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Fox host: NBA players tainted Christmas with public service ads against gun violence

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Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asserted over the weekend that an anti-gun violence commercial made by the National Basketball Association (NBA) had spoiled the Christmas joy of some Americans.

During its Christmas day broadcasts, an NBA advertising campaign featured players and families of shooting victims. The ad, however, did not include the phrase “gun control” or a call for new gun safety policies.

Larry Pratt, founder of Gun Owners of America, suggested to Henry, who was guest hosting Fox & Friends on Saturday, that gun owners would boycott the NBA to protest the anti-violence message.

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy when these kind of folks do this because they live in a protected environment,” Pratt said. “Unlike most of us, who don’t have guards at home, don’t have guards at the office. We just have to take care of ourselves.”

Former NFL player Chris Valletta told Henry that he supported both the Second Amendment and the campaign against gun violence.

“We can all agree that limiting gun violence is the most important thing,” Valletta explained. “Seventy-six percent of the NBA is black Americans, and black Americans are twice as likely to die from gun violence in this country. So, I think it’s the right thing for the NBA to do.”

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“I get it,” Henry replied. “They are reaching out to African-American kids in particular, but doing this on Christmas day? Shouldn’t people have a chance to celebrate with their families and not what is seen clearly as a political message?”

“You can look at it as a political message, I look at it as addressing gun violence,” Valletta replied. “I think that’s what the NBA is trying to do with this message and I hope it continues.”

But Pratt argued that the NBA should be campaigning for “anger management” instead of campaigning against gun violence.

“You’ve got young people who see all kinds of media where people losing control of themselves is never censured,” Pratt complained. “This culture of violence that surrounds them, either in reality or especially in unreality in the media.”

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“So, let’s go after some anger management and leave our guns alone,” he added. “We may need our guns for people who didn’t take proper anger management courses.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 26, 2015.

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Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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CNN’s Cuomo demands Scott Jennings admit if he’ll ever be tired of Trump lying — but he refuses to say

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On Monday, CNN's Chris Cuomo clashed with Republican adviser Scott Jennings over President Donald Trump's decision to fire pollsters that showed him losing to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"I don't want to get too in the weeds for people especially this far out," said Cuomo. "But the word of one of the reasons that there's some resonance and relevance of the internal polls that the president lied to the American people about in terms of what they say is his lying, Scott, that it's a problem. It's a problem for him across the country. It makes people wonder whether or not they can count on his word. When you see a scenario like this one, don't believe the polls, they were your own polls, Scott, from inside the campaign. How damaging is that to this president?"

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Monday examined the motivations for President Donald Trump freaking out over the latest bombshell New York Times revelations about his Russia policy.

Maddow identified two key takeaways for her viewers.

"The weird things here are two things about the way the story has broken and both have to do with President Trump," she noted.

"The first really strange thing about the reaction is President Trump’s response to it online. This story apparently sort of made him flip out," she said, putting his Twitter reactions on screen.

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