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Fox host pushes debunked claim that waterboarding ‘basically’ helped US find Osama bin Laden

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Fox News host Eric Bolling attempted to defend waterboarding on Monday by reviving a debunked claim that it aided in the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces, Media Matters reported.

“This argument just falls flat for me always: ‘They’re monsters and so we’ll just be a little better than they are,'” guest host Kirsten Powers said during the discussion. “I mean, that’s not an argument. I think you need to make a proactive argument in favor of waterboarding.”

“What we have said is that waterboarding produces results,” Bolling argued. “We got Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard to tell us basically information that led to Osama bin Laden through waterboarding.”

However, on top of being criticized by President Barack Obama’s administration and several lawmakers, at least two former CIA directors have publicly stated that the “enhanced interrogation” technique used during George W. Bush’s presidency did not provide any key intelligence.

A Senate investigation last year also found that waterboarding did not produce any information that was crucial to the US learning bin Laden’s whereabouts before he was killed during a raid in May 2011.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has already called for the practice to be re-instituted despite these findings, however.

Host Dana Perino, who worked as a spokesperson for the Bush administration, said she found it “remarkable” that discussion around the issue has been revived.

“We have come so far in just seven years,” she said. “To go from ‘It’s abhorrent, it’s never gonna happen again,’ both McCain and Obama campaigning against waterboarding. Remember, it wasn’t every terrorist that walked in the door got waterboarded. It was three terrorists. Now it can actually be a campaign platform and your numbers can go up.”

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Perino’s argument that only three people were waterboarded while in US custody falls in line with past statements from Bush administration officials. However, those claims have also been questioned, though not conclusively debunked.

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


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Seth Meyers plays hilarious fictional Democratic debate — featuring all 20 candidates on stage at the same time

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The host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" thought his network did a good job hosting the first round of Democratic debates among 2020 hopefuls, but his "one complaint" was that there weren't enough candidates on stage.

The rules established by the Democratic National Committee required NBC to host two nights of debates, with ten candidates on the stage each night.

Meyers wanted all twenty, so he presented Late Night's version of the debates, where Meyers would pretend to moderate the debate and then splice out-of-context video of the candidates to make it appear as if they were answering his question.

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Don Lemon flabbergasted by brazen lying by Republican Kris Kobach: ‘He lied to your face’

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CNN anchors Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo had a heart-to-heart conversation about racism in America during the handoff between their shows on Tuesday.

"What’s going on with you? I saw you in the makeup room. Your energy is off. You seem down. Is this getting to you, what happened today? With what the president tweeted and how people are reacting?" Lemon asked his colleague.

"Is it getting to me? It hits close to home, to be honest. My grandparents were afraid of people like Trump. Ironically, they grew up very close to one another," Cuomo answered, recounting his family's story of seeking acceptance in America. "It hits close to home."

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