Joseph A. Wulfsohn


CNN’s chief anti-Trump reporter Jim Acosta was blasted on social media over a tweet that quoted White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany out of context.

During Thursday’s briefing, McEnany reiterated President Trump’s strong stance on wanting children to be going back to school in the fall amid a fiery debate about how educators can prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

“The science should not stand in the way of this, but as Dr. Scott Atlas said — I thought this was a good quote, ‘Of course, we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations are doing it. We are the outlier here,'” McEnany said, quoting the former Stanford Medical Center neurology chief.

“The science is very clear on this. For example, you look at the JAMA pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than the seasonal flu. The science is on our side here. We encourage localities and states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools,” she continued.

However, Acosta tweeted about what McEnany said by suggesting she was anti-science.

“The White House Press Secretary on Trump’s push to reopen schools: ‘The science should not stand in the way of this,'” the liberal reporter tweeted.

Acosta later added, “McEnany went on to say ‘the science is on our side here.'”

However, his first tweet went on to get 30,000 retweets while his follow-up tweet that provided the much-needed context received less than 700. Among those who shared the out-of-context tweet were Democratic lawmakers Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. David Cicilline, as well as several of his CNN colleagues.

CNN’s chief White House correspondent was hit with major backlash.

“Classic stuff here. Acosta tweets half of one quote without context & gets nearly 20,000 retweets. Had plenty of room to add the full context in the original comment by McEnany stating “the science is on our side here.” Waits 10 minutes before writing a second tweet, gets 450 RTs,” The Hill media reporter Joe Concha wrote.

“This isn’t journalism. It’s a dishonest fragment used to whip up animosity, rather than inform,” Daily Caller editor Vince Coglianese tweeted.

“Why are you misleading your followers?” Reagan Battalion asked

Even Acosta’s own colleague Jake Tapper weighed in on the distorted quote that was being shared, urging everyone to “read the ENTIRE McEnany comment.”

“I’m not taking a position on the matter but be fair,” the CNN anchor wrote.

Acosta wasn’t the only journalist who shared the incomplete quote from the White House press secretary. CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang, NBC News reporter Josh Lederman, The Guardian and The Washington Post all similarly omitted her actual support of the science.

McEnany blasted the slanted reporting.

“Case Study in Media Bias,” McEnany wrote. “I said: ‘The science is very clear on this…the science is on our side here. We encourage our localities & states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.’ But leave it to the media to deceptively suggest I was making the opposite point!”

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: CNN’s Jim Acosta blasted for taking Kayleigh McEnany out of context in viral tweet

Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien made stunning claims on Saturday that a network exec once told her she could only have the “right kind” of black guests on her show.

Reacting to the controversy that has rocked ABC News over the weekend, O’Brien reflected on her time at CNN and indicated that a network executive discouraged her to sit down with black radio host Roland Martin.

“This is an interesting read. Reminds me of the CNN exec who told me: ‘Roland Martin isn’t the ‘right kind of’ Black person.’ She didn’t want me to book him on my show. L,” O’Brien tweeted.

The tweet included an “L” at the end, though it is unclear if that was alluding to the unnamed CNN executive or a typo.

She added that, according to the network executive, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, who was a frequent guest of hers, was the “right kind of black.”

Blow, who is now a CNN contributor, reacted to O’Brien’s claim about him on Sunday.

“I don’t know how to take this ‘good negro’ talk…” Blow wrote.

Martin also spoke out, tweeting “the internal s— I had to encounter at CNN would blow folks away” and telling Blow, “the s— said about me by certain people there behind closed doors…”

CNN did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

O’Brien, who left CNN in 2013 after 10 years at the network, was responding to a stunning report from Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali that lays out damning accusations against Barbara Fedida, head of ABC News talent, and her treatment of black journalists at the network.

In 2018, during a contentious meeting about renewing “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts’ contract, Fedida reportedly “asked what more Roberts could want and said it wasn’t as if the network was asking Roberts to ‘pick cotton.'”

Fedida also reportedly referred to “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin as “low rent.”

Another source told Ali about a comment Fedida said about then-ABC News journalist Kendis Gibson, a black anchor, that ABC “spends more on toilet paper than we ever would on him.”

According to the report, Fedida would also refer to women as “c—s” openly in the office.

Ali wrote that he had spoken with “34 sources over the course of six months” comprised of current and former ABC News staff.

“To say that she’s an abusive figure is an understatement,” a former ABC News staffer told the Huffington Post.

In a statement to Fox News, ABC News said: “There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation. These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News, where we strive to make everyone feel respected in a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace.”

Fedida said through her attorney, “Throughout my career, I have been a champion for increased diversity in network news. Building a news division where everyone can thrive has been my life’s mission. I am proud of my decades of work of hiring, supporting and promoting talented journalists of color. And, unlike these heartbreaking and incredibly misleading claims about me, that track record is well-documented and undeniable.”

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Ex-CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien: Network exec told her to only have the ‘right kind’ of black guests

Comedian Tracy Morgan defended President Trump from critics on Tuesday and called for national unity amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum began his interview on “Today” by shedding light on how quarantine life had been for him so far, joking to NBC anchor Hoda Kotb that he and his wife had been “role-playing a lot now.”

Shortly after, Morgan praised medical staff, first responders, police and firefighters “heroes”, saying they deserve “respect.”

Tracy Morgan of TBS’s ‘The Last O.G’ speaks onstage during the WarnerMedia Upfront 2019 show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 15, 2019 in New York City. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

“The struggle is real. Right now we’re struggling. People want to criticize the president, but imagine being president of a country and have your country got sick. So it’s difficult for him,” Morgan said.

The “Last O.G.” star continued, “We’ve all got to pull together as people now. Now is not the time to blame and all these other things and anger. It’s here now. We just got to be together. We’ve got to all stay safe. Nobody wants to transmit it, nobody wants to attract it, nobody wants to get it. So let’s just stay safe and do the protocol that we have to do.”

Kotb responded by calling his message a “good public service announcement.”

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Tracy Morgan defends Trump, calls for unity during national crisis: ‘Now is not the time to blame’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is facing backlash over a story she told where she said she accepted a campaign contribution from a college student who only had “$6” in her bank account.

Appearing on MSNBC following her devastating fourth-place primary finish in her neighboring state of New Hampshire on Tuesday, she was asked about whether she was confident that there would be “some kind of coalescing” around one candidate following Super Tuesday in order to prevent a “bitter” brokered convention.

Warren responded by saying she was “concerned” but pointed to the “so many people who are in this fight,” citing one of her own supporters who she met in the selfie line at her New Hampshire event.

“A young woman came up by herself and said, ‘I’m a broke college student, with a lot of student loan debt.’ And she said, ‘I checked and I have six dollars in the bank. So I just gave three dollars to keep you in this fight,'” Warren recalled.

She continued, “That’s what we gotta do. We’ve gotta stay in this fight with people who are counting on us. This isn’t about fighting other Democrats. This is about fighting for the America we believe in.”

Warren, who shared the clip on her Twitter page in hopes of promoting her campaign, was lambasted for accepting the broke college student’s contribution.

“Elect me, and I’ll take your last few dollars, too!” Grabien founder and news editor Tom Elliott quipped.

“Warren is worth ~$12M. Probably should’ve given back that $3 to the broke student who handed over 50% of her savings,” Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams reacted.

“Couldn’t Liz give her back the $3 and then give her another $6 so she’d have double her money?” Human Events managing editor Ian Miles Cheong asked.

“Lmao man you let her????” Twitter user Comfortably Smug exclaimed.

Warren walked away from the New Hampshire primary without have earned any delegates as her 9 percent of the vote fell short of the 15 percent threshold to get any share of delegates. Also falling short on Tuesday night was former Vice President Joe Biden, who left the state for South Carolina hours before the results began to emerge.

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Elizabeth Warren under fire for saying she accepted broke college student’s ‘last few dollars’ for her campaign

A visibly stunned Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, in an emotional moment one day after the conservative talk radio legend announced he was diagnosed with cancer.

“Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet,” Trump told the radio giant, who appeared to be in tears. “Rush Limbaugh: Thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”

He continued, “Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I will now ask the First Lady of the United States to present you with the honor.”

First lady Melania Trump then presented the medal to an emotional Limbaugh and placed the award on him. “Rush and Kathryn, congratulations,” Trump added.

The White House had announced Limbaugh as a guest of the president earlier Tuesday.

The conservative radio legend told his millions of listeners Monday he was diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer” and would miss some shows in the coming days and weeks for treatment.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” the conservative media juggernaut said on his show. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.

“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” Limbaugh, 69, told his radio listeners. “It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”

Limbaugh began “The Rush Limbaugh Show” in 1988 and has since earned a variety of awards and honors. He’s a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for “Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting,” a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also was named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People in 2008 and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.

Limbaugh has been named to Forbes Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Celebrities in the United States list, received the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for media excellence, won the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC] in 2009 and was invited to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House by President George H. W. Bush.

He also was an honorary member of the House of Representatives Republican freshman class of 1995.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and John Roberts contributed to this report.

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Rush Limbaugh receives Presidential Medal of Freedom at Trump’s State of the Union address

What is the true cost of Medicare for all?

Juniper Research Group founder and CEO Chris Jacobs breaks down the cost.

The Trump campaign slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, on Friday for his intention to extend Medicare-for-all for all illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S.

Speaking at a presidential candidate forum in Miami earlier on Friday, Sanders vowed to “organize the American people” to get onboard with government-funded health care for everyone, reiterating that it should be a “human right.” When asked by the moderator if the approximate 11 million illegal immigrants would be included, Sanders quickly responded, “absolutely.”

“When I talk about healthcare being a human right, the last time I heard that undocumented people are human beings as well,” Sanders added.

President Trump’s “War Room” blasted the 2020 candidate on Twitter.

“This is unfair to America’s seniors who have worked hard and paid into Medicare their whole life,” the campaign exclaimed.

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also swiped Sanders. saying the Democrats’ “radical agenda” was on “full display.”

Fellow Democratic candidate, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, was also asked if all 11 million illegal immigrants would be eligible for his healthcare plan but expressed that the country “wasn’t ready” to guarantee such benefits for all of them, but did leave the door open once when immigration reform takes place.

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Trump campaign slams Bernie Sanders for calling for free healthcare for all illegal immigrants

2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden says the Trump presidency is a threat to democracy

Former Vice President Biden references Charlottesville and morality in speech to supporters in Iowa; reaction and analysis from ‘Special Report’ anchor Bret Baier.

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a bold promise on Tuesday to “cure cancer” if he is elected president in 2020.

At a campaign event in Ottumwa, Iowa, Biden expressed the difficulty one faces with a “loss” of a family member and others attempt to comfort them saying, “‘I know how you feel'” when in reality they have “no idea how I feel,” which is likely in reference to the loss of his son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 from brain cancer.

“That’s why I’ve worked so hard in my career to make sure that… I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden declared.

His remarks were welcomed with applause.

In 2016, Biden headed the “Cancer Moonshot” program during the Obama administration in a renewed effort to find a cure for cancer. He also launched the Biden Cancer Initiative after leaving office.

The Democratic frontrunner took some shots at President Trump while campaigning in Iowa, calling him an “existential threat” to the country.

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Joe Biden promises to ‘cure cancer’ if elected president

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night and offered some rare praise for President Trump for being the first president to “actually deliver” on his campaign promises.

Noah, 35, began by knocking critics who claimed he wasn’t “angry enough” when he first took over “The Daily Show” in 2015 from Jon Stewart.

“When I took over ‘The Daily Show,’ everyone was like, ‘What are you going to make jokes about?’ And then one of the main things people have said to me was — they said, ‘You’re just not angry enough, Trevor. Where’s your indignation?’ And I was like, ‘What do you have to be angry about? Things are going great right now; your economy is growing, your president is loved, your footprint around the world is one that’s being cemented as the super power. What are you angry about?'” Noah recounted to Jimmy Kimmel.

“And then people had all of this faux anger and they were like, ‘You’ve got to be angry’ and I was like ‘There’s nothing to be angry about. There’s nothing to be stressed about right now. And I was worried about that for the show.”

“We’re always angry about something. If there’s nothing important to be angry about, we’ll find something dumb to be angry about,” Kimmel said in agreement. “Somebody will put pineapple on a pizza and we’ll lose our minds.”

President Donald Trump speaks about modernizing the immigration system in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Comedy Central star then pivoted to the Trump presidency and acknowledged a trait rarely seen in politics.

“Then when Donald Trump was elected and then proceeded to do what he had promised, ironically, right?” Noah continued. “Because it’s funny that Donald Trump would be the first presidential candidate to actually deliver. Hate him or love him, hate him or love him, he’s doing the things he said he was going to do.”

The South African comic routinely comments on Trump and American politics on his Comedy Central show and is ramping up the show’s political coverage ahead of the 2020 races.

“What’s going to be interesting for me in 2020 is this new narrative and this new discussion around the Democratic Party — because for a long time it’s just been one storyline: Donald Trump,” Noah said at a SXSW panel in March. “But now it’s going to be: Who are the Democrats? What do they stand for? What are their plans?”

“We’re going to be at the conventions, we’re going to be tracking the primaries,” Noah said. “We’re going to go where ever there’s access.”

Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

Author: Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Source: Fox News: Trevor Noah: Trump is the first president to ‘actually deliver’ on campaign promises

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