On Monday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and his panelists discussed a particularly tense exchange earlier in the day when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lectured CNN’s Jim Acosta over journalists allegedly misleading followers on purpose. The “issue” had become a major topic of discussion spurred on by President Donald Trump’s weekend attacks on a Washington Post reporter for misattributing an image in a tweet that he deleted and apologized for.
Cooper wondered how Sanders could position herself and the White House by extension as being on a moral high ground regarding “fake news” or, in her words, “purposefully putting out information … that hasn’t been validated, that hasn’t been offered any credibility, that has been continually denied by a number of people” given the president’s propensity for lying public.
It’s unclear, the host continued, how the press secretary “has any credibility when it comes to lecturing news organizations” about honesty and correcting lapses in fact-checking when he hadn’t “heard this White House admitting a mistake at all.”
After subsequent reporting revealed that Cooper’s colleague Manu Raju was given an incorrect timeline by a source regarding Donald Trump, Jr’.s communications with WikiLeaks, the network immediately ran a correction — but right-wingers, led by Trump Jr. himself, immediately pounced on the story.
Watch Cooper blast the press secretary for criticizing “fake news” while working for its master below, via CNN.
Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist
New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.
It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.
Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square
Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.
Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.