CNN Cancels ‘Reliable Sources’ – Brian Stelter Walks – As Network Leans to the Right

Thursday afternoon CNN announced that it is cancelling it’s longest running program, and the only credible media analysis show on TV, “Reliable Sources.” It’s host, Brian Stelter, has also announced that he will leave the network.

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This Sunday will be the last episode of Reliable Sources. The decision comes shortly after CNN’s parent, Warner Bros., was bought by Discovery Networks, whose CEO David Zaslov is notoriously conservative. Discovery also has on its board of directors John Malone, a longtime right-winger and Trump supporter.

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The new company hired former “Late Show” producer Chris Licht to run the network. And while that might have seemed like a promising choice, Licht has been making statements about how he is more interested in cutting back on news analysis in favor of just presenting a dryer, context-free brand of straight news.

Reliable Sources has been an island in a rocky media sea where so many of the players are either slanted to the right or consumed by the need to “balance” stories with conservative lies just to avoid being perceived as “liberal.” CNN could not have picked a worse time ditch a program that helped people become more media literate.

The impact of this cancelation can be assessed by the reactions of the right-wing pundits who never watched it. Twitter was trending all afternoon with derogatory remarks about the program and its host that aren’t worth repeating here. Suffice to say that they were uniformly infantile and devoid of any actual substance.

For its part, Fox News had two stories about the cancelation on their website. They were titled “Brian Stelter out at CNN as network cancels media show ‘Reliable Sources'” and
“‘Later, Tater!’ Twitter says goodbye to Brian Stelter after CNN cancels his show.” Both articles reinforced the Fox News hatred for professional journalism standards. And it’s notable that there were two of these CNN article, but not a single story on the website’s front page about the CFO of The Trump Organization pleading guilty to 15 felonies.

While right-wingers across the InterTubes are celebrating the news of Stelter’s departure as if it was an obituary, Stelter is actually going to be pretty busy. Setting aside whatever new TV role he may assume, he is currently a producer of “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+, a successful adaptation of his book, “Top of the Morning.” It stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, and has received eight Emmys and 53 nominations. He is also the author of the bestseller, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth.”

It is disappointing that CNN would cancel this unique program at this time. And it portends trouble going forward if they continue in this direction. The media is sorely in need of honest self appraisals. Reliable Sources did that covering TV, radio, print and the Internet. Now there aren’t any programs that are dedicated to that mission. It’s a sad state of affairs, and one that Stelter himself noted in his goodbye tweet…

“I loved anchoring @ReliableSources. It was a rare privilege to lead a weekly show focused on the press at a time when it has never been more consequential.”

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Tucker Carlson of Fox News Unleashes Flagrantly Racist Attack on Black EPA Administrator

The Senior White Nationalist at Fox News is fulfilling the mission that he was hired for at the ultra-rightist propaganda network. Tucker Carlson has distinguished himself as the Fox News host most beloved by America’s hate groups and Klan members, and he isn’t the least bit shy about embracing that role.

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On Wednesday night’s episode of his White Power Hour, Carlson delivered another of his noxious screeds attacking people of color who had the audacity to excel professionally. You know, the uppity ones. This time his wrath was directed at Michael Regan, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In Carlson’s perverse mindset Regan couldn’t possibly have the qualifications or intelligence to do the job. He thought the same thing about other recent Black appointees by President Biden.

SEE: Tucker Carlson Rages for 12 Minutes Against Biden Nominating a Black Woman to the Supreme Court
AND: Tucker Carlson of Fox News Attacks Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a Brazenly Racist Rant

Carlson began by complaining that the just passed Inflation Reduction Act (which received zero votes from Republicans) was a farce. Despite it being heavily favored by majorities of the American people, Carlson overtly lied about it in order foment fear among his dimwitted viewers (video below). He raged that…

“The EPA alone gets more than $40 billion in this bill, including more than $30 billion for so-called disadvantaged communities. What are those? Well, they’re not really defined — people who voted for Joe Biden. So, what it really means is the EPA is going to spread more identity politics and race hate. Are you sick of that yet? The Biden White House is not sick of it. They’re all in.” […]

Carlson has a predictably knee-jerk animosity toward what he disparagingly calls “so-called disadvantaged communities.” Because anything that provides help for the disadvantaged is automatically evil in his beady eyes. What’s more, he assumes that “disadvantaged” means Black, and therefore it’s a race issue. Never mind that most low income Americans are White. Then Carlson goes on to say…

“So, who gets to define what disadvantaged is, a disadvantaged community? Well, that would be the EPA’s administrator, a guy called Michael Regan, This is a guy who’s in his late forties who has never had an actual job in his life, never worked for real business of any kind.” […]

For the record, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental science, and a masters in Public Administration, Regan worked for the EPA for ten years. That was followed by eight years at the Environmental Defense Fund. Then he was the secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality for the state of North Carolina for four years. That’s more than two decades of experience in the field prior to being named to head the EPA. Apparently that’s not enough for Carlson. At least if you’re Black.

In an effort to malign Regan, Carlson quoted remarks he made on The Daily Show where he promised that…

“Everything I do at EPA is through the lens of environmental justice, contracting, procurement, air quality, water quality, land management, starts with ‘Are we protecting the least among us, those who have lacked political representation and those who have not been at the table for decades’?”

In Carlson’s view that suggests that “this is about spreading race hate as virtually everything they do is.” Which is pure projection as the truth is that everything Carlson does is about spreading race hate. It is a fact, though, that the most harm from adverse environmental policies falls on the poor, who are, once again, mostly White.

However, the question of race shouldn’t enter into this discussion. Relieving the harm caused by the anti-environment right-wing is a goal that aims to benefit all Americans regardless of race or any other deliberately divisive factor. But Carlson and Fox News insist on making it a racial argument because that is what excites their audience. Which is not surprising considering what Carlson recently admitted with regard to race and politics…

SEE THIS: Tucker Carlson Actually Tells the Truth: White Supremacists = Trump Supporters

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Spawnee Donny’s Fiancé, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Exalts ‘His Excellence’ Donald Trump in Maniacal Rant

Poor Donald Trump. Nothing seems to be going right for him lately. And true to form, the self proclaimed most fabulous whiner.” is whimpering about it incessantly. Whatever makes his cult disciples regard him as anything but a pathetic crybaby is a continuing mystery of modern political posturing.

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So far, August has been a devastating month for Trump and his cult followers. A brief summary of his latest flops include…

In the face of this onslaught of catastrophes, Trump and his defenders are circling their wagons and pretending that everything is hunky-dory. Trump even thinks that the FBI scandal has boosted the prospects of his Republican confederates. And he’s not the only one.

Don Jr’s fiancé, Kimberly Guilfoyle, visited the pro-Trump propaganda network, Newsmax, on Tuesday and, in her inimitable the best is yet to come fashion, belted out a celebratory spiel that exceeded all standards of sanity, even for her. She was so over the top that even host Rob Schmitt tried – and failed – to cut her off (hysterical video below). Guilfoyle raged that…

“People love president Trump and they want him back in the White House. That’s what this is about. Time and time again president Trump has been exonerated. They have been pulling this stuff on him for six years, starting with illegally wiretapping him.”

There is so much wrong with that that it requires a bit of rational review. First of all, the only people who “love” Trump are the brainwashed disciples who have abandoned critical thinking and any adherence to truthfulness. And the only people who want him back in the White House are power hungry and/or frightened Republicans, and shadowy figures with phone numbers in Moscow.

Secondly, Trump has never been “exonerated.” In fact, he is a seething cauldron of guilt for crimes ranging from operating corrupt charities and universities, to bank and tax fraud, to election tampering, to obstruction of justice, to witness intimidation, and most recently to mishandling classified documents and lying to the FBI.

Furthermore, Guilfoyle is regurgitating the long ago debunked nonsense that Trump had been “illegally wiretapped.” It never happened, and was even refuted by Trump’s own Justice Department way back in 2017. That, however, didn’t stop Trump from lying about it some more as recently as February of this year. But Guilfoyle was just getting started. She went on to say that…

“[Trump] is singly the most persecuted person in American political history. People who are Democrats, Independents, Libertarians – whatever you want to say – they’re all coming out in droves to say they support the president. So all they have done is just magnify his excellence 10x more, to the point where the American people are begging, literally I see people every day begging him to run again in 2024. And we would only be so lucky as a country because he’s the only thing standing between them and us.”

Bragging that her sugardaddy-in-law is the “most persecuted person in American political history,” isn’t the defense that she thinks it is. Rather, it points to the abundance of criminal allegations swirling around him. And if Guilfoyle really believes that Democrats are “coming out in droves to say they support the [former] president,” she’s even more cognitively impaired than Trump is. Which would also explain her jarring pairing of the words “his excellence” in a sentence referring to Trump.

What’s more, Guilfoyle is just fanning the flames of cultism with her ludicrous assertion that people are “begging” Trump to run again. In fact, a recent poll shows that only 39% of registered voters expressed any such interest in another Trump candidacy. Likewise, she is elevating him to superhero status by claiming that he alone is “standing between them and us,” whoever they are. As for another Trump term in office, he has just provided a preview of what his agenda would be. And it isn’t pretty…

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LOL: Trump Thinks the FBI Search of His Mar-a-Lago Bunker Has Boosted GOP Electoral Prospects

If there is one thing that we can always rely on, it’s that Donald Trump will push a grossly distorted version of reality for any event that has exposes his faults or fallings, or might have negative consequences for him if viewed honestly. This tendency on Trump’s part to reshape reality can manifest in episodes as absurd as his using a sharpie to redraw a weather map to conform to the lie he told about a hurricane’s path.

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Last week the FBI executed a legally issued search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida. Ever since, Trump and his media mouthpieces have been attempting to spin the search as an abuse of power by an out of control administration. Never mind that they have been utterly incapable of explaining why Trump had numerous boxes of classified materials that he denied having and refused to return. And their stream of bizarre excuses got more outlandish with each new attempt to exonerate Trump and demonize law enforcement.

RELATED: Trump’s TV Lawyer Keeps Contradicting His (Variable) Excuses for Hoarding Classified Materials

After having failed pitifully to deflect attention from his criminal activities, Trump is now trying to claim that they were justified because they allegedly have had a beneficial effect on the electoral prospects of his fellow Republicans. He posted on TRUTH Social, his miserably failing Twitter ripoff, that…

“Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mat-a-Lago. Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced Break In by the FBI, which should never have happened!”

First of all, Trump needs to learn how to spell the name of his home/golf resort. It isn’t MAT-a-Lago. More to the point, he is either reading some very obscure polls that can’t be found online, or he’s making up the polling data in his comment. Here are some results from a more reputable source that shows Trump’s endorsed senate candidates trailing nationwide in swing states.

In Pennsylvania Fetterman is beating Oz by double digits. Same thing for Kelly over Masters in Arizona. Plus Ryan is ahead of Vance in Ohio, Warnock is ahead of Walker in Georgia, Demings just pulled ahead of Rubio in Florida, and Beasley is tied with Budd in North Carolina. So where is there any evidence of the backlash that Trump is yammering about?

What’s more, a new poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult shows that more Americans are supportive of the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago. A plurality said that there was evidence that Trump committed a crime. A majority (54%) said the search was conducted because of mishandling of classified information. And more respondents said that they approve of the search by 49% to 37% who disapproved.

The poll also found another sign that Trump’s backlash exists only in his twisted imagination. A mere 39% of registered voters said that Trump should run again in 2024. Which is a pretty low number for someone who is regarded as their party’s savior. For Biden, 28% said that he should run in 2024. Which is also a low number, but then Democrats are not blindly indoctrinated cult members who regard their political leaders as messiahs.

It’s still a long ways to November and much can happen to affect the election results. Good polling in August should not be viewed as a signal to relax and coast to a presumed victory. Democrats need to remain engaged and staunchly committed to working hard to convince persuadable voters to back progressives at every level of government. And they need to make sure that Democratic voters actually cast their ballots before or on election day. Their are historical headwinds that favor the party out of power during midterms, and Democrats must not spike the ball before they’re in the end zone.

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Tucker Carlson Actually Tells the Truth: White Supremacists = Trump Supporters

One of the most extraordinary things about how the right-wing communicates is how often they reveal the ugliest truths about themselves. Sometimes it’s inadvertent, sometimes it’s deliberate because they have no shame and, in fact, are actually proud of their noxious beliefs.

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This chronic compulsion of conservatives to out themselves is frequently demonstrated by the Fox News Senior White Nationalist, Tucker Carlson. His sermons on the racist “white replacement theory” are a regular part of his nightly televised Klan rallies. At least that’s when he isn’t dening that white supremacy even exists.

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On Monday night’s episode of the Fox News White Power Hour, Carlson was all atwitter over the recent FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago bunker, where he had stashed numerous boxes of national security materials that he stole before being evicted from the White House.

In an interminably long rant that was ostensibly about the FBI search, Carlson expressed his outrage at what he calls “acts of aggression and hostility aimed at Americans,” by the Biden administration. He began by insisting that the search was not “a legitimate act of law enforcement,” and that the official explanations “make no sense at all.” However, those explanations were complete and simple to understand for anyone who isn’t willfully dimwitted: Trump was unlawfully in possession of classified documents that he denied having and refused to return. What actually makes no sense are the myriad excuses Trump and his media mouthpieces have floated for his unlawful hoarding of those documents.

RELATED: Trump’s TV Lawyer Keeps Contradicting His (Variable) Excuses for Hoarding Classified Materials

In the course of Carlson’s harangue he revealed something about himself and all of the glassy-eyed disciples of the Cult of Trump. He confessed that…

“No American president has ever explicitly declared war on his own population. And yet, for the Biden administration it’s a near weekly occurrence. Here’s Joe Biden and his Attorney General Merrick Garland telling you that white supremacists – in other words Trump supporters, because that’s what they mean when they say ‘white supremacists,’ a term they have yet to define – white supremacists, Trump voters, are the single greatest terror threat the United States faces.”

Well, that was awfully considerate of Carlson to admit that “white supremacist” is just another way of saying “Trump supporter.” Not that most Americans haven’t already known that. Certainly the words and actions of Trump and his followers have affirmed it repeatedly. But it’s nice to have the most notorious racist spokesperson on Fox News explicitly confirm it.

For the record, what Carlson was referring to when he offered up comments by President Biden and Attorney General Garland were these quotes…

President Biden: According to the United States intelligence community, domestic terrorism from White supremacists is the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland.

And…

Merrick Garland: In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the White race.

Those were both statements of fact that have been validated by domestic terrorism officials at the FBI during the Trump administration and under the supervision of an FBI director that Trump appointed. Apparently Carlson believes that the FBI, and Trump himself, are part of the “Deep State.”

Carlson’s commentary also alleged that “No American president has ever explicitly declared war on his own population.” Which makes one wonder where Carlson has been for the past six years. Donald Trump has done nothing but declare war on the American people. He has maligned them as radicals, communists, and traitors, determined to destroy the country. And he has leveled those charges against Democrats and Republicans alike.

What’s more, Carlson has literally accused the media of being “the enemy of the people.” And he, along with his Trumpified GOP, have disparaged every American institution from Congress, to academia, to medicine, to law, to religion, to entertainment, to family, to philanthropy, to business. They are all suspect as subversives for not showing sufficient adoration to Dear Leader Trump.

Yet somehow Carlson manages to manufacture an argument that casts Democrats as the villains. It’s par for the course for a professional propagandist so devoted to lying that Fox News successfully defended him in a lawsuit by saying that that there couldn’t be any defamation because “no reasonable person” would believe anything he says. Sadly, there are too many unreasonable persons soaking up Carlson’s slime.

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Laura Ingraham of Fox News Ponders Whether It’s ‘Time to Turn the Page’ on Donald Trump

It’s getting harder and harder for the fawning cult followers of Donald Trump justify their defense of his criminal activities. Especially following the search of his Mar-a-Lago bunker where numerous boxes of classified documents were found that Trump had previously denied were there.

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While much of the cult faithful remain devoted to their mango messiah, there are some notable cracks in the firmament. Among them are Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post and Wall Street Journal where recent editorials castigated Trump as “unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again.” And GOP Rep. Steve Scalise underwent an unexpectedly harsh inquisition on Fox and Friends.

RELATED: Fox News Surprisingly Grills GOP Rep Scalise About His Wacko Charges of ‘Rogue’ FBI Agents

The latest weak-kneed Trumpist rat to leap overboard is Laura Ingraham of Fox News. During a guest appearance on the podcast of fellow Fox News hack Lisa Boothe, Ingraham was somewhat less than her ordinarily obsequious self when discussing the future political prospects of Trump. She began by making the utterly bizarre contention that “People conflate Trump with people’s overall sense of happiness in the country.” Which really makes you wonder what “people” she’s been hanging around with. She continued saying that…

“Donald Trump’s been a friend of mine for 25 years, and I’m always very open about this on my show. But, you know we’ll see whether that’s what the country wants. The country I think is so exhausted. They’re exhausted by the battle, the constant battle, that they may believe that, well, maybe it’s time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump’s policies, who’s not Trump.”

So Ingraham is speculating that the American people are tiring of Trump’s rancorous hostility and non-stop temper tantrums. And she wonders whether those noxious features of Trump’s rancid personality might be the cause of Trump’s low standings in the polls.

However, Ingraham is ignoring the fact that Trump has always polled lower than any president before him. But more to the point, she is oblivious to the fact that people might just despise him for his traitorous attempts to undermine democracy and overthrow the government. Ingraham may be throwing Trump under the bus, but not because he exalts himself as an American dictator. Only because she thinks his shtick is getting old.

Ingraham thinks that the American people support the Trump Doctrine of dividing people by racial hatred, enriching the already wealthy, despoiling the planet, and curtailing constitutional rights. She believes that they just want someone who will pursue that apocalyptic agenda with a smile.

In addition to Ingraham’s slight tilt toward tossing Trump, Fox News anchor Eric Shawn made a similar sidestep. In the introduction to a segment about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, Shawn floated the notion that Trump may have already exploited his unlawful possession of classified documents. Shawn asked…

“Did former President Trump try to sell, share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis, or others? Or were the documents innocently mishandled and stored because he thought he had a legal right to have them?”

Shawn interviewed former intelligence officer and Russian expert Rebekah Koffler, who told him that “The real question, Eric, is what Russian President Putin has already done?” She added that Mar-a-Lago “is a counterintelligence nightmare.”, by which she meant that spies from Russia, China, and beyond may have already gotten their hands on information that Trump stored at his highly insecure golf resort.

RELATED: HUH? Trump Says Docs FBI Retrieved From Mar-a-Lago Were Covered By Attorney-Client Privilege

These brief departures from Trumpian orthodoxy do not necessarily portend an all out betrayal of Trump by Fox News. They may just be seeding the water with chum to see what bites. And they are likely to revert to form on their next broadcast. In the meantime, the rest of the Fox roster (Sean Hannity, Jesse Watters, Mark Levin, Jeanine Pirro, Brian Kilmeade, etc.) are still firmly crouching in Trump’s corner. The network as a whole is too scared of their own viewers to change course now.

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Fox News to Trump’s Thugs: Stop Threatening FBI Agents, Threaten AG Merrick Garland Instead

Last week the FBI conducted an unprecedented search of the residence/luxury golf golf resort of former reality TV game show host, and twice-impeached president of the United States, Donald Trump. What makes this unprecedented is the fact that no other American president has ever been the suspect in so many brazenly criminal activities.

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The FBI served a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago bunker that sought to recover classified documents that Trump had unlawfully taken from the White House. The documents contained highly sensitive information that would cause great harm to American national security if they got out. After months of denying that he had any such documents, and failing to comply with subpoenas, the FBI took the unusual step of executing a search warrant.

RELATED: The Trump Cult Knows He’s Guilty, So They’re All on Fox News Yammering About Planted Evidence

The reaction from Trump’s defenders in politics and the press has been a hodge-podge of contrived excuses that range from the comically idiotic to the pathologically depraved. Among the array of attempted alibis floated by Trump and company were that the documents either didn’t exist, weren’t classified, or were planted by the FBI. And as such, the search was justification for unchecked fury by Trump’s supporters and apologists. That fury erupted into actual acts of violence against the FBI and threats of more to come.

Consequently, Fox News concluded that it would be a good idea to distance themselves from the violence and the hostile rhetoric. So on Monday morning Steve Doocy, co-host of Fox and Friends, made a plaintive plea for peace that didn’t go down very well (video below):

“We just know that right now there are a lot of online, very specific threats against very specific agents at the FBI and whatnot. It would be great for everybody to tamp down the rhetoric against the FBI, because the FBI simply was doing what the DOJ asked them to do. The Attorney General is the boss of the guy at the FBI, of all the people at the FBI.”

Then Doocy makes an uncharacteristically rational suggestion that “It would be great if [Trump] called for an end to the violent rhetoric against federal law enforcement.” Indeed. But that’s not Trump’s style. In fact, he has been doing the opposite by inflaming rage on the part of his glassy-eyed cult disciples.

It’s exactly like his response to the the January 6th insurrection in Washington, D.C., where he refused to call on his supporters to terminate their assault on Congress. He watched gleefully from the White House as the riots escalated and his own Vice-President’s life was threatened. It was so brazen that even Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers condemned it.

RELATED: WOAH! Rupert Murdoch’s Right-Wing New York Post Scorches Trump as ‘Unworthy’ to Be President

Trump is doing precisely the same thing now. He is deliberately refraining from calling off his StormTrumpers, because he is hoping for more violence against law enforcement in pursuit of his perverse aspiration to undermine democracy, overthrow the government, and become America’s Fuhrer. Doocy then went on to explicitly propose that Trump’s seditionist hordes shift their violent threats from the FBI agents’ legal search of Mar-a-Lago, to Attorney General Merrick Garland:

“If you want to personify that search, look at the Attorney General of the United States. Merrick Garland is the one who has staked his entire reputation on it. If there’s not something really big there, he’s gone.”

Doocy may have thought he was being responsible by appealing to the decency of Fox News viewers (as if they have any) to refrain from attacking well-meaning law enforcement officers. But he only managed to redirect their anger toward the Attorney General, accusing him of being the evil mastermind and the proper target for the Trump mobs. That’s what Fox News regards as a sensible alternative to declaring a civil war against the federal government. And if any harm should come to Garland, it will just be more blood on the hands of Fox Fox News.

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HUH? Trump Says Docs FBI Retrieved From Mar-a-Lago Were Covered By Attorney-Client Privilege

The evidence of Donald Trump’s criminality continues to mount with each new day. While Trump and his glassy-eyed disciples in politics and the press complain that there is no precedent for an American president to be investigated as much as Trump, what they are missing is that there is also no precedent for an American president who has been implicated in so many crimes.

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Trump’s relentless whining about what he calls “hoaxes” and “witch hunts” is a poor substitute for a substantive rebuttal. It just affirms that he is an emotionally stunted coward with a persecution complex. As a result, rather than providing proof of his innocence or coherent explanations for his unsavory behavior, the only thing we get from Trump World is a stream of implausible excuses that are inevitably shown to be pure nonsense. That has been strikingly evident in his increasingly bizarre reactions to the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago Bunker.

RELATED: Trump’s TV Lawyer Keeps Contradicting His (Variable) Excuses for Hoarding Classified Materials

Trump’s past parade of pleadings could be summarized thusly: The documents that don’t exist, and which Trump refused to return when subpoenaed, were actually there, but he was using them, even though someone else packed them without his knowledge, which didn’t happen because the FBI planted them, and the documents that the FBI planted were all declassified in a secret ceremony, and once declassified they still weren’t released to the public, and can’t be released now.

However, apparently that wasn’t enough to steer attention away from his legal and moral transgressions. So on Sunday morning Trump latched unto a report from Fox News, despite his conviction that they are part of the cabal that opposes him.

The “Exclusive” report by Fox News asserted that “FBI seized Trump records covered by attorney-client privilege during search of Mar-a-Lago.” The entire story was based on anonymous sources that Trump and Fox routinely claim don’t exist. If these sources do exist – and they aren’t notorious liars in the Trump cult – you have to wonder whether they had the necessary security clearances to review the sensitive documents Trump had stashed. Fox wrote that…

“The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News.”

Based on that single report, Trump posted on his miserably failing (and grossly misnamed) Twitter ripoff, TRUTH Social, that…

“Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged “attorney-client” material, and also “executive” privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!”

First of all, it is preposterous to say that we have “learned” anything from a story on Fox (Not) News. But more to the point, the allegation that attorney-client privileged documents were among those that the FBI retrieved is absurd in the extreme. The only communications that could be designated as privileged would be private and not mixed in with official White House materials.

Furthermore, why would Trump have to learn from Fox News that documents that he removed from the White House and stored at his golf resort were privileged? Is he confessing that he had no idea what were in all of those boxes that he took? Because that would destroy his excuse that any classified documents were declassified prior to their removal. He surely couldn’t declassify documents that he didn’t know were there. Nor could he claim that any of them were covered by executive privilege.

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Finally, Trump’s “request” that any documents be returned to him is downright laughable. He hasn’t offered any proof that he has any right to any of the documents. And he cannot simply declare that his post on social media constitutes a formal, legally authorized demand. Just as he cannot declassify documents with a wave of his tiny hand. The only thing that Trump can reasonably expect to be returned are indictments for his copious criminal activities.

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Trump’s TV Lawyer Keeps Contradicting His (Variable) Excuses for Hoarding Classified Materials

The legal geniuses that have represented Donald Trump over the years have not exactly distinguished themselves as paragons of their profession. They include the likes of Rudy Giuliani, whose license to practice has been suspended, and QAnon adherent, Sidney Powell. And those may be the cream of the crock.

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A more recent addition to the team is Christina Bobb, who Trump recruited from her prior job as a host on the One America News Network (OAN). Bobb’s job duties didn’t change much when she joined the Trump legal staff. She made television appearances on OAN where she devotedly defended everything Trump did, no matter how obviously illegal and/or immoral. And she does precisely the same thing now as his lawyer.

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Amid the controversies surrounding the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago bunker, Bobb has been making the rounds on TV to pitch her Trump propaganda. And for the most part she has succeeded only in making Trump look even more guilty than prior to her commentaries. For example, she visited with Sean Duffy – a former congressman and reality TV star – who was filling in for Laura Ingraham on Fox News. They united to muddy the waters with regard to whether the documents that Trump took from the White House were classified…

Duffy: You were there at Mar-a-Lago when the FBI raided the place. Do you know what was in the boxes that they took?
Bobb: It was documents, that’s all I know … So, no, at this point we don’t necessarily know what was in the boxes. But I also think it’s important to point out, as you did earlier, that president Trump had declassified everything.

So Bobb doesn’t know what was in the boxes. That’s an interesting story considering that she told a completely different one the day before to Ingraham, when she asserted that Trump’s legal team had “done a very thorough search” of the documents he had at Mar-a-Lago.

Ingraham: Is it your understanding that there were not documents related to our nuclear capabilities or nuclear issues that had national security implications in the President’s possession when the agents showed up at Mar-a-Lago?
Bobb: That’s right. I don’t believe they were…I have not specifically spoken to the [former] President about what nuclear materials may or may not have been in there. I do not believe there were any in there. The legal team has done a very thorough search and has turned over – we’ve been very cooperative with the Biden administration and the DOJ – and turned over everything we’ve found that we had. So it’s my understanding, on very good belief based on a thorough investigation, that there was nothing there.

On another occasion, Bobb contradicted Trump who posted a furious complaint claiming that the FBI “wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.'” He asked “Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them?” However, on the right-wing webcast, Real America’s Voice, Bobb refuted that saying that…

“[Former] president Trump and his family probably had a better view than I did because they had the CCTV (closed circuit TV) that they were able to watch. I was stuck in the parking lot to collect paper and answer questions. But they were actually able to see the whole thing.”

So Trump’s charge that the FBI prevented any witnesses from observing their plot to plant evidence was another Trump lie. According to his own lawyer, he was watching the search himself.

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In the few short days since the FBI search was done, Trump’s excuses and defenses have varied wildly. Here is a brief summary of them for the record…

  • Well, there were no documents.
  • Okay, There were documents but they were just personal mementos and family photos.
  • Okay, There were also documents that were official business that Trump took home to study.
  • Okay, Trump was allowed to have all of the documents, and besides, what about Obama?
  • Okay, Any classified documents were packed by someone else when Trump moved out of the White House and he didn’t know what was in them.
  • Okay, the classified documents that were found were planted there by the FBI.
  • Okay, none of the documents were classified because Trump secretly declassified them.

In short, the documents that don’t exist, and which Trump refused to return when subpoenaed, were actually there, but he was using them, even though someone else packed them without his knowledge, which didn’t happen because the FBI planted them, and the documents that the FBI planted were all declassified in a secret ceremony, and once declassified they still weren’t released to the public, and can’t be released now.

Got it? Good! Now back to lying about the 2020 presidential election being “rigged” and “stolen” from Trump.

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Fox News Fear Mongers that Biden’s IRS Agents Will ‘Hunt Down and Kill Middle Class Taxpayers’

From its inception, Fox News has been a fear factory, manufacturing nightmarish scenarios that they could ascribe to Democratic politicians and pundits who seek to improve the lives of average Americans. The Fox News narrative is a non-stop dystopian disinformation machine built to undermine democracy, on behalf of the Republican GOP (Greedy One Percent).

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This week Democrats in Congress will pass the Inflation Reduction Act that achieves several long sought after progressive goals. It expands Obamacare subsidies. It caps Medicare drug costs. It imposes a minimum tax on billionaires and corporations. It makes the biggest allocation of funds to mitigate climate change in history. And much more.

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Republicans are staunchly opposed to all of those widely popular measures. Every GOP senator voted against the bill. And another feature of the legislation that majorities of Americans support is being demonized in a particularly grotesque manner. The bill provides an additional $80 billion in funding for the IRS to enhance their services, modernize their systems, develop their labor force, and strengthen their enforcement capabilities targeting high income and corporate tax cheats.

The bill’s funding of the IRS has triggered right-wing politicians and media to fabricate ludicrous conspiracy theories in order to scare the American people. And nowhere is that more repulsive than on Fox News.

On Thursday, Brian Kilmeade, sitting in for Tucker Carlson, launched into a maniacal monologue that recklessly declared that the bill will produce IRS Agents who, acting as “Joe Biden’s new army,” will “hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers” (video below). Considering the violence that has recently been aimed at the FBI following Fox’s incendiary rhetoric, it isn’t far fetched to be concerned about the safety of IRS agents. But Kilmeade had no such concerns when he said that…

“The so-called Inflation Reduction Act also says the $80 billion budget is to increase enforcement, operational improvement, and customer service. What kind of customer service? We don’t have to wonder. Before the IRS took it down yesterday there was a posting on their website that listed the job requirements for a special agent’s position. The major duties require agents to carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary. A little like James Bond, but instead of hunting down evil maniacs, these agents hunt down and kill middle class taxpayers that don’t pay enough.”

Holy Shih Tzu! Kilmeade is explicitly accusing the IRS of plotting to “hunt and kill” American citizens. Chyrons during the segment included “Weaponizing the IRS to Hurt Middle Class Americans,” and “Biden’s New IRS Will Hunt Down the Little Guy.” That requires minds so sick that they should be confined to padded cells. But it is not only nauseating, it is flagrantly false.

Among the misrepresentation by Fox News is the assertion that the bill’s funding will result in the IRS hiring of 87,000 new agents. What Fox doesn’t say is that that number is over ten years and includes 40,000 hires who are intended to replace retiring employees in the next five years. Also, the hiring is across a wide range of positions including IT technicians and taxpayer services support staff. In reality, the new funding will only allow the IRS to net about 20,000 to 30,000 more employees, which would be just enough to restore the agency’s staff to where it was before Republicans embarked on a crusade to neuter it.

What’s more, the charge that any of the new agents would be tasked with auditing middle class taxpayers is blatantly untrue. For the record, the Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellin, had this to say on the subject…

“Specifically, I direct that any additional resources — including any new personnel or auditors that are hired — shall not be used to increase the share of small business or households below the $400,000 threshold that are audited relative to historical levels. This means that, contrary to the misinformation from opponents of this legislation, small business or households earning $400,000 per year or less will not see an increase in the chances that they are audited.”

Nevertheless, Fox News is devoted to their lying about the bill. Kilmeade also mentioned a poll (that he failed to identify) that “shows that 45% of the country fears the IRS will increase the number of audits.” So what? That number could be attributed mostly to just people who have been lied to by Fox News. And of course Trump, who has weighed in, is arguing that Democrats should vote against the bill because it “Adds 87,000 gun carrying IRS Agents to cajole and harass you and your family.” Which is typical of his dangerous derangement.

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Anyone who still thinks that these cretins aren’t hankering for a civil war is terminally naïve. They couldn’t be more clear about their overtly hostile intentions, and their blind allegiance to authoritarian cult leaders. But they couldn’t be more idiotic either. And while they are small in number and destined to be losers, we still need to be vigilant and steadfast in defense of democracy and freedom.

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