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  1. Fox host Ainsley Earhardt makes laughable claim that Fox & Friends doesn’t give Trump “soft interviews”

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): How does it feel to -- and this is just a fact now, that the president of the United States of America, that you're his favorite show? There have been articles written, that Fox & Friends is his favorite show?

    AINSLEY EARHARDT: Well, one of them. I think yours is too.

    HANNITY: He -- I think he's watched a show or two, but --

    EARHARDT: I love it.

    HANNITY: It's cool, right?

    EARHARDT: It's great, yes. You know, the mainstream media, or the liberal press will want to write an article about, you know, we give soft interviews, or we do that -- that is not true. The Vice President even told -- one of his folks that works for him told me that my interview was tougher than the -- he gave three of us interviews, at one point.

    One was Matt Lauer, one was me, and I can't remember who the other one was. And he said that mine was the tougher one, out of all three of them, which I took great pride in, because I plan my questions the night before, I talk about it.

    Sometimes I'll call you, and I'll say "Sean, can I run over the questions with you?," or I'll talk to people on my staff, and I'll come up with really hard-hitting questions, and things I think our viewers are going to want to know.

    I don't want anyone to think it's a softball question, but I do want people to think we're fair, and I think we are fair.

    HANNITY: Well, and you work very hard to get these interviews.

    Previously:

    Trump to Fox & Friends host: "All I know is Fox is good. ... We love you, Fox."

    Trump gushes about Hannity and Fox & Friends coverage, warns the network to continue its friendly coverage

    Fox & Friends lets Trump lie twice to say senator "in the hospital" caused GOP health care failure

    Fox & Friends attempts to downplay effect of Russia's Facebook influence campaign

    Fox & Friends host covers up Trump tax plan’s giveaway to the super rich
     

  2. Alex Jones uses drag queen reading to children as an example of "the globalists" waging "war biologically on humans"

    ALEX JONES: This individual, what is his name? His name ladies and gentlemen is Munroe Bergdorf. I’m not kidding. Onscreen, the tranny demon speaking to the kindergarten children as well. That is even more horrifying. But see, if you can – and by the way, it’s not just this one case. In Japan, in Germany, in the U.K., in the U.S., we have footage at children's times all over the country at public schools where huge obese men who look scarier than John Wayne Gacy, in demon outfits with horns, come and say, "I’m a tranny." So it’s OK if a man with tattoos all over him creepily talks to your children. I’m sorry, I said kindergarten. These children look like they’re four years old. I'm sorry, pre-K, ladies and gentlemen. This is the brainwashing. This is the control. This is what we’re talking about. To wage war biologically on humans, the globalists under their admitted UNESCO trans-humanist program must first outlaw the two sexes, male and female. And they’ve literally already begun it.

    Previously:

    Alex Jones suggests Michelle Obama has a penis and may have murdered Joan Rivers

    Alex Jones says transgender women are gay guys who want "to go pick up more guys" by getting breast implants and dolling up their hair

    Stephen Colbert highlights how "far-right conspiracy theorist" Alex Jones is an "information source" for Trump

  3. Alex Jones bizarrely accuses the NFL of “trying to sexualize our children”

    ALEX JONES (HOST): The whole point is good old Megyn Kelly has crashed and burned and the poor little sociopath narcissist didn’t even know that when she was here in our studios. So, Megyn Kelly, for myself and the rest of the American people, you’re fired. And to the NFL, and all the little trendy types that think they can look down their noses at us, we are done with you, we want you out of our lives, go away, stop trying to sexualize our children, stop trying to brain damage our culture and society because you’re so twisted and so ugly and so fallen that misery loves company.

    Previously:

    Alex Jones: Protesting NFL players are “kneeling to white genocide”

    Alex Jones scrubs Pizzagate content; complaint reveals new tie connecting shooter to Jones

    Alex Jones apologizes for Pizzagate coverage, blames other media outlets

    Alex Jones guest: Children have been kidnapped and sent to a slave colony on Mars

  4. Sad, ineffectual white men unite behind their shared rage that a woman spoke her mind, again, because they are scared babies


    Sarah Wasko / Media Matters

    Writer Helen Rosner posted a list of suggestions for how men can support the women in their lives, “beyond just literally ceasing to sexually harass us,” on Twitter and Medium yesterday. Her suggestions included such theoretically uncontroversial arguments as: Trans women are women, supporting reproductive rights is good, and men ought to “cultivate genuine, intimate, nonsexual friendships with women.” For these sins -- for writing that men who want to be allies of women ought to adapt principles of basic human decency and learn about others’ experiences -- Rosner has drawn rebuke from a ragtag group of the internet’s finest aggrieved white men and their allies, who are now revealing their constant low-level rage and fear of somehow losing the privilege they’ve enjoyed throughout history.

    To be sure, there are some valid and constructive criticisms of Rosner’s work -- it focuses mostly on strict gender categories of women and men, likely because the cultural conversation we’re having now about sexual violence is so inextricably rooted in misogyny. But this is not the criticism popping up in Rosner’s mentions. Instead, after making the humble argument that men who are asking specifically how they can do better can do the basic work of listening, learning, being kind, and asking more from their male friends, Rosner has been admonished by representatives of several uniquely grotesque anti-feminist subcultural groups. The sources of the criticism range  from traditional right-wing bloggers to anonymous #MAGA and men’s rights trolls to straight-up white supremacists like David Duke.

    That’s because the deeper, more enduring story stretches well beyond Rosner, her words, or even her specific, unfortunately typical, and hopefully fleeting online criticism. It reveals a disturbing pattern in which misogyny serves as a brutal, unifying force that spurs communities from across the spectrum of the right-wing internet to slam individuals they feel represent their enemies in a cultural war, in an attempt to silence them.

    In different circumstances, the David Dukes and the Erick Ericksons across the right-wing internet might performatively disavow one another. But here on the online battlefield, their true motivation -- preservation of so-called traditional culture (read: specifically the white, heteropatriarchal nuclear family)  -- is far too compelling to do anything but quite literally unite the right.

    In traditional corners of the right-wing blogosphere, exemplified by pundits like Erick Erickson and blogs like RedState.com or TownHall.com, the reactionary defense of white heteropatriarchy looks like this: references to “family” values and religious freedom, flippant anti-gay and anti-trans statements, illogical economic arguments in favor of policies that happen to hurt the working poor, and generalized fearmongering about college campuses and immigration.

    In the increasingly violent men’s rights movement, the strategy transforms into much more overt “antifeminist” views and the promotion of toxic hypermasculinity. And in the openly white nationalist online spaces -- where there is a significant and telling overlap with the men’s rights community -- the focus lies in fighting the decline of a superior “Western” culture, defending and promoting subservient, white womanhood, and securing a “future for white children.”

    Online trolls seem to borrow indiscriminately from any and all of these related schools of thought, and then throw some truly incomprehensible messages and sometimes harassment into the mix for good measure.

    Members of all these communities seemed to show up online to tell Rosner why her arguments were bad. Here are some other reactions she garnered on Twitter from this repulsive band of brothers and the women who support them in their warped crusade in the name of sweet, sweet heteropatriarchy. And these are just the verified users’ responses; click through Rosner’s mentions for more such commentary.

    When your first point in telling men how to support "women" is to tell us some men are women, you're doing it wrong. https://t.co/53OqRfb4LK

    — Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 17, 2017

    .@hels womansplains how men should support women:
    Number 1. Men can actually be women if they feel like it https://t.co/LLEsxJxxAv pic.twitter.com/vnIlmO9lQS

    — Harry (@Harry1T6) October 17, 2017

    If you're a man, you're wrong. Therefore you should restructure your politics to match this pompous left wing millennial blogger. https://t.co/J8N0PcAO4d

    — Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) October 16, 2017

    Guys, we're not allowed to like what we like or we're bad or the feminists will be unhappy.
    Leaving aside that feminists are always unhappy, any of you guys up to cede your preferences to a bunch of bitter gender studies grads?
    Show of hands...
    Me neither.
    Helen, you're outvoted. https://t.co/AuEhEgctwP

    — Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) October 16, 2017

    If you're a woman unsure of what to do to avoid being pretentious, condescending, and utterly wrong, start by not saying any of this: https://t.co/JAycBMEiKK

    — Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) October 16, 2017

    The opposite is proactively choosing to sleep with men who don't make you want to murder your own offspring https://t.co/h8VK2IWdLj

    — Amy (@AmyOtto8) October 17, 2017

    The motivation to preserve a total monopoly on centuries-old power that’s not even being truly threatened is essentially a watered-down, unspoken (except for when it is actually spoken) version of the white supremacist 14 words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” To say that anything less extreme may be at play -- or that their rage is much more simply focused on a specific Medium post or Twitter thread or person (coincidentally, a woman) who dares to voice an opinion -- is to help trolls erase their real motives.

    This war against difference and acceptance -- with the enemy labeled on any given day as feminists, libs, snowflakes, the radical left, paid protestors, PC bullies -- will continue to dictate internet rage so long as it remains a convenient unifying force for the right.

    Hatred is timeless, and left unchecked it will drown out everything else from public conversation.

  5. Speaking to right-wing radio sycophants, Trump whines about negative news reports

    During interviews with a litany of conservative talk radio hosts, President Donald Trump continued his attacks on mainstream media, claiming certain outlets have “an agenda” and are routinely “inaccurate.”

    In interviews with conservative radio hosts Mike Gallagher and Chris Plante, Trump attacked several mainstream outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and NBC, calling them “so inaccurate” and alleging that the outlets “have an agenda.” Trump also lashed out at the media during an interview with Brian Kilmeade, host of the radio show Kilmeade & Friends and the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, calling the media “a bunch of fakers.” Trump mentioned that Kilmeade has been “fair” to him and added, “Fox is good. Fox -- we love you, Fox.”

    Trump has a long history of smearing legitimate news outlets, often calling unflattering coverage and entire media companies “fake news.”

    From the October 17 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade and Friends:

    BRIAN KILMEADE (HOST): Can I ask you what you thought about when you brought up past presidents and what they've done. Do you want to clarify anything there?

    DONALD TRUMP: Well there's nothing to clarify because if you look at my whole, and this was again Fake News CNN. I mean, they're just a bunch of fakers. So, they asked me that question. And for the most part, to the best of my knowledge, I think I've called every family of somebody that's died.

    [...]

    KILMEADE: Nine months in. You happy?

    TRUMP: I love doing it. I'm getting tremendous support even in your polls I'm getting tremendous support. And it's hard to believe I can get support when you have so many phony stories out there. You know like CNN, like MSNBC, like NBC. NBC is probably worse than CNN. But all I know is Fox is good. Fox -- we love you, Fox.

    KILMEADE: We’re fair.

    TRUMP: You are fair.

    KILMEADE: Thank you.

    TRUMP: You know what, truth is, you hit me when it’s needed, you do. I mean, you do in particular, right? But the fact is, you’re fair.

    KILMEADE: I think we’re fair.

    TRUMP All I want is fair. I don’t want anything else. I just want fair, and Fox has really been fair and I appreciate it.

    From the October 17 edition of Salem Radio Network’s The Mike Gallagher Show:

    DONALD TRUMP: I’ll tell you, CNN is fake news. MSNBC and NBC are terrible. They're probably as bad, or worse, than CNN.

    MIKE GALLAGHER (HOST): Well, again, and I don’t mean to beat a dead horse here, but I'm the train coming here reading on a CNN site that you don't reach out to talk radio. I'm like, wait a minute, what am I doing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday?

    TRUMP: They're really despicable.

    GALLAGHER: It’s terrible.

    TRUMP: They're despicable people. They do a terrible job. Their ratings are reflecting it. They do very badly, relative to others.

    GALLAGHER: Right.

    TRUMP: And I'll tell you what, it’s just something that we have done so well with legislation. I'll give you an example, we have way over 50 legislative approvals, where we went through the Senate, where we went through the House. Nobody talks about it. They say we have none. They actually say we have none. We almost a record a number. It’s almost a record number, and it may be a record but I always say “almost” because then they’ll check you. And they’ll say, “Well, you know, in 1824.” So, they’ll say, “Donald Trump isn’t telling the truth.” These are very, very terrible people.

    [...]

    GALLAGHER: I talk to people. The disconnect between the people, the millions who support you, and the media is extraordinary. It's as if the media is tone deaf about the people who want you to succeed so that the country succeeds.

    TRUMP: The New York Times, The Washington Post are so inaccurate, so inaccurate. They will take a good event and make it bad. They will take something that really is positive -- I’m going to just speak, it’s just the way it is. And actually, people admit it. And actually, The New York Times almost admits it, they say, we don't even care.

    From the October 17 edition of WMAL’s The Chris Plante Show:

    CHRIS PLANTE (HOST): What’s surprised you the most in terms of big messes left on your plate when you got here that just, sort of, knocked you back?

    DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think I’ve been surprised by a lot of things. And when you say surprised, I know the level of viciousness in the world. I know the level of hate in the world. I know the level of -- Actually, dishonesty in the media is one of the things that’s surprised me the most. I thought after I won the media would become much more stable and much more honest. They’ve gone crazy. CNN is a joke. NBC is a total joke. You watch what they report. It bears no relationship to what I’m doing. But the media is absolutely dishonest. And I have never seen, frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. But, The New York Times, The Washington Post, they write whatever they want to write. You know, they have an agenda. We’ll have to figure out what their agenda is. But they do have an agenda. I think that's one of the biggest surprises is the level of dishonesty. Interestingly, after I won, I said, well now I’ll bet the media starts to shape up and it’s over so, now -- And it actually has gotten worse than during the campaign.