Lynn Sweet, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, held a Fox News contributor’s feet to the fire for spouting off untruths about so-called mainstream media coverage of Chicago crime rates during a segment on the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald.
The 17-year-old was gunned down last October, shot 16 times by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with first degree murder. Graphic video of the shooting was released this week, sparking protests.
Fox News host Leland Vittert and guest Cal Thomas wasted no time veering conversation away from the killing of the teen to “black-on-black crime,” a favorite talking point utilized by conservatives to distract from discussion of racialized police violence.
When asked by Vittert whether reporters are “intimidated” by protesters and not askingthem questions like, “why aren’t you protesting all of the other black murders that happen inside Chicago,” Thomas responded with the accusation that news organizations are not reporting on violent crime in Chicago.
“Black-on-black crime in Chicago is virtually ignored, certainly by the national media,” Thomas said, rattling off the number of shootings which he said were at 2,700 for 2015. “But that doesn’t seem to concern the mainstream media as much.”
Vittert then turned to Sweet, who pointed out their assumptions were not factual.
“There has been tremendous attention to crime in Chicago,” she said. “I don’t know how any person who is familiar with the situation says that there’s not.”
Sweet then pointed out that national news coverage of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bid for reelection had focused on crime in Chicago.
“So I don’t even understand the premise of where you’re coming from on this one. Respectfully said,” she said.
Watch the exchange, via Fox News, here:
Armed guards at Florida polling site say they were sent by the Trump campaign
Two armed men set up a tent outside of an early voting location in St. Petersberg, Florida, saying that they were the Trump campaign.
"The Sheriff [Bob Gualtieri] told me the persons that were dressed in these security uniforms had indicated to sheriff's deputies that they belonged to a licensed security company and they indicated, and this has not been confirmed yet, that they were hired by the Trump campaign," said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus.
"The sheriff and I take this very seriously," Marcus said. "Voter intimidation, deterring voters from voting, impeding a voter's ability to cast a ballot in this election is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any way shape, or form. So we anticipated many things going into this election. Not only cybersecurity, but physical security, and we had a plan in place and executed that plan."
Seth Meyers says Trump is so checked out he sounds like he’s already packing his stuff
President Donald Trump's closing message on his 2020 campaign career appears to be "'60 Minutes' was mean to me," and he doesn't really want to be in the White House anymore, said Seth Meyers during his "Closer Look" segment Wednesday.
Speaking about Trump's recent decision to walk out of a "60 Minutes" interview, Myers noted that it doesn't appear that Trump's heart is really in it anymore. Apparently, presidenting is no longer for once you start getting indicted.
"You can almost picture him on the other end of the phone in the White House packing his things in a cardboard box, not really paying attention, making half-hearted sh*t up because he knows it's what they want to hear," said Meyers.
Trump’s team ‘downplayed the Russian angle’ in new Iran election hacking announcement: Ex-FBI official
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow spoke with former FBI Assistant Director for counterterrorism, Frank Figliuzzi, who explained that it is unusual for the Director of National Intelligence would make an announcement about an operation that the FBI was part of.
"'Flummoxed' is a kindler, gentler word we can use," said Figliuzzi. "I am deeply concerned that this is just a glimpse of what I've been calling the coming chaos. Look, we had a press conference controlled by the day. No 1, that struck me as unusual and really almost unprecedented in terms of announcing an operational, investigative-type finding. That's not supposed to happen. No. 2, we saw the DNI downplay the Russian angle here and play up Iran and play up that this was all intended to somehow damage the president."