Fake News Exposed No Lindsey Graham Didnt Leave Interview in a Huff After Getting Fact Checked

An odd thing happened to me on Twitter last night, so I figured I'd share the experience -- which I found to be both revealing and discouraging.  I've routinely condemnedPresident Trump's overly broad and demagogic attacks on the press, just as I've hammered those in the media whose deep contempt for the president and garden variety bias too often vindicates the "fake news" moniker.  Trump should not employ totalitarian-sounding formulations like "enemies of the people," just as journalists should subordinate accuracy to narratives.   On that score, someone I follow retweeted the following description of Lindsey Graham's Fox News Sunday appearance yesterday, which immediately piqued my interest:

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@LindseyGrahamSC just got fact checked by Chris Wallace on @FoxNews about WHY senate rules for judicial appointees were changed. The result? Graham pulled off his mic and ended the interview in a huff

6:18 AM - 13 Jan 2019 1,194 Retweets 3,357 Likes 709 replies1,194 retweets3,357 likes Reply 709 Retweet 1.2K Like 3.4K

Who is Jason Johnson, the author of this tweet?  According to his Twitter bio, he's a journalism professor at Morgan State University and a contributor at MSNBC.  Having seen his account, I looked up the video of Graham's interview with Chris Wallace.  I was a bit surprised -- and somewhat concerned, frankly -- to hear that the incoming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman had apparently misstated the facts on a very important episode in recent Senate history, and that he'd apparently become so agitated over getting called out that he'd "ended the interview in a huff," pulling off his microphone.  That sort of spectacle happens occasionally on cable news, but based on my personal recollection and general understanding, it's an exceedinglyrare occurrence on the prestigious Sunday morning chat shows.  Did Graham (with whom I've had strong agreements and disagreements lately) really melt down, as described? Does he "foam at the mouth," as the hype headline below suggests? The exchange in question begins around the 12:30 mark, and continues thr

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Trumps AG pick to pledge protection for Muellers Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 election campaign coordinated with Russia, according to prepared testimony released on Monday.

"On my watch, Bob will be allowed to complete his work," Barr said in the prepared remarks ahead of two days of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting on Tuesday morning.

Barr, a former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, also will address his prior criticism of Mueller's probe, telling members of the committee that a memo he sent last year that called the investigation "fatally misconceived" only outlined his concerns that Mueller might be misinterpreting one aspect of the law.

"The memo did not address - or in any way question - the Special Counsel's core investigation," Barr will tell the panel.

Mueller is investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign and potential obstruction of justice.

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' findings that it meddled in the election, running an interference operation to spread disinformation and hacking political party emails. Trump has denied any collusion with Moscow and called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."

Barr has broad support from Republicans who control the Senate, but some Democrats have questioned whether he is the best choice to serve as the top law enforcement officer in the United States at a time when Trump is battling multiple legal investigations.

Barr will emphasize his independence, telling lawmakers that he did not seek out the job and has not given Trump any assurances of loyalty.

"As Attorney General, my allegiance will be to the rule of law, the Constitution, and the American people," he will say.

Barr said he has known Mueller professionally for 30 years and has confidence in his abilities.

"If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, person

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Julian Castro Former Obama Housing Chief Announces 2020 Presidential Run

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The former San Antonio mayor called out the “crisis of leadership” in the White House while firmly planting himself in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro officially announced a run for the White House on Saturday, becoming one of the first fully committed candidates in what is expected to become a crowded contest for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

“So many journeys for me and my family have started right here,” Castro told a crowd at Guadalupe Plaza on San Antonio’s west side, blocks from the home where he grew up and the church where he was baptized. “Today we begin another one.”

He then rattled off a list of campaign pledges that planted him squarely within the rising progressive side of the Democratic Party. He reaffirmed his rejection of corporate PAC money and support for “Medicare for all,” called for bail reform and promised that his first executive action would be to rejoin the Paris climate accord.

“There is a crisis today,” Castro said. “It’s a crisis of leadership. President Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation.”

Castro, 44, has long showed signs of high political ambitions, but was not known for staking out controversial positions until he launched his presidential exploratory committee last month. Since then, he has struck a markedly more left-wing tone, and his speech Saturday repeatedly hit upon progressive themes.

He attacked President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, highlighting the White House’s six-week experiment with systematically splitting parents from their children at the border.

“Yeah, we have to have border security,” Castro said. “But there’s a smart and a humane way to do it. And there is no way in hell that taking babies is a smart or humane way to do it.”

Castro also delved into the issue of race, casting prominent police killings of people of color as symptomatic of America’s wider problems with racial discrimination. 


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Republican Senator Graham Trump should use emergency powers to fund wall

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 Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency and bypass Congress to fund a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier - even if the government were to be reopened - virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier," Graham said in a statement.

"It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier," he said. "I hope it works."

Lindsey Graham ✔@LindseyGrahamSC

Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier.

Time for President @realDonaldTrump to use emergency powers to build Wall/Barrier.

I hope it works.

  4:57 PM - Jan 10, 2019 POST YOUR OPINION  AOL.COM
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