Reality Check
December 16, 2019

Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade might be spending too much time listening to his own network.

On Sunday, Fox News released a poll showing a full half of Americans support impeaching and removing President Trump, while just 41 percent opposed it. The revelation caught Kilmeade off guard on Monday morning — perhaps because Fox News has been falsely saying the exact opposite is true.

As Sean Hannity and others on Fox News have put it, weeks of impeachment hearings have failed to churn up public support for impeaching and removing Trump. But as the network's own poll has shown, that's not true — a revelation that Kilmeade said left him "stunned." "I thought that things were trending away" from impeachment, Kilmeade said, but he now seems convinced that's not quite true. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 31, 2017

As the congressman who represents San Bernardino, California, Pete Aguilar (D) wants President Trump and members of his staff to stop citing the December 2015 terrorist attack in the city as a reason for his executive order that bans refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

"This executive order will do nothing to make our country safer and only sends a message of hate and bigotry to the rest of the world," Aguilar said in a statement. "This order would not have prevented the attack in San Bernardino and the use of San Bernardino as justification for this anti-Muslim policy is a revolting way to exploit our community."

The massacre, which killed 14 people, was committed by Syed Rizwan Farook, an American, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who was raised in Pakistan and lived in Saudi Arabia before marrying Farook and moving to the United States. While the order blocks the entry of citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia, it does not affect people coming in from Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. Catherine Garcia

May 13, 2015

Middle-aged men everywhere — including on TV — are reveling in the new celebration of the "dad bod," the allegedly sexy male physique that's pretty much like it sounds: A little flab is fine, six-pack abs need not apply. On Tuesday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart found that refreshing. So did Senior Women's Issue Correspondent Kristen Schaal, kind of.

"It's time society accepted that a man's body changes when he has kids," Schaal said. "He spends nine months eating too much because his pregnant wife is stressing him out, and then there's a screaming baby at home — he has to get out for pizza and beer as much as possible. It's just biology, Jon." When Stewart said maybe the "dad bod" trend will extend to women, she figuratively patted him on the head, explained the fascination with the amazing post-birth "momshell" figure, then made him show off his own "mostly adequate physique." Watch below, unless you want to keep living your "dad bod" fantasy. —Peter Weber

May 1, 2015

Instead, the Senate majority leader is setting the bar much lower. Here's what the Kentucky Republican had to say in an interview that Politico's Manu Raju dubbed "unusually blunt":

"This is not Reagan or Clinton," McConnell told POLITICO Thursday. Obama "is not a guy who easily goes to the middle. And there's no indication since the elections that he wants to go to the middle."

"I hope this will be a Congress of significant accomplishment," McConnell added. "I don’t think it’s going to be of huge accomplishment." [Politico]

Read the rest over at Politico. Ben Frumin

September 28, 2014

Saturday Night Live returned last night just in time to skewer the NFL for its poor handling of a spate of domestic violence cases. And in the segment, a faux-commissioner Roger Goodell made a telling verbal slip in announcing how the league would respond to future cases of domestic abuse.

"We want to be part of the solution," he said.

"What this says is we fight women," he added. "Oh, excuse me: We fight for women." --Jon Terbush

August 28, 2014

On Tuesday night, a sound supervisor for the reality TV show Cops was shot dead by Omaha, Nebraska, police officers, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday. Bryce Dion, 38, and another Cops crew member were riding along with two officers to film a police intervention in a reported robbery at a Wendy's. When the officers opened fire at the suspect, Dion was caught in the cross-fire and a bullet hit him through an opening in his protective vest.

Schmaderer said inferences that the officers were acting macho for the camera are "absolutely ridiculous," and said his men appeared to have acted professionally and followed police protocol. All three are on paid administrative leave while the incident is reviewed. The slain suspect, Cortez Washington, 32, had fired what appeared to be a handgun at the officers first, witnesses in the restaurant say; after Washington was dead, the police discovered he was carrying a pellet gun.

"I can tell you that nobody wanted Bryce to get hurt. Nobody wanted anybody to get hurt," Schmaderer said at the news conference. "Police work is very dangerous and very chaotic. When you're reporting police work and riding along with us, unfortunately, you subject yourself to that same level of violence that Omaha police officers do every day."

According to the organization Officer Down Memorial Page, 24 Omaha police officers have died in the line of duty since 1866, 19 of them killed by gunfire. The last police officer killed was Sgt. Jason "Tye" Pratt in 2003. Dion is the first Cops crew member killed during filming since the show began airing in 1989. Peter Weber

June 25, 2014

Hillary Clinton can't dance to save her life, according to Newt Gingrich's metaphor about the former secretary of state.

Speaking on CNN's Crossfire Tuesday, Gingrich said Bill Clinton, "is to politics what Fred Astaire is to dancing. He is just automatically amazing and he wants to have Ginger Rogers out there dancing." But in lieu of a fellow fleet-footed partner, Bill is stuck with Hillary, which is "a little bit like watching Kim Kardashian get kicked off the stage by Prince because she couldn't dance."

Gingrich was referring to a 2011 Prince concert in which he booted Kardashian from the stage when she declined to dance with him. I'm not so sure Gingrich's metaphor is apt though: Clinton showed her moves before, and they weren't that bad. Jon Terbush

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