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Fox Hosts, on Obama’s Iran-Helping Deception, Cite Double Standard in Calling Out ‘Lies’

ABBY HUNTSMAN: But another big bombshell this morning about the Iran deal. I’ll just read you the AP title. It says, “Inside Obama’s secret plot to let Iran skirt sanctions.”

So this is basically the Obama administration, so desperate to get a deal done, they are willing to mislead the American people, mislead Congress, in order to help Iran. So there was $5.7 billion held in the Omani banks. And so the Iranians said, “We want to get this money out. In order to do this we have to transfer this to euros.” But first it has to become U.S. dollars.

BRIAN KILMEADE: Right, and the problem is, it’s not allowed. The problem is that Jack Lew said flat-out as Treasury Secretary we weren’t going to be able to do this, they will not have access to our banking system.

Bottom line is they (the Iranians) asked and below the radar, after a two-year investigation by the Senate Investigative Committee, the Permanent Committee, over the last two years, Senator Portman has announced that they’ve concluded that they went around the banking system, went around — did not tell the American people the truth. And when they went up to the banks and said, “Convert this,” two U.S. Banks said, “No.”

STEVE DOOCY: That’s right. And so that’s why it didn’t happen. Here’s the thing. The administration kept saying “Oh, we’re not going to do that. We’re not going to do that. Nope, we’re not going to do it.” They tried to do it. It didn’t happen, and apparently the Iranians figured another way — another workaround — to get this $6 billion worth of money. But this is a gigantic smoldering mess that is tied directly to the Obama Administration. So you would figure that this would lead every newscast.

HUNTSMAN: Yeah. But how did it do last night?

DOOCY: Well, according to the Media Research Center, as you can see right there, the three major networks didn’t cover it for one second.

Why is that? Ben Shapiro had this observation.

(Recorded earlier)

BEN SHAPIRO: We’ve been hearing nonstop from the media that President Trump is the worst liar in history. But, one of the things that conservatives find so incredibly galling about the media coverage of President Trump is that the media are so eager to use the word “lie” about President Trump in every possible context but they will refrain in every possible context from using the word “lie” about President Obama and they did for years.

The word “lie” was never used with President Obama with regard to anything. They said that maybe he made a mistake, or maybe he exaggerated. They would never use that kind of language with regard to President Trump, because this is how the media treat Democrats versus how they treat Republicans. Obama gets to run around saying he had a clean administration when he absolutely did not.

(Returning to studio)

KILMEADE: And as Victor Davis said, basically if you look at the play-by-play of this, it looks like the Obama Administration was advising the Iranian government how to circumvent U.S. law.

HUNTSMAN: Unbelievable.

KILMEADE: And basically they tried. If it wasn’t for two U.S. Banks saying “We’re not allowed to do this,” they would have done this.

HUNTSMAN: It’s a huge story. It’s unbelievable that you don’t see more outrage, or just simply more coverage.

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Watergate? Trump and Pence’s double act fuels conspiracies on social media

During the meeting to discuss hurricane season at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters on Wednesday, Trump removed a bottle of water from the table and put it on the floor. Pence quickly copied Trump and moved his own water bottle to the floor as well.

The strange moment was captured on video, and soon went viral. Social media users were both mystified and amused by the double act, and no explanation has been given for the curious incident.

Many found the behavior “disturbing” and “bizarre.” Some thought it was a cute display of Pence’s admiration for the president, and many joked the pair could have been playing a game of ‘Simon Says.’

Some believed the moves were a secret signal, while others were puzzled by the fact that Trump also grabbed a napkin from the table and appeared to place it in his lap.

There may be a simple explanation for the bottle shift, such as the two realizing a photograph was about to be taken, or perhaps they were irritated by condensation from the water bottles leaving rings of water on the table, but we’ll likely never know.

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MRC’s Rich Noyes Hits the Media’s Iran ‘Double Standard,’ Negative Trump Coverage

FBN’s The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald
May 9, 2018
5:27 p.m. Eastern

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Edit Alert; Media Uproar Over Deal Exit]

DAVID MUIR [on ABC’s World News Tonight, 05/08/18]: America’s allies had urged the President not to do this. They are reacting to night and so is Iran, already with a new threat. 

TERRY MORAN [on ABC’s World News Tonight, 05/08/18]: They are dismayed and bewildered right now [SCREEN WIPE] saying that America is arrogant, can’t be trusted. 

JEFF GLOR [on the CBS Evening News, 05/08/18]: Candidate Trump promised to pull out of it. Today, President Trump did, with widespread implications. 

LESTER HOLT [on NBC Nightly News, 05/08/18]: The U.S. is essentially reneging on the nuclear deal with Iran. 

RICHARD ENGEL [on NBC Nightly News, 05/08/18]: Across Europe, there is a chill tonight that the U.S. under President Trump may not be a reliable partner anymore. 

ANDREA MITCHELL [on MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, 05/08/18]: They have basically said to the rest of the world, we are not obeying an agreement that we signed, and that the United States of America under one administration can sign deals but it will not be trusted by subsequent presidents. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Edit Alert; U.S. Flag Torched in Iran]

LIZ MACDONALD: Media outlets reporting about the unease with President Trump’s decision it withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. This as Iranian lawmakers burn a U.S. flag chanting “death to America” in response to the news that America is pulling out. Let’s bring in Media Research Center Direc — Director Rich Noyes. You know, Rich, the media coverage is pretty one-sided. For one thing, the Obama deal did not cut off Iran from getting a bomb, it delayed Iran getting it. That sort of gets, buried in the coverage. What is your reaction? 

RICH NOYES: Well, you’re exactly right, it did not, you know, there was a sunset provision where Iran could do what it wanted after I think 2025. It didn’t touch the ballistic missile program. It didn’t address the bad actions that Iran has taken throughout the Middle East. The news media portrayed this America — or Trump reneging on an American promise. President Obama specifically made this a executive agreement. He did not get the Senate to ratify this as treaty, then it would have full force of an American agreement. So, this is just one president overturning executive action of another President. It’s entirely within his constitutional powers to do it. You know, the only tack that they’re using is this kind of guilt that, somehow, it’s a dangerous thing for Trump to assert his prerogatives when Obama was given the full rein of his prerogatives, you know, it’s a double standard. 

MACDONALD: And to your point, here’s what the media is not addressing — how — you mention the media. We’ve been tracking the reporting there. They’re not tracking and they’re not reporting how flawed the Obama deal was, according to both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate would not have okay’d it to these Democrats or Republicans we talked to. Obama did railroad it through, just like ObamaCare. To your point, it did not allow inspections of military sites. It did not stop Iran from developing ballistic missiles and to your point, Iran can work on centrifuges in seven years time. 

NOYES: Right. Polls taken back in 2015 when this was up before the Senate, CNN had a poll in the summer of that year, 58 percent of the public was against this deal. The public even today sees Iran as lying and cheating in this deal. The media message seems to be, well Iran is lying and cheating but this deal is better than nothing. And what the President is saying, Iran is lying and cheating, therefore this deal isn’t worth anything and I think, you know, that’s a strong argument for him to have. 

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Edit Alert; Poll: Trump Job Approval Up]

MACDONALD: President Trump’s job approval rating is rising. The Real Clear Politics average puts it around 43 percent. That’s the highest it’s been in the past year. It’s a — Real Clear Politics does an average of about a dozen polls, including Gallop and Quinnipiac. Trump’s approval ratings are going up in face of an onslaught of negative headlines. Now, a report from your company, says 90 percent of the coverage is negative so far this year. Can you talk to us about that? 

NOYES: Yeah. This is again, I think the same trend we’ve seen from the campaign through the President’s first year in office and now deep into the President’s second year in office. ABC, CBS, NBC, we use them as a proxy for the rest of the media, but I can tell you CNN and MSNBC and the big newspapers all have the same adversarial approach, 90 percent negative. That’s split between 81 percent negative on coverage of his policies and 97 percent negative coverage of his controversies and scandals. In the face of all of that avalanche of negative press, his approval rating is going up which tells me the public is less and less relying on media to know what’s going on and they’re more and more relying on what they see themselves, based on their own experience, economy improving, maybe peace breaking out in North Korea. So, things are better in the public’s eyes, at least some of the public’s eyes than in the media eyes. 

MACDONALD: Well, the push by Democrats is to get the approval ratings down in the 20 to impeach him. That’s the backstory there. Rich, thank you for coming on. Really appreciate it.

NOYES: Thanks. 

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Why true TreeHuggers should never double space between sentences

People get so worked up about such silly things, such as whether one should put two spaces after a period or just one. According to Avi Selk of the Washington Post, “this schism has actually existed throughout most of typed history.” However, in a recent study, Are two spaces better than one? The effect of spacing following periods and commas during reading, the researchers tracked the eye movements of sixty students and found that reading speed improved when there were two spaces.

One would think that the matter would be settled, because science. But then Lance Hosey, a very thoughtful green architect and author of The Shape of Green, made a point about sustainability and waste on Facebook after reading the Post article titled One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.

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Of course, Lance would think of that. But how much of an impact does that second space really have on the environment? For a rough look, I fired up The Google and my trusty VisiCalc and tried to calculate how much paper would be used if all the books in the USA were printed with a double space between each sentence. I assumed that the space after the period takes up the same amount of room as a character, which it did with fixed-width fonts, which is what they used in the study so I think is fair.

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But the results are shocking: with an average of 5,294 extra spaces per book, it resulted in over a quarter of a billion extra pages, 26,471 trees and about 163 acres of forest, eaten up just for that extra space between each sentence.

Whiners will complain that books have variable width fonts; others might even make the case that has been made in support of wood construction, that chopping trees is good and that every little extra space sequesters carbon and makes room for new carbon-sucking trees. But our TreeHugger position is that Less is More, and that one should use as little of a resource as possible. And that includes spaces after periods.

Seeing the results, Lance noted that “I’m pro Oxford comma, but it probably kills a small wilderness every year….” We will study that next.

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ABC Spends Double the Airtime Questioning Melania’s Marriage Than Highlighting Initiative

ABC
World News Tonight
May 7, 2018
6:34:35 PM Eastern

DAVID MUIR: Two major headlines involving the White House tonight. First lady Melania Trump walking out alone today and outlining her new initiative, and then, the President joining her, signing a proclamation to mark the day. The President also fighting back tonight, after his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said he could not promise that the President would not plead the fifth, instead of sitting down with Robert Mueller. Here’s ABC’s senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega tonight.

[Cuts to video]

CECILIA VEGA: The first lady alone today as she walked into the Rose Garden to unveil her official policy platform. Her focus, helping children, in part, by combatting cyberbullying. A campaign called “Be best.”

MELANIA TRUMP: Let us teach our children the difference between right and wrong. And encourage them to be best in their individual paths in life.

VEGA: As she implored people to be kind, her husband, right there in the front row. Later joining her on stage with a kiss.

A show of affection with their marriage under fierce scrutiny amid mounting questions about hush money paid to pornstar Stormy Daniels just 11 days before the election. And now, the president’s attorney telling George Stephanopoulos it’s possible other women were paid off, too, by President Trump’s long-time fixer and personal lawyer.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Did Michael Cohen make payments to other women for the president?

RUDY GIULIANI: I have no knowledge of that but I — I would think if it was necessary, yes.

VEGA: Today, we pressed the White House for details. Is that possible, are there other women out there who received money from the President to stay quiet?

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I’m not aware of any other activity, but I would refer you to Rudy Giuliani to respond to any of those questions.

VEGA: But you’ve been in his circle for a long time now, you were on the campaign. Is that anything that came across your desk?

SANDERS: Again, I’m not aware of anything like that.

VEGA: Rudy Giuliani said he still doesn’t have all the facts, and he did little to clear up one big question, whether the President was lying last month on Air Force One when he said he knew nothing about that payment to Daniels.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?

DONALD TRUMP: No, no.

(…)

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Double Standard: CNN’s Stelter Silent on NBC Pressuring Female Journalists to Back Brokaw

Early last month, CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter was apoplectic that Sinclair Broadcasting Group dared to have anchors on its network of local television outlets read a scripted corporate statement railing against fake news and promising to remain factual in their reporting. Flash forward to Tuesday, May 1, and the latest instance of a media corporation pressuring its journalists involved the women of NBC feeling pressured to sign a letter defending Tom Brokaw, and the network’s reputation, from more sexual misconduct allegations. And on this, Stelter was dead silent.

Stelter’s hyperventilation about Sinclair’s scripted corporate statement began in early March when journalists at Sinclair owned stations started reaching out to him. “The promo requirements are the latest reason why some Sinclair journalists are upset with the company’s Maryland-based management. In recent years Sinclair’s owners, the Smith family, have made several programming decisions that reflect a right-wing agenda,” he decried at the time.

But that wasn’t the first time Stelter had criticized Sinclair. As the Daily Caller discovered just a couple days after he began railing against them for the scripted statement, Stelter had been a long time hater of Sinclair. “Brian Stelter won’t tell his audience he doesn’t just question Sinclair’s editorial choices but thinks the entire company is ‘evil,’” the Caller’s Joe Simonson wrote. Stelter was upset that they wouldn’t run a particular episode of ABC’s Nightline and left placards in their parking lot in protest.

Almost a month after his first report on Sinclair’s scripted promise, Stelter found a former Sinclair producer who quit his job over the corporate-directed campaign. With all of the hype Stelter was using to promote the producer’s exit, he failed to mention his strong liberal leaning on many issues and how that might have played a role in his decision. But still, the issue of Sinclair’s corporate meddling was an issue Stelter held dear.

Now to the Brokaw defense letter fiasco.

 

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Just two days after entertainment magazine Variety published sexual harassment accusations against Brokaw, over 60 women at NBC became signatories on a letter in which they stepped up to the plate to vouch for Brokaw’s character.

Tom has treated each of us with fairness and respect. He has given each of us opportunities for advancement and championed our successes throughout our careers,” the letter said. “As we have advanced across industries — news, publishing, law, business and government — Tom has been a valued source of counsel and support. We know him to be a man of tremendous decency and integrity.

But according to a New York Post article published on Tuesday, NBC executives were breathing down the necks of their female staffers to sign the letter or face the consequences. According to an anonymous NBC staffer:

We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers. The letter was being handed around the office and the unspoken threat was that if your name was not on it, there would be some repercussion down the road. Execs are watching to see who signed and who didn’t. This was all about coming out in force to protect NBC’s golden boy; the network’s reputation is tied to Brokaw . . . If more women come forward, that’s a big problem.

Despite this disturbing account of the hostile pressure those women were subjected to, there was not a peep out of Stelter publically. On his Twitter account, the Brokaw situation was only mentioned twice: Once saying the story would be treated just like Sinclair and another time arguing that the Brokaw story led his newsletter once. On a side note, according to botcheck.me the account he was arguing with “exhibit[ed] patterns conducive to a political bot or highly moderated account tweeting political propaganda.”

But even with Stelter’s assurances, it would be treated like Sinclair, NBC’s pressure campaign didn’t even make it into his media newsletter Tuesday night. Of course, the seriousness of NBC’s corporate directive greatly overshadowed that of Sinclair since it involved sexual misconduct and not just a difference in political opinion. And as of the Publishing of this piece, Stelter still has yet to Tweet about the NBC pressure on its female staffers.

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CBS Draws Attention to Media’s ‘Apparent Double Standard’ for First Ladies

CBS Evening News ended Tuesday’s program with a report highlighting that night’s state dinner at the White House and the behind-the-scenes efforts of First Lady Melania Trump to pull it off. But in the middle of the segment, reporter Jan Crawford pointed out what many considered a blatant double standard from the media, in that Mrs. Trump has been on the cover far fewer American magazines when compared to Michelle Obama.

She has been a woman of few words, considered so mysterious, even her clothing choices are scrutinized for clues,” Crawford noted at the start of her report (in fact, CNN once tried to claim Melania was protesting her husband by wearing a white dress). Mrs. Trump’s mysteriousness was a point Crawford would revisit, later on, saying: “But if she’s seen mysterious, maybe one reason is the media hasn’t exactly embraced her.

Crawford highlighted the “apparent double standard” by noting a tweet from actor and Trump supporter James Woods. “If the Trumps were Democrats, Melania would be on every cover of every chic women’s magazine in the world every month,” he wrote.

Michelle Obama graced more than 30 major U.S. magazine covers when her husband was president. So far, Mrs. Trump has been on exactly none, and only one foreign magazine,” Crawford recalled. The huge difference was a completely fair point to make, but it is unclear if Mrs. Trump, who was known for being a reserved first lady, had turned down offers to be featured on the covers of magazines.

The CBS reporter went on to glorify Mrs. Trump by comparing her grace to President John F. Kennedy’s wife, Jackie Onassis:

 

 

Nearly 20 years ago, when she was dating Mr. Trump, The New York Times said she might be “the perfect political spouse.” She said then if she ever became first lady she would be “traditional” like Jackie Onassis. And since the inauguration, when she first drew comparisons to Jackie O. She’s weathered her husband’s storms with dignity, much like her famous predecessor.

“Melania Trump is the first lady of the century, like Jackie O was the first lady of the last century,” Trump family friend Paolo Zampolli told Crawford. “We have seen clearly the way she is changing the White House, the way she is decorating the White House. She has her own taste– very elegant, very classy.”

Crawford touted how Melania appeared to be getting used to the spotlight of being the first lady and her work in orchestrating the state dinner. “While her husband likes things big, bold, and name branded, their first state dinner will be smaller and with fewer celebrities than those in the past,” she reported. “It reflects a confident first lady who is increasingly more visible, attending the funeral of Barbara Bush, last week hosting the Japanese prime minister and his wife at Mar-a-Lago.

Earlier this month, she invited middle school students to the White House talk about issues facing children, something this mother of a middle school son would hold close to her heart,” Crawford added, effectively elevating the First Lady’s cause.

While many other liberal news networks try to pretend there isn’t a double standard applied to this White House, CBS News has stood out in this instance.

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CBS Evening News
April 24, 2018
6:56:42 PM Eastern

JEFF GLOR: Melania Trump, who has kept a low profile as first lady, is stepping into the spotlight as planner and chief of this event. Here’s Jan Crawford.

[Cuts to video]

JAN CRAWFORD: She has been a woman of few words, considered so mysterious, even her clothing choices are scrutinized for clues.

Tonight’s state dinner is a milestone moment, not only for international diplomacy but for the First Lady. The White House released this video of her overseeing every detail. While her husband likes things big, bold, and name branded, their first state dinner will be smaller and with fewer celebrities than those in the past.

It reflects a confident first lady who is increasingly more visible, attending the funeral of Barbara Bush, last week hosting the Japanese prime minister and his wife at Mar-a-Lago.

MELANIA TRUMP: I want to help children everywhere to be their best.

CRAWFORD: Earlier this month, she invited middle school students to the White House talk about issues facing children, something this mother of a middle school son would hold close to her heart.

But if she’s seen mysterious, maybe one reason is the media hasn’t exactly embraced her. Trump supporter James Woods pointed out an apparent double standard on Twitter. Michelle Obama graced more than 30 major U.S. magazine covers when her husband was president. So far, Mrs. Trump has been on exactly none, and only one foreign magazine.

Nearly 20 years ago, when she was dating Mr. Trump, The New York Times said she might be “the perfect political spouse.” She said then if she ever became first lady she would be “traditional” like Jackie Onassis. And since the inauguration, when she first drew comparisons to Jackie O. She’s weathered her husband’s storms with dignity, much like her famous predecessor.

PAOLO ZAMPOLLI: Melania Trump is the first lady of the century, like Jackie O was the first lady of the last century.

CRAWFORD: Paolo Zampolli is a long-time friend of both Trumps

ZAMPOLLI: We have seen clearly the way she is changing the White House, the way she is decorating the White House. She has her own taste– very elegant, very classy.

CRAWFORD: And, he says, very ready for the growing spotlight on the world’s greatest stage. Jan Crawford, CBS News, Washington.

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