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Dan Rather slams Bannon’s media attack: ‘We’re not going to shut up — now answer the damn question’

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Dan Rather sounded an alarm about President Donald Trump and his administration’s relationship with the press during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

The longtime CBS News anchor has become a social media sage in recent months, sharing his experience in the media business to help younger readers put the Trump campaign and administration into perspective.

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“No, I haven’t seen anything like it, and neither has anybody else,” Rather told host Jimmy Fallon. “We’ve never had anything approaching this.”

He urged reporters to remain focused on the White House in the face of attacks by administration officials, including the president himself, and their supporters on social media.

“Stay steady, stay respectful,” Rather said. “But also, be relentless and remain aggressive. That’s the proper role of the press.”

Rather appeared troubled by a challenge issued by Trump’s chief strategist, who described journalists as “the opposition party” and urged the media to “keep its mouth shut.”

“Steve Bannon recently said, almost directly, ‘the press needs to shut up,'” Rather said. “Well, our answer to that has to be, ‘With respect, sir, no, we’re not going to shut up. Now answer the damn question.'”

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Rather said Trump’s ban on travelers from some majority-Muslim nations damaged the United States’ reputation and provided “fuel to our enemies,” but he urged Americans to resist.

“Don’t get afraid, don’t be scared — that’s the natural inclination,” Rather said. “Organize and get to the polls, try to find common ground. That’s the way we come together.”

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WATCH: Trump flees Bedminster press conference after reporter busts him for lying about veterans

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President Donald Trump held his second hastily arranged press conference in two days at his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey on Saturday.

Trump began the press conference by falsely claiming credit for the Veterans Choice bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.

CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has recorded Trump lying about the bill more than 140 times.

https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1292194842064441344

But this time, CBS News reporter Paula Reid challenged Trump on his lies.

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Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.

Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's press conference, where he questioned if Democrats love America:

https://twitter.com/jeffmason1/status/1292196974746370055

https://twitter.com/margarettalev/status/1292197337465597957

https://twitter.com/ToluseO/status/1292197677984354306

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Pelosi blasts Trump as ‘not a well person’ and wonders if GOP is motivated by a ‘manhood thing’: report

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.

“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.

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