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‘Truth matters, facts matter’: Watch Jake Tapper issue a powerful rebuke of fake news

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A new poll released this week shows a “shockingly high number” of Americas believe President Donald Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The number was so shocking that CNN’s Jake Tapper ended his Wednesday show talking about the danger of the fake news industry.

The accusations from Trump came “after a long, frustrating week for the president at the end of which he out of nowhere began a succession of tweets,” Tapper said.

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The Trump Twitter meltdown has become somewhat routine, but like the accusations before them, these too were proven to have been made up by Trump.

“If it’s defined as ‘making wild accusations without evidence,’ the only thing that was McCarthyism were the tweets,” Tapper said. “Any evidence Speaker of the House Paul Ryan?”

Not only has no evidence been provided by the White House, the House Intelligence Committee hasn’t seen evidence and nor has James Comey.

“I have no information that supports those tweets,” Tapper confessed. “We have looked carefully.”

And that would have been it, “except that the president and his team kept pushing ways to try to make this evidence-free claim somewhere sort of possibly in the neighborhood of almost not entirely false,” he continued. “They failed. But they muddied the waters quite a bit.”

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According to the numbers, 52 percent of Republicans believe Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped him. “A charge that there is literally no evidence to support,” Tapper noted, saying that it is the definition of fake news.

“Look, this is America. You can believe whatever you want to believe. Eighteen percent of the public says they have seen or been in the presence of a ghost. Whatever. In a thriving democracy, truth matters. Facts matter. We learned in the campaign that Donald Trump can be cavalier about facts and truth,” he said.

Tapper also noted that in the first 100 days we’ve learned Trump isn’t about to change anytime soon.

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“Some in the government and some in conservative media will work to make his falsehoods seem true,” he continued. But he also argued that there is incendiary “fake news” against President Trump on the left as well.

“Both in progressive media and all over Twitter, being retweeted by otherwise sensible folks,” Tapper said. “This is a time for all journalists to be extra careful about our own reporting, to make sure we adhere to facts and cogent analysis. This is the time to demand evidence from your leaders and from your media, even if you already agree with the politics of the person on your TV.”

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Watch his full commentary below:


'They failed but muddied the waters': Jake… by sarahburris


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‘Any other attorney general would resign’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe scalds Barr for ‘lying’ about FBI

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The Department of Justice's inspector general failed to find evidence of an FBI plot against Trump's 2016 campaign, but Barr publicly disagreed with those findings and insisted there was not enough justification to launch the Russia investigation.

"His lie about Barack Obama, you know, crawling around Trump Tower like bugging his phone, a lie," Scarborough said. "The lie from the attorney general of the United States, just shocking, that FBI agents, quote, 'spied,' spied on the president of the United States -- a lie."

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Oceanview Manor Home for Adults, a psychiatric group home at the center of a yearslong legal battle over the rights of people with mental illness, is now the scene of a criminal investigation involving the death of a resident and the arrest of another.

On the afternoon of Dec. 3, workers at the Oceanview Manor Home for Adults found resident Ann McGrory, 58, lying on the floor, lifeless, with her pants down around her ankles. She had cuts and bruises on her hands, head and face. By her side, seated atop his bed in Room 512, was resident Frank Thompson, 64, her sometimes-boyfriend who had a reputation at the home as a heavy drinker with a short temper. The aides called police. Thompson was brought into custody for questioning later that day and placed under arrest on Wednesday.

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New York City paid McKinsey millions to stem jail violence. Instead, violence soared.

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The corporate consulting firm reported bogus numbers and flailed in a project at Rikers Island. Today, assaults and other attacks there are up almost 50%.

In April 2017, partners from McKinsey & Company sent a confidential final report to the New York City corrections commissioner. They had spent almost three years leading an unusual project for a white-shoe corporate consulting firm like McKinsey: Attempting to stem the tide of inmate brawls, gang slashings and assaults by guards that threatened to overwhelm the jail complex on Rikers Island.

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