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does it feel the press narrative that we poke about, the president being erratic when suddenly this escalates to the point where he cancels the visit and becomes global news. >> certainly feels that narrative, the original story that launched it in wall street journal covered how this was serious effort. the president had been talking for advisers about it and putting a lot of serious thought into the decision, wasn't just something he randomly tweeted, and so it's interesting to see how it was treated in the press when the original story that launched actually looked like it was pretty serious effort from the president and the reaction from the danish prime minister was extreme, so seems like -- doesn't seem like a crazy thing to say, maybe now the time not to negotiate on this. >> i think she didn't want to have a fight with the u.s. >> absurd -- >> the president later said he had a great conversation trying to patch things up.
it kind of changed the whole narrative to, you know, the greenland thing is not happening and was never going to happen, but to donald trump and the press uniquely picking fights with american allies which denmark has been. >> you're right, that the wall street journal showed that this is something that they had internal deliberations, this is a case where the style of this president and the staff around him leaking this to the wall street journal as opposed doing diplomatic ground work that you normally do. >> right. the fact that because of that style the danish government in american press has strong reaction, pushed back and now we have a diplomatic incident with an ally. >> this is originally light story, greenland is mostly covered in ice, yes, it has national security significance, 58,000 people live there, less
than the neighborhood i grew up in brooklyn, now elevated to policy land. >> we tried buying greenland a couple of times in history. truman tried it and they gave him an equally nasty response when he tried to buy it under his administration. it's not new rand to mock it because it's president trump it's typical for the media f trump is doing it, it's crazy and nuts and if another president considered it we would take it more seriously. the way they go about it they always stumbles the problem because they don't do diplomatic outreach and picking fight with denmark, it runs to mockery. >> real estate developers like to buy things, different when it's a country. great discussion, ahead, a serious debate whether sean spicer should be allowed on dancing show, when we come back donald trump on media tear versus google, versus nbc and
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>> donald trump ripped a number of media organization this is week and that includes this network, it was this tweet against america's internet search giant, report just out, google manipulated 2.6 million to 16 million votes in 2016 election, put out by clinton supporter, not a trump supporter, google should be sued, my victory was bigger than thought. i'm certainly not discounting questioning of google's bias but that's not what study said, trump was reporting white paper. i never said google manipulated elections, the range of numbers listed is also incorrect. 95 people wasn't reviewed by other experts and designed to gauge to potential impact if google was messing with search
results to help one candidate. trump also unloading on nbc white house correspondent peter alexander for the way he attempt today ask a question that began with joe biden. >> you like to attack joe biden for his gaffes, but -- >> nbc, i've made a lot of money with nbc with the apprentice but they are the most bias, peter -- you should be able to ask a question, same question in a better way. you are so obviously bias and that's why the public has no confidence in the media. nbc has less credibility in my opinion with guys like you than cnn. >> the president is entitled to challenge a reporter's question as some predecessors have done and trump slammed alexander and ended up being about trump's
gaffes that dayton shooting was in toledo. fox poll found him trailing 4 democratic candidates in match-ups. >> fox has changed and my worst polls have always been from fox, there's something going on at fox, i will tell you right now and i'm not happy with it. >> bret baier responded that fox hasn't changed and let me just say fox has a news division separate from opinion side and the polls are conducted by the news division, by the way, the fox latest fox poll that is very much in line with other recent surveys, now the president who has criticized fox's coverage of democrats isn't going to be happy with the journalists here as opposed to some of the opinion hosts, that's fine, i've told the white house that donald trump who i interviewed 6 times during campaign is ready to return for media buzz for candid conversation and he has an open invitation, coming up maria bartiromo is here to tackle this
>> president trump made headlines by slamming federal reserve james powell on harsh terms but also hitting the press for signing of recession down the road. the numbers and facts are working totally in the opposite direction, they would be willing to hurt many people. >> the fake news of which many of you are members was trying to convince the public to have a recession, let's have a recession. the united states is doing phenomenally well. >> he repeated the charge today from g7 blaming the fake and disgusting press, joining us
from new york maria bartiromo, let me start here, maria, do the media have the power even if they were so incline for political reasons to crash the economy? maria: well, look, howie, let's talk about the consumer being two-thirds of economic growth, consumer spending is incredibly important and if you constantly hear gloom and doom on the media you may very well say, you know what, a recession is coming i better pull it in i better be more conservative with my spending, more prudent right now because i hear what's going on in the news that there's a recession coming so i'm going to pull it in, if everybody start pulling it in at the same time, yes, you actually can have the media talking us into a recession, so there's truth to that because consumer spending representing two-thirds of economic growth. i think the broader picture is that the media continues to have incredible amount of influence
in terms of explaining to the world what is going on, when you go back to the fact that we just came off of the 2 years of collusion delusion where the media was all about president trump colluded with the russians, et cetera, et cetera, you know, sunday morning futures, my program right before this program was every week poking holes into that narrative for 2 years and i got slammed in the media as a result of the fact that every week i would have people like congressman john ratcliffe and devin nunes, the congressmen who saw the redacted document, the people who were there interviewing the fbi officials and they knew the story better than anybody, so i featured them every sunday on my program and everybody else in the media, i mean, on television was talking about the president colluding, it's no secret or no surprise to me that china earlier this year reneged on everything. you had a deal with china in place -- let me just say this, an important point.
we had a deal in china in place with china in march earlier in april and the chinese reneged, why, they are watching on cn, in that the president colluded with russia, it may very well be the chinese thought we are going to be done with this guy in a year, so, yes, the media has incredible responsibility to seek the truth, howie, and that write it is narrative. >> let me turn back to question of recession and i certainly understand how talking down the economy could affect consumer confidence, consumer spending but when the president talks or tweets about china or jay powell, we will get to that in a moment and the market goes 623 points or when there's bond indicators that say recession could be down the road, that's not the same thing as saying we are on the vernal of -- verge of a recession. >> the media's responsibility is to report the truth and seek the truth, howie, how many programs do you hear the media saying the
unemployment rate is at 51-year low, how many media outlets are you hearing saying we had 4 plus percent growth for one quarter last year, 3.1% in the first quarter and 2.1% in the second. the recession is two quarters of negative performance, meaning negative not positive. we are only seeing positive readings, so the fact that we are talking about a recession being on the horizon and not even talking about the facts reminds me of editorial meeting that took place at new york times two weeks ago where the editor there said, well, for two years we were putting all of our resources into russia collusion, the story changed on us, the story didn't change, howie, the story is the same story but they put all resources in collusion and now they decided that they will put all resources on racism, that's a disappoint for me being a journalist when i see something like that and it should be a disappointment to
everybody journalist because a journalist is supposed to cover the story, seek the truth, not write the story. >> right, times didn't say all resources to racism but that would be prominent part of the narrative. let me get you to the tweet because have gotten so much attention, the president says my only question is our bigger enemy jay powell or chairman xi, comparing to autocratic leader of china and then later told reporters, if he we wanted to resign, i wouldn't stop him, isn't that -- isn't that unprecedented attack on a fed chairman who he appointed? >> it feels like it's been unprecedented attack on jay powell but i think it's important to recognize where we are in terms to have twitter and -- and google universe and where we are today and many presidents have plotted to lower rates and be more favorable on the economy, today we hear about everything because of twitter and because of google and facebook, et cetera, look, this
president does things his own way. i can debate you all day on policy, let's talk economic policy, let's talk foreign policy, i'm not going to debate about personality. he does things his own way, obviously it works for him, sometimes it doesn't work for him, other times i would prefer not to see the president of the free world poking the chairman of the free world, i would prefer not, i would like to make sure that we all know that we have an independent federal reserve but the president does things the way he wants to do. you know, like i said, personality versus policy. >> an important distinction and perspective for maria bartiromo, thanks for sticking around, maria. maria: thank you. >> president trump would lead on background checks and now backing off, donald trump and anthony scaramucci ratcheting up the rhetoric as their battle the rhetoric as their battle turns nasty.
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>> president trump took center stage after mass shoot negotiation el paso and dayton saying this about the need of stricter gun measures. >> we need intelligent background checks, okay, this isn't a question of nra, republican or democrat. great, great support but we are looking at very, very meaningful background checks. >> but the media accused him of caving this week when after speaking with nra leader wayne
lapierre the president took a different tack. >> there are things we can do but we already have serious background check, we have strong background checks, we can close up the gaps, we could do things that are very good and things that frankly gun owners want to have done but we also have to remember the gun doesn't pull the trigger, a person does and we have great mental illness. >> joining us now to analyze the coverage gail trotter, lawyer and commentator in washington and in new york jane who teaches media government, gail, does the president have a point that the president seems to be softening language in background checks? >> well, president trump has never taken a policy position on any particular background check and so i think what we are seeing palpable frustration by the media that after these tragedies happened that there's no legislative action and so that's how we are seeing the
headlines and the reporting of outlets like "the new york times". they are painting it as a retreat but in fact, it's not a retreat. >> it's true that we haven't gotten down to specific legislation but when news organizations say is after talking to chief executive of nra and he was very open about that that the president is now sort of echoing some of the nra language. >> yeah, you know, the thing about the media, the reporting on this and they've used the word whiplash and flip-flopping, the reality here is that we have now our best opportunities to get, you know, important gun control legislation because it's going to have to happen under republican president if you have a republican senate and the media have to think about how would this legislation ever get passed, if it would get passed by the president talking to members of congress, giving them cover to vote for some form of legislation and so i think the media is being a bit
disingenuous here when it's talking about the president's conversations with wayne lapierre which by the way seemed to have been leaked by the nra versus the white house. >> right, in your view, gayle, are the media -- it's true, the president has talk today lawmakers on both parties, so lesser extent the assault weapon's man as solution to mass shootings? >> i'm glad that you asked that, we don't see a mainstream media pushing law that would ban the publication of photos of the mass shooters and certainly part of the motivation between many of the mass shooters is same of seeking recognition and why does the mainstream media treat the first amendment differently than the second amendment? because they don't believe the second amendment in the way that they believe in the first amendment. >> i'm very glad that many organizations on their own have barely mentioned the names of the mass shooters or show their
pictures, that's the next step. no one necessarily expected donald trump to go there after el paso and dayton and he also gone that direction after parkland high school shootings, i think when he came out to reach meaningful background checks, he raised expectation that is the media reflected. >> he did raise expectations. that is a big deal. >> we have background checks. >> no, he's calling for expanded background checks is what he's calling for. that's a big deal for a republican president to call for that. >> i have to jump in here because i want to get to the other topic which is anthony scaramucci continuing the former white house aide continuing attacks on president trump leading to these tweets which i will put up on the screen here, donald trump says anthony scaramucci is a highly unstable nut-job, i bare law knew him until 11 days of gross
incompetence, mental wreck, we didn't want him around and fake news puts him around like he was my buddy, anthony scaramucci in many interviews punching back. >> he may not have had early stage dementia but early stage fascism, hostage crisis in front of building, they are scared out of their minds, look at what he did to my wife and i this week. >> should the president be responding that personal to smooch? >> yes the only claim he had the spectacular flameout in the white house, perfectly appropriate for president to call him out for that. >> i had anthony scaramucci in the program, a lot of people liked that, let's press him on
current views, is he undermining credibility when he says trump is irrational, unstable, full-blown mental breakdown? >> you know, anthony scaramucci, it's interesting because one of the things we have to give president trump for he hasn't changed, he has been the same as he was when anthony scaramucci worked for him and prior when he was in new york city and i know a lot of what anthony scaramucci has said has to do with the president's comments on race, the president was making those comments long before he ran for president, so i think that's the issue people have with what anthony scaramucci has said, is that this president hasn't changed, he's been who he is and so anthony scaramucci calling him out start to seem sort of -- a way that he can get something from the media which is a lot of attention he has gotten. he can have his own view on the president but is self-serving. >> we agree on that.
>> i did prez him on that and he admitted he waited too long and had to question why are you saying this now when you defended the guy for so long. great discussion, thanks so much. after the break, one of the great issues facing america, why are commentators so craze that sean spicer is going on with dancing with the
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divisiveness and all the tough that we are wrestling with right now. >> my hope and goal that at tend of the season tom looks back and say we need more of this and not less of this, bringing people together of different backgrounds, show how you can enjoy each other's company, have a conversation. >> joining us now from new york kat and writing abc is helping to where he's no longer a -- naming or joining or recruiting i should say former white house press secretary touched such a media nerve? >> well, i think that their thinking was this wasn't just a conservative this was a conservative who worked for
trump. things have changed if you're associated with trump you're supposed to be treated, does it make sense in terms of actual logic, i don't understand, i'm not an a nonemotional person, i'm quite a sensitive emotional gal, however, before i get seriously impacted by something the way that the media seemed to be seriously impacted by this, it has to affect me at least a little bit and sean spicer dancing around on tv actually isn't going to affect you at all believe it or not. >> criticize his dancing, put video on "fox & friends". spicer admit today me and many others that he made mistakes as white house spokesman, it's been more than 2 years and this kind of came up when he did the skid on emmy's with colbert. should be black-balled for life? >> i think it's just so many people in the media are living
in echo chamber where it's trump equals bad, trump equals bad and that's all there is to it and you're so right to bring up to point that he has apologized, he has said i've made mistakes and would have done things differently, what more do you want. this person has said i regret some of the things i did, he can't dance around on tv? i don't -- i really don't understand especially when you consider the fact that, hey, there is a world outside of your echo chamber where people, they don't just not mind sean spicer, some people actually like him and want to see him on the show, there is an america beyond your bubble. >> good for ratings. criticize spicer going on dancing, sot criticism for fox for hiring sarah huckabee sanders. cnn andrews andrew mccabe, fired
as fbi number 2 and report finds out that he was not honest with the bureau half a minute. >> right, lying is fine as long as you're not associated with trump, that's the biggest sin, that association, it's completely i logical, it makes no sense and i really think the only way that you can actually say these things and have these reactions is if you're just not paying attention to the world outside of your echo chamber. >> kat, thank you so much. all right, still to come, one cnn contributor sues to get press pass back.
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was trying to been less antisemitic and spoke about the jew police, times which regularly denounces anti-semitism is looking into it. cnn contributor brian, playboy writer filed lawsuit after white house yanked credentials for 30 days this after taunted exofficial sebastian gorka in rose garden which led to shouting match, threaten to escalate verbal to verbal one and the secret service had to step in. cnn contributor april brian in controversy, charlie, editor of nb today said he had gotten permission from the organizers to video tape the talk by ryan but was accosted by the body guard who sized his -- seized his camera. >> don't touch my camera.
[inaudible] >> don't you dare, put that down, sir. are that's my camera. [inaudible] >> get off of me! >> wow, the security guard now been charged with assault, trying to do his job since anybody who was a journalist should be condemning this, april ryan who works for urban radio networks complaints about president trump and staff treat the press did not respond for my response to comments, the body guard overreacted for concern over her safety. media buzz meter, you can subscribe with am itunes, google play or fox news and original videos, we talk to you, we talk to you on twitter as well at howard kurtz, let's continue the
conversation there about the media, so much to deal with this week, hard to squeeze it all in, we are back here >> things have been happening with china, very positive development for the world. heather: monday august 26th, 2019, this is "fox & friends first", happening right now at 4:00 a.m. on the east coast, fox news alert for you, china ready to negotiate. comes hours after the president closed tremendous trade deal with japan, live in france with breaking development from g7 summit. johnson & johnson liable for its role in opioid epidemicft