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Even Sean Hannity thinks Reza Aslan got a raw deal from CNN

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Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday defended former CNN host Reza Aslan, arguing the network should not have fired him after calling Donald Trump “a piece of sh*t.”

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“Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form,” Hannity wrote. “Calling me the same fair game. I do not think you should be fired. You apologized #FreeSpeech”

Aslan made the remark on Twitter in response to Trump using the London Bridge attack as fodder for his travel ban.

“This piece of sh*t is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind,” Aslan wrote.

In a subsequent statement, Aslan said apologized for his post. “I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words,” he said.

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Friday, CNN released a statement saying the network has “decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan. We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”

Aslan responded to that statement, saying he’s “disappointed” in CNN’s decision, but understands the network “needs to protect its brand.”

“Obviously I am very disappointed in this decision,” Aslan wrote. “’Believer’ means a great deal to me and to the countless viewers it’s reached. Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now. I am deeply grateful to CNN for giving me the opportunity to launch the show and to amplify my voice on their network. “

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“In these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet,” Aslan continued. “Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. I look forward to partnering with another platform in the future to continue to spread my message. I wish CNN all the best.”

Last month, CNN fired Kathy Griffin over her gruesome image of a bloody, decapitated Trump head. Hannity offered no such support for the comedian.

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Trump may win his impeachment trial battle and end up in even bigger trouble afterward: columnist

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In a column for Politico, senior media editor Jack Shafer claimed that President Donald Trump appears to be winning his Senate impeachment trial battle but that he is setting himself to lose the war in the long run.

According to the columnist, the president is likely responsible for directly coming up with his impeachment defense but also notes that he hasn't looked past the trial and what awaits him if he gets his wish and Senate Republicans dismiss the charges against him.

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Leader of Neo-Nazi militia unmasked as American based in Russia

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The American founder of The Base has been directing the neo-Nazi extremist group from Russia.

The militia group founder's identity has been revealed as Rinaldo Nazzaro, who left New York for St. Petersburg less than two years ago, reported BBC.

The Guardian also confirmed Nazzaro as the group leader who goes by "Norman Spear" and "Roman Wolf," and claims to have served as an intelligence, military and security contractor in Russia and Afghanistan.

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CNN’s Camerota baffled as GOP senator spins Chuck Schumer power-grab conspiracy theory

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CNN host Alisyn Camerota seemed visibly stunned on Friday morning as a Republican senator spun an elaborate conspiracy theory about Sen. Chuck Schumer by claiming the impeachment trial of Donald Trump is just a cover for the New York Democrat to make himself Senate majority leader.

Defending President  Trump, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) complained about having to watch videos of House impeachment hearing witnesses multiple times during the Senate impeachment trial, before turning his ire on Schumer.

"You know, Alisyn, what this is about -- and Chuck Schumer has been out front about it -- this isn't about removing the president. It's about Chuck Schumer trying to become the majority leader in the United States Senate," he accused. "He has targeted specific members of the Senate. He has attacked the Senate, the process, the senators [by] running commercials against them."

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