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About that unusually tense interview between Stephanopoulos, Trump aide

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George Stephanopoulos‘ “Good Morning America” interview with White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday is an instant milestone in the hostile relationship between the Trump administration and the media. In the discussion about President Donald Trump‘s weekend accusations — offered without proof — that former President Obama ordered Trump’s New York home wiretapped, Stephanopoulos repeatedly interrupted and stopped Sanders when he felt she veered from the truth. It was a crackling exchange unusual for the generally happy terrain of…

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Officials dismiss Donald Trump’s assertions about NFL and debates

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Both the NFL and the Commission on Presidential Debates are rejecting Republican Donald Trump‘s assertions about the fall debates, which the billionaire businessman says have been rigged by his opponents to draw a smaller audience by scheduling two of them at the same time as a football game. Trump began by making an accusation in a tweet posted Friday night: “As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games.…

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Marco Rubio calls Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo “grotesque”

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Marco Rubio disparaged Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn on Sunday, calling all of the attention on his just published interview in Rolling Stone this weekend with famed Mexican drug lord El Chapo “grotesque.” El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, was captured on Friday in Mexico, six months after a daring prison escape last July through a mile-long tunnel. “Look, I think Sean Penn is someone I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about,” Rubio told George Stepanopolous on ABC’s This Week. “I didn’t…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.24.15 – Immigration follies

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One of the factors in Donald Trump’s surprise success in the polls (other than it’s August of 2015 and doesn’t mean whole lot) is that the mainstream (i.e. television) media has pretty much handled him with kid gloves. And why not, since he’s ratings (and clickbait) gold? Maybe – just maybe, that tide is beginning to turn. On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, host George Stephanopolous grilled the former Apprentice star on his preposterous immigration plan to deport the more than 11 million undocumented in this…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.18.15 — Jeb Bush talks tough on gay marriage

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Jeb Bush isn’t the only leading Republican presidential contender from Florida who is struggling to get his story straight on whether it was the right thing to invade Iraq. Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace refused to let Rubio off the hook regarding where he stands on the issue, since he appears to have two completely different answers to that question in the past two months. Wallace also grilled Rubio for displaying a lack of leadership in the way he handled the issue…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.15.15 — Stephanopoulos apologizes again for Clinton donation. Is the story over?

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This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, host George Stephanopolous apologized to his audience for failing to disclose that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past few years, a revelation that has rocked the political/media establishment over the past 24 hours. Stephanopolous has worked hard over the past 13 years to earn the credibility of being a fair-minded journalist, despite his well known background in Democratic politics (not just with the Bill Clinton administration, but also in…

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Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

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Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md.; Victoria Reggie Kennedy. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Victoria Kennedy; former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; former Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. ___ CNN’s “State of the Union” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio;…

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