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Here's how Fox News is spinning the Mueller report

Here's how Fox News is spinning the Mueller report Melissa Joskow / Media Matters On April 18, the Department of Justice released a 448-page redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Since the report’s release, Fox News has been spinning its findings to appear favorable […]

Fox's Mark Levin calls the Mueller report a "200-page op-ed" and a "political document that he should never have written" 

Fox's Mark Levin calls the Mueller report a "200-page op-ed" and a "political document that he should never have written" 

MARK LEVIN (FOX NEWS HOST): It’s always good to wake up to a slip and fall lawyer like [Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)]. And they’ll bring their lawsuit and they’ll lose. So this is all about the press. And I’d like to get to that in a minute. But if I could talk about this report, everybody is focused on volume two, aren’t they, including us. Volume two, what did McGahn say and why did the president tell McGahn not to say this? Why do we keep focusing on this? This report, volume two, doesn’t have a syllable of legal significance. There’s not a syllable of law in it. It doesn’t matter what McGahn said or what the president said, none of it’s been tested in a court of law. There’s been no challenge to it. There’s been no cross-examination. Nothing. That’s why Mueller wrote this. This is a political document that he should never have written. A political document that’s 200 pages long that the press keeps focusing on. That’s why he and Weissmann and the others wrote it, because he knew you all — he knew CNN would be obsessed with it. He knew that MSNBC would be obsessed with it. This is an op-ed. This is a 200-page op-ed. That’s all this is. No prosecutor who wouldn’t want to be disbarred would ever produce anything like this, talking, well this guy said this, and why did the president say that? How do you know? Well the prosecutor said. Well who gives a damn what the prosecutor said? He’s not God. He’s not a judge. He’s not a jury. 

ED HENRY (CO-HOST): But Mark, they’re quoting the White House counsel. Doesn’t whether or not the president told —

LEVIN: So what?

HENRY: Doesn’t whether the president told the truth or not matter to you? 

LEVIN: It matters completely to me. So how do you know this is truthful, Ed? 

HENRY: He’s the White House counsel, you think he lied to the investigators?

LEVIN: How do you know this is truthful, Ed? You have no idea. You know that the prosecutor put words in here that he was told by another individual that has never been challenged. President says he didn’t say that so you have no idea. I have no idea. That’s why we have a court of law. That’s why prosecutors, damn it, are not supposed to write essays like this. Now we have a special counsel. And the Democrats knew a special counsel could write a report. They’re not focused on volume one, which is legal, which does cite law, which was an investigation that found no collusion. That was the purpose of the investigation. Obstruction was not the purpose of the investigation. And he didn’t have an obstruction case against the president of the United States, or he would have brought it. I’m using plain English so even Joe Scarborough and Jake Tapper can understand this. Volume two is crap. Volume two was written for slip and fall lawyer Nadler, slip and fall lawyer, [Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)]. That’s why he wrote it. He knew the media would run with it.

Volume one, Mr. Mueller should have come up to a microphone, six, 12 months into his investigation and announced to the American people, I have great news, the president didn’t collude. His campaign didn’t collude. There is no collusion. I’m shutting down this investigation. I got [Trump campaign manager Paul] Manafort. I will give it to the U.S. attorney in Virginia. I’ll give this one to the Southern District of New York. He didn’t do it. Why didn’t he do that? And right to the end, they’re trying to get the president’s in-person testimony about something he knew never happened. Collusion. And yet, why is this report even faulty? How can you talk about Russian interference in our election and ignore the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the DNC, and the senior level of the FBI that’s been wiped out by their own conduct? How in the world can you do that? Not interview Barack Obama and Susan Rice and all the rest of them? This is a hack job. Now, where are we here? Where are we here? From my perspective it’s now a matter of the American people versus the press. Or how I would call them, the unfree press. 

Previously:

Tucker Carlson: “The Mueller report is probably the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House press corps”

Brit Hume says media reporting on Mueller investigation was “dog doo” 

Mueller report reveals Sean Hannity was the person who informed Reince Priebus about the Trump Tower meeting

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Fox's Mark Levin calls the Mueller report a "200-page op-ed" and a "political document that he should never have written" 

Diamond and Silk on Mueller report: "It's time to investigate the investigators"

Diamond and Silk on Mueller report: "It's time to investigate the investigators"

LYNETTE HARDAWAY (DIAMOND, FOX NATION PERSONALITY): You have to understand also that the media is trying to divert attention away from what really happened.

ROCHELLE RICHARDSON (SILK, FOX NATION PERSONALITY): Mhm. 

HARDAWAY: The government officials that participated, that masterminded, that orchestrated all of this here collusion mess — they need to be brought to justice. 

RICHARDSON: That’s right. 

HARDAWAY: It’s time to investigate the investigators. They don’t want the issue to get out. And that’s why they are trying to divert our attention away for, and trying to push this obstruction of justice mess when there was no obstruction of justice. 

Previously:

Fox correspondent channeled network’s opinion side at Barr’s press conference

Lou Dobbs calls for the jailing of Americans who investigated Russia’s hacking of Democrats 

As Mueller probe concludes, Fox and GOP call for investigations into Hillary Clinton and the FBI  

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Diamond and Silk on Mueller report: "It's time to investigate the investigators"

Fox anchor Shannon Bream defends Barr, saying he didn't have to release Mueller's report

Fox anchor Shannon Bream defends Barr, saying he didn't have to release Mueller's report

DANA PERINO (HOST): Shannon Bream, I did want to ask you about this. It’s very lightly redacted. I worked at the Justice Department for a while, I know redactions are very frustrating to people. I think we have a full screen that we can pull up that shows that they did try to provide the American people as much as they possibly could in this report. But also to your point, earlier, and we’ll repeat it here, the attorney general didn’t have to do this at all. 

SHANNON BREAM (FOX NEWS ANCHOR): Yeah, there’s nothing in the statute of the regulations that require him to do this. I mean, the way that it works is that the attorney, or the special counsel has to report to the attorney general on his findings. It simply says that the attorney general has to report on those things to Congress. It could have been one page. It could have been the four page letter he sent a couple of weeks ago. He wasn’t obligated to release this publicly or to Congress. So for people who were worried about his transparency, which he pledged to do, I would hope that many of them would look at this today and they may still have their concerns on the issue of collusion, but each redaction is spelled out perfectly.

But what people were really wanting to dig into was obstruction, so on that volume, too, hundreds of pages there of material that is both flattering and unflattering to the president has been revealed. Barr promised when he was asked by Senator Shaheen on the Hill that he would not withhold information that could be damaging to the president. So it looks like he’s made the effort here. We’ll see if it’s enough for Congress, because as we’ve talked about, House Judiciary has already approved subpoenas and they say they’ll use them if they need to.

Previously:

Media trumpeted William Barr’s spin on the Mueller report (again) — will they ever learn?

Fox anchor Bret Baier claims William Barr was “laying it out straight, cut and dry” in press conference prior to Mueller report release

Fox’s Ed Henry falsely claims “you can’t obstruct something if there is no underlying crime”

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Fox anchor Shannon Bream defends Barr, saying he didn't have to release Mueller's report

Fox correspondent channeled network’s opinion side at Barr’s press conference

Fox correspondent channeled network’s opinion side at Barr’s press conference Melissa Joskow / Media Matters In yet another blow to the supposed separation between Fox’s “news” side and its opinion hosts and contributors, correspondent Catherine Herridge wasted her question at Attorney General William Barr’s press conference by echoing the demands of Fox & Friends just […]

​CNN's Dana Bash: Redacted Mueller report proves "there was collusion" between Trump campaign and Russia​

​CNN's Dana Bash: Redacted Mueller report proves "there was collusion" between Trump campaign and Russia​

DANA BASH (CNN POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT): If [President Donald Trump] wasn’t worried about collusion if he really meant it when he said for the past two years that there was no collusion, why was he doing all of this? Why was —

JAKE TAPPER (CNN ANCHOR): Well, to play devil’s advocate as Attorney General Barr did earlier today, in the president’s view there was no conspiracy.

BASH: Right.

TAPPER: This was concocted by Democrats and the media and the deep state. And it was undermining his presidency, and he wanted it to end, and there was no conspiracy.

BASH: There was no conspiracy, but it turns out, maybe I’m answering my own question, that — I’m sorry, but there was collusion when you look at the actual definition of that term. There wasn’t conspiracy —

TAPPER: Not a legal term, however.

BASH: It’s not a legal term. That’s exactly right. There wasn’t conspiracy, there was no crime committed, according to the special counsel, but on page, after page, after page, instance, after instance, you see people within the Trump campaign and the Russians talking to, coordinating with one another. Starting with what you said at the beginning when we first got this, Don Jr., to other instances, the Trump Tower meeting, with WikiLeaks. It goes on and on and on. Not criminal, but collusion in the truest definition of the word.

Previously:

Fox & Friends host misleadingly claims “Mueller was very emphatic according to Bill Barr. There is no collusion.”

Fox News spent months on end declaring there was “no collusion” between Trump’s campaign and Russia

Donald Trump Jr.’s hilariously strained explanation for why there was “no collusion”

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​CNN's Dana Bash: Redacted Mueller report proves "there was collusion" between Trump campaign and Russia​

Appeal To Census Lawsuit Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Citizenship Question's Fate

Appeal To Census Lawsuit Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Citizenship Question's Fate

A U.S. flag sits on the lap of a newly sworn-in citizen at a 2018 naturalization ceremony in Alexandria, Va. A new appeal in one of the lawsuits over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census could complicate final preparations for the head count.The Census Bureau is counting on the Supreme Court to resolve the legal battle by June so that 2020 census forms can be printed. But an appeal in a Maryland lawsuit could complicate that timeline.

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Appeal To Census Lawsuit Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Citizenship Question's Fate

Fox guest Ken Starr questions whether full Mueller report can be "fair and balanced" because of Mueller's "choice of staff"

Fox guest Ken Starr questions whether full Mueller report can be "fair and balanced" because of Mueller's "choice of staff"

BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): [The] White House downplaying the impact of the Mueller report which should be out in about 24 hours. Want to bring in the former independent counsel Ken Starr, author of Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation. Ken Starr, welcome back, live in Dallas today. And you’ve said some very interesting things this week. Let’s see how many we can get to. Number one, you’re saying concerns about the possibility of an anti-Trump-slanted Mueller report. To what are you referring? 

KEN STARR (FORMER INDEPENDENT COUNSEL): Well, the report is going to be redacted, so obviously we’re not going to see the full report. That’s going to be frustrating for all of us, and people will say where is more and more. But the concern, that I think is a fair concern is, is the report going to be written in a fair and balanced way? It’s a concern. Now why the concern? Because of Bob Mueller, who I hold in very high regard, his choice of staff. So many questions have been raised about that staff and their leanings and so forth. And they’ve had the opportunity, without any kind of cross examination, any kind of check, any kind of balance, to write whatever they want to write. And that, I think, legitimately raises concern of fairness and balance. 

HEMMER: So we’re going to have to digest this. I think at first glance tomorrow, may be a very dangerous thing to jump on it. I mean, it might take a day, or two days, or several days to really understand what’s in the report.

Previously:

Fox host: Mueller findings have “to show that this was not a politically biased investigation”

Corey Lewandowski: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team includes “partisan hacks” who are “part of the deep state”

Hannity: Special prosecutor “has put together a Democratic hit squad” to take down Trump

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Fox guest Ken Starr questions whether full Mueller report can be "fair and balanced" because of Mueller's "choice of staff"