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Fox media critic: Press didn’t get Trump’s ‘sarcasm’ about Russia because they think he’s ‘insane’

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Hours after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump invited the Russian government to hack into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, the campaign began spinning his comment saying he was being “sarcastic,” after several other explanations were floated.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Trump blurted out, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

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Thursday morning, Fox media critic Howard Kurtz picked up the sarcasm explanation and ran with it, blaming the misunderstanding on reporters who mistakenly believe Trump is “insane.”

Writing on the Fox News website, Kurtz said it was plainly obvious to him that Trump was joking and critical response to his comments were a “classic case of media-generated outrage.”

“The lines seemed so obviously sarcastic to me, as I watched Trump’s presser from the Democratic convention here in Philadelphia, that I didn’t see the tsunami coming,” he wrote. “Maybe I’m wrong, but as a longtime Trump-watcher, that’s how it came off to me.”

“But think about the media coverage for a minute. To believe that the Republican nominee was dead serious in urging an adversary of the United States to commit or complete an act of espionage against his Democratic opponent is to believe that Trump is clinically insane,” he continued. “And I do think many journalists and commentators view him as a bit unhinged. That’s why this makes sense to them. They think Trump is so off the wall that it seems perfectly plausible.”

Outside of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trumps attempt at sarcasm seems to have been lost on everyone else, including conservatives including GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan who was forced to issue a statement saying, “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

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Prior to working for Fox News, Kurtz was fired from his position as Washington Bureau Chief at the Daily Beast for misreporting a story on NBA star Jason Collins after he came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

Later, after that incident, he left CNN for the greener pastures of Fox News.

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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.

His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.

Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:

Winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice,  and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.

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After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia

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Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.

After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.

The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

https://twitter.com/joshrobin/status/1230333066280886273

Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.

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Internet slams ‘cringe-worthy elitist’ Mike Bloomberg for saying he’s too rich to use TurboTax

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At the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stumbled after being asked when he will release his tax returns, when he suggested that he "can't go to TurboTax" because he's too wealthy.

Moderator: "You've said you'll release your tax returns, but why do Democrats have to wait?"

Bloomberg: "We do business around the world. The document will be thousands of pages. I can't go to TurboTax."

😂😂😂#DemDebate

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