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Bill O’Reilly: Seeing kids watch ‘garbage’ like Beyoncé videos ‘just breaks my heart’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly couldn’t seem to keep his train of thought together during an interview with contributor Ben Carson on Tuesday, as he conflated singer Beyoncé with “gangster rappers” and professional athletes, in video posted by Media Matters.

“You remember Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. Weren’t they fabulous athletes — I idolized Willie Mays,” O’Reilly told Carson. “And what do we have now? What do we have now? Gangster rappers, you know, Beyoncé. The most famous, you know, doing these videos that show these kinds of things to young, 9, 10, 11-year-old girls? I mean — and it’s celebrated. It’s celebrated. You know, that’s the big change.”

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O’Reilly has accused the singer in the past of promoting irresponsible sexuality among teenage girls. But he has consistently failed to mention data indicating that teenagers are actually having less sex and that birthrates among teen girls has declined.

This past Sunday, Beyoncé capped a performance at the MTV Music Awards by appearing onstage alongside her husband, rapper and sports agent Jay-Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The performance also drew attention for Beyoncé’s choice to appear in front of a large sign bearing the word “FEMINIST,” as seen in a photo posted by Buzzfeed:

On Tuesday, Carson suggested that the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s gave way to a mentality where Black Americans were “patted on the head” and not encouraged to work hard.

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“The bottom line is, we as a society must come to understand that this is a problem that affects all of us,” Carson said. “And we don’t have to wait for Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or anybody to be the leader on this issue. And it doesn’t even have to be a Black person. I appreciate the fact that you’re willing to step out and talk about this because it is politically incorrect to do so now.”

“Well, it just breaks my heart,” O’Reilly responded. “It breaks my heart as a former teacher [who] had a lot of African-American students to see this kind of garbage. And by the time the kid’s 12 or 13, they’re almost gone. And I’m just so tired of it.”

Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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White House lawyers were desperate not to talk about Rudy Giuliani — or Trump’s other conspiracy theories: CNN analyst

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On Saturday, CNN analyst Gloria Borger noted a key piece of the timeline that was conveniently missing from the defense presented by President Donald Trump's legal team: The involvement of Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

"The one person that Jay Sekulow didn't mention is Rudy Giuliani, because this is Rudy Giuliani's theory of the game here," said Borger. "They were very careful not to bring up Rudy Giuliani because they know that he is not well regarded in the United States Senate, but if you again look at this summary of the transcript of the president's phone call, the president talks about CrowdStrike, he talks about a lot of things that went on. 'I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people, I would like to have you get to the bottom of it,' this whole nonsense, he talked about Bob Mueller and said a lot of it started with Ukraine."

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Pompeo ridiculed by CNN panel for his ‘phony mock outrage’ response after being outed as a foul-mouthed bully

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Responding to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued through the State Department accusing an NPR journalist of being "shameless" for going public with an encounter she had with him in his offices where he cursed at her, a CNN panel all but rolled their eyes at his "phony" outrage.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out the blustery Pompeo as well as many Republicans who took "umbrage" at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning a report that the Donald Trump would have their heads on "on a pike" if they crossed him.

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Trump attorney Sekulow’s impeachment defense of president blown out of the water with Lindsey Graham statement

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On Saturday, one of the biggest opening arguments made by President Donald Trump's legal team at the impeachment trial was that there was, in fact, a risk that Ukraine had meddled in U.S. elections.

"Mr. Schiff and his colleagues repeatedly told you that the intelligence community assessment that Russia was acting alone, responsible for the election interference, implying this somehow debunked the idea there might be in — you know, interference from other countries, including Ukraine," said Trump counsel Jay Sekulow. "This is basically what we call a straw man argument."

But MSNBC's Brian Williams knocked down this defense with a clip from none other than one of President Donald Trump's biggest allies: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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