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Here is how Fox News ‘distorted’ their reporting on the Mueller report to keep their viewers happy

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On Thursday, Erik Wemple a media critic at The Washington Post slammed Fox News over their distorted coverage of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

He first explained that Fox News host Sean Hannity repeated President Donald Trump’s claim that there was no “collusion.”

Mueller’s reported concluded that Trump and his campaign did not criminally conspire with Russia, however finding instances of Trump obstructing justice.

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‘”No collusion,’ Hannity had said innumerable times on his program, echoing President Trump’s refrain,” Wemple wrote.

Adding, “Anyone supposing that Hannity’s brush with correctness illustrated anything more than the broken-clock principle might consider all the evidence he marshaled on a critical Mueller story.”

He went on to explain how Hannity distorted the story that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation by attempting to  fire Mueller reported by The New York Times. 

“On his program, Hannity posed as a debunking journalist — initially. ‘Our sources — and I’ve checked in with many of them — they’re not confirming’ the reporting of the Times, said Hannity,” he said.

Wemple continued, “The matter of Trump’s disposition toward Mueller is among the more enduring threads to emerge from the special counsel’s report. Any impeachment effort launched by House Democrats will center on the attempt to fire Mueller and, in particular, Trump’s subsequent effort to get McGahn to deny the firing story.”

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He then explained how Fox News hosts are not considered journalists.

“In recent years, much has been made of the so-called wall between opinion hosts and news personnel at Fox News. The idea that newsies are legitimate — as opposed to the loony opinionators — underlies the argument that the Democratic National Committee should partner with Fox News for primary debates.”

He then broke down Hannity wrongdoing in reporting the story. Wemple said:

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  • Hannity at first posed as a news reporter — talking about his ‘sources’ — when discussing the Times scoop.
  • When Hannity later received some level of confirmation … he pooh-poohed the whole thing.
  • “Fox & Friends” proceeded as if they were quarantined from news reporting.

 

Read the full column here.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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