Trump Demands CNN’s Jim Acosta Leave Oval Office, Deputy Press Secretary Later Screams at Him

“It reminded me of something you might see in less democratic countries,” the correspondent said.


In a stunning display, President Donald Trump pointed a finger at CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta before demanding he leave. “Out,” was abrupt command from the president.

Acosta had pressed Trump on his racist remarks about immigrants, in which he referred to African nations as “sh*thole countries” and suggested we needn’t accept more Haitians into the U.S.

“I want ’em to come in from everywhere,” Trump said dismissively when Acosta asked if the president preferred immigrants come from places like Norway.

When Acosta tried to follow up by asking specifically if he meant majority white countries or was including places where the majority are people of color, Trump refused to answer and threw him out.

Acosta said that, a short time later, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley screamed at him when he tried to ask questions of Trump in the Roosevelt Room.

“It reminded me of something you might see in less democratic countries,” he said.

Watch the segment below.

 

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Emerging GOP Leader in Virginia Abruptly Quits Republican Party Because of Trump’s Racism

“It has become clear to me that today’s Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments.”


“I’m totally out.” That’s what 28-year-old Republican activist Kyle McDaniel, who served on the party’s state central committee for two years, told the Washington Post after President Donald Trump’s leaked remarks calling African nations “sh*thole countries” and questioning why we should welcome more Haitian immigrants.

McDaniel has volunteered in Haiti with his church and considered adopting a child from the region with his wife.

“I have, on more occasions than I care to recall, been forced to ‘bite my tongue’ when in conversation with other party leaders about the issues of the day,” McDaniel wrote in his resignation letter to state party leaders. “I cannot in good faith continue to do that.”

McDaniel not only condemned Trump, but the Republican Party at large, writing, “It has become clear to me that today’s Republican Party is dominated by people who harbor deep anti-immigrant sentiments.”

Officials in the state Republican Party are reportedly worried that McDaniel’s public disowning of the party is representative of a possible trend by younger Republicans to leave.

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) said he expected McDaniel, his former employee, to run for office in the future as a Republican.

McDaniels made it clear that a return to the GOP isn’t in the cards for him.

“I’ll support candidates I agree with, but as far as any party affiliation, I’m out,” he said. “I’m independent.” 

 

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USA Today Editorial Board Calls Trump an ‘Inveterate Liar’ and Blasts Republicans for Enabling Him

“[N]o legislative priority is worth sacrificing your credibility to protect a president with so little regard for decency and honesty.”


“It’s bad enough that the president of the United States is an inveterate liar,” the Editorial Board of USA Today opens its scathing op-ed. “It’s even worse when members of Congress and his Cabinet feel compelled to lie on his behalf.”

The piece focuses on President Donald Trump’s racist reference to African nations as “sh*thole countries” and how Republicans are choosing to mislead the public on his behalf by calling into question the reports that he made the remarks at all.

“It defies credulity to think that anyone else who was in the room could forget such a remarkable exchange,” the Board writes. “Yet the other participants have chosen to lie, develop amnesia, or go mute.”

The Board also calls out a series of Republican leaders by name for refusing to set the record straight after being in the room when Trump made the vulgar remarks. “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants — have gone radio silent on the subject. Let’s hear from them.”

As for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s claim that she didn’t “hear that word used,” referring to “sh*thole,” the Board responds, “Sure. Whatever.”

The piece concludes that “no legislative priority is worth sacrificing your credibility to protect a president with so little regard for decency and honesty.”

 

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MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic U.S.-Backed War in Yemen

Finds Russia 5000% more newsworthy.


For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis.

An analysis by FAIR has found that the leading liberal cable network did not run a single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.

And in these latter roughly six months of the year, MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.

Moreover, in all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned the impoverished nation’s colossal cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history.

All of this is despite the fact that the US government has played a leading role in the 33-month war that has devastated Yemen, selling many billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia, refueling Saudi warplanes as they relentlessly bomb civilian areas and providing intelligence and military assistance to the Saudi air force.

With little corporate media coverage from MSNBC or elsewhere, the US—under both presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump—has staunchly supported Saudi Arabia as it imposes a suffocating blockade on Yemen, diplomatically shielding the draconian Gulf dictatorship from any form of punishment as it has plunged millions of Yemeni civilians into mass hunger and pushed the poorest country in the Middle East onto the brink of famine.

1 Mention of Saudi Airstrikes; No Mention of Cholera

A favorite theme of MSNBC coverage.

FAIR conducted a thorough analysis of MSNBC‘s broadcasts archived on the Nexis news database. (The figures in this report are derived from Nexis.)

In 2017, MSNBC ran 1,385 broadcasts that mentioned “Russia,” “Russian” or “Russians.” Yet only 82 broadcasts used the words “Yemen,” “Yemeni” or “Yemenis” in the entire year.

Moreover, the majority of the 82 MSNBC broadcasts that mentioned Yemen did so only once and in passing, often simply as one nation in a longer list of nations targeted by President Trump’s travel ban.

Of these 82 broadcasts in 2017, there was only a single MSNBC news segment devoted specifically to the US-backed Saudi war in Yemen.

On July 2, the network ran a segment on Ari Melber’s The Point (7/2/17) entitled “Saudi arms deal could worsen Yemen crisis.” The three-minute broadcast covered many of the important points about US support for the catastrophic Saudi war in Yemen.

Yet this informative segment stood alone in the entire year. A search of the Nexis database and the Yemen tag on MSNBC‘s website shows that, in the approximately six months after this July 2 broadcast, the network did not devote another segment specifically to the war in Yemen.

A search of MSNBC broadcasts also shows that, while the network would sometimes within the same broadcast mention both Yemen and airstrikes, it did not—aside from Ari Melber’s lone segment—acknowledge the existence of US/Saudi coalition airstrikes on Yemen.

MSNBC only noticed airstrikes in Yemen when they were aimed at Al Qaeda.

The closest the network otherwise came was in a March 31, 2017 segment on the Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, in which Joy Reid said, “And as the New York Times reports, the United States launched more attacks in Yemen this month than during all of last year.” But Reid was referencing a New York Times report (3/29/17) on US airstrikes on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (which numbered in the dozens), not US/Saudi coalition airstrikes on Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen (which numbered in the thousands).

While ignoring the US/Saudi coalition airstrikes and the thousands of civilians they killed, however, MSNBC did report on Houthi attacks on Saudi warships of the coast of Yemen. In his show MTP Daily (2/1/17), Chuck Todd favorably covered the anti-Iran posturing of Trump and National Security advisor Michael Flynn. He misleadingly spoke of the Houthis as Iranian proxies and gave former US diplomat Nicholas Burns a platform to claim, “Iran is a violent troublemaker in the Middle East.” On February 1 and 2, Chris Hayes also reported on the Houthi attack.

MSNBC was eager to highlight attacks by US official enemies, yet the tens of thousands of air sorties Saudi Arabia has launched in Yemen—with weapons, fuel and intelligence from the US and UK—were made almost entirely invisible by the network.

Years of US/Saudi coalition bombing and blockade of Yemen likewise decimated the poor country’s health system, plunging it into a cholera epidemic that has killed thousands of people and broken all previous records. MSNBC did not once acknowledge this catastrophe either, according to a search on Nexis and MSNBC’s websiteCholera was only mentioned on MSBNC in 2017 in the context of Haiti, not Yemen.

Only Interested When Americans Die

While MSNBC did not bother to mention Yemen’s cholera epidemic, it did express lots of interest in a disastrous Navy SEAL raid President Donald Trump approved in the country, which left an American dead. Particularly early in the year, the network devoted substantial coverage to the January 29 raid, which killed dozens of Yemeni civilians and one US soldier.

A search of the Nexis database shows that MSNBC mentioned the Trump-approved US raid in Yemen in 36 distinct segments in 2017. All of the network’s major shows produced segments that focused on the raid: MTP Daily on January 31 and March 1; All In on February 2, February 8 and March 1; For the Record on February 6; The Last Word on February 6, 8 and 27; Hardball on March 1; and the Rachel Maddow Show on February 2, February 3, February 23 and March 6.

But after this raid left the news cycle, so too did Yemen. A search of Nexis and the Yemen tag on the MSBNC website shows that, excluding Ari Melber’s lone July segment, the latest segment MSNBC devoted specifically to Yemen in 2017 was the Rachel Maddow Show‘s March 6 report on the SEAL raid.

The message conveyed is clear: to the leading liberal US cable news network, Yemen is relevant when it is Americans who die—not when thousands of Yemenis are killed, bombed daily by Saudi Arabia, with US weapons, fuel and intelligence; not when millions of Yemenis are on the verge of starving to death while the US/Saudi coalition uses hunger as a weapon.

The conclusion that only Americans’ lives are newsworthy is confirmed by the fact that Trump launched another disastrous raid in Yemen on May 23, in which several Yemeni civilians were once again killed. But American soldiers did not die in this raid, so MSNBC had no interest. The network did not devote coverage to this second botched Yemen raid.

Constant Attention to Russia

According to a Nexis search of the network’s broadcasts from January 1 to July 2, 2017, “Yemen,” “Yemeni” or “Yemenis” were mentioned in 68 MSNBC segments—nearly all of which were related to the SEAL raid or the list of countries targeted by Trump’s Muslim ban.

In the approximately six months from July 3 through the end of December, the words “Yemen,” “Yemeni” or “Yemenis” were only uttered in 14 segments. In most of these segments, Yemen was mentioned just once in passing.

One of more than a thousand MSNBC segments last year that mentioned Russia.

In this same 181-day period in which MSNBC had no segments devoted specifically to Yemen, the terms “Russia,” “Russian” or “Russians” were mentioned in a staggering 693 broadcasts.

This is to say, in the latter half of 2017, MSNBC aired 49.5 times more—or 4,950 percent more—segments that spoke of Russia than segments that spoke of Yemen.

In fact, in the four days from December 26 to December 29 alone, MSNBC said “Russia,” “Russian” or “Russians” nearly 400 times in 23 separate broadcasts, on all of the network’s major shows, including Hardball, All In, Rachel Maddow, The Last Word, Meet the Press Daily and The Beat.

The day after Christmas featured an onslaught of Russia coverage. On December 26, the words “Russia,” “Russian” or “Russians” were uttered a staggering 156 times in the broadcasts from 5 pm EST to 11 pm. The following is the breakdown of the number of mentions of Russia:

  • 33 times on MTP Daily at 5 pm
  • 6 times on The Beat at 6 pm
  • 30 times on Hardball at 7 pm
  • 38 times on All In at 8 pm
  • 40 times Rachel Maddow at 9 pm
  • 9 times on The Last Word (with Ari Melber filling in for O’Donnell) at 10 pm

On this one day, MSNBC mentioned Russia almost twice as many times in six hours of coverage than it mentioned Yemen in all of 2017.

Passing References

While MSNBC did not have a segment devoted specifically to the war in Yemen other than Ari Melber’s lone July broadcast, the country was sporadically mentioned in passing.

Chris Hayes briefly acknowledged Yemen a few times, although he did not devote a segment to it. In the May 23 broadcast of All In, the host did point out, “We have been arming and supporting the Saudis as they pursue a proxy war in Yemen against Shia rebels, the Houthis.” Aside from the fact that the supposed Saudi/Iran proxy war in Yemen to which Hayes apparently alludes is a misleading talking point that has been fueled by the US government and intelligence agencies and obediently echoed by corporate media (FAIR.org, 7/25/17), Hayes still did not recognize the US/Saudi coalition airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians.

In a June 29 interview on All In, Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour additionally spoke out on behalf of “Yemeni refugees who are victims of a proxy war that we’re funding.” Hayes added, “Who are starving to death, because we’re essentially funding the Saudis to hold them under siege.” This was the rare moment in which MSBNC acknowledged the Saudi blockade of Yemen—but, again, no mention was made of the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemenis.

On July 5, Chris Hayes spoke using extreme euphemisms, stating, “Since taking office, the president has been swayed to take Saudi Arabia’s side in its dispute with Yemen.” Looking beyond the fact that “dispute” is an outrageous understatement for a brutal war that has led to the deaths of tens of thousands, Hayes failed to point out that former president Barack Obama, like Trump, staunchly supported Saudi Arabia as it bombed and besieged Yemen.

Rachel Maddow also again briefly mentioned the botched January US raid in Yemen in her broadcasts on April 7 and 24. So too did Hayes on October 16.

On MTP Daily on December 6, Chuck Todd similarly spoke of Yemen in passing, observing:

It is interesting, Tom, that the president seems to have these Gulf State allies. He is giving them basically carte blanche a little bit on what they’re doing in Yemen, is sort of looking the other way.

But that is it. Aside from Ari Melber’s one-off July segment, in 2017 MSNBC had no other coverage of the US-backed war that has created the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world.

What is striking is that MSNBC is clearly extremely critical of Donald Trump, yet it has passed on one of the best opportunities to condemn his policies. Instead of covering some of Trump’s worst, most violent actions—his acts of war that have left many thousands of civilians dead—MSNBC has ignored Trump’s Yemeni victims.

Perhaps this is because it was a Democratic president—Barack Obama, a favorite of MSNBC—who first oversaw the war in Yemen for nearly two years before Trump entered office. But MSNBC‘s right-wing rival, Fox News, has shown again and again that it has no problem attacking Democrats for doing what Republicans did before them.

 

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Facebook Warned It Faces Legal Action from ‘Revenge Porn’ Victims

A settlement with a teenager over naked images posted on the networking site has ‘moved goalposts’, say lawyers.


Facebook is facing a number of lawsuits from victims of “revenge porn”, a leading libel lawyer has warned, after a teenager reached a settlement with the social networking site over naked images of her that were posted online.

The Belfast-based libel and privacy expert Paul Tweed has also told the Guardian his office was being “deluged” by inquiries from people who claim naked and compromising pictures had been posted on Facebook, Twitter and other sites.

Tweed said this was in addition to a “very significant number of cases” his Belfast office was already dealing with in relation to complaints about revenge porn being posted on social networks.

“Because Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants have their European headquarters in Dublin most of these cases will be heard in the Dublin courts. There are quite a number pending and the settlement in the case last week at Belfast high court will undoubtedly have a bearing on them.”

Facebook reached a confidential settlement with a 14-year-old girl this week who sued them after a photo of her was posted on a so-called “shame page” on the site.

The child’s legal team took on the case after her photo appeared several times between November 2014 and January 2016. She alleged misuse of private information, negligence and breaching the Data Protection Act.

Her lawyers at McCann and McCann solicitors claimed the settlement had “moved the goalposts” in terms of how social media networks such as Facebook would have to respond to indecent and abusive messages and images being posted on their sites.

“The social networks’ presence in Dublin also means they are subject not only to Irish laws but also European privacy legislation, which entails they could be sued anywhere in Europe over this issue of so-called revenge porn,” they said.

Tweed said Facebook already has an algorithm that has removed naked images, after the site took down the image of the nine-year-old Vietnamese girl Kim Phuc running away from an American napalm attack in 1972.

“It was an algorithm that picked up that image and censored it initially and it is obvious that the same algorithm could easily be used to filter out naked pictures of people that are posted for more sinister reasons on Facebook. The network cannot argue it doesn’t have the power to filter out these images,” he said.

The international outrage forced Facebook to reinstate the image on its site.

Tweed said he was unable to reveal further details of the cases pending in the Irish Republic to protect the privacy of his clients. He established his own practice last summer and opened a new office after 39 years as a senior partner in the Johnsons law firm. Part of the reason for opening new premises and recruiting a larger legal team was due to the increase in the number of cases being taken against social media giants, he said.

Facebook said that it has developed new technological tools to help victims of so called revenge porn and that the network takes the issue seriously.

A spokesperson for the social network site said that a “Report” element on Facebook could be used by victims. The Facebook spokesperson said that clicking on this and reporting the posting of intimate or indecent images would lead to new “specially trained representatives from our Community Operations team” to remove personal and offensive material.Facebook would use new “photo-matching technologies” to prevent the further sharing of images on the networks, the spokesperson said.

On the Belfast high court case this week, the Facebook spokesperson added: “This case has been ongoing for several years. For legal reasons, we are only at liberty to state that no judgment has been rendered in this case and that there has been no determination of any actual or potential liability for Facebook.”

 

 

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Don Lemon Says Trump’s ‘Whitewashing’ MLK Day Proclamation ‘Kinda Makes Your Skin Crawl’

The president’s remarks were nothing but a publicity stunt.


CNN host Don Lemon criticized President Donald Trump for his vacuous Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclamation following racist remarks for which the president has not apologized.

Lemon played a tape of Trump’s proclamation announcement, made only one day after reports of the president calling African nations “sh*thole countries.”

“So, that’s what he said today in front of the cameras, but remember behind the cameras this is what the president just said yesterday,” Lemon said before repeating Trump’s previous racist remarks. “Kind of makes your skin crawl to hear him talk about Dr. Martin Luther King’s values. And more than that, it whitewashes Dr. King.”

“Donald Trump has proved over and over again his words and actions are a step backwards from the ideals of America, a step backwards from the real ideals and word of Martin Luther King,” the host continued.

Lemon read a quote from King critiquing capitalism and reminding the audience that our economy was built through the labor of enslaved people.

“Contrast that with President Trump asking why we can’t have more immigrants from places like Norway, forgetting that it was people from sh*thole countries who built this country, who built the White House,” Lemon concluded. “Nothing that Donald Trump says can change that.”

Watch the segment below.

 

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