A Fox News panel on Tuesday burned right-wing propagandist James O’Keefe’s failed attempt to trick the Washington Post into reporting a false sexual misconduct allegation against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, as panelist Howard Kurtz said the stunt “backfired spectacularly.”
In particular, Kurtz mocked O’Keefe for thinking that he could simply send undercover Project Veritas agent Jamie Phillips to the Post and get them to unquestioningly print an explosive story about Moore allegedly impregnating her when she was 15 years old and then forcing her to get an abortion.
“To believe the Post would fall for it doesn’t betray much understanding of how newspapers work,” said Kurtz, who worked for years at the paper prior to coming to Fox News. “The Post, to its credit, tried to get documents, corroboration to see whether the story had any truth. They didn’t fall for the repeated efforts to get Post reporters to say this would really hurt Roy Moore’s campaign if we publish this.”
Kurtz went on to admonish O’Keefe for employing “lies about something as horrifying as raping a teenager to entrap the paper” and discredit its work reporting on Moore.
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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.