Since Axios first revealed that President Donald Trump spends 60 percent of his entire schedule on “executive time” slacking off, Fox News has been working overtime to defend him against criticisms that he is incapable of doing his job. Greg Gutfeld, for instance said on “The Five” that Trump should “have more executive time” if he wants because things are still getting done.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber, however, exposed the rank hypocrisy of the network on “The Beat” Wednesday night.
“We know that leaving this much open, unscheduled time is not common among top CEOs,” said Melber. “Trump works less than them. And we know that Trump is working less in the Oval Office than Obama or past presidents. We also know these same Fox pundits defending Trump’s executive time schedule lit up President Obama for being, quote, ‘too leisurely,’ which does expose their double standard because we also know Trump golfs far more than Obama based on two years of data.”
Melber then played clips of pundits on Fox News berating Obama for playing a few rounds of golf every now and then — something they took great pleasure in for years, a dog whistle feeding into stereotypes of African-Americans as lazy and underachieving.
On August 14, 2014, Greg Gutfeld — the same man who just urged Trump to take even more time off — said, “President Obama, you have a problem. You have a problem with golf, and it’s getting weird.”
“I think it is very, very clear to anyone who is paying attention that if President Obama didn’t golf, there would be a cure for Ebola,” said Andrew Levy, on an October 14, 2014 show.
“The leisurely life of our 44th president, the man who will no doubt set records for the number of rounds of golf played while in office,” thundered Sean Hannity in 2012.
“Not a record,” concluded Melber, “because of our new president.”
WATCH: Fox News pundits defending Trump's 'Executive Time' schedule blasted Obama for playing golf.
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) February 6, 2019
Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study
Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?
A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.
DOJ censors Mueller ahead of highly-anticipated congressional testimony
Claims 'Presidential Privilege'
President Donald Trump's Dept. of Justice is censoring former Special Counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his highly-anticipated congressional testimony Wednesday.
According to Politico the Trump DOJ is claiming anything outside of what is already published in the special counsel's 448-page report falls under "presidential privilege" and cannot be used during his testimony.
Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’
House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.
"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."
The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."