Here is more shocking news about Donald Trump you will never see reported by O'Reilly.
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said.
The intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton's emails and would make them public.
The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the government outside of the intelligence services, they said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.
The F.B.I. declined to comment. The White House also declined to comment Tuesday night, but earlier in the day, the press secretary, Sean Spicer, stood by Trump's previous comments that nobody from his campaign had contact with Russian officials before the election.
"There's nothing that would conclude me that anything different has changed with respect to that time period," Mr. Spicer said in response to a question.
Two days after the election in November, Sergei A. Ryabkov, the deputy Russian foreign minister, said there were contacts during the campaign between Russian officials and Trump's team.
Now just imagine if a Democrat running for President (who then beat the Republican) had constant contact with Russian officials during the campaign, where hacking of the Republican was involved, what O'Reilly would say about that. He would lose his mind, call for the feds to investigate, and call for a new election.
But when Trump does it, O'Reilly says nothing, and even calls it a non-story, because Trump is his friend and he supports him.
Trump's Attempt To Hurt Nordstrom Fails As Stocks Spike After Tweet
Donald Trump's decision to wage a Twitter attack against Nordstrom on Wednesday was a massive failure as the company's stock closed the day with a gain of more than 4 percent.
While Trump was clearly hoping to do some damage to a company that dropped his daughter's brand, he may have had the unintended consequence of doing them a favor.
In other words, being on the receiving end of Trump's Twitter tantrums are good for business.
It's clear that some companies - after showing an initial reluctance to get on the bad side of the erratic, Twitter-happy clown - are beginning to realize that the American people, also known as consumers, don't like the far-right racist nut.
The latest Gallup poll shows that a majority (52 percent) of Americans do not approve of the job he's done over the past several weeks. And 60 percent don't even think he's level-headed enough to hold the office.
Resisting Trump, as Nordstrom and other companies are doing, isn't just consistent with how voters feel toward the president, it's a good business decision.
If companies want to see their financials improve, they should not throw money away on advertising. All they need to do is say they are opposed to Donald Trump.
W.H. Hides Behind Death Of Navy Seal To Avoid Criticism Of Raid
In a disgusting display, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tried to dodge criticism of the disastrous Yemen raid by claiming that anyone who criticizes the raid is dishonoring the memory of deceased CPO Ryan Owens. Spicer responded to criticism of the raid by using the sacrifice as a Ryan Owens as a shield to deflect questions about the raid.
The Press Secretary said, "It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does a disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens. He fought knowing what was at stake in that mission, and anyone who would suggest otherwise doesn't fully appreciate how successful that mission was. What the information they were able to retrieve was, and how that will help prevent future terrorist attacks. I think anybody who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and a disservice to the life of Chief Owens."
The White House was responding to criticism from the Republican Sen. John McCain who after receiving a classified briefing on the mission called it a failure.
"Every military operation has objectives. And while many of the objectives of the recent raid in Yemen were met, I would not describe any operation that results in the loss of American life as a success."
Spicer's claim of great success contradicts reports from officials who say that everything went wrong in Yemen.
The White House is using the death of someone who they got killed to avoid accountability and criticism for their actions. No one is saying that Ryan Owens wasn't a brave hero, but there are legitimate questions that need to be answered by this administration about what went wrong in Yemen.
To use a death that their poor planning caused as a shield to deflect criticism is repulsive and unpresidential.
Conservative Congressman Calls For Independent Prosecutor
Remember when O'Reilly barely reported on the Trump/Russia story one night, he said it was nothing and we should all just move on, according to him it was a non-story, just people trying to make Trump look bad.
Well now there is a very conservative Congressman saying there has to be an Independent Prosecutor to investigate it, and of course O'Reilly ignores it.
In what is a big deal, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who supported Trump during the election, said on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher that a special prosecutor is necessary to investigate Trump's contacts with Russia.
Asked by Maher if it were 2012 and it was Romney's campaign that was hacked and Obama who had a lot of contact with Russia if he would let the matter slide Issa said, No. In a breathtaking moment, when Maher asked, "So you're not gonna let this slide?" Issa again said, No.
Asked how he would proceed, Issa answered:
"We're gonna ask the intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within their special areas they oversee."
"An independent prosecutor," Maher interjected to Issa's nod of agreement.
Issa next told Maher that Jeff Sessions, the newly-appointed Attorney General of the United States, must recuse himself:
Maher: "And Jeff Sessions must recuse himself, in the same way Loretta Lynch recused herself because he was part of the Trump campaign. Is that correct? Jeff Sessions should recuse himself?"
Issa: "You're right. You cannot have somebody, a friend of mine Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to take - not just to recuse. You can't just give it to your deputy. That's another political appointee."
Issa went on to say this:
"There may or may not be fault but the American people who are beginning to understand that Putin murders his enemies, sometimes right in front of the Kremlin, he's murdered people and taken down using cyber warfare in Georgia and Ukraine.
Infamously, in speaking to Bill O'Reilly, Trump even defended those murders Issa said were the very reason we must investigate.
Trump's history of positive remarks about Putin contain many lies about whether he knows Putin but the consistent message is that he has a great deal of respect for a Russian dictator who murders his political enemies, as Issa said.
Issa is right. Only a special prosecutor can be trusted to get to the bottom of Trump's contacts with Russia and Jeff Sessions must recuse himself.
You Were Warned About Trump And You Voted For Him Anyway
I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. Trump is an un-American clown, and if he makes it 4 years without being Impeached or forced to resign I will be shocked.
Hours after Donald Trump denounced critical journalists as the enemy of the people before a cheering crowd of supporters at CPAC, major news outlets were blacklisted from a White House press gaggle while the administration's sycophants were ushered in.
"CNN was not permitted to attend, along with the New York Times, Politico, Buzzfeed and much of the foreign press that regularly attends White House briefings." Instead, White House press secretary Sean Spicer found room for the pro-Trump outlets Breitbart.com, The Washington Times, and One America News Network.
The restrictions mark the return of the Trump campaign's strategy of revoking reporters press credentials and denying them access to events following unfavorable coverage of the now-president.
They also cap off a week of vitriolic attacks on the press from Trump's administration. Last Friday, Trump tweeted that "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is the enemy of the American People!" Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have since defended Trump's comments, blaming the media for failing to be fair to the president.
Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, White House chief strategist and former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon referred again to the press as the opposition party, telling the audience that the administration's feud with the corporatist, globalist media will only get worse because they are adamantly opposed to an economic nationalist agenda.
And at CPAC this morning, Trump devoted six minutes of his speech to an anti-media screed, characterizing outlets doing critical reporting as fake news and the enemy of the people. He described some reporters as terrible, dishonest people who do a tremendous disservice to our country and to our people.
The good news is that The Associated Press and Time magazine reportedly stood up for their profession, showed solidarity with their colleagues, and boycotted the gaggle. The bad news is that NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News did not, leaving open the question of whether the administration will face consequences if officials continue to use such tactics to divide and conquer the press.
The press had no qualms about acting collectively to defend Fox News when the Obama administration excluded the network from a round of interviews in 2009. The other television news networks staged a revolt and boycotted their scheduled interviews.
Eight years later, Fox appeared to have no qualms about walking into a White House press gaggle when other outlets were banned. Reporters from mainstream publications joined the network in ignoring their blacklisted colleagues and attending the gaggle.
Trump and his administration will happily trample all over the press while giving favorable treatment to outlets willing to play ball. They want propaganda partners, not a free press.
This is not going to stop until reporters make it stop. Unless they all stand together, things will continue to get much worse.
In a new statement, The Wall Street Journal says it would not have participated in the gaggle if it knew others were banned and will not do so in the future.
Politico reported that the BBC and Los Angeles Times were also blocked, Hearst Newspapers joined the gaggle as part of the press pool, and that McClatchy Newspapers also attended. The latter issued a similar statement to the Journal.
Media Matters president Angelo Carusone issued the following statement on the events:
"Media Matters sounded the alarm about the clear and present danger Donald Trump presented to a free press.We told White House correspondents that Trump's blacklist was only going to get worse over time if they didn't act. And it wasn't just us. More than 300,000 people signed a petition urging White House correspondents to stand up to Trump's blacklist by refusing to participate if Trump banned one -- or more -- of their colleagues.
"Today's actions underscore the importance of White House correspondents standing up to Trump's blacklist. It's no coincidence that the outlets that have been at the forefront in breaking stories about Trump's conflicts of interest and his associates ties to Russia were banned from today's gaggle. Trump is trying to delegitimize and punish news outlets for practicing rigorous journalism while simultaneously giving their spots to pro-Trump propagandists.
Outlets like Time and The Associated Press did the right thing in standing up to Trump's blacklist by refusing to participate in the gaggle in solidarity with their banned colleagues.
"It's unfortunate and damaging for the profession of journalism that ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg chose to support Trump's blacklist by attending the briefing. It may sound harsh to characterize their participation in the event as support, but that's what it is. By participating, these outlets not only make it easier for Trump to continue blacklisting journalists, but they also lend legitimacy to a process that is fundamentally inconsistent with a free press."
Media Outlets Blacklisted By Trump After CNN Report On FBI
This is what they do in Russia folks, try to silence the media when they report things you do not like. Trump is trying to be just like his hero Putin. The question is, will the people, Congress, and the media allow it, I hope not, or we lose our freedom of the press, and the 1st amendment goes out the window.
Here is a transcript from CNN:
BROOKE BALDWIN (HOST): The breaking news is the fact that we have just learned here at CNN that CNN has been blocked from a White House gaggle. A gaggle essentially informal gathering of reporters. Print, radio, television, coming together to be briefed, in this case by the White House. The White House daily briefing not happening today.
And traditionally you've seen the pictures. Lots of reporters were included in that. This is so incredibly significant because this has never happened in this administration. Not only is CNN blocked, other organizations blocked, The New York Times, the LA Times, and Politico.
Apparently, the White House Correspondents Association is protesting and as we're getting more information, just a little bit of context as we've been taking CPAC, this conservative conference in Washington, D.C.
We heard from the president this morning and he doubled down on his tweet from just a couple of days ago, essentially saying the media is the enemy of the American people. His chief strategist this time yesterday calling the media the opposition party over and over.
Let's talk through this. I have Sara Murray first joining me, one of our White House correspondents. And so Sara Murray, why aren't we there?
SARA MURRAY: That is a great question, Brooke. We lined up, were told there was a list ahead of time, which is sort of abnormal, but we put our name on the list and then when we went to enter I was blocked by a White House staffer who said we were not on the list for this gaggle today.
Now normally if you are going to do something like this, an extended gaggle off camera, you would have one person from each news outlet. As you know, we have multiple people from CNN here every day. So if you're going to do something beyond a pool, which is sort of the smallest group of reporters, and then disseminates the information, you would have one person from every news outlet.
That is not what the White House was doing today. What the White House was doing was hand picking the outlets they wanted in for this briefing, so Breitbart, The Washington Times, One America News Network, news outlets that maybe the White House feels are more favorable, were all allowed in, where as I was blocked from entering, Politico was blocked from entering, The New York Times, the LA Times, all these news outlets were blocked from going to a gaggle.
And Brooke, as you pointed out, on a normal day to day basis this would be an on camera, on the record briefing in the White House briefing room where anyone and everyone from any of these news outlets would have the chance to be called on and to answer a question.
It's pretty clear that that's not what the White House wanted to do today. And they just wanted to select maybe news outlets that would be more favorable, which I do have to say I think is kind of unfortunate, Brooke, because when you think about the list of priorities that the president has, was ticking through, earlier today.
He was talking about serious immigration matters at CPAC, he was talking about serious tax reform, serious health care matters, things that our viewers really care about, and when we go into those briefings, that's an opportunity to ask questions about any number of news stories of the day, and today it's clear they did not want CNN to be involved in that.
BALDWIN: The story that CNN broke about the FBI and the White House talking when they absolutely shouldn't have been, because of this investigation? So we -- this is not okay. Go ahead Sara.
MURRAY: Well and that's the other thing is the White House is clearly incensed over this excellent CNN reporting about conversations between the White House chief of staff and senior officials in the FBI.
In fact, senior administration officials held a gaggle here this morning for almost 45 minutes discussing it. The odds that that story is not yet coming up again, that those Russian contacts are not yet coming up again, are very slim and yet they've decided to exclude CNN, the news organization that broke that story, from this gaggle, which is also, of course, disconcerting.
O'Reilly Hosted Fake Swedish Defense Advisor To Fearmonger About Refugees
It just goes to show how far the dishonest and biased hack Bill O'Reilly will go to defend his friend Donald Trump.
Fox News has been accused, yet again, of using deceptive tactics to fearmonger about refugees in Sweden.
On the February 23rd O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly brought on a guest named Nils Bildt, who was introduced as "a Swedish defense and national security advisor," to discuss Sweden's refugee policies.
During the segment, Bildt claimed that Swedish authorities "are unable to socially integrate" refugees, and said that, as a result, "There is a problem with socially deviant activity, there is a problem with crime, and there is a problem with areas or hotspots of crime" in Sweden.
Bildt alleged that these problems are not being openly and honestly discussed because if you don't agree with the liberals common agenda, then you are viewed as an outsider or not even taken seriously.
The Swedish Armed Forces, however, do not appear to know who Bildt is. According to a translation of an article in the Swedish outlet Goteborgs-Posten, the press secretary of the Swedish Armed Forces said that they do not know who Bildt is, and that he is "definitely not a spokesman for the Armed Forces."
The article also reported that Bildt does not even live in Sweden, saying he currently lives in Japan.
O'Reilly's characterization of Bildt as "a Swedish defense and national security adviser" is the latest deceptive attempt from Fox News to portray the refugee population in Sweden as deviant and "unable to socially integrate."
Just two days earlier, on February 21st, Fox host Tucker Carlson showed an interview between filmmaker Ami Horowitz and two Swedish police officers about the supposed surge in refugee violence in the country.
After the segment ran, the officers featured in the interview said they were shocked by the deceptive editing of the interview, claimed they were not asked about immigration at all, and asserted that their testimony had been taken out of context.
The right-wing media has claimed that the Swedish government is importing thousands of men from countries that embrace rape for men as something that is acceptable and that Swedish authorities don't want to tell the world what is going on with their refugee population, and have attempted to revive the fearmongering myth of Muslim no-go zones in Sweden.
Congress Calls For Investigation Into Priebus Contact With The FBI
On Thursday night, multiple outlets broke news that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus communicated with top FBI officials and asked them to publicly contradict media reports of communications between Trump's associates and Russians during the presidential campaign.
Citing the ongoing reports into the investigation, the FBI refused.
The White House issued its own denials, as well as a confusing back-and-forth timeline defending Priebus request, initially saying that the FBI had contacted Priebus first, before walking that back to confirm the original timeline.
But according to legal experts, Priebus contact with the FBI were deeply unethical and possibly illegal.
For one, the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and administration's contacts with Russia is ongoing, and as White House Chief of Staff, Priebus contact with the FBI is in violation of Department of Justice rules.
Federal law also prohibits any communication that "endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice." If Priebus requested that the FBI publicly report that an ongoing investigation was closed, that is a violation of this law.
"It could well be attempted obstruction of justice, and it's certainly so unethical that it would be a firing offense for a chief of staff in any White House that respects the rule of law," Larry Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard University said.
Some lawmakers, only Democrats, are calling for an independent investigation into Priebus involvement, and reiterating calls for an independent investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia.
One of the allegations in the articles of impeachment brought against Nixon was that he had used the White House to interfere or endeavor to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees."
Though all of the details of what Priebus asked of the FBI are unknown, the similarities are drawing notice of lawmakers.
All of the lawmakers calling for an independent investigation are Democrats, and Republicans control both Houses of Congress. They have been silent on the allegations of the White House attempting to interfere with an FBI investigation.
As it stands, if the FBI finds that there were illegalities in the Trump campaign's conduct, those findings would be handed over to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has not recused himself.
Sessions is one of Trump's top political advisers, and was heavily involved in his campaign.
CNN's Jake Tapper Slams The Trump White House As Un-American
After the Trump White House banned media outlets that reported on its attempt to silence the FBI about its investigations into Trump's Russia connections, CNN's Jake Tapper had enough.
"This White House doesn't value an independent press," Tapper said. "There's a word for that line of thinking: The word is Un-American."
This is no time for debate which might lend the Trump White House cover. The country is on fire right now, and it's vital that the press be allowed to cover the contacts between the Trump campaign and administration and Russian intelligence agents, as well as the Trump White House and their attempt to silence the FBI in what John Dean said bore the hallmarks of a cover-up.
What the Trump White House is doing is un-American, and they are doing this un-American thing to silence an investigation into an even more un-American activity.
Kellyanne Conway Sidelined After Going Off Message
The White House is barring counselor Kellyanne Conway from television appearances after the high-profile aide made multiple on-air statements contradicting the Trump administration's official stance, CNN reported Wednesday.
Conway, who was recently a regular fixture on TV news, hasn't appeared for an on-air interview since early last week. That Monday, she argued that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had the full confidence of President Trump.
Flynn resigned from his post later that day amid revelations that he misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump asked for Flynn's resignation. That directly contradicted Conway's claim on NBC's Today earlier that morning that Flynn had offered to step down.
Conway was "off message," a White House source told CNN.
Since then, Conway has been uncharacteristically absent from the television news circuit.
The senior Trump aide's remarks about Flynn were not her first times causing trouble for the White House on air. Conway has been roiled with controversy in recent weeks. Once, after discussing a nonexistent terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., and again after openly promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing line on Fox & Friends.
One source close to the White House told CNN that the Trump administration has seen fewer controversies in Conway's absence.
"Clearly they're having much more of a drama-free week," CNN quoted the source as saying. "Having Kellyanne off television is helping them."
That's because she is a clueless moron who only makes a fool of herself and makes Trump look bad by speaking for him, and I see her being fired soon. If Trump does not fire her it will just be one more lie, because he said he only hires the best people, and she is clearly not one of the best, more like one of the worst.
Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, of course denied claims that Conway had been sidelined from television, calling the accusations another wild goose chase. Even though it's true, because she has not been on tv in about a week, before that she was on the air every day.
"Kellyanne has a number of media appearances this week and also has a large portfolio at the WH and is spending significant time focusing on it," she told CNN.
Nevertheless, Conway's television absence is likely temporary. "They're letting the heat cool off," one source was quoted as saying.
O'Reilly Lied For Trump Over Sweden Terrorism Comment
To begin with, Trump implied that a terrorist attack happened in Sweden on Friday, and that it was done by Muslim immigrants that Sweden let into the country over the years.
Now there was no terrorist attack by any Muslims in Sweden, Friday, or any time recently. Trump was talking about a terrorist attack and crime rates in Sweden going up because of all the immigrant and refugee migration.
They are both liars, Trump and O'Reilly. One lies and the other one swears to it.
Here are the facts:
Sweden's Crime Rate Has Not Increased As A Result Of Muslim Immigration
Trump's references to Sweden seemed to suggest that the country's welcoming approach to refugees and its alleged effects on crime rates should be a warning sign. But were the president's remarks justified?
"Absolutely not," said Felipe Estrada, a criminology professor at Stockholm University. His response was echoed Monday by multiple other experts who are familiar with Swedish crime statistics.
Overall, Sweden's average crime rate has fallen in recent years, Estrada said. That drop has been observed for cases of lethal violence and for assaults, two of the most serious categories of crime.
An analysis by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, conducted between October 2015 and January 2016, came to the conclusion that refugees were responsible for only 1 percent of all incidents.
The Guardian reported that contrary to Trump's implication, crime rates in Sweden -- which witnessed an unsuccessful Islamist terror attack in 2010, but has seen no such attacks since -- have "changed little over the last 10 years" and that although reported incidents of rape rose in 2016, there were still fewer than in 2014.
Fact: Their crime rate has not gone up in the last 10 years, except for rape, which is up slightly since 2014, but that is not terrorism.
The New York Times reported that recent data from Sweden's crime prevention council "found no significant increase in crimes" during 2016, "when the country processed a record 163,000 asylum applications."
Data released last month by Sweden's crime prevention council found no significant increase in crimes from 2015 to 2016, even with the influx of migrants, and it also recorded a drop in thefts and drug offenses.
Trump Job Approval 21 Points Below Average
President Donald Trump's 40% job approval rating about one month into his presidency is 21 points below the historical average rating for elected presidents in mid-February (61%). It is also 11 points below the lowest mid-February reading for any other president.
And as expected the super journalist Bill O'Reilly has not said one word about it, even though he reported the Obama job approval rating every time it dropped by even one point. When Obama dropped below 50% (once or twice) O'Reilly acted like it was the end of the world and said Obama was a disaster and reported it daily. With Trump under 50% every day, O'Reilly says nothing.
Trump's initial job approval rating was 45%, making him the first president to begin his term with less-than-majority approval. Since then, his approval has fallen by five percentage points.
Obama was at 64% approval and G.W. Bush was at 62% approval at the same time of their first month in office. What say you O'Reilly? Nothing, because your boy Trump is a clown who is making a fool of himself.
Proof Bill O'Reilly Is A Biased Right-Wing Idiot That Lies To You
Monday night on The O'Reilly Factor Bill O'Reilly went on a biased and ridiculous tirade against liberals and the media, claiming that he believes it's a 10 to 1 slant in favor of the left while questioning if the country really has a free press.
It is a lie, and nothing but right-wing propaganda. Here is the real story, conservatives like O'Reilly look at the news, and they see it is not like Fox so they see it as liberal, when it's actually pretty much fair and balanced. Yes, everyone has a little bias, but O'Reilly and his right-wing friends think any news network that does not report the news like they do (with a right-wing bias) have a liberal bias.
Just look at how the media slammed Bill and Hillary Clinton, and O'Reilly called them the liberal media too. They slammed the Clintons 24/7 for every little thing, if they had this big liberal bias (as O'Reilly claims) they would not have hammered the Clintons at all, they would have ignored all the scandals and bad news, but they did not ignore it, they reported it so much I stopped watching the cable news shows.
For every example of liberal bias O'Reilly claims to have, I can find 1 or 2 examples of conservative bias from the same shows, that is not liberal bias, it's actually being fair and balanced. The only people who see all this so-called liberal bias are people like O'Reilly, who think any media that's not as conservative as he is has a liberal bias, which is just laughable, and only proves one thing, how much of a right-wing bias O'Reilly has to the right.
And he complains about liberal bias while also claiming to have no bias, to have a no-spin zone, and to be a non-partisan Independent. All while he has one of the most biased and right-wing cable news shows on the air, it's just a ridiculous and dishonest claim, in fact, it is so dishonest he should be sued for fraud for making such a dishonest claim.
O'Reilly said this:
When the press aligns itself with a political movement...then it is no longer objective or free because it's sympathizing with a political point of view.Which is exactly what he does every night, and what Fox News does every day. And yet he complains about it, while doing it himself. Fox News is an arm of the Republican party, that is a fact, it was put on the air by a Republican to counter what he called the liberal media.
I would like you to notice that this comes from someone whose show airs before Tucker Carlson (a very extreme right-wing Republican) and Hannity (a very extreme right-wing fanatic and conspiracy theorist).
Bill O'Reilly also works for a network whose former disgraced CEO Roger Ailes went to work for Trump's campaign almost immediately after being fired following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
What conservatives like O'Reilly want is for the media to confirm their lies and to also spin out their propaganda. They want the 1-3 percent of scientists who deny climate change to be treated equally with the 97-99 percent who understand it's a problem made worse by humans.
They want the media to deny history, facts, reality, science, and simple math to report on what conservatives want to hear. They want the media to treat the flaws of someone like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump equally, even though they're nowhere near the same level.
The main reason why the media seems to have a liberal slant to people like O'Reilly is because conservatives are usually wrong, and lie about it.
The mainstream media doesn't owe it to O'Reilly and other conservatives to fabricate the appearance of balance simply because most Republicans don't want to believe in facts. Most of the media is not biased just because they don't want to believe something that's true.
When Trump spent years pushing the racist conspiracy that Barack Obama was not an American citizen, should the media have gone out of their way to make that appear more impartial and legitimate even though it was a blatant lie only believed by right-wing morons?
Here is a short list of lies that conservatives think are real:
Rampant voter fraud.And that list is only a fraction of what I hear from Republicans every day, in Congress, in the Senate, and on Fox, even though none of it is true.
Yet millions of conservatives believe all of it. Why? Because most of what's on that list (plus more) is what they're fed by O'Reilly, Fox News, and the rest of the hundreds of right-wing media outlets.
And that reminds me of this too, 20 years ago we had far fewer news sources, now it is everywhere, and the right-wing media is everywhere too. You have Newsmax, Fox, and the hundreds of right-wing blogs, here is a prtial list.
1) Fox News:
2) Wall Street Journal:
3) The Drudge Report:
4) New York Post:
7) Free Republic:
8) The Washington Times:
10) The Rush Limbaugh Show:
11) Real Clear Politics:
12) National Review:
13) Hot Air:
14) Michelle Malkin:
15) Glenn Beck:
16) Human Events Online:
17) The Heritage Foundation:
19) Lew Rockwell:
20) The Weekly Standard:
21) News With Views:
22) Sean Hannity:
23) Pajamas Media:
24) The Ludwig von Mises Institute:
25) Atlas Shrugs:
26) The American Thinker:
27) Cybercast News Service:
28) Neal Boortz:
31) Ann Coulter
32) The Cato Journal:
33) Daily Paul:
34) The Volokh Conspiracy:
35) Bill O'Reilly:
38) Power Line:
39) Jewish World Review:
40) Front Page Magazine:
You get the point, it's not like there are no right-wing news sources for the right to get news from. So conservatives have plenty of places to get the news they want to hear, nobody is forcing them to watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. But O'Reilly has a problem with it, while not having a problem with anyone watching Fox or reading any of the 100 right-wing blogs or websites.
Conservatives like O'Reilly often cry and whine about the so-called liberal media when the truth is, the media only seems liberal to him because most rational people actually believe in things like facts, science, math, history, and reality, while many on the right don't.
Think about this for a minute: What advancements have conservatives brought us?
Conservatism is the ideology of intolerance that's always on the wrong side of history, looking back toward a yesteryear, to a reality that often doesn't actually exist. O'Reilly even says he wishes things were like they were back in the 40's and the 50's, when whites dominated and the blacks were kept in their place, on the back of the bus and in blacks only areas.
Forward thinking and progressive action led to this:
Founded this nation.
Gave women the right to vote.
Created Social Security.
Ended bans on interracial marriage.
Defending the right for women to have control over their own bodies.
Stands for equal pay for women.
Fought for marriage equality.
Has pushed for more accountability among corrupt police officers.
Made the Earth a greener place by promoting solar, wind, and electric forms of energy.
Created many of the technological advances we use today.
It wasn't conservatives who pushed for all of that, it was progressives. If we did what conservatives like to do, stick to tradition and resist progress, none of that happens. It took progressive ideas (based on the time they occurred) for those events to happen.
The truth is, the more absurd, dishonest, and conspiracy-driven Republicans get the more liberal the media is going to seem to them. It's not the media's job to make conservatives feel better about believing in right-wing fairy tales.
The fewer facts conservatives choose to believe, and the more alternative facts they think are real, the more legitimate media is going to seem fake because it's not confirming whatever delusions they want to be real.
I am positive if conservatives like Bill O'Reilly took the bold step to embrace facts, science, math, history, and reality instead of racism, bigotry, and ignorance they would become much more liberally biased too.
So, yes, O'Reilly you idiot, the United States does have a true freedom of the press. It's just that most of the mainstream media is developing a spine and standing up to the biggest pathological lying clown and most incompetent person to ever call the White House home.
The main reason why most of the mainstream media seems liberally biased to you is because, unfortunately for people like you, facts and reality are almost always on our side, not yours.
Career CIA Official Quits: Says He Cannot Serve Trump Administration
And as usual, you never hear a word about it from O'Reilly, or any guest on his show.
A man who has worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for more than a decade - under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama - says he can no longer serve in the agency because of Donald Trump.
In an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Monday, former intelligence analyst and National Security Council spokesman Edward Price wrote, "Despite working proudly for Republican and Democratic presidents, I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional."
In the op-ed, Price explained how he came to this difficult conclusion:
As a candidate, Donald Trump's rhetoric suggested that he intended to take a different approach. I watched in disbelief when, during the third presidential debate, Trump casually cast doubt on the high-confidence conclusion of our 17 intelligence agencies, released that month, that Russia was behind the hacking and release of election-related emails.The final straw, Price said, came when Trump signed an executive order last month giving white supremacist and chief Trump strategist Steve Bannon a top seat at National Security Council meetings.
"The White House's inclination was clear," Price said of the decision to elevate Bannon to such a powerful role. "It has little need for intelligence professionals who, in speaking truth to power, might challenge the so-called 'America First' orthodoxy that sees Russia as an ally and Australia as a punching bag."
The longtime CIA official maintains that his decision is not about politics but is simply a result of Trump's abnormal conduct during his short time in office and his decision to listen to political yes-men instead of experts.
"My decision had nothing to do with politics, and I would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration open to intelligence analysis," Price wrote.
"But this administration has flipped that dynamic on its head: The politicians are the ones tuning out the intelligence professionals."
Trump's policies and temperament have already inflicted considerable damage around the globe - whether it's emboldening our enemies or creating fear among U.S. allies. As Price's resignation indicates, the new president is also discouraging knowledgeable government officials from wanting to serve the country they love.
At a time when intelligence and expertise are two traits sorely lacking in Washington, especially inside the White House, the new president is forcing out those who actually have a clue about the world.
Even Fox News Chris Wallace Slammed Trump For Saying Media The Enemy
But of course the Trump stooges support him anyway, because if they dont he will fire them and get someone who does. No matter what crazy and un-American things he says they defend it, including Bill O'Reilly, who would call a Democrat who said that an un-American traitor.
Chris Wallace sparred with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday over President Donald Trump's attacks on the media.
The Fox News Sunday host said the president crosses the line when he describes the media as the enemy of the American people, referencing a tweet Trump made last week.
"Here's the problem," Wallace said. "When the president says that we're the enemy of the American people, it makes it sound like if you're going against him, you're going against the country."
Priebus defended Trump's attacks, and continued criticizing the media's coverage of the new administration.
"Here's the problem, Chris," Priebus said. "You get about 10 percent media coverage on the fact you had a very successful meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, the prime minister of the UK, the prime minister of Canada, but as soon as it was over, the next 20 hours is all about Russian spies, how no one gets along, how nothing's happening. Give me a break."
"But you don't get to tell us what to do, Reince," Wallace shot back. "You don't get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did. Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time. But I gotta say, he never said that we were an enemy of the people."
Earth to idiot, you do not control the media and you do not get to decide what they report on, so get a clue man, if anyone is the enemy of the people it is you and the clown in the White House. I bet the founding fathers are rolling over in their graves looking at what Trump is doing, if they were alive they would find a way to get him out of there.
Wallace isn't the only Fox News anchor to call out Trump for his treatment of the press. Last week, Shep Smith harshly criticized the president for undermining the media and failing to answer reporters questions during a lengthy press conference.
"Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it, and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it’s happening, and we're fools for asking the questions?" Smith said.
"No, sir, we're not fools for asking the questions, and we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people."
Biased O'Reilly And Hume Think Trump Had A Great First Month
Even the conservative Joe Scarborough said Trump had a disaster of a first month, so it's not just liberals who think that, but O'Reilly and Hume claim Trump did great anyway, proving what biased fools they are. And O'Reilly did it while also claiming the rest of the media has a bias against Trump, which is so ironic, because he is biased for Trump.
O'Reilly slammed Fareed Zakaria (from CNN) for saying the 1st month of Trump in the White House has been a disaster and he has done almost nothing. O'Reilly played the tape of Zakaria saying it, then said he was wrong, and had Brit Hume on to agree with him and talk about how Zakaria is wrong.
With no counter guest to give an opposing view, just O'Reilly and Hume saying Trump has done a lot and Zakaria is a lying liberal. So much for fair and balanced, the segment was not fair or balanced, with two conservatives and no liberals.
Here is what Hume said:
HUME: "He's done a number of things that are important. He has put into place at the EPA and the Education Department people who will make major differences."Now you can call me crazy, but for a month that does not seem like much. No tax reform, no new health care bill, and he got struck down in the courts, lost a NSA head, got turned down by two more, and cause mass protests while putting out lie after lie on twitter and in person.
O'Reilly and Hume think Trump has done great, but the rest of the people disagree, and his job approval shows it, something O'Reilly of course ignores, even though he reported it almost every day when Obama was in office.
As I type this Trump has a 42% job approval rating, which is 21 points lower than what Obama had after his first month in office. O'Reilly ignores all that, to claim Trump is doing great, which is ridiculous, because if your approval is at 42% you are not doing good.
Presidential Historians And Journalists agree with the majority and say Trump's first month has been Chaotic And Bizarre and Unprecedented.
Historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Trump's first month in office -- which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press -- is more chaotic and bizarre than any administration's first month in history.
Trump put his anti-press venom on display again last Thursday in a wild press conference, during which he doubled down on claims that the press is out to get him and traffics in fake news.
"This is a new level of bashing the press," Yale University history professor David Blight said shortly after the press conference ended. "It's a complete disaster. All he is doing is daring the press to keep hunting."
Blight is among several historians and veteran D.C. correspondents who spoke about how Trump's first month in office compares to those of his predecessors. They painted a picture of Trump's first weeks as an unprecedented mix of chaos and mounting scandals.
"In all the administrations I've observed, and all the ones I've studied, I've never seen such confusion and internal tension so early as in this one," H.W. Brands, a presidential historian who has written books on Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan, said.
Referencing the recent resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, Brands added, "I can't recall a top adviser being forced out so soon. The knives are out; more casualties seem likely."
According to Brands, "This administration, with very little experience of Washington -- and with often expressed contempt for Washington's ways -- has had a rougher start than any in living memory."
William H. Chafe, a Duke University history professor and former president of the Organization of American Historians, called Trump's early weeks totally unprecedented.
"There's been so much instability, so many scandals, and no legislation," Chafe said. "By this time, Obama had already passed his stimulus package in Congress. You are talking about a completely unprecedented situation."
Patrick Maney, a Boston College presidential historian, said many presidents have started out with troubles, but not at this level.
"This is sort of like warp speed. What is amazing to me is that this has happened in such a short time," he said, later pointing to Trump's anti-press approach as "rawer than any I have ever seen. Even Nixon and Clinton at their angriest with the press, it wasn't at the same level as Trump."
Longtime Washington, D.C., journalists and former White House correspondents also say Trump's first month is unprecedented.
"Everything about Trump is a whole higher level of confusion because of the way he operates," said Ron Hutcheson, a former Knight Ridder White House correspondent and past president of the White House Correspondents Association. "The media part is truly unprecedented."
He added, "There appears to be no effort at message discipline. I am sure the comms team has one, but the president keeps stepping on it. That's a huge change. He has experienced comms people who get the concept of, 'let's figure out what we want to deliver our message.' But inevitably it gets fouled up, and usually because of something the president does."
Marilyn Thompson, a former three-year Reuters Washington bureau chief during the Obama Administration and 27-year D.C. journalist called the administration a rudderless ship.
"He feels like he has stumbled in a very short time into any number of serious national security and ethical breaches that are just uncustomary," she said. "They are hostile to the press in a way that I have never seen before and it is not a good recipe for running the country."
Andy Alexander, a former Cox Newspapers Washington bureau chief, echoed that view: "It's nothing new for White House officials to spin stories, shade the truth, conceal information or intentionally mislead. But what we are seeing today is routine prevarication on a large scale, with frequent assertions that are demonstrably false."
Marvin Kalb, a D.C.-based reporter from 1963 to 1987 and former Meet the Press host, pointed to the ongoing questions about the Trump administration's alleged ties to Russia.
He called it a "thoroughly remarkable inability of Congress to launch a top to bottom investigation of the Trump-Russia connection. It's one of the most important stories at the beginning of any administration that I have ever seen."
Clark Hoyt, a former longtime Washington reporter for Knight Ridder who covered the Nixon White House and resignation, also ran its D.C. bureau from 1987-1993 and 1999-2006. He also found no past equal to Trump’s first weeks in office. "I've never seen anything like this," Hoyt said. "From the moment that you come in, I have never seen an inaugural address that failed to reach out. Then declaring you are at a running war with the media, then the disorganization from within, the chaotic nature of activity within the White House."
Asked how the press should approach such an unusual administration that attacks them, lies constantly, and seeks to divert attention, presidential historians said journalists should dig in even deeper.
"You have to ask the toughest questions you possibly can," said Duke University's Blight. "The press should be asking for evidence, evidence, evidence, examples, examples, examples" when claims are made.
Maney of Boston College said reporters should not let every little item or tweet distract them from focusing on bigger, in-depth stories such as Russia or large-scale policy plans.
"One error the media has made is this across-the-board criticism and ignoring some more serious issues," he said. "Some of this is just bizarre, some if it I don't know how the press can handle it."
Meg Jacobs, a presidential historian at Princeton and Columbia universities, also urged journalists not to back off, even when they are attacked.
"They have to continue to call him out where they see him fabricating and straying from the truth," she said. "They have to cover his efforts to transform the relationship with the press as a story as well as the substance of what the administration is doing."
Last Night in Sweden? Trump Statement Baffles A Nation
Here is more proof Trump is not only a clueless clown, he is a lying clueless clown. And as usual, O'Reilly never said a word about any of it.
LONDON -- Swedes reacted with confusion, anger and ridicule on Sunday to a remark by President Trump that suggested that something terrible had occurred in their country.
During a campaign-style rally on Saturday in Florida, Trump issued a sharp if discursive attack on refugee policies in Europe, ticking off a list of places that have been hit by terrorists.
"You look at what's happening," he told his supporters. "We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?"
Not the Swedes. Because nothing happened in Sweden, Trump made it all up, based on some ridiculous segment on Fox News by the dishonest and biased Tucker Carlson. Who was kicked off of the news show Crossfire for telling so many lies and spinning for the RNC.
Nothing happened in Sweden on Friday -- or Saturday -- and Swedes were left baffled.
"Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," Carl Bildt, a former prime minister and foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.
As the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet noted, Twitter users were quick to ridicule Trump's remark, with joking references to the Swedish Chef, the Muppets character; Swedish meatballs; and Ikea, the furniture giant.
Trump mentioned Sweden right after he chastised Germany, a destination for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing war and deprivation -- suggested that he thought it might have.
He then invoked the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels and Nice, France, last year, to make an argument for tightening scrutiny of travelers and asylum seekers.
"We've allowed thousands and thousands of people into our country, and there was no way to vet those people," he said. "There was no documentation. There was no nothing. So we're going to keep our country safe."
A White House spokeswoman, tried to clarify the president's remarks Sunday, as in clean up his crazy lies, saying Trump did not mean to suggest that a particular attack had happened the night before, but rather was talking about crime in general in Sweden.
On Sunday, Trump offered his own clarification, writing on Twitter, "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on Fox News concerning immigrants & Sweden."
So the President of the United States is getting his information from the biased and dishonest Fox News. That is a scary thought, and the reason why Trump gets caught in so many lies, because all Fox does is report lies and spin for the Republican party.
Steve Forbes Slams Republicans On Crazy Border Tax
Which is kind of funny coming from the rich guy who wants a flat tax. The House Republican border adjustment proposal to tax imports is "insane," said media mogul and two-time GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes.
And of course O'Reilly does not say a word about it, because he dishonestly wants you to believe that only Democrats and liberals oppose what Trump does as President.
"The Republicans are proposing this crazy tax. They're going to punish American consumers over $100 billion a year" over 10 years by making goods coming into the U.S. more expensive, Forbes told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday.
"And these are Republicans doing it."
The people who would be hurt most by the border tax would be middle-class workers who elected Donald Trump as president, Forbes said. "Economically it's wrong. Politically it's wrong."
Efforts by Republicans to reduce taxes should not include a new tax, he added. The chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000. He ran on a platform for a flat tax to apply consistent rates across all brackets.
Just implement a "straight vanilla tax cut," Forbes said. "We've done that before. It works."
"So now these Washington politicians are becoming currency swap traders and experts. It's preposterous," said Forbes. "Also people forget in Washington we have these elaborate global supply chains. You're going to disrupt all of that and you don't know what the consequences are."
Scarborough Slams Trump Calling Him A Fake President Who Has Lost It
After Donald Trump declared the press the enemy of the people, the conservative Joe Scarborough unloaded on Trump by claiming that the president has "lost his s___," and he suggested that Donald Trump is a fake president.
Scarborough responded to Trump's statement that the press is the enemy of the people by tweeting:
Only a FAKE PRESIDENT would declare the First Amendment to be the enemy of the American people.
-- Joe Scarborough -- February 17, 2017
It's not even Saturday morning and someone is already losing his shit.
-- Joe Scarborough -- February 17, 2017
NOT FAIR! NO PRESS! NO COURTS! NO BAD POLLS!!!! #38% #39%
-- Joe Scarborough -- February 17, 2017
This president attacks the judiciary's legitimacy, the intel community, and calls press outlets critical to him "the enemy of the people."
-- Joe Scarborough -- February 17, 2017
Conservatives, feel free to speak up for the Constitution anytime the mood strikes. It is time.
-- Joe Scarborough -- February 17, 2017
I am not one to agree with Joe Scarborough, but he is one hundred percent on the money. No person who took the presidency seriously would ever declare the media to be the enemy of the people.
What Trump's attacks on the media are really about is that when Donald Trump doesn't like the message, he shoots the messenger.
Scarborough was correct that it has been disgraceful that so many Republicans who claim to love the Constitution have kept their mouths shut and sat on their hands while Trump has trampled a document that they claim to cherish and defend.
The left has been shining a light on Trump's treatment of the Constitution from day one. Now it's time for conservatives to step up and join the fight, which I predict will never happen.
Trump's need for validation and legitimacy have forced him over the edge. As Joe Scarborough said, Trump is losing it over the fact that he is failing as the president.
Harward And Petraeus Both Say No To Trump On NSC Job
Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down President Trump's offer to be national security adviser Thursday, depriving the administration of a top candidate for a critical foreign policy post days after Trump fired Michael Flynn.
Trump has since named Ret. Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg, who worked under Flynn until the latter was asked to resign, as the acting national security adviser. Asked if there was a candidate for national security adviser in sight, a White House official told CNN, "Not that I'm aware of."
"Since retiring, I have the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position," Harward said in a statement. "Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment. My thoughts and prayers are with those that carry such heavy burdens and responsibility for taking care of our country's national security concerns. God bless this great country of ours."
A friend of Harward's told the real story, and said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a "s*** sandwich," the friend said.
A Republican official told CNN that Harward made it a condition of taking the job that he could form his own team. In the end, he didn't feel that was the case.
Petraeus said no because he thinks as National Security Adviser he Should be able to Hire his Own Staff. Trump wants the new guy to work with his people, and nobody wants to do that.
But the real reason they both said no is because Trump is a clown and a disaster and they do not want to be part of it, in private they have told people that working for Trump is a career ender. Which of course O'Reilly also says nothing about, he ignores it because it makes his friend Donald Trump look bad.
And one more thing, O'Reilly calls for full disclosure from the rest of the media, but when has he disclosed that he is biased for Trump because they are friends. He should say it every time he reports on Trump, but he never does.
McCain Criticizes Trump For Calling Media The Enemy
The Republican Semator John McCain spoke out Saturday in defense of the free press after President Donald Trump lashed out against the news media several times over the past week, at one point declaring it "the enemy of the American People!"
Such talk, McCain, R-Ariz., said on NBC News in an interview set to air Sunday, was "how dictators get started."
"In other words, a consolidation of power," McCain told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd from Munich. "When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history."
Notice that O'Reilly has not said a word about it, now imagine what he would say if Obama had called the media the enemy of the people, and said all news he does not like is fake news. O'Reilly would go nuts and spend a week reporting on it, calling Obama un-American and a traitor. But when Trump does it, he is silent as a mouse.
Notice that O'Reilly also does not have McCain on his show as a guest to discuss it, he just sticks his head in the sand and ignores the entire story.
In the "Meet the Press" interview, McCain told Todd that a free press was central to a functional democracy, even if news organizations' stories challenged those being held accountable.
"I hate the press. I hate you, especially," he said to Todd, who laughed. "But the fact is, we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital."
"If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and, many times, adversarial press," McCain added. "And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started."
And btw, the media is not the enemy of the people or Trump, they are simply doing their job and reporting what a joke, a disaster, and a clown Trump is. Trump just calls fake news any news that is not good about him, to try and destroy their credibility. When all it really does is make Trump liike like a fool. The only people who buy his lies and his twitter nonsense are his supporters.
Attacking the media is a battle he will lose, and over time if his job approval ratings do not go up will lead to him being a 1 term President, if he even makes it 4 years witout some major scandal and we do not even up with a President Pence, or Ryan.
Trump's Crazy Presser Left People Grasping for Words to Describe it
It was inevitable, perhaps, when it is Donald Trump itching to prove his White House is not in chaos by using a completely chaotic press conference to prove it. A calm, orderly display would have been much more surprising, if far less embarrassing.
Jason Easley offered a succinct description of what we all saw: "Trump Has A Mental Collapse At Press Conference As He Blames The Media For His Failures."
It's remarkable: Trump says he's not ranting as he rants. Hey says his White House is running like a fine-tuned machine. But all this is theater. It's all a generated by Trump himself. As he has control, presumably, of what he says, why would he create a reality so not beneficial to himself?
One Republican senator texted CNN's John King to say, "He should do this with a therapist, not on live television."
Trump said, "The tone is such hatred," but in truth, there is so much madness. Psychiatrist Allen Frances says Trump is bad, not mad, but if he is not clinically crazy, he's putting on a good show.
Author John Scalzi has a solution to this: "Trump isn't mentally ill. He's a schmuck."
Nothing like this has ever been seen before from a President. It can be hoped nothing like this will ever be seen again. We are so ill-prepared to deal with it. We are not used to seeing it from grown men, let alone presidents.
It may be left to future historians to at last make sense of the Trump presidency. Right now, the ranting and raving is so fast and furious it is difficult to keep up.
And maybe that's the idea, to throw us off kilter and then keep us off-balance with his ranting. We can't know because even if we asked, he would lie, and then lie about lying.
Trump again left a lasting impression of himself as a big baby, whining about his ill-treatment. Yes, a man with a golden toilet playing the victim.
It's sad. And it's embarrassing. The truly lamentable fact is not that this won't be the last time see Donald Trump do this but that awful as his display was, it can only be scratching at the surface of the reality of the Trump White House.
And Bill O'Reilly ignored it all, no fact checking of the lies from Trump, no asking what he knew and when he knew it, nothing. O'Reilly just ignores it all because it's his friend Donald Trump doing it.
Shep Smith Fires Back At Trump: "We're Not Fools"
Here is a transcript of Shepard Smith after the ridiculous Trump press conference:
SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): Treating Jim Acosta from CNN -- an accomplished reporter, a guy I've never met, but a good reporter. Treating him like he's -- I'm not even going to use the word. I'm not going to give Twitter the love it needs. It's crazy what we're watching every day. It's absolutely crazy.
He keeps repeating ridiculous throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we're some kind of fools for asking the question. Really? Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening and we're fools for asking the questions?
No, sir, we're not fools for asking these questions and we demand to know the answer to this question. You owe this to the American people. Your supporters will support you either way. If your people were on the phone with -- what were they saying?
We have a right to know. We absolutely do, and that you call us "fake news" and put us down like children for asking these questions on behalf of the American people, is inconsequential. The people deserve that answer, at very least.
Note To Trump Supporters: I Told You He Was A Lying Clown
We're not even a month into the Trump administration and this has already been an absolute disaster. When I wrote he was too incompetent to be president, boy was I right. He is a fool and a clown, who lies about everything, knows nothing, spends all day and night tweeting and watching cable news, and never admits he lied or is wrong, when that is all he does, lie and swear to the lies.
Reports show that during a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump didn't even know what the SMART nuclear treaty was, but he slammed it anyway. This follows up other reports that show he did this insane stuff:
-- Didn't know how much power he was giving Steven Bannon when he put him on the National Security Council.
-- Wasn't aware he would have to hire his own White House staff.
-- Whined about having to live in Washington D.C. you know, where the White House is.
-- Said he would be willing to invade Mexico to get bad hombres.
-- Thought African American icon Frederick Douglass was still alive, fact: he's dead, has been for a long time.
-- Allowed his Secretary of State to say they're willing to block China's access to the disputed islands in the South China Sea, a move that would certainly start a war.
-- Went on Twitter to whine about Nordstrom dropping his daughter's clothing line, which is a massive violation of federal ethics. The list goes on and on. Trump is without a doubt, the most incompetent (and stupid) person ever elected to the White House.
When I said he would never make Mexico pay for his wall, I was 100% right.
Thus far, the best plan Trump has produced to make Mexico pay for the wall is a 20 percent tax hike on nearly every American, that would almost certainly start a trade war. Other than that, he's already saying that Congress is going to have to find the money to build it and they'll make Mexico pay, eventually, somehow, one day who knows when.
When I said his talk about draining the swamp was a scam, I was 100% right. Trump has filled his cabinet with Washington insiders, top donors, billionaires and Wall Street executives. The exact same people he said he would never use.
Remember when Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for her speeches to Goldman Sachs? Funny, he seems to be quite the fan of the finance company now. Now he is hiring their current and former employees.
When I said he would never repeal Obamacare on Day 1, or ever, I was 100% right. Riots are almost breaking out at Republican town halls from people demanding to keep their Obamacare.
We are now three weeks into his administration and they are already saying they're not even sure if they'll have a replacement for the law passed by 2018. So much for his amazing plan that was going to replace the disastrous Obamacare.
When I said he was going to abuse his power for his own personal business interests, I was 100% right.
Not only has Trump not divested from his business interests like he promised he would if elected, he recently went on Twitter to attack a company for dropping his daughter's clothing line.
Trump's pick for secretary of the Army (Wall Street billionaire Vincent Viola) withdrew from that nomination citing the near impossibility of separating his business interests from the position for which he was nominated. In other words, Viola essentially admitted there's no way for someone like Trump to separate his conflicts of interests.
When I said Trump's claim he picks the best people was a joke, I was 100% right.
Just look at Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, they are probably the two worst White House spokespeople to ever have the job, yet Trump hired them, and he has not fired them, even though they are doing a terrible job and making fools of Trump and themselves.
Trump said he would only hire the best people, then he hired the worst, and keeps them on the job because he can not admit he failed in picking them.
Not only did he go through three campaign managers, but White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been an embarrassment; Kellyanne Conway seems to go out of her way to make some sort of ridiculous gaffe every day, and his administration is filled with people who are constantly leaking information to the press about what an absolute circus Trump's time in office has been.
When I told you Trump's incompetence would push us closer to war, I was 100% right.
So far all he's done is attack our allies, go out of his way to provoke China and Iran, and provide ISIS with years worth of recruitment material for new jihadists with his Muslim ban.
When I said he had no plan to fight ISIS, I was 100% right.
We're three weeks in and the only thing he's really done militarily was order a botched raid where a Navy SEAL died, a raid he wasn't even in the Situation Room for as it was taking place. Trump said he had a secret plan to defeat ISIS, that he would tell us about after he was elected, and it was all lies, there is no plan.
When I said Trump was nothing but a con man, lying to you all by making promises he couldn't keep and that weren't realistic, I was 100% right.
And I was also right when I told you O'Reilly would ignore it all, while crying about things liberals do, which is exactly what he is doing.
Sure, it's still early into his administration, but we've already seen plenty of evidence proving that nearly every major issue he ran on was a complete scam. The Iran nuclear deal is still in place, Obamacare isn't repealed, he has no way to make Mexico pay for his wall, his administration is filled with many of the people he vilified during his campaign, and the country is less safe now than it's been in decades.
He played you all for fools, and sadly, a lot of you still refuse to face that reality. As a progressive who spent the entire election warning the country against the dangers of Donald Trump, this will not be the last time I proudly say to those who supported him, I was 100% right, and you were stupid if you voted for this lying clown.
Andy Puzder's Nomination As Labor Secretary Falls Apart
So much for Trump only picking the best people, Puzder was a terrible choice for Labor Secretary. He was about as anti-labor as you can get, and had no business being the Labor Secretary. Which shows that Trump is also anti-labor and a liar who said he would only pick the best people.
The move came as support evaporated among Republicans for the former fast-food executive. At least seven Republican senators refused to publicly back the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which owns the burger chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, as criticism mounted over his hefty stack of labor violations and long-standing support for increased immigration.
Puzder needed support from at least 50 of the 52 Republicans in the Senate, as no Democrats or independents pledged to vote for him. The nominee could have yielded the closest vote since Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote to confirm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos earlier this month.
Labor groups who opposed Puzder's nomination used the news to remind the president what they hope for in the next labor secretary.
"We urge President Trump to listen to the American people, remain mindful of the promises he made to working families during the campaign and in his inaugural address, and nominate a candidate for secretary of labor who will always put workers first and foremost," Christine Owens, the executive director of the nonprofit National Employment Law Project, said in a statement.
"Any less, and the American people will once again say no to a secretary who doesn't speak for America's workers."
Puzder was a controversial pick to lead a department with the explicit mission "to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners."
His company repeatedly stiffed its badly paid workers, whom Puzder suggested should be replaced by machines. He also opposes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
After Puzder became CEO in 2000, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's were hit with more federal employment discrimination lawsuits than any other major burger chain in the country, according to an investigation published last month by Capital & Main, a California-based investigative news outlet.
The company failed to send new workers to staff restaurants after a 2014 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit forced the franchises to fire some 1,200 workers in a matter of days.
Even the conservative National Review came out against Puzder. In an editorial published Wednesday, the magazine praised his staunch opposition to minimum wage hikes and unsympathetic deflection of bullying by organized labor, but railed against his long-standing support for increased immigration.
Crazy O'Reilly Now Says Criticizing Trump Harms Children
O'Reilly is up to his old right-wing propaganda tricks for Trump, now the dishonest old fool is saying criticizing Trump will harm the children, which is just laughable. Notice that even Charles Krauthammer points out that Bush was slammed more than anyone, but not once did O'Reilly use the it harms the children nonsense. When it's his friend Donald Trump he does, because he is so far up his rear end he can't see straight.
Now think about this, O'Reilly and every Republican in America made a living slamming Obama for 8 years, but not once did O'Reilly defend him, let alone pull the it harms the children card.
Here is a partial transcript of the insane claims from O'Reilly:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): So, what do you think the effect is, because it's not going to get any better, and it's going to get worse, on the general population? Younger people? Is civil discourse gone forever in this country?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, it's clearly going to have a coarsening effect, the younger people are going to grow up in an atmosphere where this kind of invective is the norm. But I want to disagree on one point about this being completely new. George W. Bush received as much abuse as any president I've ever seen. In fact, I'm the one who coined the phrase "The Bush derangement syndrome" because of the fact that so many people on the left were attacking him in ways that were deranged.
They were over the top and it was a personal animus. He was called a Nazi and all that. So, we forget. But the difference is this: that tended to set in after the Iraq War. So, it was a reaction to something that Bush had done. Today, it's Trump, who's only been in office for thirty days -- I mean for three weeks, and he has got this reaction, it's kind of a visceral, personal reaction to him, and I do think it can only have a negative effect.
The problem is, he feeds back into it with his own invective. Then, you get a new generation raised in an atmosphere, where there are no adults in the room.
W. H. Admits Trump Knew About Flynn Lies For 3 Weeks
But he did nothing anyway, hoping nobody would find out about it, and only forced him to resign after the media went public with it. So much for draining the swamp, he is making it higher.
The White House tried to put the best possible spin on the debacle surrounding Michael Flynn's pre-inauguration conversations with the Russian government Tuesday, claiming that laws weren't broken and that the dismissal was based on eroding trust between the president and his national security adviser.
"It was not an issue of law, it was an issue of trust," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly told reporters.
Flynn resigned Monday night after evidence piled up that he had discussed sanctions with Russian officials in late December, before President Donald Trump took office. Spicer said the president personally asked his national security adviser to step down -- contrary to what senior administration officials said Monday night and Tuesday morning -- insisting the president took immediate, decisive action in the matter.
Which we all know is lies, but they said it anyway, hoping someone will believe it.
It wasn't immediate at all. Spicer even admitted Trump first learned about Flynn's discussions weeks ago, in late January. The president and his staff, he added, discussed it daily from there but didn't do anything to discipline Flynn until Monday.
Flynn's talk with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, came a day before President Barack Obama's administration announced sanctions on the Russian government after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that top officials interfered in the 2016 elections to help elect Trump.
Flynn and other Trump administration officials have consistently denied that such a conversation ever took place. But transcripts from a wiretap of his call proved that to be untrue.
Experts have raised the possibility that Flynn may have violated the Logan Act, which bars private citizens from interfering in foreign relations. And on Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans on the Hill began questioning whether anyone else, including Trump, knew what Flynn was doing.
Spicer denied that Trump ever asked Flynn to discuss the sanctions. But he insisted Trump had no problem with Flynn talking to Russian officials.
The Washington Post reported that the Department of Justice first informed the administration last month that it believed Flynn had misled the administration when he said he had not discussed sanctions during the late December call.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates also said she believed Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail from the Russians because of the information he was hiding. Trump later fired Yates because she refused to defend his ban on refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Scarborough Rips Conway As An Out Of The Loop Liar After Flynn Resignation
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway's assertion that former national security adviser Michael Flynn enjoyed the full confidence of the president just hours before he offered his resignation is proof that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is out of the loop and acting recklessly, the conservative host Joe Scarborough said Tuesday morning.
SCARBOROUGH: "She goes out and lies and you find out about those lies a couple hours later," Scarborough said, addressing Morning Joe panelist Willie Geist. "Or if she's not lying, Willie, she is - actually what I've heard she is - so out of the loop. She's in none of the meetings and she just goes out talking without having the facts."
Appearing on MSNBC on Monday afternoon, Conway said Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who once led the Defense Intelligence Agency, does enjoy the full confidence of the president despite swirling controversy about a conversation Flynn had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. In that conversation, Flynn reportedly discussed easing American sanctions imposed against Russia over its interference with last year's presidential election.
Asked about that reported conversation, Vice President Mike Pence said it had never occurred, a statement he made based on information from Flynn. In his resignation letter on Monday, Flynn admitted he had "inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador."
Biased O'Reilly Spent A Whopping 3:44 On Flynn Scandal
Want proof Bill O'Reilly is a 100% biased right-wing Trump supporter, here it is. The biggest story in America (by far) is the Michael Flynn scandal story, CNN, MSNBC, and even FOX spent all night Monday night and all day Tuesday reporting on it. In fact, they are all still reporting on it non-stop, especially CNN and MSNBC.
So Tuesday night the so-called greatest journalist ever born, Mr. no-spin zone Independent Bill O'Reilly, spent a lousy 3 minutes and 44 seconds reporting on it. And it was a talking points memo, where O'Reilly simply reported what happened and then said the story is over.
No details of the story, none. No segment to discuss it, no guests on to discuss it. Nothing!
If this happened under Obama O'Reilly would do the entire show on it, and most likely cover it for the rest of the year. But when it happens under Trump, he gave it less than 4 minutes with no debate, no guests, and no follow up.
This story is not over, it has just started, there are a million questions about who knew what and when, and when will we see the transcripts of the Flynn Russia calls. O'Reilly never asked what was said, he never demanded to see the transcripts, he never asked about Trump knowing Flynn lied in January, yet he said nothing, nothing about the story was asked.
He basically said it happened and it's over so let's move on, which is about as biased as it gets, and just laughable, especially from a guy who claims to be the greatest journalist ever known to man.
Michael Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser
Another scandal for Trump, looks like he will be a scandal machine for 4 years, if he does not get impeached before that. And btw, it's only going to get worse. Note to Bill O'Reilly, do you job and stop spinning, lying, and defending for your friend Trump. When you go to Washington and insult everyone and call them liars and idiots you make a lot of enemies, and those people report on you. It will only get worse because everyone is going to leak all the bad things you do, and O'Reilly ignores it all.
Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given incomplete information regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before Mr. Trump's inauguration.
Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television interviews as recently as this month.
But on Monday, a former administration official said the Justice Department warned the White House last month that Mr. Flynn had not been fully forthright about his conversations with the ambassador. As a result, the Justice Department feared that Mr. Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.
In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, Mr. Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition.
"Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador," he wrote. "I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology."
"I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way," Mr. Flynn wrote.
The White House said in the statement that it was replacing Mr. Flynn with retired Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. of the Army, a Vietnam War veteran, as acting national security adviser.
McCain Slams Trump For Putin Comments On Senate Floor
But of course Bill O'Reilly said it was nothing and defended Trump, even though he himself pointed out that Putin is a killer, he then dismissed the Trump comment that America has a lot of killers too, and defended it on his Fox show.
Senator John McCain rebuked President Donald Trump on the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon, lashing Trump's defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin over the weekend as "either terribly misinformed or incredibly biased."
The Arizona senator, who has emerged as one of Trump's chief Republican foils on foreign policy and national security issues, never mentioned Trump by name. But as he spoke in favor of anti-Putin activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, McCain clearly singled out Trump's comments about Putin on Sunday, when Trump compared Putin's strong-armed history of cracking down on dissidents to the United States' own record on human rights.
Kara-Murza "knew that there was no moral equivalence between the United States and Putin's Russia. I repeat, there is no moral equivalence between that butcher and thug and KGB colonel and the United States of America, the country that Ronald Reagan used to call a shining city on a hill," McCain said.
"To allege some kind of moral equivalence between the two is either terribly misinformed or incredibly biased. Neither, neither can be accurate in anyway."
The public reprimand of a GOP president by a sitting Republican senator is rare, but many in the party were caught off-guard by Trump's latest comments on Putin, which he made in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly over the weekend.
When O'Reilly noted that "Putin's a killer," Trump was quick to respond: "You got a lot of killers. What, you think our country's so innocent?"
Despite McCain's remarkable response to Trump on Tuesday, the GOP has yet to show it will take any concrete action to rein in the president. Republican senators are warning against the lifting of sanctions on Russia and threatened to vote against Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but the former ExxonMobil CEO had the support of all Republican senators despite his close relationship with Putin.
Trump responded to the "haters" of his warmer relations with Putin on Tuesday morning.
"I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!" Trump tweeted.
Bernie Goldberg even pointed out that if a Democratic President had said what Trump did the Republicans would crush him and call it treason.
The conservative Bernie Goldberg, who almost never slams a Republican, also weighed in on the conversation with President Trump on the Tuesday night Factor show.
GOLDBERG: The Putin 'killer' exchange was important, because of the conservative reaction. Imagine if President Obama had said he respected Putin and said, 'There are a lot of killers, you think we're so innocent?'
The people watching us tonight would be outraged, they would accuse him of treason. Where is the conservative outrage over this statement?
Donald Trump has told us how smart he is, but why didn't he just say, 'I have to deal with people who don't win humanitarian awards?' He didn't say that, he left it to you to give a generous interpretation of what he meant.
O'Reilly would also be outraged, but when Trump said it he dismissed it and said nothing about it. If Obama had said that, O'Reilly would call him an America hating traitor and call for him to be impeached.
Parents Furious Over Trump's False Terrorism Claims
Her daughter had not yet been buried, nor had the newspapers finished turning up bloody details of her death, before Rosie Ayliffe began to write about her child's murderer.
"Grief is a funny thing," she wrote in the Independent last August -- five days after a man chased her 21-year-old daughter through a hostel, stabbed her to death and killed another backpacker who tried to protect her.
"I haven't seen Mia for nearly a year, and so in my head she's still alive, well and living in Australia."
She was careful, even then, to write accurately about the accused killer.
"Much nonsense is being spoken in the press about her alleged killer," Ayliffe wrote. He "is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque."
Likewise, police ruled out terrorism, and the Ayad murder case was transferred to a mental-health court.
The sensational stories eventually faded. The parents of Mia Ayliffe-Chung and Tom Jackson mourned and tried to move on. Months went by.
Then, on Tuesday, both families saw their children's murders on a White House list of terrorist attacks that hadn't gotten enough attention, and Ayliffe said she felt she needed to set down words again.
"My daughter's death will not be used to further this insane persecution of innocent people," she wrote in an open letter to President Trump.
Her words were joined by the parents of the attack's second victim, Jackson, who expressed their disbelief in an email to the White House and elsewhere.
"I'm pretty sure he and his advisors know full well -- or could very easily verify -- that Tom and Mia died not as the result of an act of terror but rather through the actions of a disturbed individual," Les Jackson wrote on Facebook.
"Of course, that doesn't suit his agenda."
"Queensland Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Joint Counter Terrorism Unit investigated any links between Ayad and radical organisations, and they did not find any evidence of radicalisation," the Townsville Bulletin reported.
"The fact anyone would want to make something political out of Tom dying is just beyond me," Jackson told The Washington Post. "We're still struggling to come to terms with it and probably never will. This has just brought the whole experience of last summer crashing about us."
"Our children's deaths were ugly, and brutal, and must have been utterly terrifying, and I find my mind attempting to recreate those events on a regular basis," Ayliffe wrote Tuesday.
"If I can find the strength to do this, surely some White House minion with a list to compile could take the trouble to get his facts right."
GOP Senators Silence Senator Warren And O'Reilly Is Silent
Republican Senators basically took away the free speech rights of a sitting Senator, who is a Democrat, and O'Reilly said nothing. But when Democrats did the same thing to a Republican O'Reilly lost his mind and called for them to be voted out of office.
After being disgracefully silenced by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans Tuesday by invoking an obscure Senate rule, Elizabeth Warren took to Facebook to read the rest of her remarks live, explaining that,
"Tonight, I wanted to read that letter and Senator Mitch McConnel and the Republicans came to the floor to shut me down for reading that letter. So right now, what I'd like to do outside the Senate, I just want to read the letter."
This is what Republicans did not want to hear, because this is how they intend to behave under Trump going forward. Correta Scott King wrote:
"Anyone who has used the power of his office as a United States Attorney to intimdate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship."
And btw, she is talking about when a Republican majority Senate voted against Sessions, back when they still had some honesty and integrity. One more thing, it was stupid, because now it is a big news story. If they had just let her read the King letter nobody would have even known about it, so they made it a story by silencing her.
Or, needless to say, with the position and awesome power of the Attorney General of the United States.
McConnell's actions in stripping Warren of her right to free speech on the Senate floor earned him wide-spread condemnation and the hashtag #LetLizSpeak took off on Twitter. As Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) tweeted,
"Senate GOP has now ruled that any Democrat who criticizes Sessions record will be stripped of right to speak. It's outrageous."
In defense of their deplorable treatment of Warren, Orrin Hatch told NBC News that speaking the truth is no excuse:
"Even if what she said was true, it wasn't the right thing to do."
That's right folks: speaking the truth is not the right thing to do. From the GOP's own mouths to your ears.
Are you listening, America?
W.H. Admits They Use Fake News Claim To Punish Press That Criticize Trump
Deputy Assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, said that the White House is going to continue calling the media fake news until the press stops being critical of Trump.
According to CNN, Gorka said, "There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media, not just the pollsters, the majority of the media to attack a duly elected President in the second week of his term. That's how unhealthy the situation is and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say, fake news. I'm sorry. That's the reality."
Basically they are saying that any story that criticizes Trump, or that the President does not like is going to be labeled fake news by the White House. It seems that the only real news that the White House will accept is stories that praise Trump.
The real point of the Trump White House's adoption of the fake news term as a weapon is the delegitimation of the free press. The White House is attempting to delegitimize facts and information that they don't like by labeling them as not real.
If President Trump and his team are able to successfully confuse the American people, it will be more difficult to hold them accountable for their actions.
The fake news punishment is more than a way to pressure the press to give Trump positive coverage. The White House is trying to discredit the flow of factual information to the public.
Gorka's comments demonstrate that the nation's real fake news problem is in the White House, and his name is Donald Trump.
Half The American People Already Think Trump Should Be Impeached
PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has declined even more over the last two weeks. On their first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving.
Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they'd rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump.
Just three weeks into his administration, voters are evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed.
Support for impeaching Trump has went up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump's impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that's gone up to 83/6.
Here are a few of the reasons things are going so bad for Trump:
Voters think he's over reaching to make the country safe, that they already consider to be safe. 66% of Americans consider the United States to be a safe country, to only 23% who consider it unsafe.
Perhaps as an outgrowth of that sentiment only 45% of voters support Trump's Executive Order on immigration, to 49% who are opposed to it. Among those who do support it you have to wonder how well thought out their position is - by a 51/23 margin Trump voters say that the Bowling Green Massacre shows why Trump's immigration policy is needed.
Even though the Bowling Green Massacre is a made up story that never happened, showing how misinformed his supporters are.
By a 48/43 spread, voters do think that the intent of the Executive Order is to be a Muslim ban. And just 22% support a Muslim ban, to 65% who are opposed.
The order has also increasingly raised issues about Trump's competence in voters eyes - only 27% think the Executive Order was well executed, to 66% who think it was poorly executed. The spread on that question was 39/55 when they asked last week.
Eliot Cohen Said Donald Trump Is Not Mentally Healthy
"I've been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this," said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official under President George W. Bush and a member of his National Security Council.
"I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president."
There is the matter of Trump's briefing materials, for example. The commander in chief doesn't like to read long memos, a White House aide who asked to remain unnamed told The Huffington Post. So they must be no more than a single page. They must have bullet points but not more than nine per page.
Small things can provide him great joy or generate intense irritation. Trump told The New York Times that he's fascinated with the phone system inside the White House. At the same time, he's registered a complaint about the hand towels aboard Air Force One, the White House aide said, because they are not soft enough.
He has also been obsessed with the performance of his aides on cable television. Past presidents typically didn't make time to watch their press secretary's daily briefings with reporters, but Trump has made it part of his daily routine.
"Saturday Night Live's" weekly skewering of his administration is on his must-watch list - with his reaction ranging from unamused to seething.
Admiral Mullen Says Bannon Does Not Belong On The National Security Council
And of course O'Reilly does not report any of this, he just ignores it all while defending and spinning for Trump, which is the exact opposite of what he did to Obama for 8 years.
In a very strongly-worded and no punches pulled op-ed in The New York Times tellingly titled, "I Was on the National Security Council. Bannon Doesn't Belong There," Admiral Mike Mullen, who served on the National Security Council under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, lays down the facts on and concerns about Steve Bannon's participation.
Admiral Mullen says that "Some of Trump's plans, such as including the director of the C.I.A. as a full voting member of the council, are welcome." He notes, however, that there is is a very big but:
"But some of Mr. Trump's other plans are unsettling and should be remedied as soon as possible -- in particular the role he has given to his top political adviser, Stephen K. Bannon."
He explains the need for professionals on the council:
In my experience there are very few -- if any -- meetings of the principals committee at which the input of the military and the intelligence community is not vital. With an increasingly belligerent Russia, tensions in the South China Sea and a smoldering Middle East, it makes little sense to minimize the participation of the professionals leading and representing these two groups.
Next, he goes on to explain why Steve Bannon does not belong as a participant in what can be heated and territorial discussions:
"Putting aside for a moment Mr. Bannon's troubling public positions, which are worrisome enough, institutionalizing his attendance threatens to politicize national security decision making."
These discussions, he says, "seldom get political -- nor should they."
We have already seen concerns raised about Steve Bannon's influence in the White House and his power struggles with Reince Priebus, including concerns raised by Madeleine Albright and others that it is Bannon who is calling the shots, and that Trump either does not know or perhaps does not even understand what it is he is putting his signature to.
Leaked reports say Trump signs things without reading them, and then gets mad later when he finds out what was in it.
Trump has shown that he is sensitive to these concerns. What he has not shown is that he genuinely understands how serious they are. Mullen observes that Bush excluded Karl Rove.
Trump may or may not have known he was adding Bannon to the National Security Council when he signed the papers, but he is there now and now it is Donald Trump's problem to resolve.
Ranting in tweets that he calls his own shots isn't going to comfort anybody, least of all sober-minded individuals like Admiral Mullen who have not only talked the talk but walked the walk in our nation's service while Trump was fleeing the draft and thinking he deserves a Medal of Honor for having sex.
Donald Trump is a businessman and to politics, a dilettante, and Mullin rightly fears Bannon "will have a chilling effect on deliberations and, potentially, diminish the authority and the prerogatives to which Senate-confirmed cabinet officials are entitled."
As Mullin stresses, they are accountable; Bannon is not, and "it results in a blurring of presidential responsibilities -- Republican Party leader and commander in chief -- that is unhealthy for the republic."
It is to be hoped that Donald Trump will address these very real and serious concerns and in more than defensive, hysteria-ridden tweets.
So far, he has given us no reason to feel confident that this will happen. As Mullen concludes, "partisan politics has no place at that table. And neither does Mr. Bannon."
Appeals Court Rules Against Crazy Trump 3-0 On Muslim Ban
In a major setback for the Trump administration, a federal appeals court on Thursday declined its urgent request to restore the controversial executive order restricting refugees and travel by immigrants from a number of Muslim-majority countries.
Rejecting arguments that the government would be irreparably harmed if the judicial system reviewed President Donald Trump's immigration ban, which he premised on his authority over national security matters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit determined unanimously that the judiciary has a proper role in safeguarding people's rights.
"To the contrary, while counseling deference to the national security determinations of the political branches," the court said, "the Supreme Court has made clear that the Government's authority and expertise in such matters do not automatically trump the Court's own obligation to secure the protection that the Constitution grants to individuals, even in times of war."
Citing an important Bush-era Supreme Court precedent on national security, the 9th Circuit took issue with the Trump administration's argument that it had no business or power to review the legality of the president's executive order -- or that it would violate the separation of powers for the court to do so.
"There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy," the court said in the ruling. The court also said that the Trump administration pointed to no evidence showing a need for the executive order.
The three judges who participated in the appeal - U.S. Circuit Judges Richard Clifton, William Canby and Michelle Friedland - did not sign their names to the opinion, but instead issued a per curiam order, possibly to avoid being singled out by Trump, who has taken to lashing out against judges ruling against his travel ban.
White House Says Conway Counseled After Promoting Ivanka Trump's Products
The White House on Thursday said that a top adviser to President Trump had been counseled after using a television appearance from the West Wing to promote the clothing and jewelry line sold under the brand of Trump's daughter.
The endorsement, in which Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Channel viewers to go buy Ivanka's stuff, appeared to violate a key ethics rule barring federal employees from using their public office to endorse products. The White House reaction was a rare acknowledgment of an ethical misstep.
Conway's remarks drew a sharp and unusual rebuke from a top Republican lawmaker, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who said that Conway's comments were "absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong" and clearly over the line.
Chaffetz, who has resisted calls by Democrats to investigate potential conflicts related to President Trump's businesses, joined with the Oversight Committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), in sending a letter to the Office of Government Ethics calling Conway's comments unacceptable.
The letter asked the agency to recommend discipline given that Trump, who is Conway's agency head, holds an inherent conflict of interest due to the involvement of his daughter's business.
In a comment to reporters Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Conway had been counseled on the subject but did not say whether she would be disciplined. Spicer did not say why Conway's statements had required the intervention, and the White House declined to answer further questions.
The incident was the latest illustration of how the Trump White House has struggled to grapple with long-established ethics rules as the president has attempted to balance the potentially competing interests of his new public position and his family's business holdings.
The matter has grown politically thorny in recent weeks as many opponents of Trump's policies have waged a campaign to boycott the family's brands and protest at its properties. The tensions underscore the difficulty Trump faces in carrying through on his vow to separate his presidency from his businesses -- particularly given that he and his daughter have refused to divest their ownership stakes.
The president has faced criticism from ethics experts and Democratic lawmakers who have warned that his public power could be misused to enrich him and his family. Trump has turned over the management of his businesses to his two adult sons and a longtime executive.
Although Trump has said that most ethics laws and rules do not apply to the president, Conway's stumble Thursday served as a reminder that staffers are also subject to those provisions.
Report Says Trump Hates His Job And His Staff After Less Than A Month
After just three weeks on the job, President Donald Trump is reportedly frustrated with the realities of trying to run the U.S. government the way he manages his family-owned business.
Politico interviewed nearly two dozen people who have spent time with the former real estate developer and reality TV star since his inauguration - and they said Trump's mood has careened between surprise and anger as he's faced the predictable realities of governing, according to the report.
"The interviews paint a picture of a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high," Politico reported. "Two visitors to the White House last week said they were struck by how tired the staff looks."
Trump would like to shake up his White House staff less than a month into the job but knows it's too soon, the website reported, and aides joke that the president would like to spend even more time golfing at his Mar-A-Lago resort. Even though he slammed Obama every time he went golfing.
Insane O'Reilly Said Democrat Objections To Devos Is Discrimination Against The Poor
Not only is the claim from O'Reilly ridiculous, it's crazy talk. The Democrats opposed her because she has no education experience at all, none. And the only reason she was nominated is because her family donated millions and millions to Trump and other Republicans.
In fact, she may be the most unqualified person to ever be nominated for a Government position, but according to O'Reilly it's discrimination against the poor, which is beyond stupid and has nothing to do with the poor.
School vouchers are a bad idea, and only a few far-right Republicans support it. Which is why it has never passed, just do a google search on it and you will see all the reasons why school vouchers are a bad idea.
Here is what the crazy O'Reilly said Wednesday night:
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): You would think that an uber-liberal like Franken, would approve of trying to help poor children, but he does not. Why? Because by offering school vouchers and encouraging charter schools, which are run apart from the public school system, Miss DeVos is challenging the powerful teachers unions, and those unions and their associates have donated more than $150,000 to Al Franken's campaigns. How enlightening.
So, Franken, like many politicians, panders to those who give him money. It is beyond question that poor American children, often minorities, are not getting the same quality of education that middle class and wealthy children are getting.
So, why not try something new? Why not try school choice? Why not give poor parents subsidies to choose better schools for their kids? Why not? How long are we going to put up with discrimination against the poor? How long, Al?
White House Leakers Think Trump Is Unfit For Office
And of course you will never hear about this from O'Reilly, because he is too busy defending Trump and slamming the media for simply reporting on all the bad, illegal, and unconstitutional things Trump is doing.
White House leaks are common, but leakers suggesting the president might be unfit for office are not.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was confused about the dollar: Was it a strong one that's good for the economy? Or a weak one?
So he made a call -- except not to any of the business leaders Trump brought into his administration or even to an old friend from his days in real estate. Instead, he called his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, according to two sources familiar with Flynn's accounts of the incident.
Flynn has a long record in counterintelligence but not in economics. And he told Trump he didn't know, that it wasn't his area of expertise, that, perhaps, Trump should ask an economist instead.
Trump was not thrilled with that response -- but that may have been a function of the time of day. Trump had placed the call at 3 a.m., according to Flynn.
For Americans who based their impression of Trump on the competent and decisive tycoon he portrayed on his Apprentice TV show, the portrait from these and many other tidbits emerging from his administration may seem a shock: an impulsive, sometimes petty chief executive more concerned with the adulation of the nation than the details of his own policies -- and quick to assign blame when things do not go his way.
Trump's volatile behavior has created an environment ripe for leaks from his executive agencies and even within his White House. And while leaks typically involve staffers sabotaging each other to improve their own standing or trying to scuttle policy ideas they find genuinely problematic, Trump's 2-week-old administration has a third category: leaks from White House and agency officials alarmed by the president's conduct.
"I've been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this," said Eliot Cohen, a senior State Department official under President George W. Bush and a member of his National Security Council. "I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president."
The New York Times, painted a portrait of a brooding commander in chief, wandering the White House alone in a bathrobe at night, watching too much cable television and venting his frustrations through angry tweets at 3:00am.
"I think it's a cry for help," said Elizabeth Rosenberg, a counterterrorism expert at the Treasury Department under Obama. She said many staffers still working in the national security agencies under Trump see what's happening and are driven by a simple motive: "Incredulity, and the need to share it."
Cohen, who now teaches at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies said the problem is not the leakers. It's the president.
Because Trump has shown no true affection or respect for anyone outside his immediate family, Cohen said, he cannot expect that of his staff. "This is what happens when you have a narcissist as president."
U.K. Speaker Says Donald Trump Is Not Welcome To Address Parliament
A top-ranking British lawmaker vowed on Monday to block President Donald Trump from speaking before the U.K. Parliament in the historic Westminster Hall, citing that body's opposition to racism and sexism and its support for equality and an independent judiciary.
In a blistering statement before the House of Commons, Speaker John Bercow said he was strongly opposed to Trump addressing Parliament during an upcoming state visit to the U.K.
"I would not wish to issue an invitation to President Trump to speak," Bercow said.
While British lawmakers value their country's relationship with the United States, he said, "I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons."
He would not have backed inviting Trump to address Parliament anyway, Bercow said, but the president's recent imposition of an anti-Muslim ban made him even more strongly opposed to the idea.
"An address by a foreign leader to both houses of Parliament is not an automatic right. It is an earned honor," Bercow said.
The speech was met with applause from other members of Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit her country during a trip to the White House last week. The details of the visit have reportedly not yet been worked out.
But the invitation itself sparked protests in cities across the U.K. by those opposed to Trump and his immigration ban. A petition to withdraw the invitation, posted on the U.K. government's official petitions site, has garnered more than 1.8 million signatures.
At one point, it was receiving more than a thousand signatures per minute, according to The Guardian.
Only seven U.S. presidents have ever spoken before the full Parliament, beginning with President Harry Truman in 1947. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama followed.
Bercow is one of just three people who has the final decision on whether guests will be granted the honor of speaking in Westminster Hall. Bercow, along with the speaker of the House of Lords and the great lord chamberlain, are the three keyholders who have the power to approve such addresses to members of Parliament and peers.
Bush CIA Director Said Trump Immigration Executive Order Has Made Us Less Safe
O'Reilly claims that it has only made liberals mad, so as usual he is lying, because many Republicans also oppose the order, but of course O'Reilly never mentions that in his biased reporting on the issue.
O'Reilly said this Monday night:
O'REILLY: President Trump's executive order stopping the flow of refugees into the USA until a new system can be put into place is causing major dissent in liberal precincts. The Trump administration believes it's far too easy for refugees from terror areas to come here. So they've stopped citizens from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen , Sudan and Somalia from being processed for at least 90 days.Notice that he makes it look like only liberals do not like it, which is not just spin, it's a lie. Then notice that O'Reilly never mentions that none of the 9-11 terrorists were from those 7 foreign countries. Notice that O'Reilly also never mentions that the executive order would not have stopped any terrorist attacks, it's all a political sideshow for his partisan base, and does nothing to stop terrorism.
And in fact, most of the experts think it makes us less safe and helps the terrorists, including some Republican terrorism experts. But O'Reilly never reports any of this, while claiming to be a journalist, which is just laughable.
One last thing, O'Reilly also never mentions that fact that we promised Muslims in Iraq and other Muslim countries they would be welcome in the USA if they work with us to defeat ISIS, etc. Now they can not get into the country for 3 months, if ever, and they are at risk of being killed for helping us, But Trump and O'Reilly do not care, and O'Reilly never says a word about it.
National security experts, including the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President George W. Bush, criticized Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim countries as damaging to the security of the United States.
"We've got good people who will work hard at it, but there is no question that this has already created an irretrievable cost," Michael Hayden told The Washington Post Sunday.
The executive order, he said, has "inarguably has made us less safe. It has taken draconian measures against a threat that was hyped. The byproduct is it feeds the Islamic militant narrative and makes it harder for our allies to side with us."
"The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world so when Trump says they all hate us, he's using their narrative, he's feeding their recruitment video."
Other terrorism experts say this is what Osama Bin Laden would have wanted, so then they can use it to get more people to join their terrorist groups, so it's helping terrorists and making us less safe from terrorism.
O'Reilly Dismisses Criticism Of Trump Equating Russian Killers To America
But when a Democrat says America does bad things like other people in foreign countries do, he slams them as un-American America haters, and has done it many many times over the last 10 years. He has even called some of them traitors, then after taking heat for it toned it down and called them bad Americans.
Now when Trump does the very same thing, O'Reilly not only does not slam him or call him an un-American America hater, he dismisses it, defends it, and spins for Trump.
Even Charles Krauthammer called O'Reilly out on it, but he still defended Trump. Krauthammer also slammed Trump for it, but O'Reilly wants everyone to think only the so-called liberal media did it, when many Republicans also slammed Trump for it.
Here is a partial transcript:
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: So, when he -- when he reacts by saying that we are killers too, that doesn't strike you as moral equivalence? Or, as an essentially --
BILL O'REILLY (HOST): I'm not going to say it didn't --
KRAUTHAMMER: A denigration?
O'REILLY: My job was to elicit answers from him, not debate him in that. It was a hard news interview and perhaps he did make that equivalency. I took it the other way, it was a matter of he doesn't want personal judgments, but I will tell you what the other headline was --
KRAUTHAMMER: But you thought the other -- you thought the other networks were distorting him by saying it was a moral equivalence?
O'REILLY: No, I didn't say they were distorting it, I'm saying they were looking for a hammer to use on his head. Didn't say they distorted it.
KRAUTHAMMER: But, I mean that is a hammer that any sentient being would seize immediately. When you say that this guy is a killer --
O'REILLY: But they weren't looking at the interview for information, they were looking for something to get him with, and that's a fact.
KRAUTHAMMER: How do you --
O'REILLY: That's a fact.
KRAUTHAMMER: But look, I wasn't looking for something to get him with.
O'REILLY: Well, I'm not saying you, I said the other hate-Trump networks.
Terrorist Groups Celebrate As Trump Doubles Down On Muslim Ban
While thousands of Americans (and many around the globe) express outrage over Donald Trump's recent travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, which has caused nothing but chaos and confusion, there is one group that is celebrating: terrorists.
According to a new report from the Washington Post, pro-ISIS social media accounts are rejoicing over Trump's latest action, saying it will help them convince more American Muslims to join their ranks.
From the report:
Comments posted to pro-Islamic State social media accounts predicted that President Trump's executive order would persuade American Muslims to side with the extremists. One posting hailed the U.S. president as "the best caller to Islam," while others predicted that Trump would soon launch a new war in the Middle East.
"Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has the right to come out and inform Trump that banning Muslims from entering America is a blessed ban," said one posting to a pro-Islamic State channel on Telegram, a social-media platform.
The writer compared the executive order to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, which Islamic militant leaders at the time hailed as a blessed invasion that ignited anti-Western fervor across the Islamic world.
Several postings suggested that Trump was fulfilling the predictions of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda leader and preacher who famously said that the "West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens."
"When U.S. President Donald Trump says 'We don't want them here' and bans the Muslim immigrants from Muslim countries, there is one thing that comes to our mind," said another posting, beneath a banner of al-Awlaki and his quote.
Another posting on the Telegram channel Abu Magrebi said Trump's actions "clearly revealed the truth and harsh reality behind the American government's hatred toward Muslims."
While Trump and his supporters claim this isn't about religion and is instead about making America safe, zero deadly terrorist attacks have been carried out since Sept. 11, 2001, by any one of the seven Muslim nations on his list, while not having Saudi Arabi on the list, where 15 of the 19 September 9-11 terrorists came from.
There is also no arguing that Trump's executive order originated from his initial proposal in 2015, which called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.
The administration may have found a new way to dress it up, as former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani admitted today, but it still meets the initial goal that Trump set of imposing an unconstitutional religious test on those coming to the U.S.
This is why thousands of Americans and leaders from all over the world are standing united against Donald Trump's discriminatory and un-American executive order.
Not only would it have failed to prevent any of the recent terror incidents in the U.S., but it's a complete abandonment of American values that will only alienate peaceful Muslims in the United States and embolden terrorists who want to carry out attacks against our country.
General: Trump's Putin Remarks Most Un-American Statement By A President
Now O'Reilly thinks it is nothing, and defended Trump over it. But most Americans, including some retired military leaders think it's borderline treason.
Former Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday said President Donald Trump's recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin may be "the most anti-American statement" ever made by a commander-in-chief.
"I'm actually incredulous that the president would make a statement like that," McCaffrey told MSNBC.
"One could argue that's the most anti-American statement ever made by the president of the United States. To confuse American values with Putin, who is running a criminal oligarchy."
Trump in an interview pushed back when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Putin is a killer.
"There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?" Trump said.
McCaffrey said that the president's comments shed light on "an astonishing state of affairs," adding that "it's hard to know what to think about it."
Putin "kills people abroad and at home," he said, also touching on the imprisonment of journalists, seizures of business property and invasions of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
The truth is Trump looks up to Putin, and he wishes he could run America like Putin runs Russia.
Russia Wants Apology After Bill O'Reilly Calls Putin A Killer
The Kremlin demanded an apology from FOX News on Monday, after Bill O'Reilly called President Vladimir Putin a killer.
O'Reilly made the remark, which related to alleged political killings of journalists and other dissenters, in an interview with President Trump that was broadcast Sunday.
Trump said he would like assistance from Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and added, "Will I get along with them? I have no idea."
"Putin's a killer," O'Reilly interjected.
“There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. Well, you think our country's so innocent?” Trump replied.
"We believe that such a statement by the Fox News host was insulting and impermissible,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday.
“We would prefer to hear apologies addressed to the president from such a respectable television network,” he added.
Putin and Trump have expressed a desire to build a closer relationship, after the Obama administration imposed sanctions against Russian businesses and individuals for Russia's alleged attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election to Trump's advantage, backing of separatist forces in Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea.
During the opening segment in his show Monday night, O'Reilly refused to apologize for his assessment of the Russian leader.
"I'm working on that apology," O'Reilly said about the Kremlin's demand. "Might want to check in with me around 2023."
Trump Believes Jobs Report Now That He Is The President
When Obama was still the President and a new jobs report came out showing good news Trump said it was a fraud and all lies. But now that he is the President and a new jobs report comes out showing more good news, he not only loves it, he took credit for it, even though he had nothing to do with it.
Even though most of the media did not slam Trump for it, and of course not O'Reilly, one person noticed it. Christine Romans called him out on it, saying this: "Trump Is A Hypocrite For Accepting A Good Jobs Report After Rejecting Them Under Obama."
Here is a partial transcript:
JEFF ZELENY: The president talking about the jobs number, first and foremost, this unemployment rate he is inheriting. This will be the bench-line, beginning marker for his administration. And he has often talked about how he doesn't believe this number. When he was campaigning, he said, "there are many, many more unemployed Americans."
But now, this is a number that he will accept. And you, of course, saw him accepting that and being happy with that.
CHRISTINE ROMANS: He called the Labor Department statistics on jobs a "hoax," he's called them "phony," he's called them "fake," and a "fraud." Now he seems to be accepting them. They were good. He seems to be accepting them.
CAROL COSTELLO (HOST): Yeah we should read the quote for people in case they missed that. So you go ahead and do that.
ROMANS: This is what he said. He said a couple of things happened this morning, "227,000 jobs, great spirit in the country right now. So we're very happy about that."
In the past he has seen numbers like that and he said, "Oh, that's fake, that’s fake to make Barack Obama look good." Now he seems to be accepting it. "I think it's going to continue big league. We're bringing back jobs, we're bringing down your taxes, we're getting rid of regulations," et cetera, et cetera.
He has promised 25 million new jobs, that would make him the biggest job creator president in history. So he needs these jobs to be good.
ROMANS: So he's accepting these numbers now. There's suddenly no conspiracy in the numbers when they belong to him.
Appeals Court Denies Trump Request To Immediately Reinstate Travel Ban
The DOJ filed an appeal of a judge's order temporarily stopping Trump's travel ban on Saturday night, saying it's the sovereign prerogative of a president to admit or exclude aliens.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco instead asked for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by Monday afternoon.
The higher court's denial of an immediate stay means the legal battles will continue for days at least.
The appeal stated that the district court's ruling "conflicts with the basic principle that an alien seeking initial admission to the United States requests a privilege and has no constitutional rights regarding his application."
The appeal also said the temporary order blocking Trump's ban was an overreach of judicial authority. The order was issued by U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle.
"Judicial second-guessing of the President's national security determination in itself imposes substantial harm on the federal government and the nation at large," it said.
Where Is The Secret Trump Plan To Defeat ISIS?
Answer: There is none. It was all lies. During the campaign Trump said he had this great, stunning, and just awesome secret plan to defeat ISIS, and he said he would tell us what it is as soon as he is elected. It's now been 3 weeks and there is still no plan, and of course O'Reilly is silent about it.
Trump signed an executive order calling for the creation of a strategy to defeat the Islamic State, bringing in multiple federal departments and agencies with requirements that pretty much mirror how the Obama Administration had approached the problem. So he has no plan, he was just lying to get elected, and O'Reilly never calls him out on it, not once.
The Jan. 28 "Presidential Memorandum Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" states that "development of a new plan to defeat ISIS shall commence immediately" and that a draft be submitted by Defense Secretary James Mattis within 30 days.
That plan must include "public diplomacy, information operations, and cyber strategies to isolate and delegitimize ISIS and its radical Islamist ideology; identification of new coalition partners in the fight against ISIS and policies to empower coalition partners to fight ISIS and its affiliates; mechanisms to cut off or seize ISIS's financial support, including financial transfers, money laundering, oil revenue, human trafficking, sales of looted art and historical artifacts, and other revenue sources," the memo reads.
Which is similar to what the Obama administration did, as described by retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen at the U.S. Naval Institute's 2015 Naval History Conference. Trump is basically doing exactly what Obama did about ISIS. So he had no plan, and has no plan now, and he never had a plan.
Judge Orders White House To List People Excluded By Trump Ban
A federal judge in Virginia ordered the White House to provide a list of all people stopped from entering the United States by a travel ban imposed last week on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries by President Donald Trump.
The ruling came on a day that attorneys from four states were in courts challenging the executive order. The Trump administration justified the action on national security grounds, but opponents labeled it an unconstitutional targeting of people based on the religious beliefs.
The State Department said on Friday that less than 60,000 visas previously issued to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen had been invalidated as a result of the order. That disclosure followed media reports that government lawyers were citing a figure of 100,000.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia ordered the federal government to give the state a list by Thursday of "all persons who have been denied entry to or removed from the United States."
Customs & Border Protection Tell Airlines To Begin Reinstating Visas
Customs and Border Protection told major US airlines Friday night that it is reinstating visas following a Bush appointed federal judge's decision to temporarily halt President Donald Trump's travel ban.
CBP is back to business as usual prior to the situation that was in place before last week's executive order.
Airlines are expected as soon as Friday night to start removing travel alerts from their websites and getting messages out to customers to alert them about the change.
Bush Appointed Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Immigration Executive Order
A federal judge in Washington state declared Friday that he would temporarily block enforcement of President Trump's controversial ban on entry to the United States - a ruling that appears to be broader than others before it, though the precise details have yet to be revealed.
Judge James L. Robart granted a request from lawyers for the state of Washington who had asked him to stop the government from acting on critical sections of Trump's executive order. The order bars from entering the United States citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries as well as refugees and others.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson hailed the case as the first of its kind and declared that it "shuts down the executive order immediately."
The practical implications of the ruling remained unclear, in part because the judge did not lay out his thinking in writing. The judge, a George W. Bush appointee, indicated in a docket entry that he would issue a written ruling later. The Justice Department said in a statement that it looks forward to reviewing the court's written order and will determine next steps.
Another complicating factor is that the State Department has revoked the visas of all immigrants and nonimmigrants from the seven listed countries. Without proper documents, those who are prohibited from entering the country may still not be able to board planes.
"The order makes it clear that all of the main provisions of the executive order cannot be enforced at this time," said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants Rights Project.
"That means that a lot will have to change immediately, and the government will have to make clear how they intend to follow the order with respect to all of the ways in which immigrants here and abroad are being affected at the moment."
Trump Loses His Mind After Crushing Defeat On Muslim Ban
But they cant blame liberals, because a Bush judge made the ruling. And notice one thing, no ban for anyone from Saudi Arabia, where most of the 9-11 terrorists came from, because Trump has business interest in Saudi Arabia.
The Trump White House did not react well to a federal judge's order blocking their Muslim travel ban nationwide.
A statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer was dripping with rage:
At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate. The president's order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.
The Trump White House is selling this Executive Order as protection, but there have been no terrorist attacks committed in the United States by an immigrant from any of the banned countries.
The White House is also making a similar argument about executive power and immigration that the Obama administration used to defend their executive orders. The Obama administration lost in court. President Trump's White House is claiming a legal precedent that is not likely to hold up based on how broad his Executive Order is.
The Trump White House has quickly taken on the character of its boss. When something doesn't go his way, Trump fills the air with crazy outrage. And there was a strong undertone of that same mentality in Spicer's statement.
Basically, Trump is a clown who is doing what his crazy far-right advisors tell him to do, and it is getting him in trouble. He bans Muslims from the 7 countries who have never done any terrorism, and they could not produce one example of terrorism from anyone in those countries. While not banning Muslims from actual countries that have done terrorism, because he has business investments in those countries.
This was a crushing defeat for an administration that is struggling to get off of the ground. The worst part about it for Republicans is that the Executive Order was a self-inflicted wound that would have been easily avoided by an administration where competence and experience were a staffing priority.
Trump Gives Stephen Bannon Place On National Security Council
National security experts and media figures denounced President Donald Trump's dangerous decision to give his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, a prominent role on the National Security Council.
On January 28, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memo restructuring the National Security Council (NSC) to give Stephen Bannon, Trump's chief strategist, "a regular seat on the principals committee -- the meetings of the most senior national security officials."
This has never been done before, by any Republican or Democratic President. The NSC was set up to avoid politics, for the security of the country, they have kept politics out of national security decisions, until now. Trump just put a political advisor at the table in the NSC, which is not what the country needs.
In the same memo, Trump downgraded the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, who "will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed pertain to their 'responsibilities and expertise.' In the previous two administrations," The Washington Post notes, "both were included as regular attendees."
CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto called it unprecedented to have "such a partisan political figure" on the NSC. Sciutto noted that Bannon is not Senate confirmed, unlike the chairman of the joint chiefs and the director of national intelligence, and said that Bannon's new role "raises questions about whose voices are going to be heard most prominently for the key national security decisions of this country."
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice also slammed President Trump for his order making changes to the National Security Council (NSC).
"This is stone cold crazy. After a week of crazy."
"Who needs military advice or intell to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK?"
Even the conservative (and Trump supporter) MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said this about it: "Replacing The DNI And The Joint Chiefs Chairman For Bannon Is Beyond Comprehension."
And it's not just Scarborough, many other Republicans also feel the same way, they think it's wrong and crazy.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed concern over the move, as well.
"I am worried about the National Security Council who are the members of it and who are the permanent members of it," McCain said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "The appointment of Mr. Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history."
The Principals Committee was established by former President George H.W. Bush in 1989 as a group of cabinet-level agency heads.
Every single iteration of it has included the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of the CIA and the director of national intelligence, after that office was established in 2005.
Former Bush Official: Trump Era Will Not Get Better Will Probably End In Calamity
I am not surprised by President Trump's antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he would force Mexico to pay for, even as the Mexican foreign minister held talks with American officials in Washington.
Not by the quiet, but no less dangerous bureaucratic orders, such as kicking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of meetings of the Principals Committee, the senior foreign-policy decision-making group below the president, while inserting his chief ideologist, Steve Bannon, into them.
Many conservative foreign-policy and national-security experts saw the dangers last spring and summer, which is why people signed letters denouncing not Trump's policies but his temperament; not his program but his character.
They were right. And people who urged them to tone it down, to make peace with him, to stop saying as loudly as they could this is abnormal, to accommodate him, to show loyalty to the Republican Party, to think that he and his advisers could be tamed, were wrong.
In an bad week beginning with a dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and now an attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims (including interpreters who served with our forces in Iraq and those with green cards, though not those from countries with Trump hotels, or from really indispensable states like Saudi Arabia), he has lived down to expectations.
Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity -- substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have.
It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment.
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