CNN host Alisyn Camerota cast a skeptical eye on the National Enquirer on Friday morning over what she called a hit piece on Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’ previously private divorce plans, saying it had all the hallmarks of the type of reporting that helped propel Trump to the Oval Office.
Speaking with CNN media analyst Brian Stelter, the “New Day” host asked, “The National Enquirer trailed him for four months, they brag about it. They trailed him for 40,000 miles. They brag about it in order to break up his marriage and reveal what they say was an affair. Were they targeting him because he’s an adversary of Donald Trump?”
‘It’s wise to be skeptical of the Enquirer’s motives here,” Stelter replied. “We know the Enquirer and Trump have worked together for years. this is a relationship that predates the presidential campaign. It continued with President Trump in office — we also know the relationship broke down last spring. I’m pretty skeptical of suggestions that have been widespread in the last couple of days that the Enquirer did it to target someone on Trump’s enemies list.”
“They did Donald Trump’s bidding for so long,” Camerota parried before sarcastically adding, “If they are the morality police and they want to go after billionaires having affairs, they sure took kid gloves with Donald Trump. But they seem to enjoy going after people who are on his adversaries list.”
Camerota then slammed the paper’s employees for pretending to be journalists.
“I chortled when they called themselves investigative reporters,” she said before adding an emphatic “No.”
“If they bury stories and pay off the alleged mistresses of Donald Trump and they go after Democrats that Donald Trump doesn’t like, I don’t think they can call themselves investigative reporters,” she declared.
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CNN buried in scorn for asking final debate question on Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship
Viewers lambasted CNN on Tuesday for using its time with Democratic presidential candidates to bring up Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with former President George W. Bush, who is considered to be a war criminal by some Democratic voters.
CNN asked about the friendship at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, where moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to the entire field of candidates -- even though no questions had been asked about climate change or China.
Watch the video and read some of the Twitter responses below.
Julián Castro says Atatiana Jefferson’s name on debate stage: ‘Police violence is also gun violence’
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro said on Tuesday that he would not support the mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons because it could be lead to more police violence.
At Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate, Castro was asked if he supported Beto O'Rourke's plan to buy back assault weapons.
Castro argued that unless police go "door-to-door" then the buyback program "is not truly mandatory."
"But in the places I grew up in, we weren’t exactly looking for another reason for cops to come banging on the door," he said, pointing to the recent shooting of Atatiana Jefferson by an officer in Fort Worth.
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At Tuesday night's presidential debate in Ohio, billionaire investor and political activist Tom Steyer — for whom this was the first debate he had qualified — gave an impassioned defense of worker rights and a call to dismantle the political power of big corporations.
"First of all, let me say this. Senator Sanders is right," said Steyer. "There have been 40 years where corporations have bought this government and those 40 years have meant a 40-year attack on the rights of working people and specifically on organized labor. The results are as shameful as Sen. Sanders says, both in terms of assets and in terms of income. It's absolutely wrong. It's absolutely undemocratic and unfair. I was one of the first people on this stage to propose a wealth tax. I would undo every Republican tax cut for rich people and major corporations."