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  1. Fox & Friends is sympathetic to neo-Nazis marching but outraged over sports players kneeling

    Fox & Friends has been outraged by the peaceful protests led by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe during the national anthem. And yet, Trump's favorite television show has found plenty of sympathy for the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville.

  2. NRATV host: Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Kathleen Rice are “the puppet masters of the modern violent left”

    GRANT STINCHFIELD (HOST): There are those on the left who would rather have President [Donald] Trump lose than America win the war on terror. Connecticut [Democratic] Sen. Chris Murphy is one of them. Murphy’s lack of patriotism was on full display as the president unveiled his new strategy to win the war in Afghanistan. As President Trump addressed the world on how we will destroy Islamic terrorists, Chris Murphy took to Twitter and attacked him. He called the president a liar. And as President Trump let Pakistan know that we will no longer allow them to harbor terrorists, Chris Murphy sought to undermine the president, claiming, quote, “You can’t announce a strategy that relies on complicated diplomacy with Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan when you’re firing all the diplomats.” Looks like Sen. Murphy stands with those who harbor terrorists and not our commander-in-chief. That is how much he hates President Trump and those of you who support him. And not an hour after Donald Trump gave the most important speech of his presidency, Sen. Murphy tweeted out, quote, “The only new strategy announced tonight was that strategy will no longer be announced.”

    What type of American senator seeks to undermine the president as he is speaking to the world about how to defeat terrorism. Guess what, Sen. Murphy? Unlike your hero Barack Obama, President Trump does have a plan. It’s called winning. Using the might of this country to destroy our enemy. Since you were too busy tweeting anti-Trump propaganda, you might have missed the fact that the president made it clear we will no longer tip off the enemy. No more time tables, no more troop numbers, only a clear goal. Hunt down the terrorists and kill them. Win. Instead of support for the eradication of radical Islamic terror, Murphy turned to criticism because he hates President Trump just as he hates all of us, members of the NRA. Remember this tweet from Sen. Murphy? “I think the NRA is telling people to shoot us. Now might be the right time to cancel your membership.” So, let me get this straight. Chris Murphy can attack the NRA but not our enemies of this country? Not radical Islamic terrorists? Not the twisted animals who would fly planes into buildings to kill Americans? Instead, he slams the president for trying to stop them.

    This is the modern violent left. They come after Americans and not terrorists. Another example?[New York] Democratic Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who sits on the homeland security committee. She called the NRA’s 5 million members domestic security threats, but she is silent on the Islamic terrorists who seek to destroy us and our way of life. You see, Rice and Murphy are the puppet masters of the modern violent left. They hate that we defied them and put President Trump in office. They hate that we own guns. They hate it so much, they give political cover to the violent anti-Trump movement they seek to embolden.

    Previously:

    NRATV host: Tell North Korea "Sacramento changed its name to Guam"

    NRATV host: Media criticizing Trump's response to North Korea are "anti-American

    NRA's news outlet blatantly lied about Comey hearing to protect Trump

  3. This CNN reporter is still asking if “there will be a new version of Trump”

    MANU RAJU (HOST): And we discussed this in the last segment, too, about the challenges in balancing this. The president going after them, or attacking the president, staying with the president. Deciding this is more of an -- they'll go after him over specific issues, and they’ll be with him behind others. And one reason why, and we discussed this earlier as well, the congressional agenda is intense when they get back in September. They have to deal with raising the debt ceiling, which is a perennial problem for the Republicans. They have to pass a spending bill to keep the government open past September 30. And they want to do big things like tax reform, which is very difficult to accomplish, infrastructure, they have no agreement within their own party or with Democrats, and potentially even a fix on the Obamacare exchange and the individual insurance markets. Do we expect that this feud within the party is going to make it harder for them to get this done? 

    NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: You imagine so. I mean I guess the big question for Donald Trump all alongis why can't he make friends more easily? Right? Not only why is he not going after those Democrats, why didn't he try to bring them into the tent and then maintain some of those relationships? And, I mean, if you talked to Republicans early on, they want this president to succeed, they want to be for him, and they've been disappointed. But they have, I think, typically been with him. We talked about this. Flake even, right? Flake hasn't really done anything to go against this president in terms of policy. Right? He was on the president's side in terms of health care. So I am interested to see whether or not, and I know we always talk about this, whether or not there will be a new versionof Trump. But really, will there be a new version of Trump post-Bannon. Whether we had Bannon was in the White House sort of stoking this intraparty fight among the GOP, and we all know that Bannon is anti-establishment, and going forward whether or not there’s sort of a more Kelly influence and we'll see something different. Whether or not he drops -- what you were talking about before -- stoking these primary challenges. 

    Previously

    Media have found their latest Trump pivot: General Kelly

    There will be no pivot

    Media Can't Stop Pining For Another Trump Pivot

  4. Fringe media lash out at “cuck” Pope Francis for message welcoming refugees

    Far-right media figures and outlets attacked Pope Francis after he released a message urging nation-states to give aid and protection to migrants and refugees.

    On August 21, Francis released a message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in which he called on governments to offer “broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally.” According to Francis, countries should seek to integrate migrants and refugees by “granting citizenship free of financial or linguistic requirements, and by offering the possibility of special legalisation to migrants who can claim a long period of residence in the country of arrival.” He also argued that people’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritise personal safety over national security.”

    Far-right figures lashed out at the pope in response. Paul Joseph Watson of the conspiracy theory outlet Infowars called Francis “an evil fraud” who “is helping destroy western civilization.”

    The Pope is helping destroy western civilization and Christianity along with it. He is an evil fraud. https://t.co/eQ0Z5HFjDy

    — Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 21, 2017

    Infowars’ Jerome Corsi called Francis a “Hard-Left socialist Pope” who “ignores Spain terrorism.”

    Pope Francis: Rights of Migrants Trump National Security Concerns https://t.co/2AmI5sO3mp Hard-Left socialist Pope, ignores Spain terrorism

    — Jerome Corsi (@jerome_corsi) August 21, 2017

    Far-right vlogger Stefan Molyneux claimed Francis “cares more about Social Justice issues than he does defending Christianity.”

    The Pope cares more about Social Justice issues than he does defending Christianity. https://t.co/vJRuXnjw93

    — Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) August 21, 2017

    Fake news purveyors also attacked Francis. Conservative Daily Post said Francis has a “Marxist” agenda and called him a “reckless and foolish man.” Eagle Rising claimed Francis is a “globalist” who “preaches that more rapes and murders in Western nations are a price we must pay to fulfill our obligation to receive more immigrants." TruthFeed wrote in its headline that Francis “Thinks RAPE and TERROR are Just Part of the ‘Refugee Experience.’” And in response to the pope’s message, Conservative Fighters topped its piece with the word “SERIOUSLY?”

    Additionally, forums that have previously helped far-right trolls and fake news purveyors spread misinformation also went after Francis: Some users on Reddit’s “r/The_Donald” called Francis a “cuck Pope” who is a “fucking hypocrite piece of shit,” and users on 4chan’s “politically incorrect” forum (known as “/pol/”) claimed Francis is “the communist pope” and “the antipope.”

  5. How Fox promoted convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, who may be pardoned by Trump

    Over the past two decades, Fox News and Fox Business frequently praised and hosted Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, elevating him to national recognition. Now Arpaio, who was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case, has said that he would accept a pardon from President Donald Trump -- and Trump is reportedly considering it. Trump praised Arpaio's birther "investigation" in 2012, was endorsed by Arpaio during the campaign, and has lauded the sheriff's anti-immigrant work.

    On July 31, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court after he defied “a court order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants.” As The New York Times noted, the order originated from a lawsuit filed a decade ago “charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and turning them over to the immigration authorities.”

    Arpaio has a long record of employing “humiliating and inhumane” treatment of prisoners; he became infamous in 1993, after he was elected sheriff, for opening an outdoor Tent City Jail where inmates were made to live outside in tents in triple-digit Arizona heat. Additionally, Arpaio fed prisoners rotten food, instituted all-female and juvenile chain gangs, and used webcams to broadcast scenes from a jail including a feed “that showed female inmates using a toilet.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) began investigating Arpaio for illegal racial profiling in 2008 and accused him of “unconstitutional policing” in December 2011.

    Yet, over the years, Fox News Network worked to enhance Arpaio’s stature, hosting him no less than 65 times on Fox News and Fox Business from March 1999 through early September 2016, according to a search of Nexis transcripts. In July 2000, Fox host Sean Hannity gushed over Arpaio’s use of webcams in jail, and, in an earlier episode, praised Arpaio’s treatment of inmates by terming it “deterrence.” In 2014, Neil Cavuto criticized the DOJ’s investigation into Arpaio, telling him, “You've been treated more as a criminal than the criminals you're rounding up.” In 2010, Eric Bolling encouraged Arpaio to run for governor of Arizona.

    Fox has also repeatedly ignored Arpaio’s failings as sheriff. Fox News and Fox Business almost completely ignored an Associated Press report from December 2011 that Arpaio mishandled hundreds of sex-crimes cases while also giving him a platform to attack the Obama administration and claim he was a victim of a witch hunt. A year before, in 2010, Fox had hyped a claim from Arpaio’s lawyer that his client’s office was “transparent” in its operation, even though a federal judge had sanctioned Arpaio’s office “for destroying evidence in a racial-profiling case.”

    During his presidential campaign, Trump proudly touted an endorsement from Arpaio at least four times during interviews on Fox, according to Nexis transcripts. He declared Arpaio “the king of the borders” and said, “When [Arpaio] endorses you, that means you have the best border plan.” In March 2016, Trump claimed on Hannity that Arpaio “doesn’t get enough credit for the incredible job he’s doing.” After Trump won the Arizona Republican primary, he thanked Arpaio on Twitter for his help. Trump evidently thought so highly of Arpaio’s racial discrimination and other illegal acts that he reportedly considered appointing Arpaio to head the Department of Homeland Security.

    And Trump’s public admiration for Arpaio extends back to before his campaign began, dating at least to Obama’s re-election. Trump and Arpaio were in lockstep on the racist birther conspiracy theory, which alleged that Obama was not born in America and was thus ineligible to be president. While Trump’s public attacks on Obama’s legitimacy as president began months before Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” began scrutinizing Obama’s publicly released birth certificate, Trump repeatedly tweeted support of Arpaio’s “investigation” into Obama’s birth certificate in July 2012:

    Congratulations to @RealSheriffJoe on his successful Cold Case Posse investigation which claims @BarackObama's 'birth certificate' is fake

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2012

    As I always said, the "Birthers" were after the truth. Thanks to @RealSheriffJoe @BarackObama can't hide anymore.

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2012

    My @seanhannity interview where I discuss @BarackObama's Job Council, @RealSheriffJoe's investigation & 2012 election http://t.co/MycLr19i

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2012

    Must read article in @washtimes: "@RealSheriffJoe probe could dwarf Watergate" http://t.co/GbVjCn0z

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2012

    It was Fox News that first reported that Trump was "seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio" in "a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J." If indeed Arpaio is pardoned for his criminal conduct, the credit may just belong to the president's favorite news network.