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.
State TV? https://t.co/mQsSZz2fyV
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 23, 2017
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Trump campaign provokes outrage with demand that media stop saying protesters were tear gassed
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign issued a statement demanding that the media "correct or retract" the reports that peaceful protesters were tear gassed in front of the White House — citing claims from the U.S. Park Police that the substance used to forcibly disperse the crowd was not tear gas.
This demand did not go over well on social media, with commenters siding with journalists over the official reports — and others asking what the point is for the White House to dispute the type of substance they sprayed at peaceful protesters.
700 paratroopers ‘issued bayonets’ as 82nd Airborne prepares to carry out ‘Operation Themis’ at #DCprotests: report
President Donald Trump's controversial decision to use the United States military against civil rights protesters in Washington, DC could escalate after airborne troops from Fort Bragg were staged outside the capital.
"Aircraft flying over DCA last night in a show of force against #GeorgeFloyd protesters were ordered by President [Trump] - US forces in DC are operating under an official mission: Operation Themis—Greek mythology, Themis = divine law & order," Associated Press correspondent James LaPorta reported Tuesday.
Trump campaign demands media ‘retract’ claim that protesters were tear gassed at the White House
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's campaign released a statement demanding that media outlets "correct or retract" the reporting that protesters were tear gassed outside the White House.
The campaign cited claims from the U.S. Park Police that tear gas was not used, only smoke and pepper balls — which is still disputed by journalists who were on the scene.
The campaign further asserted that a stash of blunt objects was discovered in the vicinity of the protest, and therefore the protest could not be described as "peaceful" — even though reporters did not see any acts of violence from the crowd prompting the police and military to clear the area.