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CNN hosts drop the hammer on USA Today for running Trump’s ‘fact-free’ op-ed full of ‘nuggets of nonsense’

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On Thursday morning, the hosts of CNN’s New Day cast a jaundiced eye at the decision by the editors of USA Today to publish an opinion piece by President Donald Trump that was riddled with lies, mistruths and blatant exaggerations.

CNN regular John Avlon broke down multiple lies in Trump’s piece that the editors at the daily paper — which is mainly known for being distributed for free in hotels — ran without disclaimers.

“Normally columns are fact-checked even from the president — that’s where things fell apart fast,” Avlon explained. “If the president said something, that may make it news that doesn’t make it true, and the [Washington Post] fact checker wrote that almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or falsehood.”

After reading off USA Today’s explanation on why they ran the piece without basic fact-checking, Avlon lectured them for giving Trump valuable space to dispense “nuggets of nonsense.”

“There’s an expectation that every fact in an op-ed is verified before submission and then passes a rigorous fact check by the editors before publication,” Avlon admonished USA Today. “And there’s no evidence that happened here, certainly by not the ‘trust, but verify’ standard.”

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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