Rosie O’Donnell on CNN (Video)

Rosie O'Donnell: "I believe that Trump is loathed in America"

“They’ve had enough of a President who separates families and puts babies in cages … every day he does something worse than the day before. And he tops it, and tops it, and tops it. I believe that Trump is loathed in America, that people are embarrassed and ashamed of who he is.” – Rosie O'Donnell explains why she's leading Broadway stars in a protest of the President

Posted by Cuomo Prime Time on Monday, August 6, 2018

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Cuomo To Trump: You knew what was coming (Video)

Cuomo to Trump: You knew what you were doing

CNN's Chris Cuomo says the Trump administration knew it was heading down a "reckless path of inhumanity" when they implemented a policy that resulted in the separation of families.

Posted by Cuomo Prime Time on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Trump Rally Mob Threatens Reporters As CNN’s Jim Acosta Warns That Someone Is Going To Get Hurt

Posted on Tue, Jul 31st, 2018 by Jason Easley
CNN’s Jim Acosta shot video of the crowd at Trump’s Tampa FL, behaving like a mob and threatening the press as the hate that Trump has whipped up looks likely to get someone hurt.

Acosta tweeted:

The press is not the enemy, but to a president who is more interested in saving himself from impeachment, any critic, or person who pursues the facts is an enemy. Trump has done something that is especially devious. He has turned his enemies real or imagined, into the enemy. Donald Trump may view the press, as he views Robert Mueller and the FBI, as his enemy, but these institutions are not the enemy of the American people.  The FBI protects the American people. The press holds power accountable and informs the people.  A president who tries to destroy these valuable institutions is the real enemy.

It is only a matter of time until the various scandals that are consuming Trump’s presidency force him to grow even more desperate. A rally crowd could easily be turned into a mob, and that mob could be inspired to act violently toward reporters who are only there to do their jobs.

The danger is real. The threat is ominous, but those who are committed to truth and bringing the light of truth to the people won’t be deterred by thuggery, no matter how ugly it becomes.

For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.

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White House bans CNN reporter from Rose Garden event after she peppers Trump with tough questions on Russia, Cohen

“This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press,” CNN said in a statement. “We demand better.”
by Phil McCausland /  / Updated 
White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins

White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins asks a question during a press conference by U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.Mandel Ngan / AFP – Getty Images file

The White House banned a CNN reporter from attending a press event with President Donald Trump on Wednesday after she asked him questions about his former lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The cable networks’s White House reporter Kaitlan Collins had served as the “pool reporter” during an Oval Office photo op with President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, meaning she was asking questions on behalf of several news organizations. As the president sat for pictures, Collins tossed out a few questions in hopes that Trump might answer.

Major networks trade the duty of serving as the television “pool reporter,” and it is typical that this person attempt to ask the president questions. Trump is known to sometimes answer, and it is oftentimes reporters’ only opportunity to ask him questions.

The White House apparently did not like her line of questioning.

“After posing questions to President Trump earlier in the day as the network pool reporter, Collins was told by White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Sanders that her questions were ‘inappropriate,'” CNN said in a statement.

Collins’ four questions centered on Trump’s relationship with his former longtime lawyer Cohen and an invitation he extended to President Putin.

“Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” she asked twice, between the whir and clicks of cameras taking photos. “Mr. President are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President? Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?”

All four questions related to news of the day. Cohen’s lawyer released the audio of a recording between Cohen and the president late on Tuesday in which Trump mentions “cash” in relation to paying off a former Playboy model who claims she had a year-long affair with him.

The final question refers to an invitation that Trump extended to Russian President Putin to come to the White House. The White House announced Wednesday that it would delay the meeting until special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation of Russian election interference, which also looks into whether the Trump campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government.

After Collins asked the questions, however, she was told by Shine and Sanders that she would not be allowed to attend an open press event in the White House Rose Garden.

“I told them that is often our only chance to ask the president questions. Those questions were questions any reporter would have asked, and I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore ask about the questions of the day,” she said on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

“Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked,” CNN said in its statement. “This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association also condemned the Trump administration’s “misguided and inappropriate decision.”

“This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak,” WHCA President Olivier Knox said. “It cannot stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable.”

FOX News, the president’s preferred news network, also extended their support to CNN and Collins’ right to be at the press event.

“We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press,” wrote Jay Wallace, the president of FOX News, in a statement.

Sanders said in a statement from the White House that Collins had “shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so.”

“Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend,” Sanders said. “She said it didn’t matter to her because she hadn’t planned to be there anyway. To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House.”

Other White House reporters — some who were in the room when Collins asked the questions — and colleagues extended their support to the CNN reporter.


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