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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

On the June 25 edition of Bill Hemmer Reports, Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier said that "Democrats are warming to Biden just staying in the basement." This line referenced a common Fox refrain that Biden has been hiding from the public throughout the campaign season, which was repeatedly mentioned earlier in the segment as a "bunker strategy."


From the June 25, 2020, edition of Fox News' Bill Hemmer Reports

BRET BAIER (FOX NEWS ANCHOR): Well, listen, I do think that more Democrats are warming to it. I think it concerned some at the beginning that he was not getting out and about. But as the concern about COVID-19 kinda shoots back up and as places around the country are seeing increases, really there are two different types of attacks here. And I forget where I read it, but it was the tale of two conventions that we are looking at here. The Democrats are going to have their convention in Milwaukee. But it's going to be really scaled back. And a lot of it will be virtual. The Republicans left North Carolina in Charlotte to go to Jacksonville in hopes of making this bigger, raucous kind of crowd. Well, Florida's numbers are on the way up. We'll see where they are by the time we get to the convention. But there are two different looks at this. Democrats are warming to Biden just staying in the basement.

Only minutes before Baier said this, however, Biden delivered a speech in Lancaster, PA, in which he levelled attacks at President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and health care policy during the crisis.


Democratic candidate Joe Biden speaks on the Affordable Care Act — 6/25/2020 www.youtube.com


Fox News ignored Biden's speech and continued with its normally scheduled broadcasting. MSNBC was the only major news network that covered Biden's speech live.


Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)