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Limbaugh Opposes Testing Because It Means ‘More Cases’

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From the May 14, 2020, edition of Premiere Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show

RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): It seems like every day we get some new scare tactic from some supposedly credible source. And what generally happens is, after some reporting of what everybody would consider good news, in less than a day, a couple of stories come along, maybe three, that try to throw cold water on the good news and make it sound even worse than it was the day before.

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One America Network Pushes ‘Plandemic’ Paranoia

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From One America News on May 7, 2020

KRISTIAN ROUZ (ONE AMERICA NEWS): The U.S. intelligence agencies are continuing a probe into the origins of COVID-19 amid mounting evidence of a globalist conspiracy to establish sweeping population control. The virus has treated devastating lockdowns across the advanced economies and in this situation, experts say whoever controls the cure may control the future of humanity.
And while the media, Democrats, and the deep state continue to dismiss hydroxychloroquine as a likely cure, they are pushing for a failed Ebola drug remdesivir instead.

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JUDY MIKOVITS: When you take away a medicine -- and not just the WHO, not just the WHO -- the FDA, the CDC, Tony Fauci closed everything ... because we can take all that money they're making on their patents and we can give it to the victims of this plague of corruption.

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ROUZ: Recent reports claim the remdesivir patent is controlled by mainland China, Bill Gates, and the WHO, while the Clintons may have a stake in its as well.
The entire cover-up is allegedly backed by globalist billionaire George Soros. Such allegations have been dismissed by the mainstream media and China as a conspiracy theory, saying California-based Gilead owns the patent for remdesivir. But, Gilead itself was reported as saying if it uses its own drug, it's would get into legal trouble with China.
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ROUZ: China reportedly holds part of the remdesivir patent through the UN agency Unitaid, whose main donor since 2006 is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Separately, the Clinton Foundation also worked with Unitaid on the $100 million dollar project to study HIV/AIDS in the past. Unitaid also has offices near the Chinese bio-weapons lab in Wuhan, which top Republicans suspect was funded by none other than Dr, Anthony Fauci and the NIH.

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RUDY GIULIANI: That was fooling around with this virus. .... Despite that, Dr. Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory. We paid for it. We paid for the damn virus that's killing us.

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ROUZ: The coronavirus conspiracy gained further evidence when Democratic Party officials openly sided with the Chinese Communist Party to denounce hydroxychloroquine as a likely cure. Chloroquine was developed in Germany in the 1930s and most of it is made by German drugmaker Bayer, which recently gave the U. S. millions of pills for free to battle COVID-19.
Some say Democrats attack the drug only because President Trump spoke in support of it, but others point to a foreign trade aspect of it, saying Democrats want to get the COVID cure from China, not Germany or the EU.

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ANTI-SOCIAL DISTANCING DEMONSTRATOR: This is not about COVID or about a virus. This is about gaining control over the human race and limiting population. Limited population with a virus that was created in a lab, and funded by the United States of America, by several people in the United States of America, along with other countries.

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ROUZ: The U.S. and its Five Eyes intel partners point out COVID-19 broke out shortly after President Trump forced China into s phase-one trade deal to reduce Chinese control of the U.S. economy. Now that China may be striking back, there is concern that the deep state, Democrat cabal, and the Big Pharma are working to derail President Trump's reelection and force the American people into total submission and control. Kristian Rouz, One America News.

Hannity Complains Americans ‘Have Had It’ With Stay-Home Orders

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SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Well I'm looking at -- you're right, Kentucky they had protesters. I mean the dopey governor there wanted to take down people's license plates if they showed up to drive-up services for Easter Sunday. What a dope. Ralph Northam is announcing in Virginia -- mister 'well first we'll deliver the baby, and then we'll make sure the baby is comfortable, and then we'll let the mother decide if the baby lives or dies' -- that idiot, anyway. And then Michigan you had the protesters at the state capitol a ton of people there. Now more's happening. You had House and Senate voting to overturn the governor's lockdown order there.

And I'm telling you, people have had it. I think this is now -- the American people have hit their maximum, you know, stay at home orders. And I think they're saying, well alright, we'll wear masks, we'll use Purell, we'll wear gloves, but leave us alone.

Fox News Worried About Legal Action After Misleading Viewers On Virus

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From the March 29, 2020, edition of MSNBC’s AM Joy

JOY REID (HOST): People who are watching cable news are a lot more, you know, in the “news junkie” category right?

And then in the case of that, your choices are MSNBC or CNN or, if you’re choosing Fox, it’s because it favors the Republicans. It’s because it’s news that favors your world view. That’s why you’re watching it. So, I think that people assume that everyone knows the failures of the Trump administration in dealing with this. They’ll find out eventually when it hits them. But just in watching — depending on what you’re watching, you know more or you know less. 

GABE SHERMAN (SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, VANITY FAIR): Oh, without question, I think that has been a fixture of this presidency from day one. If you look at polls that show Republicans’ views on certain issues, it’s a completely different reality than people who gather their news from a wide array of sources.

And I think what’s really interesting, I think unique about the Coronavirus story is that Fox News tried to do their original playbook, which was dismiss it as a hoax, say that this is another partisan attempt by Democrats to hurt Donald Trump, and this was the case where they could not prevent reality. Fox News is a very powerful media organization, but it cannot stop people from dropping dead. And what happened is that people did start dying. We did see hot spots in New York, on the West Coast and now we’re seeing one in the deep South, which is getting closer to Trump country, and Fox News has had to pivot to actually cover this as a real story.

And so, you know, the president’s handling of this is going to be viewed ultimately by how we get out of it, but this is a case where at least on the macro story of us understanding of what is happening in America, Fox viewers are now confronting what the rest of us have known since February and early March, is that this is a global pandemic that is unprecedented in American history. 

REID: Yeah, and I mean, to stay you with for a moment Gabe, I mean the irony is Fox News is in New York. It’s literally across the street from MSNBC. It’s in Rockefeller Plaza. It’s not in — They are in the middle of it with all of the other New Yorkers. We saw Trish Regan, who had a show on Fox Business, come out and essentially just label it all a fraud. She’s now no longer there. I don’t know what happened with her show but I guess it’s not airing anymore. You’ve had Fox anchors who are going, or as likely as anyone who is on this panel to know someone who gets sick with COVID-19. It’s interesting to have to watch them have to confront reality, that as you say, is deadly reality, that they can’t cover for Trump on this. There’s no way they can keep doing it. I wonder if the same sort of dynamic is going to happen with Sinclair, which is ten times — it’s Fox times ten  — and in your traffic and weather together and they’ve tried to also spin things in his favor. They do add commentary from people like former Trump officials. How are they handling it? 

SHERMAN: Yea. I mean, this is the question, what’s more pernicious or deceptive about Sinclair is that their local newscasts are not labeled as a Sinclair channel. You don’t know that it has a right-wing ideology behind the owners of the local news station, so you’re absorbing it as if it’s just straight network news. I just want to get back to the Fox of it all real quick. When I’ve been talking to Fox insiders over the last few days, there’s a real concern inside the network that their early downplaying of the coronavirus actually exposes Fox News to potential legal action by viewers who maybe were misled and actually have died from this. I’ve heard Trish Regan’s being taken off the air is, you know, reflective of this concern that Fox News is in big trouble by downplaying this virus and The New York Times reported days ago that the Murdoch family was privately taking the coronavirus seriously. The Murdochs, of course, own Fox News. So, they were taken personal steps to protect themselves while anchors like Trish Regan and Sean Hannity were telling viewers that it’s a hoax and putting themselves in potentially mortal danger. So I think this is a case where Fox’s coverage, if it actually winds up being proved that people died because of it, this is a new terrain in terms of Fox being possibly held liable for their actions. 

REID: Interesting. It will be interesting to see how long they let Dr. Oz keep going on and on and on with the things that he’s been saying on that network given what you just said.

Media Matters has extensively documented the failures of Fox News regarding the novel coronavirus / COVID-19.

Limbaugh Urges Audience To Ignore ‘Deep State’ Health Experts

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After dismissing COVID-19 as “the common cold,” Limbaugh says, “We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know.”

From the March 27, 2020, edition of Premiere Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show

RUSH LIMBAUGH (HOST): It’s a fascinating case study to me, and it’s worrisome and it’s troublesome. And then the other side of it is, through all of this, I’ve never had any doubt we’re going to come out of it. I’ve never had any doubt we’re going to come out of it stronger, and we’re going to come out of it healthy. And I think it’s imperative that we have somebody like Donald Trump, who is outside the establishment, expert class, who has a history of solving problems, to actually lead the country through this.

You know, we’ve talked about the “Deep State” all these years since Trump was elected — the Trump-Russia collusion, the FBI — well, the Deep State extends very deeply. And the American people did not elect a bunch of health experts that we don’t know. We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know. And how do we know they’re even health experts? Well, they wear white lab coats, and they’ve been in the job for a while, and they’re at the CDC and they’re at the NIH, and they’re up, well — yeah, they’ve been there, and they are there. But has there been any job assessment for them? They’re just assumed to be the best because they’re in government. But, these are all kinds of things that I’ve been questioning.

And I’ve been watching people routinely accept whatever the authorities say. Where I live, the local town government is driving around town, trying to spot people violating the social distancing ordinances. And when they see it, they publish it on their web site, “This is very troublesome. We at the town are very troubled by groups of people congregating, violating the social distancing.” Well, what do you think people are going to do? People are not just going to sit around here and stop living.

Anyway, most of this is for next week, I’m just kind of setting the table. Because once I get going, the time starts flying here, and I’m going to be out of here before I know it.

Complaining About COVID-19 Coverage, Grisham Says Trump “Didn’t Have A Crystal Ball”

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From the March 22, 2020, edition of Fox News’ MediaBuzz

HOWARD KURTZ (HOST): Before we interrupted for Gov. Cuomo, you were about to make a point about the press focusing on various things the president had to say in January, February and much of March, which they say didn’t match the coming crisis even though there weren’t that many cases in the U.S.

You want to pick up that point?

STEPHANIE GRISHAM (WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY): Yeah. I would just want to say the president didn’t have a crystal ball there, and he has acted appropriately.

I don’t think it’s appropriate right now for the press to be going backwards. There’s no reason to go backwards and figure out tick-tocks of what happened when. We’ve got a crisis on our hands, we’ve got a coronavirus in this country, and the press should — they’ve got a real opportunity, if you ask me, to also spread great information to this public and give information that our task force is trying to get out there.

KURTZ: The president the other day really got into it with NBC’s White House correspondent Peter Alexander, as you know. He had asked a question about, the president was talking about a couple of malaria drugs, he doesn’t know whether they would be effective against coronavirus but was willing to support further research. He said are you giving false hope to people over these drugs, and then Alexander said that what do you have to say to millions of scared Americans. The president said Peter Alexander had asked a nasty question and he was a terrible reporter. What was nasty about those questions?

GRISHAM: Well, I want to point out before I answer that question, the president just the day before, I believe it was or prior to the day before to that had said that he felt the media coverage was actually pretty fair. So he has given credit where it’s due. In that instance, the fact that he, a reporter is asking if he’s giving false hope to the American people, I think that was inappropriate. He’s the commander in chief. He is at the helm of this country. And it is his job as president to try and comfort this country and make sure that they know that they’re — we’re working towards options that will help people. It is his job to show not only leadership but try to calm the American people. So to come after him and say he’s giving false hope, I think, was wildly inappropriate, and I believe that’s how he reacted the way he did.

KURTZ: Well it was a question now. CNN’s John King reacted by calling the president’s response to Peter Alexander B.S., he used the actual word on the air, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said cable news shouldn’t even carry these various briefings live because she says the president is spreading misinformation. Your response.

GRISHAM: Well, the irony there about now they shouldn’t have briefings is not lost on me, certainly. But it doesn’t surprise me that either of those networks or that cable channel would attack him. And that’s not the point. Right now they need to set aside their bias against this president, and they need to do what this White House is doing and show leadership and try to get information to the American public. That is your job as journalists.

KURTZ: At another briefing, the president responded to a question from One America News about whether some of the media was supposedly siding with Chinese Communist Party propaganda by ripping into the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and saying they are siding with China. What did he mean?

GRISHAM: There have been many, many outlets that have printed that the Chinese government is doing all that they can and that they are showing leadership towards this virus, and that’s not the case. There’s also, you know, there have been reporters who have jumped to calling it the Chinese virus racist. He was talking about that. Again, this is the media outlets ripping into the president because they can. This is why earlier he called it a hoax. He didn’t call the virus a hoax, he called the way the Democrats and media are treating it as just another hoax in that they’re trying to take him down. This president is focused on the American people, so should the media, period.

Graham Promises Senate Probe Of Bidens

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From the February 2 edition of Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo:

MARIA BARTIROMO (ANCHOR): Schumer this morning signaling that the Democrats will not accept an acquittal as legitimate. Nancy Pelosi hinting that she is going to call Bolton in the House. John Bolton. What’s the dems next move? And how are you going to get anything done, Senator, if you actually got the other side constantly pushing to find out dirt on Donald Trump?

LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Well, the president has been successful in spite of all of this. I hope we can turn the page as a nation and focus on issues important. But as Nancy Pelosi calls Bolton, here is what I would say. They’re impeaching the president for suspension of aid that was eventually received, trying to leverage an investigation that never happened. This is ridiculous. Mueller broke their heart. They won’t let it go. They hate this man. Pelosi is no longer Speaker of the House. Just in name only. I don’t know if they will ever let it go. Here is what I’m going to do. If they talk to Bolton, I will bring in State Department officials, and ask them why didn’t you do something about the obvious conflict of interest Joe Biden had? Joe Biden’s effort to combat corruption in the Ukraine became a joke, when Joe Biden got before the Ukrainian parliament talking about sweetheart deals, and reforming the energy sector, I can only imagine how they were laughing under their breath. What about your son, Vice President Biden, sitting on the most corrupt board in Ukraine, Burisma, receiving $3 million dollars. I can only imagine if a Republican done what Biden had done. But we’re going to get to the bottom of this. And I can prove beyond any doubt that Joe Biden’s effort in the Ukraine to root out corruption was undercut because he let his son sit on the board of the most corrupt company in the Ukraine and we’ll not give him a pass on that.

BARTIROMO: So you’re not going to give him a pass. How are you going to get to the bottom of it? Should we expect your committee to call to testify Hunter Biden, whistle employer, Adam Schiff, all of those names you’ve been talking about. Is this going to happen this upcoming week, then?

GRAHAM: It’s going to happen in the coming weeks. Jim Risch is the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Jim, if you’re watching the show, I hope you are, we need to call chief of staff to John Kerry who was told about the conflict of interest with Hunter Biden being on Burisma’s board early on. Heinz, the stepson of John Kerry was a business partner of Hunter Biden and Devon Archer. And he told the State Department, I’m not part of this deal. I don’t think it is right. George Kent told the State Department it would be a conflict for Hunter Biden to be on the Burisma board. Let’s start there. Let’s call these people in. Eventually, we’ll get to Hunter Biden. And I want to know why the Obama administration did nothing about this obvious conflict of interest. Joe Biden should have given up the Ukrainian portfolio or Hunter Biden should have been taken off the board. Because they ruined America’s ability to effectively deal with corruption in the Ukraine by having Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma. That is just a fact. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.

On Fox News, A Year Of Climate Denial And Conspiracy Theories

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In 2019, Fox took climate change denial to insane new levels even as global temperatures reached record heightsnatural disasters wreaked havoc, and youth environmental activism led millions of people in protests around the world. Even if you just look at news of the past few weeks, Australia is on firethe oceans are running out of oxygen, and the Amazon rainforest is at a “tipping point.”

The climate denial narratives on Fox run the gamut from claims that “there’s science on both sides of this issue” to dismissals of the climate crisis as “medieval witchcraft.” Naturally, the hosts and guests also pushed a number of right-wing agenda items like government deregulation and protecting the wealthy

Of course, Fox host Tucker Carlson managed to bring discussion of the issue back to his own racist agenda, noting in one segment that “more people were killed last year in the United States by illegal aliens than were killed by climate change.”

‘The Hill’ Is Reviewing Solomon’s Ukraine Conspiracy Stories

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Fox News contributor John Solomon, formerly a columnist and executive vice president for The Hill, has emerged in the impeachment hearings as a key figure who pushed conspiracy theories that President Donald Trump used to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political opponent. The Hill’s Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack announced on Monday morning that the outlet will be reviewing and correcting Solomon’s columns as necessary.

In his columns, Solomon repeatedly laundered disinformation from Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to push the false narrative that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election on Democrats’ behalf, smeared former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, and falsely claim that former Vice President Joe Biden withheld aid to Ukraine to shut down an investigation into a company his son Hunter was associated with . Multiple witnesses have testified in the impeachment inquiry that Solomon’s columns contained information that was made up and were based on “non-truths.”

On Monday, CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy posted on Twitter an email from Cusack which announced the Hill will be “reviewing, updating, annotating with any denials of witnesses, and when appropriate, correcting any opinion pieces” of Solomon’s that have been referenced in the impeachment inquiry.

ProPublica also reported recently that Solomon was involved in an apparent pay-to-play operation at The Hill, which involved him courting a conservative group for a six-figure advertising deal and also quoting its director in the Hill’s news content.

Solomon took to Fox News just yesterday, threatening to sue his critics.

Giuliani: ‘I Never Said There Was No Collusion’

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From the January 16 edition of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time:

CHRIS CUOMO (HOST): Mr. Mayor, false reporting is saying that nobody in the campaign had any contacts with Russia. False reporting is saying that there has been no suggestion of any kind of collusion between the campaign and any Russians. Because now you have Paul Manafort giving poll data that winds up leading to this coincidence —

RUDY GIULIANI: I — I never said — well, you just misstated my position. I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign —

CUOMO: Yes, you have.

GIULIANI: I have no idea if — I have not. I said the president of the United States. There is not a single bit of evidence that the president of the United States committed the only crime you could commit here, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC.

Previously:

Sean Hannity turned over his radio show to Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow to undermine the Mueller probe

Rudy Giuliani tells Fox News that Michael Cohen pleading guilty is good news for Trump

Trump’s lawyers now say collusion is not a crime. Right-wing media have been saying that for over a year.

 

Fearing Right-Wing Fury, Trump Threatens Veto And Shutdown

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After criticism from right-wing figures who usually push pro-Trump propaganda, President Donald Trump has backed away from previous plans and instead set up a potential government shutdown by demanding money for a border wall be included in any stopgap government funding bill.

Fox News spent last week pushing for a government shutdown, cheering on Trump when he firmly declared that he would be “proud to shut down the government.” But after the White House signaled earlier this week that it would back off its $5 billion demand to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in a resolution to keep the federal government funded until next year, right-wing media figures began criticizing Trump and goading him into shutting down the government.  Many of his most ardent supporters began to perceive his decision to sign the bill as weak, calling on the president to change his mind and refuse to sign any proposed spending bill that does not include funding for the wall.

Responding to these criticisms, Trump sent a flurry of tweets adamantly defending his position just one day after CNN reported that the president “has become increasingly sensitive to criticism” from his base over the border wall. Trump then renewed his call for funding, telling lawmakers that he will not sign any bill that does not include funding for the border wall in an apparent nod to his supporters.

Here is a timeline of some of that recent criticism:

December 19

Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, who has previously made it clear where she stands on the border wall, said on Fox & Friends that “if we need a government shutdown” to build a wall, “then a shutdown is exactly what we need.”

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy declare that “effectively, the Democrats win because they didn’t want any money for wall. And the swamp wins because runaway spending, which is in the current budget, continues.”

Doocy later in the show said that Trump will “look like a loser” to his supporters who “drew that line in the sand and said, ‘This is worth shutting down.’”

Fox & Friends guest Michelle Malkin said that she’s “not going to sugarcoat it” and “not going to spin it” if Trump backs down, describing his decision as “a cave” and “a blink.”

On Fox’s Outnumbered, Fox Business host David Asman emphasized the importance of the wall to Trump’s supporters, saying that “if [Trump] is viewed by his base as caving on the issue, no matter how they try to spin at the White House, already some of the base is beginning to fray a little bit.” Referring to the White House’s pledge to find funding for the wall elsewhere, Fox host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery claimed that “if this were the Obama administration … we would all be up in arms.”

Rush Limbaugh attacked the Senate-passed resolution, saying, “Trump’s gonna get less than nothing because this compromise strips out the $1.6 billion for the wall that the Senate Appropriations Committee had already approved weeks ago.” He added, “You can’t say for four years, ‘Well, I gotta do this and this and this and this and this before I can accomplish this … He doesn’t have limitless time to do this.”

Ann Coulter unloaded on Trump in a podcast with The Daily Caller, accusing him of being “a joke presidency who scammed the American people.” Coulter said that she will not vote for Trump in 2020 without a border wall, adding, “nor will, I think, most of his supporters.” (Coulter had also vowed earlier in the week to not support Trump in 2020 if the wall was not built.) Within hours of these comments, the president unfollowed Coulter on Twitter.

Fox regular and former NRATV host Dan Bongino filled in as guest host for Sean Hannity’s prime-time Fox News show on Wednesday, discussing the spending bill and the border wall, which he described as “essentially the Trump-MAGA agenda.” Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, claimed that “the fact is is this: The president should veto this bill. This breaks the promise with his supporters.” Though Schlapp admitted that a shutdown “doesn’t mean you get all you want, but you send a message to the liberals” and “that’s why it’s critical for the president to not sign a bill which is a white flag.”

Erick Erickson criticized the negotiating skills of Trump and Republicans:

On her Fox News show, Laura Ingraham chastised Trump for not getting the funding, declaring that “not funding the wall is going to go down as one of the worst, worst things to have happened to this administration. … It’s a scandal that it hasn’t been built.” Fox regular and Trump legal adviser Joe diGenova agreed with Ingraham, saying: “I hope that when this thing runs out in February, the president says, ‘That’s it, no more. A wall or I’m shutting it down.’”

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak said that he would prefer a shutdown:

December 20

Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee said on Fox & Friends that Trump “has got to look in the mirror and remind himself he ran … on the idea of we’re going to secure the border.” Huckabee also downplayed the impact of a shutdown, saying that “the things that really matter to most Americans day-by-day will be funded.” Guest co-host Jedediah Bila responded by saying that “this is his signature issue, this is what arguably he won on,” claiming that she doesn’t “understand how he survives this personally, for his own legacy.”

Fox host Pete Hegseth, who is known to speak directly to Trump, called for Trump to shut down the government.

On Fox & Friends, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch called on Trump to shut down both the government and the border until he receives funding, saying that she “would love to see the president … just go ahead and shut down the border, and then shut down the government.”

On Fox’s America’s Newsroom, James Freeman of The Wall Street Journal downplayed the significance of a government shutdown, claiming that “if you look at recent history, shutdowns don’t actually do that much political damage.”

On Fox’s America’s Newsroom, Fox contributor and former acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan said that Trump “needs to veto any sort of continuing resolution” so that “he can stand up and say, ‘I have done everything I can to protect our border.’”

Ben Shapiro said Trump should veto “any funding that doesn’t include the wall.”

Shortly after it was announced that Trump would refuse to sign the bill to keep the government open, Limbaugh said that “the president has gotten word to me that he is either getting funding to the border or he’s shutting the whole thing down.” Earlier in the show, Limbaugh had told him to do exactly that in order to be “a hero” to the far right.

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Neo-Nazis Idolize Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

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According to a review by Media Matters, white supremacist podcasts revere Tucker Carlson and his nightly Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

White supremacist podcasts praise the Fox host for elevating white supremacist discourse into mainstream conservative media, talking about demographic change in America, and for his position on the Syrian civil war. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke described Carlson as his “favorite commentator” and praised him for “naming the Jews” on his nightly show. White supremacist Mike “Enoch” Peinovich bragged that the “alt-right” is “putting things into the zeitgeist” that Carlson has “picked up.” Daily Stormer writer Eric Striker lauded Carlson for offering “real analysis [and] real solutions” for white nationalists and that “he single handed has risen right-wing discourse by mountains.” Duke associate Patrick Slattery said “on a lot of things, [Carlson]’s our only voice to a large extent.”

Many of the podcasts included in this review can be found on the white supremacist blog The Right Stuff (TRS), which currently aggregates 16 programs that feature vile anti-semitic, racist, and misogynistic content. TRS was founded by Peinovich, one of the white supremacists who helped organize the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, where counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed after a white supremacist charged a car into the crowd. In September, TRS had 1.02 million site visits.

Two of the most popular podcasts are The Daily Shoah — a hateful wordplay on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and the Hebrew word “Shoah,” meaning Holocaust — and Fash the Nation, a fascist variation of CBS’s flagship Sunday news program Face the Nation. According to Newsweek, notorious neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer wrote that “Tens of thousands—maybe even hundreds of thousands—of men have been brought into the [alt-right] movement through TRS and Mike’s work.” The Daily Shoah and Fash the Nation, as well as other podcasts published to TRS, have repeatedly praised Carlson as an ally of the “alt-right” who advocates for the interests of white people in America.

While many who appear on these shows use aliases to avoid real world consequences for their online hate, the identities of The Daily Shoah hosts are openly known: PeinovichJesse Craig Dunstan AKA “Sven”, and Alex McNabb.

Also including in this review are shows promoted by Duke and his associate Slattery, who runs a collection of websites pushing hateful content, including one called “Zio-Watch” that aggregates stories about Jews and Israel. These shows do not appear on TRS.

The Daily Shoah

Fash the Nation

Exodus Americanus

Third Rail

The David Duke Program

National Bugle Radio

The Daily Shoah

Host Jesse “Sven” Dunstan: Carlson “basically does a ‘blood and soil’ but without the ‘blood,’ if you catch my drift.” While discussing a Politicon debate between Carlson and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uyguyr, Dunstan said during an episode aired on October 22 that it’s “understandable that Tucker can’t just be like, ‘Well yeah, Sieg Heil,’” but that he had hinted his sympathies to extremism by bringing up the narrative of demographic displacement of white people. Co-host Alex McNabb agreed, saying Carlson was “doing civic Nazism.” [10/22/18]

On the same episode, Dunstan called Carlson “the new NazBol Republican.” “Nazbol” refers to National Bolshevism, a far-right fascist movement with Russian origins associated with Nazism. According to Mike “Enoch” Peinovich, Carlson “went “full Eric Striker” while discussing how Google is a threat to Americans’ privacy during the debate (Erik Striker is a frequent contributor to neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer.) Host Alex McNabb later suggested a presidential ticket of “Tucker Carlson- Eric Striker 2020.” McNabb had also gushed over Carlson saying, “my man crush on Tucker is just like, increasing.”

Dunstan described Carlson’s appearance at Politicon as “quite good” because he’s “personable and likeable … non-threatening, unassuming, he’s just a really good personality out there.” He added that Carlson “does a really good job” debating Uygur.

Peinovich also said: “We’ve been watching Tucker all year, the last year and a half” and his coverage of “big corporate, for lack of a better term.” [10/22/18]

Peinovich bragged about white supremacist reach, saying: “We are putting things into the zeitgeist” that Carlson has “picked up.” While discussing a memeThe Daily Shoah hosts credited Carlson with elevating fascist discussion into mainstream conservative media. The image depicts two sides tugging at a rope, with a libertarian and a fascist on one side against “Monopoly man and a communist” on the opposite. Guest host “Jo” said that the “pipeline” between the “alt-right” and mainstream conservatism “runs both ways,” and that extremist ideas “sure seem” to “percolate from us to them.” Discussing the same meme, host Jesse “Sven” Dunstan praised Carlson’s coverage of private companies “censorship,” saying “You’ve got Tucker and the president saying it.” [9/12/18]

The hosts then called this Media Matters video showing how Carlson’s rhetoric echoes that of “alt-right” figures “another great ad for Tucker.” After playing the video in their podcast, the hosts called it “a great ad for everybody in it” and speculated whether there is “some rogue agent” working at Media Matters making Carlson look good. They pointed out the fact that before “there wasn’t a guy like Tucker on mainstream cable news, nightly, making these points.” Dunstan added that anti-racists are “so close to the point where you can’t say these things without losing everything, they’re right there, but there’s Tucker and there’s the president” expressing white nationalist views on mainstream platforms, helping to make extremism acceptable. [9/12/18]

Host celebrated Carlson’s return to TV after being off air for three days: “Thank God” After Carlson was off air for three days following his speculation that a Syrian gas attack was a “false flag”, Dunstan said “thank God” that “the war against lying, pomposity, smugness and group think continues,” a reference to Carlson’s nightly sign off. He also added that Carlson’s coverage of the Syrian attack had been “pretty good.” Guest host and notorious neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin speculated that Carlson had “been in a Mossad torture room” while he was gone. [4/23/18]

Hosts deemed Carlson as “too red-pilled” for Fox and credited him with moving the “Overton window” after fearmongering about demographic change in Hazleton, PA. Hosts Dunstan and Peinvovich praised Carlson for being “too red-pilled” — meaning accepting the racist, conspiracy laiden views of the “alt-right” — after his monologue on demographic changes in a Pennsylvania town, where he claimed immigrants from Latin America had made the town “volatile.” Host Alex McNabb said Carlson “is going to be Fox’s new president”, and Peinvovich expressed hope for the “alt-right” because “the Overton window” (or the range of ideas that are deemed acceptable discourse), according to him, “has moved.” [4/18/18]

Fash the Nation

Host: Carlson is “talking the way that we’ve used for a long time” and it’s “really exciting to have on like, mainstream news, to hear our talking points.” While discussing a Fox News segment featuring Max Boot, white supremacist Jesse Dunstan — guest hosting Fash the Nation — said it’s “really exciting” to “hear our talking points” on “mainstream news”, who is “talking the way that we’ve used for a long time.” Dunstan added that the “entire interview basically sounded like it was an old episode of The Daily Shoah” and that “one of the things that” he really liked was a “dog whistle” by Carlson, implying that he was signaling to his “Nazi viewers” that Boot’s ideology comes from being a “kike” whose views represent a global Jewish conspiracy.

During the same episode, Dunstan described Carlson’s performance while interviewing Boot about the Syrian gas attacks as “Tucker Carlson BTFO’d” (or blown the fuck out of) the “Jewish neocon media.” And commenting on the fact that then-Fox analyst and guest Ralph Peters had compared Carlson to Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh, Dunstan celebrated Carlson’s reaction, saying: “Tucker loses it there, he said, “Did you just call me a Nazi sympathizer?” I mean, granted, I know, it’s like, ‘Yeah, cool.’” [7/15/17]

Exodus Americanus

Host “Walrus” said “Tucker Carlson is a proxy for us … Any attack on Tucker Carlson you ought to see as a personal attack.” The show’s host — who goes by Walrus — started his tirade calling Carlson “a better man than I am,” adding that, “attacking Tucker, attempting to delegitimize him, attempting to ultimately deplatform him, which is what they want to do is an attack on us.” He also said that criticism of Tucker should be seen “as a personal insult.” [11/12/18]

According to Walrus, after CNN Crossfire got cancelled, Carlson became “a very different guy” who “seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on.” Walrus wondered, “Who did he read and who did he talk to?” in his airtime hiatus between leaving CNN and starting Tucker Carlson Tonight. According to Walrus, whoever influenced Carlson are “people that we need to know of.” Host “Roscoe” added, “Tucker sure is doing his job,” claiming he was “the most trusted name in fucking news these days.” [11/12/18]

Before going into a pro-Carlson tirade, the guest host endorsed Carlson’s show by saying, “If you’re good white men, you’re probably watching Tucker like I do.” Host “Roscoe” added that “Having a voice like Tucker out there” helps reach “people that haven’t” started listening to white supremacist podcasts. The guest host who goes by the alias “Southern Dingo” also called Carlson “the dad whisperer, because like, he single-handedly has succeeded where I have failed in making my dad see things in a different way.” [11/4/18]

Exodus Americanus devoted an entire episode to review Carlson’s book, Ship of Fools. Host Walrus called it “a really, really good read,” while guest host “Jim” claimed that “the overarching theme of” the book “without saying it is basically what the Jews are up to.” Walrus endorsed the book as a ““good introduction” to a “school of thinking” that “a lot of normies haven’t ever maybe had any experience with.” (“Normies” is a pejorative name for people deemed conventional, and therefore unfamiliar with the “alt-right.”) The hosts continued discussing the book, praising Carlson for allegedly laying out the dangers of “Jewish power” and “tribe-adjacent” people. [10/19/18]

The hosts claimed Ship of Fools is “Tucker at his best” because “he’s not constrained by Fox News.”Host Walrus also said that “he really, really pushed even his own envelope for what is OK to say within the mainstream Overton window, specifically in that ‘diversity diversion’ chapter.” Walrus claimed it was “edgy, even for Tucker” because he was “breaking down ‘diversity is our greatest strength’ and refuting that line of logic.” [10/19/18]

Hosts opened the May 28, 2017, show with a six-minute clip from Carlson’s show. Carlson did a segment outraged over Evergreen State College’s “Day of Absence.” The Exodus Americanus host greeted audiences by saying, “I know you weren’t expected to get “Tucked-in” first thing, but wow.” [5/28/17]

The host celebrated Carlson’s demagoguery on a rape case in which the undocumented immigrants accused were eventually cleared. Discussing Carlson’s interview of a lawyer who defended an undocumented immigrant against a rape allegation in Rockville, MD — a case in which charges were later dropped after evidence failed to support the allegations — host Wooderson said Carlson’s “unfair question” was “beautiful” because it forced his guest to “own the fact that immigration is destroying America.” [3/28/17]

Third Rail

Host praised Carlson for finding “a killshot” argument to libertarian views about “censorship.” Host Ed “Borzoi” Chang praised Carlson because the mainstream media is “always mad at him” for his “killshot” argument against “tech censorship.” He then read Carlson’s criticism of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s labor practices. The co-host known as “Lauritz von Terfhausen” said he was “absolutely right” and claimed that it disproved the “myth of the super-Mexican” that immigrants could survive on little money while working a lot because “these people are subsidized.” [9/1/18]

The David Duke Program

David Duke, former leader of the Klu Klux Klan said, “I love Tucker, I love a lot of the things he says.” Duke, however, took issue with Carlson adding “a disclaimer that race has nothing to do with any of this.” [9/18/18]

Duke: “My God, here’s Tucker Carlson naming the Jews” in his coverage of Harvey Weinstein. In an episode titled “Tucker Carlson Exposes the Jewish Media Coverup of Harvey Weinstein,” Duke praised Carlson’s monologue about “the protection of Harvey Weinstein” by NBC’s Andrew Lack and Noah Oppenheim because they’re Jewish. His guest Patrick Slattery adds that Carlson “does a good job” but that “he doesn’t feel that he can call [Jews] out but we can and so all I have to say to Tucker Carlson is ‘you’re welcome.’ [9/5/18]

Duke declared that Carlson is one of “the voices we have in the media on our side.” In an episode titled “Hero Tucker Carlson Lambasted for Exposing White Ethnic Cleansing”, Duke praised Carlson as one of “the voices we have in the media on our side” after his coverage of demographic change in Hazleton, PA. Duke also said Carlson deserves “kudos” because “Jews are now calling out Tucker Carlson … for his segment criticizing changing demographics in America.” Duke characterized the segment as “Tucker Carlson’s edging closer and closer to calling a spade a spade,” meaning Carlson was coming closer to hinting at the idea that white people are being oppressed.” Duke’s guest, The Daily Stormer’s Eric Striker, said that “The Zionist occupation is winning a lot of various political and propaganda victories as of late” and that “what they have left is the number one cable news show on television, Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Eric Striker said the “anti-white” forces are “gaining momentum” but at the same time, getting “desperate, they’re going after Tucker next” because Carlson “talks about issues … doing something the system doesn’t want.”

Striker went on to claim that Carlson was a “political dissident.” Then Duke recapped what the Hazelton, PA, segment covered and characterized Carlson’s racist rant on demographics as “pretty amazing stuff.” Duke said Carlson’s monologue was “not a direct statement of the truth” about white people “being ethnically cleansed in our own country” because if he did state it “he’d be gone in a fortnight.” [3/22/18]

Duke called Carlson “one of my favorite commentators,” saying “he does a lot of good things.”[11/14/17]

National Bugle Radio

Host: White supremacist issues “are infiltrating the mainstream media, sometimes through Tucker Carlson or other Fox News personalities.” Patrick Slattery — founder of “Zio-Watch.com” and virulent racist and anti-semite — praised Carlson’s coverage of Georgetown professor Christine Fair’s Twitter comments about white men as evidence that “alt-right” priorities are being covered on mainstream media using their extremist framework. The episode featured white supremacist Richard Spencer. Slattery also noted that Carlson’s use of the term “racial spoils system” has been used by fellow extremist “Don Advo from Stormfront Radio” and claimed that the overlap between the two is “interesting.” [10/19/18]

Spencer added that Carlson is “playing a game” where he will “often take up something that is of great interest to the ‘alt-right.’” Spencer mentioned that Carlson will “look into demographic change” or “the caravan” and “question whether diversity really is our greatest strength.” As he pointed out, these are all issues that are white supremacist flash points that Carlson covers on his nightly show. Spencer added, “I like Tucker, he’s certainly more intelligent than his contemporaries, more interesting than his contemporaries with maybe the exception of Ann Coulter.” Spencer said, “I think most people in the ‘alt-right’ are Tucker fans,” because they believe that Carlson is “moving people forward or he’s red-pilling them.” [10/19/18]

Slattery claimed Carlson “has done a really good job” and “he’s our only voice.” Slattery said, “Tucker has done a really good job over the past months” and “on a lot of things, he’s our only voice to a large extent.” [4/12/18]

Header image by Melissa Joskow / Media Matters