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January 26, 2018

The hosts of Fox & Friends dutifully covered The New York Times' front-page bombshell on Friday, but stopped short of accepting the report that President Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last June. That put the hosts in a bit of an awkward spot, though, seeing as Fox News has independently corroborated the story.

Nevertheless, host Steve Doocy began by telling viewers that "what [President Trump] just told reporters, you're going to want to hear, it's not in the papers," which Media Matters' Matthew Gertz points out is simply because Trump made the comments overnight. But Doocy had set the tone for the morning coverage at Fox News, which focused intently on Trump's claim that the New York Times' scoop is "fake news."

"There's a huge difference between talking and taking action," argued Pete Hegseth. Ainsley Eardardt boldly pivoted off topic by telling viewers: "The president says it's fake news, that happened last June, it's something we have to tell you about because it's a headline on The New York Times. What do you think about that? Do you even care? Something you probably do care about is immigration."

Watch the bizarre segment below, and check out Sean Hannity's gymnastics to avoid the awkward topic here. Jeva Lange

January 17, 2018

Eric Trump defended his father against charges of racism Wednesday, claiming President Trump sees just one color — and it isn't exactly a natural human shade.

The president came under fire last week after he reportedly dismissed immigrants from "shithole" places such as Haiti, El Salvador, or Africa during a meeting with lawmakers. He then allegedly offered up immigrants from Norway, a country that is 94 percent white, as a favorable alternative.

Eric Trump nevertheless dismissed such reports, suggesting on Fox & Friends that the demographic differences between Norway and the continent of Africa have nothing to do with it. "My father sees one color: Green," said the president's second son. "That is all he cares about. He cares about the economy."

Eric Trump went on to add that his father "does not see race. He is the least racist person I ever met in my entire life. It is total nonsense." President Trump, for his part, has denied using the specific vulgarity that has been attributed to him and told The New York Times on Sunday night: "I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you."

Watch Eric Trump's interview, below. Jeva Lange

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