Morning Briefing: Donald Trump Finally Did Something To Which Even Fox News Objected
— Yesterday during a pool spray, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins shouted out questions to the President after his prepared remarks — as is customary — and the White House didn’t care for the questions she was asking (“Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” “Are you worried about what Michael Cohen is going to say to prosecutors?” “Why hasn’t Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted your invitation to the White House”), so they banned her from an event at the Rose Garden later that day. Keep in mind that, from what I understand, one reporter from each of the five networks takes turns and asks questions for the group, so if Collins had not asked the questions, another reporter would have. This was a case where the White House was singling out one CNN reporter.
The backlash from the White House press corps and the White House Correspondents’ Association was immediate and vociferous, and even Fox News raised objections.
The banning of a reporter because the White House doesn't like uncomfortable questions is not a partisan issue. Which is why Fox News President Jay Wallace issued this statement tonight in support of CNN: pic.twitter.com/ThWfD5DgGR— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) July 26, 2018
That was the news division, of course, which is not always terrible (Shep Smith runs it, and Christopher Wallace and John Roberts sometimes even ask
hard mildly difficult questions). However, the editorial side, of course, thought it was great. “It’s about time,” said Lou Dobbs.
I should also note that we profiled Collins last year, who moved from the conservative Daily Caller to CNN after she began asking tough questions during the White House press briefings. Big fan.
— Trump is ranting about “shadow bans” of certain Republicans this morning thanks to a misleading article written by Vice News.
Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
Twitter is not “shadow banning” anyone. Their algorithm is designed so that it doesn’t auto-populate certain Tweeters in the suggested accounts field who are not good for “healthy public conversation,” and apparently a few Republicans (like Don Jr.’s spokesperson) got caught up in that algorithm (I wonder why?). Twitter is issuing a fix.
— As I’m sure you’re aware by now, the Freedom Caucus — representing about 40 of the most conservative members of the House — issued Articles of Impeachment on Rod Rosenstein. This means almost next to nothing. Only 11 members even signed on. The way in which they were issued does not even require that a House subcommittee vote on it. It was all a show to illustrate these members’ fidelity to the President. One of those members, of course, is Jim Jordan, the Ohio rep. who looked the other way as an Ohio State wrestling coach when hundreds of students were sexually abused by the team doctor.
The fact that only 11 House Republicans signed onto the articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein speaks volumes. I don't believe this will ever get a vote. https://t.co/GsMPzdA1x4— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 26, 2018
In the articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Republicans cite an action the DOJ took in Oct. 2016 … six months before Rosenstein was sworn in as Deputy AG in April 2017.— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 26, 2018
They're trying to impeach him for things that happened 6 mos. before he was Deputy AG. pic.twitter.com/pbnnee2Zd4
— Michael Avenatti does not like all the attention that Michael Cohen is getting, although he may also be right.
Breaking: Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. They were also concerned about a pregnancy. Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public. Now! #Basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 26, 2018
— Finally, I just want to express our sadness that the Necco wafer factory has been shut down, ending the run of the longest, continuous running candy company in America. The company has been sold, and we don’t know yet if the new company will resume production. Sad day in America when you can no longer buy gross thin discs of sugary chalk. But damnit, they were our gross thin discs of sugary chalk.