On Wednesday, MSNBC host Ali Velshi blasted conspiracy mongers who are attacking the students who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL as “crisis actors” perpetrating a government hoax.
“This is typically beneath us to even report,” said Velshi’s co-anchor Stephanie Ruhle.
“But it’s important right now,” Velshi said, “because it’s happening in real time. You are seeing the spreading of fake news in real time around a tragedy that I was physically at.”
The anchors brought up Donald Trump Jr.’s promotion of a tweet attacking 17-year-old David Hogg and highlighted social media posts claiming that Hogg is actually a Los Angeles resident and pointing to his use of an Interruptible Foldback (IFB) earpiece in a TV interview.
“I’m wearing one right now,” said Velshi, indicating that the IFB is not some kind of secret communications through which Hogg was being fed cues. It’s a commonly used way for TV personnel to communicate on camera. “This is how my producers talk to me.”
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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.