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  1. Shelly, thanks for the update. I just saw that story as well. Of course it is being reported by the main stream media, so it must be "fake news".... B/A
  2. Thanks RV I hope all is well. I simply brought over a news story and made no "Gleeful" claim for impeachment, nor did I blame Trump. I quite clearly, just for you, stated "whoever leaked" because in the story from Breitbart the "Conservative" website it was reported the leak was not from the White House. So you who is usually very accurate in your writings was off just a bit this time. B/A
  3. Our leaders need to understand the meaning of security... Trump's blunder with Israeli was bad enough, but this leak of British intelligence demonstrates serious misjudgment by whoever leaked. I don't care if it is the left or the right, we are seeing a new level of incompetence. B/A
  4. Furious’ British Police Suspend Intelligence Sharing with United States Following Manchester Bombing Leaks by Oliver JJ Lane25 May 20173,550 25 May, 201725 May, 2017 The world’s closest intelligence sharing arrangement is in jeopardy after key details and photographs from the Manchester bombing were apparently leaked by United States’s law enforcement sources to domestic journalists, leaving Manchester Police and the British government — who are collecting and analysing the finds — “furious”. The United Kingdom has now stopped passing intelligence gathered as part of the investigation into the Manchester bombing to the United States according to claims made by the British state broadcaster BBC. While British police had discovered the identity of Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 in Manchester on Monday, the name was withheld from the media initially for operational reasons. Yet less than 24 hours after the attack took place, American newspapers citing “government sources” were able to name the attacker. Later further leaked intelligence including detailed crime scene information, and photographs of shrapnel, a backpack, and a battery were released by The New York Times. The BBC report states the “likely” culprit of the leaks are U.S. law enforcement officials who will have received access to the data through the transatlantic ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing agreement, rather than the White House. The nature and speed of the leaks by these U.S. officials have caused “disbelief and astonishment” in the British government. The ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence sharing agreement, a treaty that dates back to the Second World War between the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand means the involved nations have total unrestricted access to each other’s intelligence collection efforts. The geographical positions of the involved nations and their various ex-colonial outposts make the agreement not just unparalleled in openness, but also in global coverage for signals and other intelligence. The agreement does, however, rely on each nation also respecting the security of each other’s intelligence — a principle that appears to have been seriously transgressed in this case. Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports in the U.S. that officials with access to the shared Five Eyes intelligence “were openly briefing the media on what they had been told about Abedi and his ‘cell of Isis-inspired terrorists'”. The British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to meet United States President Donald Trump at a NATO meeting today, and it is reported she will be raising concerns over the leaks with him there. B/A
  5. He lied to keep his security clearance... His best hope of not being hung for treason is to make a deal... If he makes a deal, heads are going to roll. B/A
  6. We sell most of our oil, then turn around and buy oil from the middle east... Do you know why? Because our government makes money on every barrel of oil sold to anyone anywhere. It's called petro dollars. We will never piss off the Saudis. We know their government supports the terrorist and this week it was announced we will be selling them 150 BILLION dollars in weapons... If you don't believe some of those weapons will be used to kill Americans, then you will never get it. B/A
  7. Did you see where the governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said he wouldn't have let Flynn in The White House never mind give him a job.... Perhaps The Donald should listen to his highly paid advisors. B/A
  8. Yeah but you are in Canada... Come see what kids are like here in the land of opportunity.. B/A
  9. It's called a "Strategic Reserve" for a reason... One bad day in the Middle East and that becomes a very important part of our national security. If you are old enough to remember The Oil Embargo, you realize this is something to consider very carefully. B/A
  10. Sean Hannity says he will drop the Seth Rich conspiracy theory and stay at Fox News By Callum Borchers By Callum Borchers The Fix May 23 at 11:22 PM Fox News host Sean Hannity. (Photo by Rick Scuteri/AP) Sean Hannity threaded the needle Tuesday night, telling his Fox News viewers that he would stop talking about a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich — but only because Rich's family asked him to. And Hannity once again sought to tamp down speculation that he might leave the network, something he has now had to do at least three times since the fall. Hannity is in a precarious position. His musings about Rich's murder are catnip for his audience, yet Fox News suddenly seems unwilling to abide them. Hannity has entertained the unsubstantiated notion that Rich was not killed in a robbery gone bad, as D.C. police claim, but rather was assassinated because he, not Russian operatives, provided DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The news division of Fox News lent credence to the theory in a report on its website last week, but the network retracted the story on Tuesday afternoon, saying that "the article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting." That put Hannity at odds with his employer, and he sounded ready for conflict on his radio program shortly after the retraction. "I am not or," he said on the air. "I retracted nothing." On his prime-time TV show, however, Hannity was no longer defiant. But he insisted that he was not giving in to pressure or altering his approach. "I want to say this to you, my loyal audience, which is very important: Please do not interpret what I'm saying tonight to mean anything," Hannity said. "Don't read into this. I promise you I am not doing — going to stop doing my job to the extent of my ability." Seth Rich came to D.C. to pursue a career in politics and last worked at the Democratic National Committee. Rich was shot dead on July 10, 2016. Here is what's known about the murder. Seth Rich came to D.C. to pursue a career in politics. He was shot dead in his Northwest Washington neighborhood on July 10. 2016. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post) Seth Rich came to D.C. to pursue a career in politics and last worked at the Democratic National Committee. Rich was shot dead on July 10, 2016. Here is what's known about the murder. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post) Hannity said he had spoken by phone with Rich's brother earlier in the day and that "out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time." Got that, everyone? Fox News did not censor Hannity. Hannity cannot be censored! Hannity is merely honoring the request of a grieving family. "I serve at the pleasure of the Fox News Channel," he added. "And I am here to do my job every night. I'm under contract, as long as they seem to want me." Speculation that Hannity might leave Fox News is not new. The host served as an informal adviser to the Trump campaign, leading to inevitable questions about whether a job in the White House could be in his future. Hannity ultimately answered with an unequivocal "never" when a Twitter user inquired in October. Last month, in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's ouster, Hannity indicated that recent turmoil at Fox News might be reaching a critical mass, in his view. When New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that network co-president Bill Shine had asked for a vote of confidence from his bosses — and been rebuffed — Hannity sounded an alarm on Twitter. Sure enough, Shine resigned four days later. He had been with Fox News since its inception, first as producer of Hannity's show, and represented a link to the era of Roger Ailes, the longtime Fox News chairman who was forced out amid sexual harassment allegations last year. Ailes died last week. On the day Shine was pushed out, Hannity tweeted a link to an Independent Journal Review story that reported he would remain at Fox News, despite the leadership change. According to Politico, Hannity also assured his staff over pizza the next day that he was not looking for an exit. So, Hannity is not going anywhere right now. But his relationship with the network that has been his platform for two decades is visibly fraying
  11. Trump-Russia story is a threat to Fox News' ratings dominance Mary Altaffer / Associated Press Posters featuring Fox News hosts, including one of Bill O'Reilly, are displayed at News Corp. headquarters in New York. O'Reilly was recently ousted from Fox News after reports of sexual harassment settlements. Posters featuring Fox News hosts, including one of Bill O'Reilly, are displayed at News Corp. headquarters in New York. O'Reilly was recently ousted from Fox News after reports of sexual harassment settlements. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press) By Stephen BattaglioContact Reporter Homicide WikiLeaks Anderson Cooper The stream of negative headlines for President Trump about his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey is shaking up the cable news ratings race. Last week, MSNBC won all five weekdays over CNN and Fox News in prime time, according to Nielsen data. The NBC-owned network, led by “The Rachel Maddow Show,” now the No. 1 show in cable news with an average nightly viewership of 2.9 million viewers last week, became the go-to destination for viewers transfixed by the unfolding investigation into the White House scandal. The story is having the opposite effect at Fox News, where conservative commentators were more skeptical about the significance of the nearly daily leaks related to Trump’s handling of Comey’s dismissal and reports that the president shared classified intelligence with Russian diplomats during a White House visit. Fox News won the week among total viewers, averaging 2.209 million a day, compared with 1.857 million for MSNBC and 1.426 million for CNN. But Fox finished behind CNN and MSNBC among viewers ages 25 to 54, the demographic most important to advertisers who buy commercial time on the networks. Even with the third-place finish last week, Fox News still ranks first among viewers in the 25-to-54 age group in May. But the race has tightened considerably. Through Sunday, Fox News was averaging 443,000 viewers a day in that age group this month, followed by MSNBC’s 420,000 and CNN’s 402,000. In May 2016, Fox led CNN by 79,000 viewers and MSNBC by 160,000 in the category. Trump-Russia a turnoff for Fox News viewers The third-place finish is a rarity for Fox News, as its loyal viewers turn to it as a conservative alternative to other TV news outlets. Excluding weeks that carried coverage of Democratic conventions, Fox News has not finished third in the 25-to-54 category for a full week since Dec. 28, 2008, when the trial of Casey Anthony in the murder of her daughter was a dominant cable news story for MSNBC and CNN’s sister channel, HLN. Over time, Fox News will learn if last week’s third-place finish is a bump in the road after shuffling its prime-time lineup or a shift in the cable news landscape where it has been the perennial ratings leader since 2002. The negative news for Trump last week did not play in its favor. “The sheer cascade of events last week that made Trump look so bad, it was simply too much for that audience and they didn’t want to tune in to the news last week,” said Jonathan Klein, a former president of CNN. “Fox News better hope that that’s the case.” Bill O’Reilly is a tough act to follow The third-place finish in the demographic for Fox News comes a month after the April 19 firing of its top-rated personality, Bill O’Reilly, following revelations that $13 million in settlements had been paid out to women who accused him of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. Ratings held up for the most part in the first few weeks after Fox replaced O’Reilly at 8 p.m. Eastern time with Tucker Carlson and moved its late-afternoon panel show “The Five” to 9 p.m., followed by “Hannity” at 10 p.m. But Carlson lost the 8 p.m. time period last week to CNN’s Anderson Cooper as his network broke developments in the Trump-Russia story as it was breaking. Klein believes the Fox audience probably missed O’Reilly, who could have made the Trump-Russia story more palatable for Fox viewers by explaining it rather than dismissing it as “media hysteria” as the channel’s hosts often did last week. “Bill was able to pull off the image of a guy who called them as he saw them and could make sense of a bewildering world for Fox News viewers,” Klein said. “Tucker is more of a prosecutor.” Fewer viewers are coming to Fox News in the 9 p.m. hour for “The Five,” a loose conversation about the day’s events with a happy hour atmosphere designed for the 5 p.m. Eastern time slot where it originated. Fox News viewers may still be expecting more substance in prime time. Last week, Fox News correspondents from Washington appeared on “The Five” to report developments on the White House’s problems with Russia and Comey, only to have two of the show’s irreverent co-hosts, Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld, mock the story’s significance (Watters called it “a boring scandal”). “The Five” was preempted Monday as Fox’s breaking news anchor, Shepard Smith, came on to report on the terrorist bombing at Manchester Arena in England. The attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert, where 22 people were killed, dominated cable news coverage across all three major channels. Sean Hannity’s program remains a strong audience draw at 10 p.m., but his willingness to push a discredited right-wing conspiracy theory that Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer, may have been murdered because he provided emails to WikiLeaks, will not help the network’s credibility. Rich was killed in Washington on July 27 in what police believe was a botched robbery. Hannity has raised questions about the circumstances of Rich’s death, which he has the latitude to do as a commentator. But on Tuesday, Fox News retracted a story it published online alleging that an FBI forensics examination showed Rich leaked work emails to WikiLeaks before he was fatally shot. Hannity, however, is not backing down. On his Twitter account, he said: “I said publicly over and over to the Rich Family they are in my thoughts and prayers. I m trying to find the truth as the Mom Dad bro asked.” Controversies regarding conspiracy theories expressed by Fox News commentators in the past have not caused any viewer defections among the channel’s loyal audience. Rachel Maddow hosts "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC. (MSNBC via Associated Press) Will MSNBC keep surging? A prolonged scandal involving Trump could continue to propel MSNBC to higher ratings over the long haul. They are up more than 100% in May, compared with a year earlier. The Department of Justice’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians means the story is not going to end any time soon. Anti-Trump viewers have been flocking to programs where they can see hosts — on late-night comedy as well as the news — who share their frustration or anger over the administration. But when Trump isn’t the story, the ratings shift. On Monday, when terrorism moved back into the forefront of the news, Fox News won the night by a wide margin, averaging 3.4 million viewers in prime time, topping CNN (1.7 million) and MSNBC (1.6 million). Fox also won the 25-to-54 age group. There are TV industry rumblings that Sinclair Broadcast Group could make a run at Fox News with its own news service aimed at a conservative audience. But for the foreseeable future Fox News has cornered the market on those viewers, which is why Joe Peyronnin, a journalism professor at Hofstra University, believes the network’s slump last week was temporary. “Since conservative cable news viewers do not have an alternative, I believe they will regain first place,” Peyronnin said.
  12. Fox News Retracts Story Linking Murder of D.N.C. Aide to 2016 Presidential Campaign By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM and DANIEL VICTORMAY 23, 2017 Photo An image of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee employee, from a YouTube video. Credit Washington Post, via YouTube Fox News on Tuesday retracted a story linking the murder of a Democratic National Committee staff member with the email hacks that aided President Trump’s campaign, effectively quashing a conspiracy theory that had taken hold across the right-wing news media. It was a rare acknowledgment of error by the network. But it also underscored a schism between the network’s news-gathering operation and one of its biggest stars: the conservative commentator Sean Hannity, who has unapologetically promoted the theory and remained defiant on Tuesday. “These are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask,” Mr. Hannity said on his radio show, shortly after Fox News announced its mistake. “All you in the liberal media — I am not or I retracted nothing.” The story of the murdered aide, Seth Conrad Rich, who was 27 when he was shot in the back near his Washington home in July, has been seized on by Mr. Hannity and other right-wing pundits as an alternative narrative to the cascade of damaging revelations about the Trump administration’s ties to Russian officials who meddled in the presidential election. On Fox News on Tuesday night, Mr. Hannity said that he had been in touch with Mr. Rich’s brother and that, “out of respect for the family’s wishes — for now — I am not discussing this matter at this time.” But, he promised his viewers, “I am not going to stop doing my job.” He added, “At the proper time, we shall continue, and talk a lot more.” Citing unnamed sources, Fox News’s website published an article last week suggesting that Mr. Rich’s death was in retaliation for his sharing D.N.C. emails with WikiLeaks — a theory that, if true, would undercut the notion of Russian political interference and, in turn, offer cover for Mr. Trump. No evidence to support that theory has emerged, and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating the death of Mr. Rich. Mr. Rich’s family, believing he was murdered during a failed robbery, has called for retractions from news organizations that promoted the story; on Tuesday, Fox News agreed. “The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting,” the network said in a statement. “The article was found not to meet those standards, and has since been removed.” The statement did not address Mr. Hannity’s coverage of Mr. Rich’s death, and Fox News representatives deferred to his comments on air Tuesday night. The speculation about Mr. Rich’s death — and its implications for an embattled president — captivated audiences in the right-wing media sphere, from Mr. Hannity’s prime-time show to more obscure but influential websites like The Gateway Pundit, which rose to prominence last year in part by spreading rumors about Hillarious Clinton’s health. The theory also surfaced on Fox News beyond Mr. Hannity: Newt Gingrich, a network contributor, discussed the case on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday, and Geraldo Rivera, a correspondent at large, posted on Twitter about it. On the radio Tuesday, Mr. Hannity mocked journalists who questioned his interest in the subject, equating the theory about Mr. Rich’s murder to the reports that Mr. Trump’s campaign operation colluded with Russian officials during the election. “For those who accuse me of pushing a conspiracy theory, you are the biggest phony hypocrites in the entire world,” said Mr. Hannity, who speaks regularly with Mr. Trump. This was the second high-profile break between Mr. Hannity and his employer in two months: In April, he warned publicly of “the total end” of Fox News if the network fired Bill Shine, a top executive and close friend of Mr. Hannity’s. Mr. Shine ultimately resigned, but Mr. Hannity stayed put, even as the television news industry speculated about his plans. Mr. Hannity stoked that speculation again on Tuesday, promising an announcement about “my future at Fox.” On the air, he made clear that he had no plans to leave. “I serve at the pleasure of the Fox News Channel,” he said. “I am here to do my job every night. I am under contract, as long as they seem to want me.” Mr. Hannity is the remaining member of Fox News’s once-invincible prime-time lineup, after the departures of Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly. The network’s prime-time ratings have fallen, especially as Mr. Trump’s troubles have grown. Some Fox News employees said this week that they had been angered by Mr. Hannity’s continuing broadcasts about the Rich theory, calling it an embarrassment to the network’s journalists. Other employees expressed shock that the network was willing to retract the story at all. Under Roger E. Ailes, its pugnacious former chairman, who died last week, Fox News followed a mantra of “never apologize,” weathering all manner of controversies over its coverage. But since Mr. Ailes’s exit amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network has been more willing to admit error. It apologized in January after inaccurately describing a suspect as Moroccan after a mass shooting at a Canadian mosque. In March, the network briefly sidelined Andrew Napolitano, its senior legal analyst, after he made an unsupported accusation about Britain’s top spy agency. Before the retraction, Mr. Hannity had promised to feature an account on his program from Kim Dotcom, an internet entrepreneur who is wanted in the United States on racketeering charges. Mr. Dotcom has said he has evidence that Mr. Rich was a WikiLeaks source, but he has not offered the evidence publicly. Fox New said he was never booked. On Tuesday, Aaron Rich, the brother of Seth Rich, sent a letter to Mr. Hannity’s executive producer asking that Mr. Dotcom not be allowed on the air. “Nobody wants to solve Seth’s murder more than we do,” Aaron Rich wrote. “However, providing a platform to spread potentially false, damaging information will cause us additional pain, suffering and sorrow.” A spokesman for the Rich family, Brad Bauman, said Tuesday that they were grateful for the formal retraction. He declined to say if Fox News had offered an apology.
  13. Sarge, you obviously don't know many teenagers. They are the laziest most entitled people on the planet. Go out and hire a few to work around your yard, you'll out quick they want the money but not the work. Is it their fault? Nope it their parents. I have friends who do everything for their kids... It is pathetic... B/A
  14. True Dat!!! Every network in the world is covering this story. Sarge...Wake up and go back to sleep. B/A
  15. Sadly this guy is like every politician, says whatever whenever... Nothing new here... B/A
  16. I still like Sean Connery best as 007 but he was good. I really liked him as The Saint. B/A
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