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<em>Fox & Friends</em> hosts Trump's Medicare director to smear Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan

<em>Fox & Friends</em> hosts Trump's Medicare director to smear Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): So all this talk about “Medicare for All” really hits your office specifically. Can that work? 

SEEMA VERMA (CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ADMINISTRATOR): Well, I’ve been saying that “Medicare for All” is the biggest threat to the American health care system. What we’re talking about is stripping people of their private health insurance, forcing them into a government-run program. So this is a bureaucracy that’s going to be making decisions about everybody’s health care, what kind of benefits that they can have, what kind of medications that they can have access to. And if we look at other socialized countries that have tried this approach, what do we see there? Long wait times, poor quality health care. And that’s why those people are flying to the United States to get their health care. 

KILMEADE: But people say, wow, I’m a senior, I like that. I like Medicare, it’s working for me. So why not give it to everybody? 

VERMA: Well, look, as the head of the program, I can tell you that Medicare is a sacred promise that we have made to the American people. They have paid their entire lives into this program. And now we are talking about putting millions of people into a program that was designed specifically for them. And what that’s going to mean is that they’re going to have to compete to get care. That’s putting them in line for their care. And I don’t think that’s fair. And the reality is, we’re having problems today paying for the Medicare program. And the trustees have warned about the solvency. So just adding more people to the program is just going to exacerbate it. 

KILMEADE: Are the hospitals going to push back on this? What does it do for biotech, the ones that are coming up with new cures, that are helping ultimately saving lives and saving money? 

VERMA: Well that’s my concern with this, is that this could be an incredible threat to innovation in our country. The reality is the American health care system is producing amazing innovation. And a government system where there is no competition to innovate and provide high quality care could lead to lower quality care for all Americans.

Previously:

Fox News bashes Bernie Sanders and misleads viewers about his policies after his Fox town hall  

Fox & Friends fearmongers that “Medicare for All” could result in surgery rationing

Death panels redux: Mark Levin suggests “Medicare-for-all” will lead to senior citizens being murdered

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<em>Fox & Friends</em> hosts Trump's Medicare director to smear Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan

On <em>Special Report</em>, Fox's Marc Thiessen calls Trump's possibly illegal plan to transport migrants to sanctuary cities "pure genius"

On <em>Special Report</em>, Fox's Marc Thiessen calls Trump's possibly illegal plan to transport migrants to sanctuary cities "pure genius"

BRET BAIER (ANCHOR): Well Republicans and Democrats now concede that it is a crisis on the border. The president saying it’s so much so you have to do something with the people there. And he’s considering taking some illegal immigrants who can’t be held past 20 days and bringing them to sanctuary cities around the country, many of them run by Democrats.

BAIER: You know, Marc, there’s a lot of reaction to this today, and the president, as you can imagine on all sides. 

MARC THIESSEN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Yeah, this is probably never going to happen but I think it’s pure genius to be perfectly honest with you. And I quite frankly can’t understand why Democrats are upset about this. Two sets of facts; Number one, it is the position of the Democratic Party that illegal aliens held by ICE should be released into the country, into our communities. During the negotiations to end the government shutdown, Democrats, their official position, negotiating position was, that we should limit the amount of beds that ICE has to 35,000. And they expressly said, for the purpose of forcing the Trump administration to release noncriminal aliens into the community. So they’re for releasing them into the communities. Second, they created sanctuary cities. This is their policy for the purpose of giving sanctuary to illegal aliens. You got Mayor de Blasio, wants to offer them free health care. You got Stacey Abrams, who wants them to vote in local elections. Governor Newsom wants to make the entire state a sanctuary. So how can you be upset about President Trump offering to do exactly what you say you want to do? 

MATTHEW CONTINETTI (WASHINGTON FREE BEACON): I think there are two frustrations at work. One is the president’s and the administration’s frustration at Congress for not tackling these immigration loopholes that are driving a lot of the illegal migration and asylum seeking. And the second frustration is more widespread, it’s among Trump supporters and Republicans more generally, who feel that progressives don’t face up to the consequences of their own policy positions. That, you know, they are all for sanctuary cities and for lax border security, but they don’t have to feel the impacts that the communities on the border do. 

BAIER: I mean, I can hear — 

CONTINETTI: Trump is combining those with this very grand gesture that’s meant to exert leverage over the Congress. 

BAIER: I can hear the voices in the middle of America, at a diner or at a bar going, “Yeah, OK. You want them, go ahead, take ’em. You’re right, President Trump.” I mean, can’t you?

Previously:

Fox’s Neil Cavuto dismisses the illegality of plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities because Trump is “at wits end”

Fox host pushes Trump’s position on border wall funding: “Let’s get together and secure the border”

Fox News dominates coverage of caged migrants in El Paso with anti-immigrant fearmongering, pro-government spin, and calls for stricter laws

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On <em>Special Report</em>, Fox's Marc Thiessen calls Trump's possibly illegal plan to transport migrants to sanctuary cities "pure genius"

Fox contributor cheers for Trump's plan to "target" sanctuary cities by moving detained immigrants there

Fox contributor cheers for Trump's plan to "target" sanctuary cities by moving detained immigrants there

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Tom, there’s no money in it to actually make this happen. It doesn’t look like anything’s been drawn up, but the president has not backed away from it. Should he? Is this plausible? 

TOM HOMAN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): It’s absolutely plausible. I think — look, the fact is most of these illegal aliens are already going to sanctuary cities. That’s one of the reasons they’re coming. They want to get to some place where they can be protected from ICE and get free social benefits. They can get drivers licenses. They can get in college tuition, they can get college assistance. They’re going to cities, and these sanctuary cities are one of the reasons they’re coming. But what the president did, I thought was ingenious. He called the bluff. He says, you know what, I’m going to send you more. And what he did was he pulled the curtain back on the Democratic leadership showing the hypocrisy that they say they wanted these people in the United States, they want open borders, as long as it’s not in my district, as long as it’s not in my neighborhood we’re fine with it. So I think he pulled the curtain back, and I think it was an ingenious move on his part.

HOMAN: Look. Just so folks don’t — when we talk about the children that come across the border, the unaccompanied alien children, do you know the government pays for them to be transported to any facility within the United States to HHS. Then the government pays again for them to be transported to wherever their parents or sponsors are. So the government is already paying to place those that enter the country illegally where they eventually end up. So this is happening. In the paper several weeks ago, everybody was going crazy, how dare ICE release hundreds of people at the bus station with no place to go. How dare they release them in El Paso where the church is not able to take care of them. So finally, you know, the president says, “OK, well we’ll take care of them, we’ll send them to their final destination to these sanctuary cities,” and all of a sudden that’s a bad thing. So again, this is about they will never agree with this president when it comes to immigration. This is about resistance, this is about giving him a loss on the border. 

Related:

White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes

Previously:

Fox’s Tom Homan: “Criminal organization, the cartels, they’re getting fat with money and the Democrats are helping them”

Fox News contributor: Children died in DHS custody because “there wasn’t a wall” to stop them from immigrating

How Fox has been using racist, nativist, and anti-immigrant rhetoric to talk about border issues

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Fox contributor cheers for Trump's plan to "target" sanctuary cities by moving detained immigrants there

'Uncharted Waters': Union Tells Hollywood Writers To Fire Their Agents

'Uncharted Waters': Union Tells Hollywood Writers To Fire Their Agents

Writers Guild of America West President David Goodman speaks in Los Angeles at the 2019 union award ceremony. The WGA instructed is writers to fire their agents on Friday.The abrupt directive on Friday followed a breakdown in talks over proposed changes to the agreement that has guided the basic business relationship between writers and agents for the past 43 years.

(Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


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'Uncharted Waters': Union Tells Hollywood Writers To Fire Their Agents

Fox's Neil Cavuto dismisses the illegality of plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities because Trump is "at wits end"

Fox's Neil Cavuto dismisses the illegality of plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities because Trump is "at wits end"

NEIL CAVUTO (ANCHOR): What John touched on at the beginning there, this idea that the president wants to call the Democrats out on helping him deal with this crisis at the border. So Vijay Johnson, the former Homeland Security secretary under Barack Obama, admitted on this count, this president is right. Democratic strategist, Antjuan Seawright, GOP strategist Holly Turner. Holly, the president is arguing here, this was his idea. This wasn’t something that an aide tossed around and then they dismissed and apparently he’s still actively considering it. If he still is actively considering it and it would be deemed illegal to do, where is this going? 

HOLLY TURNER (GOP STRATEGIST): Well, look, the president is not going to implement something that is blatantly illegal. 

ANTJUAN SEAWRIGHT (DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST): Say what?

TURNER: No come on Antjuan, let me talk now. The president is exploring different solutions. He’s a problem solver. He wants to solve this problem. I don’t see why the Democrats are upset about this. Seems like a win-win to me. Sanctuary cities get what they want, illegal aliens occupying their city borders and the rest of the country gets what they want, which is these people are not released in to their communities. So I don’t really understand what the big problem is. Let the president go through the legal examination and see if it’s something that’s going to work out for the country. But all and all, seems like a good solution to me. 

CAVUTO: Antjuan? 

TURNER: Holly, so you’re saying you’re okay with doing something that Democrats and Republicans agree that is illegal? 

CAVUTO: Technically so are sanctuary cities. They’re technically illegal, but go ahead. 

SEABRIGHT: Cavuto —

CAVUTO: Neil is fine. 

SEAWRIGHT: What this is, is a red meat throw towards Trump’s base because he knew it would form some type of outrage, anger, frustration, the same things that Trump thrives off of every single day, and it’s going to throw the news cycle all about this.

CAVUTO: Antjuan he can’t win or lose no matter what he does. No, no, you were the first one to acknowledge that we’ve got some issues at the border to address. Would you at least acknowledge we’re at the point where the president is raising this as a possible solution in the meantime because Democrats are not helping him out with anything?

SEAWRIGHT: But Neil, that’s not how you get to solutions in Washington D.C. You do it by coming together, Democrats and Republicans working that a bipartisan solution that 60 percent of the American people want. 

CAVUTO: Antjuan, there’s no democratic support for a wall. It’s fine. I get it. 

SEAWRIGHT: That’s not true. 

CAVUTO: But then you then move on to say all right, when it comes to these crowded facilities, you wanted to put — Democrats got to agree to a cap on that. So the president is sort of locked in this position, these places are overflowing. It gets to the point where a couple of weekends ago, many had to be let out of a couple of facilities with the understanding being we would get a better procedure going forward. We don’t have one. No one is finding one. What do you do? 

SEAWRIGHT: What you and I both know is that when the president really wants something, he will go to his caucus in the legislative branch and get it done. So he can instruct his caucus to work with House Democrats to come up with a solution that he will sign into law, that he will deal with immigration in a real way — 

CAVUTO: But you didn’t answer my question. Are you willing to say, all right, maybe the president — I’m not endorsing his idea and it is illegal, but he’s really at wits end. I have got to do something. I’ve got 100,000 such crossings to deal with. And it’s out of control and no one’s helping me. 

Previously:

Fox regular argues closing the border is worth economic cost: “It’s about time Americans in this generation were subjected to sacrifice”

On Fox, former Border Patrol chief says they don’t use “cages,” just “chain link fence” for “safety and security”

How Fox has been using racist, nativist, and anti-immigrant rhetoric to talk about border issues

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Fox's Neil Cavuto dismisses the illegality of plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities because Trump is "at wits end"

Minutes after being told Barr walked back his 'spying' assertion, Fox news anchors repeatedly pushed it anyways

Minutes after being told Barr walked back his 'spying' assertion, Fox news anchors repeatedly pushed it anyways

Within 10 minutes of Chris Wallace clarifying that Attorney General Bill Barr had walked back his claim of FBI spying on the Trump campaign, Fox News anchors Sandra Smith and Bill Hemmer both continued to push the claim that Barr said, “quote, ‘there was spying on the Trump campaign.’” Smith and Hemmer are the anchors of America’s Newsroom, one of the programs in Fox’s ostensibly straight news division.

Barr was testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee about the Mueller report on April 10 when, citing no evidence, he repeated the claim that the FBI conducted “spying” — a term “typically associated with unlawful surveillance” (emphasis added) — on the Trump campaign in 2016. Later in his testimony, Barr walked the statement back, saying: “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I am saying that I am concerned about it and I’m looking into it.”

On the April 12 edition of America’s Newsroom, Smith asked Wallace about the reaction to Barr’s testimony. Wallace responded that “we knew it was going to be highly charged politically” and explained why it was wrong to characterize Barr’s comments as him affirming claims of spying on the Trump campaign:

CHRIS WALLACE (FOX NEWS SUNDAY ANCHOR): The word spy is charged. And I think that Barr realized that because at the end of his congressional hearing, he said, look, after reviewing all of the — as he put it — the colloquies I have had with various members of the Senate, maybe I should say surveillance and whether or not it was proper or not.

There is an absolutely legitimate question, and a legitimate investigation in fact is already going on by the inspector general as to whether or not the surveillance of the Trump campaign, members of that campaign, was legitimate — was based on reasonable concerns. The use of the word spy, that was charged. I mean, think of it. If you were going to talk about the Justice Department surveilling organized crime figures, would you call that spying? No, you’d call it surveillance. [CROSSTALK] And Barr was saying — no, if I may just finish, inasmuch as Barr is saying “look, I’m going to investigate whether it was legitimate surveillance or not,” maybe use of the word spying, he got ahead of himself.

Yet, shortly after the segment, Hemmer and Smith both stripped out the context, making the story mesh better with the Fox News party line. Hemmer teased an upcoming segment by saying: “Also, the Attorney General Bill Barr telling Congress he believes there was spying on the Trump campaign.” Smith then opened another segment minutes later, saying: “Reaction now to Attorney General Wallace Barr saying there was, quote, ‘spying on the Trump campaign.’”

One Trump campaign associate, Carter Page, is known to have been the subject of a surveillance warrant. As the Associated Press noted (emphasis added), “The warrant was obtained after Page had left the campaign and was renewed several times.” Additionally, an informant was sent to speak to two advisers to the Trump campaign, but as The New York Times explained, the move was “a typical investigative step” that came only “after agents uncovered evidence that both had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign.”

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Minutes after being told Barr walked back his 'spying' assertion, Fox news anchors repeatedly pushed it anyways