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Jake Tapper Draws Criticism for Comment About Veteran Congressman

The exchange drew the ire of veterans around the country, many of whom questioned Tapper’s patriotism.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper is getting pushback for a comment he made about a Republican senator who lost his legs fighting for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Rep. Brian Mast questioned whether those who broke in and damaged the U.S. Capitol last week did so at the direction of President Trump.

“Has any one of those individuals who brought violence on this Capitol been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president,” said Mast.

Tapper responded by saying, “Congressman Brian Mast, a Republican from Florida, who lost his legs, by the way, fighting for democracy abroad, although I don’t know … about his commitment to it here in the United States.”

The Daily Caller posted Tapper’s comment, instantly sending the clip viral.

“I lost two legs for @jaketapper’s right to say whatever the hell he wants,” tweeted Mast.

“You’re a hero for your service and I’m grateful,” Tapper tweeted in a reply to Mast’s tweet.

The exchange drew the ire of veterans around the country, many of whom questioned Tapper’s patriotism.

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Former CNN Producer Claims Double Standard With Cuomo Allegations

Former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan accused her former boss of asking her to play strip poker.

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A former CNN producer believes his former network is ignoring claims of sexual harassment leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Steve Krakauer, who now serves as an editor for Fourth Watch media newsletter, told Fox News it’s clear there is a double standard.

“We’ve seen countless incidents when it comes to allegations against Donald Trump,” said Krakauer.

“When it comes to allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, when the allegations come from one direction, they are reported immediately, and in many cases, wall to wall before any further reporting is presented.”

Former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan accused her former boss of asking her to play strip poker. “My boss soon informed me that the Governor [Cuomo] had a ‘crush’ on me,” Boylan wrote in an essay. “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”

Krakauer said media outlets should tread lightly when reporting on cases that involve sexual harassment, but he also said the mainstream media seems to run rampant with speculation and little facts when it comes to an accusation against a Republican.

“So, the issue is the hypocrisy and the double standard, not so much the lack of reporting in and of itself.”

When CNN finally covered the story Thursday with a story leading with Cuomo’s denial, critics were quick to point out that Kavanaugh did not receive the same treatment.

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Tucker Carlson and AT&T Clash Over China Telecom

AT&T wants to prevent China Telecom, a state government-owned firm, from being added to a U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List.

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Telecommunications company AT&T and Tucker Carlson are clashing over the information provided that the Fox News host presented where he called out the company for lobbying against possible U.S. government sanctions on a Chinese telecom partner.

AT&T wants to prevent China Telecom, a state government-owned firm, from being added to a U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List. The Chinese telecommunications company’s potential inclusion in the list will severely limit the trade relationships and blocks certain technology transfers between foreign entities and U.S. firms.

In the past, the Trump administration accused China Telecom of having Chinese military backing and aiding the ethnic cleansing of Uighur minorities in southern China. The telecommunications company also faces accusations of undermining U.S. national security interests in the region.

Using this information, Carlson accused AT&T and its CEO, John Stankey, of prioritizing “foreign interests over American interests” due to them lobbying against China Telecom’s inclusion on the Entity List.

“We were told China Telecom was set to be sanctioned because of its alleged support of human rights abuses by China’s government, and there are very many of those,” Carlson said.

“AT&T is a proud partner of China Telecom, has a joint venture with China Telecom. In a statement provided to this show, AT&T admitted that it does not want China Telecom on the entities list, citing ‘potential unintended consequences.'”

After the show aired, AT&T released a statement where they stated that the information presented by Carlson is misleading.

“Without a relationship with a licensed Chinese communications company, no non-Chinese provider can serve U.S. companies operating in China,” the AT&T statement noted. “In the absence of that, such support would be provided by a Chinese state-owned enterprise instead of AT&T or any other American company.” “We and other companies explained this to the Commerce Department and other government officials to inform their policy decision about potential unintended consequences of placing China Telecom on the entities list.”

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Mehdi Hasan’s Show Joins MSNBC Weekend Lineup

The show has been airing on the NBC Universal streaming service Peacock since its debut in October last year.

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Journalist Mehdi Hasan and his program “The Mehdi Hasan Show” will be heading to MSNBC. The show has been airing on the NBC Universal streaming service Peacock since its debut in October last year.

However, the program is now heading to prime-time, and the first guest for Hasan in his new slot will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The decision to move Hasan’s show is to add more left-leaning opinion hosts to its lineup, as they tend to attract more viewers than general news coverage.

In the past, Hasan has occasionally filled in for Chris Hayes’. The MSNBC journalist will continue with his confrontational interview style in prime time. Along with being a political analyst at MSNBC, Hasan was a journalist for Al Jazeera, hosting a show called “UpFront.” Furthermore, he has also been a senior columnist for The Intercept and the host of that outlet’s podcast “Deconstructed.”

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