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Ted Koppel to Brian Stelter: ‘CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump’

CBS contributor and former ABC “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel told CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter that his ratings would “be in toilet” if Donald Trump weren’t president. The dis came during a panel discussion Monday for The National Press Club’s “The Kalb Report” about the state of journalism under President Trump. Mr. Stelter, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, argued that the press is victim of a “hate movement” led by the president, who routinely lambasts CNN as “fake news.” Mr. Koppel said CNN would be nowhere without Mr. Trump. “He has been wonderful for the industry,” Mr. Koppel said. “But that means what?” Mr. Stelter asked. “If ratings are up, that means what?” “It means you can’t do without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel responded. “You would be lost without Donald Trump.” “Ted, you know that’s not true,” Mr. Stelter fired back. “CNN’s ratings would be in the toilet without Donald Trump,” Mr. Koppel continued. “You know that’s not true, you’re playing for laughs,” Mr. Stelter said. “You’ve lived through enough presidencies to know there will be more presidents.” Mr. Koppel asked Mr. Stelter how CNN’s ratings have changed since Mr. Trump took office, to which the “Reliable Sources” host estimated “we might be up 20, we might be up 30 percent, we might be up 40 percent.” He then insisted that it would “OK, too” if those numbers went down, prompting the rest of the panel and the audience to laugh. “I reject the premise that these networks are making so much money off of Trump and thus, we benefit from it,” Mr. Stelter said. Mr. Koppel acknowledged that criticizing CNN in Mr. Stelter’s presence was a “sensitive subject,” so he pointed to MSNBC as also profiting off covering the president’s every move. “Is there a moment of the day when they are not focusing on Donald Trump?” he mused. Mr. Stelter later addressed the exchange on Twitter, saying Mr. Koppel oversimplified the “cyclical” nature of cable news ratings.

Ted just took Brian to the cleaners..    Ted is spot on here.  CNN and MSNBC would be totally lost without their pathological fixation on President Trump.  To see this exchange, click on the text above.  Great job Ted!     🙂

Pompeo scolds CNN’s Jim Acosta for ‘ludicrous’ 25th Amendment question

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday scolded CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta for asking a “ludicrous” question about Cabinet members allegedly discussing invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump. During a press briefing at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Mr. Acosta asked U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley if she ever heard of such discussions taking place inside the Trump administration. “I have never once been in the White House where that conversation has happened,” Mrs. Haley said. “I’m not aware of any Cabinet members that are even talking about that. It is completely and totally absurd. No one is questioning the president at all.” Mr. Pompeo added that he also had never heard any such discussion within the administration about invoking the 25th Amendment, which allows for a president to be removed by his own Cabinet under extraordinary circumstances. “I find the question ludicrous,” Mr. Pompeo said. “I’ve never heard anyone talk about it, whisper about it, joke about it in any way. I’ve been in a lot of meetings with a lot of senior officials from this government.” He also chided Mr. Acosta for claiming Mrs. Haley was the “only person” at the press conference that had been in the Trump administration “since the beginning.” “Fact check: I’ve been with the administration since the beginning, too,” Mr. Pompeo said. “That’s relevant. But I’ll add — no discussion with me about the 25th Amendment anywhere, either — so you can now report that two senior leaders have said that your question was ludicrous.” Their comments came three days after The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Mr. Trump and enlisting other Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment against him — a report Mr. Rosenstein has denied. The report came on the heels of an op-ed published by The New York Times, written anonymously by someone claiming to be a senior administration official who alleged to be part of a “quiet resistance” actively working to thwart the president’s agenda.

Jim Acosta is such an annoying tool..  Kudos to Sec. of State Mike Pompeo (R) for making him look like the ass that he is.

Barack Obama in 2008: Both Parties ‘Have Monkeyed Around With Elections’

Barack Obama warned supporters that politicians had “monkeyed around” with elections, during a campaign speech at Kent State University in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on September 3, 2008. Then-Senator Obama (D-IL) said, “I come from Chicago. It’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have, too. You know, whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to tilt things in their direction.” Obama called for establishing a “voting rights division” within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat “voter fraud” and what he said were efforts to “discourage people to vote.” On Wednesday, Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) advised Floridians not to “monkey this up” by selecting a “socialist agenda” via a Democrat governor. News media outlets such as The Hill and CNN framed the comment as racial, given that DeSantis’s Democrat opponent, Andrew Gillum, is black. CNN published two articles headlined: “Florida’s GOP gubernatorial nominee says a vote for his black opponent would ‘monkey this up’,” and “GOP candidate accused of using racist term,” both casting DeSantis’s “monkey this up” remark as racist. Gillum made the most of the narrative, saying Floridians’ “rich diversity” would compel the Sunshine State’s residents to reject “racists” and “misogynists.” And Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo tweeted, “It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles.” DeSantis later expanded on his comments via his campaign’s communications director, who said, “Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Gillum espouses. … To characterize it as anything else is absurd. Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years, and the last thing we need is a far-left democrat trying to stop our success.”

More brazen fake news, and hypocrisy, by CNN and the rest of the dominantly liberal mainstream media.  Even Juan Williams, a liberal co-host of The Five on the Fox News channel played this disgusting race card yesterday.  Hopefully Greg G. and the rest of The Five see this article and will slam Juan with it.  According to Dictionary.com, the verb (used without object) definition of “monkey” is:  “to play or trifle idly; fool (often followed by around or with)”    Both, then Sen. Obama (D-IL) and now Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) used the word correctly.  But, because Congressman DeSantis isn’t a half-black liberal Democrat like Obama, he can’t use the word because, gee..  It’s considered racist.  Such a brazen double standard!!  Fake news!!!

Lanny Davis Admits He Was Source for CNN’s Debunked Trump Tower Story; CNN Not Backing Down

Lanny Davis, attorney for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, told Buzzfeed on Monday that he was a source for CNN’s article last month claiming that Cohen would tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump knew about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian purportedly offering information on Hillary Clinton. Since CNN’s article published, Davis has admitted to the Washington Post, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and now Buzzfeed that he actually has no such knowledge of Cohen knowing such a thing. He also said he regretted lying about it on CNN’s air last week. Davis had told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last Wednesday, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation,” but denied being the source of CNN’s original story. That turned out to be a lie. “I made a mistake,” Davis told Buzzfeed. “I did not mean to be cute,” he said regarding his interview with Cooper. The original CNN report, by Jim Sciutto, Carl Bernstein, and Marshall Cohen, claimed that Cohen had personally witnessed Donald Trump, Jr. informing Trump about the meeting, which would contradict the president’s statements that he did not know about it. Trump denied the report at the time: “I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!” Now, Davis is backtracking. In recent days, he has admitted that he acted as an anonymous source for multiple news outlets who were seeking to confirm the CNN article, and has backed away from his original claim. The New York Post and the Washington Post has outed him as their confirming source, and published apologies from Davis. CNN — which cited “sources with knowledge” in its original report, has refused to back down. The report also said Davis had “declined to comment.” When contacted by Buzzfeed, CNN said, “We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it.”

This is trifecta of fake news.  Former Bill and Hillary Clinton attorney (and Democrat party hack) Lanny Davis has been outed as a liar.  So, his credibility, along with his client, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, have zero credibility.  And, Lanny’s stunt just erased whatever dubious credibility Cohen may have had.  Then, when CNN learned the truth, the continued/continue to stand by the totally made-up story!!  FAKE NEWS!!!  That’s all CNN is…and why its ratings continue to tank.

Opinion/Analysis:Very Fake News: CNN Doesn’t Report Mollie Tibbets’ Accused Murderer Is Illegal Alien

Far-left CNN, in its lengthy story Wednesday about the case, did not report that Mollie Tibbetts’ accused murderer is an illegal alien. The article, titled “Mollie Tibbetts case mystified police until a security camera offered a key clue” and written by Nicole Chavez, goes into great detail using over 800 words to explain how the police used home security video to nab 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who has been charged with first degree murder. CNN also goes into great detail to inform its readers about the make and model of Rivera’s car, about all the cornfields found in the Iowa county where the 20-year-old Tibbetts was murdered, and about the five other CNN staffers — Eric Levenson, Samira Said, Steve Almasy, Madison Park, and Darran Simon — who contributed to the article. What the anti-Trump CNN does not want its readers to know, however, is that Rivera is an illegal alien who had no business being in the country. That vital information, the information that the last place cable channel did not want its readers to know, is that Rivera has lived in this country illegally for four to seven years. Unfortunately, during the Trump era, CNN’s reputation for this kind of journalistic dishonesty, lies of omission, conspiracy theories, and overall fake news is the norm, as opposed to the exception. President Trump has made the tragic crime wave that comes with open borders and Democrat-run sanctuary cities a central part of his political identity. Democrats, however, see the flood of illegal aliens as a means to both wage a war of identity politics (those who want to enforce our immigration laws are smeared as racists) and to eventually register these illegals as Democrat voters if the brass ring of a mass amnesty is ever enacted. CNN, which is now so firmly a part of the anti-Trump Resistance, the network has openly encouraged violence against Trump and his supporters, has been desperate since day one of Trump’s presidency to kill his agenda, even if it means misleading its own readers and viewers in this way. Things are so bad with CNN, had Rivera’s illegal status been accurately reported in this article, it would have been a surprise. Obviously, the news of Rivera’s illegal status is vitally important to report, as it is a total and complete failure of government to do its primary job — which is to protect its citizens. Tibbetts never should have died because Rivera never should have been allowed to live and work in this country for all those years. But for purely partisan reasons, both the Democrat Party and its allies in the establishment media — especially the extreme-left CNN — are highly invested in protecting a status quo where future Democrat voters are allowed to swarm across our border and hide out in sanctuary cities — even if innocent 20-year-old women, actual citizens who follow the rules, are the ones who pay the ultimate price for this policy.

Agreed!!  And, well said, John.  John Nolte is responsible for that spot-on op/ed.

Analysis: For CNN, anyone on the left is ‘anti-hate’ — even violent masked mayhem-driving thugs

Apparently CNN thinks violent leftists can’t be “hate groups.” How else to explain the network downplaying the violent actions of Antifa, a group the Obama administration determined were perpetrators of “domestic terrorist violence?” That’s exactly what we saw with CNN’s coverage of the “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, D.C., this Sunday. About 40 white nationalists left their parents’ basements to gather in the nation’s capital on the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville riot. This time, the racists were dramatically outnumbered by 200 violent and masked Antifa anarchists. Antifa behaved as they always have—violently. Fox News reported, “Members of Antifa were seen launching eggs, fireworks and water bottles at police officers and the Secret Service, beating people in the street and threatening members of the media…” Media covered the violence in real time on social media. There is film of the violence. Peaceful demonstrators captured the violence on cell phone video and posted attacks on the police and media for the world to see. Americans have watched for years now as Antifa has attacked members of the media, police and even innocent bystanders. The increase of violence so alarmed the Obama administration that “’Federal authorities have been warning state and local officials since early 2016 that leftist extremists known as ‘antifa’ had become increasingly confrontational and dangerous, so much so that the Department of Homeland Security formally classified their activities as “domestic terrorist violence,’ according to interviews and confidential law enforcement documents,” as Politico reported in September 2016. Yet this weekend, the mask-wearing thugs – their violence well-documented for everyone to see – were actually described by CNN as an “anti-hate” group. That’s right. A CNN screen banner during coverage of the violence announced, “Anti-hate groups dramatically outnumber white supremacists in DC.” Apparently, for CNN, you can throw things at cops and attack journalists but as long as you’re on the left-wing hate-Trump end of the political spectrum that’s some A-OK anti-hate expression going on out there. This is one of the reasons Americans have lost trust in mainstream media. They aren’t asking for news with which they agree all the time, they simply want the actual news. Gallup reported in 2016 “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history.” In CNN’s case, the American public see a previously respected news organization abandon its duty to report the news in order to promote the fiction that Americans are divided and President Trump is at fault. That’s the bottom line here—there is such an investment by legacy media to cast the president as a racist, and dividing the American people as a result, that even an event as clear as this had to be manipulated to fit that narrative. The actual news is this: the average American could get more people at a backyard barbeque or poker game than the racists managed to organize this weekend, even with nonstop national news coverage. And 200 violent anarchists used it as yet another opportunity to put on masks, riot, and chant slogans about evil America and capitalism. A divided America this does not make, however the media chooses to cover it. It was a pathetic gathering of irrelevant malcontents spewing hateful messages that Americans reject en masse, but desperate for the attention they knew the mainstream media would give them. For CNN, it also showed their desperation to mold it into their latest Trump-hating narrative about an America they imagine and loathe. The good news is, Americans no longer allow other people to feed them a false reality. We’re told the nation is divided by race. Yet, African-American support for the president has doubled in the last year, from 15 percent in 2017 to 29 percent now, according to Rasmussen. In a recent Harvard Harris poll, Hispanic support for the president increased 10 points. This is happening because in real life everyone’s lives are improving due to the president’s policies. But CNN needed to frame a clearly hate-filled event in a way that confirmed their fiction of racism stoked by President Trump. Here is the irony: CNN cast as “anti-hate” a group designated by the Obama administration as dangerous and violent – and they did it because they can’t see past their own hatred of Trump and anyone who voted for him.

Exactly!!  And well said, Tammy.  NY Times best-selling author, and radio talk-show host Tammy Bruce was the author of that spot-on analysis.  Excellent!!   🙂

Limbaugh: Jim Acosta’s peers upset that voters can finally stand up to ‘garbage people’ insults

Rush Limbaugh says journalists who chastise the behavior of President Trump’s supporters at rallies are really upset that Americans can respond to “garbage human” insults in 2018. The man behind the “golden EIB” microphone celebrated 30 years on air by telling listeners how much has changed over the decades. Mr. Trump’s Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, along with anger over the heckling of CNN’s Jim Acosta, prompted a monologue on media bias. “Let me just share with you a report here from somebody at Politico,” the conservative said. “‘Politico reporter Marc Caputo mocked attendees of President Donald Trump’s Tampa rally Tuesday night, referring to them as toothless ‘garbage people.’ After nearly 11 hours, Caputo posts an apology. ‘I need to apologize for tweeting caustic remarks after seeing a reporter berated & abused. Hate begets hate. My comments referred ONLY to those jeering and swearing at the man, not a broad swath of people. But the fault is mine for causing confusion and feeding anger.’” At issue were rally attendees who shouted “CNN sucks” while the network’s chief White House correspondent spoke with colleague Wolf Blitzer. Mr. Limbaugh essentially said that modern technology and various social media platforms allow viewers to regularly see that they are viewed with contempt by journalists. “[Trump voters are] basically a bunch of disjointed, angry people who cannot adapt to the transforming of American culture and society [to reporters],” Mr. Limbaugh said. “They are a bunch of toothless, brain-dead people sitting on the deck out in front of the shack playing the banjo as Burt Reynolds and the boys go rafting by. That’s what [reporters] think of your average Trump voter, and this guy just happened to let it out.” The radio host also asserted that Mr. Acosta “secretly and privately loves” the attention he’s getting because he goes out of his way to be adversarial with the president. “Outside of this, he’s a typical CNN no-name,” Mr. Limbaugh said. “But Trump and his administration have singled him out because Acosta decides to play rude, decides to be a provocateur. He knows Trump is gonna hit back, and I’ve maintained that Acosta loves it secretly every time it happens.” “Acosta gets to go out and play like he’s actually at war and that there are real bullets being fired and he’s risking his life to go to a Trump rally and report what’s going on there,” he continued. “What they really can’t stand is that Trump still sells out and the people there are still madly in love with and totally supportive of Trump.”

Exactly!!  And well said, Rush!  As usual, “El Rushbo” nails it with an insight that nobody else talks about.  Jim probably DOES relish the spotlight…and yet he’s such a brazen disingenuous, liberal hypocrite.  Anyway..  Congrats to Rush on his 30 year anniversary behind the “golden EIB microphone!”  We hope you’re around another 30!  “Dittos!!”   🙂