Although Fox News posted an eye witness report of Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s assault on reporter Ben Jacobs, Fox & Friends covered the incident on Thursday without mentioning its own employees’ account.
Via Media Matters, Fox’s Jillian Mele reported about the Gianforte assault without making it clear that his campaign’s talking points about the incident were completely contradicted by her own network’s reporting.
Fox reporter Alicia Acuna, who witnessed the assault first hand on Wednesday night, explained that “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.” Acuna also pointed out that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”
On Fox & Friends, however, Mele simply repeated the Gianforte campaign’s talking points by noting that “the candidate says that reporter tried to push a phone in his face before this happened” and that “Gianforte’s campaign says the men both fell.”
The network also ran a chyron that simply read, “Gianforte blames reporter for incident.”
Later on Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade did reference Acuna’s report on the incident — but he never talked about its contents or the fact that it completely contradicted the Gianforte campaign’s spin.
Watch the video below.
GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte charged with assault after being accused of body slamming reporter pic.twitter.com/3hKbPnOSPL
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 25, 2017
Former four-star general speculates whistleblower scandal could involve Trump giving Putin an American
It remains unclear exactly what were the issues cited by the whistleblower who expressed concern at actions of President Donald Trump as a threat to national security, at least one of which involved a promise the president allegedly made in a phone call with a foreign leader.
But former Gen. Barry McCaffrey had a chilling thought about what it could possibly be — and posted his speculation on Twitter:
SHEER SPECULATION. Is it possible that the WHISTLEBLOWER issue was Trump discussing with Putin handing over our former US Ambassador to Moscow Mike McFaul to Russian authorities? https://t.co/0PnQn0upiA
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On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the House Judiciary Committee is considering a vote to hold President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress, after a lengthy hearing on Wednesday in which Lewandowski aggressively attacked members of the committee and admitted that he routinely lies to media outlets.
This development comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told members of her caucus that she supports holding Lewandowski in contempt.
‘This person has to be very senior’: Ambassador McFaul breaks down two possible whistleblower motivations
America's former ambassador to Russia on Thursday broke down what we know about the whistleblower alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.
Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on "The Beat."
"In my understanding, have -- having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government -- nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material," McFaul noted. "It’s something much bigger."
"We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse," Melber noted.