ad sales, said in a statement.
BuzzFeed News reached out to about 50 companies that advertise on The O'Reilly Factor and confirmed Tuesday that automaker BMW, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare and marketing company Constant Contact had pulled commercials.
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline also told BuzzFeed that it has temporarily pulled advertising.
"We are continually reviewing our advertising to ensure it is conducted in a responsible manner aligned with our values," a GSK spokesperson told BuzzFeed.
Insurance company Allstate, the men's clothing line Untuckit and pet food company Ainsworth Pet Nutrition all confirmed Tuesday that they are withdrawing commercials from the show, NBC News reported.
"Inclusivity and support for women are important Allstate values," Allstate spokesman Justin Herndon told the network. "We are concerned about the issues surrounding the program and we have suspended our advertising."
Lexus said in a statement: "We take our duties as a responsible advertiser seriously and have been closely monitoring the situation involving The O'Reilly Factor. In response, we have asked our media-buying partners to move all Lexus ad inventory out of the program."
Credit Karma spokesman Rick Chen said the company removed its ads from O'Reilly's show "in light of the recent concerning allegations.
Don Lemon Hits Back At Bill O'Reilly Tweet
CNN anchor Don Lemon fired back against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday over accusations that Lemon was refusing to cover allegations that former Obama official Susan Rice improperly unmasked Trump aides.
False, Lemon tweeted. "I did not refuse to cover the story. But I did cover your sexual harassment allegations. Did you?"
And btw folks, Rice says it is all lies made up by the White House and the right-wing echo chamber to divert attention away from all the Trump scandals.
The controversy stems from Lemon's Monday night segment, when he set out to debunk allegations that for political purposes, Rice, then national security adviser to President Barack Obama, had requested the identification of Americans mentioned in intelligence reports.
Lemon said there was no evidence to support those claims and referenced a Washington Post column to support his points on the baselessness of the accusations.
"There is no evidence whatsoever that the Trump team was spied on illegally," Lemon told his audience. "There is no evidence that backs up the president's original claim."
"And on this program tonight we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people who are trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion."
On Tuesday, O'Reilly sent out a tweet claiming Lemon "refuses to cover Susan Rice story" and highlighting a clip of Lemon's segment.
And Lemon fought back. He brought up the Fox News host's problems with female colleagues.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that O'Reilly or his employer had agreed to pay $13 million in settlements to five women who alleged sexual harassment or verbal abuse. Since then, O'Reilly has faced serious public backlash, and at least nine companies have pulled advertising from his show, including Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai.
Hyundai Is The Second Sponsor To Pull Ads From O'Reilly's Show
Citing recent and disturbing allegations about Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment of Fox News female staffers, Hyundai said it was removing its ads from The O'Reilly Factor, saying in an email statement: "We had upcoming advertising spots on the show, but are reallocating them."
The Hyundai decision follows that of Mercedes-Benz to withdraw its ads following a New York Times investigation "that found five women who made allegations of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against him."
Mercedes-Benz spent about $1.9 million last year in advertising on O'Reilly's show.
The Hyundai statement goes on to say:
"As a company, we seek to partner with companies and programming that share our values of inclusion and diversity. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation as we plan future advertising decisions."
The O'Reilly sexual harassment scandal is the one additional bit of trouble Fox News did not need right now. The announcement of Fox contributor Julie Roginsky's sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News and Roger Ailes Monday night further damages the Fox brand.
As The Daily Show host Trevor Noah put it Monday night, O'Reilly is Donald Trump's "propaganda partner" and O'Reilly's fate will affect Trump.
Noah said, "You know how Trump can celebrate? By calling out his propaganda partner Bill O'Reilly at Fox News."
That won't happen, but if O'Reilly was not there, where besides Fox & Friends would Trump get insane material for his tweets? More than once he has watched O'Reilly and then run off to grab his smartphone and start tweeting lies O'Reilly reported.
And btw, I would not be shocked to learn that O'Reilly told his friend Donald Trump to watch his show and then tweet about things he reports, which is why Trump gets caught tweeting so many lies. Because O'Reilly is a lying right-wing hack who spins out more lies than you can count.
The move by Hyundai, following so quickly on the heels of Mercedes-Benz decision and Roginsky's lawsuit, could be the beginning of the avalanche that brings down Bill O'Reilly's fake news empire, and one of Donald Trump's strongest allies.
Bill O'Reilly Silent About His Sexual Harassment Scandal
Bill O'Reilly was silent on his Monday night show following new revelations about legal settlements paid to women accusing him of sexual harassment.
O'Reilly has previously used his show to attack a former Fox News producer who alleged in a lawsuit that he urged her to buy a vibrator and seemed to be masturbating on the phone. O'Reilly, on the air, blasted the 2004 suit filed by Andrea Mackris as "the single most evil thing I have ever experienced."
Even though he did it, and she had recorded his calls, which is why he paid her $9 million dollars to keep quiet. And he did that after saying she was a liar and that he would never settle with her or pay her a dime. In fact, O'Reilly said he would fight her in court until the bitter end, then he found out she had recorded his calls, and he paid her $9 million dollars to go away.
Monday night, O'Reilly kicked off his show with a report on the Senate fight over Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. And throughout the program, it was business as usual, with coverage of familiar themes like the media is supposedly being biased against President Donald Trump, and liberalism run amok on college campuses.
His usual right-wing propaganda. O'Reilly closed the show by highlighting his donation to a child-health charity, as if that makes up for him being a serial sexual harasser.
The Monday show was O'Reilly's first since The New York Times reported Saturday that five women, including Mackris, received $13 million in settlements from lawsuits accusing O'Reilly of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior. The Times revealed three additional cases against O'Reilly that had not been previously reported.
And btw folks, someone who is not guilty would have actually said that, and actually fought them in court and proved they were lying. People who are guilty, and who get caught over and over, settle and just go on making millions and most likely move on to their next victim.
O'Reilly is just an old pervert who hits on all these younger women, and when they say no he punishes them for it. Then he pays them off so he can do it again to someone else. My question is how many do we not know about, how many had sex with him to advance their career, and how many did not report him to anyone so it would not end their career at Fox, those are answers we will never get.
O'Reilly said in a statement Saturday that he's "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity" and that no one has filed a complaint with the Fox News human resources department.
But not every accuser was employed by Fox News. A sixth woman, psychologist Wendy Walsh, said in a press conference Monday that O'Reilly reneged on a promise to help make her paid contributor after she declined his sexual advances.
Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, urged state and local authorities to investigate persistent sexual harassment claims inside Fox News and said Walsh -- who is not suing O'Reilly -- would cooperate in an independent probe.
"No company in America has the right to normalize sexual harassment, and that includes Fox News," Bloom said. "No company in America has the right to drive out women who complain, and that includes Fox News. No company in America has the right to use its riches to flout the law, and that includes Fox News."
The press conference featuring Bloom and Walsh began hours after Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky filed a sexual harassment suit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who resigned in July following similar allegations from women inside and outside the network.
Roginsky also sued co-president Bill Shine and the network for what she alleged was retaliation for not publicly defending Ailes last summer.
The Fox network remains consumed by disturbing revelations about the toxic environment Ailes created and fostered for more than two decades. Parent company 21st Century Fox recently settled a lawsuit from contributor Tamara Holder, who accused top executive Francisco Cortes of sexual assault.
So far, 21st Century Fox has stood by O'Reilly, whose show makes millions for the company, and even renewed his contract. So they could care less that O'Reilly is a serial sexual harasser, as long as he gets good ratings and makes them a lot of money, he can do no wrong. Which is why everyone should just stop watching Fox News, they are a joke and nothing but a propaganda arm of the Republican party and Donald "The Clown" Trump.
Former Trump Campaign Adviser Carter Page Met With Russian Spy
The slow drip of developments in the never-ending Russia scandal continued on Monday, with a new report from Buzzfeed showing that former Donald Trump campaign adviser Carter Page previously met with a Russian spy.
And of course Bill O'Reilly never said a word about any of it, maybe he was too busy sexually harassing some woman on his staff.
According to Buzzfeed, Page met with and passed off documents to at least one Russian spy at Moscow's UN office in 2013. Two years after the meeting, in 2015, the same spy Page met with faced charges from the United States government as part of a larger spy ring.
More from the report:
The adviser, Carter Page, met with a Russian intelligence operative named Victor Podobnyy, who was later charged by the US government alongside two others for acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government. The charges, filed in January 2015, came after federal investigators busted a Russian spy ring that was seeking information on US sanctions as well as efforts to develop alternative energy. Page is an energy consultant.
A court filing by the US government contains a transcript of a recorded conversation in which Podobnyy speaks with one of the other men busted in the spy ring, Igor Sporyshev, about trying to recruit someone identified as "Male-1." BuzzFeed News has confirmed that Male-1 was Carter Page.
The revelation of Page's connection to Russian intelligence is the most clearly documented contact to date between Russian intelligence and someone on Trump's team. It comes as federal investigators probe whether Trump's campaign-era associates -- including Page -- had any inappropriate contact with Russian officials or intelligence operatives during the course of the election.
If this interaction was the only connection that Trump and his circle of associates had with Russia, it may not be such a big story. But this is just one of several ties between people on the president's team and Moscow that's been revealed in recent days.
According to a Washington Post story also published Monday, a secret meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and an associate of Vladimir Putin was arranged by the United Arab Emirates to develop a "back-channel line of communication" between Trump and Russia.
Another story O'Reilly never said a word about, so many women so little time to harass them.
These are just two examples of connections between Trump and Moscow revealed in a single day. But this is before we get to Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner -- all on the list of Trump associates with Russian ties.
Ultimately, no matter how often the president tries to deflect from this explosive scandal by spewing nonsense on Twitter or perpetuating tin-foil hat conspiracy theories about Barack Obama, this controversy is not going away. There are clear connections between this president - who the Russians helped put in the White House - and Moscow.
Each day, those connections grow tighter and more apparent.
Trump Kills Regulation Protecting Workers From Wage Theft
So much for Trump being for the working man, every day he does something against the working man and for the corporations, and he was at it again on Monday.
Companies that commit wage theft and put their workers in harm's way just got a big favor from the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing a regulation that had encouraged federal contractors to follow labor laws. Under the Obama-era rule, companies with an egregious record of violating wage and safety laws would lose their government contracts if they didn't come into compliance.
The idea behind the rule was to make sure dishonest employers didn't receive taxpayer dollars. But Republicans in Congress thought the rule was too punitive and unfair to businesses. They used an arcane tool known as the Congressional Review Act in an effort to kill the regulation, which was called the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule.
By approving the legislation sent to him by the Senate, Trump has ensured not only that the regulation will die, but also that no similar regulation can be put forth by the Labor Department again. Trump signed the legislation at a White House ceremony in front of the press.
"When President Trump has a chance to stand with workers, he chooses not to," Heidi Shierholz, a labor policy expert at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, said in a statement. "By blocking this rule, the president and congressional Republicans will ensure that taxpayers will continue to support contractors with a history of wage theft and health and safety violations."
The repeal of the rule is part of a broader assault on federal regulations carried out by Republicans with the support of the new White House. The GOP has used the Congressional Review Act to repeal more than a dozen federal rules implemented by the Obama administration. Trump, meanwhile, has issued executive orders that limit agencies abilities to roll out new regulations on corporations, including an order that requires officials to repeal two existing rules for every new one.
Business groups, however, vilified the regulation as a "blacklisting rule," so they got Trump and the GOP members to kill it.
Just last week, Trump and the Republicans killed a different workplace safety regulation, without making it public, one that required large employers to keep an accurate record of any injury for a period of five years. Workplace safety experts say repealing that rule would make it easier for companies to hide health and safety problems.
Mercedes-Benz Pulled Their Ads Off The O'Reilly Factor Show
Following the latest revelations and allegations of sexual misconduct involving Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, Mercedes-Benz announced that they would no longer be advertising during The O'Reilly Factor time slot.
On April 1st, The New York Times reported that five women received payments totaling nearly $13 million from either O'Reilly or Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox "in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their" allegations of sexual harassment involving O'Reilly.
The allegations include "verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and dirty phone calls."
Mercedes-Benz called the most recent allegations, "disturbing" and in a statement given to CNNMoney, the company said: "Given the importance of women in every aspect of our business, we don't feel this is a good environment in which to advertise our products right now."
CNN reached out to more than 20 companies and brands that have previously run ads during O'Reilly's show, but Mercedes-Benz was the only one to confirm they are pulling their advertising from the show so far.
Lexus said they would monitor the situation while Jenny Craig refused to publicly comment on their advertising strategy and the dog food brand Nutrish refused to comment on anything related to their media buy.
Civil Rights Attorney Says O'Reilly Would Be Fired At Any Other Company
Lisa Bloom: "At Any Other Company, Bill O'Reilly Would Be Fired," "They Have No Interest In Getting Rid Of This Man, Who's Accused Of Being A Serial Harasser"
CHRIS HAYES (HOST): What does your reporting suggest about the posture of Fox towards O'Reilly, now that you have five settlements on the record and other ones possibly out there as lawsuits now?
MICHAEL SCHMIDT: Well, we know that Mr. O'Reilly's contract has been extended. Fox extended it knowing that he had reached many of these settlements. The important thing about the settlements is that two of them have been reached since Mr. Ailes left, and Fox knew about those settlements when they extended his contract recently.
So, the question is, and a lot of people have asked me, but Fox has not answered, which is "Why is Mr. O'Reilly being treated differently than Mr. Ailes?" And I think what Fox would probably say is that they don't think the cases that were brought in recent months against Mr. O'Reilly, which he settled, have any merit. And they've been able to dismiss them.
HAYES: Lisa, do you want to respond to that?
LISA BLOOM: Listen, it's been since 2004 with Andrea Mackris, who I knew at the time, what she went through in a public case against Bill O'Reilly, where it seemed pretty clear that she had recordings of him making sexually explicit comments about what he wanted to do in the shower with her, all the way until the present.
You know, at any other company, Bill O'Reilly would be fired. And today, I called upon the State Division of Human Rights in New York and the New York City Human Rights Commission to, on their own motion, do an independent investigation into sexual harassment at Fox News, because they simply treat these payments as the cost of doing business.
They have no interest in getting rid of this man, who's accused of being a serial harasser, and instead the women are driven out, over and over again. They're not just harassed, they say, they're driven out of their careers. This is a very serious harm to women's rights, and I hope the state agencies will do an investigation.
Get Ready Folks Wag The Dog Is Coming
Donald Trump is going to start a war somewhere in the world, maybe even North Korea. He will do it to get the media to stop reporting on his Russia scandal. He is doing so bad as President I will bet he does something big to get the media away from reporting on how bad of a job he is doing.
It's coming soon, I have no idea what it will be, but it will happen.
Attorney For O'Reilly Accuser Calls Fox The Cosby Of Corporate America
Lisa Bloom, the attorney for a former Fox News guest holding a press conference Monday, ripped the network's handling of sexual harassment lawsuits against Bill O'Reilly and called for an independent investigation.
"How many women have to come forward?" Bloom, who has also served as an NBC News legal analyst, asked Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources. "How many millions of dollars have to get paid before Fox News takes sexual harassment seriously?"
"In my opinion, this network is the Bill Cosby of corporate America," she continued, in reference to the dozens of women who have accused the famous comedian of sexual assault. "Women over and over again are driven out."
Bloom's comments followed a bombshell New York Times investigation published Saturday that revealed payments of about $13 million to five women accusing the primetime star of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or verbal abuse.
One of the five suits, involving former producer Andrea Mackris, made headlines in 2004. Another suit, involving Fox News employee Juliet Huddy was only reported in January. The other three had not been previously reported.
A sixth woman, Dr. Wendy Walsh, told the Times that she rebuffed O'Reilly's advances and he later didn't follow through on an offer to make her a network contributor. In a release, Bloom said Walsh will speak out at a press conference Monday in Los Angeles and they "will reveal their new demands to the network."
The revelations about O'Reilly only shed more light on the toxic culture inside Fox News.
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who built the network with Rupert Murdoch in 1996 and ran it for two decades, resigned in July following a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson and amid widespread allegations from women inside the network, including former primetime host Megyn Kelly and many others throughout the executive's five decades in media and politics.
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros is also suing Ailes and top executives at Fox News, which she compared to a "Playboy Mansion-Like Cult."
Federal investigators are currently looking into whether parent company 21st Century Fox didn't properly notify investigators about payments to Ailes's accusers and other business practices.
Last month, 21st Century Fox reached a settlement with former Fox News contributor Tamara Holder after she accused former network Fox executive Francisco Cortes of sexual assault.
And last week, two black former employees, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, filed a racial discrimination suit against longtime Judith Slater, Fox News, and 21st Century Fox. The network had fired Slater just days earlier for what it dubbed abhorrent behavior.
O'Reilly, however, has remained seemingly untouchable at Fox News despite the headline-grabbing allegations of sexual harassment over a decade ago and the latest revelations.
In a statement, 21st Century Fox - the Murdoch-family owned parent company of Fox News - noted that no current or former network employee used the company's hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously. The company said it had looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly.
"While he denies the merits of these claims, O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility," the statement continued. "Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News."
Billionaire Mark Cuban Says Trump Too Stupid To Collude With Russia
And I have to agree with Cuban right now, I do not think Trump personally had dealings with Russians during the election. But I think a lot of people in his campaign did, they were working with the Russians and putting out the lies they sent out through social media and other news sites. Trump probably did not even know what his own people were doing, then again he might have, we just do not know yet.
Donald Trump is not a smart guy, he is just a wealthy guy who got where he is using his money and fame. What we see is that he is a moron who has money and he uses it to bully or buy people to get what he wants.
Shark Tank billionaire Mark Cuban has some interesting perspectives on President Donald Trump. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team tweeted that Trump is essentially too clueless to have pulled off any collusion with Russia during his campaign.
"No chance this is a DJT-led conspiracy," Cuban wrote on Twitter. Trump "isn't detail oriented, organized or big picture enough" to orchestrate it, he added.
As "people with Russian connects came into the campaign, Trump had no clue that those connections were possibly being influenced by Russia," Cuban speculated. Trump likely "had no idea this was happening," according to Cuban. "He was doing what he was told to do. Stick to the script and read what was written for him."
And btw folks, watch Trump when he speaks on tv about anything, he is reading off a piece of paper or off a teleprompter, the same thing Republicans used to slam Obama for. But Obama did it well, when Trump does it he looks like a 5 year old who is still learning to read, he is terrible at it and can barely read what someone else has written for him.
Obama gave many on-air press conferences and did not read anything, he gave answers off the top of his head, because he was informed. Trump reads prepared statements and when he speaks off the top of his head it's all nonsense about how great he is and how everyone supports him, when we know he is lying.
Cuban continued: Russians probably took advantage of Trump's greed, Cuban said, by "back channeling coordinated misinformation in an attempt to influence voters" that they apparently suspected Trump would exploit.
It's hardly the first time Cuban - who hasn't ruled out a run for the presidency in 2020 - has attacked Trump's intelligence. Cuban earlier this month slammed Trump as the Zoolander president for his narcissism and intellectual shortcomings.
Last September, Cuban offered to pay $10 million to a charity of his choosing if Trump would meet him in a four-hour interview to explain his own policies. Trump snapped back that Cuban wasn't smart enough to understand what's going on.
Beyond being unaware of the mechanisms of his campaign, Cuban believes Trump also stumbled into trouble because he failed to act like a politician and made decisions based on business concerns.
"Russians have made him a lot of money buying condos and investing in his buildings and hosting his beauty pageant," Cuban tweeted, describing his Trump theory. "That makes them his friends. He ignored their backgrounds." Trump praised Putin because he hoped it would shake some Russian funds loose for Trump's business deals, according to Cuban.
Cuban is also convinced that Trump was simply thinking like a businessman when he hired Paul Manafort as his campaign manager. Bringing on board a man with Russian ties and lucrative contracts with Russian movers and shakers would have been a win-win in Trump's eyes, Cuban tweeted.
Manafort would either help him win the election, or help him get Russian business if Trump lost, Cuban noted. He closed out with a reminder that this is all just conjecture: "That's what I think happened. Feel free to agree or disagree."
I agree, I think Trump did it for money, then he won and he was like oh my God, what do I do now. He has no clue what he is doing and he is not qualified to be the President, which is why things are going so bad. He has no idea who to have around him to do things right, so it is only going to get worse, not better.
Trump, for his part, has tweeted about Cuban dozens of times. Just last month, after Cuban hinted he was thinking about a presidential run of his own, Trump tweeted that the investor "isn't smart enough to run for president."
Which is funny, because Cuban is a hundred times smarter than Trump, he became a billionaire on his own, he earned it and I respect him for that. Trump just got money from his Father then used it to make more money, he did not really earn it, and I have no respect for Trump, none.
Counter-Terrorism Expert Says Russia And Trump Worked Together
A few weeks ago when I read reports that international intelligence agencies were growing skeptical of sharing information with the United States over concerns that Trump couldn't be trusted, the massive scope of the danger this situation poses really came into focus.
To make matters worse, Trump's bent over backwards to avoid saying anything negative about Russia or its president, Vladimir Putin, while he's routinely and publicly attacked, criticized, and demeaned the work of the U.S. intelligence community.
For one of the best summations of how dire this situation is, look no further than comments made by counter-terrorism expert Clint Watts, who testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Community.
During an interview on CNN after his testimony, Watts discussed some of what he told the committee, including how all of this chaos plays right into Russia's hands and that the actions of Trump's campaign seemingly often being in sync with the behavior of Russian hackers "tends to lead to the belief that there was coordination."
What I found most damning about his testimony was when he repeated a rather powerful statement he told the committee in regards to his concerns about where he feels Trump's loyalties lie.
"I know that I've been targeted and I know I'm on that list," Watts said.
"If I speak today, my bank account could be compromised, I could be discredited through compromising materials, some true some false, but I think the biggest concern is I'm not confident right now that the U.S. government would actually come to bat for me. I've seen President Trump call for Russia to leak emails against a political opponent, I've seen him discredit the U.S. intelligence community to cite conspiracies that he's seen on his Twitter feed.
"So, if I say things that the Trump administration doesn't like or that counter to Putin, I'm not sure it's not Trump first, Russia second and the rest of America third," he added.
Let those words sink in, because they are extremely important.
Right now we have spies all over the world, in very dangerous situations, who are working for a president who's praised a Russian tyrant many of them know is nothing more than a dictator, while lashing out at their life-risking intelligence gathering, because they concluded what most rational people already knew: That Russia attacked the United States.
Donald Trump is not a president. Some call him that, but he's not. He is nothing more than the same, unhinged egomaniac he's been for years. He's that guy on the Internet who rejects any news or information that doesn't confirm what they want to hear. A conspiracy-driven lunatic who believes in a reality that doesn't exist.
And that is incredibly dangerous - especially for our intelligence community.
What if Trump is, in fact, compromised? I'm not saying he is, but there's an on-going investigation based upon enough evidence suggesting it's possible. If Russia is blackmailing Trump, or someone working for him, who reading this doesn't think they would sell out faceless people none of us even know exist buried deep somewhere in Russia collecting intelligence, if he thinks doing so might be beneficial for himself?
If you don't think he would then, please, cite a single instance in his life where he's put anything before himself. Keep in mind, this hypothetical decision for Trump to give up certain people could very well be the difference between prison and no one ever finding out about something that could send him there.
This was one of the many reasons why I didn't want to see Trump in the White House. Even if he's not compromised by Russia and all of these allegations are just a really horrible string of coincidences, Trump is someone who's proven time and time again that he will always put himself before everyone else. Someone who doesn't do anything that doesn't benefit his own interests and he never ever will.
When I heard what Watts said, it hit me. While I'm sure not everyone feels how Watts does, you'd have to be naive to not think that there are a good chunk of the men and women putting their lives on the line to gather intelligence to protect us who do feel this way - and that's pretty bad.
These folks love their country enough to risk their lives to keep it safe, yet some of them don't feel as if they can trust our current president to not sell them out if he feels it's in his - or Russia's - best interests to do so.
How all of this turns out is anyone's guess right now, it's undeniable that this is an incredibly dark time for this country.
Trump Is Filling The Swamp Not Draining It
Now we know why many of Trump's proposals, from his disastrous health care legislation to his proposed budget cuts, would hurt the "little guy" and benefit the wealthy.
After spending a year and a half promising to drain the swamp and be the president for the forgotten men and women of the country, Donald Trump now has at least one accomplishment to his name - having the wealthiest White House in history.
According to newly released financial disclosures, the administration is riddled with millionaires, bringing the total net worth of this White House to more than $12 billion, a new report from The Hill notes.
A month after his Election Day victory, then-President-Elect Donald Trump boasted that he wanted people that made a fortune to join his fledgling administration.
Financial disclosures from dozens of top White House officials released Friday night reveal an administration stacked with millionaires, whose combined net worth exceeds $12 billion.
The filings shed new light on the business webs and conflicts held by some of Trump’s most prominent aides and advisers when they began entered government.
They detail the investments, salaries and assets of Trump's senior staff, opening the personal finances of many as 180 administration officials to public scrutiny. Trump himself, whose personal wealth is said to be in the billions, is not included in the releases.
The report noted that the wealthiest members of his team are son-in-law Jared Kushner and top adviser on the economy and former president of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn - hardly men that help validate Trump's claim that he will advance policies to help the average American.
It's certainly no guarantee that having a handful of wealthy advisers in the White House means a president's policies will hurt the average American. On paper, the President of the United States has the final say to run his or her own government and implement policies that they believe will be most effective.
In Trump's White House, though, the folks he has chosen to surround himself with are likely to have more power because of how little this new president knows about running the government and implementing public policy.
The fact that he will be leaning so heavily on billionaires with connections to Wall Street and backgrounds in economic policy that benefits the wealthy means that Trump's policies will likely reflect that.
All of this has been clear during the president's first two months in office, as many of Trump's proposals, from his disastrous health care legislation to his proposed budget cuts, would hurt the little guy and benefit the wealthy.
Donald Trump may be loud and think he is all-powerful, but at the end of the day, he is a know-nothing empty suit surrounded by millionaires who are calling the shots.
Bill Maher Slams Trump's White House Enablers
Bill Maher has no time for President Donald Trump's enablers.
On Friday, the Real Time host skewered members of the Trump administration who "go on TV and pretend Trump didn't say what everybody just heard him say." Maher took aim in particular at White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence.
"Without these professional liars and deniers, there is no Trump," Maher said.
"It takes a village to help a man-child stay in power."
NY Times Reports $13 Million Paid Out For Bill O'Reilly Harassment
Here is something I bet a lot of people do not know about, that Fox News has paid out about $13 million dollars in harassment claims against Bill O'Reilly, who once said he would never pay out money for any settlement. Now we find out he is a liar, and that millions has been paid out for his harassment.
This is all from the NY Times:
Behind the scenes, Fox News has repeatedly stood by O'Reilly as he faced a series of allegations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
An investigation by The New York Times has found a total of five women who have received payouts from either O'Reilly or the company in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.
Two settlements came after the network said it did not tolerate behavior that "disrespects women or contributes to an uncomfortable work environment."
The women who made allegations against O'Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and dirty phone calls, according to documents and interviews.
The reporting suggests a pattern: As an influential figure in the newsroom, O'Reilly would create a bond with some women by offering advice and promising to help them professionally. He then would pursue sexual relationships with them, causing some to fear that if they rebuffed him, their careers would stall.
Which is also why none of them ever reported it to anyone at Fox News, something they point out as a lack of evidence, when in reality it makes Fox and O'Reilly look even worse, because we all know it happened, and the fact that they were scared to report it to Fox shows they would be ending their career if they did.
Of the five settlements, two were previously known - one for about $9 million in 2004 with a producer, and another struck last year with a former on-air personality, which The Times reported on in January. The Times has learned new details related to those cases.
The three other settlements were uncovered by The Times. Two involved sexual harassment claims against O'Reilly, and the other was for verbal abuse related to an episode in which he berated a young producer in front of newsroom colleagues.
Besides the women who reached settlements, two other women have spoken of inappropriate behavior by the host. A former regular guest on his show, Wendy Walsh, told The Times that after she rebuffed an advance from him he didn't follow through on a verbal offer to secure her a lucrative position at the network. And a former Fox News host named Andrea Tantaros said O'Reilly sexually harassed her in a lawsuit she filed last summer against the network and Mr. Ailes.
Representatives for 21st Century Fox would not discuss specific accusations against O'Reilly, but in a written statement to The Times the company acknowledged it had addressed the issue with him.
"21st Century Fox takes matters of workplace behavior very seriously," the statement said.
"Notwithstanding the fact that no current or former Fox News employee ever took advantage of the 21st Century Fox hotline to raise a concern about Bill O'Reilly, even anonymously, we have looked into these matters over the last few months and discussed them with Mr. O'Reilly. While he denies the merits of these claims, Mr. O'Reilly has resolved those he regarded as his personal responsibility. Mr. O'Reilly is fully committed to supporting our efforts to improve the environment for all our employees at Fox News."
In other words, O'Reilly paid them off to keep them quiet, then claims he did nothing wrong. And I would say that if you are paying out $13 million dollars in settlements you did something wrong, they can not all be making it up, especially when one of them had recordings of his phone calls, which is why he paid her anything.
The revelations about O'Reilly, 67, come after sexual harassment accusations against Mr. Ailes led to an internal investigation that found women at Fox News faced harassment. Current and former Fox News employees told The Times that they feared making complaints to network executives or the human resources department. And of course if you work there and you know all kinds of women are being sexually harassed, and if they report it lose their jobs you are never going to report it, unless you want to end your career there.
The company has reached settlements with at least six women who accused Mr. Ailes of sexual harassment, according to a person briefed on the agreements.
At the time of Mr. Ailes departure, 21st Century Fox's top executives, James and Lachlan Murdoch, the sons of the executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, said the company was committed to "maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect."
Since then, the company has had two settlements involving O'Reilly, and learned of one O'Reilly reached secretly in 2011.
Fox declined to answer questions about whether O'Reilly had ever been disciplined.
This is a sensitive time for Fox News as it continues to deal with the fallout of the Ailes scandal. The network is facing an investigation by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan, which is looking into how the company structured settlements. Fox News has said that neither it nor 21st Century Fox has received a subpoena but that they have "been in communication with the U.S. attorney's office for months."
Details on the allegations against O'Reilly and the company's handling of them are based on more than five dozen interviews with current and former employees of Fox News and its former and current parent companies, News Corporation and 21st Century Fox; representatives for the network; and people close to O'Reilly and the women.
Most spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing confidentiality agreements and fear of retaliation. The Times also examined more than 100 pages of documents and court filings related to the complaints.
Ms. Walsh, the former guest on O'Reilly's show, said his offer to make her a contributor never materialized after she declined an invitation to go to his hotel suite after a dinner in 2013. "I feel bad that some of these old guys are using mating strategies that were acceptable in the 1950s and are not acceptable now," she said. "I hope young men can learn from this."
She said romantic relationships at the workplace "should never happen when there is an imbalance of power and colleagues shouldn't unwittingly be manipulated into obtaining sex for somebody."
Just over a week ago, O'Reilly hired the crisis communications expert Mark Fabiani - who worked in the Clinton White House - to respond to The Times. In a statement, O'Reilly suggested that his prominence made him a target.
"Just like other prominent and controversial people," the statement read, "I'm vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.
Hey pervert, if you were not harassing these women you would not be paying millions in settlemts out to them. It's not about you being prominent and controversial, it's about you being a pervert who uses his money, power, and fame to hit on younger women you work with, even when you were married, and you wonder why your wife divorced you and got custody of the kids that do not want to even see you. Give me a break pervert.
Fox News has been aware of complaints about inappropriate behavior O'Reilly since at least 2002, when O'Reilly stormed into the newsroom and screamed at a young producer, according to current and former employees, some of whom witnessed the incident.
Shortly thereafter, the woman, Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, left the network with a payout and bound by a confidentiality agreement, people familiar with the deal said.
Two years later, allegations about O'Reilly entered the public arena in lurid fashion when a producer on his show, Andrea Mackris, then 33, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. In the suit, she said he had told her to buy a vibrator, called her at times when it sounded as if he was masturbating and described sexual fantasies involving her. Ms. Mackris had recorded some of the conversations, people familiar with the case said.
Ms. Mackris also said in the suit that O'Reilly, who was married at the time, threatened her, saying he would make any woman who complained about his behavior "pay so dearly that she'll wish she'd never been born."
Fox News and O'Reilly adopted an aggressive strategy that served as a stark warning of what could happen to women if they came forward with complaints, current and former employees told The Times.
A public relations firm was hired to help shape the narrative in O'Reilly's favor, and the private investigator Bo Dietl was retained to dig up information on Ms. Mackris. The goal was to depict her as a promiscuous woman, deeply in debt, who was trying to shake down O'Reilly, according to people briefed on the strategy. Several unflattering stories about her appeared in the tabloids.
After two weeks of sensational headlines, the two sides settled, and O'Reilly agreed to pay Ms. Mackris about $9 million, according to people briefed on the agreement.
In the years that followed, O'Reilly and Fox News dealt with sexual harassment allegations in private, striking agreements with three more women.
In 2011, Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who had hosted a show on the Fox Business Network - also supervised by Mr. Ailes - was told the network was not renewing her contract. Similar to Ms. Mackris, she had recorded conversations with O'Reilly, according to people familiar with the case. Armed with the recordings, her lawyers went to the company and outlined her complaints against him.
Ms. Diamond left the network, bound by a confidentiality agreement, and O'Reilly paid the settlement, two of the people said. The exact amount of the payout is not known.
Although that deal was made nearly six years ago, Fox News's parent company, 21st Century Fox, learned of it only in late 2016 when it conducted an investigation into Fox News under Mr. Ailes's tenure, according to another person familiar with the matter.
So the old pervert even hid it from Fox News, until recently.
In the aftermath of Mr. Ailes's ouster last summer, as 21st Century Fox was completing settlements and trying to put the scandal behind it, it reached deals with two women who had complained about sexual harassment by O'Reilly.
One was Laurie Dhue, a Fox News anchor from 2000 to 2008. Her lawyers went to the company to outline her harassment claims against O'Reilly and Mr. Ailes, according to people briefed on the complaints. In response, 21st Century Fox reached a settlement with her for over $1 million, according to a person briefed on the agreement.
In September, 21st Century Fox reached a settlement worth $1.6 million with Juliet Huddy, who had made regular appearances on O'Reilly's show, according to people familiar with the matter. Ms. Huddy's lawyers had told the company that O'Reilly pursued a sexual relationship in 2011, at a time he exerted significant influence over her airtime.
Among Ms. Huddy's complaints was that he made inappropriate phone calls, the lawyers said in correspondence obtained by The Times. The letter said that when he tried to kiss her, she pulled away and fell to the ground and he didn't help her up.
When she rebuffed him, he tried to blunt her career prospects, the letter said.
Ms. Huddy was eventually moved to an early morning show on WNYW, an affiliate station, where she worked until she left the company in September.
Before Ms. Huddy reached an agreement with 21st Century Fox, Mr. Newman, O'Reilly's lawyer, sent a letter to her lawyer saying that she would "face significant credibility concerns if she tries to pursue a claim against Mr. O'Reilly."
The letter, which was obtained by The Times, said that if she were to follow through with a claim against O'Reilly, he would pursue legal action "to hold Ms. Huddy, and all who have assisted her, personally liable for any damage suffered by him or his family."
In January, when The Times and others reported on Ms. Huddy's settlement, representatives for Fox News and O'Reilly dismissed the allegations.
Fox News is now in a legal battle with Ms. Tantaros, the former on-air personality who is suing the network and Mr. Ailes after turning down a settlement offer of nearly $1 million. O'Reilly is not a defendant in this one, but in the suit Ms. Tantaros said that in early 2016 O'Reilly had asked her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be very private, and told her on more than one occasion that he could see her as a wild girl, according to court documents.
In an affidavit filed under oath, Ms. Tantaros psychologist, Michele Berdy, who treated her from 2013 to 2016, said she recalled "a number of occasions when Andrea complained to me about recurring unwanted advances from Bill O'Reilly."
Ms. Walsh, the former guest on The O'Reilly Factor, told The Times she was propositioned by O'Reilly in 2013 but did not lodge a complaint because she did not want to harm her career prospects.
Ms. Walsh said that she met O'Reilly for a dinner, arranged by his secretary, at the restaurant in the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. During the dinner, she said, he told her he was friends with Mr. Ailes, and promised to make her a network contributor - a job that pays several hundred thousand dollars a year.
After dinner, she said, O'Reilly invited her to his hotel suite. Ms. Walsh said she declined. Trying to remain cordial, she suggested that they go to the hotel bar instead. Once there, she said, he became hostile, telling her that she could forget any career advice he had given her and that she was on her own.
Ms. Walsh continued to appear on his show for about four months, but she said she sensed that he had become cold toward her on camera. Then, a producer for show told Ms. Walsh that she would no longer appear on the show. And of course she was never made a contributor.
"I knew my hopes of a career at Fox News were in jeopardy after that evening," said Ms. Walsh, now an adjunct professor of psychology at California State University, Channel Islands, and a radio host at KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles.
And one last thing, these are the cases we know about, some women never report sexual harassment, because they know it will end their career. Now just imagine how many women O'Reilly has harassed we do not know about, I would bet it's a lot more, most lilely every good looking woman he has ever worked with has been harassed by O'Reilly. Notice that no ugly women ever claim he harassed them, it's always a good looking woman who makes the claims.
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