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Father of Parkland Victim Attacks MSM for “Polarizing” America

Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, lost his daughter during the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Pollack spoke to Chris Wallace about the aftermath of the tragedy on Fox News Sunday; he focused specifically on criticizing the media for “polarizing” the incident and concentrating their attention on gun control.

Wallace: Andrew, when you were at the White House at that very raw and emotional moment, you said ‘look after 9/11 we fixed the situation, we made a lot harder for people to get onto planes with guns’. When you hear what Governor Scott just said, when you hear what President Trump is saying— would that fix the problem?

Pollack: It’s not going to be fixed because I just heard what you said. What you are focusing on, polarizing this event, the murder of these kids. You are talking about gun control. I just had to listen to you and Governor Scott talk about gun control.

Gun control is a big issue. No one in America is going to come together on gun control, Chris. We’re here— you didn’t say one thing about fixing it. The American people, we could get together on school safety, but when you polarize it, this event and every other media, we don’t care about gun control right now. That’s a big issue in the country and you are not going to get everyone together on it.

But we are going to get everyone together on fixing our schools and I just listen to you. So, I just listen to you. You didn’t talk— you didn’t mention one question to Governor Scott about what are we going to do about the security of our children? How are we going to do that?

But you’re just talking about gun control, which is going to just give you more ratings and every other media or event. My daughter is dead. I want to know our kids are going to school in Kentucky on Monday— how are those kids safe? How about bringing that up to the media? How about bringing that up to Governor Scott?

Not about guns. It’s not about guns now. Today, it’s not about guns. It’s about the safety in our schools.

And that’s what you ask Governor Scott about and I got to listen to that at my house. My kid is not here because the schools weren’t safe, that’s the main thing. If you go into a courthouse, the judge is safe. The stenographer is not worried someone is coming in with a gun because they can’t get in with a gun.

The American people, we just want our school safe. We don’t want to talk about guns right now.



Fox News Mistakenly Publishes Fake New Hampshire Election Results Prior to Vote

Tuesday morning, several hours before the polls close in New Hampshire, Fox News reportedly published fake, finalized New Hampshire primary election returns on its website.

Mashable captured screenshots of Fox News’ erroneously published false election results, which can be seen below.



The inaccurate report mistakenly stated that 100 percent of voting precincts had already reported their outcomes, despite the fact that the majority of New Hampshire polls do not close until 7 p.m. EST.

Fox News also included fabricated vote tallies and estimates as to how many delegates each candidate had obtained.

[RELATED: Trump to Skip Fox News GOP Debate Amid Megyn Kelly Feud]

Mashable’s Jason Abbruzzese wrote, “Who, in Fox’s fantasy world, takes home the winning title? With 100% of the ‘vote’ in, Donald Trump took home 28% of the delegates, a solid plurality over his closest rivals: Marco Rubio (15%) and Ted Cruz (12%).

On the Democratic side, Fox News’ false returns gave the Democratic New Hampshire primary to U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders with 53 percent support over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 43 percent.

Voting began at a few New Hampshire precincts shortly after midnight early Tuesday morning, meaning some real results were already in at the time at which Fox News published its false results.

[RELATED: Fox News’ Shepard Smith Apologizes for Erroneous Baltimore Shooting Report]

According to USA Today’s Paul Singer, “In Dixville Notch, residents did their traditional first voting just after midnight, bringing smiles to the faces of Bernie Sanders and John Kasich. Sanders swept Hillary Clinton in Dixville Notch, 4-0, while Kasich topped Donald Trump, 3 votes to 2. In nearby Millsfield, Ted Cruz won the Republican vote over Trump, 9-3. Several other candidates got one vote apiece. Clinton beat Sanders, 2 votes to 1.

He added, “In Hart’s Location, population 43, Kasich bested Trump again, 5 votes to 4, with Chris Christie gathering 2 votes. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio got one vote each. Sanders edged Clinton, 12 votes to 7. Mark Stewart Greenstein, who calls himself a ‘liberty-leaning Democrat,’ got 2 votes, the Union Leader reported.

Later on Tuesday morning, Fox News updated its website and removed the false election results.

For more election coverage, click here.

Where to Watch Donald Trump’s ‘Counter-Debate’ Thursday Night

Amid a feud with Fox News, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump announced that he will skip Thursday night’s GOP Debate, hosted by the network, and instead he will host a fundraiser for veterans in Des Moines, Iowa.

Trump’s “Special Event for Veterans” is scheduled for 9 p.m. EDT Thursday, the same time as the main debate, and Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNNMoney “All networks will be present and have the opportunity to carry live.”

[RELATED: Donald Trump To Skip Fox News Debate Amid Megyn Kelly Feud]

CBS announced that it will be streaming Trump’s event live online Thursday, and C-Span announced on Twitter that it will have full coverage of the event.


While a CNN spokesperson said the network would only carry the fundraiser as a live news event if it has “news value,” the cable news channel One America News will cover the event in its entirety.

OAN channel president Charles Herring told CNN Money that the channel has “positioned a satellite transmission truck at the event for multiple camera, broadcast quality live coverage,” and they are “getting flooded with inquiries” from viewers, indicating that, “Clearly, there is high demand for tonight’s event.”

GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have announced that they will also be attending Trump’s event after participating in Fox’s “undercard debate” earlier in the evening.

[POLL: Do You Support Donald Trump’s Decision To Boycott The Upcoming GOP Debate?]

Trump to Skip Fox News GOP Debate Amid Megyn Kelly Feud

Billionaire real estate investor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he plans to skip Thursday’s Republican presidential debate on Fox News in Des Moines, Iowa.

I was all set to do the debate, I came here to do the debate. When they sent out the wise-guy press release done by some PR person along with [Fox News Chairman] Roger Ailes, I said, ‘Bye bye, OK,'” Trump said according to Reuters.

Trump had posted a Twitter poll on Monday asking his followers if he should participate in the Fox News debate, prompting Fox to issue a sarcastic press release mocking the candidate’s courage.

We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings,” read Fox News Channel’s press release according to Breitbart.

Well Fox is playing games, yeah. Fox is going to make a fortune. I told Fox, ‘You should give money to the Wounded Warriors.’ I’m not a fan of Megyn Kelly. I think she’s a third-rate reporter,” said Trump as he listed his grievances at the news conference.

Meanwhile, Fox News is accusing Trump’s campaign manager of threatening debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

[RELATED: Trump Says He Supports Reauthorizing Patriot Act, NSA Metadata Collection]

Breitbart notes that a Tuesday Fox News statement read, “We’re not sure how Iowans are going to feel about [Trump] walking away from them at the last minute, but it should be clear to the American public by now that this is rooted in one thing – Megyn Kelly, whom he has viciously attacked since August and has now spent four days demanding be removed from the debate stage.

The statement continued, “Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megyn Kelly. In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again.’ Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so.

After Tuesday’s press conference, a statement by the Trump campaign read according to The Hill, “[Donald Trump] will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians.

[RELATED: Trump Proposes Replacing Obamacare with Government-Funded Universal Healthcare]

Trump rival and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said on The Mark Levin Show, “The fact that Donald is now afraid to appear on the debate stage, that he doesn’t want his record questioned, I think that reflects a lack of respect for the men and women in Iowa… If he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary, what exactly does he think he’d do with Vladimir Putin?

Fox News’ statement on the controversy concluded, “Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on FOX News & FOX Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.

The Washington Post pointed out that Trump said that his decision not to appear at Thursday’s debate is “pretty irrevocable.

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Judge Napolitano: States Cannot ‘Refuse’ Refugees Under Federal Law

While governors in at least 30 states have responded to recent terrorist attacks in Paris by saying that their states will not accept Syrian refugees, their refusal of refugees may not agree with federal law.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, told Stuart Varney on Fox Business Networks’s “Varney & Co.” on Tuesday that while governors can legally say they don’t want to accept refugees, they can’t legally interfere with the process under federal law.

[pull_quote_center]They can legally say what they want, but they can’t really interfere with what the federal government does. I say this because my heart is with the governors, but nevertheless, the court has ruled that the admission of immigrants – whether for humanitarian purposes, political asylum purposes, or pursuant to the quotas that we have – is strictly a federal function.[/pull_quote_center]

As of Tuesday night, 31 states have opposed acceptance of Syrian refugees. Out of those states, which “range from Alabama and Georgia, to Texas and Arizona, to Michigan and Illinois, to Maine and New Hampshire,” only one does not have a Republican governor, which is New Hampshire.

[POLL: Should the United States Accept Syrian Refugees?]

Napolitano noted that President Obama currently has the same authority President George W. Bush had in 2005, when he had the power to accept migrants during the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan with “no numerical cap.”

“In 2005, in response to the wave of migrants from the invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Congress gave President George W. Bush unlimited – by which I mean there’s no numerical cap – authority to admit people for humanitarian purposes,” Napolitano said. “President Obama has that authority.”

Varney asked whether the states can say, “no, we’re not paying for this,” if they are forced to take in refugees.

“Here’s the way it would work,” Napolitano replied. “The president orders the Department of Homeland Security to admit people to federal facilities located within the states. If these people leave the federal facility, then they are entitled to the same social safety net that the states make available to everybody. That’s public schooling, housing assistance, living assistance.”

[RELATED: Reality Check: U.S. Policies In Middle East Responsible For Refugee In Europe]

Napolitano noted that the issue of accepting refugees from countries such as Syria, is different than the predicament the U.S. was in, in 2012, when President Obama signed a series of executive orders saying, “we’re going to admit large numbers of undocumented children, and we’re going to let those who are already here, stay here.”

Napolitano said that while the states were convinced at the time that it was a way of Obama forcing them to spend money, “that we haven’t budgeted and that we don’t have, to sew into a plan that he concocted that was rejected by the Congress,” this is a different scenario.

“Here, he has the absolute lawful authority – may not like the way he’s exercising it, but he has it,” Napolitano said, “to admit people for political asylum and humanitarian purposes.”

[pull_quote_center]The concept of immigration, naturalization, foreign affairs, is not a state issue under our system. The federal government trumps the states, even though by doing it, it can force the states to spend money that they don’t want to spend, for a cause that’s not politically popular.[/pull_quote_center]

Fox News Host: House Freedom Caucus, Tea Party Should Leave GOP and Form Third Party

Decrying the Republican Party’s ineffectiveness in choosing a speaker of the House of Representatives, Fox News journalist and The Five co-host Juan Williams wrote in an op-ed that members of the Tea Party and House Freedom Caucus should quit the GOP and form a new party.

The Tea Party activists need to make it official and petition to form their own political party. Heritage Action, the Senate Conservative Fund and right-wing talk radio can lead the Tea Party faithful to the exit,” said Williams.

He added, “The time has come for the members of the Freedom Caucus to act boldly and forfeit the ‘R’ after their names – along with all the money and the political infrastructure that come with it.”

Williams wrote that a “political divorce” would be “the quickest path to a return to health for the [Republican] party.

[RELATED: Kevin McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race]

To Williams, the political declines of Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy, who were marketed as Republican “young guns” in 2010 before they “went from being the great conservative hope of the party to insufficiently conservative targets for hard-right political retribution,” are symptoms of an irreconcilable division in the party that hurts its chances in upcoming elections. He claimed that there is an “increasing ideological distance between the GOP and the Tea Party over the last few years.

The Fox News political analyst suggested that the formation of a third party by Tea Party faithful and House Freedom Caucus members, which he dubbed the “Freedom Party,” could lead the U.S. to a future in which it has a European-style coalition government. He said that Sen. Ted Cruz should lead the new party “instead of undercutting mainstream Republicans.

Williams said that the “status quo” of division and infighting “needs to be disrupted in a big way” before the House votes on raising the debt ceiling or reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund so that conservatives and libertarians do not interfere with or draw out the process in a way that he feels might attract negative media attention and hurt GOP candidates’ at the polls.

Once the Freedom Caucus and its supporters are allowed to compete, rise and fall as an autonomous political party, the happier everyone will be and the more functional the government will become,” he said. “[Leaving the Republican Party] will liberate Tea Party politicians from the mainstream GOP’s willingness to make political deals with Democrats. And it will allow far right conservatives to form their own agenda and elevate their own leaders.

MSM Networks Remove Bernie Sanders’ Criticism of the Media from ‘Damn Emails’ Comments

During the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, candidate Bernie Sanders gained attention for saying that he was sick of hearing about rival Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.”

However, what was left out of some news networks’ coverage from the night were Sanders’ comments criticizing media coverage of his campaign and issues such as poverty, inequality and trade policies, which were mixed into his comments about Clinton’s emails.

Clinton admitted to using a private email server for government business during her tenure as Secretary of State, in March, and since then questions have been raised about the security of the server, emails containing classified information and the content she claimed she deleted for personal reasons.

[RELATED: Hillary Clinton Apologizes For Email Controversy, Insists Emails Were Not Classified]

During Tuesday’s debate, Clinton was asked about how what she thought her admission that she “mishandled the email controversy” says about her ability to handle a crisis.

[pull_quote_center]This committee is basically an arm of the Republican National Committee. It is a partisan vehicle, as admitted by the House Republican Majority Leader Mr. McCarthy, to drive down my poll numbers—big surprise—and that’s what they have attempted to do. I am still standing, I am happy to be a part of this debate, and I intend to keep talking about the issues that matter to the American people.[/pull_quote_center]

Moderator Anderson Cooper interjected, asking why Clinton would call it a “just a partisan issue,” when there is an ongoing “FBI investigation, and President Obama himself just two days ago said this is a legitimate issue.”

[RELATED: Democratic Debate: Clinton, Sanders Clash On NSA Spying]

“Well, I never said it wasn’t legitimate. I said that I have answered all the questions and I will certainly be doing so again before this committee,” said Clinton, who went on to further criticize the House Benghazi Committee.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist and Independent U.S. senator for Vermont, responded. “Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails,” said Sanders.

Sanders’ comment was met with applause and he continued to speak, criticizing the media’s coverage of not only Clinton’s email scandal, but also of issues facing American voters such as poverty, inequality and trade agreements:

[pull_quote_center]The middle class- Anderson, and let me say something about the media, as well. I go around the country, talk to a whole lot of people. Middle class in this country is collapsing. We have 27 million people living in poverty. We have massive wealth and income inequality. Our trade policies have cost us millions of decent jobs. The American people want to know whether we’re going to have a democracy or an oligarchy as a result of Citizens United. Enough of the e-mails. Let’s talk about the real issues facing America.[/pull_quote_center]

As shown in the video below, while MSNBC covered Clinton’s comments at length, Sanders’ response was edited to begin with his comments about being tired of hearing about Clinton’s “damn emails” and was immediately followed by his comment “Enough of the e-mails. Let’s talk about the real issues facing America.”

As seen below in Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, Sanders’ comments about Clinton’s “damn emails” were also mentioned, while his criticism of overall media coverage was left out.


The Intercept noted that when talking about the debate on Wednesday morning, CNN host Michaela Periera played an edited clip of Sanders’ comments about Clinton’s “damn emails,” and then commented on how Sanders used his time to defend Clinton.

“What’s interesting, many thought that he might have taken advantage of the fact that this was a big opening, but instead he essentially kind of defended her,” Periera said. “This moment really, really rang true to a lot of people online.”

For more election coverage, click here.

Donald Trump Tells CNN To Give GOP Debate Revenue To Veterans

Billionaire mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has proposed that CNN donate the revenue it makes from ad sales during the second GOP debate to U.S. veterans.

In a letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker, Trump noted the first GOP debate on Fox News had an audience of nearly 24 million, and as a result, CNN raised its rates for ad sales during the Sept. 16 debate by 4,000%. Trump also claimed that the “tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is 100% due to ‘Donald J. Trump.'”

“I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups,” Trump wrote. “The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by the government and it’s ‘all talk and no action’ politicians.”


[RELATED: Trump Signs RNC Loyalty Pledge Promising To Endorse Nominee ‘Regardless Of Who It Is’]

Trump, who noted that he is funding his own campaign, also wrote that he has “always felt that we have to be helping our veterans far more than we do.”

“That is why my campaign is so focused on these great people who have done so much for us,” Trump explained. “This large contribution of many millions of dollars would be a truly wonderful thing for CNN to do.”

[RELATED: CNN Amends Criteria For GOP Debate Lineup]

According to The New York Times, Trump said that during his time at the New York Military Academy, a prep school where his parents enrolled him to correct poor behavior, he “always felt that I was in the military.”

Trump, who received several draft deferments during the Vietnam War and has never served in the military, also claimed that the prep school gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

Trump also gained attention in June when he was asked about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and he said that McCain’s prisoner-of-war status kept him from being a war hero.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

According to the results of CNN/ORC poll published on Thursday, Trump maintains his spot as the GOP frontrunner and has surged to 32% support.

For more election coverage, click here.

GOP Debate: Donald Trump Faces Off Against Megyn Kelly

The first GOP Presidential debate of the 2016 election turned into a debate between Donald Trump, a billionaire mogul and the current GOP frontrunner, and Megyn Kelly, a moderator and Fox News host, when Kelly accused Trump of making disparaging comments in a “war on women.”

“One of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter,” Kelly said. “However, that is not without its downsides; in particular when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”

“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” interjected Trump, whose comment was met with cheering and applause.

“For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell,” Kelly said.

“Yes, I’m sure it was,” Trump replied.

“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks,” Kelly continued. “You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as President, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the ‘war on women’?”

Trump responded, “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.”

“This country is in big trouble,” continued Trump, who claimed that the U.S. is currently “losing to everybody,” especially China and Mexico, “both in trade and at the border.”

“What I say is what I say,” Trump concluded. “Honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn’t do that.”

Later in the debate, Kelly pressed Trump on his stance on past issues, noting that in 1999 he favored a ban on assault weapons and described himself as “very pro-choice,” favoring partial-birth abortions, and in 2004 he identified as a Democrat in most cases.

“Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on this stage things like clowns and puppets,” Kelly said. “When did you actually become a Republican?”

“I don’t think they like me very much,” responded Trump, who went on to say that he has “evolved on many issues,” just like Ronald Reagan.

[RELATED: Why The Secret Of The Trump Effect and Sanders’ Rise Isn’t Really A Secret]

Following the debate, Trump took to his Twitter account. While he didn’t take the time to discuss commentary from his fellow candidates during the debate, he did take the time to criticize Kelly’s performance as a moderator, saying that she “really bombed tonight” and was “not very good or professional.”




Geraldo Threatens to Fight Trump Adviser Over Racial Tweets

A Twitter flame war erupted between Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera and paid Donald Trump 2016 campaign adviser Roger Stone yesterday after Rivera called for Trump to fire Stone over his racially-charged tweets calling journalists Roland Martin and Ana Navarro “quota hires.


The above-embedded July 27 tweet was noticed by Roland Martin this week, who responded, calling Stone “despicable.” On Wednesday morning, Geraldo replied to a Mediaite Twitter posting of an article about the back-and-forth between Stone and Martin and called for Trump to fire Stone.

Stone then blasted back at Rivera, calling him a “hack.” Rivera responded by threatening to fight Stone, who sometimes appears as a guest on Fox News, next time they bump into each other.

For the sake of context, Stone, a Republican opposition researcher and political strategist, also authored the book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. During yesterday’s Twitter feud, Stone accused Rivera of selling out in his reporting on the John F. Kennedy assassination.


Mediaite pointed out the fact that Stone also issued a tweet implying that there is more to the story behind a nude, topless selfie that Rivera posted on Twitter in 2013.


Today, Stone commented on Rivera’s threat, claiming to have a “mean right hook” and that he out-weighs the well-known television personality by 70 pounds.


[RELATED: During Fox News Segment on Trump, Geraldo Tells Bolling, “I’d Knock You Out Right Now”]

Vox’s Andrew Prokop, who said that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign messaging sounds like the type of divisive rhetoric for which Stone is known, wrote, “Stone, a Nixon aide who later had the former president’s face tattooed on his back, has long been known for both his hardball tactics as a GOP operative, and the pride he takes in them. He’s been called a ‘legendary political hit man’ and ‘the undisputed master of the black arts of electioneering’ — and that’s according to quotes he put on his own website.”

For more 2016 election coverage, click here.

Fox News Announces Candidate Lineup for Aug. 6 GOP Presidential Debate

Fox News has announced the candidates who qualified for its August 6 prime-time Republican presidential primary debate, which is set to kick off at 9 p.m. EST at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Anchors Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly will moderate the televised event. Facebook and the Ohio Republican Party have been tapped as sponsors.

Candidates set to participate in the prime-time debate include billionaire Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Fox News chose to limit its prime-time debate to only 10 participants and selected qualified candidates based on a top 10 average of 5 recent polls by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Quinnipiac University, and Monmouth University.

However, in response to complaints that serious candidates with low poll numbers are being left out of the top-tier debate, the news network has invited those who did not qualify to appear in a 60-minute junior varsity debate, moderated by Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, which will appear on Fox News at 5 p.m. on August 6, prior to the prime-time contest. Those who fell short of the top 10 include former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The network’s prime-time debate pre-show coverage will begin immediately after the junior varsity debate.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded optimistically to his failure to qualify for the prime-time contest and tweeted, “I look forward to being @FoxNews 5pm debate for what will be a serious exchange of ideas & positive solutions to get America back on track.

However, according to CNN, Matt Beynon, a spokesperson for former Sen. Rick Santorum, called the candidate selection process “incredibly flawed” and said, “While FOX is taking a lot of heat, the [Republican National Committee] deserves as much blame for sanctioning this process. They should not be picking winners and losers. That’s the job of the voters, particularly those in Iowa and New Hampshire who have the role of voting first.

Following Fox News’ announcement, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening. Republicans across the country will be able to choose which candidate has earned their support after hearing them talk through the issues.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich almost fell short of being chosen for the prime-time debate, which is taking place in his home state. However, his 3% polling average, tying him with Chris Christie for last place among those participating, was just enough to qualify.

For more 2016 election coverage, click here.

Ralph Nader Blasts Huffington Post’s “Censorship” of Trump Political News

In an op-ed for New York Daily News which sought to identify a “bright line beyond which [mass media] censorship takes hold,” Ralph Nader criticized The Huffington Post’s decision to file all news about Donald Trump’s political campaign under its entertainment category rather than covering Trump in its politics section like it does for the rest of the 2016 candidates.

The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment,” wrote Nader, who called Trump’s rise in the polls a “teachable moment for the mass media” and theorized that “failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo.

If [The Huffington Post] existed in the 1980s, would they have done this to that B-list actor, Ronald Reagan? … Imagine the stories an outlet would have lost if they’d cut him out of their political coverage.” Nader added, “Moreover, how is HuffPo going to ‘entertain’ its readers when Trump is the only Republican candidate who trashes despotic trade treaties or renews his previous commitment to keep Social Security and Medicare intact, or calls for more military aggression, a giant wall on the Mexican border or more corporate welfare? … Like it or loathe it, it is a political agenda.

Nader also leveled criticism at Fox News for limiting its prime time debate to only 10 candidates and called the network’s choice to include candidates on the basis of their poll numbers “a serious blow to the other candidates, some of whom started later and haven’t been bankrolled by big money.

Nader also blasted the Commission on Presidential Debates’ exclusion of independent candidates from general election presidential debates, calling the organization the Republican and Democratic “duopoly’s lovechild.” The five-time independent candidate for president wrote, “Without independent wealth, third party or independent candidates don’t stand a chance of reaching millions of voters unless this system is changed and they are invited, with equal footing, onto the debate stage.

[RELATED: Commission on Presidential Debates Considers Ditching 15% Rule for Third Party Candidates]

Nader also pointed out how non-viable political candidates have in the past shaped American politics and argued that excluding them from media coverage could prevent anti-establishment political views from taking hold, “Journalists who facilely call it an editorial judgement to exclude such candidates need a history lesson on how pioneering long-shots, who never won national elections, challenged and eventually changed the agendas of the entrenched parties. Have we forgotten the anti-slavery Liberty Party in 1840 or the numerous parties advocating for women’s suffrage, the rights of farmers and workers, and election reforms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?

Nader concluded his op-ed with a warning for the mainstream media posed as a question: “It is time to end this political bigotry and engage in some modest discussion about what is newsworthy and what is just ditto-heading the political oligarchy? Or is the press waiting for a third-party run by a jilted Trump to teach them these lessons?

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Fox News Moves Second-Tier GOP Presidential Debate to More Visible Time Slot

Fox News has once again modified the details of its first-of-the-season August 6 Republican presidential debate, which, due to the 2016 GOP field’s 16 currently-announced candidates, has been split into two separate contests. Initially, the news network announced that the candidates who polled in the top 10 according to an average of the 5 most recent national presidential polls taken prior to the event would be included in its prime-time debate at 9 p.m. EST at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, whereas those falling below that mark would instead face off in a 90-minute second-tier debate taking place at 1 p.m. EST on the same day. Fox News has yet to point out the specific 5 polls upon which the candidates will be judged.

[RELATED: Rigged? Fox News Debate Criteria Lacks Transparency]

According to Politico, Fox News has decided to move the second-tier debate to a more visible time slot on August 6. The junior varsity debate for candidates who fail to make the top ten, which has been shortened from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, will now take place at 5 p.m. EST at Quicken Loans Arena.

Politico’s Dylan Byers wrote, “The move to 5 p.m. will give the second-tier candidates a far greater audience than they would have had at mid-day — the channel’s 5 p.m. ratings are nearly double the daytime average — and will allow Fox News to transition directly from the forum into its pre-debate coverage.

Fox News’ decision to judge candidates on their polling numbers for inclusion in the first prime-time debate of the season has been criticized by a wide range of politicos, including John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, and Rachel Maddow. Political scientist and University of Virginia Center for Politics director Larry Sabato wrote in Politico, “These rules will senselessly reward gimmicky candidates like reality-TV star Donald Trump and punish serious, viable ones like Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

According to analysis of July 20 poll averages by The Washington Post, if the Fox News GOP debates were taking place today, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, and Rick Perry would qualify for the first-tier debate and Rick Santorum, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki would face off in the second-tier contest.

Fox News’ prime-time debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly. The network’s second-tier debate will be hosted by Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum.

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During Fox News Segment on Trump, Geraldo Tells Bolling, “I’d Knock You Out Right Now”

A debate over Donald Trump’s comments on immigration nearly descended into violence on Monday’s episode of The Five on Fox News. The segment in question, which can be seen in the above-embedded video, began with commentator Jesse Watters contrasting what he saw as Trump’s “muscular,” tough-talking style with the demeanor of “skinny community organizer” and President Barack Obama.

Geraldo Rivera blasted back that he felt that Watters’ comments were disrespectful to the president and added, referencing Trump’s rhetoric on immigration policy, “Immigration is like a cheap drug. You get a big bang, a quick high, and a very long hangover.

It’s not a quick high when people are getting murdered in San Francisco,” said Watters, referring to alleged murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of convicted felon and five-times deported Mexican national Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He also commented on what he perceived as Mexico’s inability to keep drug cartel members from escaping incarceration and “selling heroin and cocaine to our children.

Rivera responded, “It is the cheapest shot of all to exploit the misery of [the Steinle] family… it has nothing to do with immigration.

You’re exploiting it by downplaying [the murder],” said Watters.

When Rivera argued that Trump’s comments were “exploiting” and “sensationalizing” the immigration issue, Fox News host Eric Bolling said to Rivera accusingly, “From a guy who exploits and sensationalizes everything, really?

Are you talking to me?” replied Geraldo Rivera. “You’re lucky that you’re my friend; I’d knock you out right now. That’s absolute BS.

We can take this up later,” said Bolling.

That is absolute bogus BS. You’re telling me I exploit and sensationalize? What do you do? Where do you get your stuff from? What right-wing pundit is giving you your script?” shouted Rivera.

Sensing the rising tension, commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle asked the show’s producers in the control room to cut to commercial break.

Rigged? Fox News Debate Criteria Lacks Transparency

Limiting factors for Fox News’ 2016 GOP Presidential candidate debate remain unclear since the network announced that, with such a large Republican field of 2016 Presidential candidates, not every GOP candidate will be allowed to participate in the August 6 debate.

The prime-time televised debate, to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, will include only the top 10 candidates in national polls. The candidates who do not make that cut will be allowed to take part in a non-televised forum earlier in the day.

New Hampshire Republican activists, who are the first in the nation to vote in a 2016 primary, have already expressed their frustration with the fact that Fox will not allow all candidates to participate in the televised debate. The controversy continues to grow with the latest announcement from Fox News.

In order for candidates to qualify for the prime-time stage, Fox News is selecting the top 10 candidates from only five national polls. The polls “must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques,” Fox News officials said in a statement.

So what’s the problem? Not only are more than five national polls, but many polls use a variation of questions and subjects during polling that skew outcomes.

For instance, the Washington Examiner pointed out that “out of five of the latest polls, two of them would put former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a longshot for the GOP nomination, into the top 10 and access to the debate.

A Fox News poll released on June 24 had Fiorina polling at 3 percent, which was ninth place among the 16 declared or likely Republican presidential candidates. That poll surveyed ‘likely Republican voters.’

Likewise, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll from June 21, which surveyed ‘Republican primary voters’ (but not necessarily likely voters) had her at 2 percent, or 10th place among the candidates.

Both the Fox and NBC/Wall Street Journal poll are favorable for Fiorina, whose campaign would likely benefit from the free exposure and legitimacy a nationally-televised primetime debate provides. But in other polls, Fiorina does not have the advantage.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released June 3 showed Fiorina polling in 12th place, thus disqualifying her from the debate stage. That one included independent voters who are ‘Republican-leaning.'”

If Fox News were to use the Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of five polls, the polls used would be CNN/ORC, FOX NEWS, NBC/WSJ, Monmouth and ABC/Wash Post. While Fox News regularly cities the RCP average of polls on shows like Special Report with Bret Baier, the news network nor Michael Clemente, the network’s executive vice president of news and editorial, has clearly defined which polls are being used to make the determination.

If Fox were to use the RCP average of polls, the 10 candidates to make the prime-time debate as of this writing would be Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rick Perry.

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Stunt Gone Wrong: Fox News Host Hits West Point Drummer with Thrown Axe

On June 14, Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth was caught on camera mistakenly hitting drummer Jeff Prosperie from West Point’s Hellcats marching band with a thrown axe during a timbersports segment gone wrong. Mediaite notes that the moment at which the axe hits the bystander was not shown in Fox News’ original broadcast, but footage of it, seen above, was later posted online by Prosperie.

Prosperie posted the video on his Facebook page along with the following description, “I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV… words I never imagined saying! This happened last Sunday and I have been reluctant to post but starting to receive inquiries from concerned family and friends. I am thankful to God that the double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact and a couple of cuts as it fell along my wrist. It could have been much worse or fatal. Focusing on full physical and emotional recovery.

Prosperie continued in a Facebook comment, “We were doing commercial bumps on Fox and Friends Sunday morning celebrating the Army’s 240th birthday and flag day. My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it. He had only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force. The vid you see is edited showing the televised portion of the throw and then edited to a portion that was taken on someone’s phone of us being videoed. The part that was actually televised showed the overthrown axe and then segued to us for the drum solo bump, only showing me walking behind the section holding my arm. The actual part where the axe hit me was not televised. Poor decision, obvious negligence, should not have happened, could have been avoided. When shooting or throwing, always know what is behind your target. Basic safety rule. I’m feeling blessed on Father’s day with my 5 children, alive, and with all limbs.”

After the incident, Prosperie recovered and performed an interview with Fox & Friends in which he discussed the history of the Hellcats. However, the axe accident was not mentioned on-air during the subsequent segment.

Fox News Expands Debates with Forum for Second-Tier GOP Presidential Candidates

After Fox News announced its original plan to only include the top 10 Republican presidential candidates, according to the five most recent pre-debate national polls, in its August 6 prime time Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH, New Hampshire Republicans authored an open letter asking Fox News to expand its debate, expected to be the first of the 2016 presidential primary season, to include all of the announced and qualified candidates.

Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Union-Leader announced this week that it would host a forum on August 6 for the GOP candidates who fail to meet Fox News’ qualifications. National Journal notes that, shortly thereafter, Fox News changed plans and announced that it would host a 90-minute junior varsity debate in the afternoon on August 6 in addition to the prime-time debate later that evening. The second-tier debate will include all qualified candidates who fail to make the top ten but who have achieved at least 1% in national polls. It is not yet known whether the New Hampshire Union-Leader still plans to host its debate now that Fox News is inviting the same candidates to debate on the same day.

This year’s Republican presidential primary features a crowded field. According to Yahoo! Politics, candidates Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rick Perry have already announced their campaigns, and additional campaign announcements are expected from Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich in the near future.

[RELATED: CNN, Fox News Reveal Qualifications for First GOP Presidential Primary Debates]

The format for Fox News’ August 6 debate now mirrors that of CNN’s September 16 Republican candidate forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, which will also include a second debate for less-popular candidates who have achieved at least 1% in national polls. CNN published the complete criteria for inclusion in its September 16 debates on its website earlier this month.

Fox News’ junior-varsity debate will take place on August 6 at 1:00 PM EST at Quicken Loans Arena and will feature Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum as hosts. The network’s prime time debate will happen on the same day and in the same location at 9:00 PM EST, with anchors Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, and Megyn Kelly hosting.

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CNN, Fox News Reveal Qualifications for First GOP Presidential Primary Debates

In light of the fact that, according to Ballot Access News, the Republican National Committee decided not to establish rules for inclusion in the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates, the networks hosting the debates will each set their own criteria for candidates. The Washington Post is reporting that Fox News and CNN have announced the qualifications for their first debates. Considering the fact that there are 16 or more Republican candidates flirting with a bid at the White House, news networks have been struggling to come up with a way to fit all of the top contenders on one stage.

Fox News announced that it will include the top 10 candidates based on their averages in the five most recent national polls, calculated at 5 PM EST on August 4, leading up to its first debate on August 6 in Cleveland. The debate will be hosted by Megyn Kelly, Brett Baier, and Chris Wallace and will be co-presented by Facebook. Those candidates that fail to make the top 10 will be given airtime on Fox News on August 6.

The Washington Post‘s Matea Gold gave an example as to what Fox News’ debate field might look like if the debate were held today based on assumed candidates’ recent polling. “The top 10 contenders in the five most recent national polls are former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, real estate tycoon Donald Trump and former Texas governor Rick Perry, according to a Washington Post analysis. Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are a fraction of a point behind Perry,” wrote Gold.

Gold also pointed out some candidates who might not make the cut according to Fox News’ criteria. “Lagging behind those 12 are Sen. Lindsey O. Graham of South Carolina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and former New York governor George Pataki,” she wrote.

CNN, on the other hand, has announced that it will include two debate rounds, a top tier round featuring the top 10 candidates in recent public polls, followed by a junior varsity round of all of the other candidates who have achieved a least 1% in a national poll. CNN‘s first debate, the second of the season, will take place on September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Hugh Hewitt and Jake Tapper are set to host the event. CNN will also require all candidates included in the debates to show that they have at least one paid campaign staffer in two of the four earliest voting states.

To be considered for inclusion in either debate, a candidate must have announced and properly filed his or her candidacy.

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Fox News’ Shepard Smith Apologizes for Erroneous Baltimore Shooting Report

On Monday, fog-of-war reporting got the best of Fox News, as the cable TV news network erroneously reported that an African-American man had been shot on Monday while fleeing Baltimore police at the site of Freddie Gray’s arrest. In reality, the individual in question was not hurt and was arrested by police on gun charges after a handgun that he dropped discharged.

Baltimore Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Russell described the incident to CBS Baltimore as “a very short, brief foot pursuit. He pulled a handgun, or tries to pull it out. There’s a sound of a discharging, the sound of a weapon discharging. The police never discharged any weapons.” The man was reportedly arrested on gun charges and taken to the hospital in an ambulance out of an abundance of caution despite the fact that he was not injured when the gun discharged.

Inquisitr notes that Fox News‘ Mike Tobin originally said on-air that he witnessed a police officer shooting the man, “As he was running away, that officer drew his weapon and fired and struck the individual who was running away. It was a young, black male, and what we saw on the sidewalk, as the crime scene unfolded there, there was a revolver laying on the ground.” According to MSN, Tobin also said, “He ran right in front of us. I never saw the individual turn and do anything I would consider an aggressive act, but we did see the officer draw his weapon and I counted one gunshot.”

Reuters reported that around 100 people had gathered at the location in which the incident took place.

RT correspondent Manuel Rapalo also tweeted the erroneous report. But in Rapalo’s case he did not claim that on officer shot the suspect, only that someone was shot.  Rapalo tells Truth in Media, “Put yourself in my shoes, I see a guy running, hear a gun shot, the suspect’s hands are in the air and a police officer is standing behind him with his gun drawn.  That was when I took to Twitter. That was my mistake.”


As soon as police confirmed that no one had been hurt, Fox News‘ Shepard Smith immediately apologized and corrected the report. Said Smith according to The Huffington Post, “Our duty as journalists is not to make mistakes. And when we make mistakes, we are duty-bound do correct them immediately and as clearly as possible. So I’m now in correction mode, and we apparently were wrong.”

The original, erroneous report can be seen in the below-embedded video player.