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WATCH: Florida Ferris wheel operator gets a beating from crowd after he physically attacks Black mom

A Ferris wheel operator in Florida was caught on video attacking a Black mother before being taken down by a crowd of onlookers.

The incident was said to have occurred Saturday night at the Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market Carnival in Miami-Dade County.

Video shared on social media shows the mother scolding the operator as she exits the ride. The man can be seen putting his hands on the woman, pushing her back and appearing to choke her. Meanwhile, one of the woman's two children are thrust onto the hard floor of the ride.

Within seconds, a man and a second woman jump through the ride's gates to defend the mother. The ride operator is pelted with punches and kicks as more onlookers jump in to fight him.

According to people who were at the event, the ride operator had participated in another fight earlier in the evening. It was also caught on video.

Watch the video clips below.

'Spreading fear on purpose for ratings': Fox News host slams Tucker Carlson's anti-vaccine reporting

Fox News host Howard Kurtz on Sunday hosted a panel that conflated CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta with Fox News host Tucker Carlson when it comes to reporting on the efficacy of vaccines.

On his Sunday Media Buzz program, Kurtz pointed to what he called a "media frenzy" regarding the CDC's decision to temporarily pause Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to concerns over extremely rare blood clots.

"Here's what some of the pundits had to say," Kurtz said announcing clips narrated by Gupta and Carlson.

"This will increase vaccine hesitancy," Gupta noted in the first clip.

"It seems possible there may be more going on here," Carlson worried in the second clip. "It is possible in fact that this vaccine is more dangerous than they're indicating it is. And federal authorities today appeared to acknowledge that."

But Kurtz ignored Carlson's recent false suggestion that vaccines might not work at all.

"So maybe it doesn't work, and they're simply not telling you that. Well, you'd hate to think that, especially if you've gotten two shots. But what's the other potential explanation? We can't think of one," Carlson said last week.

Fox & Friends host Will Cain pushed back on the idea that the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution is a "big deal."

"I also understand basic math," Cain told Kurtz. "What are we looking at? A 1 in 1 million problem that might exist. Do you know the risks we take throughout our day that take a greater risk than 1 in 1 million. I mean, this is the equivalent of reporting on shark attacks stories as though they are a major problem."

"And it's worse than that, Howie," he continued. "It's worse than the shark attack, you know, hyperinflation import of that story because now people are going to be afraid to take a vaccine -- in fact, they can't because it's been taken off the market -- with such minuscule risks. I don't know what we're doing. We're not being led by science."

Fox News contributor Mo Elleithee, a former Democratic strategist, argued that the public health system is working.

"I suspect based on everything we're hearing that J&J will be back out there as soon as possible," Elleithee explained.

"Are the media in covering this overplaying it," Kurtz asked Cain, "perhaps spreading fear because after all these government actions have been taken and right now you can't get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine?"

"The system is not working and the media is spreading fear on purpose," Cain insisted, prompting laughter from Elleithee.

"Wait, why on purpose?" Kurtz wondered.

"Because it's good for ratings," Cain stated. "They've been doing it for a year. I think I'm speaking an absolute objective truth. They've been overhyping, overinflating the fear of walking outside."

"All of this is anti-science," he added. "All of it is something beyond being driven by the data. You tell me? What's it driven by? A thirst to hang on to power, fear porn, virtue signaling. It's not by data and science."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

John Boehner: Obama 'set everybody on fire' and caused racism in the Republican Party with 'speeches'

Former House Speaker (R-OH) on Sunday suggested that former President Barack Obama shared the blame for racist elements in the Republican Party.

During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd noted that "white supremacist" ideas are "creeping" into the Republican Party.

"And it's metastasized," Todd said, referring to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). "Now they're trying to start a caucus that's sort of based on these racist ideas."

"How did this happen? How did this get mainstreamed a bit in your party?" the NBC host asked Boehner.

"Well, Chuck, I have no idea how this even showed up," Boehner replied. "I wouldn't call it mainstreamed in our party. But I can tell you that this so-called America First Caucus is one of the nuttiest things I've every seen."

The former Speaker went on to claim that America "is a land of immigration" and called for Republicans to denounce the America First Caucus.

"I think it's awfully cruel," he explained. "And frankly, it has no place in the Republican Party.

Boehner then suggested that Obama was at fault because immigration reform was not passed while he was president.

"My second biggest regret during my time as Speaker is not being able to come to an agreement with President Obama on an immigration reform bill," he opined. "Our immigration system is a mess, it's broken, from top to bottom. And it needs to be fixed so that it's fairer for Americans that are here and fairer for those that are trying to come here."

"Was it him or was it conservative media?" Todd pushed back, observing that Boehner had been critical of Fox News's role in undermining his ability to pass bipartisan legislation.

"So you put the blame on President Obama," Todd pointed out. "Isn't it [former Fox News chief] Roger Ailes and the radicalization of what happened on sort of right-wing [television] at night that torpedoed immigration?"

"No," Bohener disagreed. "Believe me, Chuck, I wanted to get immigration reform done. President Obama wanted to get it done. But again, every time we'd get ready to move, the president would go out and give some speech or he'd losen up some immigration regulation and just kind of set everybody on fire. And that's not a prescription for getting things accomplished in the Congress."

Watch the video below from NBC.

Maria Bartiromo and Stephen Miller panic over voting rights putting Democrats in charge 'forever'

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration official Stephen Miller worried over the weekend that Democrats will be in charge "forever" if voting rights are expanded or protected.

During an interview on Bartiromo's Sunday morning program, the Fox News host accused social media platforms of inflicting "cancel culture" on conservative voices.

Miller argued that Republicans should pass laws protecting Christians on social media as soon as the party regains control of government.

"Yeah, will Republicans have the chance?" Bartiromo agreed. "That's the whole point of H.R. 1, Nancy Pelosi wanting to put this bill through so that Democrats are in charge forever or certainly decades. Your thoughts on election integrity and that Democrat [sic] H.R. 1 bill."

"It's a real sign of the threat to the health of our democracy," Miller opined. "When democracy faces risk, when democracy is imperilled, what you see happening instead is the party in power tries to change the rules of the game structurally to stay in power."

Miller argued that the voting rights bill is "a very dangerous path to go down."

"H.R. 1 is saying, now that we're in power, let's fundamentally change the rules of how elections are conducted to stay in power," he continued.

"Unbelievable," Bartiromo gasped.

"That's a very scary thing," Miller said. "And so if you care about democracy, you should all say with one voice, no, it is the right of every state in this union to set their own election rules as desired by their own citizens to protect the security and integrity of their own elections. That's fundamental!"

"It's all quite extraordinary," Bartiromo lamented.

Watch the video below from Fox News.


'Is that helpful?' Chris Wallace battles John Cornyn over tweet suggesting Biden not in charge

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Sunday insisted that he did not mean to disrespect President Joe Biden when he suggested that someone else is in charge of the federal government.

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Cornyn about the tweet during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

"My question," Wallace asked, "is that helpful to be sending out a tweet questioning President Biden's mental faculties?"

"Well, Chris, thank you for the question," Cornyn replied. "Because I think there's been a lot of confusion in the Twitterverse about that. That actually was a quote from a Politico story that I pasted into a tweet and then I simply asked a question."

"What I'm trying to do is reconcile the Joe Biden we heard from on Jan. 20th, the Joe Biden that many of us know from his previous service in the United States Senate from the Joe Biden we're seeing now jamming through $1.9 trillion of spending bills," the Texas Republican added. "I've learned in Washington, you not only need to listen to what people say, you need to watch what they do. And so far, there's a conflict I'm trying to reconcile and I bet I'm not the only one."

Wallace pressed: "Do you have questions as to whether or not Joe Biden is really in charge and whether, frankly, he's up to the job?"

"That tweet was not meant to suggest anything about the president's competency -- physical or mental," Cornyn insisted. "I know some people have suggested that and that certainly wasn't my intention. I simply tried to reconcile the rhetoric with the reality. And we need the reality to match the rhetoric and it's not matching right now."

Watch the video below from Fox News.


White Minnesota man drags police officer beside vehicle without getting tased or killed

A white man in Minnesota has been arrested after he dragged a police officer beside his vehicle following a traffic stop.

In a news release on Wednesday, Hutchinson Police Chief Tom Gifferson revealed that the 61-year-old man is accused of using a piece of lumber to assault an employee at a Menards store after he was asked to wear a face mask.

According to the Star Tribune, an officer later attempted to stop the man after he was spotted at a nearby Walmart.

The report continues:

The vehicle soon stopped near Hwy. 15 and Freemont Avenue. When the officer tried to engage the suspect through the driver's side window, the suspect took off "at a high rate of speed" with the officer trapped and hanging from the window, Gifferson said. During the struggle, the suspect hit the officer in the head with a hammer, he said.

The name of the suspect was not released by Hutchinson police.

Earlier this week, a Black man named Daunte Wright was killed by police at a traffic stop in Minnesota after an officer was said to have mistaken her firearm for a Taser.

It was not immediately clear why the same level of force was not used during the Wednesday incident in Hutchinson.

Watch video of the incident below.

WATCH: John Cornyn gets decimated by Biden nominee after he's confused by satirical op-ed

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) backed down at a confirmation hearing for Assistant Attorney General nominee Kristen M. Clarke on Wednesday after discovering that he had been confused by a satirical column.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Cornyn asked Clarke about a column she had written while she was a student at Harvard.

"Well, maybe there's a misprint," the senator began, "dating back to your days in school when you seem to argue that African-Americans were genetically superior to caucasians. Is that correct?"

"No, Senator," Clarke replied. "I believe you're referring to an op-ed that I wrote at the age of 19 about the Bell Curve Theory, a racist book that equated DNA with genetics and race. As a Black student at Harvard at that time, we took grave offense to this book."

"This op-ed opened with a satirical reference to the statement that you just noted," she continued. "Contemporaneous reporting by the campus paper made very clear that this was not a view that I espoused."

Clarke explained that the op-ed was "seeking to hold up a mirror and put one racist theory alongside another to challenge people as to why we were unwilling to wholly reject the racist theory that defined The Bell Curve book."

"So this was satire?" Cornyn clarified.

"Absolutely, Senator," Clarke said with a smile.

Watch the video below.


Matt Gaetz walks away from CNN reporter asking about nude photos and seized phone

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Wednesday walked away when a reporter asked him if he had shared nude photos with other lawmakers and if the FBI had seized his phone.

"I asked Rep. Matt Gaetz if he had spoken to the FBI, if the FBI had seized his phone, and if he shared nude photos on the House floor as CNN previously reported, and he didn't answer any of them," CNN's Annie Grayer said in a tweet.

CNN's Lisa Mirando revealed that Gaetz had walked away from Grayer instead of acknowledging the questions.

Politico reported this week that Gaetz's iPhone had been seized by the FBI late last year. Other reports have claimed that Gaetz shared nude photos with lawmakers on the House floor.

Earlier on Wednesday, Gaetz was said to have skipped a House Republican conference meeting where members declined to discuss the allegations against him.

'I haven't seen him': Matt Gaetz skips GOP conference meeting where lawmakers pretend he doesn't exist

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) reportedly skipped a weekly Republican conference meeting on Wednesday where lawmakers declined to discuss the allegations against him.

Gaetz has been linked to a Department of Justice investigation into sex trafficking and other allegations.

CNN's Manu Raju first reported that Gaetz had not shown up for the weekly meeting. Raju noted that Gaetz was not discussed at the meeting.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was asked about Gaetz at a press conference later in the morning.

"We've heard a lot of stories," Scalise explained. "There's been nothing yet from the Department of Justice. If something is going on, obviously we'll find out about it. Right now, it's hard to speculate on rumors but if something really formal happens from Justice we of course will react and take action."

"I haven't talked to him to get his explanation of what's been alleged," he continued. "I haven't seen him. We just had a conference meeting... he wasn't there in the room. I'm not sure if he was on the Zoom [teleconference]."

'I'm sick of you all': Angry residents shout down 'corrupt' cops at Minnesota press conference

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott and city law enforcement officials faced angry questions from residents at a press conference on Tuesday after Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer.

Elliott began the press conference by explaining that 48-year-old Kim Potter, the officer who shot Wright, had resigned. He said that Police Chief Tim Gannon also resigned.

One mother who said she had lost her son said that she was concerned that the acting police chief could not relate to the community.

"I wrap my head around it every day," she explained. "We need him to have empathy, sympathy and compassion and you need to look yourself in the mirror and speak to your own. If it was your kid, how would you feel? What would you do?"

"And you all keep traumatizing us over and over again," the woman continued. "And you can't wrap your brain around it but yet you go home to your kids and wife every day. And I'm left without a child. When Sandra Bland got killed, I could wrap my head, my heart and everything around it and my son was living then. I'm going to need you to do more."

The woman went on to blast "corrupt cops" in Minnesota.

"But you can't wrap your head around it," she said. "But you go home and you wrap your arms around your kids every day. Every day! I'm going to need you to wrap your mind around it."

"Act like you care about Black, brown and indigenous bodies," she added. "Act like they were your kids! No more racial profiling! No more! I'm sick and I'm tired and it's people like you and you... that causes our families, that causes us to suffer. You don't know what it feels like. I'm sick of you all."

Moments later, a man stood up to lash out at the two police department officials who were in attendance.

"Right now, Brooklyn Center looks like a sundown town," he explained. "Black people better not be driving through here after sundown."

"My tags are expired. I can be racially profiled and killed," the man pointed out.


HLN correspondent: George Floyd was a 'ticking time bomb' and it was 'just a matter of time'

HLN legal correspondent Jean Casarez on Tuesday argued that the defense for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is trying to show that George Floyd was a "ticking time bomb" before he was killed.

"I've been trying to figure out the defense," Casarez explained during a break in the defense's case. "My frame of mind is that this is the defense case so I want to look at it as what is the defense trying to extract from this?"

"I think they are trying to show that he was a ticking time bomb," she continued, "that he was taking so many pills, it was just a matter of time before something would happen and it happened in 2020 because of the drug use."

Casarez went on to assert that Floyd was "slumped over" in video evidence presented by the defense.

"He was slumped over which goes toward the sleepiness, the tiredness, not able to rouse in the vehicle," she insisted. "Those are some points the defense will probably use in argument."

Watch the video below from HLN.


'Is this best that you have?' CNN legal analysts shred Derek Chauvin's first defense witnesses

Analysts on CNN reacted with shock on Tuesday at the first witnesses called by attorneys for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering George Floyd in 2020.

CNN's Laura Coates spoke out following the testimony of Michelle Moseng, a former paramedic who treated Floyd in 2019. Earlier in the morning, former officer Scott Creighton testified about Floyd's unrelated drug arrest in 2019.

"What is this?" Coates asked during a break in the trial. "That's my reaction. Is this the best that you have for what happened over the last two weeks? You've got your first witness who says that George Floyd was compliant. He's a former officer who actually had an encounter with George Floyd."

"You have a paramedic who says that his heart was normal, his respiratory system was normal, his EKG was normal," she continued. "All of this so far has actually corroborated the prosecution's case. So I'm wondering, is there a point you're going to defend Derek Chauvin or are we going to have a regurgitation of what the jury has already seen, which is very compelling evidence that George Floyd was the victim and the decedent in this case, not an aggressor and not a drug overdose victim?"

Former Police Chief Charles Ramsey agreed with Coates.

"I don't know if it's going to improve," he said. "If it doesn't then this is not going to last very long in terms of the defense presentation. But you've had two witnesses now that really didn't contribute anything and condradict what the prosecution has put on. And they're talking about past events that have absolutely nothing to do with May 25th of last year."

"I don't get it," Ramsey added. "If I was the defendant, I would be a little nervous right now."

Watch the video below from CNN.


Mike Lindell's 'free speech' social media site bans swearing, porn and taking God's name in vain

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell announced this week that so-called "free speech" on his new social media site will not include swearing, porn or taking God's name in vain.

In a video posted on what appeared to be a placeholder page for the new site, Lindell explained some of the membership rules for Frankspeech.com.

"I have my own servers and everything," he said. "We're not going to be worried about Amazon taking it down or YouTube or Google or Apple and we are going to get our voice of free speech out there."

Lindell asked his fans to sign up for early "VIP access" by providing their telephone numbers.

"All the cancels of our First Amendment rights we're seeing right now, well guess what? It's coming back," he continued. "You're not going to have to worry about what you're saying and worry about being able to speak out freely."

"We went back to our Founding Fathers and stuff to find out what defines free speech," Lindell said. "You don't get to use the four swear words, you know, the C-word, the N-word, the F-word or God's name in vain. Free speech is not pornography. Free speech isn't, 'I'm going to kill you.'"

According to Lindell, the new site will officially launch on April 20.

Watch the video below.


'Accidental discharge': Minnesota police chief offers immediate defense of cop who killed Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon asserted on Monday that an officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright had done so accidentally.

At a press conference, Gannon presented video of the killing, noting that the officer had verbally indicated that a Taser would be deployed instead of a firearm.

"As you can hear, the officer while struggling with Mr. Wright shouts 'Taser, Taser' several times," Gannon pointed out. "That is part of the officer's training prior to deploying a Taser, which is a less lethal device. That is done to make her partners aware as well as the subject that a Taser deployment will be imminent."

"During this encounter, however, the officer drew their handgun instead of their Taser," he continued. "As I watched the video and listened to the officer's commands, it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet."

"This appears to me to me, from what I viewed and the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright," Gannon said.

The police chief also revealed that the officer had been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Watch the video below from CNN.


'Irresponsible rhetoric just fuels this': Kayleigh McEnany blames CNN hosts for latest Minnesota 'riots'

Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany on Monday blamed several CNN hosts for so-called "riots" that broke out in Minnesota on Sunday after 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed by police at a traffic stop.

"There is a preachy crowd in America that says, 'Oh, you've got to sit down and sing Kumbaya and do all of that,'" Fox News host Harris Faulkner told McEnany during a segment about the protests. "This might be an opportunity for Republicans because there's nobody in the streets trying to help organize this. And I'm wondering, do you go there and do you do what the preachy crowd says what they're always going to do and make it better?"

"This should be called out," McEnany replied, ignoring the question. "I've also seen a media that ignores it when it happens and sometimes enables it, when you have individuals like [CNN host] Chris Cuomo, saying, where does it say that protests have to be peaceful?"

"I've heard [CNN host] Don Lemon say that riots are a mechanism for changing the country," she continued. "That's irresponsible rhetoric that just fuels this, not just ignores it but fuels it."

McEnany, however, did not address how then-President Donald Trump's rhetoric fueled a violent insurrection that took place in the nation's Capitol on Jan. 6.

Watch the video below from Fox News.


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