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CNN anchor John King calls ‘Fox and Friends’ North Korea-style ‘state TV’

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On Friday, CNN’s “Inside Politics” anchor John King blasted Fox News’ morning show “Fox and Friends” as “state TV,” mocking the network as a North Korea-style pro-Trump echo chamber and accusing morning co-host Ainsley Earhardt of lobbing softball questions at the President Donald Trump.

The Hill said that King was leading a round table discussion about Friday’s “Fox and Friends” segment in which Trump claimed he was using the idea of “tapes” of his meetings with ousted FBI Director James Comey as “smart way to make sure [Comey] stayed honest in his hearings.”

“Let’s set aside the tough, probing questions on state TV there,” King quipped. “We haven’t actually heard the president’s entire story, have we?”

ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl also hammered Fox News as “state TV” in a tweet on Friday, displaying a link to Fox’s coverage of the White House’s decision to limit press briefings and only allow cameras at select events.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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