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Samantha Bee Rips the Media for Getting Suckered into Trump’s Birther Conference


by Ken Meyer | 12:47 pm, September 20th, 2016

Full Frontal host Samantha Bee put cable news on blast Monday night for constantly getting fished in by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the ratings he brings in with his incendiary antics.

Bee took the media to task last week for not doing enough to fact-check Trump, and she was prompted to do it again in response to the superfluous media coverage that was devoted to the news conference at which the real estate mogul finally acknowledged that President Obama was a natural-born U.S. citizen. The conference was a sensationalized news event at which the media not only gave copious airtime to Trump’s vacant podium, but then stuck with the event as it turned into a major act of self-promotion.

After likening the coverage to nest-cam viewers waiting for a hawk to come back, Bee ripped the media for getting strung along by the presser as much as they were.

Trump has continued to take criticism from those who viewed his birther renouncement as inadequate, filled with lies, and/or was intentional trickery of the media. Bee also got in on this, hammering Trump for perpetuating the conspiracy and trying to put the blame on Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 staff (where there is only one alleged instance of that occurring anywhere in her immediate orbit).

“A decade of racist conspiracy mongering brushed off in a 32-word statement that contained two lies, plus one of those lies repeated, and the half-hearted disavowal of the original lie,” Bee stormed. “Even the part where he says, ‘you know what I mean,’ isn’t really true since nobody knows what the f*ck he’s talking about there.”

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Trump Won Tax Breaks While Donating Tens Of Thousands To Corrupt Official


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gave at least $45,000 to the campaign of Alan Hevesi, a New York state comptroller who later went to prison for his role in a pay-to-play bribery scandal, according to a Huffington Post review of campaign finance records.

Trump’s donations coincided with a $500 million lawsuit he filed against the city of New York in the hopes of reducing his property taxes. As the city comptroller and later the state comptroller, Hevesi, a Democrat, played a role in evaluating and settling legal claims against the city of New York and its officials.

The bulk of Trump’s donations went to Hevesi’s campaign for state comptroller, a race Hevesi won in the fall of 2002. In the fall of 2003, by which point Trump had given Hevesi $35,000, the city settled Trump’s lawsuit, a decision that would have involved both the state comptroller ― i.e., Hevesi ― and the new city comptroller.

The city reduced the tax assessment for Trump’s newest building by 17 percent and awarded the building a special tax abatement. In exchange, Trump agreed to subsidize 200 units of affordable housing in the Bronx. The settlement saved Trump $97 million in taxes he didn’t have to pay, he later wrote in Trump: How To Get Rich.

Trump had donated small amounts to Hevesi during the course of Hevesi’s decades-long career as an assemblyman and a comptroller. But the tens of thousands of dollars Trump gave between July 2002 and January 2004 had no precedent, and no postscript. According to finance records, after 2004, Trump never gave to Hevesi again.

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Trump Lies about His Birther Past: A Closer Look by Seth Meyers

Sam Bee Burns the Media For ‘Trading Their Balls For Ratings’ With Poor Trump Fact-Checking

Sam Bee Burns the Media For ‘Trading Their Balls For Ratings’ With Poor Trump Fact-Checking


Samantha Bee returned from her hiatus on Monday night, and one of her first orders of business was to scold the Fourth Estate for not doing a better job of calling out Donald Trump whenever he lies or uses false arguments.

Pointing to the highly-criticized recent performance by Matt Lauer, Bee explained that the Commander-in-Chief forum was merely symptomatic of the current state of the press. Bee explained that this could be prominently seen whenever news figures refuse to call out Trump’s politics for fear of appearing biased, invoke facts without proper context, or when they fail to adequately point out what is true or false.

“There’s no time to report the facts and what people feel are the facts,” Bee mocked. “Why can’t the media just tell us what’s true and what’s bullsh*t? ”

“Calling a liar a liar isn’t an opinion if you can prove it,” Bee pressed on. “That’s what we call a fact. The idea that news network executives traded their balls for ratings, that’s just my opinion.”

Bee somewhat conceded towards the end that news organizations are required to live up to a standard that forbids them from effectively calling out Trump’s disqualifying qualities. She argues that instead, that standard forces the press to create a false equivalency between those failings and Hillary Clinton‘s.

On Russian TV, Trump says it's 'unlikely' Putin trying to sway election


Washington (CNN)Donald Trump gave an interview Thursday that aired on a television station funded by the Kremlin, arguing that the Russian government was "probably" not meddling in the American presidential race.

Speaking to Larry King on RT America, which is an arm of government-funded news outlet Russia Today, Trump said it would "not be appropriate" if Russian forces were looking to influence the race, which is suspected by some investigators and has been fanned by Hillary Clinton's campaign as recently as Thursday morning.
He also suggested that the allegation was politically motivated.

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