MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called out reporters for their reluctance to characterize President Donald Trump’s wild claims for what they are — lies.
The “Morning Joe” host said the president had reverted to his habits on the campaign trail, when he would toss away his prepared script and ramble about whatever topics that came to mind, whether they were based on reality or not.
“This week we’ve been talking a lot about the lies that Donald Trump has been telling, and when I say lies there’s no opinion about that,” Scarborough said. “He says things that are objectively proven (untrue), and it continues whether it was the post office or Amazon or the Washington Post, or you can go down the list.”
Scarborough said journalists should stop tiptoeing around these demonstrably untrue statements and accurately inform their readers and viewers that Trump is lying.
“He continues this lying streak and we can call it a lie — it’s not being biased, it’s being a reporter,” Scarborough said. “He lies about, once again, millions of illegal voters when there is no data, there is no evidence.”
The president claimed women were being raped by immigrants traveling north in a caravan through Mexico, and he suggested the media was trying to cover up his unsupported claims.
“They don’t want to mention it because it’s a lie,” Scarborough said. “Like so many things that the president has said, he’s lying over and over again.”
UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.
The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.
A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.
But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.
‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys
In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.
"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.
The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.
"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."
Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors
A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.
The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.
"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.
The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.