San Francisco (AFP) - Leaders of the world's four most powerful companies will defend the Internet giants, painting them as US success stories in a fiercely competitive world during a major antitrust hearing Wednesday.The unprecedented hearing will feature chief executives Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google and its parent firm Alphabet.The CEOs will testify remotely at the hearing, which comes less than 100 days before the US election.Zuckerberg is to say that the internet giant would not have succeeded without US laws fostering com...
While some of former president Donald Trump's supporters simply "hate America," others can be described as "victims," according to Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston.
Johnston appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to discuss his new book, The Big Cheat: How Donald Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family. In the book, Johnston calculated that $1.7 billion in revenue flowed through Trump and his organizations during his four years as commander-in-chief.
MSNBC host Jason Johnson asked Johnston whether those who are still giving money to Trump should be considered "victims" or "volunteers."
"I figure at this point, if you're getting fleeced by Donald Trump, there's but so many times somebody can send you an email that says: 'I'm a prince in a foreign country. Please send me 20,000.' If you fall for it three times, don't you almost deserve it?" the MSNBC host asked.
Johnston responded with a specific example.
"There certainly are people I describe in the book who are victims, like a dying man who sent $500, half of his income for the month, and then the Trump campaign tapped his bank account until they drained it, and they did this to many, many, many people," Johnston said.
He added that many of Trump's supporters "have simply come to hate America" and are "very unhappy," pointing to the fact that the bottom 90 percent of Americans had a smaller income in 2019 than in 1973.
"So a lot of people are really unhappy about the conditions in America, and they see Donald as their savior, even though he has no capacity to do that," Johnston said. "He's really out just to line his pockets, his family's pockets, and in his administration, encourage others, including two cabinet secretaries I write about, to use the government to enrich themselves and their families, rather than serving the public in a position of trust."
Johnston the goal of his book is to tie together the "loose threads" of news reports from Trump's presidency and "create a tapestry" that allows people to see "how they were doing this, what they were doing, why it's inimical to your interests, and most importantly ... there are actually solutions to this that I lay out."
"Since Donald Trump left office, it's very clear that what he's doing is he's become America's beggar in chief," Johnston added. "That's how he makes his living, and he's going to need a lot of it once he's indicted to pay criminal defense lawyers."
David Cay Johnston on MSNBC www.youtube.com
Wolf Blitzer puts Chris Christie on the spot after he tries to evade answering for Lauren Boebert's anti-Muslim rant
On CNN Tuesday, anchor Wolf Blitzer clashed with former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) over Rep. Lauren Boebert's (R-CO) attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in which she likened her to a suicide bomber.
And when Christie claimed not to have heard the comments, Blitzer didn't hesitate to put him on the spot.
"I haven't heard Congresswoman Boebert's comments, so I don't know how to evaluate them and whether it was an just ill-timed joke or something worse," said Christie. "But I have had the opportunity to hear Congresswoman Omar over a long period of time, Wolf, and I'm very disturbed by it. As the former governor of a state that has a very large Jewish population in our state, I understand and saw on a regular basis what acts of anti-Semitism and language regarding anti-Semitism has done."
"As I said, over the past year or two or three we've covered a lot of those comments she made," said Blitzer, who is himself the son of Holocaust survivors. "Let me play for you what Congresswoman Boebert — you said you haven't been familiar with what she's said — I'll play this little clip we had from September. Watch this."
"One of my staffers on his first day with me got into an elevator in the Capitol," said Boebert in the clip. "And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar. Well, it was just us three in there. And I looked over and I said, well, looky there, it's the Jihad Squad."
"You want to react to that?" asked Blitzer.
"Look, this is the same kind of thing that, you know, when my Muslim-American nominee for the state court in New Jersey was brought before the Senate Committee in New Jersey, one of the things that one of the senators asked him right off the bat was, can you explain jihad to me," said Christie. "I think that any generalizations that we make about anyone, whether it's that or whether it's the things that Congresswoman Omar has said regarding Jewish-Americans in this country, doesn't do anything to bring the country together."
"Here's the difference, Governor," said Blitzer. "Congresswoman Omar, those comments that were interpreted as being anti-Semitic, she apologized. We didn't hear Lauren Boebert apologize."
He added, "When ... Congresswoman Ilhan Omar made comments seen to be anti-Semitic, she was immediately criticized by the Democratic leadership in Congress. We haven't seen that from the Republican leadership as far as Congresswoman Boebert is concerned and as a result, there is a major difference right there and it involves your party, right?"
Wolf Blitzer grills Chris Christie on Lauren Boebert controversy www.youtube.com
CNN announced on Tuesday that it is suspending primetime anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely pending an investigation into his conduct.
Via reporter Dylan Byers, CNN cited newly released transcripts from the New York Attorney General's office as justification for its decision to suspend Cuomo.
"The documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions," CNN said. "These documents point to a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew."
The documents show that Cuomo tried to use his position at CNN to dig up information on women who accused his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual misconduct.Meaghan Ellis, AlterNet
The documents also seemingly contradicted Cuomo's statements about how he tried to assist his brother that he made earlier this year.
""I never misled anyone about the information I was delivering or not delivering on this program. I never attacked nor encouraged anyone to attack any woman who came forward," Cuomo stated in the wake of his brother's resignation as governor. "I never made calls to the press about my brother's situation. I never influenced or attempted to control CNN's coverage of my family."