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August 24, 2020

A new book claims that at the direction of President Trump, Attorney General William Barr asked Rupert Murdoch to "muzzle" Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News personality who said that Trump had engaged in "criminal and impeachable behavior."

In Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter explores how entwined the network is with the president. The Guardian reports that in one portion of Hoax, Stelter writes that Trump became irate last year when Napolitano criticized him, writing in an October 3 Fox News article that the "criminal behavior to which Trump has admitted is much more grave than anything alleged or unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and much of what Mueller revealed was impeachable."

A person familiar with the matter told Stelter that Trump was "so incensed" by Napolitano's commentary that he "implored Barr to send Rupert a message in person ... about 'muzzling the judge.'" While Barr's words "carried a lot of weight," no one was "explicitly told to take Napolitano off the air," Stelter writes.

Still, Napolitano soon found himself not being called to appear during segments about the impeachment process. He was certain that "25-year-old producers" were keeping him off the air because they didn't think viewers liked what he had to say, Stelter writes, but a staffer told Stelter that it was actually Fox News host Maria Bartiromo who would only book him to discuss non-Trump topics, because she would get upset when he criticized the president. Read more at The Guardian. Catherine Garcia

Update: DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec tweeted that this particular detail of the book is "false." Kupec claims Stelter did not contact the DOJ to fact-check the story. Catherine Garcia

March 12, 2016

Donald Trump's presidential campaign canceled his Chicago rally moments before it was about to start Friday, citing security concerns. Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters were among the thousands gathered in and around the University of Illinois at Chicago venue, CNN reports.

Police arrested five people as violent clashes broke out, The New York Times reports. The Republican frontrunner called for peace in a statement, but lately has been criticized for defending violence at his rallies against protesters and journalists. Julie Kliegman

August 25, 2015

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is putting his foot down on Donald Trump's antics. After Trump on Monday renewed his attack on host Megyn Kelly the day she returned from vacation, Ailes fired back with a statement of his own. "Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," Ailes wrote Tuesday.

Trump last night tweeted that Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game," and called for her to "take another eleven-day unscheduled vacation." As if that weren't enough retaliation for the supposedly tough and unfair questions that Kelly posed to Trump at the first Republican presidential debate earlier this month, Trump went so far as to retweet someone calling Kelly a "bimbo."

Ailes demanded an apology from Trump, and praised Kelly for her handling of Trump's attacks. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all Mr. Trump's verbal assaults," Ailes wrote. "Her questioning of Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer." Becca Stanek

August 25, 2015

Donald Trump welcomed Megyn Kelly back from vacation with a reminder that he hadn't forgotten about those tough questions at the first 2016 GOP debate. After Kelly returned to host her show on Fox News, Trump trolled her on Twitter yet again, this time saying that she "must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game" and calling for her to "take another 11 day unscheduled vacation!" In the long slew of tweets and Twitter interactions that followed, The Donald also retweeted someone calling Kelly a "bimbo." Though Trump had the decency to pause his attacks while Kelly was on vacation, his tweets indicate that he sure seems to be holding a grudge.

No one says welcome back quite like Trump. Becca Stanek

August 8, 2015

Donald Trump put forth a very simple explanation Saturday for his comments to Don Lemon criticizing Fox News' Megyn Kelly. When he said "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," he was referring to Kelly's nose. Obviously.

"Only a deviant would think anything else," Trump's news release read.

This world sure has a lot of deviants, then. Julie Kliegman

August 6, 2015

As Jon Stewart prepares to host The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday, he was treated to a big thank you note — posted smack dab in the middle of Donald Trump's website.

Stewart's hacker fans said that was the perfect place to express gratitude because "the only way to get anyone to pay attention anymore is to grease a presidential candidate's website," a "regrettable state of affairs" for which they blame "big Quinoa, mostly."

The note went live on Saturday, according to CBC News, and was pulled down by Monday afternoon. Overall, the hack was pretty innocuous, and no damage was done to Trump's website or the server. Harm to Trump's ego was also negligible, with hackers only calling out the Republican presidential candidate in the note's final line:

"Well that's about it," the letter wraps up, "other than to join you all in celebrating America's first openly Asshole Presidential Candidate. Godspeed Mr. Trump." Becca Stanek

July 18, 2015

Donald Trump once again landed himself in hot water Saturday, this time when he questioned whether former Navy pilot and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a true war hero.

"I like people who weren't captured," Trump said.

It's a good time to revisit the full story of the 5.5 years McCain spent being held captive and even tortured in North Vietnam, during which guards actually asked him if he wanted to leave early because he was an admiral's son. Here's how it went down when "The Cat," the commander of the prison camps, offered him early release, according to a gripping Arizona Republic profile from 2007:

McCain realized that the Code of Conduct gave him no choice. [Everett] Alvarez, who was being held elsewhere, was supposed to be the first man released.

"I just knew it wasn't the right thing to do," he said. "I knew that they wouldn't have offered it to me if I hadn't been the son of an admiral.

"I just didn't think it was the honorable thing to do."...McCain calmly told The Cat that the prisoners must be released in the order they were captured, starting with Alvarez. [The Arizona Republic]

Trump, who avoided serving in the Vietnam War through four student deferments and one medical one, later tried to clarify his remarks.

"If a person is captured, they're a hero as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I don't like the job John McCain is doing in the Senate because he is not taking care of our veterans." Julie Kliegman

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