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Washington Post media critic blows up Tucker Carlson’s egregious lies about white nationalism

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Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan on Wednesday tore apart Fox News host Tucker Carlson after he declared that there is no problem with white supremacy in the United States and that any claims otherwise are part of a “hoax.”

In fact, Sullivan writes that she didn’t have to look very far to find examples of white supremacist ideology being broadcast to a mass audience, as she only had to watch Carlson’s show.

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“Carlson’s nightly show does a great deal to portray nonwhites as the dangerous ‘other,’ a force to be beaten back to save America,” she argues. “His denials and rhetoric must be called out for the lies that they are.”

She then goes on to document the way Carlson uses his platform to attack nonwhites on a regular basis.

“Consider his and his Fox colleagues’ insistence on using the word ‘invasion’ to describe migrants coming to America — generally people of color from countries south of the border,” she explains. “Carlson himself spoke of the United States being invaded nine times, including ‘This is an invasion, and it’s terrifying.’ Carlson’s colleague Brian Kilmeade argued: ‘If you use the term “an invasion,” that’s not anti-Hispanic. It’s a fact.’ No, it’s racist propaganda.”

While Sullivan admits she doesn’t know whether Carlson believes in the propaganda he’s peddling or if he just does it because it gets good ratings, she believes the end effect is the same.

“The Fox-Trump feedback loop constantly reinforces the notion that black and brown people are to be feared and despised — whether they are in ‘rat-infested’ cities like Baltimore, as Trump would have it, or at the Mexico-Texas border,” she concludes. “Tucker Carlson has become one of the most high-profile perpetrators of this appalling and divisive message, one constantly amplified by the president.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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